Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kody Swanson grabs the Carb Night gold

Kody Swanson led all 100 laps of the USAC (United States Auto Club) Silver Crown series presented by Traxxas "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway. With the win, his 16th in Silver Crown competition, Kody tied the late David Steele for third all-time in Silver Crown history. The race promotion by Bob Sargent's Track Enterprises was excellent as always with a good fan turnout on a night with threatening weather. The race was capped by a thrilling green-white-checkered finish and celebrated by fireworks courtesy of Mother Nature.

We present photographs of the racers  - 

Kody Swanson started up front as the fast qualifier at 21.004 seconds 
and was never headed

Bobby Santos III made his pass for second place on lap 99
but couldn't catch Kody Swanson

Younger brother Tanner Swanson started second with a lap of 21.150 seconds 
and ran in  second place for 99 laps but had to settle for third place. 

Chris Windom turned in solid fourth place run and finished on the lead lap

Aaron Pierce started ninth and moved up to finish fifth one lap down 

David Byrne finished sixth 

Kevin Studley won the KSE Hard Charger Award as he started 15th finished seventh 

AJ Russell overcame a crash in time trials to finish eighth

The always friendly Jerry Coons Junior finished ninth in the Gene Nolen entry 

USAC's winningest female driver Toni Breidinger 
continues to improve in Silver Crown and finished eleventh

Troy Thompson from Brooksville Florida finished 13th 
to win the Wilwood Brakes 13th place award

Justin Grant ran sixth until he crashed on lap 190

Davey Hamilton Junior lost 30 laps 
due to fuel delivery issues but the RPM 
crew fixed the car and he returned 
late in the race to run with the leaders

Good guy Joe Liquori finished 17th

 Car owner Gene Nolen checks over Joe Axsom's msachine

JC Bland's entry brought back memories of 
the livery of  the 1950's Bowes Seal Fast Specials 

Cody Gerhardt only completed four laps

Kody Swanson claimed the big $8000 check

Track Enterprises, USAC and the Indiana State Fairgrounds officials are discussing a make-up date for the 63rd running of the Hoosier Hundred. The Hulman Classic for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint cars  at the Terre Haute Action Track will be run on Friday June 23 2107.  The next USAC Silver Crown race is the "Horn-Schindler Memorial" at Williams Grove Speedway on June 16 2017 

All photos by the author
Statistics provided by Richie Murray USAC

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