Brownsburg, IN……..Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. stunned the Lucas Oil Raceway attendees Saturday night with one of the most spectacular USAC Silver Crown performances of all time, leading all 100 laps of the USAC “Hall of Fame Classic” in his Bowman Racing Banjo Corporation Beast/Chevy.
In the closing laps his bid to complete lapping every car in the field was thwarted by a yellow flag, as his brother Kody Swanson, who started dead last after failing to post a qualifying time, held off Tanner to save the night and on the lap 99 restart he actually made an attempt to overhaul Tanner, but to no avail. The win was Tanner’s second straight win at LOR, leading the final 86 laps of last July’s 100-lapper there. It also marked the second time that brothers had finished 1-2 in a USAC Silver Crown race.
The two Swansons turned the trick in 2010 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. David Byrne, who ran second much of the race, took third at the checkered flag, with Tracy Hines fourth and Bobby Santos fifth. Kody’s finish enabled him to retain the series point lead by nine over Hines going into next Thursday night’s “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Saturday’s race was slowed by only two cautions, the first when Caleb Armstrong lost a wheel in turn three on lap 15 and the last when Jarett Andretti’s car stalled on the front stretch on lap 95.
Saturday’s festivities included the annual USAC “Hall of Fame” inductions, which saluted Rollie Beale, George Bignotti, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Gus Hoffman, Jud Larson, Norm Nelson, Eddie Sachs, Don Smith, Bob Stroud, Rodger Ward and Bob Wente.
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2014 – Brownsburg, Indiana – Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis – “USAC Hall of Fame Classic”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tanner Swanson, 11, Swanson-20.822; 2. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-20.934; 3. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.155; 4. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-21.211; 5. Bobby Santos, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.284; 6. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-21.306; 7. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-21.363; 8. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-21.409; 9. Kyle O’Gara, 27, RW-21.493; 10. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-21.523; 11. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-21.690; 12. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.764; 13. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy/Amati-22.003; 14. Cale Thomas, 92, Thomas-22.252; 15. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-24.259; 16. John Hunt, 81, Williams-28.494; 18. Christopher Bell, 21, Team Six-R-NT; 18. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-NT;19. Dave Darland, 15, Logan-NT.
FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. David Byrne, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Bobby Santos, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Kyle O’Gara, 8. Jacob Wilson, 9. Bobby East, 10. A.J. Fike, 11. Taylor Ferns, 12. Cale Thomas, 13. Christopher Bell, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. John Hunt, 16. Caleb Armstrong, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Davey Ray. NT (Dave Darland (#15 Logan-DNS).
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 T.Swanson.
NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-K.Swanson-120, 2-Hines-111, 3-East-87, 4-Windom-72, 5-Fike-72, 6-Wilson-70, 7-T.Swanson-66, 8-Cockrum-64, 9-Hunt-59, 10-Jerry Coons Jr.-54.
NEXT SILVER CROWN RACE: May 22 – Indianapolis, IN – Indiana State Fairgrounds – “Hoosier Hundred”