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Swanson Stomps "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown Field at Terre Haute

April 6, 2014 - USAC Racing Release - Terre Haute, Indiana…….After racing in pavement races last year for DePalma Motorsports, Kody Swanson took advantage of his first dirt start with the team in the Silver Crown Series presented by Traxxas by winning Sunday’s “Sumar Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track. The Kingsburg, California driver retook the lead on lap 38 and and was untouchable over a long green-flag run to win in the Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

“To be able to run with these guys all year, I don’t know if I can describe how excited I am to run for the championship with this team. I thought, ‘Man, wouldn’t we really surprise some people if we went to Terre Haute, a place that I shouldn’t be any good at, and pull off a win?’ We’ve put together a dirt sprint car and went to Florida and last night at Lawrenceburg, just trying to get me better, so to reward that the first race out is special. This group works so hard and has so much passion for Silver Crown racing, so I’m really proud to win here for them,” Swanson said.

Swanson led from the outset after qualifying second, but a flurry of early cautions posed restart after restart for him to hold of challenges. Chris Windom vaulted to second, as Bobby East also moved forward to shuffle polesitter Tracy Hines back to fourth. That foursome came to a pivotal restart on lap 35, when Swanson continued to lead on the high side.

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Windom hit the bottom to take the lead after the green came out, taking the lead as they completed lap 36. Hines was surging back to the front, as he bolted by Windom to claim the point on lap 37. By then, Swanson had regained his momentum on the top to take the lead as the field completed the 38th lap.

Hines was back to Swanson’s inside, about to take the lead as they finished lap forty, but a caution came out, giving Swanson the lead back. On the restart, he jumped to the bottom and pulled away from the field.

Swanson lapped up to fourth while distancing his lead, facing no challenges as the race went green the remainder of the 100-lap distance. For Swanson, it was his fourth career series win.

“I knew the top was getting awful thin, even early on, as I was leading. I thought I’d have to come down at some point, but it was great to race with those guys and battle my way back to the lead. I think changing with the race track, and being able to move around when you need to, is so important to win on dirt and I’m still learning that. To put together a whole race at Terre Haute and win is exciting for all of us,” Swanson said.


USAC at Lawrenceburg Saturday, Terre Haute Sunday

The snow has finally melted and we're hoping to go racing this weekend with the USAC National Sprint car and Silver Crown series' in Indiana.  Driving the DePalma Motorsports/Hampshire Engines #63, Kody will join the USAC National Sprint car series at Lawrenceburg's 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday night.  Then on Sunday night, Kody and the team will meet the USAC Silver Crown series for their season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track, the 100-lap "Sumar Classic" on the big 1/2 mile.  

Also- USAC has introduced a new interactive way for fans from across the country to stay involved this season, with the USAC Silver Crown series pool.  The published release is included below, the rules and selection sheets are linked to download, and it is FREE to play!  So make your picks, and send them in to by 4:00 p.m. EDT(3:00 p.m. CDT) on Sunday, April 6 for your chance to win a Hoosier Racing Tire Jacket, and eventually become USAC's Inaugural Silver Crown Fan of the Year.  

  USAC Silver Crown Pool Kicks off Sunday!

(March 31, 2014) – Interested in earning the title of “USAC Silver Crown Fan of the Year”?  Want a chance to win prizes from each USAC Silver Crown race? Your chance for all that starts this Sunday with Round One of the Inaugural USAC Silver Crown Pool.  And, entry to this Pool is FREE, so no reason not to take your shot at the big win.

Conducted in similar style to the popular Chili Bowl Pool among others, the USAC Silver Crown Pool will include six driver groups for each of the eleven events on the series schedule with Pool winners crowned for each event and ultimately a season-long Pool champion that will be crowned “USAC Silver Crown Fan of the Year” and earn a pair of tickets to USAC’s Night of Champions awards banquet.

Selection sheets along with rules and points breakdown for this Sunday’s Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute action track are attached in both Excel and PDF formats.  Simply make one selection from each of the six groups, fill in the tiebreaker and get your entry to by 4:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. PDT) on Sunday, April 6.

The winner of Sunday’s USAC Silver Crown Pool Round One will win a Hoosier Racing Tire jacket and toboggan.

USAC Silver Crown Pool - RULES

USAC Silver Crown Pool - Terre Haute Selection Sheet

Inaugural USAC Silver Crown Pool Schedule:
Round One – April 6 (Terre Haute Action Track)
Round Two – May 17 (Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis)
Round Three – May 22 (Indiana State Fairgrounds)
Round Four – June 14 (Gateway Motorsports Park)
Round Five – June 29 (Memphis International Raceway)
Round Six – July 24 (Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis)
Round Seven – August 1 (Belleville High Banks)
Round Eight – August 16 (Illinois State Fairgrounds)
Round Nine – August 31 (DuQuoin State Fairgrounds)
Round Ten – September 20 (Eldora Speedway)
Round Eleven – October 11 (New York State Fairgrounds)
Speed Chasers announces Kody Swanson to return as their primary driver in 2014

March 12, 2014 - Speed Chasers, Inc. Release - Speed Chasers is pleased to announce that Kody Swanson will again be our primary driver in 2014. However, he has rides for the entire USAC Silver Crown series and the USAC Pavement Midgets and will be trying for the championship in each. So when Kody is busy Tyler Roahrig will be driving for us. Tyler ran for Speed Chasers four times in 2013 and got a 2nd place at Anderson. Tyler will also have a full schedule in late model stock cars where he has been a top driver for several years. We are really looking forward to working again with both Kody and Tyler. Both are outstanding drivers and competitors but also men of character from racing families. An added bonus for me is that both are deeply interested in the engineering of race cars and the flow of ideas has already been beneficial.

Kody will be missing our opening races in Florida for the best of reasons. He needs to go back to Kingsburg to participate in the wedding of his brother, Tanner. That means that Tyler will be kicking off the season for us at Pensacola. Now if the snow would only melt so we can get the race car out of the shop! -Tom

RFMS announces Kody Swanson their USAC Pavement Midget Driver

March 3, 2014 - RFMS Release - We are pleased to announce that Kody Swanson is racing the USAC Midget Pavement schedule for the RFMS Racing team in the 2014 season! At only the age of 25, Kody is a USAC National Silver Crown, Sprint, and Midget feature winner. Before his senior year of high school, he won the USAC Western Sprint Car Championship and was named Rookie of the Year in 2005. Then in 2007, Kody became the 19th driver in USAC history to ‘sweep’ a Sprint and Midget doubleheader. Since then, he has had an impressive career; clinching tracks records in 7 different states and feature wins in 10 states: CA, OR, NV, UT, IL, IN, MI, OH, NC, and FL. Now, Kody holds the record for the fastest driver in USAC Traditional Silver Crown history, at 146.212mph. If Kody isn’t impressive enough on the track, he also is an excellent student. He was the valedictorian of Kingsburg High School in 2006, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University in 2010.

Kody scores his 1st career USAC National Dirt Sprint car Fast Time in Ocala

February 22, 2014 - While the 2014 USAC Silver Crown season is still over a month away, Kody and the DePalma Motorsports team have already made some progress on their season. Knowing that the short track dirt events would be the biggest challenge for their driver, the team got the ball rolling to get some experience together and help Kody prepare for the upcoming year. Last weekend, they traveled to Ocala, Florida for “Winter Dirt Games V,” the three race USAC National Sprint car season opener at Bubba Raceway Park.

With 34 cars on hand for opening night, things started out a little tough for Kody and the #63 team. They went out later in time trials, and turned a lap of 15.658 seconds, which was only good enough for 25th quick. After starting 7th in his heat race, Kody was running in the 6th position, but still out of a transfer spot when his ignition box went out on the final lap, relegating them to the B-main event. After a quick change of ignition boxes, Kody started 9th in hopes of making it to the top 6 and a transfer position for the night’s A-main event. At the conclusion of the 12-lap semi-feature, Kody was scored in the 8th position, and would be done for the night.

After Friday night’s events were rained out, only the Saturday night finale was left to rebound and build some momentum on the season before the long trip home. With 32 cars returning to make the call, Kody went out 30th in the qualifying order. With an exciting lap of 14.216 seconds, Kody topped the speed charts and set Fast Time for the first time in his career in the USAC National Dirt Sprint car series, picking up an extra $200 bonus courtesy of ProSource. By virtue of his qualifying time, Kody would start 6th in his preliminary heat race. In the opening laps Kody moved into 5th, and finally passed for 4th with just two laps remaining to secure a transfer position to the night’s A-Main event. For the 30-lap feature, Kody started outside of row 3 in the 6th spot. The cars and drivers battled a very heavy racetrack in the feature event, producing some exciting wheelstands,
but making it very tricky to get around the 3/8 mile track. Unfortunately, Kody and the #63 were unable to go forward, but held on for an 11th place finish. Even still, Kody and the team were happy with the night’s effort and the progress they made since Thursday night’s opener. “Things were definitely tough on Thursday night, but these guys didn’t give up on me, and I was really glad to bounce back the way we did qualifying on Saturday. Bob, Clark and the whole DePalma family really put a lot into this, and I’m really thankful to work with such a great group of guys,” said Kody.

The next sprint car event for Kody and the DePalma #63 is still to be determined. Their next event currently scheduled is the USAC Silver Crown season opening “Sumar Classic” on April 6th at the Terre Haute Action Track.


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