BROWNSBURG, Ind – Maybe we should just rename the annual USAC Silver Crown race during the Brickyard 400 race weekend at the Lucas Oil Raceway the “Swanson 100.”
Entering this year’s race, brothers Kody and Tanner Swanson have finished 1-2 in four of the last five Silver Crown races at the .686-mile oval.
Tonight, they made it five-for-six, as Kody held off Tanner on a late race restart en route to his second career win at LOR and 14th of his career tying Dave Darland and Chuck Gurney for fifth all-time.
Swanson, started on the pole and led all 100 Laps in tonight’s Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic, as he cruised to his second win of the season.
It didn’t come as easy as it could have though, as his brother Tanner who started fourth quickly moved up to second by Lap 30. He would trail Kody for the next 70 laps, as he got lucky on three cautions flags.
The first flew when Patrick Lawson spin into the wall inbetween Turns 1 and 2 on Lap 42.
But, on the restart, Kody pulled away to a commanding lead.
With 15 laps-to-go though, Shane Cottle bunched the field back up as he stalled on the track exiting Turn 2 on Lap 85. But, like the start of the race, and the other restart, Kody pulled away.
The win was his for the taking as he held a big enough lead to cruise to the victory, but another caution flew on Lap 98 of the 100 lap feature. This time Austin Nemire spun on the front stretch with two laps-to-go, bringing out the third and final caution.
It set up a shootout for the win.
Tanner was restarting on the bumper of his brother and needing to get by him for a record setting six Silver Crown victory at LOR. It would also give him his third win of the season, two of which coming at LOR.
Unfortunately, his brother was too much as Kody cruised to the victory and took back the points lead after losing it in the last race at Gateway following a blown tire leading to a crash.
Tanner, would come home second, while Jerry Coons Jr. Bobby Santos III and Chris Windom rounded out the top five.
Ryan Newman who started second tonight would bring his car home sixth.
The series has a few weeks off before the next race on Aug. 13 in Salem, Indiana.
Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic Results:
- 63 Kody Swanson
- 02 Tanner Swanson
- 20 Coons Jr.
- 22 Santos
- 98 Windom
- 21 Newman
- 8 Grant
- 07 Wilson
- 20 Axsom
- 99 Liguori
- 55 Shuman
- 91 Nemire
- 57 Studley
- 40 Byrne
- 2 Lawson
- 81 Cottle
- 71 Cockrum