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K&N News Release- TK Motorsports' Brothers on Winning, Setting Records and Pleasing Fans

Kody and Tanner are each other's greatest rivals and supporters, it's clearly a winning combination.
Kody and Tanner are each other's greatest rivals and supporters, it's clearly a winning combination.
"Man that sure started out to be a great night," remarked Kody Swanson. At 22 Kody is the older half of the K&N sponsored TK Motorsports brothers by nearly three years. Tanner is the other half, and together they make a whole significantly larger than the sum of their parts. They are brothers and allies first, and each other's most competitive adversaries a distant second.

The event Kody refers to was the 70th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale's Toyota Speedway. The occasion featured both Kody and Tanner pulling double-duty in the USAC Western Sprint and National Midget divisions, driving their own TK Motorsports Sprint Cars and the Midget teams of Wilke-Pak Motorsports and Don Fike's RFMS Racing. And as they had all year long, in the 2010 season ending race the Swanson Brothers once more stole the show and left fans craving for more in 2011.

For the Rest of the Story, please visit the link through K&N News .....................Tom DeVette Photo

 
     
 

Swanson set to drive the Wilke-PAK #11 at the 2011 Chili Bowl Nationals!

In this year's 25th Annual Lucas Oil "Chili Bowl Midget Nationals" held at the Tulsa, Oklahoma Expo Center, Kody Swanson will set out in search of the "Silver Driller" from behind the wheel of the Wilke-PAK Motorsports #11. An event that has drawn up to 280 competitors, the "Chili Bowl" will feature racing action in the "Quik Trip Center" from Tuesday January 11 through Saturday the 15th. Swanson and the #11 will hit the track for Thursday night's preliminary action, and return on Saturday in search of the Victory Lane and the coveted "Silver Driller" in the 50-lap A-Feature Event.

 
     
 

Kody Swanson Wins "Turkey Night" Sprint Feature!

On Thanksgiving night at the 70th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale's Toyota Speedway, TK Motorsports Swanson Brothers stole the show. The event featured both Kody and Tanner pulling double-duty in the USAC Western Sprint and National Midget divisions, driving their own TK Motorsports sprint cars and the Midget teams of Wilke-Pak Motorsports and Don Fike's RFMS Racing. The show really got started in Western Sprint qualifying, when Kody Swanson broke the 16.37 second track record set in 2003 with a lap 16.17 seconds! However, always prepared to steal the spotlight, Tanner Swanson put his #17 at the top of the board and broke Kody's new track record with his own lap of 16.13 seconds! Next up in National Midget qualifying, Tanner was the first of the brothers to go out in his Don Fike owned #3, and he tied the track record set just a few cars before him with a lap of 16.52 seconds. One of the last cars to go out, Kody put his Wilke-Pak #11 on the pole with a lap of 16.47 seconds and a new track record!

Qualifying Recap: Tanner sets and holds Toyota Speedway NEW TRACK RECORD in USAC Western Sprintcars at 16.13 seconds. Kody sets and holds Toyota Speedway NEW TRACK RECORD in USAC National Midgets at 16.47 seconds.

Race Time: In the USAC Western Sprint feature, Kody and Tanner lined up 5th and 6th after a 6-car invert of the fastest qualifiers. At the drop of the green, the brothers quickly moved through the pack, with Kody taking the lead and Tanner in 2nd on lap 6. Just before the half-way point, Tanner had a mechanical failure under the hood of the #17, and fell out after running a close 2nd and pressuring for the lead during the early part of the race. Kody held on to a dominant win, after Tanner's misfortune, to score the first "Turkey Night" feature win for him and his TK Motorsports team! The USAC National Midget feature had the Swanson brothers lined up 1st and 3rd after their qualifying efforts, set to take on the 1/2 mile track for the 98-lap event. At the drop of the green, Kody shot to the lead, with Tanner also toward the front until his streak of bad luck continued, as another engine failure ended his night in the #3. Kody continued to battle among the Top 5 competitors with a tire going down for the first 40-laps, before the Right Rear tire finally blew out and ended his night. Although the National Midget feature didn't finish as planned, the Swanson brothers still made a huge impression on the fans at the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." Thanks for your interest in TK Motorsports, and look for the final 2010 newsletter to come out soon!

 
  Check out the Post-Race Article from ToyotaMotorsports.com  
     
 

Ventura's "ARP Fall Midget Classic" Cancelled

The 2010 edition of the "ARP Fall Midget Classic" at Ventura Raceway was cancelled due to forecasts of continuing rain.

 
     
 

Tough Night for Swanson in Tulare

It was a battle for Kody Swanson and the Team 6R/TK Motorsports #19 in Tulare's "Pacific Coast Nationals." After a fairly strong run in practice, Kody had a tough time dealing with the tricky entrance to turn 3 on the 1/3 mile oval, and qualified a meager 20th position. The highlight of Swanson's night came in the 8-lap heat race, where Kody drove his powered by Toyota #19 to a full-straightaway lead and the preliminary event win. Based upon his qualifying effort, Kody started the 30-lap feature from the 19th position, hoping to make a run toward the front of the pack. However, before 2 laps had been completed, a massive pile-up in turns 1 & 2 collected 8 cars, one of them being Kody Swanson. The TK Motorsports team hurried to make repairs, but a broken Right Front shock kept the #19 from continuing.

 
     
 

3 Events Remain in 2010 Racing Action

Kody Swanson and the USAC National Midget series will compete in three events in three weeks to cap off the 2010 USAC Racing season. Starting this weekend, November 13, with the "Pacific Coast Nationals" at the Tulare Thunderbowl, then to the November 20th "ARP Fall Midget Classic" at Ventura Raceway, and ending with the 70th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale on Thanksgiving night.

 
     
  For More Information on the "Pacific Coast Nationals:" Please visit www.tularethunderbowl.com  
  For More Information on the "ARP Fall Midget Classic:" Please visit www.venturaraceway.com  
  For More Information on the "Turkey Night Grand Prix:" Please click here  
     
 

Upcoming: Turkey Night's 2010 Season Finale!

Turkey Night Grand Prix at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale----November 25

The Swanson brothers will return to the Turkey Night Grand Prix each looking for their first career win at Irwindale. The duo will be competing in their very own TK Motorsports cars for the Western Sprint feature, while for the National Midget race Kody will return to the Wilke-Pak #11 and Tanner will make his 1st career start in a Don Fike owned #3.

 
     
 

Special Announcement from TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale:

From Now until November 14th, you can order tickets for the 70th Running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" for just $10! Normally $20, these half-off tickets are available for purchase online at the track's website: www.toyotaspeedwayatirwindale.com

 
     
 

Swanson Stars in return to USAC Western Midgets

2010 Speedfest at LVMS' Bullring---October 30

When the USAC Western Midget series traveled to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Bullring, not many knew that Kody Swanson would show up in a Wilke-Pak #11. However, when the series left the Bullring, everyone knew that the Wilke #11 and Kody Swanson had been there. After skipping Friday night's optional practice sessions, Kody and the Wilke team used just two sessions on Saturday to adjust to the racetrack and dial themselves in for the night's feature event. In qualifying, Kody pulled out a lap of 13.782 seconds, shattering the old track record and setting quick time by nearly two tenths! By virtue of a 4-car invert, Kody would line up outside Row 2 for the start of the night’s 40-lap feature event. At the drop of the green, the inside row got a great jump on the field, forcing Kody to split some competitors 3-wide, through the middle, to keep from losing positions. Kody held on to 4th by the backstraightaway, and had taken 3rd by the end of lap 1. Kody made the pass for 2nd on lap 3, and quickly began his pursuit of leader Daniel Bedford. By lap 6, Kody had pulled to the leader's back bumper, but never could get enough of a run to complete a pass. On lap 13, Kody saw the upcoming lapped traffic as his oppurtunity to get the lead, and was able to pull alongside Bedford for the lead down the backstretch, completing the pass by lap 14. Kody quickly began building a lead when the brakes overheated on his #11, allowing Bedford to re-enter the battle for the lead. Lap 18 brought out the caution, as Bedford's car slowed in turns one and two. The brief caution period allowed the brakes on the #11 to cool, and Kody to resume the lead. The remainder of the 40-lapper went caution free as Kody continued to pull away in the Wilke-Pak, powered by Toyota, #11 Spike Chassis, and pick up the feature win! Kody will return behind the wheel of the Wilke-Pak #11 for this year's "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

 
     
 

Kody Swanson finishes 3rd in 2010 USAC Silver Crown Standings!

USAC Silver Crown "Rollie Beale 150" at Toledo Speedway----October 16

The Swanson brothers entered the "Rollie Beale 150" each with one goal in mind: "to win this race." Tanner was looking to back up his first career win from Marne, Michigan's "Great Lakes 150," while Kody was looking for his first pavement Silver Crown win and the chance to steal away the series Championship. The brothers qualified their Team 6R Racing cars in 5th and 9th, Kody then Tanner, and set the stage for the big 150-lap feature around Toledo's half-mile speedway. With such a long race, and tire management a serious factor, the brothers began methodically working their way to what they hoped would land them in Victory Lane. Kody moved from 5th to 4th in the early laps, and took over 3rd by lap 20, and set his sights on the leaders. Tanner was amongst a heated battle that featured 5th through 12th, trying to work his way to the front. After a short caution, Kody began stalking the two leaders, waiting to make his move. On lap 58, leader Jacob Wilson, suffered a mechanical issue, bringing out the caution and ending his night. Kody moved to 2nd as result, and began his pursuit of leader Jerry Coons Jr. Several times, the two would enter lapped traffic, and as Kody was making his move for the lead the caution would come out and negate the attempt. This was the most evident on lap 123, when Kody had a run to the inside of the leader when the red-flag came out. Tanner had been the victim of some hard-racing by his competitors, and when the two others collided, it sent Tanner hard into the wall, merely a victim of their circumstances. Tanner was ok, but his #23 and his chances of winning had met their end. Kody continued his pursuit of the leader, and made a valiant late-race attempt in lapped traffic to no avail, as the older Swanson brought his #19 home in the 2nd position for the 3rd time in only 9 races! The finish earned Kody 3rd in the final championship standings, just 11 out of the lead in one of the tightest championship battles in Silver Crown history!

 
     
 

Another "Top 5" Finish for Swanson in Silver Crown

USAC Silver Crown at Terre Haute's Action Track----October 9

The Swanson brothers headed to Terre Haute, Indiana for the last dirt race on the 2010 Silver Crown schedule. The 100-lap "Sumar Classic" would be the first career start for both Kody and Tanner in the Silver Crown cars at the famous 1/2 mile. After qualifying 21st and 24th, Tanner then Kody, the brothers would have a long road to the front in the 100-lapper. At the drop of the green, the duo began making their way through the field, Tanner leading Kody, and by half-way had made it up to 14th and 15th. Kody got around Tanner on a restart as the two moved to 13th & 14th, when Tanner got a flat RR tire a few laps later. Tanner returned with a fresh tire, but a few laps down. Kody continued toward the front, and with caution laps ceasing to count after lap 70, Kody was able to gain a number of positions as some of the front-runners got impatient and crashed out. As the checkered flags flew, Kody had made it all the way to the 5th position! Although it was a long road getting there, a solid "Top 5" finish kept Kody in Championship contention, just 27 points out of the lead with one race remaining! Tanner came back from his flat tire to a 13th place finish, as the younger Swanson continues to impress as he battles adversity to make some strong performances.

 
     
  Swanson returns to USAC National Dirt Midget Competition

USAC National Midget "Gold Crown Nationals"---- September 30-October 2, 2010

Kody Swanson returned to USAC National Dirt Midget action for the first time since June's Indiana Midget week to compete in the "Gold Crown Nationals" in Granite City, Illinois. The format for this event was two preliminary nights with Saturday's finale to pay $15,000 to-win! On the first night, Kody clipped an infield tire in an attempted pass for the lead in his heat race, forcing him to start 7th in the semi-feature that only transferred two to the feature event. After getting pushed into another tire, Kody drove the car with a bent front axle to a 3rd place finish, just missing the A-main. On night #2, Kody finished 5th in his heat race and lead all 12 laps to win the semi-main and transfer to the feature event! Starting 21st, Kody made it all the way up to 12th in the early laps before a Right Front Shock/Spring problem made the car very ill-handling, and Kody fell to a 17th place finish. In Saturday's events, Kody started 8th in the semi-main that transferred 8 to the night's A-main finale. After battling throughout the entire race, Kody missed the transfer by less than two-feet at the line. In a fortunate turn of events, Kody was granted the Promoter's Provisional and started the feature event in 26th! After 50-laps of racing, Kody had traveled from 26th up toward 17th, back to 24th, and forward to a 21st place finish. Although the end results weren't quite what the Team 6R/TK Motorsports team was hoping for, it still gave them some good experience heading into the remaining season events at Tulare and Ventura, California.

 
     
  Swanson Brothers head to Eldora's "4-Crown"

USAC Silver Crown "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway----September 25

The Swanson brothers entered the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway each looking for a strong run. Tanner was looking to gain valuable experience in his first trip to the famed 1/2 mile, while Kody was looking to keep himself in Championship contention in the USAC Silver Crown series. After qualifying 17th and 24th, Tanner then Kody, the brothers had a lot of racing to do in a short amount of time to salvage some good finishes. In the semi-main, Kody moved from 12th to 6th, while Tanner held on to his 5th position to earn them both spots in the feature event. Starting together in Row 9, 17th and 18th, the brothers began moving forward in the 50-lapper. Tanner impressively began putting slide-jobs on the competition, moving up a handful of positions in a short amount of time and looking like a veteran. By lap 9, Tanner had moved toward the top 12 when he got into trouble in turn two, and when another car got into him, he broke a rear end and ended what was impressive run for the series rookie. Kody continued on, picking up where Tanner left off, and moved himself toward the top 12. As the race wound down, Kody made an attempt to pass into the top 10, and gave up his 11th position to finish a solid 12th after battling from a 24th place qualifying effort. Although it wasn't quite the results the brothers wanted, their Eldora experience was still positive with two races remaining on the the Silver Crown schedule.

 
     
 

Despite the End Result, Swanson Brothers Star in Harvest Classic

SMRA SuperModifieds at Madera Speedway----September 18

The 2010 Harvest Classic was the first Super race at the historic speedway to ever feature TWO Swansons, as young Tanner was making his SuperModified debut behind the wheel of Tom Joyce’s #56, while Kody returned for the season finale in Lance Tatro’s #72. Tanner picked up the new type of car like he’d been racing them all season, putting his #56 4th in the qualifying order, while Kody struggled and ended up 6th with the #72. With his effort, Tanner earned a spot in the trophy dash, and when a warm-up crash depleted another car from the line-up, Kody entered the event as an alternate and started from the tail. As the field quickly spread in the 4-lap dash, Kody shot to 2nd from 4th, with Tanner in 3rd for the entire event. The duo then finished 3rd and 4th in the heat race, Tanner then Kody, before preparing for the night’s 50-lap feature event. The field would line-up with Kody starting 5th, and Tanner 7th, as the 410 Supers would start inverted behind the field of 360 Supers. At the drop of the green, Kody shot to the inside went from 5th to the lead in the first lap! As Kody tried to build his lead, Tanner was quickly learning how to negotiate traffic in his first career start. The young Swanson made it look easy, moving from 7th to 4th in the first lap, to 3rd by lap 2 and 2nd by lap 3. From there, the chase was on, Kody leading Tanner as the Swanson brothers lead the SuperModifieds One-Two at Madera Speedway. The first 30 laps went caution free, and while the distance between Kody and Tanner fluctuated as the duo navigated lapped traffic, the order never changed among the leaders. A restart on lap 31 erased Kody’s lead margin, and put the younger Swanson in a position to challenge for the lead. Yet Kody again pulled away for a few laps before Tanner began erasing his lead. By lap 38, Tanner was within two-carlengths of Kody when the brothers entered lapped traffic. Kody quickly shot three-wide to the inside and cleared traffic when Tanner was clipped by a lapper on the front-stretch, spinning through the grass and ending his valiant run in the #56. One Swanson down, One to go. On the lap 39 restart, Kody quickly began building his lead, less than 10 laps from his first SuperModified win, when disaster struck on lap 41. Coming off of turn 4, the left rear axle on the #72 sheared off, sending Kody spinning down the front-straightaway and the Tatro Racing team out of the race, ending their run after 41 laps in the top spot. Two Swansons down. Even though the results will show that the Swansons finished the Harvest Classic in the infield, those in attendance will remember Tanner in the #56 and Kody in the #72 putting on a show in what could have, and probably should have, been another Swanson brothers One-Two.

 
  Read the Post-Race Article written by Team Owner Lance Tatro  
     
 

Kody Swanson Wins "Ted Horn 100" in DuQuoin, Illinois!

Fresh off of their 1st-2nd feature event “sweep” in Marne, Michigan, Tanner and Kody Swanson traveled to DuQuoin Illinois to compete for Team 6R Racing, powered by Toyota, in this year’s “Ted Horn 100.” This was Tanner’s first trip to DuQuoin, and Kody’s first time back in two years after last year’s event was rained out. In qualifying, Tanner and Kody proved to be very equal, qualifying 15th and 16th, Tanner then Kody. At the drop of the green for the 100-mile event, Tanner and Kody barreled into turn one, splitting the car in front of them three-wide, with Kody coming out of two with the advantage, and up to the 14th spot. In the race’s early laps the brothers moved up to 13th & 14th, when a spun cam drive ended young Tanner’s night on lap 13. As Kody continued, he was able to pass up to 11th by the race’s mandatory red flag at lap 51. During the stop, teams were allowed to add fuel and change tires, with those changing tires to start behind the teams that didn’t. Kody and his Team 6R team didn’t change tires, and restarted the race with the lead! The first car to change tires started directly behind in 3rd, leaving Kody with a 50-lap shootout against racecars with brand new tires. Kody held a lead of up to a dozen car-lengths, and was leading by about 4 lengths when the caution flew with 15 laps remaining, setting up a 10-lap dash to the finish. On the restart, Kody opened a small margin, but had it quickly erased by a hard-charging Jon Stanbrough. As the two continued to battle for the lead, the race hit a peak moment with a few laps remaining when Jon shot to the inside of Kody entering turn one. Jon drove past Kody into turn one, but couldn’t hold the line as his momentum carried him out to the second groove, allowing Kody to pass back by on the bottom and re-take the lead! For the final laps, Kody held a steady pace and held on to score his first career USAC Silver Crown victory! Ironically, Tanner and Kody scored their first career Silver Crown events in back-to-back races!

 
     
 

Rich Vogler Memorial at Winchester Speedway

For the first time in their careers, the Swanson Brothers headed to Winchester Speedway, the famed high-banked half-mile dubbed the “fastest half-mile in the world.” Against a field full of veterans, the brothers ranked 14th and 15th in the early practice sessions. In qualifying, Tanner improved his time from 15.09 to a 14.68 and timed in 14th place. After Kody timed a 15.04 in practice, he managed to drop all the way to a 14.35 lap in qualifying, earning him a 3rd place effort! In preliminary heat race action, Tanner was using the bottom part of the track in an attempt to complete a pass when disaster struck. The #17 hit a bump in the track entering turn 1 and turned around, sending Tanner up toward the wall and ending his first day at Winchester. Kody would line up 4th for the 50-lap “Rich Vogler Memorial,” and fell to 6th by the end of the front-stretch. The 410 engines of his competitors had a huge advantage on starts, Kody’s 360 struggled to keep up on restarts. For the first half of the race, Kody battled among the Top 5, when a slower car pinned Kody in traffic, causing him to fall to 11th by a mid-race caution. The TK Motorsports team brought Kody down pit road to change tires, hoping to make a late-race run back to the front. By races end, Kody drove the #75 back to a solid 10th place feature finish.

 
     
 

Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic at Salem Speedway

After the USAC National Sprintcar series sat idle for over a month, TK Motorsports returned to action on the high-banks of Salem Speedway. With a 39 degree bank in turns 3 & 4, this half-mile racetrack can be extremely fast and intimidating. In qualifying, Kody spun sideways coming to the green flag, and while managing to keep it out of the fence, could only muster an 8th place effort on his 2nd lap. Being Tanner’s first career start at Salem Speedway, his 9th place qualifying run was a solid performance. After transferring through preliminary heat races for the night’s 50-lap Joe James/Pat O’Connor Classic, the Swanson brothers lined up 8th and 9th for the feature event. While positions shuffled about in the opening laps, Kody moved up to 7th, with Tanner running 10th on a very tricky racetrack. The brothers maintained their position until a lap 28 red flag reset the field with just 22 laps remaining. On the restart, Kody quickly moved
to the outside in hopes to take over 6th, when a 4-car battle broke out for the position. At one point, Kody fell all the way to 9th before making it back to 7th with a few laps remaining. By this time, Tanner’s #17 began to experience handling issues, and with fear of a tire going flat, he retired to the pits. Coming to the white flag, Kody was able to take over the 6th position, and hold on for a solid finish at the Salem Speedway.

 
     
 

Swanson Brothers Sweep USAC Silver Crown Feature 1st & 2nd!

After disappointing circumstances left Tanner & Kody 20th and 23rd at the conclusion of the USAC Silver Crown event at O’Reilly Raceway Park, the Swanson brothers looked to turn their luck, and their season, around at Berlin Raceway on August 12th. In qualifying Tanner timed in 3rd, with Kody in 6th, setting the brothers up with great starting positions for the night’s 150-lap feature event. At the drop of the green, Tanner held his 3rd position, while Kody moved to the
5th spot. In the next few laps, Tanner fell to 4th in an effort to conserve his tires and racecar to last the duration of the event, setting up a strong run toward the end of the feature. Over the next 70 laps Tanner and Kody toured the Berlin Raceway oval, moving to 3rd and 4th and setting their sights on the race leaders. As the event approached the lap 95 mark, the brothers found themselves in a heated battle for the lead. The Top 4 racecars were nose-to-tail, for just about a lap before mayhem broke loose. Tanner went to the outside, while Kody went low, as the duo attempted to move three-wide for the 2nd position. Tanner came out with the upper-hand, took over 2nd and made the pass for the lead on lap 100! With Tanner out front, Kody was left alone to deal with the other two cars, and shot from 4th to 2nd in the same lap! With just under 50 laps remaining, Kody set his sights on his younger brother, hoping to take over the top spot for himself. The battle for the lead continued, as the brothers began to weave through lapped traffic, even splitting cars three-wide at times! However, as the laps wound down and the lapped cars changed, one thing remained the same: Tanner Swanson was leading the race. With two laps remaining, Kody pulled to the back bumper of his brother, only to have a lapped car deny the chance for a last lap pass attempt. Tanner Swanson, driving the Team 6R Racing #23, powered by Toyota, drove from 3rd to the lead in a matter of moments, then proceeded to hold off his older brother in the final laps to score his first career USAC Silver Crown victory! With Tanner in Victory Lane, and Kody in tow, the “Great Lakes 150” marked the first time in USAC Silver Crown history that brothers swept a feature event 1st & 2nd!

 
     
  Video: Swanson Wins at ORP, gives Wilke-Pak historic win #134!  
  Article Release: Swanson dominates in Wilke-Pak #11 at ORP  
     
 

Swanson gives Wilke-Pak historic USAC National win #134!

On May 29th, Kody Swanson made his debut behind the wheel of the Wilke-Pak #11, but his solid 3rd place finish in the “Night Before the 500” was outshined by his brother Tanner, as he picked up the win in his first attempt at O’Reilly Raceway Park. The USAC National Midget series returned to ORP on July 22nd, to kick off the opening night of Kroger Speedfest, which would include racing action from the USAC Silver Crown, NASCAR Truck and Nationwide series throughout the week. Kody returned behind the wheel of the Wilke-Pak #11, and Tanner was left without a midget ride, so the pressure was on for Kody to match the show put on by his brother just two months earlier. After qualifying 6th, and finishing 3rd in his preliminary heat race, Kody lined up on the pole of the 24 car field, and would lead them to green in the 30-lap event. At the drop of the flag, Kody shot from his inside position to the lead, increasing the gap back to 2nd place Jason Leffler until a lap 4 caution rebunched the field. With the 3-time National Midget Champ and NASCAR Nationwide standout on his rear bumper, Kody restarted his #11 back into the lead with 25-laps remaining. Leffler was able to get to the back bumper of Kody’s car in turn 1, but never again, as Kody pulled away off of turn 2 and increased his lead for the remainder of the event, taking the checkered flags with over a 3-second lead! The win was Kody’s first at ORP and first driving the Wilke-Pak #11, powered by Toyota, but it gave the Wilke-Pak team their 134th National win, breaking the record to become the winningest team in USAC history!

 
     
 

Disappointment looms in "JD Byrider 100" at ORP

Kroger Speedfest at O’Reilly Raceway Park was stop #4 for the K&N USAC Silver Crown series tour for 2010, and is always a schedule favorite because of its proximity to the “Racing Capital of the World” and conjunction with NASCAR weekend in Indianapolis. The “JD Byrider 100” event would start straight-up after qualifying and start 30 Silver Crown cars for the 100-lap affair around the 0.686 mile oval. The Swanson brothers qualified their Team 6R Racing, powered by Toyota, entries to 4th and 6th place efforts, with Kody leading Tanner. Fresh off of his National Midget feature win, Kody would line up his #19 outside row two, with Tanner in the Armstrong Garage Doors #23 directly behind outside row three.
At the drop of the green flag, Kody held the high line to take over the 3rd position, and trailed NASCAR Star Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet for the opening lap. Tanner, however, was making his first start from the front of the Silver Crown field, and was continuing to battle for the 6th position. By lap 5, Kody had already used the bottom of the racetrack to pass Newman, then Sweet, and take the lead in his Toyota powered #19. Over the next few laps, Kody pulled away to an 8-car length margin, and continued to distance himself from the field with ease. After a brief caution period, Kody would lead the field back to green on lap 25, when disaster struck. Apparently small debris from the caution had cut the Right Rear tire on the #19, causing it to begin going flat while Kody was leading the race! Obviously, the #19 began to lose speed and Kody faded to the rear of the lineup before finally blowing the tire out on lap 44. The blow out warranted a caution, and Kody brought the #19 to pit lane for a used set of tires only to find that Tanner was having tires issues as well, as a leaking Right Rear tire brought him to pit road in his #23. Each a few laps down, the Swanson brothers began to make their charge back up through the field. Kody was up around the Top 10 in the running order when a Right Front wheel problem on lap 68 sidelined his #19 for the remainder of the event. Tanner continued his battle, and made it all the way to 9th in the running order by feature’s end, but being laps down relegated him to a 20th place finish. Although the results were disappointing, the Swanson brothers were extremely fast at O’Reilly Raceway Park, and will be in contention to win on the USAC Silver Crown trail.

 
     
 

Swanson runs 2nd again in Tatro Racing SuperModified!

In his SuperModified debut, during the Vukovich Classic, Kody Swanson qualified the Tatro Racing #72 in the 3rd position, won his trophy dash, and led the main event before finishing in the 2nd position. On July 17th, Kody returned to the Tatro Racing team and Madera Speedway’s Pombo Classic, hoping to improve upon his record. In qualifying, he did just that. Kody toured the 1/3 mile oval in 12.77 seconds to post the fastest qualifying time! After starting in the back of the trophy dash, Kody settled for a 3rd place finishes in both of his preliminary events, the dash and heat race. Fresh off of his BCRA Midget win, Kody lined up his #72 in the 9th position for the 50-lap SuperModified feature, starting behind current stars Jim Birges and Lonnie Adamson, as well as a field full of 360 SuperModified drivers. At the drop of the green, Birges and Adamson shot to the inside, and were able to clear much of the slower traffic, while the holes closed in front of Kody, leaving him to do battle while the leaders got away. After 23 laps, Kody was finally able to clear the last 360, and begin his pursuit of Birges and Adamson from the 3rd position. Nearing the half-way point, Birges was forced to retire from overheating problems, advancing Adamson to the lead and Kody to 2nd. For the remaining laps, Kody continued to click off strong laps, but never gained much ground on the blue #98 that was over half a lap ahead, and settled for another solid 2nd place finish in the caution free 50-lap SuperModified feature event.

 
     
 

Kody Swanson drives the Neverlift Racing #15 to BCRA Victory Lane!

The Swanson brothers entered Madera Speedway for their first midget event at the track in 2010 as heavy favorites to take home the hardware. In the 6 USAC/BCRA Midget events held at the 1/3 mile speedplant in 2009, TK Motorsports’ Swanson Brothers took home 5 trophies, as Kody picked up 2 wins and Tanner 3, leaving only 1 to the competition. On this hot summer day, it was Tanner who would set “fast time” in the Paul Eskesen Racing #10, while Kody timed his Neverlift Motorsports #15 in the 2nd position, setting up a long day of head-to-head competition between the two. However, in the trophy dash Nick Foster Jr. decided to show his strength, as he drove his #1 machine to the win, with Tanner 2nd and Kody 3rd. Kody picked up the win in his preliminary heat race, with Nick and Tanner in tow, setting up what was sure to be a 3-car battle for the feature win. With Nick, Kody and Tanner starting 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively, the race to the front sure was a good one. By the drop of the green the young brothers were dicing through the pack, and by lap 3 they were running 2nd and 3rd. Kody cleared Foster for the lead by lap 4, when Tanner began to experience mechanical issues. The #10 broke a throttle shaft, ending Tanner’s night before the real battle even got started. After a lap 9 restart, Kody held off a hard-charging Foster for over 10-laps before he began pulling away to a small lead. With that, Kody was able to race to the finish and pick up the BCRA Midget win for the Prickett Family’s Neverlift Motorsports team in their #15, earning them a victory in only their first attempt together!

 
     
 
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