USAC SILVER CROWN HISTORY:
5x Silver Crown Champion
30 Silver Crown Wins
31 Silver Crown Poles
Feb., 28, 2021 — Doran Racing and Kody Swanson got their 2021 asphalt sprint car season off to an excellent start Saturday night by winning the “Dave Steele Memorial World Non-Winged Championship 125” at Showtime Speedway for the second year in a row.
Swanson, of Zionsville, Ind., drove the Lebanon, Ohio-based team’s No. 77 beast chassis sponsored by Glenn Farms of Woodland, Ga., to a 4.220-second victory on the three-eighths-mile asphalt oval for the $5,000 top prize.
The victory came after a hard-fought battle with Kyle O’Gara, who started on the pole and led the first 100 laps before Swanson passed him on lap 101 of the 125-lap event with a move to the inside as the pair flew down the frontstretch. The handling of O’Gara’s car started to go away with about 20 laps to go, resulting in Swanson’s large margin of victory. Prior to that the pair duked it out for about 55 intense laps, with Swanson running directly behind O’Gara or alongside him before he was able to make a pass stick.
Feb., 12, 2021 - By virtue of an eighth-place run Friday night, Kody Swanson was crowned the 2021 Pro Late Model champion. The five-time USAC Silver Crown champion and three-time Little 500 winner had never been in a Pro Late Model prior to making the trip to New Smyrna with Team Platinum, but one win and strong finishes throughout the week would put him on top at the end of the week.
“it sure means a lot, there’s so many wonderful people in my life, from my family, my wife and kids, and this team. The chance to meet them and for them to take a chance on me and bring me down here to one of the toughest racetracks for one of the toughest weeks to run Late Models and try to learn,” Swanson said. “To come away with the success we had and to win a championship is wonderful.
“I know it was anti-climatic but it was a battle to survive to the end. We had a lot of moments where we were dodging guys around us and I’m thankful to bring it home and finish it for them. Those guys deserve it, I’m thankful for Team Platinum for all their effort.”