By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
Madison, Illinois (August 19, 2022)………Entering Friday night, a rare blank had yet to be filled on Kody Swanson’s USAC Silver Crown resume that seemed almost as remarkable for its absence as does his record number of series wins and championships. Almost.
In three past series starts at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill., the Kingsburg, Calif. native had never won at the 1.25-mile paved oval. Not only that, he’d also never even led a single lap at the joint.
His fourth start, however, found a much more satisfying result for the six-time series titlist and, in the process, he broke a long-standing USAC Silver Crown record at the OutFront 100 in his Doran-Dyson Racing/Glenn Farms – Henry U.S.A. – Duncan Oil/Beast/Lanci Ford.
Swanson’s newest milestone came by virtue of him winning a USAC Silver Crown main event at a 14th different racetrack, surpassing the 13 distinct venues that 2002-03 series champ J.J. Yeley had won at in his USAC Triple Crown career.
The 37th USAC Silver Crown win for Swanson was his third consecutive after going winless throughout the first four races of the 2022 season as he increased his point lead to a season-high 63 markers when trouble befell his two closest title contenders in Logan Seavey and C.J. Leary.
After capturing his 40th career pole position earlier in the afternoon, Swanson led the opening lap under green, and the following seven, which were all under yellow following a turn one tangle between series Rookies Gregg Cory (17th) and Tom Paterson (18th), which sent Cory careening into the outside turn one wall. Paterson’s car limped away from the scene, putting a premature end to both drivers’ races just two laps in.
On the ensuing lap nine restart, 2013-14 WWT Raceway winner Bobby Santos dove under Swanson to take command of the lead in turn three. Santos' hold up front was short lived as Justin Grant powered under Santos at the exit of turn two to take the reins all for himself on lap 10.
Davey Hamilton Jr. was the man of the moment shortly thereafter as the seventh-starting driver charged from 10th to first in a span of seven laps, shooting to the bottom by Grant for the lead on lap 18 all while sliding his left side wheels over the rumble strips getting into turn one.
Meanwhile, Swanson went full-Tom Petty, free fallin’ through the field back to the sixth position by lap 12 and remained mired on the outside of the top-five looking in with a quarter of the 100-mile, 80-lap distance complete.
On the 21st lap, second-running C.J. Leary entered turn three and suddenly veered right into the outside wall, an incident triggered by a flat right front tire. Leary glanced off the SAFER barrier but continued rolling to pit lane where his crew went to work. After a few ins and outs through pit lane, which forced him to go multiple laps down, Leary soldiered on to the finish line nine laps behind the leader in the 10th position in the final running order.
At that point in time, Swanson needed some redirection as he prepared to restart in the fifth position coming to the lap 25 restart.
“On that restart, I was fifth and might have been a little pouty and maybe I played some things wrong,” Swanson recalled. “I got in trouble and got a little further back than I wanted, but there were a bunch of drivers doing such a good job by drafting each other better than I was, so I got shuffled back. It took a good restart to get myself going.”
That certainly got the ball rolling for Swanson as he marched to fourth, to third and then to second with an outside pass of Grant in turn two on lap 29, then tracked down Hamilton, slipping under on the front straightaway, then clearing him with gusto at the entry to turn one on lap 33.
“I got by Justin and Davey, and I knew they were running awful hard, and it looked like they could do it all night, so I figured I was going to need to press hard and try to get the lead as soon as I could,” Swanson explained. “Luckily, I got a big draft on Davey to make the pass and we had great speed out front.”
For the final 25 laps, Hamilton pushed Swanson to the brink. After 10th running Travis Welpott came to a rest against the outside wall in turn one on lap 49, Hamilton used the lap 57 restart to motor his way into the lead briefly on the bottom of turn one. However, Swanson went undaunted and powered back around Hamilton at the exit of turn two to preserve his lead.
Santos, who had stopped during the preceding yellow flag with a tire issue, brought out the next yellow on the 59th lap when he stopped on the pit road exit in turn one, setting up another restart in which Hamilton used to edge into the lead by a full car length underneath Swanson in turn one on lap 61. Once again, Swanson hammered down to drive back by Hamilton around the outside to retain the lead off the second turn.
As Swanson stretched his lead to two seconds, the yellow flag was displayed for third-running Taylor Ferns who came to a halt on the front straightaway on lap 74, setting up one final chase with three laps to go as the field bunched up for the lap 78 resumption.
“Some of those restarts were awfully tough,” Swanson admitted. “(Davey) would get such a great draft, and he was really timing it right.”
Hamilton gave it one more timely attempt, and momentarily nosed ahead of Swanson in turns one and two, but couldn’t quite carry enough momentum off the bottom to dispose of Swanson. Instead, Swanson firmly and calmly drove back around on the high side and meticulously distanced himself from any challengers.
Swanson completed his task with success, 1.158 seconds in front at the finish line ahead of Davey Hamilton Jr., Mario Clouser, Justin Grant and Nathan Byrd. For Hamilton, Grant and Byrd, the finishes were the best results of their USAC Silver Crown careers.
Earlier in the day, Swanson became the first to reach 40 career USAC Silver Crown pole positions. As it turned out, his fastest lap was downright historic. Swanson set a new world speed record for a traditional USAC Silver Crown car during the Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying session with a time of 30.675 seconds, which translates to 146.699 mph, eclipsing the former speed record for a traditional Silver Crown car set by himself at Iowa Speedway with a 146.212 mph in 2012.
The term “traditional” is used in this matter due to the utilization of a “New Generation” “Super Speedway” car that was used in competition solely during the years of 2006-07. Aaron Pierce turned a qualifying lap of 175.012 mph during the brief era in USAC history at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006.
Swanson’s time trial run was monumental in a multitude of manners. It broke Chris Windom’s nine-year-old series track record at WWT of 31.082 seconds and 144.778 mph, set back in 2013.
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
Toledo, Ohio (August 6, 2022)………Since 1976, there’s been one individual who’s stood head and shoulders above all others in terms of USAC national feature victories at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway. That’s Rollie Beale.
On Saturday night, Kody Swanson moved atop the list, topping the 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champion’s long-standing record at his hometown track, and he did in the race named after the legend he passed.
Swanson’s sixth career USAC Silver Crown victory during Saturday night’s Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled By Marco’s Pizza at the half-mile paved oval in Toledo surpassed Beale’s five USAC National Sprint Car feature triumphs between 1971 and 1976 at the track.
The feat completed a “perfect game” of sorts for Swanson who picked off the fastest lap in Dirt Draft Practice, fast time in Fatheadz Qualifying along with leading all 100 laps in his Doran-Dyson Racing/Glenn Farms – Henry U.S.A. – Duncan Oil/Beast/Lanci Ford.
To boot, it was the Kingsburg, California native’s fourth consecutive win in the event, adding victories to his previous top-flight performances in 2011-15-18-19-21. Swanson, the only driver to have started all nine USAC Silver Crown events at Toledo, has now led 655 of the 1,000 total laps ever run in Silver Crown competition at Toledo.
Earlier in the evening, Swanson added to his Toledo accolades with a sixth career pole position at the track, the 39th of his career to go along with his 36th career win.
Only three drivers have won six career USAC Silver Crown poles at a single track. Swanson became the first to have at least six poles at two different tracks (Indianapolis Raceway Park & Toledo). His younger brother, Tanner Swanson (IRP) and Dave Steele (Phoenix International Raceway) are the others.
That’s six poles and six wins at Toledo for the six-time champ. That sort of six-pack is one that Swanson never tires of.
“You race to win; you race to have fun and you race to do it with your team and comrades, and you try to go out and do the best job you can for them,” Swanson praised. “These guys put in the effort that they want to win and so do I, so that’s the goal and that’s what we come for, and I’m really fortunate to be a part of this team.”
Prior to the start, Swanson’s fellow front row compadre, C.J. Leary, experienced an issue with the battery on his ride. That forced the June Madison winner to the pits and, by rule, relegated him to the back of the field for the start (officially 20th on the grid) while Taylor Ferns became the new occupant of the outside front row. In qualifying, Ferns recorded the best starting position for a woman in USAC Silver Crown history with a third-place qualifying run, besting the previous series record of fifth, set by herself at Toledo in 2021.
Swanson swooped to the lead right from the start as third-starting Justin Grant slipped under Ferns to gain the second position on the opening lap. Meanwhile, Leary was hustling from the back of the pack, gaining entry into the top-10 on the 27th lap and into the top-five on lap 47 as he dashed around the outside of Logan Seavey on the back straightaway on lap 42.
Just past halfway, while Swanson hastened to a commanding two-second advantage on the rest of the field on lap 56, the battle for second raged on. Third-running Ferns found some bite at the exit of turn two and made a run to the inside of Grant at the entry to turn three when the two drivers tires touched – Ferns’ right front and Grant’s left rear.
As a result, Ferns spun sideways, punching through the outside Styrofoam wall while both fifth-running Leary and 15th place Travis Welpott careened nose-first into the foam. Grant spun into the infield but motored on without stopping. Ferns and Welpott were finished for the night while Grant continued and Leary soldiered on, but wasn’t quite the same following the incident, dropping back to an 11th place result when all was said and done.
When racing resumed, Swanson raced away through traffic and maintained a sizable two second lead that dwindled only slightly through traffic, but not enough to place an enormous amount of pressure on Swanson’s advantage. Despite turning the majority of his fastest laps of the race during the latter stages, Swanson tried to maintain that razor’s edge balance between going hard while also trying to conserve as he worked his way through the traffic.
“It’s hard because you feel like you break your rhythm and it almost makes it worse,” Swanson explained. “There were a couple of times when I tried to change my pace and I got looser off and that made it harder on the tires. So, I just tried to find my rhythm and make it count. Lapped cars are a part of racing; you work your way through them and hope you don’t give up too much of a lead and just try to keep on going because you know these guys are coming behind you that make you have to earn it every time.”
Meanwhile, Santos looked high and low to get by Grant for the second position for several laps, and his perseverance paid off when he powered around the outside of Grant for the runner-up spot in turn two on lap 92. Yet, still, Santos had a long row to hoe with a nearly three second deficit and the clock running out.
Swanson’s clock was right on time as he passed under the checkered flag for the second consecutive points race after scoring a similarly dominant win in mid-July at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Swanson closed the door with a 3.114 second advantage to win once more at Toledo over Santos, Grant, Seavey and Russ Gamester who tallied his first USAC Silver Crown top-five result since finishing third at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track a decade ago in 2012.
By: Restart Communications
BROWNSBURG, Ind., Aug. 3 — Doran Racing’s Kody Swanson qualified third and finished third in the 33rd annual Joe James-Pat O’Connor Memorial at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park Monday night, but he had to come from eighth to achieve the podium finish after the top 10 qualifiers were inverted for the start of the 30-lapper.
Swanson had to work hard to move up in the extremely competitive field, but it provided good entertainment for the crowd, which enjoyed free general admission courtesy of Bald Spot Sports to the 500 Sprint Car Tour event presented by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores.
He experimented with various lines around the 0.686-mile asphalt oval with the No. 44, which is sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms, Glenn Farms and Duncan Oil and uses a Binks-prepped Chevy engine.
With the great finish Swanson now only trails the point leader, Dakoda Armstrong, by two points. He has 1,149 points to Armstrong’s 1,151 with only three races remaining in the series’ inaugural season.
Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who now resides in Indianapolis, dove to the inside in Turn 1 on the first lap to pass C.J. Leary and Kyle O’Gara and immediately rise from eighth to sixth. He passed Bobby Santos III for fifth on the second lap. He overtook Kenny Schrader on lap four to move into fourth.
Swanson remained in fourth place for eight laps, running just inches between Russ Gamester, who was third, and Schrader and then Tyler Roahrig, who passed Schrader on lap six to grab fifth place. Swanson passed Gamester for third on lap 12 as the top drivers jockeyed for position.
At the halfway point on lap 15 he was 1.262 seconds behind the second-place driver, Billy Wease, and 0.081 seconds ahead of the fourth-place driver, Roahrig. Swanson fought hard to hold off Roahrig for many laps. Lap 21 was a pivotal lap. Wease passed Armstrong for the lead on the backstretch. On the same lap Roahrig passed both Swanson and Armstrong to move from fourth to second, putting Armstrong in third and Swanson in fourth. Seconds later, with 22 laps down, the first and only yellow flew for Davey Hamilton Jr., who had stopped in Turn 2.
Swanson took full advantage of the restart, and dipped under Armstrong in Turn 1 for third on lap 23. Roahrig pressured Wease for the lead incessantly from that point on, while Swanson remained in third, about a second behind.
Roahrig passed Wease for the lead and the victory coming down for the checkered on the last lap, and won by only 0.160 of a second. Swanson was 1.115 behind Wease at the checkered and more than 2 seconds ahead of Santos, who finished fourth. Armstrong rounded out the top five followed by NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson.
Swanson set the third-fastest lap of the race on lap 4 with a time of 21.014 seconds. He qualified third with a lap in 20.608.
“We gave it everything we had, but eventually we just lost the handle on it,” Swanson said. “Tonight we were just third best.
“But we’ve had a great season so far, and I’m grateful for the support of our sponsors — Henry Repeating Arms, Glenn Farms and Duncan Oil. I’m also thankful for the hard work that everyone on this Doran Racing team puts in. I thank the fans for coming out on a Monday night too.”
The race was streamed live by Flo Racing.
The team is back in action this Saturday night, Aug. 6, in a USAC Silver Crown race at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, where it is the defending winner. Another 500 Sprint Car Tour race follows Saturday, Aug. 13 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. Also on the schedule for August is a USAC Silver Crown race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis on Aug. 19. All of them will be streamed live on Flo Racing.
ANDERSON, Ind., July 31 —It was fitting that the driver who won the inaugural Gene Nolen Classic Saturday night at Anderson Speedway was the same driver who gave the late Little 500 Hall of Fame team owner something he had pursued for years — a Little 500 victory.
Kody Swanson dominated Saturday’s 100-lap race, part of the 500 Sprint Car Tour. Driving the Doran Racing No. 44 sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms, Glenn Farms and Duncan Oil, he led the last 86 laps and won by 3.223 seconds, lapping through seventh place.
Swanson won the Little 500 at this same high-banked asphalt quarter-mile oval while driving for Nolen Racing in 2018 and 2019.
Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who now lives in Indianapolis, was the fastest qualifier in the field of 25 but he had to start fourth due to the series’ policy of inverting a varying number of the top starters in each race.
He passed his former teammate, Shane Hollingsworth, for third in Turn 1 at the start. When Jacob McElfresh passed polesitter Brian Gerster on lap nine to take the lead, Swanson went with him and moved into second place. He took the lead from McElfresh on lap 15.
“I used a diamond move,” Swanson related afterwards. “I went high in Turn 3 and got a good run off Turn 4. We ran side by side for the lead for about a lap before I could clear him.”
He led the rest of the race in the Lebanon, Ohio-based team’s No. 44, picking his way carefully through lapped traffic while keeping an advantage of over a second over all his challengers with his car, which is powered by a Binks-prepped Chevy V8 engine.
There were only two caution flags in the race and they both came early, causing a long green-flag run for the last half of the race. Yellow-flag laps didn’t count. Swanson’s lead of 1.289 seconds over Hollingsworth disappeared with 25 laps down after Derek Bischak spun and kept going in Turn 2 to bring out the first caution.
Swanson had a 1.221-second lead over Hollingsworth when the second yellow waved on lap 40. That caution was caused after there was contact between Taylor Ferns and Swanson’s brother, Tanner, which caused Tanner Swanson to hit the wall. A suspension piece broke on his car and he was forced to come to a stop low in Turn 2.
Kody Swanson got a great restart, however, and he quickly rebuilt his lead over Hollingsworth. He was over 3 seconds ahead by lap 60. The gap narrowed now and then as he dealt with lapped traffic, but it was over 5 seconds with 10 laps remaining.
The series points leader, Dakoda Armstrong, passed Hollingsworth for second on lap 94, but he was too far behind to mount a challenge to Swanson. Hollingsworth finished third. Ferns placed fourth and Bobby Santos III rounded out the top five.
Swanson won the pole on Saturday afternoon with a time of 11.166 seconds. He set the fastest lap of anyone in the race when he was timed in 11.418 seconds on lap 28.
The race was presented by The Tin Plate Fine Foods and Spirits and CB Fabricating. All of the series’ races are streamed live by MAVTV on Flo Racing.
Swanson was third in the point standings going into Saturday’s event, 29 points behind the leader, Armstrong. Coming out of it he is unofficially in second place, just eight points behind Armstrong.
The next 500 Sprint Car Tour race is tomorrow night (Monday, Aug. 1) at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind. General admission is free for this event, which was postponed in March due to rain.
Although Swanson made Saturday night’s victory look easy, he said “it was nerve-wracking in traffic. “This series doesn’t allow any radios, so without a spotter I had no idea how close second place was,” he said. “I was trying not to lose the lead while still being careful and pick my way through the lapped traffic.”
Swanson’s spotter in other series is his wife, Jordan, who offers valuable insight as well as letting him know how close he is to the cars around him.
“Our car was really good,” he continued. “This racetrack has been tricky this year, and it’s been tough to tell what we’ve needed on shorter or longer runs to be better. We had a little of both tonight, and I’m glad we were still hanging in there since the last half of the race went green. “Our tires were pretty worn, but I think that just about all of us were sliding around at the end,” he added.
“I was trying to be careful in traffic; I’m glad we were able to finish it off. I appreciate the support of our sponsors and all the efforts of the men and women on this Doran Racing team. Everyone on this team tries to give us the best chance we can to win.”
Winning a race named in memory of his former team owner was very meaningful.
“I hope Gene would be happy about it,” Swanson said. “I spent a lot of time with the Nolen Racing team. Gene and I were friends, and we became family when we raced together. And that friendship has continued now with Gene’s son, Greg. I’m thankful to Anderson Speedway for putting on this event.
“It means a lot to me to win a race in his memory. I was looking through some photos of us at sprint car races and Silver Crown races today. I have lots of special memories to look back on. It makes me get choked up when I think about it. Winning the inaugural Gene Nolen Classic is very meaningful to me, and I’d like to think that Gene would be pleased.”
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
Winchester, Indiana (July 21, 2022)………After experiencing defeat during last year’s USAC Silver Crown debut at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway by a narrow half car length margin, was there any doubt that Kody Swanson would come ready to play in Thursday night’s return?
Couple that with the fact that the Kingsburg, Calif. driver had gone winless with the series throughout the first four points races of this season, the longest such drought he’s endured to start a campaign since 2013.
During Thursday night’s Rich Vogler Classic Presented By The Pallet Builder, those ingredients made for a recipe that called for a whooping of epic proportions on the 37-degree banked, half-mile paved oval.
The six-time series champ led all 100 circuits and lapped all but one driver in the 21-car field en route to a mind-blowing 10.062 second margin of victory in his Doran-Dyson Racing/Glenn Farms – Henry U.S.A. – Duncan Oil/Beast/Lanci Ford, which resulted in his 35th career USAC Silver Crown victory, and the first of his career at Winchester, one that he was bound and determined to find redemption for after how last year transpired.
“I left Tuesday morning for the race shop and still haven’t been home,” Swanson revealed. “We had a job to do and wanted to put this car in victory lane for this team, and I didn’t do any of it alone.”
To accomplish the deal, he had to defy the initial instincts that he held a year ago. This time around, it was a complete 100-mile sprint from start to finish that not a single other car or driver in the field could match on this night.
“I had a car good enough last year, I just did it wrong,” Swanson lamented. “I hate to admit that, but I did. My team deserved to win and, today, maybe a couple things went our way, and we had a whole different mindset. Last year, I was conservative because I was nervous about what would happen if I ran out of tire at the end. This time, I wanted to make sure we all ran out and see how it went because this car was so good.”
The triumph was Swanson’s third in the Rich Vogler Classic, each coming an even three years apart from each other following previous victorious celebrations in 2016 and 2019 and now 2022.
The win carried extra special weight with Swanson greeting Rich’s mother Eleanor in victory lane on a night 32 years to the day that the world lost Vogler, USAC’s winningest driver. Vogler was a 10-time USAC winner on the banks, while another USAC legend, Tracy Hines, captured eight. It was these inspirations for Swanson that firmly established his deep-seated acknowledgement of the history of the sport, those who came before him and the revere that they all have for Winchester’s hills.
“I appreciate the history of the sport,” Swanson stated. “Someone who helped me learn how to race on the banks was Tracy Hines. Five or six years ago before (a race at) Salem (Speedway), I gave him a call and he helped me out and taught me a lot which still holds true to this day. Even last fall, I got to sit down with Mack McClellan, Tom Bigelow and Johnny Parsons and they told stories about this place. There’s a lot of it that I took to heart that made sense; those guys did it, and it was super tough. There was maybe a trick or two I learned from them. I am thankful for that, for everybody who’s in my life and the chance to do this.”
Earlier in the evening, Swanson was the fastest overall in Dirt Draft practice, then proceeded to notch the pole position for the 38th time in his USAC Silver Crown career during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, which, in turn, gave him the prime position in order to dart out to the initial lead with Chris Windom running second about three car lengths behind. That was about as close as anybody got to Swanson for the remainder of the night.
Two prime contenders fell by the wayside relatively early, with fourth-running Bobby Santos having his shock tower break off after just 35 laps into it. Defending race winner Justin Grant, running fifth at the time, blistered a right rear tire, which cost him five laps during the pit stop.
By the halfway mark, Swanson was leaving no doubt who was in charge as he had already lapped up to fifth with 50 laps still left to go, and no signs of relenting.
The race’s one and only stoppage came on lap 55 when Ferns got loose on the high side of turn two and looped it down to the bottom of the racetrack. As it turned out, it was not as much of a heartbreak as it seemed at first glance. After her spin, she was forced to start at the tail of the field. She was running fourth at the time, but there were only four cars on the lead lap. By rule, a driver doesn’t lose a lap following a spin unless he or she retreats to the work area, which she did not. Thus, she restarted at the back of the pack without losing a spot and remained scored fourth in the running order.
Logan Seavey jumped to second on the lap 63 restart as he fenagled his way past Windom. Ferns subsequently charged to third by Windom amid gridlock-style traffic. While running fourth with 78 laps completed, Windom was surpassed by Swanson and put a lap down. Moments later, with a blistered right rear tire, Windom slowed and made the journey back to the pits.
And the beat went on as Swanson put Ferns a lap down on the 95th circuit with a turn one bottom-side pass, leaving only the half-lap leading Swanson and second-running Seavey on the same lap, while all others were at least one lap down.
In the end, it was complete annihilation and decimation of the field led by Swanson in a performance for the ages as he finished off the job by a 10.062 second margin over Logan Seavey, Taylor Ferns, C.J. Leary and Brian Tyler.
Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) turned in his best career Silver Crown performance on pavement with a runner-up finish in his Rice Motorsports/STIDA.com – Lucas Oil – Legacy Motorsports/Beast/Felker Chevy. Seavey’s best career pavement finish with the series prior to Thursday night came in May at Indianapolis Raceway Park with a 5th. And, on this night, he was the only driver other than Kody Swanson to finish on the lead lap.
“Second in a pavement race is like five wins for me,” Seavey exclaimed. “(Crew chief) Ronnie (Gardner) gave me a great car all day. I just felt so comfortable today and I don’t know what was different about it, but I just felt so good about the racecar. I felt calm and I could see everything that was going on around me. I finally felt like I could feel the racecar and maneuver and I got through lapped traffic really well. Kody was on a different level all day, obviously. I got to second there and I could see him for a few laps, but then I backed it down because I knew I wasn’t going to run him down in open traffic, so I kind of slowed down hoping for a late yellow. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But I’m physically and mentally drained after that one.”
Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) tied her own record as the best finishing woman in USAC Silver Crown history with a third-place result in her Taylor Ferns Racing/Sam Bernstein Law Firm – Tyme Auto Transportation/Beast/Stanton Mopar. This all came after a practice crash in which she and Dave Berkheimer collided on the front straightaway before glancing backwards into the turn one wall, followed by a mid-race spin during the feature.
“Today, for me, was just about overcoming adversity,” Ferns admitted. “After the incident in practice, we were driving the car with a bent Panhard bar and using scraps from people in the pits. I felt like we had something for Logan, but I was pushing the car really hard, and it bit me. I passed (Justin) Grant to make it three-wide going into turn one and, luckily, with my dirt experience, I saved it, but it bit me not too long after. I’m honestly surprised we came home third after that spin. I know that win is coming soon, but I wanted that second today. Maybe next time.”
C.J. Leary’s fourth-place run came after starting back in the 19th spot before advancing 15 positions in the main event. On his qualifying run, the Panhard bar broke at the exit of turn two on the Greenfield, Ind. driver’s second lap. After narrowly avoiding outside wall contact, Leary slid to the inside of the track and ramped up onto the infield grass mound before driving away back to the pit area. The flat spot of his right front tire, however, necessitated a right front tire change, which relegated him to the 10th row for the start.
BROWNSBURG, Ind., July 1 — Kody Swanson hit the bullseye by leading wire to wire in Doran-Dyson Racing’s Henry Repeating Arms/Glenn Farms/Duncan Oil No. 1 and winning the USAC Silver Crown Shootout special event Thursday night at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
He finished second to his brother in the 500 Sprint Car Tour race that was also part of the “Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming” show. The Doran Racing Henry Repeating Arms/Glenn Farms/Duncan Oil No. 44 was just 0.877 of a second behind at the checkered flag.
In victory lane following the Silver Crown race Swanson said the No. 1 was “on rails,” and the Lebanon, Ohio-based team had the distinction of having prepared the cars that set the fastest laps run during both races.
The 25-lap USAC Silver Crown race didn’t award points but the 30-lap 500 Sprint Car Tour race did. Swanson went into the latter race second in points, but several of his primary rivals didn’t finish Thursday’s race so unofficially Swanson regained the point lead in that series with his runner-up finish. Unofficially he now has 614 points to Dakoda Armstrong’s 569 and Billy Wease’s 563.
Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who now lives in Indianapolis, was first in Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying for the Silver Crown race, but with a random draw determining the lineup he started third behind polesitter Nick Hamilton and C.J. Leary in the 10-car field.
When the green flag dropped he floored it and headed for the track apron in Turn 1. The top three cars were three abreast as Swanson charged under both Leary and Hamilton in one fell swoop in Turn 1 on the first lap, which was a sight to behold for Swanson fans.
He already had a 0.685-second lead over Leary when he crossed the start/finish line the first time. By lap two he led by over a second; 1.035.
Swanson stretched his advantage over Leary to over 2 seconds by lap 12 and over 3 seconds by lap 14. But on lap 15 Leary’s car suffered a flat left-rear tire that caused him to spin in Turn 2. It was bad for Leary because his car left on the wrecker, but it was also bad for Swanson because it erased his 3.760-second lead.
Tanner Swanson, who started ninth, passed Hamilton for second in Turn 2 after the restart with 10 laps remaining, but he had nothing for his brother in that one, and Kody Swanson had a 1.969-second margin of victory over his brother. Bobby Santos III finished third. Taylor Ferns passed Hamilton on the last lap for fourth, and Hamilton finished fifth.
Kody Swanson’s fastest race lap was lap seven, which was a 21.253-second lap for the 0.686-mile asphalt oval. Leary was second-fastest with a 21.358 on lap four.
“Silver Crown races of any length are tough, because when your car is good, you can’t show it. You’ve got to take care of it until the end,” Swanson said in victory lane. “It was a blast to go four wheels on the apron there to try to get the lead, and just show them what these cars are capable of.
“I wanted to show what a good car that the team gave me, because they’ve been giving me great cars all year,” Swanson continued. “It was a lot of fun. The Doran-Dyson Racing team gave me a great car, and our Lanci Ford ran great. I’m just thankful to be a part of this effort.
“Kasey Coler and his staff at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park also do a great job, and it’s an honor to come here for the Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming. I want to thank Henry Repeating Arms, Glenn Farms, and everyone else who helps on this team. I’m just thankful to be part of it.”
A mere 0.019 of a second separated Leary’s lap which topped qualifying and Kody Swanson’s fastest lap in time trials for the 500 Sprint Car Tour race, which was presented by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores. The rules called for an inversion in the starting grid, however, and Kody Swanson started eighth in that 21-car race.
He passed Derek Bischak on the first lap for seventh, and Tyler Roahrig on lap two for sixth. With four laps down Roahrig’s car experienced a mechanical issue that appeared to be a blown engine, and he spun coming out of Turn 1 to bring out the first of the race’s two caution flags.
The restart was a great one for the Doran Racing No. 44, which is powered by a Binks Chevy engine. Kody Swanson charged under both Wease and Kyle O’Gara in Turn 1 on lap five, and then the leader, Ferns, stopped on the backstretch with a mechanical issue to bring out the second yellow flag with five laps down. That put Kody Swanson in third behind the new leader, Tanner Swanson, and Armstrong.
On the subsequent restart for Ferns’ yellow Kody Swanson dipped under Armstrong in Turn 2 to take second place on lap six. He was only 0.24 behind his brother at that point.
Kody Swanson almost made a pass stick on lap 12 in Turn 2 when he was 0.190 seconds behind. He made several other attempts, including one on lap 20 when he was just 0.102 of a second behind. But by lap 24 Tanner Swanson had built his advantage to 0.456 seconds, and Kody Swanson had to be content with second in that race. He was more than 2 seconds (2.661) ahead of the third-place finisher, O’Gara, at the checkered. Armstrong finished fourth and Leary placed fifth. Kody Swanson set the fastest lap of that race on lap 3 with a time of 20.973 seconds. Ferns was second-fastest with a 21.027 on the same lap.
The team’s next event is a 500 Sprint Car Tour race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on July 9. Its next USAC Silver Crown race is July 21 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.
The event was streamed live on Flo Racing and MAVTV Plus. In a deal announced on Friday, MAVTV Plus-produced races will be shown on Flo Racing in the future.
OREGON, Wis., June 27 — Doran-Dyson Racing got the next-best thing to a podium finish in Friday’s USAC Silver Crown race at Madison International Speedway when its driver, Kody Swanson, brought the Henry Repeating Arms/Glenn Farms No. 1 home fourth in a very competitive race.
Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., now living in Indianapolis, started third and ran in third place for 91 of the 100 laps. During that time he was forced to fend off the challenges of the series’ 2020 champion, Justin Grant.
Swanson, the winningest driver in series history, was able to keep Grant about a second behind him, but that margin would decrease as the pair approached lapped traffic. Still, Swanson was able to keep his car, which is powered by a Lanci Ford engine, in front of Grant as they all chased the eventual winner, polesitter C.J. Leary, and the runner-up, Bobby Santos III, who started second.
As is often the case, the situation changed near the end of the 100-lap contest on Madison’s half-mile asphalt oval. In the end it was not Grant who passed Swanson by Brian Tyler.
Tyler, a two-time USAC national sprint car champion, started ninth. He passed Davey Hamilton Jr. for fifth on lap 76, and Grant for fourth on lap 79. He got around Swanson for third on lap 92 in Turn 1 to relegate the Lebanon, Ohio-based team to fourth place at the checkered. Grant held on for fifth. Only the top four cars finished on the lead lap.
There were only two yellows. The first flew on laps 20-23 for debris. The second was displayed from laps 96-98 for Eric Gordon, who stopped in Turns 4 with a broken shock. That set up a green-white-checkered finish.
Swanson was third in Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying with a time of 17.203 seconds, just 0.088 off Leary’s pole-winning 17.115. Swanson still hold the series’ one-lap track record of 16.852 seconds he set in 2019, and the 100-lap record of 36:49.04 he set in 2018.
Swanson, a six-time series champion with 34 career victories, won both of the previous two Bytec Dairyland 100 USAC Silver Crown races held here in 2019 and 2018.
He is now third in the 2022 point standings, just 12 points behind Leary, who leads with 244.
The event was streamed live on Flo Racing.
“I’m thankful for the hard work everyone put in,” Swanson said. “Obviously we hoped for a better result for the night. It’s a cool track, but it can be tricky. I knew it would be a tough race. We held on for third as long as we could, but fourth was all we could get that night.”
The team’s next event is a USAC Silver Crown non-points special event and a 500 Sprint Car Tour points race this Thursday, June 30 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind. Billed as “Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming,” it will also feature midgets for a packed program. For more info see raceirp.com.
“I’m looking forward to Thursday’s races at IRP,” Swanson said. “It’ll be a sprint and midget doubleheader, plus the Silver Crown division will see the top-10 qualifiers run a 25-lap non-points race that is set up by a random pill draw for the starting lineup. The best way I can describe it is it’s kind of like a World of Outlaws dash. It should be an exciting night for the fans. They’re doing a lot to promote it, and I’m excited to be there with all three cars and a unique Silver Crown format. It’s a unique challenge. It's a good opportunity to get back to work, and hopefully we’ll have a good night.”
June 18, 2022 — Last weekend was my first trip to Port Royal Speedway - a beautiful track, facility & location.
We didn’t have our best finish, but I’m thankful for all of the effort from this team. Looking forward to our next chance at Springfield!
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MARNE, Mich., June 12 — After winning a 500 Sprint Car Tour race at Plymouth Raceway on Friday night, Kody Swanson and the Doran Racing team finished third less than 24 hours later in the new series’ 40-lap feature at Berlin Raceway Saturday night.
The race was unusual in that it went nonstop.
Swanson qualified third with a time of 15.774 seconds for the 7/16-mile asphalt oval, just 0.147 off the time set by the fastest qualifier and eventual race winner, Tyler Roahrig. The inversion was six, so he started fourth behind Bobby Santos III, Dakoda Armstrong and Taylor Ferns, with Billy Wease and Roahrig right behind him.
Roahrig passed Swanson on lap four to push Swanson’s Henry Repeating Arms No. 44 to fifth place, but Swanson set his fastest lap of the race on lap six. By lap 16 he was back in the position where he had started as both he and Wease passed Santos on that lap.
Swanson’s No. 44, which is powered by a Binks Chevy engine, remained in fourth place until lap 26, when Swanson passed Ferns to move into third. He chased Roahrig and Armstrong the rest of the way.
Roahrig had a 2.936-second margin of victory over Armstrong. Swanson, Wease and Ferns rounded out the top five in the 17-car field.
“We had a good car tonight, but just missed it a little bit, so we’ll take a podium finish,” Swanson said.
“I felt like we were pretty good early, but I struggled to be able to get a run good enough to battle for position. As we got to the middle of the race the car was working a little better, and we moved from fifth to third, but ultimately couldn’t keep up with the top two tonight.
“Berlin can be a tough place to get a hold of, and while we were close today, we just never could quite figure out what we needed to make it all the way right. The Doran Racing crew did a great job today, and we had a really good opening weekend with the 500 Sprint Car Tour.
“I’m thankful for all of our sponsors and supporters, and everyone who puts in effort on this Henry Repeating Arms No. 44. We’ll do our best to learn from tonight’s race, and we look forward to giving it another shot at Berlin on August 13!” Saturday’s race was covered live on MAVTV Plus.
The team’s next race is a USAC Silver Crown event at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wis., on June 24. A Silver Crown special event and a 500 Sprint Car Tour race at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind., follows on June 30.
PLYMOUTH, Ind., June 11 — Doran Racing and Kody Swanson will go down in the record books as the winners of the first points-paying race in the new 500 Sprint Car Tour presented by Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores.
Although the Lucas Oil Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway May 28 was the new series’ first race, Friday night’s 75-lap feature on Plymouth Motor Speedway’s three-eighths-mile asphalt oval was the first one that awarded points. Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who now lives in Indianapolis, and Doran Racing, which is based in Lebanon, Ohio, made the most of it by winning both the pole and the main event with the team’s Henry Repeating Arms No. 44.
After the inversion, Swanson took the green flag in fourth place in the No. 44, which is powered by a Dan Binks-prepped Chevy engine.
He passed Tyler Roahrig on the first lap to move into third place behind polesitter Billy Wease and Derek Bischak.
It was like he turned on his afterburners on lap 10, however. That’s when he passed both Bischak and Wease to take the lead, setting the fastest lap of anyone in the race simultaneously with a time of 12.527 seconds. He had won the pole earlier in the day with a time of 12.386. Swanson was able to quickly build up a lead of almost 1 second over Wease initially, but by lap 34 Wease was right behind Swanson’s blue No. 44.
Swanson had to survive two cautions that provided Wease with additional opportunities to pass. One waved on lap 45 after Taylor Ferns spun to a stop in the infield off Turn 2. Another occurred on lap 49 after Davey Hamilton Jr. spun to a stop in the inside of Turn 1. Swanson was up to the task on both restarts, however, and never relinquished his lead.
On lap 57 Roahrig passed Wease for second and he chased Swanson the rest of the way, but Swanson took the checkered flag with a whopping 3.340-second margin of victory. Wease finished third followed by Dakota Armstrong and Bobby Santos III. Nine of the 18 starters completed all 75 laps.
“I’m excited to get a win for this Doran Racing team, and for Henry USA, Glenn Farms and Dan Binks Engines,” Swanson said.
“Plymouth was a tricky little place, but our car seemed to be pretty good from the very first practice. Kevin and the team did a great job to keep making small adjustments, and made us better every time we hit the racetrack.
“I was glad to set fast time, but was a little nervous about starting fourth with the inversion, and having to pass some really strong cars. Our car was really good at the beginning of the race, and I felt like I needed to capitalize on the opportunity to get to the lead, and would have to see how it went from there.
“Late in the race I was worried that we were losing grip and sliding around, but it looks like that was happening to about everyone as all of our tires started to wear. This track had some characteristics of a few dirt tracks, so it was fun to move around, change my line, and try to find the best place to be throughout the race.
“God has blessed me with some great people in my life, and I’m thankful for everyone that is a part of this Doran Racing team. We’ve got great product partners and sponsors that support us, and a team and crew that give incredible effort to give us the chance to win, and I’m grateful to be part of this team!”
The race was streamed live on MAVTV Plus.
The team’s next race is another 500 Sprint Car Tour event today, Saturday, June 11, at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich.
June 2, 2022 - Indianapolis, IN - The Week of Indy is one of my favorites. Multiple cars and different tracks, over a few consecutive days, makes it a fun challenge to look forward to each year.
Thursday was Pole Day qualifying at Anderson Speedway for the 74th Annual Lucas Oil Little 500. We didn’t get the Pole, but still qualified the Doran Racing Henry Repeating Arms No. 44 on the outside front row, and put us in a great starting position for the race on Saturday.
The Carb Night Classic on Friday was the debut of the Bertrand Motorsports project44 No. 44 Midget. This group has put in an incredible amount of effort into progressing this new program over the off season. We qualified third, and seemed to have a good car in the race, but unfortunately our feature ended short with a rear-end & brake issue. We'll be hitting the books some more, and looking forward to another chance at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on June 30th.
Friday night also included the first pavement race of the 2022 USAC Racing Silver Crown season, and the debut of the No. 1 for Doran Racing, Glenn Farms & Henry Repeating Arms. After a rain-delay shortened the night’s program, practice times lined us up third to start the 100-lap feature. It was a long race, and we never gave up. As we got closer to the end, I was able to keep up with Bobby (Santos) a little better and even make an attempt for the lead, but he prevailed and we ended up a close second. We had a good car, a good night, and just came up a little bit short.
Saturday night, we closed out our week back at Anderson. The Little 500 is a fun one each year, with so many different strategies and opportunities at play. We were pacing the race fairly comfortably & carefully in second for the first 200 laps. At that point, I was working underneath Shane Butler, and we touched tires off of Turn 4. It picked my RF up into the air, and I spun on to the front stretch, and I wasn’t too sure of how all of that had happened at the time. After the race, He (Shane) came down and said his car had a mechanical issue and lost power to start it all; something with his car’s ignition he thought. It was an unfortunate part of our race, but in racing things happen. It was nice of Shane to come down and see us afterward, and I appreciate racing with him.
After the contact, we were 5 laps down to the leaders and deep in the running order. When you’re all those laps down, it’s all risk and no reward, so we were careful to get what we could and finish the race. By the end of it, we had made a lap back to the leaders and climbed up to a 7th place finish. Although it wasn’t the final result we wanted, I am thankful for all of the effort by everyone on the Doran Racing team, and the support of Henry Repeating Arms, Glenn Farms, the McManus Agency, and all of our sponsors. -Kody Swanson
After Becoming Involved In Lapped Driver’s Issue During Little 500 While Running in Second Place
ANDERSON, Ind., May 29 — Doran Racing’s Kody Swanson was knocked out of contention for his fourth Lucas Oil Pay Less Little 500 victory Saturday night at Anderson Speedway while running second on lap 198 due to another driver’s mechanical difficulties. Swanson didn’t give up though, and he was able to restart and finished seventh in the Henry Repeating Arms No. 44 in the 74th edition of the most prestigious asphalt sprint car race in the world.
With the exception of three laps, Swanson ran in second place for the first 198 laps until the freak accident occurred. He was third for those other laps, and seemed to be poised for at least a podium finish if not a victory.
He was third for the three-wide start of the 500-lap contest on the quarter-mile track, but he took second from polesitter and eventual winner Tyler Roahrig by passing him to the outside in Turn 1 on the first lap. Swanson then ran in second, just inches behind early leader Brian Gerster, for the first 106 laps. He showed Gerster his car’s nose several times, both to the inside and to the outside, running just inches apart as the top runners threaded their way through lapped traffic.
Roahrig passed him on lap 107 on the outside in Turn 1 to push Swanson to third, and Roahrig passed Gerster two laps later to take the lead. Swanson passed Gerster on lap 110 to regain second, and then ran behind Roahrig in second place until the accident occurred.
While he was lapping Shane Butler, Butler’s car experienced a sudden loss of power, reportedly from an ignition issue. The pair touched wheels and Swanson went flying through the turn and onto the frontstretch, coming to a stop sprawled in the middle of the track. The accident cost him five laps, and he restarted in 22nd position.
He then tried to salvage what he could by both passing cars and through attrition with his No. 44, which is powered by a Chevy V8 engine prepped by Dan Binks.
At the halfway point Swanson was 20th, but by lap 317 he was 15th. He was back in the top 10 on lap 348, and he was ninth when he made his second pit stop under yellow on lap 394. That put him back to 11th, but he was back in the top 10 on lap 424. He got ninth when Scott Hampton pitted under a yellow flag on lap 429 after a spin, and eighth when Shane Hollingsworth pitted on lap 464. He moved up to seventh five laps from the end when the driver who had been seventh, NASCAR star Ryan Newman, crashed in Turns 1-2 after his car suffered a flat right-rear tire.
Swanson took the checkered flag in seventh place, four laps down. His fellow front-row starter and the early leader, Gerster, was just ahead of him in sixth place in the final rundown.
Roahrig won over Dakoda Armstrong, C.J. Leary, Kyle O’Gara, Caleb Armstrong, Gerster, Swanson, Hollingsworth, Dalton Armstrong and Emerson Axsom. Only the top two finishers completed all 500 laps. Leary and O’Gara completed 499 laps, and Caleb Armstrong and Gerster completed 498. Swanson made up one lap after the accident and completed 496 laps. He finished a lap ahead of the eighth-place finisher, Hollingsworth.
Swanson set the second-fastest lap of the race on lap 408 when he ran a lap in 11.578 seconds. That was just 0.129 off the fastest lap of the race, which Roahrig turned on lap 402 in 11.449.
Swanson qualified third on Thursday for the event, which is presented by United Auto Workers, with a four-lap time of 44.333, just a tick off Roahrig’s new track record of 43.477. It was Swanson’s seventh front-row start in eight appearances in this race. Track conditions changed a great deal on Thursday due to rain, but there was no rain on Saturday night and the action was fast and furious on the high-banked, quarter-mile oval with 17-degree banking.
The race was broadcast by MAVTV Plus.
KODY SWANSON: “I was working underneath Shane Butler, and we touched tires. It picked me up into the air, and I spun off of Turn 4 on to the front stretch. He just came down a bit ago and said his car had a mechanical issue and lost power to start it all; something with his car’s ignition he thought. It was an unfortunate part of our race, but in racing things happen. It was nice of Shane to come down and see us afterward, and I appreciate racing with him.
“Before that I was second to Gerster and Roahrig; I was just following them to our first pit stop. I thought we were in OK shape to fight for the lead; we were close enough to race for it, anyway. “After the contact I was able to make it back up from 22nd to seventh. When you’re laps down it’s all risk and no reward, so we just took what we could get and finished.
“It was a good effort by everyone on the Doran Racing team, and I appreciate all their hard work and the support of Henry Repeating Arms and Glenn Farms.”
The race was broadcast live on MAVTV Plus.
Doran Racing’s next events are 500 Sprint Car Tour races at Plymouth Motor Speedway in Plymouth, Ind., on June 10 and Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., on June 11. Those races will be broadcast on MAVTV Plus too.
BROWNSBURG, Ind., May 28 — Doran-Dyson Racing’s Kody Swanson has now finished first or second in the USAC Silver Crown portion of the Carb Night Classic in five of seven years. Friday night it was an extremely close second for Swanson in the Henry Repeating Arms/Glenn Farms No. 1. After starting third, he took second on lap one, fought his way into the lead for one lap on lap 72, and finished just 0.094 of a second behind Bobby Santos III after 100 laps of competition on Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park’s 0.686-mile asphalt oval.
The finish was extremely close, as Swanson never gave up and made one last valiant effort to pass Santos with a move to the outside in Turn 4 on the last lap. He drew abreast of the middle of Santos’s car for an instant, but had to fall back in line as they came down to take the checkered flag.
The field was set by practice times after time trials were rained out for the series’ first asphalt-track race of the year. Swanson, of Indianapolis, started third behind polesitter Santos and NASCAR star Ryan Newman in the Doran Racing-prepared No. 1, which is based in Lebanon, Ohio and is powered by a Lanci-prepped Ford engine.
Swanson charged under Newman in Turn 1 on the first lap to take second. Santos was able to build a half-second lead initially, as Newman did everything he could think of to regain second from Swanson.
The first of five yellows waved on lap six after Dave Berkheimer hit the wall in Turn 1. Santos’s car seemed to be strongest on the backstretch, and he was able to build his lead after that first yellow until Swanson had cut the advantage to just 0.687 of a second by lap 20. Newman was still a close third, just 0.283 behind Swanson, before the second yellow flew on lap 28 after Austin Nemire hit the Turn 1 wall and rolled to a stop in Turn 2.
The war at the front resumed on the lap 33 restart. Three laps later the front pair set their fastest laps of the race up to that point on lap 36, which Santos ran in 21.452 seconds and Swanson did in 21.514 seconds. But they and the rest of the field had to slow down again on lap 40 when the third yellow waved for Kyle Robbins, who spun and hit the outside wall in Turn 1, crumpling the left side of his ride.
Right after that restart Russ Gamester and Nathan Byrd made contact while running 11th and 12th, respectively. Gamester spun from the start/finish line into Turn 1 but kept going, bringing out the fourth yellow. A few seconds later they both went to the pits.
The race restarted on lap 49, and at the halfway point the running order was still Santos, Swanson and Newman. However, on lap 55 Newman slowed on the backstretch and pitted after a piece of someone’s brake rotor cracked his car’s radiator. Newman’s misfortune advanced C.J. Leary into third place.
Santos had a 1.225-second lead on lap 60, but 10 laps later Swanson had cut that down to 0.271, or about a car length. Two laps later Swanson passed Santos in Turns 3 and 4 to lead lap 72, but Santos was able to regain the lead in Turn 1. Swanson remained close, and with 25 laps to go he was still just 0.279 behind.
Lapped cars could have played a role at this point, but the top pair threaded their way through them with Swanson still right behind the leader. Swanson showed Santos the nose of his car a couple times in the late going, but Santos always prevailed. One change that did occur came on lap 81 when Taylor Ferns passed Leary for third.
Justin Grant brought out the final yellow on lap 94 after he suffered a flat right-rear tire and spun in Turn 3. The green waved the final time on lap 98 and Swanson kept looking for a way by, but Santos prevailed.
Ferns finished third, 0.576 of a second behind Swanson, for the best finish by a woman in series history. Leary finished fourth and Logan Seavey placed fifth.
Santos set the fastest lap of the race on lap 52 with a time of 21.323 seconds. Swanson set the second-fastest lap of the race on lap 51 with a lap in 21.511 seconds. Newman set the third-fastest lap of the race on lap 16 with a 21.525. “I never gave up; I thought we had a shot there at the end, but Bobby prevailed tonight,” Swanson said after the race, which ended around midnight. “We had a good car, and I thank everyone on the Doran Racing team for their hard work and to Glenn Farms and Henry Repeating Arms for their support.”
Swanson leads the updated point standings by three points over Seavey, 122 to 119.
The Doran Racing team rolled its Silver Crown car into the trailer in one piece and will now concentrate on its asphalt sprint car. Swanson will start third in it in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.
LEBANON, Ohio, Feb. 17 — Doran Racing is pleased to announce that Henry Repeating Arms will be the primary sponsor of the non-wing pavement sprint car it will field for Kody Swanson this year in the 10-race 500 Sprint Car Tour presented by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores.
This new series includes the 74th annual Lucas Oil Little 500 presented by UAW May 28 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, a race which Swanson has won three times.
In addition, Henry Repeating Arms will be the primary sponsor of the Doran Racing entry Swanson will drive in the Dave Steele Non-Wing World Sprint Car Championship 125 at Showtime Speedway in Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 26. Swanson has won that race the last two years in Doran Racing asphalt sprint cars.
Glenn Farms of Woodland, Ga. will continue to support the Lebanon, Ohio-based team as an associate sponsor of its sprint car this season. Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who lives in the Indianapolis area, drives in both asphalt sprint car and asphalt USAC Silver Crown races for the team. He is the winningest driver in USAC Silver Crown history and has earned an unprecedented six USAC Silver Crown championships.
The Doran Racing sprint car will continue to use Dan Binks-prepped Chevrolet engines, but its number will change from 77 to 44 this season.
Henry Repeating Arms is one of the leading rifle and shotgun manufacturers in the United States and a world leader in the lever action category. The company motto is “Made in America, or not made at all,” and its firearms come with a lifetime guarantee backed by award-winning customer service.
"There's no doubt about it, Kody and his crew are winners, and we are proud to be on board with them this season," said Anthony Imperato, chief executive officer and founder of Henry Repeating Arms. "We are racing fanatics at heart and love the mix of guns and gears, so we will have the whole Henry Repeating Arms fan base cheering on Kody and the Doran Racing crew. Let's go racing!"
“We’re pleased to welcome Anthony and Henry Repeating Arms to the Doran Racing family,” said team owner Kevin Doran. “Sprint car tracks are primarily located in rural areas, and our fans’ demographics are a great fit for this company. Sprint car racing was born in America, just like Henry firearms.”
Additional companies that use Doran Racing in their marketing programs include TJ Forged, K&N, RMT, FK Rod Ends, All Star Performance, Eibach Springs, DMI, Tel Tac Oval Track Pro, Saldana Racing Products, Simpson and Fatheadz Eyewear.
The inaugural season of the 500 Sprint Car Tour consists of these dates:
* Saturday, March 26 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, Ind.
* Saturday, May 28 at Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Ind.
* Friday, June 10 at Plymouth Motor Speedway, Plymouth, Ind.
* Saturday, June 11 at Berlin Raceway, Marne, Mich.
* Thursday, June 30 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, Ind.
* Saturday, July 9 at Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Ind.
* Saturday, July 30 at Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Ind.
* Saturday, Aug. 13 at Berlin Raceway, Marne, Mich.
* Thursday, Oct. 6 at Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Ind.
* Saturday, Oct. 22 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, Ind.
The tour’s streaming partner is the MAVTV motorsports network. For more information on the series see 500sprints.com. For more information on Doran Racing see DoranRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook.
About Henry Repeating Arms:
Henry Repeating Arms is one of the leading rifle and shotgun manufacturers in the United States and a world leader in the lever action category. The company motto is “Made in America, or not made at all,” and its firearms come with a lifetime guarantee backed by award-winning customer service. The company is also known for its Guns For Great Causes charitable program, which focuses on assisting the families of sick children, children’s hospitals, military veteran organizations, Second Amendment advocacy groups, and wildlife conservation organizations. The company currently employs over 550 people and has over 330,000 square feet of manufacturing space in its Wisconsin and New Jersey facilities. The company is named in honor of Benjamin Tyler Henry, who invented and patented the Henry lever action rifle in 1860 – the first practical repeating rifle and America’s unique contribution to the international stage of firearms design. Visit Henry Repeating Arms online at henryusa.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/HenryRepeating, and @henry_rifles on Instagram.
About Doran Racing:
Doran Racing has prepared and fielded race cars in a wide variety of series for many years, from Indy cars to NASCAR trucks. It is legendary for the many championships and events it has won in IMSA sports car racing. Team owner Kevin Doran has won the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway overall as a crew chief, a team owner, and even as a car manufacturer. Under his direction the Doran Racing-prepared MOMO Ferrari was the first team in U.S. history to win the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the Watkins Glen Six-Hour race in the same year. In recent years the team has focused on asphalt sprint car racing, the asphalt portion of the USAC Silver Crown series, and historic sports car events, continuing its tradition of excellence on and off the track. For more information see DoranRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook.
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
Speedway, Indiana (April 25, 2022)………It’s been 16 years since the defending driving champion sported the number 1 on his car for the following season’s USAC Silver Crown trail.
Sixteen years after Dave Steele last ran the numero uno, Kody Swanson will become the next to drive a Silver Crown car proudly adorned with the number 1, fitting for the humble record-setting driver as he looks to add on to his unprecedented accolades with the series that includes six previous championships and 34 feature wins.
The Kingsburg, Calif. native will drive the entire 2022 schedule for the same two teams he won for in 2021 – Doran Racing and Dyson Racing. However, this year will have a slightly different look on paper as the newly-christened Doran-Dyson Racing team have combined forces to chase after an entrant title while Swanson vies for a seventh driving crown. While each outfit will remain separate entities with separate shops to house Doran’s pavement car and Dyson’s dirt car, the shared team name and the shared number have presented an opportunity for all to compete for the same shared goal, to win a season championship.
“The chance to drive the number one came about as a way to merge Doran and Dyson to compete for an entrant championship,” Swanson explained. “We needed to figure out how to merge the team names and the number and what that might look like. We were weighing our options, and, out of the Doran shop, it was said, ‘why don’t we run the number one?’ That solved it without either team giving up their individual identities to one another. The idea gained momentum and got Kevin Doran and Chris Dyson in touch on it, and they thought that was the best idea yet.”
What’s uniquely interesting about the Doran and Dyson pairing is their shared backgrounds in road racing. In fact, a photo from the 1980s currently hangs in the Doran team shop and features Al Holbert at speed in IMSA Camel GT competition, driving the famed Lowenbrau Porsche 962 that Kevin Doran was the crew chief of. In the background of that photo, as fate would have it, was a Dyson Racing machine.
All these years later, the two are teamed up to turn left, something which they’ve done with a high rate of success as multi-time winners on the USAC Silver Crown circuit last year between Doran and Dyson, twice an American Le Mans Series champion driver himself.
“It’s cool that that was already there,” Swanson stated of the photo. “Kevin and Chris are pretty excited to get the chance to race together. They’ve had a good competitive rivalry and were always on good terms and got along. It’s really cool that these two teams made the trip from road racing to Silver Crown, and both have great programs.”
In yet another twist of fate, Doran’s association with Al Holbert involved both working with Alex Morales Motorsports in Indy Car racing, for whom Johnny Capels was the chief mechanic and team manager at the time. Capels’ Silver Crown champ car, driven by Pancho Carter, captured the 1978 USAC Silver Crown title, and the team promptly utilized the number 1 the following season. Doran restored that very same car just a few years ago, putting it back in its 1979 livery with the number 1 boldly displayed on the nose and tail tank.
In 2022, Swanson and Doran-Dyson Racing will attempt to become the first to win a Silver Crown race utilizing number 1 since Dave Steele in 2006 at Iowa Speedway. Furthermore, they’ll shoot their shot at taking down another long-standing absence of the 1 in the championship column. Number 1 has never once won the USAC Silver Crown entrant title in the series’ 52-year history.
With a driver and multiple teams that are highly-familiar with making history themselves, that is one piece of history they’d like to alter in the favor for the new year. That quest begins this Sunday, May 1, at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana where Swanson captured a victory back in 2014.
Pits open at 1pm Eastern on Sunday at Terre Haute with the front gates opening at 2pm, the drivers meeting at 4pm and practice beginning at 5pm, followed by Fatheadz Qualifying, the last chance qualifying race and the 100-lap Sumar Classic feature event.
Tickets are $30 for the grandstands, $20 for the infield and $35 for the pits. Kids age 10 and under are free!
The 19th running of the Sumar Classic can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.