INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 7, 2016) — Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. enters the USAC Silver Crown Championship finale September 24 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio with a 10-point deficit behind defending two-time series champion Kody Swanson after winning Saturday’s “Ted Horn 100” at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.
Windom is seeking his first USAC National title and has finished no worse than fifth in any of the eight races held to date. Five of those finishes resulted with appearances on the “podium.”
Saturday’s 100-mile race at Du Quoin, presented by Casey’s General Stores, found Swanson on the front row with Windom lined up ninth. Swanson led the first 15 laps before yielding to Jeff Swindell, who was seeking his first series win in 23 years. Swindell led for 21 laps before Windom came to the forefront on lap 37. Windom led the next 27 before Swindell returned to the lead on lap 64.
Windom, though, had different ideas in his RPM Auto Enterprise Maxim/J & D. He caught Swindell with a high-side pass in turn three on the 98th lap and held on for the final two and a quarter circuits for the win.
Swindell took second ahead of ProSource fast qualifier Swanson, while Casey Shuman took fourth and defending two-time race winner Shane Cockrum was fifth.
Bill Rose came from 33rd starting spot (last) to finish 13th and earn the KSE Racing Products/Martens Machine Shop Hard Charger Award.
The 35th “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway will feature the two-driver shootout for the series championship, which would either make Swanson the first driver to win three straight or Windom the first in six years to overtake the point leader in the final race.
The ten-point margin between Swanson and Windom heading into the final Silver Crown race is the closest since 2013 when Bobby East led Jerry Coons, Jr. by five heading into that season’s final race at Eldora. East wound up taking the title by six over Windom while Coons fell to fourth.
UPCOMING USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:
DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2016
SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Championship
TRACK: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) – 1/2-mile, dirt oval
EVENT: 35th “4-Crown Nationals” featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship, USAC Midget National Championship, USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.
STARTING TIMES: 11:30 AM: Turn 3 Race Registration opens (pit passes & media credential sign-in), 11:30 AM: Main Gate Ticket Office opens (tickets, pit passes, & will call), 11:30 AM: Turn 4 Ticket Office opens (tickets & pit passes), 11:30 AM: Gates Cleared to prepare for Opening, 12:00 PM: Spectator Gates open, Drivers meeting: 4:30 PM: Hot Laps begin, 8:00 PM: Racing begins.
TICKETS: (General Admission) Ages 13 & up: $30, Ages 12 & under: FREE! (Reserved) Ages 13 & up: $34, Ages 12 & under: $14.
TRACK ADDRESS: 13929 Ohio 118, New Weston, OH 45348
TRACK PHONE: (937) 338-3815
TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/