By Dick Jordan
Bud Kaeding’s 12th-place finish in Sunday’s “Ted Horn 100” at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds enabled him to retain a 36-point lead in the USAC Silver Crown Series standings entering the September 24-25 “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio in search of his record fourth series championship.
One of the closest Silver Crown championship races in years finds seven drivers with a mathematic chance of leading the standings after the Eldora race!
Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. took advantage of a relatively new USAC Silver Crown procedure and ended up winning the “Ted Horn 100” at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Sunday night in his Toyota/Team Six-R Beast. The win was his first in series competition as he led the final 49 miles of the race after a mid-race stop.
Swanson elected not to change the right-rear tire during the mid-race stoppage and was able to hold off Jon Stanbrough for the victory. Swanson’s decision moved him from 11th to first for the lap 52 restart.
Todd Kane, the only other driver who elected not to change the tire, finished third ahead of Shane Hmiel and Dave Darland. Jerry Coons Jr., who won the pole and led the first 51 laps, eventually fell to 15th in the final race standings.
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINT STANDINGS
1-Bud Kaeding-296, 2-Kody Swanson-260, 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-254, 4-Shane Hmiel-248, 5-A.J. Fike-246, 6-Levi Jones-243, 7-Brian Tyler-230, 8-Tracy Hines-203, 9-Bobby East-196, 10-Bryan Clauson-195.