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USAC Silver Crown points battle heats up at The Action Track Saturday

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Times Sports Editor

The USAC Silver Crown series visits the Terre Haute Action Track on Saturday evening with a red hot points battle coming down to the final two races of the season.

The SUMAR Classic 100 takes place this weekend and with just one other race left on the schedule, the series has produced different winners in each of the races this season.

Heading to Terre Haute, four of the top-10 drivers in the USAC Silver Crown Championship Series standings have yet to win in the Silver Crown series during the 2010 season. If there isn't a repeat winner at Terre Haute or in the Oct. 16 Rollie Beale 150 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, it will be the first time in 20 years there hasn't been a repeat winner.

California's Bud Kaeding is the current points leader, but is chased very closely by a pack of extremely hungry hot shoes. Arizona's Jerry Coons Jr., Brian Tyler of North Carolina and Indiana's own, Bobby East, have a combined 29 career Silver Crown wins, but have yet to visit Victory Lane in 2010.

Kaeding currently leads the points with 341 followed by Jones with 300, Hmiel with 299, Kody Swanson with 289, Coons with 279 and Tyler with 263. The top-10 are separated by just 124 points.

Kaeding last won in Phoenix, Ariz. during the 2009 campaign while Tyler won last year in Oswego, N.Y. Coons' last claimed victory in 2008 at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and East won the season finale at Phoenix in 2008.

This year's list of winners is a who's who of the racing community as Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, A.J. Fike, Shane Hmiel, Tanner and Kody Swanson and series rookie, Bryan Clauson, have each won.

During the record-breaking 1990 season, nine Silver Crown races were won by Ken Schrader, Jack Hewitt, Jimmy Sills, George Snider, Gary Hieber, Chuck Gurney, Jeff Swindell, Eric Gordon and Steve Butler.

A more than full field is expected for Saturday's SUMAR Classic, including defending event champion, Dave Darland, who won in 2008. Last year's event was rained out at The Action Track.

Beautiful, warm weather is expected with temperatures expected to reach the low 80's on Saturday afternoon. Tickets for adults (16-and-up) are $15 for the infield, $20 for bleachers and $25 for grandstands. Ages 13-15 are $10 for all sections and children 12-and-under are free. The ticket office opens at 3 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m.

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