August 4, 2014 archive

Largest Silver Crown field in 3 years expected for Bettenhausen 100 at Illinois State Fair


             SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Kody Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif. enters the Tony Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 16 with a 45-point lead over Tracy Hines in the USAC Silver Crown Championship series following his third victory of the season last Friday at Belleville, Kansas.

Swanson will lead a field of cars expected to eclipse the 30-car starting field. It could mark the largest Silver Crown field on dirt since the 2011 Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis, Ind.

Friday’s Hustle on the High Banks 50-lapper at the Belleville High Banks saw Swanson catch Chris Windom on lap 45, and he led the final six laps around the half-mile oval in the Radio Hospital Maxim/Hampshire. Windom led the first 45 laps but encountered problems and was relegated to a ninth-place finish.

Tracy Hines, the 2013 Belleville winner, finished second ahead of Christopher Bell, Bobby East and Dave Darland. Swanson was the fastest qualifier and the win was his third of the campaign.

At Springfield, Swanson will try to improve on his seventh-place finish a year ago. Windom finished second last year at Springfield behind Illinois’ A.J. Fike, the Galesburg,Ill., dirt ace who has won back-to-back Bettenhausen 100’s.

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Silver Crown standings

  1. Kody Swanson 345, 2. Tracy Hines 300, 3. Bobby East 291, 4. Chris Windom 243, 5. Jacob Wilson 195, 6. Jerry Coons Jr. 177, 7. Tanner Swanson. 165, 8. Bobby Santos 159, 9. Caleb Armtsrong 155, 10. David Byrne 147.


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Illinois State Fair looking good with queen Summer Robbins, 2014 Chevy Camaro pace car


SPRINGFIELD – Summer Robbins of Coffeen will serve as the Illinois State Fair queen after winning the title of Illinois County Fair Queen in January. The University of Illinois sophomore already spent much of the year on a 3,500-mile tour of the state, visiting county fairs from as far north as McHenry County near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line to Union County, south of Carbondale.

Robbins also spent time in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, Illinois State Fair pace car prior to this year’s fair, when Track Enterprises again promotes the races.

On Aug. 16, the Tony Bettenhausen 100 is a 100-lap feature for USAC Silver Crown cars. The Sportsman Nationals also run heat races. USAC qualifying begins at 10:25 a.m. with the feature at 2 p.m.

On Aug. 17, the Central Illinois 100 is a 100-lapper and the first race on dirt this season for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The Sportsman Nationals also run the feature race.

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