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Kody Swanson (9) tracks down Austin Nemire (16) while Chris Phillips trails at Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown Bettenhausen 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. (Brendan Bauman Photo)

A Dozen Events On Deck For USAC Silver Crown

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Eleven point events, with six on pavement and five on dirt, make up the trail for the 2022 USAC Silver Crown National Championship season, along with an additional special dash race for the first time in a quarter century.

The newest addition is the half-mile of Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway for Silver Crown’s inaugural trip June 18 as part of the the Eastern Storm tour for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The event marks a USAC National doubleheader with both the Silver Crown and National Sprint divisions contesting full programs on the same night.

On the pavement side, the Silver Crown series will take on World Wide Technology Raceway, formerly known as Gateway when it most recently hosted the series in 2016. At 1.25 miles in length, the Madison, Ill., venue is the largest track the series will compete on during the 2022 campaign.

The dirt kicks off the season on May 1 with the 19th running of the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, one of three dirt half-miles on the schedule along with Port Royal and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, which welcomes the 40th edition of the 4-Crown Nationals on Sept. 23-24.

The two iconic Illinois mile dirt-tracks in Springfield and DuQuoin are an annual staple during the late summer months. The 59th running of the Bettenhausen 100 is slated for Aug. 20 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, while the 71st edition of the Ted Horn 100 is locked in for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3.

Three visits to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park are on tap for USAC Silver Crown racing in 2022, the most in a single season. Two 100-lap, full-point races are scheduled at the .686-mile paved oval on May 27 for the Carb Night Classic and on Oct. 22 for the season finale on Open-Wheel Championship Saturday.

The first Silver Crown non-point special event since 1996 is headed to IRP for the USAC Silver Crown Shootout on June 30, which will feature a 10-car field fighting for the prize in a 25-lap sprint.

The summer months of June, July and August present a trio of events on half-mile, high-banked paved ovals, starting with Oregon, Wisconsin’s Madison Int’l Speedway, which brings the series to the Dairyland 100 for the third time on June 24.

Winchester Speedway’s blazing fast, 37-degree banks served as the host of the closest USAC Silver Crown finish of the entire 2021 season. The legendary Indiana venue is back on the docket for the second time this season with the Rich Vogler Classic on July 21.

The Glass City of Toledo, Ohio, routinely proves to be a pivotal round for the series, and Toledo Speedway’s ninth appearance on the USAC Silver Crown schedule is set for Aug. 6 with the Rollie Beale Classic.

2022 USAC Silver Crown National Championship schedule

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Sumar Classic

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Dairyland 100

Jun 30: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | USAC Silver Crown Shootout | Non-Points Special Event

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway | Madison, IL

Aug 20: Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100

Sept 3: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100

Sept 23-24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals

Oct 22: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Open-Wheel Championship Saturday

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