The return of USAC Silver Crown racing to World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, on Friday night brings with it a full slate of USAC Silver Crown stars and those looking to break through with a strong performance at the biggest venue on the series’ schedule.
The event brings the heavy artillery of the USAC national divisions to the OutFront 100 on the 1.25-mile paved oval, with the main event consisting of 80 laps and 100 miles for the first Silver Crown race at the track since 2016.
Bobby Santos (Franklin, Massachusetts) comes in as the lone past USAC Silver Crown winner at the track, formerly known as Gateway Motorsports Park, having won in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.
Santos is joined by the following 2022 winners – Point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, California), Logan Seavey (Sutter, California), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Indiana) and Justin Grant (Ione, California), plus Brian Tyler (Parma, Michigan), who ranks third in all-time series wins, and fellow series winner Eric Gordon (Greenfield, Indiana).
Joining along in the 22-car lineup are a slew of multi-year Silver Crown vets, including Illinois native Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Illinois), series full-timers Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Indiana), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Indiana) and Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania), as well as the most successful woman in series history, Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Michigan).
Indianapolis Raceway Park Midget winner Kyle O’Gara (Beech Grove, California) will make his first foray to WWT, as will a pair of past Rookies of the Year – Angola, Indiana’s Derek Bischak (2019) and Fort Collins, Colorado’s Bryan Gossel (2020). There also will be appearances from Davey Hamilton Jr. in one of two DHR machines alongside teammate Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Arizona).
Byrd is one of six USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contenders in Friday night’s lineup, along with leading candidate Gregg Cory (Shelbyville, Indiana), USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standout Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Oklahoma), POWRi WAR Sprint Car champ Mario Clouser (Auburn, Illinois), Midwest Super Modified Association titlist and NASA Test Engineer Mike McVetta (Grafton, Ohio) and 2021 Auto Value Super Sprint champion Tom Paterson (Argos, Indiana).
Race Details (All Times Central)
Friday night at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, the OutFront 100 features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, INDYCAR Practice/Qualifying and Indy Lights Practice/Qualifying.
Front gates will open at 8 a.m., with the first Silver Crown practice at 10 a.m., followed by Fatheadz Qualifying at 1:15 p.m.
Silver Crown final practice will take shape at 4:30 p.m., driver introductions will happen at 8 p.m. and the 80-lap, 100-mile main event will get underway at 8:30 p.m.
World Wide Technology Raceway USAC Silver Crown Entry List
06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO
1 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL
6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN
11 (R) NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ
14 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID
18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA
26 (R) KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK
31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA
32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN
55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI
67 KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN
81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
92 (R) MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL
94 (R) MIKE McVETTA/Grafton, OH
99 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN
111 (R) TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN
131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN
222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender