Silver Crown
Thursday, 25 March 2021


Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) Dave Olson Photo


By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 25, 2021)………Past USAC Silver Crown champion Chris Windom has agreed to terms with car owner Hans Lein to compete in all seven dirt races on the USAC Silver Crown schedule in 2021.

Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown titlist, will take over the reins of the black No. 97 that has been vacated by Tyler Courtney who made 12 starts with the team between 2017-2020, winning twice, at Eldora’s 4-Crown Nationals in 2017 and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Hoosier Hundred in 2019.

A veteran of eight wins in 74 Silver Crown starts with the likes of RW/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, RPM/Fred Gormly, Gene Kazmark, Nolen Racing, and most recently, Goodnight Racing, Windom looks forward to the new opportunity with the Edgerton, Wisconsin based team and their one-race old DRC chassis powered by a brand-new Stanton Mopar engine.

“I feel good about it,” Windom said.  “The car has had a lot of success.  They won the Hoosier Hundred and it’s always fast. I love running the dirt Crown races – the half miles and the miles, so I’m looking forward to having a seat in that.  I’m just going to have fun and try to win as many races as possible.”

This won’t be Lein’s first time teaming up with the Canton, Ill. native who also shares the distinction as one of seven drivers to have won USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving titles in his career.  Lein fielded a sprint car for Windom at the first six USAC events in 2015, finishing a best of 3rd and 2nd in back-to-back nights at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Lein exclaimed.  “Chris has always been right there with us.  (Crew chief) Greg Nelson knew him before I did.  We’ve got a lot of pride winning the Hoosier Hundred and we’d like to repeat that again.  I know we’ve got a good chance with Chris because he’s won just about everywhere. We’re fired up!”

Windom recalls his past racing experiences with Lein and Nelson fondly, along with their approaches to racing, and highly anticipates picking up right where they left off six years ago.

“Hans is a very easy guy to get along with,” Windom explained.  “He comes to have fun at the track, but he obviously brings nice equipment and wants to win as well.  I worked with Greg at RFMS Motorsports when I ran their midget for a season and, when I ran the sprint car for Hans, Greg was the crew chief on that too.  We get along really well.  He’s the same way as Hans, easy-going and likes to have fun at the track, but he’s also a really good mechanic and, once we get there, they take it pretty seriously and I know they bring the best stuff they can.”

Windom has accomplished a treasure trove of achievements in the USAC Silver Crown division over the years, winning a title, and celebrating in victory lane twice at Eldora, twice at the Du Quoin mile, and once each at Springfield, Williams Grove, Terre Haute and Belleville, but one such event stand on top among the boxes he’d like to check off, and came to his mind without an ounce of hesitation.

“The Hoosier Hundred,” Windom said pointedly.  “That’s the main one there.  That’s the one that’s evaded me.  I’ve won at Springfield and Du Quoin, but I really want to win the Hoosier Hundred.  That’s definitely at the top of the list, but I just want to go out and have fun and win all the dirt races, if possible.  I know we’ll have a lot of success as long as everything stays together.  The Silver Crown races are a lot about attrition, so you’ve got to have something that’s there at the end.  It doesn’t matter how fast you are early, how fast you are qualifying, any of that, you still have to be there at the end of the race.  That’s the big thing in these cars and, hopefully, we can accomplish that this year, and try to go through as many races with as few issues as possible.”

Lein also shared his checklist of items he’d like to hang on his banner with the USAC Silver Crown series.  While Lein has a Hoosier Hundred in the bag and Windom is still seeking that triumph, Lein, likewise, has an ambition to win an event that Windom has on his personal resume, but has eluded his own thus far.

“As a kid growing up, the miles were always important to me,” Lein said.  “It’s where the big guys, where my heroes ran, and the history means so much.  Springfield has always been a big deal to me, and the miles are a big deal.  Chris is good at Eldora and Terre Haute, so with him being with us, we’ve got a good chance to do it.  I’m not going to say we can sweep all seven races, but I think we’ve got a 50/50 chance of winning half of them.”



Sunday, May 9: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, IN – “Rich Vogler Classic” (Pavement)

Thursday, May 27: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, IN – “Hoosier Hundred” (Dirt)

Friday, May 28: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN – “Carb Night Classic” (Pavement)

Friday, June 18: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA (Dirt)

Friday, June 25: Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI - “Dairyland 100” (Pavement)

Saturday, June 26: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH (Dirt)

Sunday, August 8: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA – “Bill Holland Classic” (Dirt)

Saturday, August 14: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN – “Hoosier Classic” (Pavement)

Saturday, August 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL – “Bettenhausen 100” (Dirt)

Saturday, September 4: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, IL – “Ted Horn 100” (Dirt)

Friday & Saturday, September 24-25: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH – “4-Crown Nationals” (Dirt)

Sunday, October 10: Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH – “Rollie Beale Classic” (Pavement)