Silver Crown
Thursday, 31 August 2023


#77 Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) #77 Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) Jack Reitz Photo


By Jay Hardin - Track Enterprises

Du Quoin, Illinois………(August 30, 2023) Defending Ted Horn 100 winner Logan Seavey and seven-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson have been locked in a season long battle for the 2023 series title.

Over the past three seasons between 2021-23, Seavey and Swanson have run 1-2 in the point standings for 22 out of the 29 events held in that time frame.  Now just seven points separate the two as the championship battle heads to Du Quoin and the Ted Horn 100 on Saturday, September 2.

Swanson had led Seavey by 31 heading into the August 19 Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  Seavey’s win and a fourth by Swanson cut the lead to 16 heading into the August 27 OutFront 100 on the pavement at World Wide Technology Raceway.  Swanson started on the pole and was leading when he lost his brakes, which relegated him to a 15th place finish while Seavey finished fourth.  The difference in points warranted a change at the top and now Seavey leads the standings heading to Du Quoin.

Swanson has an unprecedented six Silver Crown championships and two (2010 & 2017) Ted Horn 100 trophies.  Three wins in 2023 give him a record 40 Silver Crown wins.  He is also the all-time leader in pole positions in the 53 years since the big cars separated from the national championship into their own series.

Seavey missed out on the driver’s title by one spot in both 2021 and 2022.  Seavey has two wins in 2023, both on dirt, one at Port Royal and his latest at the Bettenhausen 100 a couple weeks ago on the Springfield Mile.  Seavey is one of three men who can claim victory at Du Quoin in a championship dirt car and stock car, the others being Jimmy Bryan and A.J. Foyt.

The return of the Horn 100 to a daytime race under the bright sunshine may favor both drivers as both are noted for being steady and not using up tires or fuel, two important components of 100-mile racing in the big cars.

The annual Ted Horn 100 kicks off a stellar Labor Day Racing weekend at the Du Quoin State Fair.  On September 2, it’s the USAC Silver Crown series and UMP Modified heat races.  On Sunday night, it’s the ARCA Menards Series and the UMP Modified finale.



The 69th running of the Ted Horn 100 features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship along with the 29th Annual Bill Oldani Memorial Prelims for DIRTcar Modifieds.

Registration and pit gates open at 7am Central.  Grandstands and ticket office open at 9am.  USAC Silver Crown practice is slated to run from 10-11:10am.  USAC Silver Crown qualifying is scheduled for 11:30am followed by DIRTcar Modified hot laps and qualifying at 12:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown qualifying race at 12:30pm.  DIRTcar Modified heats are on tap at 1pm followed by the USAC Ted Horn 100 feature at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.  Advance tickets are $25 for ages 12 and up and $10 for children age 11 and under.  Race day tickets at the gate are $30 for ages 12 and up and $10 for children 11 and under.  Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members ages 12 and up.  Pit passes for children age 11 and under are $20.





07 ®JOHN TOSTI/High Ridge, MO (John Tosti)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

3 ®TIM SIMMONS/Cabot, AR (Tim Simmons)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

8 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables)

9 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Chris Dyson Racing)

11 ®TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG)

12 ®WAYNE JOHNSON/Tuttle, OK (Two C Racing)

15 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Chris Fetter)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 ®EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Nolen Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing)

24 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (John Haggenbottom)

25 CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Motorsports-Eddie Sachs Jr.)

26 ®KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

53 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Five Three Motorsports)

69 CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (BCR Group)

88 ®TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Sammy & Mouren Fetter)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL (Full Throttle Racing)

97 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hans Lein)

99 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

107 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)

110 ®CARY OLIVER/Buncombe, IL (Cary Oliver)

111 TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson)

118 ®RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

177 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing)

555 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

777 ®DAVE PEPERAK/Clinton, IN (Dave Peperak Motorsports)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender