Friday night’s USAC Silver Crown preview for World Wide Technology Raceway

The USAC Silver Crown Series is back at the World Wide Technology Raceway as they’ll hold an 80 lap, 100 mile shootout under the lights of the 1.25-mile track on Friday. 22 drivers enter for this weekend’s race with a majority of them being novices here.

That’s because this is the 1st time the series has raced at the St. Louis area race track since 2016 and only the 9th time they’ve even taken to the track that was built in 1997.

USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY (Per USAC)

1997: Pat Abold (9/14)

1998: J.J. Yeley (10/17)

1999: Ryan Newman (7/30)

2000: Tracy Hines (5/7)

2001: Dave Steele (8/25)

2013: Bobby Santos (6/1)

2014: Bobby Santos (6/14)

2016: Tanner Swanson (6/25)

Bobby Santos III is looking for his 3rd career win here including all coming in the last 4 tries. He sits 6th in points entering this week but has won a race this season back at IRP during the Carb Night Classic. He was runner-up at both Madison as well as the last time out in Toledo.

Does his No. 22 DJ Racing entry have an advantage with past experience?

He’ll have a strong fight on his hands from the No. 1 Duran-Dyson Racing entry that will be driven by Kody Swanson. He’s also been here three times but has never led a lap. That’s okay because the current points leader enters this race on a three race win streak to where he’s led 100% of the lap in each.

Can he score a 4th straight win on Friday night?

He finished 2nd in 2013, 5th in 2016 and a DNF in 2016.

A win on Friday would break a tie with JJ Yeley for most race tracks won at. Currently, both he and Yeley have won at 13 different tracks and a win on Friday night would make Swanson the leader in another category. l

Swanson is the defending series champion and has a record 6 championships. He currently leads Logan Seavey by 18 points with just 6 races remaining in the 2022 slate. His 37 wins are most ever as well.

Can he cross another track off?

Seavey won at Port Royal this year and enters having scored a top 5 in all but 2 races this year. Those were were at Madison (8th) and the special event at IRP (10th) back in June. He was runner-up to Swanson in Winchester and 4th in Toledo.

CJ Leary is a rookie here and has a top 10 in all but one race this year which that instance happened to occur the last time out in Toledo. Leary has led the 2nd most laps all season at 160 including leading all 100 laps in his Madison victory.

Between he and Swanson, they’ve combined to lead every lap since Port Royal. Leary sits 38 points out in 3rd right now.

Brian Tyler sits 4th in points and is just 1 of 2 drivers who’ve raced here back in the races’ inception in 1997. Eric Gordon is the other.

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