2020 USAC SILVER CROWN
Aug. 9 Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove, Pa. (D)
Aug. 15 Salem Speedway, Salem, Ind. (P)
Aug. 21 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Ind. (P)
Aug. 23 Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Ind. (D)
Oct. 4 Toledo Speedway, Toledo, Ohio (P#)
Oct. 18 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.(D#*)
# = daytime race
D = dirt track
P = paved track
* = 20% capacity limit
Silver Crown is the premier series of the United States Auto Club (USAC), which celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2020.
Nolen Racing is a long-time loyal supporter and participant in this series. In 2020 its primary driver was Kody Swanson, the winningest driver in series history and a five-time champion, including 2019. He finished second in the driver standings in 2020 with one victory in a season shortened by COVID-19 and rain.
Nolen Racing won half of the series' 10 races in 2019 (two were rained out), and had a total of eight top-five finishes, five poles, five fastest race laps, and one new track record. in three of its five USAC Silver Crown victories in 2019, Swanson led every single lap!
Nolen Racing is traditionally a top-five USAC Silver Crown team. It won the driver championship with Kody Swanson in 2019 and finished second in the team standings. The team placed third and fifth with two cars in 2018. It was second in the 2017 championship, fourth in 2016, and second again in 2015 and 2020. It has finished in the top five in each of the last six years.
The USAC Silver Crown division attracts top drivers. George Snider earned the first USAC Silver Crown championship in 1971, and was followed by A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Mario Andretti. NASCAR's Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and J.J. Yeley are all former USAC Silver Crown champions too.
Silver Crown cars are 1,500 pound, traditionally styled, front-engine cars that were originally intended for the dirt surfaces of the famous one-mile dirt tracks such as the Indiana State Fairgrounds, along with the Springfield and Du Quoin fairgrounds in Illinois.
Until these cars were given their own series in 1971, they competed as part of the National Championship Trail, which included the Indianapolis 500. Today USAC Silver Crown cars put on exciting shows at paved tracks across the nation in addition to the traditional dirt miles that are so integral to the history of open-wheel racing.
Versatility is the key to success in this series, as it makes regular appearances at half-mile dirt and five-eighths-mile paved tracks to one-mile dirt and 1.25-mile paved tracks. Silver Crown races are longer in distance than other USAC open-wheel division races and distances are usually 100 miles or 100 laps, depending on the track.
All of the events are broadcast on FloRacing.com through 2026.
LITTLE 500 ASPHALT SPRINT CAR RACE AT
Saturday night, May 29, 2021
Nolen Racing not only won its second Little 500 on May 25, 2019, but the team's two drivers accomplished the unprecedented feat of leading 499 of the race's 500 laps! Kody Swanson gave the team its second consecutive victory in the race, while Shane Hollingsworth finished fourth in another Nolen Racing car. And in 2020 Hollingsworth recorded his best finish ever in this event by finishing second!
After years of chasing a victory in the Little 500, Nolen Racing accomplished that goal for the first time on Saturday night, May 26, 2018 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway when Kody Swanson gave Little 500 Hall-of-Fame team owner Gene Nolen his first victory in this prestigious event, one of the premier short-track events in the nation and the most prestigious asphalt sprint car race in the world. Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif. who now lives in Zionsville, Ind., also won this race in 2016 with another team.
The 2021 race will be the 73rd annual edition of what is formally known as the Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW-GM. It is customarily held the night before the Indianapolis 500, and it attracts fans from around the world who are in Indiana to see the Indy 500 the following day. It is a brutal test of both man and machine, for doing well in this event requires completing 500 laps on a high-banked, quarter-mile asphalt oval. It has also become a "happening" in the Midwest, as the town of Anderson, Indiana stages a festival around the events at the track.
Tanner Swanson and Shane Hollingsworth will be the team's Little 500 drivers in 2021.
Besides Nolen Racing's amazing accomplishment in the 2019 race, in 2018 Nolen Racing drivers made up two-thirds of the podium finishers, as Kody Swanson won and Hollingsworth, of Lafayette, Ind., finished third. Hollingsworth also finished third in the Little 500 in 2011, the year after he won the sprint car championship at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.
The Little 500 is broadcast live on the Internet on Speed51.com.