12 Races, Two Returning Tracks For USAC Silver Crown

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The USAC Silver Crown Series will return to Memphis Int'l Raceway next season. (Rich Forman photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Memphis Int’l Raceway and Williams Grove Speedway return to the USAC Silver Crown schedule next year as part of the tour’s largest slate of events since 2007.

The 100-lap Memphis race on March 23 will serve as the opener for the 49th year of the Silver Crown Series, which hasn’t visited the three-quarter-mile paved oval since 2004.

“This will be a great event for both MIR, the Memphis area and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series,” said Tim Packman, president of MIR. “We are honored to have this legendary series with their iconic style of racing returning to Memphis.”

“An event of this caliber also lets the racing community know MIR is committed to bring more oval track entertainment to our facility,” Packman added. “We are looking forward to this event with the local business community and our fans turning out to watch the stars in the cars.”

Memphis marks one of six Silver Crown races on the blacktop in 2019, creating a balanced mix with the six dirt races on the docket for a 12-race schedule overall.

The return to Williams Grove Speedway marks the series’ comeback to the famed half-mile dirt oval on June 14, following a one-year hiatus. The race is nestled in the midst of Eastern Storm, which includes five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in the East as well.

On April 14, the series heads to Indiana’s lone half-mile dirt venue – Terre Haute Action Track – for the Sumar Classic, which serves as the dirt opener for the Silver Crown cars.

The dirt miles have been a staple on the Champ Car racing circuit nearly since the invention of the automobile. That tradition continues with three dates on historic fairground tracks.

On May 23, the Indiana State Fairgrounds lead off the trio of miles with the Hoosier Hundred. From there, it’s onto the two Illinois miles of Springfield on Aug. 17 for the Bettenhausen 100 and DuQuoin on Sept. 1 for the Ted Horn 100.

The season concludes on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio with the 38th edition of the 4-Crown Nationals, marking the only opportunity all season to witness all three of USAC’s national divisions (Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car & National Midget) at the same track on the same night.

On the pavement side of the equation, following Memphis, the series takes on the familiar haunt of Ohio’s Toledo Speedway for the Rollie Beale Classic on April 27, before making the first of two stops at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. on May 24 for the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic.

The series debut at Oregon, Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway last year was a rousing success, leading the Silver Crown cars to return there for the second annual Dairyland 100 on June 28.

Salem Speedway has hosted USAC racing since the club’s inception in 1956. One of the most tenured races on the calendar is the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial, which brings the series to the high banks on Aug. 10.

The final pavement race of the year is at Lucas Oil Raceway on Sept. 7 with the Rich Vogler Classic.


2019 USAC Silver Crown Series Schedule

Date – Venue – Location

Mar 22-23 – Memphis Int’l Raceway – Millington, Tenn.
Apr 14 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Ind.
Apr 27 – Toledo Speedway – Toledo, Ohio
May 23 – Indiana State Fairgrounds – Indianapolis, Ind.
May 24 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Ind.
Jun 14 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Jun 28 – Madison Int’l Speedway – Oregon, Wis.
Aug 10 – Salem Speedway – Salem, Ind.
Aug 17 – Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, Ill.
Sep 1 – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds – DuQuoin, Ill.
Sep 7 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Ind.

Sep 27-28 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio