Hoosier Hundred Entry List Features 42 Cars

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Justin Grant (91) and Jeff Swindell are among the entrants for the upcoming Hoosier Hundred. (Rich Forman photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – The entry list for the 64th running of the Hoosier Hundred features 42 USAC Silver Crown cars for the final edition of the race at the legendary Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile.

The event, scheduled for May 23, features four past Hoosier Hundred winners in Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson, Lincoln, Indiana’s Dave Darland, Germantown, Tennessee’s Jeff Swindell and Greenfield, Indiana’s Chuck Leary.

Swanson is going for an unprecedented fifth consecutive Hoosier Hundred win, dating back to 2014. Darland won the race three times, in 1995, 1996 and 2004; while Jeff Swindell topped the Hoosier Hundred field in 1993 and Chuck Leary did so in 1997.

Swanson and Darland are also among three past Silver Crown champions entered in the event. The third of those is Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom.

Swanson, Darland and Swindell are among a star-studded group of drivers who’ve conquered victory lane with the Silver Crown Series, along with a host of others who’ve won in the series but are seeking their first Hoosier Hundred win.

C.J. Leary, Brian Tyler, Aaron Pierce, Russ Gamester, David Byrne, Shane Cockrum, Chris Urish, Eric Gordon, Shane Cottle, Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney are each seeking their first Silver Crown win at the Indy mile, but have Silver Crown trophies to their name.

Not only vying for a first Hoosier Hundred win, but also their first career Silver Crown victory is a lengthy list of drivers who’ve won in either AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series or NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series competition during their career.

That group includes Jacob Wilson, Brady Bacon, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Jason McDougal, Steve Buckwalter, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Bill Rose.

Last year’s Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Kyle Robbins is entered for his second Hoosier Hundred, while 2019 leading rookie Joey Schmidt prepares for his first.

Drivers also making their first attempt on the Indy Mile include Chris Phillips, Dallas Hewitt, Casey Buckman, Jimmy Light and Chad Kemenah.

Kemenah and Chris Dyson, who returns for his second Hoosier Hundred start, are drivers who’ve attained success in other racing disciplines. Kemenah is a multi-time champion with the All Star Circuit of Champions and Dyson is a two-time American Le Mans Series titlist.

Returning veterans aiming for one more shot at the Indy Mile include Kyle Steffens, Patrick Lawson, last year’s fifth-place finisher Johnny Petrozelle, Austin Nemire, Travis Welpott, Mike Haggenbottom, Dave Berkheimer, Matt Goodnight, Austin Mundie, Korey Weyant and Kenny Gentry.

Hoosier Hundred Entry List

# / Driver / Hometown / Team

07 Jacob Wilson/Crawfordsville, Ind. (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 Kyle Steffens/St. Louis, Mo. (Kyle Steffens)
2 Patrick Lawson/Edwardsville, Ill. (Patrick Lawson)
4 Chris Phillips/Plainfield, Ind. (Phillips-Nolen Racing)
6 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, Okla. (Klatt Enterprises)
7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, Ind. (KR Racing)
8 Johnny Petrozelle/Denton, N.C. (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 Chris Dyson/Pleasant Valley, N.Y. (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, Ind. (DMW Motorsports)
12 Brian Tyler/Mt. Pleasant, N.C. (Galas Motorsports)
14 Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind. (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 Chad Kemenah/Alvada, Ohio (Bob Hampshire)
16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, Ohio (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 Chris Windom/Canton, Ill. (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, Ind. (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing)
20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, Calif. (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 Jeff Swindell/Germantown, Tenn. (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
22 Billy Puterbaugh Jr./Brownsburg, Ind. (Robbie Rice-PBR Motorsports)
24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, Pa. (John Haggenbottom)
25 Joey Schmidt/Ellisville, Miss. (Sam Pierce)
26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, Ind. (Sam Pierce)
27 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, Okla. (Phillips Motorsports)
30 Chuck Leary/Greenfield, Ind. (Chuck & Tammi Leary)
31 Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Berkheimer Racing)
39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, Ind. (Goodnight Racing)
40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, Wis. (Byrne Racing)
47 Austin Mundie/Dallas, Texas (Les & Patty Butler)
51 Russ Gamester/Peru, Ind. (Gamester Racing)
53 Steve Buckwalter/Royersford, Pa. (Five Three Motorsports)
56 Kevin Thomas Jr./Cullman, Ala. (Foxco Racing)
57 Dallas Hewitt/Troy, Ohio (Dallas Hewitt)
66 Bill Rose/Plainfield, Ind. (Bill Rose Racing)
71 Shane Cockrum/Benton, Ill. (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
74 Casey Buckman/Chandler, Ariz. (C-Buck Motorsports)
77 Chris Urish/Elkhart, Ill. (Chris Urish)
78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, Ind. (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 Shane Cottle/Kansas, Ill. (Curtis Williams)
91 Justin Grant/Ione, Calif. (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, Ind. (Hans Lein)
99 Korey Weyant/Springfield, Ill. (Scott Weyant)
118 Kenny Gentry/Henderson, Ky. (Kenny Gentry)
123 Jimmy Light/West Springfield, Pa. (Two-Three Motorsports)