DUQUOIN, Ill. – No one, not even a Vegas odds maker, would be able to select a clear favorite for Sunday’s Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
Rain fell on the field for the Tony Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield last weekend as the green flag was about to drop, with at least 10 cars at or near the front of the pack among the favorites to take the win. Nothing less is expected Sunday night as a revitalized USAC Silver Crown Series takes center stage at the 92nd DuQuoin State Fair.
“Illini Pride” could be the theme for the 62nd running of the Ted Horn 100 at DuQuoin as more than a third of the entrants were either behind the wheel of one of the big cars or held title to one of the championship machines in Springfield and the same holds true for DuQuoin. Defending winner Chris Urish looks to repeat his 2013 upset victory but faces stiff competition from the home state as well as the USAC series regulars.
A.J. Fike, Chris Windom, Shane Cockrum and Zach Daum are four Illini drivers who may have a shot at victory Sunday night. Fike is a two-time winner of the Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield while Windom got his first Silver Crown win at Eldora last year and led until the 97th lap of the 2013 Ted Horn 100. Cockrum is a second generation driver who was in contention last year until fuel issues slowed his pace. Daum is the defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion and 2009 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year.