SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Al Unser topped Mario Andretti and a field of open-wheel superstars the first time the USAC Silver Crown Series raced at the New York State Fairgrounds “Moody Mile” in 1974.
Now, 40 years after that historic event, the USAC Silver Crown Series will return to Syracuse during the 43rd annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week in October 2014.
The USAC Silver Crown Series will tackle one-mile dirt oval Oct. 11 along with the showcase 150-mile event for the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The DIRTcar sportsman modified feature will shift to Sunday, Oct. 12, where it will join the DIRTcar Pro Stock event and the Super DIRTcar Series’ premier $50,000-to-win Syracuse 200.
“We’re excited to bring the Silver Crown Series back to Syracuse,” said USAC President Kevin Miller. “Super DIRT Week is such an historic event, and we are definitely looking forward to putting on a show for the passionate race fans that have been going there for more than 40 years.”
NAPA Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds will kick off Oct. 8 with a Big-Block Modified Happy Hour practice before Thursday’s qualifying runs for the Big-Blocks and 358-Modifieds. The USAC Silver Crown cars will hit the Mile on Friday afternoon for a practice session along with the Futures events, followed by “Friday Night Lights” featuring the sportsman modified Triple 10s, the 358-Modified Twin 20s and the Big-Block Modified Triple 20s.
“The USAC Silver Crown Series has a rich history at Syracuse, and we’re thrilled to welcome them back in 2014,” said World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter. “We’re always trying to enhance our events for our fans. We have incredible racing at Syracuse with the Big-Blocks, 358-Modifieds, sportsman and pro stocks, now bringing the Silver Crown cars back to the Mile will make the week even bigger for everybody.”
The USAC Silver Crown Series last raced on the Syracuse Mile in 2003 during NAPA Super DIRT Week with J.J. Yeley taking the checkered flag.