By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
ROSSBURG, OH – C.J. Leary will start from the pole position during Saturday night’s 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO USAC Silver Crown feature event at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.
The Greenfield, Ind. native turned the quickest lap during Friday night’s Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying session with a time of 17.288 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval in his Klatt Enterprises/Wilwood Disc Brakes – Lucas Oil – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Beast/Ford.
For Leary, it was his seventh career USAC Silver Crown pole position and his second at Eldora after earlier starting from the top spot in June of 2021. It was his 11th overall quick time during the 2022 season between USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (8) and Silver Crown (3) competition, most among all drivers.
The 2018 Eldora 4-Crown USAC Silver Crown race winner led the field of 29 with Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) second, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) third, Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) fourth and current series point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) fifth.
Two incidents occurred during the evening with 2013 and 2016 Eldora Silver Crown winner Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) pounding the turn one wall and barrel-rolling several times during practice. Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) slapped the wall in turn four on the second lap of his qualifying run, damaging both the right front and right rear. Both drivers walked away under their own power.
On Saturday, it’s full programs for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC Silver Crown and the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions. Spectator gates open at Noon Eastern with a driver autograph session scheduled from 3-4 pm in the Fan Zone, followed by the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.
General admission tickets are $39 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. Reserved tickets are $44 for adults and $9 for ages 12 and under.
The entire Saturday night racing program can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj
USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 23-24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Held on September 23) 1. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-17.288; 2. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-17.366; 3. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-17.371; 4. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-17.377; 5. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-17.399; 6. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-17.560; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.612; 8. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-17.620; 9. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.629; 10. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-17.651; 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.670; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 97, Lein-17.752; 13. Emerson Axsom, 20, Nolen-17.773; 14. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-17.777; 15. Shane Cottle, 74, Hodges-17.907; 16. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-17.972; 17. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-18.049; 18. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-18.064; 19. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-18.156; 20. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-18.173; 21. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-18.176; 22. Casey Buckman, 110, DMW-18.280; 23. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-18.333; 24. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-18.395; 25. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-18.517; 26. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-18.540; 27. Tom Paterson, 11, Paterson-19.215; 28. Dave Peperak, 77, Peperak-19.801; 29. Chris Windom, 66, Rose-NT.
**Chris Windom flipped during practice.
USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-524, 2-Logan Seavey-467, 3-C.J. Leary-444, 4-Brian Tyler-376, 5-Justin Grant-368, 6-Travis Welpott-295, 7-Bobby Santos-280, 8-Taylor Ferns-255, 9-Kyle Robbins-254, 10-Gregg Cory-238.
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO