SALEM, Ind. – Kody Swanson’s USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victory on Saturday at Salem Speedway was his fourth in a row on the .555-mile, high-banked paved oval.
The fourth-straight win by the Kingsburg, Calif. native equaled Pancho Carter’s mark of four consecutive victories in the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial.
That calls to mind dominant Silver Crown streaks at other tracks since the series’ inception in 1971. Al Unser’s streak of victories at the Indiana State Fairgrounds began in the 1970 Hoosier Hundred – when it was part of the USAC National Championship, or current day IndyCar Series trail – and carried through the first Silver Crown season in 1971, then again in 1972 and 1973.
In solely the Silver Crown era, prior to Swanson, only one driver had won at least four in a row at one venue: Dave Steele at Phoenix International Raceway from 2002-2006.
However, Swanson became the first driver to accomplish the feat twice at two different venues. He won four consecutive editions of the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds between 2014 and 2018, interrupted only by a rain out in 2017.
This weekend, he kept his undefeated streak going at Salem with wins in 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2019.
Swanson still has quite a ways to go to reach the ultimate standard for total Silver Crown wins at one track, set by the legendary Jack Hewitt with an astounding eight triumphs in his career at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.