SYRACUSE, NY — Story, Photo and Audio by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Bobby East’s mission was simple on Saturday at the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday- win the race and put yourself into position to win the USAC Silver Crown Series title. There was one problem though for East and his name was Kody Swanson.
Swanson who had already won 4 events in 2014, made a great pass on East with 11 laps to go in Turns 1 and 2 after East slipped up high on the racetrack. Swanson would go on to win the Salt City 78, but more importantly wrapped up the USAC Silver Crown Series championship with the win in the season-ending event.
Swanson led the first 12 laps before East would make his way by him on Lap 13 to take the lead. East would take a large lead through the middle portion of the race, having nearly a straightaway lead on Swanson with 20 to go. Swanson kept trimming the lead and trimming the lead until he had finally caught East with 12 laps to go. Slower traffic had allowed East to get some separation, but with 11 laps to go East slid high in Turn 1 and Swanson filled the gap to take the lead out of Turn 2.
It’s not clear if East just bobbled with 11 to go or if the handling had gone away on the Chevy Performance, Curb Records, Tony Stewart Racing #10. East refused comment after the event, but did say on stage after the race, “We really wanted to win this championship.”
Swanson would go on to score the victory over a strong and consistent A.J. Fike, East was 3rd, Chris Windom was 4th and Stewart Friesen completed the Top 5 in his first USAC start on the Moody Mile.
Kody Swanson told us after the race in the media center how much it meant to win the Salt City 78
A.J. Fike had to settle for 2nd in the Salt City 78 and told us about returning to the Moody Mile
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 11, 2014 – Syracuse, New York – New York State Fairgrounds – “Salt City 78”
QUALIFYING: 1. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-32.436; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-32.535; 3. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-32.627; 4. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-32.640; 5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-32.702; 6. Rich Tobias Jr., 117, Tobias-32.762; 7. Stewart Friesen, 99, RPM/Gormly-32.856; 8. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-33.113; 9. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-33.160; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-33.273; 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-33.315; 12. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-34.005; 13. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-35.105; 14. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-37.972; 15. Wes Miller, 36, Miller-NT.
FEATURE: (78 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. A.J. Fike, 3. Bobby East, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Stewart Friesen, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Rich Tobias Jr., 9. Davey Ray, 10. Patrick Lawson, 11. Randy Bateman, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Kenny Gentry, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Wes Miller. 45:23.12
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Swanson, Laps 13-66 East, Laps 67-78 Swanson.
FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Swanson-582, 2-Hines-555, 3-East-537, 4-Windom-469, 5-Coons-408, 6-Fike-320, 7-Jacob Wilson-306, 8-Cockrum-286, 9-Caleb Armstrong-259, 10-Lawson-245.