Silver Crown
Sunday, 5 September 2021


Ken Schrader will return to pilot the Mark Swanson Encore Team #21 in Monday afternoon's Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown race on September 6 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois. Ken Schrader will return to pilot the Mark Swanson Encore Team #21 in Monday afternoon's Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown race on September 6 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois. Brendon Bauman Photo


By: Jay Hardin – Track Enterprises Staff

Du Quoin, IL (September 5, 2021)………The man himself made a startling announcement in victory lane after winning the 28th Sportsman Nationals at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 22.

Ken Schrader will be running in all three events at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds over the Labor Day weekend.  If Schrader can start the main event in the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100 on Monday afternoon, September 6, after doing so in the ARCA Menards Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil, and the Oldani Memorial Modified race, he would be just the third driver in the last fifty years to pull off the Du Quoin “triple”.

A.J. Fike was the last driver to run all three events, doing so in 2004.  Before him, it was Larry “Boom Boom” Cannon as the Oakwood, Illinois barber and politician ran the USAC Midget, Silver Crown and Stock Car events during the last weekend of the 1971 Du Quoin State Fair.

The other drivers to pull off a “triple” looks like a racing hall of fame, Tony Bettenhausen (1960), Rodger Ward (1960 & 61), Len Sutton (1961), Parnelli Jones (1963), A.J. Foyt (1963 & 64) and Bobby Marshman (1964).

Du Quoin truly is Ken Schrader country.  It’s the mile dirt track closest to his home of Fenton, Missouri and the one he and his father visited during the 1960’s watching drivers such as Foyt, the Unser brothers and Mario Andretti.  Ken’s short track exploits around the Midwest earned him a legion of fans and they followed him to the Magic Mile at Du Quoin in 1979 when he made his USAC Stock Car debut.

On August 25, 1979, Ken qualified third and was running near the front when the engine in his Ford Granada let go.  He watched as Rusty Wallace led Don White, Bay Darnell and A.J. Foyt to the finish line.

Schrader ran three more stock car races under the USAC banner and then would be absent from the Southern Illinois 100 until returning twenty years later.  He finished second in a 1979 USAC Midget event held on the Magic Mile and ran five USAC Silver Crown races between 1981 and 1985 with a best finish of third in 1983.

Twenty-seven years after making his stock car debut at Du Quoin Ken Schrader broke the Magic Mile victory lane barrier in a big way.  He won the ARCA Southern Illinois 100 and a CARS late model race on Labor Day of 2006.  He repeated as Southern Illinois 100 champion in 2007 and in 2013.  Ken also found victory lane in the Oldani Memorial modified event a record seven times between 2011 and 2019.  Schrader is the all-time leader in main event wins on the Du Quoin mile with 11.

ARCA car owner Andy Hillenburg confirmed after the Springfield ARCA event he would field a car for Schrader to drive in the Southern Illinois 100.  Schrader’s last ARCA appearance at Du Quoin was in 2019 when he set fast time and finished ninth.  He won the modified event in 2019 and made his first Silver Crown appearance in 32 years in 2017 when he finished nineteenth.  Ken ran the Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield on August 21 in the same machine that Jeff Swindell ran to second at Du Quoin in 2016, third in 2017 and fourth in 2019.

The event will feature the USAC Silver Crown National Championship along with the 27th Annual Bill Oldani Memorial Prelims for UMP Modifieds.

Monday pits and registration open at 7am Central.  The ticket office and grandstands open at 9am.  The drivers meeting will be held at 9:15am.  USAC Silver Crown practice takes place from 10-11:10am, with Silver Crown Fatheadz Qualifying at 11:30am, followed by UMP Modified hot laps and feature before concluding with the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535.  Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets (presale) for each day are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.  Tickets at the gate on race day are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.  Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-member adults.  Pit passes are $20 for children 11 and under.

Monday’s Ted Horn 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at





08 Kyle Steffens/St. Charles, MO (Steffens Motorsports)

2 Patrick Lawson/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

3 Nick Bilbee/Indianapolis, IN (Tim Simmons)

6 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

14 Steven Russell/Rochester, IL (McQuinn Motorsports)

16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Goodnight Racing)

18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

21 Ken Schrader/Fenton, MO (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

22 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

31 Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

44 Danny Long/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

52 Carmen Perigo/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

54 Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Racing)

55 Jerry Coons Jr./Tucson, AZ (Patty Bateman)

57 Dallas Hewitt/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

66 Robert Ballou/Rocklin, CA (Bill Rose Racing)

69 Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 Shane Cockrum/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 Casey Buckman/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Racing)

77 Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 Brian Tyler/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

88 Chris Fetter/Troy, MO (Sammy & Mouren Fetter)

91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Hans Lein)

99 Korey Weyant/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

110 Shane Cottle/Kansas, IL (DMW Motorsports)

123 Jimmy Light/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

188 Terry Babb/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)