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Ryan Newman enters USAC Silver Crown race at IRP

Ryan Newman is back home again.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran is back home again in Indiana and back home again in the USAC Silver Crown Series.

The 41-year-old is on the fringe of qualifying for the Cup Series playoffs but will first race in the Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana on Saturday night before his NASCAR fate is decided.

Newman is the 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion and an occasional moonlighter in the series whenever his NASCAR obligations allow him to compete. Newman will race the No. 2v for Bowman/Vance Racing on Saturday, a tribute to Johnny Vance, one of the most successful USAC car owners of all-time — the holder of three national championships as an owner and 52 victories.

Newman raced in the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series for Vance during the late 1990s-early 2000s.

Newman will race as a teammate to five-time Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown winner Tanner Swanson. Newman himself earned both his first career USAC National Midget victory in 1997 as well as his initial Silver Crown triumph in 1999, both of which were televised on ESPN’s “Saturday Night Thunder” program.

The event is a companion race to the 51 Super Select Super Late Model all-star race. Pits open for the at noon eastern on Saturday.  Grandstands open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice at 4:15pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30pm and the green flag for the USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45pm. The Super Late Model main event will follow.

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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