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Dominance: Tanner (right) lapped all but his brother Kody (left) to win the "Hall of Fame Classic." USACRacing.Com

May 17, 2014 - USAC Racing Release - Brownsburg, IN……..Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. stunned the Lucas Oil Raceway attendees Saturday night with one of the most spectacular USAC Silver Crown performances of all time, leading all 100 laps of the USAC “Hall of Fame Classic” in his Bowman Racing Banjo Corporation Beast/Chevy.

In the closing laps his bid to complete lapping every car in the field was thwarted by a yellow flag, as his brother Kody Swanson, who started dead last after failing to post a qualifying time, held off Tanner to save the night and on the lap 99 restart he actually made an attempt to overhaul Tanner, but to no avail. The win was Tanner’s second straight win at LOR, leading the final 86 laps of last July’s 100-lapper there. It also marked the third time that brothers had finished 1-2 in a USAC Silver Crown race.

The two Swansons turned the trick in 2010 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich, and again in 2013 at Lucas Oil Raceway last July. David Byrne, who ran second much of the race, took third at the checkered flag, with Tracy Hines fourth and Bobby Santos fifth. Kody’s finish enabled him to retain the series point lead by nine over Hines going into next Thursday night’s “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Saturday’s race was slowed by only two cautions, the first when Caleb Armstrong lost a wheel in turn three on lap 15 and the last when Jarett Andretti’s car stalled on the front stretch on lap 95.

Saturday’s festivities included the annual USAC “Hall of Fame” inductions, which saluted Rollie Beale, George Bignotti, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Gus Hoffman, Jud Larson, Norm Nelson, Eddie Sachs, Don Smith, Bob Stroud, Rodger Ward and Bob Wente.


Swanson scores in Lakeport Midgets

(May 10, 2014) LAKEPORT, CA.,: Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg celebrated his recent marriage with an impressive win in the Bay Cities Racing Association midget feature at the Lakeport Speedway. Swanson drove Bob Rosen’s Red Line Oil Beast/Fontana to the 30 lap victory on the fast paved oval in a fraction over six-minutes, taking the lead on the fourth lap with an inside pass of Kelseyville’s Jodi Snider in her dad’s Stealth/Mopar on the backstretch as they entered turn-three. Swanson started on the outside of the second row, passing Brian Gard of Kelseyville in the Arata Racing Beast/Gaerte Chevy on the second lap for the number-two spot, with third-starting Chad Nichols dropping to fourth. Nichols, who had sustained chassis damage when he slammed his Beast/Esslinger into the front wall during qualifying, began dropping back with handling problems, allowing Kelseyville’s Darin Snider in the Lauren Snider Beast/Mopar to slip into fourth. Gard also lost his momentum and slipped to fifth by the third round. On the fifth circuit Darin Snider pulled into third behind his sister, ran side-by-side at the line on the next lap and then took command of second, setting his sights on Swanson. Snider’s vision of a challenge for the lead evaporated as Swanson sustained and then elongated his lead in the quick-paced event as the leaders began lapping several cars. The event went wire-to-wire without a caution with Swanson claiming a blistering 6.00.5 over the 30-lap route at the checkered flag, followed by Darin Snider, Jodi Snider, Cody Gerhardt in the Eskesen Beast Mopar, and Gard, over the remaining lapped field with all of the starters finishing the race. Darin Snider out-qualified the field and took the first heat race. Gerhardt won the second eight-lapper. The BCRA midgets return to the Stockton 99 Fairgrounds Speedway dirt next Saturday night. The BCRA vintage division entertained the crowd with six classic midgets.

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Tanner Swanson Terrorizes TRAXXAS Silver Crown JD Byrider 100

1-2 Finish: Tanner (#11) dominated the JD Byrider 100, leading a Swanson Brothers 1-2 with Kody (#63) taking the runner-up spot at Lucas Oil Raceway. Phil Rider Photo

(July 27, 2013) USAC Racing Article - Clermont, Indiana…….Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, California picked up his second-career Traxxas Silver Crown win and the first for car owner Mike Bowman in dominant fashion during Saturday night’s “J.D. Byrider 100” at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Swanson started from row-two and followed his brother Kody to a comfortable margin in the opening laps before hounding the lead before the race even hit lap ten. By lap 15, Tanner was able to clear Kody and take a lead that would never be challenged.

Swanson opened up a half-track margin as he lapped through the field, slowed only by one caution at the halfway mark. The dominating performance ended just short of lapping the sixth-place car for the Bowman/Canine Racing – Banjo Corporation #11 Beast/Kistler.

Kody Swanson, who also took the pole, racked up his second runner-up finish of the season in the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Beast/Hampshire, and David Byrne recorded his best career Silver Crown finish as he rounded out the podium in the Byrne Racing – Bytec #40 Beast/Chevy.

Chris Windom finished fourth in the Rotondo Weirich – Curb Records #7 Beast/Wallace Toyota, and Tracy Hines rounded out the top-five in the Lightfoot Racing #16 Beast/Stanton Mopar.


Swanson 3rd in Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway

National Midgets: Tanner drove the Keith Kunz #67 to another podium finish with the USAC National Midgets, this time at Lucas Oil Raceway. Phil Rider Photo.

(July 27, 2013) USAC Racing Article - Clermont, Indiana.…..Tracy Hines of New Castle, Indiana made it back-to-back wins in the Honda National Pavement Midget Series as he swept the program in a dominant performance to take the “Rich Vogler Classic” for the second year in a row.

Hines earned the pole as a result of winning his Scramble race from sixth earlier in the evening after posting the fastest qualifying lap for the night. After leading the opening five laps, Hines was passed by Darren Hagen on an early restart, but the veteran gradually moved back in to take the lead on lap ten.

From there, Hines opened up a huge advantage as Kyle Larson moved to second, bringing his teammate Tanner Swanson along with him.

With just eight laps to go, a second and final caution appeared, and Larson took advantage of the opportunity to go for the lead. After getting his momentum through turns one and two, Larson dove underneath Hines for the lead into turn-three. The New Castle, Indiana driver calmly turned back underneath Larson, however, repelling the attack and moving back away from the field.

The win for Hines in the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota was the 34th National Midget win of his storied career.

Larson held on for second in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #67K Beast/Speedway Toyota, and his teammate Swanson rounded out the podium in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #67 Beast/Speedway Toyota.

Defending National champion Darren Hagen finished fourth in the RFMS Racing – Liberty Village #3 Beast/Esslinger, and Kyle O’Gara rounded out the top-five in the Rotondo Weirich – Curb Records #27 Beast/Fontana.


Swanson Wins at Roseville's All-American Speedway

To the Lead: Tanner (#4) takes the lead from Chad Nichols (#17) into turn 3 at All-American Speedway. M&M Racing Photo

(June 22, 2013) After a pair of 2nd's in a row, Tanner and Bob Rosen finally broke back into Victory Lane, this time at Roseville's All-American Speedway. On September 26, 2009, Tanner Swanson became the 20th driver in USAC History to sweep a Sprint & Midget double-header when he took both feature's at Roseville. He hadn't raced there in a Midget since. Saturday night, he qualified the Bob Rosen #4 in the 5th position, and the team got to work on the handling of their Fontana powered Beast Chassis. After a few changes were made, the #4 really came alive. Tanner won his preliminary heat race from the 4th starting spot, then backed that up with a win in the night's Trophy Dash. Tanner would start 3rd in the 30-lap event, and aim to get out front early. Well before halfway, Tanner pulled alongside Chad Nichols for the lead entering turn 3, and took over the top spot. A few cautions would negate Tanner's lead during the course of the race, but he never gave up his spot on top of the board despite numerous challenges from eventual runner-up David Goodwill (#88), especially after restarts. In the end, Tanner was able to pull away a few car-lengths to a comfortable victory in the final laps. Tanner and the Bob Rosen team will take to the pavement again when the BCRA Midget series heads to Lakeport Speedway in California on July 6th.


Swanson 2nd again USAC/BCRA Midgets at Madera

For the Lead: Scott Pierovich (35) leads Nick Chivello (#27) and Tanner (#4) three-wide into turn 1 late in Saturday's Feature.

(June 8, 2013) Coming off of a 2nd place run the last time the USAC/BCRA Midgets rolled into Madera Speedway, Tanner and the Bob Rosen #4 were looking to improve that last spot to the top of the board. Things really looked good through-out the day. Tanner set fast time qualifying, drove to win his preliminary heat race, and would start the 30-lap feature from the pole position. However, at the drop of the green, Manteca's Nick Chivello got the jump, and led Tanner on lap 1. Tanner continued to stalk Chivello for the lead, finally making his move as the lead duo encountered lapped traffic just after half-way. Tanner slid low into turn 3, and when Chivello went to turn back underneath him exiting turn 4, their bumpers hooked. It broke both of their momentum, and allowed Scott Pierovich to take the lead! The battle resumed as the top 3 continued the high-speed dogfight for the top spot late into the race, and into more lapped traffic. A number of times, Tanner had a run to take the lead, but either a lapped car would change lanes, or he would run out of racing room before he could complete the pass. With just a few laps to go, Chivello retook the lead in lapped traffic with Tanner in tow, and that is how they would finish, just 0.294 seconds apart. Tanner and the Rosen #4 will continue their search for Victory Lane on June 22nd at Roseville, California's All-American Speedway.


Night Before the 500: Can't Catch a Break

(May 26, 2013) Some days you just can't catch a break. On Saturday, Tanner and the Keith Kunz #67 just seemed to be having one of those days. The Swanson/Kunz combo had the #67 rolling really well in practice, nearing the top of the speed charts. They qualified in the top 10, and would start 3rd in their USAC Scramble event, a preliminary event that sets the feature line-up just like the "Duels" for the Daytona 500. As the #67 was pushed off to start for this event, the rear axle broke near the center section. While they were lucky that this weird incident occurred before the race started, it did put them starting at the tail of the field for the night's 50-lap main event, with a lot of racecars and work ahead of them. If that wasn't enough, a storm cell moved through the area, and in an effort to get the race in, USAC and Lucas Oil Raceway shortened the feature to 30-laps and attempted a start during a break in the rain. Tanner started at the tail of the field, moving quickly into the Top 15, and Top 10. With a large gap to the front half of the field, a caution flag would have been a huge help in their run toward the front: one never came. Tanner soldiered on, passing all the way to the 7th position at the end of the 30-lap affair that took only 10 minutes to complete. A little luck would have gone a long way, but to earn a 7th after all of that was still a solid run and a great effort.


Swanson 2nd in USAC/BCRA Midgets at Madera

Car Low: Scott Pierovich (35) looks to the inside of Tanner (#4) late in Saturday's Feature. M&M Racing Photo

(May 6, 2013) Tanner returned to the Bob Rosen Racing #4 and Madera Speedway looking to stay on top of the heap. In April, Tanner scored the win in the Bay Cities Racing Association 30-lapper at the Stockton 99 Speedway in the famous Mr. Espresso #4. Madera's "Vukovich Classic" drew 14-cars for the event, with Tanner pacing all of them with quick-time honors in qualifying. Tanner then finished 2nd in his preliminary heat race to earn a spot on the front row of the feature event. Tanner made a valiant effort, but never could overcome polesitter and eventual winner Chad Nichols in the Eskesen #29, and finished the 30-lap affair in the 2nd position.


California Cruisin': Tanner 3rd in USAC Western Classic at Watsonville, makes King of the West Debut in Antioch

Finding his Groove: Tanner improved all night in Watsonville, and capped it off with a podium finish. Revved Up Photography

(April 19, 2013) Tanner made his first ever trip to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA for the USAC Western Classic Sprint series race on Friday. Driving the Alan Kaiser owned #69, Tanner qualified 7th, learning about his new surroundings each time he hit the track. Tanner lined up 3rd for the start of his preliminary heat race, but didn’t stay there long. On the slick, dusty racetrack, Tanner used the low-line to get to the inside of his competitors, taking the lead exiting turn 4 on lap 1. Tanner never looked back to win his heat race in fine fashion.
After his heat race win, Tanner earned an outisde front-row starting spot for the night’s 30-lap feature event. At the drop of the green, Tanner carried his momentum to the top of the racetrack in turns 1 & 2, carrying his speed down the backstretch and into the lead. Tanner led the first 3 laps before being caught by USAC West Coast 360 point leader Ryan Bernal. A lap 4 caution slowed the field, with Tanner restarting in the 2nd spot. Tanner chased Bernal for much of the race, with both of them riding the rim at the top of the 1/3 mile clay oval. Tanner gained at times as the leader encountered lapped traffic, but never could make a bid for the position. After a lap 19 caution, and a red on lap 25, Tanner restarted 2nd with 5 to go. After the final restart, Tanner battled for position, and ended a fine run with a 3rd-place podium finish.

Tanner had an impressive heat race in Antioch, running from 6th to 4th to earn a spot in the A-Main. Cleveland Digital Imaging

(April 20, 2013) Saturday night, Tanner made his 2nd career start in a Winged Dirt Sprint car, this time behind the wheel of Alan Kaiser’s #39 and going up against the King of the West Sprint series in California. After a quick hot-lap session, Tanner toured the 1/3 mile in 13.059 seconds in qualifying, timing 24th out of the 30 car field. This lined Tanner up to start 6th in his preliminary heat race, needing a 4th place finish to transfer directly to the night’s A-Main event. Tanner quickly found his comfort zone, making some nice laps to move all the way up to the 3rd position! Tanner battled among the lead contenders, and finished the event in 4th, finding himself in an important transfer position to the feature event.
By virtue of his qualifying time and heat race finish, Tanner started the 30-lap feature in the 18th position. As the night wore on, the Antioch Speedway track surface continued to wear out, and the entire field migrated to the bottom of the racetrack in search for grip. With a mixture of patience and precision driving, Tanner methodically worked his way from the back of the pack, finding himself up to the 12th position during the middle of the race. As each car continued further down the racetrack in search of grip, Tanner eventually met the infield tire marker, causing him to spin to a stop in turns 3 & 4, sustaining some damage to the #39 and ending a great run for his first night with the King of the West Sprint series.


Tanner's Turn: Younger Swanson drives the Rosen Racing #4 to BCRA Victory Lane in Stockton

Looking Low: David Goodwill (#88) looks to the inside of Tanner (#4) late in Saturday's Feature. M&M Racing Photo

(April 14, 2013 - Stockton, CA) On Saturday, 18 cars rolled into the Stockton 99 Speedway for Bay Cities Racing action, with Tanner driving Bob Rosen's Mr. Espresso #4. Tanner had made one previous start in the Rosen #4, finishing 2nd in May of last year at Madera Speedway. This time, the duo hoped to improve just one more spot, and did just that. Tanner qualified the #4 3rd out of the 18 competitors, touring the 1/4 mile oval in 12.244 seconds, and just 0.126 seconds behind fast-time David Goodwill in the Arata Racing #88. After starting 5th in his preliminary heat race, Tanner got shuffled back to the 6th spot, and found it tough to navigate traffic on the tight racetrack. After working for a way to get around, Tanner finished 5th. Starting outside front row of the evening's trophy dash, Tanner found trouble in turn 1, making contact when the pole car slid up the racetrack, and spinning himself to a stop. He restarted at the tail and finished 3rd in the 4-lap dash.

Smile! The Bob Rosen Racing team smiles for the camera in Stockton 99 Victory Lane. M&M Racing Photo

With an invert of the 8 fastest qualifiers, Tanner lined up for the 30-lap feature in the 6th position. At the drop of the green, Tanner made quick work of the cars in front of him, knowing that getting to the lead first can be an advantage late in the race. Tanner was into the Top 5 within a lap, 3rd by lap 7, and had taken the lead by lap 12! Tanner had really began to pull away when a great battle broke out for the 2nd position on laps 16 & 17, with spots 2-5 all changing hands numerous times. A lap 17 caution slowed the action, allowing the group behind Tanner to get sorted out and bunched back up behind the leader. A number of cautions late in the race continued to make things interesting, as the #88 of David Goodwill would often look to the inside of Tanner's #4 in turns 3 & 4. With a run on the outside, Tanner was able to prevail down the front-straightaway each time, and lead the duo back to turn 1. As the laps wound down, Tanner was able to open up a small lead, and hold off challenges from Goodwill to WIN in the Rosen Racing #4! "I'm really happy to get the win for these guys, they really worked hard today. Even though we qualified well, we still had some things to work on if we were going to have a chance to win. Bob & the guys worked with me all day, and we made adjustments every time we went out on the track. By the feature we had a really good racecar, and I was happy to help all of their hard work pay off." -Tanner


Bad Luck = Early End to “Southern Shootout”

After an off-season filled with hard work, the SpeedChasers team looked forward to unveiling their new Chassis/Engine package at Must See Racing’s Southern Shootout, and hoped that strong results would be the fruits of their labor. However, it was not meant to be, as the team found trouble under the hood of the #64, something they couldn’t have foreseen nor prevented, and were forced to retire from the weekend’s events before they really got started. We wish the entire SpeedChaser's group the best, and can't wait for Tanner and the team to rebound when the season continues in the midwest. 


Tanner scores Twin Top 5's in Florida Midgets

Fast Florida Half-Mile: Tanner turned the fastest lap of the weekend in Monday’s practice session, a 16.627 second lap, averaging 108.258 mph.

Last June, Tanner got a call from Pete Willoughby, looking for a driver to fill in a few races in their USAC National Midget #71. The Keith Kunz team had already drivers Kyle Larson, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle and Ryan Bernal drive the car during the year, as they were competing for the USAC car owners’ championship. Tanner made his first career start for the Keith Kunz team at the Iowa Speedway, and topped the speed charts in his first practice. Over his 3 race stint with the team, Tanner did well, and helped Keith, Pete and mechanic Kris Brown earn the 2012 Car Owner’s Championship with their #71 car. This year, Tanner was asked to return to the team, to drive their #67 car in the USAC National Midget season opening double-header in New Smyrna, Florida. USAC has implemented a new “Scramble” format for the 2013 pavement Midget events, that is similar to Daytona’s “Duels” that help set the starting field for the 500. The USAC version includes an invert of the night’s fastest qualifiers, and after 12-laps, the finishing order of each scramble sets starting line-up of the inside and outside lanes for the feature event.

Night #1: Tanner qualified 7th out of the 18 cars on hand, coupled with an invert of “6” for the scramble races, would start 3rd in Scramble #1. After a few laps, Tanner came roaring toward the front, diving low in turn 1 to take over 2nd, then the race lead. However, teammates Bobby Santos and Kyle Larson came on strong at the end, moving Tanner back to a 3rd place finish, earning him a 5th place starting spot for the feature (inside row 3). At the drop of the green, Tanner was shuffled back to the 6th spot, but it wasn’t long before he began his march toward the front, moving to 4th in just a few laps. After a lap 9 caution, Tanner dove low to take over the 3rd spot, then set sights on the lead duo. Some oil was laid down, causing the 2nd place car to spin and bring out one last caution. With 9 laps to go, Tanner restarted on the tail of the leader, but fell to 3rd a lap later. Tanner regrouped and was trying to reel them back in when he hit some fluid on the track, and had a big scare in turn 1. Tanner gathered it up, but not before falling to 4th, where he would hang on for the final few laps.

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Night #2: Tanner qualified 3rd, and with another “6” invert would line up 5th in Scramble 1. After negotiating some slower traffic, Tanner moved to 4th, but couldn’t run down the leaders in time, and would start the Feature event from 7th. As the night’s main event began, the lead pack quickly sorted out, and started to stretch away from the field. Tanner moved into 6th, and was able to catch the cars in front of him, but passing would be a different story. With just 3 laps to go, the race slowed for its first caution. On the restart, Tanner was able to pass for 5th, but that is where he would stay for the final two circuits.

Post-Race Outlook: Keith, Pete and Kris did a great job with the #67 car, helping Tanner to be the only driver to score “Top 5” finishes in both events in New Smyrna, and climb to 3rd in the points standings. The next event for Tanner in the Keith Kunz #67, is the famed “Night Before the 500” held at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis- an event that Tanner won in 2010, in his first attempt.


Kody & Tanner Swanson left looking for new USAC Silver Crown Rides;

Team 6R Racing closes after 24 years

1st Win: Tanner scored his 1st career Silver Crown win, and with Kody finishing 2nd- the duo became the 1st Brothers in History to Sweep a USAC Silver Crown event 1st & 2nd.
Berlin Raceway - August 12, 2010

When Team 6R Racing announced they were closing down earlier this month, it left two of the best young drivers in the series looking for a new ride. Kody & Tanner Swanson both had successful careers driving for Team 6R, but both will have to find a new seat to compete in next season.

Team 6R Racing hired Kody in late 2008, and the youngster ran his first full USAC Silver Crown season in 2009, finishing 5th in the standings as the series Rookie of the Year. For the 2010 season, Tanner joined Kody at Team 6R, and made quite an impression in his first season of Silver Crown competition. On August 12th (2010), Tanner scored his first career Silver Crown win, while he and Kody became the First Brothers in History to Sweep a USAC Silver Crown event 1st & 2nd when they topped the field at the “Great Lakes 150” in Marne, Michigan.

The United States Auto Club recognized both Tanner & Kody as their “Most Improved Drivers” after the 2010 season that saw each of them score their first career USAC Silver Crown wins, Tanner win the “Night Before the 500” in only his 1st attempt, and Kody finish just 11 points shy of a Silver Crown Championship.

1st & 3rd: Tanner finishes 3rd in the JD Byrider 100, to bookend the podium with Swanson Brothers and take the point lead. Kody wins in his first race back from injury.
Lucas Oil Raceway - July 28, 2011

The Swanson brothers have both shown that they are capable of being Championship contenders in the USAC Silver Crown series. After Kody finished 3rd in the 2010 season, Tanner sat atop the standings at one point in 2011, then Kody led the series during the middle of 2012. Even though the brothers have shown their abilities to contend for the Championship on both surfaces, they have been even more impressive on the pavement.

In his 11 USAC Pavement Silver Crown starts since November 2009, Kody has put up some incredible statistics, leading all drivers in 3 major categories. He is tied for the Most Wins (2) with 2008 Silver Crown and USAC Triple Crown Champ Jerry Coons Jr., has the Most Podium Finishes (9) over the 2012 Series Champ Bobby East (5), and has the Most Top 5 Finishes (10) over East again (6). Only twice in that 11 race span has the elder Swanson finished worse than 2nd: including a 4th at Toledo in 2012, and a 2010 DNF at Lucas Oil Raceway- where Swanson led the race before being forced to retire from mechanical woes.

Tanner has made his own impressive headlines in his USAC career, showcasing his capability to adapt by: winning his first USAC Pavement Silver Crown race in just his 2nd start (2010), winning the famed USAC Midget "Night Before the 500" in just his first attempt (2010), winning in his first USAC National Sprint Car start (2008) and winning in his 2nd career USAC Western Sprint start (2007) to become USAC's Youngest Pavement Sprint Car Feature Winner.

Tanner and Kody are also the only brothers to sweep a Thursday Night Thunder Sprint feature 1st & 2nd, are the only two drivers to exceed a 146+mph average speed for a lap in a traditional Silver Crown car (set at Iowa Speedway on June 22, 2012), and both of them graduated as Kingsburg High School Valedictorians. Even though neither brother has a solid lead at this point, both Kody and Tanner are actively looking for, and hoping for, an opportunity to continue their careers in the USAC Silver Crown series’ 2013 season.


TK's Racing For Education Challenge a huge success at National FFA Expo

TK Motorsports' Racing For Education Challenge booth was a huge hit at this year's National FFA Convention Expo.

(Indianapolis, Indiana) -- Once a year, the National FFA Organization brings together over 50,000 students, teachers and guests for their National FFA Convention.  This year, the Convention was held in Indianapolis and featured their National FFA Expo from Wednesday, October 24th - Friday the 26th.  The Expo showcases over 400 companies like Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Monsanto, Great American Country, John Deere, and Case-International, across 2,400 booth spaces, and this year our TK Motorsports Racing For Education Challenge was one of the top attention getter's.  A reporter from RFD tv even stopped by on Friday to interview us about the booth, as they were including our Racing For Education Challenge in their feature on the best exhibits of the year at the National Convention Expo.  

The line grew as long as 45 ft while students waited for their turn to race.

At the National FFA Convention Expo, TK Motorsports, Ignite Racing Fuel and ICM teamed up to provide students an opportunity to have some fun, connect with racers and past FFA members Kody & Tanner Swanson, and learn more about a fuel they only thought they knew.  The exhibit featured a USAC Silver Crown car that competes on Ignite Racing Fuel's High Performance Ethanol, and 6 linked Dirt Track Racing Simulators, allowing students to compete head-to-head with their comrades by submitting their name, state & email address.  During the 3-day Expo, our Racing For Education booth ran non-stop, hosting 233 simulator races with over 1,350 Race Driver Participants.  

After each race, participants received a Driver Bag with a TK Motorsports Hero Card and Ethanol related Handouts & Brochures.  In addition to giving these bags to drivers, we handed them out during our Educational Shop Tours and at the Expo booth, distributing nearly 2,500 bags of Racing and Ethanol handouts & materials during the Convention.  We also gave each race winner a custom TK Motorsports Racing For Education/Ignite "got octane?" T-Shirt, and the Fastest Winner of the Day a custom TK Racing For Education/Ignite Traxxas R/C Truck.    

Tanner Swanson introduces a Missouri FFA Chapter to the Team 6R Racing Shop.

Throughout our Racing For Education Challenge, our 1,350+ Race Driver Participants represented 44 of 50 states, with our Top Ten participating states being: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Arkansas and Kansas.  

As part of the National FFA Convention, we entered the Team 6R Racing Shop as an Educational Tour destination, and provided tours for over 180+ students and advisors.  We got a great response from the shop tours, as it offered students and teachers to see the race cars and equipment in a personal setting with Tanner hosting the tours himself.

Through out our National FFA Convention experience we were able to meet so many students and teachers that stopped and interacted with us, were interested in all types of motorsports, and were able to share with them about what Ignite is doing with Ethanol in motorsports.


Swanson from 17th to 3rd at Springfield Fair

Runnin' the Mile: Tanner Swanson drove from his 17th starting spot to finish 3rd at the Springfield Mile. Don Figler Photo

Tanner Swanson entered the 6th event of the 2012 Silver Crown season 7th in the points standing, but knowing he was capable of moving up that ladder. By the end of the Bettenhausen 100, he had done just that, and currently sits 5th.

Tanner qualified his Team 6R Racing, TOYOTA #23 in the 17th position, and would line up deep in the field for the 100-miler. At the drop of the green, the youngster quickly went to work, passing both high and low in his march to the front. In just the first 20 laps, Tanner had made it from 17th to the Top 5! From there, the passing wasn't so easy, as Tanner ran with the likes of 4x Bettenhausen 100 Winner Brian Tyler, 2x Champ Levi Jones, and series veteran AJ Fike. Tanner used big moves on restarts through-out the race to advance his position, and found himself into the 3rd position just after the half-way point. Tanner tried to run down Fike and Tyler, but in the end, came home in the 3rd position.

After suffering from mechanical woes last year at Springfield, Swanson was happy to have a solid day, and mentioned that he gained a lot of valuable experience managing his equipment for the 100-mile event. Swanson will try to improve his 5th place position in the series standings when the Silver Crown season resumes on September 2nd at DuQuoin, IL's dirt mile for the Ted Horn 100.


Tanner Swanson dominates HOSS Sprints at South Bend

Victory Lane: Tanner Swanson and the SpeedChasers, Inc. crew are all smiles at South Bend Motor Speedway.

When the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint series showed up for their 2012 date at South Bend Motor Speedway, everyone seemed to be buzzing about how "impossible" it would be to pass on the tight 1/4 mile. I'd say, that Tanner Swanson proved them wrong.

The Winged 410 Sprint cars proved to be very fast in South Bend, with 16 of the 23 qualifiers timing in the 10 second bracket. Fast Time honors went to Geoff Kaiser at a 10.08, with Tanner in 2nd at a 10.2 second lap.

The evenings three heat races were exciting to say the least, with very close quarter action on the bullring racetrack. Heat races 2 & 3 went without caution, and it only took about 1:30 seconds to complete the 8-lap distance. Tanner finished 5th in his heat, and transferred directly to the A-Main.

HOSS Officials set the starting grid for the feature event with a blind draw to determine the number of fast qualifiers that would be inverted. When an 8 was drawn, all seemed lost for Swanson & Kaiser, who would have to start the feature from the 4th row. At the drop of the green for the 30-lapper, Tanner quickly moved to the inside, and up to the 6th position. A caution on lap 2 regrouped the field for their first single file restart. As the field roared back to life, Tanner took the low line into turn 1, and made the pass for 5th. A lap later, he moved to 4th, and within a few more, had moved into the top 3! With just 10 laps down, and 20 to go, Tanner had already moved to the 2nd position and had began tracking down the race leader. Just as Tanner caught leader Kevin Feeney, the pair had entered lapped traffic and a lapped car spun through the grass in turn 3, sending cars scattering to avoid the incident. Tanner got into the back of Feeney trying to avoid the mess, and actually lost his front nose wing! Knowing that losing his wing could be devastating to the handling on his machine, Tanner made a few adjustments to his car and his line, and went back to work on the restart. It wasn't long before Tanner was looking for a way to take over the top spot. Numerous times, he nearly got alongside the leader, running the very narrow top lane in turns 3 & 4. Finally, the duo caught lapped traffic, and Tanner used a timely pass on the bottom of turn 1 to take the lead. Again, the caution flag flew, this time with just 8 laps to go. Tanner led the field back to green, and coming off of turn 2, Geoff Kaiser made the pass for 2nd, showing his strength after starting 8th. Another caution produced another restart, as Tanner led Kaiser to green with just 6 laps remaining. Tanner jumped out to a two carlength advantage, but Kaiser stayed with him until the caution flew again with just 4 laps remaining. Tanner got another great restart, and pulled away as the field took the green for the final time. This time, Tanner continued to pull away, adding almost a carlength a lap to his lead, and took the checkers after 30 tough laps at the tight 1/4 mile.

This was Tanner's first win with the HOSS Sprints, and his first driving the Tom Brewer owned, SpeedChasers, Inc. #64. The Brewer/Swanson combo seemed to be dialed in all day, timing near the top of the charts in practice, qualifying 2nd quick, and having a racecar that handled good enough to pass in even the tightest of quarters. Congratulations to Tanner, Tom, Cheryl, Tony, Ryan and everyone affiliated with the SpeedChasers #64 on an impressive win!


Swanson scores another Top 5 in USAC Silver Crown at Lucas Oil Raceway

Wheel-to-Wheel: Tanner Swanson battles at Lucas Oil Raceway earlier this season. Chris Pedersen Photo

As the 2012 USAC Silver Crown season has reached it's half-way point, Tanner Swanson looks to close on the series leaders down the stretch.

The Kingsburg, California native picked up his first career win with in the series during his rookie season in 2010. Since then, the youngster has been impressive- showing speed and collecting solid results with each event, and 2012 has been no different.

Swanson opened the season with a 4th place finish at Lucas Oil Raceway's Hall of Fame Classic, then posted an 8th in the Hoosier 100 at Indianapolis' Dirt Mile. The driver then shared the front row with his older brother at Iowa Speedway, and was running 3rd when he broke a driveline near the half-way point. Then he collected a 7th place finish in Toledo, Ohio before returning to Lucas Oil Raceway for the Rich Vogler Classic and posting a 5th place finish, and yet another top 10 run.

Despite having all strong runs, Tanner's unfortunate driveline failure in Iowa cost him approximately 29 points. Had that not happened, Tanner would be just 10 points out of 3rd! But as of now, Tanner sits 7th in the series standings, and is just 17 points out of the 4th position.


Tanner Swanson WINS "Vukovich Classic" at Madera Speedway

The Winner's Circle: Tanner Swanson enjoys Madera Speedway Victory Lane after the "Vukovich Classic." M&M Photo

On Saturday May 5th, TK Motorsports’ Tanner Swanson entered the Vukovich Classic at Madera Speedway set to take on 3 different divisions of open-wheeled racers, on the same day. Tanner would drive Tom Joyce's #56 SuperModified, Ted Finkenbinder's #3f Sprint car, and Bob Rosen's #4.

Tanner qualified 2nd (Sprint), 3rd (Midget) and 3rd (SuperMod), and finished 2nd (Midget) and 4th (Sprint) in his preliminary heat races.

In the Sprint Car Feature, Tanner drove from his 5th place starting spot up to the 3rd position before his left rear tire went flat and ended his run.

In the SuperModified Feature, Tanner was behind by as much as 4 seconds before tracking down the early race leader and taking over the top spot with just 10 laps to go to win his 1st SuperModified feature in just his 2nd start!

In the Midget feature, Tanner started 2nd and finished there after the 30-lap feature concluded. He had closed to within a .25 second of the race leader when a caution flag flew with 5 laps to go. Nichols was too strong on the restart and won the feature with Tanner in 2nd.


Tanner Swanson WINS Night #1 of the Royal Oak Southern Shootout

The Inside Track: Episode 3- Must See Racing's Southern Shootout

On Friday, April 13th, TK Motorsports’ Swanson brothers set out to make their first career starts with the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint series, and their first ever laps behind the wheel of a Winged Pavement Sprint car.
Of the 25 qualifiers, the duo timed in 6th & 8th, but less than 1/10th of a second behind 2nd quick time. They each transferred through their preliminary heat race, and prepared themselves for the 30-lap Feature event around the half-mile Five Flags Speedway. After that- it was a roll of the dice, literally. The Must See Racing series determines their feature line-up invert (a 6, 8, or 10) off of a dice roll from the night’s fastest qualifier. A 6, and Tanner starts on the pole, with Kody 8th. An 8, and Kody starts on the pole with Tanner 3rd. A 10, and the brothers start 3rd & 5th. Jason Cox rolled a 6, and Tanner Swanson would lead the field to green while his brother started deep in the pack. As Tanner led the field into turn 1, fast qualifier Jason Cox spun in front of Kody, pushing him into the outside wall and bringing damage to his #19. Kody came to the pits, and restarted at the tail of the field only to get collected in another lap 1 incident and retire for the evening. Tanner restarted the field a 3rd time, and ran away to a huge lead before another caution flag flew. Time and time again, Tanner restarted the field and continued his lead. As the laps wore down, Tanner had to fight off a valiant charge from Jimmy McCune on the final lap. But- driving Suellen & Don Wilshe’s BioBased.US #23, Tanner held on to pick up the win in just his first ever start with the Must See Racing series, and first attempt in a winged pavement sprint car.

All Smiles: Tanner Swanson & Co. enjoy the photos from Five Flags Speedway Victory Lane. Richard Golardi Photo
With Tanner fresh off of a Feature Win, and Kody looking to make-up for a night that crashed him out of the feature race, both of the Swanson brothers we’re looking forward to tackling the high-speeds of Mobile International Speedway.
In qualifying, both brothers lapped the .55 mile Speedway in under 14.5 seconds, and averaging over 136mph. It was another tight field, Tanner ended up 3rd on the charts, with Kody in 7th. Again, the brothers transferred through their preliminary heat races and waited for the “dice-roll” to set the feature line-up. Kody needed an 8 to start on the front row- but again a #6 popped up, and the duo would start 4th & 7th.
As the field entered turn 1 on the start of the 30-lapper, Kody dove to the bottom of the racetrack, three-wide with the cars in front of him and went from 7th to 5th in the opening corner. Tanner and Kody ran 4th and 5th for much of the race, and caught the top 3 as the lead pack entered heavy lapped traffic near the half-way point. The brothers began splitting lapped cars, running high and low trying to advance their position. As the race wore on, Kody’s motor began to lose power, as the engine timing magneto began to fail. He held on to finish in the 7th position. Tanner continued his battle among the frontrunners, passing up to 3rd in lapped traffic before being shuffled back, and ended up falling to 6th after a late-race restart. Still, not a bad weekend for the brothers’ debut with a new team, new cars and new series. Tanner & Kody will return to the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint series when it travels to Winchester, Indiana on May 20th.


Too Far to Go: Swanson runs out of laps in run from 15th to 7th

TheInsideTrackTK: Episode 2  

Friday, March 30th - Night 1: Tanner and the RFMS team timed near the front in practice, and turned in a solid 5th place qualifying effort in the 24 car field.  For the series heat races, 8 cars were inverted, with the Top 5 finishers eligible to start in the first 6 positions of the night’s feature event.  Starting 7th, Tanner made quick work after an early caution, and earned himself a 5th place finish and a 3rd place starting spot in the night’s 30-lap A-Main.
At the drop of the green, Tanner’s right front tire failed to grip the track and sent his #3f high off of turn 4, allowing a few cars to get to his inside as the field took the green.  Tanner dropped back a few positions before beginning his climb back forward.  After a lap 11 caution, Tanner climbed as high as the 5th position before falling to 6th by the races end. Battling a tight handling condition is what kept the young driver from a Top 5 feature finish. 
Saturday, March 31st - Night 2: After a somewhat disappointing end to the first night, the RFMS team made a number of changes, hoping to get the handling on the #3f better for night 2 at Ace Speedway.  In practice, Tanner found out that things had not gotten better with his car, and qualifying confirmed it when the #3f timed in 16th place.  With nothing really to lose, Tanner suggested changes for the heat raceknowing that only a miracle could bring their car to the front of the A-Main on such a tight racetrack.  Tanner started the heat race from the front row, and drove away to win by over 4 carlengths, and seemed to have a whole new racecar.  With the 30-lap feature up next, Tanner lined up starting 15th.  Tanner began his march forward at the drop of the  green: 14th, 13th,12th, and into the Top 10.   A lap 10 red-flag restarted the field, and closed the gap to the next competitor.  As the laps wound down, Tanner drove to 8th and then 7th- where he would finish the 30-lapper.  Passing 8 cars in the feature on night #2 was more than impressive, especially considering that less than 8 passes were probably made by the rest of the field combined over both nights at Ace Speedway.
  Tanner’s efforts weren’t all lost: the set-up changes he suggested helped his teammate Darren Hagen win from the pole, and he was acknowledged for his help in Darren’s winner’s interview. 

The Inside Track TK video series from TK Motorsports

(February 20, 2011) TK Motorsports presents: the first episode of the Inside Track. February in Florida follows driver Kody Swanson to his USAC National Dirt Sprint debut in Ocala, FL, then to Pensacola to test a USAC Silver Crown car on Ignite's Racing Ethanol. Subscribe to TheInsideTrackTK on YouTube, and like Swanson Brothers-TK Motorsports on Facebook to catch all the action!


Must See Racing News- Tanner Swanson to Compete in Must See Racing

Holly, Michigan - Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, California will pilot the Tom Brewer owned Speedchasers #64 in the 2012 Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series announced team officials today.

During his young career Swanson has established himself as a winning talent in Sprint, Silver Crown and Midget open wheel racing at high profile nationally recognized events, including winning last November's iconic Turkey Night at California's Irwindale Speedway. Tanner joins older brother Kody, who earlier announced he will drive for the potent MSRXSS Wilshe Motorsports team, addding to the high speed excitement and fierce series competition.... Click Here for the rest of the Story.


Featured Video: Tanner and Kody Swanson go 1-2 in "Turkey Night" Sprints


Tanner Swanson WINS USAC Sprints at Turkey Night

(November 24, 2011) In 2008 & 2009, Tanner Swanson won a number of USAC Western Sprint car races and back-to-back championships. But, he never won on Turkey Night. In 2010 and 2011, Tanner focused his attention to the USAC National series, but came back to run the USAC Western Sprints on Turkey Night. In 2010, Tanner set a new track record and moved from 6th to 2nd in the early stages of the race before his motor failed and sidelined him for the event. With unfinished business left to settle in 2011, Tanner finally found his way to Victory Lane at Irwindale, but not without turning heads.

After qualifying in the 5th position, Tanner Swanson lined up his TK Motorsports #17 on the outside of the front row for the 40-lapper. As the field came to green, both Tanner and his brother Kody lost their racecars out from underneath them, as both of them spun off of turn 4. With Kody starting inside row 2, he spun toward the infield and out of the fray. However, with Tanner starting at the top of the racetrack, he had only one way out: forward. Tanner quickly whipped his #17 back around, and continued forward on the 1/2 mile oval. Back in the pack, cars ran into eachother on the front-stretch bringing out the red flag. When the field returned to green, Tanner shot from his front row starting position to the lead, and quickly began distancing himself from the field. It was not long before Tanner was into lapped traffic, as he continued to pull-away from his competition. With leads as large as a full-straightaway, Tanner lapped all the way into the Top 10 as the 40-lap race went non-stop to the finish. At the checkers, Tanner picked up his first USAC Sprint car win at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, and his first "Turkey Night" Sprint win.


Strong Run in "Rollie Beale 150" Forced to End Early

Tanner Swanson was up to 3rd before engine woes forced him to retire from the "Rollie Beale 150" early. Chris Pedersen Photo

(October 15, 2011) At one point in 2011, Tanner Swanson was tied for the USAC Silver Crown points lead. Since then, he'd had a broken oil fitting and two "Top 10" finishes. Saturday, Tanner added an ailing engine to that list.

After qualifying in the 5th position, Tanner Swanson made it clear that he was more than just a 5th place car. In the opening laps, Tanner moved into the 4th position, and set his sights on the Top 3. Before 15 laps were complete, Tanner had moved into the 3rd position, and a caution put him on the back bumper of the leaders. When the field went back to green, Tanner closed to the back of the 2nd place runner, and continued to apply pressure running his own pace. Knowing he had over 100 laps left, Tanner settled in, setting himself a comfortable pace in the 3rd position. But before Tanner could even start his charge toward the top spot, the powerplant on his Team 6R Racing #23 started to puff oil, a sign of bigger problems from under the hood. Before lap 50, Tanner was forced to retire from the 3rd position, ending his race and his USAC Silver Crown season. Tanner finished 7th in the final series standings.

Tanner will be on display with his TK Motorsports #17 Sprintcar at the National FFA Convention Career Expo in Indianapolis from Wednesday through Friday. A recipient of the American FFA Degree, Kody will be on hand to meet with nearly 54,000 FFA Members and guests during the Convention.


TK Motorsports to be on display at Indianapolis' National FFA Convention

The National FFA Convention is home to 54,000+ attendees, and this year, the Swanson Brothers will be there.

(October 14, 2011) In October of 2010, Tanner Swanson received his American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Just three years earlier, older brother Kody accomplished the same feat. This October 19-21, Tanner and Kody Swanson will be at the National FFA Convention, but this time on display with their own TK Motorsports in the Career Show Expo.

The Career Expo will go from 12:30-5pm on Wednesday the 19th, and from 8am-4pm on Thursday and Friday, the 20th and 21st.

Tanner and Kody will have their #17 TK Motorsports Pavement Sprint car on display, as well as the #19 Team 6R Racing Silver Crown car featuring Kroger and Wawona Packing. The brothers will be available to answer questions about their careers in motorsports, sign autographs, and talk about the impact that the FFA Organization has had on their lives.

For more information on the event, please visit:


USAC Silver Crown season finale this Saturday at Toledo Speedway

Tanner & Kody swept the 2010 "Great Lakes 150" to become the first brothers in history to finish a Silver Crown race 1-2. Tom DeVette Photo

(October 11, 2011) Last year, Tanner took the lead with 50 laps to go in the "Great Lakes 150" and held on to win his first career USAC Silver Crown race. Thus far in 2011, Tanner Swanson has continued to run strong on the pavement. At the Milwaukee Mile, he led 50+ laps before fading handling landed him a 3rd place finish. At Iowa Speedway, he led laps before a flattening Right Rear tire forced him to fall to 4th. At Lucas Oil Raceway, he fell as far as 8th before driving a loose racecar to a 3rd place finish.

Coming off of 3-straight "Top 5" pavement finishes in the Silver Crown division, Tanner will be in search of Victory Lane during the series finale "Rollie Beale 150" this weekend. Tanner will be driving his Team 6R Racing, powered by Toyota #23. For more information on the event, please visit:


Tough Runnin' at the "Gold Crown" Midget Nationals

Tanner battles for position in his Team 6R/TK Motorsports #19 at the Gold Crown. Patrick Grant Photo

(October 8, 2011) The "Gold Crown" Midget Nationals has quickly earned a reputation for fierce competition and some of the season's best Midget racing. At Kevin & Tammy Gundaker's 3/8 mile Tri-City Speedway, the USAC National Midgets put on a whale of a show. With preliminary nights on Thursday and Friday, Saturday night caps off the weekend with a $10,000 to win 50-lap affair. While this event is a draw for race fans, it certainly attracts competitors too, with 55 Midgets competing each night.

Night One- Tanner started 3rd and was running 4th when he spun in his preliminary heat race. After going to the tail, Tanner made it back to finish in the 7th position, but the passing points system placed him in the C-main event. Tanner finished 2nd in the C-Main to transfer to the B-Main, but after starting 19th, he failed to make the transfer to the A-Main. Using a provisional, Tanner started the A-Main in 25th, and made it as high as 16th before a blown engine ended his night.

Night Two-Tanner started 2nd and finished 4th in his heat race, scoring enough points through the passing system to line up 12th in the night's B-Main event. Tanner made it as high as 7th in the B before eventually fading to finish 13th. He did not start the feature.

Night Three- By virtue of the points he collected Thursday and Friday, Tanner started on the pole of the night's C-Main event. Leading all 12 laps, Tanner won the C and transferred to start 13th in one of Saturday night's twin B-Main events. Needing a top 8 finish to transfer into the A-Main finale, Tanner got just that, finishing 8th to make the "Gold Crown Nationals" A-Main event. Starting 21st, Tanner fell to 25th before climbing into the Top 15 late in the race. However, a spin with just a few laps remaining put Tanner to the tail, and he came back to finish 19th.

Tanner will head to Southern California next for season finale "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale on Thanksgiving night, where he will be driving the RFMS Racing #3f.


Tanner Swanson drives from 24th to 7th in Eldora Speedway's "4-Crown" Nationals


(September 24, 2011) The "Big E" of Eldora Speedway is the home of USAC's "4-Crown" Nationals every September. Pulling double-duty for Team 6R Racing was Tanner Swanson in the Silver Crown #23 and National Midget #19.

Tanner started his day by posting the 3rd fastest time in Silver Crown practice! However, a miscue in qualifying put Tanner in the wall, and at the back of the field for the night's 50-lap Silver Crown feature. In the meantime, Tanner drove to a National Midget heat race win, and to a solid 9th place finish in the Midget feature. After 50-laps of Silver Crown action, Tanner drove his Team 6R Racing #23 from his 24th starting spot to a 7th place finish and earned the night's "Hard-Charger" award!

The finish moves Tanner into 4th in the series standings heading into the USAC Silver Crown season finale "Rollie Beale 150" at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio on October 15th.


Tanner Swanson drives from tail to STARS Feature Win

Tanner Swanson drove his RFMS Racing #3f from last to first to Win in Grundy. Keenan Wright Photo

(September 17, 2011) Tanner Swanson entered the "Anderson-Carter Classic" looking for his first feature win of the 2011 season. After finishing on the podium of Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget races through-out the course of the year, Tanner was still looking for his first career win in the RFMS Racing #3f.

Tanner started by setting Quick Time in Qualifying for the STARS series event, and drove from the tail of his heat race to 2nd in a photo-finish. For the special 36-lap feature event, Tanner would line up to start in the 6th position.

In the opening lap, Tanner held his ground on the outside of the 1/3 mile paved oval, hoping to crack into the Top 5. However, on the 2nd lap the inside car slid high into Tanner, and the contact sent the duo spinning through the infield. The caution flag flew, and Tanner restarted with his #3f at the tail of the 18 car field. Tanner quickly began working his way through traffic, passing both high and low on his charge back toward the front. As the race neared halfway, Tanner had already made it back into the Top 5, and had set his sights on the lead cars. By lap 22, Tanner had moved into the 2nd position, and started his chase of race leader, and series point-leader, Jim Anderson. A mid-race caution allowed Tanner to close to the back bumper of the leader for the restart, and make his bid for the lead. By lap 26, Tanner had taken over the top spot, and led the final ten laps to earn his first feature win of 2011, with an impressive drive from 18th to 1st.

Tanner will return to the RFMS Racing #3f for the USAC National Midget season finale "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California.


Top Ten in DuQuoin's "Ted Horn 100"

Tanner Swanson drove his Team 6R Racing #23 to a solid 10th place effort in DuQuoin. Chris Pedersen Photo

(September 4, 2011) Tanner Swanson entered the "Ted Horn 100" in DuQuoin looking for a solid feature finish. After propelling himself to a tie for the points lead, Tanner was coming off of a long day in Springfield, and found himself 4th in points.

Tanner jumped from 11th in practice to qualify 8th best, and line himself up outside of Row 4 for the night's 100-lap event.

Tanner made his way forward, climbing as high as 6th in the early going. As the track wore in, Tanner had fallen to 8th by the half-way mark. After making a few adjustments, Tanner set out to improve his position over the final 50 miles. Tanner battled among the Top 10 for the remainder of the race before spinning with just 10 laps to go. After getting refired, Tanner rejoined the field and passed as many cars as he could in the few laps remaining. When the checkers fell, Tanner had made it all the way back to 10th, and turned in a solid night in DuQuoin.

Tanner and the USAC Silver Crown series will return to action on September 24th as part of Eldora Speedway's 4-Crown Nationals.


Bringing Home a Solid 7th from Sun Prairie

Tanner Swanson in his powered by Toyota #19 at Sun Prairie's Angell Park Speedway. Ken Pamatat Photo

(August 21, 2011) Tanner Swanson returned to USAC National Midget series action from behind the wheel of Team 6R Racing/TK Motorsports #19 for the first time since Indiana Midget Week in June. The young driver proved he could pick up where he left off, qualifying 6th out of the 27 cars entered at the fast 1/3 mile Angell Park Speedway.

Lining up 5th in his preliminary heat race, Tanner fell to 7th before making his drive toward the front. On late race restart, Tanner was up to 3rd when he got into turn 1 just a little too aggressively, and fell to 5th place, forcing him to the night's semi-main event. Starting 2nd, Tanner jumped in line behind leader Tracy Hines, staying very close with the series veteran over the course of the race, and transferring to the night's 30-lap "Cornfest" Main Event.

Starting 7th, Tanner found himself among a strong contingent of National Midgets, all aiming toward a charge to the front. With racing 3 and 4 cars wide, Tanner held his own, and found himself as high as 6th, looking to break into the top 5 over the first half of the race. However, a very tricky entrace to turn 3, and one big bicycle later, and Tanner was all the way back to the 11th position. After regaining control and composure, Tanner resumed his march toward the front. Moving both high and low on the racetrack, Tanner moved himself into the Top Ten, then Top 8, and made a last lap, last corner pass to finish in the 7th position.

Tanner will take on the USAC National Midgets again on September 2nd at LaSalle, Illinois and then back to Angell Park Speedway on September 3rd for the Firemen's Nationals 50-lapper!


Runnin' Rough in Springfield

Tanner Swanson drove from 23rd to 10th before being black flagged for an oil leak on lap 47. Ken Pamatat Photo

(August 20, 2011) Tanner Swanson entered the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" off of a 3rd place Silver Crown finish at Lucas Oil Raceway, and tied for the series points' lead. When the young driver left Springfield, he was leaving with a 25th place DNF and had slid to 4th in the points with just 3 races remaining. However, those facts don't really tell the story of Tanner Swanson's run on the Springfield mile.

After practicing in the Top 15 of the 28 cars entered, Tanner Swanson had a tough qualifying experience. Making slight bobbles on each lap, Tanner qualified 23rd, and would start deep in the field for the 100-lapper. The 20-year old proved he was better than a 23rd place car, and immediately began moving forward from the drop of the green. It wasn't long and he was in the Top 20, and working his way toward the Top 15. As the race neared the halfway mark, Tanner had moved into the Top 12, and passed the likes of Indiana Sprint Week Champ Chris Windom, USAC Triple Crown Champ Dave Darland, and USAC Midget points leader Darren Hagen. Unfortunately, that's when Tanner's day got just a little bit tougher. An oil fitting on his Toyota powerplant broke, causing Tanner to get black flagged and lose a few laps before the half-way mark. Ten minutes and One frantic fix later, and Tanner was back on the track. Tanner quickly made up ground to the pack, and began passing cars again. Yet on lap 75, Tanner got hung out on the outside of a slower car, and slid out of the groove and into the fence. Although it was a tough day, Tanner proved that a little luck and experience goes his way, and he'll be back fighting for the top of the heap.

Tanner will continue his pursuit of the USAC Silver Crown Championship when the series returns toDuQuoin, Illinois' Magic Mile for the "Ted Horn 100" on Sunday evening, September 4th.


On the Podium at Lucas Oil Raceway.... Again.

(August 18, 2011) Tanner Swanson returned to Lucas Oil Raceway with something to prove. After finishing 2nd in the first Thursday Night Thunder, then 3rd in the USAC Silver Crown event, Tanner was ready to find Victory Lane. After being the fastest car in final practice, Tanner laid down the fastest lap in qualifying. Then, he came from starting 6th to win his preliminary heat race in convincing fashion. However, the toughest race was yet to come. Starting 6th in the 30-lap feature would make getting to the front no easy task. At the drop of the green, the crowded racetrack shuffled Tanner back a few spots. From there, it was all forward progress, as the youngster began picking off cars, moving into the Top 5 and up to 4th by a lap 17 caution. On the ensuing restart, Tanner picked off another position, moving himself onto the night's podium. As the laps wound down, that's where Tanner would end up. A solid 3rd place podium finish, and Tanner is just 6 points out of the lead in the Championship standings with 3 races remaining.

Tanner and the USAC Pavement Sprint cars will return to Lucas Oil Raceway for Thursday Night Thunder on September 8th, with just 4 events remaining on their 2011 series calendar.


Tanner Swanson finishes 3rd at Lucas Oil Raceway, Now Tied for Points Lead!

Tanner Swanson in his Team 6R Racing Silver Crown #23 at Lucas Oil Raceway. He's currently tied for the Points Lead. Chris Pedersen Photo.

(July 29, 2011) Tanner Swanson continued his run of consistent finishes during Thursday's Kroger Speedfest at Lucas Oil Raceway. Driving for Team 6R Racing, powered by Toyota and sponsored by Kroger and Wawona Packing, Tanner picked up his 3rd Top 4 finish in just 4 Silver Crown events this season.

After qualifying 5th, Tanner found himself among some stiff competition in the lead pack. The other 5 qualifiers in the Top 6 included: former USAC National Champion Tracy Hines, former USAC National Champion and Nationwide series driver Jason Leffler, former USAC National Champion Bobby East, former USAC National Champion Levi Jones, and his older brother. For the majority of the race, Tanner battled with those frontrunners and got himself into the 4th position, hoping to make a charge toward the top spot as the 100-lap event wore on. In the final 25 laps he passed defending Silver Crown Champ Levi Jones, and set his sights on the Top 2- Kody Swanson and Tracy Hines. While he was able to close in on the lead duo, Tanner was never able to fully challenge for the lead. However, his 3rd place finish, of the 30 car starting field, was enough to propel Tanner to a tie for the series point lead!

Team 6R Racing book-ended the podium, as Tanner's brother Kody put his #19 in Victory Lane, and helped Team 6R Racing regain the lead in All-Time Silver Crown series wins at 26.

Tanner and Kody will return to USAC Silver Crown series action when the schedule resumes at Springfield, Illinois' State Fair on August 20th.


Tanner Swanson resumes Silver Crown Title pursuit at Lucas Oil Raceway

Tanner Swanson testing his Team 6R Racing Silver Crown at Lucas Oil Raceway. He's currently 3rd in the Point Standings. Denny Scott Photo.

"Kroger Speedfest" features USAC double-header with Silver Crown & National Midgets

TK Motorsports Release: (July 24, 2011)---This Thursday, Tanner Swanson will continue his pursuit of a USAC Silver Crown series Championship. In the first 3 events of the season, Tanner has finished 8th at the tricky Indy Mile for the "Hoosier 100," and has 3rd and 4th place finishes on the pavement at the Milwaukee Mile and Iowa Speedway. This week's "Kroger Speedfest" at Lucas Oil Raceway, features a track that Tanner Swanson is no stranger to. Last year, Tanner won his first ever event at the .686 mile oval, taking the "Night Before the 500" in dominant fashion. This year, he will compete in the USAC double-header for Team 6R Racing and RFMS Racing in the USAC Silver Crown and National Midget series. While Tanner only runs the pavement events for the RFMS Racing team, they are coming off of two-4th place feature finishes entering this event.

Thursday's events will start with qualifications in the afternoon, with USAC Racing to follow the ARCA series feature starting at 7pm. For ticket prices, please visit

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Tanner Swanson comes home 4th in Casey's General Stores 100

Tanner Swanson's "flat" Right Rear tire after the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race in Iowa Team 6R Racing Photo

(June 27, 2011) After solid runs for both Team 6R Racing drivers in Milwaukee, hopes were high that Tanner Swanson or Brian Tyler could bring home a win from the following week's event at Iowa Speedway. By race's end, no such luck was to be had.

The trip out to Iowa wasn't all doom and gloom, and for a while it seemed completely possible that Team 6R Racing would end up in Victory Lane. Young Tanner Swanson qualified his powered by Toyota #23 on the outside of the front row, for the 2nd week in a row. Brian Tyler qualified around the 15th spot, but everyone remembers his drives from the tail to win events like the "Tony Bettenhausen 100," and knows to never count him out. After the drop of the green, Tanner stalked race leader Brad Sweet, and made his move to take over the top spot on lap 25! Bobby East took the lead from Tanner just 10 laps later, and the duo continued to pull away from the field. However, nearing the end of the race, the handling seemed to continue to go away from Tanner's #23, and with just 10 laps to go in the non-stop affair, he fell to 4th. Coming through the final corners, his RR tire finally blew out, yet he limped to the line to keep his 4th finishing position. The Hoosier tire rep took a good look at the tire, and mentioned that it was probably going flat for some time, judging by the severe wear (to the cords) on both edges of the tire. Brian Tyler didn't seem to have any better luck, as he was never able to make a charge toward the front, and finished the event in 16th.

With 6 events remaining on the 2011 series schedule, Team 6R Racing is still within striking distance of their annual goal: the USAC Silver Crown championship. Drivers Tanner Swanson and Brian Tyler currently sit 3rd and 7th in the series standings. Coming up next for the USAC Traxxas Silver Crown series is the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track this Sunday, July 3rd.


Tanner Swanson "On the Podium" in Milwaukee Mile Silver Crown 100

Tanner Swanson "planking" on his Team 6R Racing #23 at the famous Milwaukee Mile Ken Pamatat Photo

(June 19, 2011) Team 6R Racing returned to the Milwaukee Mile for the first time in 5 years, and racefans took notice. Tanner Swanson, in the Team 6R Racing, powered by Toyota #23 started outside the front row, and led the most laps during the feature. Teammate Brian Tyler started 13th, but made some big moves in the final laps of the event to come home in the 7th spot. Tanner took the lead in the Milwaukee 100 on lap 21, and pulled away to a considerable lead during the middle of the race. However, as the race wore on, Tanner's #23 got looser and looser, and the youngster was passed for the top spot on lap 75 by former USAC National Midget Champ Bobby East. Tanner continued to hold on to the runner-up position until lap 98 when 2008 USAC Silver Crown Champ Jerry Coons Jr was able to make the pass off of turn 4. Tanner held on to the 3rd spot over the final laps, and turned in a very good run for his first career start in Milwaukee. The run vaulted Tanner from 8th in the series standings to a tie for 2nd with defending Champ Levi Jones, and 3-Time Champ Bud Kaeding. All are chasing USAC Triple Crown Champ Jerry Coons Jr, who has turned in 1st and 2nd place finishes in the first two events. Team 6R Racing driver Brian Tyler is currently 5th in the standings, but just 6 points behind the tie for 2nd with 8 events remaining on the calendar. This weekend, Team 6R Racing and the USAC Silver Crown series will return to action at IOWA Speedway on a special Friday night race at the INDY Car event. For LIVE updates from the track in Iowa, follow Team 6R on Facebook at the Swanson Brothers-TK Motorsports page:


Tanner Swanson to make 1st career start at the Milwaukee Mile in USAC Double-header

Tanner and Kody Swanson in the Team 6R Racing #23 & #19 at the "Great Lakes 150" Tom DeVette Photo

(June 14, 2011) One of USAC's "Most Improved Drivers" for 2010, young Tanner Swanson has already scored Feature Victories in each of USAC's National Divisions, including his first career Silver Crown series win in last year's "Great Lakes 150." Tanner's win in the Great Lakes 150, coupled with his brother Kody's 2nd place run, gave Team 6R Racing a One-Two Feature finish and marked the Swanson's as the first brothers in History to 'sweep' a USAC Silver Crown event. Tanner will be looking to complete the Milwaukee "double" in just his first career starts at the track, as he will also compete in the USAC National Midget series this weekend for Don Fike's RFMS Racing. To keep up with Tanner and his efforts at the Milwaukee Mile, check out LIVE posts from the track EACH NIGHT on the Swanson Brothers-TK Motorsports Facebook page.


Tanner Swanson set for 2011 "Indiana Midget Week"

The TK Motorsports/Team 6R Racing #19 at Silver Dollar Speedway. M&M Racing Photo

(June 7, 2011) Tanner Swanson and the USAC National Midgets are set to do battle for 5-straight nights of hard-fought dirt Midget racing during 2011's "Indiana Midget Week." This special schedule features Indiana Midget action in Gas City, Putnamville, Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo from Wednesday June 8 through Sunday June 12.

Tanner Swanson, the 2010 "Night Before the 500" Winner, will be competing in his first Indiana Midget Week. Tanner has made limited starts in the tricky dirt Midgets for TK Motorsports & Team 6R Racing since 2009, but has really increased his experience since the start of 2011. Coming off of solid runs in the "Duel in Dodge City" and "Hut 100," Tanner currently finds himself 10th in the National Midget standings, with a great opportunity to improve that this week.

To keep up with Tanner and the USAC National Midgets during Indiana Midget Week, check out LIVE posts from the track EACH NIGHT on the Swanson Brothers-TK Motorsports Facebook page


Swanson Brothers Sweep "Thursday Night Thunder" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis

Kody Wins with Tanner 2nd in Indianapolis Thriller
TK Motorsports Release: (May 13, 2011)---Last night, TK Motorsports' Swanson Brothers and the USAC Pavement Sprint Cars headed to Lucas Oil Raceway for Night #1 of "Thursday Night Thunder."  After finishing 2nd and scoring the most points in the season opener at Anderson Speedway in April, driver Kody Swanson led the series to the event and was among "those to watch" in the 30-lap Sprint car feature.  Tanner Swanson was also mentioned prior to the event as a threat to win, as many remember the youngster stealing the show by winning last year's "Night Before the 500" in just his first attempt!

When the night's time trials came to a close, the results showed Kody then Tanner in the 3rd and 4th positions.  With both brothers driving for their family owned TK Motorsports team, many knew that at least one of them should have a chance to end up in Victory Lane.  Before that could happen, both drivers needed to finish in the Top 4 of their respective heat races to earn a spot in the night's feature event, and both did just that.  Tanner drove from 5th to 4th in his heat race, while Kody moved from his 6th place starting spot to finish 2nd in his.  After an invert of the 6 fastest qualifiers, and factoring in who transferred through their heat races, Tanner and Kody would line up 4th and 5th for the 30-lap feature.  At the drop of the green flag, Tanner quickly moved from 4th into 3rd, and began his pursuit of the race lead, while Kody got shuffled back to the 6th position.  In the early going, Kody raced his way past a few cars and into the 4th position, but not before Tanner had moved into 2nd, and nearly a straight-away ahead of Kody in 4th!  While Tanner and two other cars battled for the lead, Kody quickly began closing the gap to the leaders, hoping to join the fray.  By the half-way point, Jacob Wilson had got to the lead, with Tanner in tow, and Kody moving past early leader Tracy Hines into the 3rd spot.  Tanner immediately began pressuring the #07 for the top spot, and after Kody got to Tanner's bumper, a three-way battle for the lead ensued with just 10-laps to go!  With no cautions to be had, the non-stop affair produced some lapped traffic, and heightened the intense battle for the lead.  While Tanner began working the low line under the leader, older brother Kody began working the outside to get beside Tanner for 2nd.  With just three laps remaining, Kody finally got to the outside of Tanner in turns three and four, and had a big run on the leader coming down the front-stretch.  With no time left to waste, Kody immediately dove to the inside of the #07 entering turn one, taking the lead off of turn two and completing his move from 3rd to 1st in less than 1 lap!  Tanner was able to get by Wilson in the next lap, and began his pursuit of his older brother with just under two laps to go.  The duo negotiated lapped traffic on the final lap, but the order stayed the same, with Kody taking the Feature Win and Tanner in 2nd to complete the Swanson Brothers One-Two finish!

While it is very exciting to have TK Motorsports finish One-Two in the first race of the return of "Thursday Night Thunder," they will also go down in the record books as the first to win at the newly renamed Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (formerly O'Reilly Raceway Park and Indianapolis Raceway Park)!  After becoming the first brothers in history to "sweep" a USAC Silver Crown Feature One-Two in August of last year, the Swanson Brothers have now completed One-Two Feature Event sweeps in each of the USAC Pavement Sprint Car series, USAC Silver Crown series, and USAC Western Sprint Car series.  The brothers have also finished a combination of 1st & 3rd in both USAC National Midget series and USAC Western Midget series events, including last year's "Night Before the 500!"  After Tanner and Kody each picked up wins in National Midgets and their first career Silver Crown victories last year, both were named USAC's "Most Improved Drivers" in 2010.


TK Motorsports prepares to “kick-off” 2011 at Silver Dollar Speedway's “John Padjen Classic”

Tanner Swanson in the TK Motorsports/Team 6R Racing #19 at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl. Ken Pamatat Photo

(March 9, 2011) TK Motorsports' Swanson brothers will kick-off a year's worth of racing action at this weekend's “John Padjen Classic” at Chico, California's Silver Dollar Speedway.  Based upon current schedules, Tanner and Kody will combine for nearly 100 events in 2011 USAC Silver Crown, Sprint car and Midget competition.  Kody will also have a special opportunity this season, as he has been invited to compete in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 16th.

This year, Kody and Tanner will return to the USAC National Silver Crown series driving for Team 6R Racing, of Zionsville, Indiana.  Last year, the duo became the “first brothers in History to 'sweep' a USAC Silver Crown Feature Event 1st & 2nd” when Tanner scored his first career Silver Crown win in the “Great Lakes 150.” Kody scored his first career Silver Crown win in the “Ted Horn 100” and lead the series in “Top 2” and “Top 5” feature finishes on his way to 3rd Place finish in the Series' Championship standings.

TK Motorsports and the brothers Swanson will return to the USAC Pavement Sprint car series in 2011, set to take on 10 races on Indiana ovals, including 6 at the recently renamed “Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.”

The only USAC series the brothers will differ in is the National Midget series.  While Kody will return to the series full-time behind the wheel of the Wilke-PAK Motorsports #11, Tanner will stick to the pavement races only in one of Don Fike's RFMS Racing entries.  The brothers each had great success in limited starts with their respective teams in 2010, and look forward to the opportunities ahead.  In the meantime, Tanner will look to gain valuable experience in National Dirt Midget competition from behind the wheel of the TK Motorsports/Team 6R Racing #19.

While the Swanson brothers aren't traveling from coast to coast on the USAC National tour, they will return to the West Coast for some additional racing events.  Both brothers will continue to add races in the USAC Western Sprint car series from behind the wheel of the Mott-Bolding Motorsports #15, while Kody will return to the Tatro Racing SuperModified for the “Vukovich Classic” at Madera Speedway.  Tanner and Kody both plan to release more about their 2011 Western States racing schedules as details are confirmed. 

TK Motorsports’ 2011 Upcoming Events:
USAC Western Midgets at Silver Dollar Speedway March 11th: Tanner & Kody Swanson will get things started on the dirt in 2011 from behind the wheel of the TK Motorsports/Team 6R Racing #19 & #23.  The “John Padjen Classic” is a special Friday night event. 
USAC Western Midgets at Ventura Raceway March 19th: Tanner Swanson will be the sole TK Motorsports representative when the USAC Western Midgets travel to Ventura Raceway’s 1/5 mile dirt oval.  Kody will be unavailable due to a scheduling conflict.
USAC Pavement Sprint Cars at Anderson Speedway April 3rd: Tanner & Kody Swanson will travel to Indiana with TK Motorsports’ #17 & #75 for the “Glen Niebel Classic,” which Tanner won in 2008 in the RAM #50m.  This year’s edition is a special Sunday afternoon event. 
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – April 15-16th: Kody Swanson will make his road course debut from behind the wheel of a Toyota Scion tC in this year’s Pro/Celebrity Race.  This Charity Event is held annually at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
USAC National Midgets at Dodge City Raceway Park – April 22-23rd: Tanner & Kody Swanson will get their 2011 USAC National season started with the “Duel in Dodge City” double-header.  Kody will  be behind the wheel of the Wilke-PAK Motorsports #11, while Tanner will take control of the TK  Motorsports/Team 6R Racing #19.

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TK Motorsports on display at the 2011 “World Ag Expo” at the International Agri-Center

TK Motorsports' #17 Sprint Car on display at the World Ag Expo Registration Center

When the “World Ag Expo” began in 1968 at the Tulare (California) County Fairgrounds, it featured over 150 exhibitors and over 28,000 attendees.  Since then, the three-day event has grown to cover 2.6 million square feet at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, and averages over 100,000 attendees to view displays from over 1,600 exhibitors each year.  Statistics like these make the World Ag Expo the world’s largest annual Agriculture Exposition, and this year, TK Motorsports is there. 

With drivers Kody & Tanner Swanson, who each served as their High School FFA Chapter President and received their American FFA Degrees, TK Motorsports and the Swanson brothers have been a great fit to promote the value of Agriculture Education beyond the role of farming and to occupations as extreme as professional racecar driving.  Their role at this year’s World Ag Expo has included the display of the TK Motorsports #17 USAC Pavement Sprint Car, which set a “New Track Record” in its last outing at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California, as well as being on site to visit with attendees and exhibitors.  The brothers will be on hand to answer questions and tell their story tomorrow and Thursday at the Expo, next to their car on display at the World Ag Expo Registration Center at the corner of Median & J Streets, booth J30.

Racefans and Agriculturalists alike, come on out to the International Agri-Center in Tulare to check out the TK Motorsports Sprint Car on display and see just what the “World Ag Expo” has to offer!

For more information on the World Ag Expo- please visit


Tanner Swanson hired to Drive for RFMS in 2011 USAC Midget Series!

Don Fike's RFMS #3 in 2010 Action, with Darren Hagen behind the wheel. Tanner will be teammate to Darren and AJ Fike in 2011.

RFMS Racing has hired Tanner Swanson

RFMS Racing has hired Tanner Swanson to drive in the USAC Mopar National Midget series in 2011.  Tanner, 19, hails from Kingsburg, California, and will run the entire pavement schedule.

Tanner’s accomplishments in racing are many: He was voted the 2010 USAC Most Improved Driver and he won the prestigious “Night Before the 500,” adding his name to a long list of open-wheel greats who have won this event. He has also won in all three National USAC Divisions.


“I am thrilled to join RFMS Racing and I feel that I can win races and further my career” said Tanner recently. “Team ownership and racing crew members make RFMS one of the most attractive rides in the country and I can’t wait for the 2011 season to start!”

Don Fike, RFMS team owner, added, “The entire race team is pleased to add Tanner to our list of drivers, which includes A.J. Fike and Darren Hagen.” “He is a great addition.”


K&N News- TK Motorsports' Swanson Brothers on Winning, Setting Records and Pleasing Fans

Kody and Tanner are each other's greatest rivals and supporters, it's clearly a winning combination.
Kody and Tanner are each other's greatest rivals and supporters, it's clearly a winning combination.
"Man that sure started out to be a great night," remarked Kody Swanson. At 22 Kody is the older half of the K&N sponsored TK Motorsports brothers by nearly three years. Tanner is the other half, and together they make a whole significantly larger than the sum of their parts. They are brothers and allies first, and each other's most competitive adversaries a distant second.

The event Kody refers to was the 70th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale's Toyota Speedway. The occasion featured both Kody and Tanner pulling double-duty in the USAC Western Sprint and National Midget divisions, driving their own TK Motorsports Sprint Cars and the Midget teams of Wilke-Pak Motorsports and Don Fike's RFMS Racing. And as they had all year long, in the 2010 season ending race the Swanson Brothers once more stole the show and left fans craving for more in 2011.

For the Rest of the Story, please visit the link through K&N News .....................Tom DeVette Photo


Tanner Swanson sets Sprint Car Track Record at "Turkey Night!"

On Thanksgiving night at the 70th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale's Toyota Speedway, TK Motorsports Swanson Brothers stole the show. The event featured both Kody and Tanner pulling double-duty in the USAC Western Sprint and National Midget divisions, driving their own TK Motorsports sprint cars and the Midget teams of Wilke-Pak Motorsports and Don Fike's RFMS Racing. The show really got started in Western Sprint qualifying, when Kody Swanson broke the 16.37 second track record set in 2003 with a lap 16.17 seconds! However, always prepared to steal the spotlight, Tanner Swanson put his #17 at the top of the board and broke Kody's new track record with his own lap of 16.13 seconds! Next up in National Midget qualifying, Tanner was the first of the brothers to go out in his Don Fike owned #3, and he tied the track record set just a few cars before him with a lap of 16.52 seconds. One of the last cars to go out, Kody put his Wilke-Pak #11 on the pole with a lap of 16.47 seconds and a new track record!

Qualifying Recap: Tanner sets and holds Toyota Speedway NEW TRACK RECORD in USAC Western Sprintcars at 16.13 seconds. Kody sets and holds Toyota Speedway NEW TRACK RECORD in USAC National Midgets at 16.47 seconds.

Race Time: In the USAC Western Sprint feature, Kody and Tanner lined up 5th and 6th after a 6-car invert of the fastest qualifiers. At the drop of the green, the brothers quickly moved through the pack, with Kody taking the lead and Tanner in 2nd on lap 6. Just before the half-way point, Tanner had a mechanical failure under the hood of the #17, and fell out after running a close 2nd and pressuring for the lead during the early part of the race. Kody held on to a dominant win, after Tanner's misfortune, to score the first "Turkey Night" feature win for him and his TK Motorsports team! The USAC National Midget feature had the Swanson brothers lined up 1st and 3rd after their qualifying efforts, set to take on the 1/2 mile track for the 98-lap event. At the drop of the green, Kody shot to the lead, with Tanner also toward the front until his streak of bad luck continued, as another engine failure ended his night in the #3. Kody continued to battle among the Top 5 competitors with a tire going down for the first 40-laps, before the Right Rear tire finally blew out and ended his night. Although the National Midget feature didn't finish as planned, the Swanson brothers still made a huge impression on the fans at the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." Thanks for your interest in TK Motorsports, and look for the final 2010 newsletter to come out soon!


"Turkey Night" Remains in 2010 Racing Action

Tanner Swanson will compete in the 70th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale on Thanksgiving night to cap off the 2010 USAC Racing season. Tanner will be driving the Don Fike owned, RFMS Liberty Village #3 in the USAC National Midget Event, while he will return to the USAC Western Sprintcar Series behind the wheel of his very own TK Motorsports #17.

  For More Information on the "Turkey Night Grand Prix:" Please click here  

Special Announcement from TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale:

From Now until November 14th, you can order tickets for the 70th Running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" for just $10! Normally $20, these half-off tickets are available for purchase online at the track's website:


USAC Silver Crown "Rollie Beale 150" at Toledo Speedway----October 16

The Swanson brothers entered the "Rollie Beale 150" each with one goal in mind: "to win this race." Tanner was looking to back up his first career win from Marne, Michigan's "Great Lakes 150," while Kody was looking for his first pavement Silver Crown win and the chance to steal away the series Championship. The brothers qualified their Team 6R Racing cars in 5th and 9th, Kody then Tanner, and set the stage for the big 150-lap feature around Toledo's half-mile speedway. With such a long race, and tire management a serious factor, the brothers began methodically working their way to what they hoped would land them in Victory Lane. Kody moved from 5th to 4th in the early laps, and took over 3rd by lap 20, and set his sights on the leaders. Tanner was amongst a heated battle that featured 5th through 12th, trying to work his way to the front. After a short caution, Kody began stalking the two leaders, waiting to make his move. On lap 58, leader Jacob Wilson, suffered a mechanical issue, bringing out the caution and ending his night. Kody moved to 2nd as result, and began his pursuit of leader Jerry Coons Jr. Several times, the two would enter lapped traffic, and as Kody was making his move for the lead the caution would come out and negate the attempt. This was the most evident on lap 123, when Kody had a run to the inside of the leader when the red-flag came out. Tanner had been the victim of some hard-racing by his competitors, and when the two others collided, it sent Tanner hard into the wall, merely a victim of their circumstances. Tanner was ok, but his #23 and his chances of winning had met their end. Kody continued his pursuit of the leader, and made a valiant late-race attempt in lapped traffic to no avail, as the older Swanson brought his #19 home in the 2nd position for the 3rd time in only 9 races! The finish earned Kody 3rd in the final championship standings, just 11 out of the lead in one of the tightest championship battles in Silver Crown history!


USAC Silver Crown at Terre Haute's Action Track----October 9

The Swanson brothers headed to Terre Haute, Indiana for the last dirt race on the 2010 Silver Crown schedule. The 100-lap "Sumar Classic" would be the first career start for both Kody and Tanner in the Silver Crown cars at the famous 1/2 mile. After qualifying 21st and 24th, Tanner then Kody, the brothers would have a long road to the front in the 100-lapper. At the drop of the green, the duo began making their way through the field, Tanner leading Kody, and by half-way had made it up to 14th and 15th. Kody got around Tanner on a restart as the two moved to 13th & 14th, when Tanner got a flat RR tire a few laps later. Tanner returned with a fresh tire, but a few laps down. Kody continued toward the front, and with caution laps ceasing to count after lap 70, Kody was able to gain a number of positions as some of the front-runners got impatient and crashed out. As the checkered flags flew, Kody had made it all the way to the 5th position! Although it was a long road getting there, a solid "Top 5" finish kept Kody in Championship contention, just 27 points out of the lead with one race remaining! Tanner came back from his flat tire to a 13th place finish, as the younger Swanson continues to impress as he battles adversity to make some strong performances.


USAC Silver Crown "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway----September 25

The Swanson brothers entered the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway each looking for a strong run. Tanner was looking to gain valuable experience in his first trip to the famed 1/2 mile, while Kody was looking to keep himself in Championship contention in the USAC Silver Crown series. After qualifying 17th and 24th, Tanner then Kody, the brothers had a lot of racing to do in a short amount of time to salvage some good finishes. In the semi-main, Kody moved from 12th to 6th, while Tanner held on to his 5th position to earn them both spots in the feature event. Starting together in Row 9, 17th and 18th, the brothers began moving forward in the 50-lapper. Tanner impressively began putting slide-jobs on the competition, moving up a handful of positions in a short amount of time and looking like a veteran. By lap 9, Tanner had moved toward the top 12 when he got into trouble in turn two, and when another car got into him, he broke a rear end and ended what was impressive run for the series rookie. Kody continued on, picking up where Tanner left off, and moved himself toward the top 12. As the race wound down, Kody made an attempt to pass into the top 10, and gave up his 11th position to finish a solid 12th after battling from a 24th place qualifying effort. Although it wasn't quite the results the brothers wanted, their Eldora experience was still positive with two races remaining on the the Silver Crown schedule.


Tanner Swanson visits "Harvest Classic" Victory Lane!

BCRA Midgets at Madera Speedway----September 18

In the Bay Cities Racing Association 30-lap midget event, Tanner Swanson brought home the victory for Paul Eskesen in his red #10c. After setting the fastest time in qualifying, Tanner finished 2nd in both the trophy dash and the heat race before lining up for the feature event. By virtue of his fastest qualifying effort, Tanner would start outside row two in the 4th position for the 30-lapper. Tanner wasted no time driving forward, moving to 3rd by the end of lap 1 and 2nd by lap 7. However, race leader Chad Nichols had opened up a decent margin on the young Swanson as he navigated traffic. Once out in "clean air," Tanner turned up the wick on the #10 machine and quickly began erasing his deficit. In less than 10 laps, Tanner had completely depleted the gap to the leader, pulling to the back-bumper of the Nichols #17 by lap 13. For the next few laps Tanner hounded the leader, looking high and low, preparing the critical pass for the lead before making the move. Yet on lap 19, mechanical woes retired the Nichols machine and ended the battle for the top spot, as Tanner took over a commanding lead on the rest of the field. For the next 11 laps, Tanner continued to pull away, finishing a full lap ahead of the 3rd place finisher, and scored his first victory for Paul Eskesen in his Rescino Performance powered #10c.

  Tanner Swanson Wows the Crowd in SuperModified Debut

SMRA SuperModifieds at Madera Speedway----September 18

The 2010 Harvest Classic was the first Super race at the historic speedway to ever feature TWO Swansons, as young Tanner was making his SuperModified debut behind the wheel of Tom Joyce’s #56, while Kody returned for the season finale in Lance Tatro’s #72. Tanner picked up the new type of car like he’d been racing them all season, putting his #56 4th in the qualifying order, while Kody struggled and ended up 6th with the #72. With his effort, Tanner earned a spot in the trophy dash, and when a warm-up crash depleted another car from the line-up, Kody entered the event as an alternate and started from the tail. As the field quickly spread in the 4-lap dash, Kody shot to 2nd from 4th, with Tanner in 3rd for the entire event. The duo then finished 3rd and 4th in the heat race, Tanner then Kody, before preparing for the night’s 50-lap feature event. The field would line-up with Kody starting 5th, and Tanner 7th, as the 410 Supers would start inverted behind the field of 360 Supers. At the drop of the green, Kody shot to the inside went from 5th to the lead in the first lap! As Kody tried to build his lead, Tanner was quickly learning how to negotiate traffic in his first career start. The young Swanson made it look easy, moving from 7th to 4th in the first lap, to 3rd by lap 2 and 2nd by lap 3. From there, the chase was on, Kody leading Tanner as the Swanson brothers lead the SuperModifieds One-Two at Madera Speedway. The first 30 laps went caution free, and while the distance between Kody and Tanner fluctuated as the duo navigated lapped traffic, the order never changed among the leaders. A restart on lap 31 erased Kody’s lead margin, and put the younger Swanson in a position to challenge for the lead. Yet Kody again pulled away for a few laps before Tanner began erasing his lead. By lap 38, Tanner was within two-carlengths of Kody when the brothers entered lapped traffic. Kody quickly shot three-wide to the inside and cleared traffic when Tanner was clipped by a lapper on the front-stretch, spinning through the grass and ending his valiant run in the #56. One Swanson down, One to go. On the lap 39 restart, Kody quickly began building his lead, less than 10 laps from his first SuperModified win, when disaster struck on lap 41. Coming off of turn 4, the left rear axle on the #72 sheared off, sending Kody spinning down the front-straightaway and the Tatro Racing team out of the race, ending their run after 41 laps in the top spot. Two Swansons down. Even though the results will show that the Swansons finished the Harvest Classic in the infield, those in attendance will remember Tanner in the #56 and Kody in the #72 putting on a show in what could have, and probably should have, been another Swanson brothers One-Two.


Tanner Swanson scores 1st career Silver Crown win in "Great Lakes 150"

After disappointing circumstances left Tanner & Kody 20th and 23rd at the conclusion of the USAC Silver Crown event at O’Reilly Raceway Park, the Swanson brothers looked to turn their luck, and their season, around at Berlin Raceway on August 12th. In qualifying Tanner timed in 3rd, with Kody in 6th, setting the brothers up with great starting positions for the night’s 150-lap feature event. At the drop of the green, Tanner held his 3rd position, while Kody moved to the
5th spot. In the next few laps, Tanner fell to 4th in an effort to conserve his tires and racecar to last the duration of the event, setting up a strong run toward the end of the feature. Over the next 70 laps Tanner and Kody toured the Berlin Raceway oval, moving to 3rd and 4th and setting their sights on the race leaders. As the event approached the lap 95 mark, the brothers found themselves in a heated battle for the lead. The Top 4 racecars were nose-to-tail, for just about a lap before mayhem broke loose. Tanner went to the outside, while Kody went low, as the duo attempted to move three-wide for the 2nd position. Tanner came out with the upper-hand, took over 2nd and made the pass for the lead on lap 100! With Tanner out front, Kody was left alone to deal with the other two cars, and shot from 4th to 2nd in the same lap! With just under 50 laps remaining, Kody set his sights on his younger brother, hoping to take over the top spot for himself. The battle for the lead continued, as the brothers began to weave through lapped traffic, even splitting cars three-wide at times! However, as the laps wound down and the lapped cars changed, one thing remained the same: Tanner Swanson was leading the race. With two laps remaining, Kody pulled to the back bumper of his brother, only to have a lapped car deny the chance for a last lap pass attempt. Tanner Swanson, driving the Team 6R Racing #23, powered by Toyota, drove from 3rd to the lead in a matter of moments, then proceeded to hold off his older brother in the final laps to score his first career USAC Silver Crown victory! With Tanner in Victory Lane, and Kody in tow, the “Great Lakes 150” marked the first time in USAC Silver Crown history that brothers swept a feature event 1st & 2nd!


"Bad Luck" Drops younger Swanson out of "Ted Horn 100"

Fresh off of their 1st-2nd feature event “sweep” in Marne, Michigan, Tanner and Kody Swanson traveled to DuQuoin Illinois to compete for Team 6R Racing, powered by Toyota, in this year’s “Ted Horn 100.” This was Tanner’s first trip to DuQuoin, and Kody’s first time back in two years after last year’s event was rained out. In qualifying, Tanner and Kody proved to be very equal, qualifying 15th and 16th, Tanner then Kody. At the drop of the green for the 100-mile event, Tanner and Kody barreled into turn one, splitting the car in front of them three-wide, with Kody coming out of two with the advantage, and up to the 14th spot. In the race’s early laps the brothers moved up to 13th & 14th, when a spun cam drive ended young Tanner’s night on lap 13. As Kody continued, he was able to pass up to 11th by the race’s mandatory red flag at lap 51. During the stop, teams were allowed to add fuel and change tires, with those changing tires to start behind the teams that didn’t. Kody and his Team 6R team didn’t change tires, and restarted the race with the lead! The first car to change tires started directly behind in 3rd, leaving Kody with a 50-lap shootout against racecars with brand new tires. Kody held a lead of up to a dozen car-lengths, and was leading by about 4 lengths when the caution flew with 15 laps remaining, setting up a 10-lap dash to the finish. On the restart, Kody opened a small margin, but had it quickly erased by a hard-charging Jon Stanbrough. As the two continued to battle for the lead, the race hit a peak moment with a few laps remaining when Jon shot to the inside of Kody entering turn one. Jon drove past Kody into turn one, but couldn’t hold the line as his momentum carried him out to the second groove, allowing Kody to pass back by on the bottom and re-take the lead! For the final laps, Kody held a steady pace and held on to score his first career USAC Silver Crown victory! Ironically, Tanner and Kody scored their first career Silver Crown events in back-to-back races!


Rich Vogler Memorial at Winchester Speedway

For the first time in their careers, the Swanson Brothers headed to Winchester Speedway, the famed high-banked half-mile dubbed the “fastest half-mile in the world.” Against a field full of veterans, the brothers ranked 14th and 15th in the early practice sessions. In qualifying, Tanner improved his time from 15.09 to a 14.68 and timed in 14th place. After Kody timed a 15.04 in practice, he managed to drop all the way to a 14.35 lap in qualifying, earning him a 3rd place effort! In preliminary heat race action, Tanner was using the bottom part of the track in an attempt to complete a pass when disaster struck. The #17 hit a bump in the track entering turn 1 and turned around, sending Tanner up toward the wall and ending his first day at Winchester. Kody would line up 4th for the 50-lap “Rich Vogler Memorial,” and fell to 6th by the end of the front-stretch. The 410 engines of his competitors had a huge advantage on starts, Kody’s 360 struggled to keep up on restarts. For the first half of the race, Kody battled among the Top 5, when a slower car pinned Kody in traffic, causing him to fall to 11th by a mid-race caution. The TK Motorsports team brought Kody down pit road to change tires, hoping to make a late-race run back to the front. By races end, Kody drove the #75 back to a solid 10th place feature finish.


Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic at Salem Speedway

After the USAC National Sprintcar series sat idle for over a month, TK Motorsports returned to action on the high-banks of Salem Speedway. With a 39 degree bank in turns 3 & 4, this half-mile racetrack can be extremely fast and intimidating. In qualifying, Kody spun sideways coming to the green flag, and while managing to keep it out of the fence, could only muster an 8th place effort on his 2nd lap. Being Tanner’s first career start at Salem Speedway, his 9th place qualifying run was a solid performance. After transferring through preliminary heat races for the night’s 50-lap Joe James/Pat O’Connor Classic, the Swanson brothers lined up 8th and 9th for the feature event. While positions shuffled about in the opening laps, Kody moved up to 7th, with Tanner running 10th on a very tricky racetrack. The brothers maintained their position until a lap 28 red flag reset the field with just 22 laps remaining. On the restart, Kody quickly moved
to the outside in hopes to take over 6th, when a 4-car battle broke out for the position. At one point, Kody fell all the way to 9th before making it back to 7th with a few laps remaining. By this time, Tanner’s #17 began to experience handling issues, and with fear of a tire going flat, he retired to the pits. Coming to the white flag, Kody was able to take over the 6th position, and hold on for a solid finish at the Salem Speedway.


Swanson battles in tough night at ORP

Kroger Speedfest at O’Reilly Raceway Park was stop #4 for the K&N USAC Silver Crown series tour for 2010, and is always a schedule favorite because of its proximity to the “Racing Capital of the World” and conjunction with NASCAR weekend in Indianapolis. The “JD Byrider 100” event would start straight-up after qualifying and start 30 Silver Crown cars for the 100-lap affair around the 0.686 mile oval. The Swanson brothers qualified their Team 6R Racing, powered by Toyota, entries to 4th and 6th place efforts, with Kody leading Tanner. Fresh off of his National Midget feature win, Kody would line up his #19 outside row two, with Tanner in the Armstrong Garage Doors #23 directly behind outside row three.
At the drop of the green flag, Kody held the high line to take over the 3rd position, and trailed NASCAR Star Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet for the opening lap. Tanner, however, was making his first start from the front of the Silver Crown field, and was continuing to battle for the 6th position. By lap 5, Kody had already used the bottom of the racetrack to pass Newman, then Sweet, and take the lead in his Toyota powered #19. Over the next few laps, Kody pulled away to an 8-car length margin, and continued to distance himself from the field with ease. After a brief caution period, Kody would lead the field back to green on lap 25, when disaster struck. Apparently small debris from the caution had cut the Right Rear tire on the #19, causing it to begin going flat while Kody was leading the race! Obviously, the #19 began to lose speed and Kody faded to the rear of the lineup before finally blowing the tire out on lap 44. The blow out warranted a caution, and Kody brought the #19 to pit lane for a used set of tires only to find that Tanner was having tires issues as well, as a leaking Right Rear tire brought him to pit road in his #23. Each a few laps down, the Swanson brothers began to make their charge back up through the field. Kody was up around the Top 10 in the running order when a Right Front wheel problem on lap 68 sidelined his #19 for the remainder of the event. Tanner continued his battle, and made it all the way to 9th in the running order by feature’s end, but being laps down relegated him to a 20th place finish. Although the results were disappointing, the Swanson brothers were extremely fast at O’Reilly Raceway Park, and will be in contention to win on the USAC Silver Crown trail.


Heartbreak for the Eskesen Racing #10 at Madera

The Swanson brothers entered Madera Speedway for their first midget event at the track in 2010 as heavy favorites to take home the hardware. In the 6 USAC/BCRA Midget events held at the 1/3 mile speedplant in 2009, TK Motorsports’ Swanson Brothers took home 5 trophies, as Kody picked up 2 wins and Tanner 3, leaving only 1 to the competition. On this hot summer day, it was Tanner who would set “fast time” in the Paul Eskesen Racing #10, while Kody timed his Neverlift Motorsports #15 in the 2nd position, setting up a long day of head-to-head competition between the two. However, in the trophy dash Nick Foster Jr. decided to show his strength, as he drove his #1 machine to the win, with Tanner 2nd and Kody 3rd. Kody picked up the win in his preliminary heat race, with Nick and Tanner in tow, setting up what was sure to be a 3-car battle for the feature win. With Nick, Kody and Tanner starting 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively, the race to the front sure was a good one. By the drop of the green the young brothers were dicing through the pack, and by lap 3 they were running 2nd and 3rd. Kody cleared Foster for the lead by lap 4, when Tanner began to experience mechanical issues. The #10 broke a throttle shaft, ending Tanner’s night before the real battle even got started.

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