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Kaylee Bryson Will Make USAC Silver Crown Debut At Port Royal

Kaylee Bryson Will Make USAC Silver Crown Debut At Port Royal

Kaylee Bryson set to make USAC Silver Crown Series debut at Port Royal Speedway June 18th, 2022.

May 4, 2022 by FloRacing Staff

Kaylee Bryson will make her USAC Silver Crown debut when the series makes its first ever appearance at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, June 18.

Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) will team up with Sam Pierce Racing, a three-time USAC Silver Crown winning team. Bryson, a standout in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship ranks, will pilot the #26 AP Driver Development Maxim chassis.

In a tweet posted on mid-day Wednesday, Bryson stated succinctly, “We’re going Silver-Crown racing!”

The 21-year-old Bryson, a 2015 Tulsa Shootout winner and current USAC Midget competitor, has already logged impressive results this season winning her B-Main at the 2022 Chili Bowl in January to become the first woman ever to transfer to the coveted A-Main where she finished 18th.


VIDEO: Kaylee Bryson made history becoming the first woman to make the Chili Bowl A-Main.

In April, Bryson won the Micro Sprint A-Main at her home track of Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., then charged to her second career USAC National Midget podium with a third-place finish to become only the second woman in USAC history to score multiple podium finishes.  Bryson has ambitions of transitioning to pavement racing and developing a lifelong career in professional motorsports.

Indianapolis-based Sam Pierce Racing has fielded event and championship winning race cars for over four decades in Trans Am, USAC Silver Crown, winged and non-wing Sprint Cars, Midgets, Legend Cars and Late Model stock cars.

Nine women have previously started a USAC Silver Crown feature.  Among them are Taylor Ferns (14 starts), Toni Breidinger (9), Annie Breidinger (6), Miranda Throckmorton (4), Erin Crocker (3), Cheryl Glass (1), Kaylene Verville (1), Sondi Eden (1) and Tiffany Wyzard (1).

Meanwhile, the best result for a woman in USAC Silver Crown competition is held by Ferns, who finished 4th during the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2013.

The AP Driver Development organization is spearheaded by SPR primary driver Aaron Pierce.  “AP” is a multi-time open wheel champion with numerous wins, including three in Silver Crown and one with the USAC National Sprint Cars, plus Trans Am, winged pavement sprint cars, legend cars and late model stock cars.  Pierce is also a former Bondurant Racing School instructor.

The firm was recently formed to aid aspiring young race car drivers in their transition to professional motorsports.  The company will leverage SPR’s extensive race car inventory ranging from go carts to dirt and pavement open wheel cars and fleet of Trans Am machines.  While the company’s professional staff is adept at the art of race craft on any surface or track configuration in virtually any type of race car, additional skillsets including public speaking, media appearances and sponsor relations can also be honed.