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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Cameron Dodson has earned his stripes on the USAC Silver Crown Series presented by K&N tour. Dodson is sitting in 6th in the driver's points despite not running in the series opener at Manzanita. He has earned two podiums and...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Cameron Dodson has earned his stripes on the USAC Silver Crown Series presented by K&N tour. Dodson is sitting in 6th in the driver's points despite not running in the series opener at Manzanita. He has earned two podiums and three top ten finishes on pavement in his first three series starts. Now the 18-year-old Indiana resident will have a chance to race at one of the most historic events in his home state.

"Cameron Dodson earned his seat for the Hoosier Hundred," said team manager Chris Santucci. "We have had several drivers wanting to drive the No. 199 this weekend but Cameron was our choice because of his performances this season on pavement."

"I am pumped," grinned Dodson. "I didn't know if I would get the opportunity because other drivers wanted the seat. The Hoosier Hundred is a great race and I am thankful to owners Carl Edwards and Roger Johnson, team manager Chris Santucci and the crew for the opportunity."

Friday will mark Cameron Dodson's first start in a dirt Silver Crown car but he is no stranger to racing on dirt tracks. The Greenfield, Indiana resident cut his teeth on dirt ovals. In 2004, Dodson won the C Main at the Knoxville Nationals. He went on to win winged sprint car races and set track records in the following years at tracks in the Midwest. Even with his success on dirt, the driver of the No. 199 Ford/ Hoosier Tire/ Red Line Oil sponsored entry knows racing on a one-mile dirt oval in a 1,475-pound Silver Crown car is not easy.

"My plan is to go out there and take it easy in the first practice session and then get in a good qualifying lap. Hopefully we can stay up front and score another top ten finish. I would really and move up in the drivers points and remain up top in the owners points in the next three races."

The No. 199 Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing entry leads the USAC Silver Crown owner's points standings by 26 points heading into the Hoosier Hundred. Cameron Dodson will drive the same car that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove to victory lane in the season opener at Manzanita.

-credit: ret

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Series USAC
Drivers Carl Edwards , Cameron Dodson