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COTTLE THROTTLES
TO BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR WIN AT LPS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (July 3, 2020).........It all started with a late-night phone call on Thursday night for Shane Cottle from Hodges Motorsports asking if his plans were open for Friday night.

Just about 24 hours later, Cottle was celebrating in victory lane following Friday's opening night of the sixth annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park Speedway featuring the USAC AMSOIL National and Midwest Sprint Car Series.

The last-minute deal came together as the team's original plan was to sit out the weekend and focus on preparations for next week's Brandt Corn Belt Nationals at Knoxville Raceway. But that one phone call, as it turned out, changed the course of the weekend in a hurry.

"He called me last night probably around 10:30pm. He asked me if I wanted to go racing. It wasn't on our schedule; he's got a schedule that we go by. I said, 'Well, I have to talk to my wife.' So, I talked to her. She really wasn't wanting me to, but I said I'm going anyway. Luckily, it all came together," Cottle said with a laugh.

Cottle rolled off sixth for the start of the 30-lap feature, and right from the get-go, he felt the bottom of the racetrack play right into his hands as he got to fourth on the opening lap.

"I knew on the start that it was going to be pretty good," Cottle remembered. "I just knew I was a little faster than they were and, luckily, they kept slipping up off the bottom and I snuck underneath them. When you go past those guys, it makes it a little fun."

"Those guys" up front included the likes of past USAC champions C.J. Leary and Dave Darland while Cottle zeroed in on perennial Lincoln Park winner A.J. Hopkins for third on lap three, then set forth toward Justin Grant and Carson Short, who had snared the top spot from first lap leader Grant on the second circuit with a turn three maneuver that slid him past for the position.

Following a fifth lap yellow flag for a turn three spin by Brandon Mattox, Grant went back to work on tracking down Short and made his move on the seventh go-around drifting up the turn three banking of the 5/16-mile dirt oval past Short for the spot. Short checked up and got shuffled back to third as Cottle maintained his momentum around the infield tires to race to second behind Grant.

One lap later, Grant endured a slight bobble atop the cushion between turns three and four, opening the chamber for Cottle to throttle past underneath for the race lead on the eighth lap.

Cottle, in his Hodges Motorsports/Hodges Automotive - Mesilla Valley Transportation - Jackson Compaction - Ortega Appliance/DRC/Gibson Chevy, was undeniably hooked up as he steadfastly stretched his lead throughout the midway point to around a one-second interval entering the final 10 lap stanza.

The Kansas, Ill. native was undeniable throughout the entire distance, and was rarely challenged down the stretch while a hotly-contested tussle between Grant and Leary engaged for second, which allowed Windom to slip past Leary and into the third spot on the 21st lap while Grant secured his position in second.

Cottle closed out his fifth career USAC National Sprint Car feature win by 1.488 second margin at the checkered, ahead of Grant, Windom, Leary and Chase Stockon, who made his debut in the KO Motorsports No. 5s, with who he recently announced he would compete with for the remainder of the 2020 USAC season.

Cottle estimates that he's driven the Hodges Motorsports No. 74x a total of six occasions this year, and he's already won twice, the first of which came in a late May POWRI WAR feature at Missouri's Valley Speedway.

Josh Hodges, the one-time USAC National Sprint car winner at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 2016 who had piloted the team's car for the past several years, stepped out of the driver's compartment this past season and into a mechanical role for the team. The decision for him was based on a myriad of reasons, namely taking on a new promotion at work, getting married and moving, plus slight dizziness that he attributed to a possible wreck he had in the past.

Into the ride stepped Cottle, who's found instant success in the car, and admitted that they might've found the elusive balance that they had been searching for, something that could lead to quite a bit of continued success, much like the success they enjoyed Friday night at Lincoln Park.

"This is the best racecar I've ever sat in," Cottle revealed. "Every nut and bolt is just perfect. They've made it a nice car to drive. They won't do all that work if I don't go out and do my job. So, we're pretty happy with it."

Like a walk-off homer, Cottle isn't planning on backing up his triumphant performance Saturday for night two of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park. While Friday's quick decision on a whim led to victory, don't expect any surprise returns to the racetrack on Saturday.

"We're not (racing). I've got a graduation party for my stepson tomorrow, so we're going to go do that. If I miss that, I would be in trouble with my wife," Cottle guffawed.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval - Bill Gardner Sprintacular - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-13.523; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.525; 3. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.595; 4. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.637; 5. Brady Short, 11p, Short/Pottorff-13.744; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.777; 7. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.882; 8. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-13.912; 9. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-14.083; 10. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-14.111; 11. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.135; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.168; 13. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble/Martin-14.172; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.239; 15. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-14.268; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.293; 17. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.340; 18. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.373; 19. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.384; 20. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-14.393; 21. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.434; 22. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.453; 23. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.453; 24. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.563; 25. Jake Bland, 20B, Bland-14.595; 26. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-14.618; 27. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.666; 28. Dakota Jackson, 17G, On The Gass-14.703; 29. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-14.739; 30. Ben Knight, 16K, Knight-14.744; 31. Ryan Bond, 7R, Bond-14.863; 32. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-14.863; 33. Max Adams, 37, Felker-14.908; 34. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-14.927; 35. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.952; 36. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-15.006; 37. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-15.006; 38. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.065; 39. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-15.184; 40. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-15.208; 41. Tony Helton, 87, Miller-15.282; 42. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-15.403; 43. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-15.546; 44. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-15.763; 45. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-15.999; 46. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.050; 47. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.173; 48. Robert Carrington, 34c, Carrington-16.446; 49. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-16.450; 50. Carl Rhuebottom, 83, Rhuebottom-16.719; 51. Michael Clark, 8, Clark-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Mario Clouser, 4. Garrett Aitken, 5. Dickie Gaines, 6. Tim Creech, 7. Carl Rhuebottom, 8. Jordan Kinser, 9. Robert Carrington. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Brent Beauchamp, 3. Dustin Smith, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Harley Burns, 6. Nate McMillin, 7. Chayse Hayhurst, 8. Max Adams, 9. Michael Clark. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Jonathan Vennard, 5. Jesse Vermillion, 6. Stan Beadles, 7. Tye Mihocko. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. A.J. Hopkins, 2. Jake Bland, 3. Brayden Fox, 4. Ben Knight, 5. Robert Bell, 6. Tony Helton, 7. Eric Perrott, 8. Kurt Gross. NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Kent Schmidt, 6. Donny Brackett, 7. Blake Vermillion, 8. Ryan Bond. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Anton Hernandez, 5. Stephen Schnapf, 6. Kendall Ruble, 7. Jadon Rogers, 8. Brady Short. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Tim Creech, 2. Aric Gentry, 3. Max Adams, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Blake Vermillion, 6. Chayse Hayhurst, 7. Ryan Bond, 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Robert Carrington, 10. Nate McMillin, 11. Jadon Rogers, 12. Tony Helton, 13. Kendall Ruble, 14. Stan Beadles, 15. Donny Brackett, 16. Carl Rhuebottom, 17. Michael Clark. NT

INDY METAL FINSIHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Garrett Aitken, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Anton Hernandez, 4. Dickie Gaines, 5. Max Adams, 6. Jonathan Vennard, 7. Jesse Vermillion, 8. Ben Knight, 9. Tim Creech, 10. Kent Schmidt, 11. Jake Swanson, 12. Stephen Schnapf, 13. Aric Gentry, 14. Harley Burns, 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Robert Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (6), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. C.J. Leary (5), 5. Chase Stockon (11), 6. A.J. Hopkins (1), 7. Brent Beauchamp (8), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 9. Dakota Jackson (15), 10. Kyle Cummins (17), 11. Tanner Thorson (18), 12. Dave Darland (4), 13. Garrett Aitken (19), 14. Mario Clouser (13), 15. Jadon Rogers (23), 16. Carson Short (3), 17. Brayden Fox (14), 18. Dustin Smith (12), 19. Brandon Mattox (16), 20. Jake Bland (10), 21. Aric Gentry (22), 22. Anton Hernandez (21), 23. Dickie Gaines (20), 24. Brady Bacon (24). NT

**Brady Short flipped during the sixth heat. Michael Clark flipped during the C-Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Justin Grant, Laps 2-6 Carson Short, Lap 7 Justin Grant, Laps 8-30 Shane Cottle.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-572, 2-Chris Windom-532, 3-Brady Bacon-490, 4-Chase Stockon-476, 5-C.J. Leary-475, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-466, 7-Carson Short-444, 8-Dave Darland-360, 9-Anton Hernandez-345, 10-Brandon Mattox-312.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-51, 2-Chris Windom-49, 3-Logan Seavey-43, 4-Justin Grant-38, 5-Cannon McIntosh-32, 6-Andrew Layser-31, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-27, 8-Tanner Carrick-27, 9-Daison Pursley-27, 10-Thomas Meseraull-24.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 4, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval - Bill Gardner Sprintacular - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jadon Rogers

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Dave Darland

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Carson Short

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: A.J. Hopkins

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Garrett Aitken

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Kyle Cummins (17th to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Garrett Aitken

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Max Adams

Cottle closed out his fifth career USAC National Sprint Car feature win by 1.488 second margin at the checkered, ahead of Grant, Windom, Leary and Chase Stockon, who made his debut in the KO Motorsports No. 5s, with who he recently announced he would compete with for the remainder of the 2020 USAC season.

Cottle estimates that he's driven the Hodges Motorsports No. 74x a total of six occasions this year, and he's already won twice, the first of which came in a late May POWRI WAR feature at Missouri's Valley Speedway.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN AT PETALUMA ON JULY 18

Petaluma, California (June 30, 2020)………The USAC Western States Midgets make their return to action on Saturday night, July 18, at California’s Petaluma Speedway.

The co-sanctioned event with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will be a non-point race for the USAC Western States Midgets and pay $600-to-win and $100 to start.

No fans are permitted due to local regulations regarding COVID-19. California state protocol calls for safe distancing practices to take place and proper sanitizing for those who are on the grounds for the event.

To limit person-to-person contact or money exchange during the night, all competitors intending to compete in the event should visit www.USACracing.com and purchase their USAC license prior to the event.

The full night of racing at Petaluma will be streamed live and on-demand, exclusively on FloRacing.

Petaluma Speedway has hosted nine previous USAC Western States Midget events dating to Shane Golobic’s 2012 victory. Maria Cofer of Macdoel, Calif. captured the victory in the most recent series event at Petaluma in 2019, her first with the series.

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY!

Speedway, Indiana (July 1, 2020).........Tickets for the 33rd annual Indiana Sprint Week series July 24 through August 1 will go on sale today at noon ET, Wednesday, July 1, online at www.usactickets.com.

ISW tickets will be sold exclusively online and there will be limited availability based on COVID-19 criteria that is in place at each venue on the schedule for the seven race in nine night series throughout the Hoosier state. There is no guarantee of onsite ticket sales at each track.

All online ticket purchasers will be allowed an early 3pm entry into the grandstand at each of the venues.

The 2020 ISW schedule includes seven distinct tracks with a rich history and unique characteristics each their own, ranging from quarter-miles to three-eighths to half-miles, with degrees of banking both flat and high throughout the mini-series, offering a unique challenge to both driver and machine throughout a rigorous week of racing.

For the eighth time overall, and first time since 2016, Gas City I-69 Speedway will host the ISW opener on Friday, July 24. The quarter mile has previously hosted the ISW opener in 2002 and each year between 2011-16. From there, the series travels due west the following day, Saturday, July 25, to the quarter-mile Kokomo Speedway, whose ISW origins date to the inaugural year of 1988. The first weekend concludes Sunday, July 26. in the southeastern part of the state at the high-banked, 3/8-mile of Lawrenceburg Speedway.

After a two-day hiatus, the series returns for a final four-day stretch beginning at the famed half-mile Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 29. Then, it's off to the world's fastest 5/16-mile, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 30. Working southbound and down, the quarter-mile red clay of Bloomington Speedway hosts ISW for the 33rd consecutive year on Friday, July 31 and concludes with the ISW finale Saturday, August 1 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, the first time ISW will have reached into the month of August since 1993.

Indiana Sprint Week debuted in 1988, but first became USAC-sanctioned in 1996. Since then, the event has grown from a single weekend to seven races over a week-and-a-half span and has become one of the marquee events, and most sought after tickets, on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule that draws massive crowds and welcomes travelers from around the world, both driver and fan alike.

The USAC National Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Dave Darland, owns the most Indiana Sprint Week victories with 20. Levi Jones and Kevin Thomas have the most ISW titles with four. Newly crowned 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion C.J. Leary captured the most recent Indiana Sprint Week title this past summer.

2020 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

Fri., July 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

Sat., July 25: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana

Sun., July 26: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Wed., July 29: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana

Thu., July 30: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana

Fri., July 31: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana

Sat., August 1: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana

 

 

BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR
USAC/MSCS DOUBLEHEADER JULY 3-4 IN PUTNAMVILLE

Putnamville, Indiana (June 29, 2020)......... Back-to-back nights of full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing programs are on the horizon for a can't miss Independence Day weekend doubleheader, this Friday and Saturday night, July 3-4, as part of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Both events at the 5/16-mile dirt oval will be co-sanctioned by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

The Friday, July 3 event will be a full-points event for MSCS and will award 50 appearance points to all competing licensed USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car drivers and teams toward the series championship standings. This event will utilize the MSCS format.

The Saturday, July 4 event at Lincoln Park will be a full points race for both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the MSCS Sprints. USAC's format of single car qualifying, with the top-four transferring from each heat race and top-six from the semi-feature to seed the feature starting lineup, will be used.

Terre Haute Action Track & Lincoln Park Speedway
USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Race Tickets: www.usactickets.com

Previous Bill Gardner Sprintacular winners include, 2015: Jerry Coons Jr. (USAC) & Robert Ballou (MSCS), 2016: Robert Ballou (USAC) & Thomas Meseraull (MSCS), 2017: Kevin Thomas Jr. (MSCS), 2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC) & Justin Grant (MSCS) and 2019: Kyle Cummins (MSCS).

Thirty-five previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events have been held at Lincoln Park Speedway since Sheldon Kinser's victory there in 1981. Dave Darland leads all drivers with six career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories at Lincoln Park.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., was the 1990 and 1991 Lincoln Park Sprint Car track champion and owns USAC feature wins there in 1997-1998-1999-2005-2012-2018. In the USAC portion of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular, the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer has finished inside the top-8 in all three events run thus far: 8th (2015), 5th (2016) and a charge from 20th to 7th in 2018.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) has twice been a fast qualifier with USAC at the Bill Gardner Sprintacular, in both 2015 and 2018. In both instances, the recent Tri-State Speedway World of Outlaws winner and one-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner, captured the semi-feature victory.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) made his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debut at the 2018 Bill Gardner Sprintacular where he was spectacular, driving from his 22nd starting position to a 3rd place finish. Twice a winner in USAC National Sprint Car competition in his career, McDougal is set to debut in a Goacher Racing machine this week.

Speaking of impressive debuts, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) was tabbed as a sub in the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ while Logan Seavey is on the mend following a crash during the third round of Indiana Midget Week at Lincoln Park a couple weeks ago. Thorson finished 2nd at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway last Friday in his first series start, the best debut performance in the series since McDougal, and the first time since Tanner Swanson at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2008 that a driver finished in the top-two in his first USAC Sprint start. Thorson was a 7th place finisher during the Indiana Midget Week race at LPS a couple weeks back.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won the MSCS portion of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular in 2016. The 10-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner captured a heat race win on the USAC side of things in 2018 en route to a 6th place finish in the feature later that night. He was a 10th place finisher in the recent Indiana Midget Week feature at Lincoln Park on June 19.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), winner of three of the four most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events and the series point leader entering this week's slate, won the MSCS feature at the Bill Gardner Sprintacular in 2018. He was also 9th with a heat race win to his credit during Indiana Midget Week.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) won the MSCS feature at the Bill Gardner Sprintacular in 2017. On the USAC side of the equation with the event, Thomas led the first 22 laps of the feature before flipping atop the turn two curb.

The last occasion a Bill Gardner Sprintacular feature was held, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) was the winner with MSCS. The last time the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars competed at Lincoln Park last July during Indiana Sprint Week, Kyle Cummins was your winner. Cummins was 2nd in the USAC night of the inaugural Bill Gardner Sprintacular in 2015.

It's been a mere two weeks since USAC competed at Lincoln Park with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets during Indiana Midget Week. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was the individual who effectively ended Kyle Larson's incredible eight-race winning streak at the time by leading the final 18 laps to score the victory. At the Bill Gardner Sprintacular in 2018, the 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 USAC National Sprint champ had his best run in the event, a 4th place finish.

Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has been a USAC Sprint Car winner at Lincoln Park in his career, taking the Indiana Sprint Week round in 2015 while also finishing 3rd in the USAC round of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular in 2016.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) finished 3rd in his most recent USAC visit to Lincoln Park last July of 2019 after starting from the outside of the front row. The defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion recorded his 25th career fast qualifying time with the series last week at Plymouth, moving him past Gary Bettenhausen, Justin Grant and J.J. Yeley for 15th on the all-time series list.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) recently made his 300th consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint feature start last Friday at Plymouth, extending his all-time record to once untouchable numbers after taking ownership of the record in late 2019. Stockon won his heat race at the Bill Gardner Sprintacular feature in 2015 where he also finished 3rd in the feature. The "Ironman" followed that performance up with a 6th place result in the 2016 event.

Brandon Mattox is one of 10 drivers with the series to start all six USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events thus far in 2020. The Terre Haute, Ind. native had one of his better runs of the 2019 season at the USAC portion of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular, finishing 8th after starting 12th.

For the Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park Speedway, on Friday, adult general admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit admission is $30. The pits open at 3pm ET with the front gate opening at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Modifieds, Super Stocks and Bombers are also racing in the event.

On Saturday at Lincoln Park, adult general admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit admission is $35. The pits open at 3pm ET with the front gate opening at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. The USAC Midwest Regional Midgets join the USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets and Race Savers 305 Winged Sprints on the event card.

Additionally, the kickoff to Independence Day week for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars begins Wednesday at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while children age 11 and under are free. Adult infield tickets are just $15. Pit passes for members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The Scott's Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds are also on agenda for the evening.

Tickets are on sale for all three of these events now, exclusively at www.usactickets.com.

All these events can be seen LIVE exclusively on FloRacing.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-444, 2-Chris Windom-407, 3-Brady Bacon-401, 4-C.J. Leary-396, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-354, 6-Chase Stockon-354, 7-Carson Short-329, 8-Dave Darland-300, 9-Logan Seavey-253, 10-Anton Hernandez-244.

PAST BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR USAC RESULTS:

2015 FEATURE RESULTS: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Josh Hodges, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Cole Smith, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Carson Short, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Chris Babcock, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Brent Beauchamp, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Aaron Farney. NT

2016 FEATURE RESULTS: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Max McGhee, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Cole Ketcham, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Thomas Meseraull, 23. Logan Jarrett, 24. Landon Simon. NT

2018 FEATURE RESULTS: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. A.J. Hopkins (4), 3. Jason McDougal (22), 4. Chris Windom (21), 5. Jordan Kinser (1), 6. Thomas Meseraull (13), 7. Dave Darland (20), 8. Brandon Mattox (12), 9. Robert Ballou (17), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Brady Bacon (6), 12. C.J. Leary (10), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Kody Swanson (8), 15. Chase Stockon (11), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 17. Isaac Chapple (23), 18. Mario Clouser (19), 19. Justin Grant (15), 20. Tony DiMattia (3), 21. Tim Creech (14), 22. Brent Beauchamp (16), 23. Colten Cottle (18). NT

BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR FEATURE WINNERS:

2015: Jerry Coons Jr. (USAC) & Robert Ballou (MSCS)

2016: Robert Ballou (USAC) & Thomas Meseraull (MSCS)

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr. (MSCS)

2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC) & Justin Grant (MSCS)

2019: Kyle Cummins (MSCS)

ALL-TIME LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS:

(6) Dave Darland

(5) Sheldon Kinser

(3) Robert Ballou

(2) Steve Butler, Jerry Coons Jr., Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman & Jon Stanbrough

(1) Chuck Amati, Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Brad Fox, Dickie Gaines, Jack Hewitt, Kelly Kinser & Brady Short

ALL-TIME LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS:

1981: Sheldon Kinser (9/16)

1983: Kelly Kinser (5/25) & Sheldon Kinser (8/24)

1984: Chuck Amati (5/23) & Sheldon Kinser (7/18)

1985: Sheldon Kinser (5/4) & Steve Butler (9/7)

1986: Steve Butler (5/17) & Sheldon Kinser (8/23)

1997: Jack Hewitt (7/27) & Dave Darland (8/23)

1998: Dave Darland (7/26) & Brad Fox (8/15)

1999: Dave Darland (7/24)

2000: Jay Drake (7/29)

2001: Jon Stanbrough (7/21)

2002: Cory Kruseman (7/20)

2003: Jay Drake (7/19)

2004: Cory Kruseman (7/17)

2005: Dave Darland (7/19)

2010: Dickie Gaines (7/24) & Jon Stanbrough (9/10)

2012: Dave Darland (7/22)

2013: Chad Boespflug (7/4) & Bryan Clauson (7/18)

2014: Jerry Coons, Jr. (7/4) & Robert Ballou (7/17)

2015: Jerry Coons, Jr. (7/4) & Brady Bacon (7/16)

2016: Robert Ballou (7/1) & Brady Short (7/14)

2017: Robert Ballou (7/16)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/6) & Dave Darland (7/26)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/25)

 

 

USAC CLASSICS ON FLORACING 24/7 (JUNE 29-JULY 5)

The USAC classics continue this week on FloRacing 24/7!

From dirt and pavement to Silver Crown, Midget and Sprint Car racing from the 1960s through the 2010s, you're covered 24 hours a day, every day throughout the week. Check out what's in store on the USAC classic race video lineup on FloRacing 24/7 June 29-July 5!

The 18-hour continuous loop of races from the USAC archive will continue throughout the entirety of the week starting Monday, June 29 at 9am Eastern until the playlist is reset next Monday, July 6 at 9am Eastern when a new 18-hour batch of races will be aired.

Once again, this week's theme is "This Day in History" with all the races on this week's list occurring during this week in USAC history.

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FLORACING 24/7 SCHEDULE:

7/3/1966: USAC Sprints at Eldora Speedway Highlights

7/4/1974: USAC Silver Crown at the New York State Fairgrounds Highlights

7/2/1977: USAC Sprints at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Highlights

7/4/1978: USAC Midgets at the Reading Fairgrounds

7/5/1980: USAC Silver Crown at Williams Grove Speedway Highlights

6/30/1988: USAC Midgets at Indianapolis Raceway Park

6/30/1990: USAC Silver Crown at Indianapolis Raceway Park

7/3/1990: USAC Midgets at Tri-City Speedway

6/29/1991: USAC Silver Crown at Indianapolis Raceway Park

7/4/1992: USAC Midgets at Winchester Speedway

7/4/1997: USAC Silver Crown at the Terre Haute Action Track Highlights

7/3/1998: USAC Silver Crown at the Terre Haute Action Track Highlights

6/30/1999: USAC Midgets at Anderson Speedway Highlights

6/30/2000: USAC Midgets at Anderson Speedway

7/3/2002: USAC Midgets at Terre Haute Action Track Highlights

7/1/2010: USAC Sprints at O'Reilly Raceway Park Highlights

7/2/2010: USAC Midgets at Toledo Speedway Highlights

7/2/2010: USAC Sprints at Toledo Speedway Highlights

7/3/2010: USAC Midgets at Angell Park Speedway Highlights

7/4/2010: USAC Midgets at Angell Park Speedway Highlights

7/4/2014: USAC Sprints at Lincoln Park Speedway

7/5/2014: USAC Midgets at Angell Park Speedway

7/2/2015: USAC Silver Crown at the Terre Haute Action Track

7/4/2015: USAC Sprints at Lincoln Park Speedway

7/5/2015: USAC Midgets at Angell Park Speedway

7/1/2016: USAC Sprints at Lincoln Park Speedway

7/1/2017: USAC Midgets at Macon Speedway

7/2/2017: USAC Midgets at Lincoln Speedway

7/3/2017: USAC Midgets at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena

6/29/2018: USAC Silver Crown at Madison International Raceway

 

 

DROUD WOWS THE CROWD WITH LAKESIDE VICTORY

USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 26, 2020 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 15B-Quinton Benson [3]; 2. 89-Todd McVay [6]; 3. 18-Terry Richards [5]; 4. 65-Chris Parkinson [7]; 5. 37-Brian Beebe [4]; 6. 11wx-Danny Billings [2]; 7. 88-Chad Tye [1]; 8. 66m-Max Grogan [8].

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 28-Kory Schudy [5]; 2. 2K-Kyle Lewis [2]; 3. 1m-Don Droud Jr. [8]; 4. 2H-Luke Howard [1]; 5. 9-Chad Goff [3]; 6. 2-Zach Clark [4]; 7. 4-Braydon Cromwell [6]; 8. 03-Tyler Burton [7].

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 11w-Wyatt Burks [4]; 2. 5BB-Robert Talley [7]; 3. 82-Christie Thomason [2]; 4. 33L-Mark Lane [3]; 5. 41-Brad Wyatt [1]; 6. 12-Wesley Smith [5]; 7. 31-Dylan Kadous [6].

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Don Droud Jr. [1]; 2. Wyatt Burks [6]; 3. Quinton Benson [3]; 4. Chris Parkinson [8]; 5. Todd McVay [4]; 6. Wesley Smith [20]; 7. Terry Richards Jr. [7]; 8. Kyle Lewis [2]; 9. Chad Goff [13]; 10. Zach Clark [15]; 11. Kory Schudy [5]; 12. Braydon Cromwell [17]; 13. Danny Billings [14]; 14. Tyler Burton [18]; 15. Robert Talley [24]; 16. Christie Thomason [9]; 17. Brian Beebe [12]; 18. Mark Lane [11]; 19. Dakota Earls [23]; 20. Chad Tye [16]; 21. Luke Howard [10]; 22. Max Grogan [22]; 23. Brad Wyatt [19]; 24. Dylan Kadous [21].

NEW USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Don Droud Jr.-560, 2-Kory Schudy-525, 3-Wyatt Burks-510, 4-Chris Parkinson-460, 5-Wesley Smith-450, 6-Zach Clark-415, 7-Braydon Cromwell-405, 8-Ty Hulsey-335, 9-Tyler Burton-300, 10-Kyle Lewis-285.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE: June 27, 2020 – Bethany Speedway – Bethany, Missouri

 

 

RED HOT GRANT GRABS 3RD WIN IN LAST 4 STARTS AT PLYMOUTH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana (June 26, 2020).........Following Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at Plymouth Speedway, we can just about officially classify Justin Grant as "red hot."

No, we're not talking about the massive sunburn the Ione, Calif. driver was sporting following a recent five-hour kayaking adventure, but of his recent run in the sprint car that has witnessed him win three of last four series events in the month of June.

By doing so, Grant became the first driver to win three of four during a stretch of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season since he, himself did it toward the end of the 2018 season, when he actually won four in a five-race stretch.

For Grant, this is different, though. This is in the thick of the season, and with even bigger goals in mind as the season progresses, the confidence within Grant is at peak level every time he straps into the TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - TOPP Industries - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/Claxton Chevy No. 4.

"The only other time I hit on a run like this was at the end of 2018," Grant recalled. "Then, the year ended. They iced us, then we weren't hot when we went back again. Honestly, I feel right now, not to sound cocky, it really feels like I can go into any racetrack and we're going to win that night. I have momentum and confidence, everything's clicking, I feel great, the car's great, the team's great and it's all really come together."

A standard winter "break" between racing seasons is nearly non-existent each year with thrashing, building and rebuilding the name of the game. But with time on their hands and playing the waiting game during the extended offseason amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant had the opportunity to sit down and pencil out his personal goals and what it's going to take to get there.

As a result, Grant revealed he's in the best physical shape of his life and, mentally, he's as quick as he's ever been. With team owner Kevin Birchmeier and crew chief Mark Shambarger, the team is firing on all cylinders at the moment, and lead the standings by 37 exiting Plymouth just six races into the year, all of which the team has finished in the top-five and half of which the team has enjoyed the spoils of victory.

Grant started the race from the pole position, but it was Dave Darland who gained the early lead with a strong start from the outside of the front row, ultimately leading the first two laps of the 30-lap feature. On the third lap, Grant drove his machine to the topside of the third turn, then diamonded off toward the bottom of turn four to blitz underneath Darland for the race lead at the line by a half-car length.

A half-lap later, calamity ensued as Chris Windom and Brady Bacon made contact in turn three - Windom's right front to Bacon's left rear - sending Bacon into a wild series of nose-to-tail flips while Windom slid to a stop. Incredibly, both were able to make repairs and return to action during the red flag period, then restarted from the tail with Windom getting back to 11th and Bacon, with a caved-in tail tank and all, charging back to finish 9th.

On the ensuing restart, Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier C.J. Leary was the man on the move, ripping around the outside of Darland for the second position, then was right on the back bumper of Grant for the race lead where he'd remain one-two-three car lengths behind for most of the first half of the race.

On lap 13, Grant made, arguably, his defining move of the race, splitting between the cars of Blake Vermillion and Steve Irwin entering the third turn while Leary tried to find the space to fenagle his way back to Grant, but it was to no avail for the time being as Grant cracked open an instant half-straightaway lead.

At the time of the move, Grant recalled hearing somebody in his proximity in arrears. On this night, Grant explained that all his speed was made on entry and it was the momentum that propelled him through the exit. In essence, if you entered the corner slow, you were going to be slow all through the corner, thus allowing a trailing driver a chance to eat up ground in a hurry if he were to enter the corner full steam ahead.

"I didn't know who it was, but I knew the clock was ticking on this deal; we got to get going," Grant exclaimed. "I felt like I could hear somebody. It's funny, when you do this enough, I don't know if you actually hear them or if you just start to get a feeling of how long you've been running slow laps, or what it is, but I felt like there was a right front to my left rear at one point and a little bit of a gap opened up so that a guy could shoot that hole. We blazed on through there and it worked out."

Once clear, the remainder of traffic seemingly fell into place on the bottom while Grant ripped the top, where he was now clipping, stretching his lead to 2.5 seconds by halfway and then to a full straightaway by the time there was 10 to go.

Meanwhile, further back, Tanner Thorson was making in an impressive charge in what was, believe it or not, his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car start. With seven laps remaining, the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion and three-time winner with the series thus far this year, slide jobbed Leary for second in turn one, then proceeded to try to truncate Grant's monstrous lead as Grant navigated a swath of hefty traffic.

For Grant, it was the 19th victory of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, putting him two behind 1967 series champion Greg Weld for 29th all-time. Grant also became the first driver since Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2013 to win three of the first six USAC National Sprint Car races to begin a season. (Rich Forman Photo)

Grant was methodical, but was wary of the consequences of impatience in traffic following trouble in last Sunday's unsanctioned Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car feature where he was battling for the lead when ran into the back of a lapped car and turned himself around, giving him pause for his air of invincibility.

"It was a really good reminder since I haven't done that in a while," Grant admitted. "It was a good reminder that, 'hey, you're not invincible.' You've got to pay attention. You can still get flustered. I was starting to think I was pretty unflusterable in lapped traffic. Tonight, I just talked myself through it, took the opportunities as they came and capitalized on them when I had them, but didn't force them, and just tried to pick my way through."

A close encounter came about when Grant scraped his front wheel on the rear bumper of series Rookie Anthony D'Alessio at the start/finish line just beneath the waving of Tom Hansing's white flag. Grant cut the inside in turn one, and from there, it was pretty much clear sailing as Grant closed out his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint car victory at Plymouth after winning the series debut at the 3/8-mile in 2017.

Thorson was an impressive second-place, 1.191 second behind Grant at the checkered, with Leary, Chase Stockon and Darland rounding out the top-five.

For Grant, it was the 19th victory of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, putting him two behind 1967 series champion Greg Weld for 29th all-time. Grant also became the first driver since Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2013 to win three of the first six USAC National Sprint Car races to begin a season.

Stockon made history Friday night at Plymouth, becoming the first driver to reach 300 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature starts, a remarkable record that has spanned every series race since the beginning of the 2012 season.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 26, 2020 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.069; 2. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.340; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.358; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.382; 5. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.430; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.430; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.434; 8. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-13.454; 9. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.561; 10. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.626; 11. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.668; 12. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio/Parallax-13.797; 13. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.859; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.893; 15. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.911; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-13.942; 17. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-13.985; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.173; 19. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-14.206; 20. Brandon Long, 02, Long-14.225; 21. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-14.451; 22. Jack James, 99, James-14.485; 23. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-14.728; 24. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.951; 25. Garrett Saunders, 71s, Saunders-15.225; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.595.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Max Adams, 6. Dustin Smith, 7. Chris Phillips, 8. Garrett Saunders, 9. Jack James. 1:53.923

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Carson Short, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Steve Irwin, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Jesse Vermillion, 8. Brandon Long, 9. Robert Bell. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Anthony D'Alessio, 6. Blake Vermillion, 7. Kurt Gross, 8. Mario Clouser. 1:53.920 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS/INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Anton Hernandez, 2. Dustin Smith, 3. Chris Phillips, 4. Blake Vermillion, 5. Jesse Vermillion, 6. Brandon Long, 7. Kurt Gross, 8. Jack James, 9. Garrett Saunders, 10. Mario Clouser. 2:21.409

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Tanner Thorson (8), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Dave Darland (2), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 7. Carson Short (11), 8. Max Adams (10), 9. Brady Bacon (4), 10. Anton Hernandez (9), 11. Chris Windom (5), 12. Mario Clouser (23), 13. Matt Westfall (17), 14. Brandon Mattox (14), 15. Brandon Long (19), 16. Dustin Smith (18), 17. Anthony D'Alessio (12), 18. Blake Vermillion (20), 19. Jesse Vermillion (21), 20. Steve Irwin (16), 21. Kurt Gross (22), 22. Tye Mihocko (15), 23. Chris Phillips (13). NT

**Brady Bacon flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Dave Darland, Laps 3-30 Justin Grant.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-444, 2-Chris Windom-407, 3-Brady Bacon-401, 4-C.J. Leary-396, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-354, 6-Chase Stockon-354, 7-Carson Short-329, 8-Dave Darland-300, 9-Logan Seavey-253, 10-Anton Hernandez-244.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-45, 2-Logan Seavey-43, 3-Tanner Thorson-40, 4-Justin Grant-35, 5-Cannon McIntosh-32, 6-Andrew Layser-31, 7-Tanner Carrick-27, 8-Daison Pursley-27, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-26, 10-Thomas Meseraull-24.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 1, 2020 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - 50th Tony Hulman Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Indy Race Parts / Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Anton Hernandez

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (8th to 2nd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Matt Westfall

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Jack James

 

 

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
JULY 1ST AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (June 25, 2020).........Few events on the USAC calendar have a history as rich or has the longevity of the Tony Hulman Classic at western Indiana's legendary Terre Haute Action Track.

The milestone 50th annual running of the Scott's Custom Colors Tony Hulman Classic arrives at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds half-mile on Wednesday night, July 1 with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. It's an event that boasts a venerable cast of characters who've held the coveted rifle in victory lane each year since 1971.

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Just last year, the ultimate ironman of the series, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), broke through to capture his first win in the Tony Hulman Classic.

The win gave the veteran driver, who grew up in nearby Sullivan, Ind., the rare trifecta at Terre Haute by winning the "big three" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in his career: the Don Smith Classic, the Jim Hurtubise Classic and the Hulman Classic, an exemplary feat that only he and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) have accomplished in their careers.

Stockon has been consistently consistent, so to speak, at the Hulman Classic in recent years with a 5th in 2014, then stringing together a current run of top-five finishes in each of his past three starts in the event: a 3rd in 2017, a 5th in 2018 and a victory in 2019. Again, he and Windom are the only two drivers in that club as well with Windom notching five top-fives in a row: a 2nd in 2015, a 5th in 2016, 2nd again in 2017, 4th in 2018 and another 2nd in 2019 at the Hulman Classic.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) leads all expected entrants with four career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature wins at Terre Haute. The 2017 USAC National Sprint Car champ has also tasted victory with the USAC Silver Crown division at Terre Haute in the 2017 Sumar Classic. At the Hulman, though, his prowess dates back more than a decade with a 5th place run in 2009. In 2011, he became the youngest ever Hulman Classic winner at the age of 20, a record still stands to this day.

Cary Faas (1992-94-98) and Levi Jones (2005-08-09) are the only three-time winners of the Hulman Classic. Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) is among those who have two wins to their credit. His first Hulman Classic win in 1993 proved to be monumental as it was the first career USAC victory for the Triple Crown champ who'd ultimately become the series' winningest driver with 62. He'd win again 21 years later in 2014. He's started more Hulman Classics than any other driver (24) and has finished nearly half of them (10) inside the top-five: 1st (1993 & 2014), 2nd (1992), 3rd (1997-2010-2015), 4th (1996) and 5th (1995-2013-2017).

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) won the 2017 running of the Tony Hulman Classic and has had his share of front running efforts over the past decade in the event with runner-up results in both 2014 and 2018. He also won once more at Terre Haute back in 2013 during Indiana Sprint Week in a tenacious last lap battle with Darland. In the 2019 event, KTJ won his heat race and was running seventh in the feature when he suffered a mechanical failure, which forced him to drop out and finish 18th.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) recorded the fastest time ever by a USAC Sprint Car at Terre Haute in 2014, a 19.225 second lap around the half-mile. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion (2014 & 2016) and two-time Terre Haute USAC Sprint winner (2014 & 2018) is also seeking a first Hulman Classic triumph after four career top-four runs: 2nd (2013), 3rd (2014) and 4th (2016-2017). He finished 6th in 2019.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) was the fastest qualifier at the Hulman Classic in 2019 at 19.750 sec. but has yet to record a top-five finish in his Hulman Classic career. The defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion knows how to get around the place as evidenced by his 2016 Silver Crown score at the Terre Haute Action Track. His ninth-place finish in last year's Hulman Classic was a rare aberration outside the top-five all season. He was running fourth with eight laps remaining when his right rear tire went flat. After swapping it out for new rubber, Leary stormed from the back of the pack to finish just inside the top-ten.

Like Leary, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is a past Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, capturing the headlines in a 2018 victory there. The current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader finally broke through in a USAC Sprint Car at Terre Haute in the series' most recent trip there in September 2019. His lone top-five in the Hulman Classic also came a year ago, a 5th in 2019.

One-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) just recently became a first-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car winner on June 19 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., the same location as his USAC win as well. In last year's Hulman Classic, Short won his heat race and started the feature from the pole position. He was running 7th in the feature nearing midway when his car stopped on the track. Once he restarted, he brought himself back to an 8th place result at the checkered.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has had a long successful career that has taken him to the pinnacle of victory lane with all three of USAC's National divisions. His run of Hulman Classic successes has been steady and consistent over the last 14 years with four career top-fives in the event: a best of 3rd in 2018 came following a pair of 4th place finishes (2006 & 2012), plus a 5th (2011).

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Tickets are on sale now exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult grandstands tickets are $25 while children age 11 and under are free. Adult infield tickets are just $15. Pit passes for members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The Scott's Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds are also on agenda for the evening.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS:

1-Justin Grant-368, 2-Chris Windom-353, 3-Brady Bacon-344, 4-C.J. Leary-320, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-291, 6-Chase Stockon-283, 7-Carson Short-270, 8-Logan Seavey-253, 9-Dave Darland-234, 10-Robert Ballou-207.

2019 TONY HULMAN CLASSIC RESULTS:

FAST QUALIFIER: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-19.750

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Robert Ballou, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Carson Short

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Tyler Courtney (4), 4. Robert Ballou (7), 5. Justin Grant (10), 6. Brady Bacon (3), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Carson Short (1), 9. C.J. Leary (6), 10. Isaac Chapple (16), 11. Bill Balog (9), 12. Chad Boespflug (14), 13. Brandon Mattox (13), 14. Brian VanMeveren (15), 15. Steve Thomas (18), 16. Paul May (17), 17. Nate McMillin (12), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 19. Eric Perrott (19), 20. Tye Mihocko (20). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Chase Stockon

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC WINNERS:
1971: George Snider
1972: Bruce Walkup
1973: Joe Saldana
1974: Gary Bettenhausen
1975: Pancho Carter
1976: Jan Opperman
1977: James McElreath
1978: Dick Tobias
1979: Pancho Carter
1980: Eddie Leavitt
1981: Sheldon Kinser
1982: Chet Johnson
1983: Jack Hewitt
1984: Rick Hood
1985: Ron Shuman
1986: Rich Vogler
1987: Steve Butler
1988: Steve Butler
1989: Rich Vogler
1990: Jeff Bloom
1991: Eric Gordon
1992: Cary Faas
1993: Dave Darland
1994: Cary Faas
1995: Jack Hewitt
1996: Doug Kalitta
1997: J.J. Yeley
1998: Cary Faas
1999: Terry Pletch
2000: Jay Drake
2001: Tracy Hines
2002: Jon Stanbrough
2003: J.J. Yeley
2004: Cory Kruseman
2005: Levi Jones
2006: Daron Clayton
2007: Jon Stanbrough
2008: Levi Jones
2009: Levi Jones
2010: Jerry Coons Jr.
2011: Chris Windom
2012: Bud Kaeding
2013: Jerry Coons Jr.
2014: Dave Darland
2015: Robert Ballou
2016: Robert Ballou
2017: Kevin Thomas Jr.
2018: Tyler Courtney
2019: Chase Stockon

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS:
(162 Points Races & 1 Special Event)

1. (8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

3. (6) Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser & J.J. Yeley

6. (5) Jim Hurtubise, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

10. (4) Bud Kaeding, Roger McCluskey & Chris Windom

13. (3) Don Branson, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons, Jr, Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Cary Faas, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Joe Saldana & Chase Stockon

25. (2) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Dave Darland, Cory Kruseman, Johnny Rutherford, Dick Tobias, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Bruce Walkup & Greg Weld

36. (1) Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Mel Cornett, Larry Dickson, Ed Elisian, Tony Elliott, Aaron Farney, A.J. Foyt, Justin Grant, Richard Griffin, Chuck Gurney, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tray House, Chet Johnson, Tony Jones, Doug Kalitta, Frankie Kerr, Steve Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, James McElreath, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Jan Opperman, Terry Pletch, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Sam Sessions, Ron Shuman, George Snider, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas & Bobby Unser

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1957: Ed Elisian (6/16) & Andy Linden (8/18)

1958: Eddie Sachs (6/22) & Tommy Hinnershitz (8/17)

1959: Don Branson (6/21) & Jim McWithey (8/16)

1960: Don Branson (6/12) & Jim Hurtubise (8/21)

1961: Jim Hurtubise (6/11) & Jim Hurtubise (8/13)

1962: Jim Hurtubise (6/17) & Jim Hurtubise (8/12)

1963: Roger McCluskey (6/16) & Bobby Marshman (8/11)

1964: A.J. Foyt (6/14) & Don Branson (8/9)

1965: Johnny Rutherford (6/13) & Johnny Rutherford (8/15)

1966: Roger McCluskey (6/19), Roger McCluskey (6/19) & Roger McCluskey (9/14)

1967: Bobby Unser (6/11), Greg Weld (6/11), Rollie Beale (8/13) & Greg Weld (9/10)

1968: Gary Bettenhausen (6/16), Larry Dickson (8/11) & Gary Bettenhausen (9/8)

1969: Gary Bettenhausen (8/10) & Gary Bettenhausen (10/19)

1970: Jim McElreath (6/21), Dick Tobias (8/9) & Bruce Walkup (9/13)

1971: George Snider (5/1) & Gary Bettenhausen (8/8)

1972: Bruce Walkup (4/30), Charlie Masters (6/11) & Rollie Beale (8/19)

1973: Joe Saldana (5/5), Mel Cornett (6/9) 7 Sammy Sessions (8/5)

1974: Gary Bettenhausen (4/14) & Sheldon Kinser (8/4)

1975: Pancho Carter (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/1), Gary Bettenhausen (8/3) & Tom Bigelow (9/21)

1976: Jan Opperman (5/1), Tom Bigelow (6/6), Gary Bettenhausen (8/1) & Chuck Gurney (10/31)

1977: James McElreath (5/7), Sheldon Kinser (6/5), Bubby Jones (7/31) & Pancho Carter (9/25)

1978: Dick Tobias (5/6), Billy Cassella (6/4) & Bubby Jones (9/24)

1979: Pancho Carter (5/5), Bubby Jones (5/6), Bubby Jones (6/3), Bubby Jones (8/5) & Bubby Jones (9/23)

1980: Eddie Leavitt (5/3), Steve Chassey (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/29), Rich Vogler (8/3) & Rich Vogler (9/21)

1981: Sheldon Kinser (5/3), Rich Vogler (8/9) & Sheldon Kinser (9/7)

1982: Chet Johnson (5/9), Sheldon Kinser (6/20), Steve Kinser (8/8) & Larry Rice (9/5)

1983: Jack Hewitt (5/8), Rich Vogler (6/19) & Jack Hewitt (8/28)

1984: Rick Hood (6/10) & Steve Butler (8/26)

1985: Ron Shuman (5/5), Rick Hood (6/9) & Rick Hood (8/25)

1986: Rich Vogler (5/4) & Sheldon Kinser (8/3)

1987: Steve Butler (5/3) & Steve Butler (5/23)

1990: Jack Hewitt (7/8)

1991: Jack Hewitt (7/7)

1992: Rusty McClure (7/12) & Cary Faas (10/11)

1993: Dave Darland (5/2) & Robbie Stanley (7/11)

1994: Cary Faas (5/1) & Tray House (7/17)

1995: Jack Hewitt (4/30) & Jack Hewitt (7/16)

1996: Doug Kalitta (5/12), Kevin Thomas (7/12) & Jack Hewitt (10/5)

1997: J.J. Yeley (6/27), J.J. Yeley (7/23) & Jack Hewitt (10/4)

1998: Cary Faas (5/29) & Tony Elliott (8/14)

1999: Tracy Hines (5/8), Tony Jones (6/17), Jerry Coons, Jr. (6/18), Frankie Kerr (6/19) & Terry Pletch (7/21)

2000: Jay Drake (6/15), Richard Griffin (6/16), Jay Drake (6/18) & Jay Drake (7/28)

2001: Tracy Hines (5/19), Bud Kaeding (10/20) & Bud Kaeding (10/20)

2002: Jon Stanbrough (5/11), Cory Kruseman (7/27) & J.J. Yeley (10/5)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/17), Tracy Hines (7/26), J.J. Yeley (8/14 Special Event) & J.J. Yeley (10/4)

2004: Cory Kruseman (5/22), J.J. Yeley (7/24) & Bud Kaeding (9/4)

2005: Levi Jones (7/22), Levi Jones (9/30) & Levi Jones (10/1)

2006: Daron Clayton (10/6) & Daron Clayton (10/7)

2007: Jon Stanbrough (5/19)

2008: Levi Jones (5/22)

2009: Levi Jones (5/21), Brad Sweet (7/15) & Jon Stanbrough (9/12)

2010: Jerry Coons, Jr. (5/27), Jon Stanbrough (7/14) & Jon Stanbrough (9/11)

2011: Chris Windom (7/13) & Chris Windom (9/10)

2012: Bud Kaeding (5/24), Daron Clayton (7/18) & Chase Stockon (10/12)

2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7/17) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (8/31)

2014: Dave Darland (5/21), Bryan Clauson (7/16) & Brady Bacon (9/18)

2015: Aaron Farney (7/15) & Robert Ballou (9/18)

2016: Robert Ballou (5/25), Chase Stockon (7/17) & Chris Windom (10/15)

2017: Chris Windom (9/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10/14)

2018: Tyler Courtney (5/23), Tyler Courtney (7/25) & Brady Bacon (9/14)

2019: Chase Stockon (5/22), Tyler Courtney (7/24) & Justin Grant (9/13)

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORDS:

1 Lap: 5/21/2014 - Brady Bacon - 19.225- 93.628 mph

4 Laps: 5/4/1986 - Larry Gates - 1:36.18 - 74.860 mph

6 Laps: 5/17/2003 - Kurt Gross - 2:07.21 - 84.899 mph

8 Laps: 10/12/2012 - Hunter Schuerenberg - 2:39.40 - 90.339 mph

10 Laps: 6/17/2000 - Jon Stanbrough - 3:29.13 - 86.071 mph

12 Laps: 9/10/2011 - Jon Stanbrough - 4:02.90 - 88.925 mph

30 Laps: 5/29/1998 - Cary Faas - 10:56.90 - 82.204 mph

40 Laps: 5/4/1975 - Pancho Carter - 15:52.96 - 75.554 mph

50 Laps: 8/13/1967 - Rollie Beale - 22:41.72 - 66.093 mph

 

 

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET
MID-AMERICA SWING ARRIVES JULY 17-21

Speedway, Indiana (June 25, 2020).........The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its annual mid-summer, mid-America swing with four races in a five-night span beginning with a July 17-18 doubleheader at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway, for the first time ever on July 19 at Caney Valley Speedway in Kansas, and concluding with Tuesday Night Thunder July 21 at Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway.

The busy week of midget racing gets underway with a double-dip of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget action at the quarter-mile dirt oval at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.

The 3rd Annual Riverside Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation weekend at Jefferson County was expanded to two nights in 2019 with Jason McDougal collecting his first career series win while Tyler Courtney won the second night en route to the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship.

Chad Boat (2016), Tanner Thorson (2017) and Justin Grant (2018) won the first three series events held at Jefferson County.

The series gets back on the road the following night, Sunday, July 19, to head to Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget debut at the 1/4-mile dirt oval.

The event at Caney Valley will mark the series' first ever visit to track, and first in the state of Kansas since the Chad McDaniel Memorial at Solomon Valley Speedway in Beloit, Kans. during the 2018 season. USAC and the Chad McDaniel Memorial race promoters are working towards the resumption of the event in 2021, which would be the 10th edition of the race.

After one day to take a breath, the series is back on the gas for Tuesday Night Thunder, which comes to Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway on Tuesday, July 21. The 2019 edition of the event saw an amazing seven lead changes amongst six drivers with Logan Seavey becoming the sixth and final leader for the final seven laps to score the victory. Oklahoman Christopher Bell triumphed in the first USAC event at Red Dirt in 2018.

For July 17-18 at Jefferson County, tickets are available NOW at www.JeffersonCountySpeedway.com. The event will once again coincide with the Jefferson County Fair and will feature a free concert after the races both nights at the beer garden.

The Jayhusker Non-Wing Micros will join the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets both nights. Gates open at 5pm CT, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing at 7pm each night.

Adult general admission tickets at Jefferson County are $20 while high school students and younger are $5. Reserved seating is $25 (available online only in two-day packages). Only 1,200 tickets will be sold as the venue is limited to 75% capacity under state regulations. All remaining tickets will be sold the day of show at the main grandstand gate starting at 5pm. Pit passes will not be limited and will be available at the pit gate on the day of show only.

At Caney Valley, general admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Advance tickets will go on sale Monday, June 29, on www.myracepass.com. Pits open at 3pm CT, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. The NOW600 Non-Wing Micros will also be in action.

For Red Dirt, the gates open at 5pm CT with qualifying at 7pm and racing to immediately follow. Adult general admission tickets are $25. High school students and younger are $5 (must show student ID). Kids age 5 and under are free. The tailgate area is $120 per carload (limit 8 and they must be in the vehicle and only one ice chest per vehicle). Pit passes are $35 for adults, and $10 for children age 5 and younger. The NOW600 Non-Wing Micros are also on the event card.

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Reutzel Lands First Knoxville Win after Pair of Thunder Through the Plains Scores – Takes All Star Points Lead into Set of Events

Lonnie Wheatley, KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 24, 2020) – A frenetic month of June continues for Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team with a set of All Star Circuit of Champions events this week.

Running his season win total to eight with three more triumphs in recent action, Reutzel and the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team take the series points lead into the Wednesday night’s card at central Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway and then on to Bulls Gap, Tennessee’s Volunteer Speedway on Saturday and Sunday.

Reutzel goes into this weekend’s action fresh off his first career win at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night. The Knoxville triumph came after a pair of wins during the recent “Thunder Through the Plains” series of All Star events.

“It was the first weekly show I’ve ever run at Knoxville,” Reutzel says of the Saturday triumph. “We were just testing some things that we want to try for Nationals. Some of the things we wanted to try worked really well and some things didn’t work as well. “We learned a lot during the night.”

After starting sixth in the 20-lap feature atop the famed half-mile oval, Reutzel needed just a handful of laps to race into the lead and checked out on the field to take the checkered flag by a healthy margin.

The single-race weekend served as a breather for the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team after 11 consecutive days at a racetrack during the All Star Circuit of Champions “Thunder Through the Plains” of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana from June 4 to June 14.

While three nights fell victim to inclement weather, Thunder Through the Plains proved fruitful for the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspension team with a handful of quick times along the way and wins at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway on June 5 and Kilgore’s Lonestar Speedway on June 13 among a handful of top-fives and six top-tens in the eight-race set.

Following a rainout in the opener, the week officially kicked off with Reutzel outdueling Kyle Larson in an instant classic at Red Dirt Raceway on Friday night, June 5.

“This place is a blast to race on,” Reutzel said of the Red Dirt oval. “It was fun to race with Kyle like that, and you have to feel pretty good about it when you come out on top.”

After a 12th-place showing at 81 Speedway two nights later, Reutel and Larson resumed their duel on Monday, June 8, at Lawton Speedway with Larson coming out on top and Reutzel settling for runner-up honors in the Fischer Body Shop machine.

“I think I raced a little too conservatively this time and let one get away,” Reutzel said afterward.

After racing 11th to post a fifth-place finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Reutzel went on a run of quick times over the last half of Thunder Through the Plains by establishing the qualifying standard over four consecutive nights at Ardmore’s Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, TX, Kilgore’s Lonestar Speedway and Louisiana’s Chatham Speedway.

After misfortune in the form of a cut left rear tire while running second at Ardmore and then lingering damage from an incident while passing for the lead in Dash action at Wichita Falls, Reutzel finally parlayed a quick-time into a dominant win at Lonestar Speedway.

“I know everyone out here is working their tails off, but I can’t say enough about my guys,” Reutzel said in victory lane. “We should have won at least a couple more of these, but have just had things happen. My guys don’t give up and just keep working, it paid off tonight.”

Reutzel finished off Thunder Through the Plains with a runner-up finish at Chatham, hounding eventual race-winner Dominic Sclezi over the closing laps but was unable to pull off the winning pass.

“I hate to lose, but if we’re going to finish second I guess it’s okay to finish second to Dom,” Reutzel commented.

Reutzel escaped the “Thunder Through the Plains” series of events with a 40-point advantage as he pursues a third consecutive series championship.

“We had a good car every night out, we felt like we had a chance to win about every one of those races,” Reutzel comments.

The grind through the Plains will be repeated very soon with the All Stars Ohio Sprint Speedweek including nine races over the course of ten days from July 3 to July 12.

First however, the team takes aim at Port Royal Speedway and Volunteer Speedway this week.

2020 Quick Stats: 35 races, 8 wins, 19 top-fives, 25 top-tens.

Quick Results:

All Star Circuit of Champions “Thunder Through the Plains”

June 5, Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK) – 1st in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying)

June 7, 81 Speedway (Park City, KS) – 12th in A Feature

June 8, Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK) – 2nd in A Feature

June 10, Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) – 5th in A Feature

June 11, Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, OK) – 9th in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying)

June 12, Monarch Motor Speedway (Wichita Falls, TX) – 11th in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying)

June 13, Lonestar Speedway (Kilgore, TX) – 1st in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying)

June 14, Chatham Speedway (Chatham, LA) – 2nd in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying)

Knoxville Raceway Weekly:

June 20, Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) – 1st in A Feature

Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions at Port Royal Speedway (PA) and Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) on Saturday and Sunday.

Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com.

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DIRT TRACKS WITH PAVEMENT ORIGINS:
A NARRATIVE OF USAC HISTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana (June 24, 2020).........Dirt or pavement? The argument has raged on for ages for those who prefer one surface for racing over the other. But there are a number of racing venues which have had the unique characteristic of hosting USAC National events both as a dirt track as well as a pavement track.

Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway's surface has been both at one point, from its 1952 inauguration as an asphalt track to its 2013 reincarnation as a dirt track which will host the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship this Friday night, June 26.

Plymouth Speedway itself was itself opened in 1952 as a 3/8-mile paved oval. It remained in that same configuration when it began hosting USAC Regional Midget races on a regular basis in the early 2010s. A 1/5-mile dirt track was added in the infield of the paved track in 2012, making for what was intended to be a unique doubleheader that summer - USAC National Midgets on pavement Friday and on the dirt track Saturday. Darren Hagen won the pavement portion on the opening night while excessive heat forced cancellation of the dirt race the following night.

In 2013, track management went all-in on dirt and covered the paved 3/8-mile with dirt. The new look Plymouth Speedway greeted the USAC National Midgets' return in 2015 as well as its USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debut in 2017.

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Moving southbound to central Indiana and Indianapolis Raceway Park (now Lucas Oil Raceway) in Brownsburg, Ind. where the first two events held at the .686-mile track were, in fact, held on dirt. In 1961, A.J. Foyt won a late May USAC National Sprint Car event while Don White won the USAC Stock Car main event the following afternoon. Parnelli Jones won on the newly paved oval five weeks later in early July of 1961, the same configuration which has hosted 292 successive USAC events through the 2019 season.

The long-lost New Bremen Speedway in New Bremen, Ohio began as a half-mile dirt oval before converting to pavement for 1967 before returning to dirt in 1979, the last year in which the track hosted USAC events prior to its ultimate closing in 1981. New Bremen served as the showcase for USAC Midgets nine times on dirt and 11 times on pavement throughout its run with the last one won by Tom Bigelow in 1979.

New Bremen was well-known as a staple of the USAC Sprint Car trail beginning in USAC's initial year of 1956, annually hosting multiple races each year until its demise, 59 races in all. At New Bremen, it proved a challenge in keeping up with the Joneses. Parnelli Jones won the first two races there during the first year of the combined USAC National Sprint Car trail in 1961 while Bubby Jones (no relation) won the final three in 1979.

Tri-County Speedway, later known as Queen City Speedway in Cincinnati, Ohio, was visited by USAC Sprint Cars a total of 17 times on both dirt and pavement between 1968 through early 1972 (dirt) and mid-1972-78 (pavement). From the cageless days of the late 1960s on dirt to the brief rear engine domination of the division on pavement in the early to mid-1970s, Tri-County witnessed USAC Sprint winners such as one-time winner Dave Roahrig and future 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva notching wins at the track just prior to the banishment of their machines.

Eight USAC Midget races were held at Tri-County, all on dirt, between 1968-71. Most memorable of those eight was Lee Kunzman's 1971 comeback victory there less than a year following a devastating sprint car crash that broke his neck, right arm/wrist and entangled his left arm in the catchfence while permanently burning his face and neck according to Robin Miller's recent article in Racer Magazine, of which he also wrote that when Kunzman pulled into victory lane, he was so tired he couldn't even pull the car out of gear, nearly running down a couple USAC officials in victory lane.

As a dirt track, Ohio's Mansfield Motor Speedway made just one appearance on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule, a race won by Sheldon Kinser during his third and final championship season of 1982. As a pavement track, Mansfield was the host of three USAC Sprint/Midget doubleheaders in the odd years of 2003-05-07. Of note, Bobby East was a force on the sprint car side of things at the ½-mile paved oval, winning all three of those features.

In Kansas City, Kans. there's the "old" Lakeside Speedway and the "new" Lakeside Speedway. The "old" ½ mile dirt oval hosted seven dirt USAC Sprint events between 1963-81. However, a completely new version of Lakeside Speedway, with a different address, was constructed in 1989 as a 1/2-mile paved oval, which made its debut on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule in 1991, won by Jim Mahoney. In 1996, Dave Steele pulled off a rare feat, winning his first career USAC Sprint Car race in dominant "sweep" fashion after earlier posting the fastest qualifying time and winning his heat race.

When the series returned to Lakeside in 2001 for a two-night doubleheader, Tony Elliott and J.J. Yeley were the victors on a 4/10-mile dirt track and the track remains on USAC's schedule to this day, or at least it was until cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations in early 2020.

Michigan's Berlin Raceway continues in operation to this day as a paved surface that, on special occasions, pours dirt over the surface of the 7/16-mile. For the first eight USAC Midget races it hosted, Berlin Raceway was a dirt half-mile. Beginning in 1966, the track was paved and reconfigured into its current setup of today. The second USAC Midget race ever held on the pavement version of Berlin served as Mario Andretti's one and only career win with the series.

Berlin most recently hosted a USAC Silver Crown race in 2010, the first career series win for Tanner Swanson. His older brother, future five-time Silver Crown driving champ Kody Swanson was seeking his first career win at the time but had to settle for second that night.
Few tracks have as legendary of a status as Langhorne Speedway in Pennsylvania, the one-mile dirt circle which had a portion of the track affectionately known as "Puke Hollow," just to give you a hint of its treachery. The most legendary of the legendary won there in USAC Sprint Car and Championship Car competition - A.J. Foyt, Don Branson, Jim Hurtubise, Roger McCluskey, just to name a few. But, in 1965, the place was paved, and USAC Championship racing continued competition annually there until its demolition in favor of a shopping center at the conclusion of the 1970 season.

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Nazareth Speedway has a tricky history. Constructed in the mid-1960s as a 1.125-mile, five-turn dirt track, it welcomed USAC Championship racing 1968 and 1969 with two of the biggest stars in the history of the sport, then and now, finding victory lane - Al Unser and Mario Andretti, respectively speaking. In 1971, Nazareth hosted the very first USAC Silver Crown event, won by Jim McElreath.

After shutting down shortly thereafter, the track re-emerged as a slightly shortened dirt track, with Keith Kauffman winning the only Silver Crown race ever held in the month of December, in 1982! Gary Bettenhausen won the Silver Crown opener there in 1983, and in the summer that same year, it was Jimmy Horton batting 1.000 by scoring the victory in his first and only career start with the series.

Once again, Nazareth would close shortly after, but the track would reappear again as a paved one-mile tri-oval after being acquired by Roger Penske in 1987. USAC made it back there in 1999 with the Silver Crown series and would routinely make the scenic trip out east for Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown until Nazareth Speedway was shuttered for the final time in 2004.

I-70 Speedway's long-winding history includes the USAC Sprint Car debut there on the high-banked half-mile paved oval in 1970, incidentally enough, the same race that the previously mentioned Lee Kunzman was seriously injured in. That race at the Odessa, Missouri venue was won by Gary Bettenhausen, the first of five series events held there. In the early 1980s, the asphalt was covered with dirt by none other than 1967 USAC Sprint champion and new track promoter Greg Weld, just in time to greet Jeff Swindell for his first, and still only, USAC National Sprint Car feature victory.

Once new ownership took over I-70 Speedway in 1989, the track was converted back to pavement and USAC made two more visits each with the Sprint Cars and Midgets, with the last such visit coming in 1998, a Midget race won by Jason Leffler.

Oregon, Wisconsin's racetrack has undergone a slew of name changes and surface changes over the past half-century. When Larry Dickson won USAC Sprint Car race there in 1970, it was a 1/2-mile paved oval. The next trip to the track by the series came in 1987 where it was then a ½-mile dirt oval known as Impact Speedway and served as "The Pup" Kevin Huntley's first career series victory.

The next series' visit to the track came in 1997 where it was now known as Madison International Speedway, but had reverted back to its ½-mile asphalt configuration - the sprint race was won by Dave Steele and the midgets by Jimmy McCune. Each of the last two seasons, the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series has inhabited the track, which still resides as a ½-mile paved oval, both races of which were won by Kody Swanson.

Friday at Plymouth, the grandstands open at 4pm Eastern with hot laps set for 6pm. Along with the Sprint Cars, the event card also features 600cc non-wing micros and 4 Cylinders.

Tickets are available for the event exclusively on www.usactickets.com. Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for apiece.

The event at Plymouth will be held with the capacity held at 50 percent. You must order tickets in advance from www.usactickets.com. Please bring your QR code receipt to be scanned at the gate. The receipt can be either printed or displayed on your phone.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINTS ROCK PLYMOUTH FRIDAY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana (June 23, 2020).........Brady Bacon, Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas Jr. are three individuals who've found recent success in the seat of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car at Plymouth Speedway, and all are amped and vying to become the first two-time USAC winner at the track in this Friday night's event at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Plymouth, Ind.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) found instant success in the series' inaugural visit to Plymouth in 2017, leading all 30 laps wire-to-wire and, in the process, established the 30-lap track record of 7:36.34. He's been a solid citizen at Plymouth in all four of his previous USAC visits, including an 8th in May 2018, a 4th in July 2018 and a 3rd in 2019. He leads the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings entering Friday's event and recently won back-to-back at both 34 Raceway in Iowa and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri during the first weekend of June.

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Also a two-time winner in 2020 is Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner at Plymouth in July 2018. Bacon won consecutive races at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park in February and is third in the standings coming into Friday. He's also had his share of success at Plymouth with a 5th in May 2018, then won his heat and led the final 15 laps en route to victory in July 2018. He was also 4th in 2019 and led 6 laps mid-race.

Kevin Thomas Jr. owns a pair of USAC National Sprint track records at Plymouth. The 10-lap record of 2:12.03 from May 2018 belongs to the Cullman, Ala. driver as does the 12-lap standard from July 2018 at 2:43.81. KTJ swept the night in May 2018 by setting fast qualifying time, winning his heat race and putting the cherry on top with a feature win, leading the last eight laps in a race that was ultimately decided on a last lap battle for the victory with Robert Ballou. Additionally, Thomas won his heat in 2017 and has added another pair of top-10 runs, a 10th in 2017 and a 9th in July 2018. And we won't forget that KTJ won his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Plymouth in 2015.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has been strong since his return from a near one-year absence from USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing due to injury, notching a 7th at 34 Raceway, a 3rd at I-55 and a 2nd in the most recent race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. behind first-time series winner Stephen Schnapf. At Plymouth, he briefly led a final lap scramble with Kevin Thomas Jr. in May 2018 and wound up finishing 3rd after blitzing through the field to earn hard charger honors after starting 11th.

In each of the last three USAC Sprint races at Plymouth, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has led laps in all three. He led two in May 2018 in finishing 4th. In July of that same year, the 2019 Jason Leffler Memorial Award winner won his heat and led the first 15 laps before dropping back to 7th in the final rundown. Stockon, who aims to make his 299th consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car start this Friday, led the opening lap in 2019 and finished 8th. In his first visit to Plymouth in 2017, Stockon set quick time during qualifying, won his heat race and took home a 6th place finish in the feature.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) runs second overall in the series standings, 15 behind Grant, and is still seeking his first win in the division for 2020. He's already won twice in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget action and he leads the points there. He's been a consistent contender at Plymouth in USAC Sprint Cars as well with an 8th in 2017, a heat race victory in May 2018, a 2nd in July 2018, and in the most recent trip in 2019, led 11 laps and finished 6th.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is a past winner in a Sprint Car at Plymouth, winning the unsanctioned Tony Elliott Classic there in 2016. He also holds claim to the USAC one-lap track record around Plymouth at 12.996, set in July 2018. The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has seen progressively improved results in recent Plymouth events, finishing 10th in May 2018, 8th in July 2018 and finishing runner-up to Tyler Courtney in 2019.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), fresh off a first career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win at Tri-State last weekend, has had a pair of solid results in recent times at Plymouth under the USAC Sprint banner, finishing 7th in May 2018 and upping it to a best of 6th in July 2018.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) recently moved to second on the USAC National Sprint Car division's fast qualifier list with the 61st of his career at Tri-State, four behind Tom Bigelow's 65. He does own a series record 62 wins and would like nothing better than to win a 63rd Friday at Plymouth where he led a lap in May 2018 and ran 6th, then won his heat and finished 3rd in July 2018.

Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) continues to learn the ropes of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car circuit and has shown great speed with a pair of top-ten finishes during the first five races of the campaign, a pair of 8th place finishes at Ocala and I-55. Coming into the season, Hernandez had never competed in a USAC National Sprint Car event. The series' top Rookie thus far, stands 11th in the points coming in, and makes his USAC debut at Plymouth Friday.

Friday at Plymouth, the grandstands open at 4pm Eastern with hot laps set for 6pm. Along with the Sprint Cars, the event card also features 600cc non-wing micros and 4 Cylinders.

Tickets are available for the event exclusively on www.usactickets.com. Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for apiece.

The event at Plymouth will be held with the capacity held at 50 percent. You must order tickets in advance from www.usactickets.com. Please bring your QR code receipt to be scanned at the gate. The receipt can be either printed or displayed on your phone.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-368, 2-Chris Windom-353, 3-Brady Bacon-344, 4-C.J. Leary-320, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-291, 6-Chase Stockon-283, 7-Carson Short-270, 8-Logan Seavey-253, 9-Dave Darland-234, 10-Robert Ballou-207.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY: 1-Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY: 2017: Justin Grant (4/21) 2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (5/5) & Brady Bacon (7/20) 2019: Tyler Courtney (7/19)

PAST USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY:

APRIL 2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Brady Short, 12. Colten Cottle, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kyle Robbins, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Aaron Pierce, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Tyler Hewitt, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Josh Spencer. 7:36.34

MAY 2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (3), 3. Robert Ballou (11), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Brady Bacon (7), 6. Dave Darland (2), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Justin Grant (9), 9. Chad Boespflug (8), 10. C.J. Leary (10), 11. Chris Windom (15), 12. Shane Cottle (17), 13. Jarett Andretti (1), 14. Kyle Cummins (16), 15. Tony DiMattia (12), 16. Clinton Boyles (13), 17. Johnny Petrozelle (19), 18. Robert Bell (20), 19. Isaac Chapple (14), 20. Daylan Chambers (18), 21. Aric Gentry (21), 22. Joe Stornetta (22). NT

JULY 2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (4), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Dave Darland (8), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Tyler Courtney (12), 6. Carson Short (9), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. C.J. Leary (6), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 10. Thomas Meseraull (13), 11. Isaac Chapple (1), 12. Tyler Thomas (11), 13. Brody Roa (18), 14. Josh Hodges (15), 15. Jarett Andretti (10), 16. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 17. Joe Stornetta (14), 18. Robert Ballou (22), 19. Chad Boespflug (19), 20. Kody Swanson (20), 21. Matt Westfall (17), 22. Shane Cottle (21), 23. Tony DiMattia (23). NT

JULY 2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. C.J. Leary (7), 3. Justin Grant (9), 4. Brady Bacon (3), 5. Jason McDougal (4), 6. Chris Windom (1), 7. Dakota Jackson (13), 8. Chase Stockon (2), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Josh Hodges (8), 11. Matt Westfall (19), 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 13. Max Adams (10), 14. Carson Short (18), 15. Mitchell Davis (16), 16. Isaac Chapple (23), 17. Dustin Ingle (5), 18. Jarett Andretti (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (17), 20. Zane Hendricks (20), 21. Clinton Boyles (21), 22. Brandon Mattox (14), 23. Terry Richards (12), 24. Dustin Clark (24). NT

TRACK RECORDS - USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY: 1 Lap: 7/20/2018 - C.J. Leary - 12.996 10 Laps: 5/5/2018 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 2:12.03 12 Laps: 7/20/2018 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 2:43.81 30 Laps: 4/21/2017 - Justin Grant - 7:36.34

 

 

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINTS ROCK PLYMOUTH FRIDAY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana (June 23, 2020).........Brady Bacon, Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas Jr. are three individuals who've found recent success in the seat of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car at Plymouth Speedway, and all are amped and vying to become the first two-time USAC winner at the track in this Friday night's event at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Plymouth, Ind.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) found instant success in the series' inaugural visit to Plymouth in 2017, leading all 30 laps wire-to-wire and, in the process, established the 30-lap track record of 7:36.34. He's been a solid citizen at Plymouth in all four of his previous USAC visits, including an 8th in May 2018, a 4th in July 2018 and a 3rd in 2019. He leads the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings entering Friday's event and recently won back-to-back at both 34 Raceway in Iowa and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri during the first weekend of June.

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Also a two-time winner in 2020 is Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner at Plymouth in July 2018. Bacon won consecutive races at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park in February and is third in the standings coming into Friday. He's also had his share of success at Plymouth with a 5th in May 2018, then won his heat and led the final 15 laps en route to victory in July 2018. He was also 4th in 2019 and led 6 laps mid-race.

Kevin Thomas Jr. owns a pair of USAC National Sprint track records at Plymouth. The 10-lap record of 2:12.03 from May 2018 belongs to the Cullman, Ala. driver as does the 12-lap standard from July 2018 at 2:43.81. KTJ swept the night in May 2018 by setting fast qualifying time, winning his heat race and putting the cherry on top with a feature win, leading the last eight laps in a race that was ultimately decided on a last lap battle for the victory with Robert Ballou. Additionally, Thomas won his heat in 2017 and has added another pair of top-10 runs, a 10th in 2017 and a 9th in July 2018. And we won't forget that KTJ won his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Plymouth in 2015.

In each of the last three USAC Sprint races at Plymouth, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has led laps in all three. He led two in May 2018 in finishing 4th. In July of that same year, the 2019 Jason Leffler Memorial Award winner won his heat and led the first 15 laps before dropping back to 7th in the final rundown. Stockon, who aims to make his 300th consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car start this Friday, led the opening lap in 2019 and finished 8th. In his first visit to Plymouth in 2017, Stockon set quick time during qualifying, won his heat race and took home a 6th place finish in the feature.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) runs second overall in the series standings, 15 behind Grant, and is still seeking his first win in the division for 2020. He's already won twice in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget action and he leads the points there. He's been a consistent contender at Plymouth in USAC Sprint Cars as well with an 8th in 2017, a heat race victory in May 2018, a 2nd in July 2018, and in the most recent trip in 2019, led 11 laps and finished 6th.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is a past winner in a Sprint Car at Plymouth, winning the unsanctioned Tony Elliott Classic there in 2016. He also holds claim to the USAC one-lap track record around Plymouth at 12.996, set in July 2018. The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has seen progressively improved results in recent Plymouth events, finishing 10th in May 2018, 8th in July 2018 and finishing runner-up to Tyler Courtney in 2019.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), fresh off a first career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win at Tri-State last weekend, has had a pair of solid results in recent times at Plymouth under the USAC Sprint banner, finishing 7th in May 2018 and upping it to a best of 6th in July 2018.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) recently moved to second on the USAC National Sprint Car division's fast qualifier list with the 61st of his career at Tri-State, four behind Tom Bigelow's 65. He does own a series record 62 wins and would like nothing better than to win a 63rd Friday at Plymouth where he led a lap in May 2018 and ran 6th, then won his heat and finished 3rd in July 2018.

Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) continues to learn the ropes of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car circuit and has shown great speed with a pair of top-ten finishes during the first five races of the campaign, a pair of 8th place finishes at Ocala and I-55. Coming into the season, Hernandez had never competed in a USAC National Sprint Car event. The series' top Rookie thus far, stands 11th in the points coming in, and makes his USAC debut at Plymouth Friday.

Friday at Plymouth, the grandstands open at 4pm Eastern with hot laps set for 6pm. Along with the Sprint Cars, the event card also features 600cc non-wing micros and 4 Cylinders.

Tickets are available for the event exclusively on www.usactickets.com. Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for apiece.

The event at Plymouth will be held with the capacity held at 50 percent. You must order tickets in advance from www.usactickets.com. Please bring your QR code receipt to be scanned at the gate. The receipt can be either printed or displayed on your phone.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-368, 2-Chris Windom-353, 3-Brady Bacon-344, 4-C.J. Leary-320, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-291, 6-Chase Stockon-283, 7-Carson Short-270, 8-Logan Seavey-253, 9-Dave Darland-234, 10-Robert Ballou-207.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY: 1-Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY: 2017: Justin Grant (4/21) 2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (5/5) & Brady Bacon (7/20) 2019: Tyler Courtney (7/19)

PAST USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY:

APRIL 2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Brady Short, 12. Colten Cottle, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kyle Robbins, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Aaron Pierce, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Tyler Hewitt, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Josh Spencer. 7:36.34

MAY 2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (3), 3. Robert Ballou (11), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Brady Bacon (7), 6. Dave Darland (2), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Justin Grant (9), 9. Chad Boespflug (8), 10. C.J. Leary (10), 11. Chris Windom (15), 12. Shane Cottle (17), 13. Jarett Andretti (1), 14. Kyle Cummins (16), 15. Tony DiMattia (12), 16. Clinton Boyles (13), 17. Johnny Petrozelle (19), 18. Robert Bell (20), 19. Isaac Chapple (14), 20. Daylan Chambers (18), 21. Aric Gentry (21), 22. Joe Stornetta (22). NT

JULY 2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (4), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Dave Darland (8), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Tyler Courtney (12), 6. Carson Short (9), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. C.J. Leary (6), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 10. Thomas Meseraull (13), 11. Isaac Chapple (1), 12. Tyler Thomas (11), 13. Brody Roa (18), 14. Josh Hodges (15), 15. Jarett Andretti (10), 16. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 17. Joe Stornetta (14), 18. Robert Ballou (22), 19. Chad Boespflug (19), 20. Kody Swanson (20), 21. Matt Westfall (17), 22. Shane Cottle (21), 23. Tony DiMattia (23). NT

JULY 2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. C.J. Leary (7), 3. Justin Grant (9), 4. Brady Bacon (3), 5. Jason McDougal (4), 6. Chris Windom (1), 7. Dakota Jackson (13), 8. Chase Stockon (2), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Josh Hodges (8), 11. Matt Westfall (19), 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 13. Max Adams (10), 14. Carson Short (18), 15. Mitchell Davis (16), 16. Isaac Chapple (23), 17. Dustin Ingle (5), 18. Jarett Andretti (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (17), 20. Zane Hendricks (20), 21. Clinton Boyles (21), 22. Brandon Mattox (14), 23. Terry Richards (12), 24. Dustin Clark (24). NT

TRACK RECORDS - USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY: 1 Lap: 7/20/2018 - C.J. Leary - 12.996 10 Laps: 5/5/2018 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 2:12.03 12 Laps: 7/20/2018 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 2:43.81 30 Laps: 4/21/2017 - Justin Grant - 7:36.34

 

 

UPCOMING USAC NATIONAL RACE TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Speedway, Indiana (June 22, 2020).........Tickets are now on sale for the next four upcoming USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events in the state of Indiana at www.usactickets.com.

The four races include the Friday, June 26 event at Plymouth Speedway; plus the 50th running of the Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 1; then two-straight nights of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, both of which are co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Each of these four races will be held with the capacity held at 50 percent. You must order tickets in advance. Please bring your QR code receipt to be scanned at the gate. The receipt can be either printed or displayed on your phone.

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July 3: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana

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THORSON MOTORS TO PHOTO FINISH VICTORY AT KOKOMO;
LARSON WINS INDIANA MIDGET WEEK TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (June 21, 2020).........Two nights, two blown engines. Those were the cards Tanner Thorson and his Hayward Motorsports team were dealt in the two races leading up to Sunday's Indiana Midget Week finale at Kokomo Speedway.

Out of powerplants and out of options, the team received a lifeline in the 11th hour from none other than a fellow competitor. A middle-of-the-night scramble ensued, and a borrowed Toyota engine was installed under the OilFire - FK - Walker Filtration - Smith Titanium/Spike 4-Coil car.

Despite the lack of sleep, the thrashing and the unknowns that were unloaded from their trailer Sunday night, Thorson still believed that all signs pointed to victory.

"For some reason, I felt like it was going to be the day to win. I don't know why," Thorson admitted. "I went to bed about 4:30 or 5 this morning and got back up at 8. Dave McIntosh, Cannon Mcintosh's father, is the reason why were able to race tonight - he and Cody Cordell, who takes care of all of Cannon's personal equipment. I can't thank them enough for allowing us to borrow a motor and be able to race."

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Team Hayward defied all the odds that were stacked against them to claim their third USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory of the season with a slip underneath on a late-race restart with three laps remaining, then outlasting 2020 Indiana Midget Week champion Kyle Larson to beat him to the line in a photo finish by half a car length - 0.065 of a second.

Thorson's 16th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory moved him into the top-40 all-time alongside Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero and Henry Pens.

Thorson started seventh in the 22-car field for the 30-lap feature event, but instead of a instantaneous charge, Thorson dropped back to ninth and then to 10th in the early stages of the race. In fact, Thorson was still right where he started (7th) at the halfway point.

On a lap 19 restart, race-long leader Tyler Courtney bounced through turn one and flipped in an incident in which 3rd running Thomas Meseraull also spun. Courtney walked away from the accident, which sent him to a disappointing 21st place finish. Meseraull restarted and raced his way back to 9th.

Thorson was elevated to fourth on the restart, and although Thorson didn't appear to be a challenger for victory early on, this just happened to be the point where Thorson decided to turn up the wick. He now knew he mustn't be impatient or overzealous in his pursuit for victory because he also knew that, at this point with 12 laps remaining, his car was just beginning to come to him.

"My whole race started off kind of slow," Thorson explained. "The last few nights, I've been backing up at the start of the race, but my car comes in so good at the end of the race, I knew just to stay patient and not get too crazy cranking on the shocks and just let my car come to me."

"I kept seeing everyone blow the exit off of two, and a little bit off of four, and I knew that was going to be my speed because I was stuck with what we have going on right now," Thorson continued. "So stuck and being able to drive off so straight and so fast, and keeping my momentum up even though I was kind of chocking the car up, I knew that was going to be my time to get there."

The two-car Tucker-Boat Motorsports juggernaut of teammates Chris Windom and Larson now occupied the top-two positions. Those two drivers aimed to provide the Tucker-Boat team a complete sweep of the entirety of Indiana Midget Week feature wins, a feat that had only been accomplished once before in 2016 by Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports.

But with Windom a one-time victor at 2020 IMW and Larson already claiming a record four wins and already having this year's IMW title in hand, the two appeared to be odds-on favorites to dominate the top-two spots down the stretch. However, Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champ, had other plans in the hopper, as he tracked down Larson and made his move for second with an inside turn two pass of him with five laps to go to move to second.

"Once I got to Larson on that restart, I kept seeing his left front tire locking up and pushing out, pushing out, and I knew I needed to get in there hard and be able to beat him at the exit because he was blowing his exit way too much," Thorson recalled. "I was able to watch both of them. They weren't getting as close to the infield tires as I was. A couple times, I actually even brushed it and felt it barely tap the wheels. It's crazy how precise you have to be to be able to run down there."

Now with only Windom standing between he and victory, Thorson still had nearly a full second of ground to make up in less than five laps around the half-mile, but received another lifeline when 19th running Ethan Mitchell clipped an infield tire in turn two, which then proceeded to roll into the middle of the racing surface, forcing a yellow flag and a restart with three to go.

It was just what Thorson needed and, as the green flag dropped, Thorson ducked to the inside of Windom exiting turn two and moved to the lead as third-running Larson headed topside and got the groove working just in time to make one last patented charge that saw him pass a series-high total of 41 cars in features throughout Indiana Midget week, including his emergence ahead of Windom on the white flag lap.

On the final lap, Windom attempted to return to the fray up front a car length back of Thorson midway down the back straightaway while Larson held the same social distance length at the top, with Thorson occupying the middle. Thorson closed the lane on the bottom of turns three and four from Windom and came off the final corner to defeat a rocketing Larson on the high line to the stripe by a half-car length in the closest finish of 2020 Indiana Midget Week.

Kyle Larson's first time running the full Indiana Midget Week schedule since 2011 was a major success, winning four of the six events, and finishing second-place in the other two, including Kokomo, to claim his first IMW title by a 73-point margin, trouncing the previous record 44-point margin set by Darren Hagen in 2012.
(Rich Forman Photo)


Behind Thorson and Larson, Windom took third while Clinton Boyles secured a career-best 4th place finish and Kyle Cummins was an impressive 5th after starting 15th.

All the work and time that comes into preparing cars to win USAC National Midget races can be taxing, but for Thorson, he considers his role on this team as one that has helped his resurgence in the 2020 season in becoming already a three-time series winner through the first 11 events.

"I think there's a lot to say about being able to do your own car," Thorson said. "Nothing against Keith Kunz and his whole team, but there's something about that, for my satisfaction, to be able to do my car. I get to build it throughout the week and set it up and there's nothing that means more to me than being able to do that, and I think it drives me even harder. I want to win more than anybody out here and I think a lot of that is because I kind of need to. I make a living off what I make here whether I blow up or not. I might walk out with 5 bucks or I might walk out with 3-grand. It's just a matter of pushing myself as hard as I can. We've been one of the fastest cars all week but just haven't been in the right situations. (We've been) sitting ducks, kind of like those two were tonight. I was able to finally take advantage of that tonight and pull off the win."

For Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), his first time running the full Indiana Midget Week schedule since 2011 was a major success, winning four of the six events, and finishing second-place in the other two, including Kokomo, to claim his first IMW title by a 73-point margin, trouncing the previous record 44-point margin set by Darren Hagen in 2012.

But, on Sunday night at Kokomo, Larson very narrowly missed the equivalent of a walk-off home run by winning the final race and the Indiana Midget Week title in one fell swoop such as Bryan Clauson in 2009, Brad Kuhn in 2010, Christopher Bell in 2013 and Rico Abreu in 2015.

"The last restart was really exciting," Larson recalled. I wish I would've got the top going a little sooner. I felt like we were running an okay pace around the bottom where the top wouldn't keep up. There, we got to that last caution, and I said 'screw it,' I got to try something else."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 21, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 86, Tucker/Boat-13.027; 2. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.224; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.226; 4. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.232; 5. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.238; 6. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-13.242; 7. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.256; 8. Rico Abreu, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.284; 9. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.338; 10. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-13.347; 11. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.355; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.367; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.395; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Yeley-13.405; 15. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-13.412; 16. Spencer Bayston, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.421; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-13.423; 18. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.437; 19. Carson Garrett, 15, Garrett-13.454; 20. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.465; 21. Matt Sherrell, 2D, Harris-13.482; 22. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.485; 23. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.491; 24. Landon Simon, 2, Bush-13.503; 25. Jerry Coons Jr., 5, Petry-13.510; 26. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.526; 27. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-13.571; 28. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.591; 29. Brady Bacon, 4B, Klatt-13.630; 30. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-13.631; 31. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-13.636; 32. Brody Roa, 7m, Iron Dome/Moonshine-13.647; 33. Noah Gass, 5T, Dave Mac-13.729; 34. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-13.812; 35. Ronnie Gardner, 7R, Iron Dome/Moonshine-13.954; 36. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.059; 37. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Matt Sherrell, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Cole Bodine, 9. Noah Gass. 2:15.155

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Clinton Boyles, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Jake Neuman, 9. Ace McCarthy. 2:18.087

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Robert Dalby, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Tyler Nelson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Landon Simon, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Justin Dickerson, 9. Spencer Bayston. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Shane Golobic, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Jake Neuman, 7. Landon Simon, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Chase Johnson, 11. Matt Sherrell, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Maria Cofer, 14. Tyler Nelson, 15. Carson Garrett, 16. Ace McCarthy, 17. Noah Gass, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Hayden Reinbold, 20. Justin Dickerson. 2:51.405

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (7), 2. Kyle Larson (5), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Clinton Boyles (3), 5. Kyle Cummins (15), 6. Rico Abreu (1), 7. Shane Golobic (13), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (20), 9. Thomas Meseraull (9), 10. Buddy Kofoid (22), 11. Justin Grant (19), 12. Cannon McIntosh (8), 13. Spencer Bayston (17), 14. Jake Neuman (21), 15. Daison Pursley (10), 16. Andrew Layser (12), 17. Kaylee Bryson (18), 18. Cole Bodine (11), 19. Ethan Mitchell (14), 20. Jason McDougal (16), 21. Tyler Courtney (4), 22. Tanner Carrick (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Tyler Courtney, Laps 19-27 Chris Windom, Laps 28-30 Tanner Thorson.

**Tyler Courtney flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-738, 2-Buddy Kofoid-674, 3-Tyler Courtney-667, 4-Tanner Thorson-664, 5-Cannon McIntosh-580, 6-Tanner Carrick-545, 7-Justin Grant-489, 8-Cole Bodine-462, 9-Daison Pursley-455, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-441.

FINAL INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-468, 2-Chris Windom-395, 3-Buddy Kofoid-379, 4-Tanner Thorson-370, 5-Tyler Courtney-318, 6-Tanner Carrick-305, 7-Justin Grant-302, 8-Cannon McIntosh-299, 9-Thomas Meseraull-275, 10-Shane Golobic-260.

FINAL INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-41, 2-Justin Grant-28, 3-Thomas Meseraull-24, 4-Cannon McIntosh-23, 5-Chris Windom-22, 6-Shane Golobic-19, 7-Jake Neuman-19, 8-Tanner Carrick-14, 9-Logan Seavey-14, 10-Tanner Thorson-11.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-45, 2-Logan Seavey-43, 3-Justin Grant-35, 4-Tanner Thorson-34, 5-Cannon McIntosh-32, 6-Andrew Layser-31, 7-Tanner Carrick-27, 8-Daison Pursley-27, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-25, 10-Thomas Meseraull-24.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 17, 2020 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Midwest Midget Championship

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Larson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tanner Carrick

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Cole Bodine

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Landon Simon

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Jerry Coons Jr. (20th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Spencer Bayston

ProSource Hard Work: Buddy Kofoid

 

 

LARSON AND TUCKER-BOAT REWRITE THE RECORD BOOKS WITH IMW TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (June 21, 2020).........Kyle Larson's 2020 Indiana Midget Week journey was one of historical proportions as he rewrote the record books in pursuit of his first career Indiana Midget Week championship.

A part-time Indiana Midget Week participant in most years, mainly in the early week portion that didn't conflict with other racing commitments, Larson narrowly missed out on an Indiana Midget Week championship in his first try in 2011, finishing second, six points behind Bryan Clauson in the final tally. Larson was also 6th in the IMW standings in 2012-13 despite not competing in all the events.

Larson hadn't taken part in the full slate of Indiana Midget Week events since his 2011 USAC NOS Energy National Midget Rookie of the Year season, but jumped at the chance when an offer to run the whole deal was presented to him by Tucker-Boat Motorsports.

"They've got really nice equipment, probably the most beautifully built cars in the pit area," Larson praised. "It's just a pleasure to get to race them and drive them. They've got a long notebook with Chad racing himself and now has migrated into the ownership and crew chief side of things and he's been able to build it even more. It's just been a lot of fun to race for him. Hopefully, we can get back together more this season."

The Elk Grove, Calif. driver won four of the six IMW races, including the first three at Paragon Speedway and Gas City I-69 Speedway as well as the first night at Lincoln Park Speedway, becoming the first driver since himself to pull off the consecutive hat trick with the series, a feat he also achieved in the final three races of the 2019 season.

The Paragon victory came in the first USAC National Midget event held there since 1985, where Larson set fast time in qualifying and led just the final four laps to score the win.

Successive triumphs at Gas City and Lincoln Park were most impressive, though, with Larson charging to the victory from 14th at Gas City and 15th at Lincoln Park, which equaled the largest advancement of any winning driver this year in the series (Tanner Thorson in March at the Southern Illinois Center).

Larson would win again with another late-race surge, leading the final four at Lawrenceburg, but perhaps most important of all in winning a championship of any sort is consistency. Of course, winning consistently will obviously take care of any point situations that are encountered. It ultimately comes down to how a driver does on those off nights.

Well, those "off nights" for Larson included a second-place finish on the second night at Lincoln Park to teammate Chris Windom and another runner-up finish on the final night at Kokomo by a half-car length to Tanner Thorson, both races which Larson was the fastest qualifier. He was the fastest qualifier a total of three times throughout the week.

To put this run all into perspective, Larson hasn't finished outside of the top-two in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition in his last nine starts dating back to the end of the 2019 season.

With that kind of consistency, it's easy to see why his commanding 73-point winning margin in the 2020 Indiana Midget Week standings trounced the previous record of 44 set by Darren Hagen in 2012.

"It means a lot," Larson exclaimed. "I've only gotten one other opportunity to race for an Indiana Midget Week championship; that was almost 10 years ago in 2011. I've grown up a lot since then and am probably a lot smarter racer than I was back then. To be able to be as consistent as we've been and win lots of races, it's awesome."

In the process, Larson's four wins this week catapulted him to a share with Bryan Clauson atop the Indiana Midget Week all-time winners' list with nine victories, the first of which was also the first of his USAC National Midget career in 2011 at Bloomington Speedway.

"Any time you're anywhere near the same number of wins as Bryan on anything, it's special," Larson said. "To tie him in Indiana Midget Week wins is really cool. I got to race him a lot in 2011 and 2012. We became close friends after I stopped racing with him a lot. We became close with him and Lauren (Clauson's then-fiancée) and my wife. It's just an honor to be tied with him right now."

Throughout IMW, Larson passed a staggering 41 cars throughout the six feature events, 13 more than his closest competition, Justin Grant with 28. Larson was also the only driver to advance from his original starting position in all six events.

For team owner Chad Boat, an Indiana Midget Week feature winner as a driver in his own right at Lincoln Park in 2018, his move from behind the wheel to the ownership/crew chief side of equation has already paid big dividends. Not only did two of his cars win five of the six IMW feature events and occupy the top-two positions of the standings with drivers Larson and Windom, Boat's car and driver (Windom) also hold a 64-point lead in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings exiting IMW, a week that can set the tone for the remainder of the year.

"The guys have done a great job," Boat said. "We have great partners that make it all happen and our guys have gotten up on the wheel. Kyle's been really tough to beat, but Chris stood up in the seat at Lincoln Park, so that was really cool. We're a pretty small crew and we're a young group, so we have a lot of fun, but we take it seriously. My guys have done a great job and I couldn't do it without them."

FINAL 2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINT STANDINGS:

1. 468-Kyle Larson

2. 395-Chris Windom

3. 379-Buddy Kofoid

4. 370-Tanner Thorson

5. 318-Tyler Courtney

6. 305-Tanner Carrick

7. 302-Justin Grant

8. 299-Cannon McIntosh

9. 275-Thomas Meseraull

10. 260-Shane Golobic

11. 259-Jake Neuman

12. 231-Clinton Boyles

13. 220-Kaylee Bryson

14. 198-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

15. 196-Rico Abreu

16. 190-Zach Daum

17. 189-Cole Bodine

18. 171-Jason McDougal

19. 169-Daison Pursley

20. 151-Chase Johnson

21. 140-Brady Bacon

22. 137-Kevin Thomas Jr.

23. 126-Maria Cofer

24. 124-Logan Seavey

25. 119-Kyle Cummins

26. 116-Noah Gass

27. 103-Andrew Layser

28. 95-Gio Scelzi

29. 85-Carson Macedo

30. 82-Ronnie Gardner

31. 80-Ethan Mitchell

32. 74-Brody Roa

33. 60-Steve Buckwalter, Hayden Reinbold, Robert Dalby & Ace McCarthy

37. 55-Jerry Coons Jr.

38. 50-Jake Swanson & Justin Dickerson

40. 42-Daryn Pittman

41. 40-Dave Darland, Dylan Ito, Ryan Hall, Oliver Akard & Carson Garrett

46. 38-Spencer Bayston

47. 34-Landon Simon

48. 30-Jadon Rogers, Terry Babb & Matt Sherrell

51. 20-Jeff Wimmenauer, Max McLaughlin, Russ Gamester, Kameron Gladish, Karter Sarff & Tyler Nelson

57. 10-Shane Cottle, Zeb Wise, Kendall Ruble & Greg Mitchell

 

 

 

LARSON HEADS TO KOKOMO FINALE WITH IMW POINT LEAD IN HAND

Speedway, Indiana (June 20, 2020)………Kyle Larson’s fourth USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win in the past five nights elevated his Indiana Midget Week point lead to 57 with one race remaining, Sunday at Kokomo Speedway.

Larson captured the victory Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway and upped his lead in the standings as he seeks a first career Indiana Midget Week championship.

With a maximum of 84 points available Sunday at Kokomo, in simple terms, all Larson would have to do is transfer through his heat race, and even a last place finish in the feature would clinch him the title.

Larson, Buddy Kofoid and Chris Windom remain the only three drivers mathematically eligible to claim the 2020 Indiana Midget Week title. Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), a second-place finisher at Lawrenceburg, is second (-57) ahead of Friday’s Lincoln Park Speedway winner Chris Windom (-65) in third.

Sunday at Kokomo for the sixth and final round of IMW, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

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2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: (After Round 5 of 6)

388-Kyle Larson

331-Buddy Kofoid

323-Chris Windom

292-Tanner Thorson

284-Tyler Courtney

274-Tanner Carrick

255-Justin Grant

251-Cannon McIntosh

223-Jake Neuman

221-Thomas Meseraull

206-Shane Golobic

198-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

190-Zach Daum

184-Kaylee Bryson

164-Clinton Boyles

156-Cole Bodine

143-Jason McDougal

141-Chase Johnson

137-Kevin Thomas Jr.

134-Rico Abreu

130-Brady Bacon

128-Daison Pursley

124-Logan Seavey

116-Maria Cofer

106-Noah Gass

95-Gio Scelzi

85-Carson Macedo

72-Ronnie Gardner

71-Andrew Layser

64-Brody Roa

60-Steve Buckwalter

55-Kyle Cummins

50-Ethan Mitchell, Hayden Reinbold, Jake Swanson, Robert Dalby & Ace McCarthy

42-Daryn Pittman

40-Dave Darland, Dylan Ito, Justin Dickerson & Ryan Hall

30-Jadon Rogers, Oliver Akard, Carson Garrett & Terry Babb

24-Landon Simon

20-Jeff Wimmenauer, Max McLaughlin, Russ Gamester, Kameron Gladish, Karter Sarff & Matt Sherrell

10-Shane Cottle, Zeb Wise, Tyler Nelson, Kendall Ruble & Greg Mitchell

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, Indiana

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Fri., June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

WINNER: Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #89)

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm

 

 

BURKS BAGS USAC WSO / MSRA SPRINT MAIN AT 81 SPEEDWAY

Park City, Kansas (June 20, 2020)………Wyatt Burks led the final 16 circuits of Saturday night’s combined USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma and USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car feature to collect the victory at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans.

Burks (Topeka, Kans.) trailed early leaders Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.) and Jeremy Campbell (Wichita, Kans.) for the first nine laps before taking over. Wilson and Campbell both found trouble while leading in separate incidents. Wilson was sidelined with mechanical issues on the third lap after leading the first two. From there, Campbell inherited the lead until he flipped on the tenth lap.

The lead went to Burks on the lap 10 restart and he wouldn’t relinquish it, leading the rest of the way to score the victory over Kory Schudy (Springfield, Mo.), Don Droud Jr. (Lincoln, Neb.), Waylon Weaver (Claremore, Okla.) and Michael Woodruff (Santana, Kans.) who rounded out the top-five after starting 23rd and earning hard charger honors.

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA & MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION RACE RESULTS: June 20, 2020 – 81 Speedway – Park City, Kansas

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 11w-Wyatt Burks [2]; 2. 53-Brett Wilson [4]; 3. 79-Tim Kent [5]; 4. 91-Jeff Stasa [3]; 5. 97-Kevin Cummings [6]; 6. 21-Harlan Hulsey [9]; 7. 31m-Eric Matthews [8]; 8. 6S-Spencer Martinez [7]; 9. 7D-David Baxter [1].

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 12-Wesley Smith [6]; 2. 24c-Craig Carroll [1]; 3. 28-Kory Schudy [4]; 4. 24H-Ty Hulsey [3]; 5. 65-Chris Parkinson [5]; 6. 4-Braydon Cromwell [8]; 7. 54-J.C. Wilson [7]; 8. 33L-Mark Lane [2].

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [1]; 2. 1m-Don Droud Jr. [6]; 3. 911-Waylon Weaver [7]; 4. 2-Zach Clark [3]; 5. 03-Tyler Burton [2]; 6. 007-Cody Carter [4]; 7. 15E-Dakota Earls [8]; 8. 17-Michael Woodruff [5].

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Wyatt Burks [3]; 2. Kory Schudy [9]; 3. Don Droud Jr. [5]; 4. Waylon Weaver [4]; 5. Michael Woodruff [23]; 6. Ty Hulsey [12]; 7. Jeff Stasa [11]; 8. Braydon Cromwell [15]; 9. Eric Matthews [18]; 10. Harlan Hulsey [10]; 11. Kevin Cummings [14]; 12. J.C. Wilson [21]; 13. Zach Clark [13]; 14. Tyler Burton [17]; 15. Mark Lane [22]; 16. Spencer Martinez [20]; 17. Chris Parkinson [16]; 18. 10c-Jeremy Campbell [1]; 19. Wesley Smith [6]; 20. Brett Wilson [2]; 21. Craig Carroll [8]; 22. Dakota Earls [19]; 23. David Baxter [24]; 24. Cody Carter [25]; 25. Tim Kent [7].

**David Baxter flipped during the first heat. Cody Carter flipped during the fourth heat. Jeremy Campbell flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Brett Wilson, Laps 3-9 Jeremy Campbell, Laps 10-25 Wyatt Burks.

HARD CHARGER: Michael Woodruff (23rd to 5th)

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Ty Hulsey-382, 2-Brett Wilson-370, 3-Waylon Weaver-367, 4-J.C. Wilson-320, 5-Harlan Hulsey-252, 6-Cameron Hagin-238, 7-Alison Slaton-235, 8-Emilee Lowry-223, 9-Craig Carroll-219, 10-David Baxter-193.

NEW USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT POINTS: 1-Kory Schudy-385, 2-Don Droud Jr.-360, 3-Ty Hulsey-335, 4-Wyatt Burks-325, 5-Wesley Smith-285, 6-Chris Parkinson-285, 7-Braydon Cromwell-270, 8-Zach Clark-270, 9-Craig Carroll-250, 10-Harlan Hulsey-195.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: July 17, 2020 – Tulsa Raceway Park – Tulsa, Oklahoma

NEXT USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT RACE: June 26, 2020 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas

 

 

LARSON WINS AT THE BURG, TIES BC AS WINNINGEST IMW DRIVER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (June 20, 2020).........A one-race "losing" streak was more than enough for Kyle Larson to endure as he got back on the winning track and returned to victory lane Saturday night in the penultimate round of Indiana Midget Week at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The Elk Grove, Calif. native had won eight features in a row across USAC, World of Outlaws and All Star competition over the past couple of weeks prior to finishing as the runner-up on Friday night at Lincoln Park Speedway's Indiana Midget Week event.

Larson's impressive victory at "The Burg" came on a late-race restart with four laps remaining as he slid by leader Thomas Meseraull for the pinnacle position to earn his fourth Indiana Midget Week score in the last five nights and his ninth career victory at IMW, tying him atop the all-time list for most IMW wins with Bryan Clauson.

The triumph was also Larson's 23rd in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget division, moving him into the top-20 all-time alongside Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson and Billy Vukovich.

Though Larson's personal win streak was interrupted just once this week, the roll continued for Tucker-Boat Motorsports who now stands an unblemished five-for-five in the IMW series this year, and is just one win away from becoming the second team ever to sweep the entire slate of Indiana Midget Week races in a single year (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports in 2016).

"That was a fun race," Larson exclaimed. "You had to work for that one and, once again, (we had) a good enough car to keep us in contention. Chad Boat and everybody there, they prepare such nice cars, probably the nicest midgets in the pits."

Larson's workload began from the third position for the 30-lap feature, his best starting position thus far in this 2020 Indiana Midget Week. Meanwhile, pole sitter Tyler Courtney encountered a bit of trouble on the first turn of the opening lap as he bounced up the racetrack, losing three positions and dropping to fourth as series Rookie Buddy Kofoid took advantage to shoot out to the front from the outside of the front row and built an early 1.5 second lead.

The action came to a halt on the sixth lap as last year's series Rookie of the Year Andrew Layser barrel-rolled on the high side between turns three and four. The night's first heat race winner escaped unscathed.

On the ensuing restart, second running Thomas Meseraull was on the loudpedal as he sprinted to the inside of Kofoid for the race lead entering the first turn. A half lap later, Larson used the high line to drive around Kofoid for second and was an instant challenger to Meseraull up front, taking a few swings for the race lead, albeit unsuccessfully, as Meseraull rode the wave of momentum up top.

The trio went three-wide on a lap 11 restart following the stoppage of 2017 Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Golobic in turn two. Larson was able to get wheel-to-wheel to the inside of Meseraull in turns one and two directly following the restart while Kofoid reemerged as a contender, doing likewise on the bottom to the inside of Larson as he made a bid to get to the front.

Meseraull held serve at the head of the pack with both Larson and Kofoid falling into line over the next 11 laps until a yellow flag flew for Jason McDougal, who lost a right rear tire before coming to a stop at the top of turn one. McDougal was making his debut in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team's No. 97 driven earlier in the week by Zeb Wise and had worked his way up to fifth by the time of the caution. He'd restart from the tail and finish ninth with new rubber.

On the lap 22 restart, Larson made his move, sliding underneath Meseraull entering turn one. Meseraull answered the bell and drove downhill off the turn two banking to the inside of Larson to retake the position. The following lap, second-running Larson and quickly approaching, third-running Kofoid served up a double slider on Meseraull with both scooting past in turn one, yet Meseraull took on both of them simultaneously, and outpaced them into turn three as he drag raced and bested both as the first to reach turn three just before 16th place running Justin Grant stopped at the top of turn four to bring out the yellow.

Kofoid, now scored in second on the restart with nine to go, took a couple shots at Meseraull to no avail and was soon challenged by Larson for the second position with Larson ultimately prevailing using a turn one slider with six laps remaining. Larson immediately clamped down on Meseraull for the lead but was unable to get by each time he stuck a nose to the inside of Meseraull at each end of the 3/8-mile. Meseraull utilized the topside "mo" to pull away to a six car length lead.

Suddenly, with four to go, contact at the back half of the top-ten sent ninth-running Clinton Boyles into a 360-spin exiting the second turn. By rule, the yellow flag is automatically displayed following a 360-degree spin, resetting the deck for the final four-lap stanza.

Larson, in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway, knew that time was running out and was fully aware that his time was now or never and he had to throw the kitchen sink at Meseraull on the final restart if he was going to win this deal.

"I couldn't really run the top like I wanted to because I'd bounce a lot, then I'd get in the cushion and I'd be bogging," Larson explained. "I knew I had to try and make something else work. I slid T-Mez there one time and I felt there was a lot of grip at the entry of one. Once I got clear of Buddy there after he got by me on the one restart, I was able to just run that line to protect any sliders that might get thrown at me. At the same time, I could make up a little ground on him and I knew that, on that next caution I got, I had to do everything I could because we only had like four laps to go."

Kyle Larson's victory at Lawrenceburg was his record fourth Indiana Midget Week score in the last five nights and his ninth career victory at IMW, tying him atop the all-time list for most IMW wins with Bryan Clauson. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

With that opportunity, Larson capitalized on the chance, sticking the turn one slide job past Meseraull for the lead. Meseraull remained in Larson's shadow and the duo went toe-to-toe into turn three, but "T-Mez" was unable to slide past, falling into line behind Larson at the exit of turn four where he was then subsequently challenged and, ultimately, overtaken for second by Kofoid in turn one with two laps remaining.

Up front, however, Larson had checked out, finishing off his fourth victory of the week by 1.704 sec. over Kofoid, Meseraull, and series point leader Chris Windom with Courtney rounding out the top-five.

It was another sterling performance from Kofoid, the series Rookie out of Penngrove, Calif., who equaled his best career finish of second in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I couldn't really get my car to take off that good," Kofoid admitted. "As the race went on, it actually got better. I was hoping that yellow where we were going three-wide was going to stick, but then Kyle got back by me. I knew that cushion was getting a little treacherous getting into one and really to the center. Sliding yourself, you can make speed and kind of catch it off, and I started doing that at the end. I was really good at the top of three and four and could carry a lot of speed through the center."

It was a heartbreaker for San Jose, California's Meseraull who led a race-high 21 laps as the popular veteran driver sought his first career USAC National Midget points-paying victory, but wound up finishing third in his Response Management Services/EnviroFab - Guess Performance Parts/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"At the end there, on the starts, I was just struggling on the starts," Meseraull lamented. "If I could get the momentum rolling, the thing was just bad to the bone. Hats off to these guys. They've really stuck behind me. I've torn up a bunch of stuff this week. We've had a tough time, but we've got the speed. We were quick time tonight, battling it out with two of the best guys out here. It's a little disheartening sitting here after leading a bunch of the laps. My guys needed that. We needed that win. But you know what, we'll go to Kokomo tomorrow, hang it to the floor and try to rip the lip."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 20, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.095; 2. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.120; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.182; 4. Kyle Larson, 86, Tucker/Boat-15.204; 5. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-15.276; 6. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.288; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.296; 8. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-15.343; 9. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-15.376; 10. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-15.391; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 7R, Iron Dome/Moonshine-15.408; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-15.419; 13. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-15.451; 14. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.465; 15. Jason McDougal, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.559; 16. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-15.586; 17. Landon Simon, 2, Bush-15.598; 18. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-15.603; 19. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-15.638; 20. Brady Bacon, 4B, Klatt-15.653; 21. Noah Gass, 5T, Dave Mac-15.666; 22. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.689; 23. Terry Babb, 37, Felker-15.698; 24. Brody Roa, 7m, Iron Dome/Moonshine-15.705; 25. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.713; 26. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-15.779; 27. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.784; 28. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.817; 29. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-15.823; 30. Carson Garrett, 15, Garrett-15.989; 31. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-16.075; 32. Matt Sherrell, 2D, Harris-16.082; 33. Greg Mitchell, 001, Mitchell-16.896; 34. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-NT; 35. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Noah Gass, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Landon Simon, 7. Greg Mitchell, 8. Tanner Thorson.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Clinton Boyles, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Ace McCarthy, 8. Carson Garrett. 2:03.892

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Jake Neuman, 3. Maria Cofer, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Terry Babb, 8. Ronnie Gardner. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Matt Sherrell, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Robert Dalby. 2:08.229

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Cole Bodine, 4. Ronnie Gardner, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Landon Simon, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Zach Daum, 9. Ace McCarthy, 10. Matt Sherrell, 11. Terry Babb, 12. Carson Garrett, 13. Hayden Reinbold, 14. Greg Mitchell, 15. Robert Dalby. 3:16.373

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (3), 2. Buddy Kofoid (2), 3. Thomas Meseraull (6), 4. Chris Windom (12), 5. Tyler Courtney (1), 6. Cannon McIntosh (22), 7. Kaylee Bryson (5), 8. Cole Bodine (15), 9. Jason McDougal (8), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Jake Neuman (18), 12. Noah Gass (19), 13. Zach Daum (23), 14. Clinton Boyles (9), 15. Daison Pursley (20), 16. Ronnie Gardner (13), 17. Brady Bacon (10), 18. Maria Cofer (4), 19. Justin Grant (11), 20. Brody Roa (21), 21. Landon Simon (17), 22. Shane Golobic (14), 23. Andrew Layser (7). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 6-26 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 27-30 Kyle Larson.

**Andrew Layser flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-666, 2-Tyler Courtney-633, 3-Buddy Kofoid-626, 4-Tanner Thorson-586, 5-Cannon McIntosh-532, 6-Tanner Carrick-514, 7-Justin Grant-442, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-441, 9-Cole Bodine-429, 10-Daison Pursley-414.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-388, 2-Buddy Kofoid-331, 3-Chris Windom-323, 4-Tanner Thorson-292, 5-Tyler Courtney-284, 6-Tanner Carrick-274, 7-Justin Grant-255, 8-Cannon McIntosh-251, 9-Jake Neuman-223, 10-Thomas Meseraull-221.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-38, 2-Thomas Meseraull-24, 3-Cannon McIntosh-23, 4-Chris Windom-22, 5-Justin Grant-20, 6-Tanner Carrick-14, 7-Logan Seavey-14, 8-Shane Golobic-13, 9-Jake Neuman-12, 10-Zach Daum-10.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-45, 2-Logan Seavey-43, 3-Cannon McIntosh-32, 4-Andrew Layser-31, 5-Tanner Thorson-28, 6-Justin Grant-27, 7-Tanner Carrick-27, 8-Daison Pursley-27, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-25, 10-Thomas Meseraull-24.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 21, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Thomas Meseraull

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Andrew Layser

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Clinton Boyles

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Chris Windom

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Kevin Thomas Jr.

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart/Irvin King Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh (22nd to 6th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Zach Daum

ProSource Hard Work: Cannon McIntosh

7th Place Feature Finisher in Memory of Sandra Farris: Kaylee Bryson

 

 

WINDOM LEADS TUCKER-BOAT 1-2 FINISH AT LINCOLN PARK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 19, 2020).........On a night where a throng of watchful eyes were affixed on whether Kyle Larson could continue his unbeaten streak at Indiana Midget Week, it wound up as the continuation of another ongoing streak - the dominance of Tucker-Boat Motorsports, as Chris Windom captured the team's fourth-straight USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory of the week with a one-two Tucker-Boat sweep led by Windom and Larson on Friday night at Lincoln Park Speedway.

Windom stole the show, dominating the final half of Friday night's 30-lap feature event to become the third multi-time winner of the season with the series after earlier winning in February at Ocala, Fla. during Winter Dirt Games, joining two-time victor Tanner Thorson and three-time winner Larson, each of whom would play a starring role up front on this night at LPS.

Larson was aiming to become the first driver to win four consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races since he, himself, did it in 2012-2013. However, Windom (Canton, Ill.) had his own plan to abide by, winning his second career Indiana Midget Week race after capturing his first IMW win just a little over a year ago.

In doing so, Windom collected an extra $1,000 by claiming the bounty set forth by Priority Aviation throughout Indiana Midget Week for anybody who could defeat Larson, something that hadn't been accomplished by anybody between USAC, the World of Outlaws, the All Stars over the past couple of weeks.

"It's pretty cool to dethrone him because he's probably the best racecar driver maybe to ever live," Windom said. "It's pretty awesome to come here with this Tucker-Boat team, and every single night, we've had a win. I just can't thank all these guys enough on this team for all the hard work they do running three or four cars every night."

Larson had earlier recorded his second Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifying time of 2020 IMW, then proceeded to win his heat race and was vying to sweep the night's program from the sixth starting spot in the feature with the inversion.

With the average starting spot for a feature winner with the series this year being 9.25 throughout the first eight races to begin the year, no driver had yet to win a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature from the front row in this season.

Starting on the outside of the front row in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota, Windom fought for the lead in a hardcore feud with polesitter Buddy Kofoid. After Windom led the first two, Kofoid crossed Windom over exiting turn four on the third lap, leading Windom to the stripe a single car length up front.

Windom immediately came back at Kofoid with a barrage of haymakers on each end of the racetrack, sliding past Kofoid on entry three consecutive times, but Kofoid ultimately closed the path of the slider line on Windom in turn three to secure the position on lap four.

On the seventh lap, fourth-running Tyler Courtney spun sideways at the top of turn one and into the path of Larson, who promptly T-boned Courtney in close proximity. Appearing to briefly remain connected to Courtney, Larson stayed on the gas and was able to untangle himself from the web and continue onward with seemingly little in the way of wear and tear.

Meanwhile, Courtney stopped on the top of the banking, and was forced to restart from the tail where he drove back to a 14th place finish, dropping from first to third in the season-long USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings of which he is a defending champion.

On the 13th lap, Windom returned the favor on Kofoid, ducking to the bottom of turn one and sliding up in front of Kofoid for the lead. Kofoid came right back after Windom in turn three a half-lap later, sliding past the two-time USAC National champ who turned down and drove right past the top-performing series Rookie thus far to snare the position and the race lead with 17 laps remaining.

With eight to go, Larson was still mired in fourth, but a late charge saw him lunge past Kofoid for third on the bottom, then by Thorson for second in quick succession. However, thwarted in traffic with the lapped cars of Robert Dalby and Maria Cofer, Thorson surged back past Larson for the position, first high, then low, as needed. to reclaim the spot, seemingly for good.

Meanwhile, the coast was clear for Windom as he closed out his fourth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory by a 1.825 second margin of victory.

Thorson, who appeared headed for a solid second-place finish, had an engine failure coming out of turn four, dropping him back to seventh at the finish line. Larson collected a second-place finish with Kofoid, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Tanner Carrick rounding out the top-five.


Chris Windom collected an extra $1,000 by claiming the bounty set forth by Priority Aviation throughout Indiana Midget Week for anybody who could defeat Kyle Larson, something that hadn't been accomplished by anybody between USAC, the World of Outlaws, the All Stars over the past couple of weeks.
(Rich Forman Photo)


Windom became the new overall USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader by 27 markers over Courtney and admitted that it was a physical 30 laps, but he knew he had to do everything he could to beat Larson, Kofoid and a host of others just a little over a year following his first career series win during IMW.

"Damn, I'm worn out after that," Windom said with a laugh in victory lane. "The track was giddy up. Once we got to the lead there, I knew I could maintain speed as long as I didn't make any mistakes through three and four."

For Larson, it was a magical run that lasted nearly two weeks and encompassed a string of eight victories across three series, a performance that won't soon be forgotten. However, the streak came to an end Friday at Lincoln Park, although it did help him enhance his IMW point lead to 28.

"I didn't do a great job there," Larson admitted. "Everybody was kind of going places and I felt like maybe I spent too long trying to hit the bottom of three and four. Every streak comes to an end eventually. It was nice to get eight. I've got seven in a row before, so to beat that was pretty special."

"We were trying to run above the cushion (in turns one and two) and exit low," Larson continued. "It was kind of hard to cross over the cushion and keep your rear tires underneath you. To run the bottom, I felt like that was coming in, and I was trying to get myself lower and lower and got myself into the grease and I think that allowed Tanner (Thorson) to get by me. Then, I didn't do a great job in traffic, so I felt like if I would've cleared those two cars when I got to them, I would've had a really good shot at Chris, but he ran a great race and didn't make any mistakes."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 19, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 86, Tucker/Boat-13.039; 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17s, Clauson/Marshall-13.102; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.138; 4. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-13.194; 5. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-13.212; 6. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.272; 7. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.279; 8. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-13.279; 9. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-13.362; 10. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.368; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.381; 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.394; 13. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.400; 14. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.400; 15. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Yeley-13.440; 16. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.487; 17. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.519; 18. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-13.531; 19. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.536; 20. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.545; 21. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.562; 22. Ronnie Gardner, 7R, Iron Dome/Moonshine-13.571; 23. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.592; 24. Carson Garrett, 15, Garrett-13.598; 25. Karter Sarff, 55K, Sparks-13.620; 26. Matt Sherrell, 2D, Harris-13.684; 27. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-13.690; 28. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-13.699; 29. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.712; 30. Dave Darland, 2ND, Harris-13.724; 31. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.731; 32. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.771; 33. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-13.778; 34. Brody Roa, 7m, Iron Dome/Moonshine-13.787; 35. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-13.788; 36. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-13.805; 37. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.833; 38. Brady Bacon, 4B, Klatt-13.964; 39. Ryan Hall, 2, Bush-14.034; 40. Noah Gass, 5T, Dave Mac-14.065; 41. Kameron Gladish, 20, Nolen-14.131; 42. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-14.168; 43. Jadon Rogers, 4J, 4J-14.190; 44. Kendall Ruble, 11m, Martin-14.338; 45. Terry Babb, 37, Felker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Maria Cofer, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Karter Sarff, 7. Kameron Gladish, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Ace McCarthy, 11. Dylan Ito.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Matt Sherrell, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Oliver Akard, 11. Brady Bacon. 2:19.039

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Daison Pursley, 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Ryan Hall, 11. Justin Dickerson. 2:19.488

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Jake Neuman, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Robert Dalby, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Carson Garrett, 10. Noah Gass, 11. Kendall Ruble. 2:19.184

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Kendall Ruble, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Noah Gass, 9. Ace McCarthy, 10. Ryan Hall, 11. Justin Dickerson, 12. Oliver Akard, 13. Kameron Gladish. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Matt Sherrell, 12. Robert Dalby, 13. Jake Swanson, 14. Andrew Layser, 15. Karter Sarff, 16. Ethan Mitchell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Kyle Larson (6), 3. Buddy Kofoid (1), 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5), 5. Tanner Carrick (9), 6. Cannon McIntosh (13), 7. Tanner Thorson (3), 8. Clinton Boyles (17), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Thomas Meseraull (21), 11. Shane Golobic (10), 12. Zach Daum (16), 13. Chase Johnson (8), 14. Tyler Courtney (4), 15. Jason McDougal (22), 16. Jake Neuman (15), 17. Daison Pursley (11), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 19. Cole Bodine (18), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (23), 22. Maria Cofer (20), 23. Kyle Cummins (14). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chris Windom, Laps 3-12 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 13-30 Chris Windom.

**Chase Johnson flipped during qualifying.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-601, 2-Tanner Thorson-574, 3-Tyler Courtney-570, 4-Buddy Kofoid-553, 5-Cannon McIntosh-474, 6-Tanner Carrick-465, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-431, 8-Justin Grant-410, 9-Cole Bodine-378, 10-Daison Pursley-374.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-308, 2-Tanner Thorson-280, 3-Chris Windom-258, 4-Buddy Kofoid-258, 5-Tanner Carrick-225, 6-Justin Grant-223, 7-Tyler Courtney-221, 8-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-198, 9-Cannon McIntosh-193, 10-Zach Daum-180.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-36, 2-Thomas Meseraull-21, 3-Justin Grant-20, 4-Chris Windom-14, 5-Logan Seavey-14, 6-Shane Golobic-13, 7-Zach Daum-10, 8-Clinton Boyles-9, 9-Tanner Carrick-8, 10-Cannon McIntosh-7.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-43, 2-Chris Windom-37, 3-Andrew Layser-31, 4-Tanner Thorson-28, 5-Justin Grant-27, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-25, 7-Daison Pursley-22, 8-Tanner Carrick-21, 9-Thomas Meseraull-21, 10-Brady Bacon-20.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 20, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Larson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kyle Larson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Chase Johnson

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Ronnie Gardner

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart/Irvin King Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (21st to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chase Johnson

ProSource Hard Work: Thomas Meseraull

 

 

LARSON STAYS UNBEATEN AT IMW;
WINS 3RD STRAIGHT AT LPS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 18, 2020).........Just when a little doubt crept in that maybe a 15th place starting spot just might be too much to overcome, Kyle Larson was there to prove that notion wrong. Again.

The Elk Grove, Calif. native is now 3-for-3 at Indiana Midget Week following Thursday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget triumph in round three of the series at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

It was Larson's third consecutive Indiana Midget Week victory in as many nights and was his eighth consecutive feature win across USAC, World of Outlaws and All Star competition in less than a two-week span.

Furthermore, Larson became the series' first driver to win three consecutive feature events since, well, himself. He won the final three races of the 2019 season and has now won six USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races in his last six starts.

Two nights after winning the opener at Paragon Speedway and one night after charging from 14th to the win at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Larson did it again, already becoming the first driver to win three races in a single Indiana Midget Week, but this one in particular made him most proud.

"To come from 15th like that on a super technical racetrack is very special to me," Larson said. "I had a good line working in three and four. People would enter in and turn across, and I felt like I could run above the cushion the whole way and be good. It got some holes developing over there. It was a little tricky."

Relatively speaking, of course, Larson dug himself a hole he would have to drive himself out of, much as he did one night prior at Gas City. He qualified 9th, then missed the transfer in the heat race, and finished a ho-hum 3rd in the semi-feature, which placed him inside of row eight for the start of the feature.

Cannon McIntosh led the first third of the 30-lapper, repealing repeated challenges from fourth-starting Tanner Thorson who slid past McIntosh on multiple occasions throughout the first nine laps, with McIntosh denying him the position each time, for the time being.

That is, until the 10th lap, when Thorson found grip on the bottom of turns one and two to pull even with McIntosh exiting turn two. Thorson out-drag raced McIntosh into the third corner, slid up and ripped away the position for the race lead. McIntosh brought the heat to in retaliation, sliding his way past from bottom to top in three and four, but Thorson dipped low and nipped McIntosh by a single strand of hair at the line before pulling away on the back straight as McIntosh hiccupped at the exit of two.

By the 14th circuit, a familiar name had popped up on the radar with Larson occupying 6th and now closing in on a gaggle in a close-knit battle for 3rd. Larson took matters into his own hands, splitting between Buddy Kofoid and fast qualifier Chris Windom midway down the back straightaway of the 5/16-mile dirt oval before utilizing the bottom to slide up in front of Zach Daum for third-place at the exit of turn four.

Moments later, on the 16th lap, 11th running Jason McDougal got upside down atop the banking in turns three and four, from which he emerged unscathed, but saw his race end.
All that did was help close the gap for Larson between his 3rd position and the leaders. A spectacular high/low pass of McIntosh for 2nd was negated by a yellow for a Kevin Thomas Jr. spin in the second turn on lap 17. But, on the following restart, it didn't long for Larson to resume his craftwork, submitting a 2-for-1 slide job in turn three that sent him past both McIntosh and Thorson for the lead momentarily as Thorson ducked back under to nip Larson at the line and retain the lead.

Larson fired another shot on the 21st lap, powering past Thorson on the bottom of turn three, only to slide up at the exit of four as Thorson shot back under to beat Larson at the stripe by a wheel.

With 9 to go, Thorson's car hopped off the bottom of turn two, opening a clear lane on the bottom for Larson to skate on by and snag the race lead. Thorson promptly came back at Larson in turn three on consecutive laps, trying to slide on by but was not able to get enough mustard on the fastball to slide in front of him, only to pull side-by-side before Larson scooched away.

 

 

LARSON 2-FOR-2 IN INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WITH GAS CITY SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (June 17, 2020).........Wednesday morning began with a bounty being placed upon Kyle Larson's head. At the end of the day, he remained elusive to all his challengers vying to catch him.

Larson took over the lead with 13 laps remaining after charging from the 14th starting position to the front in rapid fire succession to win the second round of the 16th annual Indiana Midget Week series Wednesday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

The victory was Larson's second-in-a-row at Indiana Midget Week after winning the series opener on Tuesday at Paragon Speedway. And, going back to last year, it's the fifth USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory he's earned in his last five series starts.

He entered Gas City seeking his seventh-straight victory between World of Outlaws, All Star and USAC competition, thus earlier in the day, Richard and Jennifer Marshall of Priority Aviation put up a $1,000 bounty on Larson for the remainder of Indiana Midget Week.

The deal is that anybody who can beat Larson and win a feature this week will collect a minimum extra $1,000 bonus. If Larson does win the feature, the money will be donated to the Indiana Donor Network in Larson's name.

On this night, it appeared at first that the bounty might have a glimmer of hope of being collected by another driver. That came after Larson missed the transfer spot in his heat, then finished third, but still transferred to the feature where he'd have to start on the outside of row seven for the 30-lap feature.

It's a tall task to ask of any driver to accomplish, to pass that many cars in such a short timeframe against such stout competition.

But, then again, haven't we learned time-after-time to never doubt what the Elk Grove, Calif. native can do?

Defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney jumped to the lead at the start of the feature and held the top spot convincingly from his pole starting position. However, as you glanced back a few cars into the field, two mid-pack starting cars in particular had made a heady charge to the front: Cannon McIntosh and Larson.

McIntosh sprinted from 12th to 4th by the second lap and was in the top-three by lap four while Larson followed suit into the top-six by the fifth lap and into the top-five by lap eight. Larson was observant in mimicking what McIntosh had found of the track surface, and ultimately helped himself in advancing up through the running order in a hurry.

"Coming from 14th like we did there, that was a lot of fun," Larson exclaimed. "I saw Cannon (McIntosh) get a really good start at the beginning, and I was like, 'man, I've got to get aggressive here.' I saw him work the middle that first lap and pass everybody, so I was able to make that work for me the next few laps and really get by a lot of people there."

On the 11th lap, Larson's Tucker-Boat teammate, Gio Scelzi, slid wide at the exit of turn four and allowed Larson the crack in the door to capitalize underneath for the fourth position. One lap later, Larson ran down McIntosh in turn two, slipping underneath last year's Gas City IMW runner-up finisher for third in the running order.

Moments later, however, McIntosh began to slow dramatically, coasting to a stop between turns three and four. Simultaneously, in the same area of the track, Thomas Meseraull flipped wildly while running in the 17th position - a tumultuous night for the defending Gas City Sprint Car track champion who had flipped earlier in qualifying as well.

When racing resumed, Larson went on the attack toward series Rookie Buddy Kofoid for the runner-up spot, but the 18-year-old Kofoid became one of the few to find an answer for Larson. After being slid by Larson, Kofoid slid him back, then successfully defended his position by keeping his foot on the throttle and retaking the second spot at the start/finish line just prior to a lap 16 caution for a turn two tangle involving Brady Bacon and Shane Golobic, thus reverting the order back to the previous complete lap and sending Larson back in front of Kofoid.

On the following restart, Larson sized up Courtney for the first two circuits, then set up for his winning move entering the bottom of turn three on the 18th lap. Larson blew by, slid up to the middle, found the traction, and launched off the exit of turn four to secure the spot as he cut to the bottom to protect himself from a retaliation slider from Courtney in turn one.

The victory was Kyle Larson's second-in-a-row at Indiana Midget Week after winning the series opener on Tuesday at Paragon Speedway. And, going back to last year, it's the fifth USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory he's earned in his last five series starts. (Lonnie Wheatley Photo)

Once hitting turn two, Kofoid pounced to take second away from Courtney and inched his way back to Larson in the final third of the race. Kofoid remained within a half second of Larson around the quarter mile, not losing any ground as the laps wound down, but also not gaining much of anything either in the way of closing the interval.

Even when sort of boxed in by Bacon and Robert Dalby on the tail end of the lead lap with just a handful of laps remaining, Larson never turned a wheel wrong and Kofoid was left with peanuts to capitalize on.

Larson's flawless 30-lap run closed out yet another patented masterful performance as he raced to a 0.263 second victory over Kofoid who, with a 2nd place finish, had his best result with the series. Courtney, Tanner Thorson and Gio Scelzi rounded out the top-five. The seventh career IMW feature victory for Larson brings him to within two of the series' all-time winningest driver, Bryan Clauson with nine. Furthermore, Larson's 21st career USAC National Midget feature triumph elevated him to 28th on the all-time series win list alongside Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton and Ken Schrader.

In just his second ride in the Tucker-Boat Motorsports/Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway powered No. 86, Larson remains an undefeated two-for-two in IMW with the Gas City win, the second of his career there and first since 2013.

"That car was really, really good," Larson said. "It surprised me. I knew we'd be good; Chad's cars are always good. I didn't know we'd be that good right there in the feature. I got to third by lap 12 and I knew I had a good shot. I got by Buddy and the caution came out, and I got the spot there. I knew I could get runs on people down the backstretch because they weren't sliding all the way to the edge down the backstretch. I could get a little grip to slide them into three. That was my move that worked for me the second half of the race."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 17, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.360; 2. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-12.386; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.444; 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17s, Clauson/Marshall-12.446; 5. Rico Abreu, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.462; 6. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-12.473; 7. Kyle Larson, 86, Tucker/Boat-12.486; 8. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.515; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.517; 10. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.535; 11. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.577; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.606; 13. Daryn Pittman, 21, Pittman-12.644; 14. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-12.669; 15. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.688; 16. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.702; 17. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.703; 18. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.710; 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.730; 20. Brady Bacon, 4B, Klatt-12.790; 21. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.809; 22. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.820; 23. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.820; 24. Carson Macedo, 21T, Tarlton-12.836; 25. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.868; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Yeley-12.880; 27. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-12.880; 28. Brody Roa, 7m, Iron Dome/Moonshine-12.894; 29. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-12.937; 30. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-12.944; 31. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-12.962; 32. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.997; 33. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.065; 34. Dave Darland, 2ND, Harris-13.099; 35. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-13.174; 36. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-13.194; 37. Russ Gamester, 46, Gamester-13.209; 38. Noah Gass, 08, Dave Mac-13.248; 39. Jeff Wimmenauer, 15J, Wimmenauer-13.321; 40. Ronnie Gardner, 7R, Iron Dome/Moonshine-13.330; 41. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.407; 42. Ryan Hall, 2, Bush-13.487; 43. Kameron Gladish, 20, Nolen-13.553; 44. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-13.576; 45. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.671; 46. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-14.190; 47. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.458; 48. Max McLaughlin, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Gio Scelzi, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Dylan Ito, 10. Andrew Layser, 11. Russ Gamester, 12. Hayden Reinbold. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Jake Neuman, 6. Daison Pursley, 7. Ace McCarthy, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Ryan Hall, 10. Kyle Cummins, 11. Noah Gass, 12. Oliver Akard. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Zach Daum, 3. Cole Bodine, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Kyle Larson, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Jason McDougal, 8. Clinton Boyles, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Kameron Gladish, 11. Jeff Wimmenauer, 12. Justin Dickerson. 2:12.881

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Steve Buckwalter, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Tyler Nelson, 10. Ronnie Gardner, 11. Robert Dalby. 2:13.862

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Russ Gamester, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Tyler Nelson, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Kameron Gladish, 10. Justin Dickerson, 11. Oliver Akard, 12. Jake Swanson, 13. Jeff Wimmenauer, 14. Ethan Mitchell, 15. Ryan Hall, 16. Steve Buckwalter. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Jake Neuman, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Daison Pursley, 10. Jason McDougal, 11. Clinton Boyles, 12. Kyle Cummins, 13. Brody Roa, 14. Ace McCarthy, 15. Robert Dalby, 16. Dylan Ito, 17. Andrew Layser, 18. Russ Gamester. 2:43.872

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (14), 2. Buddy Kofoid (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (1), 4. Tanner Thorson (7), 5. Gio Scelzi (8), 6. Jake Neuman (11), 7. Logan Seavey (6), 8. Carson Macedo (10), 9. Tanner Carrick (4), 10. Kaylee Bryson (3), 11. Rico Abreu (13), 12. Justin Grant (19), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5), 14. Daryn Pittman (16), 15. Chris Windom (18), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 17. Daison Pursley (23), 18. Shane Golobic (22), 19. Zach Daum (17), 20. Robert Dalby (24), 21. Brady Bacon (20), 22. Cole Bodine (21), 23. Cannon McIntosh (12), 24. Thomas Meseraull (15). NT

**Max McLaughlin flipped during practice. Thomas Meseraull flipped during qualifying. Noah Gass flipped during the second heat. Ryan Hall flipped during the C-Main. Jake Swanson flipped during the C-Main. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 12 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Tyler Courtney, Laps 18-30 Kyle Larson.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-478, 2-Chris Windom-448, 3-Tanner Thorson-438, 4-Buddy Kofoid-424, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-367, 6-Tanner Carrick-357, 7-Cannon McIntosh-340, 8-Logan Seavey-332, 9-Andrew Layser-318, 10-Cole Bodine-312.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-155, 2-Tanner Thorson-144, 3-Buddy Kofoid-129, 4-Tyler Courtney-129, 5-Tanner Carrick-117, 6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-116, 7-Logan Seavey-114, 8-Justin Grant-111, 9-Chris Windom-105, 10-Jake Neuman-97.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-18, 2-Logan Seavey-14, 3-Chris Windom-11, 4-Thomas Meseraull-10, 5-Justin Grant-9, 6-Zach Daum-6, 7-Jake Neuman-5, 8-Shane Golobic-5, 9-Daison Pursley-4, 10-Tanner Thorson-3.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-43, 2-Chris Windom-34, 3-Andrew Layser-31, 4-Tanner Thorson-26, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-25, 6-Daison Pursley-22, 7-Brady Bacon-20, 8-Mario Clouser-19, 9-Tyler Courtney-18, 10-Tyler Thomas-16.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 18, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Gio Scelzi

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Rico Abreu

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Maria Cofer

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart/Irvin King Hard Charger: Kyle Larson (14th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

ProSource Hard Work: Shane Golobic

 

 

LARSON EXTENDS IMW LEAD ENTERING LINCOLN PARK NIGHT #1

Speedway, Indiana (June 17, 2020)………By virtue of his second consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory in as many nights on Wednesday at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Kyle Larson extended his lead to 11 markers over Tanner Thorson in the latest 2020 Indiana Midget Week standings as the series heads to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. Thursday night, June 18.

The Elk Grove, Calif. native took over the lead with 13 laps remaining Wednesday at Gas City after charging from the 14th starting position to the front in rapid fire succession to win the second round of the 16th annual Indiana Midget Week series.

Larson earlier won Tuesday night’s IMW opener, and has now won the feature in each of the last five USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events he’s entered dating to the last three events of the 2019 season.

Thorson is second in the IMW standings (-11), with Buddy Kofoid (-26), Tyler Courtney (-26) and Tanner Carrick (-38) rounding out the top-five.

Thursday at Lincoln Park for round 3 of IMW, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

All USAC National events can be seen LIVE exclusively on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2WQubNH.

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: (After Round 2 of 6)

155-Kyle Larson

144-Tanner Thorson

129-Buddy Kofoid

129-Tyler Courtney

117-Tanner Carrick

116-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

114-Logan Seavey

111-Justin Grant

105-Chris Windom

97-Jake Neuman

95-Gio Scelzi

92-Rico Abreu

90-Kevin Thomas Jr.

74-Zach Daum

73-Shane Golobic

71-Thomas Meseraull

59-Kaylee Bryson

59-Cannon McIntosh

57-Carson Macedo

54-Brady Bacon

46-Daison Pursley

42-Daryn Pittman

41-Noah Gass

40-Steve Buckwalter

39-Cole Bodine

35-Chase Johnson

20-Andrew Layser, Brody Roa, Clinton Boyles, Dave Darland, Dylan Ito, Ethan Mitchell, Hayden Reinbold, Jake Swanson, Jason McDougal, Jeff Wimmenauer, Justin Dickerson, Kyle Cummins, Maria Cofer, Max McLaughlin, Robert Dalby, Ronnie Gardner, Russ Gamester, Ryan Hall & Ace McCarthy

10-Jadon Rogers, Shane Cottle, Zeb Wise, Tyler Nelson, Kameron Gladish & Oliver Akard

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, Indiana

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm

Fri., June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm

 

 

UNSTOPPABLE LARSON WINS PARAGON
INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Paragon, Indiana (June 16, 2020).........When you're hot, you're hot, and Kyle Larson is absolutely untouchable at the moment.

Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) won Tuesday's opening round of the 16th annual Indiana Midget Week at Paragon Speedway with a late-race pass of Tanner Thorson four laps from the finish to claim his sixth consecutive win behind the wheel between World of Outlaws, All Star and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition over the past couple of weeks.

The victory also marked Larson's sixth-straight victory when competing in a midget inside the United States, with victories in the final three USAC National Midget features to conclude the 2019 season in California at Placerville, Bakersfield and Ventura. He then promptly won his first two starts of 2020 in January with a prelim win and a final night triumph at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.

Larson's sixth career Indiana Midget Week win, which ranks second all-time behind Bryan Clauson's nine, was also the 20th of his USAC National Midget career, tying him with A.J. Foyt for 32nd all-time. And it came in the first USAC National Midget race held at Paragon since 1985.

Prior to Tuesday night, only once had Larson visited Paragon Speedway. That occasion came as a spectator of a sprint car race at the 3/8-mile several years ago.

"I've been waiting a long to come here to Paragon to get my chance to race," Larson said. "I'm glad I could add my name to the winner's list here."

In Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying, Larson laid down a new one-lap track record for the series at Paragon in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway-powered machine, setting the new mark of 14.813 seconds and shattering the former record held by seven-time USAC National Midget champ Mel Kenyon for three-and-a-half decades at 16.442.

That placed Larson in the third row for the 30-lap feature while pole sitter Gio Scelzi, the last driver to beat Larson head-to-head in a USAC Midget race, jut out to an early five-car length lead in the beginning stages over outside front row starter Thorson.

Thorson closed the gap on Scelzi, and on lap six, made his first attempted slider for the lead in turn one, to no avail. The move ultimately cost Thorson substantial ground in the immediate aftermath, dropping him back 10 lengths before regrouping and incrementally began to reel Scelzi back in.

On the 11th lap, Thorson hit the slide to perfection on his second shot, slinging past Scelzi to take over the race lead.

One lap later, USAC western standout Chase Johnson flipped off the turn two banking in his first series start of the year. He walked away without injury.

One lap into the ensuing restart, now third-running Larson put Scelzi on notice with a slider on both ends of the racetrack, in both turn one and three. Each time, however, Scelzi masterfully cut back under to retain the position while Thorson opened up his advantage at the head of the field.

A yellow on lap 14 for a Brady Bacon turn two spin reset the deck, and on the following lap, Larson stuck the slider in turn one to corral the second position from Scelzi. At that point - the halfway mark - Thorson's advantage was 1.1 second, but that margin dwindled with each tick of the clock down to half a second when third-running Scelzi met his race's demise when he flipped in turn two, emerging uninjured.

With just nine to go, leader Thorson went on the defensive, sliding himself into turn one, thus trying to prevent Larson from doing the job himself. But Larson stuck to his instincts and went even lower than Thorson in turn one and the two made very slight contact as they drifted in unison to the top of turn two.

The pair kept each other in check, and with six to go, Larson took another run at Thorson in turn one, diving to the bottom and sliding up in front of Thorson by the time the two reached the second turn. Thorson ducked underneath and there, Thorson's right rear wheel and Larson's left front wheel had a meeting of the minds, knocking Larson askew and allowing Thorson to open his lead back up to 10 car lengths.

It took but just one lap before Larson was right back on Thorson's tail tank, following the 2016 series champ for a full circuit before changing up his approach.

There, Larson utilized a line which he had found just a few laps earlier as he drove it in a bit over the turn one cushion, then drove downhill off the banking and met wheel-to-wheel with Thorson exiting turn two, likewise leaving Thorson little room off the corner as they made slight contact similar to what had transpired just two laps prior with the roles now reversed.

From there, Larson quest for victory was undisputedly undenied as he extended the interval to 1.696 seconds over Thorson at the checkered to win his first Indiana Midget Week event since the 2018 opener at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Thorson finished second ahead of NASCAR Cup Series regular Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Chris Windom with Justin Grant rounding out the top-five.

"That was a fun race there," Larson exclaimed. "(Turns) one and two were a lot of fun, throwing slide jobs like that and getting to race hard with a lot of my friends was cool. My car just kept getting better and better throughout the race, especially there at the end when it got a little bit of patchiness of rubber at the exit of both ends. I happened to open my entry there on the last restart in one and could make up a lot of time on Tanner there. I threw a slider on him with four or five laps to go, and he didn't leave me much room, so when I got my opportunity, I didn't leave him any at all either."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2020 - Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana - Indiana Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 86, Tucker/Boat-14.813 (New Track Record); 2. Rico Abreu, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.089; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.159; 4. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-15.359; 5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17s, Clauson/Marshall-15.401; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-15.441; 7. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-15.495; 8. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.519; 9. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-15.574; 10. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.744; 11. Brady Bacon, 4B, Klatt-15.793; 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.816; 13. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-15.816; 14. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-15.829; 15. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.853; 16. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-15.878; 17. Noah Gass, 08, Dave Mac-15.894; 18. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.001; 19. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-16.022; 20. Ryan Hall, 2, Bush-16.023; 21. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-16.077; 22. Dave Darland, 2ND, Harris-16.083; 23. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-16.097; 24. Jadon Rogers, 4J, 4J-16.130; 25. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-16.162; 26. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-16.198; 27. Ronnie Gardner, 7R, Iron Dome/Moonshine-16.205; 28. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-16.236; 29. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-16.295; 30. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Yeley-16.297; 31. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-16.316; 32. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.380; 33. Max McLaughlin, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.432; 34. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-16.461; 35. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-16.504; 36. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-16.574; 37. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.599; 38. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-16.605; 39. Russ Gamester, 46, Gamester-16.654; 40. Jeff Wimmenauer, 15J, Wimmenauer-16.686; 41. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-16.833; 42. Brody Roa, 7m, Iron Dome/Moonshine-16.942; 43. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-17.181; 44. Shane Cottle, 86c, Stamper-17.440; 45. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-NT; 46. Zeb Wise, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Noah Gass, 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Max McLaughlin, 8. Cole Bodine, 9. Dylan Ito, 10. Jake Neuman, 11. Kaylee Bryson, 12. Hayden Reinbold. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Shane Golobic, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Ethan Mitchell, 10. Ace McCarthy, 11. Brody Roa. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Steve Buckwalter, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jason McDougal, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Justin Dickerson, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Russ Gamester. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Gio Scelzi, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Zeb Wise, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Ryan Hall, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Maria Cofer, 10. Andrew Layser, 11. Jeff Wimmenauer. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Ace McCarthy, 4. Zeb Wise, 5. Russ Gamester, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Dylan Ito, 9. Jeff Wimmenauer, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Hayden Reinbold, 12. Justin Dickerson, 13. Max McLaughlin, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Robert Dalby. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Jake Neuman, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Jadon Rogers, 11. Cole Bodine, 12. Jason McDougal, 13. Jake Swanson, 14. Zeb Wise, 15. Ronnie Gardner, 16. Ace McCarthy, 17. Ryan Hall, 18. Maria Cofer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Tanner Thorson (2), 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3), 4. Chris Windom (12), 5. Justin Grant (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (4), 7. Tyler Courtney (9), 8. Logan Seavey (22), 9. Buddy Kofoid (5), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 11. Thomas Meseraull (21), 12. Rico Abreu (11), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Shane Golobic (15), 15. Jake Neuman (14), 16. Daison Pursley (20), 17. Cole Bodine (24), 18. Brady Bacon (13), 19. Noah Gass (17), 20. Gio Scelzi (1), 21. Andrew Layser (23), 22. Chase Johnson (16), 23. Steve Buckwalter (18), 24. Cannon McIntosh (10). NT

**Cannon McIntosh flipped during practice. Zeb Wise flipped during qualifying. Jake Swanson flipped during the third heat. Robert Dalby flipped during the C-Main. Max McLaughlin flipped during the C-Main. Chase Johnson flipped on lap 12 of the feature. Gio Scelzi flipped on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Gio Scelzi, Laps 11-26 Tanner Thorson, Laps 27-30 Kyle Larson.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-409, 2-Chris Windom-408, 3-Tanner Thorson-369, 4-Buddy Kofoid-350, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-328, 6-Cannon McIntosh-312, 7-Andrew Layser-308, 8-Tanner Carrick-305, 9-Cole Bodine-283, 10-Daison Pursley-280.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-83, 2-Tanner Thorson-75, 3-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-71, 4-Justin Grant-66, 5-Chris Windom-65, 6-Tanner Carrick-65, 7-Tyler Courtney-60, 8-Buddy Kofoid-55, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-51, 10-Logan Seavey-50.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-14, 2-Thomas Meseraull-10, 3-Chris Windom-8, 4-Zach Daum-6, 5-Kyle Larson-5, 6-Daison Pursley-4, 7-Justin Grant-2, 8-Tyler Courtney-2, 9-Shane Golobic-1.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-43, 2-Chris Windom-31, 3-Andrew Layser-31, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-25, 5-Tanner Thorson-23, 6-Daison Pursley-22, 7-Brady Bacon-20, 8-Mario Clouser-19, 9-Tyler Courtney-18, 10-Tyler Thomas-16.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 17, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - Indiana Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Larson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Chris Windom

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Clinton Boyles

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (22nd to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Zach Daum

ProSource Hard Work: Logan Seavey

 

 

McDOUGAL MOVING BACK TO INDIANA; SECURES INDIANA MIDGET WEEK RIDE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 15, 2020)………In transit between Indiana and North Carolina Monday afternoon, Jason McDougal revealed his plans to move back to the state of Indiana to resume his sprint car and midget driving career.

McDougal, a two-time winner in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in his career, stepped back from full-time driving at the conclusion of the 2019 season to take on the role in driver development with Swindell Speedlab’s Micro Sprint program in North Carolina.

But, after half a year, the pull was too strong, and the 23-year-old McDougal had the itch to return to the seat and get back behind the wheel himself.

“That’s the plan,” McDougal said. “I’m ready to go back to sprint car and midget racing and build myself back up. I was doing the development deal with Swindell, and I mean, I loved what I was doing. I just like being around racing and everything. But I think my passion is more driving than working. I missed it, and there’s no place like Indiana.”

McDougal isn’t going to waste any time resuming his full-time driving career, securing a midget ride for all six nights of Indiana Midget Week June 16-21 in Steve Reynolds’ and Flea Ruzic’s No. 21KS, for whom the Broken Arrow, Okla. driver competed for in each of the last three seasons, including this past May’s T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. where he qualified 4th and finished 13th in the feature.

While McDougal has found secure footing in the midget at the moment, his sprint car plans are up in the air, and for sure, he instantly will become one of the most desired free agents in the sprint car world.

“We’re going to try to turn this midget deal into a full-time thing,” McDougal revealed. “But on the sprint car side, I haven’t really hunted around a lot. But I’ve got a lot of good friends who’ll help me get me where I need to go. It’s going to feel good to get back, finally. I’m just really excited to race again.”

McDougal’s two career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victories came in 2019 at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. as well as at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

He garnered two triumphs with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars with the initial score coming in late 2018 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., then again in 2019 during Eastern Storm at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway.

First for McDougal on the 2020 Indiana Midget Week trail is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville joins the IMW docket for the 11th straight year, and for the first time, on back-to-back nights.

The 3/8-mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC’s inaugural season of 1956.

All Indiana Midget Week events will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues. Tickets are expected to sell fast and will only be available online at www.usactickets.com while they last. In fact, the Paragon and Gas City events have already sold out.

There, you will be provided the option to upgrade to a pit pass. You will also have the option to purchase tickets for the full week of Indiana Midget Week events.

On the screen, there will also be a space to reserve children’s tickets. All children’s ticket prices will be based on each track’s policies. Children’s tickets will count toward the capacity level and we can keep track of all the numbers to stay within the 50 percent capacity guideline.

There’s also an option to order an Indiana Midget Week shirt that you can pick up at one of the Indiana Midget Week events you are attending.

All nights of IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, Indiana

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

Fri., June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

 

USAC REGIONAL RACING PREVIEW JUNE 19-20, 2020

USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND IN MISSOURI & KANSAS

It's a doubleheader weekend for the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars, starting Friday, June 19, at US 36 Raceway in Cameron, Mo., followed the next evening by a stop at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans. on Saturday, June 20, a co-sanctioned event with USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma.

Kory Schudy (Springfield, Mo.) captured the inaugural USAC MWRA Sprint feature win last Saturday night at I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

Joining USAC MWRA at U.S. 36 on Friday are the Sprint Series of Nebraska, IMCA Stock Cars, E-Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Pits open at 4pm central, grandstands open at 6pm, hot laps began at 7:30pm with racing scheduled for 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $20, senior and military are $18, kids 12 and younger are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

For Saturday's showdown between USAC MWRA and USAC WSO, the Alternative Pest Management USRA Modifieds, Chunky Poodle Rookie Modifieds and AutoTech Service Street Stocks will also be in action along with the springs.

Pits open early at 3pm Central and grandstands open at 5pm. The USAC WSO drivers meeting is slated for 5:45 pm, with the track drivers meeting at 6pm, hot laps at 6:15pm and racing beginning at 7pm.

Adult tickets are just $15 while Seniors/Military are $10. Kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $25 apiece.

81 SPEEDWAY ON TAP FOR USAC WSO SATURDAY

USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma return to action this Saturday night, June 20, at 81 Speedway, the ultra-fast 3/8-mile dirt oval in Park City, Kansas for the "Border War."

The event is a co-sanction between USAC's WSO and USAC's Midwest Wingless Racing Association. Danny Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.) won the USAC WSO round at 81 Speedway one year ago.

Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.) recently captured the victory in the season opening round at Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 5 while two-time and defending WSO champ, and current point leader, Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.) claimed the victory at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada on June 6.

Alternative Pest Management USRA Modifieds, The Chunky Poodle Rookie Modifieds and AutoTech Service Street Stocks are also on the event card Saturday at 81 Speedway.

Pits open early at 3pm Central and grandstands open at 5pm. The USAC WSO drivers meeting is slated for 5:45 pm, with the track drivers meeting at 6pm, hot laps at 6:15pm and racing beginning at 7pm.

Adult tickets are just $15 while Seniors/Military are $10. Kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $25 apiece.

MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINT SEASON OPENS FRIDAY AT GAS CITY

The USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets resume their racing season with their first points event of the year this Friday night, June 19, at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Three-time series champion Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) swept both ends of February's non-points special event races indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. He also won once with the Midwest Thunder series at Gas City in 2019 along with three-time winner Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Okla.), and fellow one-time Gas City winners Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio) and Alex Watson (Columbus, Ohio).

Modifieds, Street Stocks and Compacts are also on the event card for Friday night. Lightning Sprints are also eligible to compete with the midgets.

Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students, will be available at the speedway box office. Children 12 and under are free. Pit passes, at $30 each, will be sold at the Indiana Oxygen-sponsored pit sign-in building.

The pit gate will open at 3 p.m.; spectator gates at 5, and the racing will start at 7:30.

IMRA SPEED2 MIDGETS GO TO THE SPOON SATURDAY

The USAC IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets get back to it this Saturday night, June 20, at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill.

Andy Baugh won at the 3/8-mile dirt oval an amazing six times last season with the series. The Mason City, Ill. driver has won each of the last two IMRA titles and is already off to a hot start to the season, winning the opening points race on May 23 at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa.

Spoon River IMRA victors in 2019 also included two-time winner Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.), and one-time winners Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.), Patrick Bruns (Champaign, Ill.) and Bryan Stanfill (Brea, Calif.).

DirtCar Modifieds, DirtCar Pro L/M'S, E/B Mods and DirtCar Hornets join the action Saturday night. Pits open at 4pm CT, grandstands at 5pm, with hot laps starting at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $15 and kids 10 and under are free. Adult pit passes are $35 while kids age 5 through 10 pit passes are $20.

 

 

THE STORYLINES: INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

Speedway, Indiana (June 15, 2020).........With six races in a six-night span, the storylines and scenarios run rampant with the possibilities of what can and will transpire over this next week of USAC Nos Energy Drink National Midget racing June 16-21, Tuesday at Paragon, Wednesday at Gas City, Thursday and Friday at Lincoln Park, Saturday at Lawrenceburg and Sunday at Kokomo.

That's why we love it, and that's why we watch. One of the ultimate tests of racing, the 16th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week, has finally arrived.

THE OUTSIDERS

Okay, okay, they're not really outsiders, per se. But what makes Indiana Midget Week competition so grand is witnessing those individuals who are regulars in series outside of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition battling against those who run with the series on a regular basis.

For instance, Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), who will compete in all six events of 2020 Indiana Midget Week for Tucker-Boat Motorsports as he aims for his first career title in the mini-series. He's arguably the hottest driver in all of racing right now with five consecutive wing sprint car wins between the World of Outlaws and All Stars. But, likewise, he's won the three most recent USAC Midget races he's entered as well, as well as the only two he's run in the state this year at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla.

Daryn Pittman, the 2013 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion, will compete in a single event at Gas City, the same place he made his last Indiana Midget Week start eight years earlier in 2012.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., a former USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year and Talladega and Daytona 400-mile NASCAR Cup series winner, will compete in the first four events of IMW, his first appearance in the weeklong series since 2007.

Carson Macedo, he too a past USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year and also a World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, will compete in three of the six IMW events at Gas City, Lincoln Park Night #1 and the final night at Kokomo.

FIELD FILLED TO THE BRIM

In a taxing mini-series such as Indiana Midget Week, it's a pleasure to see how many teams can weather the heat, the elements, the long nights and the mechanical and emotional hardships that can come with traveling and racing night-after-night. Entering this year's IMW, 36 teams have announced their intentions to compete on the full trail throughout the Hoosier state.

WHO'S GOT NEXT

Four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget regulars have all won feature events with the series in 2020, all of whom have had their share of total victories with the series in their careers: Tanner Thorson (15), Tyler Courtney (14), Justin Grant (5) and Chris Windom (3), and all of whom are aiming to win their first career Indiana Midget Week championship. With all having stellar seasons thus far across the board, perhaps this is their year.

BACON & KLATT

Brady Bacon is the dirt driver on Terry Klatt's 2019 USAC Silver Crown owner championship team. This time, however, Bacon will wheel a midget for the successful Nebraska car owner whose teams have won 17 career USAC National Midget races, but none since 2012 with Bobby East on the pavement at North Carolina's Ace Speedway.

THOMAS' NEW DIGS

Kevin Thomas Jr. and Petry Motorsports have switched over to the DRC chassis for Indiana Midget Week after recent results that have placed the six-time career series winner outside of the top-ten in each of the past three races after producing two top-seven results in the first two events of 2020 in Ocala, Fla.

HERE COME THE CHAMPS

Four past Indiana Midget Week champs have intentions of competing during the week including the champ of the first two years in 2005 and 2006, Shane Cottle, who has pre-entered to race in the Paragon opener on Tuesday. Another two-time IMW champ, Rico Abreu (2014-15) will compete in the first three at Paragon, Gas City and Lincoln Park Night #1 before returning for the finale at Kokomo.

Shane Golobic has made it a tradition in making the annual cross-country trek to Indiana Midget Week, where he'll contest the full series and try to repeat his 2017 IMW title. Only Cottle and Abreu have previously gone back-to-back with consecutive IMW championships, and Logan Seavey intends to become the next to accomplish the feat this year with the team that claimed the other Indiana USAC weeklong championship race last year, Indiana Sprint Week.

J-MAC IS BACK

Jason McDougal revealed his plans to move back to the state of Indiana to resume his driving career after briefly stepping back from full-time driving at the conclusion of the 2019 season. He showed little rust in his one series start at Port City this past May, qualifying 4th before ultimately falling back to 13th at the checkered and now will get plenty of extra work in behind the wheel for all six nights of Indiana Midget Week in Steve Reynolds' and Flea Ruzic's No. 21KS.

FORMER WINNERS

Of the 29 different drivers who've won an Indiana Midget Week feature since its inaugural year in 2005, 14 of them are entered to compete this coming week. Kyle Larson leads all active drivers with 5 victories, four behind the all-time mark of 9 set by Bryan Clauson. With the streak Larson is on at the moment, who knows? That record may very well be attainable in this six-race set. Rico Abreu has four, while Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney and Tanner Thorson each have three. Nine different drivers possess at least one IMW triumph, including Brady Bacon, Steve Buckwalter, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Justin Grant, Logan Seavey, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. and Chris Windom.

WHAT'S ON ORDER FROM THE VENUE

This year's Indiana Midget Week slate has taken a slightly different look than in recent years with Paragon Speedway becoming the first new track addition to IMW since Montpelier in 2016. Not only that fact, but no drivers on this year's list have any midget experience at Paragon, creating a new ballgame for all. Forged out of necessity is the first-ever occasion in the 16-year history of IMW that a single track has hosted multiple races within the same week, Lincoln Park Speedway on Thursday, June 18, and Friday, June 19. This situation came about due to Friday's original venue, Bloomington Speedway, being restricted to holding no fans due to COVID-19.

THE ROOKS

Indiana Midget Week can be a grind. And when it comes to those attempting the week for the first time, it can be the ultimate challenge in many respects. We've seen the potential from a few who could be contenders for a victory, and possibly a championship with the likes of Gio Scelzi, a World of Outlaws winner and USAC National Midget victor late last year at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway, plus top series Rookie Buddy Kofoid, who's third in the overall standings after five events and has had no finish worse than 11th in that span. Daison Pursley, too, a Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate to Kofoid who has shown flashes in limited runs thus far but resided 9th in the points.

WESTERN CONTINGENT

A mass of western contingent is on its way to IMW to compete throughout the entire week, namely USAC Western series champions Ronnie Gardner (2013-14-15-16-17 Western States Midget), Brody Roa (2009 California Dirt Focus Midget, 2016 West Coast Sprint and 2019 Southwest Sprint) and Jake Swanson (2017 West Coast Sprint), Western series winners Chase Johnson and Maria Cofer, plus Dylan Ito, nephew of longtime TQ Midget success George Ito.

All Indiana Midget Week events will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues. Tickets are expected to sell fast and will only be available online at www.usactickets.com while they last. In fact, the Paragon and Gas City events have already sold out.

There, you will be provided the option to upgrade to a pit pass. You will also have the option to purchase tickets for the full week of Indiana Midget Week events.

On the screen, there will also be a space to reserve children's tickets. All children's ticket prices will be based on each track's policies. Children's tickets will count toward the capacity level and we can keep track of all the numbers to stay within the 50 percent capacity guideline.

There's also an option to order an Indiana Midget Week shirt that you can pick up at one of the Indiana Midget Week events you are attending.

All nights of IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana
Pits open at 4pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6:45pm

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm

Fri., June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana
Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPIONS: (2005-2019)

2005: Shane Cottle

2006: Shane Cottle

2007: Jerry Coons, Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Tracy Hines / Brad Kuhn

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Darren Hagen

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Rico Abreu

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Shane Golobic

2018: Spencer Bayston

2019: Logan Seavey


ALL-TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS: (2005-2019)

1. (9) Bryan Clauson

2. (5) Christopher Bell & Kyle Larson

4. (4) Rico Abreu

5. (3) Spencer Bayston, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn, Michael Pickens & Tanner Thorson

12. (2) Jerry Coons, Jr., Davey Ray & Brad Sweet

15. (1) Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Johnny Rodriguez, Logan Seavey, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

 

 

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK MARATHON ALL WEEK ON FLORACING 24/7

Speedway, Indiana (June 15, 2020).........In celebration of the upcoming 16th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week June 16-21, FloRacing 24/7 is unloading every Indiana Midget Week race in full between 2013 and 2018 for your viewing pleasure all this week.

That's 24 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races around the clock, every day, 24 hours a day, seven days this week. And that's not even counting all the live IMW action every night for six consecutive nights, Tuesday through Sunday.

Watch it all on FloRacing this week at https://bit.ly/33Kw2Xs!

Additionally, you can find all the 2019 Indiana Midget Week races in full on-demand at FloRacing.

First up on the 2020 Indiana Midget Week trail is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville joins the IMW docket for the 11th straight year, and for the first time, on back-to-back nights.

The 3/8-mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC's inaugural season of 1956.

All Indiana Midget Week events will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues. Tickets are expected to sell fast and will only be available online at www.usactickets.com while they last. In fact, the Paragon and Gas City events have already sold out.

There, you will be provided the option to upgrade to a pit pass. You will also have the option to purchase tickets for the full week of Indiana Midget Week events.

On the screen, there will also be a space to reserve children's tickets. All children's ticket prices will be based on each track's policies. Children's tickets will count toward the capacity level and we can keep track of all the numbers to stay within the 50 percent capacity guideline.

There's also an option to order an Indiana Midget Week shirt that you can pick up at one of the Indiana Midget Week events you are attending.

All nights of IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

FLORACING 24/7 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK MARATHON SCHEDULE:

6/12/2013: USAC Midgets at Gas City I-69 Speedway

6/13/2013: USAC Midgets at Lincoln Park Speedway

6/14/2013: USAC Midgets at Bloomington Speedway

6/12/2014: USAC Midgets at Lincoln Park Speedway

6/13/2014: USAC Midgets at Bloomington Speedway

6/14/2014: USAC Midgets at Lawrenceburg Speedway

6/15/2014: USAC Midgets at Kokomo Speedway

6/10/2015: USAC Midgets at Gas City I-69 Speedway

6/11/2015: USAC Midgets at Lincoln Park Speedway

6/12/2015: USAC Midgets at Bloomington Speedway

6/13/2015: USAC Midgets at Lawrenceburg Speedway

5/31/2016: USAC Midgets at Montpelier Motor Speedway

6/1/2016: USAC Midgets at Gas City I-69 Speedway

6/2/2016: USAC Midgets at Lincoln Park Speedway

6/3/2016: USAC Midgets at Bloomington Speedway

6/5/2016: USAC Midgets at Kokomo Speedway

6/6/2017: USAC Midgets at Montpelier Motor Speedway

6/7/2017: USAC Midgets at Gas City I-69 Speedway

6/8/2017: USAC Midgets at Lincoln Park Speedway

6/9/2017: USAC Midgets at Bloomington Speedway

6/10/2017: USAC Midgets at Lawrenceburg Speedway

6/11/2017: USAC Midgets at Kokomo Speedway

6/2/2018: USAC Midgets at Lawrenceburg Speedway

6/3/2018: USAC Midgets at Kokomo Speedway

 

 

SCHNAPF SHOT:
IT'S A FIRST-TIME USAC SPRINT WINNER AT TRI-STATE!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (June 14, 2020).........Stephen Schnapf knew he had the speed at Tri-State Speedway. He just had to finish that final third.

After last year's oh-so-close second-place finish in midsummer to Kyle Cummins in which Schnapf led all but the final four laps, the Evansville, Ind. native felt a victory on the big stage was just within reach, but just needed to close it out Mariano Rivera style.

"I knew last year we were fast," Schnapf remembered. "I knew we were able to get out and roll early, but Cummins got us every time last year. That last third of the race, he'd always be quicker and was able to get around us and we just couldn't quite hang on."

Sunday night, Schnapf finally found that final third to finish off his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory in the Midwest Sprint Car Series co-sanctioned "Showdown" at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway, a monumental victory for the 31-year-old just one day shy of his 32nd birthday.

"This is like 22 or 23 years I've been racing now," Schnapf recalled. "We've won local championships, state championships, and have run well. I've been close to a feature win on the national level and this is honestly, truly, my first ever national feature win in any type of race car. It's taken so many years to finally get it, and I've had so many great people behind me over those years, and things just weren't quite able to work out. Finally, tonight, the stars just lined up for me. Tonight, it was kind of destiny, and it was going to be hard to be beaten."

Right from the get go, Schnapf was on point. Despite Schnapf starting from the pole, Cummins, who swept all nine Sprint Car feature victories in USAC and MSCS competition at the ¼-mile dirt oval track in 2019, was the odds-on favorite from the third starting spot and was already challenging Schnapf for the lead at the conclusion of lap one.

Schnapf withstood Cummins' challenge and burst off the top of turn four to beat Cummins to the line and, from there, extended his lead lap-after-lap, eventually carving out a half-straightaway lead in the first half of the 30-lapper.

As Schnapf fenagled his way through the back half of the field, Cummins began to reel him in, shaving a second off Schnapf's 1.6 second lead. On the 20th lap, Schnapf encountered Max Adams, attempting to put him a lap down, but Schnapf was caught up just enough to nearly allow Cummins to take full advantage of the door he left open underneath.

However, Schnapf secured his grasp, denying what ultimately became Cummins' last shot. Leading USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie Anton Hernandez slowed moments later to bring out the caution, thus putting the intensity of traffic and the immediate pressure of Cummins' presence off Schnapf for the time being.

With that said, Schnapf was in a rhythm, and some drivers loathe the thought of restarts. Not so much for Schnapf, who considered it a blessing in a way with how well he could launch each time he saw the green.

Cummins was able to stay within a couple car lengths of Schnapf in the ensuing laps following the last restart, which started the final, crucial third of the race, but Cummins wasn't quite able to get a run. With six to go, however, any thought of Cummins making a run at a 10th consecutive Tri-State victory vanished.

Cummins was disposed of by Donny Brackett for second off turn four on the 24th lap, then a half-lap later, was overtaken for third by Robert Ballou. Suddenly, it was apparent something was amiss as Cummins slowed dramatically and pulled into the infield with an engine issue, ending his astounding winning streak with a 22nd place finish.


With the victory, Schnapf became the initial first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner of 2020, and the first since Logan Seavey at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August of 2019. Schnapf was also the first first-time USAC Sprint winner at Tri-State since Carson Short in 2016.
(Rich Forman Photo)


Schnapf stretched his lead out over Brackett and Ballou and appeared headed for surefire victory when 16th running Kendall Ruble spun to a stop in turn two, presenting a green-white-checkered finish, and another instance of Schnapf having to display his prowess this night on another restart.

"I knew I could restart," Schnapf confidently stated. "The motor was firing really good and I knew that just getting a restart, we got an opportunity to put three or four car lengths between us. I was happy to see that one, but with two go, I really wasn't as excited to see the caution. But I knew that, even there, just get a good start and don't miss the bottom, and it was ours."

And it was. Schnapf zipped away from the pack, leaving the battle to be fought for the runner-up position. Insanity ensued on the final corner of the final lap behind Schnapf when second-running Brackett, headed for his best career USAC finish, spun sideways in turn four, recovering only by driving through the infield and soldiering on to an 11th place result while Ballou, Kevin Thomas Jr., Carson Short and Justin Grant freight-trained by to take the remainder of the top-five spots at the checkered.

Following a relatively tough start to the night, Schnapf credits his ongoing building of experience to help him forge forward in diagnosing changes to take his ride from a good car to a winning car.

"Tonight, we actually came in way too tight; I couldn't keep the front end down on the ground," Schnapf admitted. "But, now with a few years of experience, we were able to keep traction and make a few tweaks just to make it driveable. That's where it was. It was hard to see Kyle drive away last year. All year, we searched to find that extra speed and we were never able to find it. Even though we didn't find it last year, we finally found that little bit of extra speed we needed here."

With the victory, Schnapf became the initial first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner of 2020, and the first since Logan Seavey at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August of 2019. Schnapf was also the first first-time USAC Sprint winner at Tri-State since Carson Short in 2016.

Dave Darland's 61st career fast qualifying time during Fatheadz Eyewear time trials moved him past Tracy Hines for second all-time in series history. Darland, the all-time winningest driver in series history now ranks just four behind Tom Bigelow's record of 65 fast qualifying times.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "The Showdown" - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/ADDICTION SOLUTIONS VINCENNES QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.749; 2. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.770; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.816; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.843; 5. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble/Martin-13.939; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.948; 7. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-13.963; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.989; 9. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-14.128; 10. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-14.158; 11. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-14.193; 12. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.224; 13. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-14.392; 14. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-14.490; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.543; 16. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-14.662; 17. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.732; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.926; 19. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-14.938; 20. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-15.406; 21. Sam Scott, 7, Scott- 15.648; 22. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.490; 23. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.984.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/ADDICTION SOLUTIONS VINCENNES QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.647; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.717; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.787; 4. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.904; 5. Dakota Jackson, 17G, On The Gass-14.003; 6. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.078; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.159; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.184; 9. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-14.243; 10. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.276; 11. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-14.314; 12. Critter Malone, 5s, KO-14.363; 13. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.407; 14. Brady Short, 11p, Short/Pottorff-14.484; 15. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-14.492; 16. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.610; 17. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-14.623; 18. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.638; 19. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-15.050; 20. Ryan Bond, 7R, Bond-15.282; 21. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio/Parallax-15.655; 22. Steve Thomas, 27, Thomas-16.495.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Donny Brackett, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Jonathan Vennard, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Harley Burns, 9. Sam Scott, 10. Eric Perrott, 11. Kendall Ruble, 12. Stan Beadles. 2:21.816

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dustin Clark, 4. Carson Short, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Mario Clouser, 9. Mitchell Davis, 10. Matt Westfall, 11. Robert Bell. 2:23.946

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Aric Gentry, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dakota Jackson, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Max Adams, 7. Chris Phillips, 8. Dustin Smith, 9. Kurt Gross, 10. Chayse Hayhurst, 11. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stephen Schnapf, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Kent Schmidt, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Brandon Morin, 8. Brady Short, 9. Ryan Bond, 10. Steve Thomas, 11. Critter Malone. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Mario Clouser, 2. Kent Schmidt, 3. Brandon Morin, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Mitchell Davis, 6. Dustin Smith, 7. Kurt Gross, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 10. Sam Scott, 11. Steve Thomas, 12. Eric Perrott, 13. Ryan Bond, 14. Robert Bell. 2:26.686

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Kendall Ruble, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Max Adams, 5. Brady Short, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Brandon Morin, 9. Mario Clouser, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Kent Schmidt, 12. Critter Malone, 13. Stan Beadles, 14. Brayden Fox, 15. Chayse Hayhurst, 16. Chris Phillips, 17. Logan Seavey, 18. Jarett Andretti. 2:56.830

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Stephen Schnapf (1), 2. Robert Ballou (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 4. Carson Short (4), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. Chase Stockon (11), 8. Brady Bacon (10), 9. Jadon Rogers (12), 10. Brady Short (21), 11. Donny Brackett (6), 12. C.J. Leary (7), 13. Brandon Mattox (16), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 15. Kendall Ruble (13), 16. Max Adams (17), 17. Aric Gentry (20), 18. Kent Schmidt (24), 19. Dustin Clark (19), 20. Logan Seavey (23), 21. Dakota Jackson (8), 22. Kyle Cummins (3), 23. Anton Hernandez (22), 24. Jonathan Vennard (18), 25. Dave Darland (25), 26. Chayse Hayhurst (26). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Stephen Schnapf.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-368, 2-Chris Windom-353, 3-Brady Bacon-344, 4-C.J. Leary-320, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-291, 6-Chase Stockon-283, 7-Carson Short-270, 8-Logan Seavey-253, 9-Dave Darland-234, 10-Robert Ballou-207.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Andrew Layser-31, 2-Logan Seavey-29, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-25, 4-Tanner Thorson-23, 5-Chris Windom-23, 6-Brady Bacon-20, 7-Mario Clouser-19, 8-Daison Pursley-18, 9-Tyler Courtney-16, 10-Tyler Thomas-16.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 26, 2020 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/Addiction Solutions Vincennes Fast Qualifier: Dave Darland

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Donny Brackett

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Stephen Schnapf

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Brady Short (21st to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Brandon Mattox

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Dave Darland

 

 

KOKOMO INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (June 13, 2020).........The wait has been agonizing. After all, it's been more than 14 months since we last were witnesses to USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing at Kokomo Speedway.

But the wait is about to come to an end with the 2020 Indiana Midget Week finale set for Sunday night, June 21 at the quarter-mile dirt oval.

The last Kokomo USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event in April of 2019 had everything you could ask for in an event. Drama, spectacular racing and a last lap, last corner pass to decide the outcome between two of USAC's brightest stars.

The drama part of it unfolded following an incident on the final lap of the Kokomo Sprint Car race that preceded the Midget feature. Justin Grant got the best of Kevin Thomas Jr. in the sprint tilt, picking up the victory following a last-lap, side-by-side battle that wound up with Thomas on his head before he made a beeline to the opposite end of the track to confront Grant.

As luck would have it, a look at the starting lineup for the midget feature showed the same two starting side-by-side in the second row, setting the stage for round two of the duel which would once again come down to the final lap, but this time with the outcome the mirror opposite.

Thomas, the 2016 Kokomo Sprint Car track champ, ran down Grant late in the going and, on the final corner of the final lap, reversed his fortunes with redemption, nipping Grant by half a front wheel at the stripe - or 0.015 seconds to be precise, in the closest series finish of the 2019 season.

Those two return on Sunday, June 21 to Kokomo with Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) looking to get back on the right track with a new chassis in hand for Indiana Midget Week, while Grant (Ione, Calif.) enters as the hottest driver in all of USAC after winning the most recent USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race in May at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. as well as victories in the two most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features last weekend.

Thomas, in fact, owns two USAC National Midget feature wins at Kokomo, also capturing the latest Indiana Midget Week round at the track in 2018. The 2019 IMW event at Kokomo was rained out.

Defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Thomas have divvied up series wins at Kokomo over the past two seasons with Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) winning in the spring of 2018 and 2019.

Thomas, Grant and Courtney have all won in USAC Sprint Car competition at Kokomo with Thomas taking a total of five victories. That's including two non-points special events. Courtney has won four USAC Sprint contests over the past three years and Grant, the 2017 and 2019 Kokomo Sprint track champion, has won in each of the past two years, the 2018 Smackdown as well as the non-points special event #GYATK Night last August.

Courtney and Thomas are among the five previous Kokomo USAC National Midget feature winners in the June 21 lineup, along with St. Helena, California's Rico Abreu (twice in 2014 and once in 2016), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon (2006 & twice in 2017) and Elk Grove, California's Kyle Larson (2012).

For Bacon, the 2006 victory was the first of his USAC career at the age of 16. Rich Vogler leads all drivers with seven USAC National Midget wins at Kokomo in his legendary career.

Five other drivers who've experienced the taste of USAC National Sprint Car victory at Kokomo Speedway are aiming to reach victory lane for the first time in a USAC National Midget there, including Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), the winningest driver in the history of the track and a four-time sprint car track champ in 1987-91-93-94 who has yet to win a National Midget race at Kokomo, but has won regionally behind the wheel of a midget.

That's similar to Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the 2010 and 2018 sprint track champion at Kokomo who won a USAC Regional Midget race at Kokomo in 2016 but hasn't yet broken through for a National Midget score there where's he won four times in USAC Sprints, including one non-points special event.

Three others, Thomas Meseraull (2017-18-19), Kyle Cummins (2016) and 2018 USAC National Midget champion Logan Seavey (2019), have all won USAC Sprint Car races at Kokomo but are searching for a first USAC National Midget win at Kokomo.

The race marks the 81st visit by the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets to Kokomo Speedway since USAC's debut season in 1956, a race won by Forrest Parker. Kokomo Speedway is the only track from the 1956 USAC National Midget schedule that remains on the 2020 event calendar.

That Sunday at Kokomo, and every night throughout Indiana Midget Week, local sprint car racing will be a part of the festivities. At Kokomo, the grandstands open at 3pm ET and hot laps at 6pm.

Tickets for Indiana Midget Week at Kokomo are selling fast and are only available online at www.usactickets.com. General admission tickets for adults are $25 with kids age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $30 for all ages.

First up on the 2020 Indiana Midget Week trail is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville joins the IMW docket for the 11th straight year, and for the first time, on back-to-back nights.

The 3/8-mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21.

All Indiana Midget Week events will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues. Tickets are expected to sell fast and will only be available online at www.usactickets.com while they last.

There, you will be provided the option to upgrade to a pit pass. You will also have the option to purchase tickets for the full week of Indiana Midget Week events.

On the screen, there will also be a space to reserve children's tickets. All children's ticket prices will be based on each track's policies. Children's tickets will count toward the capacity level and we can keep track of all the numbers to stay within the 50 percent capacity guideline.

There's also an option to order an Indiana Midget Week shirt that you can pick up at one of the Indiana Midget Week events you are attending.

All nights of the IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

JUNE 21 KOKOMO INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ENTRY LIST: (45 CARS)

08 NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)

2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)

2ND DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dan & Patricia Harris)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)

4B BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7m BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7R RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Response Management Services)

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Hayward Motorsports)

19A HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

25 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

35 TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Petry Motorsports)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K RICO ABREU/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

84 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

97 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Response Management Services)

2018 KOKOMO INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE RESULTS

(Starting position in parentheses)

1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Spencer Bayston (3), 3. Logan Seavey (9), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Tyler Thomas (10), 6. Brady Bacon (13), 7. Zeb Wise (5), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 9. Chad Boat (22), 10. Holly Shelton (14), 11. Sam Johnson (8), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (16), 13. Justin Grant (15), 14. Alex Bright (17), 15. Tyler Courtney (2), 16. Ryan Robinson (6), 17. Chase Jones (19), 18. Tanner Thorson (7), 19. Brayton Lynch (20), 20. Tyler Nelson (21), 21. Justin Dickerson (18), 22. Tanner Carrick (12). NT

KOKOMO USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

7-Rich Vogler

6-Mel Kenyon

3-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Jimmy Davies & Bob Wente

2-Chuck Arnold, Tyler Courtney, Bobby Grim, Page Jones, Mike McGreevy, Ken Schrader, Bob Tattersall & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Tommy Astone, Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Bud Bogard, Frank Burany, Pancho Carter, Danny Caruthers, Jimmy Caruthers, Tommy Copp, Rex Easton, Tony Elliott, Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, Darren Hagen, Gene Hartley, Jack Hewitt, Tracy Hines, Brad Kuhn, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, Critter Malone, Don Meacham, Jerry Nuckles, Forrest Parker, Michael Pickens, Ron Shuman, Graham Standring, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Len Sutton, Shorty Templeman, Sleepy Tripp, Jerry Weeks & J.J. Yeley

KOKOMO USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1956: Forrest Parker (7/28)

1957: Len Sutton (6/23) & Rex Easton (8/17)

1958: Frank Burany (5/24)

1959: Gene Force (5/29) & Shorty Templeman (7/12)

1960: Jimmy Davies (5/29), Bod Bogard (6/25), Gene Hartley (7/24) & Bob Wente (8/13)

1961: Jimmy Davies (5/29) & Jimmy Davies (7/30)

1962: Tommy Copp (6/30) & Bob Tattersall (7/29)

1964: Bob Wente (7/11)

1965: Mel Kenyon (5/30), Bobby Grim (6/26) & Bobby Grim (7/24)

1966: Chuck Arnold (5/29) & Bob Tattersall (8/27)

1967: Mike McGreevy (5/29), Chuck Arnold (6/17) & Mike McGreevy (7/22)

1968: Bob Wente (6/30) & Don Meacham (7/21)

1969: Lee Kunzman (5/31)

1970: Dave Strickland (5/30) & Tom Bigelow (8/1)

1971: Danny Caruthers (7/16) & Jimmy Caruthers (8/7)

1972: Pancho Carter (8/26)

1973: Billy Engelhart (7/14)

1975: Sleepy Tripp (7/9)

1976: Tommy Astone (7/7)

1977: Mel Kenyon (7/13)

1978: Ron Shuman (8/23) & Jerry Weeks (8/23)

1979: Mel Kenyon (6/14) & Mel Kenyon (7/11)

1980: Rich Vogler (6/11) & Rich Vogler (7/10)

1981: Rich Vogler (6/10) & Ken Schrader (7/8)

1982: Ken Schrader (6/10) & Mel Kenyon (7/7)

1983: Rich Vogler (6/8) & Rich Vogler (7/13)

1984: Jerry Nuckles (6/6)

1985: Rich Vogler (6/29)

1987: Mel Kenyon (6/24)

1988: Mike Streicher (6/22) & Rich Vogler (8/17)

1990: Graham Standring (8/8)

1991: Jack Hewitt (8/7)

1992: Page Jones (8/19)

1993: Critter Malone (8/11)

1994: Page Jones (7/27)

1995: Tony Elliott (8/23)

2000: Tracy Hines (8/27)

2003: J.J. Yeley (6/15)

2006: Brady Bacon (8/20)

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (8/12)

2008: Bryan Clauson (8/10)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2010: Brad Kuhn (6/20)

2011: Michael Pickens (6/12)

2012: Kyle Larson (6/17)

2013: Christopher Bell (6/16)

2014: Rico Abreu (4/11), Rico Abreu (4/12) & Bryan Clauson (6/15)

2015: Darren Hagen (4/11)

2016: Rico Abreu (6/5)

2017: Brady Bacon (4/8), Brady Bacon (4/9) & Spencer Bayston (6/11)

2018: Tyler Courtney (4/13) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (6/3)

2019: Tyler Courtney (4/5) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6)

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana

Fri., June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

LINCOLN PARK SET FOR INDIANA MIDGET WEEK DOUBLE JUNE 18-19

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 13, 2020).........There are comeback stories. And then there's the Tanner Thorson comeback story from last year's round of Indiana Midget Week at Lincoln Park Speedway, host of two Indiana Midget Week rounds in 2020 on Thursday and Friday, June 18-19.

With the wounds and scars still readily evident on his body after sustaining a broken left arm and right foot, a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung following a multi-car incident on Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif. in March of 2019, the Minden, Nevada native delivered a performance that he said was "definitely one I'll remember forever."

It was definitely a performance that has still not been forgotten by those who were witnesses as Thorson used the bottom to capture the lead with just four laps remaining, enduring attack after attack from Kevin Thomas Jr. and Kyle Larson during the final laps to earn the victory, a dream scenario for the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ that arrived in just his third race back since his injuries three months prior.

Thorson's comeback, you might say, is complete and here to stay as we enter Indiana Midget Week. He began the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season with two victories in the first three races for Hayward Motorsports at Ocala, Fla. and Du Quoin, Ill., and nearly won the second night out at Ocala when he lost an engine while leading late in the going.

Thorson also won at Lincoln Park in Indiana Midget Week in 2016 during his championship campaign and is one of two drivers in this week's field who has previously won a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at the 5/16-mile dirt oval. Driver of the Dan Harris-owned No. 2ND, Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) won his 30th and most recent series race at the Putnamville, Ind. track in 2014, setting a new 30-lap series record in the process.

Chad Boat, a winner at Putnamville as a driver in 2018, is on the other side of the fence now as mechanic and car owner with four entries throughout all of Indiana Midget Week for night two Ocala, Fla. winner Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), 2019 series Rookie of the Year Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), five-time IMW feature winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) and last year's Placerville Speedway Hangtown 100 opening night winner Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.).

Darland, meanwhile, is also a six-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner at LPS. Also entered in Midgets throughout Indiana Midget Week are USAC National champions Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), both one-time USAC Sprint winners at LPS.

The roots of Courtney's association with Lincoln Park Speedway run deep. In fact, his grandparents, Mike and Verla Farrar, owned and operated the joint for nearly two decades between 1981 and 1996.

Forty-six cars are entered for each night of Indiana Midget Week 2020 at Lincoln Park Speedway. Each night, the pit area opens at 3pm Eastern, grandstands open at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

First up is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville joins the IMW docket for the 11th straight year, and for the first time, on back-to-back nights.

The 3/8-mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC's inaugural season of 1956.

Tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com for the June 16-21 Indiana Midget Week featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and local sprint car racing as part of the festivities.

All USAC events held during June in Indiana will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues. These tickets are expected to sell fast and will only be available online at www.usactickets.com while they last.

There, you will be provided the option to upgrade to a pit pass. You will also have the option to purchase tickets for the full week of Indiana Midget Week events.

On the screen, there will also be a space to reserve children's tickets. All children's ticket prices will be based on each track's policies. Children's tickets will count toward the capacity level and we can keep track of all the numbers to stay within the 50 percent capacity guideline.

There's also an option to order an Indiana Midget Week shirt that you can pick up at one of the Indiana Midget Week events you are attending.

All nights of the IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

Fields at each venue will be capped at 48 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and 45 Sprint Cars. Limited spots remain. Competitor entry for Indiana Midget Week is now open for the events not filled yet, including for Sprint Cars as well at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors. There, you may also purchase pit passes when entering a car.

JUNE 18 LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ENTRY LIST: (46 CARS)

08 NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)

2ND DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dan & Patricia Harris)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)

4B BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

4J JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (4J Motorsports)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7m BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7R RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Response Management Services)

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17 RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Hayward Motorsports)

19A HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

25 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

35 TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Petry Motorsports)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)

55K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Jeff Sparks)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K RICO ABREU/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

84 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

97 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Response Management Services)

JUNE 19 LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ENTRY LIST: (46 CARS)

08 NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)

2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)

2ND DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dan & Patricia Harris)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)

4B BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

4J JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (4J Motorsports)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7m BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7R RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Response Management Services)

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin's Motorsports)

15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17 RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Hayward Motorsports)

19A HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

20 KAMERON GLADISH/Indianapolis, IN (Nolen Racing)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

25 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

35 TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Petry Motorsports)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)

55K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Jeff Sparks)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

84 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

97 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Response Management Services)

USAC MIDGET WINS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY

3-Bryan Clauson

2-Jay Drake

2-Tracy Hines

2-Tanner Thorson

1-Christopher Bell, Chad Boat, Lonnie Caruthers, Dave Darland, Tony Elliott, Kevin Olson, Johnny Parsons, Michael Pickens, Brad Sweet & Rich Vogler

USAC MIDGET WINNERS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY

1979: Johnny Parsons (5/5) & Lonnie Caruthers (9/15)

1985: Kevin Olson (6/14)

1988: Rich Vogler (9/11)

1997: Tracy Hines (9/6)

1998: Tony Elliott (9/5)

1999: Jay Drake (9/4)

2000: Jay Drake (9/2)

2001: Tracy Hines (9/1)

2010: Brad Sweet (6/17)

2011: Bryan Clauson (6/9)

2012: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2013: Christopher Bell (6/13)

2014: Dave Darland (6/12)

2015: Bryan Clauson (6/11)

2016: Tanner Thorson (6/2)

2017: Michael Pickens (6/8)

2018: Chad Boat (5/31)

2019: Tanner Thorson (6/6)

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana

Fri., June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

TERRE HAUTE & PUTNAMVILLE ADDED TO INDEPENDENCE WEEK USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT SCHEDULE

Speedway, Indiana (June 12, 2020).........Bonus nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing have been added to the 2020 schedule to make for a can't miss Independence Day week to kick off the month of July.

On Wednesday, July 1, the 50th annual Tony Hulman Classic comes to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, continuing a tradition that began in 1971 on the famed half-mile dirt oval at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

Furthermore, a date for the series has been added to the Bill Gardner Sprintacular to make for back-to-back nights of full racing programs for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series at the 5/16-mile Lincoln Park Speedway dirt oval in Putnamville, Ind. on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.

The Friday, July 3 event will be a full-points event for MSCS and will award 50 appearance points to all competing licensed USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car drivers and teams toward the series championship standings. The MSCS format will be utilized with group qualifying and a drawing to be held after the heats to determine the exact number of cars to be inverted at the front of the feature event.

The Saturday, July 4 event at Lincoln Park will be a full-points race for both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the MSCS Sprints. USAC's format of single car qualifying, with the top-four transferring from each heat race and top-six from the semi-feature to seed the feature starting lineup, will be used.

Meanwhile, the series has announced the postponement of a pair of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events, the June 27 race at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. as well as the July 9 event at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska.

Additionally, earlier this afternoon, both the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds announced the cancellation of their annual state fairs. However, Track Enterprises, the promoter of both the Bettenhausen 100 and Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown events at each of the one-mile dirt ovals, is working with each fair manager regarding the possibility of still holding both events this season.

UPCOMING USAC NATIONAL SCHEDULE:

June 14: Tri-State Speedway/Haubstadt, IN - AMSOIL National Sprint

June 16: Paragon Speedway/Paragon, IN - NOS Energy Drink National Midget

June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway/Gas City, IN - NOS Energy Drink National Midget

June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway/Putnamville, IN - NOS Energy Drink National Midget

June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway/Putnamville, IN - NOS Energy Drink National Midget

June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway/Lawrenceburg, IN - NOS Energy Drink National Midget

June 21: Kokomo Speedway/Kokomo, IN - NOS Energy Drink National Midget

June 26: Plymouth Speedway/Plymouth, IN - AMSOIL National Sprint

July 1: Terre Haute Action Track/Terre Haute, IN - AMSOIL National Sprint

July 3: Lincoln Park Speedway/Putnamville, IN - AMSOIL National Sprint

July 4: Lincoln Park Speedway/Putnamville, IN - AMSOIL National Sprint

July 10: Knoxville Raceway/Knoxville, IA - AMSOIL National Sprint

July 11: Knoxville Raceway/Knoxville, IA - AMSOIL National Sprint

 

 

BONUS CONTINGENCIES ADDED FOR INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

Speedway, Indiana (June 10, 2020)………Longtime USAC supporters ProSource and B & W Auto Mart have added bonus awards to USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competitors during the 16th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week June 16-21.

Each night, the ProSource Hard Work Award will present $100 to the slowest qualifier who transfers to the feature event.

At the end of the week, the driver who advances the most total positions from his or her feature starting spot throughout the entirety of Indiana Midget Week will receive $400 as the ProSource Passing Master. Provisional starters each night are ineligible to receive points toward the passing master total.

Additionally, another $100 each night will go to the Hard Charger courtesy of B & W Auto Mart out of Bloomington, Ind. – the driver who advances the most positions from his or her starting spot during the night’s feature event. Provisional starters are ineligible to receive the nightly $100 bonus.

Fast Qualifying time each night will be sponsored by Fatheadz Eyewear, who’ll pay $100 to the driver clocking in the fastest in time trials. Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension Inc., AutoMeter and Indy Race Parts proudly sponsor each of the four heat races while Indy Metal Finishing is the title sponsor of the semi-feature.

KSE Racing Products supports the Hard Charger, Wilwood Brakes the 13th place finisher each night, and Saldana Racing Products as the sponsor of the first non-transfer and the “sweep,” if a driver can set fast time in qualifying, win his or her heat, then capture the victory in the feature event all in one night.

NOS Energy Drink is the title sponsor of the USAC Midget National Championship. Hoosier Racing Tire is the “Official Tire of the United States Auto Club. FloRacing is the official video partner of the United States Auto Club.

Added to their Indiana Midget Week support, ProSource has put up a $2,500 year-end reward to the driver who passes the most total cars during the feature events throughout USAC’s 2020 Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget season.

USAC would like to thank VP Racing Fuels – the official fuel of USAC; Racing Electronics – the official communications provider of USAC and iRacing – the official motorsport simulation of USAC; Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – the official trailer of USAC. and Honda Generators – the official generator of USAC.

First up is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville joins the IMW docket for the 11th straight year, and for the first time, on back-to-back nights.

The 3/8-mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC’s inaugural season of 1956.

Tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com for the June 16-21 Indiana Midget Week featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and local sprint car racing as part of the festivities.

All USAC events held during June in Indiana will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues. These tickets are expected to sell fast and will only be available online at www.usactickets.com while they last.

There, you will be provided the option to upgrade to a pit pass. You will also have the option to purchase tickets for the full week of Indiana Midget Week events.

On the screen, there will also be a space to reserve children’s tickets. All children’s ticket prices will be based on each track’s policies. Children’s tickets will count toward the capacity level and we can keep track of all the numbers to stay within the 50 percent capacity guideline.

There’s also an option to order an Indiana Midget Week shirt that you can pick up at one of the Indiana Midget Week events you are attending.

All nights of the IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

Fields at each venue will be capped at 48 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and 45 Sprint Cars. Limited spots remain. Competitor entry for Indiana Midget Week is now open for the events not filled yet, including for Sprint Cars as well at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors. There, you may also purchase pit passes when entering a car.

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, Indiana

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

Fri., June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

SUNDAY'S "THE SHOWDOWN" SHOWCASES USAC & MSCS SPRINTS AT TRI-STATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (June 10, 2020).........Of late, the name that first comes to mind when thinking of Tri-State Speedway is Kyle Cummins. After all, he's won the last two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held at the quarter-mile dirt oval, the same place he went an undefeated 7-for-7 in sprint car competition during the 2019 season.

Four other drivers have won consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features at Tri-State Speedway entering this Sunday night's "The Showdown" USAC/MSCS co-sanctioned event at the Haubstadt, Ind. track: Cory Kruseman (2004-05), Daron Clayton (2006-07), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013 & 17-18) and Brady Short (2015).

However, none of those have won three-in-a-row with USAC at "The Class Track." Cummins, of Princeton, Ind. has that opportunity this Sunday. Cummins owns four total TSS USAC Sprint wins in his career, including 2016, 2017 and two in 2019. In 2019 alone, he led 34 of a possible 60 laps and scored a heat win in September as well and was even third in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature there in October. Sunday, June 14 Tri-State Speedway USAC/MSCS Tickets: www.usactickets.com.

With one more victory, Kevin Thomas Jr. could become the all-time winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at TSS. He currently owns five wins, and one more would break the Cullman, Ala. driver from a tie with Daron Clayton. Thomas won twice in 2013, then again in 2017 and most recently in 2018. The 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year was also a 2nd place finisher in last October's TSS Midget round after leading 8 laps.

Cummins and Thomas are two of the nine previous USAC National Sprint Car feature winners at TSS among the 48 drivers entered for Sunday's event. Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) won in 2014, while Brady Bacon did so in 2015. Another Brady in Brady Short won twice in 2015 as Chase Stockon captured a meaningful score close to his residence of Fort Branch, Ind. in 2016. Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), unrelated to Brady Short, won USAC's 10,000th race in 2016 while Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) triumphed in 2017 and the series' winningest driver at 62 victories, Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), won his long-awaited first at Tri-State in 2018.

Last season, Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was the hard charger on both occasions at TSS, driving from 15th to 5th in July and 19th to 8th in September. Meanwhile, Stockon was the fastest qualifier during the rain-interrupted June date a year ago and had a pair of solid finishes at TSS with a 4th in July and a 7th in September.

Not on this list of past TSS USAC winners is Justin Grant, who's been hotter than a 2-dollar pistol of late with a weekend sweep of USAC Sprint events last weekend at both Iowa's 34 Raceway and Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. Prior to that, he also was the winner of the most recent USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature in late May at Port City Raceway in Okla.

Although he hasn't found victory lane with USAC at TSS yet, Grant was the fastest qualifier twice last year, both in July and September. He won his heat and finished 3rd in the feature in July. He even ran 5th in last October's TSS USAC Midget race after starting 16th, earning hard charger honors.

C.J. Leary jumped in the KO Motorsports No. 5K on short notice for last weekend's USAC Sprint races, and ultimately drove to a runner-up finish at 34 Raceway and a 6th at I-55. The Greenfield, Ind. native was 10th at TSS in July 2019, and in September, won his heat, led 9 laps and finished 3rd.

Stephen Schnapf (Evansville, Ind.), had his best USAC ride of his career last July at TSS, winning his heat, and led 26 of 30 laps before finishing in the runner-up spot behind Cummins. Fellow TSS mainstays also found success last year with USAC at the track. Chayse Hayhurst (Evansville, Ind.) won his first career USAC heat race in July 2019 at TSS while Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) was impressive in both outings with an 8th in July and a 4th in September. Critter Malone (Pittsboro, Ind.) had his best run of the season with USAC last September, finishing 6th.

Furthermore, Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, N.C.) was 6th in July at TSS a year ago. USAC's National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year for 2019, Dustin Clark of Washington, Ind. captured a heat race victory and led his first feature lap with USAC in September. Last September, Josh Hodges finished 10th at TSS, but this year, he's stepped aside and veteran Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has been tabbed as the driver of the Hodges Motorsports No. 74x, where he'll make his USAC debut in the car on Sunday at TSS.

Thomas Meseraull, driving his own No. 00 in this Sunday's USAC Sprint event, led three laps in last October's TSS USAC Midget feature and finished 8th after a late incident. Logan Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, led the first seven of that same Midget feature and finished 6th.

Pits open Sunday at Tri-State Speedway at 3pm Central, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 with children 12 and under free. Tickets can be purchased exclusively at www.usactickets.com.

This race, and all other USAC National events will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2T1ZW5f.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS

1. (5) Daron Clayton & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

3. (4) Kyle Cummins & Cory Kruseman

5. (3) Rick Hood

6. (2) Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short & Jon Stanbrough

9. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Carson Short, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS

1983: Rick Hood (9/4)

1984: Steve Butler (5/28) & Rick Hood (9/2)

1988: Kenny Jacobs (8/7)

1989: Rick Hood (6/3)

2000: Cory Kruseman (7/30)

2001: Tony Elliott (5/13) & Jay Drake (7/22)

2002: Tracy Hines (5/19) & Cory Kruseman (7/21)

2003: J.J. Yeley (7/20)

2004: Cory Kruseman (7/18)

2005: Cory Kruseman (7/17)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/15) & Daron Clayton (9/2)

2007: Daron Clayton (7/21)

2008: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/19)

2009: Levi Jones (7/18)

2010: Blake Fitzpatrick (7/17)

2011: Damion Gardner (7/16) & Casey Riggs (9/17)

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12), Jon Stanbrough (7/21) & Daron Clayton (9/15)

2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5/11) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/14)

2014: Daron Clayton (4/26), Robert Ballou (7/19) & Daron Clayton (9/13)

2015: Brady Bacon (4/18), Brady Short (7/18) & Brady Short (9/19)

2016: Chase Stockon (4/16), Carson Short (7/16) & Kyle Cummins (9/17)

2017: Chris Windom (4/15), Kyle Cummins (7/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr., (9/16)

2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/28), Dave Darland (7/28) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/15)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/27) & Kyle Cummins (9/14)

ENTRY LIST: TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY - USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL/MSCS SPRINTS

00 THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (DubZero Racing)

01 ANTHONY D'ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D'Alessio-Parallax Motorsports)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

4B DONNY BRACKETT/Evansville, IN (Brackett Motorsports)

5 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

5K KENT SCHMIDT/Owensville, IN (KO Motorsports)

5m MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Max Adams Racing)

5s CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (KO Motorsports)

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Clouser Motorsports)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips Racing)

7 SAM SCOTT/Patoka, IN (Sam Scott)

7R RYAN BOND/Haubstadt, IN (Ryan Bond Racing)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

10 ARIC GENTRY/Robards, KY (GBR Racing)

11p BRADY SHORT/Bedford, IN (Short-Pottorff Racing)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Kyle Rogers)

15F AARON FARNEY/Brookston, IN (Farney Motorsports)

16 HARLEY BURNS/Brazil, IN (Harley Burns Racing)

17 KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Ruble-Martin Motorsports)

17G DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On the Gass Racing)

18 JARETT ANDRETTI/Mooresville, NC (Andretti Autosport Short Track)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold Underwood Motorsports)

20 CHAYSE HAYHURST/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst Racing)

27 STEVE THOMAS/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

32 CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

36D DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing)

45 ERIC PERROTT/Sumner, IL (Perrott Racing)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

53 BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing)

54 JONATHAN VENNARD/Vincennes, IN (KO Motorsports)

56 MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis)

61m STEPHEN SCHNAPF/Evansville, IN (Edwards Motorsports)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Bell Racing)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

84 STAN BEADLES/Owensville, IN (Beadles Racing)

98 BRANDON MORIN/Jasonville, IN (Morin Racing)

 

 

CHET FILLIP JOINS THUNDER RELIVED THURSDAY ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana.........Only six drivers have competed in the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the Little 500 Sprint Car race in their career: Tony Stewart, Parnelli Jones, Johnny Rutherford, Larry Dickson, Jim McElreath and Chet Fillip.

Fillip joins the set as this week's guest on episode 17 of USAC's Thunder Relived this Thursday night, June 11, at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing.

Throughout his career, Fillip, out of San Angelo, Texas, was one of the most versatile racers, competing at Indy and Daytona, USAC Silver Crown, Sprints and Midgets, plus Super Modifieds and even Sports Car racing. On the show, Fillip discusses which of those was the most hair-raising experience to be a part of.

Fillip raced Indy Cars between 1982 and 85, making 10 starts, finishing a best of 10th at Milwaukee in that final year, and in his two Indy starts, he finished 24th in 1982 and a 33rd in 1983. Soon after, Fillip made the transition to NASCAR stock cars, making 24 Winston Cup starts between 1985 and 1987, including the Daytona 500 in 1987.

By 1991, he had found his way to USAC Sprint Car racing where his first three starts that year came at the daunting high banked paved ovals of Salem and Winchester where he found instantaneous success. There, he and brother Corey designed and developed a radical looking sprint car that turned the racing world on its ear.

An eight-time winner in USAC's National Sprint Car division, when Fillip entered the 1995 season, he was just starting to hit his stride with the car, and that's the year Thunder Relived hosts Richie Murray and Kirk Spridgeon, along with guest Chet Fillip, will review on the show - the August 10, 1995 USAC National Sprint Car event held at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway from ESPN's Thursday Night Thunder.

Thunder Relived takes you in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com and social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

GAS CITY'S INDIANA MIDGET WEEK TRADITION RESUMES JUNE 17

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (June 9, 2020).........Gas City I-69 Speedway's origins with Indiana Midget Week began in 2005, the very first year of the mini-series. Fifteen years later, it's still home-sweet-home for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets with their 14th appearance at the ¼-mile dirt oval.

Shane Cottle (2006-07) and Darren Hagen (2011-12) are the only multi-time USAC National Midget feature winners at Gas City, and both did it in consecutive years.

Indiana Midget Week Tickets: www.usactickets.com

Last year's Gas City IMW winner Justin Grant has every wave of momentum riding with him entering the 2020 IMW round two event at Gas City on Wednesday, June 17, having just won the last two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races last weekend at Iowa's 34 Raceway and Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 as well the most recent USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature event on May 23 at Port City Raceway in Oklahoma.

In 2019, Grant (Ione, Calif.) wired all 30 laps to win the IMW feature at Gas City and is one of four previous IMW Gas City feature winners in this year's field, along with Steve Buckwalter (2010), Kyle Larson (2013) and Tanner Thorson (2015), twice a winner on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail this year, outdoors at Ocala, Fla. and indoors at Du Quoin, Ill.

Five additional drivers in the field have won in USAC Sprint Car competition at Gas City, including Dave Darland and Kevin Thomas Jr., both two-time winners, as well as Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom, who've each won once. Courtney and Windom have each won a singular USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature in 2020, Courtney at Port City and Windom at Ocala.

Reigning Gas City Sprint Car track champion Thomas Meseraull is also entered in this year's IMW Gas City Midget lineup as an RMS teammate to the 2018 Gas City Sprint Car champ, Clinton Boyles.

Paragon opens Indiana Midget Week on Tuesday, June 16, followed by Gas City on Wednesday, June 17. Next, on both Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville joins the IMW docket for the 11th straight year with two-straight nights of racing.

The three-eighths of a mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC's inaugural season of 1956.

All six Indiana Midget Week events will also feature local sprint car racing as part of the racing festivities. All nights of the IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2WQucRL.

Fields at each venue will be capped at 48 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and 45 Sprint Cars. Limited spots remain. Competitor entry for Indiana Midget Week is now open for the events not filled yet, including for Sprint Cars as well at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors. There, you may also purchase pit passes when entering a car.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY

2-Shane Cottle & Darren Hagen

1-Spencer Bayston, Steve Buckwalter, Jerry Coons Jr., Justin Grant, Brad Kuhn, Kyle Larson, Michael Pickens, Davey Ray & Tanner Thorson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY

2005: Davey Ray (8/19)

2006: Shane Cottle (8/18)

2007: Shane Cottle (8/10)

2008: Brad Kuhn (8/6)

2009: Jerry Coons Jr. (6/10)

2010: Steve Buckwalter (6/16)

2011: Darren Hagen (6/8)

2012: Darren Hagen (6/13)

2013: Kyle Larson (6/12)

2015: Tanner Thorson (6/10)

2016: Spencer Bayston (6/1)

2017: Michael Pickens (6/7)

2019: Justin Grant (6/5)

JUNE 17 GAS CITY INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ENTRY LIST: (48 CARS)

08 NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)

2ND DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dan & Patricia Harris)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4B BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7m BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7R RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Response Management Services)

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/New Whiteland, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)

17 RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Hayward Motorsports)

19A HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19G GAGE RUCKER/Bellflower, MO (Hayward Motorsports)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

20 KAMERON GLADISH/Indianapolis, IN (Nolen Racing)

21 DARYN PITTMAN/Owasso, OK (Pittman Motorsports)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

25 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

35 TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Petry Motorsports)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K RICO ABREU/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson)

73 DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

84 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

97 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K MAX McLAUGHLIN/Mooresville, NC (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Response Management Services)

 

 

STACKED PARAGON ENTRY LIST SET FOR JUNE 16 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

Paragon, Indiana (June 8, 2020).........The 16th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week comprises six consecutive nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing June 16-21, but the first of those dates brings the series to Paragon Speedway for the first time since 1985.

Few drivers on the 48-car entry list have previous experience at the 3/8-mile Paragon dirt oval in any form. For the majority of those who do, the on-track experience came in a sprint car. That makes for an interesting and entertaining dynamic, especially considering the enormous amount of talent stacked throughout this field.

You have four Indiana Midget Week titlists in Shane Cottle (2005-06), Rico Abreu (2014-15), Shane Golobic (2017), and Logan Seavey (2019). That's mixed with past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champions Dave Darland (2001-02), Tyler Courtney (2019), Tanner Thorson (2016) and Russ Gamester (1989), plus add in 2013 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion Daryn Pittman, 19-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner Kyle Larson as well as Talladega and Daytona 400-mile NASCAR Cup series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Add to that a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion in Brady Bacon (2014 & 16), a USAC Silver Crown (2016) and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist (2017) in Chris Windom, plus USAC National winners Justin Grant, Kyle Cummins, Kevin Thomas Jr., Zach Daum, Thomas Meseraull, Steve Buckwalter, Tanner Carrick, Cannon McIntosh, Gio Scelzi and Zeb Wise.

A handful of USAC Western champions are making the voyage to the Hoosier state starting at Paragon Speedway, including Robert Dalby, Brody Roa, Ronnie Gardner and Jake Swanson.

Tuesday at Paragon, pits will open at 4pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Tickets and pit passes are available now at www.usactickets.com.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on both Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville joins the IMW docket for the 11th straight year with two-straight nights of racing.

The three-eighths of a mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC's inaugural season of 1956.

All six Indiana Midget Week events will also feature local sprint car racing as part of the racing festivities. All nights of the IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

Fields at each venue will be capped at 48 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and 45 Sprint Cars. Competitor entry for Indiana Midget Week is now open for the events not filled yet, including for Sprint Cars as well at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors. There, you may also purchase pit passes when entering a car.

At press time, for the Midgets, one spot remains open for June 18 at Lincoln Park, five for Lawrenceburg and three for Kokomo. For Sprint Cars, nine spots are open for Gas City, two for June 19 at Lincoln Park, two for Lawrenceburg and nine for Kokomo.

JUNE 16 PARAGON SPEEDWAY INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ENTRY LIST: (48 CARS)

08 NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)

2ND DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dan & Patricia Harris)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4B BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)

4J JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (4J Motorsports)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7m BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7R RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Response Management Services)

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/New Whiteland, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)

17 RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Hayward Motorsports)

19A HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19G GAGE RUCKER/Bellflower, MO (Hayward Motorsports)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 DARYN PITTMAN/Owasso, OK (Pittman Motorsports)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

25 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

35 TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Petry Motorsports)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K RICO ABREU/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71x PRESLEY TRUEDSON/Kennedy, MN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson)

73 DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

84 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

86c SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

97 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Response Management Services)

 

 

DÉJÀ VU: GRANT COMPLETES WEEKEND SWEEP WITH I-55 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Pevely, Missouri (June 7, 2020).........Less than 24 hours after driving to his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season, Justin Grant did the deed again, sweeping the weekend capper Sunday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri.

Grant led wire-to-wire on Saturday night at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa after starting from the outside of the front row and leading all 30 laps in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - TOPP Industries - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/Claxton Chevy. On Sunday, he was once again in the same position, outside the front row in the feature starting lineup.

Grant drew the last pill in the qualifying draw, but the Ione, Calif. native went against the grain, shunning conventional wisdom and instilling the idea within that the track would slow him up just enough to eventually put him on the front row for the feature. He believed it, and that's just how it played out after qualifying third fastest in flight two.

After snaring the lead from polesitter Chase Stockon at the line on the second go-around, Grant led the remainder of the 29 laps to score his 18th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, moving him past Jerry Coons Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding for sole possession of 30th all-time.

Grant's fountain of confidence in current times is quite apparent, and he readily admits a successful run such as this after mighty struggles on occasions, is pretty sweet.

"When you're hot, you're hot. It's like you can't miss," Grant exclaimed. "Car's always perfect. Everything always works out. It's pretty magical when it's like this. It's not always like this, and I've done this enough to know that it can swing back the other way, but we'll work our butts off to make sure it doesn't for as long as we can."

The two Sprint victories come just two weeks after Grant won back-to-back Midget races over consecutive nights, including the final night of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Port City Raceway on May 23.

Once Grant took the lead Sunday at I-55, from basically the get-go, the race was just as much a race against the ever-changing preferred line as it was against anybody else in the 22-car field. Grant swapped from top to bottom on both ends of the 1/3-mile dirt oval while Brady Bacon, winner of the first two series races in Ocala, Fla. in February, slotted into second and posted a challenge to Grant.

"Early on, the top was dirty," Grant recalled. "The curb hadn't really formed up yet and there was enough moisture on the bottom in three and four that I was running the top, and thought it's pretty dirty up there and looks pretty wide down there, so I dropped to the bottom. A couple of times, I saw Brady's nose down the back stretch. I ran the bottom in three and four until I felt like it was getting slow. I had to slow a fair bit to get off four. I thought I'd be better off blazing around the fence. I was pretty happy about that because I like blazing around the fence."

While Grant was busy searching for happiness against the fence, Matt Westfall became the unhappy one who found misfortune against the turn two wall on the sixth lap, flipping upside down, an incident from which the Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver walked away unscathed.


"Three and four got pretty ledgy," Grant continued. "But you'd make really good time getting into the ledge hard exiting four, but it would get you tight if you weren't careful. I got tight a couple times at the fence off four. That was a lot of fun. That's how sprint cars are supposed to race, cowboy up, banging the fence and trying to keep yourself from crashing."
(Rich Forman Photo)



Grant and Bacon remained right against the wall, albeit of the inside variety, while Chris Windom and Tyler Courtney clung to the high line to make their surge to the front. And when a caution for a Mitchell Davis spin on lap 16 cleared the traffic and the path for the leaders, Grant took off, while Windom and Courtney, in quick succession on laps 17 and 18, powered around Bacon on the topside for the second and third spot, respectively.

Grant then went back to the top while sliding himself on entry into turns one and two. At one point, with it being slick on entry at the top of turn one, he admitted he about backed it into the fence, so he recalculated and changed up his approach. When his tires held their grip across the center, he thought he'd be hard to beat if that component of the track's surface remained.

"It was kind of sketchy because there was a hole on the bottom of one and two where the moisture was," Grant recalled. "I'd come blazing through there wide open and it'd get to bucking and it would bounce all the way across the slick in the middle of one and two, then bash into the cushion off two. Sometimes it'd blow through and bash into the wall."

"Three and four got pretty ledgy," Grant continued. "But you'd make really good time getting into the ledge hard exiting four, but it would get you tight if you weren't careful. I got tight a couple times at the fence off four. That was a lot of fun. That's how sprint cars are supposed to race, cowboy up, banging the fence and trying to keep yourself from crashing."

After a yellow involving Carson Short on the 19th lap, the top-two of Grant and Windom broke away with Grant jetting out to a 1.824 second advantage that was erased when Logan Seavey slowed with seven laps remaining, a victim of a flat left rear tire.

An outstanding restart from Grant on the lap 24 resumption was the final nail for the rest of the field, though Robert Ballou used the moment to split through the gap in turn three to jump from fifth to third.

All the while, Grant put the race on ice, taking the checkered with a 1.639 second advantage over Windom, Ballou, Tyler Courtney and Dave Darland.

Grant elevated himself to the series point lead with the victory. For Windom, it was his second runner-up finish of the season. He and Grant are the only two with top-five finishes in all four series starts. A third for Ballou equaled his third place run at I-55 from two years prior. Courtney's fourth place run in his season debut with the series came one night after finishing third in Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway's weekly wing sprint car racing program. Dave Darland's fifth-place finish was his best with the series since November 2018 at Arizona Speedway where finished second on the final night of the Western World Championships.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2020 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Pevely, Missouri - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.971; 2. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.182; 3. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.241; 4. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.277; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.313; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.410; 7. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-13.476; 8. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-13.499; 9. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-13.535; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.558; 11. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.558; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.589; 13. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.613; 14. Anthony Nicholson, 16, Nicholson-13.704; 15. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio/Parallax-13.729; 16. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-13.746; 17. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.772; 18. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-14.446; 19. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-14.554; 20. Steve Thomas, 27, Thomas-14.611; 21. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.723.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.430; 2. C.J. Leary, 5K, KO-13.642; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.797; 4. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.849; 5. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-14.077; 6. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.096; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.149; 8. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Burks-14.207; 9. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.239; 10. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.266; 11. Tyler Kendall, 20, Kendall-14.315; 12. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-14.320; 13. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-14.322; 14. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.375; 15. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-14.411; 16. Zach Daum, 57, Artz-14.460; 17. Scotty Weir, 22, Goodnight-14.467; 18. Terry Babb, 88, Babb-14.540; 19. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-14.587; 20. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-14.684; 21. Scott Evans, 118, Evans-14.952.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Jonathan Vennard, 4. Mario Clouser, 5. Dustin Smith, 6. Anthony D'Alessio, 7. Chris Phillips, 8. Patrick Budde, 9. Robert Bell, 10. Logan Seavey, 11. Dustin Clark. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Anton Hernandez, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Anthony Nicholson, 7. Blake Vermillion, 8. Korey Weyant, 9. Steve Thomas, 10. Isaac Chapple. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Short, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Kory Schudy, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Tyler Kendall, 9. Brayden Fox, 10. Scott Evans, 11. Braydon Cromwell. 1:56.879

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Sterling Cling, 4. Mitchell Davis, 5. Jesse Vermillion, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Wyatt Burks, 8. Terry Babb, 9. Matt Goodnight, 10. Kurt Gross. 1:59.453
C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the semi) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Korey Weyant, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Terry Babb, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Blake Vermillion, 7. Scott Evans, 8. Braydon Cromwell, 9. Chris Phillips, 10. Robert Bell, 11. Steve Thomas, 12. Patrick Budde. 2:29.867 (New Track Record)

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brayden Fox, 4. Wyatt Burks, 5. Dustin Clark, 6. Dustin Smith, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Isaac Chapple, 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 10. Anthony Nicholson, 11. Tyler Kendall, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Kory Schudy, 14. Jadon Rogers, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Korey Weyant, 17. Jesse Vermillion, 18. Terry Babb. 2:40.932 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Chris Windom (4), 3. Robert Ballou (11), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Dave Darland (9), 6. C.J. Leary (3), 7. Brady Bacon (5), 8. Anton Hernandez (15), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 10. Mario Clouser (21), 11. Dustin Smith (20), 12. Wyatt Burks (16), 13. Jonathan Vennard (17), 14. Chase Stockon (1), 15. Brandon Mattox (19), 16. Brayden Fox (10), 17. Sterling Cling (12), 18. Dustin Clark (13), 19. Logan Seavey (8), 20. Carson Short (18), 21. Mitchell Davis (22), 22. Matt Westfall (14). NT

**Matt Westfall flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-30 Justin Grant.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-300, 2-Chris Windom-291, 3-Brady Bacon-288, 4-C.J. Leary-273, 5-Logan Seavey-230, 6-Chase Stockon-225, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-223, 8-Dave Darland-205, 9-Carson Short-201, 10-Anton Hernandez-173.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Andrew Layser-31, 2-Logan Seavey-29, 3-Tanner Thorson-23, 4-Chris Windom-20, 5-Mario Clouser-19, 6-Brady Bacon-18, 7-Daison Pursley-18, 8-Tyler Courtney-16, 9-Tyler Thomas-16, 10-Anton Hernandez-14.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 14, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Dave Darland

KSE Racing Products / American Motor Racing Podcast Hard Charger: Mario Clouser (21st to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jonathan Vennard

Saldana Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill First Non-Transfer: Matt Goodnight

Lakeland Square Laundry Heat Race Winner Bonus: Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant & C.J. Leary

Everything Dirt Racing Hard Luck Award / First Car Out: Matt Westfall

 

 

GASS IS KING OF MONARCH IN USAC WSO OPENER

Wichita Falls, Texas (June 5, 2020)………Noah Gass captured the victory in Friday night’s USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma season opener at Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Gass, of Mounds, Okla., led from start to finish in the 20-lap main event after starting from the outside of the front row. The only stoppage of the night came on lap 10 when 16-year-old Emilee Lowry flipped between turns three and four. She was okay.

From there, Gass, who made feature starts in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in 2019, carried onto victory over T.J. Herrell (Wichita Falls, Texas), Ty Hulsey (Owasso, Okla.) and two-time and defending champion Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), with Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) rounding out the top-five.

Larry’s Marine Center of Wichita Falls, Texas added a trio of awards to the event. Gass picked up an extra $250 bonus in addition to the winner’s share while Hagin took home a bonus as the feature hard charger by finishing 5th after starting 12th. Ninth place finishing Alison Slaton (Edmond, Okla.) earned a bonus as the last car on the lead lap of the feature at the checkered flag.

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2020 – Monarch Motor Speedway – Wichita Falls, Texas

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. 21-Ty Hulsey [1]; 2. 24-T.J. Herrell [5]; 3. 1s-Tyler Webb [2]; 4. 31-Mason Smith [7]; 5. 1-Justin Zimmerman [3]; 6. 6x-Cameron Hagin [6]; 7. 911-Waylon Weaver [4]; 8. 54-J.C. Wilson [8]

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. 04-Kyle Jones [3]; 2. 7D-David Baxter [2]; 3. 20G-Noah Gass [5]; 4. 53-Brett Wilson [4]; 5. 57-Chase Parson [1]; 6. 82-Austin Saunders [7]; 7. 6-Alison Slaton [8]; 8. 6N-Emilee Lowry[6]

FEATURE: (20 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. Noah Gass [2]; 2. T.J. Herrell [4]; 3. Ty Hulsey [1]; 4. Brett Wilson [8]; 5. Cameron Hagin [12]; 6. Austin Saunders [9]; 7. Chase Parson [11]; 8. Tyler Webb [7]; 9. Alison Slaton [13]; 10. Mason Smith [5]; 11. Justin Zimmerman [10]; 12. David Baxter [6]; 13. Emilee Lowry [15]; 14. Waylon Weaver [14]; 15. Kyle Jones [3]; 16. J.C. Wilson. NT

**Emilee Lowry flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Noah Gass.

LARRY’S MARINE CENTER WINNING BONUS: Noah Gass

LARRY’S MARINE CENTER HARD CHARGER: Cameron Hagin (12th to 5th)

LARRY’S MARINE CENTER LAST CAR ON LEAD LAP: Alison Slaton

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Noah Gass-150, 2-T.J. Herrell-142, 3-Ty Hulsey-135, 4-Brett Wilson-130, 5-Cameron Hagin-125, 6-Austin Saunders-122, 7-Chase Parson-119, 8-Tyler Webb-116, 9-Alison Slaton-113, 10-Mason Smith-110.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: June 6, 2020 – Oklahoma Sports Park – Ada, Oklahoma

 

 

THE STORYLINES: I-55 RACEWAY USAC SPRINTS ON SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Pevely, Missouri (June 5, 2020).........The capper of a doubleheader USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car weekend takes us to Federated Auto Parts Raceway on Sunday, June 7. An array of storylines are at the forefront and here are a few key items you need, must and should keep at least one of your eyes on this weekend as the series hustles on the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval.

RETURN OF COURTNEY

The mystery captured the imagination earlier this week as 43 of the 44 spots became filled for Sunday's round at I-55. Who would it be to file that final entry? As it turned out, it was none other than 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney and Clauson-Marshall Racing who became the 44th entry. The defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ raced to a recent victory with the Midgets on May 22 at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., and also captured a winged sprint car triumph at St. Francois County Raceway in Missouri just prior. This marks the 26-time USAC Sprint winner's season debut with the division.

THOMAS OUT FOR REDEMPTION

The lone past visit by the series to I-55 came in 2018, a barnburner between former roommates Jason McDougal and Kevin Thomas Jr. that saw six lead changes in a 30-lap span, including the final one, with just four laps remaining, as McDougal got by Thomas for the win. Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., is up for a little bit of redemption this time around after winning his heat race, leading 12 laps before finishing 2nd in the 2018 race.

I-55 MIDGET EXPERIENCE

While there's only been one previous appearance by the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at I-55 in 2018, midgets have made the pilgrimage to the racy venue over the past six seasons under the POWRi banner, and a couple handfuls of the very same individuals you'll see on Sunday in a USAC Sprint Car were on hand in a midget.

Pocahontas, Illinois driver Zach Daum won at I-55 in a midget in August 2016. Just last August, defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) ventured to I-55 for a pair of midget races, finishing 3rd in the feature on both nights. Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ and current point leader Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) drove from 10th to 2nd in a midget at I-55 in April 2018. Fellow USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) finished a solid 3rd in August of 2016 while Courtney's lone I-55 midget experience was a 16th place result in April 2018.

The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving champion, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), started on the pole and finished a best of 3rd at I-55 in April 2018. Arlington, Texas native and top Rookie thus far in the USAC Sprints, Anton Hernandez, was 12th in 2015. Kory Schudy of Springfield, Mo. earned a best I-55 midget finish of 9th in August 2018. Willow Branch, Indiana's Isaac Chapple, the 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, was 16th in 2015.

71p GETTIN' IT DONE

The same Daigh/Phillips Motorsports No. 71p ride that Jason McDougal used to score his first career victory at I-55 in 2018 is now in the hands of Carson Short (Marion, Ill.). While Short has already reached USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane once before, in 2016 at Tri-State Speedway, in his family owned No. 21, he's seeking that first one aboard the 71p. Interestingly enough, the team has won the most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races at both of this weekend's venues, including Saturday's track, 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa., with driver Dave Darland.

SAMPLING OF I-55 SPRINT SUCCESS

Including Thomas, 14 of the 22 starters from 2018's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debut at I-55 are pre-entered for this Sunday's event. Robert Ballou, the Rocklin, Calif. native and 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, is returning to USAC competition after missing the past year due to a serious arm injury suffered in a Sprint Car accident at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. Ballou set the standard at I-55 in his 2018 heat race, establishing a USAC track record for 8 laps at 1:44.38 before finishing 3rd in the feature.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon led early in the 2018 affair at I-55, controlling 11 laps early, then two more during mid-race to lead a race-high 13 laps total before, ultimately, finishing 9th.

Korey Weyant, great nephew of National Midget Hall of Famer and four-time Indianapolis 500 starter Chuck Weyant, was the hard charger at I-55 in 2018, rising up to drive from 18th to 10th in the final tally.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a recent USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. on May 23, took 5th in 2018. Defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) placed 6th, USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) 7th, 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was 8th, 2016 series Rookie of the Year Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) was 11th and 2014 & 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) notched 20th.

Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) was 12th in that 2018 race while Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) was 13th, Patrick Budde (Bartelso, Ill.) was 16th and Mitch Wissmiller (Saybrook, Ill.) 22nd.

"SHOW ME" THE MONEY Robert Ballou (2012 at Grain Valley, Mo.) and Tyler Courtney (2017 at Moberly, Mo.) have each found victory lane in the "Show Me State" of Missouri in their USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car careers. They'll both be in action Sunday at I-55. As far as teams, Daigh/Phillips Motorsports won with Jason McDougal at I-55 in 2018. TOPP Motorsports did likewise with Courtney in 2017 at Moberly, a car now driven by Justin Grant. The Fox Brothers No. 53, now driven by Brayden Fox, was the victor at Grain Valley in 2011 with driver Jon Stanbrough.

No team, however, owns more USAC Sprint wins in Missouri than Dynamics, Inc/Hoffman Auto Racing with four, the team with which Brady Bacon will race for this coming Sunday. The first Hoffman/Dynamics win in Missouri arrived in 1989 (with a wing) with driver Rich Vogler in at Moberly. Steve Butler returned the team to victory lane a year later in 1990 on the pavement at I-70 Speedway in Odessa. Butler did it again in 1991 at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon. Jerry Coons Jr. picked up the most recent for the winningest USAC Sprint team, back on the dirt of Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon in 2006.

RECORD WATCHING

With one more start this weekend, Brady Bacon would move into sole possession of 10th all-time on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts list at 334, surpassing 1977-81-82 champion Sheldon Kinser.

Two more starts this weekend would elevate Chase Stockon into a tie with 1973 USAC Sprint champ Rollie Beale for 12th all-time in starts at 319. It would also extend his record streak of consecutive starts with the series to 298, just two shy of becoming the first to reach the 300 mark.

One more start would be Chris Windom's 148th consecutive in the USAC Sprint division, the fourth-best streak of all-time behind Chase Stockon (296), Levi Jones (284) and Dave Darland (204). Windom became the fifth driver ever to break the 400 USAC Sprint start mark in the season finale last year at Arizona Speedway.

C.J. Leary would move past both Bryan Clauson and into a tie with Damion Gardner for 21st all-time (262 starts) with two more feature starts this weekend.

Also, two more starts this weekend would move Justin Grant past 1972 USAC Sprint champ Sammy Sessions as well as 1969 & 71 USAC Sprint champion driver Gary Bettenhausen into 24th all-time in that department.

Another start on Sunday for Tyler Courtney would mark his 178th career USAC Sprint start, moving him past 1986-87-88-90 series champ Steve Butler on the all-time list for 47th all-time.

Two starts for Scotty Weir in this weekend's events would be his 146th and past Dave Peperak for 62nd all-time in USAC Sprint starts. Two starts for Isaac Chapple, which would put him at 120, would move him past Lee Kunzman for 75th all-time in USAC Sprint starts.

For Carson Short, another two starts this weekend would put him at 92 career with the USAC National Sprint Cars. That would put him right inside the top-100 and alongside 1984-85 series champion Rick Hood.

Spectator tickets are on sale for the Sunday, June 7, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, exclusively at http://usactickets.com. Seating capacity is limited to 1,200 for this event.

Adult general admission tickets are $30 and $10 for children age 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members. UMP A-Mods will run as the support class. At I-55, pits open at 1pm Central and grandstands at 3pm with hot laps scheduled to begin at 5pm.

All USAC National events will be streamed live, and available on-demand, on FloRacing.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-155, 2-Chris Windom-146, 3-Justin Grant-140, 4-C.J. Leary-138, 5-Logan Seavey-135, 6-Kyle Cummins-130, 7-Chase Stockon-129, 8-Carson Short-118, 9-Dave Darland-96, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-95.

2018 FEATURE RESULTS:

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Robert Ballou (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Justin Grant (11), 6. C.J. Leary (8), 7. Dave Darland (7), 8. Chris Windom (10), 9. Chase Stockon (1), 10. Korey Weyant (18), 11. Isaac Chapple (9), 12. Mario Clouser (14), 13. Jadon Rogers (13), 14. Chet Williams (17), 15. Scottie Gretzmacher (16), 16. Patrick Budde (21), 17. Adam Parmeley (22), 18. Wade Seiler (19), 19. Chuck Walker (20), 20. Brady Bacon (5), 21. Joe B. Miller (12), 22. Mitch Wissmiller (15). NT

ENTRY LIST: USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT FEDERATED AUTO PARTS RACEWAY AT I-55

01 ANTHONY D'ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D'Alessio-Parallax Motorsports)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

4x BRAYDON CROMWELL/Lone Jack, MO (Braydon Cromwell)

5 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Clouser Motorsports)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

11w WYATT BURKS/Topeka, KS (Burks Racing)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Kyle Rogers)

16 ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Millington, TN (Nicholson Racing)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold Underwood Motorsports)

20 TYLER KENDALL/Connersville, IN (Kendall Racing)

22 SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Goodnight Racing)

22s SLATER HELT/Harrisonville, MO (Shawn Helt)

24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)

27 STEVE THOMAS/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

28K KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)

29 MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL (RMB Motorsports)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

32 CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

36D DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

52 ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (LNR-Isaac Chapple Racing)

53 BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing)

56 MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis)

57 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Artz & Sons)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Bell Racing)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

73 BLAKE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (Smith Racing)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

90 PATRICK BUDDE/Bartelso, IL (Budde Racing)

99 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

118 SCOTT EVANS/Rhome, TX (Scott Evans)

 

 

THE STORYLINES: 34 RACEWAY USAC SPRINTS ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

West Burlington, Iowa (June 5, 2020).........The storylines for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' first visit to West Burlington, Iowa's 34 Raceway this Saturday, June 6, are plentiful. With a long wait of nearly four months since the last time we saw them in action, there's no more waiting to be had. So, let's get right to it.

RUST VS. REST

During an unprecedented time for the series with a hiatus of 112 days between USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events, how will drivers and teams fare after such a long layoff? Basically, it's been another offseason to endure these past four months after the regularly scheduled three-month offseason during the winter months.

Some of Saturday's driver lineup have been able to compete and win in the meantime, such as Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), who captured the second night of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget T-Town Midget Showdown at Oklahoma's Port City Raceway on May 23 as well as a POWRi Midget feature in Grain Valley, Mo. the very next night. Same for Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), who captured POWRi Midget victories at Grain Valley and Oklahoma's I-44 Riverside Speedway, respectively.

Not much rust, if any, were shown by them and others who have copious amounts of dirt track racing experience. For some others, it may take a few laps to get back into the comfort groove, but the rust issue has seemed minimal to this point. But, like every "new" season, there'll be things teams will continue to work on getting ironed out as they get back on track.

BALLOU BACK

357 days since his last USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car start, "The Madman" Robert Ballou returns to competition with USAC Saturday at 34 Raceway. The Rocklin, Calif. driver is back after being sidelined for nearly a year following a broken arm suffered during a sprint car crash at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in June of 2019, a race in which he won! The 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion driver and owner and 29-time feature winner with the series, has been in competition the last couple of weeks in a winged sprint car in Pennsylvania.

LEARY RETURNS TO THE 30

Defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion C.J. Leary will be sporting a new, but familiar number this weekend as the Greenfield, Ind. driver will be back behind the wheel of the family-owned Leary Racing No. 30, the same team and car number that the 2019 series champ raced to six of his nine career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories.

Leary will retain the services of 2019 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year Davey Jones as the crew chief. Leary had competed in the first two events of the 2020 season at Ocala, Fla. for Gene Gile Racing, accruing a Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifying time on the second night of the season and brought home finishes of third and seventh in his two outings, and now resides fourth in the standings coming in.

3-IN-A-ROW FOR BACON?

No driver has ever won three consecutive features to begin a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season. None. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon aims to become the first after already doubling up with two-straight wins in the first two events of 2020 in Ocala, Fla. Only eight times has a driver even won two consecutive to start a USAC National Sprint Car season, and none in a decade prior to Bacon this season. Both of his two victories required yeoman's work from the two-time series champ (2014 & 16) after starting 9th each night.

DARLAND'S 34 PROWESS

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), the 1999 USAC Sprint champion, possesses the one-lap track record in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget at 34 Raceway. The series' all-time winningest driver at 62 victories and a National Sprint Car Hall of Famer to boot, he's also led 37 of a possible 60 laps at 34 Raceway in USAC Sprint competition at 34 Raceway, winning in 2013 and was leading when encountering a mechanical issue in 2010.

DAIGH-PHILLIPS STRONG AT 34

The car that Darland raced to a new track record and victory at 34 Raceway in 2013 was the Daigh/Phillips Motorsports No. 71p. In fact, the team has won the most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races at both of this weekend's venues, including Sunday's track, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, with driver Jason McDougal. Nowadays, the seat belongs to Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) who has two races under his belt with the team in February at Ocala. The pairing showed improvement from one night to the next, qualifying 4th and finishing 6th in the feature, and could be a force this weekend.

WINDOM KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

Chris Windom has knocking all over the door for a breakthrough USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at 34 Raceway. Not only did he finish 2nd in the feature behind Levi Jones in 2010, he was the runner-up again to Darland in 2013. He's been strong and consistent with his new Hayward Motorsports sprinter thus far in 2020, clicking off fast time in the opener and scoring finishes of 5th and 2nd to possess 2nd in the standings coming in.

34 EXPERIENCE ABOUNDS

Although it's been seven years since the last USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car visit to 34 Raceway, a number of drivers can count on their little bit of USAC experience at the track to help them navigate through Saturday night's festivities. In addition to Darland and Windom, Ballou was 5th there in 2013. Bacon led the first 13 laps of the 2013 event, but a broken rear axle suffered while leading relegated him to a 19th place finish. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas Jr. was 9th in 2013. Ludlow, Illinois native Steve Thomas was 13th in 2013. Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) had a career best USAC night there in 2010, recording fast qualifying time and finishing 5th in the feature. Patrick Budde (Bartelso, Ill.) was 16th in 2010.

HELLO GOODNIGHT

The Goodnight racing team has entered two cars for this Saturday at 34 Raceway, one for 2016 Gas City USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner Scotty Weir (Marion, Ind.) and one for Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.). The team was a force with Darland behind the wheel of the Goodnight No. 39 in 2010, qualifying 5th and leading the first 20 laps of the 30-lap feature before a mechanical issue plagued the car while leading with less than 10 laps to go.

CAR COUNT BOOM

It's been a long wait, and drivers are eager to get back on the track. Saturday at 34 Raceway presents one of the first opportunities for many, and first for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars in four months. The previous two USAC Sprint events at the track have resulted in car counts of 20 and 22. This weekend's confirmed pre-entry list has doubled those numbers with 44 drivers and cars expected!

HERNANDEZ LEADS ROOKIE RACE

The race for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year is young. Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) was mightily impressive at Ocala, Fla. in February, becoming the first driver since Jason McDougal in 2018 to finish within the top-8 in his first ever series start. He leads all Rookies thus far, with additional entries coming this Saturday from Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), Chris Phillips (Plainfield, Ind.), Anthony D'Alessio (Apollo Beach, Fla.), Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), among others.

RETURN OF THE SAVAGE

It's been seven years since "The Savage" Kurt Gross last made a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature lineup. For the first time in quite a while, he appears on the pre-entry list for a series event. The fuel dealer out of Washington, Ind., Gross will be behind the wheel of the No. 1x in each of this weekend's events.

It's a doubleheader USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car weekend this coming Saturday, June 6, at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa and Sunday, June 7, at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55!

Grandstand ticket sales are now live for the June 6 race at 34 Raceway at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1208706&store=12037. Grandstand seating is limited to 50 percent capacity, so make sure to act fast so you don't miss out! Pits open at 3pm Central, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and cars on track at 6pm.

Spectator tickets are also now on sale for the June 7 race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, exclusively at http://usactickets.com. Seating capacity is limited to 1,200 for this event. The grandstands for the I-55 event will be limited to 1,200 spectators. Adult general admission tickets are $30 and $10 for children age 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members. UMP A-Mods will run as the support class. At I-55, pits open at 1pm Central and grandstands at 3pm with hot laps scheduled to begin at 5pm.

All USAC National events will be streamed live, and available on-demand, on FloRacing.

TOP-10 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-155, 2-Chris Windom-146, 3-Justin Grant-140, 4-C.J. Leary-138, 5-Logan Seavey-135, 6-Kyle Cummins-130, 7-Chase Stockon-129, 8-Carson Short-118, 9-Dave Darland-96, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-95.

PAST 34 RACEWAY USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

2010 FEATURE: 1. Levi Jones, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Shane Hmiel, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Terry Babb, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Henry Clarke, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Kyle Robbins, 12. Ricky Williams, 13. J.C. Bland, 14. Casey Riggs, 15. Ryan Jamison, 16. Patrick Budde, 17. Chad Branson, 18. Matt Harms, 19. Tracy Hines. NT

2013 FEATURE: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Keaton Dobbs, 12. Nick Drake, 13. Steve Thomas, 14. Tyler Shoemaker, 15. Shane Cottle, 16. Matt Sutton, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Andy Huston, 19. Brady Bacon, 20. Mike Houseman, Jr. NT

ENTRY LIST: USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT 34 RACEWAY

01 ANTHONY D'ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D'Alessio-Parallax Motorsports)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

4x BRAYDON CROMWELL/Lone Jack, MO (Braydon Cromwell)

5 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Clouser Motorsports)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips Racing)

6R FRANK RODGERS/Lucas, IA (Frank Rodgers)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

11w WYATT BURKS/Topeka, KS (Burks Racing)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Kyle Rogers)

16 ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Millington, TN (Nicholson Motorsports)

16K BEN KNIGHT/Mooresville, IN (Tom Knight)

17 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On the Gass Racing)

18 TERRY RICHARDS/Denton, NE (TR's Tool Service)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold Underwood Motorsports)

22 SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Goodnight Racing)

22s SLATER HELT/Harrisonville, MO (Shawn Helt)

24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)

27 STEVE THOMAS/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

28K KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)

29 MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL (RMB Motorsports)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

32 CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

36d DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (EZR/Curb-Agajanian)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

52 ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (LNR-Isaac Chapple Racing)

52F LOGAN FAUCON/Elkhart, IL (Logan Faucon Racing)

56 MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis)

57 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Artz & Sons)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Bell Racing)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

73 BLAKE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (Smith Racing)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

90 PATRICK BUDDE/Bartelso, IL (Budde Racing)

 

 

BC39 AT THE DIRT TRACK AT IMS CANCELED

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 4, 2020)………Following extensive consultation with local and state officials amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials have announced the cancellation of the July 1-2, 2020 Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Fans who have purchased tickets to these events will also have the option to receive credit to a future IMS event or a refund and will be contacted directly by IMS.

Stage 5 of Indiana’s reopening plan allows for sporting venues to host public events with social distancing and is scheduled to begin July 4 in most counties. However, Marion County – home to Indianapolis, the state’s largest city – recently entered Stage 3 of the road map 10 days after the majority of counties. This follows nationwide trends suggesting larger municipalities should exercise caution in navigating plans to reopen.

"While we certainly worked diligently to run our events with spectators, we reached a point where we needed to make a final decision because the race weekend is less than a month away," Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said. "Today it's not possible to be confident that Indianapolis will be at Stage 5 of the state's reopening plan by the Fourth of July weekend.”

USAC and IMS officials are working together on possible on-track activity at The Dirt Track at IMS later during the 2020 season.

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series
USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
USAC Western States Midget Series

JUNE’S WESTERN USAC SCHEDULE IS CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 3, 2020... As the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic continues, the United States Auto Club’s (USAC) Western office has announced that their June calendar has been cancelled. In addition, the July 11th USAC West Coast Sprint Car and Western States Midget event at Placerville has been lost to the pandemic.

The following races are cancelled:

JUNE 6: USAC Western States vs. BCRA Midgets at Petaluma Speedway / Petaluma, CA
JUNE 13: USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, CA
JUNE 20: USAC Western States Midgets at Ventura Raceway / Ventura, CA
JUNE 20: USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars at Canyon Speedway Park / Peoria, AZ
JUNE 27: AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, CA
JULY 11: USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA
JULY 11: USAC Western States Midgets at Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA

USAC and the track promoters are working on options for rescheduled events once racing resumes.

For more updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for USAC, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, and the USAC Western States Midgets.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr., 2019-Brody Roa.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby.

2020 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-154, 2. Brody Roa-139, 3. Damion Gardner-137, 4. J.J. Yeley-126, 5. R.J. Johnson-124, 6. Stevie Sussex-120, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-113, 8. Austin Williams-107, 9. Dennis Gile-95, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-93, 11. Matt McCarthy-91, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-90, 13. Chris Gansen-88, 14. Tommy Malcolm-83, 15. Kyle Shipley-82, 16. Jake Swanson-80, 17. Michael Curtis-74, 18. Ikaika O'Brien-60, 19. Ryan Ouerter-34, 20. John Romero-26.

2020 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-274, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-270, 3. Stevie Sussex-261, 4. Jake Swanson-246, 5. Austin Williams-244, 6. Kyle Shipley-203, 7. Michael Curtis-192, 8. C.J. Leary-154, 9. Brody Roa-139, 10. Damion Gardner-137, 11. J.J. Yeley-126, 12. Dennis Gile-95 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-93, 14. Matt McCarthy-91, 15. Jeremy Ellertson-90, 16. Chris Gansen-88, 17. Tommy Malcolm-83, 18. Ikaika O'Brien-60, 19. Stephen Sanchez-54, --. Dustin Burkhart-54.

 

 

BACON CAN BREAK NEW GROUND SATURDAY AT 34 RACEWAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

West Burlington, Iowa (June 3, 2020).........Throughout the six-plus decades of USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car division, it's almost hard to imagine that no driver has ever won three consecutive features to begin a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season.

None. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

It's difficult to break new ground and enter uncharted waters with 60 years of history laying the groundwork. Yet, Brady Bacon has an opportunity to claim a feat all to his own if he can capture victory this Saturday night, June 6, at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native has already doubled-up with two-straight wins in the first two events of 2020 in Ocala, Fla., albeit coming four months ago. Both of those required yeoman's work from the two-time series champ (2014 & 16) after starting 9th each night.

Only eight times has a driver even won two consecutive to start a USAC National Sprint Car season, and none in a decade prior to Bacon this season.

All those who've done it are either already National Sprint Car Hall of Famers, likely future Hall of Famers or in the midst of a Hall of Fame career.

Jud Larson was the first to win two in a row to start a USAC Sprint season in 1965, winning the first two at the Reading (Pa.) Fairgrounds and at Ohio's Eldora Speedway aboard the A.J. Watson wrenched machine. Larson was solid in the third of those starts, again at Reading, finishing a distant third behind Greg Weld and Bobby Unser.

Larry Dickson's only aberration during the first five races of the 1970 USAC Sprint season was a 7th at Eldora in the third race of the year, with his rival Gary Bettenhausen taking the victory that afternoon. He won the other four decisively, including the first two at Miami-Hollywood Speedway in Florida in consecutive weeks behind the wheel of Kenny Lay's No. 2, then races four and five at Dayton (Ohio) Speedway and Reading en route to his second championship in three years.

One of the greatest comeback stories of all-time came via the right foot of Pancho Carter, who suffered devastating leg injuries in an Indy Car testing crash at Phoenix International Raceway in November of 1977. His first race back was a USAC Sprint Car event at Indianapolis Raceway Park six months later, in April of 1978, which he promptly won. His next race out came the very next day at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway where another victory was in the cards for Pancho and owner Steve Stapp. The incredible run ended in the third race, however, an 18th at Reading.

Rich Vogler corralled the first two of the 1987 USAC Sprint season in the first and only series visit to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, then again on the more familiar "turf" of Eldora with car owner Johnny Vance. The streak ended in race number three, again at Eldora, but this time in the first USAC Sprint race ever held with wings! Vogler took 16th that night, but he'd eventually win in USAC with a wing in 1989 at Moberly, Mo.

Robbie Stanley came off two consecutive USAC National Sprint Car titles in 1991 and 1992 with a new ride, the famed Hoffman Auto Racing No. 69, with which he snared two victories on each side of the Indiana/Ohio border to open the season, first on the dirt at Eldora, then a week later on the paved high banks of Winchester. He finished 13th in the third race, an afternoon affair at Terre Haute. In the end, it turned out to be Stanley's most successful season, earning five total wins and his third consecutive USAC crown.

Another Hoffman driver in Tracy Hines joined the team for the 2002 season, and was fast right out of the box with two triumphs on a pair of pavement tracks that couldn't be anymore dissimilar in the tight, high banked ¼-mile bullring Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and the one-mile, oddly-shaped Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway two weeks later, which propelled him to a first USAC National Sprint Car title for the eventual Triple Crown champ. Hines came the closest to pulling off the three-peat in the first three events, leading with four laps to go until he was passed by Dave Steele for the win, and finishing second.

Another case of a driver joining a team and winning a championship that same year came in 2004, this time by Jay Drake. The Val Verde, Californian won on the pavement at Anderson, then on the dirt at Beaver Dam, Wisc. for Tony Stewart Racing. A solid fourth place finish was the result in race number three of the season.

Damion Gardner found a multitude of early season success in the early 2010s, first starting during the first edition of Winter Dirt Games in 2010 where "The Demon" reeled off two consecutive at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., then nearly carried the torch all the way to the Southwest at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. in 2010, ultimately finishing fourth.

It's a doubleheader USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car weekend this coming Saturday, June 6, at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa and Sunday, June 7, at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55!

Grandstand ticket sales are now live for the June 6 race at 34 Raceway at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1208706&store=12037. Grandstand seating is limited to 50 percent capacity, so make sure to act fast so you don't miss out! Pits open at 3pm Central, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and cars on track at 6pm.

Spectator tickets are also now on sale for the June 7 race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, exclusively at http://usactickets.com. Seating capacity is limited to 1,200 for this event. The grandstands for the I-55 event will be limited to 1,200 spectators. Adult general admission tickets are $30 and $10 for children age 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members. UMP A-Mods will run as the support class. At I-55, pits open at 1pm Central and grandstands at 3pm with hot laps scheduled to begin at 5pm.

All USAC National events will be streamed live, and available on-demand, on FloRacing.

 

 

FINAL USAC SPRINT ENTRY LIST FOR 34 RACEWAY RELEASED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

West Burlington, Iowa (June 3, 2020)………Forty-three (43) USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car drivers have pre-entered for this Saturday night’s, June 6, Sonny’s Market Night at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. It’s the opener of a doubleheader weekend with a visit to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri on tap the following night, Sunday, June 7.

34 Raceway USAC Tickets on sale at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1208706&store=12037

One spot remains open to fill the 44-car allotment for the event, but already, five previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champs have thrown their collective hats into the bullring for the series’ third-ever visit to the 3/8-mile 34 Raceway.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), the 1999 USAC Sprint champion, possesses the one-lap track record in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget at 34 Raceway. He’s also led 37 of a possible 60 laps at the track in USAC Sprint competition, winning in 2013 and was leading when encountering a mechanical issue in 2010.

Robert Ballou, the 2015 series titlist, returns to the series for the first time in nearly a year after suffering a severe arm injury last June at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. The Rocklin, California native was 5th at 34 Raceway in 2013.

Chris Windom has been highly successful with a pair of second place finishes in his two 34 Raceway USAC Sprint starts. The Canton, Ill. native and 2017 USAC Sprint champ, who resides second in the points, won his heat in 2010, but finished 2nd in the feature behind Levi Jones in 2010 and was the runner-up again to Darland in 2013.

Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon (2014 & 16) out of Broken Arrow, Okla. has been perfect thus far in the two series feature events this year, sweeping both nights at Ocala, Fla. in February after starting 9th in each, and leads the standings. He led the first 13 laps of the 2013 event at 34 Raceway, but a broken rear axle suffered while leading relegated him to a 19th place finish.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) will make his 34 Raceway USAC debut this Saturday night and will do so in a change of scenery from which he drove in the first two events in 2020. Leary, the 2019 series driving champion, has returned to the family owned No. 30 after he and Gene Gile Racing parted ways following the Ocala, Fla. openers in February.

Not a USAC Sprint champ yet, but with a 2018 USAC National Midget championship on his racing resume is Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., who, like Leary, is prepping for his 34 Raceway USAC debut. The 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year is behind the wheel of the 2019 series champion team’s car, the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ.

Twelve drivers representing a total of 215 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories are in this Saturday’s field, including Darland (62), Bacon (31), Ballou (29), Windom (25), Leary (9) and Seavey (1), plus 27 for Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), 16 for Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), 12 for Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), and one each for Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), Scotty Weir (Marion, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

Grandstand ticket sales are now live for the June 6 race at 34 Raceway at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1208706&store=12037. Grandstand seating is limited to 50 percent capacity, so make sure to act fast so you don’t miss out!

Pits open at 3pm Central, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and cars on track at 6pm.

Spectator tickets are also now on sale for the June 7 race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 as well, exclusively at http://usactickets.com. Seating capacity is limited to 1,200 for this event.

All USAC National events will be streamed live, and available on-demand, on FloRacing.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-155, 2-Chris Windom-146, 3-Justin Grant-140, 4-C.J. Leary-138, 5-Logan Seavey-135, 6-Kyle Cummins-130, 7-Chase Stockon-129, 8-Carson Short-118, 9-Dave Darland-96, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-95.

PAST 34 RACEWAY USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

2010 FEATURE: 1. Levi Jones, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Shane Hmiel, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Terry Babb, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Henry Clarke, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Kyle Robbins, 12. Ricky Williams, 13. J.C. Bland, 14. Casey Riggs, 15. Ryan Jamison, 16. Patrick Budde, 17. Chad Branson, 18. Matt Harms, 19. Tracy Hines. NT

2013 FEATURE: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Keaton Dobbs, 12. Nick Drake, 13. Steve Thomas, 14. Tyler Shoemaker, 15. Shane Cottle, 16. Matt Sutton, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Andy Huston, 19. Brady Bacon, 20. Mike Houseman, Jr. NT

ENTRY LIST: USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT 34 RACEWAY

01 ANTHONY D’ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D’Alessio-Parallax Motorsports)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

4x BRAYDON CROMWELL/Lone Jack, MO (Braydon Cromwell)

5 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Clouser Motorsports)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips Racing)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

11w WYATT BURKS/Topeka, KS (Burks Racing)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Kyle Rogers)

16 ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Millington, TN (Nicholson Motorsports)

16K BEN KNIGHT/Mooresville, IN (Tom Knight)

17 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On the Gass Racing)

18 TERRY RICHARDS/Denton, NE (TR’s Tool Service)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold Underwood Motorsports)

22 SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Goodnight Racing)

22s SLATER HELT/Harrisonville, MO (Shawn Helt)

24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)

27 STEVE THOMAS/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

28K KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)

29 MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL (RMB Motorsports)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

32 CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

36d DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (EZR/Curb-Agajanian)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

52 ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (LNR-Isaac Chapple Racing)

52F LOGAN FAUCON/Elkhart, IL (Logan Faucon Racing)

56 MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis)

57 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Artz Motorsports)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Bell Racing)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

73 BLAKE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (Smith Racing)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

90 PATRICK BUDDE/Bartelso, IL (Budde Racing)

 

 

BONUS INDIANA MIDGET WEEK DATE GOES TO PUTNAMVILLE; BLOOMINGTON ROUND CANCELED

Putnamville, Indiana (June 2, 2020).........Lincoln Park Speedway will now host two events on back-to-back nights during the 16th edition of Indiana Midget Week, June 18-19, at the 5/16-mile dirt oval in Putnamville, Ind.

The move of Bloomington Speedway's originally scheduled June 19 date to Lincoln Park has been made in response to local guidelines in Monroe County, home of Bloomington Speedway, restricting social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lincoln Park's originally scheduled Thursday, June 18 date will now be followed by another slot on the schedule at Lincoln Park on Friday, June 19, making it consecutive nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with two complete programs for the track, and marks the first ever occasion of a track hosting two Indiana Midget Week events in a single year.

All tickets purchased for the canceled Bloomington Indiana Midget Week event will be honored on June 19 at Lincoln Park Speedway. However, if you would like to receive a refund for your Bloomington IMW tickets, please contact USAC's Nikki Klepper at nikki@usacnation.com. Indiana Midget Week spectator tickets for all events are on sale now at http://usactickets.com/.

The remainder of the 2020 Indiana Midget Week schedule remains unchanged. First up is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville joins the IMW docket for the 11th straight year.

The three-eighths of a mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC's inaugural season of 1956.

All six Indiana Midget Week events will also feature local sprint car racing as part of the racing festivities. All nights of the IMW, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

Competitor entry for all of Indiana Midget Week is now open, including for Sprint Cars as well at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors. Fields at each venue will be capped at 48 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and 45 Sprint Cars.

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana

Fri., June 19: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

LEVI JONES JOINS THUNDER RELIVED THURSDAY AT 8PM ET ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana.........Levi Jones, the seven-time USAC National champion turned USAC's executive vice president, is this week's guest on episode 16 of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday night, June 4, at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/33Kw2Xs.

Jones and Thunder Relived hosts Richie Murray and Kirk Spridgeon will explore and expand on Jones' prolific USAC career while featuring two of his most thrilling USAC National Sprint Car victories, the 2005 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway and the 2009 Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

The Olney, Illinois native, whose career with USAC spanned from the 1998 through the 2015 season, reached unprecedented levels in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition with a record five USAC National Sprint Car championships in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and 28 career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins (15th all-time).

His four Indiana Sprint Week championships in 2004, 2008, 2009 & 2012 are tied for the most all-time alongside Kevin Thomas. Jones captured the Eastern Storm championship twice in both 2010 and 2011. His 391 career USAC National Sprint Car starts rank 6th all-time, and his 284 consecutive USAC National Sprint Car starts between 2004 and 2012 rank 2nd and was just recently surpassed by Chase Stockon in September of 2019.

In addition, Jones' success spanned to other divisions with USAC as well. He is a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion in 2010 and 2011 and banked three career victories with the series. Jones also triumphed in USAC National Midget competition on four occasions.

Since late 2015, Jones has remained on the USAC trail full-time, but as an official for the National series.

Thunder Relived takes you in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS PREPARED FOR 2ND ACT SUNDAY AT I-55

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Pevely, Missouri (June 1, 2020).........They say first impressions can make a lasting impression.

The first impression by the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars two years ago at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 was something nobody there would soon forget. It was a barnburner between former roommates Jason McDougal and Kevin Thomas Jr. that saw six lead changes in a 30-lap span, including the final one, with just four laps remaining.

Now the time has arrived for the second act by these top-notch racers at the 1/3-mile, high-banked bullring in Pevely, Missouri, and the curtain rises this Sunday, June 7, as part of a doubleheader weekend with the series competing at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa the night before on Saturday, June 6.

Buy Tickets Here: http://usactickets.com

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas is up for a little bit of redemption this time around after winning his heat race, leading a total of 12 laps, and up until four laps remaining, during the feature and finishing second in the 2018 round.

The Daigh-Phillips Motorsports machine, with which McDougal won his heat, led five laps and raced to victory at I-55 two seasons ago, is now wheeled by Marion, Ill. driver Carson Short, who will make his USAC debut at the track.

Robert Ballou, the Rocklin, Calif. native and 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, is returning to USAC after missing the past year due to a serious arm injury suffered in a Sprint Car accident at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. Ballou set the standard at I-55 in his 2018 heat race, establishing a USAC track record for 8-laps at 1:44.38 before finishing 3rd in the feature.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon led early in the 2018 affair at I-55, controlling 11 laps early, the two more during mid-race to lead a race-high 13 laps total before, ultimately, finishing 9th.

Korey Weyant, great nephew of National Midget Hall of Famer and four-time Indianapolis 500 starter Chuck Weyant, was the hard charger at I-55 in 2018, rising up to drive from 18th to 10th in the final tally.

Fourteen of the 22 starters from 2018 are pre-entered for this Sunday's event, including top-five finisher Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a recent USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. on May 23. Defending USAC AMSOIL National Sp\rint Car champ C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) took 6th, USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) 7th, 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was 8th, 2016 series Rookie of the Year Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) and 2014 & 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) notched 20th.

In 2018, Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) was 12th, Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) was 13th, Patrick Budde (Bartelso, Ill.) was 16th and Mitch Wissmiller (Saybrook, Ill.) 22nd. All are entered for this Sunday's race.

Sunday's I-55 event will mark the 22nd visit to the Show Me State for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, dating to Gary Bettenhausen's victory in 1970 at I-70 Speedway in Odessa. Four-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Steve Butler leads all drivers with three victories. Tony Stewart won two, including his first career USAC win in 1992 at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon.

Meanwhile, each garnering one career USAC National Sprint feature win in the great state of Missouri are Bob Cicconi, Eric Gordon, Gary Bettenhausen, Gene Lee Gibson, Jack Hewitt, Jason McDougal, Jeff Swindell, Jerry Coons Jr., Jon Stanbrough, Josh Wise, Levi Jones, Rich Vogler, Robert Ballou, Sheldon Kinser, Tony Elliott and Tyler Courtney.

Spectator tickets are also now on sale for the June 7 race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, exclusively at http://usactickets.com. Seating capacity is limited to 1,200 for this event.

The grandstands for the I-55 event will be limited to 1,200 spectators. Adult general admission tickets are $30 and $10 for children age 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members. UMP A-Mods will run as the support class. At I-55, pits open at 1pm Central and grandstands at 3pm with hot laps scheduled to begin at 5pm.

All USAC National events will be streamed live, and available on-demand, on FloRacing.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-155, 2-Chris Windom-146, 3-Justin Grant-140, 4-C.J. Leary-138, 5-Logan Seavey-135, 6-Kyle Cummins-130, 7-Chase Stockon-129, 8-Carson Short-118, 9-Dave Darland-96, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-95.


PAST USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT I-55 RACEWAY:

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Robert Ballou (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Justin Grant (11), 6. C.J. Leary (8), 7. Dave Darland (7), 8. Chris Windom (10), 9. Chase Stockon (1), 10. Korey Weyant (18), 11. Isaac Chapple (9), 12. Mario Clouser (14), 13. Jadon Rogers (13), 14. Chet Williams (17), 15. Scottie Gretzmacher (16), 16. Patrick Budde (21), 17. Adam Parmeley (22), 18. Wade Seiler (19), 19. Chuck Walker (20), 20. Brady Bacon (5), 21. Joe B. Miller (12), 22. Mitch Wissmiller (15). NT

 

 

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ENTRIES OPEN MONDAY AT NOON ET

Speedway, Indiana (June 1, 2020)………Today, Monday, June 1, at Noon ET, competitor entry for all of Indiana Midget Week opens, including Sprint Cars too! Fields at each venue will be capped at 48 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and 45 Sprint Cars.

Competitor Entry Link: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors

Indiana Midget Week Spectator Tickets: http://usactickets.com/

On Tuesday, June 16, the 16th edition of the popular Indiana Midget Week tour commences with six consecutive nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing. First up is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18, the 5/16-mile Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville is back on the IMW docket for the 11th straight year.

The quarter-mile red clay of Bloomington Speedway provides the surface as IMW enters the weekend on Friday, June 19. The three-eighths of a mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC’s inaugural season of 1956.

All six Indiana Midget Week events will also feature local sprint car racing as part of the racing festivities. All nights of the event, along with all USAC National events in 2020, will be live on FloRacing.

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, Indiana

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

Fri., June 19: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

LEARY BACK TO FAMILY-OWNED #30 FOR USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 31, 2020)………Defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion C.J. Leary will be sporting a new, but familiar number when the series returns to the track for the first time in nearly four months this weekend, Saturday, June 6, at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa and Sunday, June 7, at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.

In those events and beyond, Leary, of Greenfield, Ind. will be back behind the wheel of the family-owned Leary Racing No. 30, the same team and car number that the 2019 series champ raced to six of his nine career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories.

In the offseason, Leary joined Gene Gile Racing following a 2019 championship run with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports and became just the second defending champion driver in this millennium to compete with the No. 1 on the car, signifying the previous year’s success.

Back during the most recent series races in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., Leary was the Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier on the second night of the season and brought home finishes of third and seventh in his two outings to reside fourth in the standings.

Leary confirmed that he and Gene Gile Racing had parted ways after two events and confirmed the move back to the family car, stating, “I will be back in the family No. 30 for the remainder of the year until another opportunity arises.”

Leary retains the services of 2019 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year Davey Jones as the crew chief for the Leary Racing No. 30.

Grandstand ticket sales are now live for the June 6 race at 34 Raceway at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1208706&store=12037. Grandstand seating is limited to 50 percent capacity, so make sure to act fast so you don’t miss out.

Spectator tickets are also now on sale for the June 7 race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, exclusively at http://usactickets.com. Seating capacity is limited to 1,200 for this event.

The Sunday, June 14, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. is also limited to 50 percent capacity. Those tickets can be found only at http://usactickets.com.

 

 

THE WAIT IS OVER:
USAC SPRINTS SATURDAY AT 34 RACEWAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

West Burlington, Iowa (June 1, 2020).........One-hundred-twelve days. That's the wait we've all had to endure since the last time the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars turned a wheel in competition when the series unloads this Saturday night, June 6, for Sonny's Market Night at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, the grand opening of a doubleheader weekend with a trip to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 the following night, Sunday, June 7.

Only twice before has the series visited the 3/8-mile dirt oval at 34 Raceway, both of which came within the last decade. Numerous drivers in this Saturday's 44-car field have previous experience at the West Burlington track, in those two events as well as a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event there in 2010, with some finding a fair amount of success.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Point leader Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is undefeated thus far with the series, winning both of the first two events in Ocala, Fla. during the month of February and leads the standings. Bacon led the first 13 laps of the 2013 30-lap main event at West Burlington, but a broken rear axle suffered while leading relegated the 2014 and 2016 champ to a 19th place finish.

Chris Windom has been close, but no cigar, in both of his USAC Sprint starts at West Burlington. The Canton, Ill. native who resides second in the points, won his heat in 2010, but finished 2nd in the feature behind Levi Jones in 2010 and was the runner-up to Darland in 2013.

Justin Grant, a recent USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victor at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Port City Raceway on May 23, owns a pair of West Burlington top-ten results. The Ione, Calif. driver finished 6th in 2010 and a best of 4th in 2013.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon made his lone appearance at West Burlington in 2013, winning his heat and placing 6th in the A-Main.

Perhaps no driver has had as much success across the board with USAC at West Burlington over the past decade than has USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division's winningest driver (62), Dave Darland. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer out of Lincoln, Ind. led the first 20 laps in 2010 before a tire issue forced him back to 10th at the checkered. In 2013, he returned as fast qualifier, then won the feature, leading the final 17 laps of the 30-lapper.

To boot, Darland also recorded fast time in a USAC Midget there in 2010 before finishing 8th in the feature. To put a stamp on it, Darland possesses both the USAC Sprint (14.554) and USAC Midget track records at West Burlington (15.726).

Also in that 2010 USAC Midget race at West Burlington who are also entered for this Saturday's showdown, this time in a Sprint Car, are Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) who finished an impressive 2nd that night, as well as Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), a 6th place finisher that evening.

Among the others who've made just one previous USAC Sprint appearance at West Burlington were Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas Jr. (9th in 2013), Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou (5th in 2013) and Ludlow, Illinois' Steve Thomas (13th in 2013). Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) had a career-best USAC night at West Burlington in 2010, recording fast qualifying time and finishing 5th in the feature. Patrick Budde (Bartelso, Ill.) was 16th the same night.

Ballou makes his return to USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing for the West Burlington event after being sidelined for nearly a year following a broken arm suffered during a sprint car crash at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. The 2015 USAC Sprint champ and 29-time feature winner last competed with USAC at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway in mid-June of 2019.

Among those making their West Burlington USAC debuts are C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), who is back behind the wheel of the family-owned No. 30 after competing in the first two events for Gene Gile Racing. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion is preparing for his first West Burlington USAC ride, as is Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) for Daigh-Phillips Motorsports, the team which won there in 2013 with driver Dave Darland and top series Rookie Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas), among several others.

Grandstand ticket sales are now live for the June 6 race at 34 Raceway at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1208706&store=12037. Grandstand seating is limited to 50 percent capacity, so make sure to act fast so you don't miss out!

Spectator tickets are also now on sale for the June 7 race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, exclusively at http://usactickets.com. Seating capacity is limited to 1,200 for this event.

All USAC National events will be streamed live, and available on-demand, on FloRacing.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-155, 2-Chris Windom-146, 3-Justin Grant-140, 4-C.J. Leary-138, 5-Logan Seavey-135, 6-Kyle Cummins-130, 7-Chase Stockon-129, 8-Carson Short-118, 9-Dave Darland-96, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-95.

PAST 34 RACEWAY USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

2010 FEATURE: 1. Levi Jones, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Shane Hmiel, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Terry Babb, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Henry Clarke, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Kyle Robbins, 12. Ricky Williams, 13. J.C. Bland, 14. Casey Riggs, 15. Ryan Jamison, 16. Patrick Budde, 17. Chad Branson, 18. Matt Harms, 19. Tracy Hines. NT

2013 FEATURE: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Keaton Dobbs, 12. Nick Drake, 13. Steve Thomas, 14. Tyler Shoemaker, 15. Shane Cottle, 16. Matt Sutton, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Andy Huston, 19. Brady Bacon, 20. Mike Houseman, Jr. NT

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RETURN AT PETALUMA ON JUNE 6

Petaluma, California (May 28, 2020)………The USAC Western States Midgets make their return to action on Saturday night, June 6, at California’s Petaluma Speedway.

The co-sanctioned event with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will be a non-point race for the USAC Western States Midgets and pay $600-to-win and $100 to start.

No fans are permitted due to local regulations regarding COVID-19. California state protocol calls for safe distancing practices to take place and proper sanitizing for those who are on the grounds for the event.

To limit person-to-person contact or money exchange during the night, all competitors intending to compete in the event should visit www.USACracing.com and purchase their USAC license prior to the event.

The full night of racing at Petaluma will be streamed live and on-demand, exclusively on FloRacing.

Petaluma Speedway has hosted nine previous USAC Western States Midget events dating to Shane Golobic’s 2012 victory. Maria Cofer of Macdoel, Calif. captured the victory in the most recent series event at Petaluma, her first with the series.

 

 

CHASE STOCKON IS FRIDAY’S INSIDE THE RIDE GUEST ON FLORACING

Chase Stockon is the ultimate ironman of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing, and this week, he joins host Rob Klepper as the guest on a brand-new episode of Inside The Ride, which debuts this Friday, May 29, exclusively on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Vtrwdd.

Stockon, of Fort Branch, Ind. is a 12-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner, and his current streak of 296 series starts dating back to the 2012 season ranks as the best of all-time. Late last year at the Terre Haute Action Track, Stockon broke the record of 284 starts set by Levi Jones between 2004 and 2012 and has started the first two events of the 2020 season.

On the show, Stockon and Klepper will discuss Chase’s racing career and his rise to stardom with the series, the streak, his emotional first USAC victory, and how he’s gotten the job done year-in and year-out as an owner-driver with the touring series, and much, much more.

Inside the Ride with Bacon and Klepper will be posted at 8am Eastern this Friday morning on FloRacing and you can re-watch it anytime thereafter on-demand on FloRacing where you will also have access to previous Inside the Ride episodes featuring Chad Boat, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson, Thomas Meseraull, Brody Roa and Brady Bacon.

For more information regarding Inside the Ride, stay tuned to www.FloRacing.com, USAC’s website at www.usacracing.com, USAC’s social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

TICKETS ON SALE, ENTRIES OPEN
FOR I-55 & 34 RACEWAY JUNE 6-7

Speedway, Indiana (May 27, 2020).........Spectator tickets and competitor entries are now open for the return of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing on June 6 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa as well as the June 7 event at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.

Competitor entry for both the June 6-7 events, as well as additional USAC National events throughout the month of June, is now open at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors.

Grandstand ticket sales are now live for the June 6 race at 34 Raceway at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1208706&store=12037. Grandstand seating is limited to 50 percent capacity, so make sure to act fast so you don't miss out!

Spectator tickets are also now on sale for the June 7 race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, exclusively at http://usactickets.com. Seating capacity is limited to 1,200 for this event.

The full points-paying championship events will feature the standard series purses and mark the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' return to racing for the time since February's Winter Dirt Games at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. nearly four months ago.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship has previously visited the 3/8-mile, semi-banked clay oval of 34 Raceway on two other occasions, races won by Levi Jones in 2010 and Dave Darland in 2013.

Sonny's Super Market Night at 34 Raceway will have $15 general admission tickets (all ages) and $30 pit passes for all ages. Wing 305 Sprints, Sport Mods, Stock Cars and Sport Compacts are also on the event card.

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. has been added to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule for Sunday night, June 7, making it a doubleheader weekend for the series.

The 30-lap full points, full standard purse event marks the return of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to the racy 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval in Pevely for just the second time, and the first time since the 2018 season, a thrilling feature event won by Jason McDougal.

The grandstands for the I-55 event will be limited to 1,200 spectators. Adult general admission tickets are $30 and $10 for children age 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members. UMP A-Mods will run as the support class. At I-55, pits open at 1pm Central and grandstands at 3pm with hot laps scheduled to begin at 5pm.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car fields for both 34 Raceway as well as I-55 will be capped at 44 cars and drivers each night.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon leads the series standings following victories in the first two events of the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season in Ocala, and is followed in the points by USAC stars and feature winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.).

All USAC National events will be streamed live, and available on-demand, on FloRacing.

 

 

D.O. LAYCOCK JOINS THUNDER RELIVED THURSDAY AT 8PM EST ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana.........D.O. Laycock, of ESPN Thursday/Saturday Night Thunder fame and for his much beloved Racin' with D.O. & The King TV Show, will be this week's guest on episode 15 of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday night, May 28 at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/33Kw2Xs.

D.O. was in on the ground floor of ESPN's Auto Racing coverage from its first year in 1979, a USAC National Sprint Car race at Indiana's Salem Speedway. It's a road that took him to working behind the scenes on popular shows such as ESPN's Speedweek and into the heyday of ESPN's Thunder series which featured USAC events from coast-to-coast.

D.O. went in front of the camera in 1993, and partnered with comedian Dave "The King" Wilson, to create the D.O. & The King TV show in 1994, which covered USAC Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown racing as well as local open wheel action in Indiana and from California to Pennsylvania and everywhere in between.

A car builder, a USAC Midget team owner, a promoter and an official, D.O. has done it all and seen it all in his five-decades plus of involvement in the racing industry, and now he sits down with Thunder Relived host Richie Murray to relive those memories with the first episode of his TV show from the 1994 season as well as the season review, Racing Dirt Track Summer, from that same year serving as the backdrop.

Thunder Relived takes you in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

SAN TAN VALLEY & PEORIA USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT EVENTS ARE CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

MAY 25, 2020... USAC Western Director Chris Kearns has announced that the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car portion of the May 30th races at Arizona Speedway have been cancelled. In addition, the June 20th “Salute to Fathers” event at Canyon Speedway Park has been lost. The United States Auto Club (USAC) and track promoters are working on options to reschedule events.

The May 30th race at the San Tan Valley, Arizona track marks the fourth show that has been lost on the schedule. This includes the April 4th event, which was the first series date that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The June 20th “Salute to Fathers” was going to be the sixth visit of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars at the Peoria, Arizona oval. Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) claimed both nights (February 14th and 15th) of the “Steve Stroud Memorial” and C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) topped the USAC/CRA co-sanctioned (March 6th and 7th) “Spring Showcase.” Unfortunately, COVID-19 also erased the May 16th “Duel at the Diamond.”

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support

For more updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for the United States Auto Club (USAC). In addition, you can visit the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car website at southwestsprintcars.com and the series Facebook and Twitter pages.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr., 2019-Brody Roa.

2020 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-274, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-270, 3. Stevie Sussex-261, 4. Jake Swanson-246, 5. Austin Williams-244, 6. Kyle Shipley-203, 7. Michael Curtis-192, 8. C.J. Leary-154, 9. Brody Roa-139, 10. Damion Gardner-137, 11. J.J. Yeley-126, 12. Dennis Gile-95 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-93, 14. Matt McCarthy-91, 15. Jeremy Ellertson-90, 16. Chris Gansen-88, 17. Tommy Malcolm-83, 18. Ikaika O'Brien-60, 19. Stephen Sanchez-54, --. Dustin Burkhart-54.

 

 

I-55 JOINS USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT SLATE ON JUNE 7

Pevely, Missouri (May 25, 2020).........Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. has been added to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule for Sunday night, June 7, making it a doubleheader weekend for the series with a visit to 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa the night before on Saturday night, June 6.

The 30-lap full points, full standard purse event marks the return of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to the racy 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval in Pevely for just the second time, and the first time since the 2018 season, a thrilling feature event won by Jason McDougal.

The Sprint Car fields for both I-55 as well as 34 Raceway will be capped at 48 cars and drivers each night. Competitors can enter each of these events starting at Noon Eastern on Wednesday, May 27, exclusively at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors.

Modified teams at I-55 will be capped at 48 entries as well. Pre-registration for Modifieds will also begin at Noon Eastern on Wednesday, May 27 at www.trackenterprises.com or www.federatedautopartsraceway.com.

The grandstands for the I-55 event will be limited to 1,200 spectators. Tickets for the I-55 event will go on sale beginning at Noon Eastern on Wednesday on Wednesday, May 27, exclusively at www.USACtickets.com. Adult general admission tickets are $30 and $10 for children age 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members. UMP A-Mods will run as the support class.

At I-55, pits open at 1pm Central and grandstands at 3pm with hot laps scheduled to begin at 5pm.

Additionally, competitor entry for Indiana Midget Week will open on Monday, June 1, at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors.

All USAC National events will be streamed live, and available on-demand, on FloRacing.


 


FAST TIMES AT PORT CITY;
GRANT RIDES WAVE TO T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 23, 2020).........In any instance, you take inspiration from anywhere you can gather it up.

For Justin Grant, it was he who channeled his inner Jeff Spicoli from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High to score Saturday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win in the inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Port City Raceway.

"This track was a ton of fun, just right on the fence, banging the curb," Grant colorfully explained. "We were watching Fast Times at Ridgemont High this morning and Spicoli said, 'It's a way of looking at that wave and saying, hey bud, let's party.' That's how I felt tonight. You always want it to end when you're leading, but I almost wish that thing was 80 laps, I was having such a good time."

To steal (paraphrase) another line from Spicoli while we're at it, "Racing's not merely a sport, it's a way of life, it's no hobby." Grant has made winning a way of life in USAC competition, but this was just the fifth career series win for the Ione, Calif. native and second for the RAMS Racing team with whom he joined at the beginning of the 2019 season.

"About time I got this (car) back in victory lane," Grant exclaimed after wheeling the RAMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Rockwell Security - Veterans Community Projects/Bullet/Stanton SR-11 to his first triumph of the season. These guys have been spending money like crazy and I haven't been getting them to victory lane. Glad I could, finally."

Grant began the 40-lap feature from the third spot as a flurry of activity surrounded him on the racy 1/8-mile dirt oval. Pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. led the opening lap on the bottom, but Chris Windom rode the rim up top, then split across and between both Thomas and Grant to scurry to the bottom of turn one, sliding up in front of Thomas to put his name on top of the leaderboard while Grant secured the low lane to move to second.

Following a restart due to sixth-running Daison Pursley getting sideways and stopping in turn one, the 11th lap saw Grant make his move to slip by Windom, leading at the stripe by a mere car length. Windom wasted no time trying to return the favor as he slid past Grant utilizing the bottom entering turn one. Nearing turn two, the pair made contact, with Grant's right front wheel hopping over Windom's left rear.

The duo kept the train a rollin' and Grant recovered a half-lap later when he took his chances on a turn three slider that successfully prevailed and instantly jettisoned Grant to an advantage he wasn't soon going to lose, that is if it went clean and green the rest of the way.

The story for Grant became as repetitive as the lyrics to "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen. Grant got a great start, steadily built up his lead while an incredible race for position occurred behind him between Windom, Thomas, Jason McDougal, Cole Bodine and Thomas Meseraull, among others, in a relentless boxing match where the combatants traded jab after jab. Then, a yellow flag would ultimately fly for a caution, erasing Grant's lead.

On the 26th lap, Kevin Thomas Jr. reloaded and went on the attack for second, trying to slide past Windom entering turn one. However, halfway up the banking, the car locked up and Thomas skidded to a stop, ending his fine run, and relegating him to a 14th place finish at race's end.

That dismantled Grant's two-second lead, and on the ensuing restart, he reconstructed a 1.6-second advantage before Presley Truedson, making her first career series start, stopped along the wall in turns three and four.

Grant got back on the horse again, and within two laps, had another gargantuan 1.879 lead. Gargantuan, considering Cannon McIntosh's track record run in qualifying stopped the watches at a ripping 9.398 second clip. Speaking of McIntosh, he was the subject of the next yellow on the 31st lap as he jumped the cushion and got into the turn four wall and stopped while contesting for the second position with Windom.

In just five more laps after the lap 31 restart, Grant's lead ballooned to over three seconds when series Rookie Jesse Love flipped in turn two on the 36th circuit. That reset and re-racked the lineup once more as Grant shot away on the restart and was primed and headed for the promised land, but as he approached the white flag, Clinton Boyles took a second tumble in as many nights in the fourth turn. He was uninjured.

In the final two-lap sprint, Windom took a run at Grant, but didn't have enough oomph to slide past Grant who ripped the lip to pull away for a 1.322 second victory over Windom who did his best Teflon impression to withstand every single challenge thrown at him throughout the feature. Tyler Courtney, Cole Bodine and Logan Seavey rounded out the top-five.

Priority Aviation added $1,000 to Grant's winner's share to make it a $4,000 night for the victor. Beaver Stripes also stepped up with an extra $1,000 added to the night's total prize money.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/MSW Motorsports Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Clinton Boyles

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Indy Metal Finishing / DDR / L & T's Bar & Grill Semi Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Saldana Racing Products / Gary Phillips First Non-Transfer: Blake Hahn

KSE Racing Products / Jerry Medlin Hard Charger in Memory of Donnie Ray Crawford: Andrew Layser (21st to 6th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jason McDougal

ProSource Hard Work: Trey Marcham

Jerry Medlin Last Car Running in Honor Of Leon Gentry: Ethan Mitchell

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 23, 2020 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors

FATHEADZ/MSW MOTORSPORTS QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.398 (New Track Record); 2. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.507; 3. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.534; 4. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-9.580; 5. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.585; 6. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-9.615; 7. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-9.622; 8. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.629; 9. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-9.660; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-9.688; 11. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-9.711; 12. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.712; 13. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-9.719; 14. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-9.722; 15. Presley Truedson, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.724; 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.733; 17. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.749; 18. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.752; 19. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-9.795; 20. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.796; 21. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.800; 22. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-9.826; 23. Jonathan Beason, 8K, Hard Eight-9.832; 24. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-9.842; 25. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.858; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-9.869; 27. Dave Darland, 2ND, Harris-9.874; 28. Blake Hahn, 52, Hahn-9.904; 29. Matt Sherrell, 10J, Hunt-9.914; 30. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Reynolds-10.084; 31. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-10.151; 32. J.D. Black, 7JR, SevenJR-10.221; 33. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-10.329; 34. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-10.376; 35. Matt Moore, 85, Central-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Noah Gass, 8. Matt Sherrell, 9. Curtis Spicer. 1:41.943

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. 3. Justin Grant, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. David Budres, 8. Emilio Hoover, 9. Gage Rucker. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Clinton Boyles, 2. Jonathan Beason, 3. Presley Truedson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Tyler Nelson, 8. Tyler Thomas. 1:43.246

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Blake Hahn, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Jesse Love, 8. J.D. Black. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Jesse Love, 7. Blake Hahn, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Matt Sherrell, 10. J.D. Black, 11. Tanner Carrick, 12. Tyler Nelson, 13. Emilio Hoover, 14. Curtis Spicer, 15. Gage Rucker, 16. Noah Gass, 17. Hayden Reinbold, 18. David Budres. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (8), 4. Cole Bodine (7), 5. Logan Seavey (16), 6. Andrew Layser (21), 7. Thomas Meseraull (6), 8. Buddy Kofoid (10), 9. Daison Pursley (4), 10. Tanner Thorson (15), 11. Tyler Thomas (12), 12. Tanner Carrick (23), 13. Jason McDougal (5), 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 15. Robert Dalby (14), 16. Trey Marcham (22), 17. Emilio Hoover (24), 18. Cannon McIntosh (11), 19. Clinton Boyles (9), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Presley Truedson (17), 22. Ethan Mitchell (18), 23. Jesse Love (13), 24. Jonathan Beason (20). NT

**Noah Gass flipped during the semi. Jesse Love flipped on lap 36 of the feature. Clinton Boyles flipped on lap 39 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 2-10 Chris Windom, Lap 11 Justin Grant, Lap 12 Chris Windom, Laps 13-40 Justin Grant.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-349, 2-Chris Windom-343, 3-Buddy Kofoid-295, 4-Tanner Thorson-294, 5-Andrew Layser-285, 6-Cannon McIntosh-281, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-277, 8-Cole Bodine-254, 9-Daison Pursley-244, 10-Tanner Carrick-240.

FINAL PROSOURCE T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-29, 2-Andrew Layser-22, 3-Matt Sherrell-16, 4-Blake Hahn-15, 5-Tanner Carrick-13, 6-Tyler Courtney-12, 7-Tanner Thorson-9, 8-Tyler Thomas-9, 9-Jonathan Beason-9, 10-Justin Grant-7.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Andrew Layser-31, 2-Logan Seavey-28, 3-Tanner Thorson-23, 4-Chris Windom-18, 5-Daison Pursley-18, 6-Brady Bacon-16, 7-Tyler Thomas-16, 8-Tanner Carrick-13, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-11, 10-Tyler Courtney-10.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 16, 2020 - Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana - Indiana Midget Week

 

 

COURTNEY CORRALS PORT CITY'S
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 22, 2020).........It's been quite awhile since Tyler Courtney and the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship were last in competition - 76 nights to be exact.

A little rust here and a few cobwebs to knock out there, the quarantine period during the COVID-19 pandemic around the world has knocked anybody and everybody off their normal routines.

But what has become routine over the last several years is a Courtney feature victory and the defending champ once again nestled into that routine Friday night for his first series victory of the year in the inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

While it wasn't exactly a rough start to the season by any stretch for the Indianapolis, Ind. driver with a 4th, a 2nd and a 20th in his first three series starts, Courtney and the Clauson-Marshall Racing team dug deep during the time off to find that little bit of "extra" to propel them back to victory lane where they had resided eight times a year ago, including three of the first four, with the series.

"We made a few changes during quarantine and I think we found some stuff," Courtney admitted after capturing the victory in is NOS Energy Drink Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. "I was a little rusty on the cushion there at the end of the race, and I need to get a little better at that. I saw those guys coming on the bottom, but I was kind of committed to the top by that point."

Courtney was referring to his late-race execution there, but first, he had to charge from the sixth starting position after establishing a track record earlier in the night during Fatheadz Eyewear/MSW Motorsports time trials, a lap of 9.444 seconds around the 1/8-mile dirt bullring, the first sub 10-second qualifying quick time lap in a USAC National Midget points race since John Andretti at the Toronto Skydome in 1993.

It was Courtney's CMR teammate Cole Bodine who established the early lead from the pole after an early side-by-side scuttle with outside front starter Chris Windom. Windom remained up top and eventually drove by on lap five for the race lead.

Courtney moved into the top-five on lap 10, passing second quickest qualifier Thomas Meseraull for the position. Moments later, Meseraull's bid for a frontrunning result came to an abrupt halt when he contacted Courtney's rear bumper and slid to a stop. Meseraull restarted and finished 13th.

Nearing midway, Courtney had closed in on a three-car tussle for second, which also involved Tanner Thorson and Buddy Kofoid. On the 21st lap, Courtney emerged from the herd with the runner-up spot, although Windom still held a hefty lead of nearly two seconds ahead of him.

That advantage was erased on the following lap when 15th running Daison Pursley stopped at the top of turn four, thus bringing out the yellow flag and bunching up the field for the restart. Courtney gripped low while Windom ran the top, but on the 25th lap, Windom's slight stumble on the turn one curb gave Courtney the crack in the door he needed to get through as he jolted to the race lead.

Windom remained in touch with his former CMR teammate Courtney just prior to a yellow for first-time USAC starter Emerson Axsom who spun between turns three and four.

Following a restart with 10 to go, Windom ultimately recharged the figurative batteries and made his bid to overtake Courtney, successfully sliding past in turn two with eight laps remaining. Courtney instantly ducked to the inside of Windom exiting turn two, and to Courtney's left, both Logan Seavey and Thorson created two more lanes of space on the bottom to briefly make it four-wide for the lead.

Courtney escaped the jam and entered turn three on the bottom with the lead with Windom going topside back to second and Thorson and Seavey getting momentarily shuffled out. Windom took one more run at Courtney in turn three to no avail just as the red flag flew on lap 34 when Hank Davis and Clinton Boyles made contact in turn one, sending Boyles flipping near the outside wall. He was uninjured.

On the ensuing restart, Courtney utilized a quality start on the opening lap to carve out some distance between he and Windom. A hard-charging Seavey, who started all the way back in 19th, picked his way to second past Windom on the bottom with four to go and tried to hunt down Courtney, but time was short his hourglass was out of sand.

The checkered flag was Courtney's for the 14th time in his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, tying him with Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner for 49th all-time.

"It feels really good, especially being the first time back," Courtney said. "It's cool to come to these races when your friends Xia Xianna and Brady (Bacon) are promoting it, and stepping up, especially in a hard time like this. Thanks to them and Mike and Megan Eubanks who've done a hell of a job with this place."

Courtney competed in a micro sprint in his only previous Port City racing experiences, but this marked his first visit in a midget at the track, and after Friday's triumph, he's looking for even more on Saturday night.

"Tomorrow's going to be a tough one," Courtney continued when speaking of Saturday's night two of the T-Town Midget Showdown. "All these guys are going to keep getting better, so you can't slouch off. Hats off to my whole team who've worked their tails off with nothing really to do; they haven't backed down."

Sutter, California's Seavey made his debut in the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports Midget a memorable one, driving from 19th to 2nd to earn Hard Charger honors courtesy of KSE Racing Products and Jerry Medlin in his AME Electrical Contracting - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"We just had a heck of a racecar there," Seavey exclaimed. "I feel like we've struggled the past couple of days, but finally got the car gripped up to where I could drive through the slick and keep the car straight. That's really what you need on a track like this."

"I feel so good," the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ stated. "I really wish we could've gotten by Sunshine (Courtney) there. He's passed me a lot driving through the slick while I'm up there pounding the curb, and I was hoping we could reverse the roles tonight but didn't quite get it done. I needed to make a few better moves once I got into the top-five; I just wasn't quite pouncing on the opportunities like I needed to. That's kind of what ended it for me once Sunshine got out to a little bit of a lead, I could close a little bit, but I knew there wasn't enough to get all the way there."

Windom (Canton, Ill.) led a race-high 20 laps, and after losing the lead with 16 laps remaining, came back with a strong second effort, although he fell to third at the conclusion after admitting to needing to "make a few less mistakes" in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"We got the lead and I started hitting the curb a little bit and getting tight on entry and Tyler got by us," Windom recalled. "We had a hell of a race back to the lead, but (Courtney) was just a little better at the end than I was. Obviously, we've got a really fast racecar and these guys are at the top of their game."

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/MSW Motorsports Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Clinton Boyles

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

KSE Racing Products / Jerry Medlin Hard Charger in Memory of Donnie Ray Crawford: Logan Seavey

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Thomas Meseraull

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Trey Marcham

ProSource Hard Work: Tanner Carrick

Jerry Medlin Last Car Running in Honor Of Leon Gentry: Ethan Mitchell

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2020 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors

FATHEADZ/MSW MOTORSPORTS QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.444 (New Track Record); 2. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.448; 3. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.481; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.486; 5. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.502; 6. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-9.508; 7. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-9.520; 8. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-9.558; 9. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.615; 10. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-9.619; 11. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-9.629; 12. Dave Darland, 2ND, Harris-9.635; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.652; 14. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-9.686; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.687; 16. Hank Davis, 42, Franklin-9.700; 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-9.703; 18. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.706; 19. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.707; 20. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.727; 21. Jonathan Beason, 8K, Hard Eight-9.742; 22. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-9.743; 23. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-9.745; 24. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-9.759; 25. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Reynolds-9.773; 26. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-9.788; 27. Matt Moore, 85, Central-9.810; 28. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-9.815; 29. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.870; 30. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-9.872; 31. Matt Sherrell, 10J, Hunt-9.880; 32. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-9.882; 33. Blake Hahn, 52, Hahn-9.887; 34. Jake Neuman, 21KS, Reynolds-9.892; 35. David Budres, 31, Manic-9.912; 36. Presley Truedson, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.953; 37. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-10.166; 38. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-10.240; 39. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-10.348; 40. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-10.488.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Cole Bodine, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Blake Hahn, 8. Emilio Hoover, 9. Gage Rucker. 1:38.966 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Clinton Boyles. 2. Ace McCarthy, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Robert Dalby, 8. Cody Brewer, 9. Jake Neuman, 10. Noah Gass. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. Jesse Love, 7. Matt Moore, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. David Budres, 10. Matt Sherrell. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Hank Davis, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Presley Truedson, 8. Trey Gropp, 9. Curtis Spicer, 10. Tyler Nelson. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Blake Hahn, 2. Jake Neuman, 3. Matt Sherrell, 4. Tyler Nelson, 5. Presley Truedson, 6. Cody Brewer, 7. Gage Rucker, 8. Curtis Spicer, 9. Hayden Reinbold. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Hank Davis, 3. Jesse Love, 4. Jonathan Beason, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Blake Hahn, 10. Trey Gropp, 11. Matt Sherrell, 12. Jake Neuman, 13. Kaylee Bryson, 14. Noah Gass, 15. Tyler Nelson, 16. Emilio Hoover, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Matt Moore. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Logan Seavey (19), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Tanner Thorson (3), 5. Cannon McIntosh (9), 6. Andrew Layser (13), 7. Justin Grant (10), 8. Cole Bodine (1), 9. Tanner Carrick (22), 10. Tyler Thomas (17), 11. Buddy Kofoid (4), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 13. Thomas Meseraull (5), 14. Dave Darland (15), 15. Jonathan Beason (20), 16. Kaylee Bryson (23), 17. Hank Davis (18), 18. Jake Neuman (24), 19. Daison Pursley (12), 20. Emerson Axsom (14), 21. Jesse Love (11), 22. Ethan Mitchell (16), 23. Clinton Boyles (7), 24. Ace McCarthy (21). NT

**Matt Sherrell flipped during the third heat. Clinton Boyles flipped on lap 34 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Cole Bodine, Laps 5-24 Chris Windom, Laps 25-40 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/JERRY MEDLIN IN HONOR OF DONNIE RAY CRAWFORD HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (19th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Trey Marcham

PROSOURCE HARD WORK: Tanner Carrick

JERRY MEDLIN LAST CAR RUNNING IN HONOR OF LEON GENTRY: Ethan Mitchell

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-277, 2-Chris Windom-271, 3-Tanner Thorson-249, 4-Cannon McIntosh-244, 5-Buddy Kofoid-238, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-235, 7-Andrew Layser-223, 8-Tanner Carrick-201, 9-Daison Pursley-189, 10-Cole Bodine-185.

NEW PROSOURCE T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-17, 2-Tanner Carrick-13, 3-Matt Sherrell-12, 4-Jonathan Beason-12, 5-Tyler Thomas-8, 6-Blake Hahn-8, 7-Andrew Layser-7, 8-Tyler Courtney-6, 9-Cannon McIntosh-5, 10-Hank Davis-5.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-18, 2-Daison Pursley-18, 3-Chris Windom-18, 4-Logan Seavey-17, 5-Brady Bacon-16, 6-Andrew Layser-16, 7-Tyler Thomas-15, 8-Tanner Carrick-13, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-11, 10-Cannon McIntosh-9.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 22-23, 2020 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors

 

 

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINTS ARE BACK
JUNE 6 AT IOWA'S 34 RACEWAY

Speedway, Indiana (May 23, 2020).........The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship gets back to action on Saturday, June 6, at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.

The full points-paying championship event will feature the standard series purse and marks the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' return to racing for the time since February's Winter Dirt Games at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. nearly four months ago.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship has previously visited the 3/8-mile, semi-banked clay oval on two other occasions, races won by Levi Jones in 2010 and Dave Darland in 2013.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon leads the series standings following victories in the first two events of the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season in Ocala, and is followed in the points by USAC stars and feature winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.).

Additionally, the doubleheader USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car weekend, originally scheduled for May 29-30 at Jackson Motorplex, has been canceled.

Stay tuned for more information regarding the event at 34 Raceway on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, USAC's social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

McINTOSH MAKES IT TO THE TOP AT PORT CITY PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma. (May 21, 2020).........In the first USAC on-track action in 75 days, Cannon McIntosh recorded the fastest single lap in Thursday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget practice session, turning in a time of 9.459 seconds to blister around the 1/8-mile in preparation for this Friday and Saturday's racing events at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

Although this weekend marks the series' debut at the track, McIntosh, from Bixby, Okla., has extensive experience at the track in micro sprints and finished 2nd in the Sooner Shootout Midget event a year ago.

McIntosh, aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/TRD - Mobil1 - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, set the pace in the second group of practice where most of the 28 drivers who took a time set their fastest speeds of the night.

Five different teams were represented in the top-six fastest times with McIntosh followed by Clauson-Marshall Racing's Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) in second, McIntosh's KKM teammate Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) in third, RMS' Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) fourth, Tucker-Boat Motorsports' Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) fifth and Petry Motorsports' Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) sixth.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), winner of two of the first three USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events in 2020, was 17th, recording a total of only six laps in session three.

Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will include full series points-paying events with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event. Pits open at 2pm Central, Grandstands at 5pm with cars hitting the track each night for practice at 6:30pm central.

Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be shown live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Xcl2ir.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: May 21, 2020 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors

PRACTICE: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.459; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.551; 3. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.621; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.636; 5. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-9.661; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-9.679; 7. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.687; 8. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-9.706; 9. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.716; 10. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.770; 11. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-9.792; 12. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-9.809; 13. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-9.826; 14. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.827; 15. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-9.832; 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.858; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-9.945; 18. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-9.961; 19. Presley Truedson, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.022; 20. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-10.034; 21. Blake Hahn, 52, Hahn-10.039; 22. Dave Darland, 2ND, Harris-10.050; 23. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-10.102; 24. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.277; 25. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-10.292; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-10.322; 27. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-10.380; 28. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-10.562, 29. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-NT.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 22-23, 2020 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors

 

USAC JOINS LEADER CARD'S "A MILLION THANKS" CAMPAIGN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 21, 2020).........Leader Card Racers and the Wilke Family have a long history of success on the racetrack, winning three Indianapolis 500 victories in 1959 and 1962 with driver Rodger Ward and in 1968 with driver Bobby Unser, to go along with 136 career USAC National victories spanning seven decades.

The same foundation continues to this day with the Wilke family's Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Leader Paper Products being a leader in a grassroots movement to personally thank COVID-19 frontline workers.

The campaign, called "A Million Thanks," includes an envelopes of a set of four "Thank You" cards in which individuals and businesses can collect and then distribute throughout the community to the frontline working, essential individuals of their choice during this worldwide pandemic as a way of saying "Thank You."

USAC too wants to say thank you to all the individuals on the frontlines and will have the Thank You cards at its Speedway, Indiana headquarters, and also at its USAC National racing events at the official merchandise trailer, beginning on Tuesday, May 26. There, you will be able to collect the free cards and personally distribute them on your own to say, "thank you." to the essential workers.

The idea was presented to USAC by USAC's own Nikki Klepper, great granddaughter of Leader Card Racers' Bob Wilke, granddaughter of Ralph Wilke and daughter of Greg Wilke.

"I am excited to expand my family's efforts into Indiana and, most importantly, to our racing family," Klepper said. "Such a small gesture can mean so much to someone who has been working the frontlines. With the joint effort of USAC, I am confident we will reach our goal of one million thank you cards, if not more!"

Leader Paper Products' goal is to print and distribute 250,000 free sets of cards, which come in sets of four, to ultimately thank a million people nationwide and worldwide. For more information, or to request thank you cards, please visit www.LeaderPaper.com.

For any questions on the A Million Thanks campaign, and how you can get involved, please feel free to email USAC's Nikki Klepper at nikki@usacnation.com.

 

ENTRIES OPEN FOR TRI-STATE USAC SPRINT RACE ON JUNE 14

Speedway, Indiana (May 21, 2020)………At 8pm ET tonight, Thursday, May 21, entries will be opened to competitors for the return of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing, which will be held at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Sunday, June 14.

The initial pre-entry list was compiled according to USAC and MSCS point standings from the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The entry list will open to eight (8) additional teams to complete the field for the event, first come, first served.

Teams can enter the event by visiting the link https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-midget-week-entry-for-competitors to enter the race and purchase pit passes for the driver and up to five (5) team members as there is a six-pass limit per team. All others are urged to visit www.usactickets.com where they can purchase tickets and have the option to upgrade to a pit pass.

A similar process to enter Indiana Midget Week for midgets and the accompanying sprint car class will open at noon ET on Wednesday, May 27.

All USAC events held during June in Indiana will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues. These tickets are expected to sell fast and will only be available online at www.usactickets.com while they last.

Anyone with questions may reach out to USAC National Race Director Kirk Spridgeon via email at kirk@usacnation.com or by phone at (419) 203-7047.

 

 

BRADY BACON THE GUEST ON INSIDE THE RIDE THIS FRIDAY ON FLORACING

Brady Bacon is a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ and ranks inside the top-ten in series starts (333) and 13th in wins (31), but this week, he joins host Rob Klepper as the guest on a brand-new episode of Inside The Ride, which drops this Friday, May 22, exclusively on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Vtrwdd.

There, Bacon and Klepper discuss the origins of Bacon's career in his home state of Oklahoma and his rapid progress at a young age to become a USAC National winner in 2006, then a champ in 2014 and 2016, a run of success that continues to this day as the point leader of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship following victories in the first two series races at Ocala, Fla. in February.

Also, Bacon will talk about his jump into the world of racing promotion this weekend with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget debut at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., a 1/8-mile dirt track that has substantial meaning to Bacon's family and his own racing career. The race, the inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors, takes place this Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, with a practice night beginning the festivities on Thursday, May 21.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.

Inside the Ride with Bacon and Klepper will be posted at 8am Eastern this Friday morning on FloRacing and you can re-watch it anytime thereafter on-demand on FloRacing where you will also have access to previous Inside the Ride episodes featuring Chad Boat, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson, Thomas Meseraull and Brody Roa.

For more information regarding Inside the Ride, stay tuned to www.FloRacing.com, USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, USAC's social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

KERN COUNTY & MERCED USAC WESTERN MIDGET SHOWS ARE CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

MAY 18, 2020... USAC Western Director Chris Kearns has announced that upcoming USAC Western States Midget shows at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (May 29) and Merced Speedway (May 30) have been cancelled. The United States Auto Club (USAC) and track promoters are working on options to reschedule events once racing resumes.

Scheduled as the series debut at Kern County’s 1/3-mile track, the May 29th event is the fifth series race that was lost due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The following night, the series was set to make their third appearance of the year at the Merced County Fairgrounds. Austin Liggett and Robert Dalby topped last year’s visits to Merced’s 1/4-mile oval.

Everyone is encouraged to stay inside and follow the guidelines set by city, county, state, and federal government officials.

For more updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for the United States Auto Club (USAC). In addition, you can visit the USAC Western States Midget social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby.

 

 

RETURN TO USAC RACING BEGINS AT PORT CITY THIS FRI.-SAT.

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 18, 2020)………In a sense, this weekend marks a new beginning to the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race season.

A layoff of more than two-and-a-half months amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has drivers and teams eager shake off the cobwebs and get back on the saddle as Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway awaits the debut of the series to the 1/8-mile this weekend, Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 for the inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.

Though it will have been 76 days since the most recent race, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) comes in on a hot streak, winning two of the first three events, the first in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. and the most recent, in March, at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The only other driver to reach victory lane besides Thorson through the first three events is Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), whose debut with Tucker-Boat Motorsports has been exceptional to date with three top-threes in as many starts and a win on the second night at Ocala in February. He leads the points entering Port City.

The defending champ, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) resides just six points back of Windom after finishes of 4th, 2nd and 20th through the three events thus far, just ahead of Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. in third, who’s tallied finishes of 7th, 4th and 11th thus far.

The top series Rookie thus far has been Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) with results of 3rd, 6th and 7th in his first three outings as a full-time driver, ahead of fellow Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates, Cannon McIntosh of Bixby, Oklahoma, who was a standout in the micro sprints at Port City and twice a top-five finisher in Ocala this past February. Series Rookie Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) has been solid with three top-tens in three starts, one of just three drivers to do that in 2020 along with Windom and Kofoid.

Last year’s series Rookie of the Year, Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), is one race removed from his best career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget finish, a 3rd at Ocala on the second night of Winter Dirt Games. Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) are the only two drivers to improve their finishing position in each of the three events run thus far. Carrick – 11th, 10th & 8th and Bodine – 21st, 11th & 6th, which was his best run in two years since rejoining Clauson-Marshall Racing this year.

The last time USAC Midgets visited Oklahoma, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was the victor at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker in July of 2019. The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion finished 12th in each of his two starts this year in Ocala and is making his midget debut for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports for whom he drives full-time with on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail.

The Arizona-based team will also have Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) making his USAC debut at Port City, one of three drivers making their first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget appearance, along with KKM’s Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), a Port City Micro veteran as well as Jesse Love Jr. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a six-time USAC Western HPD Midget champion between 2015 and 2017.

Also in the field for Port City are 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner and March Southern Illinois Center 2nd place finisher Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), 4-time USAC Midget winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), 2019 USAC Western States Midget champ Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), a career-best 4th place finisher at the Southern Illinois Center, plus Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), aiming for his third season start, Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) his second, as well as Southern Illinois Center feature starters Ace McCarthy (Tahlequah, Okla.) (13th) and Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) (21st), and first-time 2020 starting hopefuls Gage Rucker (Bellflower, Mo.) and Tyler Nelson (Olathe, Kans.).

Making their 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season debuts are 2001-02 champion and 30-time series winner Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), three-time series winner Zach Daum, two-time USAC Midget Special event winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), three-time USAC Western States Midget feature winner Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.), Oklahoma frontrunners Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Okla.) and Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), plus USAC Midget veterans Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.), David Budres (Beloit, Wisc.), Curtis Spicer (Marysville, Kans.), Presley Truedson (Kennedy, Minn.) and more local Sooner State talent in Emilio Hoover (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Matt Sherrell (Owasso, Okla.), Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.), Hank Davis (Sand Springs, Okla.) and Matt Moore (Bethany, Okla.).

The festivities kick off the day before the racing starts, on Thursday, May 21, at Port City with a practice session for all Midget and Micro Sprint entries from 6-9pm Central. Pit gates open at 4pm. The cost is $20 admission.

Both nights at Port City will include full series points-paying events with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event. Cars hit the track each night for practice at 6:30pm central.

Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be shown live on FloRacing.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-202, 2-Tyler Courtney-196, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr. -188, 4-Buddy Kofoid-187, 5-Tanner Thorson-182, 6-Cannon McIntosh-178, 7-Andrew Layser-167, 8-Daison Pursley-158, 9-Tanner Carrick-149, 10-Cole Bodine-130

T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN ENTRY LIST

(As of Monday, May 18, 2020)

00 TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Mounce Motorsports)

2ND DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dan Harris)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)

4s CURTIS SPICER/Marysville, KS (Spicer Racecraft)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS)

8 JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Hard Eight Racing)

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (Steve Reynolds)

9X TBA (Mounce Motorsports)

10J MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Hunt Brothers Racing)

19 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Hayward Motorsports)

19A HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19G GAGE RUCKER/Bellflower, MO (Hayward Motorsports)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, N.C. (Bundy Built Motorsports)

20G NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass)

21KS JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Steve Reynolds)

28 ACE MCCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

31 DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)

35 TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Petry Motorsports)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

42 HANK DAVIS/Sand Springs, OK (Dean Franklin)

52 BLAKE HAHN/Sapulpa, OK (Blake Hahn)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71x PRESLEY TRUEDSON/Kennedy, MN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

85 MATT MOORE/Bethany, OK (Central Motor Sports)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)

97 JESSE LOVE JR./Menlo Park, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (RMS)

 

USACTICKETS.COM LAUNCHES FOR JUNE EVENTS

Speedway, Indiana (May 15, 2020).........Tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com for the upcoming USAC National events in the state of Indiana, the June 14 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car stop at Tri-State Speedway and the June 16-21 Indiana Midget Week featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets.

All USAC events held during June in Indiana will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues. These tickets are expected to sell fast and will only be available online at www.usactickets.com while they last.

Once you go to www.usactickets.com, a screen will pop up asking you to choose which event you would like to attend. Please fill in your name and how many tickets you'd like to purchase. You also will be provided the option to upgrade to a pit pass. You will have the option to purchase tickets for the full week of Indiana Midget Week events.

On the screen, there will also be a space to reserve children's tickets. All children's ticket prices will be based on each track's policies. Children's tickets will count toward the capacity level and we can keep track of all the numbers to stay within the 50 percent capacity guideline.

There's also an option to order an Indiana Midget Week shirt that you can pick up at one of the Indiana Midget Week events you are attending, plus an option on the bottom of the page to donate to the Indiana Midget Week point fund.

From thereon, please fill out the COVID-19 waiver, then read and agree to the terms and type in your name. Read and agree to the terms of the pit waiver if you have purchased a pit pass upgrade.

Fill out your billing information and submit and your registration is complete.

**How to Order Tickets on USACtickets.com Instructional Video: https://youtu.be/0tT9rShRDMY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I get into the track?
Print off your confirmation email or, on your phone, present the QR code at the front gate when you arrive.

Do I have to wear a mask?
No, the choice is completely yours.

Can I sit with my family?
Yes. Members of the same household can sit in the same area. Outside of that, you are to practice all social distancing guidelines.

What if the state guidelines will change prior to the event?
We know this is a very fluid situation and, if this were to happen, refunds will go back on the card you used to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

How do I reserve children's tickets?
Each event on the online purchase screen has an option to reserved children's tickets. All children's ticket prices are based on the track's policies. Children must have a ticket because they count toward our 50 percent capacity and we must keep track of these numbers.

Indiana's USAC schedule will resume with a busy stretch of seven events in an eight-night span beginning June 14, starting with the return of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing and leading into the 16th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

The Sunday night, June 14 date will take the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. for the 44th visit by the series to the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile dirt track.

Two nights later, on Tuesday, June 16, the popular Indiana Midget Week tour commences with six consecutive nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing. First up is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18, the 5/16 Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville is back on the IMW docket for the 11th straight year.

The quarter-mile red clay of Bloomington Speedway provides the surface as IMW enters the weekend on Friday, June 19. The three-eighths of a mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC's inaugural season of 1956.

All the Indiana Midget Week events will also feature local sprint car racing as part of the racing festivities.

USAC'S JUNE 2020 NATIONAL SCHEDULE IN INDIANA:

Sun., June 14: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Sprints

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana - Midgets

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - Midgets

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - Midgets

Fri., June 19: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - Midgets

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Midgets

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - Midgets

 

 

USAC'S INDIANA SCHEDULE BEGINS JUNE 14
WITH 7 RACES IN 8 NIGHTS

Speedway, Indiana (May 13, 2020).........Indiana's USAC schedule will resume with a busy stretch of seven events in an eight-night span beginning June 14, starting with the return of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing and leading into the 16th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

All the USAC events held during June in Indiana will follow state guidelines, limiting seating capacity to 50 percent at all venues.

The Sunday night, June 14 date will take the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. for the 44th visit by the series to the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile dirt track.

Two nights later, on Tuesday, June 16, the popular Indiana Midget Week tour commences with six consecutive nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing. First up is the 3/8-mile of Paragon Speedway, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, which will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 17, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 18, the 5/16 Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville is back on the IMW docket for the 11th straight year.

The quarter-mile red clay of Bloomington Speedway provides the surface as IMW enters the weekend on Friday, June 19. The three-eighths of a mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 20. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 21, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC's inaugural season of 1956.

All the Indiana Midget Week events will also feature local sprint car racing as part of the racing festivities.

USAC'S JUNE 2020 NATIONAL SCHEDULE IN INDIANA:

Sun., June 14: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Sprints

Tue., June 16: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana - Midgets

Wed., June 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - Midgets

Thu., June 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - Midgets

Fri., June 19: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - Midgets

Sat., June 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Midgets

Sun., June 21: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - Midgets

 

 

BRODY ROA THE GUEST ON INSIDE THE RIDE
FRIDAY ON FLORACING

Brody Roa is one of the top gunslingers of the USAC western Sprint Car scene and this Friday, May 15, he's the guest on a new episode of Inside the Ride on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2KmrY6G.

Rob Klepper serves as the host of the show and will go in-depth with the Garden Grove, Calif. driver as they delve into his life and career, which includes a 2009 USAC California Ford Focus Dirt Midget title, a 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint championship and, most recently, a 2019 champ with the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

Over the past decade, Roa has become one of staples of the USAC western racing series as a perennial winner with CRA and is one of the more popular drivers, having made frequent trips to the Midwest over the past decade to compete in Indiana Sprint Week, as well as becoming a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner in 2017.

Inside the Ride with Roa and Klepper will be posted at 8am Eastern this Friday morning on FloRacing and you can re-watch it anytime thereafter on-demand on FloRacing where you will also have access to previous Inside the Ride episodes featuring Chad Boat, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson and Thomas Meseraull.

For more information regarding Inside the Ride, stay tuned to www.FloRacing.com, USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, USAC's social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

MAY 23RD “SALUTE TO INDY” AT PERRIS IS CANCELLED

By Lance Jennings

MAY 12, 2020... USAC Western Director Chris Kearns has announced that the May 23rd “Salute to Indy” featuring the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway has been cancelled. The United States Auto Club (USAC) and track promoters are working on options to reschedule events once racing resumes.

The May 23rd race is the fifth event on the USAC/CRA schedule that has been lost due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The annual "Salute to Indy" is a Southern California tradition going back to 1948 when Dempsey Wilson claimed the checkered flags with the original California Racing Association (CRA). After Ascot Park closed in 1990, the event was lost until Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996. The Riverside County oval brought the tradition back and NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley earned the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) victory. Last year, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg won his first “Memorial Classic” over Jake Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, and R.J. Johnson.

Piloting the Bill Michael owned #77M Sherman, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) sits atop the USAC/CRA point chase. The defending USAC National Sprint Car Champion topped both nights of the “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park.

Everyone is encouraged to stay inside and follow the guidelines set by city, county, state, and federal government officials.

For more updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for the United States Auto Club (USAC). In addition, you can visit the USAC/CRA social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner.

2020 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-154, 2. Brody Roa-139, 3. Damion Gardner-137, 4. J.J. Yeley-126, 5. R.J. Johnson-124, 6. Stevie Sussex-120, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-113, 8. Austin Williams-107, 9. Dennis Gile-95, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-93, 11. Matt McCarthy-91, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-90, 13. Chris Gansen-88, 14. Tommy Malcolm-83, 15. Kyle Shipley-82, 16. Jake Swanson-80, 17. Michael Curtis-74, 18. Ikaika O'Brien-60, 19. Ryan Ouerter-34, 20. John Romero-26.

 

 

WHO’S THE MIDGET MASTER OF THE BULLRING ENTERING PORT CITY?

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 12, 2020)………There are bullrings and then there are the extreme bullrings, small of stature but big on action, such of the 1/8-mile variety where space is at a premium and the racing is at its most intense.

Over the past five seasons, the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship has taken on the challenge of the 1/8-mile dirt tracks on seven occasions, with numbers eight and nine coming May 22-23 to Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. for the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors.

The tracks of Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. and Pennsylvania’s Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway have served as the lone 1/8-mile tracks on the series schedule over the past half-decade, the smallest venues on the trail.

A number of drivers expected to take part in the event have experienced a myriad of success on the bullrings, namely Tanner Thorson, a 2016 and 2017 winner at Lanco and 2nd place finisher at Wayne City for good measure, and winner of two of the first three during the 2020 USAC National Midget season, and has an average finish of 5th on the 1/8-milers.

However, he doesn’t own the best average on these tracks. In four 1/8-mile starts, Logan Seavey has only finished outside the top-four once, adding a 2019 series win at Lanco during his championship season, plus another third and a fourth for an average result of 4.25, tops in the series on tracks of this size.

Chris Windom, winner of the second night of this past February’s Winter Dirt Games Midget weekend at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida, has results of 4th, 6th and 6th in his three outings on 1/8-mile tracks while T-Town Midget Showdown promoter Brady Bacon has started all seven previous events and has a 6.95 average finish.

Oklahoma’s own Tyler Thomas will be a threat to win at Port City, coming in with an average feature result of 6.5, with a win at Wayne City, plus another 2nd there and a 3rd at Lanco in his portfolio.

Both nights at Port City will include full series points-paying events with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event.

Seating capacity for the T-Town Midget Showdown will be limited to 400 spectators per night and tickets for each night can only be purchase in advance. Tickets are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.

Entries will also be limited and based on a combination of criteria that will cater to both National and Regional teams. A maximum of six pit passes will be available for purchase with each car entry. Pit passes obtained with entry are for pit entry and pit seating/viewing areas only. A general admission ticket will be required for grandstand seating. Teams that meet the listed criteria will be contacted by USAC and/or Port City Raceway and given a code which will enable them to register online.

Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be shown live on FloRacing.

AVG. USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FINISH ON 1/8-MILE TRACKS SINCE 2015

(Minimum 2 starts)

(4.25) Logan Seavey

(5) Tanner Thorson

(5.33) Chris Windom

(6) Daryn Pittman

(6.5) Carson Macedo & Tyler Thomas

(6.95) Brady Bacon

(7.5) Tyler Courtney

(8) Andrew Felker

(8.33) Chad Boat

(8.67) Jonathan Beason

(9) Spencer Bayston

(9.25) Zeb Wise

(9.5) Justin Grant

(10) Adam Pierson

(10.5) Andrew Layser & Tony DiMattia

(11) Alex Bright & Sam Johnson

(11.4) Tanner Carrick

(11.5) Kenny Miller

(12) Dave Darland & Ryan Robinson

(12.5) Brenden Bright

(13) Timmy Buckwalter, Zach Daum & Kevin Thomas Jr.

(13.25) Jerry Coons Jr.

(13.5) Jason McDougal

(14) Andrew Layser, Tommy Kunsman & Daniel Robinson

(14.5) Rico Abreu

(15.8) Tucker Klaasmeyer

(17) Eric Heydenreich

(17.25) Holly Shelton

(17.33) Brayton Lynch

(18) Shawn Jackson

(18.5) Justin Peck

(19.33) Jake Neuman

(23) Gage Walker

 

 

FIRST-TIME VISIT TO PORT CITY BRINGS CONTRAST OF POTENTIAL WINNERS

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 12, 2020)………When a driver first lays eyes on a racetrack, many thoughts come to mind. Particularly, how do you tackle this place and what does it compare to that we’ve run on before?

For some, that’ll be the case when they arrive at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway on May 22-23 for the inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets.

What seems to have been proven over the past decade of events at first-time venues with the series is that series veterans are the first to figure it out. More laps inherently mean more experience on various types of tracks and provides an edge to those individuals despite never once turning a wheel at that particular venue.

During the decade of 2010-2019, 28 venues appeared on the USAC National Midget schedule for the first time. In those 28 races, the majority of them showcased relative veterans getting the job done by earning a feature victory.

Darren Hagen and Kyle Larson each won three apiece at first-time venues after they had already established themselves as stars of the series. Hagen, during his championship era of 2011-12-13 when he either won a National or Pavement Midget title and Larson, who seemingly figured out every place in his first go-around with the series in 2011, but didn’t win at any first-time series venue until the following year in 2012.

The same thing goes for those drivers who won twice in their careers at first-time venues – Christopher Bell, Chad Boat, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tanner Thorson. None of them won at these types of venues until they’ve been around the horn with the series, so to speak. All those drivers have some clout behind them, either as holder of a USAC National title, such as Bell, Clauson, Courtney and Thorson, or been runner-up of a National series’ standings like Boat and Thomas.

Acknowledged is the fact that very few drivers win anywhere in the early part of their career. It’s a tough circuit to claim and doubly difficult of a chore when it’s a track a driver has never seen before. Outside of Zeb Wise’s win at Lanco in 2018 and Gio Scelzi’s victory at Placerville in 2019, it was an established driver who raced to victory lane on 26 of the 28 occasions. But, even in those cases, those drivers had previous racing experiences at those tracks.

You can never rule out anything, and that’s what we love about racing. But drivers like Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley have an immense amount of laps under their belts in a micro at Port City, and he’s a Rookie on the USAC National Midget trail for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports. Meanwhile, fellow Oklahoman Cannon McIntosh, from Bixby, while young in age, is now an experienced and winning driver with the series and, as an added bonus, was a star at Port City in the micros.

Others like Tyler Courtney, have multiple USAC National championships, but do have limited experience in a micro at Port City from back in the day.

Is there a combination that will be the hot setup at the T-Town Midget Showdown, or can you essentially throw the proverbial book out the window when it comes to short track, dirt 1/8-mile in length bullring midget races where anything can happen? The latter is probably more likely, but the experience, or lack thereof, certainly seems to play a role in the outcome as history shows.

Both nights at Port City will include full series points-paying events with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event.

Seating capacity for the T-Town Midget Showdown will be limited to 400 spectators per night and tickets for each night can only be purchase in advance. Tickets are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.

Entries will also be limited and based on a combination of criteria that will cater to both National and Regional teams. A maximum of six pit passes will be available for purchase with each car entry. Pit passes obtained with entry are for pit entry and pit seating/viewing areas only. A general admission ticket will be required for grandstand seating. Teams that meet the listed criteria will be contacted by USAC and/or Port City Raceway and given a code which will enable them to register online.

Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be shown live on FloRacing.

FIRST-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TRACK VISIT WINNERS 2010-2019:

(3) Darren Hagen & Kyle Larson

(2) Christopher Bell, Chad Boat, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Tanner Thorson

(1) Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Shane Hmiel, Brad Kuhn, Gio Scelzi, Logan Seavey & Brad Sweet

 

 

JIM KEEKER JOINS THUNDER RELIVED THURSDAY AT 8PM EST ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana.........Jim Keeker is this week's guest on episode 14 of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday night, May 14 at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/33Kw2Xs.

Keeker was a regular competitor on the USAC National Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown trails for more than a decade between 1987 and 1998, winning 13 times for top car owners and teams 6R Racing, Glen Niebel and Gene Nolen.

Keeker proved to be a quick study, winning his first Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown races soon after he got going after making a relatively late start to the sport in USAC Regional Midget competition in his late 20s at the Indianapolis Speedrome.

On Thursday's show, Keeker recalls those early years and the progression of his career as he, plus Thunder Relived hosts Richie Murray and Kirk Spridgeon review the Cicero, Ind. native's first career USAC Silver Crown win at the 1992 Phoenix International Raceway Copper World Classic and his final USAC National Midget victory in a wild affair in 1991 at Winchester Speedway.

Thunder Relived will take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

AFTER HOT START, THORSON BIDS FOR MORE AT PORT CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 11, 2020)………They say “two out of three ain’t bad,” but it sure as heck isn’t as good as three out of four would be.

After winning two of the first three series races this season, that’s the task Tanner Thorson faces as he goes for a rare feat, by winning three of the first four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature events to start a season in the May 22-23 Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

Only one driver previously has won three of the first four in series history, that being Tyler Courtney just one year ago in 2019. Courtney, like Thorson in 2020, won the opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Courtney then won again at Ocala, then won the fourth race of the season at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Thorson has followed suit thus far this year, winning the first at Ocala, then captured March’s Shamrock Classic at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin after starting 15th. The 2016 series champ out of Minden, Nev. could’ve very easily been three-for-three to begin this year’s campaign if not for a blown engine while leading and dominating the second night out at Ocala with only six laps remaining.

While three-for-three has never been achieved by a driver to start a USAC National Midget season, winning two of three has been witnessed no less than 20 times, amazingly, over the years by the likes of Parnelli Jones (1964), Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975 & 76), Rich Vogler (1984 & 85), Sam Isenhower (1988), Russ Gamester (1990), Jim Hettinger (1991), Kenneth Nichols (1996), Tracy Hines (1997), Dave Steele (2002), J.J. Yeley (2003 & 04), Bobby Santos (2006), Brad Sweet (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011), Rico Abreu (2014), Brady Bacon (2017) and Tyler Courtney (2019).

A good omen for Thorson is that three out of the last four in that group have gone on to win the USAC National Midget championship – Clauson, Abreu and Courtney. However, he resides fifth in the standings heading into Port City despite the two wins, that 13th place finish at Ocala after leading being the only aberration.

It’s not always about where you start, it’s where you finish. However, a good start certainly helps the case, and Thorson and Hayward Motorsports have launched off the blocks with high success in 2020.

Both nights at Port City will include full series points-paying events with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event.

Seating capacity for the T-Town Midget Showdown will be limited to 400 spectators per night and tickets for each night can only be purchase in advance. Tickets are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.

Entries will also be limited and based on a combination of criteria that will cater to both National and Regional teams. A maximum of six pit passes will be available for purchase with each car entry. Pit passes obtained with entry are for pit entry and pit seating/viewing areas only. A general admission ticket will be required for grandstand seating. Teams that meet the listed criteria will be contacted by USAC and/or Port City Raceway and given a code which will enable them to register online.

Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be shown live on FloRacing.

MIDGETS

Top-25 in 2020 USAC National Midget Entrant Points

Participants in the 2019 Tuesday Night Thunder event at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Top-25 in 2019 USAC National Entrant Points

40 entries plus promotional invitations

OUTLAW NON-WING MICROS

Top-10 in 2019 Port City Raceway Outlaw Points

Top-10 in 2019 Port City Raceway Non-Wing Points

Top-10 in 2019 Port City Raceway A-Class Points

Promotional invitations up to 40 entries

WON 2 OF FIRST 3 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACES IN A SEASON

1964 – Parnelli Jones: Race #1 at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. & Race #3 at Tucson Motor Speedway in Tucson, Ariz.

1972 – Lee Kunzman: Race #1 & Race #2 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

1975 – Gary Bettenhausen: Race #1 & Race #2 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

1976 – Gary Bettenhausen: Race #2 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. & Race #3 at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind.

1984 – Rich Vogler: Race #1 & Race #2 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

1985 – Rich Vogler: Race #1 & Race #2 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

1988 – Sam Isenhower: Race #2 & Race #3 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

1990 – Russ Gamester: Race #1 at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Ill. & Race #3 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

1991 – Jim Hettinger: Race #1 at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. & Race #3 at Lanier Raceway in Gainesville, Ga.

1996 – Kenneth Nichols: Race #2 & Race #3 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind.

1997 – Tracy Hines: Race #2 at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Ind. & Race #3 at Salem Speedway in Salem, Ind.

2002 – Dave Steele: Race #1 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. & Race #2 at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Ind.

2003 – J.J. Yeley: Race #2 at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, Calif. & Race #3 at Madera Speedway in Madera, Calif.

2004 – J.J. Yeley: Race #1 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. & Race #3 at Raceway @ Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wisc.

2006 – Bobby Santos: Race #2 at Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, N.C. & Race #3 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind.

2010 – Brad Sweet: Race #1 at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. & Race #2 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev.

2011 – Bryan Clauson: Race #1 & Race #2 at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kans.

2014 – Rico Abreu: Race #1 & Race #2 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind.

2017 – Brady Bacon: Race #2 & Race #3 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind.

2019 – Tyler Courtney: Race #1 & Race #2 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2020

THOMAS MESERAULL THE GUEST ON INSIDE THE RIDE FRIDAY ON FLORACING

Thomas Meseraull is one of just five drivers to have won a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature in each of the past five full seasons, with 10 series victories spanning between 2015 to 2019. This Friday, May 8, he's the guest on a new episode of Inside the Ride on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Vtrwdd.

Rob Klepper hosts the show that goes in-depth with Meseraull as the two talk one-on-one about the San Jose, Calif. driver's racing career, starting from childhood and through the ranks, which brought him to the level of BCRA Midget champion, then onto his eventual move to Indiana to compete locally and on the USAC National trail as a perennial winner and one of the most popular drivers on the scene today.

Inside the Ride with Meseraull and Klepper will be posted at 8am Eastern this Friday morning on FloRacing and you can re-watch it anytime thereafter on-demand on FloRacing where you will also have access to previous Inside the Ride episodes featuring Chad Boat, Logan Seavey and Kody Swanson.

For more information regarding Inside the Ride, stay tuned to www.FloRacing.com, USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, USAC's social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

MAY 16TH “DUEL AT THE DIAMOND” AT PEORIA IS CANCELLED

By Lance Jennings

MAY 6, 2020... USAC Western Director Chris Kearns has announced that the May 16th “Duel at the Diamond” featuring the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars at Canyon Speedway Park has been cancelled. The United States Auto Club (USAC) and track promoters are working on options to reschedule events once racing resumes.

The “Duel at the Diamond” is the third event on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Schedule that has been lost due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

To date, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) claimed both nights of the “Steve Stroud Memorial” on February 14th and 15th at Canyon Speedway Park. When the series returned to Peoria on March 6th and 7th, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) topped both nights of the USAC/CRA co-sanctioned “Spring Showcase.”

Everyone is encouraged to stay inside and follow the guidelines set by city, county, state, and federal government officials.

For more updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for the United States Auto Club (USAC). In addition, you can visit the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car website at southwestsprintcars.com and the series Facebook and Twitter pages.

2020 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-274, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-270, 3. Stevie Sussex-261, 4. Jake Swanson-246, 5. Austin Williams-244, 6. Kyle Shipley-203, 7. Michael Curtis-192, 8. C.J. Leary-154, 9. Brody Roa-139, 10. Damion Gardner-137, 11. J.J. Yeley-126, 12. Dennis Gile-95 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-93, 14. Matt McCarthy-91, 15. Jeremy Ellertson-90, 16. Chris Gansen-88, 17. Tommy Malcolm-83, 18. Ikaika O'Brien-60, 19. Stephen Sanchez-54, --. Dustin Burkhart-54.

 

 

JERRY COONS JR. JOINS THUNDER RELIVED
THIS THURSDAY AT 8PM EST ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana.........Jerry Coons Jr. is this week's guest on episode 13 of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday night, May 7 at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/33Kw2Xs.

Coons is one of the most heralded and respected drivers in USAC history as one of six drivers in the history of the club to win National championships in Silver Crown (2008), Sprint (2008) and Midget (2006-07) during his career, earning the tagline of USAC Triple Crown champion.

In addition to those accolades, he was the 2007 USAC Super License champion, having accumulated more points than any other driver in National competition throughout the year.

On Thunder Relived, he will sit down with show hosts Richie Murray and Kirk Spridgeon to review two of his greatest, most thrilling USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumphs: the 2007 Western World Championships from Manzanita Speedway and the 2010 Tony Hulman Classic from the Terre Haute Action Track, which are among his 43 career victories in USAC National racing, which began with his first series start back in 1987.

On the show, Coons talks about his upbringing on the dirt tracks of Arizona such as Manzanita and Raven Raceway in his hometown of Tucson, and his emergence as one of the greatest racers in his discipline.

Thunder Relived will take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

USAC RACING RETURNS! NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS MAY 22-23 AT PORT CITY!

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 1, 2020).........USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing returns on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, in the first-ever series visit to the 1/8-mile Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

The Inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors will showcase back-to-back nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing on Memorial Day Weekend. Both nights will include full series points-paying events with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event.

The seating capacity for the T-Town Midget Showdown will be limited to 400 spectators per night. Tickets are available now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.

The events signal the return of USAC National racing for the first time in nearly two months, a March 7 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event won by Tanner Thorson at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Additionally, the following events have been postponed: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track, the USAC Silver Crown "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track and the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

 

ELDORA iRACING MIDGET ENTRY LIST RELEASED FOR THURSDAY

Rossburg, Ohio……… You want more action at Eldora? you got it!

For the second consecutive week, the USAC AMSOIL iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink converges on the Big E, this time with the mighty midgets, on Thursday night, April 30th at 9pm Eastern exclusively on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/34VPzVj!

Midgets can get dicey on the half-mile and it’s prime for a patented Eldora slider fest between the stars of USAC racing on the high banks. Sixty of USAC’s best are poised to break out and take their share of the glory that’s been owned by Daison Pursley and Aiden Purdue over the past month.

Cash is up for grabs courtesy of Baldwin Brothers Racing, Hayward Motorsports, Petry Motorsports and TOPP Motorsports, paying a $500 top prize to the winner of the event along with $300 for second, $200 for third and $100 for fourth, plus a $100 hard charger award from Flowdynamics.

Additionally, a bonus has been added for this Thursday’s race with last week’s top-three Eldora iRacing Sprint Car finishers – Daison Pursley, Aiden Purdue and Robert Dalby – plus one more driver front-starting driver this week who are all eligible for doubling their money if they can win from the tail of the feature field for a total prize of $1,000, sponsored by The Frolic and Rattlesnake Paint & Beer Disposal.

2020 USAC AMSOIL iRACING CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK WINNERS:

April 2: Kokomo Speedway (Midgets) – WINNER: Brennan Rogers

April 9: Knoxville Raceway (Sprints) – WINNER: Aiden Purdue

April 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Midgets) – WINNER: Daison Pursley

April 23: Eldora Speedway (Sprints) – WINNER: Daison Pursley

April 30: Eldora Speedway (Midgets)

iRacing is the world’s premier motorsport racing simulation. iRacing puts you in the driver’s seat by allowing members to experience today’s newest form of competitive motorsport: virtual racing. iRacing is a fun, inexpensive and highly competitive way for race drivers, race fans and gamers to break a sweat in head-to-head racing challenges.

For more information on the USAC iRacing Challenge, stay tuned to USAC’s website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

ROUND 5 – ELDORA MIDGET iRACING CHALLENGE ENTRY LIST

01 Carson Sousa (FastFourMedia eSports)

08 Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

1 Korbyn Hayslett (Indy Racing Images)

2 J.J. Yeley (Triple Crown Racing)

3 Jake Neuman (Jake Neuman Racing)

4 Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports)

4D Robert Dalby (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

5 Kevin Thomas Jr. (Petry Motorsports)

5A Anton Hernandez (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5B Chase Briscoe (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 Mario Clouser (Clouser Motorsports)

7BC Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7x Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing)

8 Kyle Lick (Free Joe Exotic)

9 Daison Pursley (Daison Pursley Racing)

12 Trey Robb (TUHB E-Sports)

12w Billy Wease (Team Big Talking Racing)

15 Carson Garrett (Carson Garrett Racing)

19 Logan Seavey (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19m Ethan Mitchell (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21K Karter Sarff (Sarff Motorsports)

22 Connor Leoffler (Connor Leoffler Racing)

25 Chase Johnson (Tom Malloy Motorsports)

27 Evan Mosley (Evan Mosley Racing)

28 Ace McCarthy (Dave Mac Motorsports)

28m Matt McCarthy (Flowdynamics, Inc.)

31 David Budres (Manic Racing)

32 Trey Marcham (TUHB E-Sports)

33 Ronnie Wuerdeman (GFR)

34 Jake Swanson (Team AZ/JFM)

35 Tanner Carrick (Petry Motorsports)

36 Brady Short (Short Racing)

38 Colby Johnson (Colby Johnson)

39 Matt Goodnight (Goodnight Racing)

39BC Aiden Purdue (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

41 Oliver Akard (OMR Racing)

51 R.J. Johnson (RJ Johnson Racing)

51x Austin Yarbrough (Bobby D. Earnhardt Legacy eSports)

52 Isaac Chapple (Grim Sim)

53 Brayden Fox (Brayden Fox Racing)

54 Matt Westfall (Westfall Racing)

54G Trey Gropp (MSW)

55 Nick Drake (Sam Hunt Racing)

56 Shane Hmiel (Five-Six, Inc.)

61 Stephen Schnapf (Edwards Motorsports)

67 Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

68 Ronnie Gardner (Six8 Motorsports)

69 Brady Bacon (Hoffman Auto Racing)

71 Zeb Wise (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

72 Sam Johnson (Sam Johnson Racing)

73 Tony Gualda (Josh Ford Motorsports)

77 Joe Wirth (Wirth Racing)

82 Andrew Layser (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

87 Ryan Bernal (Ryan Bernal Motorsports)

88 Kaidon Brown (CB Industries)

89 Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

91 Brody Roa (BR Performance)

91T Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)

97 Spencer Bayston (Spencer Bayston Racing)

98 Brandon Morin (Morin Sim Sport)

98x Clinton Boyles (Tim’s Sims Racing)

 

 

KODY SWANSON THE GUEST ON INSIDE THE RIDE FRIDAY ON FLORACING

Kody Swanson's remarkable USAC Silver Crown record is unprecedented with 29 wins, 29 poles and five championships in the past six seasons. This Friday, May 1, he is the guest on a new episode of Inside the Ride on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2KmrY6G.

Rob Klepper hosts the show that goes in-depth with Swanson as the two talk about his racing career from beginning to present and his ascent to success as the most highly decorated Silver Crown driver of all-time.

Swanson will compete on the full USAC Silver Crown trail in 2020 for Nolen Racing, whose namesake and owner, Gene Nolen, passed away earlier this month. The team plans to carry on this season in defense of the series title.

Inside the Ride with Swanson will be posted at 8am Eastern this Friday morning on FloRacing and you can re-watch it anytime thereafter on-demand on FloRacing where you will also have access to previous Inside the Ride episodes featuring Chad Boat and Logan Seavey.

For more information regarding Inside the Ride, stay tuned to www.FloRacing.com, USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, USAC's social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

MICHAEL LEWIS JOINS THUNDER RELIVED THURSDAY AT 8PM EST ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana.........Michael Lewis is this week's guest on episode 12 of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday night, April 30 at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dzkF8Y.

Lewis, an owner of 12 total USAC National Sprint Car and Midget feature victories between 2000 and 2005, recounts his first visit to USAC National victory lane on Thunder Relived, which just so happened to be the closest finish in USAC National Midget history - a near dead-heat at the line between he and Kasey Kahne at Indiana's racy quarter-mile bullring of Anderson Speedway.

The Noblesville, Ind. native, who made the brief transition to becoming a standout in USAC West Coast racing, ultimately earning the 2003 USAC Western Sprint driving title and was a perennial frontrunner on the pavement tracks, will be in studio with show hosts Richie Murray and Kirk Spridgeon to review the standout racer's career.

Thursday's Thunder Relived episode featuring Lewis will precede the fifth round of the 2020 AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink, a Midget race from Eldora Speedway, at 9pm ET on FloRacing. The event will feature the stars of USAC Racing competing against one another in the world's leading motorsports simulation.

Thunder Relived will take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault. Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

USAC FloRacing Weekly Watch Guide 4/27 - 5/3

Looking for some USAC action? Look no further than what's in store this week on FloRacing April 27 through May 3!

FloRacing 24/7 (April 27 - May 3)
Date Event
4/28/1984 USAC Sprints at Eldora Speedway
7/28/2006 USAC Midgets at the Belleville High Banks
7/29/2006 USAC Midgets at the Belleville High Banks
8/17/1989 USAC Midgets at IRP
6/23/2016 USAC Sprints at Jackson Motorplex
7/7/1994 USAC Midgets at Winchester Speedway
2009 USAC Indiana Sprint Week
8/2/1995 USAC Silver Crown at IRP
4/7/1990 USAC Western States Midgets at Ascot Park
8/31/1995 USAC Sprints at Louisville Motor Speedway
8/1/2017 USAC Midgets at Jefferson County Speedway
6/15/1996 USAC Silver Crown & Midgets at Richmond International Raceway

USAC "Fantastic Firsts" Weekly Watch Guide 4/27 - 5/3

Date Day Time Type Title
4/27 Monday AM Watch Guide "Fantastic Firsts" Watch Guide (4/27 - 5/3)
4/27 Monday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2003 Hoosier Hundred
4/27 Monday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2016 Eastern Storm at Grandview Speedway
4/27 Monday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1994 USAC Midgets at IRP
4/27 Monday PM Video Firsts: Inaugural USAC Eastern Storm
4/27 Monday PM Article Everything You Missed Last Week on FloRacing
4/28 Tuesday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2014 USAC Sprints at Deer Creek Speedway
4/28 Tuesday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1996 USAC Silver Crown Series at IRP
4/28 Tuesday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2013 USAC Midgets at New Smyrna
4/28 Tuesday PM Video Firsts: Inaugural Copper on Dirt at Manzy
4/29 Wednesday AM Video First USAC Midget Race at 16th Street Speedway
4/29 Wednesday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1996 USAC Thunder Season Review
4/29 Wednesday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2015 USAC Sprints at Lakeside Speedway
4/29 Wednesday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2002 USAC Sprints at Pikes Peak
4/30 Thursday AM Video First Thunder Broadcast Ever at IRP
4/30 Thursday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2017 USAC Midgets at Lincoln Park Speedway
4/30 Thursday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1991 USAC Sprints at Salem Speedway
4/30 Thursday PM LIVE Thunder Relived (Ep. 12): Michael Lewis
4/30 Thursday PM LIVE 2020 AMSOIL iRacing Challenge at Eldora | USAC Midgets
5/1 Friday AM Video First Thunder Broadcast from Ventura
5/1 Friday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1990 USAC Midgets at Phoenix
5/1 Friday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1990 USAC Silver Crown at Phoenix
5/1 Friday PM Show Inside the Ride (Ep. 3): Kody Swanson
5/1 Friday PM Article Richie's Hidden Gems Vol. 2
5/2 Saturday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2018 USAC Sprint Feature at I-55 Raceway
5/2 Saturday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1980 USAC Midgets at Terre Haute
5/2 Saturday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2016 USAC Midgets at Lanco Speedway
5/2 Saturday PM Article USAC One Hit Wonders
5/2 Saturday PM Article USAC 24/7 Ultimate Guide
5/3 Sunday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1992 USAC Car Differences
5/3 Sunday AM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 1993 USAC crashes
5/3 Sunday Midday Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 2015 USAC Midgets at Angell Park Speedway
5/3 Sunday PM Full Replay 24/7 Replay: 50 Years of USAC Racing
5/3 Sunday PM Article First (and Last) Visits from USAC History

 

 

MAY 8-9 #LETSRACETWO AT ELDORA POSTPONED

Rossburg, Ohio (April 23, 2020).........Eldora Speedway officials, in accordance with guidance and orders issued by the state of Ohio and federal authorities, have announced the postponement of the May 8-9 #LetsRaceTwo doubleheader featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans with advance tickets, pit passes and campsites for the postponed event should hold onto them and monitor www.EldoraSpeedway.com and @eldoraspeedway on social media for rescheduled dates and times when available.

Eldora officials, in concert with USAC, continue working with local, state and federal authorities on determining a safe return to racing for everyone - guests, competitors, team members and the neighboring communities.

In the meantime, round four of the USAC AMSOIL iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink will take to the highbanks of Eldora, Thursday, April 23, as the virtual sprint cars take to the half-mile at 9pm EST on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dwwlJW. Sixty drivers are entered for the event at the virtual half-mile, high-banked dirt oval in western Ohio.

Additionally, new racing content continues to be available on FloRacing with new episodes of Thunder Relived, tonight featuring 1981 Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner Dave Peperak, airs at 8pm EST on FloRacing while the latest Inside the Ride episode featuring 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Logan Seavey becomes available on-demand at 8am on Friday, April 24, on FloRacing.

Furthermore, USAC classic races are airing non-stop for 24 consecutive hours, seven days a week, every week on FloRacing 24/7.

 

 

3-IN-A-ROW FOR PURSLEY AT ELDORA iRACING CHALLENGE

Rossburg, Ohio (April 23, 2020)………Daison Pursley is simply en fuego right now.

For the third-straight USAC iRacing event, the 15-year-old USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports collected the victory, this time in a sprint car Thursday night at Eldora Speedway in round four of the USAC AMSOIL iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink.

In recent weeks, Pursley won the AME Electrical FALS Invitational midget iRace at Fairbury American Legion Speedway on April 11, then followed up with another iRacing midget triumph on April 16 at Williams Grove Speedway.

Pursley endured a green-white-checkered finish, escaping from the challenge of second and third-running Logan Seavey and Aiden Purdue in turn one, taking the high line to victory lane and winning margin of 0.988 over Seavey, Purdue and a hard-charging Zeb Wise in fourth after playing the alphabet soup from the D-Main to the C, B and A-Mains. Carson Sousa rounded out the top-five.

“We ended up having a pretty good lead there, but I was still racing like they were right under my bumper,” Pursley said. “Unfortunately, that caution came out and we had to race a green-white-checkered. I was so nervous running right there with Seavey and them. I knew the slider was going to probably end up coming into turn one, but I just didn’t know how to approach it. Luckily, we were able to get the win there.”

Connor Leoffler earned the Hard Charger award, finishing 6th after starting 24th; Clinton Boyles was the Hard Work award winner; Wise was rewarded as the Passing Master for the event, passing the most cars throughout the night.

Prize money is courtesy of Baldwin Brothers Racing, Hayward Motorsports, Petry Motorsports and TOPP Motorsports, Flowdynamics and B & W Auto Mart.

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USAC AMSOIL iRACING CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2020 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio

FAST QUALIFIER: Logan Seavey-15.177

FIRST HEAT WINNER: Logan Seavey

SECOND HEAT WINNER: Daison Pursley

THIRD HEAT WINNER: Cannon McIntosh

FOURTH HEAT WINNER: Ronnie wuerdeman

FIFTH HEAT WINNER: Kaidon Brown

D-MAIN WINNER: Zeb Wise

C-MAIN HEAT WINNER: Jake Neuman

SEMI WINNER: Brayden Fox

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Aiden Purdue, 4. Zeb Wise, 5. Carson Sousa, 6. Connor Leoffler, 7. Cannon McIntosh, 8. Jake Neuman, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Colby Johnson, 12. Trey Gropp, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Brayden Fox, 16. Anton Hernandez, 17. Kaidon Brown, 18. Clinton Boyles, 19. Joel Rayborne, 20. Tony Gualda, 21. Robert Dalby, 22. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 23. Stephen Schnapf, 24. Brady Bacon. NT

 

 

LOGAN SEAVEY THE GUEST ON INSIDE THE RIDE FRIDAY ON FLORACING

Logan Seavey is one of the top stars on both USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series, and this Friday, April 25, he makes his debut as a guest on FloRacing's newest show, Inside the Ride with host Rob Klepper.

Watch Inside the Ride starting this Friday at 8am EST on FloRacing!

Klepper engages Seavey in an in-depth interview with Seavey, the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion who won the title in his first ever try in 2018, becoming just the third driver to win the championship in his Rookie season, joining Danny Caruthers in 1971 and Christopher Bell in 2013.

Seavey is a regular on USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2020 for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, making two starts where he finished 7th and 3rd at Ocala, Fla. in February. He resides 5th in the series points.

Inside the Ride with Seavey will be posted at 8am Eastern this Friday morning on FloRacing and you can re-watch it anytime thereafter on-demand on FloRacing.

The first episode featuring USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget team owner Chad Boat was posted last week and can be watched on-demand now on FloRacing.

For more information regarding Inside the Ride, stay tuned to www.FloRacing.com, USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, USAC's social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

Eldora iRacing Sprint Driver List Released for Thursday

Sprint Cars routinely put on a show on the banks of The Big E, Eldora Speedway, and it's gonna get wild this Thursday night, April 23, 9pm EST for the USAC AMSOIL iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dwwlJW.

Sixty drivers are entered for the event at the virtual half-mile, high-banked dirt oval in western Ohio, and extra prize money is on the line this Thursday.

A $500 top prize is up for grabs for the winner of the event along with $300 for second, $200 for third and $100 for fourth presented by Baldwin Brothers Racing, Hayward Motorsports, Petry Motorsports and TOPP Motorsports, along with Flowdynamics, which has come on board for the event with extra cash, including $100 to the hard charger and $50 apiece to the fast qualifier and to the hard work award winner - the slowest qualifier to make the feature event.

April 2: Kokomo Speedway (Midgets) - WINNER: Brennan Rogers

April 9: Knoxville Raceway (Sprints) - WINNER: Aiden Purdue

April 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Midgets) - WINNER: Daison Pursley

April 23: Eldora Speedway (Sprints)

April 30: Eldora Speedway (Midgets)

iRacing is the world's premier motorsport racing simulation. iRacing puts you in the driver's seat by allowing members to experience today's newest form of competitive motorsport: virtual racing. iRacing is a fun, inexpensive and highly competitive way for race drivers, race fans and gamers to break a sweat in head-to-head racing challenges.

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ROUND 4 - ELDORA SPRINT CAR iRACING CHALLENGE ENTRY LIST

01 Carson Sousa (FastFourMedia eSports)

08 Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

1 Korbyn Hayslett (Indy Racing Images)

2 J.J. Yeley (Triple Crown Racing)

3 Jake Neuman (Jake Neuman Racing)

4 Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports)

4D Robert Dalby (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4x Braydon Cromwell (Cromwell Racing)

5 Anton Hernandez (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5B Chase Briscoe (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 Mario Clouser (Clouser Motorsports)

7BC Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7x Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing)

8 Kyle Lick (Free Joe Exotic)

9 Daison Pursley (Daison Pursley Racing)

9K Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports)

11 Zeb Wise (Sam McGhee Motorsports)

12 Trey Robb (TUHB E-Sports)

12w Billy Wease (Team Big Talking Racing)

14 Ronnie Gardner (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

15 Carson Garrett (Carson Garrett Racing)

17 Jake Swanson (Team AZ/JFM)

19 Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ Logan Seavey (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19m Ethan Mitchell (Bundy Built Motorsports)

19T Tanner Thorson (Hayward Motorsports)

22 Connor Leoffler (Connor Leoffler Racing)

24 Chase Johnson (Chase Johnson Racing)

27 Evan Mosley (Evan Mosley Racing)

28 Ace McCarthy (Dave Mac Motorsports)

28m Matt McCarthy (Flowdynamics, Inc.)

31 David Budres (Manic Racing)

32 Trey Marcham (TUHB E-Sports)

33 Ronnie Wuerdeman (GFR)

36 Brady Short (Short Racing)

38 Colby Johnson (Colby Johnson)

39 Matt Goodnight (Goodnight Racing)

39BC Aiden Purdue (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

41 Oliver Akard (OMR Racing)

51 R.J. Johnson (RJ Johnson Racing)

51x Austin Yarbrough (Bobby D. Earnhardt Legacy eSports)

52 Isaac Chapple (Grim Sim)

53 Brayden Fox (Brayden Fox Racing)

54 Matt Westfall (Westfall Racing)

54G Trey Gropp (MSW)

55 Nick Drake (Sam Hunt Racing)

56 Shane Hmiel (Five-Six, Inc.)

61 Stephen Schnapf (Edwards Motorsports)

69 Brady Bacon (Hoffman Auto Racing)

69x Jason McDougal (TUHB E-Sports)

71 Joel Rayborne (Joel Rayborne Racing)

72 Sam Johnson (Sam Johnson Racing)

73 Tony Gualda (Josh Ford Motorsports)

77 Joe Wirth (Wirth Racing)

87 Ryan Bernal (Ryan Bernal Motorsports)

88 Kaidon Brown (CB Industries)

91 Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)

91R Brody Roa (BR Performance)

98 Brandon Morin (Morin Sim Sport)

98x Clinton Boyles (Tim's Sims Racing)

 

 

PEPERAK JOINS THUNDER RELIVED THURSDAY AT 8PM EST ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana (April 21, 2020).........Dave Peperak is this week's guest on episode 11 of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday night, April 23rd at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dzkF8Y.

Peperak, a longtime veteran of sprint car racing who made his debut with USAC during the 1975 season, is still active as a driver in the sport, competing locally on Indiana's dirt bullrings behind the wheel of his familiar No. 77.

On Thunder Relived, Peperak is in studio with show hosts Richie Murray and Kirk Spridgeon to review Peperak's greatest triumph, the 1981 USAC Sprint Car season opening Don Branson-Jud Larson Memorial from Eldora Speedway where the Clinton, Ind. native collected a "look what I've found" victory on the 30th and final lap.

The win has been Peperak's lone career USAC Sprint Car victory to date among his 146 career starts with the series, which ranks 62nd all-time.

Additionally, the race occurred under the bright lights of ABC's Wide World of Sports coverage and features legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson on the mic along with Chris Economaki as the analyst.

The Eldora race is also the race where Gary Gray lost his helmet during a frightening qualifying accident, plus features all the racing stars of the day battling it out on the famed half-mile dirt oval.

Thursday's Thunder Relived episode featuring Peperak will precede the fourth and final round of the 2020 AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink, a Sprint/Midget doubleheader from Eldora Speedway, at 9pm ET on FloRacing. The event will feature the stars of USAC Racing competing against one another in the world's leading motorsports simulation.

Thunder Relived will take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault. Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

PURSLEY DOES IT AGAIN WITH USAC IRACING TRIUMPH AT THE GROVE

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (April 16, 2020)………Daison Pursley dominated the night, but had to hold off one last-ditch slider by Aiden Purdue on the final corner of the last lap to emerge victorious in Thursday’s USAC AMSOIL iRacing Challenge Presented by NOS Energy Drink Midget feature at Williams Grove Speedway.

It turned into a battle of last week’s USAC iRacing winners at the end of the yellow-flag-plagued 30-lap event. Locust Grove, Oklahoma's Pursley, a 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year contender for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, was the winner of last Saturday’s $2,020-to-win AME Electrical Saturday Night Lightning FALS Invitational at Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

Meanwhile, Purdue was the winner of the most recent USAC iRacing Challenge event in a sprint car at Knoxville Raceway for Clauson-Marshall Racing.

Pursley took home the $500 winner’s share, while Purdue pocketed $300 for second and 2019 USAC Western States Midget champion Robert Dalby grabbed third worth $100 thanks to series sponsors to sponsors TOPP Motorsports, Hayward Motorsports, Petry Motorsports and Baldwin Brothers Racing.

Austin Yarbrough took fourth while Chris Windom, a 2016 Silver Crown winner and 2018 AMSOIL National Sprint Car victor with USAC at Williams Grove, rounded out the top-five.

One final event remains on the USAC iRacing Challenge calendar with a Sprint/Midget doubleheader at Eldora Speedway on Thursday, April 23 live at 9pm EST on FloRacing.

April 2: Kokomo Speedway (Midgets) – WINNER: Brennan Rogers

April 9: Knoxville Raceway (Sprints) – WINNER: Aiden Purdue

April 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Midgets) – WINNER: Daison Pursley

April 23: Eldora Speedway (Sprints & Midgets)

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USAC AMSOIL iRACING CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 16, 2020 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Aiden Purdue, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Austin Yarbrough, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Kaidon Brown, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Karter Sarff, 11. Andrew Layser, 12. Carson Garrett, 13. Nick Drake, 14. Chase Johnson, 15. Buddy Kofoid, 16. Zeb Wise, 17. Trey Robb, 18. Anton Hernandez, 19. Tyler Thomas, 20. Joe Wirth, 21. Chase Briscoe, 22. Cannon McIntosh, 23. Jake Neuman, 24. Stephen Schnapf. NT

 

 

PARSONS, McCORD THIS WEEK'S GUESTS
ON THUNDER RELIVED

Speedway, Indiana (April 14, 2020).........Johnny Parsons and Jason McCord are this week's guests on episodes nine and 10 of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday and Saturday night, April 16th and 18th, respectively, at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dzkF8Y.

Parsons is a decorated veteran of auto racing for over four decades, competing against the likes of A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti in the 1960s all the way to the likes of Dave Darland and Tracy Hines in the late 2000s. This Thursday, Parsons, a veteran of 12 Indianapolis 500 starts, will revisit and recap his long-awaited first career USAC Silver Crown win as a driver, which also happened to be the first series win by recently-passed team owner Gene Nolen, at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1991.

McCord, meanwhile, will tell of his unbelievable introduction into becoming a full-time USAC Sprint Car driver with no prior racing experience of any kind. Additionally, on Saturday, he'll recap two of the bigger wins of his career, both of which came at Indianapolis Raceway Park, home to many nationally televised USAC racing broadcasts over the years: 2002 Sprints and 2003 Silver Crown, which both involve late-race comebacks by McCord.

Thursday's Thunder Relived episode featuring Parsons will precede round three of the 2020 AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink Midget race from Williams Grove Speedway at 9pm ET on FloRacing. The event will feature the stars of USAC Racing competing against one another in the world's leading motorsports simulation weekly each Thursday night throughout the month of April.

Thunder Relived promises to take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault. Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnationand on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

TONIGHT: USAC iRACING FALS INVITATIONAL 9PM ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana (April 11, 2020).........The highest-paying USAC iRacing event to ever be held will take place tonight, Saturday, April 11th, in an invitation only race featuring the top racing stars of the United States Auto Club, 9pm EST exclusively on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/34smGjk.

Also, tune in just before the race, at 8pm EST to catch an all-new episode of Thunder Relived featuring Brian Gerster on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/33Kw2Xs.

The AME Electrical "Saturday Night Lightning" FALS Invitational will pad the wallet of the front runners who can get the job done in the virtual USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature held at the quarter-mile Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Illinois.

The total payout includes $2,020 top prize going to the winner courtesy of AME Electrical, $1,000 for second from Rex Reinbold and $500 for third from Hunter % Hammer Head Garage while a $100 hard charger prize will be posted by Todd Underwood of Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports. Additionally, Sharp Advantage Safety Products has added a $100 Passing Master bonus to driver who can pass the most cars throughout the night of racing.

It's bound to become a challenge of drivers from different disciplines, yet all the drivers do have real-world midget experience. Eight USAC National champions are among the top guard in USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley, 2017 USAC National Midget titlist Spencer Bayston, 2013 USAC National Midget champion and 2017 NASCAR Truck Series titlist Christopher Bell, 2014 and 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car king Brady Bacon, 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney, plus 2016 USAC National champ Tanner Thorson, 2018 USAC National Midget king Logan Seavey as well as 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC National Sprint champ Chris Windom.

In addition to the crowd of USAC champs are midget racing veterans who've excelled in other areas of auto racing, including NASCAR star Kyle Larson, 2019 10th place Indianapolis 500 finisher Conor Daly, late model racing hero Bobby Pierce, three-time NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Chase Briscoe, 143-time NASCAR Cup Series starter Landon Cassill, 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel and All Star Circuit of Champions winner Cale Thomas, 2019 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year and winner Carson Macedo, plus veteran Randy Hannagan.

Those top contenders are mixed in with a slew of USAC National feature winners in Cannon McIntosh, Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr., Thomas Meseraull, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Swindell, Matt Westfall, Shane Hmiel, Jason McDougal, Zeb Wise and Tyler Thomas, plus 2019 USAC Western States Midget champion Robert Dalby and five-time Western States king Ronnie Gardner. Aiden Purdue won the most recent USAC AMSOIL iRacing Challenge presnted by NOS Energy Drink round this past Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway in a sprint car.

Event sponsor and 2019 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion owner Andy Reinbold got the idea to put together the event for the entertainment value of it and also to give racers a place to race during these trying times.

"Everybody's stuck at home bored over this coronavirus deal and secondly, and just as important, is the idea that these kids that race to entertain us. We think they live the dream by racing full-time and that's their full-time gig, which a lot of them survive by. But, suddenly, the work dries up and there's no paycheck for those guys - the ones that are commission-based like our drivers are. Affording these guys an opportunity to make a little dough and just trying to help them out, that's all."

With all the ongoing downtime for racers, teams and racefans alike, Reinbold finds the long-term importance of this event and finding a greater cause for the sport in the long run.

"It's huge for the exposure of our sport that we all like," Reinbold said. "Dirt racing, whether it be midgets, sprint cars, wing cars, late models or dirt modifieds, we're all kind of a family. I'm a sports freak, I don't care what it is, there nothing much to watch out there. We're just taking the opportunity while we have the stage to draw interest."

"I would like to think it would never replace live racing," Reinbold added. "By using this for exposure to get more fans out there while we wait to return to normality, we can grow our sport and put it on the map a little more than it already is."

iRacing is the world's premier motorsport racing simulation. iRacing puts you in the driver's seat by allowing members to experience today's newest form of competitive motorsport: virtual racing. iRacing is a fun, inexpensive and highly competitive way for race drivers, race fans and gamers to break a sweat in head-to-head racing challenges.

For more information on the USAC iRacing Challenge, stay tuned to USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

AME ELECTRICAL SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTNING FALS INVITATIONAL ENTRY LIST

03 Jake Neuman (Jake Neuman Racing)

08 Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

1 Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Racing)

1A Carson Macedo (Kyle Larson Racing)

1x Randy Hannagan (Randy Hannagan Racing)

2 J.J. Yeley (Triple Crown Racing)

4 Robert Dalby (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4A Justin Grant (RAMS Racing)

5 Kevin Thomas Jr. (Petry Motorsports)

5A Anton Hernandez (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5B Chase Briscoe (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 Mario Clouser (Clouser Motorsports)

7 Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7L Landon Cassill (Team Cassill)

7x Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing)

9 Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

11 Ricky Lewis (Lewis Motorsports)

12 Trey Robb (TUHB eSports)

12w Billy Wease (Billy Wease)

13 Dennis Gile (Gene Gile Racing)

14 Ronnie Gardner (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

15 Carson Garrett (Carson Garrett Racing)

18 Tanner Holmes (Factory QRC)

19 Tanner Thorson (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ Logan Seavey (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)

19H Hayden Reinbold (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)

19m Ethan Mitchell (Bundy Built Motorsports)

20 Conor Daly (Ed Carpenter Racing)

21 Christopher Bell (CB Industries)

21K Karter Sarff (Sarff Motorsports)

25 Chase Johnson (Tom Malloy Motorsports)

28 Ace McCarthy (Dave Mac Motorsports)

32 Bobby Pierce (Bobby Pierce Racing)

32T Trey Marcham (TUHB e-Sports)

35 Tanner Carrick (Petry Motorsports)

37 Aiden Purdue (Aiden Purdue Motorsports)

39 Matt Goodnight (Goodnight Racing)

39x Kevin Swindell (Swindell SpeedLab)

52 Isaac Chapple (Grim Sim)

54 Matt Westfall (Westfall Racing)

55 Nick Drake (Sam Hunt Racing)

56 Shane Hmiel (8x Motorsports)

61 Stephen Schnapf (Edwards Motorsports)

67 Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

69 Brady Bacon (Hoffman Auto Racing)

69x Jason McDougal (TUHB e-sports)

71 Zeb Wise (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

72 Sam Johnson (Sam Johnson Racing)

82 Andrew Layser (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

87 Ryan Bernal (Bernal Racing)

88 Kaidon Brown (CB Industries)

89 Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

89G David Gravel (David Gravel Racing)

91 Cale Thomas (Brent Marks Racing Sim Team)

91T Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)

97 Spencer Bayston (Spencer Bayston Racing)

98 Brandon Morin (Morin Sim Sport)

98x Clinton Boyles (Tims Sims Racing)

 

 

SATURDAY'S USAC iRACING
FALS INVITATIONAL ENTRY LIST RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana (April 8, 2020).........The highest-paying USAC iRacing event to ever be held will take place this Saturday, April 11th, in an invitation only race featuring the top racing stars of the United States Auto Club, 9pm EST exclusively on FloRacing.

The AME Electrical "Saturday Night Lightning" FALS Invitational will pad the wallet of the front runners who can get the job done in the virtual USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature held at the quarter-mile Fairbury Speedway in Illinois.

The total payout includes $2,020 top prize going to the winner courtesy of AME Electrical, $1,000 for second from Rex Reinbold and $500 for third from Hunter % Hammer Head Garage while a $100 hard charger prize will be posted by Todd Underwood of Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports.

It's bound to become a challenge of drivers from different disciplines, yet all the drivers do have real-world midget experience. Eight USAC National champions are among the top guard in USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley, 2017 USAC National Midget titlist Spencer Bayston, 2013 USAC National Midget champion and 2017 NASCAR Truck Series titlist Christopher Bell, 2014 and 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car king Brady Bacon, 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney, plus 2016 USAC National champ Tanner Thorson, 2018 USAC National Midget king Logan Seavey as well as 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC National Sprint champ Chris Windom.

In addition to the crowd of USAC champs are midget racing veterans who've excelled in other areas of auto racing, including 2019 10th place Indianapolis 500 finisher Conor Daly, three-time NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Chase Briscoe, 143-time NASCAR Cup Series starter Landon Cassill, 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel and All Star Circuit of Champions winner Cale Thomas, 2019 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year and winner Carson Macedo, plus veteran Randy Hannagan.

Those top contenders are mixed in with a slew of USAC National feature winners in Cannon McIntosh, Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr., Thomas Meseraull, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Swindell, Matt Westfall, Shane Hmiel, Jason McDougal, Zeb Wise and Tyler Thomas, plus 2019 USAC Western States Midget champion Robert Dalby and five-time Western States king Ronnie Gardner.

Event sponsor and 2019 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion owner Andy Reinbold got the idea to put together the event for the entertainment value of it and also to give racers a place to race during these trying times.

"Everybody's stuck at home bored over this coronavirus deal and secondly, and just as important, is the idea that these kids that race to entertain us. We think they live the dream by racing full-time and that's their full-time gig, which a lot of them survive by. But, suddenly, the work dries up and there's no paycheck for those guys - the ones that are commission-based like our drivers are. Affording these guys an opportunity to make a little dough and just trying to help them out, that's all."

With all the ongoing downtime for racers, teams and racefans alike, Reinbold finds the long-term importance of this event and finding a greater cause for the sport in the long run.

"It's huge for the exposure of our sport that we all like," Reinbold said. "Dirt racing, whether it be midgets, sprint cars, wing cars, late models or dirt modifieds, we're all kind of a family. I'm a sports freak, I don't care what it is, there nothing much to watch out there. We're just taking the opportunity while we have the stage to draw interest."

"I would like to think it would never replace live racing," Reinbold added. "By using this for exposure to get more fans out there while we wait to return to normality, we can grow our sport and put it on the map a little more than it already is."

iRacing is the world's premier motorsport racing simulation. iRacing puts you in the driver's seat by allowing members to experience today's newest form of competitive motorsport: virtual racing. iRacing is a fun, inexpensive and highly competitive way for race drivers, race fans and gamers to break a sweat in head-to-head racing challenges.

For more information on the USAC iRacing Challenge, stay tuned to USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.


AME ELECTRICAL SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTNING FALS INVITATIONAL DRIVERS:

03 Jake Neuman (Jake Neuman Racing)

08 Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

1A Carson Macedo (Kyle Larson Racing)

1x Randy Hannagan (Randy Hannagan Racing)

2 J.J. Yeley (Triple Crown Racing)

4 Robert Dalby (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4A Justin Grant (RAMS Racing)

5 Kevin Thomas Jr. (Petry Motorsports)

5A Anton Hernandez (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5B Chase Briscoe (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 Mario Clouser (Clouser Motorsports)

7 Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7L Landon Cassill (Team Cassill)

7x Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing)

9 Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

11 Ricky Lewis (Lewis Motorsports)

12 Trey Robb (TUHB eSports)

13 Dennis Gile (Gene Gile Racing)

14 Ronnie Gardner (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

15 Carson Garrett (Carson Garrett Racing)

18 Tanner Holmes (Factory QRC)

19 Tanner Thorson (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ Logan Seavey (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)

19H Hayden Reinbold (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)

20 Conor Daly (Ed Carpenter Racing)

21 Christopher Bell (CB Industries)

21K Karter Sarff (Sarff Motorsports)

25 Chase Johnson (Tom Malloy Motorsports)

28 Ace McCarthy (Dave Mac Motorsports)

32 Trey Marcham (TUHB e-Sports)

35 Tanner Carrick (Petry Motorsports)

37 Aiden Purdue (Aiden Purdue Motorsports)

39 Matt Goodnight (Goodnight Racing)

39x Kevin Swindell (Swindell SpeedLab)

52 Isaac Chapple (Grim Sim)

54 Matt Westfall (Westfall Racing)

55 Nick Drake (Sam Hunt Racing)

56 Shane Hmiel (8x Motorsports)

61 Stephen Schnapf (Edwards Motorsports)

67 Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

69 Brady Bacon (Hoffman Auto Racing)

69x Jason McDougal (TUHB e-sports)

71 Zeb Wise (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

72 Sam Johnson (Sam Johnson Racing)

82 Andrew Layser (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

87 Ryan Bernal (Bernal Racing)

88 Kaidon Brown (CB Industries)

89 Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

89G David Gravel (David Gravel Racing)

91 Cale Thomas (Brent Marks Racing Sim Team)

91T Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)

97 Spencer Bayston (Spencer Bayston Racing)

98 Brandon Morin (Morin Sim Sport)

98x Clinton Boyles (Tims Sims Racing)

 

 

ENTRY LIST REVEALED FOR
THURSDAY'S KNOXVILLE USAC iRACING CHALLENGE

Speedway, Indiana.........Midgets took the stage last week, but now the time has arrived for the heavy artillery to come out and play.

The Sprint Cars take their turn at the Sprint Car Capitol of the World this Thursday night, April 9, at Knoxville Raceway for round number two of the 2020 USAC AMSOIL iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink.

USAC's best take their place behind the wheel in the world's leading motorsports simulation to compete against each other for pride, for bragging rights and for a $500 top prize each Thursday throughout the month of April.

Strap in, pull the belts tight and don't blink. It's coming to you LIVE this Thursday at 9pm Eastern exclusively on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3akbWFW.

Seven, count 'em, seven USAC National Champions are on board for Thursday's race at Knoxville, including USAC Triple Crown champion J.J. Yeley, who won the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget championships all within in a single season in 2003.

He's joined by additional headliners, 2013 USAC National Midget champion and 2017 NASCAR Truck Series titlist Christopher Bell, 2014 and 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car king Brady Bacon, 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney, plus 2016 USAC National champ Tanner Thorson, 2018 USAC National Midget king Logan Seavey as well as 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC National Sprint champ Chris Windom and NASCAR Xfinity Series frontrunner and winner Chase Briscoe.

Also competing on the half-mile virtual dirt track are USAC National feature winners Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr., Thomas Meseraull, Zeb Wise, Jason McDougal, Tanner Carrick, Shane Hmiel and Cannon Mcintosh, Tyler Thomas and Matt Westfall, plus 2019 USAC Western States Midget champion Robert Dalby, five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner, multi-time USAC Western Sprint champ Ryan Bernal, plus this year's top Rookie with the NOS Energy Drink National Midget series thus far, Buddy Kofoid.

Those USAC standouts will be competing against many more stars of USAC Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget racing, all of whom have competed in a USAC national event during either the 2019 or 2020 season, in addition to Shane Hmiel, 2010 USAC National Pavement Sprint Car champion.

The 2020 AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink will feature the stars of USAC Racing competing against one another in the motorsports simulation event beginning with weekly racing action each Thursday night throughout the month of April live on FloRacing at 9pm Eastern.

The USAC iRacing Challenge will consist of a total of five races through four events, including three USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and two USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events:

April 2: Kokomo Speedway (Midgets) - WINNER: Brennan Rogers

April 9: Knoxville Raceway (Sprints)

April 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Midgets)

April 23: Eldora Speedway (Sprints & Midgets)

The event purse for each event will feature a $500 winner's share, $300 for second and $100 for third thanks to series sponsors to sponsors TOPP Motorsports, Hayward Motorsports, Petry Motorsports and Baldwin Brothers Racing.

iRacing is the world's premier motorsport racing simulation. iRacing puts you in the driver's seat by allowing members to experience today's newest form of competitive motorsport: virtual racing. iRacing is a fun, inexpensive and highly competitive way for race drivers, race fans and gamers to break a sweat in head-to-head racing challenges.

For more information on the USAC iRacing Challenge, stay tuned to USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

ROUND 2 - KNOXVILLE iRACING CHALLENGE ENTRY LIST

01 Korbyn Hayslett (Indy Racing Images)

08 Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

2 J.J. Yeley (Triple Crown Racing)

4 Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports)

4D Robert Dalby (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4x Braydon Cromwell (Cromwell Racing)

5 Anton Hernandez (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5B Chase Briscoe (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5T Kevin Thomas Jr. (Petry Motorsports)

6 Mario Clouser (Clouser Motorsports)

7 Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7x Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing)

8 Kyle Lick (Free Joe Exotic)

9 Daison Pursley (Daison Pursley Racing)

11 Zeb Wise (Sam McGhee Motorsports)

12 Trey Robb (TUHB E-Sports)

13 Dennis Gile (Gene Gile Racing)

14 Ronnie Gardner (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

15 Carson Garrett (Carson Garrett Racing)

19 Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

19AZ Logan Seavey (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19m Ethan Mitchell (Bundy Built Motorsports)

19 Tanner Thorson (Hayward Motorsports)

21 Christopher Bell (CB Industries)

22 Connor Leoffler (Connor Leoffler Racing)

24 Chase Johnson (Chase Johnson Racing)

28 Ace McCarthy (Dave Mac Motorsports)

32 Trey Marcham (TUHB E-Sports)

33 Ronnie Wuerdeman (GFR)

35 Tanner Carrick (Petry Motorsports)

37 Aiden Purdue (Aiden Purdue Motorsports)

38 Colby Johnson (Colby Johnson)

39 Matt Goodnight (Goodnight Racing)

52 Isaac Chapple (Grim Sim)

53 Brayden Fox (Brayden Fox Racing)

54 Matt Westfall (Westfall Racing)

55 Nick Drake (Sam Hunt Racing)

56 Shane Hmiel (Five-Six, Inc.)

61 Stephen Schnapf (Edwards Motorsports)

67 Buffy Kofoid (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

69 Brady Bacon (Hoffman Auto Racing)

69x Jason McDougal (TUHB E-Sports)

71 Joel Rayborne (Joel Rayborne Racing)

72 Sam Johnson (Sam Johnson Racing)

77 Joe Wirth (Wirth Racing)

87 Ryan Bernal (Ryan Bernal Motorsports)

88 Kaidon Brown (CB Industries)

91 Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)

98 Brandon Morin (Morin Sim Sport)

98x Clinton Boyles (Tim's Sims Racing)

 

 

PLETCH, GERSTER THIS WEEK'S GUESTS ON THUNDER RELIVED

Speedway, Indiana (April 7, 2020).........Terry Pletch and Brian Gerster are this week's guests on episodes seven and eight of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday and Saturday, April 9th and 11th, respectively, at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2J7pxEs.

Pletch, who was active with the USAC National Sprint Car series between 1982 and 2004, was the victor of one of the most memorable come-from-behind triumphs of all-time at the 1999 Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track. He discusses the biggest night of his career in-depth with Thunder Relived hosts Richie Murray and Kirk Spridgeon and also tells of his wild beginnings in the sport of motorcycle racing before making the transition to sprint cars.

Thursday's Thunder Relived episode featuring Terry Pletch will precede round two of the 2020 AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car race from Knoxville Raceway at 9pm ET, exclusively on FloRacing. The event will feature the stars of USAC Racing competing against one another in the world's leading motorsports simulation weekly each Thursday night throughout the month of April.

Gerster, meanwhile, burst onto the scene as 1992 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year as developed into a perennial frontrunner with the series in the mid-to-late 1990s, then made a transition to sprint car racing. There, he's won with USAC on National TV and is one of the premier winged pavement sprint car drivers of the past decade-plus.

Gerster joins Thunder Relived on Saturday night to discuss two of his nationally televised USAC victories, one with the Midget at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1995 and with the sprint car at Louisville (Ky.) Motor Speedway in 1999.

Following Gerster and Thunder Relived on Saturday night will be the highest-paying USAC iRacing event to ever be held, in an invitation only race featuring the top racing stars of the United States Auto Club.

The AME Electrical "Saturday Night Lightning" FALS Invitational will pad the wallet of the front runners who can get the job done in the virtual USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature held at the quarter-mile Fairbury Speedway in Illinois.

The total payout includes $2,020 top prize going to the winner courtesy of AME Electrical, $1,000 for second from Rex Reinbold and $500 for third from Hunter % Hammer Head Garage while a $100 hard charger prize will be posted by Todd Underwood of Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports. You can watch it all go down at 9pm Eastern exclusively on FloRacing.

Thunder Relived promises to take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault. Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.


 

$2,020-TO-WIN iRACING AME ELECTRICAL
FALS INVIATIONAL SET FOR APRIL 11

Speedway, Indiana (April 3, 2020).........The highest-paying USAC iRacing event to ever be held will take place on Saturday, April 11, in an invitation only race featuring the top stars of the United States Auto Club.

The AME Electrical "Saturday Night Lightning" FALS Invitational, which will be held live exclusively on FloRacing at 9pm Eastern, will pad the wallet of the front runners who can get the job done in the virtual USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature held at the quarter-mile Fairbury Speedway in Illinois.

The total payout includes $2,020 to win courtesy of AME Electrical, $1,000 for second from Rex Reinbold and $500 for third from Hunter % Hammer Head Garage while a $100 hard charger prize will be posted by Todd Underwood of Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports.

Event sponsor and 2019 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion owner Andy Reinbold got the idea to put together the event for the entertainment value of it and also to give racers a place to race during these trying times.

"Everybody's stuck at home bored over this coronavirus deal and secondly, and just as important, is the idea that these kids that race to entertain us. We think they live the dream by racing full-time and that's their full-time gig, which a lot of them survive by. But, suddenly, the work dries up and there's no paycheck for those guys - the ones that are commission-based like our drivers are. Affording these guys an opportunity to make a little dough and just trying to help them out, that's all."

With all the ongoing downtime for racers, teams and racefans alike, Reinbold finds the long-term importance of this event and finding a greater cause for the sport in the long run.

"It's huge for the exposure of our sport that we all like," Reinbold said. "Dirt racing, whether it be midgets, sprint cars, wing cars, late models or dirt modifieds, we're all kind of a family. I'm a sports freak, I don't care what it is, there nothing much to watch out there. We're just taking the opportunity while we have the stage to draw interest."

"I would like to think it would never replace live racing," Reinbold added. "By using this for exposure to get more fans out there while we wait to return to normality, we can grow our sport and put it on the map a little more than it already is."

USAC iRACING FORMAT CHANGES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Meanwhile, format changes for the USAC AMSOIL iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink will be announced soon for the upcoming events on Thursday, April 9, with the Sprint Cars at Knoxville Raceway, followed by Sprints on April 16 at Williams Grove Speedway and a Sprint/Midget doubleheader on April 23 at Eldora Speedway.

 

THURSDAY'S KOKOMO iRACING CHALLENGE
ENTRY LIST SET

Speedway, Indiana.........NASCAR stars Kyle Larson, Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell, who is also a USAC National champion, plus five more USAC National champions in Spencer Bayston Tyler Courtney, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson and Chris Windom, are entered for this Thursday's, April 2, AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge midget event presented by NOS Energy Drink from the virtual Kokomo Speedway LIVE at 9pm ET on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Um2MmP.

Larson, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year and winner in all three of USAC's National series divisions will be joined by Briscoe, a premium talent on the NASCAR Xfinity Series trail, 2013 USAC National Midget champion and 2017 NASCAR Truck Series titlist Christopher Bell, 2017 USAC National Midget champ Spencer Bayston, 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney, plus 2016 USAC National champ Tanner Thorson, 2018 USAC National Midget king Logan Seavey as well as 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC National Sprint champ Chris Windom.

Also competing are USAC National feature winners Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr., Thomas Meseraull, Zeb Wise, Jason McDougal, Tanner Carrick, Shane Hmiel and Cannon Mcintosh, plus 2019 USAC Western States Midget champion Robert Dalby, five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner, multi-time USAC Western Sprint champ Ryan Bernal, plus 2019's top NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie Andrew Layser and this year's top Rookie with the series thus far, Buddy Kofoid.

Those USAC standouts will be competing against many more stars of USAC Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget racing, plus the best iRacers, including reigning USAC iRacing champion David Heileman.

he 2020 AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink will feature the stars of USAC Racing competing against one another in the world's leading motorsports simulation beginning with weekly racing action each Thursday night throughout the month of April live on FloRacing at 9pm Eastern.

The USAC iRacing Challenge will consist of a total of five races through four events, including two USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and three USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events:

April 2: Kokomo Speedway (Midgets)

April 9: Knoxville Raceway (Sprints)

April 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Sprints)

April 23: Eldora Speedway (Sprints & Midgets)

The event purse will feature a $500 winner's share, $300 for second and $100 for third thanks to series sponsors to sponsors TOPP Motorsports, Hayward Motorsports, Petry Motorsports and Baldwin Brothers Racing.

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For more information on the USAC iRacing Challenge, stay tuned to USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

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THURSDAY'S KOKOMO iRACING CHALLENGE ENTRY LIST

Spencer Bayston

Christopher Bell

Alex Bergeron

Joel Berkley

Ryan Bernal

Dalton Bishop

Chase Briscoe

Chase Cabre

Tanner Carrick

Mario Clouser

Tyler Courtney

Robert Dalby

Ryan Diatte

Bryce Dues

Adam Elbert

Mitchell Faccinto

Ronnie Gardner

Justin Grant

Rylan Gray

Korbyn Hayslett

David Heileman

Anton Hernandez

Shane Hmiel

Chase Johnson

Sam Johnson

Blade Kearns

Buddy Kofoid

Rusty Kruger

Kyle Larson

Andrew Layser

Anthony LoPresto

Ace McCarthy

Jason McDougal

Cannon McIntosh

Thomas Meseraull

Ethan Mitchell

Brandon Morin

Cole Neuhalfen

Travis Oldfield

Aiden Purdue

Daison Pursley

Brennan Rogers

Logan Rumsey

Vinnie Sansone

Karter Sarff

Trey Schmidt

Stephen Schnapf

Logan Seavey

Austen Semmelmann

Alex Smolders

Justin Thomas

Kevin Thomas Jr.

Tanner Thorson

James Tiernan

Chris Windom

Zeb Wise

Ronnie Wuerdeman

 

 

ROSE, THOMAS THIS WEEK'S GUESTS ON THUNDER RELIVED

Speedway, Indiana (March 31, 2020).........Bill Rose and Kevin Thomas Jr. are the guests on episodes five and six of USAC's Thunder Relived, this Thursday and Saturday, April 2nd and 4th, respectively, at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/33Kw2Xs.

Rose, the USAC National Sprint division's 1993 Most Improved Driver, has endured both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat throughout his racing career. Rose sits down this Thursday night with Thunder Relived hosts Richie Murray and Kirk Spridgeon to cover all of that, including the controversial last lap tangle with Steve Butler at the Terre Haute Action Track in 1993, losing his ride just before the feature at Putnamville in 1997 and his breakthrough victories at Paragon during the 1997 Indiana Sprint Week and at Attica Raceway Park in 1999.

Thursday's Thunder Relived episode featuring Bill Rose will precede the debut of the 2020 AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink at 9pm ET, exclusively on FloRacing. The event will feature the stars of USAC Racing competing against one another in the world's leading motorsports simulation weekly each Thursday night throughout the month of April.

Thomas Jr. is one of USAC's top stars of today, competing regularly with the three national series throughout the last several years and, on this Saturday night's show, we cover his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph at Bloomington Speedway in 2012 as well as one of his most thrilling wins, the 2019 Kokomo Grand Prix USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature in which he made a last lap, last corner pass to defeat Justin Grant. Grant will join Thomas on set to discuss the final, exhilarating laps of the Kokomo Grand Prix feature.

Thunder Relived promises to take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault. Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation. LINKS Visit USAC's official website at www.USACracing.com.

Follow USAC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usacnation.

Like USAC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usacracing.

Be sure to follow USAC on Instagram at www.instagram.com/usacnation.

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APRIL RACE CANCELLATIONS ANNOUNCED

Speedway, Indiana (March 31, 2020).........Seven races from USAC's National series calendar for the month of April, as well as eight from the Regional schedule, have been postponed/canceled due to the ongoing Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

The National events affected by the circumstances include three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events:

April 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

April 10: Riverside International Speedway / West Memphis, AR / USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

April 11: Riverside International Speedway / West Memphis, AR / USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

April 17: Bloomington Speedway / Bloomington, IN / USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

April 18: Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

April 24: Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

April 25: Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

Additionally, eight USAC Regional events in April have been postponed/cancelled:

April 11: Central Arizona Speedway / Casa Grande, AZ / USAC Southwest Sprint Cars

April 11: Highland Rim Speedway / Greenbrier, TN / USAC Eastern SpeeD2 Midgets

April 17: Bloomington Speedway / Bloomington, IN / USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets

April 18: Bakersfield Speedway / Bakersfield, CA / USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

April 19: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park / Bakersfield, CA / USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

April 24: Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, CA / AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars

April 24: Wake County Speedway / Raleigh, NC / USAC Eastern SpeeD2 Midgets

April 25: Shenandoah Speedway / Shenandoah, VA / USAC Eastern SpeeD2 Midgets

USAC and track promoters will work diligently on options for rescheduled events to fit with already scheduled events as racing gets back into full swing.

 

 

APRIL’S WESTERN USAC SCHEDULE IS CANCELLED

MARCH 31, 2020… As the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to spread, USAC Western Director Chris Kearns has announced that the seven races scheduled in April have been cancelled. USAC and the track promoters are working on options for rescheduled events once racing resumes.

The following races are cancelled:

APRIL 4: USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars at Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ APRIL 10: USAC Western States Midgets at Merced Speedway / Merced, CA APRIL 11: USAC Western States Midgets at Merced Speedway / Merced, CA APRIL 11: USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars at Central Arizona Speedway / Casa Grande, AZ APRIL 18: USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at Bakersfield Speedway / Bakersfield, CA APRIL 19: USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway / Bakersfield, CA APRIL 25: USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, CA

Everyone is encouraged to stay inside and follow the guidelines set by city, state, and federal government officials.

For more updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for USAC, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, and the USAC Western States Midgets.

 

 

USAC iRACING CHALLENGE
TO FEATURE USAC STARS ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana.........The 2020 AMSOIL USAC iRacing Challenge presented by NOS Energy Drink will feature the stars of USAC Racing competing against one another in the world's leading motorsports simulation beginning with weekly racing action each Thursday night throughout the month of April live on FloRacing at 9pm Eastern.

The USAC iRacing Challenge will consist of a total of five races through four events, including two USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and three USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events:

April 2: Kokomo Speedway (Midgets)

April 9: Knoxville Raceway (Sprints)

April 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Sprints)

April 23: Eldora Speedway (Sprints & Midgets)

The event purse will feature a $500 winner's share, $300 for second and $100 for third thanks to series sponsors to sponsors TOPP Motorsports, Hayward Motorsports, Petry Motorsports and Baldwin Brothers Racing.

Among the USAC top drivers entered for the events include six USAC National champions: Christopher Bell, Tyler Courtney, Logan Seavey, Chris Windom, Tanner Thorson and Spencer Bayston, plus some of the winningest drivers over the past few years in USAC National racing, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, Zeb Wise, Jason McDougal and Cannon McIntosh.

Shane Hmiel, 2010 Hoosier Hundred winner, has entered the USAC iRacing Challenge as have 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender Anton Hernandez, plus USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget regulars Robert Dalby, Andrew Layser, Daison Pursley, Buddy Kofoid, Ethan Mitchell, Ace McCarthy and west coast frontrunner Chase Johnson, plus the top-25 in 2019 USAC's iRacing point standings.

iRacing is the world's premier motorsport racing simulation. iRacing puts you in the driver's seat by allowing members to experience today's newest form of competitive motorsport: virtual racing. iRacing is a fun, inexpensive and highly competitive way for race drivers, race fans and gamers to break a sweat in head-to-head racing challenges.

For more information on the USAC iRacing Challenge, stay tuned to USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

 

 

LEARY, GRANT THIS WEEK'S GUESTS ON THUNDER RELIVED

Speedway, Indiana (March 24, 2020).........C.J. Leary and Justin Grant will be the guests on episodes three and four of USAC's new weekly show, Thunder Relived, this Thursday and Saturday at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dp9Qq8.

Leary, the 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, sits down with Thunder Relived hosts Richie Murray, Kirk Spridgeon and Levi Jones this Thursday, March 26, as we revisit two of his greatest triumphs during his USAC career, his 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint car victory at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway and his classic duel with Kevin Thomas Jr. during the 2018 USAC Silver Crown event from Ohio's Eldora Speedway.

During the viewing of the Eldora event, Leary is joined at the discussion roundtable with Thomas as they banter back-and-forth, uninterrupted, with play-by-play of each of their strategies as they battle for the lead in one of the most memorable races in the history of the series.

Justin Grant will be on hand this Saturday, March 28, to discuss his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 2012 as well as his last lap sprint car score over Leary at Eldora in the Spring of 2015. Both Grant and Leary will join in to discuss the final laps of that event as well, including pre-race, mid-race and post-race analysis.

Thunder Relived promises to take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Thunder Relived on USAC's website at www.usacracing.com, our social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation. LINKS Visit USAC's official website at www.USACracing.com.

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FLORACING 24/7 TO FEATURE 24 HOURS OF DAILY USAC RACING

Speedway, Indiana.........Starting Tuesday at 8am Eastern, FloRacing 24/7 will officially launch with wall-to-wall wheel-to-wheel content from the world of USAC racing.

The new channel on www.FloRacing.com will stream non-stop USAC video 24 hours of the day, every day, from the USAC Racing vault at https://bit.ly/33Kw2Xs

"It's going to be a ton of fun digging into the archives and seeing all these past great races and legendary drivers in action once again," USAC Executive Vice President Levi Jones said. "We're committed to bringing USAC fans the racing action they crave during this time and they're going to see some really good stuff."

This week's feature events include the 2007 Copper on Dirt: USAC Sprints, Midgets, and Silver Crown at Manzanita Speedway; 2005 Indiana Sprint Week; 2007 USAC Eastern Storm; the first ever Thursday Night Thunder event held in 1986 featuring USAC Regional Midgets at the Indianapolis Speedrome; plus the 1999 Tony Hulman Classic USAC Sprint Car event from the Terre Haute Action Track.

These races will be shown as is in their original form all day, every day. Whenever you tune into FloRacing 24/7, anytime of day or night, you'll be on the edge of your seat and experiencing the greatest thrills of USAC racing.

Furthermore, on FloRacing 24/7, you'll be able catch the debut of brand-new Thunder Relived episodes featuring C.J. Leary and the 2017 Montpelier Motor Speedway USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race plus the 2018 USAC Silver Crown finale from Eldora Speedway on Thursday night, March 26, at 8pm Eastern.

At 8pm Eastern on Saturday night, March 28, on FloRacing 24/7, another new episode of Thunder Relived will drop that spotlights Justin Grant as well as the 2012 Indiana Sprint Week round at Lawrenceburg Speedway and night two of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway from 2015.

 

 

USAC'S THUNDER RELIVED SHOW DEBUTS THURSDAY ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana (March 18, 2020).........USAC has announced a new racing video show that will highlight classic USAC events and feature a roundtable discussion and analysis from some of the key figures in the sport, which will air weekly, each Thursday and Saturday night, at 8pm Eastern on FloRacing at http://bit.ly/38YVWHC.

Thunder Relived will take you under the helmet and in-depth with USAC personalities past and present as we revisit all the thrills, spills and the greatest moments from USAC's vast Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown video vault.

First up on the docket for Thunder Relived live this Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 PM EST, on FloRacing will be the 2003 Mopar Million USAC Sprint Car event from Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway. The event featured the highest car count ever for a USAC race at 138 and still remains the highest paying USAC Sprint Car race of all-time with a $1 million purse and a $200,000 winner's share.

On Saturday, March 21, we'll look back on the 1987 USAC National Sprint Car event at Santa Fe Speedway in Hinsdale, Ill. It was the first ever dirt USAC Sprint Car race aired live on the Thursday Night Thunder program with a legendary driver and car owner taking the checkered flag for the first time with the series in one of the closest finishes in USAC Sprint Car history.

Those two episodes will have commentary from seven-time USAC National driving champion and Executive Vice President of USAC, Levi Jones, plus USAC National Race Director Kirk Spridgeon and USAC Media Relations' Richie Murray.

Future episodes of Thunder Relived will have drivers past and present reliving some of their greatest triumphs and most memorable moments during the one-hour program.

Stay tuned to USAC's website, www.USACracing.com, and social media channels www.twitter.com/usacnation, www.facebook.com/usacracing and www.instagram.com/usacnation, for more information on Thunder Relived.

 

 

USAC STATEMENT REGARDING POSTPONEMENT OF MARCH RACES

Speedway, Indiana (March 16, 2020) - Given the uncertainty and ever-rapidly changing situation of the coronavirus pandemic in our country, the USAC management team is working cohesively with race promoters and track operators for races scheduled over the next 30 days. Decisions on each race will be made according to local, state and federal mandates that ensure the safety of all our fans and teams.

As of now, races scheduled for the CRA and West Coast Sprint Cars, as well as the Western Midget Series and Eastern SpeeD2 Midgets have been postponed through the end of March. At this time only those events have been affected.

We highly recommend that all USAC-sanctioned events adhere to the restrictions placed by local, state, and federal authorities, along with making every effort to follow guidelines and recommendations to help our fans, teams and competitors stay safe and healthy.

These are unprecedented times that we all are facing. We want to race just as much as anyone, but it will take us all working together to get back on track.

As we move forward USAC will continue to provide timely updates on all of our social channels:

www.USACracing.com

www.twitter.com/usacnation

www.facebook.com/usacracing

www.instagram.com/usacnation


 


CALIFORNIA'S MARCH USAC SCHEDULE POSTPONED

Speedway, Indiana (March 13, 2020).........The spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 in the United States and around the world has had effects on numerous events around the sporting world, and USAC racing's March calendar is now included in that group.

This Saturday's March 14 West Coast Sprint Car event at Hanford, California's Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds has been postponed with officials hopeful to make up the Twin 20s event at a later date this season.

Furthermore, the Western States Midget season opener on Saturday, March 21, at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway has been postponed as well as the Saturday, March 28 USAC CRA Sprint Car event from Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, which has also been postponed.

According to the Los Angeles Times, California governor Gavin Newsom, along with California state health officials, recommended the cancellation of gatherings of 250 or more people across the entire state. The new policy from the California Department of Public Health will be in effect at least through March.

This is a fluid situation and details can change at any moment. Stay tuned to usacracing.com for any updates on USAC's racing schedule and beyond.

 

SATURDAY’S HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE IS CANCELLED

MARCH 12, 2020…. Saturday's USAC West Coast Sprint Car race at Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA) has been cancelled.

The series will now open their season with a rare doubleheader, starting Saturday, April 18th at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA), followed by their first event at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA) the following night.

2020 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
April 18: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA
May 15: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 16: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 13: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 20: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
July 11: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
August 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 8: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 29: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
September 11: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA
September 12: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
November 25: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (TNGP / Battle at the Beach #4 / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

HANFORD’S TWIN 20s OPEN 12TH USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SEASON
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 10, 2020... This Saturday, March 14th, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will open their twelfth season at Keller Auto Speedway. Now promoted by Peter Murphy, the Hanford, California oval will showcase “twin 20-lap features” for non-winged 360 sprints. The field will be totally inverted in the last event and if a driver wins both features, they will earn an extra $1,000 cash bonus. The action packed card will also feature IMCA Stock Cars and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The pit gates will open at 1:00pm, front gates will open at 4:30pm and racing is scheduled for 6:30pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at kellerautospeedway.com.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2020 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK.
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads.
- The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

To date, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car shows. Richard Vander Weerd, who leads all drivers with ten Hanford victories, also claimed the last appearance on May 12, 2018. Track promoter Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010 and the complete series track win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew at Petaluma, California on October 12th, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) claimed his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino posted three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season. Tristan has eight career series wins and will be looking to add Hanford to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) finished second in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons had two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. Ryan has two West Coast wins and will have his sights on his first victory at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) placed third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw had a solid year with one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. The versatile driver will be looking to score his first West Coast victory at Hanford’s season opener.

T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) ranked fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the May Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers Propane Maxim, Smith recorded four heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The former Santa Maria track champion will have his sights on his fifth series triumph.

J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) finished fifth in the point standings and earned rookie of the year honors. Piloting the Keller Motorsports’ #2 Firestone Brewery 805 / Crown Limousine Triple X, Ringo posted one heat race victory, two hard charger awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in 2019. The Watsonville Ocean Sprint Car Champion will be looking to earn his first USAC win this Saturday night.

Hannah Mayhew, Austin Liggett, Austin Ervine, Slater Helt, Jake Swanson, Troy Rutherford, Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Michael Faccinto, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Tanner Boul, Tom Hendricks, Brandon Wiley, Brent Owens, and Kaleb Montgomery rounded out the top-20 in last year’s point standings.

Keller Auto Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $18, Military and Senior tickets are $15, Student tickets are $10, and Kids tickets are $10. Advance tickets and camping are available on the fairgrounds. For more event information, visit kellerautospeedway.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Chase Johnson, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 6-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-Brody Roa, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

FINAL 2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J. Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7. Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt ®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, -Kaleb Montgomery-210.

2020 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
March 14: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Twin 20-lap features)
April 18: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA
May 15: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 16: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 13: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 20: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
July 11: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
August 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 8: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 29: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
September 11: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA
September 12: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
November 25: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (TNGP / Battle at the Beach #4 / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.


 

HARD CHARGING PERFORMANCES RAMPANT IN EARLY USAC SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 10, 2020).........In the three USAC National series in 2019, the hard charger winner was also victorious in that night's feature a total of three times throughout the entire season.

In 2020, through just five USAC National events, the hard charger winner has already won four times. And it's only March!

Some might say that earning the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger award means they have to qualify better earlier in the night. While somewhat true, it also proves that the team had galvanized itself following qualifying to persevere and conclude the night on a high note.

Thus far in 2020, no feature winner in a USAC National race has started in the first two rows. The closest to the front any feature winner has started this year was Tanner Thorson who raced his way from the third row (5th) on the opening night of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park in February.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has reached both ends of the spectrum during his two midget victories this year. He also came from the furthest back of any driver to win this year in last Saturday's Shamrock Classic at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, charging from 15th.

Meanwhile, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) came from 10th to win at Ocala with the midgets and Brady Bacon blitzed from 9th to 1st on two consecutive nights to win with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Ocala.

By contrast, the three hard chargers to win USAC National races in 2019 came from Shane Cottle's photo finish victory from 18th during Indiana Sprint Week at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Tanner Thorson's miraculous comeback from 15th during Indiana Midget Week at Putnamville, Ind. and Zeb Wise's late race heroics from 8th at Pennsylvania's Linda's Speedway during Pennsylvania Midget Week.

And we've only just begun. All the passing throughout the early season has initiated a three-way tie atop the yearlong ProSource Passing Master Award standings, which will reward the top USAC National passer with a $2,500 prize. At the moment, Thorson, Windom and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) are all knotted up with 18 positions advanced apiece with eight months remaining on the 2020 trail.

2020 HARD CHARGERS TO WIN A USAC NATIONAL FEATURE: (4)

2/8: Bubba Raceway Park - Chris Windom 10th to 1st (Midget)

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Brady Bacon 9th to 1st (Sprint)

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Brady Bacon 9th to 1st (Sprint)

3/7: Southern Illinois Center - Tanner Thorson 15th to 1st (Midget)

2019 HARD CHARGERS TO WIN A USAC NATIONAL FEATURE: (3)

6/6: Lincoln Park Speedway - Tanner Thorson 15th to 1st (Midget)

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Shane Cottle 18th to 1st (Sprint)

8/2: Linda's Speedway - Zeb Wise 8th to 1st (Midget)

 

THORSON THRILLS WITH 15TH TO 1ST
CHARGE AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Ill. (March 7, 2020).........As Tanner Thorson recollected over his first three starts of the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season, one of his first thoughts was, "we should be three for three."

Instead, the 2016 series champ has had to settle for winning two out of three on the year thus far following Saturday night's Shamrock Classic victory at the Southern Illinois Center. And like a common refrain from a song you might've heard in the past, 'two out of three ain't bad.'

After capturing a season opening victory in Ocala during February, then dominating the second night at Ocala until an engine issue stifled a surefire victory, Thorson entered the Shamrock Classic with a plan to return to his winning ways, but that plan and the confidence went slightly askew early in the evening.

"After the qualifier, I thought I was about to load this thing up and get out of here," Thorson admitted. "This place has never been really too good to me."

Yet, Thorson and team remained tactful and honed in on the details that allowed him to drive from his 15th starting spot to victory lane, the furthest back in the field a winning driver has started with the series since himself, also from 15th at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. in June of 2019.

"We just kept at it all night," Thorson said. "I was really fast the last time I was here and we kind of brought the same set up here, but it didn't work. We just had to change some things and go through some stuff and it paid off."

In doing so, Thorson kept the streak intact of consecutive different USAC Midget winners to emerge at the Southern Illinois Center to nine and the run of different Shamrock Classic victors to five years running.

Furthermore, Thorson's 15th career series win elevated the Minden, Nev. driver to 46th all-time on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win list, equaling him with Don Branson and Larry Rice.

The resilient Thorson had unfinished business to attend to after missing last year's Shamrock Classic due to the serious injuries he suffered in a California highway crash. His two most recent visits to the 1/6-mile dirt oval netted him a 7th place finish in 2016 and a 21st place result in 2017.

On Saturday, Thorson began his quest from the last quarter of the field while defending race winner Cannon McIntosh controlled the race from the front with series Rookie Buddy Kofoid in close quarters just behind in second.

On the 12th lap, leader McIntosh clipped the turn three infield berm, forcing him to check up and leave teammate Kofoid no room to maneuver and no time to react. Kofoid tapped McIntosh's rear bumper as a result, sending himself into a spin toward the turn three outside wall and out of contention for the win.

The ensuing restart saw the infield berm rear its ugly head at the opposite end of the track for McIntosh on the lap 13 restart. McIntosh clipped it with his left front, sliding him to a stop and collecting second running Courtney in the fracas, ending both racers their bid for a win on this night.

Nearing the midway point, 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas was the man on the move, sending it to third by Cole Bodine on the inside of turn three on lap 21 and to second underneath Jake Neuman on the 26th circuit.

With less than 20 to go, it was Thorson's turn to rise to the occasion as he tussled within the top-five and was battling for the third position with Jake Neuman on lap 32 when the two made contact. Neuman received the smaller piece of the wishbone on the deal, spinning to a stop in turn one, while Thorson continued on.

"It's just short track racing," Thorson chalked it up to. "I had a bunch of speed going in there. He got up on the berm and I just got into his back bumper a little bit."

On the ensuing restart, Thorson immediately went to work on Thomas for the runner-up position, ultimately snagging the spot on the 33rd lap. Thorson instantly slashed into Windom's advantage, and two laps later, slid underneath Windom off the fourth corner to secure the lead, finally sticking the right rear tire to the surface, something that he admitted to struggling with all night.

From there onward, Thorson went virtually unchallenged. He clipped the turn one berm with his left front wheel on the lap 40 restart, but it was no harm, no foul as he carried on to a 0.837 second victory aboard his Hayward Motorsports/Oilfire - Factory Kahne - Walker Filtration - Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"This race team is just a big group that works really hard and it helps," Thorson said. "The overall package we have from our shocks to motors to cars, just everything. It's cool to watch the things we do work. Sometimes they don't, obviously, but we're doing a lot of little things that no one probably even thinks about that all add up. We've got a really good team and I'm looking forward to the next one."

Thomas took second over series point leader Windom while career best series performances were turned in by Robert Dalby, who finished fourth, and Kyle Simon who collected a fifth in his first career USAC National Midget feature start.


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Buddy Kofoid

AutoMeter Third Qualifier Winner: Brady Bacon

Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner: Jake Neuman

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winners: Kyle Simon & Trey Gropp

KSE Racing Products / ProSource Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ace McCarthy

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers: Aiden Purdue & Anthony Nicholson

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 7, 2020 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tanner Carrick (#35 Petry), 2. Andy Bishop (#91 Harris), 3. Trey Robb (#08 Dave Mac), 4. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 5. Kyle Simon (#23s Simon), 6. Gage Rucker (#19G Hayward). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Brady Bacon (#21H Hinck), 3. Ronnie Gardner (#7m Moonshine), 4. Logan Faucon (#52F Casson), 5. Kyle May (#39 May), 6. Tyler Robbins (#35T Robbins), 7. Michael Klein (#10A MWR). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Chris Windom (#89 Tucker/Boat), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry), 4. David Budres (#31 Manic), 5. Anthony Nicholson (#5o Hagar/Proctor), 6. Robert Bell (#71B Bell), 7. Thomas Chandler (#1T Chandler), 8. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Trey Gropp (#54G Mounce), 3. Robert Dalby (#4 Dalby), 4. Andrew Layser (#82 Tucker/Boat), 5. Aiden Purdue (#57D McCreery), 6. Austin Yarbrough (#13A McGee), 7. Matt Durbin (#12D Durbin), 8. Mark Chisholm (#3 Neuman). 1:50.410

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Ace McCarthy (#28 Dave Mac), 2. Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tanner Thorson (#19 Hayward), 4. Riley Kreisel (#56AP Young), 5. Chris Urish (#77u Casson), 6. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin). 1:49.218 (New Track Record)

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Daison Pursley (#9 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 3. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 4. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 5. Kyle Jones (#7R Moonshine), 6. Craig Oakes (#91x Oakes), 7. Sean Robbins (#53 Robbins). 1:50.231

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar/Proctor) & Chris Andrews (#95 Miller)

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-40 overall in passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Sam Johnson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Austin Yarbrough, 6. Thomas Chandler, 7. Trey Robb, 8. Kyle Jones, 9. David Budres, 10. Daison Pursley. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-40 overall in passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Ace McCarthy, 4. Andy Bishop, 5. Aiden Purdue, 6. Riley Kreisel, 7. Mark Chisholm, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Gage Rucker, 10. Matt Durbin, 11. Kyle May. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-40 overall in passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Anthony Nicholson, 3. Kyle Simon, 4. Robert Bell, 5. Trey Gropp, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Tyler Robbins, 10. Michael Klein. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-40 overall in passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Neuman, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Tyler Thomas, 5. Kendall Ruble, 6. Logan Faucon, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Sean Robbins, 9. Craig Oakes, 10. Chris Urish. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING FIRST SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Simon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Aiden Purdue, 6. Austin Yarbrough, 7. Kyle Jones, 8. Thomas Chandler, 9. Tyler Robbins, 10. David Budres, 11. Gage Rucker, 12. Michael Klein, 13. Tanner Carrick. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SECOND SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Trey Gropp, 2. Trey Robb, 3. Robert Bell, 4. Kendall Ruble, 5. Anthony Nicholson, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Riley Kreisel, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Chris Urish, 10. Logan Faucon, 11. Matt Durbin, 12. Mark Chisholm. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (15), 2. Tyler Thomas (10), 3. Chris Windom (5), 4. Robert Dalby (7), 5. Kyle Simon (13), 6. Cole Bodine (8), 7. Buddy Kofoid (2), 8. Tanner Carrick (21), 9. Daison Pursley (17), 10. Trey Robb (16), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (19), 12. Kendall Ruble (20), 13. Ace McCarthy (9), 14. Justin Grant (11), 15. Cannon McIntosh (1), 16. Jake Neuman (6), 17. Brady Bacon (4), 18. Sam Johnson (12), 19. Robert Bell (18), 20. Tyler Courtney (3), 21. Trey Gropp (14). NT

**Tyler Nelson flipped during the third heat. Thomas Chandler flipped during the third heat. Daison Pursley flipped during the first qualifier. Kyle May flipped during the first qualifier. Craig Oakes flipped during the third qualifier.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 13-34 Chris Windom, Laps 35-50 Tanner Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tanner Thorson

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ace McCarthy

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Aiden Purdue & Anthony Nicholson

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-202, 2-Tyler Courtney-196, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-188, 4-Buddy Kofoid-187, 5-Tanner Thorson-182, 6-Cannon McIntosh-178, 7-Andrew Layser-167, 8-Daison Pursley-158, 9-Tanner Carrick-149, 10-Cole Bodine-130.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-18, 2-Chris Windom-18, 3-Daison Pursley-18, 4-Brady Bacon-16, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-11, 6-Andrew Layser-9, 7-Tyler Thomas-8, 8-Mario Clouser-8, 9-Anton Hernandez-7, 10-Dave Darland-7.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 10-11, 2020 - Riverside International Speedway - West Memphis, Arkansas


 


C.J. LEARY DOUBLES UP AT PEORIA’S “SPRING SHOWCASE”

PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 7, 2020… After battling “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) topped Saturday’s finale of the “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Leary backed up yesterday’s win and took the $3,000 AMSOIL USAC/CRA & Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory ahead of Williams, Brody Roa, R.J. Johnson, and hard charger “Speedy” Stevie Sussex.

Sussex earned the program’s All Coast Construction Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to fifth place run.

Gardner also posted the night’s Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award with a time of 13.643 over the 20-car roster.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Leary (Component Repair Company / Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars First Heat) and Williams (Flowdynamics / Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Second Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA) for the “So-Cal Showdown” on March 28th with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action at Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ) on April 4th.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tires, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC Southwest Facebook and Twitter pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 7, 2020 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “3rd Annual Spring Showcase”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-13.643; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.897; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.954; 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.962; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.071; 6. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-14.095; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.125; 8. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-14.135; 9. C.J. Leary, 77M, Michael-14.198; 10. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.225; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X,, Napier-14.238; 12. J.J. Yeley, 02, Rossi-14.317; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.398; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.489; 15. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.581; 16. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-14.850; 17. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.051; 18. John Romero, 65X, Romero-15.436; 19. Rocky Silva, 50S, Silva-15.694; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 22, Ellertson-NT.

COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY / SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Johnson, 3. Malcolm, 4. Davis, 5. Gardner, 6. Roa, 7. McCarthy, 8. Curtis, 9. Sussex, 10. Silva. NT

FLOWDYNAMICS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. Shipley, 4. Yeley, 5. Gile, 6. Gansen, 7. Tafoya, 8. Ellertson, 9. O’Brien, 10. Romero. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Austin Williams (1), 3. Brody Roa (8), 4. R.J. Johnson (3), 5. Stevie Sussex (17), 6. J.J. Yeley (12), 7. Damion Gardner (7), 8. Matt McCarthy (13), 9. Chris Gansen (14), 10. Tommy Malcolm (11), 11. Jeremy Ellertson (20), 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (9), 13. Kyle Shipley (4), 14. Dennis Gile (10), 15. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 16. Michael Curtis (15), 17. Jake Swanson (6), 18. Ikaika O’Brien (16), 19. John Romero (18), 20. Rocky Silva (19). NT
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**Shipley flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-6 Williams, Laps 7-12 Leary, Lap 13 Williams, Laps 14-30 Leary
ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (17th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-154, 2-Brody Roa-139, 3-Damion Gardner-137, 4-J.J. Yeley-126, 5-R.J. Johnson-124, 6-Stevie Sussex-120, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-113, 8-Austin Williams-107, 9-Dennis Gile-95, 10-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-93

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-R.J. Johnson-274, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-270, 3-Stevie Sussex-261, 4-Jake Swanson-246, 5-Austin Williams-244, 6-Kyle Shipley-203, 7-Michael Curtis-192, 8-C.J. Leary-154, 9-Brody Roa-139, 10-Damion Gardner-137.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 28 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “So-Cal Showdown”

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 4 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona

 

C.J. LEARY SCORES CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK VICTORY

PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 6, 2020… Powering past “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on the second lap, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) earned the Friday night AMSOIL USAC/CRA & Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the defending USAC National Sprint Car Champion took the $3,000 “Spring Showcase” opener over Davis, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Brody Roa, and hard charger J.J. Yeley.

Yeley earned the Flowdymanics Hard Charger Award with an eleventh to fifth place run.

Swanson also scored the night’s Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award by posting a time of 13.738 over the 19-car roster.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Yeley (Component Repair Company / Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars First Heat) and Gardner (All Coast Construction / Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Second Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action at Canyon Speedway Park for Saturday’s (March 7) finale of the “3rd Annual Spring Showcase.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tires, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC Southwest Facebook and Twitter pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 6, 2020 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “3rd Annual Spring Showcase”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.738; 2. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-13.869; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.890; 4. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-13.967; 5. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-14.157; 6. C.J. Leary, 77M, Michael-14.165; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X,Napier-14.204; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.256; 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.342; 10. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.349; 11. J.J. Yeley, 02, Rossi-14.352; 12. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.370; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.379; 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 22, Ellertson-14.444; 15. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.539; 16. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-14.647; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.796; 18. Ryan Ouerter, 43, Ouerter-15.060; 19. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-15.484.

COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY / SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Yeley, 2. Malcolm, 3. Tafoya, 4. Gile, 5. Swanson, 6. Roa, 7. Gansen, 8. McCarthy, 9. Curtis, 10. O’Brien. NT

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Williams, 3. Davis, 4. Leary, 5. Sussex, 6. Shipley, 7. Ellertson, 8. Ouerter, 9. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. C.J. Leary (4), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 3. Damion Gardner (6), 4. Brody Roa (9), 5. J.J. Yeley (11), 6. R.J. Johnson (12), 7. Stevie Sussex (8), 8. Dennis Gile (5), 9. Jeremy Ellertson (14), 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (1), 11. Michael Curtis (15), 12. Matt McCarthy (13), 13. Chris Gansen (17), 14. Kyle Shipley (16), 15. Ryan Ouerter (18), 16. Ikaika O’Brien (19), 17. Jake Swanson (7), 18. Tommy Malcolm (3), 18. Austin Williams (10). NT
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**Williams flipped on lap on 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Davis, Laps 2-30 Leary
FLOWDYNAMICS HARD CHARGER: J.J. Yeley (11th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-76, 2-Damion Gardner-75, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-67, 4-Brody Roa-68, 5-J.J. Yeley-66, 6-Stevie Sussex-61, 7-Dennis Gile-56, -R.J. Johnson-56, 9-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-49, 10-Jeremy Ellertson-48.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Charles Davis Jr.-230, 2-R.J. Johnson-206, 3-Jake Swanson-205, 4-Stevie Sussex-202, 5-Austin Williams-169, 6-Michael Curtis-160, 7-Kyle Shipley-159, 8-C.J. Leary-76, 9-Damion Gardner-75, 10-Brody Roa-68.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 7 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “3rd Annual Spring Showcase”

 

 

SHAMROCK CLASSIC ENTRY LIST REACHES 45

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 5, 2020).........The field for this Saturday's Shamrock Classic has risen to 45 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget drivers set for battle on March 7 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The 5th annual event includes two past Shamrock Classic winners in Justin Grant (2017) and reigning victor Cannon McIntosh (2019). Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2017 "Shamrock" winner, will pilot a car for RAMS Racing with whom he captured victory one year ago during the Indiana Midget Week round at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Meanwhile, McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) will compete as one of four entries from the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team alongside five-time series winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) and standout Rookie of the Year contenders Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.).

Each of this year's two USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winners are entered for the Shamrock Classic. Hayward Motorsports will field drivers Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Gage Rucker (Bellflower, Mo.). Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, was victorious in the 2020 season opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. in early February.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) leads the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings entering the event following a victory on the second night of the Winter Dirt Games in Ocala on February 8. The 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint Car champ took 9th in his first career Shamrock Classic start a year ago.

Reigning series champ Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), a 7th place finisher in last year's event after starting 21st, is entered. He is also a past victor in USAC Midget competition at the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval, capturing the non-points special event Junior Knepper 55 in December of 2016.

Petry Motorsports has filed Shamrock Classic entries for Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), who scored the team's first two triumphs with the series in 2019 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and Arizona Speedway. He'll be joined by 2017 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year and 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.).

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), the 2014 and 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, is undefeated thus far in USAC National features in 2020, sweeping both nights in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. in mid-February. He's one of just two drivers to have started in the feature event of all four previous editions of the Shamrock Classic with 4th place finishes in both 2016 and 2017 serving as his best. He also took 14th in 2018 and 18th in his most recent start in 2019.

Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas, a winner in both USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget competition during his career, will drive his familiar No. 91T, entered by Brian Thomas.

Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year, comes into the event off his best career series result of 3rd in Ocala and finished 8th in his Shamrock debut in 2019. Tyler Nelson (Olathe, Kans.), a USAC Regional Midget winner at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway in 2019 and a Shamrock Classic starter in 2018 is entered and will be joined by last year's USAC Western States Midget titlist Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner (Corona, Calif.) and 2017 USAC Gulf Coast Midget champ Kyle Jones, all of whom are vying their first Shamrock Classic starts.

Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) was victorious in dramatic fashion at the adjacent Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in 2013, capturing his lone career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series triumph during the Ted Horn 100 in 2013.

A slightly different format will greet competitors at the Shamrock Classic. No qualifying will be held and officials will set heat race lineups with a "draft," similar to that used previously at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in 2018 and the 2019 "BC39" at the IMS Dirt Track.

Winged micro-sprints will complete their program on Saturday after competing in preliminary events on Friday night, March 6th. Micros will complete the majority of their program on Friday night, starting at 6:30pm Central and culminating with dashes to set up Saturday's events. Only last chance races and the feature will be mixed into a full program for the National Midget Series, which will feature a passing-points format with both heat races and qualifying races.

The Shamrock Classic features appearance points only for competitors chasing the NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship, so all eyes will be on the top prize, elevated to $5,000 for the fifth annual event thanks to event sponsors DM Machine, WWT Raceway, and Fast Lane Racing Apparel.

Fans and competitors alike are invited to join the fun on Friday night at the St. Nicholas Brewing Company in Du Quoin for food and drink specials after a night of micro-sprint racing. Midget teams are also welcome to unload and park on Friday night. Gates open on Friday at 4pm Central with cars on track at 6:30pm. Grandstand tickets for Friday are just five dollars, with pit passes at $25.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-usac-shamrock-classic with reserved seats at $25, while general admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes for Saturday are $35, and those attending both days can purchase pit passes for $55. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door both days.

Doors open on Saturday at 1pm Central to prepare for hot laps starting at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com.

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SHAMROCK CLASSIC MIDGET ENTRY LIST

08 TREY ROBB/Newcastle, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

1T THOMAS CHANDLER/Festus, MO (Thomas Chandler)

3 MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Jim Neuman)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5o ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Millington, TN (Hagar-Proctor Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7m RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome/Moonshine Motorsports)

7R KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Iron Dome/Moonshine Motorsports)

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR (Hagar Proctor Racing)

10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (MWR Technology)

11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin's Motorsports)

13 AUSTIN YARBROUGH/Myrtle Beach, SC (McGee Racing)

19 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Hayward Motorsports)

19G GAGE RUCKER/Bellflower, MO (Hayward Motorsports)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)

28 ACE MCCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

31 DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)

35 TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Petry Motorsports)

35T TYLER ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)

39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Wayne May)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)

52F LOGAN FAUCON/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)

53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)

54G TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Mounce Motorsports)

56AP RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Travis Young)

57D AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (McCreery Motorsports)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71K CANNON MCINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson)

77 DONNIE GENTRY/Henderson, KY (Wayne Simmons)

77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

91 ANDY BISHOP/Harrisburg, IL (Jack Harris Racing)

91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)

91x CRAIG OAKES/Marshall, TX (Mounce Motorsports)

95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)

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SHAMROCK CLASSIC MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST

0c ANDREW COCKMAN/South Bend, IN (Len Cockman Pottery)

1 KORTLAND STEPHENS/Benton, AR (Kortland Stephens)

x1 CHAD DeSPAIN/Millersville, MO (Chad DeSpain)

3J JORDAN HOWELL/Columbia, MO (Jordan Howell)

4E MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Speedshack)

5 AUSTIN HAWKINS/Bridgeport, IL (Austin Hawkins)

5 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Boden Racing)

5T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Ryan Timms)

7 TBA/TBA (Daniel Robinson)

7 RANDY REIN/Cedarburg, WI (Andy Rein)

8B MICKEY BULLOCK/Wadesville, IN (Bailey Chassis)

8W BREANNA WIRTH/Waterloo, IL (David Wirth)

10 DEVAN MYERS/Bringhurst, IN (Competitive Performance)

11 ALEX MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Alex Midkiff)

11 LAYDON PEARSON/Newcastle, OK (Trey Robb)

T11 BRAD THOMPSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Brad Thompson)

12 DAVE COUCH/Fredericktown, MO (Dave Couch)

12 CORBIN GURLEY/Hebron, IN (CGR)

12 JOSH JAMES/Logansport, IN (Josh James)

12 TREY ROBB/Newcastle, OK (Trey Robb)

12G GAGE ROBB/Newcastle, OK (Trey Robb)

12s ADYN SCHMIDT/Haubstadt, IN (Bailey Chassis)

13p CHASE PORTER/St Joseph, MO (Chase Porter)

18 STEVE FINN/Collinsville, IL (Steve Finn)

18 MICHAEL BRUMMITT/Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)

21J KAMERON KEY/Warrensburg, MO (Kelly Hinck)

21L DYLAN KADOUS/Topeka, KS (Kelly Hinck)

26MB PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Next Level Metal)

27 DEVIN FEGER/East Peoria, IL (Devin Feger)

27H ZACH HUBBARD/Benton, IL (Zach Hubbard)

32 TBA/TBA (Bailey Chassis)

33w RECE WOMMACK/Falkner, MS (Rece Wommack)

37 AYDEN GATEWOOD/Caruthersville (Ayden Gatewood)

42 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin IN (Emerson Axsom)

44 BRANIGAN ROARK/Columbia, MO (Branigan Roark)

51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Speedshack)

65E CHAD ELLIOTT/Cottage Hills, IL (Chad Elliott)

69 BLAKE LAMB/Warsaw, IN (Blake Lamb)

71 JAKE CHEATHAM/Bethalto, IL (Doug Cheatham)

73 TBA/TBA (Bailey Chassis)

76 JAMES KOENIGSTEIN/New Athens, IL (GKJ Racing)

82H HUNTER PRUITT/Washington, MO (Hunter Pruitt)

83 GARETT GOODWIN/Three Oaks, MI (Garett Goodwin)

88 B.J. GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)

91A TYLER FITZPATRICK/Middleville, MI (After Hours Racing)

91L ALEXIS ADGATE/Middleville, MI (After Hours Racing)

91m CHRIS COCHRAN/McLoud, OK (Joe Mooney Racing)

94 JORDAN CLARY/Edwardsville, IL (Jordan Clary)

95J JOSH FISHER/Fenton, MO (Josh Fisher)

96 ALEX BURGENER/Marion, IL (Alex Burgener)

97 SCOTTY MILAN/Fort Collins, CO (Speedshack)

99 ALEC LONG/Mount Vernon, IL (Dale Greene)

99 GUNNER BOWDEN/Muskogee, OK (Gunner Bowden)

101 TOBIAS MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Tobias Midkiff)

 

 

 

 

THE TALE OF THE TAPE IN SHAMROCK CLASSIC EXPERIENCE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 5, 2020).........This Saturday's Shamrock Classic field is undoubtedly talented with several accolades and achievements among the group of 45 preparing to strap in for the March 7 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

However, when it comes to the Shamrock Classic, specifically speaking, the entirety of the field is relatively new to the event and to competing in a midget at the Southern Illinois Center.

Sixteen drivers have previous "Shamrock" experience, including winners Cannon McIntosh (2019) and Justin Grant (2017), who is the only driver in this weekend's field to finish in the top-five in at least three of his starts with 5th place finishes as well in both 2018 and 2019. McIntosh won his in, thus far, his only Shamrock Classic start.

Like Grant, Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) has also finished in the top-five of each of his last two Shamrock Classic starts with 3rd place results in 2018 and 2019.

One of the greatest head-scratchers in recent years at the Shamrock Classic has been the fact that Tyler Courtney has missed the transfer to the feature three years in a row entering this Saturday's race. In 2019, he finally got in the field via provisional and sliced his way up to 7th after starting 21st and last in the field.

Tucker-Boat Motorsports teammates Chris Windom and Andrew Layser each made their "Shamrock" debuts in 2019 where they finished right in line with each other. Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) got the upper hand, finishing 8th while Windom (Canton, Ill.) took 9th.

It's been four years since David Budres (Beloit, Wisc.) made his most recent Shamrock Classic start, and he made it count, taking 8th in the inaugural 50-lapper in 2016.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is one of two drivers to start all four previous Shamrock Classics, along with Chad Boat. Bacon owns two Shamrock Classic top-five finishes in both 2016 and 2017 and has finished 14th and 18th in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champ, earned his best "Shamrock" result in 2016, a 7th, and finished 21st in his most recent start three years ago in 2017. Meanwhile, Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.) has one top-ten finish in the Shamrock Classic to his credit, an 8th in 2017, which was followed by a 12th in 2018.

Tyler Thomas has three "Shamrock" starts, but has yet to crack the top-ten in the feature with a 14th in 2016, 19th in 2018 and 20th in 2019 on his performance chart. Likewise is the case with KTJ's Petry Motorsports teammate and 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver Tanner Carrick with a 14th in 2017, 11th in 2018 and 13th in 2019.

Chris Andrews (Tulsa, Okla.), Mark Chisholm (Cheyenne, Wyo.) and Tyler Nelson (Olathe, Kans.) have made a singular feature start at the Shamrock Classic in their careers. Andrews took 18th in 2019, Chisholm 19th in 2017 and Nelson 20th in 2018.

Being a newcomer to the Shamrock Classic has not proven to be detrimental in any shape or form since the first edition in 2016. Each of the four years have produced a first-time USAC National Midget series winner who was also making his first career Shamrock Classic start: Shane Golobic (2016), Grant (2017), Logan Seavey (2018) and McIntosh (2019).

In most events, the common principle in guessing where a winner is going to come from is based on experience. The Shamrock Classic has thrown a proverbial monkey wrench into that notion and, looking at this year's crop of 29 first-time potential starters, shows a group of drivers who can very well notch their first series win come Saturday night.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year contenders Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) are making their "Shamrock" debuts aboard Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' machines, the winning team of the 2018 event.

Five-time USAC Western States Midget champ Ronnie Gardner (Corona, Calif.) steps into the ring for his first Shamrock Classic appearance along with reigning Western States champ Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) and 2017 USAC Gulf Coast SpeeD2 Midget titlist Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas), a teammate to Gardner on the Iron Dome/Moonshine Motorsports team.

Two handfuls of drivers in Saturday's field have previous Shamrock Classic experience, but have yet to transfer to a starting spot in the feature, including Derek Hagar (Marion, Ark.), Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.), Thomas Chandler (Festus, Mo.), Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.), Gage Rucker (Bellflower, Mo.), Tyler Robbins (Collinsville, Ill.), Kyle May (New Palestine, Ind.), Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa) and Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.).

Meanwhile, 14 competitors are not only aiming for their first Shamrock Classic feature start, but also their very first Shamrock Classic appearance: Trey Robb (Newcastle, Okla.), Anthony Nicholson (Millington, Tenn.), Michael Klein (Elsmere, Ky), Austin Yarbrough (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Ace McCarthy (Tahlequah, Okla.), Oliver Akard (Fort Myers, Fla.), Logan Faucon (Springfield, Ill.), Sean Robbins (Collinsville, Ill.), Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.), Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Mo.), Aiden Purdue (Clinton, Ill.), Donnie Gentry (Henderson, Ky.), Andy Bishop (Harrisburg, Ill.) and Craig Oakes (Marshall, Texas).

The field for this Saturday's Shamrock Classic has risen to 45 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget drivers set for battle on March 7 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Winged micro-sprints will complete their program on Saturday after competing in preliminary events on Friday night, March 6th. Micros will complete the majority of their program on Friday night, starting at 6:30pm Central and culminating with dashes to set up Saturday's events. Only last chance races and the feature will be mixed into a full program for the National Midget Series, which will feature a passing-points format with both heat races and qualifying races.

The Shamrock Classic features appearance points only for competitors chasing the NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship, so all eyes will be on the top prize, elevated to $5,000 for the fifth annual event thanks to event sponsors DM Machine, WWT Raceway, and Fast Lane Racing Apparel.

Fans and competitors alike are invited to join the fun on Friday night at the St. Nicholas Brewing Company in Du Quoin for food and drink specials after a night of micro-sprint racing. Midget teams are also welcome to unload and park on Friday night. Gates open on Friday at 4pm Central with cars on track at 6:30pm. Grandstand tickets for Friday are just five dollars, with pit passes at $25.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-usac-shamrock-classic with reserved seats at $25, while general admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes for Saturday are $35, and those attending both days can purchase pit passes for $55. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door both days.

Doors open on Saturday at 1pm Central to prepare for hot laps starting at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com.

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DRIVERS WITH PREVIOUS SHAMROCK CLASSIC STARTS: (16)

Andrew Layser: 8th in 2019

Brady Bacon: 4th in 2016, 4th in 2017, 14th in 2018 & 18th in 2019

Cannon McIntosh: 1st in 2019

Chris Andrews: 18th in 2019

Chris Windom: 9th in 2019

David Budres: 8th in 2016

Jake Neuman: 8th in 2017 & 12th in 2018

Justin Grant: 1st in 2017, 5th in 2018 & 5th in 2019

Kevin Thomas Jr.: 15th in 2018 & 14th in 2019

Mark Chisholm: 19th in 2017

Tanner Carrick: 14th in 2017, 11th in 2018 & 13th in 2019

Tanner Thorson: 7th in 2016 & 21st in 2017

Tyler Courtney: 7th in 2019

Tyler Nelson: 20th in 2018

Tyler Thomas: 14th in 2016, 19th in 2018 & 20th in 2019

Zeb Wise: 3rd in 2018 & 3rd in 2019

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DRIVERS TRYING TO MAKE THEIR FIRST SHAMROCK CLASSIC STARTS: (29)

Trey Robb: No Starts

Thomas Chandler: No Starts

Robert Dalby: No Starts

Anthony Nicholson: No Starts

Ronnie Gardner: No Starts

Kyle Jones: No Starts

Daison Pursley: No Starts

Derek Hagar: No Starts

Michael Klein: No Starts

Kendall Ruble: No Starts

Austin Yarbrough: No Starts

Gage Rucker: No Starts

Ace McCarthy: No Starts

Tyler Robbins: No Starts

Kyle May: No Starts

Cole Bodine: No Starts

Oliver Akard: No Starts

Logan Faucon: No Starts

Sean Robbins: No Starts

Trey Gropp: No Starts

Riley Kreisel: No Starts

Aiden Purdue: No Starts

Buddy Kofoid: No Starts

Robert Bell: No Starts

Sam Johnson: No Starts

Donnie Gentry: No Starts

Chris Urish: No Starts

Andy Bishop: No Starts

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

17TH USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SEASON OPENS FRIDAY AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 2, 2020... This Friday and Saturday (March 6th & 7th), Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona will be the place to be as the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash on the 1/3-mile oval. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “3rd Annual Spring Showcase” opens the seventeenth campaign for USAC/CRA’s non-winged 410 sprint cars. The events will also feature the Arizona Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Sport Mods, and non-winged Micro Sprints. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, racing is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open at 5:00pm and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

OPEN PRACTICE: The festivities will start on Thursday, March 5th at 6:30pm with an open practice for all divisions.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MUFFLERS ARE REQUIRED AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK. 2020 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.
- The weight rule is 1,375 lbs. with driver and the USAC/CRA (plus National & SouthWest) Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.

Canyon Speedway Park has hosted eighteen USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg won last year’s event and New Mexico’s Josh Hodges won the preliminary night. Bryan Clauson leads the series with five triumphs and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland set the 1-lap track record of 13.072 on November 15, 2014. The Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew at San Tan Valley, Arizona on November 16th, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) claimed his seventh consecutive (eighth overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA title. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner posted three feature wins, ten Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one semi-main win, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led in 2018 “The Demon” leads all drivers with 83 feature wins and will be looking to add another “Spring Showcase” to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) finished second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams had two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led to his credit. “The Big Game Hunter” has nine career series wins and will have his sights on his first victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) placed third in the chase for the championship. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa had two feature wins, three heat race victories, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 105 feature laps led on the year. Brody has eight career series wins and will be looking for his first USAC/CRA triumph at Canyon Speedway Park.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Racing John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson finished the year with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, six heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led on the season. With four career USAC/CRA wins, the USAC SouthWest point leader will have his sights on sweeping the “Spring Showcase.”

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) placed fifth in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car point chase. Racing the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen recorded two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. The veteran driver will be looking to earn his first USAC/CRA feature wins at the “Spring Showcase.”

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors with both the USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. Racing the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / System One 777, Tafoya ran ninth in the USAC/CRA point chase on the strength of one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes on the season. The young driver will have his sights on his first feature win at Canyon Speedway Park.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, Matt McCarthy, “Speedy” Stevie Sussex, Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Austin Liggett, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, and Jason McDougal rounded out the top-20 in last year’s point standings.

Entering Friday’s event, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) leads the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest point chase. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, “Speedy” Stevie Sussex, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Kyle Shipley, Michael Curtis, Stephen Sanchez, and Dustin Burkhart round out the field.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For both nights, Adult Tickets are $25, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $20, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner.

SPRING SHOWCASE WINNERS: 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Hunter Schuerenberg.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Tyler Courtney, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford

PEORIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Bryan Clauson, 3-Damion Gardner, 2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.

FINAL 2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1489, 2. Austin Williams-1418, 3. Brody Roa-1302, 4. Jake Swanson-1234, 5. Chris Gansen-911, 6. Tommy Malcolm-887, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-837, 8. R.J. Johnson-753, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-706, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-683, 11. Matt McCarthy-655, 12. Stevie Sussex-616, 13. Steve Hix ®-589, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 15. Cody Williams-562, 16. Austin Liggett-545. 17. Mike Martin-519, 18. Jace Vander Weerd-483, 19. Verne Sweeney-421, 20. Jason McDougal-388.

2020 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-166. 2. Charles Davis Jr.-157, 3. R.J. Johnson-150, 4. Stevie Sussex-141, 5. Austin Williams-137, 6. Kyle Shipley-121, 7. Michael Curtis-118, 8. Stephen Sanchez-54, -Dustin Burkhart-54.

2020 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 6: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 7: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
April 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 2: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
May 9: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 25: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 15: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 22: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 4: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
September 5: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 7: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 3: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 5: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 13: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 14: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
Schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST & CRA SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT CANYON’S “SPRING SHOWCASE”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 2, 2020... The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ) this Friday and Saturday (March 6th & 7th). Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “3rd Annual Spring Showcase” will also feature the Arizona Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Sport Mods, and non-winged Micro Sprints. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, racing is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open at 5:00pm and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

OPEN PRACTICE: The festivities will start on Thursday, March 5th at 6:30pm with an open practice for all divisions.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MUFFLERS ARE REQUIRED AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK. 2020 USAC/CRA APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC/CRA, USAC National, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.
- The weight rule is 1,375 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest (plus National & USAC/CRA) Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted seventy-one Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. During the last visit, California’s Jake Swanson won both nights of February’s “Steve Stroud Memorial.” “The Demon” Damion Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 13.469 on March 9, 2019 and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the third race of the campaign, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) holds a nine point advantage over the competition. Piloting John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson won the first two races of the season and also posted two Beaver Stipes Fast Time Awards, two hard charger awards, and 33 feature laps led. The 2017 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has three career SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Spring Showcase” trophy to his collection.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing his #47 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis finished second to Swanson on both nights of the ‘Stroud Memorial.” With one heat race victory, the multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on his thirty-first series triumph at the “Spring Showcase.”

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Driving the Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / BG Chemicals Sherman, Johnson scored two third place finishes at the “Stroud Memorial.” With one heat race victory and 18 feature laps led, the five-time champion will be looking for his fifty-eighth career SouthWest win.

“Speedy” Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex had two fourth place finishes at Canyon Speedway Park. With one heat race victory, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his fourteenth USAC SouthWest feature triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks fifth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing Bill Michael’s Ford powered #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Williams ran fifth on both nights of the “Stroud Memorial.” With nine feature laps led, “The Big Game Hunter” will return to the Moose Racing #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror DRC as he looks for his first SouthWest victory.

Among the other SouthWest drivers expected to be in action are Michael Curtis, Kyle Shipley, Stephen Sanchez, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Matt Lundy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, and more.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads a strong USAC/CRA contingent to their first point race of the season. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Eddie Tafoya Jr., and Richard Vander Weerd round out the top-10 in last year’s point standings.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For both nights, Adult Tickets are $25, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $20, and Children (11 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

FloSports will have live coverage of the “Spring Showcase” available for purchase at floracing.com.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr., 2019-Brody Roa.

SPRING SHOWCASE WINNERS: 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Hunter Schuerenberg.

2020 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Jake Swanson.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 19-R.J. Johnson, 10-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Josh Hodges, 3-Mike Martin, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2020 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-166. 2. Charles Davis Jr.-157, 3. R.J. Johnson-150, 4. Stevie Sussex-141, 5. Austin Williams-137, 6. Kyle Shipley-121, 7. Michael Curtis-118, 8. Stephen Sanchez-54, -Dustin Burkhart-54.

FINAL 2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1489, 2. Austin Williams-1418, 3. Brody Roa-1302, 4. Jake Swanson-1234, 5. Chris Gansen-911, 6. Tommy Malcolm-887, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-837, 8. R.J. Johnson-753, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-706, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-683, 11. Matt McCarthy-655, 12. Stevie Sussex-616, 13. Steve Hix ®-589, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 15. Cody Williams-562, 16. Austin Liggett-545. 17. Mike Martin-519, 18. Jace Vander Weerd-483, 19. Verne Sweeney-421, 20. Jason McDougal-388.

2020 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 6: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 7: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 11: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hippoty Hoppity Easter)
May 16: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Duel at the Diamond)
May 30: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Fathers)
July 25: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 22: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 19: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Fall Brawl)
October 3: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 17: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
October 31: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 5: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 13: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 14: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES:
#47 “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. Photo by Ben Thrasher.

 

 

INDOOR RACING ROUTINELY PRODUCES FIRST-TIME USAC MIDGET WINNERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 27, 2020).........What's the deal with indoor races producing new winners in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget ranks over the last six-and-a-half decades?

Is it based mainly on the fact that the tracks are usually on the smallish side, which produces tight racing where the variables for trouble are more prevalent? Is it because passing opportunities are more inopportune on such close quarters? Is it because most indoor races occur early in the year when most teams have yet to hit their stride, thus opening the door for several different teams and drivers to thrive? Or is just pure happenstance?

The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle of all those theories, as it's never easy to win a USAC National Midget race. But one thing for certain is that over the first four years of the Shamrock Classic, four first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winners have emerged in Shane Golobic (2016), Justin Grant (2017), Logan Seavey (2018) and Cannon McIntosh (2019), all of whom are talented wheelmen who have earned their victories at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, where the series returns Saturday, March 7, for the fifth annual edition of the event.

While the outdoor Indianapolis Raceway Park / O'Reilly Raceway Park / Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. has produced the most first-time winners in USAC National Midget competition over the years with 21 different drivers reaching victory lane for the first time, by sheer percentage, the most often spot you'll witness a first-time winner is at an indoor facility.

Twenty-seven drivers have won their first USAC National Midget feature event indoors, which have come at nine different venues. Ft. Wayne, Indiana's Memorial Coliseum has hosted the most with 11, followed by Southern Illinois Center (4), Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum (3), Cincinnati Gardens (2), Louisville's Freedom Hall (2), Chicago's Rosemont Horizon (2), Chicago's International Amphitheatre (1), Seattle's Kingdome (1) and the Mecca in Milwaukee (1).

The very first race in USAC's history took place 64 years ago indoors at Ft. Wayne, and quite obviously, the event found a new USAC Midget winner in Gene Hartley. The most recent indoor USAC Midget race produced the same result with Cannon McIntosh becoming the 27th different indoor winner with the series in just 148 indoor points race opportunities, meaning that nearly one out every five times USAC National Midgets race indoors, there's a new winner.

Thus far, the Shamrock Classic is batting 1.000 in the new winner department. There's several names out there set to keep the streak alive coming up, namely Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid, who is driving the same Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 67 that Logan Seavey raced to a "Shamrock" win in 2018. His teammate Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) has been fast in the early going of the 2020 season as has 2019 series Rookie of the Year and Ocala 3rd place finisher Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Like Kofoid, Rossville, Indiana's Cole Bodine is set to pilot a car for a team (Clauson-Marshall Racing) and number (39BC) that has been to Shamrock Classic victory lane once before, in 2017 with Justin Grant. Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), the reigning USAC Western States Midget champ, is looking for a breakthrough National win as is five-time Western States Midget titlist Ronnie Gardner (Corona, Calif.)

Indoor midget racing has forever been unpredictable, and unpredictability has been the theme since the dawn of the Shamrock Classic in 2016. You can predict that to be the motto once again on March 7, 2020.

Competitors can enter the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products Midget at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-shamrock-midget-entry until Thursday, March 5th at noon eastern time. After that deadline, entries for the midget division will increase to $100. Early entry is highly suggested as officials prepare to set heat race lineups with a "draft," similar to that used previously at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in 2018 and the 2019 "BC39" at the IMS Dirt Track.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-usac-shamrock-classic with reserved seats at $25, while general admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes for Saturday are $35, and those attending both days can purchase pit passes for $55. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door both days.

Doors open on Saturday, March 7, at 1pm Central to prepare for hot laps starting at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com.

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LOCATIONS OF FIRST-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS: (1956-2019)

**Tracks that are bolded and italicized are indoor venues.

(21 Times) Indianapolis Raceway Park / O'Reilly Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN

(17) Ascot Park / Ascot Stadium - Gardena, CA

(12) Springfield Speedway - Springfield, IL

(11) Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum - Ft. Wayne, IN

(8) Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

(7) Santa Fe Speedway - Hinsdale, IL

(6) Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

(6) Gardena Stadium - Gardena, CA

(5) Belleville High Banks - Belleville, KS

(5) Hales Corners Speedway - Hales Corners, WI

(5) Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

(4) Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

(4) Indianapolis Speedrome - Indianapolis, IN

(4) Olympic Stadium - Kansas City, MO

(4) Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, IL

(4) Sportsdrome - Jeffersonville, IN

(3) 16th Street Speedway (Paved) - Indianapolis, IN

(3) Anderson Speedway - Anderson, IN

(3) Berlin Raceway - Marne, MI

(3) Cloverleaf Speedway - Valley View, OH

(3) Columbus Motor Speedway - Columbus, OH

(3) Eagle Raceway - Eagle, NE

(3) Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

(3) Illiana Motor Speedway - Schererville, IN

(3) Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, KS

(3) Limaland Motor Speedway - Lima, OH

(3) Macon Speedway - Macon, IL

(3) Motor City Speedway - Detroit, MI

(3) Orange Show Stadium - San Bernardino, CA

(3) South Bend Motor Speedway - South Bend, IN

(3) Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum - Indianapolis, IN

(2) 16th Street Speedway (Dirt) - Indianapolis, IN

(2) 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS

(2) Airport Speedway - Fresno, CA

(2) All-American Speedway - Roseville, CA

(2) Auto City Speedway - Flint, MI

(2) Cincinnati Gardens - Cincinnati, OH

(2) Colorado National Speedway - Erie, CO

(2) Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

(2) Fairbury Fairgrounds - Fairbury, IL

(2) Flemington Fairgrounds - Flemington, NJ

(2) Freedom Hall - Louisville, KY

(2) Galesburg Speedway - Galesburg, MI

(2) Imperial Raceway - El Centro, CA

(2) Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE

(2) Kearney Bowl - Fresno, CA

(2) Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA

(2) Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

(2) Lafayette Speedway - Lafayette, IN

(2) Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

(2) Louisville Motor Speedway - Louisville, KY

(2) Manzanita Speedway - Phoenix, AZ

(2) Milwaukee Mile - West Allis, WI

(2) New Jersey State Fairgrounds - Trenton, NJ

(2) Raceway Park - Blue Island, IL

(2) Rivergrade Speedway - Irwindale, CA

(2) Rockford Speedway - Rockford, IL

(2) Rocky Mountain Speedway - Denver, CO

(2) Rosemont Horizon - Chicago, IL

(2) Salem Speedway - Salem, IN

(2) San Jose Speedway - San Jose, CA

(2) Soldier Field - Chicago, IL

(2) South Mountain Speedway - Phoenix, AZ

(2) St. Charles Speedway - St. Charles, MO

(1) 34 Raceway Park - West Burlington, IA

(1) Attica Raceway Park - Attica, OH

(1) South Boston Speedway - South Boston, VA

(1) Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

(1) Bonelli Stadium - Saugus, CA

(1) Broadway Speedway - Knoxville, TN

(1) C.N.E. Fairgrounds - Toronto, ON

(1) Cajon Speedway - El Cajon, CA

(1) Capital Speedway - Jefferson City, MO

(1) Century 21 Speedway - Denver, CO

(1) Champaign-Urbana Fairgrounds - Champaign, IL

(1) Charleston Speedway - Charleston, IL

(1) International Amphitheater - Chicago, IL

(1) Cincinnati Race Bowl - Cincinnati, OH

(1) Concord Motorsports Park - Concord, NC

(1) Crystal Speedway - Crystal, MI

(1) Dayton Speedway - Dayton, OH

(1) Debo Speedway - Steubenville, OH

(1) Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, TX

(1) Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway - Beaver Dam, WI

(1) Dundee Raceway Park - Dundee, NY

(1) Engelwood Speedway - Engelwood, CO

(1) Fairfield Fairgrounds - Fairfield, IL

(1) Five Mile Point Speedway - Binghamton, NY

(1) Flat Rock Speedway - Flat Rock, MI

(1) Grand Rapids Speedrome - Grand Rapids, MI

(1) Grand Rapids Stadium - Grand Rapids, MI

(1) Grundy County Speedway - Morris, IL

(1) Henry's Speedway - Boswell, IN

(1) Hershey Arena - Hershey, PA

(1) Hickory Motor Speedway - Hickory, NC

(1) Hudson Speedway - Hudson, NH

(1) Iowa State Fairgrounds - Des Moines, IA

(1) Islip Motor Speedway - Islip, NY

(1) Joliet Memorial Stadium - Joliet, IL

(1) Kingdome - Seattle, WA

(1) Lake Geneva Speed Center - Lake Geneva, WI

(1) Lakeside Speedway - Denver, CO

(1) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Newmanstown, PA

(1) Langhorne Speedway - Langhorne, PA

(1) Lanier Raceway - Gainesville, GA

(1) Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV

(1) Lee USA Speedway - Lee, NH

(1) Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

(1) Lost Creek Speedway - Lost Creek, KY

(1) Lubbock Speedway - Lubbock, TX

(1) Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI

(1) Mazon Motor Speedway - Mazon, IL

(1) Mecca - Milwaukee, WI

(1) Meyer Speedway - Houston, TX

(1) Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds - Davenport, IA

(1) Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, IN

(1) Nazareth Speedway - Nazareth, PA

(1) New Bremen Speedway - New Bremen, OH

(1) O'Hare Stadium - Chicago, IL

(1) Orange County Fair Speedway - Middletown, NY

(1) Pan-American Speedway - San Antonio, TX

(1) Paragon Speedway - Paragon, IN

(1) Pittsfield Speedway - Pittsfield, IL

(1) Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

(1) Plymouth Dirt Track - Plymouth, WI

(1) Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, IN

(1) Portsmouth Raceway Park - Portsmouth, OH

(1) Prairie Capital Convention Center - Springfield, IL

(1) Route 66 Raceway - Joliet, IL

(1) Sacramento Speedway - Sacramento, CA

(1) Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA

(1) Slinger Super Speedway - Slinger, WI

(1) Southern National Raceway Park - Kenly, NC

(1) Spanaway Speedway - Spanaway, WA

(1) Spokane Speedway - Spokane, WA

(1) Sportsman Raceway Park - Colorado Springs, CO

(1) Sportsmans Park - Bedford, OH

(1) Stockton 99 Speedway - Stockton, CA

(1) Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, MO

(1) Taft Stadium - Oklahoma City, OK

(1) Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH

 

 

USAC's INDOOR HISTORY GOES BACK TO THE BEGINNING

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 26, 2020).........Indoor racing has always had its place within the USAC racing scene. In fact, racing under a roof is where it all began with Gene Hartley's National Midget victory in 1956 at Fort Wayne, Indiana's Memorial Coliseum.

As we enter USAC's next indoor race on Saturday, March 7, at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin featuring the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, Rich Vogler stands head and shoulders above the rest with 10 career victories at places ranging from Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, the Hoosier/RCA Dome and the Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum where he captured half of those ten wins.

Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull and Logan Seavey are among those in recent years who've scored an indoor triumph, all of which have come at the Southern Illinois Center's 1/6-mile dirt oval in recent years.

Indoor USAC Midget racing was heavily prevalent in the early years of USAC with three and four or more events being held each year on mostly concrete surfaces with tight confines that weren't always conducive to side-by-side racing, but more of the beating and banging variety that required patience, and even more patience.

The first dirt indoor USAC race wasn't held until the blockbuster doubleheader in 1969, the Astro Grand Prix, held at the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, the Astrodome, in Houston, Texas. Gary Bettenhausen and Lee Kunzman captured victories in the event which continued with second and third editions during the 1970 and 1972 seasons.

The Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum was one of the most prevalent venues in all of USAC Midget racing and has held more indoor USAC events, by far, than any other track with 62 races between 1956 and 1989. That doesn't even include the eight races at the newer Fort Wayne Coliseum Expo Center, which held a slew of events throughout the decade of the 2000s.

An array of interesting venues have provided the stage for USAC Midget racing, including NFL stadiums such as the Hoosier/RCA Dome (17 races), Astrodome (4), Seattle Kingdome (2) as well as several NBA arenas: International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Ill. (11), Cincinnati Gardens (10), Utah's Salt Palace (2), two versions of ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. (2) and once apiece at San Francisco, Calif.'s Cow Palace, Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Mecca Arena and North Carolina's Charlotte Coliseum.

USAC's most recent USAC National Midget race held north of the border came in 1993 at the SkyDome, home of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays. Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. is one of six venues to have hosted a USAC Midget race and an NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four along with the RCA/Hoosier Dome, Astrodome, Kingdome, Cow Palace and Charlotte Coliseum.

Competitors can enter the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products Midget at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-shamrock-midget-entry until Thursday, March 5th at noon eastern time. After that deadline, entries for the midget division will increase to $100. Early entry is highly suggested as officials prepare to set heat race lineups with a "draft," similar to that used previously at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in 2018 and the 2019 "BC39" at the IMS Dirt Track.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-usac-shamrock-classic with reserved seats at $25, while general admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes for Saturday are $35, and those attending both days can purchase pit passes for $55. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door both days.

Doors open on Saturday, March 7, at 1pm Central to prepare for hot laps starting at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com.

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ALL-TIME USAC INDOOR FEATURE WINS (1956-2019)

(10) Rich Vogler

(9) Sleepy Tripp

(8) Gary Bettenhausen

(6) Mel Kenyon & Bob Wente

(5) Bob McLean, Tony Stewart & Chuck Weyant

(4) Steve Cannon, Russ Gamester, Gene Hartley, Jim Hettinger & Steve Lotshaw

(3) Bob Hare, Lee Kunzman, Johnny Parsons, Henry Pens & Chuck Rodee

(2) Tom Bigelow, Alan Brown, Dana Carter, Ronnie Duman, Ray Elliott, Sam Isenhower, Michael Lang, Jerry Nuckles, Kevin Olson, Ken Schrader, Les Scott, Leroy Warriner & Jerry Weeks

(1) John Batts, Christopher Bell, Kevin Besecker, Gary Byers, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Roy Caruthers, Rich Corson, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Jimmy Davies, Larry Dickson, Kelly Drake (TQ), Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, A.J. Foyt, Todd Forbes, Mike Fedorcak, Nick Fornoro Jr., Blake Fitzpatrick, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Bobby Grim, Bob Hauck, Ted Hines, Blake Hollingsworth, Kenny Irwin Jr., Bill Kollman, Brad Loyet (Ford Focus), Andy Malpocker (SpeeD2), Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, John Meyers, Ken Nichols, Kenneth Nichols, Dick Northam, Larry Patton, Danny Pens, Dick Pole, Robbie Ray (Ford Focus), Barry Reed, Stevie Reeves, Larry Rice, Johnny Roberts, Gary Schroeder (TQ), Logan Seavey, Dick St. John, Tom Steiner, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jerry Stone, Mike Streicher, Dale Swaim, Bob Tattersall, Billy Wease, Terry Wente, Chuck West, Johnny White & Tommy White

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USAC INDOOR FEATURE WINNERS

DATE / TRACK / LOCATION / WINNER 1/8/1956: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gene Hartley 2/17/1956: Grand Rapids Stadium / Grand Rapids, MI / Leroy Warriner 1/6/1957: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gene Hartley 1/13/1957: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gene Hartley 12/29/1957: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Rodee 1/12/1958: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Rodee 1/3/1959: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Weyant 1/11/1959: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Leroy Warriner 12/27/1959: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Dale Swaim 1/3/1960: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Weyant 1/10/1960: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Johnny White 12/17/1960: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob Tattersall 12/30/1960: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Johnny Roberts 12/31/1960: Freedom Hall / Louisville, KY / Dick Northam 1/8/1961: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gene Force 1/14/1961: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob Wente 2/4/1961: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob McLean 3/25/1961: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob Wente 11/17/1961: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Chuck Weyant 11/18/1961: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob McLean 1/7/1962: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob McLean 1/13/1962: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Jimmy Davies 1/26/1962: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Gene Hartley 1/27/1962: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Weyant 3/24/1962: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Chuck Weyant 1/12/1963: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Ronnie Duman 3/23/1963: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bobby Grim 11/30/1963: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Bob Wente 3/21/1964: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob McLean 3/21/1964: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Ray Elliott 1/1/1965: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Henry Pens 1/10/1965: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Mel Kenyon 1/31/1965: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Les Scott 3/14/1965: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Ronnie Duman 1/9/1966: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Rodee 1/8/1967: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Henry Pens 1/22/1967: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Bob Hare 1/29/1967: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Mel Kenyon 2/12/1967: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Mel Kenyon 1/7/1968: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Mel Kenyon 1/28/1968: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob McLean 12/15/1968: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Bob Hare 1/5/1969: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob Hauck 1/26/1969: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bill Kollman 3/8/1969: Astrodome / Houston, TX / Gary Bettenhausen 3/9/1969: Astrodome / Houston, TX / Lee Kunzman 1/4/1970: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Ray Elliott 1/25/1970: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Henry Pens 3/14/1970: Astrodome / Houston, TX / A.J. Foyt 1/3/1971: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Jimmy Caruthers 1/24/1971: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob Hare 1/9/1972: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Lee Kunzman 1/30/1972: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Lee Kunzman 3/11/1972: Astrodome / Houston, TX / Gary Bettenhausen 1/7/1973: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Johnny Parsons 1/28/1973: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Larry Dickson 1/6/1974: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Cannon 1/20/1974: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Larry Rice 2/22/1974: Cow Palace / San Francisco, CA / Mel Kenyon 3/9/1974: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Gary Byers 1/5/1975: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 1/19/1975: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 1/25/1975: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Dana Carter 2/8/1975: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Sleepy Tripp 2/14/1975: Oklahoma City Sports Arena / Oklahoma City, OK / John Batts 2/16/1975: Oklahoma City Sports Arena / Oklahoma City, OK / Sleepy Tripp 3/1/1975: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Ken Nichols 1/4/1976: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Lotshaw 1/18/1976: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 2/7/1976: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 2/14/1976: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Sleepy Tripp 8/27/1976: Salt Palace / Salt Lake City, UT / Sleepy Tripp 8/28/1976: Salt Palace / Salt Lake City, UT / Larry Patton 1/2/1977: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Billy Engelhart 1/8/1977: Scope Arena / Norfolk, VA / Rich Vogler 1/16/1977: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Cannon 2/12/1977: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 2/13/1977: Freedom Hall / Louisville, KY / Jerry Nuckles 3/4/1977: Kingdome / Seattle, WA / Jerry Stone 3/12/1977: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Sleepy Tripp 10/22/1977: Kingdome / Seattle, WA / Pancho Carter 1/15/1978: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 2/11/1978: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Cannon 2/11/1978: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Tom Steiner 2/12/1978: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Rich Vogler 1/7/1979: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Lotshaw 1/14/1979: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Les Scott 1/28/1979: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob Wente 2/10/1979: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Jerry Weeks 2/10/1979: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Bob Wente 2/11/1979: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Jerry Weeks 2/25/1979: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Gary Bettenhausen 1/6/1980: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Terry Wente 1/27/1980: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Lotshaw 1/4/1981: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Cannon 1/25/1981: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob Wente 1/3/1982: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Dick Pole 1/17/1982: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Alan Brown 1/2/1983: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Todd Forbes 1/16/1983: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Mike Fedorcak 1/23/1983: Hara Arena / Dayton, OH / Dana Carter 3/5/1983: Prairie Capital Convention Center / Springfield, IL / Jerry Nuckles 1/8/1984: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 1/22/1984: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 3/10/1984: Prairie Capital Convention Center / Springfield, IL / Alan Brown 1/6/1985: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 1/19/1985: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Rich Vogler 1/27/1985: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 1/4/1986: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Nick Fornoro Jr. 1/19/1986: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Johnny Parsons 3/29/1986: Prairie Capital Convention Center / Springfield, IL / Blake Hollingsworth 12/6/1986: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Rich Vogler 12/13/1986: Rosemont Horizon / Chicago, IL / Ken Schrader 1/4/1987: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Tom Bigelow 1/10/1987: Metro Centre / Rockford, IL / Kevin Olson 1/18/1987: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Barry Reed 2/15/1987: Selland Arena / Fresno, CA / Chuck West 12/5/1987: Peoria Civic Center / Peoria, IL / Steve Lotshaw 1/3/1988: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Sam Isenhower 1/17/1988: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Sam Isenhower 1/23/1988: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Roy Caruthers 1/24/1988: Nashville Auditorium / Nashville, TN / Ken Schrader 2/14/1988: Selland Arena / Fresno, CA / Gary Schroeder (TQ) 2/14/1988: Selland Arena / Fresno, CA / Johnny Parsons 2/27/1988: Arco Arena / Sacramento, CA / Gary Schroeder (TQ) 2/27/1988: Arco Arena / Sacramento, CA / Sleepy Tripp 3/12/1988: Reno Livestock Events Center / Reno, NV / Kelly Drake (TQ) 3/12/1988: Reno Livestock Events Center / Reno, NV / Sleepy Tripp 3/19/1988: Rosemont Horizon / Chicago, IL / Danny Pens 12/3/1988: Peoria Civic Center / Peoria, IL / Mel Kenyon 12/10/1988: Rosemont Horizon / Chicago, IL / Kevin Olson 1/8/1989: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Russ Gamester 1/22/1989: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Tom Bigelow 1/28/1989: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Rich Vogler 2/25/1989: New Arco Arena / Sacramento, CA / Tommy White 1/6/1990: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Russ Gamester 1/20/1990: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Mike Streicher 1/27/1990: Mecca Arena / Milwaukee, WI / John Meyers 2/10/1990: Livestock Events Center / Reno, NV / Sleepy Tripp 2/24/1990: New Arco Arena / Sacramento, CA / Sleepy Tripp 12/22/1990: Charlotte Coliseum / Charlotte, NC / Jim Hettinger 1/5/1991: Rosemont Horizon / Chicago, IL / Michael Lang 1/19/1991: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Ted Hines 1/25/1992: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Russ Gamester 1/16/1993: SkyDome / Toronto, Canada / Kenny Irwin Jr. 1/30/1993: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Kenneth Nichols 1/29/1994: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Jim Hettinger 1/28/1995: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Stevie Reeves 1/20/1996: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Michael Lang 4/6/1996: Pepsi Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Dick St. John 1/18/1997: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Russ Gamester 1/17/1998: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Jim Hettinger 1/30/1999: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Kevin Besecker 3/11/2000: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Johnny Parsons 3/10/2001: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Jim Hettinger 12/29/2004: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 12/30/2004: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Dave Darland 1/16/2005: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Robbie Ray (Ford Focus) 2/19/2005: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Brad Loyet (Ford Focus) 12/29/2005: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Corson 12/30/2005: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 12/29/2006: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 12/30/2006: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 1/20/2007: State Fairgrounds Expo Center / Columbus, OH / Blake Fitzpatrick 12/28/2007: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Billy Wease 12/29/2007: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 12/19/2015: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3/19/2016: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Shane Golobic 12/17/2016: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Tyler Courtney 2/18/2017: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Andy Malpocker (SpeeD2) 3/18/2017: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Justin Grant 12/16/2017: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Christopher Bell 3/10/2018: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Logan Seavey 12/15/2018: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Thomas Meseraull 3/9/2019: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh

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SUMMARY OF TRACKS (29 Tracks, 175 Races)

(62) Memorial Coliseum (Ft. Wayne, IN)

(17) Hoosier/RCA Dome (Indianapolis, IN)

(15) Indiana State Fairgrounds/Pepsi Coliseum (Indianapolis, IN)

(11) Chicago Amphitheater (Chicago, IL)

(11) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)

(10) Cincinnati Gardens (Cincinnati, OH)

(8) Fort Wayne Coliseum Expo Center (Ft. Wayne, IN)

(4) Rosemont Horizon (Chicago, IL)

(4) Astrodome (Houston, TX)

(3) Prairie Capital Convention Center (Springfield, IL)

(3) Selland Arena (Fresno, CA)

(3) Livestock Events Center (Reno, NV)

(2) Freedom Hall (Louisville, KY)

(2) Salt Palace (Salt Lake City, UT)

(2) Peoria Civic Center (Peoria, IL)

(2) ARCO Arena (Sacramento, CA)

(2) Kingdome (Seattle, WA)

(2) Oklahoma City Sports Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

(2) New ARCO Arena (Sacramento, CA)

(1) Grand Rapids Stadium (Grand Rapids, MI)

(1) Cow Palace (San Francisco, CA)

(1) Scope Arena (Norfolk, VA)

(1) Hara Arena (Dayton, OH)

(1) Metro Center (Rockford, IL)

(1) Nashville Auditorium (Nashville, TN)

(1) Mecca Arena (Milwaukee, WI)

(1) Charlotte Coliseum (Charlotte, NC)

(1) SkyDome (Toronto, ON)

(1) Ohio State Fairgrounds Expo Center (Columbus, OH)

 

 

COURTNEY, BACON, WINDOM ENTER SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 25, 2020).........Three past USAC National champions who are all seeking a first Shamrock Classic victory are among those headlining the initial entry list for the 5th annual USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event on March 7 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Competitors can enter the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products Midget event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-shamrock-midget-entry until Thursday, March 5th at noon eastern time. After that deadline, entries for the midget division will increase to $100. Early entry is highly suggested as officials prepare to set heat race lineups with a "draft," similar to that used previously at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in 2018 and the 2019 "BC39" at the IMS Dirt Track.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) is the reigning series champion and finished 7th in last year's Shamrock Classic after starting 21st. He is also a past victor in USAC Midget competition at the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval, capturing the non-points special event Junior Knepper 55 in December of 2016.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), the 2014 and 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, is undefeated thus far in USAC National features in 2020, sweeping both nights in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. in mid-February. He's one of just two drivers to have started in the feature event of all four previous editions of the Shamrock Classic with 4th place finishes in both 2016 and 2017 serving as his best. He also took 14th in 2018 and 18th in his most recent start in 2019.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) leads the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings entering the event following a victory on the second night of the Winter Dirt Games in Ocala. The 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint Car champ took 9th in his first career Shamrock Classic start a year ago.

Among the other early Shamrock Classic midget entries include 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year, Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), who comes into the event off his best career series result of 3rd in Ocala and finished 8th in his Shamrock debut in 2019.

Tyler Nelson (Olathe, Kans.), a USAC Regional Midget winner at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway in 2019 and a Shamrock Classic starter in 2018 is entered and will be joined by last year's USAC Western States Midget titlist Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner (Corona, Calif.) and 2017 USAC Gulf Coast Midget champ Kyle Jones, all of whom are eying their first Shamrock Classic starts.

Winged micro-sprints will complete their program on Saturday after competing in preliminary events on Friday night, March 6th. Micro competitors are urged to enter at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-shamrock-micro-entry?fbclid=IwAR3bLKcOlN8E3aUJK8zMTkHLjfX81-4fUwa6p_ABGbeiuOJZfleWzJiq4fg.

Micros will complete the majority of their program on Friday night, starting at 6:30pm Central and culminating with dashes to set up Saturday's events. Only last chance races and the feature will be mixed into a full program for the National Midget Series, which will feature a passing-points format with both heat races and qualifying races.

The "Shamrock Classic" features appearance points only for competitors chasing the NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship, so all eyes will be on the top prize, elevated to $5,000 for the fifth annual event thanks to event sponsors DM Machine, WWT Raceway, and Fast Lane Racing Apparel.

Fans and competitors alike are invited to join the fun on Friday night at the St. Nicholas Brewing Company in Du Quoin for food and drink specials after a night of micro-sprint racing. Midget teams are also welcome to unload and park on Friday night. Gates open on Friday at 4pm Central with cars on track at 6:30pm. Grandstand tickets for Friday are just five dollars, with pit passes at $25.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-usac-shamrock-classic with reserved seats at $25, while general admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes for Saturday are $35, and those attending both days can purchase pit passes for $55. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door both days.

Doors open on Saturday at 1pm Central to prepare for hot laps starting at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com.

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2020 SHAMROCK CLASSIC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:

(As of February 25, 2020)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

5o ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Millington, TN (Hagar-Proctor Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7m RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome/Moonshine Motorsports)

7R KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Iron Dome/Moonshine Motorsports)

9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR (Hagar Proctor Racing)

11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin's Motorsports)

13 AUSTIN YARBROUGH/Myrtle Beach, SC (McGee Racing)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

56AP RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Travis Young)

57D AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (McCreery Motorsports)

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

91 ANDY BISHOP/Harrisburg, IL (Jack Harris Racing)

91x CRAIG OAKES/Marshall, TX (Mounce Motorsports)

95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)

 


 


JAKE SWANSON GOES 2-FOR-2 AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 15, 2020… After winning on Friday, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) returned to victory circle at Canyon Speedway Park. Starting third, the pilot of the John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC powered by “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams on lap thirteen and sailed to the “Steve Stroud Memorial” win. For Swanson, Saturday’s $2,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was the fourth series win of his career. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and Williams followed Jake to the checkered flags.

For the second consecutive night, Swanson took top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 14.054 over the 8-car roster. Also earning the Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third to first place run, the point leader left the 1/3-mile oval with a 9-point advantage.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Sussex and Davis.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park on March 6th and 7th with the USAC/CRA Sprints for the “3rd Annual Spring Showcase.”

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2020 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-14.054; 2. Austin Williams, 77M, Michael-14.347; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.361; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.601; 5. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.642; 6. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-14.940; 7. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.953, 8. Dustin Burkhart, 34, Grau-14.973.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Curtis. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Williams, 3. Shipley, 4. Burkhart. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (3), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 3. R.J. Johnson (5), 4. Stevie Sussex (1), 5. Austin Williams (4), 6. Michael Curtis (7), 7. Kyle Shipley (6), 8. Dustin Burkhart (8). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Sussex, Laps 3-12 Williams, Laps 13-30 Swanson.
HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (3rd to 1st)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Swanson-166. 2-Davis-157, 3-Johnson-150, 4-Sussex-141, 5-Williams-137, 6-Shipley-121, 7-Curtis-118, 8-Sanchez-54, 9-Burkhart-54.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: March 6&7 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “3rd Annual Spring Showcase” – Co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA

 

BACON DOUBLES UP
WITH SECOND STRAIGHT OCALA SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 15, 2020).........Brady Bacon took no chances on his cool down lap following Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Winter Dirt Games XI victory at Bubba Raceway Park.

Following a mishap during his heat race that saw him drop from a surefire win to having to transfer through the semi in order to qualify for the feature, Bacon was once again the class of the field, driving from 9th to 1st to capture his second consecutive series main event win in as many nights at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala, Fla.

All the meanwhile, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native was adamant to make sure a victory wasn't going to slip through his fingers twice in one night.

"We made an extra lap in the feature. I wasn't going to stop until we knew it was over," Bacon exclaimed.

For you see, earlier Saturday evening during his heat race, Bacon was fully in charge, dominating the preliminary event until the final lap when his car began to slow dramatically. Was something amiss mechanically with his ride, many pondered.

However, as it turned out, Bacon thought he saw the flagman waving the white. As he came around the stripe the next time, he saw another flag waving and assumed it was the checkered. As it turned out, that flag was, in fact, the white. Bacon let off the gas on the actual last lap, assuming the race was over, and dropped from 1st to 8th as his competitors drove by him to knock him out from a potential second row starting spot.

As a result, Bacon was forced to transfer through the semi-feature, which he won, then rolled off from the 9th starting spot in the 30-lap feature - the same position he started from in his victory just 24 hours prior.

On paper, Saturday's results were a carbon copy of Friday's - a mesmerizing charge to the front that began from the inside of the fifth row. However, with the way all the elements transpired for Bacon, he wouldn't have it any other way en route to his 31st career USAC National Sprint Car feature win and his fourth career Winter Dirt Games sprint car score, tying him for second with Bryan Clauson and one behind Damion Gardner.

"It might've been a blessing in disguise running that B-Main because I ran the bottom in one and two once and I thought it was really good, so I just moved off of it," Bacon explained. "I didn't want to show my hand too much and I didn't want people to see that the bottom was fast."

"It was a lot slicker in the feature," Bacon continued. "But we were able to sneak around there and get a little grip down the back straightaway when everyone else was way up by the fence. It didn't feel like it was going to work because I felt like I was going like 2 mph, but then, all of a sudden, at the end of the back straightaway, I'd be beside or ahead of them. It was a little unconventional, especially for here, but it worked."

That's just how it unfolded for Bacon in a two-lap spurt that saw him slip underneath Chris Windom for second on lap 12 in turn three, then repeated the same move the very next lap in the same spot on Chase Stockon, who had commandeered the opening 12 laps from his outside front row starting position.

As Bacon jetted out to a 2.5 second lead in the waning laps, Windom and resurgent pole sitter Logan Seavey were involved in an intense grapple in which Seavey threw multiple sliders at Windom to no avail as Windom staved off the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ for the position.

With three laps remaining, 14th running Katlynn Leer banged her right rear tire off the outside wall and flipped wildly down the front straightaway to bring out the feature event's lone red flag and final stoppage, thus erasing Bacon's advantage and setting up a three-lap dash for the win in which the two-time series champ had one of two ways to go.

"I was kind of torn whether to run the top or bottom," Bacon admitted. "I knew the top was probably a little faster, but I would have left a big window open for someone to slide me, and he did. But I was able to cross him over and survive. Thankfully, we just had a really good car tonight and we're able to overcome any obstacle that was thrown at us."

Windom successfully dove to the bottom and slid by Bacon in turn one on laps 28 and 29, but Bacon lowered the boom and tucked in at the exit of turn four, taking a lower entry into the first turn on the final lap to essentially shut the door on Windom's chances for victory and finish off a three-car-length margin of victory ahead of Windom, Seavey and Stockon with Justin Grant rounding out the top-five.


Brady Bacon's 333rd career USAC National Sprint Car start on Saturday elevated him into the top-ten all-time, equaling Sheldon Kinser for 10th on the list.
(Rich Forman Photo)


After Friday's victory, Bacon was relieved to have shaken the cloud that had hung over his head throughout the past three years at Winter Dirt Games. Saturday served up more of the same despite Bacon initially entering the season with tempered expectations based on recent outings at Ocala. Although. he is quick to credit a possibility that they've got the leg up on the competition so far due to the lack of turnover on the team after a busy offseason which saw a multitude of driver, team and mechanical changes around the pit area.

"I would've been happy with two top-fives after the last few years we've had here," Bacon said. "We ended last year really fast and had a chance to win every single race. Then, we just wanted to refine everything and keep getting better. You've got to keep digging because everyone else is going to do it in the offseason. We probably had the least amount of changes, just the sponsor change, but all the nuts and bolts have been the same. That might be our little advantage. All our personnel is the same. We're just in a lot better spot than we started with last year as far as our equipment goes."

With the victory, Bacon became the ninth driver to win the first two USAC National Sprint Car features of the year, following Jud Larson (1965), Larry Dickson (1970), Pancho Carter (1978), Rich Vogler (1987), Robbie Stanley (1993), Tracy Hines (2002), Jay Drake (2004) and Damion Gardner (2010).

Furthermore, Bacon's 333rd career USAC National Sprint Car start elevated him into the top-ten all-time, equaling Sheldon Kinser for 10th on the list.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear / EPA Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Dave Darland

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Chris Phillips

Indy Race Parts Semi Winner: Brady Bacon

KSE Racing Products / ProSource Hard Charger:

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher:

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Harley Burns

Hughes Racing / Indiana Mafia / Flamingo Sandy Passing Master:

Prosource Hard Work Award: Anthony D'Alessio


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/EPA PHOTOGRAPHY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 1, Gile-13.845; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.873; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.873; 4. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.877; 5. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.884; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.925; 7. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.925; 8. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-13.933; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.977; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.981; 11. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.076; 12. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.099; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.157; 14. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-14.186; 15. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-14.219; 16. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.337; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-14.385; 18. Scotty Weir, 22, Goodnight-14.408; 19. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-14.414; 20. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-14.416; 21. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.442; 22. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.459; 23. Tyler Gunn, 68G, Gunn-14.472; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.512; 25. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-14.514; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.612; 27. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-14.945; 28. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio/Parallax-15.474; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Mario Clouser, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Anthony D'Alessio, 8. Dustin Clark, 9. Kent Schmidt, 10. Matt Westfall. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kyle Robbins, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Katlynn Leer, 7. Kory Schudy, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Tyler Gunn, 10. Robert Bell. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Phillips, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Stephen Schnapf, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Harley Burns. 1:55.355

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Anton Hernandez, 3. Katlynn Leer, 4. Kory Schudy, 5. Stephen Schnapf, 6. Tyler Gunn, 7. Anthony D'Alessio, 8. Harley Burns, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Brandon Mattox, 12. Dustin Clark. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (12), 10. Dennis Gile (10), 11. Dave Darland (7), 12. Mario Clouser (17), 13. Stephen Schnapf (19), 14. Anton Hernandez (21), 15. Matt Westfall (24), 16. Kory Schudy (18), 17. Scotty Weir (16), 18. Kyle Robbins (15), 19. Anthony D'Alessio (22), 20. Chris Phillips (8), 21. Sterling Cling (13), 22. Brandon Mattox (23), 23. Tyler Gunn (20), 24. Katlynn Leer (14).
**Kent Schmidt flipped during the first heat. Katlynn Leer flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Chase Stockon, Laps 13-30 Brady Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (9th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Stephen Schnapf

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Harley Burns

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Anthony D'Alessio

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-155, 2-Chris Windom-146, 3-Justin Grant-140, 4-C.J. Leary-138, 5-Logan Seavey-135, 6-Kyle Cummins-130, 7-Chase Stockon-129, 8-Carson Short-118, 9-Dave Darland-96, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-95.

FINAL HUGHES RACING/INDIANA MAFIA/FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-18, 2-Anton Hernandez-10, 3-Mario Clouser-10, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-9, 5-Dave Darland-9, 6-Chris Windom-8, 7-Kyle Cummins-8, 8-Chase Stockon-8, 9-C.J. Leary-7, 10-Logan Seavey-10.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-16, 2-Chris Windom-16, 3-Daison Pursley-10, 4-Andrew Layser-9, 5-Mario Clouser-8, 6-Anton Hernandez-7, 7-Dave Darland-7, 8-Zeb Wise-6, 9-Dennis Misuraca-6, 10-Stephen Schnapf-6.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 4, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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BACON BOLTS TO VALENTINE'S VICTORY AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 14, 2020).........Entering Friday night's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opener, the most recent time Brady Bacon left Bubba Raceway Park with a top-five finish was three years ago.

Furthermore, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native's most recent victory at the 3/8-mile tri-oval came five years prior, leaving him more than eager to quash the early season dry spell that lingered over him entering the 2020 season.

On a weekend that's been anything but a dry spell with heavy rain washing out Thursday's intended opener and threatening Friday's second go with persistent afternoon showers, Bacon rid himself of the early-season cloud of recent years by taking the lead with just four laps remaining to score his third career Winter Dirt Games feature victory.

The win for Bacon in his Dynamics, Inc./Longworth Equipment - Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy notched another milestone for the two-time series champion. With the triumph, Bacon became just the 13th driver to reach the 30-win mark in his USAC National Sprint Car career.

"This win is pretty important to me because we've struggled here the past three years," Bacon admitted. "Getting off to a bad start is not easy. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going and not start off at a handicap for the rest of the season."

Bacon had quite a long row to hoe in just 30 laps, starting 9th on the grid on a tricky surface before steadily moving his way through the 22-car field. Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, Kevin Thomas Jr. lunged to the point on the opening lap from his pole position while outside front row starter Kyle Cummins dug in and charged around Thomas to snare the lead off turn four on the opening circuit.

Cummins quickly gapped Thomas by just a tick under a full second during the early stages before encountering lapped traffic on the tenth lap. Cummins met a five-member single-file train of cars at the tail end of the lead lap where he decisively ripped around the outside of traffic as Thomas gave chase, closing up the canyon between the two ever so slightly.

Just one lap later, young Connor Leoffler, making his first career series start and who had just been put a lap down by Cummins, biked hard in turn one before landing on all fours and smacking the right rear against the outer concrete, ending his night.

On the lap 12 resumption, Thomas peeked his nose underneath the ride of Cummins at the exit of turn four, but Cummins slashed away once again and regenerated his advantage at the front, clicking off the fastest lap of the race one lap after the halfway mark.

Just prior to the last 10-lap stanza, Cummins was greeted by a chorus of traffic, allowing Thomas to subtract the interval between he and the lead car of Cummins. On the 20th lap, while exiting turn four, Cummins experienced "a moment" if you will when he and the car of Katlynn Leer collided near the flagstand, sending both into immediate disarray and near disaster. Although, both carried on without issue.

Thomas pounced on the Cummins/Leer mishap and raced to the lead past Cummins a half lap later on the bottom between turns three and four. However, two laps later, Thomas' bid for victory fell into shambles as his right rear tire went flat on the back straightaway on the 24th lap, granting Cummins the lead as Thomas slowed to a crawl to the work area where his crew swapped out for new rubber, ultimately returning for a 16th place finish.

The ensuing restart with seven laps remaining put Bacon on Cummins' tail where he immediately let it be known he was going to be a contender. At the conclusion of lap 24 at the exit of turn four, Bacon clawed off turn four under Cummins, racing to a near dead heat at the line with Cummins clinging to a slight advantage as he disallowed Bacon from taking hold of the low line entering turn one.


JAKE SWANSON MAKES STATEMENT AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 14, 2020… Starting third, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) took command from R.J. Johnson on the nineteenth circuit and led the rest of the way to claim the opening night of the “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial.” Piloting the John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC, Swanson’s $2,000 victory was the third Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of his career. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers.

Swanson opened the new season with top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 13.616 over the 8-car roster. The 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion also earned the night’s Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third to first place run.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Johnson and Sussex.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action tomorrow, February 15, at Canyon Speedway Park for the $2,500-to-win finale of the “Steve Stroud Memorial.”

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2020 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.616; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.762; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.948; 4. Austin Williams, 77M, Michael-14.357; 5. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-14.617; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.869; 7. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.960, Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.445.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Swanson, 3. Curtis, 4. Shipley. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Davis, 3. Williams, 4. Sanchez, NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (3), 2, Charles Davis Jr. (4), 3. R.J. Johnson (1), 4. Stevie Sussex (2), 5. Austin Williams (6), 6. Kyle Shipley (7), 7. Michael Curtis (5), 8. Stephen Sanchez (8). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Johnson, Laps 19-30 Swanson.
HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (3rd to 1st)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Swanson-83. 2-Davis-79, 3-Johnson-76, 4-Sussex-70, 5-Williams-67, 6-Shipley-62, 7-Curtis-58, 8-Sanchez-54.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: February 15 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial”

 

12-RACE USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana (February 13, 2020).........USAC's Midwest Regional Midget series will compete in 12 events at seven different dirt tracks throughout the states of Indiana and Illinois during the 2020 season.

Each event will utilize an open format, allowing both current National and SpeeD2 engines. Each feature race on the schedule will pay $1,200 to win and $125 to start along with tow money for non-qualifiers.

All events on the schedule will pay points toward the USAC Midwest Regional Midget standings and a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the season. Furthermore, USAC SpeeD2 licensed competitors will be eligible for bonuses and will earn points toward the USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midwest Thunder Midget Championship.

The series opens April 17 on the quarter-mile red clay of Indiana's Bloomington Speedway, an event which will be held in conjunction with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event, the first of two dates for the Regional Midgets at the southern Indiana venue along with an additional trip on June 26.

Two visits to Paragon (Ind.) are on the docket on both May 1 and August 14, along with two dates at fellow Indiana tracks Gas City I-69 Speedway on May 22 and October 2, Kokomo Speedway on May 24 and October 16, as well as USAC's first ever trips to Circus City Speedway in Peru, Ind. on August 15 and October 3.

The Regional Midgets are in action on Independence Day night, July 4, at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., a doubleheader with the USAC National Sprint Cars.

Meanwhile, the series' lone visit outside of the Hoosier State takes them to neighboring Illinois and the Land of Lincoln on May 2 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

2020 USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE

Apr 17: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

May 1: Paragon Speedway (Paragon, IN)

May 2: Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)

May 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

May 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Jun 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Jul 4: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Aug 14: Paragon Speedway (Paragon, IN)

Aug 15: Circus City Speedway (Peru, IN)

Oct 2: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Oct 3: Circus City Speedway (Peru, IN)

Oct 16: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
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WINDOM FASTEST IN WINTER DIRT GAMES
USAC SPRINT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 12, 2020).........Just four days following his latest victory at Bubba Raceway Park, Chris Windom turned the fastest time in Wednesday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car practice with a lap of 13.564 seconds around the 3/8-mile D-shaped track.

Windom (Canton, Ill.), who captured the victory in last Saturday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Bubba's, set the fastest time in Wednesday's sprint practice during the second of five sessions. The 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion also topped session three in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - OILFIRE - B & H Contractors/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

Hayward Motorsports has gotten off to a hot start in USAC competition thus far in 2020. With the midget last weekend at Bubba's, the Hayward team won Friday night's feature with driver Tanner Thorson, then established a new one-lap track record on Saturday, again with Thorson.

Windom was followed in Wednesday's practice by two-time series champ and two-time Bubba's USAC Sprint winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) at 13.683. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), who is seeking his first Bubba's win after being the only driver to finish in the top-five in all three series starts last year at the track, was third at 13.731. Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), a 2018 Bubba's winner, was fourth at 13.737, while Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), who finished on the podium at Bubba's all three nights in 2016, rounded out the top-five at 13.804.

Bacon tested two different cars in Wednesday's practice, the No. 69 and the backup No. 69OT, which he took to eighth fastest overall. USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland also competed in two different cars for the EZR/Curb-Agajanian team, timing in 21st out of the 29 drivers that hit the track.

No major incidents occurred during the night. Connor Leoffler (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) spun in turn two but continued on without contact. Evan Mosley (Lapel, Ind.) had flame erupt from the engine compartment of his car, forcing him to stop on the track. Reigning series champion C.J. Leary's new team, Gene Gile Racing, changed engines on their ride, but the Greenfield, Ind. driver returned to compete in the final session of the night, taking the 18th overall best time.

Winter Dirt Games XI resumes Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Pits open each night at 4pm Eastern, the grandstands open at 5pm, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm with cars getting on track at 6:30pm.

Each night, general admission tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app as well as on the Race Monitor app.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 12, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

PRACTICE: 1. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.564; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.683; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.731; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.737; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.804; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.821; 7. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.827; 8. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.857; 9. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.858; 10. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.918; 11. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-13.920; 12. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.962; 13. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-13.979; 14. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio/Parallax-13.990; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.997; 16. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.017; 17. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.023; 18. C.J. Leary, 1, Gile-14.074; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.103; 20. Scotty Weir, 22, Goodnight-14.246; 21. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.299; 22. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-14.351; 23. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-14.364; 24. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-14.389; 25. Connor Leoffler, 22L, Leoffler-14.422; 26. Tyler Gunn, 68G, Gunn-14.955; 27. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-15.140; 28. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-15.696; 29. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 13-14-15, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI
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“STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL” OPENS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SEASON AT CSP
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 10, 2020... The eighth season for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open this Friday, February 14th, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial” will pay $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start on both nights. The event will also feature the MickelsonRay.com Hobby Stocks, Micro Sprints (non-wing), Honest-1 Auto Care IMCA Sport Compacts, and Western Modlites. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 7:10pm, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 6:40pm, and racing is set for 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

OPEN PRACTICE: The festivities will start on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30pm with an open practice for all divisions.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Canyon Speedway Park, Arizona Speedway, and Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.
- The weight rule is 1,375 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

The first point races of 2020 will honor Steve Stroud, a respected sponsor and friend of the racing community. Known for owning Parker Store, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store, the avid race fan backed several racers in Arizona and the Midwest. In addition, he supported the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, Canyon Speedway Park, and other special events in Arizona. To share his love for racing, Stroud founded the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix, which was a popular destination for racers and fans alike until it’s closing last year. Steve’s passing was a great loss and Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park, and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.

When the checkered flags flew at San Tan Valley on November 16th, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) clinched his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest championship. Racing for three different teams, Roa posted two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time award, four heat race victories, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, C.J. Leary, and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins, Brody is looking for a ride to help defend his crown.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) finished second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Primarily driving the Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / BG Chemicals Sherman, Johnson had two feature wins, five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led in the campaign. The five-time champion has fifty-seven wins and will be looking to claim his third consecutive “Steve Stroud Memorial.”

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) finished third in the championship point chase. On the strength of one feature win, two heat race victories, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led, Sussex earned the 2019 Car Owner’s championship for Robbie and Gaye Allen. With thirteen wins to his credit, Stevie will have his sights on piloting the #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim to victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) ranked fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing his #50 and #47 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis posted one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, eight heat race victories, two hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in 2019. The 2018 champion has thirty series wins and will be looking to add the “Stroud Memorial” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) placed fifth in the championship standings. Piloting the John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson had one feature win, two Beaver Stripes Fast Time Awards, one dash win, three heat race victories, two semi-main wins, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 38 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake has two career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the “Stroud Memorial” victory.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) earned the USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year honors in 2019. Driving the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / System One 777, Tafoya tied for twenty-second in points and posted two heat race victories with one top-10 finish on the season. At press time, Tafoya might skip the “Stroud Memorial” to concentrate on the USAC/CRA season.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Dennis Gile, Stephen Sanchez, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr., 2019-Brody Roa.

STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2017-Dave Darland, 2018-R.J. Johnson, 2019-R.J. Johnson.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-C.J. Leary, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Tyler Courtney, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 19-R.J. Johnson, 10-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Josh Hodges, 3-Mike Martin, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

FINAL 2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1083, 2. R.J. Johnson-1065, 3. Stevie Sussex-1018, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-976, 5. Jake Swanson-800, 6. Austin Williams-659, 7. Mike Martin-655, 8. Damion Gardner-616, 9. Chris Bonneau-517, 10. Matt Lundy-500, 11. C.J. Leary-482, 12. Michael Curtis-453, 13. Matt Rossi-423, 14. Tommy Malcolm-411, 15. Logan Seavey-399, 16. Josh Hodges-383, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg-358, 18. Tyler Courtney-353, 19. Dennis Gile-305, 20. Chris Gansen-303.

2020 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
February 15: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
March 6: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 7: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 11: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hippoty Hoppity Easter)
May 16: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Duel at the Diamond)
May 30: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Fathers)
July 25: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 22: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 19: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Fall Brawl)
October 3: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 17: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
October 31: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 5: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 13: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 14: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

MUTLIPLE USAC NATIONAL DIVISION WINS
BEFORE THE END OF FEBRUARY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 10, 2020).........The early part of the season in Florida is noted for being the place to climb out of the cold and dreary months of winter and heat up with both the weather and the racing action on hand.

A few noted individuals have taken to bringing the heat themselves with victories in multiple USAC National divisions prior to the conclusion of the month of February.

At press time, only five drivers have won in at least two USAC National divisions before the end of February in a single season: Billy Vukovich (1968), Tony Stewart (1998), Dave Steele (2006), Darren Hagen (2009) and Levi Jones (2010).

One driver this week, Chris Windom, has an opportunity to join that exclusive group this week with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of Winter Dirt Games XI on February 13-14-15 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Windom captured last Saturday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory and will compete for Hayward Motorsports in the sprint car this week at Bubba's where he was victorious in last season's series opener.

Very few have accomplished what Windom is facing this week. After all, the Canton, Ill. native has erased one streak thus far in the new year, breaking the 59-year drought for a USAC Midget numbered 89 reaching victory lane.

Looking back, Vukovich, son of the legendary 1953-54 Indianapolis 500 winner, the "Mad Russian" Bill Vukovich. The younger Vukovich, himself, was named top Rookie at Indy in 1968. Just a few months before his first Indianapolis start, the Californian made history as the first driver to win both a USAC National Sprint Car feature and a USAC National Midget feature before the end of February in the same season.

A January sprint win for Vukovich at Rivergrade Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. got the ball rolling, followed by a midget win at El Cajon, Calif. He added another midget win for good measure in mid-February at San Jose, Calif., all three wins coming for car owner Doug Caruthers.

It wasn't until three decades later when the feat was duplicated by Columbus, Indiana's Tony Stewart, who on one afternoon on the first day of February in 1998 at Phoenix International Raceway, swept both ends of the USAC portion of the Copper World Classic with triumphs in both the Silver Crown car, for owner George Snider, and the Midget series, in the famed Steve Lewis-owned machine.

Just eight years later in 2006, pavement master Dave Steele would replicate Stewart's dominance at Phoenix, sweeping both the Midget portion in one of Steve Lewis' "Nine" cars. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer from Tampa, Fla. then collected the Silver Crown portion of the event for 6R Racing, his fifth consecutive Silver Crown scores at the one-mile paved track.

Darren Hagen became the next, and first to do so on the dirt, when the National Sprint Cars and Midgets ventured west for early season dates. On Feb. 21, the Riverside, Calif. native crossed the stripe first with the sprints at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. for Dustin Morgan Motorsports. To close out the month of February, Hagen notched a midget score at the half-mile Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for RFMS Racing.

The most recent of all drivers to accomplish two National victories before the end of February was seven-time USAC National champion Levi Jones whose successful evening at USA raceway in Tucson, Ariz. in February of 2010 saw him collect both the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown features for Tony Stewart Racing.

Winter Dirt Games XI resumes this week, Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Pits open each night at 4pm Eastern, the grandstands open at 5pm, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm with cars getting on track at 6:30pm.

Each night, general admission tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app as well as on the Race Monitor app.

A practice night for the sprints opens the second week of Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Wednesday, February 12, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Bilstein Modified Lite Stars will also be on the event card with the sprints all three nights.

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WON IN MULTIPLE USAC NATIONAL DIVISIONS
BEFORE THE END OF FEBRUARY:

1968: Billy Vukovich (Sprint & Midget)

1998: Tony Stewart (Silver Crown & Midget)

2006: Dave Steele (Silver Crown & Midget)

2009: Darren Hagen (Sprint & Midget)

2010: Levi Jones (Silver Crown & Sprint)

 

 

WINTER DIRT GAMES SUCCESS TRANSLATES TO CHAMPIONSHIPS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 10, 2020).........The beginning of a new USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season is one in which drivers and teams either resume their cohesiveness or, for new teams, try to meld successful relationships that will ultimately reap their rewards with wins, and if everything works out just right, a championship at season's end.

Five drivers and teams over the past seven seasons have used a Winter Dirt Games victory as a springboard to a championship, a number that seems less coincidental than it does a trend that should not be taken lightly entering this week's slate at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park, February 13-14-15.

C.J. Leary debuted with a new team in Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports in 2019, winning the final of the three nights in Ocala, then translated that into a string of consistency throughout the year that saw only one more victory, in November at Perris, Calif., but netted 32 top-ten finishes in 34 starts.

The Greenfield, Ind. driver corralled the season title at the end of 2019, and this year will carry the #1 on his ride as he makes his debut for Gene Gile Racing out of Arizona.

Similarly, Tyler Courtney was victorious on the two final nights of the three-race pack at Ocala in 2018. The Indianapolis, ind. driver was strong right out of the box, stamping his winning footprint on 11 occasions during the year for one of the most prolific seasons in the history of the series en route to the title.

Robert Ballou also notched two early season wins in February at Winter Dirt Games in 2015 but did so at two different tracks back when the mini-series spanned two weekends at both Bubba's and East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton.

The Rocklin, Calif. native was nearly unbeatable in the 2015 campaign, racking up 13 wins for the second winningest USAC Sprint season in series history behind only Tom Bigelow's 14 in 1977. Ballou aims to make his return to the cockpit as soon as possible in 2020 following an arm injury last summer in a Kokomo Speedway sprint car feature.

Brady Bacon snared a victory at Ocala in February of 2014 during Winter Dirt Games. The win catapulted him into championship contention immediately, and the Broken Arrow, Okla. native cruised to the first of his two USAC National Sprint Car driving titles, also duplicating the feat in 2016. Bacon, the winningest driver for the Hoffman family in USAC competition with 21 triumphs, returns to the team's No. 69 for another championship run in the 2020 season.

The trend of Winter Dirt Games winners to go on to capture the USAC National Sprint Car championship later that same season began in 2013 with Bryan Clauson. Interestingly, like Courtney in 2018 and Leary in 2019, Clauson was in the midst of his debut weekend with a new team. For Clauson, it was Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, for whom he would capture the championship with later in the year.

We very well could see history repeat itself once again this week. It's happened in five of the last seven years with the eventual champ standing in victory lane at Winter Dirt Games. This year could be no different with a driver and team finding the right combination on opening weekend and sustaining that success throughout a whole year - a string of success that ultimately begins right from the first time the car's rolled out of the trailer at Winter Dirt Games.

Winter Dirt Games XI resumes this week, Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Pits open each night at 4pm Eastern, the grandstands open at 5pm, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm with cars getting on track at 6:30pm.

Each night, general admission tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app as well as on the Race Monitor app.

A practice night for the sprints opens the second week of Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Wednesday, February 12, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Bilstein Modified Lite Stars will also be on the event card with the sprints all three nights.

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WINTER DIRT GAMES WINNERS TO CAPUTRE USAC SPRINT TITLE IN SAME YEAR:

2013: Bryan Clauson 2014: Brady Bacon 2015: Robert Ballou 2018: Tyler Courtney 2019: C.J. Leary

 

 

WINDOM WINS FIRST FOR NEW TEAM IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Fla. (February 8, 2020).........Chris Windom's second race as a member of Tucker-Boat Motorsports began much the same as his first the night before by having to quickly make up ground and dig his way into contention after starting behind the eight ball, and the first three rows.

Saturday night in the Winter Dirt Games XI finale for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, Windom immediately shed his starting spot of 10th with the snap of finger, climbing into the top-five by lap two and, ultimately, into the lead with six laps remaining, capitalizing on a golden opportunity that arose following engine trouble for race leader Tanner Thorson.

The victory provided a third career series feature win for the Canton, Ill. driver who joined TBM for the 2020 campaign and admitted to gaining an extra sense of personal motivation for he and his NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I think I was just kind of pissed that I had to start 10th, so I was driving as hard as I could from the start of the race," Windom said. "I knew our cars were good enough to be up there. With the format change this year, it moved us back a row and we had to come from 10th there. We've been good here all week, especially in the features, and (car owner) Chad (Boat) has brought some badass racecars for us this year."

"To get a win the first weekend out, that's what you strive for at the start of the year," Windom added. "Hopefully we can keep it rolling because we're here to win a bunch of races and win the championship."

From the get-go, however, it once again looked like it was going to be Thorson's stage after capturing the prior night's season opener at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track.

The 2016 series champ set a brand new one-lap track record in qualifying, then proceeded to carve his way from sixth to second on the opening lap, splitting between Petry teammates Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tanner Carrick in turn two, then sliced beneath pole sitter Tyler Courtney for second between turns three and four.

Cannon McIntosh controlled the field from the start but was rapidly encroached by Thorson's blitz that carried him into the race lead under McIntosh entering turn one on the fourth circuit.

The first yellow of the night arrived on lap 11 when seventh-running Tanner Carrick clipped an infield tire in turn three while negotiating lapped traffic, causing the car to stall to a stop in turn four. The 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver restarted from the tail but came back to finish 10th.

The ensuing restart was where Windom turned up the wick, driving by McIntosh for third on the 14th lap, then underneath Courtney for second on the back straightway on lap 15.

Windom's motive was now right in front of his visor and within a reasonable striking distance. However, the gap between the two wasn't about to close at this rate with Thorson ripping several of his fastest laps of the race through the mid-section to construct a 1.5 second advantage with just 10 laps remaining.

However, with six laps remaining, just when you thought Thorson had all but sewn up a weekend sweep of Winter Dirt Games XI, his evening and his ride went up in a cloud of smoke, prematurely ending a superb weekend and handing the lead over to Windom, who felt like his car was just as good as Thorson's but may not have had enough to run him down if the race went clean and green the remainder of the way.

"I knew he was going to be good again," Windom admitted of Thorson. "I felt like we were just as good as him once we got to second. We probably didn't have the speed to run him down and pass him because it's just such a wide-open track. When there's that caliber of cars out there, you're not going to be a lot better than the next guy. You've got to put yourself in position to get there and that's what we did."

From that point forward, Windom was undeterred like a vapor trail in the empty air, distancing himself from Courtney by a 1.134 second margin at the checkered to earn the first USAC National Midget victory for a car numbered 89 since Parnelli Jones' 100-mile triumph at the Milwaukee Mile on August 12, 1961, for car owner Chuck Benda.

"To get a win the first weekend out, that's what you strive for at the start of the year," Windom said. "Hopefully we can keep it rolling because we're here to win a bunch of races and win the championship."

In the process, Windom earned KSE Products/ProSource Hard Charger Award for the night, advancing nine positions from 10th to 1st and also collected the most cumulative passes over the course of the two nights of feature racing with 14, earning a $200 Passing Master bonus from ProSource in the process.

Tyler Courtney came out of Ocala last year with two victories in two nights. Although 2020 didn't find the exact same winning results, the Indianapolis, Ind. driver and his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x exited Winter Dirt Games XI with a fourth on Friday and a runner-up finish on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, when you start on the pole, you want to win because that's the best place to start," Courtney said. "It just wasn't in the plans this weekend. We came down here and won both races last year but weren't able to get it done this year. We're still learning a bit on the cars and stuff like that. We've got a really good racecar, but there's just a few things to do here and there. I'm really happy with (our car) and our whole Clauson-Marshall team. We're looking forward to the rest of the season."

Fresh off earning 2019 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser stepped up his game to earn his best career series finish Saturday night with a third-place result in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/Friedman-Schuman - Top To Bottom Solutions/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I can't thank (my crew) enough for all their hard work," Layser praised. "They're so precise on everything to make sure (teammate) Chris (Windom) and I have great cars every time. It's really exciting to put together my first podium finish and hopefully many more. Last year, I struggled with confidence a lot. To start off the season as well as we have is really huge. It started at the Chili Bowl where we had a lot of speed. I knew we were good last night, and it showed tonight."

In addition to Thorson's new one-lap track record earlier on Saturday night, Zeb Wise established the new standard for eight laps in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget around Bubba Raceway Park at 1:52.636 during the first heat race.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Zeb Wise

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

AutoMeter / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

KSE Racing Products / ProSource Hard Charger: Chris Windom

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Thorson

ProSource Passing Master: Chris Windom

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-13.724 (New Track Record); 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.818; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.866; 4. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-13.926; 5. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.930; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.948; 7. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.958; 8. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.979; 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.981; 10. Logan Seavey, 21KS, Reynolds-14.028; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.030; 12. Jesse Colwell, 21K, Reynolds-14.088; 13. Zeb Wise, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.139; 14. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.162; 15. Dennis Misuraca, 92, Davis-15.489; 16. Michael Magic, 4m, Magic-15.548; 17. Mark Cole, 6x, Cole-15.556; 18. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-15.679; 19. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Michael Magic. 1:52.636 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Mark Cole. 1:54.200

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Jesse Colwell, 4. Dennis Misuraca, 5. Oliver Akard, 6. Jerry Coons Jr. 1:53.516

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (10), 2. Tyler Courtney (1), 3. Andrew Layser (9), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 5. Cannon McIntosh (2), 6. Buddy Kofoid (5), 7. Zeb Wise (7), 8. Daison Pursley (12), 9. Jesse Colwell (13), 10. Tanner Carrick (3), 11. Cole Bodine (8), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Tanner Thorson (6), 14. Oliver Akard (17), 15. Michael Magic (15), 16. Mark Cole (16), 17. Steve Buckwalter (19), 18. Dennis Misuraca (14), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (18). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 4-24 Tanner Thorson, Laps 25-30 Chris Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (10th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Thorson

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-152, 2-Tyler Courtney-146, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-138, 4-Buddy Kofoid-137, 5-Tanner Thorson-132, 6-Cannon McIntosh-128, 7-Zeb Wise-121, 8-Andrew Layser-117, 9-Daison Pursley-108, 10-Tanner Carrick-99.

FINAL WINTER DIRT GAMES PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-14, 2-Daison Pursley-10, 3-Andrew Layser-9, 4-Zeb Wise-6, 5-Dennis Misuraca-6, 6-Steve Buckwalter-6, 7-Oliver Akard-6, 8-Cannon McIntosh-5, 9-Tanner Thorson-4, 10-Jesse Colwell-4.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-14, 2-Daison Pursley-10, 3-Andrew Layser-9, 4-Zeb Wise-6, 5-Dennis Misuraca-6, 6-Steve Buckwalter-6, 7-Oliver Akard-6, 8-Cannon McIntosh-5, 9-Tanner Thorson-4, 10-Jesse Colwell-4.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: March 7, 2020 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - Shamrock Classic

 

 

THORSON THRIVES IN OCALA USAC MIDGET OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Fla. (February 7, 2020).........A new year and a new beginning are just the things Tanner Thorson was seeking with the outset of the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

A highway crash last March sidelined the 2016 series champion with serious injuries. His eventual comeback was a mixed bag of highlight reel moments as well as an up-and-down closing to the campaign that left him without a full-time drive.

A Chili Bowl prelim victory in January was just a prelude to Friday night's splendid drive by the Minden, Nev. native that witnessed him zip to the front in spectacular fashion just prior to and following a mid-race restart where he exchanged multiple sliders with series Rookie Buddy Kofoid to snare the lead and control the final 16 laps to score the win in the series season-opening Winter Dirt Games XI feature at Bubba Raceway Park.

Thorson's 14th career USAC National Midget feature win in his Hayward Motorsports/OILFIRE - Factory Kahne - Walker Filtration - Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x moved him into the top-50 and in a four-way tie for 48th on the all-time series win list alongside Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner.

The victory also provided Hayward Motorsports its third career USAC National Midget victory as a team, and first since August of 2016 with driver Bryan Clauson at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans.

In his third consecutive year of competing in a midget at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track, Thorson finally found his groove. He finished 9th and 7th there in 2019, but this year, made a few small mechanical changes and transitioned to Hayward Motorsports for whom he made two USAC starts at the conclusion of 2019 and was slated to do a part-time schedule for this season.

With a superb beginning to 2020, Thorson hopes that this run of success can translate into something even more.

"We were obviously way better than we were here last year," Thorson recalled. "We've got the same package here, minus a couple little things that don't matter. I've been very fortunate to get with Brodie and Sarah Hayward. They've kind of just let me do whatever I really needed and to get what I needed as far as shocks, motors, cars and just everything. It helps to have people behind me like that and allows me to kind of take my mind off the whole thing that happened last year. This is a good start to the season for us and maybe we can see about talking the car owner into running points."

Thorson began the 30-lapper from fifth and steadily moved his way toward the front of the pack while USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons Jr. held the top spot for the first ten circuits and last season's Ocala sweeper Tyler Courtney gripped his talons on the bottom to inch closer to Coons.

Coons nipped Courtney by a nose at the line at the conclusion of lap four, then gapped the defending series champ by four car lengths. Suddenly, the newcomer on the scene was one of the newcomers to the series in Kofoid who raced around the outside of Courtney off turn four and continued to haul the mail ripping the high line while Coons worked the bottom out front.

On the 11th lap, Kofoid maneuvered around the outside of Coons exiting turn two. Rapidly closing on the lapped car of first-time USAC feature starter Dennis Misuraca, the elusive Kofoid ducked low into turn three to snag the lead for the time being.

Three laps later, Thorson was the man on the move, slipping under Coons at the bottom entry to turn one for second. Coons fought back on the inside and the two touched, forcing Coons sideways at the exit of the second turn.

Moments later, the caution fell for Jesse Colwell who slowed to a stop in turn two while running in the eighth position.

Now lined up right on Kofoid's tail tank for the restart, Thorson used a massive run into turn one to slide up in front of Kofoid for the lead. Proving to be a quick-study, Kofoid answered the bell by turning down and returning the favor with a slider of his own in turn three to reobtain the point. However, as Kofoid slid up across turns three and four, that simply opened the door once more for Thorson to drive under off the fourth turn and slide his way back by Kofoid for good at the entry to turn one.

Thorson credited the formation of his success on the experience factor and a set of equipment that helped make the job a tad easier for him.

"I think a lot of it has to do with just having laps around here," Thorson pointed to. "I've watched a lot of races here and I've been here the last three years. I think that helps a lot and I've watched a lot of non-wing races here as well. It helped to have really good shocks that allowed me to maneuver anywhere I really needed to, and it paid off."

Two laps later, on the 17th trip around, Windom scooted by Kofoid for second and put his plan into place to chase down Thorson in the throes of lapping the tail end of the field.

A yellow flag for 14th running Robert Dalby following an apparent engine issue brought about the final stoppage, thus setting up a seven-lap sprint to the finish. Third place Kofoid split the gap between Thorson and Windom on the restart briefly into turn one before falling back behind Windom and into third.

Meanwhile, all that action did was provide Thorson more breathing room as he steadily built his lead up to a 1.969 sec. margin at the checkered over Windom, Kofoid, Courtney and Cannon McIntosh.

"We have a really good piece and we've had a good piece all the way since the Chili Bowl and even the Gateway race last December," Thorson reiterated. "I just can't thank everybody that's involved enough. It's really made it fun and easy."

Chris Windom took a distant second behind Thorson in the Canton, Ill. driver's USAC debut aboard the Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Obviously, you want to come out and win the first race of the year, but we've been good all week so far," Windom explained. "Tanner was just a little bit better than us there. I could get to him, but it was like we were the same speed after that restart. I just couldn't quite do anything to gain on him and make a move on him. When we got to lapped cars, it would hurt him one car and I'd get hurt the next car. We kind of just stayed in the same spot."

A career best third-place finish was the result for Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid, leading four laps in just his fifth career series start piloting the Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"We've come a long way since practice yesterday and qualified well today," Kofoid recapped. "I was okay in the heat race, made some changes and was extremely fast in the main. I think we were really first early, then could hang with those guys. I think I kind of messed myself up on that restart and kind of fell apart a little bit at the end. I was good finding the top early; I just wish we could've went green to checker."

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

AutoMeter / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

KSE Racing Products / ProSource Hard Charger: Zeb Wise

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Steve Buckwalter

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 7, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.901; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-13.908; 3. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.971; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.044; 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.045; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.099; 7. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-14.103; 8. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-14.119; 9. Jesse Colwell, 21K, Reynolds-14.133; 10. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.140; 11. Logan Seavey, 21KS, Reynolds-14.143; 12. Zeb Wise, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.212; 13. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-14.219; 14. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-14.231; 15. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.323; 16. Chase Jones, 7K, Irwin-14.370; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.527; 18. Dennis Misuraca, 92, Davis-16.111; 19. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-16.191; 20. Mark Cole, 6x, Cole-16.816; 21. Mike Magic, 4m, Magic-NT; 22. Ethan Mitchell, 21, Reynolds-NT; 23. Michael Magic, 5m, Magic-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Chase Jones, 7. Oliver Akard. 1:55.647

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Steve Buckwalter, 7. Mark Cole. 1:54.193 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Michael Magic (#4m), 7. Dennis Misuraca. 1:56.602

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (5), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (1), 5. Cannon McIntosh (10), 6. Zeb Wise (12), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 9. Daison Pursley (15), 10. Andrew Layser (13), 11. Tanner Carrick (8), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Steve Buckwalter (17), 14. Dennis Misuraca (20), 15. Oliver Akard (18), 16. Mark Cole (19), 17. Michael Magic (21), 18. Chase Jones (16), 19. Robert Dalby (14), 20. Jesse Colwell (9), 21. Cole Bodine (4), 22. Ethan Mitchell (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Jerry Coons, Jr., Laps 11-14 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 15-30 Tanner Thorson

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Zeb Wise (12th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steve Buckwalter

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-82, 2-Chris Windom-75, 3-Buddy Kofoid-72, 4-Tyler Courtney-70, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-66, 6-Cannon McIntosh-64, 7-Zeb Wise-61, 8-Jerry Coons Jr.-57, 9-Daison Pursley-53, 10-Tanner Carrick-48.

NEW WINTER DIRT GAMES PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Zeb Wise-6, 2-Daison Pursley-6, 3-Dennis Misuraca-6, 4-Chris Windom-5, 5-Cannon McIntosh-5, 6-Tanner Thorson-4, 7-Steve Buckwalter-4, 8-Michael Magic-4, 9-Andrew Layser-3, 10-Oliver Akard-3.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Zeb Wise-6, 2-Daison Pursley-6, 3-Dennis Misuraca-6, 4-Chris Windom-5, 5-Cannon McIntosh-5, 6-Tanner Thorson-4, 7-Steve Buckwalter-4, 8-Michael Magic-4, 9-Andrew Layser-3, 10-Oliver Akard-3.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 8, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

 

 

 

THOMAS LEADS THE WAY ON OCALA PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Fla. (February 6, 2020).........Kevin Thomas, Jr., the owner of both the one-lap and eight-lap track records at Bubba Raceway Park in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget, led the way with the fastest practice lap in Thursday night's open session leading into the season openers, February 7-8 at the 3/8-mile D-Shaped track in Ocala, Fla.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., set the pace with a lap of 14.015 in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends - Petry Excavating - Keizer Aluminum Wheels/Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Thomas is aiming for his first USAC-sanctioned midget win at Ocala following a pair of wins in a POWRi event there in 2018.

All three Petry Motorsports entries were in the top-seven in overall practice. Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) was third while Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) took seventh.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was second in his USAC debut with Tucker/Boat Motorsports at 14.082. Reigning series champion and sweeper of both nights at Ocala one year ago, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was fourth while Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) was fifth in his first USAC ride for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Carrick, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) rounded out the top-ten.

Twenty cars were in the pits on Thursday night, with 19 taking an official time.

Winter Dirt Games XI officially begins this Friday night, February 7, Pits open at 4pm Eastern, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 6, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

PRACTICE RESULTS: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. , 5, Petry-14.015; 2. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-14.082; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.182; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.187; 5. Zeb Wise, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.201; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-14.209; 7. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-14.217; 8. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.231; 9. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.376; 10. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.393; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.424; 12. Logan Seavey, 21KS, Reynolds-14.453; 13. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-14.530; 14. Jesse Colwell, 21K, Reynolds-14.581; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.725; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.737; 17. Chase Jones, 7K, Irwin-14.837; 18. Michael Magic, 5m, Magic-15.832; 19. Mark Cole, 6x, Cole-16.728; 20. Mike Magic, 4m, Magic-NT.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 7-8, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games XI"
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YOUTH MOVEMENT MAKES WAVES
ENTERING 2020 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 5, 2020).........The youth movement is no stranger to USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, especially over the past decade, which has seen just one champion over the age of 28 since the 2008 season.

This year's crop of talent with the series may be young, chronologically speaking. However, the majority of the wheelmen arriving this weekend for the season opening Winter Dirt Games XI on February 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. are extensively experienced.

Statistically, midget racing champions and race winners in the early years of USAC was primarily the showcase of individuals in their 30s and 40s. In fact, the USAC National Midget division didn't find its first driver champion under the age of 30 until its 15th year of existence when 25-year-old Jimmy Caruthers captured the crown in 1970.

The run of the twenties continued for a four-year string, followed by Jimmy's 21-year-old brother, Danny Caruthers, in 1971, 22-year-old Pancho Carter in 1972 and 27-year-old Larry Rice in 1973. Veteran Mel Kenyon, at age 41, halted the streak in 1974. Kenyon is the only driver to win USAC National Midget championships in his thirties, forties and fifties with his seventh and final title coming at the age of 52 in 1985.

In contrast, the set of talented shoes set to compete this weekend at Winter Dirt Games have an average age around 22 years old. That number includes two handfuls of racers between the ages of 15 and 18, three of whom are already USAC National Midget feature winners in their careers: Zeb Wise (17), Cannon McIntosh (17) and Tanner Carrick (18).

Angola, Indiana's Wise already owns four career series wins and became the series' youngest ever winner in 2018 at Lanco during Pennsylvania Midget Week at the age of 15 years, 8 months and 21 days. Meanwhile, McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) both became first-time winners with the series a year ago.

McIntosh and Wise are among a four-car Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports lineup that is highlighted by four teenagers with 15-year-old Daison Pursley and 18-year-old Buddy Kofoid joining the fray for the coming season. Funny enough, the combined age of McIntosh, Wise and Pursley is still three years younger than the age of Kenyon when he captured his 1985 title.

Meanwhile, last season's series top Rookie Andrew Layser is still just 18 while Oklahoman Noah Gass and Floridian Oliver Akard are 16.

Five teenagers have previous won the USAC National Midget driving championship, led by eventual four-time NASCAR Cup champ Jeff Gordon in 1990 at the age of 19. Bobby East in 2004 and Spencer Bayston in 2017 were both 19 when they captured their series titles. Christopher Bell was an 18-year-old series Rookie when he snagged the championship in 2013. In 2008, Cole Whitt secured his place in series history as both the winner of the closest championship battle (1 point) while also becoming the youngest champ at 17.

The dynamics of racing are its peak when it pits drivers of various backgrounds, ages and experience against each other in a battle for victory. We've witnessed a plethora of different drivers join victory lane over these past five years, 22 in fact. However, only one of those drivers was over the age of 30 at the time of his victory, Michael Pickens.

Obviously, age isn't the sole reason for success. It's about talent and being in the right position at the right time with the right team on the right day. There's loads of talent among all ages, including past USAC National champions Logan Seavey (22), Tanner Thorson (23), Tyler Courtney (25), Chris Windom (29) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (47) along with series winners Kevin Thomas, Jr. (28) and Steve Buckwalter (42), just to name a few.

Bottom line, there's talent from top to bottom in this year's field. On track excitement and competitive racing is fun for all ages, and you can expect to see that this weekend in the Sunshine State whether your age 8 or 80.

Winter Dirt Games XI begins this Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS:

(Age at time of championship is in parentheses)

1956: Shorty Templeman (37)
1957: Shorty Templeman (38)
1958: Shorty Templeman (39)
1959: Gene Hartley (33)
1960: Jimmy Davies (31)
1961: Jimmy Davies (32)
1962: Jimmy Davies (33)
1963: Bob Wente (30)
1964: Mel Kenyon (31)
1965: Mike McGreevy (39)
1966: Mike McGreevy (40)
1967: Mel Kenyon (34)
1968: Mel Kenyon (35)
1969: Bob Tattersall (45)
1970: Jimmy Caruthers (25)
1971: Danny Caruthers (21)
1972: Pancho Carter (22)
1973: Larry Rice (27)
1974: Mel Kenyon (41)
1975: Sleepy Tripp (22)
1976: Sleepy Tripp (23)
1977: Mel Kenyon (44)
1978: Rich Vogler (28)
1979: Steve Lotshaw (28)
1980: Rich Vogler (30)
1981: Mel Kenyon (48)
1982: Kevin Olson (31)
1983: Rich Vogler (33)
1984: Tom Bigelow (45)
1985: Mel Kenyon (52)
1986: Rich Vogler (36)
1987: Kevin Olson (36)
1988: Rich Vogler (38)
1989: Russ Gamester (24)
1990: Jeff Gordon (19)
1991: Mike Streicher (34)
1992: Stevie Reeves (25)
1993: Stevie Reeves (26)
1994: Tony Stewart (23)
1995: Tony Stewart (24)
1996: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (27)
1997: Jason Leffler (22)
1998: Jason Leffler (23)
1999: Jason Leffler (24)
2000: Kasey Kahne (20)
2001: Dave Darland (35)
2002: Dave Darland (36)
2003: J.J. Yeley (27)
2004: Bobby East (19)
2005: Josh Wise (22)
2006: Jerry Coons, Jr. (34)
2007: Jerry Coons, Jr. (35)
2008: Cole Whitt (17)
2009: Brad Kuhn (28)
2010: Bryan Clauson (21)
2011: Bryan Clauson (22)
2012: Darren Hagen (26)
2012: Darren Hagen (26)
2013: Christopher Bell (18)
2014: Rico Abreu (22)
2015: Tracy Hines (43)
2016: Tanner Thorson (20)
2017: Spencer Bayston (19)
2018: Logan Seavey (21)
2019: Tyler Courtney (25)

 

 

FIRST-TIME USAC MIDGET WINNERS
THAT COULD EMERGE IN 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 5, 2020).........The past season with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets proved to be the most balanced in terms of the variety of winners throughout the season. A total of 14 drivers reached victory lane with the series in 2019, five of which were first-time winners, the most since 2008.

That crew consisted of Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom, Jason McDougal, Tanner Carrick and Gio Scelzi, a solid mix of talent both new to the series like McIntosh and Scelzi as well as those who've attained extensive experience under their belt like Windom.

That begs the question of who's next to knock down a first career win with the series. There's plenty who are capable, many of whom will be in action in this weekend's series season openers February 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XI.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports two teenage series Rookies arrive to the series with a winning pedigree. Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was the 2019 Fremont Speedway Sprint Car track champion while teammate Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) captured the 2017 USAC Micro Sprint title.

Both made four USAC National Midget starts at the conclusion of the 2019 season and progressively made strides, Kofoid earning 6th at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif. while Pursley bagged a pair of heat race wins at the speedy Arizona Speedway in his first two series appearances.

Andrew Layser finished within the top-ten on eight occasions in 24 starts during 2019 en route to series Rookie of the Year honors, with best finishes of 7th twice, both coming in his home state of Pennsylvania at Action Track USA and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) enters the National scene full-time in 2020 as the reigning USAC Western States Midget champion with three wins to his credit. He was the best of the full-time western contingent last season, making eight feature starts with the National Midgets in experiencing several venues for the first time, topping it with a top-ten run at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb.

In his first year with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in 2019, Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) saw vast improvement the more experience he gained throughout the course of a season. He captured the POWRi Midget crown and earned his first two career top-five finishes with USAC in the final four races, a 3rd at Placerville, Calif. and a 5th at Bakersfield, Calif.

In a limited schedule as a sub for the injured Zeb Wise in 2018, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) made the most of the opportunity and nearly scored a victory in his first week as a midget driver, leading a race-high 28 laps of the 40-lap feature and took 2nd after being passed by Logan Seavey with only four laps remaining at Sweet Springs, Mo. Bodine returns to the same Clauson/Marshall Racing team he raced for in 2018, the same team that earned a series-best 13 feature wins in 2019.

Furthermore, Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) set fast qualifying time and finished 5th at Bloomington Speedway during Indiana Midget Week in 2019. Chase Jones (Greenwood, Ind.) earned a USAC Regional Midget series victory at Bloomington. Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.) showed impressive speed in just a handful of USAC appearances one year ago.

Perhaps there's even someone who you don't expect who'll jump to the forefront and become the next to find victory with the series. In racing, there's always things you expect to see that wind up coming to fruition while, other times, the unexpected is the aspect that's expected. That's the beauty of it all, and we're eager to find out who that may be with the beginning of the new season.

This Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FIRST-TIME WINNERS BY YEAR:

1956: (26) Shorty Templeman, Jack Turner, Eddie Sachs, Gays Biro, Gene Force, Johnnie Tolan, Andy Linden, Chuck Rodee, Gene Hartley, George Amick, Jimmy Davies, Jimmy Knight, Leroy Warriner, Rex Easton, Tony Bettenhausen, Al Alpern, Al Herman, Bud Clemons, Chuck Weyant, Earl Motter, Edgar Elder, Forrest Parker, Jimmy Reece, Johnnie Parsons, Mel McGaughy & Rodger Ward

1957: (12) Billy Garrett, Johnny Boyd, Len Sutton, A.J. Foyt, Danny Oakes, Frank Burany, Bill Chennault, Bob Tattersall, Don Branson, Hank Nykaza, Lloyd Ruby & Norm Hall

1958: (10) Bill Homeier, Bob Wente, Eddie Johnson, Joe Garson, Jim Packard, Johnny Moorhouse, Johnny Roberts, Mauri Wilson, Russ Congdon & Tony Bonadies

1959: (11) Cliff Spalding, Davey Moses, Tommy Copp, Bob McLean, Bob Veith, Dale Swaim, Don Boorse, Jiggs Peters, Johnny Baldwin, Larry McCloskey & Van Johnson

1960: (8) Billy Cantrell, Billy Wood, Bobby Grim, Bud Bogard, Buddy Rackley, Dick Northam, Johnny White & Potsy Goacher

1961: (8) Allen Crowe, Parnelli Jones, Porky Rachwitz, Arnie Knepper, Bobby Marshman, Danny Frye, Joe Walter & Verne Harriman

1962: (8) Roger McCluskey, Mel Kenyon, Ronnie Duman, Dwight Brown, Harry Beck, Jim McElreath, Johnny Riva & Russ Moynagh

1963: (8) Bobby Unser, Don Horvath, Allen Heath, Bob Harkey, Chuck Hulse, Dean Holden, Elmer George & Mike McGreevy

1964: (5) Ray Elliott, Don Meacham, Bob Hogle, George Snider & Lowell Sachs

1965: (6) Les Scott, Dick Atkins, George Benson, Henry Pens, Ned Spath & Sonny Ates

1966: (9) Chuck Arnold, Billy Vukovich, Billy Mehner, Cotton Farmer, Larry Dickson, Dave Strickland, Frank Secrist, Mario Andretti & Tom Sellberg

1967: (7) Gary Bettenhausen, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Bob Richards, Dutch Schaefer, Gene Roehl & Jimmy Caruthers

1968: (10) Sam Sessions, Tom Bigelow, Burt Foland, Gene Pastor, Jigger Sirois, Lee Kunzman, Merle Bettenhausen, Paul Bates, Roger West & Steve Troxell

1969: (7) Don Vogler, Billy Engelhart, Bill Kollman, Bruce Walkup, Hank Butcher, Larry Cannon & Larry Rice

1970: (3) Jerry McClung, Mel Cornett & Johnny Parsons

1971: (7) Danny Caruthers, Gary Ponzini, John Batts, Eddie Jackson, Jim McClean, Jimmy Kirk & Steve Cannon

1972: (8) Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Rick Goudy, Danny O'Neill, J.P. Standley, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer & Tony Simon

1973: (7) Bobby Olivero, Billy Shuman, Tommy Astone, Chuck Gurney, Jim Beckley, Leo Tucker & Mike Gregg

1974: (4) Danny McKnight, Gary Byers, Richard Powell & Sleepy Tripp

1975: (3) Dana Carter, Ken Nichols & Larry Patton

1976: (6) Jan Opperman, Bruce Robey, Bubby Jones, Buddy Taylor, Steve Lotshaw & Tom Steiner

1977: (6) Buddy Irwin, Gary Patterson, Jerry Nuckles, Jerry Stone, Ron Shuman & Roy Cook, Jr.

1978: (3) Jeff Heywood, Jerry Weeks & Billy Cassella

1979: (4) Lonnie Caruthers, Barry Butterworth, Jeff Nuckles & Stan Fox

1980: (4) Ken Schrader, Dave Ray, Mack McClellan & Terry Wente

1981: (3) Warren Mockler, Dave Strickland, Jr. & Gene Gennetten

1982: (4) Alan Brown, Dick Pole, Doug Wolfgang & Greg Leffler

1983: (6) Kevin Olson, Jim Hines, Mike Fedorcak, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Todd Forbes & Tommy White

1984: (2) Bob Cicconi & Rick Hood

1985: (6) Bruce Field, Barry Reed, Brent Kaeding, Drew Fornoro, John Andretti & Russ Gamester

1986: (5) Blake Hollingsworth, John Heydenreich, Kevin Doty, Kevin Koch & Sam Isenhower

1987: (6) Steve Knepper, Dan Boorse, Jack Hewitt, Lee Smith, Mike Appio & Stevie Reeves

1988: (7) Jack Calabrase, Jim Keeker, Danny Pens, Dean Billings, J.R. Miller, Mike Streicher & P.J. Jones

1989: (6) Robby Flock, Don Schilling, Jeff Gordon, Richard Myhre, Steve Gennetten & Terry Farrar

1990: (4) Graham Standring, Jim Hettinger, John Meyers & Keith Rauch

1991: (6) Page Jones, Donnie Beechler, Johnny Cofer, Michael Lang, Tony Elliott & Wally Pankratz

1992: (6) Doug Kalitta, Kenneth Nichols, Dan Drinan, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Eric Wilkins & Joe Gaerte

1993: (7) Andy Michner, Critter Malone, Jimmy Sills, Mike Bliss, Randy Tolsma, Tony Stewart & Tyce Carlson

1994: (3) Brian Gerster, Jordan Hermansader & Ted Hines

1995: (2) Billy Boat & Jack Runyon

1996: (4) Tracy Hines, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Randy Koch

1997: (4) Jason Leffler, Ryan Newman, Dave Darland & Jimmy McCune

1998: (2) Ricky Shelton & Dave Steele

1999: (3) Ed Carpenter, J.J. Yeley & Ron Smoker

2000: (4) Kasey Kahne, Aaron Pollock, Dane Carter & Michael Lewis

2001: (2) Bobby East & A.J. Fike

2002: (4) Aaron Fike, Mike Hess, Ryan Scott & Teddy Beach

2003: (1) Josh Wise

2004: (5) Davey Ray, Billy Wease, David Gough, Ron Gregory & Travis Miniea

2005: (5) Brad Kuhn, Bryan Clauson, Danny Stratton, Johnny Rodriguez & Scott Hatton

2006: (7) Bobby Santos, Brady Bacon, Bud Kaeding, Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, Ryan Durst & Shane Cottle

2007: (4) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Cory Kruseman, Levi Jones & Michael Pickens

2008: (6) Brad Sweet, Cole Whitt, Bradley Galedrige, Brian Olson, Chuck Gurney, Jr. & Kody Swanson

2009: (1) Caleb Armstrong

2010: (3) Shane Hmiel, Steve Buckwalter & Tanner Swanson

2011: (2) Kyle Larson & Zach Daum

2012: (1) Kyle Hamilton

2013: (2) Christopher Bell & Rico Abreu

2014: (0) None

2015: (2) Tanner Thorson & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

2016: (3) Chad Boat, Shane Golobic & Spencer Bayston

2017: (2) Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant

2018: (3) Logan Seavey, Tyler Thomas & Zeb Wise

2019: (5) Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom, Jason McDougal, Tanner Carrick & Gio Scelzi

 


 

USAC MIDGET STARS SEEKING MILESTONE WINS IN 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 4, 2020).........While Bubba Raceway Park has produced just a single winner after making its debut on the schedule one year ago, the Ocala, Fla. venue itself will host numerous drivers who, themselves, have produced a chunk of victories throughout their USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget careers.

Nine previous winners are expected to compete in this year's series openers February 7-8 at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track. While Mel Kenyon's 111 career wins are practically insurmountable for any current series driver for the time being, there are current standouts on the win list who can reach their own personal milestones in 2020.

Two-time USAC National Midget champion Jerry Coons, Jr. ranks with the most victories among the batch of expected entrants for the 2020 Winter Dirt Games openers in Ocala. The Tucson, Ariz. native currently stands at 19 victories, tied with Stan Fox, Kyle Larson and Jason Leffler for 33rd all-time.

One more win with the series by Coons would equal him with the great A.J. Foyt and would also place him on another exclusive list alongside Bobby Unser as only the second driver to win USAC feature events in five decades, the first of which for Coons came during a USAC Arizona Regional Midget event at Raven Raceway in 1987. Coons has padded his stats with numerous USAC National victories in Midgets, Sprints and Silver Crown cars since the 1996 season.

Two past USAC National Midget champions Tanner Thorson (2016) and 2019 Ocala sweeper Tyler Courtney (2019) are knotted up at 13 series victories apiece. Both Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) can make up substantial ground on the series win list with their next, which would move them into the top-50 all-time if they were to get to win number 14 and equal a trio of names from the early days of USAC - Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner.

Likewise, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Logan Seavey can scale up another story on the all-time series win list with a single victory. Both currently stand at six USAC National Midget feature triumphs apiece. One more would move Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) and Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) over the threshold into the top-100 all-time and into the seven-win club along with the likes of Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton and Johnnie Tolan.

Four additional drivers have all racked up their initial wins with the series in the last year-and-a-half and appear to be capable of quickly rising up to secure more tallies in the win column on any given night. While he only plans on competing with the series on a part-time basis in 2020, Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) is always a threat to win and currently stands at four victories, including three in the last year.

Chris Windom earned each of his two victories just this past summer after having to wait until his 102nd career series start at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in June of 2019. It only took about another month-and-a-half to reach win number two and the Canton, Ill. driver shall be a top contender once again this year to add onto his total.

Cannon McIntosh and Tanner Carrick were each first-time USAC National Midget victors a year ago and will be prime contenders, like Windom, to tack on first place finishes in the coming year along with series returnees Jesse Colwell, Cole Bodine and Andrew Layser or newcomers Robert Dalby, Daison Pursley, Buddy Kofoid and several others.

You can't begin to rise up the win list without getting a first one and this group is highly capable. But they'll have some of the series greats, veterans and rising talents to contend with on a nightly basis. Last year proved to be the most balanced season in terms of the different number of winners in over a decade with 14 reaching victory lane. This season appears as if it very well could shake out in the same manner. Only time will tell.

On Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

(Entering the 2020 season)

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Tony Stewart

16. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

19. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart

20. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

26. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

28. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

32. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

33. [19 wins] Jerry Coons, Jr., Stan Fox, Kyle Larson & Jason Leffler

37. [18 wins] Dave Steele

38. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

40. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

46. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

48. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

51. [13 wins] Tyler Courtney, Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Stevie Reeves & Tanner Thorson

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

63. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

69. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

75. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

79. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner & Josh Wise

92. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

101. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Arnie Knepper, Logan Seavey, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Jr., Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Roger West

114. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. & Jerry Weeks

125. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Justin Grant, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

158. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

189. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White, Cole Whitt & Chris Windom

225. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook, Jr., Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, Cannon McIntosh, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

 

USAC MIDGET DRIVERS SET
26 NEW TRACK RECORDS LAST YEAR

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 4, 2020).........As a frontrunner, when all is said and done at the end of a long season, the most important things in the stat book are wins and championships. Those two things pay the bills and get the most pub from fans and scribes such as myself.

However, when a driver sets a new track record while winning or setting fast qualifying time, that puts the proverbial icing on the cherry, so you could say, for the ultimate dominant performance.

Several of the top combatants from the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget circuit own records themselves at tracks big and small, from east to west and everywhere in between.

When going through the track holders from each of this year's venues on the series schedule, some tracks featured long-standing records while some have been established and/or broken in recent years by the current crop of talent.

The 3/8-mile D-shaped Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., which hosts this weekend's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on February 7-8, had its one and eight-lap records set by the same driver on the same night one year ago with Kevin Thomas, Jr. laying down the times to beat during the inaugural appearance by the series in 2019. They are the lone two track records Thomas holds with the USAC Midget series on the 2020 slate of tracks.

No driver owns more current USAC National Midget track records at this year's venues than Tyler Courtney with six, including the one-lap mark at Pennsylvania's Action Track USA in 2019. He holds 8-lap records at both California's Bakersfield Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway, plus 10-lappers at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Pa. The reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion from Indianapolis, Ind. nabbed the most difficult record to establish, the 30-lap feature record, in 2017 at Bloomington Speedway during Indiana Midget Week.

When Tanner Carrick gets out front in his heat race, he is adamant about setting the pace. That's proven through the Lincoln, Calif. native's four track records with the series, all of which have come in heat race action, including an 8-lap mark at Dirt Oval 66 in Joliet, Ill. in 2019 as well as 10-lap triumphs at Fairbury, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway, Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa., all of which came during the 2019 campaign.

The 2018 series champ, Logan Seavey, owns three total track records on the current series' slate of venues. The Sutter, Calif. pilot topped qualifying for the all-time best USAC Midget laps at Arizona Speedway and Jefferson County in 2019 as well as setting a 12-lap semi-feature track record at Bloomington during Indiana Midget Week.

As a series Rookie in 2019, Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) imprinted his name into the record books at Arizona Speedway by recording the fastest 8-lap heat during the series' second ever visit to the track during the 2019 Western World Championships.

Meanwhile, Tanner Thorson, Zeb Wise and Chris Windom each own a single track record with the series. Thorson (Minden, Nev.) set the standard for a 12-lap semi-feature at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway a year ago, while Wise (Angola, Ind.) ran the fastest one lap at Path Valley Speedway Park in Pa. and Windom (Canton, Ill.) did the same in qualifying last season at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Of course, we'll all be watching the front of the pack this weekend and throughout the entirety of the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season. However, it'll be interesting to see who wins or sets fast time in a quicker fashion than anybody else ever has has done it before them in the history of the series.

A total of 26 new track records were set in 2019. With new venues, a return to past venues and a talent-laden lineup of drivers and teams, make sure to check the timing charts for some new ink in the record books this season.

This Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET TRACK RECORDS
(Only tracks on the 2020 series schedule are listed)

Action Track USA - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Kutztown, Pennsylvania
1 Lap - 7/31/2019 - Tyler Courtney - 11.313 - 63.644 mph
10 Laps - 7/31/2019 - Karsyn Elledge - 2:01.97 - 59.031 mph

Arizona Speedway - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval - San Tan Valley, Arizona
1 Lap - 11/15/2019 - Logan Seavey - 15.426 - 77.713 mph
8 Laps - 11/15/2019 - Jesse Colwell - 2:07.777 - 75.056 mph

Bakersfield Speedway - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval - Bakersfield, California
1 Lap - 11/23/1995 - Billy Boat - 12.349 - 97.077 mph
6 Laps - 11/23/1991 - Lynn Carter - 1:26.46 - 83.192 mph
8 Laps - 11/17/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:43.59 - 92.580 mph
10 Laps - 11/22/1997 - Shane Scully - 2:07.82 - 93.788 mph
12 Laps - 11/18/2017 - Brady Bacon - 2:35.69 - 92.399 mph
15 Laps - 11/25/1993 - Sleepy Tripp - 3:25.91 - 87.678 mph
100 Laps - 11/23/1995 - Billy Boat - 26:58.12 - 74.086 mph

Bloomington Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Bloomington, Indiana
1 Lap - 6/3/2016 - Christopher Bell - 11.301 - 79.639 mph
8 Laps - 6/18/2010 - Dave Darland - 1:36.17 - 74.867 mph
10 Laps - 6/7/2019 - Justin Grant - 2:03.18 - 73.064 mph
12 Laps - 6/7/2019 - Logan Seavey - 2:40.02 - 67.492 mph
30 Laps - 6/9/2017 - Tyler Courtney - 6:57.95 - 64.601 mph

Bridgeport Speedway - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Bridgeport, New Jersey
N/A

Bubba Raceway Park - 3/8-Mile Dirt D-Shaped Track - Ocala, Florida
1 Lap - 2/8/2019 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. - 13.773 - 98.018 mph
8 Laps - 2/8/2019 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. - 1:58.89 - 91.456 mph

Dirt Oval 66 - 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval - Joliet, Illinois
1 Laps - 6/29/2019 - Kyle Larson - 16.667 - 80.999 mph
8 Laps - 6/29/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 2:21.24 - 76.466 mph

Eldora Speedway - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - Rossburg, Ohio
1 Lap - 9/25/2004 - Mike Hess - 15.801 - 113.917 mph
3 Laps - 8/24/1969 - Jimmy Caruthers - 59.070 - 91.417 mph
4 Laps - 6/20/1976 - Sleepy Tripp - 1:19.58 - 90.475 mph
6 Laps - 9/25/1999 - Dean Franklin - 1:47.87 - 100.121 mph
-8 Laps - 9/24/2016 - Rico Abreu - 2:08.94 - 111.680 mph
10 Laps - 9/22/2001 - Donnie Lehmann - 2:53.76 - 103.591 mph
12 Laps - 9/22/2007 - Danny Stratton - 3:28.13 - 103.781 mph
20 Laps - 10/11/1981 - Ken Schrader - 6:26.50 - 93.144 mph
25 Laps - 9/30/2000 - Kasey Kahne - 7:05.68 - 105.713 mph
40 Laps - 8/29/1964 - Bobby Marshman - 12:57.71 - 92.579 mph

Gas City I-69 Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Gas City, Indiana
1 Lap - 6/1/2016 - Rico Abreu - 12.048 - 74.701 mph
8 Laps - 6/10/2011 - Matt Smith - 1:39.76 - 72.173 mph
10 Laps - 6/5/2019 - Tyler Courtney - 2:05.54 - 71.690 mph

Grandview Speedway - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania
1 Lap - 7/30/2019 - Kyle Larson - 14.310 - 83.019 mph
8 Laps - 7/30/2019 - Tyler Courtney - 1:58.97 - 80.612 mph

Jefferson County Speedway - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Fairbury, Nebraska
1 Lap - 7/12/2019 - Logan Seavey - 10.685 - 67.384 mph
10 Laps - 7/12/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 1:56.27 - 61.925 mph

Kokomo Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Kokomo, Indiana
1 Lap - 4/5/2019 - Dillon Welch - 12.665 - 71.062 mph
8 Laps - 6/20/2010 - Steve Buckwalter - 1:51.62 - 64.505 mph
10 Laps - 4/5/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 2:10.06 - 69.199 mph
12 Laps - 4/13/2018 - Holly Shelton - 2:46.01 - 65.056 mph

Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Newmanstown, Pennsylvania
1 Laps - 8/4/2018 - Spencer Bayston - 10.129 - 44.427 mph
10 Laps - 8/4/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:46.75 - 42.155 mph
12 Laps - 8/16/2016 - Holly Shelton - 2:15.80 - 39.764 mph

Lawrenceburg Speedway - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
1 Lap - 8/9/2008 - Bobby East - 13.660 - 98.829 mph
8 Laps - 8/9/2008 - Danny Stratton - 1:53.03 - 95.550 mph
12 Laps - 6/13/2009 - Steve Buckwalter - 2:59.60 - 90.200 mph

Lincoln Park Speedway - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval - Putnamville, Indiana
1 Lap - 6/6/2019 - Kyle Larson - 12.383 - 90.850 mph
4 Laps - 5/5/1979 - Steve Lotshaw - 55.770 - 80.689 mph
8 Laps - 6/9/2011 - Darren Hagen - 1:46.62 - 84.412 mph
10 Laps - 5/29/2018 - Holly Shelton - 2:11.64 - 85.460 mph
30 Laps - 6/12/2014 - Dave Darland - 6:59.80 - 80.395 mph

Paragon Speedway - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Paragon, Indiana
1 Lap - 6/19/1985 - Mel Kenyon - 16.442 - 82.107 mph
8 Laps - 8/13/1977 - Wes Stafford - 2:21.83 - 76.148 mph
10 Laps - 6/19/1985 - Andy Hurtubise - 2:53.15 - 77.967 mph

Path Valley Speedway Park - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Spring Run, Pennsylvania
1 Lap - 8/1/2019 - Zeb Wise - 11.057 - 81.396 mph
10 Laps - 8/1/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 1:57.93 - 76.317 mph

Placerville Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Placerville, California
1 Lap - 11/19/2019 - Dillon Welch - 11.979 - 75.132 mph
10 Laps - 11/19/2019 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:08.680 - 69.941 mph

Port City Raceway - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Tulsa, Oklahoma
N/A

Riverside International Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - West Memphis, Arkansas
1 Lap - 6/18/2016 - Spencer Bayston - 13.373 - 67.300 mph
10 Laps - 6/18/2016 - Chad Boat - 2:15.25 - 66.543 mph

Southern Illinois Center - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval - Du Quoin, Illinois
12 Laps - 3/10/2018 - Matt Moore - 2:18.22 - 52.091 mph

Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval - Sweet Springs, Mo.
1 Lap - 7/14/2019 - Chris Windom - 11.951 - 50.205 mph
12 Laps - 7/15/2018 - Brady Bacon - 2:05.78 - 47.702 mph

The Dirt Track at IMS - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval - Speedway, Indiana
10 Laps - 9/6/2018 - Jake Neuman - 2:06.99 - 47.248 mph

Tri-State Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Haubstadt, Indiana
1 Lap - 5/8/2010 - Bryan Clauson - 13.629 - 66.036 mph
3 Laps - 6/27/1969 - Bob Tattersall - 50.000 - 54.000 mph
8 Laps - 6/8/2011 - Hunter Schuerenberg - 1:43.14 - 69.808 mph
10 Laps - 5/21/2011 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:20.38 - 64.112 mph
12 Laps - 10/19/2019 - Tanner Thorson - 2:59.89 - 60.037 mph
40 Laps - 6/15/1979 - Johnny Parsons - 11:07.40 - 53.941 mph
50 Laps - 6/27/1969 - Mike McGreevy - 14:15.27 - 51.563 mph

Ventura Raceway - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Ventura, California
1 Lap - 11/18/1995 - Johnny Cofer - 11.675 - 61.670 mph
8 Laps - 11/18/1995 - J.R. Lawson - 1:40.28 - 57.439 mph
10 Laps - 11/12/1988 - Stan Fox - 2:17.22 - 52.471 mph
12 Laps - 11/12/1988 - Wally Pankratz - 2:24.67 - 59.722 mph

Wayne County Speedway - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Wayne City, Illinois
10 Laps - 10/17/2019 - Justin Grant - 1:51.74 - 40.272 mph
12 Laps - 10/21/2016 - Ryan Robinson - 2:19.19 - 38.796 mph

 

 

FIRST MULTI-TIME WINNERS CAN GAIN EDGE
IN USAC MIDGET TITLE PURSUIT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 3, 2020).........Throughout the span of a season, it can take a little while, or a short while, for one driver to rise above the rest to become the first two-time winner in USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget division.

The 64-year history of the series has run the gamut from seasons in which balance has been the staple during the early-going, such as 1956, 1960 and 1977 where it took Shorty Templeman, Jimmy Davies and Rich Vogler, respectively, 11 races to become the first two-time winner. In Templeman and Davies' quests, their second tallies helped elevate them toward becoming the series champion that same year.

In other cases, as recently as last year in 2019, it took Tyler Courtney just two races to become the series' first multi-time winner of the season where he swept both ends of the opening weekend at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., the same place where the series meets again this weekend, Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8.

While Courtney's double-dip weekend a year ago set him on a course for a championship-winning season, as well as the winningest campaign by any driver with the series in nearly three decades (Jeff Gordon, 1990) with eight victories, he became just the latest in a line of drivers who've used repeat victories in the first two races to the start of the year as a springboard to a championship: Bryan Clauson (2011), Rico Abreu (2014) & Tyler Courtney (2019).

On average, it has taken 5.2 races for the first multi-time winner to emerge during a USAC National Midget season. On 10 occasions in the history of the series, the first repeat victor came during race number five: Bob Wente (1961), Billy Vukovich (1968), Jimmy Caruthers (1973), Bob Wente (1979), Jeff Nuckles (1981), Dan Drinan (1995), Ricky Shelton (1998), Ryan Newman (1999), Darren Hagen (2009) & Tracy Hines (2012).

Oddly enough, in those "average" years of five races before a driver first reached victory lane twice in a season, not a single USAC National Midget champion arose.

In fact, across the board, it's almost a scattershot of whether a first multi-time winner will eventually become the champion later that year. Sometimes it occurs, sometimes not so much. What isn't accounted for is consistency, which is the ultimate statistic that defines a champion.

One correlation seems to have rung true in most recent years with a driver winning the first two. There's no discounting a hot start, but that hot start must transition into repeatedly finishing within the top-five and top-ten on a night when winning isn't in the cards. The last three to have been down that road, Clauson, Abreu and Courtney, mastered the course of consistency throughout their championship seasons.

And it's a safe bet that a driver and team that win the first two of the year will be one to keep an eye on. However, from night one (and night two) onward, these individuals have already made you sit up and take notice. The opportunity will arise once again this weekend and we'll be certain to have our eyes affixed on who'll quickly make a strong case for what could become the beginning to a possible championship season.

General admission tickets for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.


NUMBER OF RACES UNTIL A FIRST REPEAT USAC MIDGET WINNER:

Race 11: *Shorty Templeman (1956), *Jimmy Davies (1960) & Rich Vogler (1977)

Race 10: Mel Kenyon (1969)

Race 9: Frank Burany (1958), Don Branson (1959), Merle Bettenhausen (1970), Steve Lotshaw (1980), Mel Kenyon (1986), *Kevin Olson (1987)

Race 8: *Mel Kenyon (1974), Ken Schrader (1982) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2018)

Race 7: Doug Kalitta (1992), *Tony Stewart (1994), Michael Lewis (2005), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (2007), Bobby East (2008), Rico Abreu (2015) & *Tanner Thorson (2016)

Race 6: Chuck Weyant (1962), *Bob Wente (1963), Ken Schrader (1983) & Mike Fedorcak (1989)

Race 5: Bob Wente (1961), Billy Vukovich (1968), Jimmy Caruthers (1973), Bob Wente (1979), Jeff Nuckles (1981), Dan Drinan (1995), Ricky Shelton (1998), Ryan Newman (1999), Darren Hagen (2009) & Tracy Hines (2012)

Race 4: Billy Garrett (1957), Mel Kenyon (1965), Chuck Rodee (1966), *Mel Kenyon (1967), Jimmy Caruthers (1971), *Rich Vogler (1978), *Stevie Reeves (1993), Jay Drake (2000), Kasey Kahne (2001) & Kyle Larson (2013)

Race 3: Parnelli Jones (1964), Gary Bettenhausen (1976), Sam Isenhower (1988), Russ Gamester (1990), Jim Hettinger (1991), Kenneth Nichols (1996), Tracy Hines (1997), *J.J. Yeley (2003), J.J. Yeley (2004), Bobby Santos (2006) & Brady Bacon (2017)

Race 2: Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975), Rich Vogler (1984), Rich Vogler (1985), Dave Steele (2002), Brad Sweet (2010), *Bryan Clauson (2011), *Rico Abreu (2014) & *Tyler Courtney (2019)

* represents the eventual series champion

 

 

KOFOID AND PURSLEY EYE
USAC MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 3, 2020).........When you're a member of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, there's an inherent expectation to produce results. That's no exception when it comes to the Rookies on the team as well - Buddy Kofoid and Daison Pursley - both of whom begin their quests as first-year full-time drivers on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail in 2020.

Both were able to get their feet wet, so to speak, in USAC competition toward the tail end of 2019 with each making four starts on the west coast swing in November. Kofoid, who also captured a 2019 sprint car track championship at Ohio's Fremont Speedway, progressively improved in each start, finished with a 6th place run at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif., the second best Rookie finisher in the event behind 2020 KKM teammate Cannon McIntosh who took second.

Meanwhile, 2017 USAC Micro Sprint champion Pursley captured heat race victories in his first two nights aboard a KKM midget at Arizona Speedway's Western World Championships in 2019 and earned a top finish of 12th on the second night at Arizona.

As it stands now, Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) appear to be the main contenders for the series' Rookie of the Year award, something of which is not too unfamiliar for a KKM driver to accomplish throughout the past decade-plus.

Eight different KKM drivers have earned their place as USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year since 2005: Darren Hagen (2005), Bryan Clauson (2006), Kyle Larson (2011), Rico Abreu (2012), Christopher Bell (2013), Carson Macedo (2016), Tanner Carrick (2017) and Logan Seavey (2018).

Abreu, Bell and Seavey became series champions for KKM and, in fact, Bell and Seavey each earned their championships in their Rookie years with the series. All but Macedo, a highly successful driver on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car circuit these days, won USAC National Midget feature events for KKM.

Rookies in general have had their share of success in USAC National Midgets during their first full-time year. Since the inception of the RoY honor for the series in 1969, 15 drivers have won a feature event and the Rookie of the Year award in the same season.

Danny Caruthers had the most successful Rookie USAC National Midget season, capturing 12 wins and clinching the title in his one and only full-time year with the series. With just three races remaining, Caruthers was fatally injured at California's Corona Raceway, yet had enough of a cushion in the standings to secure the title posthumously.

Four KKM drivers won in their Rookie USAC National Midget season, including Bryan Clauson in 2006 with one victory. He's also the only driver in the group to win prior to his Rookie of the Year season as well, capturing victory in October of 2005 at Ohio's Columbus Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson won four times in 2011, Christopher Bell seven during his title season and Logan Seavey three on his road to a series championship.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. stepped into the seat of Tony Stewart Racing's No. 21 during the 2007 season and was a heavyweight from the word "go," notching five victories including the Hut 100, the Knoxville Midget Nationals and the 4-Crown Nationals. Larry Patton won three of his seven in his first go-around with the series in 1975 while Bobby East collected three in 2001.

Jim Keeker won his first two on a single weekend in his Rookie year of 1988. A year later, future four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon burst onto the scene with a pair of wins in 1989. Grabbing one victory apiece during their USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year seasons were Billy Engelhart (1969), Mike Gregg (1973), Richard Powell (1974), Barry Butterworth (1979) and Teddy Beach (2002).

Kofoid and Pursley have the combination of winning potential and quality equipment behind them provided by the series' second all-time winningest series team owner, Keith Kunz (110 wins). Perhaps 2020 will be their time to not only add their name to the extensive Kunz win list, but also to the list of winners during their maiden voyage as a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driver.

On Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:
(Number of wins during their Rookie season is in parentheses)
1969: Billy Engelhart (1)
1970: Danny Brown (0)
1971: Danny Caruthers (12, Champion)
1972: Tommy Astone (0)
1973: Mike Gregg (1)
1974: Richard Powell (1)
1975: Larry Patton (3)
1976: James McElreath (0)
1977: Lonnie Caruthers (0)
1978: Tommy Thomas (0)
1979: Barry Butterworth (1)
1980: Trevor Boys (0)
1981: Sherman Armstrong, Jr. (0)
1982: Chris Maxson (0)
1983: John Andretti (0)
1984: Russ Gamester (0)
1985: Bobby Allen (0)
1986: Steve Enlow (0)
1987: John Meyers (0)
1988: Jim Keeker (2)
1989: Jeff Gordon (2)
1990: Dan Ford (0)
1991: Doug Kalitta (0)
1992: Brian Gerster (0)
1993: Chuck Leary (0)
1994: David Bridges (0)
1995: Ryan Newman (0)
1996: Carl Olsen (0)
1997: Nick Lundgreen (0)
1998: Michael Lewis (0)
1999: A.J. Fike (0)
2000: Aaron Fike (0)
2001: Bobby East (3)
2002: Teddy Beach (1) & Ron Gregory (0)
2003: Ryan Durst (0)
2004: Todd Beach (0)
2005: Darren Hagen (0)
2006: Bryan Clauson (1)
2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5)
2008: Chad Boat (0)
2009: Zach Daum (0)
2010: Daniel Bedford (0)
2011: Kyle Larson (4)
2012: Rico Abreu (0)
2013: Christopher Bell (7, Champion)
2014: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (0)
2015: Spencer Bayston (0)
2016: Carson Macedo (0)
2017: Tanner Carrick (0)
2018: Logan Seavey (3, Champion)
2019: Andrew Layser (0)

 

 

DALBY HEADS EASTBOUND AND DOWN
TO TAKE ON USAC MIDGET TRAIL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 3, 2020).........Robert Dalby, the 2019 USAC Western States Midget champion, loaded his shop, two cars, two engines and all his belongings to make the cross country trip from his native Anaheim, Calif. to Brownsburg, Ind. with his sights set on competing on the complete USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule in 2020 beginning this weekend, February 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

The 20-year Dalby captured three wins on the Western circuit a year ago en route to his first career series title. Following the season, Dalby uprooted and made the first of three moves back-and-forth between California and Indiana.

"I took the first load over in December," Dalby recalled. "It's a 32-hour trip and I've done it three times now. I just completed the last of the three moves on Sunday. Now we turn around and head down to Florida on Wednesday. We're not doing it the easy way. We were driving straight through and getting it done as quickly as possible."

Dalby's 2019 season was his most successful, by far, reaching career highs in all categories which has seen him compete all or part of the past five seasons with the series. He earned his first three career Western States victories all consecutively during a summer stretch with scores at California's Merced Speedway, Santa Maria Raceway and Ventura Raceway.

Following the success out west, Dalby felt the time was right to make the next step in his racing career, making the move to the Midwest to live out a dream and compete full-time with the National series.

"Running a midget in California, you only get to run it once or twice a month, really, so moving out to Indiana just made sense," Dalby said. "There's a lot more racing and a lot more competition out here. If you want to go midget racing, this is where you've got to come."

Dalby made the trek east the past two years to compete with the USAC National Midgets outside of his native California. Last year served as his busiest National schedule to date with eight feature starts and a best finish of 10th at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., which helped him gain experience competing against the drivers he'll be battling this year from coast-to-coast.

"These guys are tough," Dalby said of USAC's National Midget drivers. "They're 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. They're going for it and they're really not sitting back and waiting. They're on the hammer and ready to go."

Dalby won't be on his own in his new venture. He'll have the help of a five-time USAC Western States Midget champion on his crew, leaning on the experience of a winner and champion who has experienced most of the venues on the National schedule and who has also made the move from California to Indiana and vice versa.

"I'm living with Ronnie Gardner," Dalby revealed. "I've been buddies with him for a while, and with him working for Keith Kunz last year, he's gotten to go to all these places. He's going to help me out and travel with me a little bit this year and be there for guidance."

Dalby's goals for the 2020 season are humble as he tackles the entirety of the USAC National Midget schedule for the first time in his career.

"I'm most looking forward to learning and getting better every week," Dalby admitted. "These guys are the best of the best; they're serious. So, if we can come out and get better every time we go to the racetrack, learn something new, and step up our game, hopefully we'll be right there with them at the end of the year."

On Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

 

 

FRANK MANAFORT, USAC MIDGET CAR OWNER, PASSES AT 78

Speedway, Indiana (February 1, 2020)………Frank Manafort, whose FMR Racing cars drove to victory lane eight times in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition with drivers Brady Bacon and Jason McDougal over the past four seasons, passed away February 1, 2020 at the age of 78.

Manafort, originally from the northeast, but residing in Palm City, Fla., was the owner of the winning car in several marquee events with the series between 2016 and 2019. His first victory came with Brady Bacon behind the wheel for a $20,000 payday at the Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. in 2016.

In fact, Bacon accrued six of Manafort’s eight wins as an owner with the series, including a two-night sweep of the Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2017 and a win in the penultimate round of the season, the November Classic at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. FMR and Bacon continued its winning ways in 2018 with a score in the inaugural BC39 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

When Bacon stepped back into a part-time role with FMR for 2019, winning remained a constant with driver Jason McDougal capturing his first two career series feature wins at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway and Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway. Meanwhile, Bacon collected one final win for FMR in the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway just this last November.

“So sad to hear of the passing of Frank Manafort this morning,” Bacon posted on Twitter Saturday morning. “Racing for FMR has been a highlight of my career. Frank was a great friend and great man. We will miss you my friend.”

FMR Racing was a consistent finisher near the top of the USAC National Midget point standings: 3rd in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and 6th in 2019.

Additionally, Manafort won 39 times as a car owner with the USAC DMA Midget series between 2013 and 2016. His teams swept all 13 races on the schedule in 2016, the first two with Josh Sunn and the final 11 with Adam Pierson. The 11-race win streak by Pierson in Manafort’s car tied the record for the longest winning streak in USAC history with Billy Boat’s 1995 Western States Midget season. Together, Pierson and Manafort won three-straight USAC DMA titles between 2014-15-16.

 

 

USAC SPRINT WINTER DIRT GAMES PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 30, 2020).........On several occasions over the past decade, winning at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. has served as a boon to a driver's championship hopes and dreams.

While it's always pertinent to launch off with a solid start to the season, the rhythm stayed true to the beat one year ago with C.J. Leary. Although he bagged just two wins over the course of the season, one of the eventual 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ's victories came in Ocala, which for the 11th time will host Winter Dirt Games Feb. 13-14-15.

At this time last year, Leary was in a similar position as he is this year - with a new team. This year, he's linked up with Gene Gile Racing for the full tour and is the first driver in five years to sport the No. 1 following a championship season. The Greenfield, Ind. driver won the finale in Ocala one year ago.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finds himself in a similar boat, joining Hayward Motorsports for a run at the title after previously capturing the 2017 series crown. Like Leary, Windom debuted with a new team a year ago and found success right off the bat at Ocala, winning the season opener in dramatic fashion.

Ione, California's Justin Grant returns for a third season in the TOPP Motorsports No. 4, a combo which was victorious on the second night of Winter Dirt Games last year where he took control for the final two circuits following Windom's flat right rear tire. Grant's picked up two victories in Ocala over the last three years after taking the finale in 2017.

Three-time Winter Dirt Games winner Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) continues to recover following a major arm injury during the 2019 season and aims to return to Ocala in time for the start of the 2020 campaign. Two of the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion's three Winter Dirt Games victories came at Ocala in 2015 and 2016. He holds the 8-lap and 12-lap USAC Sprint Car track records at Bubba Raceway Park.

Brady Bacon, a two-time Winter Dirt Games winner in 2014 and 2015, has displayed the ability to get the ball rolling on multi-race weekends, which he did on two occasions in the past season. On a two-race weekend at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway last July, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native swept both ends. In November at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, he took two of the first three for Hoffman Auto Racing.

USAC's winningest National Sprint Car driver (62 wins) and starter (756 starts) Dave Darland is back in the saddle of the Darland/EZR No. 36D at Ocala where he previously won in the 2015 finale at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track. The USAC Triple Crown champ is one of five drivers expected to compete in this year's event who raced in the first ever Winter Dirt Games feature in 2010 along with Grant, Windom, Ballou and Kyle Cummins.

USAC's ironman Chase Stockon has won a USAC National Sprint Car feature in eight consecutive seasons. The Fort Branch, Ind. driver snared the WDG opener in 2018 and collected a pair of 4th place finishes on the first and third nights at Bubba Raceway Park in 2019.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. seems more than primed for victory at Ocala after four 2nd place finishes in five Winter Dirt Games starts in 2019 (2 Midget, 3 Sprint). The Cullman, Ala. native is back the seat of the KT Motorsports No. 9K. He owns the track record in the midgets and won twice in POWRi Midget competition at the track in 2018. His lone Winter Dirt Games victory came at East Bay Raceway Park in 2015.

Carson Short was superb in his qualifying efforts at Ocala one year ago, breaking his own track record on night one, then lowering it once again on the second night to 13.398 sec. The Marion, Ill. driver is set to roll in a new ride in 2020, the Daigh/Phillips Motorsports No. 71p with whom Darland won at Ocala in 2015.

Taking over for Leary in the seat of the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ is 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.). The six-time USAC Midget winner and 2019 night two Sprint Car Smackdown winner at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway makes his first sprint car appearance at Ocala since 2018 where he finished a best of 9th in the opener. He took 8th and 12th in last year's midget events at Winter Dirt Games.

Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins, who won on three occasions in USAC Sprint Car competition in 2019, finished on the podium in all three Winter Dirt Games sprint races at Ocala in 2016 with a 2nd and two 3rd place runs. Stephen Schnapf (Evansville, Ind.) had a career-best 2nd place finish behind Cummins during Indiana Sprint Week at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. last summer. Schnapf will return to Ocala after making his WDG debut in 2019, finishing a best of 16th on the final night.

USAC National Sprint Car winners Matt Westfall of Ludlow Falls, Ohio (2005 Eldora) and Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. (2016 Gas City) are expected to compete at Ocala along with 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Dustin Clark of Washington, Ind. and this year's crop of Rookie of the Year hopefuls, Anthony D'Alessio (Apollo Beach, Fla.), Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) and Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.) among several others.

Each night, general admission tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop/laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the sprints opens the second week of Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Wednesday, February 12, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Bilstein Modified Lite Stars will also be on the event card with the sprints all three nights.

WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT WINS:
1. (5) Damion Gardner
2. (4) Bryan Clauson
3. (3) Robert Ballou
4. (2) Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant & Tracy Hines
8. (1) Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

 

 

USAC MIDGET WINTER DIRT GAMES XI PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 30, 2020).........A new year beckons, and all the questions for the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season will be answered in due time with the opening of the season nearing, February 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the second straight year at Winter Dirt Games XI.

Of course, what's top of mind to many observers are the plethora of new driver/team combos that have amassed throughout the winter months. Much of last year's field remains intact for this year's edition. However, many find themselves in new cars, new colors and new surroundings.

One that remains is the driver and team that captured both nights of last year's Midget events in Ocala, Tyler Courtney and Clauson-Marshall Racing. The defending driver and owner series champs return after a stellar campaign which saw them win on eight occasions during 2019, the most with the series in nearly three decades. Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) also won his heat on night one last year and was fast qualifier on night two. Courtney and CMR also captured two consecutive sprint wins at the track in 2018.

Courtney's CMR teammate is Cole Bodine of Rossville, Ind. who competed on a partial schedule with the series in 2019. His 11th place run on night one at Ocala 12 months ago was his best of the 2020 season. He returns to CMR after last competing with the team in 2018 where he very nearly picked up a victory, finishing 2nd at Sweet Springs (Mo.) Motorsports Complex.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. finished as the runner-up to Courtney both nights at Ocala a year ago. On night one, the Cullman, Ala. driver established the one-lap track record for the series at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track of 13.773 sec. In 2018, Thomas swept both nights of a POWRi Midget event at Ocala, meaning in four midget starts there, he has yet to finish outside of the top-two.

Thomas is back on a Petry Motorsports squad that also includes USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., who took 10th and 16th at Ocala in 2019. Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick, the 2019 USAC Most Improved Driver and a newcomer to Petry Motorsports, finished 6th and 11th at Ocala last season in addition to scoring a heat race win on night two.

Carrick joins Petry following three years at Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, who has experienced a wholesale driver lineup change from 2019. Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise, a 5th place finisher at Ocala last year for CMR, will take on Winter Dirt Games for a second straight year.

Joining Wise at KKM are 2019 Shamrock Classic and 2020 Chili Bowl prelim night winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), plus 2019 Fremont Speedway Sprint Car champ Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and 2017 USAC Micro Sprint titlist Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Calif.). The latter two competed for KKM during last year's USAC western swing and will be competing for series Rookie of the Year honors in 2020.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion will team alongside former KKM teammate Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) with Team Ripper for Ocala. Seavey came out of Ocala a year ago with finishes of 12th and 8th while Colwell was 14th and 6th on each of his two nights.

Chris Windom has joined Tucker/Boat Motorsports for 2020. Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC National Sprint Car champion from Canton, Ill., finished 3rd on the opening night and 9th on the final night last year at Ocala. His 3rd place run came after starting 11th, earning him hard charger honors for the evening. Windom's teammate at TBM for 2020 is last year's USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, Andrew Layser of Collegeville, Pa., a top-10 runner on night two of Ocala in 2019.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) scored a pair of top-ten runs at Ocala in 2019, a 9th and a 7th. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion's run to 7th came after starting from the tail in 24th. He'll race for Hayward Motorsports at Winter Dirt Games, for whom he captured a Chili Bowl prelim night win earlier this month.

Expected returnees from last year's field include Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) who took 19th at one night of Ocala in 2019, along with Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.) who made his series debuts a year ago there, finishing 20th and 21st in a pair of starts. Chase Jones (Greenwood, Ind.) took 23rd in one Ocala appearance in 2019 while Oliver Akard (Ft. Myers, Fla.) aims to make his first feature start with the series in his home state.

Eight previous USAC National Midget points-paying events have been held in the state of Florida. Bob Wente and Tyler Courtney are only drivers to win multiple times with two apiece. Johnny Riva won the first event at Palmetto Speedway in Miami on March 3, 1963, followed by Chuck Rodee at Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa on March 6, 1963. Wente won the final two in 1963 in the Sunshine state at Palmetto on March 8 and Golden Gate on March 10.

Kyle Larson won at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Fla. on Feb. 17, 2013 while Bobby Santos took top honors the following night at the same 1/2-mile paved oval.

Additionally, the USAC Midget Tangerine Tournament was held during the 1957 season with Andy Linden taking the crown. Linden notched four of the 11 victories with the series, three at Sunbrock Speedway in Orlando and once at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for car owner Lee Elkins. Al Keller won twice at Hialeah Speedway and West Palm Beach Speedway. Meanwhile, Jimmy Knight (Pensacola Speedway), Sonny McDaniel (Fort Pierce Speedway), Al Alpern (Lakeland Speedway), Leroy Warriner (Fort Pierce) and Len Duncan (Jacksonville Speedway) each collected single wins.

General admission tickets for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your laptop/desktop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Wednesday, February 6, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

BUBBA RACEWAY PARK USAC MIDGET WINNERS:
2019: Tyler Courtney (2/8) & Tyler Courtney (2/9)

FLORIDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS RACE WINS:
1. (2) Tyler Courtney & Bob Wente
3. (1) Kyle Larson, Johnny Riva, Chuck Rodee & Bobby Santos

 


 

USAC HONORS WESTERN RACERS AT LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET

By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 27, 2020... Last Saturday afternoon, the United States Auto Club (USAC) honored their 2019 western racers at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Competitors with the USAC/CRA Sprints, USAC SouthWest Sprints, USAC West Coast Sprints, and USAC Western States Midgets were celebrated at the annual Western Awards Banquet.

USAC Western Director Chris Kearns served as master of ceremonies of the event, which featured a roaring 20s theme. Series champions, rookies of the year, top-five in points, and special award winners were recognized at the hotel’s Jubilee Ballroom. The western champions were also celebrated at the December 13th “USAC Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) was honored for his seventh consecutive (eighth overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Spike, Gardner claimed his fourth “California Sprint Week” crown and posted wins at Bakersfield (May 11), Perris (July 13), and Santa Maria (September 7). In addition, “The Demon” had ten Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one semi-main win, two Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13” Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, 86 feature laps led on the season.

Racing for three different teams, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) was celebrated for winning his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car title. On the strength of strong finishes and two victories at Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park (April 27 & on September 14), Roa outdueled five-time champion R.J. Johnson to claim the title. Switching between the BR Performance #91R Maxim, Tanner Grau’s #34 Maxim, and Dwight Cheney’s #42 Maxim, Roa posted one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led to his credit.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) scored his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car crown in 2019. Piloting the family owned #15T Maxim, Guardino recorded wins at Ventura (March 23), Tulare (June 7), and Santa Maria (June 15). The two-time “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” winner also recorded two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led in the campaign.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) raced to his first USAC Western States Midget championship. Driving the family owned #4D Spike, Dalby topped three consecutive main events at Merced (July 27), Santa Maria (August 10), and Ventura (September 14). In addition, the young champion had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led on the season.

After earning his seventh consecutive (eighth overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA Entrant crown, Mark Alexander was recognized with his second “Jack Jory Car Owner Championship Trophy.” The remaining top-5 USAC/CRA car owners were honored and Moose Racing’s Tom and Laurie Sertich received their second place trophy. Robbie and Gaye Allen were also celebrated for earning their first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Entrant championship.

The other top-five drivers in Western States Midget, West Coast Sprint, SouthWest Sprint, and USAC/CRA Sprint points were celebrated for their efforts. Ben Worth, R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and Chris Gansen were in attendance to claim their trophies.

Rookie of the Year honors were awarded to Eddie Tafoya Jr. (USAC/CRA & USAC SouthWest Sprint), and Ben Worth (Western States Midget). J.J. Ringo was honored for earning rookie honors with the USAC West Coast Sprints.

Sammy Bahr was recognized with the “Evelyn Pratt Award” for his contributions to racing.

The 2020 western campaign opens on February 14th and 15th with the “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial” with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ).

On March 6th and 7th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at the “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ).

On March 14th, the USAC West Coast Sprints will have their first point race of the year at Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA).

The March 21st season opener for the USAC Western States Midgets will be held at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA).

For more information on any of the USAC racing divisions, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content for the USAC/CRA Sprints, USAC SouthWest Sprints (southwestsprintcars.com), USAC West Coast Sprints (westcoastsprintcars.com), and the USAC Western States Midgets on their respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

 

 

USAC NATIONAL RULE CHANGES
AND ENFORCEMENTS FOR 2020

Speedway, Indiana (January 23, 2020).........USAC has announced rule changes and enforcements to be utilized beginning with the 2020 season for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series.

ALL DIVISIONS:

In Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget competition, lapped cars will be sent to the tail of the field for all restarts during the feature event.

All radius rods must be one piece on cars for the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions in 2020. No spring rods or shock dampers will be allowed.

SILVER CROWN:

The weight rule for Silver Crown has been increased to 1,675 pound minimum, with driver. Rules regarding added weight for aluminum blocks will remain the same.


AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS:

Split qualifying will be retained for 2020. In the event of more than 36 cars in attendance, qualifying will be split into two flights. Cars will only qualify against other cars in their flight and fill heats 1-2 or heats 3-4. For lineup purposes, the fastest qualifier in the slower flight will be considered the #2 seed. That will continue through the field and be used to grid feature lineups. Qualifying points will be awarded to the overall fastest six.

For the feature lineup, positions 7-10 will be filled by the heat race winners in order of heat races. If a car in the top-6 feature invert wins a heat race, the available spots 7-10 are filled by qualification order of cars qualified for the feature event.

If there are 30 cars or less, three heat race events will be conducted. If there are 31 or more cars in attendance, four heat races will be conducted.

The weight rule for Sprints has been increased to 1,375 pound minimum, with driver.

NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP:

In the National Midget division, no split qualifying will be held.

For the feature lineup, positions 7-10 will be filled by the heat race winners in order of heat races. If a car in the top-6 feature invert wins a heat race, the available spots 7-10 are filled by qualification order of cars qualified for the feature event.

If there are 30 cars or less, three heat race events will be conducted. If there are 31 or more cars in attendance, four heat races will be conducted.

 

D'ALESSIO TO CONTEND
FOR USAC SPRINT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN 2020

Speedway, Indiana (January 10, 2020).........Anthony D'Alessio is stepping up to challenge for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors in the upcoming 2020 season.

D'Alessio, in conjunction with Parallax Motorsports, will field one entry as an owner/driver for the 2020 slate, which features 46 events at 23 different venues, most of which D'Alessio will be experiencing for the first time, beginning in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XI.

"I am beyond excited for the upcoming season," D'Alessio exclaimed. "It is a dream come true, and I can't wait to hit the track in February in my home state of Florida. I want to thank everyone who has helped me get this far. We still have plenty of work to do."

The 19-year-old from Apollo Beach, Fla., is approaching the 2020 season with tenacity and drive after relocating to Indiana in 2018 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional race car driver. In preparation, D'Alessio ran Indiana Sprint Week in 2019 along with racing at many local Indiana tracks in his first full year in a non-wing sprint car.

D'Alessio made one USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature start in 2019, winning his heat race and finishing 20th at Kokomo Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week.

He moved from Florida with a plethora of racing experience and several accolades. Starting at a young age in go karts as well as one season in dirt modifieds, he transitioned to sprint car racing in Florida, earning 2016 Top Gun Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year and 2017 Rookie of the Year honors with the Southern Shootout Sprint Car Series in the Sunshine State.

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

COCKRUM TEAMS WITH FIVE-THREE FOR 2020 SILVER CROWN RUN

January 9, 2020 (Joliet, Illinois).........Shane Cockrum, a three-time winner on the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series trail during his career, has joined Five Three Motorsports for the dirt portion of the series schedule for the 2020 season.

Cockrum, of Benton, Ill. and the Joliet, Ill.-based Schuck family's Five-Three Motorsports form a formidable pairing of USAC winning driver and a team who is eager to win its first ever USAC Silver Crown race in the coming season.

"I've had a relationship with the Schuck family since they entered USAC Silver Crown racing as a team and I've watched them steadily grow into a serious contender," Cockrum said. "They work hard, field great equipment and are what's right about Silver Crown racing. I'm looking forward to putting our minds together for a celebration in victory lane."

The FTM team had fielded Steve Buckwalter in the No. 53 since 2015, but the combo announced it had parted ways one week ago. FTM and Buckwalter nearly reached victory lane in 2019 at Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pa.

With the combo of a proven race winner and a hungry race team seeking its initial victory, FTM feels they have the pilot to get the job done in Cockrum, a two-time Ted Horn 100 winner at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2014-2015 and at the Terre Haute Action Track's Sumar Classic in 2015.

"Five Three Motorsports looks forward to the addition of Shane to the team," an FTM spokesperson stated. "He brings with him a race winning pedigree that is unrivaled."

The series' newest combo will make its debut on Thursday, May 21 at Terre Haute for the Sumar Classic, which comes nearly five years following Cockrum's most recent Silver Crown victory at the western Indiana dirt half-mile.

 

 

BYRNE REFRESHES FOR 2020
AFTER CAREER-BEST USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 2, 2020).........For David Byrne, 2019 was a season of promise that saw him display the championship and race-winning potential that he has been building toward since becoming a full-time competitor with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series in 2016.

For Byrne, 2019 was also a season that saw a number of coulda, shoulda moments for wins and a position in the championship race that managed to slip through his grip. However, success was still plentiful for Byrne and crew with a career-best third place finish in the standings at season's end.

In 2020, Byrne and crew aim to up their game once more, although Byrne felt the team took a small step backwards in terms of speed on the pavement side of things last year. With a step up in their dirt program, they are bound and determined to get the pavement part of the deal up to snuff and compete for a title with the likes of Kody Swanson and Justin Grant who occupied the top two spots in the series in each of the past two years.

"I actually thought we were down a little bit on speed on pavement which is why we're building a brand-new car and everything for next year," Byrne explained. "I thought we exceeded expectations on the dirt, except for Eldora. I would grade us a B for the season overall."

The team plans to keep last year's primary pavement car as a spare, and put a newer, lighter Beast chassis with newer parts, plus the same popular Pancho Carter/Steve Stapp throwback color scheme and the same goals.

"If we're not battling for the championship this year, it would be a bit of a disappointment," Byrne stated. "Obviously, running stronger on the half-mile dirt tracks would be great and we're right there on the dirt miles. We just maybe need a little more experience and more patience on that."

Byrne's start to the 2019 season had its share of challenges. He led 20 laps in the opener at Memphis and was at the front before a power steering failure dropped him to 10th, a similar issue that reared its ugly head while running second later in August at the Salem high banks.

Following up Memphis was a 19th on the pavement of Toledo following late-race engine woes which saw him running as high as third two-thirds of the way in. From there, the team dug in and performed strong on what had previously served as their Achilles Heel - the dirt.

Byrne qualified for the outside of row three and ran in the top-five for the first 95 laps of the Hoosier Hundred on the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile, dropping back to a still-solid 7th at race's end. The following night on pavement, it was a 6th at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and a 7th three weeks later on the half-mile dirt oval of Williams Grove.

A late June stop at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway provided Byrne his lone shot to compete in front of his home crowd. Byrne shined in his best result of the year, a front row start, 12 laps led and a 3rd place finish in which he performed in front of an impressive throng of supporters, and where the series returns in 2020, on Friday, June 19.

"It means a lot to do well there," Byrne admitted. "I think we had 60 people up there this year, so it's always nice because you talk about all these good things you're doing and how great you did, and finally, people can lay eyes on how good you are how steep the competition is."

The second of Byrne's two top-fives came at Salem where he was in contention throughout despite a power steering fault late in the game. Another top-ten start and a seventh-place finish came to Byrne on the magic mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds dirt track. He rounded out the pavement portion of the schedule at LOR in September with a 6th, the place where he retains fond memories of a last lap, last corner pass to win at during July of 2014.

Byrne, admittedly, struggled at Eldora in the season finale on the half-mile, high-banked dirt oval where he started 13th and finished 15th in the 27-car field.

At the end of the campaign, Byrne and crew had plenty to reminisce fondly over. The Shullsburg, Wisc. native's eighth season of USAC Silver Crown competition was his best overall, a season in which he churned out a stretch of seven consecutive top-seven finishes throughout the spring and summer months en route to a career-best third-place overall standing in the final points.

That achievement put Byrne up on the stage for USAC's Night of Champions in December of 2019 for the first-time, an experience in which he relishes, never forgetting just how far he's come since making his first USAC appearance, in a midget, at the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2002.

"It was pretty awesome," Byrne exclaimed. "I didn't know what the length of the speeches consisted of because I had never even been to (the USAC banquet) before. For myself, my family and the race team, before (crew chief "Chuy" Sandberg) and even with Chuy, I think we had been to something like ten Night Before the 500s and never even made the race. To get third in the Silver Crown points, I think it's my family's will and persistence and getting with somebody of Chuy's caliber that's stuck with us for this many years. It's finally kind of taken this long to click."

Byrne and company will open the 2020 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car season with the series' debut at Tennessee's Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday afternoon, May 3.

 

 

SHORT TEAMS UP WITH DAIGH/PHILLIPS FOR 2020 USAC SPRINT CAMPAIGN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 2, 2020).........Marion, Ill. pilot Carson Short will compete on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2020 for Daigh/Phillips Motorsports beginning with the season openers on February 13-14-15 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Short, a one-time winner with the series during the 2016 Indiana Sprint Week round at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., has driven his family-owned No. 21 on the circuit since 2014. For 2020, the ninth-place driver in last season's standings will be back in black, this time with the No. 71p for the team which has won 19 series events since 2013 with drivers Dave Darland (17) and Jason McDougal (2).

McDougal vacated the Daigh/Phillips Motorsports seat during the offseason, allowing Short the opportunity to jump in the seat for 2020.

"I got word that Jason was going to do something else this year and not run the sprint car, so I called them up," Short recalled. "I try to keep a good close relationship with everybody, but I related more to them just because they're a smaller team, a family team per se, and just good, dedicated racers. I kind of based my stuff off that as well. They're family owned and they're there to race and not much else, and they're strongly passionate about it."

Short, whose offseason job throughout this winter involves laying pipeline in North Carolina, is proud to join a team whose 19 career wins with the series rank them within the 25 in USAC National Sprint Car history. Short's three top-fives and 14 top-tens in 26 starts during the 2019 season ranked him within the top-ten in all three categories, and he feels the transition to Daigh/Phillips should be a match, considering their passion, talent and both having regularly competed utilizing the DRC chassis.

"(Steve Phillips) isn't there for any BS," Short stated. "He's there to win races and contend for a championship because that's what pays the bills. I can relate a lot to that. When I race my car, that race dictates what race I'm going to after that. With him setting up the cars for as many different drivers as he has, I don't think there'll be a problem with him and I mending well."

The debut of the Short and Daigh/Phillips combo will begins in February in Ocala, Fla. where Short recorded fast qualifying time and established new one-lap USAC Sprint Car track records on successive nights to open the year.

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

FEBRUARY 14&15 “STROUD MEMORIAL” OPENS USAC SOUTHWEST SEASON AT CANYON

By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 18, 2019... The 2020 campaign for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park on February 14th and 15th. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial” will pay $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start on both nights. The event will also feature Hobby Stocks, Micro Sprints (non-wing), Sport Compacts, and Modlites. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. The Saturday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

OPEN PRACTICE: The festivities will start on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30pm with an open practice for all divisions.

NOTICE TO RACERS: - The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Canyon Speedway Park, Arizona Speedway, and Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. - FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY. - FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY. - Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars. - Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED. - USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors. - The weight rule is 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com. - USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

The first point races of 2020 will honor Steve Stroud, a respected sponsor and friend of the racing community. Known for owning Parker Store, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store, the avid race fan backed several racers in Arizona and the Midwest. In addition, he supported the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, Canyon Speedway Park, and other special events in Arizona. To share his love for racing, Stroud founded the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix, which was a popular destination for racers and fans alike until it’s closing in 2019. Steve’s passing was a great loss and Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park, and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.

Starting eleventh, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland raced to victory at the inaugural “Steve Stroud Memorial” and five-time USAC SouthWest Champion R.J. Johnson has topped the last two memorials. Johnson leads all series drivers with 57 victories and 19 feature wins at Canyon Speedway Park.

Driving for three different teams, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) won the 2019 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Championship by 18 points over Johnson. Stevie Sussex, defending champion “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Jake Swanson, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Chris Bonneau, and Matt Lundy rounded out the top-10 drivers.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support in 2019. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr., 2019-Brody Roa.

STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2017-Dave Darland, 2018-R.J. Johnson, 2019-R.J. Johnson.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-C.J. Leary, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Tyler Courtney, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 19-R.J. Johnson, 10-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Josh Hodges, 3-Mike Martin, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

FINAL 2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1083, 2. R.J. Johnson-1065, 3. Stevie Sussex-1018, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-976, 5. Jake Swanson-800, 6. Austin Williams-659, 7. Mike Martin-655, 8. Damion Gardner-616, 9. Chris Bonneau-517, 10. Matt Lundy-500, 11. C.J. Leary-482, 12. Michael Curtis-453, 13. Matt Rossi-423, 14. Tommy Malcolm-411, 15. Logan Seavey-399, 16. Josh Hodges-383, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg-358, 18. Tyler Courtney-353, 19. Dennis Gile-305, 20. Chris Gansen-303.

 

 

WISE AND HOLLAN TO RUN PART-TIME
MIDGET SCHEDULE FOR KUNZ IN 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 17, 2019).........Zeb Wise and Holley Hollan will compete on a part-time basis for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian throughout the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

Angola, Indiana's Wise will hit a handful of USAC Midget events on the schedule with Kunz that don't conflict with his recently announced deal to compete on the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions tour. Wise has tentative plans to run a partial Indiana Midget Week schedule, BC39 and assorted November events on the west coast.

Eighteen-year-old Hollan, meanwhile, will take on a similar part-time USAC Midget role with Kunz to coincide with her plans to compete in a stock car this year. The exact midget schedule for the Broken Arrow, Okla. native is yet to be determined for the driver who, in 2019, competed as a Rookie with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

She finished 16th in points, fourth best among all Rookies, with two heat race wins and a top finish of 11th in March at the Shamrock Classic.

Wise, who just recently turned 17 years old, became USAC's youngest ever National series winner at the age of 15 in 2018 at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway during Pennsylvania Midget Week. Racing out of the Clauson/Marshall Racing stable, Wise finished 5th in the final USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings for 2019 with three wins at Action Track USA, Linda's Speedway (both in Pennsylvania) and snagged the BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS in September.

Wise's capability to step in the car, even on a part-time basis, has Kunz elated to bring him into the fold for the car owner who has captured 10 previous USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget owner titles and the second most wins in USAC National Midget history with 109.

"I'm really excited to have Zeb because he went toe-to-toe with Kyle (Larson) there a few times and came out on top," Kunz recalled. "I've been watching him for the last couple of years and he's come a long way. He's definitely one of the major players in midget racing right now and with him coming to our team, I'm just really looking forward to it."

Wise and Hollan join previously announced full-time teammates Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) on the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail.

 

 

SEAVEY JOINS REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD FOR 2020 USAC SPRINT TITLE CHASE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 15, 2019).........A pairing between a USAC National championship winning driver and team will greet the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour as Logan Seavey has agreed to partner up with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports for a full-time run with the series in 2020.

Seavey, of Sutter, Calif. captured the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget title and finished as the runner-up to Tyler Courtney during this year's campaign with three victories and an Indiana Midget Week title under his belt.

The 22-year-old driver joins Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports, who snagged the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner championship with driver C.J. Leary in 2019. Last week, Leary announced his plans to race for Gene Gile Racing for 2020.

In turn, Seavey steps into the championship-ready seat as the new driver for the team, although he has plenty of previous experience with the Arizona-based operation.

In 2019, Seavey's eight starts all came in a second Reinbold/Underwood car, resulting in his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on the second night of Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August where he led all 30 laps.

Seavey was 5th the following night during the Smackdown finale and was the fastest qualifier during the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in November. Seavey was also victorious in USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car competition with Reinbold/Underwood in April of 2019 at Arizona Speedway.

Through the bevy of offseason shuffling, Seavey and Reinbold/Underwood feel their previous experience will allow them to hit the ground running to start the 2020 season in pursuit of a series title.

"Our team chemistry is good," Seavey relayed. "I've been racing with the team for a little over a year and we've run 20 or so races together, so that's a big start. I've already run a couple of USAC seasons, so I've been to a lot of the racetracks we're going to and raced against pretty much every guy we're going to be racing against next year. We're definitely not starting from scratch by any means. I think we'll come out of the gate good and compete for a championship."

Seavey's made just 21 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts but has been impressive in limited appearances. His efforts in 2018 resulted in being named the series co-Rookie of the Year along with Timmy Buckwalter. It's those intangibles that Seavey possesses that team co-owner Andy Reinbold sought in his decision to put the talented driver in the seat of his No. 19AZ.

"He brings a lot of qualities, but the best is the car control that he has," Reinbold said of Seavey. "He understands what it takes to win a championship, but our primary goal is to win races. We ran limited sprint car races together in the big scheme of things compared to what I have back west with other people, myself, with C.J. and Davey Jones. That experience is what it takes to win championships and we're both like-minded in wanting to win races. That's our primary goal. Every race, we want to be there to compete."

"We're thrilled to provide Logan his first opportunity to chase a USAC National Sprint Car title," Reinbold continued. "We're into the development of racecar drivers and can't wait to see first-hand how Logan develops throughout this coming season."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

KOFOID & PURSLEY GO FULL-TIME FOR KUNZ IN 2020

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 14, 2019).........Buddy Kofoid and Daison Pursley will fill two slots on the full-time driver roster for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian as the pair pursue Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2020.

Penngrove, California's Kofoid came aboard to pilot a midget for KKM on the November western swing in 2019 where he made four feature starts, topping out with a 6th place result in the season finale at California's Ventura Raceway, finishing as the second-best Rookie at the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

The 17-year-old versatile 2019 Fremont (Ohio) Speedway wing sprint car champion is pumped for his opportunity to join a legendary team which has produced 11 USAC National Midget owner titles between team principles Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby with drivers Jason Leffler, Cole Whitt, Bryan Clauson, Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu, Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston and Logan Seavey over the past two-plus decades.

"I'm really excited to run for Keith and Pete next year with Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian," Kofoid said. "I've always wanted to drive for them, and it's been a fun experience so far this year. I'm looking forward to doing a lot more next year. They have a great reputation and have had some of the best drivers, so I know I will learn a lot."

Pursley, of Locust Grove, Okla., also made four series starts for KKM on the 2019 western trip, finishing a best of 12th on the final night of the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

The 15-year-old 2017 USAC Micro Sprint champion got off to a fast start in his USAC Midget career, winning his heat race in each of his first two career series appearances in November at Arizona.

"Everybody races really clean," Pursley observed. "There's a lot of respect on the USAC tour and there's a bunch of good guys out there. I need to work on things to get better because they've got more experience than I do. USAC's been around a long time and this is where you want to be if you want to be the best in dirt racing."

As Rookie hopefuls Kofoid and Pursley take their turn behind the wheel, they aim to follow in the footsteps of previous USAC National Midget ROY's out of the KKM fleet such as Darren Hagen, Clauson, Kyle Larson, Abreu, Bell, Carson Macedo, Tanner Carrick and Seavey.

 

 

2020 USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON TO OPEN AT NASHVILLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Nashville, Tennessee (December 14, 2019).........The 2020 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car season will open with the series' debut at Tennessee's Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday afternoon, May 3.

The half-mile, high-banked pavement oval has hosted six previous USAC National events, but none yet thus far with USAC's Silver Crown division. The last visit came during the 2004 season with Sprint Cars, a twin bill of 77-lap main events won by Bobby East and Dave Steele.

USAC National Midgets have raced on the famed track three times. The first such meeting came in a 100-lap event won by three-time series champ Jimmy Davies in 1960. Dale Swaim captured the Nashville victory the following year in 1961 while 2017 National Midget Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Copp took the final series visit there in 1963.

Ken Schrader took a victory in the city of Nashville in 1988, winning indoors at the Municipal Auditorium in a 100-lap midget feature on the concrete surface.

Silver Crown cars tested at nearby Nashville Superspeedway in 2001, but not yet has a Silver Crown car made a lap in competition in the Music City.

The Silver Crown Champ Cars have made five previous appearances in the state of Tennessee, all of which have occurred in Memphis. Dave Steele won the first in 1998, followed by Brad Noffsinger in 1999, Brian Tyler in 2000, Steele again in 2004 and Kody Swanson just last year during the 2019 season opener.

Kingsburg, California's Swanson, a five-time Silver Crown champion who is the series all-time leader in wins and poles with 29 in each category, is among the expected entries along with 2019 series runner-up Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), May 2019 Lucas Oil Raceway winner Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), 10-time Silver Crown winner Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) and 2019 third-place driver David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) among many others.

 

 

LAYSER JOINS TUCKER-BOAT FOR 2020 USAC MIDGET SLATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 14, 2019).........Andrew Layser, who on Friday was named Rookie of the Year for the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season, has teamed up with Tucker-Boat Motorsports to tackle the entire series schedule in his sophomore season of 2020.

After serving as a regular in the midgets out east in 2017-18, the Collegeville, Pa. native made the leap to the National trail this past year for Clauson/Marshall Racing where he recorded eight top-ten finishes in 24 starts, including leading his first laps in July at Sweet Springs, Mo.

The three-time winner in USAC's Eastern Speed2 Midget division finished 11th in USAC National Midget points for 2019, but the 18-year old gasser is eager to up his game this coming season with a full season now under his belt.

"I think it's a great opportunity for me," Layser exclaimed. "(Team owner) Chad (Boat) is a great driver, a great crew chief and a great mentor, and I'm really looking forward to working with him for the whole 2020 season. They have a great foundation for a team, and I think that showed with how strong they were this past year."

Tucker-Boat Motorsports captured two victories in 2019 with team owner Boat behind the wheel at Pennsylvania's Path Valley Speedway Park and with Gio Scelzi at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway. Layser will be paired as a teammate alongside Chris Windom, a two-time USAC National Champion who scored a pair of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget wins himself in 2019.

"Seeing the results that Chad's had over the years, and with the others who've driven for him, it's obvious his cars are top notch," Layser relayed. "On any given night, you can win, and that's the goal for me this year, to go out there and have good runs, and hopefully, the wins will fall into place. I see what he's doing not only as a team, but what he does for his drivers. That really appealed to me and I really couldn't be more excited to be working with him."

Boat has observed Layser both on-track and off in recent years and is confident in what he's witnessed, a driver who is continually growing and can very well develop into a premier contender as he gains more experience.

"I think Andrew has a great foundation," Boat said. "Obviously, he's worked with some good teams and I think that foundation will carry him into next year. I believe that by him going to these tracks for a second time, he'll be able to pick up right where he left off. When somebody gains experience then has a little bit of an offseason to think about, you see them excel. I think you saw that with Zeb (Wise) last year and I think there's no reason Andrew can't put up the same results."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

SWANSON, LEARY AND COURTNEY
SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT 2019 NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13, 2019).........USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney shared the spotlight along with other 2019 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 64th USAC Night of Champions celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:

The record books were rewritten once again by Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson who, it seems, is able to withstand and thrive in every challenging situation thrown at him. After joining a new team and fighting through mechanical woes at certain points throughout the season, he won five times and led a staggering 404 laps, just under half of all laps run in the series this year, en route to an unprecedented fifth Silver Crown driving title.

With a combo of pavement specialist Kyle Hamilton and dirt guru Brady Bacon, the white No. 6 of Klatt Enterprises out of Hastings, Neb. was a mainstay at the front of the field on both surfaces with both drivers, each of whom collected their first Silver Crown victories for the team in 2019, with Bacon adding one more in the finale at Eldora to clinch the Silver Crown owner title for longtime entrant Terry Klatt.

After teaming up during last year's offseason, C.J. Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports immediately found a winning groove during their USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season 2019 on their journey to a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver and owner title. They won their third race out of the box in Ocala, Fla. and took the lead for good in May and held it for the remainder of the season. The team's first finish outside the top-ten didn't come until August, leading to an extreme knack for consistency that saw them finish in the top-ten 32 times in 34 starts. Along the way, they captured both the Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week title and the Oval National in Perris, Calif. Their 11 fast qualifying times rank as the third most ever in a single USAC National Sprint Car season.

Becoming a National Sprint Car entrant champion is an incredible achievement that is the ultimate reward for a car owner at the conclusion of a hard-fought year. This year's award carried an extra special meaning after Richard Hoffman's passing this past April. Hoffman was the most prolific car owner in USAC National Sprint Car history whose teams have earned more victories and more championships than any other team in the history of the series. This year, and forever more, the National Sprint Car entrant champion trophy will be named in honor of Richard Hoffman, and its first recipient was Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports.

A banner year in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition for Tyler Courtney and Clauson/Marshall Racing saw the combo claim their second USAC National title in as many years following a 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. Their eight feature wins in 30 starts were the most victories by any team/driver combo in a single USAC National Midget season since Jeff Gordon and Rollie Helmling in 1990. In addition, they led the series in all major categories with 175 laps led, 20 top-fives, 26 top-tens, 8 fast qualifying times and 9 heat race wins to win the title by 179 points.

REGIONAL SERIES:

USAC's Regional Sprint Car and Midget series hit dirt tracks from coast-to-coast throughout 2019, leading to a total of 103 races being contested and producing six different champions across the six series.

With domination over the series for much of the past decade, Damion Gardner, of Concord, Calif., earned his seventh consecutive AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car title and eighth overall, grabbing three wins at Bakersfield, Perris and Santa Maria along with 11 top-fives, 18 top-tens and a remarkable 10 fast times in 23 starts.

A nearly perfect campaign in the Rapid Tire Service East Coast Sprints saw Reading, Pennsylvania's Steven Drevicki driver earn a series-leading 5 victories and 11 top-five finishes in all 11 starts, please welcome to the stage for a second straight year.

Another driver reaching the big stage again with his second Wingless Sprints Oklahoma driving title in as many years was Brett Wilson of Coweta, Okla., who accumulated a series best in every statistical category with three wins and 11 top-fives in 12 starts.

Knocking out three wins in 2019 at California's Ventura, Tulare and Santa Maria Raceways, Tristan Guardino, of Fremont, Calif., took an early season point lead in March that he never relinquished, picking up 3 feature scores, 9 top-fives and 11 top-tens and a pair of fast times in 13 starts.

Garden Grove, California's utilized three different teams en route to the 2019 Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car title. Despite that, he managed wins in two of those rides at Canyon Speedway in April and September, and connected on 10 top-fives, 13 top-tens and one quick time in 18 starts for his third career USAC championship in three different divisions (2009 Western Focus Midget & 2017 West Coast Sprint).

In a championship battle that came down to the final event, Robert Dalby of Anaheim, Calif. emerged with his first career USAC Western States Midget title after clicking off a trio of consecutive victories at Merced, Santa Maria and Ventura during a summer stretch which also saw him garner 6 top-fives, 8 top-tens and a single fast qualifying time among his 13 starts.

DEVELOPMENTAL SERIES:

The four Speed2 Midget series, plus the Midwest Mini Sprint Association took part in a total of 76 events spanning 11 different states in 2019 from the Northeast to the East Coast to the Midwest, producing five champions.
On the strength of 3 wins, 11 top-fives and a top-ten finish in all 12 of his starts throughout the season, Springfield, Ohio's Aaron Leffel won his third consecutive Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget championship by a 22-point margin over Stratton Briggs.

No driver has won more often and won as many titles in Engler Machine IMRA Midget competition under the USAC banner as Mason City, Illinois driver Andy Baugh who notched his second consecutive series crown 8 wins, 13 top-fives and 14 top-tens in 16 series starts.

Five victories and 11 top-three finishes in 13 starts were more than enough to secure a first career USAC DMA Speed2 Midget title for Will Hull of Plainfield, Vermont.

No female driver has ever won three USAC championships, let alone three-in-a-row, which Jessica Bean did this year with the USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget series, closing out strong with victories in the final three races of the year to win the title by a comfortable 185-point margin.

Continuing a theme, the Midwest Mini Sprint Association crowned a back-to-back champ after Cody Trammell of Bloomington, Ind. secured a series-high six victories during his 2019 campaign.

ACTION TRACK USA CHAMPIONS:

Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pennsylvania served as host to a myriad of events throughout the summer events, culminating with its 2019 champions, Billy Pauch, Jr., Kenny Miller and Dylan Hoch.

SpeedSTR champion Billy Pauch, Jr. of Milford, N.J. is the all-time leader in victories at Action Track USA with 18, and this year, he earned his fourth career SpeedSTR championship and second in a row following three wins and an 85-point margin.

Kenny Miller, of Morgantown, Pa., a Millersville University sophomore, captured his first Action Track USA championship on the strength of one victory and consistent top-ten finishes throughout the year to capture the title in the final race of the year by 81 markers to capture the Hyper Racing EVO Injection 600 Sprint championship.

Mertztown, Pennsylvania's Dylan Hoch recorded his third All Star Slingshots title on the basis of four feature wins in six races and dominated the division in 2019, defeating his nearest competitor by a whopping 195 points at season's end.

The state of Oklahoma has been a hotbed of USAC racing talent over the past several seasons, and a track where many of them cut their teeth - Port City Raceway - celebrated their first season under the USAC banner in 2019 with seven different division championships being crowned.

PORT CITY RACEWAY CHAMPIONS:

Brody McClelland, of Broken Arrow, Okla., scoring a pair of wins, 18 top-fives and 23 top-tens in 28 feature starts to claim the Port City Junior Sprint title.

Shawn Mahaffey, of Tulsa, Okla., doubled up as both the A-Class and Non-Wing division champion at Port City, picking up just one victory, but was the mark of consistency with 41 top-ten finishes in 50 combined starts.

In the restricted class, there was nothing holding back Rees Moran, of Tulsa, Okla., with three wins, 17 top-fives and 22 top-tens in 26 starts to edge out the title by 19 points.

Domination is the one word to describe Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native Ryan Cody's season in the Port City Sportsman division, with a series-high 13 wins, 24 top-fives and 26 top-tens in 28 starts.

Prevailing in a close battle throughout the 2019 season, Joel Smith, of Tulsa, Okla., scrapped his way back into title contention and ultimately triumphed by a mere 13 points to capture the Port City Outlaw championship.

A series-leading 4 wins, 17 top-fives and a top-ten finish in all 23 starts netted Matt Cash of Sperry, Okla. the Port City Masters driver championship for 2019.

.25 NATIONAL MIDGETS

Honored as USAC .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their accomplishments were multiple series titlists Gavin Miller (Sr. Honda Dirt, Sr. Animal Dirt, Light World Formula Dirt & Sr. Honda Pavement), Hunter Wise (Unrestricted Animal Dirt, Heavy World Formula Dirt & Heavy 160 Pavement), Jacob Denney (Unrestricted Animal Pavement & Heavy World Formula Pavement) and Collin Mitchell (Light World Formula Pavement & Light Formula Mod Pavement).

USAC .25 Dirt Midget champions for 2019 included Paul Hartwig III (Jr. Honda Dirt), Carson Dillion (Heavy Honda Dirt), Gunnar Pio (Light 160 Dirt), Thomas Prychka (Heavy 160 Dirt), Chase Schott (Jr. Animal Dirt) and Alex Ruppert (Light Formula Mod Dirt).

Pavement USAC .25 Midget champions included Case James (Jr. Honda Pavement), Holly Clark (Heavy Honda Pavement), Jackson White (Light 160 Pavement), Emory Johnson (Jr. Animal Pavement), Gavan Boschele (Sr. Animal Pavement) and Chase Spicola (Heavy Formula Mod Pavement).

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS:

Levi Jones earned a trio of major honors during the night, being named winner of the Roger McCluskey award as well as the inaugural Bryan Clauson Heart of a Hero Award presented by Driven2SaveLives. During USAC president Kevin Miller's presentation of the McCluskey Award, he named Jones as USAC's Executive Vice President beginning with the 2020 season. Following Taylor McClean's Heart of a Hero Award presentation, Jones announced he would award the $1,000 prize to the first driver during the 2020 USAC National season to record fast time and win the feature on the same night.

This year, USAC presented a new award, the Dick Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of an individual who's displayed tireless dedication and commitment to the betterment of USAC, photographer, USAC official, race promoter and car owner, John Mahoney. He's one who has had a profound positive impact within the USAC family and has earned the ultimate respect of his or her peers within the sport and whose legacy will persist for generations to follow. One who's set the standard for a lifetime of devotion to USAC as Dick Jordan did throughout his 50-year career and who was so integral to this Night of Champions. Mahoney is a man who's spent decades by D.J.'s side, traveling to races together and experiencing probably more D.J. adventures than all others combined. Like D.J., Mahoney's passion for racing is infectious and his dedication is solely based on his love for the sport, and in particular, USAC racing.

The Jason Leffler award exudes intense appreciation of the sport's history reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club, exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career. Chase Stockon, of Fort Branch, Ind., is one who's stood among those giants and whose dedication to the sport and conduct has been exemplary and has set a high standard for other drivers to follow. We're talking about a man who, for eight straight year, and nearly 300 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races, has rolled the car into the trailer, headed out onto the highway and qualified for the feature, setting a new standard among his peers and in the history books.

Dedicated to the memory of three-time USAC National Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson, the Mike Curb Super License went to Tyler Courtney by virtue of amassing the most total points between USAC's three National divisions throughout the year: Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget. This year, for the second year in a row, the $5,000 award was awarded to Courtney following an 18-win season on the USAC National trail in 2019 to equal A.J. Foyt and Parnelli Jones, who both had 18 in 1964, as the third most prolific season in the club's 64-year history

Along with the driver and car owner, there is a crew chief who works long hours in the trenches. These individuals don't usually get the limelight or the glory that drivers experience, but they're a key component to what it takes to make a racecar go fast, get to the front, win races, and ultimately a championship. For Davey Jones, a USAC National championship had eluded him until this season. You can call him a champion, but now you can also call him the USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year for 2019.

For their overall support of USAC racing and the contributions made to the series, teams, drivers, tracks and fans throughout the 2019 season, USAC recognized NOS Energy Drink as the winner of the Corporate Special Appreciation Award after going above and beyond to help elevate USAC racing to greater levels, providing an extra boost of energy to USAC and in establishing the BC39 event as well as activation of the series across all platforms, which has made NOS Energy Drink an outstanding addition to the USAC family.

Throughout the 2019 USAC National season, there've been drivers who've made an impact with their respective series that stood above their peers in their first season while one driver, in particular, has made impressive strides in becoming a regular contender at the front of the pack.

A pavement specialist by trade, Derek Bischak of Angola, Ind. was certainly special in his Rookie campaign on the Silver Crown in 2019, earning 4 top-tens in 6 starts, with a best of 7th at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway and a 14th place finish in the standings to collect Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors. Bischak will also be presented with a custom ear mold courtesy of Racing Electronics.

After a regular stint in the midgets out east the past couple of seasons, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser made the leap the National trail in 2019 for Clauson/Marshall Racing, recording 8 top-ten finishes in 24 starts, including leading his first laps in July at Sweet Springs, Mo. Finishing 11th in points and collecting the Bob Stroud National Midget Rookie of the Year.

A true Rookie of sprint car racing in 2019, Dustin Clark, of Washington, Ind., made his first career sprint car start of any kind during the USAC season opener in Ocala, Fla. in February of this year. Ten months later, he's standing on the stage after collecting four heat race wins, 18 feature starts and an 14th place finish in the standings.

In his third full year on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail, Tanner Carrick upped his game to a career-best 6th place finish in the standings and was one of only three drivers to start all 31 feature events during the 2019 season. The Lincoln, California native's six top-five finishes were highlighted by his first career series victory in July at Sweet Springs, Missouri.

In 2019, the legendary Knoxville Raceway brought to life what has already become one of the marquee events on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar with the inaugural Corn Belt Nationals. The individuals at Knoxville have an unwavering support of sprint car racing, its teams and its drivers and have dedicated themselves to preserving history and, at the same time, creating new history. USAC is grateful to be a part of history in the making at Knoxville, and proudly presented this year's Race Organizer of the Year to Knoxville Raceway, who was represented by track promoter John McCoy.

Stacie Girard is an individual who's gone the extra yard in all aspects for the benefit of racers, teams, the events and the USAC community. She's sacrificed her time behind the scenes, in addition to working a full-time job, and is willing to step in to take on any task big or small without hesitation at the racetrack. With unmatched energy and enthusiasm, few have been as integral to the success of USAC and its events than her, the 2019 USAC Individual Special Appreciation award recipient.

Wilwood showed their continual support throughout the 2019 season and, they in turn have shown their support for USAC National drivers Tanner Carrick, Dustin Clark and Kyle Robbins with racing supplies heading into the 2020 season.

IRACING USAC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:

Meanwhile, USAC's newest series made its debut in a virtual way in 2019. With a three-race win streak in September and October, David Heileman locked up the iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FloRacing championship a week early to claim a two-day Cory Kruseman Driving School experience and a nice payday.

 

 

WINDOM SIGNS WITH TUCKER-BOAT
FOR 2020 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13, 2019).........Two-time USAC National champion Chris Windom will compete for Tucker-Boat Motorsports on the full USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule during the 2020 season.

Windom's 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car titles have him just one USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship shy of becoming the seventh USAC Triple Crown champion to have won all three National series titles in his career, which would join him with Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Tracy Hines.

The Canton, Ill. native, who now resides in St. Louis, Mo., believes Tucker-Boat Motorsports provides him with an opportunity to become the next in that group.

"They run a top-notch operation," Windom said. "They pay close attention to detail, as does everyone at the top of the midget standings, but I just felt like I've always gotten along great with Chad, and at this point I'm at in my career, this is the right move for me."

Windom arrives at Tucker-Boat Motorsports following a successful 2019 campaign with Clauson/Marshall Racing with whom he collected his first two career series wins at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway. Following the season, Windom and CMR parted ways. The free agent driver then scoped out the possible landing spots and a deal was made with Tucker-Boat to step into a full-time ride.

"I have nothing bad to say about anybody at CMR," Windom stated. "We had a great year, and without Tyler having a record setting season, I think we would've been battling for a championship. I have nothing but good things to say about all those guys there. They definitely worked their butts off to give me a great car all year, but once I left there, I felt this was the best opportunity out there to go to."

With primary sponsorship from NOS Energy Drink, Windom takes on the role for a team which won two events in 2019 with two different drivers, team owner Chad Boat at Pennsylvania's Path Valley Speedway Park and with Gio Scelzi at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway.

"I've had the opportunity to race with Chris for a long time," Boat recalled. "We've both been around USAC and done other types of racing and I think we'll complement each other very well. I think, as a driver, I have an understanding of what he'll need in the car. We definitely have high expectations for the team that we can go out and compete for wins every night."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

2020 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE IS LARGEST SINCE 1988

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 12, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will embark on their largest schedule of events in over three decades when the series hits the trail for the start of their 65th season on Feb. 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., the opening night of Winter Dirt Games XI.

The series schedule has grown to 39 events for the 2020 campaign, the most events on the slate since 1988. It's a schedule which includes a mix of first-time venues and returns to tracks after lengthy absences along with traditional, annual events which have seen a tweak for the coming year.

March 7 marks the season's lone indoor event, the fifth running of the Shamrock Classic at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. April roars like a lion with two nights at "The Ditch" on April 10-11 for the series' return to Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas for the first time since 2016. Meanwhile, back-to-back nights at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix fill the calendar on April 24-25.

The 1/8-mile bullring of Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. debuts on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget stage in 2020 with consecutive nights of racing on May 15-16.

Thirty-four years ago, John Andretti scored his first and only career USAC National Midget feature win at Paragon Speedway. It's been absent from the series schedule ever since, but this year on June 2, that all changes when the 1/4-mile paperclip-shaped oval welcomes the series as the opener to the 16th edition of Indiana Midget Week. Indiana Midget Week continues to groove for each of the following five nights with Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 3, Lincoln Park Speedway on June 4, Bloomington Speedway on June 5, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 6 and Kokomo on June 7.

Dirt Oval 66 in Joliet, Ill. is back on the tour again on June 20, leading into the third edition of the BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, Ind. which will be showcased on a brand-new summertime slot, July 1-2. Mid-America USA is the next stop for the Midwest Midget Championships on July 17-18 at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., followed by a yet-to-be-announced event on July 19 and Tuesday Night Thunder at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

The newly-christened Eastern Midget Week has expanded beyond the state of Pennsylvania for the first time in its six-year existence, although the Keystone state still possesses four of the five nights beginning at Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville) on August 4, Action Track USA (Kutztown) on August 5, New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway debuts on August 6, with the last pair of nights going back to Pennsylvania for Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run) on August 7 and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown) on August 8.

Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex has expanded to back-to-back nights on Labor Day weekend, September 4-5, as has Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, which has added a full midget show to Friday night's 4-Crown Nationals festivities, followed by another round on Saturday at the famed half-mile dirt oval.

October takes the series to two tracks which witnessed two barnburner shows in 2019, Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the Jason Leffler Memorial on October 9, followed by the Harvest Cup on October 10 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

November of 2019 was the busiest stretch out west in the history of USAC National Midget racing. In 2020, the schedule gets even busier beginning with two nights of the 53rd Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway on November 13-14. Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway moves to a new Tuesday night slot on November 17 while the Hangtown 100, which debuted with much fanfare last month at California's Placerville Speedway, has expanded from two to three nights for 2020 on November 19-20-21. The 80th edition of the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix returns to the seaside oval of California's Ventura Raceway on Thanksgiving night on November 26.

2020 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE

Feb 7: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Mar 7: (A) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)

Apr 10: Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, AR)

Apr 11: Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, AR)

Apr 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Apr 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

May 15: Port City Raceway (Tulsa, OK)

May 16: Port City Raceway (Tulsa, OK)

Jun 2: Paragon Speedway (Paragon, IN)

Jun 3: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Jun 4: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Jun 5: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Jun 6: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Jun 7: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Jun 20: Dirt Oval 66 (Joliet, IL)

Jul 1-2: (A) The Dirt Track at IMS (Speedway, IN)

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)

Jul 18: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)

Jul 19: TBA

Jul 21: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK)

Aug 4: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)

Aug 5: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)

Aug 6: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)

Aug 7: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)

Aug 8: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)

Sep 4: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)

Sep 5: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Sep 26: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Oct 9: (A) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)

Oct 10: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)

Nov 14: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)

Nov 17: Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA)

Nov 19: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)

Nov 20: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)

Nov 21: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)

Nov 25-26: Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)

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(A) = Appearance Points Only

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN SLATED FOR 12 RACES IN 2020; ADDS SELINSGROVE DEBUT & GATEWAY RETURN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 12, 2019).........The 50th season of USAC Silver Crown racing features the versatile talent in the series tackling both dirt and pavement throughout its 12 race docket during the 2020 campaign, which includes a first-time venue in Pennsylvania's Selinsgrove Speedway dirt half-mile and a return visit to the ultra-fast paved 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway in southern Illinois for the first time in four years.

The series gets underway on May 3 with a yet-to-be-announced event before moving onto the dirt for the 19th running of the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on May 21, the second of two consecutive nights of USAC racing at the western Indiana half-mile dirt oval following the May 20 Tony Hulman Classic for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

One night following the Sumar, the series hits the pavement of Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway for the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic on May 22. The event will mark just the seventh time the series has competed on back-to-back nights.

Williams Grove Speedway welcomes the series on June 12 to the famed half-mile whose history with the champ cars dates to the AAA era in 1946. The race falls on the Friday amidst the five-night Eastern Storm series for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. It's back to the pavement exactly one week later on June 19 for the third running of the Dairyland 100 at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisc.

World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill. returns to the series fold for the first time since 2016 when the track formerly known as Gateway Motorsports Park brings the series to the largest track on the schedule at 1.25 miles in length.

August 9 will mark the first occasion since 1983 that the Keystone state of Pennsylvania will serve as host to two Silver Crown events within the same season. That night arrives at the tail end of the previous five nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget action August 4-8 during Eastern Midget Week. For Silver Crown, it will mark its debut at the half-mile dirt oval of Selinsgrove Speedway, which will also be USAC's first trip to the track since Mitch Smith's National Sprint Car victory there in 1971.

The Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial has been a staple of Salem (Ind.) Speedway's event calendar for nearly seven decades. The venerable paved .555-mile high banks bring the big cars to the hills on August 15. The following weekend, on August 22, features another classic of the Silver Crown schedule, the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile in Springfield.

The second of the two remaining dirt miles resides in southern Illinois on the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds where the Silver Crown series treks to on its traditional Labor Day weekend date on September 6 for the Ted Horn 100. The month of September winds down with one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the 39th 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Ohio's Toledo Speedway will serve as the season finale for 2020, just as it was in both 2010 and 2011, on October 4 for the Rollie Beale Classic, honoring the 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champ, USAC official and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee who hailed from the Glass City.

2020 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

May 3: TBA (TBA)

May 21: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

May 22: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)

Jun 12: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Jun 19: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)

Aug 2: (P#) World Wide Technology Raceway (Madison, IL)

Aug 9: (D) Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, PA)

Aug 15: (P) Salem Speedway (Salem, IN)

Aug 22: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)

Sep 6: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)

Sep 25-26: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Oct 4: (P#) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)

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(P) = Pavement Race

(D) = Dirt Race

# = Daytime Race

 

 

CHAMP LEARY TO RUN #1 FOR GILE ON 2020 USAC SPRINT TRAIL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 12, 2019).........Recently crowned champion C.J. Leary is on the move to Gene Gile Racing where he will pilot car No. 1 on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2020.

Leary makes the move to the Phoenix, Arizona-based GGR team following a single season at Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports in 2019, which resulted in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title following two victories and series best 32 top-ten finishes in 34 starts.

However, the GGR team, led by Gene and his son, USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car driver Dennis Gile, have had an eye on putting a program in place for Leary of Greenfield, Ind.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to drive for these guys," Leary said. "Dennis has been trying to get me to run for him this whole past year. He had been hinting to me that he's been wanting to do something. Finally, everything came together."

Leary's exodus from Reinbold/Underwood came just days following their championship celebration at Arizona Speedway in mid-November. The team moved forward with other plans, leaving Leary with the opportunity to team up with Gile this next season.

"Andy (Reinbold) let me go at the end of the season," Leary explained. "He just said he couldn't make a commitment to me. He did everything he said he was going to. We set out to win a championship and that's what we did. There's no hard feelings there."

Along with Leary, his championship winning crew chief Davey Jones has made the migration to GGR as well. With two months remaining until the season opener, the combo now has a team to put together basically from scratch and they're up to the task.
"We've got a long two months ahead of us before Florida," Leary reiterates. "I'm really looking forward to getting started. I don't really like the offseason with the down time and what not. The biggest part is the waiting game. We ordered four new motors from 1-Way Technology, ordered six new DRC cars from Joe Devin and six new rear ends from DMI. This stuff just doesn't happen overnight. Until we get all the parts to assemble the cars, we're just going to sit around and wait. When we get everything, it'll only take a couple days to build the cars. We've got a truck and trailer and a new mule on order. It's an all new team and it's going to be top notch. We're going to come out of the gate swinging."

With the switch to No. 1 for 2020, Leary becomes the first reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion to sport the number since Robert Ballou in 2016, something of which the 23-year-old driver has yet to do in his career.

"I've never run the No. 1 before," Leary admitted. "I figured, after winning the biggest title I've ever won, it's probably the best time to do it. Being No. 1, you unload with some clout, you could say, and maybe a little pressure. Everybody knows you're the past champion. My dad thinks it might be cursed, but I think it's going to be a really good year."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15 where, along with Leary, his GGR teammate Dennis Gile will be competing in car No. 13.

 


 

2020 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT SCHEDULE RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 11, 2019).........Forty-six events at 23 different venues across 14 states dot the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar for the 2020 season with many of the familiar favorites joining a bevy of racetracks making their return to the schedule.

For the 11th consecutive season, the series begins the campaign with three-straight events in Florida, at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala on Feb. 13-14-15. From there, the season kicks into gear in the Midwest springtime with an April 4 visit to Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, followed by a southern Indiana doubleheader weekend at Bloomington Speedway on April 17 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on April 18.

Seven races are slated for the Month of May with a double-dip weekend on May 1 and May 2 at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kans.) and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Mo.). The banks of Eldora Speedway welcome the series on May 8-9 for #LetsRaceTwo along with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws. The Week of Indy commences with the 50th running of the Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on May 20. May rounds up with two consecutive nights at Minnesota's Jackson Motorplex, the series' first trip to the track since 2016.

The 14th edition of Eastern Storm takes the series eastbound to Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey for five sprint races in a six-night span, June 9 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., June 10 at the newly-reconfigured Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J., June 11 at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa., June 13 at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania and the finale, June 14 at New York's Weedsport Speedway. June comes to a close with a northern two-fer, first at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway on June 26 and a return to the state of Michigan and I-96 Speedway for the first time since 2013 on June 27.

Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway celebrates Independence Day in style with the Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 4, followed a week later by the series' lone visit to Nebraska and I-80 Speedway on July 9. The second edition of the Corn Belt Nationals arrives on July 10-11 at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway. From one fabled half-mile dirt track to another goes the series on July 15 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Late July brings about the 33rd installment of Indiana Sprint Week for seven races in nine days across the Hoosier state, opening with Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 24, before heading to Kokomo Speedway on July 25 and Lawrenceburg on July 26. The series hits the road again for the second half of ISW at Terre Haute on July 29, Lincoln Park on July 30, Bloomington on July 31 and Tri-State on August 1, the first time the ISW series has ventured into the month of August since 1993.

The lone non-points, special event of the year, #GYATK Night, takes place at Kokomo on August 26, leading into the ninth running of Sprint Car Smackdown at the quarter mile dirt oval for three nights in a row on August 27-28-29.

Terre Haute's Jim Hurtubise Classic has the series back at the Action Track for the third time on Sep. 18 as will the Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State on September 19. Gas City's James Dean Classic brings the USAC Sprints East of Eden and North on I-69 on September 24, followed by the 39th edition of the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway. The Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg wind down the Midwest portion of the season on October 3.

For USAC, November signals the time to head west for a pair of prestigious events in California and Arizona. First up is the 25th running of the Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for three nights on Nov. 5-6-7. The following week is set for the series' finale along with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprints on Nov. 13-14 at Arizona Speedway for the 53rd Western World Championship in San Tan Valley.

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2020 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Feb 13: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Feb 14: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Apr 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Apr 17: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Apr 18: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

May 1: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)

May 2: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)

May 8: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

May 9: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

May 20: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

May 29: Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)

May 30: Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)

Jun 9: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)

Jun 10: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)

Jun 11: BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)

Jun 13: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)

Jun 14: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Jun 26: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)

Jun 27: I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI)

Jul 4: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Jul 9: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)

Jul 10: (A) (W) Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)

Jul 11: (A) (W) Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)

Jul 15: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Jul 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Jul 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Jul 26: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Jul 29: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

Jul 30: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Jul 31: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Aug 1: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) (SE)

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Aug 28: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Aug 29: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Sep 18: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

Sep 19: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Sep 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Sep 26: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Oct 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Nov 5: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)

Nov 6: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)

Nov 7: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)

Nov 13: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)

Nov 14: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)

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(M) = Co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

(A) = Event awards appearance points only

(W) = Co-sanctioned by WAR

(C) = Co-sanctioned by USAC/CRA

(S) = Co-sanctioned by the USAC Southwest

 

Bruce Buckwalter to USAC East Coast in 2020

Nick Fillman/USAC ECSCS

Bruce Buckwalter Jr will take his talents behind the wheel on tour with the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series for the 2020 campaign up and down the East Coast.

Buckwalter, a former regular with the ARDC midget series posted 9 wins behind the wheel the powerful non-winged midgets during some of the series most competitive years. More recently, with a move to Mechanicsburg the Buckwalter team made the move to the super sportsman ranks at the BAPS Motor Speedway over the last fours seasons. The team was able to garner multiple top 5’s and top 10’s, and were inside the top 10 in points before selling out with a handful of events left on the 2019 season.

When asked about why the team decided to switch to USAC East Coast in 2020, Buckwalter chalked it up to a number of different reasons. Among the top priorities were spending more time with his young family. Buckwalter is a father to a young daughter and the grind of weekly competition, began to be a bit much for the family owned and operated team.

Speaking of family, I was able to ask Bruce about what its like coming from a family with such a rich racing background: “Oh there’s definitely added pressure because of my cousins Tim, and Steve” Buckwalter expressed, “But I’m used to it” he added.

Bruce explained that he’s looking forward to the opportunity to race with his cousins whether it be in the USAC wingless division, or in any of the number of different classes that his cousins compete in. One event that will for sure have that feeling for the family, is when the USAC East Coast Series makes their inaugural visit to the Selinsgrove Speedway along side the USAC Silver Crown Series, where cousin Steve is a regular competitor. Bruce also hopes that perhaps all three of the Buckwalter cousins can compete on the same night of action like they used to in the ARDC midget days.

When I spoke with Bruce about what he is excited about for the upcoming season, he mentioned that he’s most excited to travel to more new tracks and meet new fans. He is glad to see double race weekends on the schedule in 2020, and most importantly off weekends to spend time with his wife and growing daughter.

The Buckwalter team was initially looking into utilizing Maxim Chassis for the upcoming tour, but after some conversations with shock supplier Scott Benic, they decided to go with a DRC Chassis. The predominant chassis choice among many of the top drivers on the USAC National Sprint Car Series. The team also has a freshened Doug Meyers bullet under the hood that they purchased from Chandler Leiby.

Bruce Buckwalter would like to thank his dad Bruce Sr. for everything he’s done in his racing career and for allowing the team to make this move in 2020. He would also like to thank his mom, and his in-laws for their help and sacrifices. Most of all he would like to thank his wife for everything she has done and for allowing him to race and support him in is his endeavors. Finally long time friend and crewmen Tristian Gilliland-Kunkle, Fastener Specialties, and BDB Construction for their continued support.

Keep up with Bruce and his team as they tour with the series on Facebook by giving their page a like at: Bruce Buckwalter Racing.

 

 

CARRICK CATCHES RIDE WITH PETRY FOR 2020 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 9, 2019).........Tanner Carrick, who this past year became one of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget division's five first-time winners, has found a new home with Petry Motorsports to chase a USAC Midget championship in 2020.

The 17-year-old Carrick, of Lincoln, Calif., will join the Petry Motorsports team after spending the past three seasons behind the wheel for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, for whom he captured 2017 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors as well as his first career series victory in July of 2019 at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Major strides were made during Carrick's 2019 season where he garnered career highs in top-fives (6) and top-tens (18) while making all 31 feature events. Carrick aims to take his game to another level in 2020 with a team that itself won twice this past year in the series with driver Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"I'm super excited," Carrick exclaimed. "How it all sounds and from everything I've watched them do, it seems like it's going to be a better fit for me. I feel like it'll be really good, starting out with something new and starting out fresh for a new season and getting the opportunity to work with (teammates) Kevin Thomas, Jr., Jerry Coons, Jr. and (car owner) Scott (Petry)."

Carrick's initial plans for 2020 were to head back to the west coast for a schedule made up primarily of sprint car races near his California home. However, a deal was worked out between he and team owner Scott Petry for Carrick to join a surging team that also features Thomas and Coons, the former of which won in 2019 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, while Coons is a USAC Triple Crown champion.

"Tanner is a young gun with a lot of talent," Petry was quick to acknowledge. "Obviously, he proved a lot with Keith. He really came on at the end of this year. It's a perfect opportunity for us to bring in the young kid with talent that we've always wanted with a couple veterans that we know can help mentor and coach the younger kids. That's been our goal from day one, to bring in young talent and help build them up."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

WINDOM ONWARD WITH HAYWARD
FOR 2020 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 9, 2019).........Two-time USAC National champion Chris Windom will suit up for Hayward Motorsports to drive car No. 19 on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2020.

Along with Windom, his longtime sidekick and crew chief Derek Claxton will be turning the wrenches on the machine that will carry sponsorship from NOS Energy Drink. Additional corporate sponsors will be announced by the team during the Performance Racing Industry show this week in Indianapolis.

Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint Car champion, began the 2019 AMSOIL National Sprint Car campaign in similar fashion with a new team, Parallax Group/Goacher Racing. Their first race out of the box, they won at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Windom aims for a similar grand opening in his new digs with Hayward.

"It came together, I guess you could say, last minute." Windom explained. "It was Sunday night (on Thanksgiving weekend) that he gave me a call and we chatted for a while. I was at a point right now to where I was unsure with what I had for a sprint car deal next year. I could've stayed with the same deal, but all the logistics weren't really put together yet. Brody called me and basically offered me the full-time deal and to bring Derek along full-time as well. That was something I couldn't really turn down. I know they want to run a top-notch situation over there too. I think it's going to be a good deal."

The Canton, Ill. native, who now resides in St. Louis, Mo., is the owner of 25 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories, tied for 21st all-time with Steve Butler and Jay Drake. In 2019, with Parallax/Goacher, Windom notched four victories, 22 top-fives and 29 top-tens in 34 starts.

Ironically, in last year's season debut victory, Windom passed the Hayward Motorsports car driven by Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the final lap to score the win. Windom gained additional victories at Granite City, Ill., Kokomo, Ind. and Gas City, Ind. to round out a year that saw him finish sixth in the final standings.

Hayward Motorsports, meanwhile, had Kevin Thomas, Jr. at the controls in 2019, and together, the combo captured a pair of victories during the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season at Bloomington, Ind. and Lawrenceburg, Ind. Last week, Thomas announced his return to the KT Motorsports No. 9K for the 2020 USAC season.

Since 2015, Hayward Motorsports has won 13 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature events as a team, nine with Bryan Clauson and two with Brady Bacon came under the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports banner while Thomas won a pair with Hayward a year ago. Hayward expects the success to continue with Windom starting in February of 2020 in the Sunshine State.

We're very excited to bring Chris on board," Hayward exclaimed. "Chris is a USAC champion and he ran really well this past year, is always a front runner and we're glad to have him at Hayward Motorsports in 2020."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 


 

2019 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SEASON IN REVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 5, 2019).........With the 64th USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season in the books, we reflect on the most balanced season in recent times in terms of the variety of venues and the number of teams and drivers who stepped to the forefront to compete at an elite level throughout the duration of the most expansive schedule of events in more than two decades.

Firstly, Tyler Courtney and Clauson/Marshall Racing earned their first driver and owner championship, respectively, in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget ranks just one year following their 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship. They're only the second driver/team combo to accomplish winning each of the titles in USAC's National Midget and National Sprint divisions in consecutive years following Josh Wise and Tony Stewart Racing's reign during 2005-06.

Courtney led nearly every statistical category with the series in 2019, including feature wins (8), laps led (175), top-fives (20), top-tens (26), fast qualifying times (8) and heat race wins (9). Courtney was the first USAC National Midget champion driver since Cole Whitt in 2008 to win the title without starting every feature run during the season after missing the transfer in late November's Hangtown 100 opener.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native's eight series victories this year were the most by any one driver since Jeff Gordon won nine in 1990. Courtney's 18 overall USAC National series wins in 2019 (8 Midget, 9 Sprint & 1 Silver Crown) are tied for the third most in a single season alongside A.J. Foyt's and Parneilli Jones' 1964 seasons and trail only J.J. Yeley's 23 National wins in 2003 and Foyt's 19 in 1961.

Courtney led the championship from start to finish following victories in the first two races of the season in Ocala, Fla., the first driver to lead the standings for the entire USAC National Midget season since Rico Abreu in 2014. He's also just the ninth driver to win two in a row to start the season with the series since 1956.

His two victories in the Sunshine State during February made him just the eighth driver to win the season opener and the series championship in the same season, and the second in a row following Logan Seavey in 2018.

In only his sixth start of the season, Courtney picked up his fourth win of the 2019 campaign in May at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., making him the fastest driver ever to reach the four-win mark with the series.

Courtney's 179-point final margin of victory in the standings was the largest since Darren Hagen's 201-point advantage to conclude the 2012 USAC National Midget season.

Five first time USAC National Midget winners took the checkered flag this season with Cannon McIntosh (Southern Illinois Center), Chris Windom (Lawrenceburg Speedway), Jason McDougal (Jefferson County Speedway), Tanner Carrick (Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex) and Gio Scelzi (Placerville Speedway) capturing their initial series scores, the most in a single year since 2008.

The number of race winners with the series this year totaled 14, which is the most in a USAC National Midget season since 17 reached victory lane in 2008.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. won twice, first with a last lap, lap corner pass to win April's Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, then scored again in November during Western World at Arizona Speedway.

Logan Seavey's Indiana Midget Week opening night victory catapulted him into the 2019 IMW title and served as the first of his three wins on the season which was the most by a reigning series champion since Rico Abreu in 2015. The Sutter, Calif. driver took additional wins during Mid-America Midget Week at Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway and Pennsylvania Midget Week at Lanco.

Ione, California's Justin Grant took RAMS Racing to its first USAC National Midget victory in June at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week. The following night, Tanner Thorson capped off one of the most incredible comebacks in USAC history, with wounds and scars still readily evident on his body after sustaining a broken left arm and right foot, a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung following a multi-car incident just three months earlier, the Minden, Nevada native delivered the victory at Lincoln Park Speedway during IMW, after starting 15th, the furthest back any winner started in the series in 2019.

In minimal appearances, Kyle Larson was second behind Courtney amongst all drivers with four wins. The Elk Grove, Calif. driver won in June for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian in the series' return to the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. following a 15-year hiatus.

Larson then brought out his own car for the final four races during the western swing. He pocketed a $32,000 payday in the richest USAC Midget event ever held, in November at Placerville. He followed up with two more victories at Bakersfield, Calif. and in the finale at Ventura, Calif. to become the fourth ever driver to win at least three Turkey Night Grands Prix.

That Thanksgiving night win marked just the third occasion in USAC National Midget history that a driver won the final three races to conclude the season (Billy Boat 1995 and Larson in 2012). Larson also became the first driver in 24 years to win three-straight USAC National Midget races in the state of California (also Boat in 1995).

Zeb Wise earned his second and third career victories in the Keystone State in July and August at Action Track USA and Linda's Speedway after capturing his first a year prior at Lanco in the same state. He finally broke through in the Hoosier state with a major triumph in the BC39 in September at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Chad Boat saw victory lane from both sides, first as a driver in August during Pennsylvania Midget Week at Path Valley Speedway Park, then again as a car owner/crew chief for Scelzi's win at Placerville. Brady Bacon, who scaled back to a part-time role with FMR Racing after three full seasons for the team between 2016-18, returned to his winning ways with the team in the Western World finale at Arizona.

In the end, with eight victories between Courtney and his Clauson/Marshall Racing team at Ocala, Fla. twice, Kokomo, Ind., Granite City, Ill., Bloomington, Ind., Fairbury, Neb., Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Wayne City, Ill., CMR snapped Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian's seven year run of consecutive series owner championships.

Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) finished as the top Rookie in the standings (11th). Carrick, Seavey and Thomas were the lone three drivers to start all 31 series events. The most positions advanced by any one driver in a feature event throughout the series season was 19 by Kyle Larson (23rd to 4th) on the opening night of the Hangtown 100 at Placerville.


USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS:

Driver Champion: Tyler Courtney

Owner Champion: Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC

Rookie of the Year: Andrew Layser

Most Feature Wins: (8) Tyler Courtney

Laps Led: (175) Tyler Courtney

Top-Fives: (20) Tyler Courtney

Top-Tens: (26) Tyler Courtney

Fast Qualifying Times: (8) Tyler Courtney

Heat Race Wins: (9) Tyler Courtney

Feature Starts: (31) Tanner Carrick, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: (19) Kyle Larson (23rd to 4th on Nov. 19 at Placerville Speedway)

2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

Feb 8: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Feb 9: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Mar 9: &&& Du Quoin, IL - Southern Illinois Center
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac Motorsports #08)

Apr 5: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Apr 6: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Petry Motorsports #5)

May 17: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Jun 4: @@@ Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67)

Jun 5: @@@ Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Justin Grant (RAMS Racing #4A)

Jun 6: @@@ Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #98)

Jun 7: @@@ Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Jun 8: @@@ Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Clauson/Marshall Racing #17BC)

Jun 29: Joliet, IL - Dirt Oval at Route 66
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #97)

Jul 9: Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Raceway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67)

Jul 12: Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway
WINNER: Jason McDougal (FMR Racing #76m)

Jul 13: Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Jul 14: Sweet Springs, MO - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex
WINNER: Tanner Carrick (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #71K)

Jul 30: *** Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Clauson/Marshall Racing #17BC)

Jul 31: *** Kutztown, PA - Action Track USA
WINNER: Zeb Wise (Clauson/Marshall Racing #39BC)

Aug 1: *** Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway Park
WINNER: Chad Boat (Tucker/Boat Motorsports #84)

Aug 2: *** Jonestown, PA - Linda's Speedway
WINNER: Zeb Wise (Clauson/Marshall Racing #39BC)

Aug 3: *** Newmanstown, PA - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67)

Sep 5: Speedway, IN - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
WINNER: Zeb Wise (Clauson/Marshall Racing #39BC)

Sep 28: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Oct 17: Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Oct 19: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Jason McDougal (FMR Racing #76m)

Nov 15: ### San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Petry Motorsports #5)

Nov 16: ### San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (FMR Racing #76E)

Nov 19: ### Placerville, CA - Placerville Speedway
WINNER: Gio Scelzi (Tucker/Boat Motorsports #84)

Nov 20: ### Placerville, CA - Placerville Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K)

Nov 23: ### Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K)

Nov 28: ### Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K)

------------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS -------------------------

Races noted with &&& represent an indoor race.

Races noted with @@@ represent Indiana Midget Week.

Races noted with *** represent a race with the USAC Eastern Midgets presented by ARDC.

Races noted with ### represent a Co-Sanctioned race with the USAC Western States Midget Championship.

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2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS
1. (2,040) Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)
2. (1,861) Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA)
3. (1,853) Chris Windom (Canton, IL)
4. (1,784) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL)
5. (1,749) Zeb Wise (Angola, IN)
6. (1,605) Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA)
7. (1,581) Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ)
8. (1,531) Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, OK)
9. (1,421) Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, KS)
10. (1,255) Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ)
11. (1,188) ®Andrew Layser (Collegeville, PA)
12. (1,056) Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV)
13. (979) ®Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, CA)
14. (896) ®Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, NC)
15. (768) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)
16. (756) ®Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, OK)
17. (702) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
18. (665) ®Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, NC)
19. (634) ®C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
20. (631) Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, OK)
21. (448) Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL)
22. (447) Michael Pickens (Auckland, NZ)
23. (422) Shane Golobic (Fremont, CA)
24. (388) ®Cole Bodine (Rossville, IN)
25. (348) Sam Johnson (St. Peters, MO)
26. (301) ®Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK)
27. (176) ®Sterling Cling (Tempe, AZ)
28. (170) ®Oliver Akard (Ft. Myers, FL)
29. (141) Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, PA)
30. (130) Tyler Nelson (Olathe, KS)
31. (124) Tony DiMattia (Malvern, PA)
32. (104) ®Steve Craig (Levittown, PA)
33. (93) ®Curtis Spicer (Marysville, KS)
34. (71) ®Karter Sarff (Mason City, IL)
35. (49) Adam Pierson (East Corinth, VT)
36. (10) ®Kenney Johnson (Bethany, CT)
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2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS
1. (2,040) Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC (Fishers, IN)
2. (1,861) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67 (Columbus, IN)
3. (1,853) Clauson/Marshall Racing #17BC (Fishers, IN)
4. (1,784) Petry Motorsports #5 (Greenfield, IN)
5. (1,749) Clauson/Marshall Racing #39BC (Fishers, IN)
6. (1,708) FMR Racing #76m (Palm City, FL)
7. (1,613) Tucker/Boat Motorsports #84 (Mooresville, NC)
8. (1,605) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #71K (Columbus, IN)
9. (1,581) Petry Motorsports #25 (Greenfield, IN)
10. (1,421) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #27 (Columbus, IN)
11. (1,188) Clauson/Marshall Racing #47BC (Fishers, IN)
12. (979) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #71 (Columbus, IN)
13. (975) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #98 (Columbus, IN)
14. (896) Tucker/Boat Motorsports #1 (Mooresville, NC)
15. (815) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #97 (Columbus, IN)
16. (768) RAMS Racing #4A (Lees Summit, MO)
17. (756) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67K (Columbus, IN)
18. (672) RMS LLC #7x (Western Springs, IL)
19. (631) Tyler Thomas Motorsports #91T (Collinsville, OK)
20. (622) Steve Reynolds #21KS (Springfield, IL)
21. (518) Bundy Built Motorsports #19m (Mooresville, NC)
22. (493) Petry Motorsports #15 (Greenfield, IN)
23. (448) Daum Motorsports #5D (Pocahontas, IL)
24. (432) Matt Wood Racing #17w (Elk Grove, CA)
25. (376) FMR Racing #76E (Palm City, FL)
26. (301) Zane Hendricks Racing #27z (Stillwater, OK)
27. (275) Petry Motorsports #35 (Greenfield, IN)
28. (275) RMS LLC #36 (Western Springs, IL)
29. (170) Dan & Shellie Akard #41 (Fort Myers, FL)
30. (130) Tyler Nelson Racing #88 (Indianapolis, IN)
31. (124) Tony DiMattia Motorsports #50 (Malvern, PA)
32. (111) Tri-C Motorsports #3c (West Sacramento, CA)
33. (104) Steve Craig #55 (Levittown, PA)
34. (102) Brian Buckwalter #0 (Douglassville, PA)
35. (93) Spicer Racecraft #4 (Marysville, KS)
36. (84) Bus Racing Team #17 (Prescott, AZ)
37. (70) Steve Reynolds/Jetson Motorsports #19J (Springfield, IL)
38. (49) Mancini/Manafort Racing #74m (Plainville, CT)
39. (10) Jeff Johnson #46 (Bethany, CT)
40. (10) Cornell Racing Stables #8 (Monee, IL)

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2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS
1. (1,188) Andrew Layser (Collegeville, PA)
2. (979) Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, CA)
3. (896) Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, NC)
4. (756) Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, OK)
5. (665) Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, NC)
6. (634) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
7. (388) Cole Bodine (Rossville, IN)
8. (301) Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK)
9. (176) Sterling Cling (Tempe, AZ)
10. (170) Oliver Akard (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. (104) Steve Craig (Levittown, PA)
12. (93) Curtis Spicer (Marysville, KS)
13. (71) Karter Sarff (Mason City, IL)
14. (10) Kenney Johnson (Bethany, CT)

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2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS:

1. (8) Tyler Courtney (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park, Feb 9 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 5 at Kokomo Speedway, May 17 at Tri-City Speedway, Jun 7 at Bloomington Speedway, Jul 13 at Jefferson County Speedway, Sep 28 at Eldora Speedway & Oct 17 at Wayne County Speedway)

2. (4) Kyle Larson (Jun 29 at Dirt Oval at Route 66, Nov 20 at Placerville Speedway, Nov 23 at Bakersfield Speedway & Nov 29 at Ventura Raceway)

3. (3) Logan Seavey (Jun 4 at Montpelier Motor Speedway, Jul 9 at Red Dirt Raceway & Aug 3 at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway)

(3) Zeb Wise (Jul 31 at Action Track USA, Aug 2 at Linda's Speedway & Sep 5 The Dirt Track at IMS)

5. (2) Jason McDougal (Jul 12 at Jefferson County Speedway & Oct 19 at Tri-State Speedway)

(2) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Apr 6 at Kokomo Speedway & Nov 15 at Arizona Speedway)

(2) Chris Windom (Jun 8 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Jul 30 at Grandview Speedway)

8. (1) Brady Bacon (Nov 16 at Arizona Speedway)
(1) Chad Boat (Aug 1 at Path Valley Speedway Park)
(1) Tanner Carrick (Jul 14 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex)
(1) Justin Grant (Jun 5 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)
(1) Cannon McIntosh (Mar 9 at the Southern Illinois Center)
(1) Gio Scelzi (Nov 19 at Placerville Speedway)
(1) Tanner Thorson (Jun 6 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED:
1. (175) Tyler Courtney
2. (129) Logan Seavey
3. (124) Kyle Larson
4. (107) Cannon McIntosh
5. (98) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
6. (71) Justin Grant
7. (55) Chris Windom
8. (48) Zeb Wise
9. (41) Brady Bacon
10. (40) Jason McDougal
11. (38) Chad Boat
12. (37) Tyler Thomas
13. (36) Tanner Thorson
14. (30) Gio Scelzi
15. (25) Tucker Klaasmeyer
16. (24) Tanner Carrick
17. (21) Thomas Meseraull
18. (15) Aaron Reutzel
19. (10) Michael Pickens
20. (4) Jerry Coons, Jr.
21. (2) Jesse Colwell & Andrew Layser

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (20) Tyler Courtney

2. (15) Logan Seavey

3. (14) Chris Windom

4. (13) Zeb Wise

5. (12) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

6. (10) Chad Boat & Jason McDougal

8. (7) Kyle Larson & Tanner Thorson

10. (6) Tanner Carrick, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Justin Grant

13. (4) Cannon McIntosh

14. (3) Rico Abreu & C.J. Leary

16. (2) Jesse Colwell, Carson Macedo & Tyler Thomas

19. (1) Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Jonathan Beason, Christopher Bell, Ryan Bernal, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Shane Golobic, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Ethan Mitchell, Michael Pickens, Gio Scelzi & Dillon Welch

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (26) Tyler Courtney

2. (25) Logan Seavey & Chris Windom

4. (20) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

5. (18) Tanner Carrick, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Zeb Wise

8. (17) Jason McDougal

9. (14) Chad Boat & Tanner Thorson

11. (13) Tucker Klaasmeyer

12. (9) Kyle Larson

13. (8) Justin Grant & Andrew Layser

15. (6) Shane Golobic

16. (5) Brady Bacon, Jesse Colwell, Zach Daum, C.J. Leary, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull & Tyler Thomas

23. (4) Rico Abreu & Gio Scelzi

25. (3) Spencer Bayston, Michael Pickens & Dillon Welch

28. (2) Ryan Bernal, Carson Macedo & Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

31. (1) Jonathan Beason, Christopher Bell, Steve Buckwalter, Timmy Buckwalter, Kyle Cummins, Robert Dalby, Sam Johnson, Buddy Kofoid, Ethan Mitchell, Daryn Pittman, Aaron Reutzel, Daniel Robinson & Matt Sherrell

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

1. (8) Tyler Courtney

2. (4) Kyle Larson & Zeb Wise

4. (3) Logan Seavey

5. (2) Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Dillon Welch

7. (1) Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Ethan Mitchell, Gio Scelzi & Chris Windom

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., AutoMeter & Indy Race Parts)

1. (9) Tyler Courtney

2. (8) Chad Boat & Tanner Carrick

4. (7) Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Zeb Wise

6. (6) Jason McDougal

7. (5) Tucker Klaasmeyer, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey & Tyler Thomas

11. (4) Brady Bacon, Jesse Colwell & Chris Windom

14. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr., Dave Darland, Andrew Layser & Cannon McIntosh

18. (2) Zach Daum, Karsyn Elledge, Justin Grant, Holley Hollan, Ethan Mitchell, Jake Neuman, Daison Pursley & Tanner Thorson

26. (1) Rico Abreu, Spencer Bayston, Jonathan Beason, Cole Bodine, Colby Copeland, Robert Dalby, Colton Heath, Chase Johnson, Sam Johnson, Kyle Larson, Ace McCarthy, Daniel Robinson, Gio Scelzi, Jake Swanson & Dillon Welch

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C-MAIN WINS:

1. (1) Brady Bacon, Michael Faccinto, Sam Johnson, Buddy Kofoid & Michael Pickens

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D-MAIN WINS:

1. (1) Jonathan Beason & Brent Beauchamp

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1. (2) Jesse Colwell, Tyler Courtney & Tyler Thomas

4. (1) Christopher Bell, Tanner Carrick, Colten Cottle, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Kyle Larson, Michael Pickens, Daniel Robinson, Gio Scelzi, Dillon Welch & Zeb Wise

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DASH/PURSUIT WINS:

1. (1) Kyle Larson & Jason McDougal

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SEMI WINS:

1. (3) Tanner Thorson

2. (2) Christopher Bell & Logan Seavey

4. (1) Brady Bacon, Ryan Bernal, Jerry Coons, Jr., Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Sam Johnson, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Kyle Larson, Carson Macedo, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Jake Neuman, Aaron Reutzel, Gio Scelzi, Brad Sweet, Chris Windom & Zeb Wise

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FEATURE STARTS:

1. (31) Tanner Carrick, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

4. (30) Jerry Coons, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom & Zeb Wise

8. (29) Tucker Klaasmeyer

9. (28) Jason McDougal

10. (24) Andrew Layser

11. (23) Chad Boat

12. (22) Jesse Colwell

13. (18) Tanner Thorson

14. (17) Karsyn Elledge

15. (16) Holley Hollan & Thomas Meseraull

17. (14) Justin Grant

18. (13) Brady Bacon

19. (12) Tyler Thomas

20. (11) Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary & Cannon McIntosh

23. (10) Cole Bodine & Michael Pickens

25. (9) Dave Darland, Ethan Mitchell & Gio Scelzi

28. (8) Robert Dalby, Zach Daum & Shane Golobic

31. (7) Rico Abreu, Zane Hendricks, Sam Johnson & Dillon Welch

35. (5) Spencer Bayston & Steven Drevicki

37. (4) Bobby Butler, Kyle Cummins, Noah Gass, Buddy Kofoid, Shannon McQueen, Jake Neuman Daison Pursley, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. & Jake Swanson

46. (3) Christopher Bell, Ryan Bernal, Colby Copeland, Steve Craig, Zach Curtis, Cory Elliott, Shawn Jackson, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, Daniel Robinson & Curtis Spicer

57. (2) Lance Bennett, Olivia Bennett, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Steve Buckwalter, Timmy Buckwalter, Sterling Cling, Brett Conkling, Conor Daly, Ryan Greth, Chase Johnson, Ace McCarthy, Adam Pierson, Karter Sarff, C.J. Sarna, Tyler Seavey, Brad Sweet, A.J. Valim, Kevin Woody, Jr. & Alex Yankowski

76. (1) Jonathan Beason, Clinton Boyles, Joe Boyles, Alex Bright, Chase Briscoe, Colten Cottle, Hank Davis, Andrew Deal, Tony DiMattia, Chad Frewaldt, Russ Gamester, Casey Hicks, Chase Jones, Tommy Kunsman, Austin Liggett, Critter Malone, Marvin Mitchell, Kameron Morral, Kyle O'Gara, Billy Pauch, Jr., Justin Peck, Daryn Pittman, Kendall Ruble, Matt Sherrell, Jamie Speers, Presley Truedson, Matt Veatch, Chad Winfrey, Ben Worth & J.J. Yeley

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS "HARD CHARGER" OF THE RACE

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park - Chris Windom (11th to 3rd)

Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park - Tanner Thorson (24th to 7th)

Mar 9: Southern Illinois Center - Chad Boat (15th to 2nd)

Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway - Dave Darland (21st to 11th)

Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway - Andrew Layser (22nd to 16th)

May 17: Tri-City Speedway - Cannon McIntosh (18th to 7th)

Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Jerry Coons, Jr. (20th to 11th)

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Tyler Courtney (15th to 6th)

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway - Tanner Thorson (15th to 1st)

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway - Chris Windom (22nd to 4th)

Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Chad Boat (15th to 2nd)

Jun 29: Dirt Oval at Route 66 - Jason McDougal (19th to 9th)

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway - Jonathan Beason (17th to 5th)

Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway - Tyler Courtney (12th to 2nd)

Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway - Tyler Thomas (11th to 5th)

Jul 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Daniel Robinson (23rd to 8th)

Jul 30: Grandview Speedway - Tanner Thorson (15th to 4th)

Jul 31: Action Track USA - Chris Windom (12th to 3rd)

Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park - Timmy Buckwalter (16th to 9th)

Aug 2: Linda's Speedway - Zeb Wise (8th to 1st)

Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Jason McDougal (12th to 3rd)

Sep 5: The Dirt Track at IMS - Tyler Courtney (20th to 2nd)

Sep 28: Eldora Speedway - Tucker Klaasmeyer (18th to 9th)

Oct 17: Wayne County Speedway - Logan Seavey (19th to 4th)

Oct 19: Tri-State Speedway - Justin Grant (16th to 5th)

Nov 15: Arizona Speedway - Kyle Cummins (21st to 14th)

Nov 16: Arizona Speedway - Rico Abreu (18th to 5th)

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Kyle Larson (23rd to 4th)

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway - Tyler Courtney (24th to 8th)

Nov 23: Bakersfield Speedway - Thomas Meseraull (20th to 8th)

Nov 29: Ventura Raceway - Shane Golobic (24th to 9th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS:

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park - Tyler Thomas

Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park - Zane Hendricks

Mar 9: Southern Illinois Center - Tanner Carrick

Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway - Tyler Thomas

Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway - Jake Neuman

May 17: Tri-City Speedway - Tanner Carrick

Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Michael Pickens

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Andrew Layser

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway - Holley Hollan

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway - Jerry Coons, Jr.

Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Jesse Colwell

Jun 29: Dirt Oval at Route 66 - Zach Daum

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway - Shannon McQueen

Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway - Tanner Thorson

Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway - Shannon McQueen

Jul 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Joe Boyles

Jul 30: Grandview Speedway - Jason McDougal

Jul 31: Action Track USA - Tucker Klaasmeyer

Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park - Kyle Larson

Aug 2: Linda's Speedway - Steven Drevicki

Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Zeb Wise

Sep 5: The Dirt Track at IMS - Michael Pickens

Sep 28: Eldora Speedway - Dave Darland

Oct. 17: Wayne County Speedway - Gio Scelzi

Oct. 19: Tri-State Speedway - Jerry Coons, Jr.

Nov 15: Arizona Speedway - Tucker Klaasmeyer

Nov 16: Arizona Speedway - Shannon McQueen

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Brady Bacon

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway - Chris Windom

Nov 23: Bakersfield Speedway - Buddy Kofoid

Nov 29: Ventura Raceway - Jerry Coons, Jr.

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS:

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park - Ethan Mitchell

Mar 9: Southern Illinois Center - Zane Hendricks & Jake Neuman

Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway - Jake Neuman

Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway - Ethan Mitchell

May 17: Tri-City Speedway - Andrew Layser

Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Noah Gass

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Ethan Mitchell

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway - Kyle Cummins

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway - Cannon McIntosh

Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Sterling Cling

Jun 29: Dirt Oval at Route 66 - Jake Neuman

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway - Andrew Layser

Sep 5: The Dirt Track at IMS - Sam Johnson

Oct. 17: Wayne County Speedway - Holley Hollan

Oct. 19: Tri-State Speedway - Sam Johnson

Nov 15: Arizona Speedway - Shannon McQueen

Nov 16: Arizona Speedway - Robert Dalby

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Tyler Courtney, Zeb Wise & Cory Elliott

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway - Zeb Wise

Nov 23: Bakersfield Speedway - Andrew Layser

Nov 29: Ventura Raceway - Andrew Layser

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER ROSTER:

A

Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #97)

®Oliver Akard/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard #41)

Chris Andrews/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing #95)

B

Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Daryl Saucier #1ST, TKH Motorsports #21H, Keith Ford #73T, FMR Racing #76, FMR Racing #76E, FMR Racing #76m & Central Motorsports #85)

Tyler Baran/Joliet, IL (B-Boyz Motorsports #11)

Chris Baue/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue #9)

Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Cody Beard/Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard #7)

Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Hard Eight Racing #8J, Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21FS & Six8 Motorsports #68)

Brent Beauchamp/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold #43)

Brett Becker/Odessa, TX (Brett Becker Racing #2B)

Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports #31B)

Christopher Bell/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #21 & Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84x)

Robert Bell/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell #71B)

Blaze Bennett/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett #10B & Olivia Bennett #77B)

Lance Bennett/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett #10)

Olivia Bennett/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett #77)

Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing #77w)

Travis Berryhill/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing #31)

Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84)

®Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports #15 & Petry Motorsports #35)

Blake Bower/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci & Chris Walker #10B)

Clinton Boyles/Greenwood, MO (Mounce Motorsports #9)

Joe Boyles/Greenwood, MO (Joe Boyles #98B)

Alex Bright/Collegeville, PA (Daryl Saucier #1ST & Seymour Performance #29A)

Chase Briscoe/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing #5B)

Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing #97w)

Kaylee Bryson/Muskogee, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports #11B)

Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke #27B)

Bruce Buckwalter, Jr./Mechanicsburg, PA (Bruce Buckwalter, Sr. #83)

Steve Buckwalter/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter #0 & Brian Buckwalter #25B)

Timmy Buckwalter/Douglassville, PA (Seymour Performance #29B)

David Budres/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing #23m)

Bobby Butler/Bridgeport, NJ (Rusty Myers #5B)

C

Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #71K)

Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur #99x)

Grady Chandler/Piedmont, OK (Mounce Motorsports #19s)

Thomas Chandler/Festus, MO (Rich Roney #1T)

Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm #56x)

®Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports #35)

Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21m, Johnny Cofer #57 & Marcie Campbell #71s)

®Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #71)

Brett Conkling/Westwood, NJ (Brett Conkling #0NJ)

Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports #25)

Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing #27w)

Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL (Travis Young #56AP)

Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

®Steve Craig/Levittown, PA (Steve Craig #55)

Tim Crawley/Benton, AR (Tim Crawley #4J)

Braydon Cromwell/Lone Jack, MO (Mounce Motorsports #9)

Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley & Glenn Styres #1G, Jack Yeley, Glenn Styres #2G & RMS LLC #71x)

Zach Curtis/Spring City, PA (Jack Curtis #75)

D

Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby #4D & Tucker-Boat Motorsports #85)

Conor Daly/Noblesville, IN (Petry Motorsports #15 & Petry Motorsports #35)

Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports #15, RMS LLC #36 & Del Morris #71R)

Zach Daum/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports #5D)

Hank Davis/Sand Springs, OK (Dean Franklin #42)

Andrew Deal/Caney, KS (Mike & Karen Deal #15D)

Justin Dickerson/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson #21D)

Tony DiMattia/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia #50)

Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (CR Motorsports #7R & Troy Cline #55)

Ken Drangmeister/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister #76)

Rich Drangmeister/Hobart, IN (#3 Rich Drangmeister)

Steven Drevicki/Reading, PA (Randy Heckman #12)

Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing #71D)

E

Tyler Edwards/Salina, OK (Jake Swanson #17s)

®Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #1)

Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott #11E)

F

Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Mitch Elliott #11F & Del Morris #47m)

Andrew Felker/Carl Junction, MO (Chad Shields #44)

Frank Flud/Pryor, OK (Bobby Springer #25s)

Chad Frewaldt/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt #4F)


G

Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing #46)

Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Klatt Enterprises #4)

Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports #68)

Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett #15x)

Noah Gass/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass #20G)

Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing #4A)

Ryan Greth/Newport, PA (Mullet Racing #4)

Tony Gualda/Hollister, CA (Kruseman Motorsports #18K)

H

Derek Hagar/Marion, AR (Hagar-Proctor Racing #9JR)

Ryan Hall/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush #2)

Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton #15H)

Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart #99)

®Zane Hendricks/Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks Racing #27z)

Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing #1K)

Anton Hernandez/Arlington, TX (Bear Wood #8JR)

John Heydenreich/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens #22)

Casey Hicks/Platt City, MO (Casey Hicks #5H)

®Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #67K)

Emilio Hoover/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover #9H)

Luke Howard (Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce #00)

I

Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford #73)

J

Dakota Jackson/Elizabethtown, IN (Kevin Arnold #43)

Shawn Jackson/Bear, DE (Shawn Jackson #7J)

Chris Jagger, Jr./Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger, Jr. #32J)

Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy #25x)

Colby Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris #71m)

Kenney Johnson/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson #46)

Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO (Steve Reynolds-Jetson Motorsports #19J & Joe Johnson #72)

Chase Jones/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development #1BR, Bill Ecker #57B & SFH Racing Development #68)

Curtis Jones/Sand Springs, OK (Wayne Simmons #77s)

Kyle Jones/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports #7u)

Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA (Keith Ford #73x)

K

Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #27)

Michael Klein/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace #10A)

Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #97K & Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #98)

Michael Koontz/Bloomington, IN (Michael Koontz #17x)

Tommy Kouns/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor #11T)

Tommy Kunsman/Bethlehem, PA (Tommy Kunsman #21)

L
Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K, Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #24 & Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #97)

®Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing #47BC)

Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr. #33p)

®C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Gene Gile Racing #13, Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21KS & FMR Racing #76m)

Aaron Leffel/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor #11L)

Matt Linder/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush #2x)

Anthony Lopiccolo/Yorba Linda, CA (Anthony Lopiccolo #21)

Brayton Lynch/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz #1K)

M

Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports #21)

Critter Malone/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC #7)

Ace McCarthy/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman #28)

Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21KS & FMR Racing #76m)

Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports #08)

Shannon McQueen/Bakersfield, CA (McQueen Racing #7 & Broc Garrett #15s)

Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (#7x RMS LLC & Gene Gile Racing #13)

Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports #08m & Bundy Built Motorsports #19m)

Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell #78)

Mitchel Moles/Fresno, CA (Matt Wood Racing #27w)

Howard Moore/Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue #41)

Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala #19w & Gary Morgan #45)

Shane Morgan/Morton, IL (Shane Morgan #15m)

Kameron Morral/Hagerstown, MD (Mullet Racing #4)

Chance Morton/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton #7m)

Kade Morton/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton #8m)

Johnny Murdock/Dallas, TX (Zero Moto #0)

N

Tyler Nelson/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing #88)

Jake Neuman/New Berlin, IN (Jim Neuman #3N)

Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (Kelly Nichols #1NP)

O

Austin O'Dell/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell #97A)

Kyle O'Gara/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development #67F)

Trey Osborne/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon #61)

P

Ryan Padgett/Anadarko, OK (Wayne Crow #98p)

Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz #8)

Billy Pauch, Jr./Frenchtown, NJ (Heffner Racing Enterprises #72)

Justin Peck/Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team #17)

James Picardi/Mapleton, IL (James Picardi #127)

Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC #1NZ)

Adam Pierson/East Corinth, VT (Mancini-Manafort Racing #74m)

Daryn Pittman/Owasso, OK (Pittman Motorsports #21)

David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports #15DJ)

Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #9 & Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #98)

R

Gunner Ramey/Sedalia, MO (Mounce Motorsports #19s)

Davey Ray/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables #8)

Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #87)

Kiely Ricardo/Hollister, CA (Ted Finkenbinder #3F)

Tyler Robbins/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins #35T)

Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (Harris Racing #11 & McCreery Motorsports #57D)

Kendall Ruble/Vincennes, IN (Brian Martin #11m)

Gage Rucker/Truxton, MO (Kruseman Motorsports #11K & Amati Racing #45L)

S

®Karter Sarff/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21KS)

C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna #20)

Audra Sasselli/Selma, CA (Kelly Nichols #1p)

Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84 & Tucker/Boat Motorsports #85)

Aaron Schuck/Joliet, IL (Five-Three Motorsports #53)

Ray Seach/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing #54m)

Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #67)

Tyler Seavey/Sutter, CA (Randy Washburn #117)

Shaun Shapel/Wichita, KS (Phil Shapel #84s)

Steven Shebester/Mustang, OK (Ray Williams #22x)

Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason #91)

Matt Sherrell/Owasso, OK (Bubba Hunt #10)

Carson Sousa/Red Bluff, CA (Ken Dalby #01)

Jamie Speers/New Holland, PA (Jamie Speers #00)

Curtis Spicer/Marysville, KS (Spicer Racecraft #4)

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

Matt Streeter/Napa, CA (Ted Finkenbinder #3F)

Kevin Studley/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley #57K)

Cody Swanson/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell #71s)

Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Broc Garrett #15s & Keith Ford #73K)

Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne #67z)

T

Adam Taylor/Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports #7T)

Garrett Thomas/Highland, IL (Mark Chisholm #56x)

Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports #5)

Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports #91T)

Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports #3c, Hayward Motorsports #19 & Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #98)

Presley Truedson/Kennedy, MN (Daum Motorsports #5T)

V

A.J. Valim/Monument, CO (A.J. Valim #4T)

Matt Veatch/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports #57D)

W

Brent Watson/Daleville, IN (Brent Watson #17K)

Billy Wease/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease #12w)

Cody Weisensel/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel #20)

Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #81)

Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner #54)

Garet Williamson/Columbia, MO (Mounce Motorsports #19s)

Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports #c27)

Jeff Wimmenauer/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer #15J)

Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing #17BC)

Chad Winfrey/Gladstone, MO (Chad Winfrey #321)

Joe Wirth/Waterloo, IL (Joe Wirth #77w)

Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing #39BC)

Kevin Woody, Jr./Victor, NY (Brian Buckwalter #0 & Brian Buckwalter #25B)

Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander #5G)

Y

Alex Yankowski/Covington Township, PA (Brian Buckwalter #0)

J.J. Yeley/Phoenix, AZ (Jeff Taylor #2J & RMS LLC 36)

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Tony Stewart

16. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

19. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart

20. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

26. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

28. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

32. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

33. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox, Kyle Larson & Jason Leffler

37. [18 wins] Dave Steele

38. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

40. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

46. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

48. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

51. [13 wins] Tyler Courtney, Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Stevie Reeves & Tanner Thorson

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

63. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

69. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

75. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

79. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner & Josh Wise

92. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

101. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Arnie Knepper, Logan Seavey, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Jr., Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Roger West

114. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

125. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Justin Grant, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

158. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

189. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White, Cole Whitt & Chris Windom

225. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook, Jr., Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, Cannon McIntosh, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS
1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS
1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2015: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2016: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2017: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2018: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2019: Clauson/Marshall Racing

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser

 

 

2019 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR YEAR IN REVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 5, 2019).........In his eighth full season with the series, youthful C.J. Leary became USAC's newest first-time champion as well as the third youngest USAC National Sprint Car driver champion behind only Bryan Clauson and Levi Jones, who were both just slightly younger at the same age of 23.

In 2016, Leary became the first son of a past USAC Silver Crown winner (Chuck Leary) to win a race himself in that series. In 2019, C.J. also became the first ever son of a former USAC National Rookie of the Year (all series) to win a USAC National title. C.J.'s father claimed the 1993 Midget and 1995 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors.

Leary was also the second consecutive past USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year (2012) to eventually capture the series championship following Tyler Courtney (2013). Overall, Leary is just the fifth ever driver to collect both USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors and win the series title in his career along with J.J. Yeley, Tracy Hines, Josh Wise and Courtney.

The beginning of the year marked a changeup for Leary, who joined Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports for their first foray as a team on the entire National trail. It's the second consecutive season that a driver and team's first USAC National Sprint Car race together came during their championship season, following Courtney and Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing in 2018.

With a second victory coming in November's Oval Nationals at Perris, Calif., Leary's two victories are the fewest by a USAC National Sprint Car champ since Brady Bacon also had two in 2016. However, Leary was a stalwart of consistency, rattling off 21 straight top-tens to open the season and 32 top-tens in 34 starts. He also gained a myriad of points through qualifying where his 11 overall fast times were the third most in a single season in series history behind only Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s 15 in 2018 and Tom Bigelow's 14 in 1978.

En route to the series crown, Leary took over the point lead for good following a runner-up finish at Eldora Speedway on May 10, the earliest in a season any driver in the series has taken over the championship lead and held onto it for the remainder of the season since Levi Jones in 2011.

Despite taking the point lead that early in the going, Leary's 18-point final margin of victory was the eighth closest in the 59 previous years of the series, trailing only 2018, 1965, 2012, 2017, 1967, 2002 and 2005. Each of the three past championship races have been decided by 18 points or less following the 2018 "tie," awarded to Tyler Courtney over Kevin Thomas, Jr. based on a tiebreaker of most wins, and 2017 when Chris Windom defeated Justin Grant by six points.

Leary's first victory of 2019 came on the first weekend of the season during Winter Dirt Games X at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. He's the third consecutive driver, and fifth in the last seven years to win the championship after winning at Ocala.

Windom won the season opener, providing Goacher Racing its first USAC National Sprint Car win in 27 years, the first since Danny Smith's triumph at the Eldora 4-Crown in 1992. It was the first of four victories for Windom and the team with additional wins gathered at Granite City, Ill., Kokomo during Indiana Sprint Week and at Gas City, Ind.

Grant took the second night in Ocala on the way to four total wins, three points-paying, which included an ISW score at Lawrenceburg, Ind., his fourth career USAC triumph at the track, along with the Jim Hurtubise Classic at Terre Haute, Ind.. The Ione, Calif. driver also captured the 27-lap #GYATK Night non-points special event at Kokomo in August.

Courtney, meanwhile, led the series in wins for the second consecutive season. He's the first driver to do that since J.J. Yeley in 2002-2003. Courtney's 20 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature wins over the past two seasons equaled Yeley's mark in those two years, which trails only Pancho Carter's record 22 wins over a two-year span in 1976-77.

Courtney produced two "sweeps" with the series in 2019 in July at Terre Haute, Ind. and at Eldora where he recorded fast qualifying time, won his heat and captured the feature all within the same night. He's the first driver to perform two sweeps with the series in a single year since Yeley in 2003.

Courtney swept all three events at Eldora in 2019, and four-straight dating back to 2018, which marked the most consecutive USAC National Sprint Car wins by a driver in the history of the famed half-mile. He became the first driver to go undefeated in USAC National Sprint Car competition at Eldora since Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2009. Throughout 2019, he added wins at Port Royal, Pa., Plymouth, Ind., Smackdown at Kokomo, and back-to-back wins at Arizona Speedway's Western World to conclude the campaign with two-straight wins, the first to achieve that feat since Kevin Swindell at Manzanita Speedway in 2008.

Two-time series champ Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. earned six victories in his return to the Dynamics, Inc. in 2019. He captured the Midwest opener at Bloomington in April, then proved to be the big money man following a $10,000 win at Grandview Speedway during Eastern Storm in June, then collected $25,000 with a two-night domination of Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway's inaugural Corn Belt Nationals, then opened the Oval Nationals with two successive victories during the first two nights at Perris in November.

Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins' undefeated sprint car season at Tri-State Speedway included the Indiana Sprint Week and Haubstadt Hustler rounds at the track in addition to an ISW score at Putnamville, Ind. during the summer. Kevin Thomas, Jr., Cullman, Ala., also won a pair with a spectacular drive to a last-lap victory at Bloomington during ISW as well as the Fall Nationals in the Midwest finale at Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Kansas, Ill. driver Shane Cottle led only one lap this season, but it came on the final lap of a photo finish in the ISW opener at Gas City, his first series victory since 2013. Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla., notched his lone win of the series this year during Eastern Storm at Bridgeport, N.J. Thomas Meseraull provided car owner Tom Eades with his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory during the Smackdown opener at Kokomo. The following night, Logan Seavey, earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature win at Kokomo.

In May, Chase Stockon completed the Terre Haute trifecta with his first Tony Hulman Classic win in May following a Jim Hurtubise Classic victory in 2012 and a Don Smith Classic score in 2016. The Fort Branch, Indiana resident's September visit to Terre Haute was a milestone event as Stockon reached his 285th consecutive USAC National Sprint Car start dating to the 2012 season, breaking the record previously held by Levi Jones between 2004 and 2012.

Meanwhile, Dustin Clark's first night ever behind the wheel of a sprint car in competition came during the USAC National Sprint Car season opener in Ocala, Fla. The Washington, Ind. native made 18 starts and led the opening lap of September's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State. He was one of two Rookies to lead a lap with the series this season along with Evansville, Indiana's Stephen Schnapf, which also came at Tri-State, during his runner up finish during ISW in July.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: (9) Tyler Courtney

Driver Champion: C.J. Leary

Owner Champion: Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ

Rookie of the Year: Dustin Clark

Most Laps Led: (223) Brady Bacon

Most Top-Fives: (25) Tyler Courtney

Most Top-Tens: (32) C.J. Leary

Most Fast Qualifying Times: (11) C.J. Leary

Most Heat Race Wins: (17) Tyler Courtney

Most Feature Starts: 7 drivers with 34

Most Times as Hard Charger (6) Brady Bacon

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2019 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS:

Feb 14: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Chris Windom (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G)

Feb 15: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Feb 16: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Apr 12: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

May 10: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

May 17: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G)

May 22: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Chase Stockon (32 TBI Racing #32)

Jun 11: (E) Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jun 12: (E) Swedesboro, NJ - Bridgeport Speedway
WINNER: Jason McDougal (Daigh/Phillips #71p)

Jun 15: (E) Port Royal, PA - Port Royal Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Jul 5: Knoxville, IA - Knoxville Raceway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 6: Knoxville, IA - Knoxville Raceway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 17: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Jul 18: (I) Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Shane Cottle (Epperson Racing #2E)

Jul 19: (I) Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Jul 20: (I) Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G)

Jul 21: (I) Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 24: (I) Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Jul 25: (I) Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Jul 26: (I) Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports #19)

Jul 27: (I) Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Aug 21: (SE) Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 22: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (Tom Eades Racing #47)

Aug 23: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19s)

Aug 24: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Sep 13: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 14: (M) Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Sep 26: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G)

Sep 28: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Oct 5: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports #19)

Nov 7: © Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 8: © Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 9: © Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Nov 15: © San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Nov 16: © San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

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Races noted with (M) represent a race co-sanctioned by MSCS.

Races noted with (SE) represent a non-points-paying "Special Event"

Races noted with (E) represent Eastern Storm

Races noted with (I) represent Indiana Sprint Week

Races noted with © represent a race with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA & Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Cars

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2019 FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

1. (2,327) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)

2. (2,309) Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)

3. (2,136) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)

4. (2,136) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL)

5. (2,116) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

6. (2,115) Chris Windom (Canton, IL)

7. (2,032) Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN)

8. (1,588) Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, OK)

9. (1,361) Carson Short (Marion, IL)

10. (1,193) Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, IN)

11. (907) Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM)

12. (899) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)

13. (866) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)

14. (739) ®Dustin Clark (Washington, IN)

15. (704) Max Adams (Loomis, CA)

16. (669) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)

17. (619) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)

18. (568) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)

19. (549) ®Brian VanMeveren (Woodbury, MN)

20. (512) Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, OH)

21. (435) Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, PA)

22. (432) Damion Gardner (Concord, CA)

23. (395) Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown, IN)

24. (376) Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, NC)

25. (334) Mario Clouser (Auburn, IL)

26. (318) Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, IN)

27. (259) Matt Goodnight (Winchester, IN)

28. (250) Steve Thomas (Ludlow, IL)

29. (229) ®Stephen Schnapf (Evansville, IN)

30. (215) ®T.J. Artz (Lincoln, NE)

31. (212) ®Terry Richards (Denton, NE)

32. (200) Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, PA)

33. (147) ®Kent Schmidt (Owensville, IN)

34. (133) ®Dustin Ingle (Lima, OH)

35. (109) ®Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK)

36. (95) ®Tom Harris (Oxfordshire, UK)

37. (94) ®Ty Tilton (Lima, OH)

38. (87) Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL)

39. (56) ®Noah Gass (Mounds, OK)

40. (54) Patrick Budde (Bartelso, IL)

41. (50) ®Doug Schenck (Cottage Grove, WI)

42. (50) Robert Bell (Colfax, IA)

43. (40) ®Gage Etgen (Celina, OH)

44. (36) Kyle Robbins (New Castle, IN)

45. (20) ®Mike Burkin (Clyde, OH)

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2019 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS:

1. (2,327) Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ (Gilbert, AZ)

2. (2,309) Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC (Fishers, IN)

3. (2,136) Dynamics, Inc. #69 (Milford, OH)

4. (2,136) Hayward/Thomas Motorsports #19 (Avon, IN)

5. (2,116) TOPP Motorsports #4 (Rochester, IN)

6. (2,115) Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G (Anderson, IN)

7. (2,032) 32 TBI Racing #32 (Fort Branch, IN)

8. (1,483) Daigh/Phillips Motorsports #71p (Indianapolis, IN)

9. (1,203) RCM Motorsports #21 (Marion, IL)

10. (1,193) LNR/Isaac Chapple Racing #52 (Fortville, IN)

11. (907) Hodges Motorsports #74x (Albuquerque, NM)

12. (899) Rock Steady Racing #3R (Dupont, IN)

13. (739) Dustin Clark #75 (Washington, IN)

14. (669) Eberhardt/Zirzow Racing #98e (Lebanon, IN)

15. (568) Ballou Motorsports #12 (Tipton, IN)

16. (549) VanMeveren Racing #24 (Woodbury, MN)

17. (520) Scott Adams #5m (Loomis, CA)

18. (512) Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m (Forest, OH)

19. (483) Dwight Cheney #42 (Glendora, CA)

20. (435) LNB Motorsports #7 (Douglassville, PA)

21. (394) Brandon Mattox Racing #28 (Cory, IN)

22. (376) Andretti Autosport Short Track #18 (Mooresville, NC)

23. (334) Mario Clouser Motorsports #6 (Chatham, IL)

24. (323) Epperson Racing #2E (Indianapolis, IN)

25. (322) Goodnight Racing #39 (Hartford City, IN)

26. (318) Bilbee Motorsports #17 (Indianapolis, IN)

27. (316) Chris Dyson Racing #20 (Coplay, PA)

28. (257) Jackson Racing #3 (Elizabethtown, IN)

29. (250) Steve Thomas Racing #20T (Ludlow, IL)

30. (229) Randy Edwards #61m (Evansville, IN)

31. (226) Tom Eades #47 (Sharpsville, IN)

32. (215) Artz & Sons #57x (Hickman, NE)

33. (212) Terry Richards #18m (Denton, NE)

34. (200) Carmen Perigo #21p (Stoystown, PA)

35. (147) KO Motorsports #5K (Owensville, IN)

36. (138) On The Gass Racing #17G (Brownsburg, IN)

37. (134) Todd Keen #18H (Union City, OH)

38. (133) Dustin Ingle #2DI (Lima, OH)

39. (132) Chase Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian Racing #5 (Mitchell, IN)

40. (112) Hurst Brothers Motorsports #70 (Salem, IN)

41. (112) Tim Hogue Racing #39x (Woodbury, NJ)

42. (110) Paul Hazen #57 (Columbia City, IN)

43. (109) Goodnight Racing #27 (Hartford City, IN)

44. (104) 4J Motorsports #4J (Mooresville, IN)

45. (95) Tom Harris Motorsport #84 (Tipton, IN)

46. (94) Ty Tilton #42 (Lima, OH)

47. (87) Daum Motorsports #5D (Pocahontas, IL)

48. (75) Karl Freyer #4F (Ringoes, NJ)

49. (72) Jerry Burton #04 (Bloomington, IN)

50. (70) Mark Hery #21H (Piqua, OH)

51. (57) Lee Underwood Racing #24L (Cornelius, NC)

52. (56) Randy Gass #20G (Mounds, OK)

53. (54) Patrick Budde #90 (Bartelso, IL)

54. (50) Robert Bell #71 (Colfax, IA)

55. (50) Final Effort Racing #71s (Cottage Grove, WI)

56. (47) Paul May #71m (Terre Haute, IN)

57. (40) Gage Etgen #99 (Celina, OH)

58. (36) KR Racing #17R (Greenfield, IN)

59. (29) Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #17GP (Cicero, IN)

60. (20) Dues Racing #87 (Minster, OH)

61. (20) Dick Mahoney #79 (Brechin, ON)

62. (10) Mike Miller #82 (Wapakoneta, OH)

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2019 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

1. (739) Dustin Clark (Washington, IN)

2. (549) Brian VanMeveren (Woodbury, MN)

3. (229) Stephen Schnapf (Evansville, IN)

4. (215) T.J. Artz (Lincoln, NE)

5. (212) Terry Richards (Denton, NE)

6. (147) Kent Schmidt (Owensville, IN)

7. (133) Dustin Ingle (Lima, OH)

8. (109) Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK)

9. (95) Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK)

10. (94) Ty Tilton (Lima, OH)

11. (56) Noah Gass (Mounds, OK)

12. (50) Doug Schenck (Cottage Grove, WI)

13. (40) Gage Etgen (Celina, OH)

14. (20) Mike Burkin (Clyde, OH)

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2019 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS:

FEATURE WINS:

(9) Tyler Courtney (May 10 at Eldora Speedway, Jun 15 at Port Royal Speedway, Jul 17 at Eldora Speedway, Jul 19 at Plymouth Speedway, Jul 24 at the Terre Haute Action Track, Aug 24 at Kokomo Speedway, Sep 28 at Eldora Speedway & Nov 15 at Arizona Speedway & Nov 16 at Arizona Speedway)

(6) Brady Bacon (Apr 12 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 11 at Grandview Speedway, Jul 5 at Knoxville Raceway, Jul 6 at Knoxville Raceway, Nov 7 at Perris Auto Speedway & Nov 8 at Perris Auto Speedway)

(4) Chris Windom (Feb 14 at Bubba Raceway Park, May 17 at Tri-City Speedway, Jul 20 at Kokomo Speedway & Sep 26 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

(3) Kyle Cummins (Jul 25 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 27 at Tri-State Speedway Sep 14 at Tri-State Speedway)

(3) Justin Grant (Feb 15 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jul 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Sep 13 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

(2) C.J. Leary (Feb 16 at Bubba Raceway Park & Nov 9 at Perris Auto Speedway)

(2) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Jul 26 at Bloomington Speedway & Oct 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

(1) Shane Cottle (Jul 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

(1) Jason McDougal (Jun 12 at Bridgeport Speedway)

(1) Thomas Meseraull (Aug 22 at Kokomo Speedway)

(1) Logan Seavey (Aug 23 at Kokomo Speedway)

(1) Chase Stockon (May 22 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

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FEATURE LAPS LED:

1. (223) Brady Bacon

2. (171) Tyler Courtney

3. (102) C.J. Leary

4. (100) Chris Windom

5. (86) Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

7. (65) Kyle Cummins

8. (52) Chase Stockon

9. (40) Jason McDougal

10. (30) Logan Seavey

11. (26) Stephen Schnapf

12. (22) Thomas Meseraull

13. (19) Scotty Weir

14. (11) Robert Ballou

15. (9) Carson Short

16. (6) Jarett Andretti

17. (4) Austin Williams

18. (1) Dustin Clark, Shane Cottle & Josh Hodges

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (25) Tyler Courtney

2. (24) C.J. Leary

3. (22) Chris Windom

4. (20) Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

6. (17) Brady Bacon

7. (11) Chase Stockon

8. (5) Kyle Cummins & Jason McDougal

10. (3) Carson Short

11. (2) Robert Ballou, Damion Gardner & Logan Seavey

14. (1) Chad Boespflug, Isaac Chapple, Shane Cottle, Charles Davis, Jr., Brandon Mattox, Thomas Meseraull, Kendall Ruble, Stephen Schnapf, Stevie Sussex, Richard Vander Weerd, Scotty Weir & Austin Williams

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (32) C.J. Leary

2. (30) Tyler Courtney

3. (29) Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

6. (28) Justin Grant

7. (27) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

8. (19) Jason McDougal

9. (14) Carson Short

10. (13) Kyle Cummins

11. (7) Robert Ballou

12. (6) Isaac Chapple

13. (5) Damion Gardner & Josh Hodges

15. (4) Chad Boespflug, Logan Seavey & Austin Williams

18. (3) Jarett Andretti, Nick Bilbee, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Richard Vander Weerd, Scotty Weir & Matt Westfall

25. (2) Max Adams, Ryan Bernal, Timmy Buckwalter, Shane Cottle, Dakota Jackson, Bud Kaeding, Brandon Mattox, Brody Roa, Kendall Ruble & Jake Swanson

35. (1) Brent Beauchamp, Joey Biasi, Mario Clouser, Charles Davis, Jr., Tom Harris, Zane Hendricks, Dallas Hewitt, Tommy Malcolm, Critter Malone, Stephen Schnapf, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Stevie Sussex & Jace Vander Weerd

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

1. (11) C.J. Leary

2. (7) Tyler Courtney

3. (4) Justin Grant

4. (3) Carson Short & Chase Stockon

6. (2) Chris Windom

7. (1) Brady Bacon, Timmy Buckwalter, Damion Gardner, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

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HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension (CSI), AutoMeter & Indy Race Parts):

1. (17) Tyler Courtney

2. (12) C.J. Leary

3. (10) Justin Grant

4. (8) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

7. (6) Carson Short

8. (4) Dustin Clark & Kyle Cummins

10. (3) Chad Boespflug, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon, Scotty Weir & Chris Windom

16. (2) Shane Cottle, Charles Davis, Jr., Damion Gardner & Josh Hodges

20. (1) Max Adams, Nick Bilbee, Timmy Buckwalter, Isaac Chapple, Anthony D'Alessio, Dave Darland, Matt Goodnight, Chayse Hayhurst, A.J. Hopkins, Dakota Jackson, R.J. Johnson, Bud Kaeding, Cole Ketcham, Austin Liggett, Brody Roa, Bill Rose, Stephen Schnapf, Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Wesley Smith, Richard Vander Weerd & Matt Westfall

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1. (2) Brady Bacon

2. (1) Max Adams, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Austin Liggett, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon & Jace Vander Weerd

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SEMI WINS:

1. (4) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

2. (3) Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

4. (2) Max Adams, Tyler Courtney & Jason McDougal

7. (1) Brady Bacon, Nick Bilbee, Chad Boespflug, Timmy Buckwalter, Mario Clouser, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, A.J. Hopkins, Dakota Jackson, C.J. Leary, Bill Rose, Carson Short, Jake Swanson, Matt Westfall & Austin Williams

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C-MAIN WINS:

1. (1) Max Adams, Donny Brackett, Shane Cottle, Trey Gropp, Chris Morgan, Kory Schudy & Corey Smith

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FEATURE STARTS:

1. (34) Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

8. (30) Jason McDougal

9. (27) Isaac Chapple

10. (26) Carson Short

11. (24) Josh Hodges

12. (21) Dave Darland

13. (18) Max Adams & Dustin Clark

15. (16) Kyle Cummins

16. (15) Thomas Meseraull

17. (14) Chad Boespflug

18. (12) Brian VanMeveren

19. (11) Brody Roa, Scotty Weir & Matt Westfall

22. (10) Robert Ballou & Timmy Buckwalter

24. (9) Dakota Jackson & Brandon Mattox

26. (8) Jarett Andretti, Shane Cottle, Damion Gardner, Hunter Schuerenberg, Dustin Smith & Logan Seavey

32. (6) Joey Biasi, Nick Bilbee, Mario Clouser, Matt Goodnight & Stephen Schnapf

37. (5) Charles Davis, Jr., R.J. Johnson, Cole Ketcham, Carmen Perigo, Kent Schmidt, Stevie Sussex, Jake Swanson & Austin Williams

45. (4) Chris Gansen, Tommy Malcolm, Corey Smith & Eddie Tafoya, Jr.

49. (3) Bill Balog, Steven Drevicki, A.J. Hopkins, Dustin Ingle, Bud Kaeding, Jordan Kinser, Austin Liggett, Tye Mihocko, Brady Short, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd & Korey Weyant

61. (2) T.J. Artz, Ryan Bernal, Chris Bonneau, Donny Brackett, Wyatt Burks, Zach Daum, Mitchell Davis, Aric Gentry, Ryan Godown, Tom Harris, Chayse Hayhurst, Zane Hendricks, Dallas Hewitt, Riley Kreisel, Critter Malone, Nate McMillin, Anthony Nicholson, Terry Richards, Bill Rose, Kendall Ruble, Landon Simon, Wesley Smith, Steve Thomas, Cody Williams & Mitch Wissmiller

86. (1) Garrett Abrams, Collin Ambrose, Koby Barksdale, Brent Beauchamp, Clinton Boyles, Dominick Buffalino, Harley Burns, Shane Cockrum, Kory Crabtree, Anthony D'Alessio, Tony DiMattia, Don Droud, Jr., Jared Esh, Logan Faucon, Michael Fischesser, Dickie Gaines, Noah Gass, Dennis Gile, Travis Hery, Steve Hix, J.J. Hughes, Steve Irwin, Brian Karraker, Tyler Kendall, Trevor Kobylarz, Kyle Lick, Paul May, Justin Owen, Craig Pellegrini, Jr., Eric Perrott, Chris Phillips, Kyle Robbins, Jadon Rogers, Kory Schudy, Kyle Shipley, Justin Standridge, John Stehman, Joe Stornetta, Kody Swanson, Ty Tilton, Lee Underwood, Cody White & Eric Wilkins

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS CLEAN SWEEP:

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Tyler Courtney

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Tyler Courtney

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS "HARD CHARGER" OF THE RACE:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Chad Boespflug (22nd to 12th)

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Tyler Courtney (22nd to 3rd)

2/16: Bubba Raceway Park - Tyler Courtney (9th to 3rd)

4/12: Bubba Raceway Park - Tyler Courtney (9th to 4th)

5/10: Eldora Speedway - Isaac Chapple (18th to 10th)

5/17: Tri-City Speedway - Isaac Chapple (15th to 5th)

5/22: Terre Haute Action Track - Isaac Chapple (16th to 10th)

6/11: Grandview Speedway - Ryan Godown (18th to 11th)

6/12: Bridgeport Speedway - Brady Bacon (12th to 7th)

6/15: Port Royal Speedway - Brady Bacon (17th to 7th)

7/5: Knoxville Raceway - Jason McDougal (20th to 8th)

7/6: Knoxville Raceway - Korey Weyant (23rd to 12th)

7/17: Eldora Speedway - Tom Harris (18th to 7th)

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Shane Cottle (18th to 1st)

7/19: Plymouth Speedway - Matt Westfall (19th to 11th)

7/20: Kokomo Speedway - Justin Grant (18th to 8th)

7/21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Dave Darland (22nd to 11th)

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Brady Bacon (14th to 4th)

7/25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Shane Cottle (22nd to 9th)

7/26: Bloomington Speedway - Tyler Courtney (22nd to 9th)

7/27: Tri-State Speedway - Brady Bacon (15th to 5th)

8/22: Kokomo Speedway - Chris Windom (16th to 7th)

8/23: Kokomo Speedway - Brady Bacon (22nd to 10th)

8/24: Kokomo Speedway - Chris Windom (18th to 8th)

9/13: Terre Haute Action Track - Tyler Courtney (9th to 3rd)

9/14: Tri-State Speedway - Brady Bacon (19th to 8th)

9/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Jason McDougal (17th to 8th)

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Matt Westfall (16th to 7th)

10/5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Jarett Andretti (13th to 8th)

11/7: Perris Auto Speedway - Hunter Schuerenberg (23rd to 12th)

11/8: Perris Auto Speedway - Richard Vander Weerd (19th to 8th)

11/9: Perris Auto Speedway - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16th to 6th)

11/15: Arizona Speedway - Charles Davis, Jr. (16th to 4th)

11/16: Arizona Speedway - Brody Roa (22nd to 10th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Dakota Jackson

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Robert Ballou

2/16: Bubba Raceway Park - Chad Boespflug

4/12: Bloomington Speedway - Dakota Jackson

5/10: Eldora Speedway - Matt Westfall

5/17: Tri-City Speedway - Mitchell Davis

5/22: Terre Haute Action Track - Brandon Mattox

6/11: Grandview Speedway - Steven Drevicki

6/12: Bridgeport Speedway - Chad Boespflug

6/15: Port Royal Speedway - Dustin Clark

7/5: Knoxville Raceway - Don Droud, Jr.

7/6: Knoxville Raceway - Wyatt Burks

7/17: Eldora Speedway - Carson Short

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Max Adams

7/19: Plymouth Speedway - Max Adams

7/20: Kokomo Speedway - Shane Cottle

7/21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Dickie Gaines

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Dustin Smith

7/25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Jason McDougal

7/26: Bloomington Speedway - Josh Hodges

7/27: Tri-State Speedway - Critter Malone

8/22: Kokomo Speedway - Dave Darland

8/23: Kokomo Speedway - Scotty Weir

8/24: Kokomo Speedway - Josh Hodges

9/13: Terre Haute Action Track - Dustin Smith

9/14: Tri-State Speedway - Carson Short

9/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Tye Mihocko

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Scotty Weir

10/5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Mario Clouser

11/7: Perris Auto Speedway - Brody Roa

11/8: Perris Auto Speedway - Thomas Meseraull

11/9: Perris Auto Speedway - Thomas Meseraull

11/15: Arizona Speedway - Damion Gardner

11/16: Arizona Speedway - Austin Williams

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ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Travis Hery

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Dakota Jackson

2/16: Bubba Raceway Park - Joey Biasi

4/12: Bubba Raceway Park - Robert Ballou

5/10: Eldora Speedway - Chad Boespflug

5/17: Tri-City Speedway - Jason McDougal

5/22: Terre Haute Action Track - Brandon Mattox

6/11: Grandview Speedway - Dave Darland

6/12: Bridgeport Speedway - Joey Biasi

6/15: Port Royal Speedway - Chad Boespflug

7/5: Knoxville Raceway - Matt Westfall

7/6: Knoxville Raceway - C.J. Leary

7/17: Eldora Speedway - Isaac Chapple

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Kyle Cummins

7/19: Plymouth Speedway - Dakota Jackson

7/20: Kokomo Speedway - Kyle Cummins

7/21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Josh Hodges

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Dakota Jackson

7/25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Thomas Meseraull

7/26: Bloomington Speedway - Brandon Mattox

7/27: Tri-State Speedway - Tony DiMattia

8/22: Kokomo Speedway - Kevin Thomas, Jr.

8/23: Kokomo Speedway - Hunter Schuerenberg

9/13: Terre Haute Action Track - Dustin Smith

9/14: Tri-State Speedway - Chris Windom

9/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Harley Burns

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Isaac Chapple

10/5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Kyle Cummins

11/7: Perris Auto Speedway - Max Adams

11/8: Perris Auto Speedway - Logan Seavey

11/9: Perris Auto Speedway - Austin Liggett

11/15: Arizona Speedway - Eddie Tafoya, Jr.

11/16: Arizona Speedway - Jason McDougal

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Matt Westfall

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Travis Hery

2/16: Bubba Raceway Park - Ty Tilton

4/12: Bubba Raceway Park - Michael Koontz

5/10: Eldora Speedway - Dallas Hewitt

5/17: Tri-City Speedway - James Lyerla

6/11: Grandview Speedway - Brian VanMeveren

7/5: Knoxville Raceway - Steve Irwin

7/6: Knoxville Raceway - Glen Saville

7/17: Eldora Speedway - Gage Etgen

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Brody Roa

7/19: Plymouth Speedway - Dave Darland

7/20: Kokomo Speedway - Max Adams

7/21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Tom Harris

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Dakota Jackson

7/25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Isaac Chapple

7/26: Bloomington Speedway - Lee Underwood

7/27: Tri-State Speedway - Kevin Thomas, Jr.

8/22: Kokomo Speedway - Brandon Mattox

8/23: Kokomo Speedway - Jarett Andretti

8/24: Kokomo Speedway - Matt Goodnight

9/13: Terre Haute Action Track - Eric Perrott

9/14: Tri-State Speedway - Stephen Schnapf

9/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Dustin Smith

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Matt Goodnight

10/5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Steve Thomas

11/7: Perris Auto Speedway - Chris Gansen

11/8: Perris Auto Speedway - Josh Hodges

11/9: Perris Auto Speedway - Bill Rose & Chris Bonneau

11/15: Arizona Speedway - Chris Bonneau

11/16: Arizona Speedway - Dennis Gile

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER ROSTER:

A

Garrett Abrams/Rushville, IN (Garrett Abrams #32A)

Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Scott Adams #5m, Dwight Cheney #42, Paul Hazen #57 & Keith Ford #73T)

Garrett Aitken/Paris, IL (Greg Aitken #32A)

Collin Ambrose/Owensboro, KY (Collin Ambrose #2 & Collin Ambrose #36)

Jarett Andretti/Mooresville, NC (Andretti Autosport Short Track #18)

T.J. Artz/Lincoln, NE (Artz & Sons #57)

B

Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Robert Ballou/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports #12)

Bill Balog/Hartland, WI (Hans Lein #2)

Koby Barksdale/Norman, OK (Koby Barksdale #22)

Brent Beauchamp/Avon, IN (Jeff Olson #34)

Robert Bell/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell #71)

Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports #17B)

Travis Berryhill/American Canyon, CA (Tyler Sturgeon Racing #77s)

Joey Biasi/Mary D, PA (Joey Biasi #B1)

Nick Bilbee/Indianapolis, IN (Bilbee Motorsports #17)

Chad Boespflug/Hanford, CA (Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing #98e)

Ryan Bond/Haubstadt, IN (Ryan Bond #7R)

Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau #15)

Clinton Boyles/Greenwood, MO (Paul Hazen #57)

Donny Brackett/Fort Branch, IN (Tony Brackett #4B)

Timmy Buckwalter/Douglassville, PA (LNB Motorsports #7)

Patrick Budde/Bartelso, IL (Budde Racing #90)

Dominick Buffalino/Sayreville, NJ (Wasitowski Motorsports #3x)

®Mike Burkin/Clyde, OH (Dick Mahoney #79)

Wyatt Burks/Topeka, KS (Wyatt Burks #11w)

Harley Burns/Brazil, IN (Harley Burns #12 & Tom Knight #16K)

C

Rob Caho, Jr./Wyoming, MN (Rob Caho Motorsports #78)

Craig Campton/Pardeeville, WI (Final Effort Racing #7s)

Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Carrick Motorsports #83T)

Isaac Chapple/Willow Branch, IN (LNR-Isaac Chapple Racing #52)

Brayden Clark/Tipton, IN (Roy Jackson #42G)

®Dustin Clark/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark #75)

Daron Clayton/Sikeston, MO (KO Motorsports #5o)

Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing #34)

Mario Clouser/Auburn, IL (Mario Clouser Motorsports #6)

Shane Cockrum/Benton, IL (JP Motorsports #24p)

Matt Cooley/Greenville, OH (Cooley Racing #19c)

Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle #5c)

Shane Cottle/Kansas, IL (Epperson Racing #2E, Cooley Racing #19c & Chet Williams #38)

Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing #7BC)

Kory Crabtree/West Jefferson, OH (Lou Gagliardi #60)

Tim Creech II/Indianapolis, IN (Tim Creech II #2c)

Braydon Cromwell/Lone Jack, MO (Mike Cromwell #4A)

Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Josh Cunningham/Spencer, IN (Josh Cunningham #3JC)

Michael Curtis/Cottonwood, AZ (Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler #11c)

D

Anthony D'Alessio/Apollo Beach, FL (Anthony D'Alessio #01)

Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Epperson Racing #2E, Chase Briscoe-Curb-Agajanian Racing #5, Buddy Cunningham #17c, Michael Dutcher Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #17GP, Dave Darland-Curb-Agajanian #36D, Tim Hogue Racing #39, Dwight Cheney #42 & Barry Tibbits #43m

Zach Daum/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports #5D)

Aaron Davis/Windfall, IN (Jeff Davis #11)

Charles Davis, Jr./Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr. #47)

Mitchell Davis/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis #56)

Tony DiMattia/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports #50)

Steven Drevicki/Reading, PA (Drevicki Racing #19s)

Don Droud, Jr./Lincoln, NE (Mark Burch Motorsports #1m)

Paul Dues/Minster, OH (Dues Racing #87)


E

Jared Esh/Lancaster, PA (Brian Ehrenzeller #33)

Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson #98J)

®Gage Etgen/Celina, OH (Gage Etgen #99)


F

Logan Faucon/Elkhart, IL (Logan Faucon #52F)

Michael Fischesser/Cincinnati, OH (Michael Fischesser #44)

Brayden Fox/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing #53)

Parker Frederickson/Kokomo, IN (Frederickson Racing #34w)

G

Dickie Gaines/Mitchell, IN (Jason Soudrette Racing #44)

Chris Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis & Christol Gansen #4G)

Don Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis & Christol Gansen #4D)

Cody Gardner/Milford, OH (Appco Racing #9G)

Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander #4x & Chris Dyson Racing #20)

®Noah Gass/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass #20G)

Aric Gentry/Robards, KY (Larry Gentry #10)

Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile #13G)

Ryan Godown/Ringoes, NJ (Karl Freyer #4F)

Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing #39)

Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Brad Greenup/Channahon, IL (Al Greenup #4G)

Bobby Griffitts/Bloomington, IN (Bobby Griffitts #9)

Scottie Gretzmacher/Farmington, MO (Scottie Gretzmacher #16G)

Trey Gropp/Lincoln, NE (Trey Gropp #54)

H

David Hair/Indianapolis, IN (David Hair #44)

Brandon Halverson/Jackson, MN (Brandon Halverson #13MJ)

Scott Hampton/New Palestine, IN (Ted Slinkard #51 & Jerry Powell #59)

Luke Harbison/Fishers, IN (Luke Harbison #40)

®Tom Harris/Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK (Tom Harris Motorsport #84)

Kyle Hathaway/Ayrshire, IN (Kyle Hathaway #7H)

Chayse Hayhurst/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst #20)

Korbyn Hayslett/Troy, OH (Kim & Dave Hayslett #1H)

Heidi Hedin/Doylestown, PA (Hedin Racing #3H)

Slater Helt/Harrisonville, MO (Shawn Helt #22s)

®Zane Hendricks/Stillwater, OK (Goodnight Racing #27)

Anton Hernandez/Arlington, TX (Cooley Racing #19c)

Travis Hery/Piqua, OH (Mark Hery #21H)

Dallas Hewitt/Troy, OH (Todd Keen #18)

Tyler Hewitt/Marion, IN (RL Motorsports #1)

Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix #57)

Josh Hodges/Tijeras, NM (Hodges Motorsports #74x)

A.J. Hopkins/Brownsburg, IN (4J Motorsports)

J.J. Hughes/Indianapolis, IN (Hughes Autotech #76)

Jori Hughes/Tower, MN (Rhys Layton #19x)


I

®Dustin Ingle/Lima, OH (Dustin Ingle #2DI)

Steve Irwin/Fenton, MI (Flying Zero Racing #0s)

J

Dakota Jackson/Elizabethtown, IN (Jackson Racing #3 & On The Gass Racing #17)

Jack James/Harlan, IN (Jack James #99)

Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas #68)

R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson #51)

K

Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams #0)

Brian Karraker/Dongola, IL (Denny Karraker #23)

Tyler Kendall/Connersville, IN (Matt Kendall #20K)

Cole Ketcham/Muncie, IN (John Ketcham #41)

Jordan Kinser/Bedford, IN (Hurst Bros. Motorsports #70)

Trevor Kobylarz/Reading, PA (RT Racing #14)

Michael Koontz/Bloomington, IN (Michael Koontz #17K)

Riley Kreisel/Warsaw, MO (Deb & Rick Smith #90)

L

C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Katlynn Leer/Moulton, IA (Joe Leer #77K)

Aaron Leffel/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing #12L)

Kyle Lick/Lehighton, PA (Terry Lick Racing #8)

Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett #83)

Joe Liguori/Tampa, FL (Barry Tibbits #43JR)

Steve Little/Waynesfield, OH (Steve & Melissa Little #53)

Brandon Long/Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long #02)

James Lyerla/Hillsboro, IL (James Lyerla #11)

M

Zack Madrid/Phoenix, AZ (Ricky Johnson #15m & Ricky Johnson #51m)

Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier #5x)

Critter Malone/Pittsboro, IN (KO Motorsports #5s)

Brandon Mattox/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing #28)

Paul May/Terre Haute, IN (Paul May #71m)

Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy #28m)

Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Tanner Grau #34, Dwight Cheney #42x & Daigh-Phillips Motorsports #71p)

Nate McMillin/Rosedale, IN (Kenny McMillin #24)

Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Don Whitney Racing #00, Gene Gile #13m, Simon Racing #23s, RNS Motorsports #41w & Tom Eades Racing #47)

Tye Mihocko/Phoenix, AZ (Tye Mihocko #5)

Mike Miller/Wapakoneta, OH (Mike Miller #82)

Joss Moffatt/Columbus, IN (Moffatt-Wright Racing #5J)

Brandon Moore/Clyde, OH (Brandon Moore #7m)

Matt Moore/Bethany, OK (Greg Moore #9)

Chris Morgan/Topeka, KS (Bruce Williams #7c)

Evan Mosley/Lapel, IN (Aaron Mosley #27)

N

Anthony Nicholson/Millington, TN (Nicholson Motorsports)

Paul Nienhiser/Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser #9x)

O

Justin Owen/Harrison, OH (Justin Owen #4J)

P

Chris Parkinson/Gladstone, MO (Chris Parkinson #65)

Craig Pellegrini, Jr./Buena, NJ (Pellegrini Motorsports #11)

Carmen Perigo/Stoystown, PA (Carmen Perigo #21p)

Will Perkins/Oxnard, CA (Will Perkins #50)

Eric Perrott/Sumner, IL (Eric Perrott #45)

Chris Phillips/Plainfield, IN (Chris & Ben Phillips #6p)

Andrew Prather/Martinsville, IN (Tom Knight #16K)

Zack Pretorius/Yorktown, IN (Goodnight Racing #39x)

R

Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne #12B)

®Terry Richards/Denton, NE (Terry Richards #18)

Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney #42 & BR Performance #91R)

Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing #17R)

Frank Rodgers III/Lucas, IA (Frank Rodgers III #6R)

Jadon Rogers/Worthington, IN (Kyle Rogers #14)

Bill Rose/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing #6)

Matt Rossi/Glendale, AZ (Phil Rossi #02)

Kendall Ruble/Vincennes, IN (Kendall Ruble Racing #17)

Brian Ruhlman/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman #49)

S

Glen Saville/Razorback, NSW, AU (Glen Saville #75x)

Doug Schenck/Cottage Grove, WI (Final Effort Racing #71)

®Kent Schmidt/Owensville, IN (KO Motorsports #5K)

®Stephen Schnapf/Evansville, IN (Randy Edwards #61m)

Kory Schudy/Battlefield, MO (Jon Sawyer #28)

Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19BS & Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19s)

Sam Scott/Patoka, IN (Sam Scott #7)

Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19L & Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19s)

Kyle Shipley/Sun City, AZ (Kyle Shipley #0G)

Brady Short/Bedford, IN (Short-Pottorff Racing #11p)

Carson Short/Marion, IL (Chris Dyson Racing #20 & RCM Motorsports #21)

Jake Simmons/New Palestine, IN (Tim Simmons #3)

Landon Simon/Tipp City, OH (Jerry Burton #04, Simon Racing #23s & Landon Simon Racing #24s)

Alec Sipes/Bloomfield, IN (Alec Sipes #99)

Corey Smith/Russiaville, IN (CS Motorsports #66s)

Dustin Smith/Russiaville, IN (Smith Racing #77)

Wesley Smith/Nixa, MO (John Helm #12)

Justin Standridge/Athens, IL (KCBJ Motorsports #8J)

John Stehman/Halifax, PA (Treyco Motorsports #23)

Brandon Stevenson/Holstein, IA (Brandon Stevenson #0)

Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing #32)

Lane Stone/Concordia, MO (Terry Stone #73)

Joe Stornetta/Napa, CA (Jerry Burton #04)

Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (Robbie & Gaye Allen #12)

Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau-Mike Burkhart #34AZ)

Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing #20N)

Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy #98)

Doug Sylvester/Ottumwa, IL (Doug Sylvester #12x)

T

Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr. #51T)

Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward Thomas Motorsports #19)

Steve Thomas/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas Racing #20)

®Ty Tilton/Lima, OH (Ty Tilton #42)

U

Lee Underwood/Troy, OH (Lee Underwood Racing #24L)

V

Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd #88)

Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd #10)

®Brian VanMeveren/Woodbury, MN (VanMeveren Racing #24)

Jesse Vermillion/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing #5)

W

Scotty Weir/Marion, IN (Scott Pedersen #4p, Simon Racing #23s, Goodnight Racing #39, Goodnight Racing #39G & Dwight Cheney #42)

Cooper Welch/Sheridan, IN (Chris Welch #2)

Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing #18T)

Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m)

Korey Weyant/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant #99)

Cody White/Fremont, OH (Jerry White #26w)

Eric Wilkins/El Mirage, AZ (John Grau-Mike Burkhart #34w)

Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom & Laurie Sertich #92)

Chet Williams/Newburg, IN (Chet Williams #38)

Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams #44)

Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group-Goacher Racing #5G)

Mitch Wissmiller/Saybrook, IL (Mitch Wissmiller #1 & Matt & Ruthy Barker #29)

Callie Wolsiffer/New Palestine, IN (Barry Tibbits #43w)

Brad Wyatt/Kearney, MO (RNS Motorsports #41)

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS:


ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS:

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

9. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

10. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

12. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

13. [29 wins] Brady Bacon & Robert Ballou

15. [28 wins] Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

17. [27 wins] Kevin Thomas, Jr.

18. [26 wins] Tyler Courtney, Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

21. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Chris Windom

24. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt & Roger McCluskey

26. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

29. [21 wins] Greg Weld

30. [17 wins] Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding

33. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Justin Grant

35. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler

39. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman & Bruce Walkup

43. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey

45. [12 wins] Eric Gordon & Chase Stockon

47. [11 wins] Daron Clayton & Greg Leffler

49. [10 wins] Thomas Meseraull & Tony Stewart

51. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, C.J. Leary, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

55. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

59. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

69. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Kyle Cummins, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

78. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh & Cole Whitt

94. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Shane Cottle, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

104. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Ralph Liguori, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

126. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, Jason McDougal, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

156. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland, Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Bobby Olivero, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Jiggs Peters, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter, Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Logan Seavey, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (60) Dave Darland & Tracy Hines

4. (39) Levi Jones

5. (37) Larry Dickson

6. (36) Bryan Clauson

7. (35) Rich Vogler

8. (33) Brady Bacon

9. (31) Sheldon Kinser

10. (30) Pancho Carter

11. (28) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

12. (27) Dave Steele & Chase Stockon

14. (26) Jay Drake

15. (24) Gary Bettenhausen, Justin Grant & J.J. Yeley

18. (23) C.J. Leary & Jon Stanbrough

20. (22) Steve Butler

21. (20) Jerry Coons, Jr., Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

24. (19) Greg Weld

25. (17) Don Branson & A.J. Foyt

27. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

30. (15) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Sam Sessions & Brian Tyler

33. (14) Billy Cassella & Parnelli Jones

35. (13) Bobby East, Damion Gardner & Bruce Walkup

38. (12) Steve Chassey, Rick Hood, Bill Puterbaugh & Joe Saldana

42. (11) Tyler Courtney & George Snider

44. (10) Sonny Ates & Chris Windom

46. (9) Jim Hurtubise, Jud Larson, Eddie Leavitt, Johnny Rutherford, & Josh Wise

51. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser & Thomas Meseraull

55. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Larry Rice, Hunter Schuerenberg, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

67. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath, Johnny Parsons, Ken Schrader

78. (5) Chad Boespflug, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet & Kevin Thomas

89. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Kyle Cummins, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Lee Kunzman, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Bob Wente

107. (3) Tommy Astone, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Ralph Liguori, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt and John Wolfe

139. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Keith Bloom, Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

184. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Brent Beauchamp, Ryan Bernal, Lee Brewer, Jr., Timmy Buckwalter, Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Cotton Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Bobby Grim, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens, Joey Kerr, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch, Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Wes McIntyre, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller, Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Jerry Richert, Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, Logan Seavey, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Jake Swanson, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:
1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sam Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR OWNER CHAMPIONS:
1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance/Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker/Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker/Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwi