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USAC SPRINT CAR WALK-OFF HOMERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (September 30, 2020).........There's no more satisfying moment at the conclusion of a racing season than climbing from the car for the final time to celebrate a championship with your family, your crew and the fans.

Akin to a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, perhaps the only thing finer is climbing from that racecar as both a feature winner and a champion. It's racing's way of allowing one to have their cake and eat it too.

That opportunity awaits three individuals this coming Saturday night, October 3, at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season finale - the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the championship by 30 points over Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and by 40 over Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.). The moment very well could happen as all three drivers have won races at the 3/8-mile dirt oval once before in their careers. Two of the three have also previously won USAC National Sprint Car championships: Bacon in 2014 & 2016 and Windom in 2017.

Winning a USAC Sprint championship and the final feature race of the season isn't all that commonplace. As a matter of fact, it's only happened nine times over the past 64 seasons. Eddie Sachs clinched the Midwest series title in the final round at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in 1958. Tommy Hinnershitz did so on the dirt at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in 1959. In 1960, Parnelli Jones snagged the Midwest title in conjunction with an A-Main triumph in the not-so-Midwestern locale of Meyer Speedway in Houston, Texas.

Pancho Carter notched his first USAC Sprint Car crown with a win in the season finale at Salem in 1974. Sheldon Kinser is the only driver to win and take the championship on the same day on two different occasions, first in 1977 at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. and again in 1982 at 311 Speedway in Madison, N.C.

Steve Butler captured his third consecutive USAC National Sprint Car championship in style with a win on the final day at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway in 1988. Josh Wise won his first title with a victory to boot at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. in 2006. Levi Jones, the series' only five-time champ, won his unprecedented fifth championship with a final race victory at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. in 2011.

In comparison, it's happened 16 times in that same time span in IndyCar/CART/Championship Car competition by 10 different drivers: Jimmy Bryan (1957), A.J. Foyt (1960 & 1975), Mario Andretti (1966 & 1969), Johnny Rutherford (1980 - aborted USAC season), Michael Andretti (1991), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001 & 2002), Sebastien Bourdais (2004, 2006 & 2007 Champ Car), Dario Franchitti (2007 IndyCar & 2009), Scott Dixon (2015) and Simon Pagenaud (2016).

In NASCAR's Cup Series, 13 times has the champion won the final race, which has been accomplished by 12 different drivers. In recent years, with its winner-take-all format at the final race, it's a foregone conclusion that it will now be an annual occurrence. Tim Flock (1955), Buck Baker (1956 & 1957), Ned Jarrett (1965), Richard Petty (1971), Jeff Gordon (1998), Tony Stewart (2011), Kevin Harvick (2014), Kyle Busch (2015), Jimmie Johnson (2016), Martin Truex Jr. (2017), Joey Logano (2018) and Kyle Busch (2019) are among those who've collected both in a single day's work.

This Saturday's 64th points race by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway brings to us the 11th running of the Fall Nationals under USAC sanction on Saturday night, October 3.

Pits open for Saturday's Fall Nationals at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday's Fall Nationals from Lawrenceburg can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC SPRINT CAR CHAMPS WHO WON THE FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON:

1958 (Midwest) Eddie Sachs - Salem Speedway / Salem, IN

1959: (Eastern) Tommy Hinnershitz - Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA

1960: (Midwest) Parnelli Jones - Meyer Speedway / Houston, TX

1974: Pancho Carter - Salem Speedway / Salem, IN

1977: Sheldon Kinser - Ascot Park / Gardena, CA

1982: Sheldon Kinser - 311 Speedway / Madison, NC

1988: Steve Butler - Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH

2006: Josh Wise - Manzanita Speedway / Phoenix, AZ

2011: Levi Jones - Kings Speedway / Hanford, CA

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN SET FOR TWO 2021 DATES AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

Brownsburg, Indiana (September 30, 2020)……..Two dates have been pinned for the 2021 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. on two of the biggest racing weekends of the year - the Carb Night Classic on Friday night, May 28, and the inaugural Hoosier Classic on Saturday night, August 14.

Featuring four great racing series on one big night, the Carb Night Classic will host a full slate of racing featuring the USAC Silver Crown Cars gunning for $10,000-to-win and Midgets competing for $5,000-to-win. The Indianapolis 500 weekend event will also feature the Road to Indy series with the Cooper Tires USF2000 series taking the track first followed by Indy Pro 2000.

The inaugural Hoosier Classic will be held on August 13-14, 2021 at Lucas Oil Raceway. The USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series will take on the .686-mile paved oval for a $12,000-to-win prize on Saturday night, August 14. The weekend will feature three races for open wheel fans at Lucas Oil Raceway, held in conjunction with Brickyard 400 weekend.

Friday night, August 13, will kick off with Sprint Cars chasing $10,000-to-win, followed by Midgets competing for another $10,000-to-win on Saturday night, August 14 in a doubleheader with the Silver Crown cars.

Just down the road at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, a new NTT INDYCAR SERIES race will also be held on Saturday, August 14 before the NASCAR Cup Series takes the road course for the first time ever on Sunday, August 15.

Full details on ticket information and a complete schedule for both events will be available soon.

 

 


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET CHALLENGE RACE #1 THIS SATURDAY AT PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020... This Saturday, October 3rd, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association will battle at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the co-sanctioned special event / non-point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Originally cancelled on September 6th from a request by the Mayor of Petaluma and City Manager, Saturday’s show will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the October 3rd and 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the October 3rd points. Ties are broken by qualifying results. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, Saturday’s event will pay $600-to-win, $300-for-2nd, $250-for 3rd, $200-for-4th, $150-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- 2020 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted ten USAC Western States Midget races and five different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three wins with Gardner, the five-time champion, setting the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

When the series last visited Petaluma on July 18th, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) outdueled Austin Liggett to score the ninth victory of his career. Liggett, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Ben Worth, hard charger C.J. Sarna, Terry Nichols, Mike Leach Jr., Robert Carson, Ben Weisz, and Floyd Alvis rounded out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, October 17th.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Alex Schutte.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Alex Schutte, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Shane Golobic.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Alex Schutte)
October 3: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1 / Non-Points)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium / Non-Points)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2 / Non-Points)
November 13: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 14: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic / Non-Points)
November 19: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 20: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 21: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 25: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.

This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACON-WINDOM-STOCKON: THE TALE OF THE TAPE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (September 29, 2020).........In the course of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, many variables are at play in determining the championship frontrunners, with tracks of various lengths, banking and the like, plus the rigors of the road and a long stretch of races that can take its toll both physically, mentally and mechanically.

With one final race left this Saturday night, Oct. 3, at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway and the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals, there's only one factor, one race, one track to decide it all.

However, all those items mentioned in the opening paragraph have helped one driver get a bit of a head start toward the goal of a championship based on his performances in the events run up to this point.

That's Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), the leading championship contender, who possesses a 30-point lead over Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.). Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), who runs third in the standings, is 40 points out of the lead and is the driver with the biggest hill to climb to reach the summit of a championship.

But all is plausible in this game. All it takes is a single "off" night for one individual and a superb night for another to make up that ground in no time flat. With a maximum of 84 points possible Saturday at Lawrenceburg, anything is possible. A perfect night entails six points for fast qualifying time, eight for a heat win and 70 to capture a feature victory.
We've dug through all the past USAC National Sprint Car appearances at Lawrenceburg for Bacon, Windom and Stockon, and it's pretty striking to see.

All three drivers have exactly one previous USAC National Sprint Car feature win at Lawrenceburg - Stockon (2012), Bacon (2015) and Windom (2017). In 24 previous starts, Bacon leads the other two in terms of average qualifying position (8.4) and feature finishing position (5.8). He's also led the most number of races between the three (7) for the most number of laps (97).

Bacon and Windom have each won seven USAC Sprint heat races at "The Burg" in their careers. Windom has the largest sample size of previous experience at Lawrenceburg with 31 starts in 32 appearances. His average qualifying position of 8.8 and average feature finish of 8.5 are solid but will most likely have to be better to catch Bacon on Saturday. His 15 top-5 finishes in those 31 previous starts top all three title contenders.

Stockon's 23 starts have produced an average qualifying position of 11.8 and an average finish of 10.9. He's led two of those races for a total of 39 laps and was the first among the three to win a USAC race at Lawrenceburg in 2012, which also served as Stockon's first career series victory.

Perhaps, for some, those Lawrenceburg performances in the early years of their career should be stricken from the record as that was when they were just gaining experience. Although, Bacon did nearly win his 2007 Burg USAC Sprint debut, finishing 2nd to Levi Jones after leading all but the final lap, so let's take a deeper look at each of these three wheelmen's starts at Lawrenceburg since the beginning of the 2018 season.

In that five-race time frame from 2018 through the summer of 2020, Bacon's 6.8 average qualifying time bests all three and his average finish of 4.2 has been excellent. Windom's average qualifying position of 10th isn't eye-catching, but it's improved each time over the past five races since 2018. His 3.4 average finish includes top-five finishes in all five starts since that point, which leads all drivers. Stockon's qualifying performances have resulted in top-four time trial runs in each of his last four appearance, and an average finish of 8.6 in the feature.

Stats of the past are interesting to look at but won't tell the entirety of the tale this Saturday. That will be decided on the track and not on calculators. One night, one track and three drivers. That's where it'll be decided.

Pits open for Saturday's Fall Nationals at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday's Fall Nationals from Lawrenceburg can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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PAST LAWRENCEBURG USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR PERFORMANCES:

BRADY BACON
24 Appearances * 24 Starts * Average Qualifying Position: 8.4 * Average Feature Finishing Position: 5.8 * Led 7 races for a total of 97 laps * 7 Heat Race wins * 1 Feature win * 12 Top-5 finishes

4/21/2007: Qualified 3rd, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature - Led 29

7/11/2007: Qualified 6th, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 3rd in Feature - Led 14

7/12/2007: Qualified 8th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 8th in Feature

7/9/2008: Qualified 24th, Ran 1st Heat, Finished 8th in Feature

7/10/2008: Qualified 16th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 8th in Feature

10/2/2009: Qualified 2nd, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 20th in Feature

4/6/2013: Qualified 12th, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

7/14/2013: Qualified 4th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

9/28/2013: Qualified 9th, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 9th in Feature

4/5/2014: Qualified 6th, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 4th in Feature

9/27/2014: Qualified 4th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

4/4/2015: Qualified 14th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature

7/12/2015: Qualified 2nd, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 1st in Feature - Led 24

10/3/2015: Qualified 10th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature - Led 1

4/2/2016: Qualified 5th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 12th Feature

7/10/2016: Qualified 13th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature

10/1/2016: Qualified 15th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

7/9/2017: Qualified 5th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature - Led 2

9/30/2017: Qualified 9th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 6th in Feature

7/22/2018: Qualified 18th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

9/29/2018: Qualified 3rd, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature - Led 11

7/21/2019: Qualified 3rd, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 6th in Feature

10/5/2019: Qualified 5th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature - Led 16

7/26/2020: Qualified 5th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

CHRIS WINDOM
32 Appearances, 31 Starts * Average Qualifying Position: 8.8 * Average Feature Finishing Position: 8.5 * Led 3 races for a total of 52 laps * 7 Heat race wins * 1 Feature win * 15 Top-5 finishes * Has 1 USAC National Midget win at Lawrenceburg

4/21/2007: Qualified 28th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 15th in Feature

7/11/2007: Qualified 10th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature

7/12/2007: Qualified 12th, Ran 4th in Semi, Finished 7th in Feature

7/9/2008: Qualified 10th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 12th in Feature

7/10/2008: Qualified 8th, Ran 5th in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

4/18/2009: Qualified 23rd, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 14th in Feature

10/2/2009: Qualified 6th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature - Led 19

4/17/2010: Qualified 11th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

7/9/2010: Qualified 18th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 22nd in Feature

7/10/2011: Qualified 8th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

10/1/2011: Qualified 10th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

7/15/2012: Qualified 6th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 25th in Feature - Led 3

9/29/2012: Qualified 4th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

4/6/2013: Qualified 9th, Ran 4th in Semi, Finished 23rd in in Feature

7/14/2013: Qualified 19th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 16th in Feature

9/28/2013: Qualified 14th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 10th in Feature

4/5/2014: Qualified 10th, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 13th in Feature

9/27/2014: Qualified 20th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

4/4/2015: Qualified 32nd, Used Provisional, Finished 22nd in Feature

7/12/2015: Qualified 15th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

10/3/2015: Qualified 17th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 5th in Feature

4/2/2016: Qualified 21st, Did Not Make Feature

7/10/2016: Qualified 11th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

10/1/2016: Qualified 6th, Ran 5th in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

4/1/2017: Qualified 8th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 1st in Feature - Led 30

7/9/2017: Qualified 12th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 6th in Feature

9/30/2017: Qualified 2nd, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature

7/22/2018: Qualified 19th, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature

9/29/2018: Qualified 20th, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 4th in Feature

7/21/2019: Qualified 11th, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 2nd in Feature

10/5/2019: Qualified 8th, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 5th in Feature

7/26/2020: Qualified 2nd, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

CHASE STOCKON
24 Appearances, 23 Starts * Average Qualifying Position: 11.8 * Average Feature Finishing Position: 10.9 * Led 2 races for a total of 39 laps * 5 Heat race wins * 1 Feature win * 5 Top-5 finishes

10/2/2009: Qualified 30th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 24th in Feature

7/9/2010: Qualified 19th, Did Not Make Feature

10/1/2011: Qualified 27th, Ran 8th in Heat, Finished 18th in Feature

7/15/2012: Qualified 11th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

9/29/2012: Qualified 7th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 1st in Feature - Led 30

4/6/2013: Qualified 3rd, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature - Led 9

7/14/2013: Qualified 5th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 24th in Feature

9/28/2013: Qualified 8th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd - Led 15

4/5/2014: Qualified 12th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 6th in Feature

9/27/2014: Qualified 8th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 6th in Feature

4/4/2015: Qualified 2nd, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 6th in Feature

7/12/2015: Qualified 10th, Used a Provisional, Finished 16th in Feature

10/3/2015: Qualified 12th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature

4/2/2016: Qualified 17th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature

7/10/2016: Qualified 26th, Ran 6th in Semi, Finished 12th in Feature

10/1/2016: Qualified 5th, Ran 4th in Semi, Finished 11th in Feature

4/1/2017: Qualified 2nd, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 23rd in Feature

7/9/2017: Qualified 30th, Used a Provisional, Finished 22nd in Feature

9/30/2017: Qualified 14th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 14th in Feature

7/22/2018: Qualified 22nd, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 13th in Feature

9/29/2018: Qualified 4th, Ran 5th in Heat, Finished 8th in Feature

7/21/2019: Qualified 2nd, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 8th in Feature

10/5/2019: Qualified 3rd, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 10th in Feature

7/26/2020: Qualified 3rd, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature

 

 

LAWRENCEBURG FALL NATIONALS PREVIEW 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (September 29, 2020).........Flawless is the word that comes to mind in describing Kevin Thomas Jr.'s run down the stretch to win his second Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in the last three years, a $10,000 grand prize, in the Fall of last season.

Oh, what the Cullman, Ala. driver would give to score another victory in the event this Saturday night, October 3, at Lawrenceburg in the 11th Fall Nationals run under USAC sanctioning since 2009. In that span, the event has only once before seen a repeat winner - Bryan Clauson in 2013 & 2014.

Thomas has four career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Lawrenceburg, twice in 2013, then scored a first career Fall Nationals victory in 2017. He also scored a 4th at the Fall Nationals in 2013, a runner-up finish in 2015 and had a 5th place run in 2018 prior to winning the Fall Nationals for a second time in 2019. No USAC driver has won the event three times.

Saturday's race marks the final event of the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, marking the first time the series has concluded its year in the Midwest since 2002. It'll be the first time Lawrenceburg has hosted the season finale for the USAC Sprints as well.

Three of the most talented and decorated USAC Sprint Car drivers over the past decade - Brady Bacon, Chris Windom and Chase Stockon - have brought the championship battle down to the wire. Bacon leads by 30 points over Windom and by 40 over Stockon. An Interesting side note is the last time none of the three were in a Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint Car field was July 10, 2009.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) had his lone USAC National Sprint Car win at Lawrenceburg come during the summer of 2015. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ in 2014 and 2016 was the fastest qualifier at the 2011 Fall Nationals and has finished in the top-three in the event three times over the years, including 2nd in 2014, 4th in 2015 and a runner-up finish in 2018 where he led 11 laps. He was 7th in 2019.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is the only driver to finish inside the top-five in the past five editions of the Fall Nationals, and likewise, has finished in the top-ten in all 10 previous Fall Nationals run under the sanctioning of USAC, but the Spring 2017 Burg winner remains on the hunt for his first Fall Nationals triumph. He was 3rd in 2009, 2nd in 2011, 2nd in 2012, 10th in 2013, 9th in 2014, 5th in 2015, 2nd in 2016, 7th in 2017, 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2019. He was 2nd at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Sprint Week in July, won the Sprint portion of Indiana Midget Week back in June and also owns an Indiana Midget Week win there in 2019.

The very first of Chase Stockon's 13 career USAC National Sprint Car victories came at the Fall Nationals in 2012. He's started all 10 Fall Nationals under USAC sanction. The Fort Branch, Ind. native, who holds the ultimate ironman streak of 320 consecutive USAC National Sprint Car feature starts entering the weekend, also finished as the runner-up at the Fall Nationals in 2013. He took 10th during the 2019 Fall Nationals.

Fourth in the standings is Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a 2018 Fall Nationals winner where he led the first lap and the final 18 laps in a spirited duel with Bacon. Four of Grant's USAC National Sprint wins have come at Lawrenceburg, with additional victories in 2012, 2014 and again during Indiana Sprint Week in 2019. He has six career top-five finishes at the Fall Nationals, including a 5th in 2013, a 4th in 2014, a 5th in 2016, a 3rd in 2017, a 1st in 2018 and a 3rd in 2019.

C.J. Leary's last visit to Lawrenceburg resulted in a USAC Sprint victory during the Indiana Sprint Week round at the 3/8-mile dirt oval, his second career win with USAC at The Burg (2017). The reigning series champion from Greenfield, Ind. also won the 2013 Lawrenceburg Speedway track championship and has finished in the top-three twice at the Fall Nationals in his career. He was 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2017. He was 4th in 2019. In both 2015 and 2018, he was the fastest qualifier at the Fall Nationals.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) is the winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time with 62 wins. He also holds the record for most USAC Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg with seven dating back to 1998. In Fall Nationals' past, he's been 3rd in both 2013 and 2016 and was 6th in 2019. Additionally, he set quick time during qualifying in both in 2014 and 2017.

Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) won Lawrenceburg's track championship this season by virtue of his three victories in weekly sprint car competition there in June, August and September. He earned a USAC career best finish of 6th in the 2019 Fall Nationals. He was the fastest qualifier in USAC Sprint Car competition at Lawrenceburg during the summer of 2018. Likewise, Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) was the winner of the most recent outing at Lawrenceburg on Sept. 9. He finished 15th in the 2019 Fall Nationals.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) has made one previous Fall Nationals start in 2016, finishing 13th. Meanwhile, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has made five previous starts at the Fall Nationals, leading two laps and finishing 5th in 2009 while also earning 4th in 2016.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has been a Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint winner once before in his career, scoring the "W" during 2011 Indiana Sprint Week. The 2015 series champion has made seven previous Fall Nationals starts, taking 8th in 2014, 10th in 2015 and 4th in his most recent appearance in the race in 2017.

Fall Nationals Rookies include the likes of Logan Seavey, Clinton Boyles, Brandon Mattox and Jadon Rogers. Seavey, (Sutter, Calif), the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ, was a 3rd place Midget finisher at Lawrenceburg in 2019. Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) made his Midget debut run at Lawrenceburg this past June, winning his heat and finishing 14th. His Daigh-Phillips Motorsports team has been the fastest qualifier twice at the Fall Nationals, in 2014 with Darland and in 2016 with Stevie Sussex.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) is prepared to make his Fall Nationals debut fresh off his best career USAC finish of 4th last Saturday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) has wrapped up his place as the top-finishing Rookie with the series this season. However, he's hoping for better luck this time out after flipping early during the ISW round at Lawrenceburg in July.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) took 7th in the Fall Nationals of 2012. His ride for the Fall Nationals, the Hodges Motorsports No. 74x, won the event with Josh Hodges as the driver during the 2016 season. In fact, the Hodges car has finished in the top-10 at the Fall Nationals in 2016 (1st), 8th in 2017 and 10th in 2018. The 2016 run still stands as the fastest 30-lap USAC Sprint Car race in the history of Lawrenceburg Speedway at 7:21.09.

This Saturday's 64th points race by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway brings to us the 11th running of the Fall Nationals under USAC sanction on Saturday night, October 3.

Pits open for Saturday's Fall Nationals at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday's Fall Nationals from Lawrenceburg can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,658, 2-Chris Windom-1,628, 3-Chase Stockon-1,618, 4-Justin Grant-1,550, 5-C.J. Leary-1,542, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,302, 7-Dave Darland-1,214, 8-Carson Short-1,212, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,111, 10-Robert Ballou-1,067.

USAC SPRINT CAR FALL NATIONALS WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

2009: Damion Gardner

2011: Levi Jones

2012: Chase Stockon

2013: Bryan Clauson

2014: Bryan Clauson

2015: Thomas Meseraull

2016: Josh Hodges

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018: Justin Grant

2019: Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY: (63 Points Races, 1 Special Event)

1. (7) Dave Darland

2. (5) Jon Stanbrough

3. (4) Justin Grant, Jack Hewitt & Kevin Thomas Jr.

6. (3) Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson & Rick Hood

9. (2) Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Danny Milburn & Brian Tyler

14. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Jeff Bland Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kevin Doty, Jay Drake, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, Thomas Meseraull, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Chris Windom, Josh Wise & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1983: Danny Milburn (9/18)

1984: Rick Hood (6/9) & Danny Milburn (9/16)

1985: Rick Hood (6/8)

1986: Rick Hood (6/7)

1988: Jack Hewitt (6/4)

1989: Rodney Ritter Jr. (7/1)

1992: Kevin Thomas (8/8)

1993: Jack Hewitt (7/10)

1994: Jon Stanbrough (6/18)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/1)

1996: Mark Cassella (8/31)

1997: Brian Tyler (7/19) & Brian Tyler (8/30)

1998: Kevin Doty (5/30), Dave Darland (7/18) & Dave Darland (8/29)

1999: Kevin Briscoe (6/5), Jack Hewitt (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/28)

2000: Kevin Briscoe (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/26)

2001: Dave Darland (7/26)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/25)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/31), Jay Drake (6/1) & Jon Stanbrough (7/24)

2004: Jon Stanbrough (7/22)

2005: Dickie Gaines (7/21)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (4/22)

2007: Levi Jones (4/21), Jon Stanbrough (7/11) & Dave Darland (7/12)

2008: Jeff Bland (7/9) & Brady Short (7/10)

2009: Josh Wise (4/18), Dave Darland (7/10), Jerry Coons Jr. (8/22 Special Event) & Damion Gardner (10/2)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (4/17) & Dave Darland (7/9)

2011: Robert Ballou (7/10), Levi Jones (10/1)

2012: Justin Grant (7/15) & Chase Stockon (9/29)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6), Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/14) & Bryan Clauson (9/28)

2014: Justin Grant (4/5) & Bryan Clauson (9/27)

2015: Logan Jarrett (4/4), Brady Bacon (7/12) & Thomas Meseraull (10/3)

2016: Dave Darland (4/2), Bryan Clauson (7/10) & Josh Hodges (10/1)

2017: Chris Windom (4/1), C.J. Leary (7/9) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/30)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/22) & Justin Grant (9/29)

2019: Justin Grant (7/21) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/5)

2020: C.J. Leary (7/26)

PAST FALL NATIONALS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY

2009
1. Damion Gardner, 2. Cole Whitt, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Jeff Bland Jr., 13. Nic Faas, 14. Bobby East, 15. Darren Hagen, 16. Casey Riggs, 17. Brady Short, 18. Bryan Clauson, 19. Jesse Hockett, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. John Memmer, 22. Chad Boat, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Chase Stockon.
FAST QUALIFIER: Jon Stanbrough

2011
1. Levi Jones, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Casey Riggs, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Ted Hines, 9. Bobby East, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Jac Haudenschild, 12. Brady Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Blake Fitzpatrick, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Matt Westfall, 17. Logan Hupp, 18. Chase Stockon, 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Critter Malone. NT
FAST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon

2012
1. Chase Stockon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Bobby East, 13. Logan Hupp, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Brady Short, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19. Dave Darland, 20. Jonathan Hendrick, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Daron Clayton, 23. Coleman Gulick.
FAST QUALIFIER: Coleman Gulick

2013
1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Gary Taylor, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Shawn Westerfeld, 12. Daron Clayton, 13. Kyle Cummins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Joss Moffatt, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Ted Hines, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Matt Westfall.
FAST QUALIFIER: Bryan Clauson

2014
1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jac Haudenschild, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. C.J. Leary, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Shane Cottle. NT
FAST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

2015
1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Kody Swanson, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Dustin Ingle, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Garrett Abrams, 22. Kyle Cummins.
FAST QUALIFIER: C.J. Leary

2016
1. Josh Hodges, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Carson Short, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Nick Bilbee, 16. A.J. Hopkins, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Joss Moffatt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Drew Abel. 7:21.09 (NTR)
FAST QUALIFIER: Stevie Sussex

2017
1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Nick Bilbee, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Garrett Abrams, 18. J.J. Hughes, 19. Tony McVey, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Aric Gentry, 22. Shawn Westerfeld, 23. Chad Boespflug. NT
FAST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

2018
1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT
FAST QUALIFIER: C.J. Leary

2019
FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. C.J. Leary (3), 5. Chris Windom (8), 6. Nick Bilbee (10), 7. Brady Bacon (2), 8. Jarett Andretti (13), 9. Scotty Weir (14), 10. Chase Stockon (4), 11. Josh Hodges (7), 12. Dustin Clark (16), 13. Mario Clouser (15), 14. Isaac Chapple (17), 15. Max Adams (9), 16. Dustin Smith (11), 17. J.J. Hughes (19), 18. Tyler Kendall (21), 19. Justin Owen (18), 20. Garrett Abrams (20), 21. Kyle Cummins (12), 22. Aric Gentry (22).
FAST QUALIFIER: Tyler Courtney

 

 

ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (September 29, 2020).........All three previous USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series winners at Ohio's Toledo Speedway - Jerry Coons Jr., Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos - are entered for this Sunday afternoon's 100-lap Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic at the high banked, half-mile paved oval on October 4, honoring the legendary Toledo native and 1973 USAC Sprint Car champion driver.

The event marks the eighth appearance by the series Toledo since 2010. It's also the next-to-last Silver Crown contest of the 2020 season. Entering Sunday's race, Ione, California's Justin Grant leads the series points standings by 22 points over Kody Swanson. Grant is seeking a first series title while Swanson is eying an unprecedented sixth.

Grant set quick time in qualifying at Toledo in 2018. He's earned top-ten Toledo finishes with a 10th in both 2017 and 2018, then turned in a personal best 4th in 2019. His car owner is native Ohioan and race sponsor Ron Hemelgarn, who was also the winning owner for Buddy Lazier's 1996 Indianapolis 500 entry. Dennis LaCava turned the wrenches for Lazier on that day and will do so for Grant at Toledo this Sunday.

Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson is the only driver to have started all seven USAC Silver Crown events at Toledo and has yet to finish outside the top-four in any of those seven starts. The five-time Silver Crown champ, who currently stands second in points, enters the event as the defending race winner and has won the Rollie Beale Classic on four occasions, in 2011, 2015, 2018 and 2019, and has led 455 of the 800 laps ever run by Silver Crown cars at Toledo. He's also won the pole four times in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019. His first, in 2011, remains the one-lap Silver Crown track record at Toledo - 14.809 sec. (121.548 mph avg.).

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) is the only driver to win at Toledo Speedway in a USAC Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown car in his career, taking the checkered at the Rollie Beale Classic in 2017. He's the most recent driver not named Kody Swanson to win at Toledo. The pavement ace has finished inside the top-three in a Crown car at Toledo on four occasions, 3rd in 2012, 1st in 2017, 2nd in 2018 and 2nd again in 2019.

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) makes his triumphant return to USAC Silver Crown competition this Sunday at Toledo aboard the Kazmark Motorsports No. 92. In five Toledo Silver Crown starts, he's not once finished outside the top-four. He won the inaugural Crown race at the track in 2010 where he was also the fastest qualifier and led the final 92 laps. The 2008 series champ won again in 2012, leading the final 14. In his three other starts, he's finished 4th three different times, in 2011-15-17. His 2012 Toledo victory is the 100-lap record for Silver Crown cars at Toledo, 27:07.40 (110.606 mph avg,).

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has been a contender at Toledo in each of the past three years, qualifying and running in the top-five in all three instances. The 2017 Silver Crown champion took 3rd in 2017 and wound up 15th in 2018 after losing the brakes while in the lead pack, and was back near the front of the pack again in 2019 where he finished 5th after starting 10th.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has made 27 career USAC Silver Crown starts to go along with two victories. However, none of those previous 27 starts have come on pavement. Bacon is not a newbie to pavement racing or Toledo Speedway. In 2007, he finished 9th there in a Midget and 13th in a Sprint Car. In fact, the first career USAC National Sprint Car win for the two-time champ came on pavement at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 2008. His first pavement Silver Crown ride this Sunday comes aboard the Doran Racing No. 77, who'll be making their series debut as an entrant.

Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton returns to the place where he made his first career Silver Crown start, back in 2011, finishing 8th. His team, Klatt Enterprises, has won three USAC National Sprint Car races at Toledo, in 2004, 2009 and 2011 with driver Bobby East. Hamilton, the 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, has finished a best of 6th at Toledo in both 2012 and 2019.

Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce has Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown experience at Toledo and has finished in the top-five in three of his last four Toledo starts with a 5th in 2015 and 2018 and a best of 3rd in 2019.

Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne has been a consistent frontrunner at Toledo, and on the pavement, for much of his USAC Silver Crown career. Three of the one-time series winner's Toledo starts have produced top-eight finishes with a best of 3rd in 2018 to go along with a 6th in 2015 and an 8th in 2017.

The sole Ohio native in the field is Sylvania's Austin Nemire. Nemire made his first career Silver Crown start at Toledo in 2015, finishing 7th, then came back in 2018 with a solid 6th. Nemire has been consistently steady over the years at Toledo, taking a best finish of 6th in 2018, then was the hard charger in 2019, moving his way through the field to a 7th place finish after starting 20th.

Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) knows his way around Toledo Speedway. In 2018, he set the all-time one-lap track record at Toledo Speedway with a lap of 12.096 seconds in a winged sprint car. In the 2019 Rollie Beale Classic, Gerster made his first Silver Crown run in eight seasons a success, finishing 10th after starting 19th. Gerster, the 1992 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, has won eight career Midget races with USAC and one in the Sprint Cars.

Several returning veterans are back in action for another go at the Rollie Beale Classic. Derek Bischak, (Angola, Ind.), the 2019 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, finished 8th in his Toledo debut in 2019. The previous season's Rookie of the Year in 2018, Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), was 11th in 2018 with Travis Welpott finishing a solid 9th in that same 2018 event. Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) snagged an 8th place result at Toledo in 2018.

Also returning to the Toledo lineup are Toni Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.), the only female in the field, plus Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), who finished a career-best 7th after starting 21st on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway in late August. Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) joins the field as one of two representatives from the Keystone State.

Aiming to make their first USAC Silver Crown starts at Toledo are 2020 season opening Selinsgrove, Pa. winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), plus 2020's leading series Rookie, Bryan Gossel of Fort Collins, Colo. and Dave Berkheimer from the legendary racing town of Mechanicsburg, Pa., who appeared at Toledo in 2019, but mechanical issues hindered him from starting the event.

The Sunday afternoon, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series plus Late Model Sportsman, Figure 8, Factory Stock and Street Stock features for the penultimate round of the 2020 season in the Glass City.

The USAC pit gate opens at 8:30am ET on raceday, front gates open at 11am, practice runs from 11:30am-12:15pm for the Silver Crown cars with Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 1:05pm and opening ceremonies at 2pm, followed by the 100-lap Rollie Beale Classic.
All tickets are $25 each, and tickets will only be available online at www.toledospeedway.com. With limited seating for each event, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Grandstand ticketing will be limited to 1,500 with a standard admission price for all events of $25 per person, with specified seating locations to ensure social distancing and presale offering contactless purchasing.

The Rollie Beale Classic can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-199, 2-Kody Swanson-177, 3-Kyle Robbins-167, 4-Matt Goodnight-167, 5-Chris Windom-166, 6-Shane Cottle-163, 7-Aaron Pierce-151, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-149, 9-C.J. Leary-143, 10-Bryan Gossel-136.

ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC ENTRY LIST:

06 ®BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

77 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Doran Enterprises)

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 BRIAN GERSTER/Fishers, IN (Dick & Deborah Myers)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

® Represent a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:

4-Kody Swanson

2-Jerry Coons Jr.

1-Bobby Santos

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS:

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (10/16)

2011: Kody Swanson (10/15)

2012: Jerry Coons Jr. (6/29)

2015: Kody Swanson (5/1)

2017: Bobby Santos (7/28)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/4)

2019: Kody Swanson (4/28)

 

 

WINDOM A KOKOMO MIDGET WINNER FROM 14TH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 26, 2020).........Chris Windom had won pretty much everything Kokomo Speedway has had to offer throughout the past decade.

He'd won two Sprint Car track championships in 2010 and 2018, numerous sprint car races on the local level at the quarter-mile dirt oval, three victories the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, and was even victorious in a USAC Regional Midget feature in 2016.

Nonetheless, that one USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win at Kokomo had eluded him. He led nine laps late in the going during Indiana Midget Week this past June, ultimately finishing 3rd.

This time around, the Canton, Ill. native sealed the deal and stamped the envelope en route to victory Saturday night, carving his way through the field after starting 14th, during night two of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

In doing so, Windom maintained his point lead of the series by an eight-point margin as the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champ seeks to conquer the third and final prong of the coveted USAC Triple Crown, of which only six previous drivers have achieved.

Justin Grant led early from his pole starting position, outdueling outside front row starter Brady Bacon for the advantage at the drop of the green. Meanwhile, 2019 series Rookie of the Year, Andrew Layser, slotted into second past Bacon on the third lap and was on the prowl to track down Grant for the race lead.

That notion came to an abrupt halt for Layser on the fifth circuit as he pogo'd at the entry of turn one and collected a broadsliding Thomas Meseraull who was running fifth at the time. Daison Pursley (7th) was also caught up the altercation but was able to restart from the tail and race back to 11th in the end. Layser and Meseraull weren't as fortunate, though, retiring from the race with damage that didn't allow them to continue. Layser finished 20th and Meseraull 21st.

Series Rookie Emerson Axsom slowed to a stop while running fourth to bring out the yellow on the 15th lap, and on that ensuing restart, leader Courtney stuck to the bottom, all while being swarmed high and low behind each shoulder. Second running Bacon went topside and a suddenly surging Windom ventured even lower on the bottom, making his way toward the front after starting 14th.

Windom had gone fifth to third just prior to the yellow, then picked off another position in the pecking order on the 16th lap to roll to second with his vision affixed to Courtney just ahead. Windom had just run ninth in the preceding Sprint Car feature and was determined not to let Sprint feature winner Courtney sweep the night.

"The sprint car race didn't go too well for me, so I had to get something done in that midget race," Windom offered. "The track really wasn't anywhere but around the bottom, and I had to try something. I just got lower than everybody else and made it work."

On the 21st lap, Windom was on the brink of reaching his destination and was able to pull to the inside of Courtney entering the first turn. Courtney responded in kind by racing back by Windom on the outside of turn two, edging ahead midway down the back straightaway before closing the door to take away the bottom lane in turn three, and held the advantage over Windom at the start/finish line by a half-car-length on both laps 21 and 22.

The following lap, however, lap 23, Courtney performed a bounce routine as his right rear tagged the turn three cushion. That allowed Windom to sneak under and assume the lead to beat Courtney to the stripe by a single car length. Windom quickly put the battle to rest by extending his lead to 1.6 sec. down the stretch until a lap 28 yellow for the stopped car of Axsom necessitated a stoppage that ultimately erased Windom's lead, and provided Courtney another shot.

Courtney stepped to the outside of turn two on the final restart with three to go, and momentarily presented a serious threat to Windom's throne. However, that proved short-lived as Windom pasted himself to the bottom and launched away to 1.015 second interval at the checkered to win over Courtney in second and Fatheadz Fast Qualifier Tanner Thorson in third, placing the top-three in the series standings as also the top-three finishers for the night. Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid rounded out the top-five in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

For Windom, it took everything he had in proverbial tank to race from mid-pack to win and retain his point lead while also making it the sixth time this season that a winner has started 10th or worse with the series and went on to win. It was Windom's fourth victory of the year and one he certainly needed at this juncture of the season in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Chad Boat and all these guys at Tucker-Boat have brought me a great racecar all year," Windom expressed. "We've had one of the fastest cars night-in and night-out. The points battle is tight, but we had to come up there and win that race to keep us in the lead, so that's what we did."

For Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), it was an astounding ninth consecutive top-three finish with the series in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x, including his third-straight runner-up finish as he pursues a second-straight series title.


Chris Windom's fourth USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win of the season helped him maintain his point lead of the series by an eight-point margin as the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champ seeks to conquer the third and final prong of the coveted USAC Triple Crown, of which only six previous drivers have achieved.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


"After that restart, we just weren't as good as we were at the beginning of the race," Courtney said. "I don't know if something happened, but that's how it goes sometimes. It was still a good night; we qualified second, ran third in the heat and second in the feature, another second place in the midget. We've been running top-three a lot here lately with not a lot of wins, but it was a great night for our team. We'll keep putting the pressure on Chris here and see if we can get ourselves another championship."

Thorson (Minden, Nev.), a Kokomo USAC Midget winner this past June, displayed continual improvements throughout the weekend in his new ride, the Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. He finished fourth at Gas City, Ind. in his debut with the team on Friday night, then set fast time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying on Saturday at Kokomo, followed by a third-place feature run.

"I can't thank this team that's behind me enough," Thorson praised. "(Car owner) Tom Malloy and (crew chief) Jerome Rodela gave me a call to come run their stuff. I had a bunch of options and I just felt like these guys were the best ones to pick. I'm happy with (tonight). I wish we could've run a little better, but a single lane on the bottom makes it difficult to pass. Hats off to Chris (Windom) and Tyler (Courtney). They're two of the best out here in the midgets and it's pretty awesome to be able to race with them."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval -Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-13.175; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.240; 3. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.256; 4. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.303; 5. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.357; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.385; 7. Brady Bacon, 19, Hayward-13.417; 8. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-13.419; 9. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-13.425; 10. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.431; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.445; 12. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.452; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.461; 14. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.474; 15. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-13.478; 16. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.496; 17. Logan Seavey, 91L, RMS-13.502; 18. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.535; 19. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.535; 20. Karter Sarff, 55K, Sparks-13.553; 21. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.577; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.583; 23. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-13.591; 24. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-13.593; 25. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-13.703; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-13.714; 27. Chris Jagger Jr., 32, Jagger-14.746; 28. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-15.044; 29. Doug Hewitt, 82H, Cordonnier-15.100; 30. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-NT; 31. Ray Seach, 54, Manic-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Chase Randall, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Doug Hewitt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. David Budres. 2:17.848

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Gage Rucker, 7. Chris Jagger Jr. 2:20.557

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Karter Sarff, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Glenn Waterland, 7. Clinton Boyles. 2:18.992

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Gage Rucker, 8. Chris Jagger Jr., 9. Glenn Waterland, 10. David Budres. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (14), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Tanner Thorson (6), 4. Cannon McIntosh (16), 5. Buddy Kofoid (9), 6. Brady Bacon (2), 7. Logan Seavey (18), 8. Kyle Cummins (12), 9. Chase Johnson (13), 10. Justin Grant (1), 11. Daison Pursley (8), 12. Brenham Crouch (11), 13. Tanner Carrick (17), 14. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 15. Kaylee Bryson (7), 16. Cole Bodine (15), 17. Emerson Axsom (3), 18. Karter Sarff (21), 19. Chase Randall (22), 20. Andrew Layser (4), 21. Thomas Meseraull (10), 22. Hayden Reinbold (19). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Justin Grant, Laps 10-22 Tyler Courtney, Laps 23-30 Chris Windom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,398, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,390, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,301, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,292, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,211, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,039, 7-Daison Pursley-1,005, 8-Cole Bodine-847, 9-Andrew Layser-844, 10-Justin Grant-793.

FINAL INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-45, 2-Tanner Thorson-16, 3-Cannon McIntosh-15, 4-Brady Bacon-15, 5-Buddy Kofoid-15, 6-Clinton Boyles-14, 7-Logan Seavey-13, 8-Robert Ballou-12, 9-Kyle Cummins-12, 10-Tyler Courtney-11.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-184, 2-Tanner Thorson-99, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-90, 5-Logan Seavey-89, 6-Robert Ballou-85, 7-Justin Grant-84, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-76, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Double Double ProSource Passing Master: Chris Windom

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Brenham Crouch

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (14th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Carrick

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award: Gage Rucker

ProSource Hard Work Award: Chase Randall

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Buddy Kofoid

Smith Titanium "Don't Stop" Midget Weekend Hard Charger: Chris Windom (19)

MPI BCForever Up on the Wheel Highest Finishing Semi-Feature Transfer: Kyle Cummins

 

 

COURTNEY CORRALS KOKOMO'S
DOUBLE DOUBLE USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 26, 2020).........Tyler Courtney has gotten quite used to parking it in victory lane at Kokomo Speedway over the past few years.

His late-race duel with Brady Bacon during Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature was the latest chapter added to his story as he prevailed with the winning move just three laps from the end to earn his sixth career series victory at the quarter-mile dirt oval, third all-time behind Kokomo greats Dave Darland (9) and Tony Elliott (8).

The two-time USAC National champion has seemingly been either snakebitten or victorious in USAC competition at Kokomo this season. He's encountered trouble three separate times while leading or running second this year alone.

During Indiana Midget Week, Courtney flipped while leading two-thirds of the way through. During Indiana Sprint Week, he clipped a turn two infield tire while leading and spun just three laps from the finish. In August's Sprint Car Smackdown IX opener, while running second, contact with a lapped car flattened his tire, putting him out of contention for victory once again.

The tide turned, so to speak, with his Smackdown finale score to close out the month of August and brought him into Saturday night's Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double as the most recent series winner at the track.

Starting fifth, Courtney was on the chase early as outside front row starter Brandon Mattox controlled the pace up front for the first six circuits. Bacon, meanwhile, made a charge from fourth to second on the opening lap and began to contend with Mattox for the race lead.

On lap six, Bacon presented a challenge to the outside, which caught Mattox's attention. Mattox noticed Bacon's nose to his outside and moved up a groove at the exit of turn four in response. Bacon countered back by shooting underneath Mattox on the entry into turn one to take over the point.

Courtney was on the move at that point as well, and on the 11th lap, overtook Mattox for the second position and began to lasso in Bacon as lapped traffic loomed in their path.

The two ringed the top around the tail end of lead lap traffic with Courtney making up just slivers of ground at a time while this year's track champion, Bacon, expertly navigated through the thick as he searched for his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature win at the track.

The highwire show in traffic came to a halt just after the halfway mark of the 30-lapper when 17th running Chase Johnson looped it between turns one and two to bring out the caution. At the resumption of activity, Courtney was now right on Bacon's rear bumper and sans traffic as far as the eye could see.

As Courtney pursued Bacon, Courtney stumbled on the turn four cushion on lap 21, but it didn't seem to deter his motive one iota as he charged back and set himself up for a slider in turn three on the 24th lap that stuck and sent him into the lead. That set off a classic duel between the two champs that proved unrelenting in the forthcoming laps.

Bacon used the bottom side of the racetrack while Courtney worked the top. Bacon ably pulled ahead at the exit of turns two and four on laps 25 and 26 each time with Courtney utilizing the high side momentum to beat him to the line each time. Bacon's relentlessness brought him back to the lead on the 27th lap as he surged to the front off the low line in turn two to hold a two car length advantage with three to go.

However, with the low line occupied by the two cars at the tail end of the field - last week's Haubstadt Hustler winner Kendall Ruble and USAC West Coast star Chase Johnson - Bacon was forced to go high in turn three on lap 28. Courtney went outside-in, following Bacon into turn three, then ducking underneath off turn four to slip by Bacon for the spot.

Bacon continued the chase that now ventured to the top where Courtney had roamed for much of the event, hanging in stride with Courtney just a couple car lengths back on the final lap. Courtney threaded the needle in turn two to the outside of Johnson and Critter Malone and just inside the outer retaining wall. Malone took evasive action to avoid contact as he was the meat in the middle of the sandwich. Bacon was just behind Malone at that exact moment and the two made bumper-to-bumper contact, impeding Bacon's momentum and ending an opportunity for one last effort for the victory.

Courtney closed it out with a 0.764 sec. interval over Bacon at the finish line with Chase Stockon third. Brandon Mattox earned a career-best fourth-place finish while Shane Cottle rounded out the top-five.

For Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), it was the 29th victory of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, equaling him with Robert Ballou for 14th all-time in his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo - CSI - ZMax - Schoenfeld/Spike/Rider Chevy.

"The track changed a lot there from the start to the end," Courtney noted. "Brady started making the bottom work there at the end, but luckily, lapped traffic kind of played in my favor. This car really rolls around this place nice and it just makes my job so easy."

 

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) extended his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead to 30 over ninth-place Kokomo finisher Chris Windom entering the October 3 season finale at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. However, after leading a race-high 18 laps, this was one the two-time series champ felt slipped through his fingers aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"I felt we had a better car," Bacon readily admitted. "I got stuck out in the lead as kind of a sitting duck. I contemplated going to the bottom but it's kind of hard to leave what you're doing. We actually got the lead back and lapped traffic just kind of clogged the hole and (Courtney) was able to keep the lead. I'm disappointed to run second again but there's obviously a bright side with us gaining a lot of points for the championship."

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) remained in the title hunt, just 40 points behind Bacon in third while piloting his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere - Ravens Manufacturing - AMSOIL/Velocity/Fisher Chevy.

"We've got a real fast hot rod. It's just hard to gain any points on these guys when they keep finishing in front of you," Stockon stated.

Dave Darland's fast qualifying run during Saturday's Fatheadz Eyewear time trials at Kokomo was the 62nd of his career, putting him just three behind Tom Bigelow for the all-time series lead.

While battling for the second position on the opening lap of the semi-feature, driver Tim Creech ramped over the right rear tire of another car and barrel-rolled into the turn four wall and fence. He was transported for further evaluation.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.235; 2. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble/Martin-13.318; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.321; 4. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.323; 5. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.399; 6. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.465; 7. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-13.517; 8. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.563; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.579; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.584; 11. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.626; 12. Chase Jones, 11AG, Gray-13.633; 13. Clinton Boyles, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.715; 14. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.770; 15. Brandon Long, 02, Long-13.801; 16. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-13.837; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-13.841; 18. Cole Bodine, 57x, Bodine/Crow-13.995; 19. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-14.005; 20. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro-14.068; 21. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.838.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.068; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.126; 3. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.213; 4. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.219; 5. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-13.229; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.250; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.282; 8. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.296; 9. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.349; 10. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-13.446; 11. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.448; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.464; 13. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.488; 14. Max Adams, 57, Hazen-13.534; 15. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-13.636; 16. Brad Greenup, 4G, Greenup-13.911; 17. Brayden Clark, 42G, Clark/Jackson-14.053; 18. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-14.080; 19. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-14.180; 20. Jack James, 99, James-14.279; 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.437.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Tim Creech, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Brandon Long, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Ryan Barr, 11. Robert Bell. 2:16.297

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Critter Malone, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Kendall Ruble, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Chase Jones, 8. Korbyn Hayslett, 9. Cole Bodine, 10. Davey Ray. 2:16.623

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Carson Short, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Brayden Clark, 11. Braydon Cromwell. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Mario Clouser, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Max Adams, 6. Brad Greenup, 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Jack James, 9. Ricky Lewis. NT
C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Matt McCarthy, 2. Cole Bodine, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Zack Pretorius, 5. Braydon Cromwell, 6. Ryan Barr, 7. Brayden Clark, 8. Jack James, 9. Robert Bell, 10. Davey Ray. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Carson Short, 4. Kendall Ruble, 5. Clinton Boyles, 6. Max Adams, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Cole Bodine, 9. Brandon Long, 10. Chase Jones, 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 12. Zack Pretorius, 13. Korbyn Hayslett, 14. Tye Mihocko, 15. Ricky Lewis, 16. Matt McCarthy, 17. Brad Greenup, 18. Justin Grant, 19. Tim Creech. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Brandon Mattox (2), 5. Shane Cottle (1), 6. Robert Ballou (9), 7. Kyle Cummins (7), 8. Dave Darland (6), 9. Chris Windom (18), 10. Justin Grant (21*), 11. Clinton Boyles (20), 12. C.J. Leary (12), 13. Logan Seavey (14), 14. Scotty Weir (10), 15. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 16. Mario Clouser (22), 17. Carson Short (13), 18. Jadon Rogers (19), 19. Chase Johnson (16), 20. Max Adams (23), 21. Critter Malone (17), 22. Kendall Ruble (11), 23. Thomas Meseraull (8). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Ricky Lewis flipped during the fourth heat. Tim Creech flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Brandon Mattox, Laps 7-23 Brady Bacon, Laps 24-26 Tyler Courtney, Lap 27 Brady Bacon, Laps 28-30 Tyler Courtney.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,658, 2-Chris Windom-1,628, 3-Chase Stockon-1,618, 4-Justin Grant-1,550, 5-C.J. Leary-1,542, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,302, 7-Dave Darland-1,214, 8-Carson Short-1,210, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,111, 10-Robert Ballou-1,067.

FINAL INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-45, 2-Tanner Thorson-16, 3-Cannon McIntosh-15, 4-Brady Bacon-15, 5-Buddy Kofoid-15, 6-Clinton Boyles-14, 7-Logan Seavey-13, 8-Robert Ballou-12, 9-Kyle Cummins-12, 10-Tyler Courtney-11.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-184, 2-Tanner Thorson-99, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-90, 5-Logan Seavey-89, 6-Robert Ballou-85, 7-Justin Grant-84, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-76, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 3, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Fall Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Double Double ProSource Passing Master: Chris Windom

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Dave Darland

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Scotty Weir

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (18th to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award: Jake Swanson

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Chris Windom

ProSource Hard Work Award: Max Adams

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Shane Cottle

Schoenfeld Ahead of the Game Award: Chris Windom

MPI BCForever Up on the Wheel Highest Finishing Semi-Feature Transfer: Clinton Boyles

 

McINTOSH MARCHES TO USAC MIDGET TRIUMPH AT GAS CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 25, 2020).........For Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, it was only a matter of time before winning returned to team's narrative following a 27-race winless streak that stretched a span of 13 months until earlier this month.

Enter September and the team is now three-for-three with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, and key to the KKM revival has been the surge of Cannon McIntosh, the Bixby, Okla. native who began the team's winning streak on Sept. 4 in Sweet Springs, Mo. and kept it rolling through Friday night's James Dean Classic, night one of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Friday's theme at the ¼-mile dirt oval was reminiscent of the tests they've endured throughout their 2020 campaign. Though the hurdles were aplenty early on, the stick-to-itiveness the team displayed has allowed them to dig themselves out of their relative early season doldrums to persevere once again, which Keith Kunz cars have done now 113 times with the series, second all-time.

"We weren't that great in the heat race," McIntosh admitted. "We got up to third and it was enough to get us to the feature and put us in a decent spot. Then, (crew chief) Kaz (Townsend) went to work on the car and made some changes. I believe in him, and the car was killer in the feature. I was getting a little tight at the end, just getting behind lapped traffic, but I just hung in there and we pulled off the win."

McIntosh started his 30-lap feature from the fourth position in his TRD - Mobil1 - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, but he wasn't long for staying content with his position for as he blasted to the second spot on the opening lap by splitting between the two front row occupants, teammate Daison Pursley and outside front row starter Chase Johnson.

The pursuit of Pursley by McIntosh came to a head on the second lap when McIntosh showed a nose to Pursley while entering on the bottom of turn one. Pursley slid up just a tad at the exit of turn two and McIntosh powered past to occupy the race lead.

While McIntosh carved out a two second advantage in the opening third of the feature, Tyler Courtney began to emerge as a contender and was challenging Pursley for second on the outside of turn one when Pursley became sideways on the bottom of the racing surface. Fourth running Thomas Meseraull found no place to escape the fray and plowed into the idling Pursley. Pursley kept it running and continued on while Meseraull slid to a stop, prematurely curtailing his opportunity for a victory.

On the 14th lap, Courtney's diligence paid off after having gone toe-to-toe with Pursley to the outside for several laps prior until streaming around the outside of Pursley entering the third turn. Likewise, for Kyle Cummins, who reversed the method by slipping to the inside of Pursley in turn one for third following a tedious battle between the two.

Still up nearly two seconds the race's end approached, McIntosh possessed total control, keeping his car as straight as possible coming off turns two and four on the slightly slickened surface, gliding smoothly through traffic as he raced his way to his third career USAC National Midget feature win by a grand margin of 1.791 seconds over Courtney, Cummins and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tanner Thorson, who made his way from 17th on the grid to finish fourth in his debut aboard the Tom Malloy-owned ride.

Second-place finisher Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) raised his series-leading Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time to five with his qualifying performance in the Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. Courtney's eighth consecutive top-three finish has moved the defending series champion to within nine points of leader Chris Windom, who finished 9th, in his quest for a repeat title.

"You always want to win these races, but we weren't quite there," Courtney explained. "We've just got to get a little better there for the whole feature, but all in all, it was a good night. We haven't finished off the podium in a while, so it's been a good stretch here. We've just got to get the car back in victory lane. I'm tired of second and third. Once I got to second there, I just couldn't really make any ground up on Cannon. I think if the bottom would've slowed up just a little bit more than it did, I think my other line there through the middle would've came into play, but it just never did. Lapped cars played nice tonight; I was kind of banking on them to hold him up a little more than they did."

Sprint Car ace Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) equaled best USAC National Midget run of his career Friday night at Gas City with a third in his Glenn Styres Racing/Oshweken Speedway - Lucas Oil Center/Spike/Stanton SR-11x, a team that gave him a chance to delve into the midget world on a more frequent basis this season, and Cummins hasn't let them down.

"They believed in me to start running the midget a little bit, and to just kind of learn it," Cummins said. "I wasn't very good in the heat race, but in the B-Main we were a little better and there in the end, we weren't so great. I don't know what I'm doing, so we threw a couple things at it, and through the first half, this thing was on kill. Once it got slick there, I probably could've done a couple things, but third place in a midget, that's pretty cool."

Also of note, two drivers made their first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature starts at Gas City on Friday night, Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.). Randall finished 20th while Reinbold took 22nd.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 25, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - James Dean Classic / Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.149; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-12.164; 3. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.213; 4. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-12.263; 5. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-12.298; 6. Logan Seavey, 91L, RMS-12.319; 7. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.325; 8. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.349; 9. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-12.363; 10. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.364; 11. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.371; 12. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-12.372; 13. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-12.400; 14. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.402; 15. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.413; 16. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-12.421; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.476; 18. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-12.482; 19. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.485; 20. Karter Sarff, 55K, Sparks-12.504; 21. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.512; 22. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.523; 23. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-12.540; 24. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.541; 25. Brady Bacon, 19, Hayward-12.555; 26. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.598; 27. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.741; 28. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-13.255; 29. Doug Hewitt, 82H, Cordonnier-13.406; 30. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-13.434; 31. Kameron Gladish, 20, Nolen-13.603; 32. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.723; 33. Chris Jagger Jr., 32, Jagger-13.770; 34. David Budres, 31, Manic-14.416; 35. Chris Jagger, 27, Jagger-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Doug Hewitt, 9. Chris Jagger Jr.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Oliver Akard, 9. David Budres.

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Sam Johnson, 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Kameron Gladis.

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Gage Rucker, 6. Tyler Nelson, 7. Glenn Waterland, 8. Karter Sarff.

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Tyler Nelson, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 9. Sam Johnson, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Gage Rucker, 12. Glenn Waterland, 13. Kameron Gladish, 14. David Budres, 15. Doug Hewitt, 16. Chris Jagger Jr., 17. Oliver Akard.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Kyle Cummins (11), 4. Tanner Thorson (17), 5. Emerson Axsom (5), 6. Justin Grant (8), 7. Buddy Kofoid (18), 8. Daison Pursley (1), 9. Chris Windom (15), 10. Tanner Carrick (13), 11. Brady Bacon (22), 12. Andrew Layser (9), 13. Logan Seavey (14), 14. Clinton Boyles (19), 15. Thomas Meseraull (7), 16. Chase Johnson (2), 17. Cole Bodine (10), 18. Robert Dalby (21), 19. Kaylee Bryson (20), 20. Chase Randall (16), 21. Tyler Nelson (12), 22. Hayden Reinbold (23*), 23. Ethan Mitchell (3). NT
* represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Daison Pursley, Laps 3-30 Cannon McIntosh.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,321, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,312, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,226, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,226, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,145, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,002, 7-Daison Pursley-956, 8-Cole Bodine-816, 9-Andrew Layser-811, 10-Justin Grant-743.

INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-23, 2-Brady Bacon-13, 3-Tanner Thorson-13, 4-Buddy Kofoid-11, 5-Shane Cottle-9, 6-Robert Ballou-9, 7-Justin Grant-8, 8-Kyle Cummins-8, 9-Carson Short-6, 10-Clinton Boyles-5.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-162, 2-Tanner Thorson-96, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-86, 5-Justin Grant-84, 6-Robert Ballou-82, 7-Logan Seavey-77, 8-Brady Bacon-74, 9-Cannon McIntosh-72, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Andrew Layser

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (17th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award:

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Brenham Crouch

ProSource Hard Work Award: Brady Bacon

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Emerson Axsom

 

 

LEARY'S LATE RACE HEROICS
LIFT HIM TO GAS CITY USAC SPRINT GLORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 25, 2020).........C.J. Leary saved up a little bit of late-race magic en route to Friday night's James Dean Classic USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway, night one of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

Taking full advantage of a second wind provided by a caution with four laps remaining, Leary swept around the outside of Justin Grant exiting turn four on lap 28 of the 30-lap feature to secure and lock down the lead for good, piloting the Leary Racing/Valvoline - Gray Auto - Leary Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy to his third series win of the year and the 12th of his career, tying him with Eric Gordon for 46th all-time.

One year removed from his championship campaign, Leary's season has taken a number of turns, bringing him into Friday night's event without a crew chief and with a recently repaired car that had taken a hard tumble on the opening lap at Terre Haute exactly one week earlier.

Affixed with a new front clip on his family-owned ride, the conclusion looked just like old times - hoisting the trophy and celebrating the thrill of victory for the second time with USAC at Gas City following an Indiana Sprint Week win at the quarter-mile dirt oval in 2017.

"This No. 30 car was on rails tonight," Leary exclaimed. "We're crew-chiefless tonight. My dad's not here; it's just me and some good friends. To come out and win and to beat Justin is great; he was really good there. Somehow, I was making the middle work. I found that in lapped traffic while trying to slide myself and hitting some moisture on exit."

Although Leary started from the pole position, he wound up chasing for much of the race while outside front row starter Dave Darland jumped out the advantage to lead the first seven laps.

An early caution put an end to July's Gas City USAC Sprint winner, Logan Seavey, who suffered a flat left rear and required a ride on a hook back to the pits after contact with Brady Bacon while battling for the fifth position on the sixth lap.

Meanwhile, Justin Grant, slated to start fourth, but penalized two rows for being late to the track prior to the race, spurted from his new eighth starting spot following the restart into the lead on the eighth go-around underneath Darland on the back straightaway.

Leary charged back by Darland on the 10th lap for the second spot while Bacon moved to third in the running order on the 15th circuit for third. At that point, Grant held a near two second lead, but as the leaders began making headway in traffic, the interval Grant held began to be whittled down slowly, but surely.

Grant's lead over Leary and Bacon was sliced in half to a second with under 10 laps remaining, with tenths ticking off each lap thereafter. Nonetheless, time was running short, and hope for another shot for either Leary or Bacon at Grant was withering away and may not have been in the cards without Grant's ultimate nemesis on this night - the yellow flag.

The caution flew for seventh running Kyle Cummins who was stopped atop turn two with four laps to go, setting up a dash for the win amongst the leaders without the attendance of other foes in front of them - something that Leary, in second at the time, was mightily thankful for although he didn't exactly know how many trips around the circumference of the track were left.

"My RACEceiver batteries died, so I had no idea how many laps there were to go, but I felt like the race was almost over," Leary revealed. It definitely bunched us up and we got a good run off two. Justin kind of threw a curveball at me. I thought he was going to slide himself like what I did (in turn three), but he tried to run the bottom and we just got a good run through the middle (of turns three and four). Typically, we're not very good right in the slick, but this was really good all night. I lost the lead at the start and I felt like it just wasn't our night. To drop back and come back, it's a great feeling."

Immediately after taking the spot front Grant on the outside, Leary locked up the bottom, shutting the door at the entry to turn one. From there, the race belonged to Leary who closed out 0.539 sec. margin of victory over Grant, Bacon, Chase Stockon and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger, Chris Windom, who started 22nd and rounded out the top-five. Interestingly, the top-five feature finishers also occupy the top-five positions in the series point standings.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is proud of where his car is at this point with his best finish in the series in nearly two months, but the disappointment was hard to hide after leading a race-high 20 of the 30 laps in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - TOPP Industries - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

"The car is back where it needs to be," Grant said. "It was fast all night and we've got our motors running and have everything operating how it should be. We're back fighting for wins, but I just let that one get away at the end. I just made bad decisions there on the restart. I'm still a bit salty at myself over it."

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) emerged as the point leader by a mere five points over Chris Windom following Friday night's event as he chases a third career USAC National Sprint Car title after previous reaches of the pinnacle in both 2014 and 2016. Despite a podium run, Bacon felt it was performance that could've been smoother in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"I'm actually a little disappointed with third tonight," Bacon expressed. "We had the third best car, but figured we'd be a little better than that tonight. We'll definitely take it. We had a solid night all night."

Earlier Friday, Bacon recorded the 37th fast qualifying time of his USAC National Sprint Car career, passing Bryan Clauson to move into fifth all-time alongside 1968-70-75 series champion, Larry Dickson.

Three drivers made their first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature starts Friday night at Gas City: 17th place finisher Brandon Long (Wichita Falls, Texas), 19th place finisher Ricky Lewis (Ventura, Calif.) and Evan Mosley (Lapel, Ind.) who ran 20th.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 25, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - James Dean Classic / Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-12.346; 2. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.359; 3. Brandon Long, 02, Long-12.387; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.411; 5. Anton Hernandez, 36, Darland-12.428; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.428; 7. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-12.458; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.542; 9. Clinton Boyles, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.609; 10. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble/Martin-12.676; 11. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-12.714; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-12.728; 13. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-12.731; 14. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.734; 15. Slater Helt, 22s, Simon/Helt-12.747; 16. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-12.778; 17. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-12.919; 18. Jack James, 99, James-13.026; 19. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-13.040; 20. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.055; 21. Tayte Williamson, 20R, Williamson-13.428; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-14.702.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.195; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.253; 3. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-12.306; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.378; 5. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.436; 6. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-12.465; 7. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.519; 8. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-12.520; 9. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.521; 10. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.523; 11. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-12.525; 12. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-12.526; 13. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-12.659; 14. Max Adams, 57, Hazen-12.708; 15. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-12.728; 16. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.736; 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-12.778; 18. Brad Greenup, 4G, Greenup-12.960; 19. Brayden Clark, 42G, Clark/Jackson-12.993; 20. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-13.061; 21. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.738.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Clinton Boyles, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Anton Hernandez, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Korbyn Hayslett, 6. Brandon Long, 7. Slater Helt, 8. Braydon Cromwell, 9. Ryan Barr, 10. Tayte Williamson, 11. Mario Clouser.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Kendall Ruble, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Matt McCarthy, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Matt McDonald, 9. Jack James, 10. Zack Pretorius, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr.

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Evan Mosley, 6. Tim Creech, 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Cole Ketcham, 9. Brayden Clark, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Robert Bell.

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Carson Short, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Max Adams, 8. Brad Greenup, 9. Dustin Ingle, 10. Kyle Shipley.
C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Dustin Ingle, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Matt McDonald, 4. Ryan Barr, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Jack James, 7. Braydon Cromwell, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Robert Bell, 10. Brayden Clark, 11. Tayte Williamson.

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Carson Short, 4. Ricky Lewis, 5. Brandon Long, 6. Evan Mosley, 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 8. Tim Creech, 9. Mario Clouser, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. Max Adams, 12. Cole Ketcham, 13. Matt McDonald, 14. Ryan Barr, 15. Zack Pretorius, 16. Slater Helt, 17. Dustin Ingle, 18. Thomas Meseraull.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (1), 2. Justin Grant (8), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Chris Windom (22), 6. Shane Cottle (15), 7. Dave Darland (2), 8. Jadon Rogers (4), 9. Robert Ballou (18), 10. Mario Clouser (23*), 11. Carson Short (17), 12. Brandon Mattox (10), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 14. Chase Johnson (16), 15. Scotty Weir (19), 16. Kyle Cummins (7), 17. Brandon Long (11), 18. Clinton Boyles (9), 19. Ricky Lewis (14), 20. Evan Mosley (21), 21. Kendall Ruble (20), 22. Logan Seavey (6), 23. Anton Hernandez (13). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Kyle Shipley flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Dave Darland, Laps 8-27 Justin Grant, Laps 28-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,580, 2-Chris Windom-1,575, 3-Chase Stockon-1,544, 4-Justin Grant-1,507, 5-C.J. Leary-1,503, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,269, 7-Carson Short-1,179, 8-Dave Darland-1,154, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,051, 10-Robert Ballou-1,004.

INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-23, 2-Brady Bacon-13, 3-Tanner Thorson-13, 4-Buddy Kofoid-11, 5-Shane Cottle-9, 6-Robert Ballou-9, 7-Justin Grant-8, 8-Kyle Cummins-8, 9-Carson Short-6, 10-Clinton Boyles-5.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-162, 2-Tanner Thorson-96, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-86, 5-Justin Grant-84, 6-Robert Ballou-82, 7-Logan Seavey-77, 8-Brady Bacon-74, 9-Cannon McIntosh-72, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 26, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Donor Network / Driven2SaveLives Double Double

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Clinton Boyles

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brandon Mattox

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (22nd to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award: Korbyn Hayslett

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Ricky Lewis

ProSource Hard Work Award: Chris Windom

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Chris Windom

Schoenfeld Ahead of the Game Award: Ricky Lewis

 

 

GRANT, SWANSON LEAD SILVER CROWN TO TOLEDO OCT. 4

By: Scott Schultz

Toledo, OH—September 22, 2020: Defending race winner Kody Swanson is one of the early favorites as the USAC Silver Crown Series heads to Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon, October 4 for the Hemelgarn/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic 100 lap contest.

Local businessman and sponsor of the race, Ron Hemelgarn, is the owner of the car piloted by Justin Grant, who leads the Series points with 2 races remaining on the 2020 schedule for the Silver Crown cars.

Local driver Austin Nemire is also entered for the October event.

A tradition at Toledo Speedway since the 1960s, the United States Auto Club (USAC) open-wheel divisions have battled on the big ½ mile paved oval for nearly 6 decades.

A special addition to the race card for that date will be racing for four divisions of ARCA stock cars featuring local drivers—the ARCA Late Model Sportsman, ARCA Street Stock, ARCA Figure-8 and ARCA Factory Stock classes.

Per the State of Ohio and the local health department COVID-19 guidelines, only 1500 tickets may be sold for the grandstands for Toledo’s final race of the year. Advance tickets are available only online at www.toledospeedway.com. Any remaining tickets will be available at the track on race day at the ticket office. All tickets are $25 each.

The track ticket office will open at 11 a.m. on race day, as well as the spectator gates. Practice begins at 11:30 a.m. and racing begins at 2 p.m.

The time schedule for the day can be found at www.toledospeedway.com. Click on the event on the right side of the home page and follow down to the entry list and schedule buttons.

The Rollie Beale Classic can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 

HEMELGARN RACING IN ELITE COMPANY
WITH USAC SILVER CROWN SUCCESS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (September 24, 2020).........In the early 1970s, the USAC National Championship (now IndyCar) remained pretty much hand-in-hand with the dirt tracks. Once the dirt was removed from the National Championship trail following the conclusion of the 1970 season, a new series dedicated to the dirt for the Champ Cars was formed for 1971.

Several car owners remained actively involved on both circuits during the first few years of the now-named Silver Crown division with the likes of Leader Card Racers (1971), A.J. Foyt Enterprises (1972) and Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing (1973) each earning respective entrant championships with the dirt series, all of whom had previously or would go on to win the Indianapolis 500 as an entrant as well.

Now, this season, Hemelgarn Racing out of Toledo, Ohio, with driver Justin Grant and crew chief Dennis LaCava, stands atop the USAC Silver Crown point standings entering the final two-race stretch beginning with the Sunday afternoon, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic at Ohio's Toledo Speedway with hopes in becoming one of the very select few car owners to win both an Indianapolis 500 and USAC Silver Crown season championship.

Hemelgarn captured the Indianapolis 500-mile race victory in 1996 with driver Buddy Lazier and LaCava, while Leader Card did the same thrice with Rodger Ward in 1959 & 1962, plus Bobby Unser in 1968. Foyt Enterprises got the job done with the man himself, A.J. Foyt, drinking the milk for his record-breaking fourth "500" triumph in 1977. Vel's Parnelli Jones, meanwhile, won back-to-back with Al Unser and the Johnny Lightning Specials in 1970-71.

Additionally, Curb/Agajanian Racing, a four-time Silver Crown entrant champ between 2010-13 with both Tony Stewart and RW Motorsports, partnered with Bryan Herta Autosport for their improbable 2011 Indianapolis 500 win with Dan Wheldon, and again in 2016 with Andretti Herta Autosport and their miraculous fuel-saving strategy on the last stint to emerge victorious with driver Alexander Rossi.

Hemelgarn and Grant's bid for a 2020 Silver Crown title could mark another rarity with a team owner winning both an IndyCar / CART championship as well as a USAC Silver Crown title. Hemelgarn and Lazier won at Phoenix and Kentucky en route to the 2000 Indy Racing League crown. Leader Card snagged the USAC National Championship in the same exact years as their Indianapolis 500 accolades with Ward in '59 & '62, and Bobby Unser in '68. Foyt did likewise with himself as the driver in 1975, then again at the advent of the IRL with drivers Scott Sharp in 1996 and Kenny Brack in 1998.

Johnny Capels, meanwhile, was on a roll throughout the decade of the 1970s, winning back-to-back USAC National Championships as the crew chief for Vel's Parnelli and driver Joe Leonard in 1971-72. Capels followed up with a pair of USAC Champ Dirt Car titles with Vel's Parnelli and drivers Al Unser in 1973 and Mario Andretti in 1974. Branching out on his own, Capels, a 2019 USAC Hall of Fame inductee, was the chief mechanic/car owner for Pancho Carter's USAC Dirt Car title in 1978.

Hemelgarn's Silver Crown team has been victorious on two occasions over the years, in 2017 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and in 2018 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, both of which were Justin Grant's first two wins with the series.

While all the owners listed above have won numerous races on both circuits, perhaps lesser known is the one-time Silver Crown victory by U.E. "Pat" Patrick, who's STP sponsored dirt car shocked the world at the 1974 Hoosier Hundred with Oklahoma's Jackie Howerton as the driver, winning the pole and leading all 100 laps at the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile, defeating the two Vel's Parnelli cars of Al Unser and Mario Andretti in the process to tally both Patrick and Howerton's only career series wins.

Patrick had found a high amount of success the year prior just down the street from the Indy Mile as a first-time winner in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 with Gordon Johncock in the cockpit. Patrick and Johncock hit paydirt again with a victory in the then-closest "500" finish of all-time in 1982. Patrick was back in winner's circle again at Indy with Emerson Fittipaldi in 1989 on their way to winning the CART PPG Cup that Fall.

The Sunday afternoon, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series plus Late Model Sportsman, Figure 8, Factory Stock and Street Stock features for the penultimate round of the 2020 season in the Glass City.

The USAC pit gate opens at 8:30am ET on raceday, front gates open at 11am, practice runs from 11:30am-12:15pm for the Silver Crown cars with Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 1:05pm and opening ceremonies at 2pm, followed by the 100-lap Rollie Beale Classic.

All tickets are $25 each, and tickets will only be available online at www.toledospeedway.com. With limited seating for each event, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Grandstand ticketing will be limited to 1,500 with a standard admission price for all events of $25 per person, with specified seating locations to ensure social distancing and presale offering contactless purchasing.

The Rollie Beale Classic can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1971: Leader Card Racers

1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises

1973: Vel's Parnelli Jones

1974: Vel's Parnelli Jones

1975: Pizza Hut of St. Louis (George Middleton)

1976: Louis Seymour & Sons

1977: Dave LeFevre

1978: Johnny Capels

1979: Leader Card Racers

1980: Delrose-Holt Racing

1981: Aristocrat Products (Johnny Vance)

1982: Steve Enslow

1983: Delrose-Holt Racing

1984: Radio Hospital (Ralph DePalma)

1985: Damon Fortune

1986: Bob Hampshire

1987: Bob Hampshire

1988: Kenny Jarrett Farms

1989: Transportation Computer Systems (Junior Kurtz)

1990: Bob Consani

1991: M & L Plumbing (Fred Ede)

1992: Kenny Jarrett Farms

1993: Del McClure

1994: Gary Stanton

1995: Niebel Engines, Inc.

1996: Gary Stanton

1997: Foxco, Inc.

1998: Goetz Racing

1999: Snider/Foyt Racing

2000: Indiana Underground Construction (Terry Riggs)

2001: Paul Cook Racing

2002: East/Stewart Racing

2003: East/Stewart Racing

2004: East/Stewart Racing

2005: East/Stewart Racing

2006: Leffler/BK Racing

2007: BK Racing

2008: RW Motorsports

2009: BK Motorsports

2010: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

2011: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

2012: RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing

2013: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

2014: DePalma Motorsports

2015: DePalma Motorsports

2016: DePalma Motorsports

2017: DePalma Motorsports

2018: DePalma Motorsports

2019: Klatt Enterprises

 

 

THORSON GETS USAC MIDGET RIDE WITH MALLOY FOR REST OF 2020

Speedway, Indiana (September 23, 2020)………Tanner Thorson will take the wheel of the Tom Malloy-owned No. 25m for the remainder of the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season, beginning with this weekend’s Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, Friday, Sept. 25 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kokomo Speedway.

Minden, Nevada’s Thorson, the 2016 series champion, recently parted ways with Hayward Motorsports, who he had driven for in all 19 of his starts this season, which produced four victories in Ocala, Fla., Du Quoin, Ill., Kokomo, Ind. and Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Thorson will be a teammate to Chase Johnson, who has driven Malloy’s No. 25 throughout 2020. With 10 series points races remaining, Thorson finds himself fourth in the standings, 105 points out of the lead, entering the weekend. Thorson is thrilled with the new pairing.

“I am looking forward to ending this year strong with Tom Malloy and Jerome Rodela,” Thorson said. “Chase (Johnson) has been fast in their cars and I’m hoping to be able to add to their speed. They have great equipment and we are both eager to continue the success.”

“It’s going to be rad,” the team’s crew chief, Jerome Rodela exclaimed. “I’m looking forward to the addition of Tanner and seeing what our team can accomplish.”

For team owner Malloy, it was a quick phone call. The opportunity to team with Thorson was too good to pass up.

“Jerome called me last week and told me Tanner was available,” Malloy stated. “Jerome asked if I would want to put him in our car, and knowing what I do about Tanner’s talent, I couldn’t resist. I’m excited to have Tanner and Chase representing the Malloy Family and Trench Shores Company.”

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season finishes up with a flurry of activity that consists of 10 races in four different states. Following the Gas City/Kokomo “Double Double” on Sep. 25-26, the series moves onto another weekend double with races on Friday, Oct. 9 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the Jason Leffler Memorial. That’s followed the next night by the Harvest Cup on Saturday, Oct. 10 just across the border at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

From there, the traditional pilgrimage to the west takes the Midgets to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the Western World Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, which will also feature the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars in a midget/sprint doubleheader each night.

A mini-California Midget Week begins just days later with four nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing in a five-day span, beginning at Bakersfield Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Three-straight nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20-21, bring the series to Placerville Speedway for the second running of the Hangtown 100, which concludes the points season with a 100-lap finale.

Furthermore, a non-points special event for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets has been added to the schedule to close out the 2020 season at California’s Merced Speedway on Wednesday night, November 25.

There are no limits on the number of entries for either of this weekend’s events, which feature a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on two consecutive nights.

Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

 

 

CHECKING THE BOXES
WITH USAC WINS AT GAS CITY & KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 24, 2020).........Gas City I-69 Speedway and Kokomo Speedway lie just about 45 minutes apart - a straight, 180-degree angle from each other an hour-plus north of Indianapolis in the Hoosier state.

Though each racetrack is listed as a quarter-mile length of dirt, each track possesses its own characteristics - one with a surrounding concrete wall, one without. One with slightly more banking than the other, and so on and so forth.

When you put the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets on the same event card, such as it is for both nights of this weekend's Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, Friday, Sept. 25 at Gas City and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kokomo, you'll several drivers hopping between both types of cars at both racetracks.

As we dig through the records, we've found that no driver has checked all four boxes in play this weekend with USAC National Sprint wins in addition to USAC National Midget victories at both venues. Some have come close over the years to scoring all four, with four drivers reigning victorious in three of those four categories.

A USAC National Midget win at Gas City is the only such item that eluded Bryan Clauson, the winner of a single USAC Sprint Car race at Gas City and four at Kokomo, plus three Midget scores at Kokomo. Oddly enough, the same missing puzzle piece eludes all four individuals with Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr. and J.J. Yeley also emerging triumphantly in USAC Sprint competition at both Gas City and Kokomo as well as in a Midget at Kokomo, but with no hardware to show from a Midget win at Gas City.

In all, an impressive array of 22 different drivers have won USAC National features at both Gas City and Kokomo. Brady Bacon and Tracy Hines have flip-flopped with a Sprint win at Gas City and a Midget victory at Kokomo, or in the case of Bacon, three Midget wins at Kokomo. On the other hand, Justin Grant notched a USAC Midget win at Gas City and with the Sprint Car at Kokomo.

Nine drivers have won with the USAC Sprint Cars only at both Gas City and Kokomo in their careers with the likes of past series champions Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary and Chris Windom along with top-tier racers Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jon Stanbrough and Chase Stockon.

Meanwhile, six more have conquered Midget only victories at the two tracks, including four series champs Spencer Bayston, Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn and Tanner Thorson. Kyle Larson, the jack of all racing trades in 2020, has also won at both in a USAC Midget as has international racing star, Michael Pickens, of New Zealand.

The cream rises to the top in terms of versatility and drivers finding success at different venues and in the seats of different types of racecars, all in quick succession. This weekend's Double Double runs the gamut, so to speak, in versatility, and we'll get to witness who'll be grabbing their pen and checking off one of those boxes off this weekend.

There are no limits on the number of entries for either of this weekend's events. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for both events at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NATIONAL WINNERS AT BOTH GAS CITY & KOKOMO: (1956-August 2020)

Bryan Clauson: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 4 Sprint at Kokomo / 3 Midget Kokomo

Tyler Courtney: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 5 Sprint at Kokomo / 2 Midget at Kokomo

Kevin Thomas Jr.: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Sprint at Kokomo / 2 Midget at Kokomo

J.J. Yeley: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Kokomo Sprint / 1 Kokomo Midget

Brady Bacon: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Midget at Kokomo

Spencer Bayston: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Dave Darland: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 9 Sprint at Kokomo

Jay Drake: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Justin Grant: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Darren Hagen: 2 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Tracy Hines: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Levi Jones: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Cory Kruseman: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Brad Kuhn: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Kyle Larson: 2 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

C.J. Leary: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Sprint at Kokomo

Michael Pickens: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Hunter Schuerenberg: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Jon Stanbrough: 6 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Sprint at Kokomo

Chase Stockon: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Tanner Thorson: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Chris Windom: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Sprint at Kokomo

 

 

CONSISTENCY ACROSS THE BOARD:
WINDOM'S 2020 SHAPING UP AS ONE OF THE BEST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 23, 2020).........The mark of consistency requires agility and performance night-in, night-out throughout the entirety of a marathon of a season.
For one who occupies full-time seats in all three USAC National series such as Chris Windom, the season is a constant test with three different types of cars for three different car owners. He's found success in all three types of cars in his career but not on the level he has produced thus far this season between the three.

The Canton, Ill. driver leads tight points races in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings entering this weekend's Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, Friday, Sept. 25 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kokomo Speedway.

The 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champion's current point lead stands at eight over Brady Bacon in the Sprints and at 34 over Tyler Courtney in the Midgets. He's also 5th in Silver Crown points to boot, 33 points out of the lead.

That brought to mind how many times over the years that a driver has finished inside the top-five of the point standings in all three of USAC's National divisions in the same year. In fact, only nine previous drivers have done so since the advent of the Silver Crown/Dirt Championship division in 1971.

For many years, from the infancy of USAC through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, USAC's Sprint and Midget schedules quite often overlapped with several events from each division taking place on the same day, making it practically impossible for a driver to simultaneously contend for both titles.

The dawn of the 1980s brought along more cooperation between the series schedules, with minimal overlapping, and drivers began finding full-time seats in all three divisions. In 1980, Rich Vogler not only became the first driver to finish inside the top-five of all three divisions in a single year, he was the first to win Sprint and Midget titles in the same season, while also finishing 5th in the Silver Crown points.

Vogler repeated the feat of finishing inside the top-five in all three series' points in both 1981 and 1986. Tracy Hines remains the only driver to do this on four occasions, in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2011.

While Tony Stewart became the first to finish first with all three divisions in 1995, J.J. Yeley became the second to do so in 2003. Yeley became the first driver to finish inside the top-five of all three in three consecutive seasons in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

The contingent who finished inside the top-five in Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown all in one year includes a myriad of drivers who done the deed once in their careers, Ken Schrader (1983), Josh Wise (2005), Bryan Clauson (2010) and Jerry Coons Jr. (2010) with Justin Grant being the most recent in 2017.

Windom very well could be the next as he also chases multiple USAC National titles within a single year, something only done nine times previously by eight drivers: Rich Vogler (1980 Sprint & Midget), Rick Hood (1985 Silver Crown & Sprint), Steve Butler (1988 Silver Crown & Sprint), Tony Stewart (1995 all three), Jason Leffler (1998 Silver Crown & Midget), J.J. Yeley (2003 all three), Jerry Coons Jr. (2008 Silver Crown & Sprint) and Levi Jones twice (2010 & 2011 Silver Crown & Sprint).

There are no limits on the number of entries for either of this weekend's events. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for both events at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double, including Friday's event at Gas City I-69 Speedway, can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

DRIVERS WHO'VE FINISHED INSIDE THE TOP-5 OF USAC'S NATIONAL SPRINT, MIDGET & SILVER CROWN POINTS IN A SINGLE SEASON:

1980: Rich Vogler (Silver Crown: 3rd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 1st)

1981: Rich Vogler (Silver Crown: 2nd, Sprint: 2nd & Midget: 3rd)

1983: Ken Schrader (Silver Crown: 2nd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 3rd)

1989 Rich Vogler (Silver Crown: 3rd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 3rd)

1995: Tony Stewart (Silver Crown: 1st, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 1st)

2000: Tracy Hines (Silver Crown: 1st, Sprint: 3rd & Midget: 5th)

2001: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown: 4th, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 3rd)

2002: Tracy Hines (Silver Crown: 3rd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 5th)

2002: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown: 1st, Sprint: 2nd & Midget: 2nd)

2003: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown: 1st, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 1st)

2003: Tracy Hines (Silver Crown: 3rd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 5th)

2005: Josh Wise (Silver Crown: 2nd, Sprint: 5th & Midget: 1st)

2010 Bryan Clauson (Silver Crown: 4th, Sprint: 3pm, Midget: 1st)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (Silver Crown: 5th, Sprint: 4th & Midget: 2nd)

2011: Tracy Hines: (Silver Crown: 4th, Sprint: 5th & Midget: 4th)

2017: Justin Grant: (Silver Crown: 4th, Sprint: 2nd & Midget 5th)

WON MULTIPLE USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A SINGLE SEASON:

1980: Rich Vogler (Sprint & Midget)

1985: Rick Hood (Silver Crown & Sprint)

1988: Steve Butler (Silver Crown & Sprint)

1995: Tony Stewart (Silver Crown, Sprint & Midget)

1998: Jason Leffler (Silver Crown & Midget)

2003: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown, Sprint & Midget)

2008: Jerry Coons Jr. (Silver Crown & Sprint)

2010: Levi Jones (Silver Crown & Sprint)

2011: Levi Jones (Silver Crown & Sprint)

 

 

Doug Lockwood To Assume Co-Ownership of USAC West Coast 360 Series

PETERSEN MEDIA: The USAC West Coast 360 Series is proud to announce that former series Director of Competition, and current Merced Speedway GM, Doug Lockwood has been named the series’ Co-Owner and will oversee race related operations effective immediately.

“The USAC West Coast 360 Series has always been near and dear to me, so to have this opportunity to take on a leadership role is something I am really looking forward to,” Doug Lockwood said. “The series is made up of a lot of great teams and families, and I am excited to get involved again and see how we can evolve non-wing racing in California.”

While Chris Kearns will remain on board with the series as the other Co-Owner, he will focus on the business admin side of things, where Lockwood will overtake race related duties.

Effective immediately as the series gets ready to make it’s return to Placerville Speedway on October 10th, Lockwood will be in charge of hiring a series Race Director, Series Officials, and will be the liaison with USAC West Coast 360 teams.

On race days, Lockwood will also be the series point man for competitors at USAC West Coast 360 events.

ON TAP: The USAC West Coast 360 Series is back in action on October 10th at Placerville Speedway.

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USAC SPRINT/MIDGET WINS IN ONE DAY, IT'S A RARITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 23, 2020).........It's one thing to win one USAC National feature in a single day, or even two, which has been achieved on an occasional basis throughout history. But winning in two (or even three) different USAC series on the same day? That's reserved for a special breed.

The opportunity presents itself once again twice this weekend in the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, a two-night racing extravaganza featuring both USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets on the same event card for two consecutive nights in the state of Indiana. It begins this Friday, September 25 at Gas City I-69 Speedway and continues Saturday, September 26 at Kokomo Speedway.

While three different drivers have scored three USAC National feature wins in a single day, that record, however, is not on the table coming up, but is worth a mention entering this weekend, which for the past four decades has been reserved for the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, which was cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The first such occurrence of three USAC National wins in one day came via Pancho Carter on a rare afternoon that featured twin 50-lap A-Mains for both sprints and midgets. On the same day! Pancho notched both midget features, scored the first sprint feature win, and finished 2nd to Tom Bigelow in the final sprint feature. It was the first time that any driver had won USAC Sprint and Midget features in the same day.

Jack Hewitt replicated the feat, and even one-upped Pancho, in 1998 at Eldora's 4-Crown Nationals. Hewitt's topsy-turvy season included a change away from his longtime rides in the Bob Hampshire No. 63, then was followed by his long-awaited debut at the Indianapolis 500-mile race in May, then took another turn the opposite way when he was injured in a July Sprint race at IRP.

Entering the 4-Crown, Hewitt had gone all year without a win to that point, but that all changed in one Cinderella story night, as he knocked off feature wins in USAC Midgets, Sprints and even in the UMP Modified! With the crowd buzzing and murmurs of if he could really do it, Hewitt dominated the Silver Crown finale to go 4-for-4 on the night, a feat in totality that has seen no equal since.

However, Kyle Larson came the closest, going 3-for-3 in the revamped 2011 edition of the 4-Crown Nationals, reigning victorious in the USAC Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown races. An impressive feat by anybody was nonetheless eclipsed by the fact that the weekend marked Larson's first ever visit to Eldora. Modifieds were not on the docket that night, but in retrospect, odds are that if they were, Larson more than likely would've been a contender in that too. Just a hunch.

As for those drivers who've won in both USAC National Sprints and National Midgets in the same day at the same track, there have been 25 such cases at press time. Hewitt, Dave Steele and J.J. Yeley are the only individuals to do it three times. Jeff Gordon and Tyler Courtney have each done so twice. Courtney has an opportunity to accomplish the feat again this Saturday at Kokomo in double-duty action.

Twelve more drivers have won in both USAC divisions on the same day just once in their career, including Pancho, Ron Shuman, Ken Schrader, Rich Vogler, Tony Stewart, Doug Kalitta, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons Jr., Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines and Kyle Larson.

One thing in common with all 17 drivers who've done it are that they are either USAC National champions, Hall of Famers, or in the case of Larson, a future Hall of Famer. There aren't any slouches who magically rise up for one night and get it done like this. An achievement of this caliber is the epitome of their full body of excellence, framed within one, two or even three very special nights at the racetrack.

There are no limits on the number of entries for either of this weekend's events. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double, including Friday's event at Gas City I-69 Speedway, can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

WON USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR & NATIONAL MIDGET RACES IN ONE DAY:

5/30/1977: Pancho Carter - Salem Speedway / Salem, IN

7/4/1978: Ron Shuman - Reading Fairgrounds / Reading, PA

7/31/1982: Ken Schrader - Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI

9/28/1986: Rich Vogler - Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH

6/17/1990: Jeff Gordon - Salem Speedway / Salem, IN

11/4/1990: Jeff Gordon - Winchester Speedway / Winchester, IN

8/31/1991: Jack Hewitt - Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL

9/23/1995: Tony Stewart - Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH

10/22/1995: Doug Kalitta - Winchester Speedway / Winchester, IN

10/4/1997: Jack Hewitt - Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN

9/26/1998: Jack Hewitt - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

9/25/1999: Dave Darland - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

6/22/2001: Jay Drake - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

5/3/2002: J.J. Yeley - Hawkeye Downs Speedway - Cedar Rapids, IA

6/20/2002: J.J. Yeley - Fremont Speedway - Fremont, OH

8/23/2003: Dave Steele - Nazareth Speedway - Nazareth, PA

7/4/2004: Dave Steele - Pikes Peak International Raceway - Fountain, CO

7/24/2004: J.J. Yeley - Milwaukee Mile (Midget) & Terre Haute Action Track (Sprint)

8/14/2004: Dave Steele - Salem Speedway - Salem, IN

6/9/2006: Jerry Coons Jr. - Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, MO

8/12/2006: Bryan Clauson - Salem Speedway - Salem, IN

9/23/2006: Tracy Hines - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

9/24/2011: Kyle Larson - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

9/22/2018: Tyler Courtney - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

9/28/2019: Tyler Courtney - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

 

 

KOKOMO USAC SPRINT DOUBLE DOUBLE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 21, 2020).........Three races remain to decide the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion - two are on the schedule this weekend with Saturday's critical event marking the penultimate race of the campaign on September 26 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for the second and final night of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, a doubleheader along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets.

Point leader Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has won three times in his USAC National Sprint Car career at Kokomo in 2012, 2015 and 2019. The 2010 & 2018 track champion has finished inside the top-ten in all four of his Kokomo USAC Sprint starts this season with a 9th, 8th, 2nd and 6th to his credit. He also took the victory during the sprint car portion of Indiana Midget Week at Kokomo this past June.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) resides second in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, just eight behind Windom. Bacon won Kokomo's track championship this season by a single solitary point. Though he owns three career USAC National Midget wins there, he has yet to score a USAC National Sprint Car victory, finishing 2nd on five different occasions, including twice this year to go along with a 4th and a 5th.

Nine of Dave Darland's (Lincoln, Ind.) 62 career USAC National Sprint Car victories have come at Kokomo dating back to 1993, that's more than any other driver for the track's all-time winningest driver and four-time track champion in 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1994.

Tyler Courtney's five USAC Sprint Car wins at Kokomo rank second all-time among active drivers and third all-time. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver won his last time out at Kokomo in the Smackdown IX finale to end the month of August. He's run strong in every event in 2020 at Kokomo, leading three of the four he's competed in and finishing 3rd in the other. His active streak of four consecutive years with a USAC National Sprint Car win at Kokomo leads all drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has notched three career USAC Sprint wins at Kokomo, including his first career series triumph in 2016, plus one in 2017 and again in this year's Indiana Sprint Week round in July. The 2015 track champion has followed suit with three more top-ten Kokomo USAC Sprint runs in 2020, a 10th, 7th and 3rd.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has won in both USAC National Sprint and National Midget competition at Kokomo, with his three Sprint wins coming first in 2013, then twice in 2016. Kokomo victory lane was the 2016 track champion's home this past September 6 after winning the non-sanctioned Vince Osman Season Championship race.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), likewise, has won three times at Kokomo behind the wheel of a USAC Sprint Car, taking the checkered for his first series win in 2016 followed by back-to-back victories during the first two prelims of Smackdown this past August. In his other two 2020 Kokomo USAC Sprint starts, he was 6th and 2nd.

Another three-time winner in this Saturday night's field is Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a victor in each of the last three seasons of USAC Sprint Car competition at Kokomo. During the recent three nights of Smackdown, "T-Mez" was the mark of consistency with finishes of 5th, 9th and 8th.

The 2017 and 2019 Kokomo track champion, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), owns one USAC Sprint win at Kokomo, which came in the Smackdown finale of 2018. Standing fourth in the points at the moment, Grant led a lap and finished 3rd during July's stop at Kokomo.

Third in the standings, just 36 from the lead, is Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), a 2015 USAC Sprint winner at Kokomo. Just as he's been all throughout his 2020 season, and throughout the entirety of his career, the "Ironman" has placed 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th in his four series starts at Kokomo this year.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Kokomo in August of 2019. His results of 10th, 6th, 3rd and 7th in four USAC Sprint starts at Kokomo in 2020 have made showcased the consistency that has made him one of the frequent front-running performers throughout the season.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has had two of his best runs of the year at Kokomo Speedway, where he was a winner during his 2015 USAC National Sprint Car championship season. The 29-time series winner collected a 4th during Indiana Sprint Week there this past July and was 3rd on the opening night of Smackdown in August.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) is one of the all-time greats at Kokomo Speedway with four track championships to his name in 2004-05-07-11. This year, he's finished 8th and 10th in his USAC Sprint battles at Kokomo as he seeks to rack up his second USAC Sprint win of 2020, and the first of his career at Kokomo.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) took 7th during Kokomo's Indiana Sprint Week A-Main in July. He's taken over the wheel of Michael Dutcher's No. 17GP, a ride that's won twice with the series at Kokomo over the years, in 2013 with Kevin Thomas Jr. and again in 2014 with Jon Stanbrough.

Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) is the new pilot of the Daigh/Phillips Motorsports beginning with last weekend's set of races, the ride in which Short formerly wheeled. Boyles has taken a liking to Kokomo of late, earning his best career USAC National Midget finish of 4th there in June, then won his first Sprint Car race at the track on Independence Day weekend of this year. His Daigh/Phillips ride has won six USAC Sprint features at Kokomo over the years between 2013 and 2015.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), a stalwart of the western U.S. racing scene as a winner with both the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and USAC Western States Midgets, will be piloting a sprint car for Goodnight Racing in both races this weekend along with Tom Malloy's midget in double duty action. Johnson earned hard charger honors for his advancement from 19th to 11th during July's Indiana Sprint Week feature at Kokomo.

The 67th USAC National Sprint Car points paying event at Kokomo Speedway arrives this Saturday night, Sept. 26. There are no limits on the number of entries for the event. Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double, including Friday's event at Gas City I-69 Speedway, can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,511, 2-Brady Bacon-1,503, 3-Chase Stockon-1,475, 4-Justin Grant-1,430, 5-C.J. Leary-1,425, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,228, 7-Carson Short-1,136, 8-Dave Darland-1,092, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,012, 10-Logan Seavey-971.

KOKOMO SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

9-Dave Darland

8-Tony Elliott

5-Tyler Courtney

4-Bryan Clauson

3-C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Jack Hewitt, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr. Kyle Cummins & Thomas Meseraull

1-Brad Marvel, Bud Kaeding, Chad Boat, Chase Stockon, Cory Kruseman, Dean Shirley, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Kelly Kinser, Kevin Thomas, Levi Jones, Logan Seavey, Rich Vogler, Robert Ballou, Russ Gamester, Tom Bigelow & Tyler Thomas

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

OCTOBER 17TH USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR MAKE UP RACE ANNOUNCED AT PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020... United States Auto Club (USAC) Western Director Chris Kearns has announced that the cancelled September 12th USAC West Coast Sprint Car race at Petaluma will be made up on Saturday, October 17th. The show will be a special non-points event and a special thanks goes to track promoter Rick Faeth and Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds management for making the race possible. At press time, the grandstands will be closed to the public and a live pay per view internet broadcast will be available at floracing.com.

The September 12th race was cancelled due to hazardous air quality in the area from nearby fires.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, The October 17th race will pay $800-to-win, $400-for-2nd, $300-for 3rd, $250-for-4th, $200-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. Petaluma Speedway requires cars to run either the Flowmaster 53545-10 or Spin Tech 1545P mufflers. Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their series debut at Placerville Speedway on Saturday, October 10th.

The USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will battle at Petaluma on October 3rd and 24th. Both shows encompass the West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge mini-series.

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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NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
October 17: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

KOKOMO USAC MIDGET DOUBLE DOUBLE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 21, 2020).........Kokomo's heritage of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing dates back to the origins of the series in 1956 with the likes of Rich Vogler, Mel Kenyon, Bryan Clauson, Jimmy Davies and Bob Wente gracing victory lane with the presence over the past six-and-a-half decades.

However, none of those previous 81 events at the quarter-mile dirt oval have ever been part of a USAC National doubleheader evening like this - one with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, which is presented this Saturday night, September 26, on the second and final night of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) assumes a new role this weekend as the new pilot of the Hayward Motorsports No. 19. It was this car that was sitting in victory lane at Kokomo in June after Tanner Thorson won with a late race pass. However, with Thorson and Hayward recently parting ways, Bacon has now taken the seat of the car that resides 4th in the series' owner points.

Bacon himself is no stranger to winning at Kokomo in a Midget. In fact, his first career USAC National win came at Kokomo as a 16-year-old in 2006. He's won twice since then at Kokomo, including a two-night sweep of the 2017 Kokomo Grand Prix. Additionally, it was he who picked up the Kokomo Sprint Car track championship in 2020, by one single point.

Another established multi-time USAC National Midget winner at Kokomo is Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), a victor in both 2018 and 2019 with the series. Courtney also has won five USAC National Sprint features at Kokomo, most recently during the Sprint Car Smackdown IX finale in late August. He led the first 18 circuits of June's Indiana Midget Week feature before flipping on a restart while leading.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) led nine laps late in the going during Indiana Midget Week in June, ultimately finishing 3rd. The two-time Kokomo Sprint Car track champion in 2010 & 2018 and three-time USAC Sprint winner at Kokomo, has won a USAC-sanctioned midget race at Kokomo once in his career, of the Regional variety, late in the 2016 season. He was also victorious during the Sprint Car portion of Indiana Midget Week in June.

Like Windom, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has etched his name into the books as twice a Sprint Car champ at Kokomo in 2017 and 2019. Grant has won on numerous occasions in the Sprint Car at Kokomo, including one victory on the final night of the 2018 edition of Smackdown, but a first USAC National Midget win at the track remains elusive for May's Port City Raceway winner.

Third in the overall standings, and the top Rookie, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), had an up-and-down first Midget appearance at Kokomo in June that ultimately led to him earning hard charger honors following a blitz through the field from his 22nd starting position to 10th at the checkered. He's a recent first-time winner with the series in his latest outing at Sweet Springs, Mo. on September 5. Also, of note, in his three USAC Sprint appearances at Kokomo in late August, he finished in the top-five of all three.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) made an early impression in his first career USAC Midget start at Kokomo in 2018, pocketing a 3rd place result. Since then, he's become a USAC National Midget champion, which also came in 2018, and is now a multi-time winner on the USAC National Sprint trail, in which his first win with that series came right at Kokomo.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has made just a handful of USAC National Midget starts in 2020, but the best of the bushel came at Kokomo in June where he scored a 5th. In his last three Kokomo appearances, all in a Sprint Car, the 2019 HARF Driver of the Year has finished no worse than 2nd with two of those resulting in victories during August's "Smackdown."

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won his heat and finished 9th during Indiana Midget Week in June. He's won with USAC at Kokomo in three consecutive years in 2017-18-19, all in Sprint Car competition. Only Tyler Courtney has a longer streak, which was extended to four years in August.

Meseraull's RMS Racing teammate, Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) earned his best career USAC Midget finish at Kokomo in June with a 4th. Boyles also is the possessor of a local Sprint Car feature event triumph at Kokomo back on Independence Day weekend of this year.

Several other front runners are looking for prime results at Kokomo include Sept. 4 Sweet Springs winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) who's 5th in the standings; Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), 6th in points; plus 7th place Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), June's semi-feature winner Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind., 8th in the rundown; and Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), the top Rookie competitor during the 2019 season, along with 2019 USAC Western States Midget champ Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) and Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) as well as talented Rookies Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and USAC West Coast Sprint Car and Western States Midget winner Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.).

There are no limits on the number of entries for the event. Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at
https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,268, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,234, 3-Buddy Kofoid-1,167, 4-Tanner Thorson-1,163, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,069, 6-Tanner Carrick-956, 7-Daison Pursley-901, 8-Cole Bodine-779, 9-Andrew Layser-764, 10-Justin Grant-680.

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, Tanner Thorson, 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: Tanner Thorson (6/21)

 

 

USAC SPRINT DOUBLE DOUBLE RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 21, 2020).........When it comes to USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, expect the unexpected with last lap heroics and deep-in-the-field charges becoming the norm in recent times.

There's been no repeat winner in each of the previous 11 USAC Sprint races at Gas City since 2014, and the bulk of those winners will be in competition this Friday night, September 25, for the 45th visit by the series to the quarter-mile dirt oval as part of the James Dean Classic, night one of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double in a doubleheader with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters as the point leader in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions of USAC. The 2017 USAC Sprint champ comes in as the reigning winner of the James Dean Classic at Gas City, which marked his first career victory at GC with the series, winning in what was his 20th start at the track.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) had led the series points entering last weekend's set, but now stands just eight points out of the lead with a total of three races remaining with the series as he seeks a third career championship after previous titles in 2014 and 2016. Bacon has won a series-high five times this season and finished 8th at Gas City in July. He won a USAC Sprint race at Gas City in the Spring of 2015 and won locally there in August's Twin 20's.

The top-three title contenders for the series' crown have all previously won USAC Sprint races at Gas City. Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), third in points and 36 out of the lead, won the Indiana Sprint Week opener at GC in 2015. He was the runner up in the ISW opener this past July and was the runner-up finisher in last Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), fourth in the standings, has never won a USAC Sprint Car race in his career at Gas City. However, he has won with USAC and in a Sprint Car at GC over the past year and change. He was victorious with the USAC National Midgets during Indiana Midget Week 2019 at Gas City. He won again during IMW 2020 at GC, but it came during the sprint car portion of the event. He finished 3rd during Indiana Sprint Week at GC in July.

Shane Cottle, Dave Darland and Kevin Thomas Jr. each possess multiple USAC National Sprint wins at Gas City in their careers. Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) earned his first two in 2006 and 2008 before scoring a photo finish victory during ISW in 2019. The 2004 and 2009 track champ charged hard through the field from 21st to 7th in July's USAC Sprint round.

Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) has corralled two of his record 62 wins with USAC's National Sprint Car division at Gas City in both 2009 and 2011. He's coming off his best series finish of the season just last Friday at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track where he finished 2nd.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) won at Gas City in a USAC Sprint Car for the first time in 2013, then again in 2018 during the inaugural James Dean Classic. He nearly won July's race, leading twice for two laps before being involved in a tangle while going for the win on the final lap.

Thomas' foe throughout July's back and forth 30-lapper was Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.). The 2018 USAC National Midget champion reigned victorious in that one after leading 28 laps of the distance. He was also the fastest qualifier during this past June's Indiana Midget Week round.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) nearly became a two-time Gas City USAC Sprint winner in 2019, finishing 2nd. The 2019 series champion scored his first victory at GC during Indiana Sprint Week during a spirited duel with another series champ (2015) in Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), who's also eying a first USAC win at Gas City, along with Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Rookie Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), a 55-point leader over Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) in the series' Rookie of the Year battle.

A pair of Gas City Sprint Car track champions will be in action with Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.). Meseraull captured the 2010 and 2019 track titles at Gas City, winning July's Mid-Season Championship race and finished 5th during Indiana Sprint Week with USAC in late July.

Boyles, meanwhile, was the 2018 GC champ, and is a recent victor on the local level at Gas City, snagging the victory there on September 11. Last weekend, he made his debut for the Daigh-Phillips Motorsports team at Terre Haute and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., which will be in the seat of for this weekend's events at Gas City on Friday and Kokomo on Saturday.

The former occupier of the Daigh-Phillips ride is Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) who finished 6th for the team in July during ISW. Short, a one-time USAC Sprint winner, took over the reins of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports ride last week. Dutcher owned cars have won two in USAC Sprint races at Gas City, in 2013 with Kevin Thomas Jr. and in 2014 with Jon Stanbrough.

Three-time 2020 USAC Sprint winner Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) finished 4th this summer with USAC at Gas City. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) scored a 10th in that same event. Westfall had won the week prior at Gas City on July 17. Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) snared the Labor Day Weekend Classic locally at Gas City on Sept. 4. Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), a three-time USAC Silver Crown winner, was the winner locally at Gas City on June 26.

There are no limits on the number of entries for the event. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,511, 2-Brady Bacon-1,503, 3-Chase Stockon-1,475, 4-Justin Grant-1,430, 5-C.J. Leary-1,425, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,228, 7-Carson Short-1,136, 8-Dave Darland-1,092, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,012, 10-Logan Seavey-971.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

1. (6) Jon Stanbrough

2. (3) Shane Cottle & Tracy Hines

4. (2) Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley & Kevin Thomas Jr.

9. (1) Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Daron Clayton, Jay Drake, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & Chris Windom

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2002: Cory Kruseman (7/19)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/30) & J.J. Yeley (7/18)

2004: Tracy Hines (4/30)

2005: Jay Drake (6/3) & Cory Kruseman (7/20)

2006: Shane Cottle & Jon Stanbrough (7/19)

2007: Jon Stanbrough (6/14), Daron Clayton (7/13) & Jon Stanbrough (7/14)

2008: Shane Cottle (4/18) & Cole Whitt (7/11)

2009: Dave Darland (4/17) & Levi Jones (7/11)

2010: Tracy Hines (4/16) & Jon Stanbrough (7/10)

2011: Hunter Schuerenberg (4/29) & Dave Darland (7/8)

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (4/27) & Bryan Clauson (7/13)

2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/26) & Jon Stanbrough (7/12)

2014: Tracy Hines (4/25) & Jon Stanbrough (7/11)

2015: Brady Bacon (5/15) & Chase Stockon (7/10)

2016: Scotty Weir (5/20) & Tyler Courtney (7/8)

2017: C.J. Leary (7/10)

2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/28)

2019: Shane Cottle (7/18) & Chris Windom (9/26)

2020: Logan Seavey (7/24)

 

 

GAS CITY USAC MIDGET "DOUBLE DOUBLE" PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 21, 2020)..........The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship has made Gas City I-69 Speedway an annual visit each year over the past decade-and-a-half.

This Friday night, September 25, will mark the first time the series has made multiple visits to the quarter-mile dirt oval within the same season as part of the James Dean Classic, night one of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double in a doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

This past June witnessed a memorable come-from-behind victory for Kyle Larson at Gas City after starting 14th. However, several highly touted individuals will be eying similar success in the series' 14th appearance at the track this weekend.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) holds a 34-point lead in the Midget standings entering Friday's event. June's race was, for him, one of only three times he's finished outside the top-ten in 19 series starts this year. With that said, he comes into the race having finished 2nd and 3rd in his two most recent series starts. In his USAC Midget career at Gas City, he's taken 9th in 2012 and 2018, plus an 8th in 2011. He won a USAC National Sprint race at GC in late September of 2019.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) is the driver who follows Windom the closest in the points coming into Gas City. He took 3rd back in June after leading the first 17 laps of the 30-lap feature. He was also 6th in a midget at Gas City in 2018. Gas City is the home of Courtney's first career USAC National feature win, taking the victory in spectacular fashion during 2016 Indiana Sprint Week after spinning on the opening lap, then driving past the entire field to score the improbable win.

One of Buddy Kofoid's four runner-up finishes with the series this season came at Gas City in June. The Penngrove, Calif. driver's last time out with the series produced his first career USAC victory on Sept. 5 at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. Standing third in the overall series points, he leads the Rookie standings by a commanding 266-point margin. Also, of note, in his three USAC Sprint appearances at Kokomo, he's finished in the top-five of all three.

Kofoid's Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), finished as the runner-up at Gas City in the 2019 USAC National Midget race. He just recently captured his first win of the 2020 USAC season on Sept. 4 at Sweet Springs, second overall, and is fifth in the standings coming in.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is stepping into the role as the new driver of the Hayward Motorsports No. 19 after the team and driver Tanner Thorson parted ways last week. With Thorson at the wheel, the ride won four times this season and finished 4th in June at Gas City. Bacon finished 2nd in a USAC Midget stop at Gas City in 2017 and was 7th in 2016. In USAC Sprint Car competition, Bacon was victorious at Gas City in early 2015.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), sixth in points, has finished inside the top-ten in all three of his previous Gas City USAC Midget feature starts. The 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver was 10th in 2017, 8th in 2019 and 9th back in June of 2020.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is a previous USAC National Midget feature winner at Gas City, capturing the Indiana Midget Week round in 2019. The 2007 BCRA Midget champion was also 4th at Gas City in 2015. His successes earlier this year in a USAC National Sprint Car have been tantamount with a fast qualifying effort and a 3rd place finish to his credit.

The 2018 USAC National Midget driving champion, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), was the winner of the Indiana Sprint Week round at Gas City back in July, thriving in a wild last lap battle with Kevin Thomas Jr. during Indiana Sprint Week. Seavey recorded the fastest qualifying lap in time trials for Indiana Midget Week in June before finishing 7th in the feature. He is one of several drivers expected to perform double-duty in both the Midget and Sprint Car this weekend.

Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) is seeking a third career USAC National Midget feature start at Gas City while Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Ind.) are all after their second career Gas City USAC Midget starts. Bryson, a recent fast qualifier at Sweet Springs, recorded her first career top-ten with USAC at Gas City this past June.

A Gas City track championship team is geared up to take on the course with the RMS Racing midget team. Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) have each won the past two Gas City Sprint Car track championships - Boyles in 2018 and Meseraull in 2019. Both have finished inside the top-five in USAC Midget competition this year.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been a solid citizen in just a handful of USAC Midget starts this season, though he missed the transfer at Gas City in June, but has since recorded a top-five finish with the series. Three times a USAC Sprint winner in 2020, Cummins finished 4th during Indiana Sprint Week at Gas City this past July.

USAC Midwest Regional Midget point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has had his share of success on Hoosier soil in 2020 with local victories at both Lincoln Park Speedway and Paragon Speedway. His first Gas City appearance, however, awaits this Friday for the driver who has finished inside the top-five twice on the National level this year.

There are no limits on the number of entries for the event. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,268, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,234, 3-Buddy Kofoid-1,167, 4-Tanner Thorson-1,163, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,069, 6-Tanner Carrick-956, 7-Daison Pursley-901, 8-Cole Bodine-779, 9-Andrew Layser-764, 10-Justin Grant-680.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2-Shane Cottle, Darren Hagen & Kyle Larson

1-Spencer Bayston, Steve Buckwalter, Jerry Coons Jr., Justin Grant, Brad Kuhn, 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)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/17)


 

RUBLE RULES HAUBSTADT HUSTLER
FOR FIRST USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (September 19, 2020).........In a year that had produced one first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner at Tri-State Speedway this past June, lightning struck twice at the Haubstadt, Ind. quarter-mile dirt oval Saturday night when Kendall Ruble reached victory lane for the first time, collecting $10,000 at the 13th annual Haubstadt Hustler co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) joined Stephen Schnapf as the second first-time winner with the series this season, and became the sixth-ever driver to earn his first USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph at Tri-State along with Schnapf, Daron Clayton (2006), Hunter Schuerenberg (2008), Blake Fitzpatrick (2010) and Carson Short (2016).

Prior to Ruble, the most recent driver to win his first career USAC National Sprint Car in a 40-lapper was current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader, Chris Windom, who won at Pennsylvania's Big Diamond Speedway in 2010.

Making just his eighth career USAC National Sprint Car feature start, Ruble lined up fourth on the starting grid for the 40-lap feature event aboard his Ruble-Martin Motorsports/Martin's Auto Care - Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance/DRC/SPEC Chevy. Meanwhile, he had two-time Haubstadt Hustler winner Kyle Cummins and 2016 TSS USAC winner Chase Stockon in front of him, plus three-time Haubstadt Hustler winner Kevin Thomas Jr. to his inside in the second row.

To the surprise of many, by the exit of turn two on the opening lap, Cummins had dropped from the pole to third as Stockon raced around the outside to the lead while Ruble pulled a wheel stand as he shot underneath Cummins on the back straightaway to move to second.

Early on, Ruble found the bottom of the racetrack to his liking, and on the third lap, edged Stockon to lead by a car length at the stripe. Stockon, however, reestablished the grip through the middle and cruised back around Ruble to retake the position. Ruble, nonetheless, never wavered from his stranglehold of the bottom.

"In the middle and on the top, if you keep your momentum up around here, you can be very fast," Ruble explained. "But on the bottom, if you can come off the corner here, you're going to be really fast. Also, it kind of helps you protect against people from passing you entering the corner."

Ruble continually badgered Stockon following a caution for Jonathan Vennard, who spun sideways in turn two on the seventh lap where he was then clipped by Chayse Hayhurst, resulting in terminal front end damage to Vennard's ride. Ruble was able to pull even with Stockon several times but was unable sew up the spot, and on lap 13, Stockon closed the door on him in turn one as traffic loomed, securing his escape from the clutches of Ruble for the time being.

"When Stockon got in front of me, he was pretty stinking fast, and he kept pulling on me and pulling on me," Ruble recalled. "With me being a little less experienced driver, every time I got up to lapped traffic, I was hoping somebody would mess up or slow him down a little bit. But, with him being more experienced, he always seemed to get through it a little better than I was."

Following that early caution, Ruble had to talk himself into calming down and letting the race come to him without forcing the issue. That, plus a bit of an adjustment on the shocks, allowed Ruble to stalk Stockon through the halfway point and onto the 31st lap where Ruble stuck it in turns one and two while Stockon swung just a bit wide at the exit of turn two.

As Ruble shot underneath for the lead, Stockon kissed the back straightaway concrete with his right side tires, which scrubbed his speed and also opened the door for Cummins to pounce for the second spot with an inside turn four pass of Stockon.

With six laps remaining, as Ruble tried to negotiate Dakota Jackson on the tail end of the lead lap, Ruble misjudged just slightly, closing a tad too fast on corner entry in turn one, which sent his car straight up the hill just as Cummins peeked underneath to overtake Ruble for the lead. Ruble recalibrated and immediately went to the outside of Cummins exiting turn two while Cummins' surge became stifled as he tried to maneuver under Jackson on the back straightway.

When Cummins and Ruble entered the bottom of turn three side-by-side just moments later, the two grazed wheels with Ruble's left rear tire and Cummins' right rear rubber grazing sidewalls against each other. That sent Cummins into a 90-degree spin backward up the track that also collected 15th running Dave Darland and 16th place Carson Short. Kevin Thomas Jr., running fourth at the moment, also careened into Short, but kept on going, albeit briefly as he pulled into the infield under the ensuing yellow flag, putting him out of the race and out of contention for a record fourth career Haubstadt Hustler victory.

"It was a little bit of racing deal," Ruble admitted. "I could hear an engine behind me and I knew it was either Cummins or Stockon. Once I saw the red nose, I knew it was Cummins. I think he was trying to not nudge me but trying to scare me away from the bottom a little bit and I came down a little bit too much. I got into him, unlike I should've, and I feel pretty bad about that. Not the way I wanted to do it, but here we are."

With a clear path ahead, and just seven laps remaining, Ruble could feel his heart pounding like a jackhammer under his firesuit. Just six laps now stood in the way of him becoming the 258th different driver to win a USAC National Sprint Car race. Once the green flag dropped, Ruble showed no nerves in keeping Stockon at bay lap-after-lap with Stockon seemingly following and setting up one final shot at Ruble and the race lead.

On the final circuit, Stockon maintained a two car length gap behind Ruble, and when the time came to fire his shot, Stockon made a run at him to the bottom of turn three. However, Ruble nailed the bottom perfectly, leaving no gap for Stockon to take advantage of as he pitched his car sideways and slid up the racetrack with Ruble closing out the victory by a 0.830 sec. margin over Stockon.

Jadon Rogers finished a career-best 3rd as he extended his lead in the series' Rookie of the Year race to 55 points. Robert Ballou earned KSE Racing Products/The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger honors by advancing from his 18th starting position to finish 4th. Critter Malone earned Hard Work on his way to a 5th place finish, which was his first top-five result with the series since a November 2006 prelim night for the Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

With his late-race surge to a 6th place finish, Chris Windom extended his point lead in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings from two to eight over Brady Bacon with only three events remaining in the 2020 season. Windom's charge included a pass of Bacon for the 7th position just three laps from the end of the 40-lap feature. Bacon finished 8th. Runner-up finisher Stockon is third in the standings, just 36 markers out of the lead.

The night's most serious accident occurred on the final lap of the first heat race where Stan Beadles and Brandon Mattox were battling for the fourth and final transfer spot. Beadles ramped over the right rear tire of Mattox at the exit of turn four and slammed into the outside retaining wall along the front straightaway. The contact ignited a fire which engulfed Beadles' car in flames from which he ultimately escaped under his own power.

In the aftermath, Beadles was attended to by medical personnel, then loaded into an ambulance via stretcher and transported to Ascension St Vincent Hospital in nearby Evansville, Ind. and flown via helicopter to a burn center in Indianapolis for further treatment. A report from the family on social media stated that Beadles had suffered second degree burns to his hands, arms, knees, and face in the accident.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 19, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.739; 2. Kendall Ruble, 17K, Ruble/Martin-13.839; 3. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.870; 4. Stephen Schnapf, 38, Williams-13.967; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.967; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.008; 7. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.045; 8. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.071; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.150; 10. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.169; 11. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.221; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.225; 13. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-14.248; 14. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-14.300; 15. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.360; 16. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-14.389; 17. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.442; 18. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-14.458; 19. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-14.498; 20. Clinton Boyles, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.611; 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.638; 22. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.658; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.738; 24. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.751; 25. Anton Hernandez, 36, Darland-14.783; 26. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.835; 27. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-14.843; 28. Ryan Bond, 7R, Bond-15.083; 29. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-15.216; 30. Sam Scott, 7s, Scott-15.464; 31. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.408.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kendall Ruble, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Clinton Boyles, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Chayse Hayhurst, 8. Stan Beadles. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Kent Schmidt, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. Aric Gentry, 7. Jonathan Vennard, 8. Critter Malone. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Stephen Schnapf, 4. Carson Short, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Sam Scott, 7. Robert Bell, 8. Ryan Bond. 2:18.996

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Anton Hernandez, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Chris Phillips. 2:20.483

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Dakota Jackson, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Critter Malone, 4. Aric Gentry, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Chayse Hayhurst, 8. Sam Scott, 9. Austin Williams, 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Logan Seavey, 12. Jonathan Vennard, 13. Ryan Bond, 14. Robert Bell. 2:48.979

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kendall Ruble (4), 2. Chase Stockon (2), 3. Jadon Rogers (14), 4. Robert Ballou (18), 5. Critter Malone (19), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Justin Grant (7), 8. Brady Bacon (12), 9. C.J. Leary (10), 10. Kyle Cummins (1), 11. Brandon Mattox (13), 12. Kent Schmidt (6), 13. Dave Darland (5), 14. Anton Hernandez (16), 15. Dakota Jackson (17), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 17. Carson Short (15), 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 19. Chayse Hayhurst (24), 20. Aric Gentry (20), 21. Clinton Boyles (9), 22. Shane Cottle (21), 23. Jonathan Vennard (23), 24. Stephen Schnapf (11). NT

**Stan Beadles flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chase Stockon, Lap 3 Kendall Ruble, Laps 4-30 Chase Stockon, Laps 31-40 Kendall Ruble.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,511, 2-Brady Bacon-1,503, 3-Chase Stockon-1,475, 4-Justin Grant-1,430, 5-C.J. Leary-1,425, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,228, 7-Carson Short-1,136, 8-Dave Darland-1,092, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,012, 10-Logan Seavey-971.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-139, 2-Shane Cottle-86, 3-Tanner Thorson-83, 4-Kyle Cummins-78, 5-Justin Grant-76, 6-Logan Seavey-76, 7-Robert Ballou-73, 8-Cannon McIntosh-69, 9-Andrew Layser-65, 10-Chase Stockon-63.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 25, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Donor Network-Driven2SaveLives Double Double / James Dean Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Cummins

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kendall Ruble

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Dakota Jackson

KSE Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (18th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Dave Darland

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Chayse Hayhurst

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Jonathan Vennard

ProSource Hard Work Award: Critter Malone

 

GEOFF ENSIGN TRIUMPHS AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – SEPTEMBER 19, 2020… Charging from fourth, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, CA) fought off D.J. Johnson to score the non-point USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Petaluma Speedway. Returning from a devastating motorcycle accident, Ensign took command from his wife Shayna before earning his third career series win. Johnson, “Wild” Billy Aton, Ryan Timmons, and fast qualifier Kaleb Montgomery rounded out the top-five drivers.

Making his first start in Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Racing Engines DRC, Montgomery posted his third career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 15.276 over the 10-car roster.

Aton claimed the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third place run from seventh.

The heat race victories were claimed by Aton (Extreme Mufflers / Competition Suspension Incorporated First Heat), and Daniel Whitley (Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

On October 10th, the traditional 360 sprints will make their debut at Placerville Speedway for another special non-points event. The race at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds will be broadcast live at floracing.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.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: September 19, 2020 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kaleb Montgomery, 8, Richardson-15.276, 2. Geoff Ensign, 44, Ensign-15.438; 3. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.478; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.550; 5. Shayna Ensign, 9, Sylvia-15.727; 6. Matthew Haulot, 7H, Haulot-15.753; 7. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-15.757; 8. Daniel Whitley, 32, Johnson-15.827; 9. Nate Schank, 1S, Schank-16.215; 10. Bob Davis, 3R, Davis-19.006.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Aton, 2. Schank, 3. Montgomery, 4. Johnson, 5. S.Ensign. NT

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Whitley, 2. Haulot, 3. G.Ensign, 4. Timmons, 5. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Geoff Ensign (4), 2. D.J. Johnson (3), 3. Billy Aton (7), 4. Ryan Timmons (6), 5. Kaleb Montgomery (5), 6. Matthew Haulot (1), 7. Daniel Whitley (8), 8. Nate Schank (9), 9. Shayna Ensign (2), 10. Bob Davis (10). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 S.Ensign, Laps 9-30 G.Ensign.

ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Billy Aton (7th to 3rd)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: October 10 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California

 

 

WINDOM BECOMES FIRST 4-TIME
HURTUBISE CLASSIC VICTOR AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 18, 2020).........In the long, storied history of the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, few drivers have had the amount of success that Chris Windom has accrued in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at the half-mile dirt oval.

Friday night at Terre Haute, Windom pounced early, shooting to the lead on the opening lap from his starting spot inside the second row, then carved his way through a gridlock of traffic to become the first four-time winner of the Jim Hurtubise Classic, surpassing the three accumulated by Jack Hewitt in 1990-91-95.

"With how good he was here, that's pretty special." Windom reflected. "I honestly didn't know that could be broken tonight, so that was really cool to find that out after the race. This place has been so good to me throughout my whole career. I love coming here and racing. We've always had a fast car here all those years."

Windom (Canton, Ill.) also became just the sixth driver to win at least six USAC Sprint Car features at Terre Haute. Gary Bettenhausen and Hewitt each won eight while his half-a-dozen ranks right alongside Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser and J.J. Yeley for third all-time at the track.

Furthermore, the triumph marked Windom's 28th overall career USAC National Sprint Car victory, surpassing Kevin Thomas Jr. to move him to 15th all-time with Tyler Courtney, Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley.

Windom had previously won the Hurtubise Classic in 2011-16-17, the latter of which came during his USAC National Sprint Car championship season. Windom is mired in a similar dogfight this year as well, and his performance at Terre Haute elevated him into the series point lead by just two markers over Brady Bacon with four events remaining over the next three weekends.

It was evident from the word "go" that Windom had turned on the proverbial switch on this night. After qualifying fourth to pick up three points, in his heat race, he charged from his sixth starting spot to first in quick succession to earn another eight for that victory. In the feature, again, he wasted no time getting to the front and stayed there for the entire duration to gain 70 points, thus turning a nine-point deficit to Brady Bacon into a two-point lead.

Windom knows this game, as he's been here before as recently as three years ago. The phrase "points racing" has a sour connotation, but for him, points racing refers to being on the attack to gain every point possible rather than sitting back, riding it out cautiously and playing it safe.

"Right now, with how tight the points battle is, every point matters." Windom explained. "I needed to win that heat and I needed to win the feature. If we just keep doing that every night, we should put ourselves in good shape. "We just got to keep showing up and preparing cars to win the race every night and the points will work itself out. It's going to be fun. It's going to change every night. Hopefully, it doesn't change again for me, but It's so tight, one heat race position or one qualifying spot can change it."

The opening lap of the 30-lap feature saw sixth-starting C.J. Leary, who earlier had moved into a tie with Kevin Thomas Jr. for 11th all-time with his 29th career Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time, saw his bid for a repeat championship take a major hit when he flipped in turn two, ending his night with a 22nd place result. He came into the evening fourth in the standings with a 40-point deficit, but now trails by 77 points.

On the complete restart, Windom punched the throttle and slid from his third starting spot past pole sitter Dave Darland for the initial lead. Darland countered back underneath Windom exiting turn two with nary a credit card's width separating the two to retake the position, albeit briefly. Windom reloaded and returned fired as he dove to the inside guardrail in turn three to snag the lead for good.

Windom opened up a near straightaway advantage by lap eight when the action slowed for Kevin Thomas Jr. who stopped at the entrance to turn three with a flat right rear tire while running 11th at the time. Thomas restarted and worked his way back to a 7th place finish.

On the ensuing restart, recent California to Indiana transplant Jake Swanson and Carson Short, in his debut for Michael Dutcher Motorsports, locked horns in turn two while tussling for the 8th position, with Short's front bumper and Swanson's rear bumper becoming connected as they grinded to a stop midway down the back straightaway. Both restarted with Short finishing 11th and Swanson 15th.

By halfway, Windom was cruising, notching a 10-car length advantage of 1.5 sec. as traffic from the tail end of the lead lap cars loomed. With the preferred top groove mostly occupied, Windom had to split, dip and dive to escape from the snarling clutches of the ever-closing pack in which Darland was the closest. With 10 to go, the gap between Windom and Darland had been cut in half until Windom flew underneath Tye Mihocko in turn three, then split between Max Adams and Jonathan Vennard to regain what he had nearly lost, negotiating the fine high-wire balancing act between patience and urgency throughout.

"Toward the end of the race, it got really technical to pass lapped cars because it was so slick to the cushion," Windom relayed. "When you went to slide somebody, you had nothing to stop you but that little cushion or the wall. You really had to pick and choose your battles there. You had to get to the lapped car to slide them. A couple times, I had the wrong timing and the wrong spacing on them, and I had to tuck in behind them rather than throw a slider that wasn't going to clear them. That was making me nervous because I figured everyone was coming at that point. Once I cleared those guys, I figured the next guys behind me would have to do the same thing I just did, so I just tried to stay calm and hit my marks as much as possible."

With Windom now in the clear, he gained his largest lead of the race at 2.252 sec. until the advantage was eradicated by a turn two Swanson spin on the 24th lap, which brought out the final caution of the night. While Windom was already seeing a clear path ahead, the yellow gave new life to the rest of the top-five contenders in Darland, along with past Hurtubise Classic winners Justin Grant, Robert Ballou and Brady Bacon, who were plucked out of their fight with traffic and provided a new shot at the leader.

However, none of that deterred Windom who forcefully put his foot down and ended all thoughts of being beaten on this occasion as he took off to claim his second Terre Haute USAC Sprint Car feature win of 2020 by a 0.752 sec. margin over Darland, Grant, Ballou and Bacon. Tuna, Windom's new dog, joined the victory lane celebration in the first race the pup has ever attended.

Logan Seavey, whose Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports car had suffered a mechanical issue during hot laps, was forced into a backup car for the team. After a qualifying run in the backup which bellowed popping and sputtering noises throughout both laps, the car did not meet the minimum weight requirements in post qualifying tech inspection. After that misfortune, the team's night turned around with Seavey transferring through his heat race to earn the $200 ProSource Hard Work Award, then advanced from his 22nd starting spot to finish 9th in the feature to score KSE Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger honors.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 18, 2020 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - Jim Hurtubise Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.061; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.246; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.421; 4. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-20.453; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.455; 6. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-20.469; 7. Anton Hernandez, 36, Darland-20.489; 8. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-20.516; 9. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-20.549; 10. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-20.588; 11. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-20.606; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-20.608; 13. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-20.652; 14. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-20.672; 15. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-20.685; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-20.715; 17. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-20.818; 18. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-20.821; 19. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-20.833; 20. Clinton Boyles, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-21.032; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-21.073; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-21.108; 23. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-21.109; 24. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-21.171; 25. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-21.315; 26. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.489; 27. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, RMB-21.584; 28. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-21.707; 29. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-22.044; 30. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-24.386; 31. Will Barnett, 88, Barnett-NT; 32. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-(Time of 21.616 disallowed - light at the scales).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Carson Short, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Nate McMillin, 7. Matt McCarthy. 2:48.253

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. J.J. Hughes, 7. Kyle Robbins, 8. Will Barnett. 2:48.235

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Max Adams, 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. Jonathan Vennard, 7. Evan Mosley, 8. Austin Williams. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Aric Gentry, 7. Chris Phillips. 2:49.914

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Anton Hernandez, 2. Jonathan Vennard, 3. J.J. Hughes, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Matt McCarthy, 9. Kyle Robbins, 10. Evan Mosley, 11. Chris Phillips, 12. Robert Bell, 13. Nate McMillin, 14. Will Barnett. 4:28.048

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (3), 2. Dave Darland (1), 3. Justin Grant (2), 4. Robert Ballou (4), 5. Brady Bacon (5), 6. Shane Cottle (9), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Logan Seavey (22), 10. Anton Hernandez (8), 11. Carson Short (10), 12. Clinton Boyles (19), 13. Austin Williams (18), 14. J.J. Hughes (14), 15. Jake Swanson (12), 16. Jadon Rogers (17), 17. Tye Mihocko (16), 18. Max Adams (21), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (20), 20. Brandon Mattox (11), 21. Jonathan Vennard (15), 22. C.J. Leary (6). NT

**C.J. Leary flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Chris Windom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,456, 2-Brady Bacon-1,454, 3-Chase Stockon-1,408, 4-C.J. Leary-1,379, 5-Justin Grant-1,378, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,197, 7-Carson Short-1,107, 8-Dave Darland-1,055, 9-Kyle Cummins-969, 10-Logan Seavey-961.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-137, 2-Shane Cottle-86, 3-Tanner Thorson-83, 4-Kyle Cummins-78, 5-Justin Grant-76, 6-Logan Seavey-76, 7-Cannon McIntosh-69, 8-Andrew Layser-65, 9-Chase Stockon-63, 10-Kyle Larson-62.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 19, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Haubstadt Hustler - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Dave Darland

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Anton Hernandez

KSE Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (22nd to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Austin Williams

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Sterling Cling

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Chase Stockon

ProSource Hard Work Award: Logan Seavey

HARF 6th Place Finisher in Honor of Bob Laycock Sr.: Shane Cottle

 

 

EDDIE TAFOYA TAKING FAMILIAR ROAD BACK TO INDIANA FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES RACES

(Chino, CA, September 17, 2020) For Southern California sprint car racer Eddie Tafoya Jr., the road between the west coast and Indiana is starting to look as familiar as Central Avenue in his hometown of Chino, California. For the third time in the last two months, the 23-year-old racer is making the long trek back to the Hoosier State to compete in Friday’s Jim Hurtubise Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track and Saturday’s Haubstadt Hustler at the Tri-State Speedway.
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2020 was supposed to be a big year on the track for Tafoya and his father, Eddie Sr. Jr. was set for his second full season in the USAC/CRA Series after winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2019. Sr., a past draft choice of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates was planning on racing at their home track, Perris Auto Speedway, in the Senior Sprint Car Series. However, the ongoing COVID crisis has prevented racing in California. Thus, the only racing for the duo has all been done by Eddie Jr.

Tafoya has appeared one time each on Terre Haute and Tri-State. That was in July on his first trip to race in Indiana during Indiana Sprint Week. At Terre Haute, which is a big, bad fast half-mile, he was anything but intimidated, qualifying 20th in the 42-car field. He was sixth in his heat race and only missed the transfer to the feature by two spots in the B Main. A few nights later in his initial appearance at Tri-State Speedway, the Chino Hills, California resident only qualified 33rd out of 40 cars. Things improved when racing began when he only missed the transfer to the A main by one spot out of his heat race. In the B main, he battled with some of the legends of Midwest racing for the final transfer spot. He seesawed in and out of the transfer spots before finishing eighth. The tenacity displayed in that B main garnered a lot of attention for the west coast racer.

Three weeks ago, Tafoya turned in his best Indiana appearance with a late-race charge that saw him advance from his mid-pack starting spot to take the final transfer into the A main at the 9th Annual Smackdown at the Kokomo Speedway. Fifty-drivers started the three-night event and only 23 qualified for the finale. Eddie Tafoya Jr. was one of them and he placed 19th in the prestigious 40-lapper.

If things go well for Tafoya and the Specialty Fasteners team this weekend, they may hang around Indiana for a week to race at I-69 Gas City Speedway and “Indiana’s Baddest Bullring,” Kokomo Speedway, on September 25th and 26th.

Fans who cannot get away to watch Tafoya in Indiana can catch all the action live on the Flo Racing website. For details, please click on the following link. https://www.floracing.com/

Information on the Terre Haute Action Track and Tri-State Speedway is listed below.

Terre Haute Action Track – 3901 S. US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47802 – (217) 764-3200 - https://terrehauteactiontrack.net/

Tri-State Speedway – 9981 South U.S. Highway 41, Haubstadt, IN 47639 – (812) 768-5995 - https://www.tristatespeedway.com/index.php

Tafoya and his team would like to thank the following sponsors for being a part of the 2020 racing effort. Specialty Fasteners, Circle Track Performance, Sprint Car Driving Experience, DRC Chassis, Ryder Racing Engines, and Benic Enterprises.

This release produced by Scott Daloisio. (909) 226-7768 or E-mail mailto:sdaloisiosports@gmail.com

 

 

ONE-TRACK MIND: USAC SPRINT CAR DOMINANCE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 17, 2020).........Every now and then, a driver, car, and team are absolutely hooked up at a certain track, and for a time being, that combination becomes practically unbeatable there.

Tis the case in USAC Sprint Car history. One man who became synonymous with dominance at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track nearly six decades, is a name that still resonates today, Jim Hurtubise, a man who won five in a row at the western Indiana half-mile dirt oval between 1960 and 1962, cementing a legacy that brought him fame and ultimately brought him to induction in both the National Sprint Car and USAC Halls of Fame.

It is Hurtubise's memory we honor this Friday night, September 18, when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars make their way to the legendary Wabash Valley Fairgrounds track at Terre Haute for the 21st running of the event, an event which has resumed its place as an annual stop on the series' calendar over the past decade.

No driver in the six decades since has surpassed "Herk's" mark of five consecutive USAC Sprint Car wins at a single track. However, it has been equaled once back in 1979 when Steve Chassey and the Jet Rod Roadster terrorized the high banks with five-straight at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

Seven more drivers have rung up four-in-a-row in USAC Sprint Car competition at one singular track. While eight of the nine drivers who won at least four-straight at a venue did so at a half-mile track, impressively, Bryan Clauson achieved the feat on the quarter-mile Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway between 2013 and 2016.

The same year as Chassey's Winchester run, Bubby Jones had a lockdown of Terre Haute for much of 1979, winning four consecutive USAC Sprint races, and also garnered a USAC Midget victory there amidst the stretch that year in the Hut 100.

Dave Steele was a wizard of the banks of Winchester with four-straight between 1998-99 for car owner Johnny Vance's Aristocrat Products ride. Mike Bliss hammered the competition at Indianapolis Raceway Park, sweeping all four events there in 1994 aboard Glen Niebel's V6-powered entry. Tracy Hines did likewise at IRP over two seasons in 2000-01 for Bob Gratton.

Robert Ballou shredded the Oval Nationals field in 2014-15 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, which bookended a memorable USAC National Sprint Car championship season for him during the 2015 season.

At press time, there are currently two ongoing streaks of three or more that remain active, and both involve Tyler Courtney. Courtney became the first driver to win four USAC Sprint Car races consecutively at Eldora Speedway between 2018-19. He also carries a three-race winning streak in the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway throughout the 2018-19 campaigns.

Pits open for Friday's Jim Hurtubise Classic at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track at 3pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. is a 50% capacity event. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gates. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Pits open Saturday at 3pm Central, with grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm.

You can watch Friday Hurtubise Classic and Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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CONSECUTIVE USAC SPRINT CAR WINS AT ONE TRACK:

5 IN A ROW:

Jim Hurtubise - Terre Haute Action Track (1960-1962)

Steve Chassey - Winchester Speedway (1979-1979)

4 IN A ROW:

Bryan Clauson - Bloomington Speedway (2013-2016)

Tyler Courtney - Eldora Speedway (2018-Present)

Mike Bliss - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1994-1994)

Tracy Hines - Indianapolis Raceway Park (2000-2001)

Robert Ballou - Perris Auto Speedway (2014-2015)

Bubby Jones - Terre Haute Action Track (1979-1979)

Dave Steele - Winchester Speedway (1998-1999)

3 IN A ROW:

Tyler Courtney - Arizona Speedway (2018-Present)

Eric Gordon - Berlin Raceway (1990-1992)

Parnelli Jones - Dayton Speedway (1960-1961)

Jud Larson - Eldora Speedway (1964-1965)

Bubby Jones - Eldora Speedway (1978-1979)

Jack Hewitt - Eldora Speedway (1988-1988)

Steve Butler - Eldora Speedway (1988-1989)

Jack Hewitt - Eldora Speedway (1990-1991)

Brady Bacon - Grandview Speedway (2017-2019)

Tom Bigelow - Indiana State Fairgrounds (1977-1977)

Parnelli Jones - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1961-1961)

Dave Steele - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1997-1997)

Tracy Hines - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1998-1999)

Jack Hewitt - Kokomo Speedway (1984-1989)

Dave Darland - Kokomo Speedway (2013-2014)

Bobby East - Mansfield Motorsports Speedway (2003-2007)

Tom Bigelow - Minnesota State Fair Speedway (1974-1975)

Jud Larson - New Bremen Speedway (1964-1964)

Bubby Jones - New Bremen Speedway (1979-1979)

Mario Andretti - Oswego Speedway (1966-1967)

Gary Bettenhausen - Salem Speedway (1970-1971)

Rich Vogler - Salem Speedway (1978-1978)

Roger McCluskey - Terre Haute Action Track (1966-1966)

Gary Bettenhausen - Terre Haute Action Track (1968-1969)

Levi Jones - Terre Haute Action Track (2005-2005)

Rollie Beale - Toledo Speedway (1971-1972)

J.J. Yeley - Twin Cities Raceway Park (2002-2004)

A.J. Foyt - Williams Grove Speedway (1963-1964)

Pancho Carter - Winchester Speedway (1973-1974)

Pancho Carter - Winchester Speedway (1977-1978)

Robbie Stanley - Winchester Speedway (1993-1994)

Doug Kalitta - Winchester Speedway (1994-1994)

Tracy Hines - Winchester Speedway (1999-2000)

 

 

STOCKON & BACON EXTEND HISTORIC
YEARLY USAC SPRINT WINNING STREAKS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 17, 2020).........In USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing, it's a tough chore just putting 30 laps together to win a feature race. Now, multiply doing that deed year-after-year-after-year. The drivers who've done that are amongst the greatest in the sport.

As we enter this weekend's pair of races in Indiana, Fri., Sept. 18 at the Terre Haute Action Track and Sat., Sept. 19 at Tri-State Speedway, two drivers this year have elevated themselves amongst those greats to reach the top-10 in terms of consecutive seasons with at least one USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory: Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., has already won five times with the series this year, and with doing so, has now won in 10 consecutive seasons dating back to 2011. He's one of only five drivers to accomplish the feat with a decade-straight of winning each year, joining the man who tops them all at 13 years, Sheldon Kinser (1974-1986).

The bittersweetness in Kinser's tale is that the streak very well could've extended even further had his 1987 season not been cut short with his cancer diagnosis which resulted in his death a year later in 1988.

Jack Hewitt (1988-1999) and Dave Darland (2005-2016) each earned streaks of 12 consecutive winning USAC Sprint Car seasons. Bacon's present and active run of 10 years is equaled with Tom Bigelow (1972-1981).

With his victory last Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) extended his winning streak with the series to nine years, dating back to the 2012 season, which equaled A.J. Foyt (1959-1967), Steve Butler (1984-1992) and Tracy Hines (1998-2006).

Along with Bacon and Stockon, four more drivers have extended their winning streaks to new heights past the five-year or more club: Justin Grant (2014-Present), Chris Windom (2015-Present), Tyler Courtney (2016-Present) and C.J. Leary (2016-Present).

Six different drivers have recorded two separate streaks of at least five years in length: Gary Bettenhausen (1968-72 & 1974-78), Rich Vogler (1978-83 & 1986-90), Tony Elliott (1991-96 & 1998-2002), Dave Darland (1997-2001 & 2005-16), Tracy Hines (1998-2006 & 2008-14) and Jack Hewitt (1982-86 & 1988-1999), who won in 17 out of 18 seasons during that stretch.

Pits open for Friday's Jim Hurtubise Classic at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track at 3pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. is a 50% capacity event. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gates. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Pits open Saturday at 3pm Central, with grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm.

You can watch Friday Hurtubise Classic and Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH A USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WIN:
(As of Sept. 17, 2020)

13 YEARS IN A ROW
Sheldon Kinser (1974-1986)

12 YEARS IN A ROW
Jack Hewitt (1988-1999)
Dave Darland (2005-2016)

10 YEARS IN A ROW
Tom Bigelow (1972-1981)
Brady Bacon (2011-Present)

9 YEARS IN A ROW
A.J. Foyt (1959-1967)
Steve Butler (1984-1992)
Tracy Hines (1998-2006)
Chase Stockon (2012-Present)

8 YEARS IN A ROW
Pancho Carter (1973-1980)
Bud Kaeding (2000-2007)
Bryan Clauson (2009-2016)

7 YEARS IN A ROW
Larry Dickson (1966-1972)
Rollie Beale (1970-1976)
Bruce Walkup (1972-1978)
Jay Drake (2000-2006)
Tracy Hines (2008-2014)
Justin Grant (2014-Present)

6 YEARS IN A ROW
Greg Leffler (1975-1980)
Rich Vogler (1978-1983)
Tony Elliott (1991-1996)
Jerry Coons, Jr. (2005-2010)
Levi Jones (2007-2012)
Jon Stanbrough (2009-2014)
Chris Windom (2015-Present)

5 YEARS IN A ROW
Parnelli Jones (1960-1964)
Don Branson (1962-1966)
Gary Bettenhausen (1968-1972)
Sam Sessions (1971-1975)
Gary Bettenhausen (1974-1978)
Jack Hewitt (1982-1986)
Rich Vogler (1986-1990)
Chet Fillip (1994-1998)
Dave Darland (1997-2001)
Tony Elliott (1998-2002)
Dave Steele (2001-2005)
Robert Ballou (2014-2018)
Thomas Meseraull (2015-2019)
Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2015-2019)
Tyler Courtney (2016-Present)
C.J. Leary (2016-Present)

 

 

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series to Make Merced Speedway Debut in November

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Merced, CA)- While 2020 has made racing nearly nonexistent at Merced Speedway, the track is pleased to announce another big event on the horizon as the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series will make their first ever appearance at the facility on November 24th and 25th along with 600cc Micro’s and Winged 360’s.

“It has been a tough year, but to bring in the ASCS National Tour back in March, and now to get the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series in November is really special,” S&S Promotions GM Doug Lockwood said. “We are still finalizing the details, and hoping to obtain additional sponsors, but we are really excited for this opportunity.”

As it sits now Tuesday November 24th will act as a practice day for the Midgets, and a full event for the Micro 600’s. Wednesday night will see the Winged 360’s join the card for a complete racing program, as the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series will also compete in a non-points paying complete program for the first time ever at the Central California bullring.

With the event just coming together earlier this week the Midget race will pay a standard USAC purse as of now, however the track is seeking additional marketing partners.

“We want this to be a fun two-day event, so we are looking at a couple of different avenues on how to bolster this first ever show at Merced Speedway,” Lockwood added. “We will release more details for the Micro and Winged 360 race as well, we just wanted to get word out so people can mark the date on their schedules.”

Currently the Merced Speedway grandstands remain closed, but both nights will stream LIVE on FloRacing.

STAY CONNECTED- Keep up with the happenings at Merced Speedway by clicking over to www.mercedspeedway.net or by ‘Liking’ https://www.facebook.com/mercedspeedway/ on Facebook.

Merced Speedway is located at 900 Martin Luther King Drive Merced, CA 95341.

 

 

REMAINDER OF USAC'S NATIONAL SCHEDULE IS SET

Speedway, Indiana (September 15, 2020).........The remainder of USAC's 2020 National schedule has been set for the months of September, October and November with 5 Sprint Car, 10 Midget and 2 Silver Crown events on the calendar with several marquee races and three championships to be decided.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship race has been tight with only nine points separating leader Brady Bacon and Chris Windom with the top-four all within 40 points entering the two events this weekend, Friday, Sept. 18 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track for the 21st running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic and the Saturday, Sept. 19 Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Back-to-back nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink Midget doubleheaders greet competitors on Friday, Sept. 25 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

USAC's National Sprint Car season concludes with the Saturday, Oct. 3 running of the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, marking the first time the season will conclude in the Midwest since 2002.

The USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series slate has just two races remaining, one on pavement and one on dirt. First up is the Hemelgarn Racing / Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, at the paved oval of Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio.

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18, the classic Bettenhausen 100 is on at the one-mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. - the first time in its history that the Springfield Mile will serve as the Silver Crown season finale. Grandstand capacity for the Springfield event is limited to 20 percent.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season finishes up with a flurry of activity that consists of 10 races in four different states. Following the Gas City/Kokomo "Double Double" on Sep. 25-26, the series moves onto another weekend double with races on Friday, Oct. 9 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the Jason Leffler Memorial. That's followed the next night by the Harvest Cup on Saturday, Oct. 10 just across the border at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

From there, the traditional pilgrimage to the west takes the Midgets to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the Western World Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, which will also feature the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars in a midget/sprint doubleheader each night.

A mini-California Midget Week begins just days later with four consecutive nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing, beginning at Bakersfield Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Tee-straight nights on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 19-20-21 brings the series to Placerville Speedway for the second running of the Hangtown 100, which concludes the season with a 100-lap finale. Grandstand admission is not allowed at any of the Bakersfield or Placerville events, pit access only.

The Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway will not be contested during the 2020 season. Advance tickets purchased for the 2020 Oval Nationals will be good for the 2021 Oval Nationals.

Furthermore, the traditional USAC Night of Champions banquet at the Indiana Roof Ballroom will not be held this year.

Tickets for USAC's September events can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com. Stay tuned to USAC's website at www.usacracing.com and social media sites for further ticket and event info for the races during the months of October and November.

REMAINING USAC NATIONAL EVENTS

Sep. 18: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN

Sep. 19: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN

Sep. 25: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Gas City I-69 Speedway / Gas City, IN

Sep. 25: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Gas City I-69 Speedway / Gas City, IN

Sep. 26: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN

Sep. 26: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN

Oct. 3: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN

Oct. 4: USAC Silver Crown - Toledo Speedway / Toledo, OH

Oct. 9: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Wayne County Speedway / Wayne City, IL

Oct. 10: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN

Oct. 18: USAC Silver Crown - Illinois State Fairgrounds / Springfield, IL *20% Capacity Limit*

Nov. 13: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (With USAC CRA Sprints) - Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov. 14: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (With USAC CRA Sprints) - Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov. 17: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Bakersfield Speedway / Bakersfield, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 19: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway /Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 20: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 21: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

 

 

USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT ADDED AT MERCED NOV. 25

Merced, California (September 15, 2020).........A non-points special event for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets has been added to the schedule to close out the 2020 season at California's Merced Speedway on Wednesday night, November 25.

The $3,000-to-win event marks the debut of the series at the quarter-mile, semi-banked dirt oval located in the San Joaquin Valley. Under the USAC banner, USAC Western States Midgets have competed at Merced twice, both in 2019, with Austin Liggett and Robert Dalby each winning features. Liggett also scored the victory in the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car debut later during the 2019 season.

The festivities will begin at Merced on Tuesday, November 24, with midget practice and micro sprint racing. On Wednesday, a full midget event at Merced will be joined by winged 360 sprint cars.

While the pit area will be open, the grandstands will be closed for both nights at Merced on Nov. 24-25.

The Merced event arrives at the tail end of a busy stretch of USAC Midget racing out west. With Merced only being able to host three events thus far in 2020, in addition to the cancellation of this year's traditional Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, Merced promoter Doug Lockwood is thrilled to bring the midgets out for another date on California soil.

The traditional pilgrimage takes the Midgets to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the Western World Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, which will also feature the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars in a midget/sprint doubleheader each night.

A mini-California Midget Week begins just days later with four nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing in a five-day span, beginning at Bakersfield Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Three-straight nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20-21, bring the series to Placerville Speedway for the second running of the Hangtown 100, which concludes the points season with a 100-lap finale. Grandstand admission is not allowed at any of the Bakersfield or Placerville events, pit access only.

Further details on times and pit pass prices for the Merced events will be announced shortly. The event can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

REMAINING USAC NATIONAL EVENTS

Sep. 18: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN

Sep. 19: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN

Sep. 25: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Gas City I-69 Speedway / Gas City, IN

Sep. 25: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Gas City I-69 Speedway / Gas City, IN

Sep. 26: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN

Sep. 26: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN

Oct. 3: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN

Oct. 4: USAC Silver Crown - Toledo Speedway / Toledo, OH

Oct. 9: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Wayne County Speedway / Wayne City, IL

Oct. 10: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN

Oct. 18: USAC Silver Crown - Illinois State Fairgrounds / Springfield, IL *20% Capacity Limit*

Nov. 13: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (With USAC CRA Sprints) - Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov. 14: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (With USAC CRA Sprints) - Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov. 17: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Bakersfield Speedway / Bakersfield, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 19: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway /Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 20: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 21: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 25: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (Non-Points Special Event) - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS EYE PETALUMA RETURN SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Petaluma Speedway this Saturday, September 19th, for a special non-points event. Promoted by Rick Faeth, Super Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Mini Stocks will join the action packed showcase. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- 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 listed right rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also legal with the VRA Sprint Car Series.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

Despite unhealthy air quality forcing officials to cancel last Saturday’s show, Petaluma Speedway has held three USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. 2018 Champion Austin Liggett has topped the last two races and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the July 29, 2017 debut after setting the track record of 13.728.

When the series last visited the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on August 8th, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) claimed the twelfth win of his career. Fast qualifier Colby Johnson, “BT Express” Bradley Terrell, “Wild” Billy Aton, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shayna Ensign, Ryan Timmons, Matthew Haulot, Glenn Bryan, and Ricky Brophy rounded out the top-10 drivers.

The USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will clash at the fast 3/8-mile on October 3rd and 24th. Both events are part of the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge.”

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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.

FloSports has USAC West Coast Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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: 1-Austin Liggett.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Geoff Ensign.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 19: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC RACE PREVIEW: 9/18/2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 14, 2020).........Justin Grant remembers going a long way in his first visit to the Terre Haute Action Track in 2010.

In September of 2019, the Ione, Calif. native showed he's come a long way in another aspect since his humbling introduction to the famed western Indiana half-mile nearly a decade earlier, winning the 20th running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, which at the time was his first Sprint Car win of any kind at the track.

"In my first race here in 2010, I sailed it out of the park in turn one and I smashed a guy's Buick or Plymouth, or something, whatever it was," Grant recalled. "I made it a long way out there too. Terre Haute had my number for quite a while and it's taken me nine years to finally get a win here, but we did it, and it feels really good. At one point, it was probably my worst track on the tour. To come here and win, it means a lot to me personally."

Grant, a 2018 Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, won again with the USAC Sprints in the series' most recent trip to Terre Haute in late July of 2020. Grant had experienced the Hurtubise Classic top-five on just one other occasion prior to 2019, a 4th in 2017. He enters this Friday's race aiming to claw his way back into the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title hunt after leading the standings for much of the year. Grant now sees himself in 5th coming into the week but is still just 79 points back.

The 2019 Jim Hurtubise Classic, however, presented him a topsy-turvy turn of events to begin his night. Shortly after racing from 5th to 1st to win the first heat race, on his cooldown lap, Grant encountered trouble, without warning, that nearly spelled complete disaster.

"We had a left front radius rod come apart, and you can't steer," Grant explained. "The axle rolls back and falls off the arm. I lifted off of (turn) two, and halfway down the back stretch, it started squirrelling all around and I thought 'Whoa, we got a problem here.' I knew the front end was falling out, and when you get on the brakes, it just folds them up. I was just trying to coast it to a stop; I got it whoa'd down pretty slow, then it dropped, and the frame rail dug in and it just turned me right into the inside wall. Luckily, it just front-bumpered into it. No harm, no foul. We brought it back, put a bolt in it and we were ready for the feature."

If the incident would've occurred one lap earlier, the outcome and the progression of the night could've been disastrously different. However, on that particular night, in the first ever USAC National event held simultaneously on Friday the 13th and with a full moon hovering overhead, good fortune was on his side.

Other drivers expected to compete in this Friday's 21st running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic who've also experienced good fortune in the event include past winners Chris Windom (2011-16-17), Brady Bacon (2014 & 18), Chase Stockon (2012) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Windom (Canton, Ill.) is second in the series' point standings entering Friday's event, just nine points out of the lead. He's tied with 1990's inaugural event winner, Jack Hewitt, as a three-time Hurtubise Classic winner. With one more, he'd become the all-time winningest driver of the event. His five career Terre Haute USAC Sprint wins are tied with the namesake of the event, Jim Hurtubise, for sixth all-time. Windom has procured six top-fives in his Hurtubise Classic career with three wins, plus a 2nd in 2015, a 3rd in 2018 and a 4th in 2019, the same night he also notched the fastest qualifying time. He was also the victor of a mid-August MSCS Sprint race at Terre Haute.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the point standings following his series-leading 5th win of the year last Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. A pursuant of a third USAC National Sprint Car title, Bacon's Hurtubise Classic prowess shows four more top-ten results in addition to his two victories, a 2nd in 2013, a 7th in both 2016-17 and a 9th in 2015.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has been behind the wheel of some of those spectacular moments at Terre Haute. He's been a fast qualifier for the Hurtubise Classic on three occasions in 2010-17-18. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ has also finished as the runner-up in the event three times in addition to his victory; he was 2nd in 2012-14-18 and also had top-five rides in 2010-11 where he finished 5th.

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), along with Windom, are the only two drivers to win the Tony Hulman Classic, the Don Smith Classic and the Jim Hurtubise Classic USAC Sprint events at Terre Haute in their careers. Stockon bagged a Hurtubise victory during late in the 2012 season. He's finished inside the top-ten of the Hurtubise Classic in eight consecutive seasons with a 4th in 2016, 5th in 2014, 6th in 2017, 7th twice in 2015 & 19, 8th in 2018 and 9th in 2013. He was also the fastest qualifier in 2016.

Dave Darland has won nearly every single big event on the USAC calendar in his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career. Darland owns the record for most Hurtubise Classic feature starts, appearing in the A-Main lineup 15 times between 1992-2019. The 1999 series champion has been oh-so-close to a victory in the event on numerous occasions, but has eluded his resume thus far, which includes a pair of USAC Sprint wins at Terre Haute in 1993 and 2014. He finished runner-up in the "Hurtubise" in both 1998 & 2010, was 3rd in 1997 & 2015, 5th in 2012-13 among his six top-fives. Darland also possesses a total of 12 top-tens in those 15 starts.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), who has had a resurgent year with victories in both USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint competition, owns three career top-ten finishes at the Hurtubise Classic with a 4th as his best in 2014 along with a 6th in 2018 and 7th in 2010.
Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) had three solid results last weekend with a trio of top-seven runs in three starts. He was the runner-up to Grant in the 2019 Hurtubise Classic, which was his best career finish in the event. He ran 5th in 2018 and was also 6th in 2015 and 10th in 2012. He was the fastest qualifier for the "Hurtubise" in 2013.

Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has climbed himself right back into the mix for the series title, trailing by just 40 points now in fourth. A past Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute in 2016, Leary has finished inside the top-five of each of the past two Hurtubise Classics, taking 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2019. His string of top-tens in the event is five years running with an 8th in 2015, and 9th place results in 2016 and 2017.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) aims to make his first Hurtubise Classic start this Friday. His first career Terre Haute appearance in late July was a successful venture, winning the semi-feature and finishing 7th in the feature. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) and Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas), likewise, are both Hurtubise Classic Rookies. Hernandez won his heat and finished 10th in July's Hulman Classic at Terre Haute. Rogers leads the Rookie standings, however, by a 41-point margin entering the weekend's events.

Meanwhile, Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned his best Hurtubise Classic run of 8th in 2019 while Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), 11th in points, is looking for his first top-ten performance in the event after a top-ten run last Saturday at Lincoln Park.

The event honors the late, great Jim Hurtubise, the 1993 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee who achieved what seemed nearly impossible, winning five consecutive USAC National Sprint Car feature events at Terre Haute between 1960 and 1962.

Hurtubise, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., stood the racing world on its ears in 1960 when he flirted with the 150 mph barrier at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was that year's Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. National Championship wins for Hurtubise came at Sacramento, Calif., Langhorne, Pa. and Springfield, Ill. (twice), before suffering serious burns in an accident at Milwaukee, Wisc. in 1964.

He was the last driver to wheel a front-engine car at the Indianapolis 500 in 1968. A spectacular Sprint Car racer, he won 14 USAC features and was also an accomplished stock car veteran. He won the 1966 Atlanta 500 NASCAR Cup race.

Pits open for Friday's Jim Hurtubise Classic at 3pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

You can watch Friday Hurtubise Classic LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,384, 2-Chris Windom-1,375, 3-Chase Stockon-1,351, 4-C.J. Leary-1,344, 5-Justin Grant-1,305, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,139, 7-Carson Short-1,061, 8-Dave Darland-979, 9-Kyle Cummins-969, 10-Logan Seavey-909.

PAST JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC WINNERS: 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Rusty McClure, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Tray House, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Kevin Thomas, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Tony Jones, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Chris Windom, 2012: Chase Stockon, 2013: Jerry Coons, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Brady Bacon, 2019: Justin Grant

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC WINS:

1. (3) Jack Hewitt (1990-91-95) & Chris Windom (2011-16-17)

3. (2) Brady Bacon (2014-18)

4. (1) Robert Ballou (2015), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2013), Tony Elliott (1998), Justin Grant (2019), Tray House (1994), Tony Jones (1999), Rusty McClure (1992), Jon Stanbrough (2010), Robbie Stanley (1993), Chase Stockon (2012), Kevin Thomas (1996) & J.J. Yeley (1997)

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS: (164 Points Races)

8-Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

6-Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser & J.J. Yeley

5-Jim Hurtubise, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough, Rich Vogler & Chris Windom

4-Bud Kaeding & Roger McCluskey

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

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

1-Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Mel Cornett, Larry Dickson, Ed Elisian, Tony Elliott, Aaron Farney, A.J. Foyt, 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

 

 

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER RACE PREVIEW: 9/19/2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (September 15, 2020).........In recent times, nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Kyle Cummins winning at Tri-State Speedway. Or so it seems, at least.

Cummins, of Princeton, Ind., continued his immaculate season at the quarter-mile dirt oval in Haubstadt, Ind. during the 2019 Haubstadt Hustler en route to an undefeated season in a sprint car at TSS.

At that time 12 months ago, it was his seventh feature win in seven tries as he picked up his second career Haubstadt Hustler victory after collecting the $10,000-to-win 40-lap feature co-sanctioned by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Series. He'd eventually win all nine of his sprint car starts during the 2019 season at the track.

This Saturday night, September 19, in the 13th annual Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State, Cummins comes in as the most recent USAC winner at Tri-State, capturing the Indiana Sprint Week round there on August 2. Unsurprisingly, his resume at the Haubstadt Hustler is top-notch. His two victories in 2016 & 19 are joined by a 2nd in 2017, a 3rd in 2010 & 14 and a 5th in 2013.

The only driver to have achieved more Haubstadt Hustler victories than Cummins is Kevin Thomas Jr. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) has won the event three times, in 2013-17-18, and his five overall USAC Sprint Car feature wins at Tri-State are tied with Cummins and Daron Clayton as the most all-time. Thomas also collected a 2nd at the Hustler in 2015, plus a 4th in 2016 and a 7th in 2012.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) notched the victory in the 2015 Haubstadt Hustler, one of his two career USAC Sprint wins at "The Class Track." He's also recorded runner-up finishes in the inaugural edition of the event in 2008 and again in 2013, a 3rd in 2009, a 7th in 2017 and 9th in 2019.

Five more drivers - Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Chase Stockon and Chris Windom - have prior USAC National Sprint Car wins at Tri-State but are seeking a first Haubstadt Hustler triumph this Saturday. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won there in early 2015. The two-time USAC National Sprint champ's Haubstadt Hustler record has a 3rd in 2013, 4th in 2015, 5th in 2011, 8th in 2014 & 19 and a 9th in 2016.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), won the 2014 Indiana Sprint Week finale at TSS. He's come close twice to taking home the top honors at the Haubstadt Hustler, finishing 2nd in 2014, 3rd in 2012, 7th in both 2015 & 18 and 8th in 2017. The 2015 USAC National Sprint titlist notched a fast qualifying time at the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler.

Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) made the journey to victory lane in the 2018 ISW finale at TSS. That same year, the 1999 series champion equaled his best Haubstadt Hustler result with a 4th, which he also achieved in 2012. A 6th place finish in 2015 is among one of his four top-ten results in the event as well as 9th in 2009.

Chase Stockon, from nearby Fort Branch, Ind., captured his lone TSS USAC Sprint score in the Spring of 2016. The southwestern Indiana track also holds a special place in his racing career as it was the location where he clinched the Indiana Sprint Week title earlier this year back in August. His Haubstadt Hustler stat sheet displays constant consistency with eight top-tens during the decade of the 2010s, with three consecutive 5th place runs between 2014-15-16 serving as his best to go along with a 6th in 2013, a 7th in 2019, an 8th in both 2010 & 18 and a 10th in 2012.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) corralled his TSS USAC victory nearly one year to the day of Stockon's in April of 2017. His five top-tens in the Haubstadt Hustler have had him pilot his ride to 5th in both 2012 and 2019, plus a 6th in 2016-17 and 8th in 2015.

Drivers who've been successful in year's past at the Haubstadt Hustler who are primed to score a first victory in the event include C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), who's led 44 total laps over the past two installments of the race that led to finishes of 2nd in 2018 and 3rd in 2019, which serve as his two best performances. The reigning series champ also took home 9th place results in 2015 & 17.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the fastest qualifier at the 2019 Haubstadt Hustler, but ran into trouble just before midway of the feature event, ending his best run as of yet in the event. His best final placement at the "Hustler" came in 2016 where he finished 8th followed by a 10th in 2017.

Veteran Critter Malone (Pittsboro, Ind.) has annually made the haul to TSS to compete in USAC Sprint Car events throughout the past decade. At the Haubstadt Hustler, the two-time USAC National Midget feature winner turned in his best performance yet in the 2019 race, finishing 6th. The son of former longtime USAC Chief Starter Shim Malone was 7th in 2010 and 10th in 2011 at the "Hustler."

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), a winner if both USAC National Sprint and Silver Crown competition in 2020, was a personal-best 3rd in the 2016 Haubstadt Hustler to go along with a 10th in 2013. Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown, Ind.) put in his best career USAC result in the 2015 race, finishing 3rd. Likewise, Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) punched in a career best 4th with USAC in the 2019 race.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will be making his first career Haubstadt Hustler appearance this Saturday. He set fast time during qualifying for the Indiana Sprint Week round at TSS in August, ultimately finishing 12th in the main event. His first ever USAC Sprint Car ride at Tri-State resulted in a 3rd place finish in the Spring of 2018. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), a 9th place TSS finisher this past June, leads the USAC National Sprint Car Rookie point standings by 41 points over Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas). Rogers enters as a Haubstadt Hustler Rookie himself as does Hernandez. Rogers' ride, the Randy Edwards #61m, won its first USAC National Sprint Car feature this past June with Stephen Schnapf as the driver.

Garrett Aitken (Paris, Ill.) is another driver who has yet to make a Haubstadt Hustler appearance. His performance at TSS during Indiana Sprint Week came as he posed a fierce challenge to Cummins for the lead before finishing 4th, his best career USAC result.

The $10,000-to-win event will utilize the format regularly utilized by the Midwest Sprint Car Series. The night will be led off by group qualifying to set the heat race lineups and conclude with a 40-lap feature event.

USAC and MSCS have co-sanctioned the event since 2011. The first three events held in 2008-09-10 came under the MSCS banner solely. Jeff Bland Jr. was victorious in the inaugural Haubstadt Hustler in 2008.

This is a 50% capacity event. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gates. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pits open Saturday at 3pm Central, with grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm.

You can watch Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER WINNERS: 2008: Jeff Bland Jr., 2009: Bryan Clauson, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Casey Riggs, 2012: Daron Clayton, 2013: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2014: Daron Clayton, 2015: Brady Short, 2016: Kyle Cummins, 2017: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2019: Kyle Cummins

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS

5-Daron Clayton, Kyle Cummins & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

4-Cory Kruseman

3-Rick Hood

2-Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short & Jon Stanbrough

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, Stephen Schnapf, 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)

2020: Stephen Schnapf (6/14) & Kyle Cummins (8/2)

 

 

DREVICKI COLLECTS WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY CHECKERS
 

By: Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC

Winchester, Virginia (September 12, 2020)………Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. continued his winning ways and incredible streak of consecutive top five finishes, by becoming the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series’ first ever feature event winner at the Winchester Speedway in Virginia.

In a recently rescheduled event at Winchester, 17 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast 360 sprint cars entered the pit area of the speedway for the series’ first ever trip to the high banked Virginia oval. The speedway has a long history of open wheel action, as the ARDC Midgets made many appearances to the speedway over the years.

In heat race action, Billy VanInwegen would collect a convincing heat race number one victory, with Kyle Spence and last week’s winner Kenny Miller lll in third making the redraw. Heat number two saw veteran driver Carmen Perigo grab the win, with Drevicki in second, and Alex Bright taking the third and final redraw spot.

Following the redraw for the feature event, Kenny Miller lll and Carmen Perigo would share the front row for the 25 lap feature event, with Drevicki pulling the worst pill and starting sixth.

As the field went green, the slick surface and banks of the speedway lead to an extremely bunched field with drivers fighting hard to gain as many spots as possible. Billy VanInwegen would be the first to try and utilize the top side of the speedway, but it would not work to his liking.

Steven Drevicki was the early car on the move, diving underneath Miller, Spence, and VanInwegen and beginning his move toward the front. By lap five Drevicki had moved into third, with Alex Bright in Second, and Carmen Perigo leading the way.

On lap nine of the feature event, Drevicki was able to make the move around the outside of Alex Bright into turns one and two and take over the second spot and begin to reel in race leader Carmen Perigo.

As the field approached the halfway point of the feature event, it was clear that Perigo and Drevicki were the class of the field, with Bright losing ground in third, along with the rest of the field.

Bruce Buckwalter Jr., a former midget winner at the speedway, was locked in a tight battle with Kyle Spence for the last position inside the top five, with Spence continually holding off the advances of Buckwalter.

Lap sixteen would see the field beginning to encounter the back half of the field, with Perigo continuing to lead Drevicki, with Bright, Miller, and Kyle Spence rounding out the top five.

By lap 20, Drevicki was all over the back bumper of the Treyco Heavy Industrial 21 of Carmen Perigo, waiting for a moment to pounce and make his move for the race lead. Perigo was beginning to have problems exiting the corners of the speedway, with Drevicki opening up his line trying to dive underneath Perigo to take the lead.

As the two leaders encountered the lapped car of Lee Kauffman, Drevicki was side by side with Perigo for the race lead. On lap 23, Drevicki was able to dive underneath Perigo for the race lead into turns one and two. Try as he might, Perigo was not able to get back by Steven Drevicki, as Drevicki went on to collect his fourth series victory of 2020.

Drevicki has been the driver to beat all season long leading the points from the first event of the season at Orange County. Drevicki is no stranger to Winchester Speedway Victory Lane, as he collected an ARDC Midget victory in the past. The win for Drevicki, means that the Reading, PA driver continues to be the only repeat winner on the series trail in 2020, with four feature event wins (Orange County, Big Diamond, Williams Grove, and Winchester).

Carmen Perigo Jr is not a series regular, but the veteran driver with over thirty years of driving experience is always a threat to win whenever he enters the pit area. The Stoystown, PA driver has made starts with the USAC Silver Crown Series in 2020, and in USAC East Coast Action Perigo has four feature starts with three top fives, and four top ten’s.

Series rookie Alex Bright is also no stranger to the banks of the Winchester Speedway with prior midget experience like Drevicki and Buckwalter. Bright collected his first feature event win at the Port Royal Speedway on August 22nd, and has been consistent with five top fives, in his five feature event starts.

Since joining the series, Kenny Miller lll has finished 12th, collected his first series victory, and now a second solid top five run. The former micro sprint champion has been nothing but impressive in the three events he has run since joining the series and continues to gain experience at every track the series travels too. Look for Miller to be a threat at the series remaining events, and on the tour in 2021.

Kyle Spence had previously made plans to head to Illinois to race his micro sprint on Saturday but returned to the seat of the Dave Betts 22 entry on Saturday night. Spence was rewarded with a top five feature event finish following a hard fought battle with Bruce Buckwalter Jr. Spence is yet another of the extremely impressive rookies that the series has gained in 2020, and a feature event win is on the horizon for Spence.

While the season may be winding down, three massive events remain on the series schedule for 2020. First, is a stop to the all-new Bridgeport Speedway as a part of the Danny Serrano Memorial weekend. On October 2nd, the series makes our second visit to the always entertaining Georgetown Speedway where Ryan Watt was the winner in July. Finally, the series will end the season with a pair of 20 lap features at the Big Diamond Speedway on October 9th, where a champion will be crowned for 2020.

With plenty of action left to go for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series be sure to follow along on our social media sites, and our website for all the latest news and other series information.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 12, 2020 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Virginia

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top three redraw) 1. 5G-Billy VanInwegen, 2. 22-Kyle Spence, 3. 23m-Kenny Miller lll, 4. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 5. 17J-Jonathan Swanson, 6. 17m-Christian Bruno, 7. 71-Chris Allen Jr., 8. 9D-Kevin Darling, 9. 67-Jason Cherry. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top three redraw) 1. 21-Carmen Perigo, 2. 19-Steven Drevicki, 3. 20-Alex Bright, 4. 54-Joey Amantea, 5. 33B-Bill Unglert, 6. 23-John Stehman, 7. 117-David Swanson, 8. 96-Lee Kauffman. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Carmen Perigo, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Kenny Miller lll, 5. Kyle Spence, 6. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 7. Billy VanInwegen, 8. Christian Bruno, 9. Bill Unglert, 10. Chris Allen Jr., 11. Kevin Darling, 12. Jonathan Swanson, 13. Joey Amantea, 14. David Swanson, 15. John Stehman, 16. Jason Cherry, 17. Lee Kauffman.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Carmen Perigo, Laps 24-25 Steven Drevicki.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-665, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-544, 3-Bill Unglert-520, 4-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-404, 5-Ryan Quackenbush-341, 6-Christian Bruno-332, 7-Jonathan Swanson-308, 8-Kyle Spence-294, 9-Jason Cherry-265, 10-Carmen Perigo-263.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 26, 2020 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, New Jersey

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 2ND PLACE: Carmen Perigo

KEIZER WHEELS 3RD PLACE: Alex Bright

KING RACING PRODUCTS 6TH PLACE: Bruce Buckwalter Jr.

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 8TH PLACE: Christian Bruno

RACING OPTICS “STARTING FROM THE REAR”: Jason Cherry


 

WAIT NO MORE:
STOCKON WINS AT LPS FOR FIRST OF 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (September 12, 2020).........Exactly six weeks after basking in the limelight as the Indiana Sprint Week champion,, Chase Stockon finally achieved that long sought after first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season during the first of two features run Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

While Stockon's triumph won't officially go in in the books as an official Indiana Sprint Week victory, it did come in an event that resumed Saturday, having been suspended for a month and a half following a heavy storm on the final night of July when it was then part of the ISW series, the night in which nearly all the preliminary events had been completed.

"I know it's a bit delayed, but I'm definitely glad to get another (Indiana) Sprint Week win," Stockon said with a grin.

The win also continued one of the most impressive streaks with the series by a driver who is known for setting records. Stockon, the series' "Ironman" from Fort Branch, Ind., in making his 316th consecutive feature start, ran his annual checkmark in the win column to nine consecutive years, picking up a USAC win each year since the 2012 season, an active streak that is second only by Brady Bacon's 10 straight years dating back to 2011.

Stockon's 13th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win surpassed Eric Gordon and tied both Don Branson and Steve Chassey for 43rd all-time.

Lincoln Park is the place where Stockon began his driver/owner relationship with KO Motorsports in terms of USAC competition back in early July. A pair of top-five runs in the KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere - Ravens Manufacturing - AMSOIL/Velocity/Fisher Chevy that weekend has led Stockon to elevate his game and put him in contention for a first career series title, while also providing the KO team its first career USAC victory on Saturday at LPS.

Pole sitter Stockon initially shared the front row alongside Darland, the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at the 5/16-mile dirt oval with six victories. Stockon grabbed the early lead while Darland fought with Carson Short before emerging with the second position in the early going.

Meanwhile, defending series champ and fourth starting C.J. Leary made the topside work to his liking and surged up through the thick to beat Stockon to the line by one car length at the stripe on the 10th lap. Stockon called it a comeback and was able to stick even Steven with Leary at the exit of turns two and four before, ultimately eking out his own one car length advantage at the conclusion of lap 14.

As Leary fought to regain the position, Stockon nipped Leary again at the line under the crossed flags indicating halfway to completion of the 30-lap feature. Nonetheless, Leary was undeterred, digging in to supplant Stockon from the top of the throne once again by a single car length at the line. That proved short lived as Stockon gained a big drive off the bottom of four to re-corral the race lead once and for all on the 17th circuit.

In that instant, it became more than just a two-horse race with Darland, Logan Seavey and Brady Bacon each joining the fray along with Leary, while Stockon suddenly left his home on the bottom to try the top. Darland nearly took advantage of Stockon's switch with 10 laps remaining by securing the bottom line, just missing out on leading the 20th lap by inches.

Darland became pinned behind the car of Colten Cottle on the tail end of the lead lap on the bottom of turn two as he raced side-by-side with Leary for the race lead. Nose-to-tail contact was made between Darland and C. Cottle, sending Cottle sideways and veering off into the infield to maintain control while Darland lost his stride of momentum, allowing Seavey to shoot the gap into second.

A lap later, the event's fastest qualifier, Brent Beauchamp, slowed to a stop on the back straightaway to end the lengthy green flag run and restack the deck in a single file manner without the aid, or hindrance of traffic, in the distance. Stockon continued to tiptoe around the tires of the infield variety when racing resumed with nine laps left. Darland followed Stockon on the limbo line while Bacon jostled into third on lap 24, then to the runner-up spot on lap 25 when Darland left the door open on the bottom of turn two for Bacon to scoot on by.

Bacon made every attempt to try to reel himself into lead contention at the end, but a slight issue with a cut tire placed him into conservation mode instead of attack mode for the final five-lap run to the checkered. Searching high and also stalking the bottom, Bacon couldn't catch Stockon, who was the picture of perfection on the low line to win by a 0.819 second margin over Bacon, Darland, Leary and Seavey.

"I could feel those guys breathing on me there toward the end of the race. I was just trying to hit my marks and make no mistakes," Stockon revealed after leading a race-high 25 laps. "The topside around here was just a little bit too far around for me tonight."


Chase Stockon has now picked up a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win in nine consecutive years, an active streak that dates back to 2012 and is second only to Brady Bacon's 10-year winning streak which started in 2011.
(David Nearpass Photo)


Bacon's journey from 8th to 2nd earned him B & W Auto Mart / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native's Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy."

"We got a cut in our tire there at the end," Bacon explained. "I kind of felt it getting soft, so I had to get a little conservative. It was really good on the bottom of three and four and I hadn't been down there as much as them, so I didn't exactly know what to do. We were better than them in one and two, but (Stockon) got to start in front and keep his nose clean. We might've used our stuff up a little bit to get there."

Darland's best 2020 USAC finish came in a 3rd place performance Saturday night for the driver who earned a pair of Lincoln Park Speedway Sprint Car track championships during the 1990-91 seasons, piloting the EZR-Curb-Agajanian/Marchand's Window Tinting - Fox Paving - Windmill Grill/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

"We had a good race, but those guys just beat me a little bit," Darland said. "I didn't really want to see that yellow; traffic was going to help me. We were decent, but they were too. I knew Chase wouldn't screw up too many times too often. Then brady came through and he had a good racecar too. There on that yellow, I was just hoping I could run real low around one and two on the restart and maybe get Chase out in the slick or something, but it was better to be up in the middle off turn two. He was in the right spot and he knew what he was doing, so there's always a lot going through your mind of just what you're going to do and what's going to happen. It didn't work out for the win, but we had a good run, a good finish and we're happy about that."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 31 & September 12, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-12.688; 2. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.716; 3. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.784; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.800; 5. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.848; 6. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-12.851; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-12.915; 8. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.922; 9. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-12.981; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.994; 11. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.019; 12. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-13.051; 13. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-13.074; 14. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-13.081; 15. Jake Bland, 20B, Bland-13.112; 16. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.162; 17. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-13.167; 18. Logan Hupp, 69JM, Gindling-13.232; 19. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-13.238; 20. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.251; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.264; 22. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.306; 23. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-13.631; 24. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-13.654.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.392; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.595; 3. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-12.632; 4. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-12.653; 5. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-12.802; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.869; 7. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-12.913; 8. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-12.940; 9. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-12.941; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.947; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.949; 12. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-12.955; 13. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-13.085; 14. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-13.118; 15. Max Adams, 37, Felker-13.141; 16. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.167; 17. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-13.211; 18. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-13.242; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.248; 20. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.427; 21. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-13.469; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.584; 23. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-14.290; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.375.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Colten Cottle, 6. Tony DiMattia, 7. Brandon Morin, 8. Kurt Gross, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Jonathan Vennard, 11. Jake Bland, 12. Shelby VanGilder. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Carson Short, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Dustin Smith, 8. Chayse Hayhurst, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 10. Logan Hupp, 11. Jadon Rogers, 12. Travis Berryhill. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Matt McDonald, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Harley Burns, 11. Evan Mosley. 2:49.862

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Chris Phillips, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Max Guilford, 8. Brayden Fox, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Robert Bell, 12. A.J. Hopkins. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Matt McDonald, 2. Brandon Morin, 3. Logan Hupp, 4. Max Guilford, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Harley Burns, 9. Chayse Hayhurst, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 11. Robert Bell, 12. Charles Davis Jr., 13. Kurt Gross. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, final 4 laps completed on Sept. 12, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brayden Fox, 4. Mario Clouser (#69JM), 5. Colten Cottle, 6. Max Adams, 7. Brandon Morin, 8. Matt McDonald, 9. Chris Phillips, 10. Tony DiMattia, 11. Chase Johnson, 12. Anton Hernandez, 13. Max Guilford, 14. Jonathan Vennard, 15. Evan Mosley, 16. Dustin Smith, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Jake Bland. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses, completed on Sept. 12) 1. Chase Stockon (1), 2. Brady Bacon (8), 3. Dave Darland (2), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Logan Seavey (6), 6. Shane Cottle (7), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 8. Chris Windom (13), 9. Carson Short (3), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Robert Ballou (9), 12. Brandon Mattox (17), 13. Stevie Sussex (16), 14. Brayden Fox (10), 15. Justin Grant (18), 16. Mario Clouser (#69JM) (22), 17. Thomas Meseraull (15), 18. Brent Beauchamp (5), 19. Jake Swanson (14), 20. Max Adams (20), 21. Aric Gentry (#17) (21), 22. Colten Cottle (19), 23. Jadon Rogers (23). NT

**Justin Grant flipped during qualifying. Nate McMillin flipped during qualifying. Travis Berryhill flipped during the second heat. A.J. Hopkins flipped during the fourth heat. Jake Bland flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Chase Stockon, Laps 10-13 C.J. Leary, Laps 14-15 Chase Stockon, Lap 16 C.J. Leary, Laps 17-30 Chase Stockon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,311, 2-Chase Stockon-1,309, 3-Brady Bacon-1,305, 4-C.J. Leary-1,264, 5-Justin Grant-1,260, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,068, 7-Carson Short-1,051, 8-Dave Darland-949, 9-Kyle Cummins-927, 10-Logan Seavey-899.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-135, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Kyle Cummins-78, 4-Justin Grant-76, 5-Shane Cottle-69, 6-Andrew Layser-65, 7-Logan Seavey-63, 8-Kyle Larson-62, 9-Robert Ballou-59, 10-Chase Stockon-55.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 12, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Shane Cottle

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Brandon Mattox

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Brady Bacon (8th to 2nd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Stevie Sussex

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brandon Morin

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Jake Swanson

 

BACON BACK TO THE TOP
OF THE USAC SPRINT POINTS WITH LPS TRIUMPH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (September 12, 2020).........Brady Bacon and Lincoln Park Speedway have been a perfect match for each other ever since a mag issue sidelined he and the Dynamics, Inc. team prior to the start of the feature back on July 3.

Since that point, Bacon reeled off a victory there the following night, then recorded a runner-up finish in the first feature on Saturday, followed up by another victory in the second feature of the doubleheader to close out Saturday night at LPS with just about the best result any driver/team could ask for.

And, to add the cherry on top, Bacon and Dynamics, Inc. reclaimed the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver and owner point leads in the process after entering the weekend atop the standings, but falling back to third in the pecking order following a 10th place result Friday at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

"Lincoln Park - two features in one day, a first and a second," Bacon exclaimed. "You can ask for a little better than that but not much better. We'll definitely take it after we struggled last night at Bloomington."

The victory was Bacon's 34th in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, putting him just one behind Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 10th all-time. Though Bacon leads the points, he aims not to just merely "point race." He intends to win races and let the points sort out however they may, and he's accomplished that better than anyone else in the series this year with the victory marking the Broken Arrow, Okla. driver's series-leading fifth triumph of the year.

"We're pretty fortunate to be in the battle at all," Bacon said. "We had some mistakes early in the year. To even be in the hunt, we're pretty fortunate for than and that other people had some misfortune. So, we're just taking it a day at a time, just going out here and winning races. Obviously, you have that in the back of your mind when you see other guys struggling a little bit. You kind of have to put it in a little bit of a conservative mode and not do anything stupid, but at the same time, you want to go out and win races."

Bacon started the second 30-lap feature from fifth on the grid, but it was frequent Lincoln Park weekly winner A.J. Hopkins taking off to the early advantage from the pole position for the first two corners on the opening lap. However, it was a resurgent Kevin Thomas Jr. who secured the lead on the opening lap, powering to the front with a big run off the top of turn four to lead by a car length at the line.

Bacon dropped back to 7th during the opening laps, cruising the top early on as he sought to figure out the best path forward to get to the front until discovering a trail a little bit lower than seemingly everyone in front of him was chasing.

"I got a little worried there at the beginning," Bacon admitted. "The top kind of got rolled in, then I thought, 'you know what, it's going to get dirty up there. They aren't going to be able to run up there.' So, I just started rolling the bottom, rolling the bottom and it came in and we got to hitting that bottom off turn two."

Trouble ensued for Hopkins, however on lap eight as he, C.J. Leary and Mario Clouser were involved in a fight for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Leary slid past Hopkins for 2nd off turn four. Behind him, however, Clouser's right front wheel climbed Hopkins' left rear, which resulted in damage to the left side nerf bar of Hopkins' ride and a flat left rear tire, ending Hopkins' night prematurely with a 22nd place result.

When racing resumed, Leary took the fight right to Thomas for the race lead. Leary drove by Thomas with a slider in turn three on the lap eight restart, providing him the lead at the line by a half car length. However, Thomas replied with a slider of his own in turn one, reclaiming the position, albeit briefly, before Leary ducked back under exiting turn two to retake the spot, which he'd hold throughout the mid-portion of the race.

As Thomas and Clouser chased Leary on the topside, Bacon utilized the catfish line to 3rd by Clouser on the tenth lap, then to 2nd by Thomas on the 13th lap. Another three-lap increment later, Bacon wheeled the Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy No. 69 underneath Leary in turn two on lap 16 to snare the lead once and for all, and the timing couldn't have been any better from Bacon's point of view.

"We're able to get to the lead, then it started laying rubber," Bacon recalled. "So, I thought we were pretty safe. I was worried about it laying rubber on the top, but you can't really give up what you're doing when you're in the lead."

Bacon stayed the course for the entirety of the second half of the event, hitting the bottom lap after lap. The top-four began to drift to the bottom of the surface as they tried to keep pace with Bacon as he continued to pull away from the rest of the field.

Shane Cottle, who started 17th and won at LPS with USAC back in early July, found the bottom early, and proceeded to drive all the way up to 3rd place with 10 laps remaining as Thomas opened the door by pushing up at the exit of turn two.

For Bacon, it was three sails to the wind as he posted a full-straightway advantage with five laps to go while beginning the process of entering the tail end of the field in traffic.

Despite that fact, Bacon's lead never dwindled as he executed a victorious performance with precision to score his third career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at LPS after earlier winning in 2015 and now twice with the series in 2020. He also captured a non-sanctioned Sprint Car victory at LPS in June of this year.

At the checkered, Bacon was 3.964 seconds ahead of Leary, Cottle, Thomas and Friday night's Bloomington winner Chris Windom. Cottle's 3rd place performance netted him B & W Auto Mart / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for the night after starting 17th in the feature.

Leary's series-leading fifth fast time of the year during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying was the 28th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, surpassing Dave Steele and Chase Stockon for sole possession of 12th all-time.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 12, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.624; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.700; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.951; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.961; 5. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-13.021; 6. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.084; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.130; 8. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.177; 9. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.237; 10. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-13.245; 11. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.246; 12. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.308; 13. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-13.312; 14. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.323; 15. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.342; 16. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-13.564; 17. Josh Cunningham, 17c, Cunningham-13.627; 18. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-13.667; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.815; 20. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-13.832; 21. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.871; 22. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-13.971; 23. Robert Carrington, 34c, Carrington-14.202; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.752.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.885; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.083; 3. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.122; 4. Max Adams, 37, Felker-13.151; 5. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.178; 6. Anton Hernandez, 17GP, Dutcher-13.189; 7. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.240; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-13.268; 9. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.333; 10. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-13.378; 11. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.388; 12. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-13.454; 13. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.454; 14. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.462; 15. Ben Knight, 16K, Knight-13.602; 16. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-13.691; 17. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-13.745; 18. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-13.787; 19. Shey Owens, 17s, SNO-13.814; 20. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.831; 21. Alec Sipes, 20, Bland-13.868; 22. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-13.953; 23. Michael Clark, 8, Clark-14.807; 24. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. A.J. Hopkins, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Ricky Lewis, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Brayden Fox, 10. Josh Cunningham, 11. Chris Phillips, 12. Robert Carrington. 2:21.084

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Matt McDonald, 8. Aric Gentry, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Slater Helt, 11. Robert Bell, 12. Jesse Vermillion. 2:22.755

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mario Clouser, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Carson Short, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Alec Sipes, 9. Michael Clark, 10. Ben Knight, 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 12. Shey Owens. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Anton Hernandez, 4. Brandon Morin, 5. Nate McMillin, 6. Blake Vermillion, 7. Colten Cottle, 8. Max Adams, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Harley Burns, 11. Travis Berryhill. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Josh Cunningham, 2. Slater Helt, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Chris Phillips, 5. Matt McDonald, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Nate McMillin, 8. Ben Knight, 9. Alec Sipes, 10. Michael Clark, 11. Harley Burns, 12. Robert Carrington, 13. Robert Bell, 14. Shey Owens. 2:39.068

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Max Adams, 4. Chris Phillips, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Josh Cunningham, 11. Carson Short, 12. Travis Berryhill, 13. Ricky Lewis, 14. Anthony D'Alessio, 15. Slater Helt, 16. Blake Vermillion, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Logan Seavey. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (5), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Shane Cottle (17), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 5. Chris Windom (2), 6. Mario Clouser (8), 7. Jake Swanson (10), 8. Tye Mihocko (7), 9. Jadon Rogers (18), 10. Brandon Mattox (15), 11. Chase Stockon (19), 12. Justin Grant (11), 13. Brent Beauchamp (9), 14. Max Adams (16), 15. Kyle Cummins (3), 16. Chris Phillips (22), 17. Matt Westfall (23), 18. Thomas Meseraull (21), 19. Brandon Morin (20), 20. Anton Hernandez (13), 21. Dave Darland (12), 22. A.J. Hopkins (1), 23. Robert Ballou (14). NT

**Logan Seavey flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 8-15 C.J. Leary, Laps 16-30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,384, 2-Chris Windom-1,375, 3-Chase Stockon-1,351, 4-C.J. Leary-1,344, 5-Justin Grant-1,305, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,139, 7-Carson Short-1,061, 8-Dave Darland-979, 9-Kyle Cummins-969, 10-Logan Seavey-909.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-135, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Shane Cottle-83, 4-Kyle Cummins-78, 5-Justin Grant-76, 6-Cannon McIntosh-69, 7-Andrew Layser-65, 8-Chase Stockon-63, 9-Logan Seavey-63, 10-Kyle Larson-62.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 18, 2020 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - Jim Hurtubise Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: A.J. Hopkins

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tye Mihocko

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Mario Clouser

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brent Beauchamp

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (17th to 3rd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Brent Beauchamp

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brayden Fox

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Anthony D'Alessio

 

 

WINDOM TAKES VICTORY
& USAC SPRINT POINT LEAD AT BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (September 11, 2020).........After a victory slipped through his fingertips on the final lap of a midget race last weekend, Chris Windom was determined not to play it as conservatively this time around in Friday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

"I learned that lesson last week in the midget race," Windom testified after taking the lead at Bloomington on third lap from Kyle Cummins, then held off Cummins' pesky resurgence down the stretch to claim his 27th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, equaling him with Kevin Thomas Jr. for 18th all-time.

The triumph was Windom's second career USAC score at Bloomington, and first since the 2011 season in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - OilFire - B & H Contractors/DRC/Claxton Mopar. On that occasion, Windom rolled the bottom to victory. This time, the path required a road of a different kind.

"I've always felt like I've been pretty good here; I just never got that second USAC win," Windom explained. "Notoriously, I feel like I'm better at running the bottom here, but it was cool to get a win running the top."

In the process, Windom took over the point lead in the new USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, making it two different series he currently leads along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Windom came into the night 2nd, trailing by four points to Bacon, but the beginning of the feature also saw him trailing in an unexpected way. The first two tries at the start of the feature saw both instances aborted by race officials. Windom, who was determined to have jumped both starts, was moved back a row from his 2nd place starting position to the outside of row two when the green flag finally put the race into motion.

Cummins, who had been elevated into Windom's slot on the front row, stepped out to the early lead around the outside of pole sitter Brent Beauchamp in turn three on the opening lap. As Beauchamp slid up the track on entry in the third turn, Windom ducked under to move back into 2nd with Cummins just ahead.

On the third lap, the door swung wide open for Windom as Cummins slid up the racing surface himself in turn two. Windom cut under and took off with the lead like a thief in the night.

From there forward, Windom constructed a one second lead that ultimately ballooned to two seconds as he cut through lapped traffic in the midst of the middle stages of the 30-lap main event. All the while, Windom was persuaded by his surroundings to change his exploration route, and adjusting accordingly on the fly.

"I was running the bottom early on and I felt like we had really good speed," Windom recalled. "The longer the race went on, the track started going away. It was tough to run the bottom because there was grease and it was slick. If you didn't hit it just right, you'd lose all your time in the corners. I felt like, once I got to lapped traffic, some of the lapped cars were maintaining speed up top so I thought the top was probably the better place to go. So, I moved up at the point."

Windom's multiple second lead evaporated on the 19th lap when 10th running Sterling Cling levitated over the banking between turns three and four, landing on all fours before coming to a complete stop to bring out the yellow.

That instance changed the ballgame for Windom, and for Cummins too, who now had a shot at redemption without the hindrance of traffic. Just the open road and thoughts of victory racing through his mind. Cummins took a run on the bottom of turns one and two on the lap 19 restart, pulling even alongside with Windom for the length of the back straightaway. Windom utilized the constant speed of the high line in this case and ripped around Cummins to put a lockdown on the position.

"I knew Kyle was going to be good here; he's always good here," Windom reinforced. "They can get their car really good about anywhere through the middle. He showed that on that restart where he was able to slide up next to me, but I felt that if I stayed on the top and didn't make a mistake, the momentum was going to prevail."

Three stoppages occurred in the stretch run during the final 12-lap run, including one for Shane Cottle who went up in smoke with an engine issue while running in the 5th position with five laps remaining, plus Anton Hernandez's flip over the turn three banking on lap 25. On each said restart, Windom's theory proved true, as he carried the momentum topside to establish a five-car length lead on what would be the final, lap 25 restart.


The triumph was Chris Windom's second career USAC score at Bloomington, and first since the 2011 season in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - OilFire - B & H Contractors/DRC/Claxton Mopar. It was his 27th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, equaling him with Kevin Thomas Jr. for 18th all-time.
(David Nearpass Photo)


However, Cummins began to inch closer to Windom on each successive circuit, and coming to the white flag, Cummins took aim for the race lead in turn three. Nonetheless, with one shot to take and one shot only, Cummins fired that shot with an attempted slider on the bottom of the third turn that sent him sliding straight up the racetrack as Windom opened up his advantage to secure the position once and for all.

"I actually didn't see him," Windom said, referring to Cummins on his bid for the lead. "I was focused hard on not running off the curb there. I knew he was probably close if he was hitting the bottom just right, but I was watching and waiting until I saw someone. If I had to dive down, I was going to dive down, but I felt if I kept running smooth laps up there, we were going to be okay."

Windom's margin of victory was 0.948 as his second series victory of 2020 propelled him to the point lead by 23 points over Chase Stockon. Cummins finished 2nd - his fifth consecutive top-2 finish with the series dating back to August 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. finished 3rd, his best result with the series since mid-June. Stockon was 4th after starting 13th to earn KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger honors. Brent Beauchamp finished 5th and has top-seven results in all three of his USAC starts this season.

Kevin Thomas Jr., meanwhile, earned the 29th quick time of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career during Fatheadz Qualifying Friday night at Bloomington. That puts KTJ just one behind Pancho Carter for 10th all-time in that category.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 11, 2020 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-11.326; 2. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-11.509; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.535; 4. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-11.545; 5. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-11.576; 6. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-11.616; 7. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-11.626; 8. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.632; 9. Anton Hernandez, 17GP, Dutcher-11.647; 10. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-11.656; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.676; 12. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-11.694; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.719; 14. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-11.719; 15. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.719; 16. Dakota Jackson, 17G, On The Gass-11.729; 17. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-11.778; 18. Zach Hampton, 35, Hampton-11.858; 19. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-11.880; 20. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-11.891; 21. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.905; 22. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-11.939; 23. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.941; 24. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-11.957; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.964; 26. Brady Short, 11p, Short/Pottorff-11.987; 27. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-12.000; 28. Alec Sipes, 20, Bland-12.038; 29. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.128; 30. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-12.153; 31. Chris Phillips, 6, Phillips-12.367; 32. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.114.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Brayden Fox, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Carson Short, 8. Brandon Mattox. 1:58.936

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Brady Short, 7. Harley Burns, 8. Zach Hampton. 2:01.754

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jordan Kinser, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jonathan Vennard, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Chris Phillips. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Sterling Cling, 2. Dave Darland, 3. A.J. Hopkins, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Alec Sipes, 8. Robert Bell. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Carson Short, 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Anton Hernandez, 5. Brady Short, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Jonathan Vennard, 11. Alec Sipes, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Harley Burns, 14. Zach Hampton, 15. Robert Bell, 16. Chris Phillips. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Kyle Cummins (4), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 4. Chase Stockon (13), 5. Brent Beauchamp (1), 6. Stevie Sussex (5), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Justin Grant (24), 9. Robert Ballou (17), 10. Brady Bacon (14), 11. Dave Darland (16), 12. Dakota Jackson (18), 13. Jake Swanson (22), 14. A.J. Hopkins (3), 15. Jadon Rogers (20), 16. Carson Short (15), 17. Shane Cottle (7), 18. Anton Hernandez (12), 19. Sterling Cling (8), 20. Brayden Fox (19), 21. Jordan Kinser (10), 22. Brady Short (21), 23. Logan Seavey (11), 24. Brandon Mattox (23). NT

**Zach Hampton flipped during the semi. Anton Hernandez flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Kyle Cummins, Laps 3-30 Chris Windom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,255, 2-Chase Stockon-1,232, 3-Brady Bacon-1,230, 4-Justin Grant-1,224, 5-C.J. Leary-1,196, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,010, 7-Carson Short-1,000, 8-Dave Darland-880, 9-Kyle Cummins-878, 10-Logan Seavey-833.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-130, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Kyle Cummins-76, 4-Justin Grant-73, 5-Cannon McIntosh-69, 6-Shane Cottle-68, 7-Andrew Layser-65, 8-Kyle Larson-62, 9-Logan Seavey-62, 10-Robert Ballou-59.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 12, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - "Double Features"

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Shane Cottle

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Jordan Kinser

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Sterling Cling

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Chase Stockon (13th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jake Swanson

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Isaac Chapple

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Robert Ballou

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

SATURDAY’S USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CLASH AT PETALUMA IS POSTPONED
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020... Officials with Petaluma Speedway and the United States Auto Club (USAC) have announced the Saturday’s race (September 12) at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has been postponed. Track promoter Rick Faeth and USAC are working on a make-up date for the event.

“Petaluma Speedway regrettably announces that tomorrow night’s scheduled races are being postponed due to a predicted AQI (Air Quality Index) in excess of 350 reaching a classification level of "Hazardous." Foremost in this decision is the health, safety, and well-being of the competitors, sponsors, broadcast crew, staff, and the neighborhood as a whole. Petaluma Speedway will continue to operate as a good community partner and we will work with the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds Staff to find a potential makeup date for tomorrow's event,” said Faeth.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series is scheduled to return to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday, September 19th.

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.

FloSports has USAC West Coast Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 19: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN RETURNS TO SPRINGFIELD
OCT. 18 FOR BETTENHAUSEN 100

(Springfield, IL) Just when it looked like all hope was gone to see race cars at either of the Illinois mile tracks in 2020, Track Enterprises officials are thrilled to announce that auto racing will indeed take place at the Springfield Mile.

The ARCA Menards Series will race on Sunday, October 4, while the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series will compete on Sunday, October 18.

The two races were originally scheduled for their annual dates on the final weekend of the Illinois State Fair, however, with COVID-19 cancelling the fair, the races also fell off the schedule. Continued talks between Track Enterprises promoter, Bob Sargent, as well as officials from the Illinois State Fair have made the rescheduled dates a reality.

"We really feel fortunate to have events this year at one of our Illinois miles. The month of October should be really fun with these historic events," stated Bob Sargent.

The Sunday, October 4 event will feature the ARCA Menards Series in the Illinois Truck & Equipment Allen Crowe 100 in addition to the DIRTcar Sportsman in their edition of the Fall Nationals. On Sunday, October 18, the USAC Silver Crown Series will compete in the Bettenhausen 100. Both events will be held in the early afternoon hours.

Just like the recent American Flat Track motorcycle event, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple hand washing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

To ensure a ticket, fans are encouraged to order online starting Tuesday, September 15th, at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the office at 217-764-3200.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series
USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

SAN TAN VALLEY’S “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC” IS CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020... Officials with the United States Auto Club (USAC) and Arizona Speedway have announced that the October 3rd “Hall of Fame Classic” has been cancelled. Featuring the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, the San Tan Valley event remains a popular race going back to the days of Manzanita Speedway.

USAC and the track promoters are working on options for rescheduled events once racing resumes.

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, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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.

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. 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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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 on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car 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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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 Western States Midget Series

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET MAKE-UP SHOW SET FOR OCTOBER 3RD
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020... Last Sunday’s cancelled “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race” at Petaluma with the USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will be made up on Saturday, October 3rd.

The Sunday show was cancelled after track promoter Rick Faeth received a direct request from Petaluma’s Mayor and City Manager. The management at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds promised a makeup race and worked with Faeth to secure a new date.

The October 3rd event will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the October 3rd and 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the October 3rd points. Ties are broken by qualifying results. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, September 12th and 19th.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 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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NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENTS:
October 3: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1 / Non-Points)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

USAC SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP TOP-4 SEPARATED BY 18 POINTS ENTERING SEPTEMBER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 10, 2020).........No other season in recent memory can match the closeness of this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship battle entering the month of September.

The standings currently have the top-four drivers separated by just 18 points, and the top-5 separated by a mere 46 points coming into the Fri., Sept. 11 event at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and the Sat., Sep. 12 twin features at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) took over the point lead in the series' most recent race at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on Aug. 29 and enters this weekend's three-race slate with a four-point lead over Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.). Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is just seven points out of the lead in third and Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) sits just 18 markers back in fourth. Defending champ C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) lurks in the shadows just 46 tallies behind the leader.

Digging through the USAC National Sprint Cars' past point standings at this juncture entering the month of September has revealed that there has not been another year in the past 37 seasons that even approaches the proximity between the top-four and top-five drivers in the standings. Prior to 1983, the race-by-race points records were unavailable.

The prior closest gap between first and fourth since over those past 37 seasons came in 2014, a 92-point difference between first and fourth, just 74 points more than the difference this year. Of note, 24 races were held to this point in the season back in 2014 while 19 have been held this year.

Among the top-five, the 116-point interval between first and fifth in 1986 was the prior closest in that span. Keep in mind, however, the number of races on the 1986 season's schedule has long been surpassed by the amount of races run to this point already in 2020.

Below, you'll see the full rundown of all the point differentials between first and fourth, plus first and fifth, between 1983-present for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 4pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece, with kids age 10 and under $15. You may use your Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week tickets if they have not been used for the Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week Show. Modifieds are also on the event card.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids 10 and under free.

At Lincoln Park, the racing program will have the last four laps of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car semi-feature and the 30-lap feature from the rained out July event, plus another full USAC Sprint event featuring qualifying, heat races, last chance races and a second 30-lap feature. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in action.

Tickets will be available at the gate, but you can purchase your tickets in advance at http://usactickets.com.

All three events will streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINT RACES ENTERING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER:

1983: Top-4 separated by 183, Top-5 separated by 196

1984: Top-4 separated by 265, Top-5 separated by 272

1985: Top-4 separated by 411, Top-5 separated by 457

1986: Top-4 separated by 99, Top-5 separated by 116

1987: Top-4 separated by 145, Top-5 separated by 195

1988: Top-4 separated by 204, Top-5 separated by 221

1989: Top-4 separated by 215, Top-5 separated by 244

1990: Top-4 separated by 387, Top-5 separated by 599

1991: Top-4 separated by 566, Top-5 separated by 575

1992: Top-4 separated by 245, Top-5 separated by 337

1993: Top-4 separated by 279, Top-5 separated by 352

1994: Top-4 separated by 162, Top-5 separated by 316

1995: Top-4 separated by 177, Top-5 separated by 232

1996: Top-4 separated by 199, Top-5 separated by 387

1997: Top-4 separated by 577, Top-5 separated by 589

1998: Top-4 separated by 445, Top-5 separated by 451

1999: Top-4 separated by 609, Top-5 separated by 851

2000: Top-4 separated by 236, Top-5 separated by 245

2001: Top-4 separated by 170, Top-5 separated by 309

2002: Top-4 separated by 453, Top-5 separated by 480

2003: Top-4 separated by 544, Top-5 separated by 721

2004: Top-4 separated by 236, Top-5 separated by 414

2005: Top-4 separated by 124, Top-5 separated by 143

2006: Top-4 separated by 139, Top-5 separated by 152

2007: Top-4 separated by 300, Top-5 separated by 356

2008: Top-4 separated by 100, Top-5 separated by 158

2009: Top-4 separated by 216, Top-5 separated by 336

2010: Top-4 separated by 232, Top-5 separated by 269

2011: Top-4 separated by 151, Top-5 separated by 152

2012: Top-4 separated by 128, Top-5 separated by 245

2013: Top-4 separated by 157, Top-5 separated by 215

2014: Top-4 separated by 92, Top-5 separated by 223

2015: Top-4 separated by 149, Top-5 separated by 241

2016: Top-4 separated by 241, Top-5 separated by 344

2017: Top-4 separated by 178, Top-5 separated by 184

2018: Top-4 separated by 221, Top-5 separated by 244

2019: Top-4 separated by 177, Top-5 separated by 178

2020: Top-4 separated by 18, Top-5 separated by 46

 

 

LINCOLN PARK USAC SPRINT CAR
TWIN FEATURE PREVIEW: 9/12/2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (September 9, 2020).........The highly-anticipated Lincoln Park Speedway twin feature event featuring double A-Mains for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship arrives this Saturday night, September 12, at the 5/16-mile dirt oval in Putnamville, Ind.

The twin feature format presents a rarity with this being the first such event for the series in nine years and only the third in the past quarter century. More prevalent during the decade of the 1970s, 64 previous USAC National Sprint Car events have been held with multiple features held at the same track within the same day.

This scenario came to fruition due to the rain suspended event from July 31 at Lincoln Park where precipitation fell with four laps remaining in the semi-feature. Saturday's event will pick up with the resumption of those final four laps of the semi followed by the 30-lap feature, with lineups based on the heat race results from July 31 and the semi-feature finish from earlier Saturday night. Heat races were won by Shane Cottle, Robert Ballou, Brady Bacon and Logan Seavey, who was also the night's fastest qualifier.

At the completion of the first feature, an entirely new USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car program will begin from scratch with qualifying followed by heat races, last chance races and another 30-lap feature, as is the standard format.

Two complete USAC National Sprint Car programs have been run to completion at Lincoln Park this season. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) captured the July 3 round, leading the last 23 laps to score his first career Lincoln Park USAC victory.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) emerged as the winner on July 4 following a see-saw battle with Justin Grant and C.J. Leary that saw the closest 1-2-3 finish of the season. Bacon led a race-high 16 total laps but re-emerged with the lead with only three laps to go to earn his second LPS USAC Sprint triumph after earlier winning during the 2015 season. Bacon also won the Sprint Car portion of Indiana Midget Week at LPS back in June.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led both of those races, finishing 2nd on July 3 and 3rd on July 4. He led on two non-consecutive occasions for two laps in the first meeting, then led the first 14 on the Independence Day race. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), meanwhile, finished 4th on July 3 and 2nd on July 4. The defending series champ led one-lap late on the fourth but lost the lead back to Bacon with three to go.

Along with Cottle and Bacon, past Lincoln Park USAC National Sprint winners in the lineup include 1990-91 track titlist Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), a 7th place finisher on July 4 and a six-time series winner there in 1997-98-99-2005-12-18, which stands as the most for any driver at LPS.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has won on three occasions with USAC at LPS, in 2014-16-17, while Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), winner of three of the last four USAC Sprint races, was the victor at LPS in July of 2019.

Chase Stockon (Ft. Branch, Ind.) has been on a roll of consistency of late, knocking out top-ten runs on the norm to rise near the top of the standings entering September. It was at LPS where Stockon began his run with KO Motorsports on the USAC trail, finishing 5th on July 3 and 4th on July 4.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was a 3rd place runner there on July 3 and was also a winner of an Indiana Midget Week round there in June. Meanwhile, LPS hot shoe A.J. Hopkins (Brownsburg, Ind.) was 6th on July 3 and has been a winner twice on the local level with the sprint car there in 2020, back in June and in the most recent event held last Saturday.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has also won twice at Lincoln Park this season, once in July and again in August with the Midwest Sprint Car Series. Thomas finished 8th at LPS with USAC back in early July. Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown, Ind.) earned a 9th place run with USAC on July 3, the same night that Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) led five laps early in the 30-lap feature. Short finished 10th the following night. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), meanwhile, scored his best USAC finish of the year, a 9th on July 4 at LPS.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) took honors as the fastest in Fatheadz Qualifying on July 3, his first fast time of his career with the series. He won locally at Lincoln Park in early August and is engaged in a fierce battle with Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) for the position as the top Rookie in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings. Hernandez, who'll wheel Michael Dutcher's No. 17GP this weekend, is four points ahead of Rogers coming in.

Brent Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.) added a fast qualifying time to his USAC resume at LPS on July 4, his first in eight seasons with the series. Two solid runs marked the occasion in early July for Beauchamp with a 7th on the third and a 6th on the fourth. The 2012 and 2017 LPS track champion has won twice locally this season, once in June and again in August.

The September date marks a rare visit by the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to Lincoln Park at this time of the season. Only three previous series events have been held during the ninth month on the calendar, including the first in 1981 won by Sheldon Kinser; a 1985 visit won by Steve Butler; and the most recent September stop in 2010, won by Jon Stanbrough.

The Lincoln Park event is the bookend of a three-race slate this weekend for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars which kicks off Friday, Sept. 11 at Bloomington Speedway and continues Saturday, Sept. 12 with double features at LPS.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids 10 and under free. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in action.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 4pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece, with kids age 10 and under $15. You may use your Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week tickets if they have not been used for the Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week Show. Modifieds are also on the event card.

Tickets will be available at the gate for all of this weekend's events, but you can also purchase your tickets in advance at http://usactickets.com.

All three events will streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORDS:

1 Lap: 7/26/2018 - Brady Bacon - 12.276 - 91.642 mph

6 Laps: 8/23/1997 - Bill Rose - 1:22.90 - 81.423 mph

8 Laps: 7/29/2001 - Bryon Walters - 1:46.75 - 84.309 mph

10 Laps: 7/16/2017 - Chris Windom - 2:10.33 - 86.319 mph

12 Laps: 7/14/2014 - Jon Stanbrough - 2:40.15 - 84.296 mph

ALL-TIME LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS

(6) Dave Darland

(5) Sheldon Kinser

(3) Robert Ballou

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

(1) Chuck Amati, Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, 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)

2020: Shane Cottle (7/3) & Brady Bacon (7/4)

 

 

TWIN FEATURES HAVE LONG HISTORY WITH USAC SPRINTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (September 9, 2020).........In a bygone era, multiple USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held in a single day at one track wasn't all that unusual. In fact, 64 such events have taken place over the past six decades, and will occur again once more this Saturday night, Sept. 12, when two 30-lap A-Mains will be showcased at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

The twin feature format is more of a rarity in recent years with this being the first double event for the series in nine years since the Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in 2011. It's also only the third event like this in the past quarter century.

Such as it is this Saturday at Lincoln Park, this double feature format was born out of necessity due to an earlier rain out. This year's scenario came to fruition due to the rain suspended event from July 31 at Lincoln Park where precipitation fell with four laps remaining in the semi-feature.

Saturday's event will begin with qualifying for the "new" event, then pick up with the resumption of the makeup event beginning with the final four laps of the semi which leads into the 30-lap makeup feature, with lineups based on the heat race results from July 31 and the semi-feature finish from earlier Saturday night.

At the completion of the first feature, the "new" event will resume with heat races, last chance races and another 30-lap feature, as is the standard format.

Twin features for the USAC National Sprint Cars were much more prevalent during the decade of the 1970s. The highwater mark for said events was seven during the 1977 season.

On 17 occasions, a driver has swept both ends of the twin features, but none more often than Pancho Carter who did it four times, three times at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway alone in 1973-76-77 as well as at Ohio's Eldora Speedway in 1976. Tom Bigelow is the only driver to achieve twin feature sweeps multiple times, doing so in 1974 on pavement at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and on dirt in 1977 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Other twin feature "sweepers" include Jim Hurtubise at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway in 1961; Roger McCluskey at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1966; Mario Andretti at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway in 1967; Greg Weld at the Reading (Pa.) Fairgrounds in 1968; and Sammy Sessions at the small track at Pocono (Pa.) International Raceway in 1969.

A.J. Foyt earned his final two USAC National Sprint Car victories on the same night in 1974 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Marvin Carman, conversely, earned the only two wins of his career with USAC on the same afternoon at Winchester in 1975. Steve Chassey doubled up at Winchester in 1979 as did Billy Cassella at Eldora that same season. Doug Wolfgang made a rare USAC appearance with a wing, winning twin 15-lappers at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois back in 1991, while Bud Kaeding heated up a cool fall night at Terre Haute with a sweep in 2001.

Over the years, 20 different tracks have hosted twin USAC National Sprint Car events on the same calendar day, including the likes of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, which hosted the most with 14. Other hosts include Pennsylvania's Langhorne Speedway, the Arizona State Fairgrounds, Terre Haute, Oswego, New Bremen (Ohio) Speedway, Dayton (Ohio) Speedway, Reading, Pocono, the New York State Fairgrounds, Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway, Eldora, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Salem (Ind.) Speedway, North Carolina's 311 Speedway, Tri-City, Perris and even two Canadian venues, Cayuga International Speedway and Mosport's Ascot North in Bowmanville, Ont.

Interestingly, there have even been six "Triplet" events with three USAC National Sprint Car features in one day, truly the test of man and machine as they put their own, and the car's, physical endurance to the max. Four triplets were held annually at the Indiana State Fairgrounds between 1976 and 1979. Once, in 1977, Tom Bigelow captured two of the three events at the Indy Mile, winning the first and third features, 33 and 34 laps in length, respectively.

Dayton Speedway hosted a single USAC Sprint triplet in 1967 with Sonny Ates taking the first and third feature wins of the trio while Billy Cassella captured the first and third features at Winchester during a 1974 meet.

The next chapter of twin races arrives at Lincoln Park, which is the bookend of a three-race slate this weekend for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars that kicks off Friday, Sept. 11 at Bloomington Speedway and continues Saturday, Sept. 12 with double features at LPS.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids 10 and under free. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in action.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 4pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece, with kids age 10 and under $15. You may use your Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week tickets if they have not been used for the Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week Show. Modifieds are also on the event card.

Tickets will be available at the gate for all of this weekend's events, but you can also purchase your tickets in advance at http://usactickets.com.

All three events will streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR "TWIN FEATURE" EVENTS:

8/27/1961: Langhorne, PA - Langhorne Speedway WINNERS: Jim Hurtubise & Jim Hurtubise

4/7/1963: Langhorne, PA - Langhorne Speedway WINNERS: A.J. Foyt & Roger McCluskey

1/26/1964: Phoenix, AZ- Arizona State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Don Branson& A.J. Foyt

6/19/1966: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track WINNERS: Roger McCluskey & Roger McCluskey

6/11/1967: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track WINNERS: Bobby Unser & Greg Weld

7/16/1967: Oswego, NY- Oswego Speedway WINNERS: Mario Andretti & Mario Andretti

8/27/1967: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Billy Vukovich & Mike Mosley

10/15/1967: Dayton, OH - Dayton Speedway WINNERS: Sonny Ates, Larry Dickson & Sonny Ates

6/30/1968: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Sammy Sessions & Mike Mosley

7/15/1968: Oswego, NY- Oswego Speedway WINNERS: Mike Mosley & Sammy Sessions

7/27/1968: Reading, PA- Reading Fairgrounds Speedway WINNERS: Greg Weld & Greg Weld

8/25/1968: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Larry Dickson & Gary Bettenhausen

8/3/1969: Pocono, PA - Pocono International Raceway WINNERS: Sammy Sessions & Sammy Sessions

10/26/1969: Syracuse, NY - New York State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Gary Bettenhausen & Bill Puterbaugh

6/13/1970: Nazareth, PA - Nazareth National Speedway WINNERS: Gary Bettenhausen & Don Nordhorn

10/17/1971: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Rollie Beale & Gary Bettenhausen

10/24/1971: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Cy Fairchild & Johnny Parsons

10/15/1972: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Charlie Masters

10/22/1972: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Sammy Sessions & Don Nordhorn

6/8/1973: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Billy Shuman & Don Nordhorn

7/29/1973: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Lee Kunzman & Sammy Sessions

8/27/1973: St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Speedway WINNERS: Tom Sneva & Tom Bigelow

10/14/1973: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Pancho Carter

10/21/1973: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Lee Kunzman & Pancho Carter

5/24/1974: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: A.J. Foyt & A.J. Foyt

8/24/1974: St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Speedway WINNERS: Rollie Beale & Pancho Carter

8/25/1974: St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Tom Bigelow

10/6/1974: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Larry Cannon

10/13/1974: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Billy Cassella, Johnny Parsons & Billy Cassella

5/23/1975: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Joe Saldana & George Snider

8/17/1975: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Bruce Walkup & Larry Dickson

8/30/1975: St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Joe Saldana

10/5/1975: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Rollie Beale & Larry Dickson

10/12/1975: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Marvin Carman & Marvin Carman

6/4/1976: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Larry Dickson

7/31/1976: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Sheldon Kinser, Bruce Walkup & Pancho Carter

10/10/1976: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Pancho Carter

10/17/1976: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Pancho Carter

4/17/1977: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Bubby Jones & George Snider

5/27/1977: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Tom Bigelow

5/30/1977: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Tom Bigelow

7/2/1977: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter & Tom Bigelow

7/4/1977: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Dana Carter

10/9/1977: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Eddie Leavitt & Bubby Jones

10/16/1977: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Pancho Carter

5/26/1978: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Lealand McSpadden, Billy Cassella & Dick Tobias

5/29/1978: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Billy Cassella

9/4/1978: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Rich Vogler

10/15/1978: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Bruce Walkup & Pancho Carter

5/25/1979: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Tom Bigelow, Bubby Jones & Billy Cassella

6/17/1979: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Pancho Carter

7/22/1979: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Greg Leffler & Steve Chassey

9/3/1979: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Steve Chassey & Steve Chassey

10/14/1979: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Billy Cassella & Billy Cassella

10/21/1979: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Steve Chassey & Tom Bigelow

6/16/1980: Cayuga, Canada - Cayuga International Speedway WINNERS: Steve Chassey & Tom Bigelow

10/12/1980: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Sheldon Kinser & Larry Dickson

10/26/1980: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Gary Bettenhausen & Tom Bigelow

10/16/1982: Madison, NC - 311 Speedway WINNERS: Ken Schrader & Sheldon Kinser

9/17/1989: Bowmanville, ONT, CAN - Mosport's Ascot North WINNERS: Wayne Hammond & Gary Fedewa

6/12/1991: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway WINNERS: Doug Wolfgang & Doug Wolfgang

8/23/1998: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Brian Tyler & Jay Drake

10/20/2001: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track WINNERS: Bud Kaeding & Bud Kaeding

11/5/2011: Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway WINNERS: Chris Windom & Damion Gardner

 

 

GAS CITY & KOKOMO TO HOST USAC SPRINT-MIDGET "DOUBLE DOUBLE" SEPT. 25-26

Speedway, Indiana (September 8, 2020).........For the first time ever in series history, back-to-back nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheaders greet the dirt tracks of the Hoosier state for the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives "Double Double" on Friday, Sept. 25, at Gas City I-69 Speedway and on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Kokomo Speedway.

Each night of racing at the "Double Double" will feature a pair of $5,000-to-win events for both the sprint cars and midgets. The upcoming "Double Double" marks unprecedented territory as never before have the two series teamed up for doubleheaders on consecutive days on multiple dirt tracks in the state of Indiana.

The last doubleheader of any sort for USAC's National Sprint Car and Midget series on a dirt track in Indiana came 17 years ago in 2003 at Lawrenceburg. Furthermore, a USAC National Sprint Car and National Midget doubleheader has never before taken place at either Gas City or Kokomo.

Gas City has hosted 34 previous USAC National Sprint Car events and 14 with the Midgets on its quarter-mile track. Logan Seavey won the most recent Sprint race back in July while Kyle Larson scored the Midget feature win in June.

Meanwhile, Kokomo's history with USAC dates to the club's origins in 1956, with 73 previous USAC National Midget events held as well as 66 with the Sprints. Tanner Thorson triumphed in Midget competition there in June while Kyle Cummins (twice), C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney have won USAC Sprint races at the quarter mile in 2020.

The last USAC National Sprint/Midget, points-paying double of any kind in Indiana occurred in 2009 on the paved oval at Salem. The most recent USAC National points-paying Sprint/Midget doubleheader on two-straight calendar days came in 1990 at Winchester on Saturday and Salem on Sunday.

Tickets for the 2020 Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives "Double-Double" will be available at www.usactickets.com. Times and more details on these events will become available soon on USAC's social media outlets and on the series' official website at www.usacracing.com.

 

 

RACE PREVIEW:
BLOOMINGTON USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

9/11/2020

Bloomington, Indiana (September 8, 2020).........It will have been well over a full calendar year since the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship last laid eyes on the red clay of Bloomington Speedway when the series arrives this Friday, September 11, on the quarter-mile oval.

That most recent race at Bloomington became one of the all-time classics in the near century-long history of the southern Indiana oval that began its racing heritage in 1923.

In that one during the summer of 2019, Kevin Thomas Jr. led three different times for a total of 13 laps, but it was one final lap that decided his fate.

After swapping the lead multiple times down the stretch, on the final lap, the Cullman, Ala. native refused to lose and rocketed around the outside of Jason McDougal in turns one and two, locked up the bottom in three and four and raced to his third Bloomington ISW victory following previous triumphs in 2012 and 2017.

The 2012 triumph was the first of Thomas' 27-career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins. His three at Bloomington are tied for the most among active drivers alongside Dave Darland. Bryan Clauson leads all-time with five.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) resides 8th in the series standings, one spot behind Thomas. The 1999 series champion's Bloomington victories came in 2007, 2013 and 2018. The 2018 win of which was the moment he became the first driver to reach both the 60-win mark with the series as well 700 starts! Most recently with USAC at Bloomington, Darland finished 8th after starting 13th in July of 2019.

The wild USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship battle has tightened up to unprecedented portions with Brady Bacon leading a top-four that is separated by just 18 points, with 5th standing just 46 behind. All members in that party of five have had their share of Bloomington success.

Point leader Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won his first career Bloomington USAC Sprint Car race in April of 2019. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), who trails Bacon by four points, is a past series winner at Bloomington all the way back in 2011.

Third in the standings in Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), seven points out of the lead, who had led the standings for much of the year. Grant finished 3rd at Bloomington in the summer of 2019. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), 5th in the points pecking order, is himself a Bloomington USAC Sprint winner during July of 2018. Chase Stockon (Ft. Branch, Ind.), 18 points out of the USAC Sprint championship lead in 4th, just won the non-sanctioned Josh Burton Memorial at Bloomington last Friday. Stockon also holds the track's 12-lap track record for USAC Sprints.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) set quick time at Bloomington with USAC in 2017. He's 6th in the standings. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has been superb in limited showings at Bloomington. Seavey, 9th in points, was 3rd in his first Bloomington USAC Sprint appearance in 2018 and 2nd in his first USAC Midget run there in 2019.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), a winner of three of the past four USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events, nearly won the most recent Bloomington round last summer, leading a lap at the midway point, then spun to a stop while trying to avoid contact.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has been a USAC National feature winner at Bloomington, but it came in a midget during the 2010 season. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) had his best career USAC National Sprint Car performance last summer at Bloomington, finishing 5th. It's been since last April that Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), the 2015 series champion, last competed at Bloomington in USAC competition, finishing inside the top-ten in the spring of 2019.

Not only is the points race at the top of the standings heated, but so is the Rookie of the Year battle. Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) leads Jadon Rogers by a mere four points entering Bloomington. Hernandez will be making his debut behind the wheel of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17GP.

No driver owns more USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying times at Bloomington than Brady Bacon with five. Bacon earned the 30-lap USAC Sprint track record at Bloomington in April of 2019 at 6:47.18. C.J. Leary, who owns three career quick times with the USAC Sprints at Bloomington, possesses the series' one-lap track record there at 10.685 sec.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 4pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece, with kids age 10 and under $15. You may use your Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week tickets if they have not been used for the Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week Show. Modifieds are also on the event card.

The Bloomington event kicks of three-race slate this weekend for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars Friday, Sept. 11 at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 12 with double features at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids 10 and under free.

At Lincoln Park, the racing program will have the last four laps of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car semi-feature and the 30-lap feature from the rained out July event, plus another full USAC Sprint event featuring qualifying, heat races, last chance races and a second 30-lap feature. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in action.

Tickets will be available at the gate for all of this weekend's events, but you can purchase your tickets in advance at http://usactickets.com.

All three events will streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,182, 2-Chris Windom-1,178, 3-Justin Grant-1,175, 4-Chase Stockon-1,164, 5-C.J. Leary-1,136, 6-Carson Short-964, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-935, 8-Dave Darland-832, 9-Logan Seavey-806, 10-Kyle Cummins-800.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

5-Bryan Clauson

3-Dave Darland & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Kevin Briscoe & Tony Elliott

1-A.J. Anderson, Bob Kinser, Bobby East, Brad Fox, Brady Bacon, Brady Short, Brent Beauchamp, C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Chris Windom, Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley, Jack Hewitt, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas, Larry Martin, Rich Vogler, Rick Hood, Sheldon Kinser & Tracy Hines

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS BATTLE AT PETALUMA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 7, 2020... This Saturday, September 12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Petaluma Speedway for a special non-points event. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the action packed card will also feature Modifieds, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- 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 listed right rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also legal with the VRA Sprint Car Series.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

To date, Petaluma Speedway has held three USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. 2018 Champion Austin Liggett has topped the last two shows and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the July 29, 2017 debut after setting the track record of 13.728.

When the series last visited the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on August 8th, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) claimed the twelfth win of his career. Fast qualifier Colby Johnson, “BT Express” Bradley Terrell, “Wild” Billy Aton, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shayna Ensign, Ryan Timmons, Matthew Haulot, Glenn Bryan, and Ricky Brophy rounded out the top-10 drivers.

The traditional 360 sprint cars will return to Petaluma on Saturday, September 19th. The USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will clash at the fast 3/8-mile on October 24th for the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race.”

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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.

FloSports has USAC West Coast Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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.

2020 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Austin Liggett.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Geoff Ensign.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 19: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2020 – Bethany Speedway – Bethany, Missouri

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 65-Chris Parkinson (4), 2. 15B-Quinton Benson (3), 3. 41-Brad Wyatt (7), 4. 82-Christie Thomason (1), 5. 95-Tommy Rockwell (6), 6. 38-Austin Couch (5), 7. 7x-Lance Silvers (2).

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 37-Brian Beebe (2), 2. 1m-Don Droud Jr. (6), 3. 15E-Dakota Earls (1), 4. 82v-Vinny Ward (3), 5. 48-Neal Matuska (5), 6. 36-Chris Couch (7).

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 11w-Wyatt Burks (2), 2. 69-Zach Sanders (3), 3. 12-Wesley Smith (4), 4. 42-Warren Johnson (5), 5. 33L-Mark Lane (1), 6. 88-Chad Tye (6).

ALSO AT THE TRACK: 2K-Kyle Lewis

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Don Droud Jr. (2), 2. Wyatt Burks (3), 3. Brian Beebe (4), 4. Neal Matuska (14), 5. Dakota Earls (9), 6. Zach Sanders (8), 7. Chris Parkinson (1), 8. Chad Tye (18), 9. Mark Lane (17), 10. Austin Couch (16), 11. Vinny Ward (11), 12. Warren Johnson (10), 13. Wesley Smith (6), 14. Brad Wyatt (7), 15. Christie Thomason (13), 16. Chris Couch (12), 17. Lance Silvers (19), 18. Doug Cook (20), 19. Tommy Rockwell (15), 20. Quinton Benson (5).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Don Droud Jr., Lap 5 Brian Beebe, Laps 6-25 Don Droud Jr.

FINAL USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Wyatt Burks-2,080, 2-Don Droud Jr.-2,080, 3-Wesley Smith-1,975, 4-Chris Parkinson-1,800, 5-Brian Beebe-1,455, 6-Mark Lane-1,355, 7-Dakota Earls-1,350, 8-Chad Goff-1,300, 9-Kyle Lewis-1,300, 10-Brad Wyatt-1,250.

 

 

SWEET, SWEET VICTORY:
KOFOID WINS FIRST AT SWEET SPRINGS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (September 5, 2020).........After pounding on the door all throughout his Rookie USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget campaign, Buddy Kofoid finally bust through that door for his first career feature victory with the series on Saturday night at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

With four second-place finishes to his name in USAC National Midget competition this year, the time seemed nigh for the Penngrove, Calif. native to reach the top of the totem pole. Patience is a virtue, and the 18-year-old displayed it in droves, and was primed to strike when the opportunity arose, leading the final 12 laps en route to becoming the initial first-time series winner of the 2020 season.

"We've been working on this one for a long time," an elated Kofoid stated. "To finally be able to put a USAC win on my resume, quite a few people have done it, but not very many people have, at the same time. To finally do it, especially for this team, the most prestigious midget team in the world, is really special."

Kofoid's triumph came just one night following a rough-and-tumble opening lap that saw him barrel-roll three times down the back straightaway during the first night at Sweet Springs. After walking away dejected and dour, Kofoid looked on as his teammate, Cannon McIntosh, won KKM's first USAC race of the year, adding fuel to Kofoid's yearning for his next shot just 24 hours later.

"I knew we were fast enough last night, and we were starting in a really good position," Kofoid recalled. "It's kind of hard to say now, but yesterday, I felt like I was good enough to maybe contend for a win. I kind of got crashed on the first half-lap, which really hurt us for points, but also my pride a little bit. To come back and get redemption is really cool."

To win is to beat the best, and Kofoid endured and dodged every single arrow shot his way from the likes of his teammates to the defending series champ, all while having to start from the seventh position on the grid at the 1/6-mile dirt bullring.

As it turned out, indeed it was the defending champ, Tyler Courtney, who slung himself out to the early race lead from his outside front row starting position.

The first stoppage of the night arrived on the sixth lap and involved 14th running Andrew Felker who bounced his way through turn one before flipping over, an incident which also collected Robert Dalby and Thomas Meseraull. Meseraull was the only of the three who resumed and raced back to a 9th place result.

By lap 10, Kofoid had worked his way to 3rd and began waging war with Justin Grant for the runner-up position. The two swapped sliders for the next three circuits until the two made contact on lap 12 in turn four, which sent Grant sideways and dropped him through the pack. Meanwhile, Friday night's Sweet Springs winner Cannon McIntosh slipped by both Grant and Kofoid to take 2nd.

On the restart following Kaylee Bryson's turn one flip on the 15th lap, McIntosh surged to the lead by the time the pair hit the back straightaway, utilizing the bottom of the surface to ride past Courtney, then proceeded to open up a two second advantage out front as the race reached its halfway point.

Kofoid caught Courtney on the 28th lap through the thick of the traffic and slid by Courtney for 2nd at the exit of turn four. A moment and one lap later, 11th running Tanner Thorson was stopped backwards in turn one, bringing out the caution, thus clearing the traffic away from the leader, McIntosh, but put Kofoid right on his tail for the restart.

The chase Kofoid put on McIntosh didn't last long as Kofoid hit the bottom of turn three on the ensuing lap 29 restart and slid past McIntosh, clearing him for the number one spot at the exit of turn four.

A resurgent McIntosh returned to pose a threat to Kofoid once again for the lead on the 34th lap, setting up his slider into turn three with a full head of steam. However, instead, McIntosh clipped the turn three infield berm with left front tire, sending him sliding to a stop on the topside of turns three and four. With his bid for a repeat victory vanished, McIntosh restarted and finished 12th.

Kofoid then had to withstand multiple restarts down the stretch, the final one coming with three laps remaining with Courtney now assuming the role of the shadow in 2nd. Courtney followed Kofoid the first circuit, then found a run off of turn two coming to the white flag that allowed him to close rapidly on Kofoid, thus setting up what turned out to be his one and only, final haymaker.

Courtney threw his machine hard to the bottom of three before sliding up toward Kofoid up against the cushion. With no sense of rattle or hesitation, Kofoid never blinked, kept his foot on the throttle and denied Courtney the lead by racing back around on the outside of turn four. Courtney, meanwhile, banked off the turn four cushion and lost too much ground to make another run for the win on the final lap as Kofoid raced away and edged Courtney by two car lengths at the line.

After a 27-race winless drought in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports was ended on Friday night by McIntosh, it took just one more night for the next victory to arrive for the Columbus, Ind. based team who made it an undefeated 4-for-4 in terms of USAC Midget feature victories at Sweet Springs after previous triumphs by Logan Seavey (2018) and Tanner Carrick (2019), and Kofoid was going to give everything and do whatever the task required to continue the winning streak.

"When we were taking the white, he threw a slider and when I saw him, I pretty much said 'I'm not lifting,'" Kofoid remembered. "I was already committed and just squeaked by. (Courtney) even said, 'I don't know how you got by.' At the end of the day, I just wanted it badly and I was going to do anything it took to do that."

Earlier, in Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Kofoid's KKM teammate, Kaylee Bryson, became the first female to set fast time during a USAC National Midget event since Holly Shelton in 2018 at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans., also driving for KKM. Bryson later established the 12-lap USAC National Midget track record at Sweet Springs during the Indy Race Parts/Indy Metal Finishing semi-feature at 2:31.066.

Furthermore, Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion, set a new 10-lap USAC National Midget track record at Sweet Springs with a time of 2:03.300 during Simpson Race Products heat race one.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2020 - \Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.159; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-12.174; 3. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.237; 4. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.238; 5. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-12.242; 6. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.250; 7. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.255; 8. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-12.264; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.270; 10. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.279; 11. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.325; 12. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.325; 13. Spencer Bayston, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.342; 14. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-12.345; 15. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-12.347; 16. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.388; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.392; 18. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-12.519; 19. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-12.528; 20. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.536; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-12.618; 22. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.631; 23. Andrew Felker, 44s, Shields-12.675; 24. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-12.802; 25. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-12.830; 26. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.867; 27. Joe Boyles, 98B, Boyles-12.977; 28. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-NT; 29. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-(Time of 12.371 disallowed due to minimum weight requirements).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Andrew Felker, 10. Hayden Reinbold. 2:03.300 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Trey Marcham, 3. Noah Gass, 4. Clinton Boyles, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Chad Winfrey, 8. Joe Boyles, 9. Tanner Thorson. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jesse Love, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Trey Gropp, 8. Ace McCarthy, 9. Gage Rucker. 2:03.884

INDY RACE PARTS / INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Cole Bodine, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Andrew Felker, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Ace McCarthy, 7. Trey Gropp, 8. Gage Rucker, 9. Ethan Mitchell, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Chad Winfrey, 12. Joe Boyles. 2:31.066 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (7), 2. Tyler Courtney (2), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Tanner Carrick (11), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Daison Pursley (4), 7. Andrew Layser (19), 8. Clinton Boyles (3), 9. Thomas Meseraull (16), 10. Tanner Thorson (23), 11. Jesse Love (13), 12. Cannon McIntosh (5), 13. Trey Marcham (14), 14. Chase Johnson (9), 15. Emerson Axsom (15), 16. Kaylee Bryson (10), 17. Ethan Mitchell (24), 18. Noah Gass (18), 19. Justin Grant (1), 20. Trey Gropp (22), 21. Cole Bodine (17), 22. Ace McCarthy (21), 23. Andrew Felker (20), 24. Robert Dalby (12). NT

**Andrew Felker flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Kaylee Bryson flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Tyler Courtney, Laps 15-28 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 29-40 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,268, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,234, 3-Buddy Kofoid-1,167, 4-Tanner Thorson-1,163, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,069, 6-Tanner Carrick-956, 7-Daison Pursley-901, 8-Cole Bodine-779, 9-Andrew Layser-764, 10-Justin Grant-680.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-129, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Kyle Cummins-74, 4-Justin Grant-73, 5-Cannon McIntosh-69, 6-Shane Cottle-68, 7-Andrew Layser-65, 8-Kyle Larson-62, 9-Logan Seavey-62, 10-Daison Pursley-54.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kaylee Bryson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Spencer Bayston

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Chase Johnson

Indy Race Parts / Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Gage Rucker

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Andrew Layser (19th to 7th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Trey Marcham

 

 

McINTOSH THE LAST CORNER, LAST LAP HERO
AT SWEET SPRINGS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (September 4, 2020).........In the moments leading up to the final lap, Cannon McIntosh figured a chance at victory was just out of the realm of possibility in Friday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Yet, all it takes to win is to lead just one inch, a foot, a yard. A valiant effort by the 17-year-old Bixby, Okla. native saw McIntosh erase a late-race one-second lead held by Chris Windom as Windom dealt with a throng of traffic on the final lap. McIntosh ripped around the outside of turn four to nip Windom at the stripe by a half-car length for the victory - the only corner, the only lap McIntosh led throughout the evening.

"I thought when he got to traffic, I was too far out of reach," McIntosh admitted. "We got the white flag and I went into one as hard as I possibly could and kind of gained on him. He went to the bottom and followed the lapped car and I just sailed it off into three and four through the middle as hard as I could, and it was just enough to get him."

McIntosh's triumph was the second of his USAC National Midget career, and first outdoors, after winning his first contest 18 months earlier indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Moreover, since joining the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports juggernaut at the beginning season, the team as a whole had yet to win a USAC race, last doing so with the series in July of 2019, 14 months ago. The victory made it three wins for the KKM team in three tries, keeping their winning tradition alive at the 1/6-mile dirt oval after previous victories with Logan Seavey in 2018 and Tanner Carrick in 2019.

"We've been winless all year with USAC, and I saw that stat today, and I was like, 'well, that's some pressure,'" McIntosh noted. "It motivated me to keep the streak going for the team. We were all wondering if we were going to get one this year. It's finally here, but I'm hoping that just opened the lid for a ton more to come. I've been striving as hard as I can to get that win and everyone on this team has been working hard to make that happen. Tonight, the cards finally laid into place."

Starting 13th in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/TRD - Mobil1 - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota was McIntosh, who made his way into ninth on the opening lap, then gained one additional position per lap until reaching the top-five on lap five and the top-three on the seventh circuit.

However, in the midst of McIntosh's surge was a bit of mayhem, particularly on an opening lap tangle when contact on the back straightaway between Buddy Kofoid and Thomas Meseraull sent 6th starting Kofoid sideways in front of 9th starting Justin Grant. Grant dug in the nose and somersaulted twice before landing hard on the tail tank as Chris Windom drove underneath the airborne Grant. Meanwhile, Kofoid barrel-rolled three times after the contact. Both Grant and Kofoid were okay, but out of the race as a result.

Local talent, Clinton Boyles of Greenwood, Mo., led the opening lap from his outside front row position as he aimed to become the first Missouri-born winner with the USAC National Midgets since Steve Gennetten in 1989. Yet, reigning Sweet Springs winner Tanner Carrick rode the bottom past pole sitter Emerson Axsom and Carrick to lead the second lap.

On lap four, Boyles' bid for victory fell to the wayside as he slowed to a stop with mechanical trouble. He'd return to the lineup briefly but dropped out by lap eight after a turn four incident with Ethan Mitchell, ultimately finishing 21st.

Carrick led for much of the first half, displaying resiliency in holding off 7th starting Windom for many of those laps before Windom snagged the position with a turn one slider on the 17th lap. Carrick dropped back to 9th at the checkered but remained the only driver to lead laps and finish inside the top-ten during all three previous USAC National Midget features at Sweet Springs dating back to 2018.

The driver mimicking Windom's moves was McIntosh who repeated Windom's same turn one slider and turn three door close a lap later on the 18th go-around to slot into second and give chase to Windom.

Moments later, the second red flag of the feature occurred when series Rookie Chase Johnson, running 10th at the time, flipped at the entrance of turn three. He was okay.

From the restart onward, McIntosh's pursuit of Windom proved futile as Windom opened up his lead to over a second at the drop of a hat once racing resumed with a clear track ahead, running the cushion between turns one and two and on the bottom in turns three and four.

With five to go, McIntosh had managed to knock a tenth off Windom's one second lead, but time was running short. However, lapped traffic loomed, forcing Windom to have to untangle himself from a web in order to find victory for a fourth time with the series in 2020.

On the final lap, McIntosh quickly ate up the ground between he and Windom and was just three car lengths back in turn three when Windom went to the bottom at the entry to the third turn, slotting in between the cars of Mitchell and Cole Bodine running at the tail.

McIntosh staked his car in the middle groove, unfettered without any obstruction, and admitted that he was "pretty much swinging for the fences" at that moment, gassing his machine around Windom on the outside of turn four, beating Windom to the stripe to earn the victory over Windom, Tyler Courtney, Tanner Thorson and Thomas Meseraull.


Cannon McIntosh's victory made it three wins for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team in three tries, keeping their winning tradition alive at the 1/6-mile dirt oval in Sweet Springs, Mo. after previous victories with Logan Seavey in 2018 and Tanner Carrick in 2019.
(Rich Forman Photo)


What it takes to win is to be there in the end, and ultimately lead the most important lap, the final one, even it takes 29 and three-quarters of a lap to get there. That's what counts the most in the stat sheet and in the wallet.

"I was making a run there; I made mistakes down there in one and two, then he'd pull away, I'd get him back, then he'd pull away again," McIntosh remembered. "I didn't think there was going to be a chance; the bottom was the preferred line and he moved down there and got stuck. I didn't think the middle was going to hold me, but I think it threw enough (dirt) up there to where I could get enough momentum to get around him."

Windom gained three points to up his lead to 34 in his pursuit of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, finishing in the runner-up position in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota. However, points were not of the utmost concern to the Canton, Ill. driver in the immediate moments following the race.

"I don't even think about points after leading the whole race like that and not getting the win," Windom admitted. "I felt like we were good the whole time. I got to lapped traffic there late and wasn't really sure where to go. I hadn't run the top in three and four the whole race. I kind of got forced up there and started missing my marks in one and two. I went to the bottom on the last corner to protect and he just ran a really good lap around the top and got by us clean there. There's not much to say other than he outran me in three and four. I just kept it low and too slow just thinking we had it wrapped up there, but obviously you never do until the end."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2020 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.863 (New Track Record); 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.941; 3. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.955; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.964; 5. Spencer Bayston, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.028; 6. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-12.043; 7. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-12.050; 8. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.051; 9. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-12.061; 10. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.082; 11. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.093; 12. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.101; 13. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.102; 14. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-12.138; 15. Andrew Felker, 44s, Shields-12.184; 16. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.220; 17. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.263; 18. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.286; 19. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.340; 20. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.400; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-12.400; 22. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-12.403; 23. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-12.436; 24. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.478; 25. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-12.487; 26. Riley Kreisel, 56AP, Young-12.491; 27. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-12.649; 28. Andy Bishop, 11, Harris-12.658; 29. Joe Boyles, 98B, Boyles-12.755; 30. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-12.779; 31. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.954; 32. Branigan Roark, 4c, Shields-12.976; 33. Mark Billings, 60E, Billings-13.136.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Jesse Love, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Trey Marcham, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Joe Boyles, 9. Mark Billings. 2:03.358 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Ace McCarthy, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Gage Rucker, 8. Riley Kreisel. 2:04.393

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Dalby, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Andrew Felker, 4. Clinton Boyles, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Chad Winfrey, 7. Sam Johnson, 8. Trey Gropp. 2:03.745

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Noah Gass, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Andy Bishop. 2:07.145

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Trey Marcham, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Riley Kreisel, 9. Chad Winfrey, 10. Gage Rucker, 11. Hayden Reinbold, 12. Joe Boyles, 13. Andy Bishop, 14. Mark Billings. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (13), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Tyler Courtney (10), 4. Tanner Thorson (11), 5. Thomas Meseraull (5), 6. Daison Pursley (12), 7. Andrew Felker (17), 8. Robert Dalby (8), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Kaylee Bryson (14), 11. Spencer Bayston (4), 12. Andrew Layser (21), 13. Emerson Axsom (1), 14. Ace McCarthy (20), 15. Trey Marcham (22), 16. Noah Gass (19), 17. Jesse Love (15), 18. Cole Bodine (18), 19. Ethan Mitchell (23), 20. Chase Johnson (16), 21. Clinton Boyles (2), 22. Buddy Kofoid (6), 23. Justin Grant (9). NT

**Sam Johnson flipped during the fourth heat. Buddy Kofoid & Justin Grant flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Chase Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Clinton Boyles, Laps 2-16 Tanner Carrick, Laps 17-29 Chris Windom, Lap 30 Cannon McIntosh.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,194, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,160, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,115, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,089, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,021, 6-Tanner Carrick-892, 7-Daison Pursley-842, 8-Cole Bodine-753, 9-Andrew Layser-708, 10-Justin Grant-650.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-126, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Kyle Cummins-74, 4-Justin Grant-73, 5-Cannon McIntosh-69, 6-Shane Cottle-68, 7-Kyle Larson-62, 8-Logan Seavey-62, 9-Daison Pursley-54, 10-Andrew Layser-53.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 5, 2020 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Robert Dalby

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Ethan Mitchell

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh (13th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Emerson Axsom

 

 

SUNDAY’S USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET SHOW AT PETALUMA IS CANCELLED

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 4, 2020... Petaluma Speedway and United States Auto Club (USAC) officials have announced that Sunday’s (September 6) USAC Western States & Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midget show has been cancelled.

Track promoter Rick Faeth received a direct request from Petaluma’s Mayor and City Manager to cancel Sunday’s “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race” at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds management has promised a makeup date that should be announced soon.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, September 12th and 19th.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 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. ----------------------------------------------- NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENTS: TBA: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race) October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA October 24: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race)

 

 

40-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET KINGS

Sweet Springs, Missouri (September 3, 2020)………This weekend’s USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheader at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex begins with a 30-lap feature event on Friday, September 4, and concludes with a 40-lap feature in the finale on Saturday, September 5.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) already owns three 40-lap USAC National Midget feature wins in four opportunities during the 2020 campaign, at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., plus victories at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. and at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. His six total 40-lap triumphs with the series are most of any active driver.

To top things off, Courtney also owns the lone 40-lap USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, last Saturday’s Smackdown IX finale at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has won the only other 40-lap USAC National Midget feature this season on the second and final night at Port City back in May. Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) with three and defending Sweet Springs winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) are among the other expected entries for Sweet Springs with previous 40-lap scores. Rich Vogler leads all with 33 USAC National Midget wins that were 40 laps in distance.

Pits open for this Friday and Saturday’s races at Sweet Springs, Mo. each night at 3pm ET with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting set for 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults with pit passes $35 apiece. Two-night tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com. Order early and you’ll receive a free USAC Midget T-shirt. Outlaw Micros are also on the event card both nights.

You can watch both nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing from Sweet Springs, Mo. live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

40-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS:

(As of Sept. 3, 2020)

33-Rich Vogler

32-Mel Kenyon

30-Sleepy Tripp

20-Bob Tattersall

17-Bob Wente

11-Dave Strickland

10-Tracy Hines

9-Johnny Parsons, Ken Schrader & Steve Cannon

8-Jimmy Davies

7-Bobby Olivero, Bryan Clauson & Kevin Olson

6-Gary Bettenhausen, Larry Rice, Pancho Carter, Parnelli Jones, Tommy Astone & Tyler Courtney

5-Dave Darland, Lee Kunzman, Merle Bettenhausen, Mike McGreevy & Robby Flock

4-Billy Cantrell, Billy Engelhart, Bobby East, Chuck Rodee, Donnie Beechler, Jason Leffler, Jimmy Caruthers, Kasey Kahne, Larry Patton, Page Jones, Ricky Shelton, Russ Gamester, Stevie Reeves, Tom Bigelow & Tony Elliott

3-A.J. Foyt, Andy Michner, Dave Strickland, Jr., Jan Opperman, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jerry Weeks, John Batts, Ken Nichols, Lonnie Caruthers, Mack McClellan, Mike Gregg, Ron Shuman, Stan Fox, Steve Lotshaw, Tanner Thorson

2-Billy Boat, Billy Vukovich, Bobby Marshman, Brian Gerster, Bubby Jones, Chuck Arnold, Chuck Gurney, Cotton Farmer, Dana Carter, Danny Caruthers, Darren Hagen, Don Branson, Don Meacham, Henry Pens, Jeff Gordon, Justin Grant, Jerry McClung, Jim Hettinger, Josh Wise, Larry Dickson, Logan Seavey, Mike Fedorcak, Mike Streicher, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Rick Hood, Roger McCluskey, Roger West, Ryan Newman, Sam Sessions, Steve Knepper, Teddy Beach, Terry Farrar, Tom Steiner & Tony Stewart

1-Allen Heath, Arnie Knepper, Barry Butterworth, Billy Mehner, Bob Hauck, Bobby Grim, Brad Sweet, Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Buddy Taylor, Burt Foland, Caleb Armstrong, Chad Boat, Christopher Bell, Chuck Weyant, Dan Drinan, Danny McKnight, Dave Ray, Dave Steele, Davey Ray, David Gough, Dean Billings, Doug Wolfgang, Dwight Brown, Eddie Johnson, Gene Gennetten, Gene Hartley, Greg Leffler, Hank Butcher, J.J. Yeley, Jack Calabrase, Jack Hewitt, Jay Drake, Jeff Heywood, Jeff Nuckles, Jerry Nuckles, Jigger Sirois, Jim Beckley, Jim Hines, Jim Keeker, Jimmy McCune, Jimmy Sills, Joe Gaerte, Joe Saldana, John Andretti, John Heydenreich, Johnnie Tolan, Johnny Cofer, Johnny Riva, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Kevin Koch, Kody Swanson, Kyle Larson, Leo Tucker, Mel Cornett, Michael Lewis, Mike Bliss, Porky Rachwitz, Randy Koch, Richard Powell, Rick Goudy, Rico Abreu, Ron Smoker, Sam Isenhower, Shane Hmiel, Spencer Bayston, Steve Troxell, Tanner Carrick, Tom Sellberg, Tommy Copp, Tyler Thomas, Wally Pankratz, Warren Mockler & Zeb Wise

 

 

USAC STRENGTHENS ITS LEADERSHIP TEAM WITH THE ADDITION OF INDUSTRY INSURANCE AUTHORITY LAURA HAUENSTEIN

SPEEDWAY, IN (September 3rd, 2020) - The United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) announced today the addition of Laura Hauenstein to the sanctioning body's leadership team.

Laura will join USAC Racing as Risk & Compliance Manager - overseeing the insurance needs of the expanding portfolio of racing series under USAC's sanction.

Laura comes to USAC with an unparalleled background and portfolio of experience in motorsports insurance, having worked extensively in nearly every capacity as a leading agent and broker for multiple insurance carriers representing an array of clients throughout auto racing.

She has over 20 years of experience in the motorsports industry, working tirelessly for organizations to streamline processes by developing the programs that are beneficial to them and their teams.

Some of Laura's career highlights in motorsports have included:

* Working collaboratively with a key carrier, she successfully built the second largest insurance program in U.S. motorsports;

* Helped to revolutionize how motorsports policies are structured by developing a groundbreaking approach to underwriting; and

* Has functioned as an underwriter with line of authority in motorsports.

Most importantly, Laura is widely viewed across motorsports as a staunch advocate for members of the racing world regardless of size and experience.

In her new capacity at USAC, Laura will offer enhanced oversight of risk management at the series, track and participant levels where her responsibilities will include forming and managing new guidelines working in the industry under the various state-issued COVID-19 protocols.

Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has established itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today's largest racing series including its own portfolio of circle track series in Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), road racing, karting, off-road and rally events, just to name a few. USAC has over 17,000 competitors racing at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally.

 

 

KOFOID TURNING HEADS WITH PERFORMANCES OF HISTORICAL PROPORTIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 2, 2020)………Buddy Kofoid’s performance last weekend during Sprint Car Smackdown IX at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway turned some heads with three top-five finishes in what were his first three career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts.

A 4th place finish in Thursday’s preliminary was followed by another 4th on the second prelim night on Friday, then the Penngrove, Calif. native concluded the weekend with a 5th in the Saturday night finale.

Three consecutive top-five finishes to start off a USAC Sprint Car career is a rarity. That got us (me) to wondering how rare of an occurrence this is. A small sampling of just looking at the former USAC National Sprint Car champions shows just how few and far between performances like Kofoid’s are among even those particular drivers who achieved greatness throughout their careers.

Just three times has a former champion driver started his USAC National Sprint Car career with three top-five feature finishes. Roger McCluskey, the 1963 and 1966 series champ, finished 4th, 1st and 2nd in his first three National series starts in 1961 for owner Mari Hulman-George at Reading, Pa., Williams Grove in Pa. and at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. It should be noted that McCluskey was a Rookie with USAC in 1960, finishing 8th in Eastern and 4th in the Midwest standings when the USAC Sprint trail was divided regionally.

Gary Bettenhausen, the two-time USAC National Sprint champ in 1969 and 1971, showed his abilities right out of the box during the 1967-68 seasons for three different car owners in his first three starts! Gary B took 3rd at California’s Ascot Park late in 1967 aboard the Knox & Hill No. 30, then opened up 1968 with runner-up finishes at both Reading, Pa. in A.J. Watson’s No. 2 and at New Bremen, Ohio for Willie Davis in the No. 24.

Three decades later, in 1998, the eventual 2004 USAC National Sprint Car champion, Jay Drake, was just getting his first taste of competition with the series after earlier winning USAC TQ Midget titles in 1990-91 and the USAC Western States Midget crown in 1996, and had already established himself as a premier racer on the USAC National Midget circuit, finishing 3rd in the 1997 standings.

Drake’s prowess during that ’98 Sprint season started on the pavement as he piloted the CED Motorsports No. 7c to a 3rd at Winchester, Ind., a 5th on the mile at Phoenix, Ariz. and a 4th at Indianapolis Raceway Park after setting quick time.

All drivers made their names in the sport in time with loads of race wins and championships, thus cementing their legacy within the sport and in USAC history. One thing all had in common was a hot start to their career. Only time will tell what Buddy Kofoid will end up accomplishing. But so far, so good.

The listing below shows how all the USAC National Sprint Car champions fared in their first three career series starts.

This weekend sees Kofoid hop back into the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget where he’s seeking victory number one after four 2nd place finishes thus far this season through 17 starts. This weekend presents a doubleheader for two consecutive nights of Midget racing action at the 1/6-mile dirt oval of Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Pits open each night at 3pm ET with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting set for 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults with pit passes $35 apiece. Two-night tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com. Order early and you’ll receive a free USAC Midget T-shirt. Outlaw Micros are also on the event card both nights.

You can watch both nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing from Sweet Springs, Mo. live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

FIRST 3 FEATURE FINISHES FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMPIONS:

1961 Champion: Parnelli Jones (2nd, 11th & 3rd in 1961)

1963 & 1966 Champion: Roger McCluskey (4th, 1st & 2nd in 1961)

1964 Champion: Don Branson (3rd, 5th & 6th in 1961)

1965 Champion: Johnny Rutherford (11th, 5th & 6th in 1962)

1967 Champion: Greg Weld (4th, 9th & 1st in 1965)

1968 & 1970-1975 Champion: Larry Dickson (8th, 6th & 5th in 1965)

1969 & 1971 Champion: Gary Bettenhausen (3rd, 2nd & 2nd in 1967-1968)

1972 Champion: Sam Sessions (10th, 8th & 8th in 1965)

1973 Champion: Rollie Beale (12th, 13th & 14th in 1965)

1974-1976 Champion: Pancho Carter (11th, 11th & 16th in 1971)

1977-1981-1982 Champion: Sheldon Kinser (22nd, 2nd & 3rd in 1973)

1978 Champion: Tom Bigelow (7th, 12th & 9th in 1967)

1979 Champion: Greg Leffler (18th, 17th & 12th in 1973-1974)

1980 & 1989 Champion: Rich Vogler (14th, 24th & 11th in 1975)

1983 Champion: Ken Schrader (11th, 5th & 4th in 1981)

1984-1985 Champion: Rick Hood (2nd, 22nd & 1st in 1981)

1986-1987-1988-1990 Champion: Steve Butler (3rd, 17th & 14th in 1983)

1991-1992-1993 Champion: Robbie Stanley (6th, 16th & 10th in 1987-1988)

1994 Champion: Doug Kalitta (9th, 12th & 8th in 1991-1992)

1995 Champion: Tony Stewart (7th, 6th & 8th in 1991)

1996 & 1997 Champion: Brian Tyler (18th, 9th & 14th in 1990)

1998 & 2000 Champion: Tony Elliott (14th, 4th & 17th in 1982)

1999 Champion: Dave Darland (24th, 17th & 15th in 1986-1987)

2001 & 2003 Champion: J.J. Yeley (12th, 9th & 7th in 1997)

2002 Champion: Tracy Hines (9th, 4th & 9th in 1997)

2004 Champion: Jay Drake (3rd, 5th & 4th in 1998)

2005-2007-2009-2010-2011 Champion: Levi Jones (16th, 11th & 20th in 1998-1999)

2006 Champion: Josh Wise (21st, 6th & 1st in 2004)

2008 Champion: Jerry Coons Jr. (7th, 9th & 4th in 1999)

2012 & 2013 Champion: Bryan Clauson (3rd, 10th & 3rd in 2005)

2014 & 2016 Champion: Brady Bacon (5th, 3rd & 7th in 2006)

2015 Champion: Robert Ballou (14th, 20th & 15th in 2006)

2017 Champion: Chris Windom (15th, 18th & 22nd in 2007)

2018 Champion: Tyler Courtney (20th, 13th & 23rd in 2012-2013)

2019 Champion: C.J. Leary (20th, 14th & 13th in 2012)

 

 

TOLEDO SPEEDWAY APPROVED FOR FANS, USAC SILVER CROWN RACE ON FOR OCT. 4

Toledo, Ohio (September 1, 2020)………Toledo Speedway management has received permission to conduct racing events with spectators in the grandstands.

Toledo Speedway is finalizing plans to host race teams with fans in the grandstands for the Sunday, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic USAC Silver Crown event. Grandstand ticketing will be limited to 1,500 with a standard admission price for all events of $25 per person, with specified seating locations to ensure social distancing and presale offering contactless purchasing.

With limited seating for each event, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 1 at 9am ET. All tickets are $25 each, and tickets will ONLY be available online at www.toledospeedway.com.

In accordance with the August 19 State of Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order, Toledo Speedway’s plan for strict adherence to the guidelines outlined has resulted in approval by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department for limited spectator attendance in the grandstands.

As a priority, the safety and health of participants, spectators and employees will require all attendees to follow guidelines posted at www.toledospeedway.com as a condition for admission.

USAC’s tradition of racing at Toledo Speedway dates back to the 1960s, and on October 4, the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series will be on hand as scheduled. The Rollie Beale Classic will also include racing for four divisions of ARCA stock cars featuring local drivers—the ARCA Sportsman, ARCA Street Stock, ARCA Figure-8 and ARCA Factory Stock classes. The afternoon season finale will have the spectator gates opening at Noon ET and racing starting at 2pm.

 

 

USAC REGIONAL RACING PREVIEW: SEPT. 5-6, 2020

WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CARS

A Labor Day weekend two-fer awaits the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars Saturday, Sept. 5 at I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. and Sunday, Sept. 6 at Bethany (Mo.) Speedway.

Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kans.) has won the last two at I-35 in July and August and has won five of the last six points races with the series overall. Burks and one-time MWRA winner Don Droud Jr. are knotted up at the top of the standings entering the event.

Wesley Smith (Billings, Mo.), also a one-time series winner in 2020, took the victory at Bethany back in June and remains in title contention, just 20 points behind both Burks and Droud.

Pits open Saturday at I-35 at 4:30pm CT, with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing at 7pm.

Sunday at Bethany, pits open at 4:30pm CT, grandstands at 5:30pm, hot laps at 7:15pm and racing at 8pm. E-Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Sport Mods and B-Modifieds are also on the event card. General admission tickets are $20, seniors (62+) and military (w/ID) are $18 and kids 12 & younger are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Wyatt Burks-1,695, 2-Don Droud Jr.-1,695, 3-Wesley Smith-1,675, 4-Chris Parkinson-1,535, 5-Chad Goff-1,125, 6-Kory Schudy-1,115, 7-Brian Beebe-1,110, 8-Kyle Lewis-1,095, 9-Mark Lane-1,065, 10-Dakota Earls-1,050.

RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS

The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars return to the first state this Saturday night, September 5, at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Dela.

Point leader, and two-time and defending champion, Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) has won twice at Delaware Int’l in both 2018 and 2019. Chris Allen Jr. (Wrightstown, N.J.) won there in 2019 and he resides in the second position in the series points entering Saturday’s race.

Gates open at 5pm ET with hot laps at 6:45pm. General admission is $20, with ages 13 & under free. Pit passes are $30 with ages 7-13 at $5 and ages 6 & under free. Delaware Big Block Modifieds, AC Delco Modifieds, Rush Late Models, Mod-Lites and Super Trucks are also in on the action.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-514, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-436, 3-Bill Unglert-405, 4-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-298, 5-Ryan Quackenbush-289, 6-Christian Bruno-247, 7-Joey Biasi-243, 8-Jonathan Swanson-238, 9-Jason Cherry-209, 10-Heidi Hedin-191.

MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGETS:

USAC’s Midwest Thunder Midget series makes its debut run at Atomic Speedway in Waverly, Ohio this Saturday night, Sept. 5.

Three-time and defending champion Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) has won three of the last four series features, and Tod Creager of Brewhouse Drive Thru Racing team would like to see someone else take the win. Creager has put up a $200 bounty payable to the driver who can defeat Leffel by taking the feature win. In his three victories, Leffel has made the winning pass on lap 18, 14, and 16 of 20.

Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won the series’ last race in the state of Ohio more than years ago at Waynesfield.

Leffel’s teammate, Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), holds a miniscule two-point lead in the standings over Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.) entering the event.

Pits open at 3pm ET, front gates at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission is $15 while seniors are $12. Pit passes are $30, with children age 6-10 $20 and children under age 6 are free. Sprint Cars, UMP Modifieds, Sport Mods and Legends will also be on hand.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jacob Denney-546, 2-Adam Taylor-544, 3-Stratton Briggs-490, 4-Chett Gehrke-471, 5-Abby Hohlbein-414, 6-Zack Gingerich-410, 7-Aaron Leffel-399, 8-Ian Creager-387, 9-Gunnar Lucius-381, 10-Alex Watson-379.

DMA SPEED2 MIDGETS

Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. signals a return to action for the USAC DMA SpeeD2 Midget series this Saturday night, September 5.

It’s been a back-and-forth year throughout the season, literally. Through six races, Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) and Seth Carlson (Stafford, Conn.) have alternated victories going Hull-Carlson-Hull-Carlson-Hull-Carlson during the stretch.

Carlson holds command of the series standings entering the event by a health 63-point margin.

Pits open at 3pm ET with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 6pm. General admission tickets are $12 with seniors age 62+ $10 and kids 11 & under $2. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The night also features the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, C.A. Miller Limited Late Models, Dirt Stockers and Peanut’s Auto LLC Four Cylinders Four Cylinder Madness.

USAC DIRT MIDGET ASSOCIATION POINTS: 1-Seth Carlson-445, 2-Justin Phillips-382, 3-Brandon Piastka-378, 4-Manny Dias-374, 5-Will Hull-353, 6-Justin Sheridan-351, 7-Melvin Pierson-299, 8-Jeff Horn-296, 9-Floyd Billington-270, 10-Tim West-268.

ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGETS

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, September 6, the Engler IMRA SpeeD2 Midget series is back at its home base of Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill.

The track has produced five different feature winners throughout its first six IMRA events, with Cody Gerdes (Eureka, Ill.), Bryan Stanfill (Brea, Calif.), Shane Morgan (Creve Coeur, Ill.) and Will Armitage (Athens, Ill.) taking singular victories while point leader Andy Baugh (Mason City, Ill.) is the only two-time winner at The Spoon.

Pits open at Noon ET, gates at 3:30pm, hot laps at 6pm with racing to follow. General admission is $25, with ages 10 and under free. All pit passes are $40. DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Late Models, DIRTcar Hornets are also competing that night.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-751, 2-Bryan Stanfill-740, 3-Will Armitage-716, 4-Chris Adrien-596, 5-Mark McMahill-511, 6-Kevin Battefeld-491, 7-Jake Sollenberger-483, 8-Tyler Roth-384, 9-Bart Andrews-251, 10-Cody Gerdes-249.

WESTERN STATES MIDGETS

This Sunday, September 6th, the cars and stars of the USAC Western States and BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Association) Midget Series will clash at Petaluma Speedway.

Promoted by Rick Faeth, the co-sanctioned special event / non-point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks.

The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Sunday’s show will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the September 6th and October 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA.

Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the September 6th points. Ties are broken by qualifying results.

A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit www.westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

PETALUMA HOSTS USAC & BCRA MIDGET CHALLENGE RACE #1 THIS SUNDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020... This Sunday, September 6th, the cars and stars of the USAC Western States and BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Association) Midget Series will clash at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the co-sanctioned special event / non-point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Sunday’s show will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the September 6th and October 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the September 6th points. Ties are broken by qualifying results. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- 2020 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272530-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted ten USAC Western States Midget races and five different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three wins with Gardner, the five-time champion, setting the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

When the “mighty midgets” last visited Petaluma on July 18th, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) outdueled Austin Liggett to score the ninth victory of his career. Liggett, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Ben Worth, hard charger C.J. Sarna, Terry Nichols, Mike Leach Jr., Robert Carson, Ben Weisz, and Floyd Alvis rounded out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, September 12th and 19th.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Alex Schutte, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Shane Golobic.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENTS:
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
October 24: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2)

 

SWEET SPRINGS PREVIEW:
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS - SEPT. 4-5, 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (September 1, 2020).........Most times, it seems the only thing predictable in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing is unpredictability. And sometimes when you think you know what's about to transpire, that's when everything turns on its head. At times, literally.

After the last two years of wild finishes at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, the series returns this Friday and Saturday night, September 4-5, for a doubleheader weekend at the 1/6-mile dirt oval featuring a 30-lap feature on Friday and a 40-lap finale on Saturday.

Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick found out all about that turn of unpredictability in last year's trip to Sweet Springs where he became one of five first-time USAC National Midget winners during the 2019 season, the most in more than a decade.

Carrick actually ran in the 5th position with just three laps remaining as race leader Tyler Courtney snagged the turn three cushion, flipping him over. On Courtney's rebound, second-running Logan Seavey clipped his own right front wheel against Courtney's tail tank before stopping, eliminating both from victory.

That slotted Carrick into third on the final restart with three to go. While Chris Windom and Jason McDougal were duking it out for the lead, Carrick rolled the bottom to pull ahead to the lead by the time they hit turn three. Carrick slid up in front of Windom to the top, while Windom charged to the bottom as Carrick nipped Windom at the stripe by three-quarters of a car length before going on to his first career victory in his 54th series start.

Interestingly, Carrick is the only driver expected for this weekend's Sweet Springs who has finished inside the top-ten in both of his previous starts with the series at the 1/6-mile dirt oval. The 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver also finished 8th in 2018.

It brings to mind of who could be the next, like Carrick, to earn his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory. The series has not seen a first-time winner thus far this year, but there are a few individuals who very well could be contenders in changing that.

Leading series Rookie Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) has done everything but win in his initial campaign in 2020. He's finished as the runner-up four times in 17 starts and resides 3rd in the series standings coming in. Just last week at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, Kofoid earned three top-five finishes in his first three career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car appearances.

Seventh in the standings and also seeking a first USAC victory is Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), the 2017 USAC Micro Sprint champion. Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), 5th in the standings, is a one-time winner with the series in 2019, although that victory came indoors; his first outdoor victory awaits.

Kofoid, Pursley, McIntosh and 3rd place Caney Valley finisher Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) are all on the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team, which has gone two-for-two in USAC Midget competition at Sweet Springs with Seavey winning for the team in 2018 and Carrick in 2019.

Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) is 9th in the standings. He led his first two career laps with the series at the start of the 2019 Sweet Springs feature before finishing 10th. Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) had a career-best finish of 2nd at Sweet Springs in 2018, leading his first career laps, a race-high 28 in fact, before finishing 2nd. Bodine also took a heat win and an 11th in 2019.

USAC Midwest Regional Midget point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has been impressive in limited appearances too, finishing a career-best 2nd in July at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. while also finishing 5th at Caney (Kans.) Valley Speedway the following night.

Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) went 22nd to 6th at that same Caney Valley race in July and enters Sweet Springs for the first time with USAC this weekend.

Series point leader Chris Windom is on the cusp of finishing out the third leg of the USAC Triple Crown, leading the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points entering Sweet Springs. He finished 3rd in 2019 and also holds the one-lap series' track record of 11.951 at the track.

The rapidly closing Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) trails Windom in the standings by just 31 points. Courtney earned the series championship one year ago and has won four of the last five races with the series in Nebraska, Kansas and Pennsylvania twice. He was 5th at Sweet Springs in 2018 and 12th in 2019 after leading a race-high 35 of 40 laps before flipping on the turn three cushion with just three laps to go.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is fourth in the standings after earning four wins this season with the series. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion started 6th in the 2019 feature at Sweet Springs but was involved in an opening lap stack-up in turn three that sent Thorson flipping, knocking him out of the race with a 23rd place finish.

USAC Silver Crown point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished 9th in his lone Sweet Springs appearance in 2018. He won once earlier this year in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition with a May 23 victory at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. on a similarly sized bullring with a race that was 40 laps in length, just as this Saturday's race at Sweet Springs will be.

The RMS Racing team will bring both Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) to Sweet Springs this weekend. Boyles finished 19th in his lone appearance there in 2019 while Meseraull makes his debut at the track. Both have finished inside the top-five with the series in 2020 with Boyles 4th at Kokomo and Meseraull 3rd at Lawrenceburg, both during Indiana Midget Week.

Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) has started both Sweet Springs features, finishing 12th in 2018 and 21st in 2019. Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) took 20th in 2019.

This weekend marks the 40th and 41st events held by the USAC National Midgets in the state of Missouri. Mike McGreevy, Henry Pens and Bob Wente own the most victories of all with three apiece. Of this weekend's expected Sweet Springs entries, only Carrick has previously earned a USAC National Midget victory in the Show Me state.

Pits open each night at 3pm ET with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting set for 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults with pit passes $35 apiece. Two-night tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com. Order early and you'll receive a free USAC Midget T-shirt. Outlaw Micros are also on the event card both nights.

You can watch both nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing from Sweet Springs, Mo. live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,119, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,088, 3-Buddy Kofoid-1,056, 4-Tanner Thorson-1,047, 5-Cannon McIntosh-944, 6-Tanner Carrick-838, 7-Daison Pursley-783, 8-Cole Bodine-725, 9-Andrew Layser-663, 10-Justin Grant-619.

MISSOURI USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
3-Mike McGreevy, Henry Pens & Bob Wente

2-Danny Frye, Arnie Knepper, Steve Knepper, Bob Tattersall & Rich Vogler

1-Steve Cannon, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Jerry Coons Jr., Tommy Copp, Jimmy Davies, Jay Drake, Rex Easton, A.J. Foyt, Steve Gennetten, Jason Leffler, Jerry McClung, Andy Michner, J.R. Miller, Richard Powell, Stevie Reeves, Logan Seavey, Dave Strickland, Joe Walter & Terry Wente

PAST SWEET SPRINGS USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
2018: Logan Seavey (7/15)
2019: Tanner Carrick (7/14)

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TRACK RECORDS AT SWEET SPRINGS:
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

 

 

SMACKDOWN IX IS ALL SUNSHINE FOR A 3RD TIME

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 29, 2020).........Snakebitten is a word that has been used to describe Tyler Courtney's misfortunes at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway throughout the 2020 season. It's almost hard to imagine that fact for a driver who has become synonymous with victory lane at the track in recent years.

Courtney rediscovered the fountain of success once again Saturday night in the Sprint Car Smackdown IX finale at Kokomo, a track in which he had won at six times in his USAC National career between sprint cars and midgets, and an event in which he had hoisted the coveted champion's belt at twice before in 2017 and 2019.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native tracked down Brady Bacon 13 laps from the conclusion to score his 28th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory, equaling the total of fellow series champions Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley for 15th all-time, in his efforts worth $11,000 aboard his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo - CSI - ZMax - Schoenfeld/Spike/Rider Chevy.

In the process, Courtney became the second driver ever to win Smackdown three times in his career, joining the series', and Kokomo's, winningest sprint car driver, Dave Darland, who won three-straight in 2013-14-15.

"Dave's a guy I grew up watching and I watched him win all three of his Smackdowns," Courtney recalled. "To tie a guy like that here at his home track, it's just unreal. I never would've thought that, when I started racing sprint cars, or started racing Smackdown nine years ago, that I'd even win one of these things, let alone three. To tie a guy like Dave Darland is something that will probably take a while to sink in."

Back to the snakebitteness, however, the two-time USAC National champion had encountered trouble three separate times while leading or running second at the track in USAC competition this year. During Indiana Midget Week, he flipped while leading two-thirds of the way through. During Indiana Sprint Week, he clipped a turn two infield tire while leading, sending him spinning and stopping just three laps from the finish. In Thursday's Smackdown opener, while running second, contact with a lapped car flattened Courtney's tire, putting him out of contention for victory once again.

"I told my guys I'll take a little bit of bad luck from the last three races if it meant I could win this one," Courtney said. "This is one you put on the calendar, especially when we were putting our schedule together this year with us not running full-time. We had a gameplan coming into tonight and stuck to it and it worked out. We got a technical racetrack and it almost bit me a little bit, but somehow, I made it through a couple of those situations, and it worked out."

Courtney started sixth on the grid for the 40-lap feature, and for much of the first half of the race, remained relatively stagnant, holding the fifth position nearing the midway point. Up front, however, the night's B & W Auto Mart "King of the Hill" winner and pole sitter, Brady Bacon, was in control of the 23-car field as C.J. Leary and Kyle Cummins gave chase in second and third, respectively.

The first of two reds during the feature was displayed on the ninth lap when 19th running Carson Short rode out a flip down the front straightaway from which he walked away unscathed.

Under the ensuing stoppage, 12th running Justin Grant's misfortune continued when his car didn't re-fire following the red, ending his night prematurely with a 21st place finish.

When racing resumed, Cummins, who was aiming to become the first driver to win four USAC Sprint races in a row since Rick Hood in 1985, made his way to 2nd past Leary while race Rookie Buddy Kofoid, in just his 3rd career series start, flexed his muscle to take 3rd as Leary got shuffled back to 4th.

The second and final red flag period of the feature arrived on lap 15 when 14th running Clinton Boyles barrel rolled near the outside wall in turn four. The incident also collected the 15th place car of Jake Swanson who spun and stopped in the melee. Both were uninjured, but both were finished for the remainder of the evening.

On the race's resumption on the 15th lap, Cummins showed Bacon a nose below in turn two, then did so again on the 16th lap. However, quickly shooting into the frame was Courtney, who had exploded from 5th to 3rd on the restart, then was just within arm's reach of both Cummins in 2nd and Bacon, the race leader, as the top-three ran nose-to-tail on the topside on lap 17.

"We were getting close to halfway there and I knew I needed to start making my moves and not let Brady (Bacon) get too far out because his car was pretty good and Cummins was running 2nd, and obviously, he's been good the first two nights," Courtney explained. "I wanted to get by those guys and be able to run my own race. I could tell when I was running behind them that I was a lot better, so I knew if I could just get out and make some clean laps, I'd probably be all right."

Courtney's next move came on the 21st lap when he slid past Cummins for second in turn four, gliding from the bottom of turn three all the way up to the outside concrete at the exit of turn four to complete the pass, then, in no time, was challenging Bacon for the race lead.

Courtney hounded Bacon, the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ, for the next several circuits, seemingly stalking his prey as he readied himself to pounce on any inkling of a misstep. That came on the 28th circuit when Bacon snagged his right rear tire on the lip exiting turn two, knocking him slightly askew as Courtney shot under to snag the lead going away. A reeling Bacon slipped back to 2nd, 3rd and 4th over the next three laps as Cummins, then a resurging Leary, slotted back into the top-three.

"Brady messed up a little bit off two, and I got by him closely, but we got by clean," Courtney remembered. "I just put the hammer down and tried to put a gap between us because I knew my car was better."

Courtney quickly gapped his challengers with a 3.6 sec. advantage as he worked traffic around the quarter mile with the race dwindling down to the final four laps.


Tyler Courtney's victory Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway was the 28th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, equaling him with fellow series champions Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley for 15th all-time.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


With the race, and victory, seemingly in hand, Courtney had a couple "moments" down the stretch while possessing a fairly substantial gap between he and Cummins. None bigger than the one he experienced in turn one coming to the white flag as he got some airtime after hitting the cushion, and nearly knocked down the wall and dumped the No. 7BC, before gathering it up and motoring on, albeit while his heart was in the process of skipping a beat.

"That was wild," Courtney exclaimed. "I got in, biked and got tight up on the wall and thought, 'Oh my god, you're really going to throw it away with three laps to go. Come on.' Luckily, I got down off that and made a couple clean laps at the end. I love Kokomo. I love Smackdown. It was a really, really cool night."

That "really, really cool night" concluded with Courtney taking a 3.699 sec. margin of victory in the end over Cummins, Leary, Bacon and Kofoid. For Courtney, it was his seventh career USAC National victory at Kokomo, and his five career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at the track have him third on the all-time list, trailing only the two greatest masters in Kokomo Speedway history, Dave Darland (9) and Tony Elliott (8).

Earlier in the evening, Bacon became the first three-time B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill champion in a series of two-car, three-lap elimination races to determine the starting field. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) defeated Leary in the final round to win the pole, after previously doing so in both 2014-15.

Meanwhile, a big shuffle in the points saw Grant fall from first to third while Bacon shot from third to first. In fact, the top-four in the standings are only separated by a mere 18 points with Bacon leading Chris Windom (-4), Grant (-7) and Chase Stockon (-18).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 29, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9K KT), 3. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 4. Carson Short (#71p Daigh-Phillips), 5. Dakota Jackson (#17 On The Gass), 6. Stevie Sussex (#77w Wingo), 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (#51T Tafoya), 8. Brian VanMeveren (#24 VanMeveren), 9. Chris Phillips (#6p Phillips). 2:17.410

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 2. Clinton Boyles (#57 Hazen), 3. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Team AZ), 4. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 5. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 6. Chase Jones (#11AG Gray), 7. Damion Gardner (#5 Baldwin), 8. Max Adams (#5m Adams), 9. Jack James (#99 James). NT

AUTOMETER THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland (#36d EZR/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#47c Davis), 3. Shane Cottle (#74x Hodges), 4. Tyler Thomas (#17GP Dutcher), 5. Austin Williams (#92 Sertich), 6. Jadon Rogers (#61m Edwards), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5T Mihocko), 8. Anthony D'Alessio (#01 D'Alessio), 9. Corey Smith (#77 LG), 10. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). NT

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL QUARTERFINALS: #8 C.J. Leary (#30 Leary) defeats #1 Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady); #4 Thomas Meseraull (#47 Eades) defeats #5 Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall/Newman); #3 Buddy Kofoid (#19A Reinbold/Underwood) defeats #6 Chase Stockon (#5s KO) & #2 Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics) defeats #7 Chris Windom (#19 Hayward)

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL SEMIFINALS: #8 C.J. Leary defeats #4 Thomas Meseraull & #2 Brady Bacon defeats #3 Buddy Kofoid

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL FINALS: #2 Brady Bacon defeats #8 C.J. Leary
INDY RACE PARTS / INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (15 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Carson Short, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Dakota Jackson, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Max Adams, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Austin Williams, 9. Colten Cottle, 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Anthony D'Alessio, 13. Brian VanMeveren, 14. Jadon Rogers, 15. Jack James, 16. Chase Jones, 17. Tye Mihocko. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Kyle Cummins (5), 3. C.J. Leary (2), 4. Brady Bacon (1), 5. Buddy Kofoid (3), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Logan Seavey (10), 8. Thomas Meseraull (4), 9. Chase Stockon (7), 10. Shane Cottle (17), 11. Tyler Thomas (18), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 13. Dave Darland (11), 14. Robert Ballou (9), 15. Dakota Jackson (21), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 17. Brandon Mattox (20), 18. Jadon Rogers (23), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 20. Clinton Boyles (13), 21. Jake Swanson (16), 22. Justin Grant (15), 23. Carson Short (19). NT

**Chase Jones flipped during the semi. Carson Short flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Clinton Boyles flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Brady Bacon, Laps 28-40 Tyler Courtney.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,182, 2-Chris Windom-1,178, 3-Justin Grant-1,175, 4-Chase Stockon-1,164, 5-C.J. Leary-1,136, 6-Carson Short-964, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-935, 8-Dave Darland-832, 9-Logan Seavey-806, 10-Kyle Cummins-800.

FINAL SMACKDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-22, 2-Tyler Thomas-16, 3-Brady Bacon-10, 4-Kyle Cummins-9, 5-Tyler Courtney-9, 6-Justin Grant-9, 7-Buddy Kofoid-7, 8-Chase Stockon-7, 9-Jake Swanson-7, 10-Shane Cottle-7.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-121, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Kyle Cummins-74, 4-Justin Grant-73, 5-Shane Cottle-68, 6-Kyle Larson-62, 7-Logan Seavey-62, 8-Cannon McIntosh-57, 9-Robert Ballou-51, 10-Daison Pursley-48.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 11, 2020 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY & AWARD WINNERS:

Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Winning Bonus: Tyler Courtney

Smackdown IX Rookie of the Year: Buddy Kofoid

ProSource Smackdown IX Passing Master: Chris Windom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Dave Darland

Indy Race Parts / Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Tyler Thomas

KSE Racing Products/Circus City Speedway/Irvin King Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (17th to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Dave Darland

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Max Adams

ProSource Hard Work Award: Dakota Jackson

 

 

CUMMINS CONNECTS AGAIN
FOR 2ND STRAIGHT SMACKDOWN IX PRELIM WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 28, 2020).........Entering Friday's second night of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo Speedway, no driver had ever swept victories on both prelim nights of the event.

And then came Kyle Cummins, who became the first to accomplish the feat after earlier capturing Thursday's opener. In fact, dating back to early August of this year, Friday marked the Princeton, Indiana driver's third consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, the first to "triple-up" in nearly four years with the series with Chris Windom being the most recent in late 2016.

Despite a similar victory just 24 hours earlier at Kokomo, Cummins' Friday night's score had the now nine-time series winner even more jubilant than did his most recent winning effort aboard the Rock Steady Racing/Mid-America Safety Solutions - Greenwell Auto Body - Lucas Oil Center/Mach-1/Foxco Chevy.

"Oh definitely," Cummins exclaimed when asked if this win had him even more excitable than Thursday's score. "Last night, we started a little bit back and then we got the lead, then it was just running it as hard as you can. Even though that one was exciting, everybody was in this one until the end tonight."

Always changing, always evolving, Cummins and team refused to rest on their laurels of success from the night before, and instead, tried a different approach to their setup for the 30-lapper which saw them occupy the outside of the front row. However, things weren't exactly hunky-dory in the early stages with the approach, which ultimately worked.

"At the beginning of the race, I was too tight to even get close to the cushion, so I knew I wasn't going to mess with it," Cummins revealed. "The whole time, I knew I was hanging, hanging, hanging, I'm out leading, and if they pass me on the top, then I'll move up. But I was not going to go up until then."

However, a lack of rhythm marked the first several laps of the feature with a number of cautions stifling the action. On the opening lap, an incident between turns three and four stacked up four past Kokomo Sprint Car track champions running near the front of the field. Third-running Shane Cottle biked entering turn three, and when he landed, collected series point leader Justin Grant (4th), Dave Darland (9th) and C.J. Leary (11th). All eventually rejoined the field.

On the second lap resumption, a turn two kerfuffle involving four cars collected Brandon Mattox (17th), Robert Ballou (18th), Matt Westfall (19th) and Damion Gardner (21st). Only Westfall did not restart.

In the meantime, Cummins, who was the first driver to get dunked in the water tank for charity earlier in the day, made a splash on track as he rocketed around pole sitter Carson Short to occupy the lead on the opening lap. On lap four, Kevin Thomas Jr. was on the move as he slid under Short in turn three for 2nd while Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier Thomas Meseraull instantaneously went topside around Short for third.

A lap seven incident involved two perennial frontrunners who had already encountered their share of trouble early on. Grant flipped at the exit of turn four, which collected Ballou, who also made contact with the outside front straightaway wall after glancing off Grant's flipping car. Both drivers were okay, but Grant's incident did tighten up the series points race with the top-four of Grant, Chris Windom, Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon separated by just 34 points.

Under yellow, second running Kevin Thomas Jr. slowed to a stop on the front straightaway. After a push around the track, his race came to an early end as he was pushed back to the pits without re-firing, ultimately finishing 21st in the 24-car field.

On the lap eight restart, Cummins soon reestablished his half-straightaway lead (1.7 sec.), which he'd retain until just before the middle stages of the event while those behind him jockeyed for position from second on back.

Following a yellow on lap 14 for the slowing Anthony D'Alessio, running 19th at the time, the restart saw Meseraull, now 2nd, go on the attack, pouncing on Cummins for the lead with a turn three slider. As Meseraull slid past and up to the top at the exit of turn four, Cummins ducked back underneath to retake the lead at the stripe. There, Cummins withstood the challenge, then quickly reopened his half-straightaway lead once again.

A see-saw battle for 2nd between Meseraull and Windom developed with Windom gaining the upper hand and the runner-up position on lap 19 with a diamond maneuver off the top of three to the bottom of four to drive past Meseraull for 2nd, then put on the chase for Cummins and the race lead.

A slight stumble in turn two by Cummins on the 21st lap allowed Windom to close up the gap to Cummins to under a second and quickly shrinking. With five to go, Windom was now draped over Cummins, pulling ahead of Cummins on the back straightaway by a car length momentarily as the two sped into the third turn, Cummins occupying the low line and Windom working up top as the pair began to encounter traffic.

"When the lapped cars got there, I kind of moved up a little bit and that made me better in three and four for sure," Cummins explained. "I was better through three and four in the middle, but I went to the top in one and two and just kind of floated it in to make sure everything was alright. I had just gotten into the cushion and I saw Chris (Windom) there, then I knew I had to hustle a little bit harder."

Coming to the line with four to go, however, Cummins drifted up off turn four in front of Windom while working around the car of Dustin Smith at the tail end of the lead lap. That stifled Windom's drive of momentum at the top and vice versa'd each driver's role with Cummins now high and Windom low. Windom edged ahead off two but was slightly boxed in behind Smith while Cummins established a line right through the middle to lock down the lead as Windom remained just two car lengths back.

The throng of traffic allowed Cummins to discover something on the surface of the quarter-mile dirt oval, much to his liking, while also elevating his game in crunch time.


Dating back to early August, Friday marked Kyle Cummins' third consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, the first to "triple-up" in nearly four years with the series with Chris Windom being the most recent in late 2016
(Brandon Murray Photo)


"The lapped car took me all the way up to the cushion in three and four," Cummins remembered. "I ran around there, and it was even better than it was in the middle. Even in one, I got a little sideways; I just didn't want to get in there and hop the front end. I knew as long as I did that, I could keep my nose down and at least beat them through three and four. Once I saw a nose (from Windom) right there at the end, I picked it up those last couple laps. I could've really went pretty hard and I could've probably picked it up a little bit if I had seen him a little bit earlier."

Windom fired his shots at Cummins in the final laps, but could never quite get enough of a run to reel in Cummins for the taking, Instead, it was Cummins taking it all for his own, closing out his third career Kokomo USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory over Windom, Tyler Courtney, Buddy Kofoid and Brady Bacon.

Cummins is at the head of the class in terms of points after the first two nights of Smackdown IX, and is one of eight drivers locked into Saturday night's 40-lap feature event and also the B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill along with Brady Bacon, Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull, Tyler Courtney, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom and C.J. Leary.

"I'm glad it worked out how it did," Cummins said. "It's pretty exciting driving under the checkered flag there to get that one and winning too. But I'm here to win three, and to really put a staple on it."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 28, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.155; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.218; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.271; 4. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.285; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.317; 6. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.336; 7. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.352; 8. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.421; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.422; 10. Damion Gardner, 5, Baldwin-13.507; 11. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.510; 12. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.516; 13. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.516; 14. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.517; 15. Chase Jones, 11AG, Gray-13.628; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.645; 17. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-13.648; 18. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.673; 19. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.725; 20. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.765; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-13.836; 22. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.840; 23. Cody Gardner, 9G, Appco-14.139; 24. Cole Bodine, 57x, Bodine/Crow-14.217; 25. Robert Brown Jr., 13, Brown-14.615.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.086; 2. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.142; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.249; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.296; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.320; 6. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.498; 7. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-13.589; 8. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-13.633; 9. Bill Balog, 17B, Lein-13.645; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.659; 11. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.660; 12. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.698; 13. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.728; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 47c, Davis-13.729; 15. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-13.872; 16. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.884; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.894; 18. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.910; 19. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.943; 20. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.999; 21. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-14.042; 22. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.069; 23. Brandon Long, 02, Long-14.131; 24. Jack James, 99, James-14.599; 25. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Logan Seavey, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Kyle Shipley, 9. Noah Gass, 10. Brian VanMeveren, 11. Cody Gardner, 12. Robert Brown Jr., 13. Chase Jones. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Carson Short, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Anthony D'Alessio, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Clinton Boyles, 9. Cole Ketcham, 10. Brayden Fox, 11. Cole Bodine, 12. Brandon Mattox. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Bill Balog, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Tyler Thomas, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Dakota Jackson, 8. Max Guilford, 9. Matt Goodnight, 10. Dustin Smith, 11. Brandon Long, 12. Tye Mihocko. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Max Adams, 8. Jadon Rogers, 9. Chris Phillips, 10. Dustin Clark, 11. Jack James, 12. Colten Cottle. NT

THE FROLIC BAR & GRILL C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 2. Brian VanMeveren, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Clinton Boyles, 5. Brayden Fox, 6. Max Guilford, 7. Chris Phillips, 8. Noah Gass, 9. Kyle Shipley, 10. Brandon Long, 11. Dustin Smith, 12. Jack James, 13. Cody Gardner, 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Robert Brown Jr. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Anthony D'Alessio, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Dakota Jackson, 8. Max Adams, 9. Chase Jones, 10. Brandon Mattox, 11. Clinton Boyles, 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 13. Jadon Rogers, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Brian VanMeveren, 18. Sterling Cling. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (2), 2. Chris Windom (9), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Buddy Kofoid (11), 5. Brady Bacon (13), 6. Tyler Thomas (14), 7. C.J. Leary (12), 8. Chase Stockon (10), 9. Thomas Meseraull (6), 10. Dave Darland (8), 11. Carson Short (1), 12. Bill Balog (18), 13. Logan Seavey (15), 14. Jake Swanson (20), 15. Stevie Sussex (16), 16. Brandon Mattox (21), 17. Damion Gardner (23), 18. Dustin Smith (22), 19. Shane Cottle (4), 20. Anthony D'Alessio (17), 21. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 22. Justin Grant (3), 23. Robert Ballou (24), 24. Matt Westfall (19). NT

**Brian VanMeveren flipped during the semi. Justin Grant flipped on lap 7 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Kyle Cummins.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1,152, 2-Chris Windom-1,123, 3-Brady Bacon-1,121, 4-Chase Stockon-1,118, 5-C.J. Leary-1,072, 6-Carson Short-941, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-896, 8-Dave Darland-795, 9-Logan Seavey-754, 10-Kyle Cummins-733.

SMACKDOWN POINTS: (Top-8 locked into Saturday night's feature) 1-Kyle Cummins-697, 2-Brady Bacon-666, 3-Buddy Kofoid-654, 4-Thomas Meseraull-646, 5-Tyler Courtney-633, 6-Chase Stockon-631, 7-Chris Windom-625, 8-C.J. Leary-608.

SMACKDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-20, 2-Brady Bacon-10, 3-Tyler Thomas-9, 4-Justin Grant-9, 5-Buddy Kofoid-7, 6-Chase Stockon-7, 7-Jake Swanson-7, 8-Kyle Cummins-6, 9-Robert Ballou-6, 10-C.J. Leary-6.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-119, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Justin Grant-73, 4-Kyle Cummins-71, 5-Kyle Larson-62, 6-Shane Cottle-61, 7-Logan Seavey-59, 8-Cannon McIntosh-57, 9-Robert Ballou-51, 10-Daison Pursley-48.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 29, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Winning Bonus: Kyle Cummins

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Thomas Meseraull

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Dave Darland

The Frolic Bar & Grill C-Main Winner: Eddie Tafoya Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products/Circus City Speedway/Irvin King Hard Charger: Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Dakota Jackson

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Anthony D'Alessio

ProSource Hard Work Award: Robert Ballou

 

 

CUMMINS CLUTCHES SMACKDOWN NIGHT #1 AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 27, 2020).........Without a caution on the aborted initial start of Thursday night's feature at Kokomo Speedway, Kyle Cummins said he felt like he would've had the lead coming out of turn four on that opening lap. That came, albeit while starting sixth on the grid in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Smackdown IX opener at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

The Princeton, Ind. native was confident that the symbiosis between his car and his abilities were such to make that a reality. With an opening lap caution forcing him to try it again, Cummins only took a mere four laps to attain 2nd, and just 13 laps to assume the lead from Tyler Courtney.

Cummins then stifled a late-race challenge courtesy of Brady Bacon on a green-white-checkered finish to score the victory, his second straight with the series and the eighth of his career, equaling Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford and Joe Saldana for 55th all-time.

While Cummins' well-established dominance of Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. is known far and wide, where he won earlier this August during the Indiana Sprint Week finale, Thursday's victory marked the second of his USAC career at Kokomo, the very same venue he won his first career USAC Sprint feature at in 2016.

Cummins credits the "little bitty" things that got him to this point, a first career triumph during Sprint Car Smackdown. The changes aren't anything he considers "out of control," nothing the naked eye can see per se, but a few turns of the wrench here and there that have led to another celebration for him in victory lane.

"We've actually been experimenting and trying different stuff all year," Cummins revealed. "Last year, we had a great year, but there were things we struggled at that I wanted to get better at. We just decided everywhere we've been going, we've been trying something a little different here and there. We kept our same stuff at Tri-State Speedway, but everywhere else, we've kind of ventured out to some different stuff. We're slowly getting a handle on it, which is making me a lot more comfortable to drive it as hard as I can at the beginning and at the end instead of just the end."

At the beginning, Cummins was simply hooked up. The night's Fatheadz Fast Qualifier was on the move when a stackup in turn two near the tail of the field saw Shane Cottle get turned around in turn two, stopping to bring out the yellow. Meanwhile, provisional starter Carson Short also stopped with trouble after being involved in the incident, ending his evening along with Stevie Sussex's as well

A complete restart forced Cummins back to his original starting position outside row three for the restart, which saw him utilize his rapid fire, methodical approach on the first four laps of the feature, moving up one spot per lap to the 2nd position by lap four to post a challenge to 2017 & 2019 Smackdown champion, Tyler Courtney, throughout much of the first half of the 30-lap event.

From lap five onward, Cummins was all over Courtney like white on rice as he stalked the two-time USAC National champion around the quarter-mile and the two swapping lines high/low as Courtney fought to stay in control and Cummins sought an avenue past.

On the 11th and 12th lap, Cummins found a bit of a groove that witnessed him getting a run on the bottom underneath Courtney for the position exiting turn four, ultimately coming up short in his bid by a single car length at the line each time. On the 13th circuit, however, Cummins got the run he needed after putting together a high-quality set of turns in one and two, pulling even alongside Courtney on the back straightaway before surpassing him on the bottom of three and four to make the pass stick and overtake the top position.

As Cummins performed his high-wire act on the topside of the racetrack in traffic throughout the second half of the race, Courtney remained just three car lengths behind in second with only three laps remaining.

As Courtney diamonded off turn one on lap 28, he encountered the lapped cars of Damion Gardner and Tyler Thomas in turn two. With the gap between Gardner and Thomas closing rapidly, Courtney and Thomas made contact with Courtney's left rear tire ramping over Thomas' right front. The result sent Courtney sideways and plowed into by the incoming Shane Cottle while second-running Bacon became airborne and bouncing off the track surface twice. Thomas, meanwhile, stopped backward with a collapsed front end.

Bacon, along with Cottle, continued onward. However, Courtney's left rear tire was now flat, forcing him to the work area where his crew changed the tire before ultimately returning to finish 15th. It was yet another Kokomo heartbreak for Courtney who has now encountered trouble three separate times while leading or running second at the track in USAC competition this year. During Indiana Midget Week, he flipped while leading two-thirds of the way through. And during Indiana Sprint Week, he clipped a turn two infield tire while leading and spun just three laps from the finish.

The first attempt at the resumption of racing saw fourth-running Kevin Thomas Jr. suffer heartbreak of his own on the 28th lap when he slowed on the front straightaway before stopping in turn two, ending a solid run for the 2016 Smackdown winner and Kokomo track champion, thus setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

When racing resumed, Bacon showed his involvement in the incident did not hamper the drive of his car or himself personally as he dug in on the bottom, surging off the final set of corners to nearly pull even with Cummins. As the two raced to the line side-by-side, with Cummins ahead by a wheel at the stripe, the two were greeted by the yellow flag instead of the checkered flag due to Bill Balog performing a 360-degree spin in turn two, which by rule, instantly brought out the yellow flag each time. Balog ultimately came to a complete stop.

Cummins then stifled a late-race challenge courtesy of Brady Bacon on a green-white-checkered finish to score the victory, his second straight with the series and the eighth of his career, equaling Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford and Joe Saldana for 55th all-time. (Rich Forman Photo)

Cummins' sight of Bacon underneath him in turn four just before the yellow was a bit of a surprise to him, as it turned out.

"I felt like on the restarts, I was pretty good," Cummins admitted. "I was loose in traffic, but I was holding them off, so I didn't want to do much different. I thought if I could just keep my momentum up, they couldn't pass me because it was super slick getting in both corners. Coming off four, it was slick on the bottom, and I didn't want to get hung up in there. I just thought I could run more through the middle. I got in there, got it turned and here he came on the bottom. Then, I figured the bottom must be pretty good!"

"It was a little nerve wracking," Cummins continued. "When I was coming through three and four, I thought I was fine. All of a sudden, here he comes up and I'm pretty sure I had him at the line if it would've went checkered then, but it feels better when you win and they're not right to the side of you."

Under the caution, Cummins made a few final adjustments both on the car and with his approach.

"I took a half turn out of both front shocks just to say I did something and give myself just a little bit extra," Cummins said. "Then, I slowed my entry down just a little bit in both corners and was going to make him pass me on the top. I wanted to stay a little bit more in the moisture down the back stretch and just not open it up for him to drive by me."

All went according to Cummins' blueprint when racing resumed, remaining closer to the bottom and denying Bacon any sensation of daylight to take advantage of underneath Cummins at the exits of turn two and four.

Cummins staved off the competition to capture the victory by 0.259 sec. over Bacon and Robert Ballou, who rounded out the podium. Outside front row starter Buddy Kofoid, making his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debut, finished 4th, while 2019 Smackdown opening night winner, Thomas Meseraull, rounded out the top-five.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 27, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.957; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.998; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.093; 4. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.159; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.214; 6. Bill Balog, 17B, Lein-13.216; 7. Damion Gardner, 5, Baldwin-13.300; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.316; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47c, Davis-13.439; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.478; 11. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.545; 12. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-13.547; 13. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.577; 14. Cody Gardner, 9G, Appco-13.649; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.663; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.680; 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.689; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.689; 19. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.701; 20. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-13.708; 21. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.716; 22. Chase Jones, 11AG, Gray-13.736; 23. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-13.868; 24. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.176; 25. Robert Brown Jr., 13, Brown-NT.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.024; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.070; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.086; 4. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.167; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.246; 6. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.260; 7. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-13.416; 8. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.439; 9. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.475; 10. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.524; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.524; 12. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.526; 13. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.539; 14. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-13.551; 15. Cole Bodine, 57x, Bodine/Crow-13.592; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-13.609; 17. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.614; 18. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-13.648; 19. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.700; 20. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.741; 21. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.792; 22. Jack James, 99, James-14.343; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.780; 24. David Hair, 44, Hair-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Colten Cottle, 8. Anthony D'Alessio, 9. Dustin Clark, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. 2:18.708

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Bill Balog, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Max Adams, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Chase Jones, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Cole Ketcham, 10. Kyle Shipley, 11. Cody Gardner, 12. Brian VanMeveren. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Austin Williams, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Brayden Fox, 11. Cole Bodine, 12. Robert Bell. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Carson Short, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Dustin Smith, 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Jack James. NT

THE FROLIC BAR & GRILL C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Max Adams, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Anthony D'Alessio, 9. Chase Jones, 10. Dustin Smith, 11. Dustin Clark, 12. David Hair, 13. Jack James, 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 15. Chris Phillips. 2:19.816

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Carson Short, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Colten Cottle, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Max Adams, 13. Matt Goodnight, 14. Noah Gass, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Cole Ketcham, 17. Cody Gardner, 18. Cole Bodine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (6), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Robert Ballou (8), 4. Buddy Kofoid (2), 5. Thomas Meseraull (7), 6. Logan Seavey (1), 7. Chase Stockon (12), 8. Chris Windom (21), 9. Jake Swanson (10), 10. C.J. Leary (11), 11. Justin Grant (20), 12. Clinton Boyles (18), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 15. Tyler Courtney (3), 16. Damion Gardner (15), 17. Shane Cottle (17), 18. Dave Darland (24), 19. Brandon Mattox (14), 20. Bill Balog (13), 21. Tyler Thomas (22), 22. Matt Westfall (19), 23. Stevie Sussex (16), 24. Carson Short (23). NT

**David Hair flipped during qualifying. Robert Bell flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Tyler Courtney, Laps 13-30 Kyle Cummins.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1,121, 2-Chase Stockon-1,061, 3-Brady Bacon-1,057, 4-Chris Windom-1,048, 5-C.J. Leary-1,015, 6-Carson Short-894, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-864, 8-Dave Darland-744, 9-Logan Seavey-715, 10-Brandon Mattox-669.

SMACKDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-13, 2-Justin Grant-9, 3-Clinton Boyles-6, 4-Kyle Cummins-5, 5-Robert Ballou-5, 6-Chase Stockon-5, 7-Brady Bacon-2, 8-Thomas Meseraull-2, 9-Jake Swanson-1, 10-C.J. Leary-1.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-112, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Justin Grant-73, 4-Kyle Cummins-70, 5-Kyle Larson-62, 6-Shane Cottle-61, 7-Logan Seavey-57, 8-Cannon McIntosh-57, 9-Robert Ballou-50, 10-Daison Pursley-48.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 28-29, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Winning Bonus: Kyle Cummins

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Cummins

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

The Frolic Bar & Grill C-Main Winner: Max Adams

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products/Circus City Speedway/Irvin King Hard Charger: Chris Windom (21st to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Carson Short

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Damion Gardner

ProSource Hard Work Award: Tyler Thomas

 

 

BONUSES ADDED FOR SMACKDOWN IX

Kokomo, Indiana (August 27, 2020)………A number of bonuses and awards have been added for this week’s Sprint Car Smackdown IX at Kokomo Speedway on Thursday, Aug. 27, Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Cars and the Tony Elliott Foundation have continued their great support of USAC racing with $2,500 worth of bonuses at this week's three-night USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event at Kokomo.

Elliott’s has posted a $500 bonus, which will go the Smackdown Rookie of the Year. A winning bonus of $500 each night will go to the feature winner on both Thursday and Friday of Smackdown while $1,000 will be awarded to the USAC 40-lap feature winner this Saturday night courtesy of Elliott’s, bumping up the winner’s total take home share to $11,000.

ProSource has once again put up rewards for competitors during this week's Sprint Car Smackdown IX, including a $500 Passing Master bonus for the driver who advances the most total positions from his or her original starting spot throughout the three feature events during Smackdown. Additionally, ProSource has added a $100 Hard Work bonus each night.

One of the great traditions on the Saturday night of Smackdown is B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill, which pits eight total cars in a tournament, bracket style format. Two cars will face off against each other at a time for three laps, carving the field down to the final two drivers who’ll duke it out for a chance to win the pole position for Saturday’s A-Main and a check for $418.29 from B & W for their efforts.

Previous winners of King of the Hill include Tracy Hines (2012), Chase Stockon (2013), Brady Bacon (2014-15), Tyler Courtney (2016 & 19), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2017) and Justin Grant (2018).

Fast Qualifying time on Thursday and Friday 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 and Wilwood Brakes will reward the 13th place finisher each night. Roger & Barb Tapy are supplying the 13th fastest qualifier with a fresh right rear tire each night. Saldana Racing Products is 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.

AMSOIL is the title sponsor of the USAC National Sprint Car championship. 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 Smackdown 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; Dirt Draft, the official Fantasy Racing Series 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.

Past Smackdown champions include Bryan Clauson (2012), Dave Darland (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2016), Tyler Courtney (2017 & 19) and Justin Grant (2018).

On Thursday and Friday night of Smackdown IX, front and pit gates open at 3pm ET, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. On Saturday night, front and pit gates open at 3pm ET, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. BOSS Sprint Cars join the event card for the Saturday night program.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, children age 12 and under free in general admission seats only. Pit passes are $35. 3-day advance reserved tickets are $85 and can be purchased at the ticket window on race night. Spectator tickets available at the gate. Pit passes available at www.usactickets.com.

You can watch all three nights of Smackdown IX LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 

SMACKDOWN IX RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 25, 2020).........Sprint Car Smackdown is one of those events that makes your pulse race just thinking about it. As the thought races through your consciousness, it's hard to compare an event more tantalizing than USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars full throttle, on the wall, wheel-to-wheel at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.
Now, multiply that over three consecutive nights, that's Smackdown IX.

The ninth annual event arrives at the quarter-mile of Kokomo with three complete programs of racing on Thursday, Aug. 27, Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29, the final night of which puts more money on the line, $10,000-to-win, $1,000 to start, and ups the lap count to 40 for the main event.

The leadup has already led to the potential of having the highest car count in the history of the event this week with already in excess of 50 making plans to race in the event with drivers coming from as far southeast as Florida, as far north at Minnesota, as far south as Texas and as far west as California, and even spanning the globe all the way to New Zealand.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) bested them all a year ago and owns two of the past three Sprint Car Smackdown crowns, taking the checkered in both 2017 and 2019. In fact, all four of his Kokomo USAC Sprint wins have come during Smackdown week, also taking prelim victories in both 2017-18. He nearly won this past July at Kokomo during Indiana Sprint Week, clipping a turn two infield tire marker and spinning while leading with three laps to go. Sandwiched between his two final night wins was a 2nd in the Smackdown finale of 2018.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) defeated Courtney that night to win the Smackdown finale in 2018, which stands as the 2017 and 2019 track champion's lone USAC National Sprint Car feature win at Kokomo. The current point leader of both USAC's Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series, Grant also finished 4th on the final night of Smackdown in 2019.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) took Smackdown top honors on the final night of the 2016 edition. The 2016 Kokomo track champion has collected a total of three USAC National Sprint Car wins at the quarter-mile dirt oval, once in 2013 and twice during Smackdown in 2016. He's also earned Smackdown final night finishes of 3rd in 2012 and 5th in 2015.

No driver owns more wins at Kokomo Speedway than Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.). Likewise, no driver owns more Smackdown final night victories than does Darland who won three-straight between 2013-14-15. The 1987-91-93-94 Kokomo track champion has nine overall USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Kokomo dating back to 1993. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer has also finished with Smackdown final night runs of 4th in both 2012 and 2016, plus a 5th in 2017.

Drivers who've already won Smackdown prelim features at Kokomo, but are seeking their first victories on the final night are Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), a three-time USAC National Sprint Car winner at Kokomo, two of which came during Smackdown prelim nights in 2012 and 2015. The 2010 and 2018 Kokomo track champ has earned Smackdown final night finishes of 3rd in 2016 and 4th in both 2013 and 2015.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), also a past Kokomo track champion in 2015, has three career USAC National Sprint wins at the track, including the first of his career back in 2016 during a Smackdown prelim and once again during a prelim in 2017. He's also the series' most recent Kokomo winner, taking home this past July's Indiana Sprint Week round. The defending USAC National Sprint Car champ has finished inside the top-ten in each of his last five Smackdown final night starts, including 3rd in each of the last two in 2018 and 2019.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has won a USAC National Sprint Car race at Kokomo three-years running - he and Courtney are the only ones who can claim that feat. Meseraull reigned victorious during the 2019 Smackdown opener after winning the Indiana Sprint Week round there in the two prior years of 2017 and 2018. However, his best final night Smackdown result thus far is a 10th in the inaugural edition in 2012.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) won not only his first Kokomo feature, but also earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory to boot on the second night of Smackdown in 2019. The 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion took 5th on the final night of Smackdown a night later for his best result in the event in two starts.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) captured the 2015 Smackdown opener during his USAC National Sprint Car championship season. His best Smackdown final night finish came in 2014 when he collected a 2nd. In his most recent start in the event, in 2017, he finished 3rd.

Recently crowned Indiana Sprint Week champion Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) won the second night prelim of Smackdown in 2015. He was the runner-up on the final night of Smackdown that same weekend in 2015 and was 3rd in 2013.

Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) won what remains his lone career USAC National Sprint Car victory in 2018 at Kokomo during a Smackdown prelim. He came narrowly close to winning the final night in 2017 where he finished 2nd and was also 8th in the 2018 finale.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph at Kokomo in 2016 during Indiana Sprint Week. The 2019 HARF Driver of the Year was the runner-up finisher on the final night of Smackdown in 2019. He was also 3rd in 2015 and 5th in 2016.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has been all around the top-five in his Smackdown career, finishing inside the top-five three times on the final night of the event in his career. He earned a best of 4th in 2014 and a pair of 5ths in both 2012 and 2018. However, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ in 2014 and 2016 has won three career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events at Kokomo, including the first of his career as a 16-year-old all the way back in 2006.

Joining in the fray are a slew of Smackdown veterans eying their first Kokomo USAC National Sprint Car wins, including Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), the four-time track champ in 2004-05-07-11, who has won with the series this year at Putnamville, Ind. and possesses Smackdown final night finishes of 2nd in 2013 and 7th place results in both 2012 and 2014.

Dustin Smith (Russiaville, Ind.) too is a past Kokomo track champion in 2002. The longtime sprint car veteran of a quarter century made his very first career Smackdown final night start just one year ago in 2019, finishing 16th.

Eight-time AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.), the 83-time USAC CRA winner and 16-time USAC National Sprint Car victor, will take the wheel of the Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5 for his first Smackdown appearance since 2012, where he finished 14th.

Carson Short, a runner-up finisher at Kokomo during Indiana Sprint Week in 2016, has made two final night Smackdown starts in 2018 (16th) and 2019 (18th). His Daigh-Phillips Motorsports team is the winningest owner in Smackdown history with five total victories, including the final night in 2013-14-15, all with driver Dave Darland.

Meanwhile, Colten Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), Shane's nephew, who finished 20th in 2016, is among the five entries aiming for a second Smackdown final night start along with Loomis, California's Max Adams (14th in 2019), Woodbury, Minnesota's Brian VanMeveren (21st in 2018), Muncie, Indiana's Cole Ketcham (22nd in 2019) and Greenwood, Missouri's Clinton Boyles (18th in 2018), a 4th place finisher at Kokomo this past June during Indiana Midget Week.

Among the drivers hoping to crack the Smackdown finale A-Main for a first time this year are top USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), who is teaming up with Seavey as a teammate in the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports stable. Kofoid scored a wing sprint car championship in 2019 at Ohio's Fremont Speedway but this weekend will mark his USAC Sprint debut.

While Kofoid sits third in the USAC National Midget standings, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) is 8th. While he has been running frequently on the local level in a sprint car, this weekend will mark his first USAC Sprint appearances. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Dustin Clark (Washington, Ind.) eyes a first Smackdown start while Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), who sits 10th in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points, is another first-time Smackdown final night A-Main hopeful.

Three-time USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget champion (2017-18-19) Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio is fairly new to the sprint car scene and is another Smackdown Rookie hopeful as is fellow Ohioan Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), a one-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner who won the BOSS portion of 2019 Smackdown.

Several of USAC's finest western contingent are making their Smackdown debuts, including 2017 West Coast Sprint champ Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), 2018 Southwest Sprint titlist Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.), 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.), 2019 USAC CRA Sprint Car points runner-up, Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) as well as 2019 USAC CRA and Southwest Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.).

Several of the names from the "Rookie" crop trying to reach the Smackdown final night A-Main this year for the first time as well are Kyle Shipley (Sun City, AZ), Anthony D'Alessio (Apollo Beach, Fla.), Brandon Long (Wichita Falls, Texas), Kurt Gross (Washington, Ind.), Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.), Chris Phillips (Plainfield, Ind.), Cody Gardner (Milford, Ohio), Zack Pretorius (Yorktown, Ind.), Chase Jones (Greenwood, Ind.), Anthony Nicholson (Millington, Tenn.), Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), David Hair (Indianapolis, Ind.), Brayden Fox (Avon, Ind.), Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa), Max Guilford (Auckland, N.Z.), Jack James (Harlan, Ind.) and Scott Evans (Rhome, Texas).

For all three nights of Smackdown IX, front and pit gates open at 3pm ET, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. BOSS Sprint Cars join the event card for the Saturday night program.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, children age 12 and under free in general admission seats only. Pit passes are $35. 3-day advance reserved tickets are $85 and can be purchased at the ticket window on race night. Spectator tickets available at the gate. Pit passes available at www.usactickets.com.

You can watch all three nights of Smackdown IX LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1,079, 2-Chase Stockon-1,002, 3-Chris Windom-996, 4-Brady Bacon-980, 5-C.J. Leary-965, 6-Carson Short-871, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-817, 8-Dave Darland-717, 9-Logan Seavey-655, 10-Brandon Mattox-642.

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ALL-TIME SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN WINNERS: (PRELIM NIGHTS INCLUDED)

2012: Bryan Clauson (8/23 & 8/25) & Chris Windom (8/24)

2013: Bryan Clauson (8/22) & Dave Darland (8/23 & 8/24)

2014: Jon Stanbrough (8/22) & Dave Darland (8/23 & 8/24)

2015: Robert Ballou (8/27), Chase Stockon (8/28) & Dave Darland (8/29)

2016: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8/25 & 8/27) & C.J. Leary (8/26)

2017: C.J. Leary (8/24) & Tyler Courtney (8/25 & 8/26)

2018: Tyler Courtney (8/23), Tyler Thomas (8/24) & Justin Grant (9/27)

2019: Thomas Meseraull (8/22), Logan Seavey (8/23) & Tyler Courtney (8/24)

 

 

ELDORA 4-CROWN NATIONALS RESCHEDULED TO 2021

ROSSBURG, Ohio (August 24, 2020) – Eldora Speedway officials have announced the 39th 4-Crown Nationals has been rescheduled to late September 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

On August 19, as part of Governor Mike DeWine and the State of Ohio’s continued efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued the “Director’s Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club and Professional Sports.” The robust mandate is the first to address spectators at grandstand events – including speedways – since the state of emergency was declared in March.

The 4-Crown Nationals weekend is anchored by the United States Auto Club and the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Silver Crown Champ Car divisions.

In recent years, the 4-Crown has enjoyed a renaissance and evolved into a homecoming for the nation’s premier open wheel racing series. Beginning with a new Friday night event for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars (WoO) in 2008, this was followed by the addition of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions by Mobil 1 Sprint Cars in 2016 which restored the Saturday night program to ‘four crowns.’ The event also celebrates the sport’s past with appearances by historic and vintage cars, and the sport’s future with three days of racing for over 250 USAC .25 Midget racers at “Little Eldora.”

After thoroughly assessing ODH’s requirements for attendees, participants, spectators, and venues, Eldora and series officials made the decision to reschedule the event for 2021.

Fans who purchased reserved seats, general admission tickets and campsites for the 39th 4-Crown should retain their tickets, camping credentials and receipts at this time. Information, including frequently asked questions and answers, has been posted at https://www.eldoraspeedway.com/4crown-covid/. Officials will communicate updated event information direct to patron accounts as it becomes available, on www.EldoraSpeedway.com and via Eldora’s official social channels.

 

 

KYLE LARSON CHARGES FROM 22ND TO WIN HOOSIER HUNDRED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 21, 2020).........It's not often that a driver can win the pole and also start from the back, charge to the front and win all in the same race. But, as the 2020 racing season has repeatedly asked us, is there anything Kyle Larson can't do?

In his first USAC Silver Crown appearance in eight seasons, Larson achieved another remarkable feat Sunday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the 65th running of the Hoosier Hundred after he and his team opted to change the right rear tire following Fatheadz qualifying on his Sean Michael Motorsports/JVI Group - Heffner Racing Enterprises - Blazer's Body Shop/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, gladly accepting the penalty that came along with it that sent him to the back of the pack for the start of the 100-lap main event on the one-mile dirt oval.

After initially qualifying for the pole position with the fastest single lap turned in the event in a quarter century, the decision sent Larson, along with six others who chose to swap out their right rear rubber, to the tail for the start. Specifically, Larson was re-slotted in the 22nd starting spot, which elevated Hoosier Hundred Rookie Logan Seavey and veteran C.J. Leary to the front row.

"I think we made a good call there to give up our qualifying position to put on a harder compound tire which allowed me to be aggressive all race long," Larson revealed.

That mentality of aggressiveness from Larson was evident early and often from the drop of the green flag which saw Leary shoot out to the lead from his outside front row starting spot to lead early. Meanwhile, two separate hard charges were simultaneously taking place. Defending Hoosier Hundred winner Tyler Courtney had risen from his 14th starting spot to 2nd in just seven laps while Larson went 22nd to 4th by lap nine when the first major melee of the night occurred.

First, Kyle Robbins slowed substantially coming out of turn four to force out the first yellow. Under yellow, as several of the top-ten frontrunners slowed for the caution in turn two, a major jumble up sent four-time Hoosier Hundred winner and seventh running Kody Swanson flipping along with 11th running David Byrne, who landed his car atop the inside guardrail. Austin Nemire, Jimmy Light and Terry Babb were also collected in the incident. All were uninjured, but out of the race for good.

On the attempted resumption, Courtney ripped around Leary for the top spot entering turn one while, simultaneously, Larson did the same to Seavey for third. Just moments later, disaster ensued once again in the very same spot in turn two as Hoosier Hundred Rookie Carmen Perigo flipped wildly down the back straightaway. Behind him, the field checked up on the binders with 2016 HH pole winner, Brady Bacon, getting the worst end of the deal, barrel rolling down the back straight. Both were uninjured.

John Heydenreich was also involved in the incident, coming to a rest up right against the inner guardrail in turn two, and was later transported for further observation, but was awake and alert.

The second lap 10 restart was déjà vu for Courtney as he repeated his outside turn one move for the lead by Leary just following the waving of the green flag. Larson, likewise, moved around Seavey for third in turn three, then took second a half lap later with an outside pass of Leary in turn one on the 10th lap.

Following lap 16 wall contact by Chris Urish between turns three and four that necessitated a yellow, Larson went to work on Courtney for the lead. On the 24th circuit, Larson faked high, then low on the front straight behind Courtney before taking the high side to storm around Courtney for the top of the leaderboard entering turn three a half lap later with a quarter of the race in the books.

Leary took over second from Courtney on the following lap, the 26th, and set forth toward Larson, ultimately reclaiming the lead on the 30th trip around the Indy Mile with an inside turn one pass. Leary, whose father Chuck Leary won the 1997 edition of the Hoosier Hundred, was aiming to become the first son of a former winner to also claim victory in the event.

Action slowed once again on the 34th lap as contact between Matt Westfall and Bryan Gossel in turn four sent Gossel rocketing hard into the outside concrete wall before flipping in his maiden Hoosier Hundred start, marking the fifth and final flip of the feature event. Gossel, who was running 21st at the time, emerged from the wreck unscathed.

From the ensuing restart onward, the front runners settled into a groove with Leary maintaining a one second interval over Larson as the race passed through the middle stages which saw another HH Rookie, Jake Swanson, enter the top-five, then to fourth, with two more accidents occurring for 8th running Chad Kemenah (lap 55) and 14th place Mike Haggenbottom (lap 64), both of whom had a meeting with the turn three outside wall, which ended both drivers' nights.

Although not leading at that stage, Larson, nonetheless, remained on the leader's pace while being mindful of his equipment, readying himself for a surge when the opportunity arose.

"It was a long race, but through the mid-point, I just tried to pace C.J. as much as I could, and also pace Tyler (Courtney) behind me," Larson recalled. "You just never know how your tire is when you see theirs under yellow."

The lap 69 restart was second place-running Larson's finest moment of the race as he immediately darted to the outside of Leary at the drop of the green flag, then cranked his car completely sideways in front of Leary as he blitzed to the top spot for good. Upon entry to turn one, Leary slid up the racetrack, allowing Courtney to dive underneath for second and dropping Leary to 3rd.

"I felt like on all the restarts, I could fire off better than C.J. for a few laps, so I wanted to be aggressive on that final restart," Larson explained. "I was able to get around him and then I wanted to set a fast pace. I felt like we probably all had enough wear in our tires to get by for another 30 laps."

With just a quarter of the race remaining, Courtney slowly but surely reeled Larson in, from five tenths, to four tenths to three tenths, and was right there withing striking distance on the 79th lap when his car slowed dramatically off turn four with an engine issue, forcing his car to a slow crawl to the back straightaway exit and ending his bid for a repeat HH triumph.

Newly-minted second-place driver Leary instantaneously closed the gap on Larson, standing just two car lengths back on the 82nd go-around, but was unable to get much closer than that, as Larson incrementally bumped up his lead to eight-tenths of a second. One more final bout with lapped traffic was presented to Larson with seven laps remaining as Patrick Lawson and Ronnie Wuerdeman were momentarily two wide entering turn one with Larson rapidly approaching just behind. Larson expertly escaped through the gap in between turns one and two, only losing a single tenth off his lead to Leary in the process from 0.8 to 0.7 sec.

Larson didn't allow Leary to get any closer than that in the final seven laps, reconstructing the interval between the two to a whopping 2.052 sec. at race's end as Larson raced to his first USAC Silver Crown victory since his legendary 4-Crown Nationals USAC sweep at Eldora Speedway of 2011.

In his first USAC Silver Crown start since the 2012 season, Kyle Larson earned his third career series victory on Sunday night at the Hoosier Hundred. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

Leary finished 2nd with Logan Seavey finishing a career-best 3rd in just his second career series start. Shane Cockrum took home 4th while Chris Windom snagged the 5th spot to round out the top-five.

One-hundred-mile dirt USAC Silver Crown races are taxing both mentally and physically on the driver, but for Larson, the achievement of success that comes from the fruits of his and the team's labor is the ultimate reward.

"I just ran really hard, but it was tough. I had my brakes to the floor and my power steering was really tight. It was a workout for 100 laps but it's all worth it. To add my name to the list, it feels special."

Following Larson's third career USAC Silver Crown win on Sunday night, both winners on the dirt have come from way back in the pack to reach victory lane. Shane Cottle started 23rd and won on Aug. 9 at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway while Larson charged from the 22nd starting position to win at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

With Justin Grant's 8th place run on Sunday, along with Kody Swanson's early race misfortune, Grant has now taken over the USAC Silver Crown point lead by 22 markers over Swanson.

Aaron Pierce's time of 6:36.928 during Sunday's qualifying race set a brand new 12-lap USAC Silver Crown track record at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, eclipsing the former mark of 6:42.010, which had been held by Gene Lee Gibson since Sept. 10, 1988.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 23, 2020 - Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Indiana - 1-Mile Dirt Oval - 65th Hoosier Hundred

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 19, Michael-31.426; 2. Logan Seavey, 22, Prestige Worldwide-31.850; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-31.887; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-31.915; 5. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-31.930; 6. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-31.933; 7. Shane Cockrum, 53, Five Three-32.116; 8. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-32.150; 9. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-32.198; 10. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-32.258; 11. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-32.294; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9, Dyson-32.363; 13. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-32.453; 14. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight-32.471; 15. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-32.527; 16. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-32.560; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.608; 18. Kyle Cummins, 69, Pink 69-32.636; 19. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-32.817; 20. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-32.883; 21. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-32.910; 22. Terry Babb, 88, Babb-32.963; 23. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-33.101; 24. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-33.105; 25. Casey Buckman, 74, Buckman-33.117; 26. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-33.179; 27. John Heydenreich, 37, Bohanon/Felker-33.297; 28. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-33.300; 29. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-33.381; 30. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-33.441; 31. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-33.457; 32. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-33.554; 33. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-33.620; 34. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-33.890; 35. Danny Long, 44, Long-34.474; 36. Justin Peck, 110, DMW-37.240.

QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Aaron Pierce, 2. Justin Grant, 3. John Heydenreich, 4. Austin Mundie, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 7. Mike Haggenbottom, 8. Travis Welpott, 9. Bryan Gossel, 10. Dallas Hewitt, 11. Danny Long, 12. Justin Peck. 6:36.928 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (22), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Shane Cockrum (23), 5. Chris Windom (24), 6. Jake Swanson (8), 7. Shane Cottle (4), 8. Justin Grant (20), 9. Kyle Cummins (26), 10. Matt Goodnight (21), 11. Casey Buckman (19), 12. Patrick Lawson (11), 13. Ronnie Wuerdeman (30), 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 15. Tyler Courtney (14), 16. Mike Haggenbottom (28), 17. Chad Kemenah (7), 18. Austin Mundie (27), 19. Kyle Robbins (17), 20. Matt Westfall (25), 21. Bryan Gossel (29), 22. Chris Urish (10), 23. Aaron Pierce (31), 24. Russ Gamester (15), 25. Brady Bacon (3), 26. Kody Swanson (6), 27. David Byrne (12), 28. Jimmy Light (5), 29. Terry Babb (16), 30. Austin Nemire (13), 31. Carmen Perigo (18), 32. John Heydenreich (32). NT

**Kody Swanson & David Byrne flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Carmen Perigo & Brady Bacon flipped on the lap 10 restart during the feature. Bryan Gossel flipped on lap 34 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 C.J. Leary, Laps 10-24 Tyler Courtney, Laps 25-29 Kyle Larson, Laps 30-68 C.J. Leary, Laps 69-100 Kyle Larson.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-199, 2-Kody Swanson-177, 3-Kyle Robbins-167, 4-Matt Goodnight-167, 5-Chris Windom-166, 6-Shane Cottle-163, 7-Aaron Pierce-151, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-149, 9-C.J. Leary-143, 10-Bryan Gossel-136.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-99, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Kyle Cummins-65, 4-Justin Grant-64, 5-Kyle Larson-62, 6-Shane Cottle-61, 7-Logan Seavey-57, 8-Cannon McIntosh-57, 9-Daison Pursley-48, 10-Robert Ballou-45.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Larson

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Kyle Larson (22nd to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ronnie Wuerdeman

Jerry Medlin 16th Place Finisher in Memory of Jerry Nemire: Mike Haggenbottom

 

 

BRIGHT SHINES IN SERIES RETURN TO PORT ROYAL

By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (August 22, 2020)………Alex Bright, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania was victorious in the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series return to the Port Royal Speedway, holding off Steven Drevicki in a fierce battle for the checkers.

Winged veterans, and both making their series debut, Kevin Nouse and Shawn Donath would share the front row for the night’s 25-lap feature event following the redraw from heat race competition.

As the field went green and into turns one and two, the vast majority of the field would quickly hug the bottom line, with Alex Bright and a handful of others heading to the high-side and passing cars quickly.

Bright was able to work his way into the runner up spot on the first lap, from his fourth place starting position, before taking the lead on lap two. Steven Drevicki also quickly moved his way into the top two positions on lap three and began his hunt of race leader Alex Bright.

Bright was glued to the high side of the speedway, with Drevicki trying the high line, low line, middle line, and any mixture of options trying to find the best way to maneuver around Alex Bright for the race lead. By lap eight, Drevicki was on the bumper of the number twenty machine, and nearly took the race lead by lap ten.

Ten laps into the feature event found Bright leading with Drevicki in a close second, Davie Franek in third, Shawn Donath in fourth and Chris Allen Jr rounding out the top five. Within the next two laps, the leaders began to encounter the back of the field and work through lapped traffic.

A close call came, when Steven Drevicki made light contact with the lapped car of Heidi Hedin, causing Drevicki to skate up the track, making contact with the Bright machine. Luckily both drivers held onto their cars and did not spin or lose any positions.

At the halfway point Bright had begun to stabilize his lead with Drevicki in a close second, Franek in a distant third, and Chris Allen and Shawn Donath side by side for the fourth and fifth place positions. Billy VanInwegen was marching his way into the top five from his ninth place starting spot and would move into the top five by lap seventeen.

While working lap eighteen, Austin Graby, filling in for Alex Yankowski spun entering turns one and two as the leaders were in thick lapped traffic. The ensuing restart would see the top five remain the same with the exception of Billy VanInwegen moving into the top five.

As the field went green, Bright held his lead with Drevicki attempting a slider for the race lead but thinking better of it and using the bottom. Billy VanInwegen would work by the seventy-one entry of Chris Allen Jr and the rest of the top five remaining the same.

The yellow flag would fly once more as the field was coming to the checkers as Bruce Buckwalter Jr would spin in turns one and two. This would set up a green, checkered, finish to settle who would grab the feature event win.

Taking the green and white flag on the restart, Bright had kept his lead, entering turn one Drevicki would attempt the big slider for the race lead, with Bright powering back by on the high side exiting turn four. With the dominant groove being on the bottom of the speedway in turns three and four, Bright would cruise off of the final corner and go on to collect his first career USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series Victory. Drevicki, Franek, VanInwegen, and Allen would be the top five.

Bright collects his first career win in his third career start with the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series. The new Hummer racing team has been fast so far in their three starts. Bright, the former ARDC and USAC Eastern Midget series champion, has a handful of USAC National Sprint Car Series starts during the annual Eastern Storm events. The prior sprint car experience appears to aid in the team’s ability to have found speed so quickly since joining the series.

Steven Drevicki continued his consistency continuing to add to his points lead over Chris Allen for the championship. Drevicki was a heat race winner on the night, and one of the only drivers who had a car that would work on the top or bottom of the speedway. Drevicki tried everything within reason to pass Bright, but the Hummer Racing Team and Alex Bright proved to be the dominant car.

“No Panic” Davie Franek returned for his second shot at non-winged sprint car racing, and yet again was impressive. Franek was able to hold off Alex Bright for the win in his heat race and ran a solid third all night. Franek has a pair of third place finishes in his two starts with the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series. Not too shabby for the former winged 360 series champion.

Billy VanInwegen and the Gallagher Racing Team are yet another team that has found a great deal of consistency thus far in 2020. VanInwegen ran a solid second to Steven Drevicki in heat race number one and pulled the nine pill in the feature redraw. Over the course of the feature event, VanInwegen, gradually became faster, and more confident coming home with a fourth-place effort.

Chris Allen Jr. rounded out the top five and continued his quest to shorten the gap on points leader Steven Drevicki. The Old Bridge, NJ driver has plenty of speed so far in 2020 and continues to knock on the doorstep of victory lane.

Twenty-Six Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, competitors entered the pit area on Saturday at the Port Royal Speedway, making the event the highest car count of the 2020 season, eclipsing the high mark of twenty-five at Orange County for the season opener.

Winged sprint car regulars Kevin Nouse and Shawn Donath both made their series debut on Saturday night at Port Royal. Nouse won heat three, and Donath finished second in heat three. Both drivers ran respectable throughout the main event. Donath ended up eighth in the feature and Nouse thirteenth. Not bad for their first ever starts in a non-winged car.

Up Next for the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is a return to the Delaware International Speedway on Saturday, September, Fifth. Last season, Christopher Allen and Steven Drevicki split the two events contested on the Southern Delaware oval.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2020 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all cars transfer) 1. 19-Steven Drevicki [5]; 2. 5G-Billy VanInwegen Jr. [2]; 3. 7-Austin Graby [4]; 4. 54-Joey Amantea [7]; 5. 117-David Swanson [8]; 6. 15-Mark Bitner [1]; 7. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [6]; 8. 12w-Troy Fraker [9]; 9. 32-Eric Jennings [3]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps, all cars transfer) 1. 28F-Davie Franek [7]; 2. 20-Alex Bright [8]; 3. 23-John Stehman [4]; 4. 17-Christian Bruno [5]; 5. 67-Jason Cherry [9]; 6. 96-Lee Kauffman [3]; 7. 74JR-J.R. Berry [6]; 8. 27c-Craig Pellegrini Jr. [2]; 9. 5Z-Zack Burd [1]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 Laps, all cars transfer) 1. 1J-Kevin Nouse [2]; 2. 53-Shawn Donath [4]; 3. 71-Chris Allen Jr. [5]; 4. 17J-Jonathan Swanson [3]; 5. 33B-Bill Unglert [1]; 6. 23m-Kenny Miller III [8]; 7. 5Q-Ryan Quackenbush [7]; 8. 3H-Heidi Hedin [6]. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Alex Bright [4]; 2. Steven Drevicki [5]; 3. Davie Franek [3]; 4. Billy VanInwegen Jr. [9]; 5. Chris Allen Jr. [6]; 6. Bill Unglert [15]; 7. Christian Bruno [11]; 8. Shawn Donath [2]; 9. David Swanson [13]; 10. J.R. Berry [20]; 11. Joey Amantea [10]; 12. Kenny Miller III [18]; 13. Kevin Nouse [1]; 14. Lee Kauffman [17]; 15. Jason Cherry [14]; 16. Jonathan Swanson [12]; 17. Austin Graby [8]; 18. Craig Pellegrini Jr. [23]; 19. John Stehman [7]; 20. Ryan Quackenbush [21]; 21. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [19]; 22. Troy Fraker [22]; 23. Heidi Hedin [24]; 24. Mark Bitner [16]; 25. Zack Burd [26]; 26. Eric Jennings [25]. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Shawn Donath, Laps 2-25 Alex Bright.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 5, 2020 – Delaware International Speedway – Delmar, Delaware

 

 

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA & WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 22, 2020 – Enid Speedway – Enid, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 21c-Robert Sellers [2]; 2. 31m-Eric Mathews [3]; 3. 65-Chris Parkinson [4]; 4. 24H-Ty Hulsey [1]; 5. 21-Harlan Hulsey [5]; 6. 6s-Spencer Martinez [7]; 7. 7D-David Baxter [6]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 53-Brett Wilson [4]; 2. 79-Tim Kent [1]; 3. P78-Perry Pickard [5]; 4. 6-Alison Slaton [6]; 5. 6x-Cameron Hagin [7]; 6. 5x-Paul Johnson [2]; 7. 97-Kevin Cummings [3]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 21p-Justin Patocka [4]; 2. 54-J.C. Wilson [2]; 3. 24c-Craig Carroll [3]; 4. 17-Michael Woodruff [6]; 5. 911-Waylon Weaver [5]; 6. 33L-Mark Lane [1]. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Brett Wilson [4]; 2. Tim Kent [7]; 3. Ty Hulsey [13]; 4. Eric Mathews [1]; 5. Cameron Hagin [12]; 6. Chris Parkinson [8]; 7. Craig Carroll [11]; 8. Justin Patocka [3]; 9. Harlan Hulsey[14]; 10. Waylon Weaver[15]; 11. Perry Pickard[5]; 12. Alison Slaton[9]; 13. Spencer Martinez [16]; 14. J.C. Wilson [6]; 15. Kevin Cummings [20]; 16. Mark Lane [18]; 17. Michael Woodruff [10]; 18. Paul Johnson [17]; 19. David Baxter [19]; 20. Robert Sellers [2]. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brett Wilson.

**Tobey Sampson of "Okie Race Cars" put up an extra $200 for the 30-lap feature winner.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: October 3, 2020 – Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, Oklahoma

NEXT USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE: August 28, 2020 – Lakeside Speedway – Lakeside, Kansas

 

 

KODY SWANSON REDEEMS
WITH NIGHT BEFORE THE 500 SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 22, 2020).........Following a discouraging conclusion to a superb first half performance in Friday night's USAC Silver Crown event at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., Kody Swanson and Nolen Racing were opted to claim a sense of redemption in Saturday night's Night Before the 500 USAC Sprint Car non-points special event.

Swanson, the Silver Crown point leader, led the first 40 laps of Friday's main event before a rear brake caliper failed on his car, relegating him out of contention for a win. Come Saturday, Swanson and the Nolen team weren't keen on having their winning plans thwarted once again, which they demonstrated by completing a night's sweep as fast qualifier and feature winner, leading all 40 laps in wire-to-wire fashion to claim the $10,000 top prize.

After Friday's whirlwind, the lost opportunity ate at Swanson, and he along with the Greenwood, Ind. based team weren't going to let opportunity slip through their fingers when they rolled their car onto LOR's pit lane bright and early on Saturday morning for the Sprint Car debut at the 70th Night Before the 500.

"It was actually pretty rough, I tell you," Swanson admitted of his two-race losing "'streak.'" Last night was actually tough because we put so much into the Silver Crown series and the effort there. We had one whale of a racecar last night."

Well, they had one whale of racecar on this night as well by any measure. Kody was Saturday's fastest qualifier in both the midget and sprint car divisions, which set him up for a spot on the pole in both of the night's features with the races lining up "straight up" based on qualifying time.

A win this past June at LOR in Must See Racing Sprint Car competition came with the team's trusty V6 engine. This time, the otherwise traditional V8 was under the hood of the Nolen Racing/KECO Coatings - Goodridge - K & N Filters/Beast/Tranter Chevy.

"It's the first time we've had this engine in this racecar," Swanson revealed. "We're a V6 team but we didn't know if we'd be able to hold everybody off here in a big race like this with it."

Right off the bat, the first lap spelled doom for eighth starting Nick Hamilton and fifth starting Ken Schrader, who was making his first Sprint Car start at LOR in his long, illustrious career. Both drivers and their cars wound up against the SAFER barrier in turn two, putting a sudden conclusion to each of their nights.

Early on, outside front row starter Aaron Pierce presented a steady challenge to Swanson as he kept pace to the inside of Swanson throughout the duration of the opening circuit. Swanson reached the start/finish line first at the end of lap one by a mere nose over Pierce, who promptly fell into line behind Swanson and gave chase to the five-time Silver Crown titlist.

Throughout the middle stages, Swanson's main culprit was the slew of traffic that lie ahead of him. As Swanson darted around and in-between the cars at the tail end of the lead lap, second-running Pierce inched his way closer to Swanson to within a couple car lengths away from the lead.

By lap 25, Swanson was in the clear as he ripped by the last remaining tail-end lead lap car, for the time being, that stood in his path to victory. Once clear, Swanson's field of vision only involved one car within his sight that shared the same straightaway as himself, providing him ample time to open his lead back up and distance himself from Pierce.


Kody Swanson and Nolen Racing completed a night's sweep as fast qualifier and feature winner, leading all 40 laps, wire-to-wire, to claim the $10,000 top prize.
(Al Steinberg Photo)


It was easy-peasy from that point forward as Swanson was switching to glide to lead the remainder, and the entirety, of the feature event for his second LOR win in the past two nights, and third of the year. It was a more-than-welcome sight for the Kingsburg, Calif. native after the wrinkle that dogged the team the night before in the Silver Crown race.

"Today, they rallied and gave us a great sprint car," Swanson remarked. "I appreciate the effort of everyone that's a part of this Nolen Racing team. We do this in memory of Gene (Nolen), and I'm so thankful for his son, Greg, who's carrying the torch for us and doing a great job of running a race team. These guys are first class and I'm thankful to be racing for them."

Pierce finished 2nd to a Swanson for the second consecutive night at LOR. Friday night, it was Tanner, and on Saturday, the culprit was Kody keeping Pierce at Bay. Kyle Hamilton recorded a pair of third-place results on Saturday in both the midget and the sprint car feature. Tyler Roahrig (Mishawaka, Ind.) took 4th in the final tally while Tanner Swanson finished 5th on the heels of a Silver Crown victory the night before. Bobby Santos, meanwhile, scored a 6th after winning the Midget feature earlier in the evening.

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USAC SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2020 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - .686-Mile Paved Oval - Night Before the 500

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 4, Nolen-20.992; 2. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.103; 3. Tanner Swanson, 77, Doran-21.159; 4. Tyler Roahrig, 56, Roahrig-21.184; 5. Ken Schrader, 78, Armstrong-21.225; 6. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-21.233; 7. Kyle Hamilton, 5, Klatt-21.307; 8. Nick Hamilton, 32H, Hamilton-21.429; 9. Billy Wease, 12, Wease-21.495; 10. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.507; 11. Kyle O'Gara, 67, SFHR-21.515; 12. Derek Bischak, 31, Performance Assurance-21.663; 13. Chris Neuenschwander, 12N, Powell-21.774; 14. Teddy Alberts, 44, Wolverine-21.893; 15. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-21.934; 16. Bryan Gossel, 6G, Gossel-22.010; 17. Joe Liguori, 8A, Reiser-22.051; 18. Christian Koehler, 10, Koehler-22.160; 19. Brian Vaughn, 71, Carmany-22.243; 20. Charlie Schultz, 9s, Reiser-22.397; 21. Mario Clouser, 92, Guess-22.716; 22. Gary Dunkle, 34, Dunkle-23.604; 23. Chris Jagger, 27J, Jagger-23.711; 24. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 32, Broadus-NT; 25. Tony Main, 74, Main-NT; 26. Justin Harper, 53, Harper-NT.

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Aaron Pierce (2), 3. Kyle Hamilton (7), 4. Tyler Roahrig (4), 5. Tanner Swanson (3), 6. Bobby Santos (6), 7. Billy Wease (9), 8. Kyle O'Gara (11), 9. Derek Bischak (12), 10. Travis Welpott (15), 11. Bryan Gossel (16), 12. Joe Liguori (17), 13. Brian Vaughn (19), 14. Teddy Alberts (14), 15. Charlie Schultz (20), 16. Gary Dunkle (22), 17. Chris Jagger (23), 18. Mario Clouser (21), 19. Russ Gamester (10), 20. Christian Koehler (18), 21. Chris Neuenschwander (13), 22. Nick Hamilton (8), 23. Ken Schrader (5). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Kody Swanson.

SANTOS’ RESILIENCE NETS NIGHT BEFORE THE 500 WIN #2

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 22, 2020)………Bobby Santos admitted that it took him a minute to get reacclimated to midget racing Saturday night at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway.

Yet, when was all said and done, there was no evidence of rust anywhere to be found as Santos stood up in his seat to celebrate his second career Night Before the 500 victory in the USAC non-points special midget event at the .686-mile paved oval.

The victory for Santos came aboard a car prepared by an all East Coast team, one that has a heritage of success at LOR, including two victories with Ken Schrader behind the wheel of the team’s Silver Crown car in 1986 and 1989.

This particular evening belonged to Santos, however, as he led the first half of the 30-lap feature, lost the lead, then regained it with 11 laps remaining to secure the monumental victory in the Seymour-West/Indy Performance Composites – DTF Performance – Seaman Mechanical/Beast/Stanton SR-11x.

“These guys are awesome,” Santos said of the Seymour-West team. “They put together an unbelievable racecar, Jeff West, IPC, Matt and Bobby Seymour. I drove for them years ago, and it’s pretty awesome to get back into one of their racecars, ‘The Spirit of Boston.’ That means a lot to be driving the 29.”

The Franklin, Mass. native’s first Night Before the 500 Midget victory came 14 years ago in 2006, making it the longest duration between victories in the event, surpassing the 12 years that passed between Mel Kenyon’s second and third victories in the event in 1965 and 1977.

The win marked Santos’ ninth overall USAC-sanctioned victory at LOR, which ranks fourth all-time in that department. Interesting enough, the battle for victory came down between he and the only other past Night Before the 500 winner in the starting field for the midget feature, 2010 victor Tanner Swanson, who owns seven USAC victories of his own at LOR, including the previous night’s Silver Crown 100-lapper.

Santos broke away from his outside front row starting position to nip pole sitter Kody Swanson at the line and lead the opening lap by a single car length over the eight-time LOR USAC winner who scored an Indy Pro 2000 Series triumph at the same track just one night prior.

Stretching his lead out to 12 car lengths early on, Santos began to be reeled in ever so slightly by the suddenly surging Tanner Swanson, who cropped Santos’ advantage from 1.2 sec. to around six-tenths just prior to the lap 16 yellow for 18th running Nathan Byrd who spun and smacked the turn two wall with the left side of his machine. He was okay.

Continuing his sudden surge, Tanner, wheeling the most recent Night Before the 500 winning car driven to victory by Tracy Hines 2014, dove to the inside of turn one on the ensuing restart, sliding up in front of Santos as he drifted to the outside wall. Meanwhile, Santos cut back under to ride side-by-side with Tanner momentarily before Tanner bested Santos off turn two to secure the lead for the next four circuits while third-starting Californian, Courtney Crone, impressed by moving to third as Kody Swanson began to drop out of contention, and out of the race, with a cut left rear tire, finishing 18th.

However, on the 20th lap, Santos flexed his muscle with a resilient comeback that saw him throw his machine to the bottom of turn three under Tanner. The two rode wheel-to-wheel throughout the entirety of the long sweeping corners before Santos ultimately emerged with the race lead off turn four.

Kyle Hamilton made a furious challenge for second on Tanner in the waning laps, with Tanner clamping down to retain the runner-up spot while Santos distanced himself from the herd to snag the 1.382 sec. margin of victory over Tanner Swanson, Kyle Hamilton, Thomas Meseraull and 15-year-old NEMA regular, Jake Trainor. Crone, the 2016 USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year, fell back to sixth at race’s end.

Utilizing a Stanton SR-11x engine from Hayward Motorsports and raced by Tanner Thorson on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail, Santos added onto his LOR USAC win total with his second midget score to go along with four Silver Crown and three Sprint Car wins.

In the end, it was a complete team effort and the resiliency of Santos to get up, get knocked down, then get back up again two-thirds of the way into the event to earn a race win that both team and driver will forever covet.

“At the end of the race, my guys gave me a rock solid racecar; they gave me what I needed,” Santos remarked. “We took off good at the start, but he obviously did a little better job than I did getting going. I just kept my cool and knew if I continued to roll the top, we could attack him again.”

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USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2020 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – 70th Night Before the 500

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 3, Bohanon/Felker-21.238; 2. Bobby Santos, 29, Seymour/West-21.413; 3. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-21.571; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-21.625; 5. Tanner Swanson, 7K, Petry/Irwin-21.643; 6. Jake Trainor, 8, Trainor-21.774; 7. Justin Grant, 66, Sanderson-21.864; 8. Kyle Hamilton, 4, Klatt-21.930; 9. Kyle O’Gara, 1BR, SFHR-22.017; 10. Mario Clouser, 99, Guess-22.031; 11. Cole Carter, 47, Bertrand-22.135; 12. Jim Anderson, 36, Anderson-22.216; 13. Johnny Zych, 9, Zych-22.248; 14. Avery Stoehr, 39, Bertrand-22.282; 15. Todd Bertrand, 48, Bertrand-22.289; 16. Nick Hamilton, 33, Hamilton-22.304; 17. Alby Ovitt, 17, Bertrand-22.309; 18. Nathan Byrd, 33B, RayPro-22.356; 19. Derek Bischak, 31, BCD-22.613; 20. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-22.796; 21. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Western Speed-22.807; 22. Maria Cofer, 88, Arata-23.026; 23. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-24.121; 24. Ryan Shilkuski, 75, Shilkuski-NT; 25. Brandon Maurer, 14, Maurer-NT; 26. Dylan Nobile, 80x, Western Speed-NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (2), 2. Tanner Swanson (5), 3. Kyle Hamilton (8), 4. Thomas Meseraull (4), 5. Jake Trainor (6), 6. Courtney Crone (3), 7. Cole Carter (11), 8. Nick Hamilton (16), 9. Jim Anderson (12), 10. Kyle O’Gara (9), 11. Kevin Studley (20), 12. Mario Clouser (10), 13. Derek Bischak (19), 14. Johnny Zych (13), 15. Todd Bertrand (15), 16. Alby Ovitt (17), 17. Maria Cofer (22), 18. Kody Swanson (1), 19. Avery Stoehr (14), 20. Nathan Byrd (18), 21. Cody Gerhardt (21), 22. Justin Grant (7), 23. Annie Breidinger (23), 24. Ryan Shilkuski (24). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Bobby Santos, Laps 16-19 Tanner Swanson, Laps 20-30 Bobby Santos.

 

 

CARB NIGHT TRIUMPH MAKES TANNER
LOR'S WINNINGEST USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 21, 2020).........After watching his brother, Kody, score the victory in his Indy Pro 2000 Series debut earlier in the evening, Tanner Swanson made Friday an all-Swanson night, leading the final 60 circuits of the 100-lap Dave Steele Carb Night Classic en route to becoming the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway with his sixth career triumph at the .686-mile paved oval.

Tanner's victory broke a three-way tie at the top for most USAC Silver Crown wins at LOR with his older sibling, Kody Swanson, and Mike Bliss. Tanner's second career Dave Steele Carb Night Classic victory, and first since 2016, marked his eighth career Silver Crown victory, tying him with Chris Windom for 14th all-time.

But this particular one was special during the 50th Silver Crown event held at LOR. It was Tanner's first win with the series in over four years aboard his Bowman Racing/Brickers Pub - T.J. Forge/Beast/Kistler Chevy, one that elevated him as the standard bearer at a track that has been the stage for most of his greatest achievements in the sport, and put him atop all the heroes he remembered watching when he was just beginning in the sport, many of whom he watched from afar and aspired to be, at venues such as LOR.

"It's awesome to see that record," Tanner said. "2004 was (Kody and I's) first time in sprint cars and midgets. We were walking through the pits looking at Tracy Hines, A.J. Fike, Bobby Santos and all these guys we watched on TV, and now we get to etch our names next to those types of guys. It's surreal to be able to race at this level with family."
It just so happened to be an all Swanson front row as well with Tanner occupying the outside and Kody the pole after earlier earning his record-extending 31st career Fatheadz Qualifying time with the series, while also earning a $1,000 bonus courtesy of Mac and Carol Steele, parents of the late 12-time LOR USAC winner, Dave Steele.

It was a tad different scenery for Tanner than what he'd become accustomed to over the past couple of years in the event. He took the back row challenge in the last two Carb Night Classics, driving from 22nd to 2nd in 2018 and 17th to 2nd in 2019. This time around, no such challenge was in play, so in essence, Tanner practically had a head start on the competition.

However, Kody shot out to the early advantage, and by lap 17, the top-three of Kody, Tanner and reigning Carb Night Classic winner, Kyle Hamilton, were nose-to-tail. Hamilton made a bid for second between turns one and two when he and Tanner made tire-to-tire contact - Hamilton's right rear to Tanner's left rear - igniting a brief shower of sparks and sending Hamilton into a spin while Tanner became sideways, but saved it and continued on.

"Early on, you can't afford to give anyone any extra space," Tanner explained. "He didn't get enough to clear me, so we ended up running into each other. I hate it for him that he ended up going to the back but, thankfully, all the tires stayed up and we were able to continue on."

Hamilton stopped in turn two but proceeded to drive back up through the field following the restart to finish an impressive third in the final rundown.

From thereon, Tanner took a brief peek under Kody in turn three but was unable to make up any substantial ground as Kody pulled back out to a roughly 10-car length advantage with more than a third of the race in arrears.

"Early on, I was trying to play with him," Tanner recalled of Kody. "I was watching his hands and seeing how much he was having to work for it. I tried to show him a wheel to see if I could get him to hustle a little bit, but his car was on rails."

However, on lap 40, a problem with the rear brake caliper surfaced for Kody, forcing him into an action rarely seen in auto racing, especially one who's your toughest competition, and also just so happens to be your brother.

"I saw he had a rear brake caliper fail and I saw sparks and things going bad," Tanner remembered. "He checked up and he actually waved me by down the back stretch. I appreciate that he gave us the opportunity like that, but that's Kody. He races you the way you want to be raced."

Tanner immediately pulled away from Kody, distancing himself from the competition until lap 56 when John Heydenreich spun exiting turn two and plowed into the inside wall on the back straightaway. Under yellow, Kody relented his second place running position to pit with his Nolen Racing crew instantaneously putting the car on jacks and going to work. Ultimately, Kody did return to the fray one lap down, soldiering on to finish 10th.


Tanner Swanson's victory broke a three-way tie at the top for most USAC Silver Crown wins at LOR with his older sibling, Kody Swanson, and Mike Bliss. Tanner's second career Dave Steele Carb Night Classic victory, and first since 2016, marked his eighth career Silver Crown victory, tying him with Chris Windom for 14th all-time after. (David Nearpass Photo)


Tanner, for all intents and purposes, wrote his own zip code during the second half of the race, cruising on his lonesome up front while a dice up for positions was occurring from second on back. Aaron Pierce slipped by Bobby Santos late for the second position, his best run since a similar runner-up finish on the dirt in the 2015 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, all while Hamilton slotted into third.

Navigating his way through traffic with ample ease, Tanner carried out his winning ambitions with a victory in his first racing start of any kind in 2020, dominating the final stages to earn the victory over Pierce, Hamilton and Santos with Justin Grant rounding out the top-five.

There are many roads that lead to success. Tanner and Bowman Racing have taken the road most often traveled, a pairing whose yearly schedule consists annually of only one track, one car, one driver and one team. A system which they have demonstrated they have down pat.

"This is the only time I sit in a racecar all year, so I don't develop any bad habits anywhere else," Tanner said with a laugh. "This is the only place I remember, same with the car. This is the only place these guys come run."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 21, 2020 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - .686-Mile Paved Oval - Dave Steele Carb Night Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-20.732; 2. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-20.977; 3. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.163; 4. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-21.185; 5. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-21.193; 6. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong-21.251; 7. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.363; 8. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.375; 9. John Heydenreich, 37, Bohanon/Felker-21.386; 10. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight-21.387; 11. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-21.411; 12. Kyle O'Gara, 1, SFHR-21.489; 13. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.541; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.613; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.786; 16. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-21.920; 17. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-21.959; 18. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-22.218; 19. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-22.731; 20. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-22.764; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT; 22. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-NT; 23. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-NT; 24. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (2), 2. Aaron Pierce (7), 3. Kyle Hamilton (4), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Justin Grant (3), 6. Eric Gordon (6), 7. Patrick Lawson (21), 8. Russ Gamester (8), 9. Chris Windom (10), 10. Kody Swanson (1), 11. Shane Cottle (13), 12. Austin Nemire (14), 13. Matt Goodnight (15), 14. Travis Welpott (18), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (20), 16. Toni Breidinger (17), 17. Kyle Robbins (19), 18. Derek Bischak (11), 19. Kyle O'Gara (12), 20. John Heydenreich (9), 21. Bryan Gossel (22), 22. Jim Anderson (16), 23. Dave Berkheimer (24), 24. Brent Yarnal (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Kody Swanson, Laps 41-100 Tanner Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-160, 2-Justin Grant-150, 3-Kyle Robbins-142, 4-Aaron Pierce-131, 5-Bobby Santos-131, 6-Matt Goodnight-124, 7-Mike Haggenbottom-118, 8-Bryan Gossel-114, 9-Shane Cottle-111, 10-Travis Welpott-109.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-80, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Shane Cottle-61, 4-Logan Seavey-57, 5-Cannon McIntosh-57, 6-Justin Grant-52, 7-Kyle Cummins-48, 8-Daison Pursley-48, 9-Robert Ballou-45, 10-Andrew Layser-44.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: August 23, 2020 - Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Indiana - 1-Mile Dirt Oval - 65th Hoosier Hundred

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson

Mac & Carol Steele $1,000 Fast Qualifying Bonus: Kody Swanson

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Patrick Lawson (21st to 7th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Matt Goodnight

Jerry Medlin 16th Place Finisher in Memory of Jerry Nemire: Toni Breidinger

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED RESULTS: (1953-2019)

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 21, 2020)………A look at the history of the Hoosier Hundred results through the years, since the beginning from 1953-2019, as we prepare the 65th running of the grand USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event this Sunday, August 23, at the one-mile dirt track at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The Hoosier Hundred has been held annually since 1953, with only a handful of interruptions due to inclement weather. Today, it remains one of the oldest, most tradition-rich racing events on the planet. Many of its winners have gone to achieve legendary status in auto racing with a list that includes A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti who are among the seven drivers to have won both the Hoosier Hundred and the Indianapolis 500 in their careers along with Bob Sweikert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones and Al Unser.

Advance tickets for the 65th running of the Hoosier Hundred are available online now at www.usactickets.com. Grandstand tickets are $30 apiece, $10 for children age 3-11 and free for kids age 2 and under. Infield tickets are $20 each, $5 for children age 3-11 and free for kids age 2 and under.

Pits for the USAC Silver Crown race on Sunday will open at Noon ET on raceday, August 23, while grandstands open at 2pm, with on-track action beginning with practice at 4pm, qualifying at 5:15, vintage cars at 6:15, the qualifying race at 7pm and the 100-lap Hoosier Hundred at 8pm. Silver Crown cars are the only class featured in the event.

For more ticket information on tickets, contact Track Enterprises office at (217) 764-3200.

You can watch the Hoosier Hundred LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

1953

1. Bob Sweikert, 2. Manny Ayulo, 3. Johnnie Parsons, 4. Don Freeland, 5. Sam Hanks, 6. Tony Bettenhausen, 7. Pat O'Connor, 8. Rodger Ward, 9. Ed Elisian, 10. Duane Carter, 11. Jimmy Bryan, 12. Paul Russo, 13. Rex Easton, 14. Chuck Weyant, 15. Mike Nazaruk, 16. Andy Linden, 17. Gene Hartley, 18. Leroy Warriner.

1954

1. Jimmy Bryan, 2. Bob Sweikert, 3. Sam Hanks, 4. Jack McGrath, 5. Jimmy Reece, 6. Ed Elisian, 7. Tommy Hinnershitz, 8. Johnnie Tolan, 9. Rodger Ward, 10. Jerry Hoyt, 11. Cal Niday, 12. Rex Easton, 13. Bob Carroll, 14. Ray Crawford, 15. Manny Ayulo, 16. Johnnie Parsons, 17. Chuck Weyant, 18. Jiggs Peters.

1955

1. Jimmy Bryan, 2. Johnny Thomson, 3. George Amick, 4. Tony Bettenhausen, 5. Pat O'Connor, 6. Don Freeland, 7. Ed Elisian, 8. Jimmy Reece, 9. Andy Linden, 10. Johnny Kay, 11. Eddie Russo, 12. Eddie Johnson, 13. Bob Veith, 14. Rodger Ward, 15. Jack McGrath, 16. Mike Magill, 17. Bob Sweikert, 18. Earl Motter.

1956

1. Jimmy Bryan, 2. Pat O'Connor, 3. Rodger Ward, 4. Jud Larson, 5. Al Keller, 6. Gene Hartley, 7. Bob Veith, 8. Andy Linden, 9. Don Freeland, 10. Mike Magill, 11. Johnny Boyd, 12. George Amick, 13. Earl Motter, 14. Elmer George, 15. Jim Rathmann, 16. Johnny Thomson, 17. Tommy Hinnershitz, 18. Tony Bettenhausen.

1957

1. Jud Larson, 2. Jimmy Bryan, 3. George Amick, 4. Len Sutton, 5. Don Branson, 6. Elmer George, 7. Ed Elisian, 8. Jimmy Reece, 9. Jack Turner, 10. Pat O'Connor, 11. Tony Bettenhausen, 12. Ralph Liguori, 13. Rodger Ward, 14. Johnny Boyd, 15. Rex Easton, 16. Don Freeland, 17. Johnny Thomson, 18. Andy Linden.

1958

1. Eddie Sachs, 2. Johnny Thomson, 3. Rodger Ward, 4. Don Branson, 5. Tony Bettenhausen, 6. Earl Motter, 7. Jimmy Reece, 8. A.J. Foyt, 9. Ed Elisian, 10. Elmer George, 11. Johnnie Tolan, 12. Jim Packard, 13. Gene Hartley, 14. Paul Russo, 15. Joe Barzda, 16. Don Freeland, 17. Jud Larson, 18. Ralph Liguori.

1959

1. Rodger Ward, 2. Eddie Sachs, 3. A. J. Foyt, 4. Jim McWithey, 5. Len Sutton, 6. Bobby Grim, 7. Don Freeland, 8. Ralph Liguori, 9. Bill Homeier, 10. Buddy Cagle, 11. Lee Drollinger, 12. Shorty Templeman, 13. Lloyd Ruby, 14. Gene Force, 15. Tony Bettenhausen, 16. Jim Hurtubise, 17. Don Branson, 18. Jim Packard.

1960

1. A.J. Foyt, 2. Tony Bettenhausen, 3. Gene Force, 4. Don Branson, 5. Johnny Thomson, 6. Roger McCluskey, 7. Len Sutton, 8. Chuck Stevenson, 9. Shorty Templeman, 10. Lee Drollinger, 11. Chuck Hulse, 12. Jim Hurtubise, 13. Eddie Sachs, 14. Rodger Ward, 15. Cotton Farmer, 16. Bobby Grim, 17. Parnelli Jones, 18. Jim Packard, 19. Wayne Weiler.

1961

1. A.J. Foyt, 2. Bobby Marshman, 3. Jim McElreath, 4. Len Sutton, 5. Shorty Templeman, 6. Chuck Hulse, 7. Ralph Liguori, 8. Don Branson, 9. Danny Jones, 10. Dick Rathmann, 11. Bob Mathouser, 12. Parnelli Jones, 13. Don Davis, 14. Roger McCluskey, 15. Elmer George, 16. Al Keller, 17. Rodger Ward, 18. Jim Hurtubise.

1962

1. Parnelli Jones, 2. Don Branson, 3. Jim McElreath, 4. Roger McCluskey, 5. Rodger Ward, 6. Bobby Marshman, 7. Chuck Hulse, 8. Jim Hurtubise, 9. Ernie Koch, 10. Ronnie Duman, 11. Bobby Grim, 12. Ralph Liguori, 13. Lloyd Ruby, 14. Allen Crowe, 15. Johnny Rutherford, 16. A. J. Foyt, 17. Bobby Marvin, 18. Elmer George.

1963

1. Rodger Ward, 2. Don Branson, 3. A.J. Foyt, 4. Johnny Rutherford, 5. Jim McElreath, 6. Roger McCluskey, 7. Johnny White, 8. Lloyd Ruby, 9. Ronnie Duman, 10. Jim Hurtubise, 11. Bobby Grim, 12. Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, 13. Sonny Helms, 14. Bob Harkey, 15. Chuck Hulse, 16. Ralph Liguori, 17. Colby Scroggin, 18. Parnelli Jones.

1964

1. A.J. Foyt, 2. Rodger Ward, 3. Don Branson, 4. Jud Larson, 5. Bud Tingelstad, 6. Arnie Knepper, 7. Ronnie Duman, 8. Len Sutton, 9. Lloyd Ruby, 10. Mario Andretti, 11. Norm Hall, 12. Joe Leonard, 13. Bob Harkey, 14. Gordon Johncock, 15. Bobby Unser, 16. Bobby Marshman, 17. Parnelli Jones, 18. Johnny Rutherford.

1965

1. A.J. Foyt, 2. Mario Andretti, 3. Jud Larson, 4. Bobby Unser, 5. Red Riegel, 6. Johnny Rutherford, 7. Carl Williams, 8. George Snider, 9. Bob Harkey, 10. Lloyd Ruby, 11. Gary Congdon, 12. Billy Foster, 13. Don Branson, 14. Bud Tingelstad, 15. Arnie Knepper, 16. Jim Hurtubise, 17. Greg Weld, 18. Bruce Jacobi.

1966

1. Mario Andretti, 2. A.J. Foyt, 3. Arnie Knepper, 4. Don Branson, 5. Chuck Hulse, 6. Dick Atkins, 7. Bud Tingelstad, 8. Ronnie Duman, 9. Larry Dickson, 10. Jim McElreath, 11. Al Miller (Krulac), 12. George Snider, 13. Carl Williams, 14. Roger McCluskey, 15. Billy Foster, 16. Ralph Liguori, 17. Bobby Unser, 18. Bob Tattersall.

1967

1. Mario Andretti, 2. A.J. Foyt, 3. Al Unser, 4. Billy Vukovich, 5. Jim McElreath, 6. Bruce Walkup, 7. Carl Williams, 8. Roger McCluskey, 9. Chuck Hulse, 10. Ralph Liguori, 11. Ronnie Duman, 12. Rollie Beale, 13. Norm Brown, 14. Larry Dickson, 15. Bill Puterbaugh, 16. Johnny Rutherford, 17. George Snider, 18. Bobby Unser.

1968

1. A.J. Foyt, 2. Mario Andretti, 3. George Snider, 4. Gary Bettenhausen, 5. Billy Vukovich, 6. Arnie Knepper, 7. Larry Dickson, 8. George Benson, 9. Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, 10. Art Pollard, 11. Chuck Booth, 12. Roger McCluskey, 13 Wally Dallenbach, 14. Jim Malloy, 15. Al Unser, 16. Bobby Unser, 17. Greg Weld, 18. Ralph Liguori.

1969

1. A.J. Foyt, 2. Gary Bettenhausen, 3. Bobby Unser, 4. Al Unser, 5. Greg Weld, 6. Mario Andretti, 7. George Snider, 8. Ralph Liguori, 9. Bud Tingelstad, 10. Bruce Walkup, 11. Carl Williams, 12. Bob Harkey, 13. Jim McElreath, 14. Billy Vukovich, 15. Roger McCluskey, 16. Bill Puterbaugh, 17. Mike Mosley, 18. Art Pollard.

1970

1. Al Unser, 2. Ralph Liguori, 3. A.J. Foyt, 4. Sam Sessions, 5. Mike Mosley, 6. Bruce Walkup, 7. Greg Weld, 8. Bentley Warren, 9. Will Cagle, 10. Jim McElreath, 11. Mario Andretti, 12. Jim Malloy, 13. Bob Harkey, 14. George Snider, 15. Carl Williams, 16. Bill Puterbaugh, 17. Johnny Parsons, 18. Jerry Poland.

1971

1. Al Unser, 2. George Snider, 3. Larry Dickson, 4. A.J. Foyt, 5. Billy Vukovich, 6. Jim McElreath, 7. Sam Sessions, 8. Bill Puterbaugh, 9. Arnie Knepper, 10. Merle Bettenhausen, 11. Bob Harkey, 12. Don Nordhorn, 13. Jim Malloy, 14. Carl Williams, 15. Johnny Parsons, 16. Joe Saldana, 17. Mario Andretti, 18. Gary Bettenhausen, 19. Karl Busson, 20. Johnny Rutherford, 21. Jimmy Caruthers, 22. Bruce Walkup, 23. Roger McCluskey, 24. Art Pollard.

1972

1. Al Unser, 2. A.J. Foyt, 3. George Snider, 4. Sam Sessions, 5. Greg Weld, 6. Roger McCluskey, 7. Jim McElreath, 8. Rollie Beale, 9. Joe Saldana, 10. Ronnie Burke, 11. Jimmy Caruthers, 12. Tom Bigelow, 13. Carl Williams, 14. Ralph Liguori, 15. Rick Goudy, 16. Bob Evans, 17. Bill Puterbaugh, 18. Mike Mosley, 19. Lee Kunzman, 20. Arnie Knepper, 21. Jerry Miller, 22. Don Nordhorn, 23. Bob Harkey, 24. Larry Dickson.

1973

1. Al Unser, 2. Johnny Parsons, 3. Tom Bigelow, 4. Pancho Carter, 5. Arnie Knepper, 6. Joe Saldana, 7. Darl Harrison, 8. Gary Ponzini, 9. Mel Cornett, 10. Karl Busson, 11. Mike Gregg, 12. Ralph Liguori, 13. A.J. Foyt, 14. Greg Weld, 15. Jerry Miller, 16. George Snider, 17. Larry Dickson, 18. Billy Shuman, 19. John Hubbard, 20. Billy Engelhart, 21. Mario Andretti, 22. Lee Kunzman, 23. Sam Sessions, 24. Jim McElreath.

1974

1. Jackie Howerton, 2. Al Unser, 3. Mario Andretti, 4. Tom Bigelow, 5. George Snider, 6. Rollie Beale, 7. Pancho Carter, 8. Arnie Knepper, 9. Bruce Walkup, 10. Billy Cassella, 11. Joe Saldana, 12. Ronnie Burke, 13. Bill Puterbaugh, 14. Lee Osborne, 15. Mel Cornett, 16. Billy Engelhart, 17. Billy Vukovich, 18. Johnny Parsons, 19. Jan Opperman, 20. A.J. Foyt, 21. Jimmy Caruthers, 22. John Hubbard, 23. Sheldon Kinser, 24. Jim McElreath.

1975

1. Tom Bigelow, 2. A.J. Foyt, 3. Jimmy Caruthers, 4. Billy Cassella, 5. Arnie Knepper, 6. Ronnie Burke, 7. Johnny Parsons, 8. Jim Hurtubise, 9. Sam Sessions, 10. Larry Rice, 11. Billy Engelhart, 12. Sheldon Kinser, 13. Al Unser, 14. Ralph Liguori, 15. Jerry Miller, 16. James McElreath, 17. Spike Gehlhausen, 18. Pancho Carter, 19. Billy Vukovich, 20. Steve Chassey, 21. Rollie Beale, 22. Bill Puterbaugh, 23. Johnny Anderson, 24. Bruce Walkup.

1976

1. Joe Saldana, 2. A.J. Foyt, 3. Sheldon Kinser, 4. Billy Cassella, 5. Jim Hurtubise, 6. Johnny Parsons, 7. Larry Rice, 8. Jerry Miller, 9. Steve Chassey, 10. James McElreath, 11. Rollie Beale, 12. Jan Opperman, 13. Bubby Jones, 14. Bruce Walkup, 15. Chuck Gurney, 16. Spike Gehlhausen, 17. Mark Alderson, 18. Pancho Carter, 19. Jim McElreath, 20. Lee Osborne, 21. Larry Dickson, 22. Jackie Howerton, 23. Billy Engelhart, 24. Roger Rager.

1977

1. Pancho Carter, 2. Larry Rice, 3. Sheldon Kinser, 4. Billy Vukovich, 5. Al Unser, 6. Billy Cassella, 7. Jackie Howerton, 8. Larry Dickson, 9. Dana Carter, 10. Gary Patterson, 11. Clark Templeman, 12. Bobby Olivero, 13. Jerry Miller, 14. Tom Bigelow, 15. Steve Chassey, 16. Junior Parkinson, 17. Greg Leffler, 18. Gary Bettenhausen, 19. Ron Shuman, 20. Eddie Leavitt, 21. Larry Cannon, 22. George Snider, 23. Bruce Walkup, 24. Bill Puterbaugh, 25. Johnny Parsons, 26. Billy Engelhart, 27. Steve Smith, 28. Larry Moore.

1978

1. Billy Engelhart, 2. Rich Vogler, 3. Gary Bettenhausen, 4. Billy Vukovich, 5. Junior Parkinson, 6. Bubby Jones, 7. Johnny Parsons, 8. Larry Dickson, 9. Pancho Carter, 10. Dana Carter, 11. Roy Hicks, 12. Lealand McSpadden, 13. Bill Puterbaugh, 14. Robert Smith, 15. Jack Hewitt, 16. Jerry Miller, 17. Steve Chassey, 18. Sheldon Kinser, 19. Ed Lynch, 20. Larry Rice, 21. George Snider, 22. Steve Cannon, 23. Chuck Gurney, 24. Sammy Swindell, 25. Duke Cook, 26. Arnie Knepper, 27. Tom Bigelow, 28. Ron Shuman.

1979

1. Bobby Olivero, 2. Billy Engelhart, 3. Pancho Carter, 4. Gary Bettenhausen, 5. Sheldon Kinser, 6. Steve Chassey, 7. Larry Rice, 8. Bubby Jones, 9. Butch Wilkerson, 10. Bobby Adkins, 11. Gary Irvin, 12. Sleepy Tripp, 13. Jim McElreath, 14. Chris Cumberworth, 15. Paul Pitzer, 16. Tom Bigelow, 17. Jerry Miller, 18. Steve Cannon, 19. Billy Vukovich, 20. Larry Dickson, 21. Junior Parkinson, 22. Roger Rager, 23. Joe Saldana, 24. Chuck Gurney, 25. Rich Vogler, 26. Bill Puterbaugh, 27. Bob East, 28. Billy Cassella.

1980

1. Gary Bettenhausen, 2. Steve Chassey, 3. Pancho Carter, 4. Billy Vukovich, 5. Chris Cumberworth, 6. Tom Bigelow, 7. Steve Cannon, 8. Kramer Williamson, 9. Lennie Waldo, 10. Gary Irvin, 11. Jim McElreath, 12. Bill Tyler, 13. Larry Gates, 14. Greg Leffler, 15. Rich Leavell, 16. Jerry Miller, 17. Joe Saldana, 18. Larry Rice, 19. Bobby Olivero, 20. Sheldon Kinser, 21. Robert Smith, 22. Smokey Snellbaker, 23. A.J. Foyt, 24. Tony Weyant, 25. Ron Shuman, 26. Jan Opperman, 27. Jerry Weeks, 28. Karl Busson, 29. Doug Wolfgang, 30. Bill Burks, 31. Duke Cook, 32. Rich Vogler.

1981

1. Larry Rice, 2. Rich Vogler, 3. Gary Bettenhausen, 4. Mark Alderson, 5. Tom Bigelow, 6. Billy Vukovich, 7. Sheldon Kinser, 8. George Snider, 9. Jerry Nemire, 10. Larry Martin, 11. Greg Leffler, 12. Chuck Amati, 13. Jack Hewitt, 14. Steve Chassey, 15. Smokey Snellbaker, 16. Johnny Parsons, 17. Paul Pitzer, 18. Jeff Bloom, 19. Jerry Miller, 20. Bobby Olivero, 21. Chuck Gurney, 22. Joe Saldana, 23. Larry Dickson, 24. Jim McElreath, 25. Steve Cannon, 26. Billy Engelhart.

1982

1. Chuck Gurney, 2. Bobby Olivero, 3. Billy Engelhart, 4. Mark Alderson, 5. Keith Kauffman, 6. Ron Shuman, 7. Roger Rager, 8. Steve Cannon, 9. Ken Schrader, 10. Arnie Knepper, 11. Larry Rice, 12. Rich Vogler, 13. Steve Chassey, 14. Gary Gray, 15. Jeff Bloom, 16. Tom Bigelow, 17. Doug Wolfgang, 18. Larry Martin, 19. A.J. Foyt, 20. Jerry Nemire, 21. Tracy Potter, 22. Duke Cook, 23. Gary Bettenhausen, 24. Sheldon Kinser.

1983

1. Chuck Gurney, 2. Sheldon Kinser, 3. Larry Rice, 4. Kramer Williamson, 5. Johnny Parsons, 6. Gary Gray, 7. Joe Saldana, 8. Kevin Olson, 9. Mark Alderson, 10. Billy Vukovich, 11. Brian Seidel, 12. Roger Rager, 13. Steve Long, 14. Larry Gates, 15. Jack Hewitt, 16. Rip Williams, 17. Billy Pauch, 18. Bobby Olivero, 19. Gary Bettenhausen, 20. Steve Chassey, 21. Larry Dickson, 22. Gary Hieber, 23. Terry Uehling, 24. Ken Schrader, 25. Duke Cook, 26. Gary Irvin, 27. Rick Hood, 28. George Snider, 29. Tom Bigelow, 30. Rich Vogler, 31. Billy Engelhart, 32. Danny Milburn.

1984

1. Steve Chassey, 2. Sheldon Kinser, 3. Gary Bettenhausen, 4. Jack Hewitt, 5. Rich Vogler, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Ken Schrader, 8. Chuck Gurney, 9. Gary Irvin, 10. Mike Johnson, 11. Steve Cannon, 12. Larry Dickson, 13. Manny Rockhold, 14. Nick Fornoro, Jr., 15. Billy Vukovich, 16. Larry Martin, 17. Jerry Russell, 18. Johnny Parsons, 19. George Snider, 20. Steve Butler, 21. Rick Hood, 22. Danny Milburn, 23. Billy Engelhart, 24. Bud Wilmot, 25. Gary Hieber, 26. Keith Campbell, 27. Bobby Olivero, 28. Marvin Carman, 29. Jim McElreath, 30. Joe Saldana, 31. Rodney Ritter, 32. Tom Bigelow.

1985

1. Sheldon Kinser, 2. Steve Butler, 3. Billy Vukovich, 4. Steve Chassey, 5. Bobby Olivero, 6. Larry Rice, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Frankie Kerr, 9. Joe Saldana, 10. Rick Hood, 11. Paul Clark, 12. Danny Milburn, 13. Mark Alderson, 14. George Snider, 15. Warren Mockler, 16. Duke Cook, 17. Jack Hewitt, 18. Chuck Gurney, 19. Johnny Parsons, 20. Rich Vogler, 21. Bruce Field, 22. Billy Engelhart, 23. Tom Bigelow, 24. John Andretti, 25. Gary Hieber, 26. Kramer Williamson, 27. Jerry Russell, 28. Larry Dickson, 29. Gary Bettenhausen, 30. Gary Irvin.

1986

1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Larry Rice, 3. Chuck Gurney, 4. Bobby Olivero, 5. Tom Bigelow, 6. Rich Vogler, 7. Mark Alderson, 8. Bobby Adkins, 9. Bob Cicconi, 10. Duke Cook, 11. Gary Hieber, 12. Larry Dickson, 13. Steve Cannon, 14. George Snider, 15. Jeff Bloom, 16. Jerry Nemire, 17. Rick Hood, 18. Kenny Jacobs, 19. Ron Dunstan, 20. Brent Kaeding, 21. Gary Bettenhausen, 22. Jerry Russell, 23. Paul Clark, 24. Gary Irvin, 25. Steve Chassey, 26. Billy Engelhart, 27. Kramer Williamson, 28. Andy Hillenburg, 29. Warren Mockler, 30. Johnny Parsons, 31. Steve Butler, 32. Sheldon Kinser.

1987

1. Kenny Jacobs, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Jack Hewitt, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Rick Hood, 6. Larry Rice, 7. Rick Ungar, 8. Rusty McClure, 9. Paul Clark, 10. Rich Vogler, 11. Tony Elliott, 12. Tom Bigelow, 13. Manny Rockhold, 14. Brent Kaeding, 15. Dean Erfurth, 16. Jerry Nemire, 17. Jerry Russell, 18. Tray House, 19. Andy Hillenburg, 20. Jeff Bloom, 21. Duke Cook, 22. Rocky Hodges, 23. Bob Frey, 24. Nick Fornoro, Jr., 25. Warren Mockler, 26. Jim Childers, 27. Mark Alderson, 28. Billy Engelhart, 29. Gary Hieber, 30. Steve Chassey, 31. Steve Butler.

1988

1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Chuck Gurney, 3. Johnny Parsons, 4. Larry Rice, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Steve Chassey, 7. Ron Dunstan, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Gary Hieber, 10. Warren Mockler, 11. Jon Johnson, 12. Bob Cicconi, 13. Jim Mahoney, 14. Bob Frey, 15. Red Stauffer, 16. George Snider, 17. Jim Keeker, 18. Jim Childers, 19. Jerry Nemire, 20. Ray Joe Fager, 21. Jeff Bloom, 22. Gary Bettenhausen, 23. Rusty McClure, 24. Gene Lee Gibson, 25. Kenny Jacobs, 26. Tray House, 27. Billy Vukovich III, 28. Steve Butler, 29. Dave Feese, 30. Bob East.

1989

1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Johnny Parsons, 3. Ron Shuman, 4. Warren Mockler, 5. Rusty Rasmussen, 6. Danny Milburn, 7. Gary Irvin, 8. Jimmy Sills, 9. Manny Rockhold, 10. Jerry Nemire, 11. Terry Kawell, 12. Dave Feese, 13. George Snider, 14. Jim McElreath, 15. Jim Mahoney, 16. Danny Smith, 17. Rocky Hodges, 18. Andy Hillenburg, 19. Wayne Hammond, 20. Larry Rice, 21. Steve Butler, 22. Ron Dunstan, 23. Walt Kennedy, 24. Rich Vogler, 25. Tom Bigelow, 26. Russ Gamester, 27. Mike Thomas, 28. Chuck Gurney, 29. Mark Alderson, 30. Greg Staab, 31. Mark Sokola, 32. Red Stauffer.

1990

1. Gary Hieber, 2. Jimmy Sills, 3. Wally Pankratz, 4. George Snider, 5. Jeff Gordon, 6. Mark Alderson, 7. Eric Gordon, 8. Danny Milburn, 9. Walt Kennedy, 10. Tray House, 11. Jerry Nemire, 12. Rocky Hodges, 13. Roy Caruthers, 14. Andy Hillenburg, 15. Rick Hood, 16. Jeff Swindell, 17. Brent Kaeding, 18. Steve Butler, 19. Stan Fox, 20. Rusty McClure, 21. Warren Mockler, 22. Johnny Parsons, 23. Jack Hewitt, 24. Blake Hollingsworth, 25. Brian Tyler, 26. Jerry Russell, 27. Chuck Gurney, 28. Bob Cicconi, 29. Larry Rice, 30. Dave Burns.

1991

1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Jimmy Sills, 3. Russ Gamester, 4. Gary Hieber, 5. George Snider, 6. Chip Thomas, 7. Stan Fox, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Stevie Reeves, 10. Mark Alderson, 11. Larry Dickson, 12. Eric Gordon, 13. Wally Pankratz, 14. Gary Irvin, 15. Greg Staab, 16. Bill Kojis, 17. Jerry Nemire, 18. Doug Wolfgang, 19. Jim McElreath, 20. Steve Butler, 21. Steve Chassey, 22. Rodney Duncan, 23. Randy Bateman, 24. Jerry Russell, 25. Larry Hillerud, 26. Bob Cicconi, 27. Jack Hewitt, 28. Larry Rice, 29. Ron Dunstan, 30. Danny Smith.

1992

1. Ron Shuman, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Steve Butler, 4. Jack Hewitt, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Eric Gordon, 7. Russ Gamester, 8. Dave Feese, 9. Dan Boorse, 10. Gary Hieber, 11. Tony Stewart, 12. Gary Irvin, 13. Wally Pankratz, 14. Stevie Reeves, 15. Rocky Hodges, 16. Jimmy Sills, 17. Jim Mahoney, 18. Pepi Marchese, 19. Steve Chassey, 20. Johnny Parsons, 21. George Snider, 22. Jerry Nemire, 23. Lealand McSpadden, 24. Donnie Beechler, 25. Kevin Thomas, 26. Warren Mockler, 27. Randy Bateman, 28. Larry Dickson, 29. Chip Thomas, 30. Stan Fox.

1993

1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Jimmy Sills, 3. Ron Shuman, 4. Eric Gordon, 5. Chuck Gurney, 6. Tony Elliott, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Gary Hieber, 9. Jim Keeker, 10. Johnny Parsons, 11. Randy Tolsma, 12. Ron Dunstan, 13. Danny Smith, 14. Mark Alderson, 15. Steve Butler, 16. Tray House, 17. Lee Dunn, 18. Dave Steele, 19. Dan Drinan, 20. Mike Bliss, 21. Larry Dickson, 22. Bobby Marcum, 23. Stan Fox, 24. Stevie Reeves, 25. Page Jones, 26. Donnie Beechler, 27. Chip Thomas, 28. George Snider, 29. Wally Pankratz, 30. Greg Staab.

1994

1. Jimmy Sills, 2. Randy Tolsma, 3. Lealand McSpadden, 4. Donnie Beechler, 5. Jack Hewitt, 6. Stan Fox, 7. Tony Elliott, 8. Kevin Doty, 9. Rusty McClure, 10. Tony Stewart, 11. Kevin Thomas, 12. Billy Boat, 13. Cary Faas, 14. Russ Gamester, 15. Chuck Gurney, 16. Chip Thomas, 17. Jack Runyon, 18. Robby Flock, 19. Rocky Hodges, 20. Page Jones, 21. Warren Mockler, 22. Brian Gerster, 23. Gary Hieber, 24. Ron Shuman, 25. Doug Kalitta, 26. Wally Pankratz, 27. Johnny Parsons, 28. Mike Bliss, 29. George Snider, 30. Kenny Irwin, Jr.

1995

1. Dave Darland, 2. George Snider, 3. Jack Hewitt, 4. Robby Flock, 5. Billy Boat, 6. Chuck Leary, 7. Tray House, 8. Andy Michner, 9. Brad Noffsinger, 10. Donnie Beechler, 11. Dan Drinan, 12. Richard Griffin, 13. Tony Elliott, 14. Eric Gordon, 15. Cary Faas, 16. Rocky Hodges, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Chuck Gurney, 19. Jon Stanbrough, 20. Rusty McClure, 21. Jim Keeker, 22. Kevin Thomas, 23. Jimmy Brewer, 24. Gary Hieber, 25. Randy Tolsma, 26. Kenny Irwin, Jr., 27. Dave Steele, 28. Johnny Parsons, 29. Tony Stewart, 30. Russ Gamester.

1996

1. Dave Darland, 2. Chuck Gurney, 3. Kenny Irwin, Jr., 4. Robby Flock, 5. Andy Michner, 6. Jackie Burke, 7. Jimmy Sills, 8. Cary Faas, 9. Eric Gordon, 10. Doug Kalitta, 11. Gary Hieber, 12. Jack Hewitt, 13. Rusty McClure, 14. Kevin Thomas, 15. Rocky Hodges, 16. Jim Keeker, 17. Bill Rose, 18. Cory Kruseman, 19. Billy Engelhart, 20. Brian Hayden, 21. Kevin Doty, 22. Dave Steele, 23. Brad Marvel, 24. Russ Gamester, 25. Mike Mosley, Jr., 26. Rick Hood, 27. Donnie Beechler, 28. Ryan Newman, 29. Tony Elliott, 30. George Snider.

1997

1. Chuck Leary, 2. Chuck Gurney, 3. Johnny Parsons, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. George Snider, 7. Brian Gerster, 8. Jimmy Sills, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Brian Tyler, 11. Billy Engelhart, 12. Bruce Field, 13. Ryan Newman, 14. Tony Elliott, 15. Bobby Davis, Jr., 16. Gary Hieber, 17. Kevin Thomas, 18. Randy Bateman, 19. Donnie Beechler, 20. Cary Faas, 21. Jimmy Kite, 22. Wally Pankratz, 23. Russ Gamester, 24. Jim Keeker, 25. Jack Hewitt, 26. Ronnie Burke, 27. Ronnie Day, 28. Robby Flock, 29. Rusty McClure, 30. Jay Drake.

1998

1. Donnie Beechler, 2. Jason Leffler, 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Chuck Gurney, 6. Ronnie Day, 7. Russ Gamester, 8. Ryan Newman, 9. J.J. Yeley, 10. Todd Kane, 11. George Snider, 12. Cary Faas, 13. Wally Pankratz, 14. Kevin Thomas, 15. Robby Flock, 16. Tracy Hines, 17. Eric Gordon, 18. Jack Hewitt, 19. Tony Elliott, 20. Travis Rilat, 21. Bill Rose, 22. Lou Cicconi, Jr., 23. Chuck Leary, 24. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 25. John Heydenreich, 26. Johnny Parsons, 27. Greg Stephens, 28. Jimmy Stinson, 29. Gary Hieber, 30. Tim Cox, 31. Brian Tyler, 32. John Barrick.

1999

1. Jimmy Sills, 2. Russ Gamester, 3. Robby Flock, 4. Ryan Newman, 5. Chuck Leary, 6. Derek Davidson, 7. J.J. Yeley, 8. Paul White, 9. Greg Wilson, 10. Brad Noffsinger, 11. Dean Franklin, 12. Tom Capie, 13. Gary Hieber, 14. Ron Smoker, 15. Tony Elliott, 16. Randy Bateman, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Kevin Thomas, 19. Jack Hewitt, 20. Bill Rose, 21. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 22. Kevin Doty, 23. Rich Tobias, Jr., 24. Brian Tyler, 25. Jay Drake, 26. Johnny Parsons, 27. Jimmy Stinson, 28. Todd Kane, 29. Tom Davies, 30. Terry Babb.

2000

1. Tony Elliott, 2. Jack Hewitt, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. John Heydenreich, 5. Brad Noffsinger, 6. Jay Drake, 7. Gary Hieber, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kasey Kahne, 11. Jimmy Sills, 12. Russ Gamester, 13. Brad Fox, 14. Bill Rose, 15. Paul White, 16. Derek Davidson, 17. Greg Wilson, 18. Joe McCarthy, 19. J.J. Yeley, 20. Ed Carpenter, 21. Rich Tobias, Jr., 22. Terry Pletch, 23. Jackie Burke, 24. Donnie Beechler, 25. Ryan Newman, 26. Robby Flock, 27. Brian Tyler, 28. Tom Capie, 29. Todd Kane, 30. Ricky Shelton.

2001

1. Tony Elliott, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. J.J. Yeley, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Johnny Parsons, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Paul White, 8. Ed Carpenter, 9. Dave Steele, 10. Tom Capie, 11. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 12. Jason McCord, 13. Levi Jones, 14. Aaron Fike, 15. Kyle Steffens, 16. Dean Franklin, 17. Wayne Chinn, 18. Dane Carter, 19. Michael Lewis, 20. Rich Tobias, Jr., 21. Brad Noffsinger, 22. John Heydenreich, 23. Jack Hewitt, 24. Ricky Shelton, 25. Brian Tyler, 26. Brad Fox, 27. Russ Gamester, 28. A.J. Foyt IV, 29. Jac Haudenschild, 30. Jay Drake.

2002

1. Jason Leffler, 2. Rich Tobias, Jr., 3. Tony Elliott, 4. Dave Steele, 5. Tom Capie, 6. Brad Fox, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. John Starks, 9. Randy Bateman, 10. John Heydenreich, 11. Kenny Jacobs, 12. Aaron Fike, 13. J.J. Yeley, 14. Nick Lundgreen, 15. Sport Allen, 16. Jason McCord, 17. Kevin Huntley, 18. Tracy Hines, 19. Roger Rager, 20. Dane Carter, 21. Brad Noffsinger, 22. Derek Davidson, 23. Jerry Coons, Jr., 24. Ed Carpenter, 25. Levi Jones, 26. Terry Pletch, 27. Johnny Parsons, 28. Paul White, 29. Dave Darland, 30. Russ Gamester, 31. Michael Lewis, 32. Jay Drake, 33. Billy Puterbaugh, 34. Brian DeFord, 35. Cory Kruseman, 36. Tom Davies.

2003

1. J.J. Yeley, 2. Rich Tobias, Jr., 3. Paul White, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Brian Tyler, 7. Johnny Parsons, 8. Jay Drake, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Aaron Fike, 11. Kenny Jacobs, 12. Dane Carter, 13. Levi Jones, 14. Kevin Huntley, 15. A.J. Fike, 16. David Bridges, 17. Sport Allen, 18. Dave Darland, 19. George White, 20. Teddy Beach, 21. Brad Noffsinger, 22. Russ Gamester, 23. Tyler Walker, 24. Jonathan Vennard, 25. Jerry Nemire, 26. Tom Capie, 27. Jason McCord, 28. Tony Elliott, 29. Dave Steele, 30. John Heydenreich, 31. Randy Bateman, 32. Kevin Newton.

2004

1. Dave Darland, 2. Dave Steele, 3. John Heydenreich, 4. Teddy Beach, 5. Kevin Huntley, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Boston Reid, 8. Bud Kaeding, 9. Aaron Pierce, 10. Hud Cone, 11. Jason McCord, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Johnny Parsons, 14. Shane Hollingsworth, 15. Levi Jones, 16. Matt Westfall, 17. Brian Tyler, 18. Aaron Fike, 19. Tom Capie, 20. Paul White, 21. Dane Carter, 22. Jay Drake, 23. Danny Ebberts, 24. Wayne Reutimann, Jr., 25. Russ Gamester, 26. Tony Elliott, 27. Rich Tobias, Jr., 28. Donnie Beechler, 29. Cary Faas, 30. Josh Wise, 31. Nick Lundgreen, 32. Jim Moughan, 33. Sport Allen.

2005

1. Teddy Beach, 2. Josh Wise, 3. Russ Gamester, 4. Jay Drake, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Dave Steele, 8. Aaron Fike, 9. Wayne Reutimann, Jr., 10. Paul White, 11. John Heydenreich, 12. Nick Lundgreen, 13. Shane Hollingsworth, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Ron Gregory, 16. Rich Tobias, Jr., 17. Aaron Pierce, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Jason McCord, 20. Dickie Gaines, 21. Tom Capie, 22. Ryan Durst, 23. Jesse Hockett, 24. Levi Jones, 25. Matt Westfall, 26. Alex Shanks, 27. Brian Tyler, 28. Mat Neely, 29. Jerry Coons, Jr., 30. Tom Hessert III, 31. Johnny Parsons, 32. Kevin Huntley, 33. David Gough.

2006

1. Josh Wise, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Russ Gamester, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Brian Tyler, 8. John Heydenreich, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Johnny Parsons, 11. Kevin Huntley, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Wayne Reutimann, Jr., 14. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 15. Tom Capie, 16. Brad Davis, 17. A.J. Fike, 18. Hud Cone, 19. Randy Bateman, 20. Alex Shanks, 21. Dave Steele, 22. Aaron Pierce, 23. Mat Neely, 24. Chris Urish, 25. Cole Carter, 26. Shane Hollingsworth, 27. Chappy Knaack, 28. Rich Tobias, Jr., 29. Teddy Beach, 30. Danny Long, 31. Steve Buckwalter, 32. Shane Cottle, 33. Ron Gregory, 34. Davey Ray.

2009

1. Shane Hollingsworth, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Shane Hmiel, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Russ Gamester, 6. Chris Urish, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Tom Capie, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Cole Whitt, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Brian Tyler, 14. Derek Hagar, 15. A.J. Fike, 16. Jesse Hockett, 17. Cole Carter, 18. Tony Elliott, 19. Bill Rose, 20. Von McGee, 21. Matt Westfall, 22. Josh Wise, 23. Levi Jones, 24. Aaron Pierce, 25. Kody Swanson, 26. Randy Bateman, 27. Patrick Bruns, 28. Mike Stroehle.

2010

1. Shane Hmiel, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Dave Darland, 6. A.J. Fike, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Brian Tyler, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Bryan Clauson, 13. Coleman Gulick, 14. Todd Kane, 15. Randy Bateman, 16. Derek Hagar, 17. Chris Urish, 18. Mike Martin, 19. Justin Carver, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Rex Norris III, 22. Russ Gamester, 23. Shane Hollingsworth, 24. Von McGee, 25. Aaron Pierce, 26. Jeff Swindell, 27. Rob Chaney, 28. Mike Hess, 29. Murray Erickson, 30. Davey Ray, 31. Brad Kuhn, 32. Bobby East, 33. Tom Capie, 34. Donnie Beechler, 35. Jon Stanbrough.

2011

1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Levi Jones, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Brian Tyler, 6. Derek Hagar, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. Tanner Swanson, 9. Todd Kane, 10. Dave Darland, 11. A.J. Fike, 12. Kyle Larson, 13. Donnie Beechler, 14. Bobby East, 15. Brad Kuhn, 16. Zach Daum, 17. Mike Hess, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Jon Stanbrough, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Chris Urish, 22. JoJo Helberg, 23. Russ Gamester, 24. Thomas Meseraull, 25. Bryan Clauson, 26. Randy Bateman, 27. Jeff Swindell, 28. Chris Windom, 29. Shane Hollingsworth, 30. Aaron Pierce.

2012

1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bobby East, 5. Kody Swanson, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Tanner Swanson, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Shane Hollingsworth, 11. Chris Urish, 12. Todd Kane, 13.Justin Grant, 14. Brian Tyler, 15. Steve Adams, 16. Jimmy Kite, 17. Russ Gamester, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. A.J. Fike.

2013

1. Levi Jones, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Shane Hollingsworth, 5. A.J. Fike, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Aaron Pierce, 8. Bobby East, 9. Miranda Throckmorton, 10. Kellen Conover, 11. Russ Gamester, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Brian Tyler, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Casey Shuman, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Tim Barber, 18. Taylor Ferns, 19. Randy Bateman, 20. Tad Roach, 21. Shane Cockrum, 22. Kenny Gentry, 23. Todd Kane, 24. Robert Ballou.

2014

1. Kody Swanson, 2. Bobby East, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Chris Windom, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Aaron Pierce, 8. Chris Urish, 9. A.J. Fike, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Joe Liguori, 12. Shane Cockrum, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Jarett Andretti, 17. Randy Bateman, 18. Jacob Wilson, 19. Patrick Lawson, 20. Jake Simmons, 21. Russ Gamester, 22. John Hunt, 23. Caleb Armstrong, 24. Andrew Felker, 25. Dakota Jackson

2015

1. Kody Swanson, 2. Aaron Pierce, 3. Brian Tyler, 4. A.J. Fike, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Rick Hood, 8. Patrick Lawson, 9. Jacob Wilson, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Dave Darland, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 15. Rex Norris III, 16. David Byrne, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Steven Russell, 19. Terry James, 20. Russ Gamester, 21. Levi Jones, 22. Austin Nemire, 23. Shane Cottle, 24. Davey Ray, 25. Tracy Hines, 26. Chris Fetter, 27. Tad Roach.

2016

1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Chris Windom, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. David Byrne, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Mark Smith, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jacob Wilson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Terry James, 15. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 16. Justin Grant, 17. Jeff Swindell, 18. Brady Bacon, 19. Russ Gamester, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Neil Shepherd, 22. Aaron Pierce, 23. Steve Buckwalter, 24. Terry Babb, 25. Joey Moughan, 26. Joe Liguori, 27. A.J. Fike, 28. Danny Long, 29. Mitch Wissmiller, 30. J.C. Bland.

2018

1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cockrum, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Johnny Petrozelle, 6. Jacob Wilson, 7. Joe Liguori, 8. David Byrne, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Austin Mundie, 11. Austin Nemire, 12. Matt Goodnight, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Mike Haggenbottom, 15. Casey Shuman, 16. Chris Dyson, 17. Korey Weyant, 18. Jerry Coons, Jr., 19. Brady Bacon, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Travis Welpott, 23. Brian Tyler, 24. C.J. Leary, 25. Kyle Robbins, 26. Kevin Thomas Jr., 27. J.C. Bland, 28. Russ Gamester, 29. Jeff Swindell, 30. Neil Shepherd, 31. Coleman Gulick, 32. A.J. Fike.

2019 (Starting Positions in Parentheses)

1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 3. Kody Swanson (4), 4. Justin Grant (13), 5. Brady Bacon (8), 6. Jason McDougal (25), 7. David Byrne (6), 8. Steve Buckwalter (17), 9. Brian Tyler (5), 10. Jacob Wilson (11), 11. C.J. Leary (23), 12. Russ Gamester (10), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (18), 14. Jimmy Light (16), 15. Kyle Steffens (27), 16. Matt Goodnight (21), 17. Chris Phillips (24), 18. Dave Darland (29), 19. Chris Dyson (22), 20. Austin Nemire (9), 21. Kyle Robbins (31), 22. Eric Gordon (26), 23. Shane Cottle (19), 24. Chad Kemenah (28), 25. Jeff Swindell (15), 26. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. (14), 27. Johnny Petrozelle (7), 28. Austin Mundie (30), 29. John Heydenreich (20), 30. Bill Rose (32), 31. Chris Windom (2), 32. Dallas Hewitt (12).

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED: THE INSIDE SCOOP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 19, 2020)......... On a late restart with seven laps remaining in last year's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Tyler Courtney used everything he had in his figurative tank to rip around near-race-long leader Kevin Thomas Jr. to capture the victory on the one-mile dirt oval.

In what, at the time, was thought to be the final running of the grand event, Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) had the bittersweet belief that he had won the final Hoosier Hundred. Instead, he now has the rare opportunity to repeat as a Hoosier Hundred champion when the champ cars of the USAC Silver Crown series roar again for the 65th time at the Indy Mile this Sunday, August 23.

Courtney, whose parents were part of the promotion team for the 2005 Hoosier Hundred, kept pace with Thomas, following him for 92 straight laps until making the winning move on a restart that made all the difference, one that came with a bit of advice courtesy of a voice from above.

"(Tyler Ransbottom), my spotter tonight, told me on the open red that Jason McDougal (further back in the pack) had been making up time on restarts doing that same move. KT was lifting on restarts into one, so I knew that if I could just outbrave him a little bit getting in and make sure I didn't blow past it, it would work. Luckily, it did. You get the open track, no lapped cars, nothing, I got to run as hard as I wanted to for the last eight laps and that's what I did. If it was going to blow, it was going to blow with me trying."

The Hoosier Hundred's illustrious history runs the gamut in terms of the names that have won since its debut in 1953. Courtney is fully aware of the history, and last year's win was something he didn't and doesn't take for granted.

"My name is now alongside a lot of great names," Courtney realized. "Including Kody Swanson, one of the best Silver Crown drivers in our lifetime. Foyt, Andretti, Pancho Carter, all those names. It's incredible."

Courtney, the two-time USAC National champion is one of only two drivers to finish inside the top-three in the last two runnings of the event following a 3rd in 2018 to go along with his triumph in 2019.

The only other driver to do so is Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) who has the opportunity to become just the second driver with at least five Hoosier Hundred wins. The legendary A.J. Foyt owns six of them. Swanson, the five-time Silver Crown champ who earned his 30th career win and 30th career pole with the series last Saturday at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, won four in a row at the Hoosier Hundred in 2014-15-16-18. He also possesses a 4th place run in 2010 and a 5th in 2012 along with poles in both 2015 and 2018.

Elk Grove, California's Kyle Larson, who's been incomparable across the scope of dirt track racing this season in a variety of cars, will attempt to make his first Silver Crown start since 2012. The 2020 Indiana Midget Week champion has made just one previous Hoosier Hundred appearance, finishing 12th in 2011. The last time a driver with the surname of Larson won the Hoosier Hundred came in 1957 when National Sprint Car and USAC Hall of Famer Jud Larson (no relation) was victorious.

A number of drivers have been close, but no cigar in their Hoosier Hundred careers with 2nd place finishes, but not yet a win in the storied event. Those include Kevin Thomas Jr., a 2nd place finisher to Courtney in 2019 after leading a race-high 87 laps. Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) finished as the runner-up to Swanson in 2015 while also finishing 7th in both 2013-14 and 9th in 2004. Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), a two-time winner on the Du Quoin, Ill. mile, was 2nd at the Hoosier Hundred in 2018 and 6th in 2015. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) won the Silver Crown opener at Selinsgrove, Pa. and has finished 2nd in the "Hoosier" in 2016, 4th in 2018 and 9th in 2010.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) is the only driver in this year's Hoosier Hundred lineup who was in the starting field of the event during the 1980s. That same year, 1989, he picked up the USAC National Midget title. At the "Hoosier," he finished as the runner-up in 1999, 3rd in 1991 & 2005, 5th in 2006 & 2009, and 7th in 1992 & 1998. His 26 starts rank third all-time behind Johnny Parsons (29) and George Snider (28). His active streak of 23 consecutive starts, however, is a Hoosier Hundred record.

Gamester is one of four past Hoosier Hundred pole winners in Sunday's field along with Swanson, Thomas and Brady Bacon. Gamester led the field to the green in both 1997 and 2013. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won the pole in 2016, and has top finishes of 5th in 2019 and 10th in 2015.

A smattering of Hoosier Hundred first-time winning hopefuls have won before in Silver Crown, but not as of yet at the Hoosier Hundred. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the 2016 Silver Crown champ, finished 5th in 2014 & 2016, and led the opening five laps of the 2019 race before walking away from one of the most harrowing crashes in Hoosier Hundred history.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and his father Chuck Leary are the only father-son drivers to win a USAC Silver Crown race in series history. Chuck captured the victory at the 1997 Hoosier Hundred while C.J., the 2019 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion, has finished a best of 6th at the Hoosier Hundred thus far in his career.

John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) won the Hut 100 USAC Midget race in 1987 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the only time the event was held there. He has had several solid finishes in his Hoosier Hundred career with a 3rd in 2004, 4th in 2000, 7th in 2010-11, 8th in 2006 and a 10th in 2002 serving as his best.

Like Heydenreich, David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) is also a one-time Silver Crown winner, who aims to rise to the top of the Hoosier Hundred leaderboard for the first time in his career. Only three previous Wisconsin-born drivers have won the race - Tom Bigelow (1975), Pancho Carter (1977) and Billy Engelhart (1978). Byrne has scored HH results of 7th in both 2016 & 2019 and an 8th in 2018.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished a career-best 4th in the 2019 Hoosier Hundred after early garnering a 5th in 2015 and a 6th in 2013. His Hemelgarn Racing team, with crew chief Dennis LaCava, experienced its best ever weekend on Indianapolis 500 weekend 24 years ago in 1996, when the team raced to victory with Buddy Lazier at IMS.

Top-ten performances over the past several years at the Hoosier Hundred have been turned in by series veterans Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) who was an 8th place finisher in 2015; Dallas, Texas' Austin Mundie, 10th in 2018; Elkhart, Illinois' Chris Urish, 6th in 2009 and 8th in 2014; plus Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall, 7th in 2002 and 9th in 2003, who is making his first appearance in the event since 2009.

One of the most talented groups of Rookies in recent Hoosier Hundreds, includes 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), seven-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), 4th place Selinsgrove finisher Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), 5th place Selinsgrove finisher Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.), four-time Midwest Ford Focus Midget winner Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Brent Yarnal (Phoenix, Ariz.), a veteran of 19 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car starts during the 2017-18 seasons.

Hoosier Hundred veterans making their return to the event include six-time All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car titlist Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio), who made wall contact in his debut in 2019, finishing 24th. Kemenah's crew chief and father-in-law, Bob Hampshire, has won seven Hoosier Hundreds as the crew chief for Jack Hewitt and Kody Swanson. Fellow Ohioan, Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio), nephew of three-time Hoosier Hundred winner Jack Hewitt, made an early exit in his Hoosier Hundred debut in 2019.

Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.) finished 14th as a Rookie in 2019 while Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.) took a wild ride in the 2020 Silver Crown opener, flipping at Selinsgrove on the first lap after getting collected by a spinning car. He aims to make his first Hoosier Hundred start on Sunday after missing the cut in the 2019 event.

Austin Nemire, the 2014 HPD Midget champion, returns for his fifth Hoosier Hundred appearance. His grandfather, Jerry Nemire, made 10 starts in the Hoosier Hundred between 1981 and 2003. Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), the 2018 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, has made starts in each of the past two Hoosier Hundreds as has Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) and Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.). Travis Welpott took 22nd in his 2018 Hoosier Hundred debut, while both Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) and Danny Long (Bonne Terre, Mo.) set sights on a third Hoosier Hundred feature appearance.

The Hoosier Hundred has been held annually since 1953, with only a handful of interruptions due to inclement weather. Today, it remains one of the oldest, most tradition-rich racing events on the planet. Many of its winners have gone to achieve legendary status in auto racing with a list that includes A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti who are among the seven drivers to have won both the Hoosier Hundred and the Indianapolis 500 in their careers along with Bob Sweikert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones and Al Unser.

Advance tickets for the 65th running of the Hoosier Hundred are available online now at www.usactickets.com. Grandstand tickets are $30 apiece, $10 for children age 3-11 and free for kids age 2 and under. Infield tickets are $20 each, $5 for children age 3-11 and free for kids age 2 and under.

Furthermore, you can watch the Indianapolis 500 live from the Hoosier Hundred grandstands this Sunday. The green flag is scheduled to drop for the Indy 500 at 2:30pm ET. You can watch the event on the 10' x 17' Jumbo Screen, raised up to 15' in the air for quality viewing from the grandstands.

Pits for the USAC Silver Crown race on Sunday will open at Noon ET on raceday, August 23, while grandstands open at 2pm, with on-track action beginning with practice at 4pm, qualifying at 5:15, vintage cars at 6:15, the qualifying race at 7pm and the 100-lap Hoosier Hundred at 8pm. Silver Crown cars are the only class featured in the event.

For more ticket information on tickets, contact Track Enterprises office at (217) 764-3200. You can watch the Hoosier Hundred LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

2020 HOOSIER HUNDRED ENTRY LIST:

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

15 CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire-Kemenah Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Sean Michael Motorsports)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Prestige Worldwide Motorsports)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

29 BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Brent Yarnal)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

33 RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)

37 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

47 AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

53 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Five Three Motorsports)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Racing)

57 DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

69 KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

74 CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Racing)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)

123 JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

 

 

 

ENTRY LIST: HOOSIER HUNDRED

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 19, 2020).........A loaded field of entries for this Sunday's 65th running of the Hoosier Hundred includes the hottest dirt track racer in America at the moment, seven USAC National champions, 13 Silver Crown winners, a six-time All Star Sprint Car champion and so much more for the August 23 USAC Silver Crown date on the one-mile dirt oval.

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has entered with Seam Michael Motorsports for his first Silver Crown appearance since the 2012 season. His lone Hoosier Hundred start came in 2011, a 12th place finish. He's joined by defending Hoosier Hundred winner and two-time USAC National champion, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), plus four-time Hoosier Hundred winner and five-time series champ Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.).

Also in the mix are USAC National champions who are seeking a first Hoosier Hundred win: two-time USAC National champ, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), 2014 & 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), 2019 Sprint champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), 1989 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget king, Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) and series Rookie Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 Midget driving champion.

A batch of drivers who've won in the USAC Silver Crown division, but are still eying that first Hoosier Hundred triumph include the likes of Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), John Heydenreich (A.J. Felker Racing), David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Selinsgrove Silver Crown season opening winner, Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.).

Six-time All Star Circuit of Champions driving champion Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) returns for a second Hoosier Hundred start while 27-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner and 2019 Hoosier Hundred pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) remains on the hunt for his first USAC Silver Crown victory.

The Hoosier Hundred has been held annually since 1953, with only a handful of interruptions due to inclement weather. Today, it remains one of the oldest, most tradition-rich racing events on the planet. Many of its winners have gone to achieve legendary status in auto racing with a list that includes A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti who are among the seven drivers to have won both the Hoosier Hundred and the Indianapolis 500 in their careers along with Bob Sweikert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones and Al Unser.

Advance tickets for the 65th running of the Hoosier Hundred are available online now at www.usactickets.com. Grandstand tickets are $30 apiece, $10 for children age 3-11 and free for kids age 2 and under. Infield tickets are $20 each, $5 for children age 3-11 and free for kids age 2 and under.

Furthermore, you can watch the Indianapolis 500 live from the Hoosier Hundred grandstands this Sunday. The green flag is scheduled to drop for the Indy 500 at 2:30pm ET. You can watch the event on the 10' x 17' Jumbo Screen, raised up to 15' in the air for quality viewing from the grandstands.

Pits for the USAC Silver Crown race on Sunday will open at Noon ET on raceday, August 23, while grandstands open at 2pm, with on-track action beginning with practice at 4pm, qualifying at 5:15, vintage cars at 6:15, the qualifying race at 7pm and the 100-lap Hoosier Hundred at 8pm. Silver Crown cars are the only class featured in the event.

For more ticket information on tickets, contact Track Enterprises office at (217) 764-3200.
You can watch the Hoosier Hundred LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

2020 HOOSIER HUNDRED ENTRY LIST:

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

15 CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire-Kemenah Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Sean Michael Motorsports)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Prestige Worldwide Motorsports)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

29 BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Brent Yarnal)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

33 RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)

37 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

47 AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

53 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Five Three Motorsports)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Racing)

57 DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

69 KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

74 CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Racing)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)

123 JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

 

 

SPRINT CARS MAKE NIGHT BEFORE THE 500
DEBUT ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 18, 2020).........Ken Schrader, Tanner Swanson and Bobby Santos have each shared their taste of Night Before the 500 glory once in their careers behind the wheel of a midget.

This Saturday night, August 22, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., these three, amongst many others, will have their opportunity to become the first to place their name on the winners' list in a sprint car at the NB4500, a USAC non-points special event.

Ken Schrader (Fenton, Mo.), the 1982 USAC Silver Crown and 1983 USAC National Sprint Car champion, won the event in a midget back in 1983. The four-time NASCAR Cup series winner, and 23-time pole starter, also corralled victories in a Silver Crown car at LOR in both 1986 and 1989.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) notched his NB4500 victory in 2010. He's been a victor in two of the three series of USAC National racing in his career at LOR, winning a record-tying five Silver Crown races along with one in the midget. He finished 2nd and 3rd in his two most recent USAC Sprint outings at LOR in 2011.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) won his very first career USAC National Sprint Car race at LOR back in 2006. The 2006 NB4500 winner is one of just eight drivers to win a USAC National Midget, National Sprint and Silver Crown feature event at LOR in his career, taking a total of three USAC Sprint wins there in 2006-07-11. This past June at LOR, Santos was the fastest qualifier in a Must See Racing Sprint Car event at LOR, then finished 2nd in the feature.

The man who won the feature that night in June at LOR was Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), who also won in 2011 for his first and still only career USAC National Sprint Car feature win. Like his younger brother Tanner, Kody also possesses five Silver Crown wins at LOR, but none yet in a midget. In seven prior NB4500 starts, all in a midget, the five-time Silver Crown titlist has collected five top-tens, including a 3rd in 2010, 4th in 2008, 5th in 2012, 6th in 2009 and 7th in 2014.

The last time Sprint Cars raced on the .686-mile paved oval on Independence Day weekend in July, Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) was the winner in an Auto Value Super Sprint Series event. Hamilton, the 2017 Little 500 winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, is also a Silver Crown winner at LOR, taking the win in May of 2019 at the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic. A midget victory at LOR has eluded him thus far, but he has had two solid NB4500 midget results in his career, a 6th in 2013 and an 8th in 2011.

It's been 24 years since Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) last made a Night Before the 500 start in 1996. The 1989 USAC National Midget champion made the first of his seven NB4500 starts in 1984 and scored a best of 8th in 1986, both coming in a Midget. The six-time Silver Crown series winner has one of those six victories right at Lucas Oil Raceway back on a Sunday afternoon in 2000.

Billy Wease (Noblesville, Ind.) finished in the 6th position in each of his two LOR Sprint Car starts this year in June with Must See and in July with Auto Value. The 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix midget winner has made seven career NB4500 midget starts, recording a best of 3rd in 2007 to go along with a pair of 6th place finishes in 2006 and 2010 and a 9th in 2008.

Kyle O'Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.) has been knocking on the door for a victory at LOR throughout his career. His two recent sprint car efforts this year at LOR resulted in a 3rd in June and a 2nd in July. The 2014 USAC Pavement Midget driving champion has been a stalwart at the front of the pack in two career NB4500 starts with a 2nd in 2014 and a 4th in 2013.

Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, Ind.), a veteran of 133 career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, was 8th in his June sprint car appearance at LOR. His NB4500 experience in a midget dates to the year 2009 where the 2004 USAC Kenyon Midget champion finished a personal best of 7th in the event in addition to 12th place results in both 2010 and 2011.

Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) is prepared to make his first NB4500 appearance this Saturday as one of eight drivers to pull double-duty in both sprints and midgets. His last NB4500 appearance came back in 2002 where he finished 9th in the midget feature. Pierce owns 17 career Silver Crown starts at LOR with seven top-five finishes.

Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), made his NB4500 debut an impressive one, finishing 3rd in his lone midget start in the event in 2014. Bischak, a past ESPN The Magazine academic all-district honoree in track and field at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, finished 9th in a sprint car run at LOR this past July.

Nick Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), brother of Kyle Hamilton, earned a top-five finish in Auto Value Sprint Car action in July at LOR. Nick finished 4th in his lone previous NB4500 start, in a midget, in 2014. Chris Neuenschwander (New Haven, Ind.), meanwhile, was the 5th place finisher in June's sprint at LOR. Tyler Roahrig (Mishawaka, Ind.) was a 4th place finisher in June at LOR and won back in July in sprint car action at Anderson.

Experienced LOR combatants who are making their NB4500 debuts Saturday in the sprint car are Tony Main (Farmland, Ind.), 8th in July at LOR; Justin Harper (Denver, Ind.), 9th in June at LOR; Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati, Ohio), 10th in June at LOR; Chris Jagger (Warsaw, Ind.), 10th in July at LOR; Brian Vaughn (Shirley, Ind.), 18th in June and 13th in July at LOR; Gary Dunkle (Lincoln, Neb.), 23rd in June and 17th in July at LOR; and Christian Koehler (South Bend, Ind.), 26th in June at LOR.

They'll be joined by fellow NB4500 first-timers Cord Ehrhart (Antwerp, Ohio), Joey Vallone (Crestwood, Ill.) and Nick Landon (Dorr, Mich), part of the famed Landon racing family out of the Wolverine State.

A combined 50 cars have already pre-entered for the 70th running of the Night Before the 500, featuring a USAC non-points special event for both sprint cars and midgets in the famed race to be run on Saturday, August 22, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

The tradition is being renewed at the .686-mile paved oval west of Indianapolis after the event has been on hiatus since its last edition run in 2014. Midgets have been a staple of the event, dating back to its origins in 1946 at the former 16th Street Speedway, across the street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The festivities begin on Saturday, August 22, with pit gates/credentials opening at 7am ET. Spectator gates open at 10am, Midget practice from 10am-10:55am, Sprint Car practice 1 from 11am-11:55am, Midget practice 2 from noon-12:55pm, Sprint Car Practice 2: 1pm-1:55pm, Midget practice 3 from 2pm to 2:55pm, Sprint Car practice 3 from 3pm-3:55pm before a break at 4pm.

Action resumes with Midget qualifying from 4:30pm-5:55pm, Sprint Car qualifying from 6pm-7:25pm, then opening ceremonies from 7pm-7:30pm, followed by racing action that culminates with the $5,000-to-win Midget feature and the $10,000-to-win Sprint Car feature.

Tickets are $25 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 5-11 and free for ages 4 and under. Tickets can be ordered at http://tinyurl.com/y8p9vxov.

The big racing weekend kicks off Friday, August 21, with the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic featuring USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000. Pits open at noon ET, spectator gates open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice from 3pm-3:40pm, USF2000 practice from 3:55pm-4:15pm, Indy Pro 2000 practice from 4:30pm-5:45pm, a break at 4:50pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 5:45pm, USF2000 race at 6:45pm, Indy Pro 2000 race at 7:50pm and the Silver Crown race at 9pm.

Friday's Dave Steele Carb Night Classic tickets prices are $25 for adults, $10 for children 11 & under. HARF members receive $5 off general admission when card is shown. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Watch the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic and the Night Before the 500 LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.


SPRINT CAR ENTRY LIST - NIGHT BEFORE THE 500:

0z Cord Ehrhart/Antwerp, OH (C.O. Racing)

4 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

5 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7A Dakoda Armstrong/New Castle, IN (Armstrong Racing)

7T Joey Vallone/Crestwood, IL (Joey Vallone)

10 Christian Koehler/South Bend, IN (Christian Koehler Racing)

12 Billy Wease/Noblesville, IN (Wease Racing)

12N Chris Neuenschwander/New Haven, IN (Jerry Powell)

22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

27 Nick Landon/Dorr, MI (Karl Schwarz)

27 Chris Jagger/Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger)

31 Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Performance Assurance)

32 Ronnie Wuerdeman/Cincinnati, OH (Terry Broadus)

32 Nick Hamilton/Danville, IN (Mike Hamilton)

34 Gary Dunkle/Lincoln, NE (Gary Dunkle)

51 Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

53 Justin Harper/Denver, IN (Cheri Harper)

56 Tyler Roahrig/Mishawaka, IN (Tyler Roahrig)

67 Kyle O'Gara/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)

71 Brian Vaughn/Shirley, IN (Freddie & Cathy Carmany)

74 Tony Main/Farmland, IN (Glenn & Virginia Main)

77 Tanner Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Doran Enterprises)

78 Ken Schrader/Fenton, MO (Armstrong Racing)

 

 

MIDGETS MAKE THE TREK TO NIGHT BEFORE THE 500 AFTER 6-YEAR HIATUS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 18, 2020).........Past Night Before the 500 winners Bobby Santos and Tanner Swanson lead the guard of entrants into this Saturday night's 70th running of the event at Lucas Oil Raceway on August 22 in Brownsburg, Ind.

Santos (Franklin, Mass.) captured the 2006 race, one of eight total USAC victories the 2010 NASCAR Modified champion has earned at the .686-mile paved oval, along with four Silver Crown and three Sprint triumphs. He'll be wheeling a car for the Seymour family out of Massachusetts, whose famed No. 29 raced to two Silver Crown victories with Ken Schrader at LOR in 1986 and 1989.

In eight previous NB4500 (Night Before the 500) starts, Santos has finished outside of the top-ten just once, with runner-up finishes in both 2007 & 2013, a 5th in 2008, a 7th in 2005, 8th in 2012, 9th in 2011 and 10th in 2010.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) was the 2010 winner of the event, and is the owner of an additional five wins at the track with the Silver Crown series. He'll be wheeling a car for top-flite USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget team owner Scott Petry along with Kenny and Reva Irwin, parents of six-time USAC LOR National feature winner and 1992 Night Before the 500 runner-up, Kenny Irwin Jr. Tanner also collected a pair of 7th place NB4500 results in 2011 and 2013.

Tanner's older brother, Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has been the dominant force of late at Lucas Oil Raceway with seven career USAC National victories at the track, in a Sprint Car, Midget and five in the Silver Crown car. He won a Must See Racing Sprint Car event at LOR in June as well. In seven prior NB4500 starts, the five-time Silver Crown titlist has collected five top-tens, including a 3rd in 2010, 4th in 2008, 5th in 2012, 6th in 2009 and 7th in 2014.

Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) is a two-time victor over the last two years at LOR, enjoying victory lane time with the Silver Crown series in 2019 and again this past July in an Auto Value Super Sprint feature. A midget victory at LOR has eluded him thus far, but he has had two solid NB4500 midget results in his career, a 6th in 2013 and an 8th in 2011.

Hamilton is one of three pairs of siblings entered for this year's race. Kyle's brother, Nick Hamilton (Danville, (Ind.) finished 4th in his lone previous NB4500 start in 2014. Another pair of siblings, twin sisters as a matter of fact, ready for battle are Toni and Annie Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.). Each have made two Silver Crown appearances apiece at LOR with Annie grabbing a 10th in 2017, but has yet to make a midget start there. Toni is the winningest female driver in USAC history with 19 victories, all in Western HPD Midget competition where she was the 2016 pavement champ, while Annie collected five wins of her own with the division.

The Breidingers are also among the four females in the field along with USAC Western States Midget winner and 2017 BCRA Midget champion Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) and 2016 USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year, Courtney Crone (Corona, Calif.).

Ten-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) will make his return to the NB4500 for the first time since 2001 where he finished 8th. A nearly equally long hiatus from the event belongs to Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), who finished 9th in his only NB4500 start in 2002. Pierce possesses three top-five finishes in his three career Carb Night Classic starts, including a 5th in 2016, 5th in 2017 and a best of 3rd in 2018. Pierce has made 17 career Silver Crown starts at LOR with seven top-five finishes.

Kyle O'Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.) has been consistently exceptional in two career NB4500 starts with a 2nd in 2014 and a 4th in 2013. Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), the 2019 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, finished 3rd in his lone NB4500 start in 2014. Three-time STARS Midget champion and 2012 USAC D1 Regional Midget titlist Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.) finished 17th in his only NB4500 start in 2013. He took 4th in last Fall's Silver Crown race at LOR.

Kevin Studley (Brownsburg, Ind.) earned a top-ten finish of 10th in the 2014 NB4500 and was the hard charger in a 7th place Silver Crown run at the track in 2017. Two-time NB4500 starter Bret Sanderson (Gary, Ind.) collected a best of 6th in the 2014 feature. Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) went 21st in 2012 and 19th in 2011 in his two NB4500 starts.

Cody Gerhardt (Fresno, Calif) is planning to make his first NB4500 start on Saturday. He's a three-time USAC champion, collecting the Western Ford Focus Pavement Midget, California North Ford Focus Midget and California South Ford Focus Midget crowns in 2010, and has made two previous LOR Silver Crown starts.

Gerhardt is wheeling a car for Western Speed Racing, the same team that won the 2005 NB4500 with driver Michael Lewis. Gerhardt's teammate, Dylan Nobile (Clovis, Calif.), is a USAC champion himself in the Western HPD Pavement Midget division back in 2015.

Four of the top seven in points from the Northeastern Midget Association will be competing in the NB4500, including point leader Avery Stoehr (Carver, Mass.), 3rd place Todd Bertrand (Suffield, Conn.) and 5th place Alby Ovitt (Barrington, N.H.), all out of the Bertrand Motorsports stable, who'll be joined in a fourth Bertrand car driven by Cole Carter (Brownsburg, Ind.), an eight-time NB4500 feature starter and son of 1972 race winner Pancho Carter. Jake Trainor (Medway, Mass.), 7th in NEMA points, will also be making his NB4500 debut.

A pair of Illini drivers are also set to make their NB4500 debuts, POWRi and Badger Midget series veteran Ryan Shilkuski (Spring Valley, Ill.), the 2018 production-based engine POWRi Pavement Midget series Rookie of the Year, as well as Brandon Maurer (Sherman, Ill.), a veteran of the Illini Midget Racing Series and POWRi action.

A combined 50 cars have already pre-entered for the 70th running of the Night Before the 500, featuring a USAC non-points special event for both sprint cars and midgets in the famed race to be run on Saturday, August 22, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

The tradition is being renewed at the .686-mile paved oval west of Indianapolis after the event has been on hiatus since its last edition run in 2014. Midgets have been a staple of the event, dating back to its origins in 1946 at the former 16th Street Speedway, across the street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The festivities begin on Saturday, August 22, with pit gates/credentials opening at 7am ET. Spectator gates open at 10am, Midget practice from 10am-10:55am, Sprint Car practice 1 from 11am-11:55am, Midget practice 2 from noon-12:55pm, Sprint Car Practice 2: 1pm-1:55pm, Midget practice 3 from 2pm to 2:55pm, Sprint Car practice 3 from 3pm-3:55pm before a break at 4pm.

Action resumes with Midget qualifying from 4:30pm-5:55pm, Sprint Car qualifying from 6pm-7:25pm, then opening ceremonies from 7pm-7:30pm, followed by racing action that culminates with the $5,000-to-win Midget feature and the $10,000-to-win Sprint Car feature.

Tickets are $25 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 5-11 and free for ages 4 and under. Tickets can be ordered at http://tinyurl.com/y8p9vxov.

The big racing weekend kicks off Friday, August 21, with the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic featuring USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000. Pits open at noon ET, spectator gates open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice from 3pm-3:40pm, USF2000 practice from 3:55pm-4:15pm, Indy Pro 2000 practice from 4:30pm-5:45pm, a break at 4:50pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 5:45pm, USF2000 race at 6:45pm, Indy Pro 2000 race at 7:50pm and the Silver Crown race at 9pm.

Friday's Dave Steele Carb Night Classic tickets prices are $25 for adults, $10 for children 11 & under. HARF members receive $5 off general admission when card is shown. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Watch the Night Before the 500 LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

MIDGET ENTRY LIST - NIGHT BEFORE THE 500:

3 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Nick Bohanon-A.J. Felker Racing)

4 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

7K Tanner Swanson (Petry Motorsports/Kenny & Reva Irwin)

8 Jake Trainor/Medway, MA (Jake Trainor)

8B Annie Breidinger/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports)

14 Brandon Maurer/Sherman, IL (Maurer Motorsports)

17 Alby Ovitt/Barrington, NH (Bertrand Motorsports)

25 Courtney Crone/Corona, CA (Jerome Rodela)

26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

29 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (Matt Seymour Racing)

31 Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (BCD Racing)

33 Nick Hamilton/Danville, IN (Mike Hamilton)

36 Jim Anderson/Joliet, IL (Anderson Motorsports)

39 Avery Stoehr/Carver, MA (Bertrand Motorsports)

47 Cole Carter/Brownsburg, IN (Bertrand Motorsports)

48 Todd Bertrand/Suffield, CT (Bertrand Motorsports)

57K Kevin Studley/Brownsburg, IN (Studley Motorsports)

60 Cody Gerhardt/Fresno, CA (Western Speed Racing)

66 Bret Sanderson/Gary, IN (Sanderson Racing)

67 Kyle O'Gara/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)

75 Ryan Shilkuski/Spring Valley, IL (Ryan Shilkuski Racing)

80 Dylan Nobile/Clovis, CA (Western Speed Racing)

80B Toni Breidinger/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports)

88 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Arata Brothers Racing)

99 Mario Clouser/Auburn, IL (Guess Racing)

NIGHT BEFORE THE 500 WINNERS 16th Street Speedway 1946: Leroy Warriner & Benny Emerick 1947: Sam Hanks & Ted Duncan 1948: Eddie Haddad, Eddie Haddad & Johnnie Parsons 1949: Eddie Haddad, Eddie Haddad & Mike O'Halloran 1950: Leroy Warriner, Mike Nazaruk & Manuel Ayulo 1951: No Race 1952: Potsy Goacher 1953: Johnnie Tolan 1954: Potsy Goacher, Johnny Kay & Tony Bonadies 1955: Eddie Sachs & Forrest Parker 1956: Shorty Templeman, Shorty Templeman & Shorty Templeman 1957: Chuck Rodee & Len Sutton 1958: Mauri Wilson, Gene Force & Tony Bonadies

Kokomo Speedway 1959: Gene Force 1960: Jimmy Davies 1961: Jimmy Davies

Indianapolis Speedrome 1962: Jimmy Davies 1963: Mel Kenyon 1964: Chuck Rodee

Kokomo Speedway 1965: Mel Kenyon 1966: Chuck Arnold 1967: Mike McGreevy 1968: Rained Out

Indianapolis Raceway Park 1969: Bob Wente & Henry Pens 1970: Lee Kunzman 1971: Jimmy Caruthers

Indiana State Fairgrounds 1972: Tom Bigelow & Pancho Carter 1973: Rained Out

Indianapolis Raceway Park 1974: Tommy Astone 1975: Billy Engelhart 1976: Bob Wente 1977: Mel Kenyon 1978: Rich Vogler

Indianapolis Speedrome 1979: Jeff Nuckles & Sleepy Tripp

Indianapolis Raceway Park 1980: Mel Kenyon 1981: Mack McClellan 1982: Rained Out 1983: Ken Schrader 1984: Steve Lotshaw 1985: Nick Fornoro Jr. 1986: Sam Isenhower 1987: Nick Fornoro Jr. 1988: Jack Calabrase 1989: Jeff Gordon 1990: Jeff Gordon 1991: Mike Fedorcak 1992: Doug Kalitta 1993: Mike Bliss 1994: Ted Hines 1995: Andy Michner 1996: Kenneth Nichols 1997: Ryan Newman 1998: Dave Steele 1999: Ryan Newman 2000: Kasey Kahne 2001: Kasey Kahne 2002: Jason Leffler 2003: Aaron Fike 2004: Ron Gregory 2005: Michael Lewis 2006: Bobby Santos 2007: Kevin Swindell 2008: Bobby East 2009: Chuck Gurney Jr. 2010: Tanner Swanson 2011: Darren Hagen 2012: Tracy Hines 2013: Darren Hagen 2014: Tracy Hines 2015: No Race 2016: No Race 2017: No Race 2018: No Race 2019: No Race

 

 

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 19, 2020).........Two years ago, it was a Carb Night to forget for Kyle Hamilton. It seemed as if everywhere he turned, bad luck was staring back at him square in the eyes.

One year later, the Carb Night tide turned in his favor when Hamilton scored his first career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victory in the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway, the event which resumes for its next edition this Friday night, August 21, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

"In 2018, it didn't seem like anything could go right mechanically," Hamilton recalled. "Our Little 500 car broke, my teammate (Brady Bacon's) dirt car broke, we broke right out the box here at (LOR) and had to start the race from the tail with no practice laps."

After qualifying third for the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic in 2019, Hamilton thought, "'Well, this is going a lot better,' but honestly, tonight was the night I was a little bit more worried about being slow. We've always struggled here, and I didn't want to disappoint my team, but I was a little nervous inside."

Standing second behind Silver Crown superhero Kody Swanson just past the halfway mark of the 2019 100-lapper, the yellow flag came out. When the green came back out, Hamilton couldn't have imagined what occurred next when Kody failed to take off on the lap 54 restart, handing over the lead to Hamilton with a clear track ahead of him. Kody coasted around to the pit area with an apparent engine issue that put an end to his night.

On a later restart, on lap 73, Bobby Santos used a run on the inside of Hamilton, sliding up in front of Hamilton in turn one to secure the position as the pair exited turn two. One lap later, the roles were reversed, and Hamilton drove it hard into turn one underneath Santos to slot into the top spot. From there, Hamilton was unheeded as he captured his initial series victory.

"I grew up about 15 minutes from here and I'd always tell my buddies that we're racing at LOR," Hamilton, of nearby Danville, Ind. said. "But I kind of hesitated because I was always so bad here. To say we pulled one off in a Silver Crown car on a big night is pretty cool to me."

Brothers Kody and Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. each have the opportunity on Friday to become the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver of all-time at Lucas Oil Raceway. Both possess five Silver Crown wins apiece at the .686-mile paved oval, which is tied with Mike Bliss for the most all-time.

Kody, the five-time series champion and current point leader, just won his 30th career Silver Crown race last Saturday night at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Kody won his most recent outing at LOR last Fall and is a two-time winner of the Carb Night Classic, leading all 100 in 2017 and the final 99 in 2018. In 2016, Kody finished 2nd to Tanner, and dropped out after leading the first 53 laps in 2019 with engine trouble. Kody was the fastest qualifier at Carb Night in 2017 & 2019 as well.

Tanner, meanwhile, has easily been the hard charger the last couple of years at the Carb Night Classic, driving from 22nd to 2nd in 2018 and 17th to 2nd in 2019. The inaugural Carb Night winner in 2016 led the last 20 laps that year, then finished 3rd in 2017 - the only driver to finish on the podium in all four previous runnings of the event. Tanner was the fastest Carb Night qualifier in 2018 before opting to start from the tail of the field. The fast time that night paid him a $1,000 bonus from Mac & Carol Steele who are putting up the same bonus award once again this Friday.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) aims to join the "Party of Five" at the top of Lucas Oil Raceway's Silver Crown win list. He's won four times at LOR in 2009, twice in 2012 and again in 2017. Last Saturday's runner-up at Salem has led three of the four Carb Night Classics thus far. He led the first 80 in 2016 before mechanical trouble forced him to the sideline, and has finished 2nd, 4th and 3rd in each of the last three years of 2017-18-19, leading one lap early in 2018 and one lap late in 2019.

David Byrne, of Shullsburg, Wisc., is a past LOR Silver Crown winner, picking up the victory in last-lap fashion during the summer of 2014. He's alternated 7th and 6th place runs throughout his Carb Night Classic career, finishing 7th in 2016, 6th in 2017, 7th in 2018 and 6th in 2019. He's aiming for a little luck to drop on his side after two early exits in the first two Silver Crown races of 2020.

Fortville, Indiana's Eric Gordon is a three-time winner at LOR, all in a Sprint Car, back in 1990-91-92. The 1990 Milwaukee Silver Crown winner and nine-time Little 500 winner finished 9th at the Carb Night Classic in 2018 and 5th in 2019's 100-lap race.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) has yet to make a Carb Night Classic start in his career, but the 197-time Silver Crown starter (3rd all-time) has a victory to his credit in his career with the series at Lucas Oil Raceway back on a Sunday afternoon in 2000. The 1989 USAC National Midget champion would tie Brian Tyler for 2nd in all-time in Silver Crown starts with one more on Friday at LOR.

New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins (2nd in points) sits just one, single point behind Kody Swanson in the Silver Crown championship standings coming into the event and, incredibly, is the only driver to have finished inside the top-ten in both events run thus far at Selinsgrove (3rd) and Salem (8th). He's made two previous Carb Night Classic starts but is looking for his first top-ten result in the event.

Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway Silver Crown season opener winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) aims to make his first Carb Night Classic appearance since the 2016 campaign where he finished 13th. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is a three-time top-five finisher at the Carb Night Classic with a 3rd in 2016, 4th in 2017 and 5th in 2018. Justin Grant (3rd in Silver Crown points), had his best career Carb Night finish of 4th in 2019 following results of 6th in both 2016 and 2018.

Three-time Silver Crown winner Aaron Pierce is the owner of three top-five finishes in his three career Carb Night Classic starts, including a 5th in 2016, 5th in 2017 and a best of 3rd in 2018. Additional Carb Night returnees include last Saturday's Salem hard charger Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), 9th at Carb Night in 2019; Edwardsville, Illinois' Patrick Lawson (10th in 2017); Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott (11th in 2018) and Levittown, Pa.'s Mike Haggenbottom - a two-time Carb Night starter.

One-time Silver Crown winner John Heydenreich of Bloomsburg, Pa., a 2nd place USAC Sprint finisher at LOR in 1998, is entered, as is Winchester, Indiana's Matt Goodnight (2 Carb Night starts), plus 2012 USAC Regional Midget champ Jim Anderson of Joliet, Ill. (8th in 2018) and 2019 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), who made his Carb Night (and Silver Crown) debut two years ago in 2018 and just finished a career-best 5th with the series last Saturday at Salem.

Beech Grove, Indiana's Kyle O'Gara has prior midget and Silver Crown experience at LOR, but none since 2014. His Silver Crown return at Salem last Saturday was exceptional, finishing 7th after starting 14th in the field. Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), likewise, gained previous LOR Silver Crown experience last Fall. Both will be making their Carb Night debuts on Friday.

Series Rookie, Fort Collins, Colorado's Bryan Gossel, is a pleasant surprise at 4th in the standings coming into the event. He will be aiming for his first Carb Night Classic start as is Brent Yarnal (Phoenix, Ariz.), a veteran of 19 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car starts during the 2017-18 seasons.

The event honors the legacy and memory of Dave Steele, a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion and one of the United States Auto Club's most accomplished drivers during the 1990s and 2000s, who died in March of 2017 following a crash on the opening lap of a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series-sanctioned event at Bradenton, Florida's Desoto Speedway. He was 42 years old.

Steele ranks 14th on USAC's national win list with 60 victories between 1996 and 2007. The Tampa, Florida native was dominant on the pavement tracks, which accounted for all 60 of his USAC National wins. Despite only competing in half the races, or less, on the schedule throughout most of his career, Steele's win totals rank in the top echelon of USAC's record book. His 16 Silver Crown wins are the fourth most all-time while his 26 Sprint Car victories rank 19th and his 18 Midget wins put him 37th on the list.

FAN INFO:

Pits open at noon ET on Friday with spectator gates opening at 3pm, Silver Crown practice starting at 3pm followed by practice for both USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000. Silver Crown Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying commences at 5:45pm ET, followed by the USF2000 race at 6:45pm, the Indy Pro 2000 race at 7:50pm and the 100-lap Silver Crown race at 9pm.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children age 11 and under. All HARF members will receive $5 off their general admission ticket when their card is shown. Pit passes are $30 for member and $35 for non-members.

Event tickets can be purchased at the gate on raceday or in advance at www.tinyurl.com/y8p9vxov.

Watch the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC ENTRY LIST: (25 Cars)

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)

06 ®BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

1 ®KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR Development)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

29 ®BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Brent Yarnal)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

37 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong Racing)

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

® Represent a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY:

1. (5) Mike Bliss, Kody Swanson & Tanner Swanson

4. (4) Bobby Santos

5. (3) Bobby East

6. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader

10. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC WINNERS:

2016: Tanner Swanson

2017: Kody Swanson

2018: Kody Swanson

2019: Kyle Hamilton

 

 

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 17, 2020)………Two years ago, it was a Carb Night to forget for Kyle Hamilton. It seemed as if everywhere he turned, bad luck was staring back at him square in the eyes.

One year later, the Carb Night tide turned in his favor when Hamilton scored his first career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victory in the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway, the event which resumes for its next edition this Friday night, August 21, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

“In 2018, it didn’t seem like anything could go right mechanically,” Hamilton recalled. “Our Little 500 car broke, my teammate (Brady Bacon’s) dirt car broke, we broke right out the box here at (LOR) and had to start the race from the tail with no practice laps.”

After qualifying third for the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic in 2019, Hamilton thought, “‘Well, this is going a lot better,’ but honestly, tonight was the night I was a little bit more worried about being slow. We’ve always struggled here, and I didn’t want to disappoint my team, but I was a little nervous inside.”

Standing second behind Silver Crown superhero Kody Swanson just past the halfway mark of the 2019 100-lapper, the yellow flag came out. When the green came back out, Hamilton couldn’t have imagined what occurred next when Kody failed to take off on the lap 54 restart, handing over the lead to Hamilton with a clear track ahead of him. Kody coasted around to the pit area with an apparent engine issue that put an end to his night.

On a later restart, on lap 73, Bobby Santos used a run on the inside of Hamilton, sliding up in front of Hamilton in turn one to secure the position as the pair exited turn two. One lap later, the roles were reversed, and Hamilton drove it hard into turn one underneath Santos to slot into the top spot. From there, Hamilton was unheeded as he captured his initial series victory.

“I grew up about 15 minutes from here and I’d always tell my buddies that we’re racing at LOR,” Hamilton, of nearby Danville, Ind. said. “But I kind of hesitated because I was always so bad here. To say we pulled one off in a Silver Crown car on a big night is pretty cool to me.”

Brothers Kody and Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. each have the opportunity on Friday to become the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver of all-time at Lucas Oil Raceway. Both possess five Silver Crown wins apiece at the .686-mile paved oval, which is tied with Mike Bliss for the most all-time.

Kody, the five-time series champion and current point leader, just won his 30th career Silver Crown race last Saturday night at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Kody won his most recent outing at LOR last Fall and is a two-time winner of the Carb Night Classic, leading all 100 in 2017 and the final 99 in 2018. In 2016, Kody finished 2nd to Tanner, and dropped out after leading the first 53 laps in 2019 with engine trouble. Kody was the fastest qualifier at Carb Night in 2017 & 2019 as well.

Tanner, meanwhile, has easily been the hard charger the last couple of years at the Carb Night Classic, driving from 22nd to 2nd in 2018 and 17th to 2nd in 2019. The inaugural Carb Night winner in 2016 led the last 20 laps that year, then finished 3rd in 2017 – the only driver to finish on the podium in all four previous runnings of the event. Tanner was the fastest Carb Night qualifier in 2018 before opting to start from the tail of the field. The fast time that night paid him a $1,000 bonus from Mac & Carol Steele who are putting up the same bonus award once again this Friday.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) aims to join the “Party of Five” at the top of Lucas Oil Raceway’s Silver Crown win list. He’s won four times at LOR in 2009, twice in 2012 and again in 2017. Last Saturday’s runner-up at Salem has led three of the four Carb Night Classics thus far. He led the first 80 in 2016 before mechanical trouble forced him to the sideline, and has finished 2nd, 4th and 3rd in each of the last three years of 2017-18-19, leading one lap early in 2018 and one lap late in 2019.

David Byrne, of Shullsburg, Wisc., is a past LOR Silver Crown winner, picking up the victory in last-lap fashion during the summer of 2014. He’s alternated 7th and 6th place runs throughout his Carb Night Classic career, finishing 7th in 2016, 6th in 2017, 7th in 2018 and 6th in 2019. He’s aiming for a little luck to drop on his side after two early exits in the first two Silver Crown races of 2020.

Fortville, Indiana’s Eric Gordon is a three-time winner at LOR, all in a Sprint Car, back in 1990-91-92. The 1990 Milwaukee Silver Crown winner and nine-time Little 500 winner finished 9th at the Carb Night Classic in 2018 and 5th in 2019’s 100-lap race.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) has yet to make a Carb Night Classic start in his career, but the 197-time Silver Crown starter (3rd all-time) has a victory to his credit in his career with the series at Lucas Oil Raceway back on a Sunday afternoon in 2000. The 1989 USAC National Midget champion would tie Brian Tyler for 2nd in all-time in Silver Crown starts with one more on Friday at LOR.

New Castle, Indiana’s Kyle Robbins (2nd in points) sits just one, single point behind Kody Swanson in the Silver Crown championship standings coming into the event and, incredibly, is the only driver to have finished inside the top-ten in both events run thus far at Selinsgrove (3rd) and Salem (8th). He’s made two previous Carb Night Classic starts but is looking for his first top-ten result in the event.

Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway Silver Crown season opener winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) aims to make his first Carb Night Classic appearance since the 2016 campaign where he finished 13th. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is a three-time top-five finisher at the Carb Night Classic with a 3rd in 2016, 4th in 2017 and 5th in 2018. Justin Grant (3rd in Silver Crown points), had his best career Carb Night finish of 4th in 2019 following results of 6th in both 2016 and 2018.

Three-time Silver Crown winner Aaron Pierce is the owner of three top-five finishes in his three career Carb Night Classic starts, including a 5th in 2016, 5th in 2017 and a best of 3rd in 2018. Additional Carb Night returnees include last Saturday’s Salem hard charger Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), 9th at Carb Night in 2019; Edwardsville, Illinois’ Patrick Lawson (10th in 2017); Pendleton, Indiana’s Travis Welpott (11th in 2018) and Levittown, Pa.’s Mike Haggenbottom – a two-time Carb Night starter.

One-time Silver Crown winner John Heydenreich of Bloomsburg, Pa., a 2nd place USAC Sprint finisher at LOR in 1998, is entered, as is Winchester, Indiana’s Matt Goodnight (2 Carb Night starts), plus 2012 USAC Regional Midget champ Jim Anderson of Joliet, Ill. (8th in 2018) and 2019 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), who made his Carb Night (and Silver Crown) debut two years ago in 2018 and just finished a career-best 5th with the series last Saturday at Salem.

Beech Grove, Indiana’s Kyle O’Gara has prior midget and Silver Crown experience at LOR, but none since 2014. His Silver Crown return at Salem last Saturday was exceptional, finishing 7th after starting 14th in the field. Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), likewise, gained previous LOR Silver Crown experience last Fall. Both will be making their Carb Night debuts on Friday.

Series Rookie, Fort Collins, Colorado’s Bryan Gossel, is a pleasant surprise at 4th in the standings coming into the event. He will be aiming for his first Carb Night Classic start as is Brent Yarnal (Phoenix, Ariz.), a veteran of 19 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car starts during the 2017-18 seasons.

The event honors the legacy and memory of Dave Steele, a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion and one of the United States Auto Club’s most accomplished drivers during the 1990s and 2000s, who died in March of 2017 following a crash on the opening lap of a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series-sanctioned event at Bradenton, Florida’s Desoto Speedway. He was 42 years old.

Steele ranks 14th on USAC’s national win list with 60 victories between 1996 and 2007. The Tampa, Florida native was dominant on the pavement tracks, which accounted for all 60 of his USAC National wins. Despite only competing in half the races, or less, on the schedule throughout most of his career, Steele’s win totals rank in the top echelon of USAC’s record book. His 16 Silver Crown wins are the fourth most all-time while his 26 Sprint Car victories rank 19th and his 18 Midget wins put him 37th on the list.

FAN INFO:

Pits open at noon ET on Friday with spectator gates opening at 3pm, Silver Crown practice starting at 3pm followed by practice for both USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000. Silver Crown Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying commences at 5:45pm ET, followed by the USF2000 race at 6:45pm, the Indy Pro 2000 race at 7:50pm and the 100-lap Silver Crown race at 9pm.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children age 11 and under. All HARF members will receive $5 off their general admission ticket when their card is shown. Pit passes are $30 for member and $35 for non-members.

Event tickets can be purchased at the gate on raceday or in advance at www.tinyurl.com/y8p9vxov.

Watch the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC ENTRY LIST: (25 Cars)

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)

06 ®BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

1 ®KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR Development)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

29 ®BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Brent Yarnal)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

37 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong Racing)

80 TBA (Breidinger Racing)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

® Represent a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY:

1. (5) Mike Bliss, Kody Swanson & Tanner Swanson

4. (4) Bobby Santos

5. (3) Bobby East

6. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader

10. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC WINNERS:

2016: Tanner Swanson

2017: Kody Swanson

2018: Kody Swanson

2019: Kyle Hamilton

 

 

SWANSON WINS RECORD 5TH STRAIGHT
JOE JAMES-PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana (August 15, 2020).........Throughout the annals of USAC Silver Crown's 50-year history, no driver's statistical output stacks up to Kody Swanson's. That has been proven time and time again as the Kingsburg, Calif. native has illustrated his very own record book during his illustrious career.

On an evening when he became the first driver in series history to reach 30 poles and 30 wins in a career, Swanson once again reached another record that once seemed unbreakable - that being Pancho Carter's four consecutive Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial victories between 1974-77.

Swanson did just that on Saturday night at Salem Speedway, pressing leader Bobby Santos throughout the first two-thirds of the 75-lap race before taking the lead in traffic with a spectacular three-wide pass on the outside of turn one on the 50th lap, then holding serve on a couple of late-race restarts to capture the win after previous victories in the event in 2016-17-18-19.

"Being second, you have the benefit because you can go where they aren't," Swanson explained. "Tonight, a couple times it got a little hairy and didn't work. I don't know if there's anything more "Pancho" for me than taking the lead three-wide in turn one on the outside at Salem. I don't know if I deserve to be in the company (of Pancho), but I sure do appreciate the honor."

The victory for Swanson aboard the Nolen Racing/KECO Coatings - Goodridge - K & N Filters/Beast/Tranter Chevy was a welcome sight for the team after an uncharacteristic performance just six days prior in the Silver Crown season opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. There, the final result was an 11th place finish after running outside of the top-ten all throughout the 74-lap race.

That result put into motion a meeting of the minds for driver and team as a whole to get back on the same page and right the ship after an auspicious start in rocky waters.

"We had a meeting after Selinsgrove," Swanson recalled. "It was a tough conversation to have with all that led up to it with our results that night. The way we ended (the meeting) was that it already happened, so I want that to be our rock bottom. Everybody's got a rock bottom and I am hoping that would be ours and everyone could pull together, and we could come out here this week and prove that we are better than we were in Pennsylvania."

A similar scenario greeted Swanson on Saturday as it did just one year prior with the team utilizing two different racecars in practice. This time, it was the brakes that were creating havoc with the primary car in practice, forcing the team to roll the second car out of the trailer.

In the second practice session, Swanson took the "backup" to the top of the charts, then proceeded to clock in with the fastest qualifying time in Fatheadz Qualifying, thus earning him the pole position. However, at the start of the main event, it was Santos who got the jump on Swanson from his outside front row starting position while Swanson slotted into second.

"I did not want him to get the lead on the start and he didn't want me to either," Swanson remembered. "We raced hard that first lap and I know I was sideways and trying to keep it down off him."

Third-running David Byrne was right in the thick of the hunt with Santos and Swanson before he slowed dramatically with mechanical trouble just eight laps into the event, the second time in two starts this year that the 2019 third-place Silver Crown points finisher's race has met an early end.

Swanson had hounded Santos throughout, running nose-to-tail with the former NASCAR Modified Champion during the mid-stages, turning up the wick with attempted bids for the lead on the 44th and 47th laps, thwarted by the presence of gridlock style traffic on each occasion, the latter involving a stifling five-car shuffle in which Santos and Swanson had to dance their way through.

"I tried hard to get him early; I didn't want to wait for lapped traffic; I didn't want to wait until the end, but I had no choice," Swanson explained. "I was getting a run on him on the outside of four, and I thought 'that's not very smart.' It gets awful narrow there. Bobby is a very smart racer and he's not going to give you any of the racetrack you need to pass him. What he was giving me there, I was trying to make work, but it couldn't unless I just got lucky one time. Maybe I got lucky a couple times that I didn't wreck trying it."


On an evening when he became the first driver in series history to reach 30 poles and 30 wins in a career, Kody Swanson once again reached another record that once seemed unbreakable - that being Pancho Carter's four consecutive Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial victories between 1974-77.
(Rich Forman Photo)


With the heady Santos, a winner of 10 Silver Crown races in his own right, holding down the fort up front, all Swanson needed was one moment to make his break. Approaching the 10th place car of Joe Liguori, Santos became boxed in behind entering the middle of turn one. Swanson swung high to the outside of both cars to paste his ride in the number one position.

With a clear track ahead, Swanson built his lead to over a second ahead of Santos when one-time Silver Crown winner and 9th place running Kyle Hamilton slowed on the front straightaway with smoke coming from the car, putting him out of the race.

That, plus a Liguori turn two spin with two laps remaining, set up a green-white-checkered finish with yellow flag laps counting for 73 laps of the 75-lap distance.

Santos had multiple shots at his one shot to defeat Swanson on the last couple of restarts, but couldn't quite muster enough to put his car past Swanson, who drove to s 1.013 sec. margin of victory over Santos, with Aaron Pierce, Justin Grant and a career-best series finish for 2019 Silver Crown Rooke of the Year, Derek Bischak, who rounded out the top-five.

Meanwhile, Austin Nemire earned KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors following his charge from 15th to 6th in his first series start of the season.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 15, 2020 - Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery - Salem, Indiana - .555-Mile Paved Oval - Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-16.107; 2. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-16.357; 3. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-16.426; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-16.460; 5. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-16.553; 6. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight-16.556; 7. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-16.671; 8. Joe Liguori, 32, Williams/Wright-16.761; 9. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-16.858; 10. Brian Gerster, 94, Myers-16.890; 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-16.951; 12. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-17.010; 13. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.019; 14. Kyle O'Gara, 1, SFHR-17.049; 15. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.067; 16. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-17.328; 17. John Heydenreich, 37, Felker-17.404; 18. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-17.528; 19. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 20. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-NT.

FEATURE: (75 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (2), 3. Aaron Pierce (9), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Derek Bischak (5), 6. Austin Nemire (15), 7. Kyle O'Gara (14), 8. Kyle Robbins (11), 9. Mike Haggenbottom (18), 10. Joe Liguori (8), 11. Matt Goodnight (13), 12. Travis Welpott (16), 13. Kyle Hamilton (7), 14. Brian Gerster (10), 15. Patrick Lawson (12), 16. Bryan Gossel (19), 17. Chris Windom (6), 18. John Heydenreich (17), 19. David Byrne (4), 20. Dave Berkheimer (20). 29:41.723

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-49 Bobby Santos, Laps 50-75 Kody Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-114, 2-Kyle Robbins-113, 3-Justin Grant-92, 4-Bryan Gossel-92, 5-Matt Goodnight-87, 6-Mike Haggenbottom-85, 7-Travis Welpott-74, 8-C.J. Leary-73, 9-Shane Cottle-70, 10-Bobby Santos-70.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-79, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Shane Cottle-59, 4-Logan Seavey-57, 5-Cannon McIntosh-57, 6-Justin Grant-52, 7-Kyle Cummins-48, 8-Daison Pursley-48, 9-Robert Ballou-45, 10-Andrew Layser-44.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: August 21, 2020 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - .686-Mile Paved Oval - Dave Steele Carb Night Classic


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Austin Nemire (15th to 6th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kyle Hamilton

 

 

JOE JAMES-PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana (August 14, 2020).........Everyone's seemingly been chasing Kody Swanson at Salem Speedway over the past four years; that goes for the entire cast of characters in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series with the pavement season debut looming this Saturday night, August 15, for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial.

Swanson aims to dethrone Pancho Carter as the king of the hills in terms of Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial victories in his career. The five-time series champ from Kingsburg, Calif. is seeking his fifth-straight win in the race. No driver before him has won five, let alone five in a row in the event. Carter won four consecutive behind the wheel of a sprint car between 1974-75-76-77.

In addition to winning the 75-lap main each year, Swanson has won the pole in each of the past four Salem Silver Crown races since 2016 and possesses the Salem Silver Crown one-lap track record of 15.923 / 125.479 mph, set in 2017.

Saturday marks the sixth appearance for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series on the 33-degree banked paved oval, an association between the track and USAC that began in the year of the club's inception in 1956. The first Silver Crown event occurred in 1988 with Bob Frey scoring his first and only victory in the series in a yellow No. 20 that bears a striking resemblance to the car Swanson drove to victory in 2019 and will wheel again this Saturday for Nolen Racing.

Giving chase to Swanson at Salem in recent years are prime contenders, Franklin, Massachusetts' Bobby Santos, a 10-time series winner who has yet to finish outside the top-four in any of his previous four Silver Crown appearances at Salem, a 4th in 2016, 3rd in 2017-18 and a runner-up result in 2019.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is the current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader, but is regularly a contender on both paved and dirt tracks aboard a Silver Crown Car with Salem results of 5th in 2016, 7th in 2017 and a pair of 6ths in both 2018-19.

David Byrne has regularly been fast at Salem, but the results have not been indicative of his competitiveness until last year's race where the Shullsburg, Wisc. native earned his first top-five finish in the event. Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) has been solid as a rock at Salem, leading a race-high 50 laps and finishing 6th in 2016, then led the first 30 laps before taking home a 4th in 2017 and then recorded a best of 3rd in 2019.

"Rookie" is a misnomer for Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.), who joins Swanson as the only other past Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial winner in the field. Gerster got his two "James-O'Connor" wins in a winged sprint car back in 2014-15, but Saturday will present to him his first challenge in a Silver Crown car at Salem, which comes for the same Ram Engineering team in which he won both.

Three-time STARS Midget Champion and 2012 USAC D1 Regional Midget Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.) also anticipates making his Salem Silver Crown debut this Saturday along with series Rookie of the Year candidates Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), a 4th place finisher in his first series start last Sunday at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, and 2014 USAC Regional Midget champ Kyle O'Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.), who will try to crack a Silver Crown starting lineup for the first time since 2014.

A number of experienced Salem Silver Crown veterans have also entered their hat in the ring for Saturday night, including three-time starter Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), a 9th place finisher in 2016. Kyle Hamilton, the 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year from Danville, Ind., has finished inside the top-five in both of his Salem starts, a 5th in 2018 and a 4th in 2019.

New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins, the 2018 series Rookie of the Year, earned his best career finish of 3rd last Sunday night at Selinsgrove. His best Salem finish in two starts came just last year, a 10th in 2019. Robbins is joined in the field by fellow two-time Salem starter, 2014 USAC HPD Midget champ Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), who was in attendance at last week's Selinsgrove race, but opted not to compete after feeling under the weather on raceday.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the 2016 Silver Crown champion, had finished as the runner-up to Swanson three-years running in 2016-17-18 until a broken shock knocked him out of contention just 31 laps into the race in 2019. Windom's teammate, Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), is back for a fourth Salem start after earning an 11th in 2017, 15th in 2018 and 15th in 2019.

Joe Liguori (Tampa, Fla.) aims to make a third Salem Silver Crown start Saturday after finishing an 8th in 2016 and a 13th in 2019. Liguori's grandfather, Ralph Liguori, finished 4th in a 100-lap USAC National Sprint Car race at Salem in October of 1966, finishing just behind the trio of winner Mario Andretti, Roger McCluskey and Bobby Unser.

Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) returns for a 3rd Salem start after finishing 12th and 14th over the past two years. Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) earned a 10th place finish in his lone Salem Crown start in 2018. Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), the 2019 Silver Crown top Rookie, was a solid 8th in his 2019 Salem debut.

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania's John Heydenreich has experience on the Salem banks in midgets, and just last year, made his first Silver Crown appearance at the track, taking hard charger honors and finishing 11th. Fellow Pennsylvanian Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) took a wild ride at his homestate track of Selinsgrove Speedway last Sunday. The veteran racer finished 19th at Salem in 2019.

Saturday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series & Lucas Oil Great American Stocks begins with the pits opening at 1pm Eastern, spectator gates at 3pm, practice at 3:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and racing at 7:15pm.

General admission tickets are $27 for adults/teens, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.

Watch it LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

JOE JAMES-PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL ENTRY LIST:

06 ®BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

1 ®KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR Development)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

32 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Williams & Wright Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 BRIAN GERSTER/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

® Represent a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

COTTLE HOPES WAIT FOR NEXT WIN ISN’T AS LONG AT HOOSIER HUNDRED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 13, 2020)………When Shane Cottle passed under the checkered flag in the 2020 USAC Silver Crown season opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, not only was he putting on absolute show for all to witness by coming from the back of the pack not once, but twice, to win on the final lap, Cottle was also setting records.

In doing so, Cottle became the newest record holder of the longest duration between USAC Silver Crown wins. It had been 12 years, 11 months and 8 days since the Kansas, Ill. driver last raced to victory at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2007.

Cottle hopes it isn’t as long of a gap between victories number two and three when the series heads to the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Sunday, August 23, for the 65th running of the Hoosier Hundred where he was a runner-up finisher in 2016 and a 4th place finisher in 2018.

The record for longest duration between Silver Crown wins prior to Cottle was a tie between George Snider and Ron Shuman, whose gap between wins were, ironically, both exactly 9 years, 11 months and 10 days apart from each other.

Snider captured the third race ever held in USAC’s new, separate dirt only championship trail at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 1971 en route to the series championship. Snider finally broke through again nearly a decade later in 1981 with a victory at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Snider very nearly became the first driver to own two separate gaps of five or more years between Silver Crown wins, winning at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1990, then initially appearing to capture the victory at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1996. That is, until his car was found to be too light at the scales, forcing his disqualification and the win being awarded to Dave Darland.

Meanwhile, Shuman’s nearly 10-year span between wins started at Eldora Speedway in 1982 then lasted until he finally broke through again at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1992.

Joe Saldana went 7 years, 11 months and 24 days between Silver Crown scores in the 1976 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and his second and final career series victory at Du Quoin in 1984.

It’s almost hard to fathom that Rich Vogler went nearly eight years between victories in a USAC National division, but that’s just what transpired for the winningest driver in USAC history, with 171 total wins in his illustrious career. His third career Silver Crown win came during the 1981 season at Du Quoin. His fourth and final series win arrived in 1989 at the Hulman Hundred held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Similarly, for Tracy Hines, one of USAC’s six triple crown champions, who won at Gateway Motorsports Park in 2000 then took the Silver Crown title that same year. He did not reach victory lane again until 5 years, 3 months and 29 days later at Du Quoin in 2005.

Three-time USAC National Sprint Car champion took to the champ cars just fine, winning his first race in just his fourth career start at the New York State Fairgrounds’ Syracuse Mile on July 4, 1975. He’d next find the promised land of victory lane with the Silver Crown division once again on Independence Weekend five years and one day later at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway.

September 5 proved to be Gary Bettenhausen’s lucky day toward the latter stages of his Silver Crown career, taking the win on that date in 1983 for his penultimate series win on the Magic Mile of Du Quoin. Five years to the day at the very same track, the two-time Silver Crown driving champion raced to the win again for his 10th and final series win in 1988.

Tickets will be available online for the Hoosier Hundred beginning at 10am ET on Tuesday, August 11 at www.usactickets.com. Grandstand tickets are $30 apiece, $10 for children age 3-11 and free for kids age 2 and under. Infield tickets are $20 each, $5 for children age 3-11 and free for kids age 2 and under.

Pits will open at Noon ET on raceday, August 23, grandstands at 2pm, practice at 4pm, qualifying at 5:15, vintage cars at 6:15, qualifying race at 7pm and the 100-lap Hoosier Hundred at 8pm. Silver Crown cars are the only class featured in the event.

For more ticket information, contact the Track Enterprises office at (217) 764-3200.

 

 

SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN NOW 3 DAYS AUG. 27-28-29 AT KOKOMO

Kokomo, Indiana (August 13, 2020)………Sprint Car Smackdown IX arrives at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for its ninth annual edition on August 27-28-29.

The event will feature three consecutive nights of full racing programs for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, starting Thursday, Aug. 27 and Friday, Aug. 28, then concluding with the Saturday, Aug. 29 finale in which the feature winner takes home a $10,000 grand prize. Saturday night’s event will include a separate, complete program for the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series as well.

One change to the schedule this year is that Wednesday’s #GYATK Night, non-points special event will not be held this year due to regulations regarding COVID-19.

Bryan Clauson captured the inaugural Smackdown finale in 2012 while Dave Darland took three-straight between 2013-14-15. Kevin Thomas Jr. won it in 2016 as Tyler Courtney took the victory the following year in 2017, then became a two-time winner in 2019. Current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant defeated the Smackdown field in 2018.

Advance three-day reserved tickets for Smackdown are $80 and can be purchased by calling (815) 468-8690 up until Monday, August 24, at 5pm ET. Phone orders will be closed after that time. The three-day pass can still be purchased at the track when the ticket windows open on Thursday, August 27, for $85.

Single day tickets will be available on race day at the ticket window. On Thursday and Friday of Smackdown, adult general admission tickets are $25 apiece while pit passes are $35 each. On Saturday, adult general admission tickets are $35 apiece while pit passes are $45 each.

Kids age 12 and under are free in the general admission seats only. General admission seating are rows 1-11 on the front stretch and 1-8 on the back stretch.

Due to state guidelines limited capacity is still in effect. Make sure to buy your tickets early for guaranteed entry.

All gates open each day of Smackdown at 3pm ET. Each night, cars hit the track at 6pm.

 

 

ENTRY LIST: USAC SILVER CROWN JOE JAMES-PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL AT SALEM

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana (August 12, 2020).........A pair of past Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial winners headline the entry list for this Saturday night's running of the event on August 15 at Indiana's Salem Speedway featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series.

Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) has tamed the banks twice during his career at the "James/O'Connor," both of which came while piloting a winged sprint car where he captured back-to-back Salem victories in 2014-15.

Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Ind.) has already cemented his place in Salem's history books, but with one more win on Saturday, a new record would be his as he aims for an unprecedented fifth consecutive "James-O'Connor" victory after previous winning performances in 2016-17-18-19, which equals Pancho Carter's mark in the event between 1974-77.

Swanson, a five-time series king in 2014-15-17-18-19 is joined by fellow Silver Crown titlist Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) in the lineup, the 2016 champ, plus Silver Crown race winners Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.).

A pair of Silver Crown Rookies are entered for Saturday, including Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Kyle O'Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.), both of whom will be joined by past series Rookies of the Year, Angola, Indiana's Derek Bischak (2019) and New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins (2018).

Series veteran Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.) will make his Silver Crown debut at Salem while numerous other skilled and experience wheelmen will make a return visit to the banks, including Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Joe Liguori (Tampa, Fla.) and Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.).

Saturday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series & Lucas Oil Great American Stocks begins with the pits opening at 1pm Eastern, spectator gates at 3pm, practice at 3:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and racing at 7:15pm.

General admission tickets are $27 for adults/teens, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.

Watch it LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

JOE JAMES-PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL ENTRY LIST: (21 Cars)

06 ®BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

1 ®KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR Development)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

32 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Williams & Wright Racing)

37 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 BRIAN GERSTER/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)

® Represent a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

SWANSON SEEKS RECORD 5TH STRAIGHT JAMES-O’CONNOR WIN SATURDAY AT SALEM

Salem, Indiana (August 12, 2020)………By the numbers, just six drivers in the six-decade-plus history of the Joe James-Pat O’Connor Memorial have won the event consecutively at southern Indiana’s Salem Speedway. As impressive of a feat as that is by itself, two of those six have won the event on the famed high banks in four straight years.

To narrow it down even further, only one of those drivers will have an opportunity to become the first five-time winner of the event, in successive years, when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series makes its annual voyage to Salem for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Joe James-Pat O’Connor Memorial this Saturday night, August 15.

That driver is Kody Swanson, the owner of a record 29 wins and 29 poles in his spectacular Silver Crown career. Four tallies each have been added to his resume at Salem in both the win and pole categories over the last four years, a supreme dominance that is unmatched in the event.

In last year’s Joe James-Pat O’Connor Memorial, as has been demonstrated time and time again, it seems that whenever Swanson comes face-to-face with adversity, it’s a near guarantee that adversity has no fighting chance.

Twas the case in 2019 when the Kingsburg, Calif. native had to jump into his backup car early after engine issues befell his primary Nolen Racing ride during practice. Swanson jumped into the secondary car, promptly put it on the pole and led wire-to-wire to capture his fourth-straight win in the event, equaling a feat previously only accomplished by Pancho Carter in 1974-75-76-77.

It’s not an easy scenario for any individual to overcome, but Swanson just makes it appear easy. The reality is, without the amount of preparation they put into it, their night could’ve been toast before it even began.

“Obviously, it was not part of the plan,” Swanson admitted. “We practiced with the primary car, I picked out my best shocks and springs and did all the homework I could on that one and was really happy with where we were for running on used tires.”

Right before the second round of practice started, crew member Chris Phillips noticed that water was coming through one of the nozzle filters. Engine builder Bill Tranter noticed it was a big issue as well, and Swanson was forced to hop out of the primary while the team quickly retrieved the backup car. Crew members Rick Laughlin and Dale Latty had worked on the backup car leading up to the event to make sure it was ready just in case it was needed.

In a matter of minutes, the backup car went from having travel tires on it to race tires that could be scuffed for qualifying. The time that was left only allowed for two laps of practice, which proved pivotal for Swanson to diagnose what needed to be done, where he then proceeded to put the yellow No. 20 on the pole before leading all 75 laps en route to victory.

Not to be outdone, Salem is where Swanson owns the Silver Crown one-lap track record of 15.923 sec. / 125.479 mph, set in 2017. The unprecedented five-time Silver Crown driving champion also owns the 75-lap record for the division at Salem with a time of 24:06.27 / 103.611 mph in 2018, the very same night in which he set the new standard in terms of Silver Crown race victories, surpassing Jack Hewitt’s long-standing mark.

Swanson, along with Pancho Carter, the first of USAC’s six Triple Crown champions to have won driving titles in Silver Crown, National Sprints and National Midgets in his career, are also two of the six back-to-back winners of the Joe James-Pat O’Connor Memorial. 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones scored consecutive victories in the event in 1960-61. Greg Leffler did the same in 1979-80, the first of which came amidst his USAC National Sprint Car championship season.

Brian Olson (2012-13) and Brian Gerster (2014-15) each won the James/O’Connor back-to-back with the wing. Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) is the only other Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial winner outside of Swanson that is entered to compete in Saturday’s Salem event in the Ram Engineering No. 94.

The history of the Joe James-Pat O’Connor Memorial has taken on a few different iterations over the years, first under the sanctioning of the AAA in the event’s humble beginnings in 1953, then under the USAC Midwest Sprint Car banner in 1956 and it’s long tenure as a fixture on the trail for USAC’s National Sprint Cars starting in 1961 until 1980, when the series left the pavement and Salem Speedway was simultaneously ravaged by a tornado which then forced the high banks to sit idle for a time in the mid-80s until racing resumed.

Following the 2010 season when pavement racing was again absent from the USAC National Sprint Car circuit, the event became a winged sprint car race between 2011-2015 before USAC’s Silver Crown division, which had only turned a wheel around the .555-mile paved oval just once prior in September of 1988, came back into the fold in 2016 and ever since.

Saturday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series & Lucas Oil Great American Stocks begins with the pits opening at 1pm Eastern, spectator gates at 3pm, practice at 3:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and racing at 7:15pm.

General admission tickets are $27 for adults/teens, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.

Watch it LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

JOE JAMES-PAT O’CONNOR MEMORIAL WINS AT SALEM SPEEDWAY:

4-Pancho Carter & Kody Swanson

2-Mario Andretti, Rollie Beale, A.J. Foyt, Brian Gerster, Tracy Hines, Parnelli Jones, Greg Leffler, Pat O'Connor, Brian Olson, Eddie Sachs, Dave Steele & Rich Vogler

1-Sonny Ates, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Steve Butler, Ed Carpenter, Bryan Clauson, Larry Crockett, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Chet Fillip, Bob Frey, Eric Gordon, Wayne Hammond, JoJo Helberg, Shane Hmiel, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Lee Kunzman, Michael Lewis, Jim Mahoney, Roger McCluskey, Sam Sessions, Tony Stewart, Bob Sweikert, Brian Tyler, Bobby Unser & Jacob Wilson

JOE JAMES-PAT O’CONNOR MEMORIAL WINNERS:

AAA Sprint Cars 1953-1955

1953: Larry Crockett

1954: Pat O’Connor

1955: Bob Sweikert

USAC Midwest Sprint Cars 1956-1960

1956: Eddie Sachs

1957: Pat O’Connor

1958: Eddie Sachs

1959: A.J. Foyt

1960: Parnelli Jones

USAC National Sprint Cars 1961-2010

1961: Parnelli Jones

1962: A.J. Foyt

1963: Roger McCluskey

1964: Mario Andretti

1965: Bobby Unser

1966: Mario Andretti

1967: Sonny Ates

1968: Rollie Beale

1969: Sam Sessions

1970: Gary Bettenhausen

1971: Rollie Beale

1972: Lee Kunzman

1973: Tom Bigelow

1974: Pancho Carter

1975: Pancho Carter

1976: Pancho Carter

1977: Pancho Carter

1978: Rich Vogler

1979: Greg Leffler

1980: Greg Leffler

1981: Eddie Leavitt (Charlestown Speedway)

1982: Larry Rice (Terre Haute Action Track)

1988: Bob Frey

1989: Wayne Hammond

1990: Rich Vogler

1991: Steve Butler

1992: Jim Mahoney

1993: Jim Keeker

1994: Kenny Irwin, Jr.

1995: Tony Stewart

1996: Chet Fillip

1997: Dave Steele

1998: Jay Drake

1999: Dave Darland

2000: Eric Gordon

2001: Tracy Hines

2002: Ed Carpenter

2003: Michael Lewis

2004: Dave Steele

2005: Brian Tyler

2006: Bryan Clauson

2008: Jacob Wilson

2009: Tracy Hines

2010: Shane Hmiel

Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars: 2011-2015

2011: JoJo Helberg

2012: Brian Olson

2013: Brian Olson

2014: Brian Gerster

2015: Brian Gerster

USAC Silver Crown: 2016-Present

2016: Kody Swanson

2017: Kody Swanson

2018: Kody Swanson

2019: Kody Swanson

 

 

USAC REGIONAL RACING PREVIEW: AUG. 14-15, 2020

MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGETS & MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGETS

It’s a two-night, doubleheader weekend for both the USAC Midwest Regional Midgets and the Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway on Friday, Aug. 14 and at Circus City Speedway in Peru, Ind. on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Both events will utilize an open format, allowing both current National and SpeeD2 engines. The event 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 Midget Championship.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) won the Midwest Regional Midget opener in July at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. and leads the series standings. Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.), meanwhile, holds a slim seven-point lead over Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio). Denney won last Friday at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway. Denney’s Team Taylor teammate Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) captured the victory last Saturday at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway.

On Friday at Paragon, the pits open at 4pm ET, front gates at 5pm, with racing starting at 7:30pm. General admission tickets are $20 and, for kids age 10 and under, tickets are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece and while kids age 10 and under are $15. Sprint Cars, Super Stocks, Bombers and Hornets are also in action.

Saturday at Circus City Speedway, joining the Midgets will be the NOW600 Non-Wing Junior Sprints, Non-Wing Restricted 600's, Non-Wing A-Class, and Non-Wing Outlaw 600's. Pits open at 2pm ET, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $12 with children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $25 each with youth prices set at $10 for the pits.

USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-78, 2-Chett Gehrke-71, 3-Hayden Reinbold-66, 4-Jacob Denney-61, 5-Adam Taylor-55, 6-Gunnar Lucius-48, 7-Abby Hohlbein-43, 8-Jon Steed-38, 9-Tommy Kouns-35, 10-Kameron Gladish-35.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Taylor-370, 2-Jacob Denney-363, 3-Stratton Briggs-319, 4-Gunnar Lucius-313, 5-Abby Hohlbein-286, 6-Chett Gehrke-270, 7-Zack Gingerich-265, 8-Cory Guingrich-250, 9-Ian Creager-245, 10-Alex Watson-227.

RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS

USAC’s Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars debut at one of the most famed tracks in all the land this Friday night, August 14, at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway.

Point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) finished 5th and 2nd at the series’ two most recent rounds last weekend at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway and Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, respectively. He’s won twice this year in the opening two rounds while Ryan Watt (Boyertown, Pa.), Mark Bitner (Trenton, N.J.) and Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) have won recent bouts on the schedule.

Williams Grove Speedway will be in action this Friday, August 14 at 7:30 pm with a rare three-division program of pure sprint car racing for

Friday, adult general admission tickets are set at $16 with youth ages 13–20 admitted for $10. Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for free at Williams Grove Speedway. The Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints and HJ Towing and Recovery 358 Sprints will join the USAC East Coast series for the event. Front gates open at 5:30pm ET with racing slated to start at 7:30pm.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-362, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-324, 3-Bill Unglert-283, 4-Ryan Quackenbush-227, 5-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-220, 6-Alex Yankowski-206, 7-Joey Biasi-174, 8-Jonathan Swanson-166, 9-Christian Bruno-160, 10-Ryan Watt-146.

WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCAITION SPRINT CARS

A third visit of the season for the Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars at Winston, Missouri’s I-35 Speedway are on the agenda this Saturday night, August 15.

Kory Schudy (Springfield, Mo.) won there in June while Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kans.) captured victory there in July. They reside fourth and fifth in the standings coming in, but the points are led by Don Droud Jr. (Lincoln, Neb.) who finished third and fourth in both his I-35 starts this year.

Saturday at I-35, Hobby Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Dirt Late Models, Sport Compact, USRA B-Mods, USRA Modifieds and USRA Stock Cars are also on the card. Pits open at 4:30pm ET, grandstands open at 5pm, driver's meeting at 6pm, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing at 7pm.

USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Don Droud Jr.-1,175, 2-Chris Parkinson-1,170, 3-Wesley Smith-1,145, 4-Kory Schudy-1,115, 5-Wyatt Burks-1,095, 6-Brad Wyatt-770, 7-Mark Lane-755, 8-Dakota Earls-735, 9-Kyle Lewis-730, 10-Chad Goff-705.

USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGETS

The USAC DMA SpeeD2 Midgets make their lone venture outside of the state of Vermont this Friday, Aug. 14 when the series makes its annual stop at Malta, New York’s Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

Seth Carlson (Stafford, Conn.) just last week joined the ranks of two-time winners with the series as he captured the victory at Vermont’s Bear Ridge Speedway. He leads the points by 40 points entering Friday’s race.

Defending series champ Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) has also won twice in 2020 and was a victor in 2019 at Albany-Saratoga. He possesses the fifth position in the standings coming in.

No spectators are allowed at the event. Pits open at 4pm ET and racing begins at 7pm. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members and $20 for children age 10 and under. Watch it live via pay-per-view on www.DirtTrackDigest.TV.

USAC DIRT MIDGET ASSOCIATION POINTS: 1-Seth Carlson-297, 2-Brandon Piastka-257, 3-Justin Phillips-249, 4-Manny Dias-245, 5-Will Hull-236, 6-Justin Sheridan-232, 7-Melvin Pierson-193, 8-Jeff Horn-179, 9-Tim West-178, 10-Floyd Billington-176.

ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGETS

For the fourth time in 2020, the IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets invade Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa on Friday night, August 14.

Current point leader and two-time defending series champ Andy Baugh (Mason City, Ill.) won the season opener there in May while Bryan Stanfill (Brea, Calif.) captured a July victory and Brent Burrows (Lewistown, Ill.) made victory lane at Lee County his home sweet home at the beginning of August.

Friday at Lee County, front gates open at 5:30pm ET with hot laps at 7pm and racing to follow. 305 Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sport Compacts are also on the docket. Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors age 60-plus, $5 for students age 11-17, $5 for veterans and free for kids 10 and under. Pit passes are $30 for adults, $20 for children ages 7-13, $10 for kids ages 4-6 and $5 for ages 3 and under.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-515, 2-Bryan Stanfill-485, 3-Will Armitage-464, 4-Chris Adrien-424, 5-Mark McMahill-385, 6-Jake Sollenberger-381, 7-Kevin Battefeld-353, 8-Tyler Roth-249, 9-Bart Andrews-202, 10-Mark Meyer-162.

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – AUGUST 8, 2020… Starting second, Austin Liggett (Laton, CA) led all 30-laps to score the non-point USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Petaluma Speedway. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the 2018 champion shook free from the competition to earn the twelfth series win of his career. Fast qualifier Colby Johnson, “BT Express” Bradley Terrell, “Wild” Billy Aton, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. followed Liggett to the checkered flags.

Johnson earned his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.548 over the 13-car roster. The young driver also scored the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from sixth.

The heat race victories were claimed by Aton (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), and Liggett (Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars Second Heat).

On September 12th, the traditional 360 sprints will return to Petaluma Speedway for another special non-points event. The race will be broadcast live at floracing.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.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 8, 2020 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Colby Johnson, 38, Johnson-14.548; 2. Bradley Terrell, 43, Terrell-14.897; 3. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-15.033; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.061; 5. Shayna Ensign, 9, Sylvia-15.245; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.272; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-15.490; 8. Ricky Brophy, 3, Brophy-15.642; 9. Matthew Haulot, 7H, Haulot-15.799; 10. Kenny Drew, 11K, Drew-15,881; 11. Jeremy Ellertson, 23, Ellertson-16.162; 12. Glenn Bryan, 34B, Bryan-18.962; 13. Daniel Whitley, 32, Whitley-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (3 laps) 1. Aton, 2. Faria, 3. Whitley, 4. Ellertson, 5. Johnson, 6. Ensign, 7. Haulot. NT

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Terrell, 3. Brophy, 4. Timmons, 5. Drew, 6. Bryan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (2), 2. Colby Johnson (6), 3. Bradley Terrell (5), 4. Billy Aton (4), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (1), 6. Shayna Ensign (7), 7. Ryan Timmons (3), 8. Matthew Haulot (9), 9. Glenn Bryan (12), 10. Ricky Brophy (8), 11. Kenny Drew (10), 12. Daniel Whitley (13), 13. Jeremy Ellertson (11). NT

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**Whitley flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Liggett.

ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Colby Johnson (6th to 2nd)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: September 12 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

 

 

BITNER BESTS EAST COAST SPRINT FIELD IN NEW EGYPT RETURN

By: Nick Fillman

New Egypt, New Jersey (August 8, 2020)………“Mr. Twister” Mark Bitner of Trenton, New Jersey was able to hold off a hard charging Christopher Allen in the late stages of the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series return to the New Egypt Speedway for his second career victory.

Bitner is no stranger to the New Egypt Speedway as he has accumulated a number of victories at the New Jersey speedway in a variety of different cars. From modifieds, to 305 sprint cars, 360 winged sprint cars, and now the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Bitner has been able to grace victory lane on numerous occasions.

The evening for Mark Bitner started off with pulling the number 15 pill. Bitner’s car number being number 15, it was a sign of things to come. Bitner would start on the pole of his heat race event and go on to grab the victory over Christopher Allen. By virtue of his finishing position Bitner would be in the redraw, where he pulled the number one pill.

The start of the feature event featured Mark Bitner on the pole with Kyle Lick in the second spot making his first start of the 2020 season. The green flag flew with Bitner jumping out to the early race lead, until JR Berry spun in turns three and four.

On the complete restart, Bitner again was able to maintain the race lead with Lick moving into second, and an absolute hornets’ nest behind the front two cars. Steven Drevicki, and Christopher Allen found the high side of the speedway immediately and began to make their bid for the top three positions. For a number of early laps, Kyle Lick, Christopher Allen, and Ryan Watt would run three-wide for the runner up spot, with Billy Pauch Jr making it an occasional four car battle.

By lap five, Bitner held a steady lead with Kyle Lick in second, and Christopher Allen virtually glued to the back bumper of the Lick entry. With an intermission track prep featuring lots of water being applied to the surface, the speedway was lightning quick. Bitner would begin to encounter lapped traffic around lap eight, at the same time, Christopher Allen would work his way around the number eight car of Kyle Lick and try to reel in the leader.

As the field battled on, Christopher Allen slowly, but surely caught Mark Bitner in traffic, and was in the same corner as the leader Bitner by the halfway point. On Lap 18, Bitner and Allen were nose-to-tail for the race lead with Allen, railing the high side of the speedway trying to make a move around Mark Bitner.

Allen would end up being side by side with Mark Bitner a number of occasions between laps 18-23 as the duo battled through the back half of the field, until a caution flew on lap 23 for a stopped David Swanson.

The ensuing Green, White, Checkered restart saw Bitner hold his composure despite the best efforts of Allen on the high and low side of the speedway in his attempts to pass Bitner for the win and steal the victory. But in the end, Mark Bitner held strong and collected his second career USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series victory.

Chris Allen ended up in the runner up spot for the second straight event. Allen continues to be a model of consistency on the series trail in 2020, and the team’s first win of the season will come any week. Allen continues to chip away at the points lead of defending series champion Steven Drevicki, in what is shaping up to be a spectacular battle for the title in 2020.

Ryan Watt collected the feature win last time out when the series was in action at the Georgetown Speedway on July 24th. Watt parked the Tim Hogue 39 car in victory lane in his first ever non-winged sprint car start. Watt made his second start on Saturday night and again looked like a seasoned veteran. Watt made gains on the lead duo of Mark Bitner and Christopher Allen in lapped traffic before the caution flag flew on lap 23. Look for 2015 USAC National Series Champion, Robert Ballou to be behind the controls of the Hogue 39 this Sunday at the Selinsgrove Speedway.

Frenchtown, New Jersey’s Billy Pauch Jr. made his debut behind the wheel of the Gallagher 5G entry on Saturday at New Egypt. The multi time modified track champion at New Egypt is no stranger to non-winged competition between ARDC and USAC midget, USAC National Tour Starts, USAC Speedstr, and 600 micro sprint starts Pauch has plenty of experience. Pauch Jr collected the heat win, and drove from his sixth place starting spot to a solid top three finish. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver Brady Bacon will be behind the wheel of the Gallagher 5G tomorrow at the Selinsgrove Speedway.

Rounding out the top 5 and yet again continuing his streak of never finishing outside of the top five in a USAC East Coast event was Steven Drevicki. In the heat race, Drevicki battled from 7th place to finish third behind Kyle Lick and earn his way into the redraw. Drevicki was among some of the earliest drivers to venture to the high side of the speedway to make moves. At the conclusion of Saturdays feature event, Drevicki earned a hard-fought top five effort.

24 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Cars entered the pit area at the New Egypt Speedway on Saturday night. 19 of the cars being 360 powered vehicles, and 5 coming from the NEWS Crate wingless sprints that are run as a weekly series at the speedway. Defending track champion Rich Mellor was one of two crate entries to make the feature and finished in the 11th position.

Next up for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is their maiden voyage to the Selinsgrove Speedway Sunday August 9th. The Series will be alongside the stars and the cars of the USAC Silver Crown series in a traditional sprint car series doubleheader, sure to please any USAC Racing Fan.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 8, 2020 – New Egypt Speedway – New Egypt, New Jersey

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. 7-Alex Yankowski [2]; 2. 33B-Bill Unglert [3]; 3. 39-Ryan Watt [6]; 4. 117-David Swanson [1]; 5. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [7]; 6. 5Z-Zack Burd [5]; 7. 74JR-J.R. Berry [4]; 8. 8-Larry Drake [8].

SECOND HEAT: 1. 15-Mark Bitner [2]; 2. 71-Chris Allen Jr. [7]; 3. 02-Rich Mellor [1]; 4. 3H-Heidi Hedin [4]; 5. 17J-Jonathan Swanson [8]; 6. 73JR-Ed Aikin [5]; 7. 67-Jason Cherry [3]; 8. 6-Steve Kyzer [6].

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. 73JR-Ed Aikin [2]; 2. 5Z-Zack Burd [1]; 3. 74JR-J.R. Berry [4]; 4. 96-Lee Kauffman [9]; 5. 00-Ken Nealis [3]; 6. 67-Jason Cherry [5]; 7. 6-Steve Kyzer [8]; 8. 44-Gary Huston [6]; 9. 8-Larry Drake [7].

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. 15-Mark Bitner[1]; 2. 71-Chris Allen Jr. [4]; 3. 39-Ryan Watt [3]; 4. 5G-Billy Pauch Jr. [6]; 5. 19-Steven Drevicki [8]; 6. 8L-Kyle Lick [2]; 7. 5Q-Ryan Quackenbush [12]; 8. 7-Alex Yankowski [7]; 9. 33B-Bill Unglert [9]; 10. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [13]; 11. 02-Rich Mellor [5]; 12. 91-Mick D'Agostino [15]; 13. 73JR-Ed Aikin [16]; 14. 74JR-J.R. Berry [18]; 15. 17J-Jonathan Swanson [14]; 16. 5Z-Zack Burd [17]; 17. 117-David Swanson [10]; 18. 3H-Heidi Hedin [11]; 19. 96-Lee Kauffman [19]; 20. 00-Ken Nealis [20].

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Mark Bitner.

HARD CHARGER: Ryan Quackenbush (12th to 7th)

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-287, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-269, 3-Bill Unglert-233, 4-Ryan Quackenbush-221, 5-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-177, 6-Joey Biasi-174, 7-Jonathan Swanson-166, 8-Alex Yankowski-155, 9-Ryan Watt-146, 10-Christian Bruno-132.

NEXT RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 9, 2020 – Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

 

 

COTTLE CHARGES FROM 23RD TO WIN
SELINSGROVE SILVER CROWN DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (August 9, 2020).........A stumbling engine in qualifying, a last row starting spot and an accident with 43 laps remaining that resulted with him backwards against the guardrail with a flat tire - those were just a few of the mountains Shane Cottle overcame to reach victory lane in Sunday night's inaugural Bill Holland Classic at Pennsylvania's Selinsgrove Speedway.

It took Cottle every bit of the 74-lap distance to reach the pinnacle of the night as he worked his way around race-long leader C.J. Leary on the white flag lap to conquer his second career USAC Silver Crown victory, and his first in nearly 13 years, aboard the Curtis Williams/Jack's Auto Body - Duncan Oil - Kercher Engines/Maxim/Kercher Chevy.

By doing so, Cottle became the newest record holder of the longest duration between USAC Silver Crown victories. It had been 12 years, 11 months and 8 days since the Kansas, Ill. driver raced to victory at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2007. The record prior to Sunday night was the nearly 10-year span between Ron Shuman's wins in 1982 and 1992.

Marking the first time the USAC Silver Crown season opener was held in the month of August since 1979, the majority of the first 30 circuits saw pole sitter Leary leading the way with outside front row starter Justin Grant giving constant chase to Leary, who had earlier set fast time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying for the first time in four years at neighboring Pennsylvania track Williams Grove Speedway in 2016.

On the 31st lap, however, major trouble ensued for 11th running Cottle who had a left rear tire go down on the front straightaway. In the ensuing melee, Cottle spun backwards into the inside front straightaway guardrail while the lapped car of Dave Berkheimer flipped upside down before a small fire erupted from the car. The fire was extinguished, and Berkheimer escaped without injury.

At the same time, Cottle exited the car, standing on the front straightaway mulling over the situation which provided him nary a shred of confidence to continue in the race.

"I was really upset," Cottle recalled. "I actually wasn't even going to change the tire. I told the crew, 'you know what, heck with it. We're going to the back and it's kind of hard to pass.' They said 'nope, we're changing it, get back in there.'

Forced to restart from the tail after working halfway up through the field, with the new left rear affixed to his ride, Cottle went back to work on his mission.

"Luckily, we barely got back in there," Cottle said. "It took me a little while to not get so mad and to where I was driving a little smoother. Once I did that, I started picking them off."

While Leary and Grant had controlled the pace throughout, by the 52nd lap, Chris Windom, Brady Bacon and Kevin Thomas Jr. had reeled in the top-two to make it a five-man breakaway. Fourth-running Bacon, who had earlier won the night's preceding USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car feature, slipped under Windom for the third spot in turn three.

As Windom slipped up off the bottom, Thomas got his right front wheel beneath Windom's left rear and the two made contact, knocking out the front end on Thomas' car and sending to him a stop in turn four, thus concluding his evening.

Grant took a major run at Leary for the lead with an attempted slider on the lap 52 restart, which didn't quite stick, as the pair continued their dominance at the front of the pack. Leary was able to distance himself to great comfort to a nearly two second lead as the laps wound down.

With seven laps remaining, a succession of yellows involving flat right rear tires wreaked havoc on several top-ten contenders, including Kyle Robbins, Windom, Jake Swanson, Kody Swanson and, ultimately, second running Justin Grant who fell by the wayside on a restart with four laps remaining. However, Cottle was reassured by his eye in the sky that he was good to go.

"I kept asking the crew, are there any cords showing yet," Cottle revealed. "I could see all the guys in front of me and their cords were showing. They said, 'nope, no cords yet. Just keep her going and just try to maintain the tire underneath you.'"

There, with four to go on a restart, the running order was Leary, Bacon and a suddenly surging Cottle, who didn't remain in third for long as he blitzed under Bacon for second on the bottom of turn four with three laps remaining, then rapidly advanced on Leary.

Coming to the white flag, Cottle used a substantial run off the second turn to race around the outside of Leary entering turn three for the lead. Simultaneously, the returning car of Grant stopped on the front straightaway to bring out the yellow, sending Leary back to the front with Cottle second for a green-white-checkered finish. At that point, Cottle had an inkling that, while he was going to give everything he had to get past Leary, he was going to receive the same treatment from Leary to keep him behind.

Cottle, with a right rear tire with which he estimated as maybe having 'just a couple more laps left,' took the show into his own hands, squaring up Leary through turns three and four coming to the white flag, then swinging to the outside to rip around him to lead at the stripe by a car length before making a beeline to the bottom of turn one to take away the bottom from Leary.

"When he got out of the rubber and got in the slick, I just stayed in the rubber and rolled around him," Cottle remembered. "His tire didn't have much left in it. Luckily, we had just enough to carry us on around him."

From there, it was smooth sailing for Cottle, who raced to a 0.774 sec. victory over Leary while career-best series finishes were earned by Kyle Robbins (3rd), and first-time Silver Crown entrants Bryan Gossel (4th), Carmen Perigo (5th) and Kyle Cummins (6th).

Bacon, running 3rd coming off the final corner on the final lap, experienced a flat right rear tire just short of the line, dropping him back to 7th while a similar fate befell 4th running Logan Seavey in his first series start, dropping him to 10th in the final tally.

Cottle's victory from the 23rd spot ranks as the 8th furthest back any driver has started to win a Silver Crown race, the most positions overcome to win since Rich Tobias Jr.'s Du Quoin triumph from 25th in 2003. Kenny Irwin Jr. owns the top-two ultimate hard-charging performances in Silver Crown history, coming from the 28th position to win at both the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 1995 and Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1997.


Cottle's victory from the 23rd spot ranks as the 8th furthest back any driver has started to win a Silver Crown race, the most positions overcome to win since Rich Tobias Jr.'s Du Quoin triumph from 25th in 2003.
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The win also marked the first for the Curtis Williams-owned team in USAC Silver Crown competition, a regular team on the entire trail since 2014, and for whom Cottle has made his 29 most recent series starts beginning with the 2015 season.

"Curtis, he's a good ol boy and (crew chief) Malcolm (Lovelace), they've been trying for years," Cottle said. "I'm just happier than a lark that I was able to do it for them."

Arizona's Casey Buckman escaped injury after enduring a wild flip on the opening lap of Sunday night's feature that also involved David Byrne. Buckman finished 24th and Byrne 23rd.

Sunday's race was the debut for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series at Selinsgrove Speedway, which had previously hosted just a single USAC-sanctioned race in its history - a 1971 National Sprint Car event won by Mitch Smith.

USAC Silver Crown has now visited the state of Pennsylvania on 15 occasions with 15 different winners taking the checkered flag since 1971. Three other past PA winners were in Sunday night's starting field, Windom, Swanson and Bacon, all of whom had previously won with the series at Williams Grove.

The 74-lap Bill Holland Classic feature signified the first ever racing event held at Selinsgrove Speedway on July 20, 1946, won by 1949 Indianapolis 500 winner and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Holland.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 9, 2020 - Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - Bill Holland Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-21.676 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.867; 3. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-21.897; 4. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-21.956; 5. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-21.958; 6. Logan Seavey, 22, Prestige Worldwide-21.964; 7. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-22.139; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9, Dyson-22.231; 9. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight-22.266; 10. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-22.274; 11. Shane Cockrum, 53, Five Three-22.325; 12. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-22.444; 13. Kyle Cummins, 69, Pink 69-22.467; 14. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-22.539; 15. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-22.567; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-22.571; 17. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-22.891; 18. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-23.014; 19. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-23.041; 20. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-23.309; 21. Casey Buckman, 74, Buckman-23.793; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-23.965; 23. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-24.307; 24. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-NT.

FEATURE: (74 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (23), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Kyle Robbins (17), 4. Bryan Gossel (19), 5. Carmen Perigo (5), 6. Kyle Cummins (13), 7. Brady Bacon (3), 8. Shane Cockrum (11), 9. Matt Goodnight (16), 10. Logan Seavey (6), 11. Kody Swanson (10), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (18), 13. Ronnie Wuerdeman (14), 14. Travis Welpott (20), 15. Chris Windom (9), 16. Justin Grant (2), 17. Jake Swanson (4), 18. Chad Kemenah (12), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 20. Matt Westfall (7), 21. Dave Berkheimer (22), 22. Jake Simmons (24), 23. David Byrne (15), 24. Casey Buckman (21). NT

**Casey Buckman flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Dave Berkheimer flipped on lap 31 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-72 C.J. Leary, Laps 73-74 Shane Cottle.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-73, 2-Shane Cottle-70, 3-Kyle Robbins-64, 4-Bryan Gossel-61, 5-Carmen Perigo-58, 6-Kyle Cummins-55, 7-Brady Bacon-52, 8-Shane Cockrum-49, 9-Matt Goodnight-46, 10-Logan Seavey-43.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-79, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Shane Cottle-59, 4-Logan Seavey-57, 5-Cannon McIntosh-57, 6-Justin Grant-52, 7-Kyle Cummins-48, 8-Daison Pursley-48, 9-Robert Ballou-45, 10-Andrew Layser-44.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: August 15, 2020 - Salem Speedway - Salem, Indiana - .555-Mile Paved Oval - Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (23rd to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ronnie Wuerdeman


 

COURTNEY CAPS EASTERN MIDGET WEEK WITH LANCO SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Newmanstown, Pennsylvania (August 8, 2020).........Sometimes, in the ups and downs of life, you just need a bump in the right direction to get you going where you need to go.

In Saturday night's Eastern Midget Week finale at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, Tyler Courtney received just that early on while running 4th in the 40-lap feature when he encountered a bit of a bumpy road entering turn one.

As Courtney slowly coasted, the trailing car of Justin Grant smacked into the back of Courtney's car, which then fired back up and Courtney drove away before he ultimately took the lead from Tanner Carrick on the 14th lap, then thwarted off several challenges from Buddy Kofoid to win the event.

Courtney's fourth win in his last five USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts came aboard his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"I ended up hitting the kill switch and it killed the car," Courtney revealed of the incident. "When I bounced, I hit the switch, then Grant hit me, and I was looking down to figure out what happened. I flipped the switch back on and kept going, and he stopped there. I got lucky there, but sometimes you've got to be more lucky than good and I'll take it anyway I can get it."

Courtney started 6th in the 22-car field after earlier setting the fastest time in both hot laps and qualifying. Tanner Carrick, meanwhile, raced from his pole starting position to the lead at the start while outside front row starter Chris Windom bounced off the turn two guardrail and slipped to 4th behind Chase Johnson and Courtney.

Shortly after his boost from Grant, Courtney nearly saw positional disaster strike again, nearly spinning out in turn four, as the competition raced by, slipping back from 4th in no time flat. However, a timely stoppage just a tick of the second hand later helped him at just the right time as Kenney Johnson, making his season debut with the series, flipped in turn one. He was okay.

Shortly thereafter, once racing resumed, Courtney pulled off a two-for-one special in turn four on the sixth lap, racing first by Windom then Chase Johnson in one fell swoop to surge from 4th to 2nd. Johnson spun three laps later on lap nine to halt what would've been a career-best run, yet he still charged back to finish a respectable 8th in the final rundown.

On the 11th lap, Courtney slid his way past Carrick for the race lead in between turns three and four. Carrick countered back underneath Courtney with Carrick's right rear and Courtney's left front brushing sidewalls. Courtney took a couple steps back from Carrick and reloaded for another shot on the 13th lap.

Instead of sliding Carrick, this time, Courtney shadowed Carrick on the topside between turns three and four. Down the front straightaway, Carrick and Courtney were rear bumper to chrome horn. Courtney hopped and skipped off the bottom of turns one and two and launched to the race lead on the 14th circuit past Carrick.

Nearing midway, the top-two of Courtney, and now Buddy Kofoid, separated themselves from the rest of the field by nearly a half-lap as Courtney fished through the back end of the field utilizing the top shelf to work his way around lapped traffic.

On the 31st lap however, series point leader Windom glanced off the turn two wall, ending his evening after running 6th. He'd finish 16th and see his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point lead of 74 dwindle to just 31 at night's end.

Following a yellow for 7th running Dillon Welch's turn four spin with seven laps remaining, Kofoid took a major run at Courtney for the number one spot, sliding into turn three with a full head of steam right up into Courtney's lane up against the outer guardrail in turn four. However, Courtney never blinked, never backed off, and kept his foot on the loudpedal to race his way back around Kofoid to retain the lead for good.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't flinch," Courtney admitted. "At this point in the season, you've got to go for everything when you're running for the championship. If we would've crashed there, it is what it is; we're going for the win. Once I squeaked by Buddy there, I knew that was going to kill his momentum. So, I knew if I could squeak by him there, he'd be all chocked up getting off four there. There weren't many laps left there, so I just needed to make those perfect and not make any mistakes and get ourselves to the finish line first."

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – AUGUST 8, 2020… Starting second, Austin Liggett (Laton, CA) led all 30-laps to score the non-point USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Petaluma Speedway. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the 2018 champion shook free from the competition to earn the twelfth series win of his career. Fast qualifier Colby Johnson, “BT Express” Bradley Terrell, “Wild” Billy Aton, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. followed Liggett to the checkered flags.

Johnson earned his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.548 over the 13-car roster. The young driver also scored the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from sixth.

The heat race victories were claimed by Aton (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), and Liggett (Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars Second Heat).
On September 12th, the traditional 360 sprints will return to Petaluma Speedway for another special non-points event. The race will be broadcast live at floracing.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.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 8, 2020 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Colby Johnson, 38, Johnson-14.548; 2. Bradley Terrell, 43, Terrell-14.897; 3. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-15.033; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.061; 5. Shayna Ensign, 9, Sylvia-15.245; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.272; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-15.490; 8. Ricky Brophy, 3, Brophy-15.642; 9. Matthew Haulot, 7H, Haulot-15.799; 10. Kenny Drew, 11K, Drew-15,881; 11. Jeremy Ellertson, 23, Ellertson-16.162; 12. Glenn Bryan, 34B, Bryan-18.962; 13. Daniel Whitley, 32, Whitley-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (3 laps) 1. Aton, 2. Faria, 3. Whitley, 4. Ellertson, 5. Johnson, 6. Ensign, 7. Haulot. NT

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Terrell, 3. Brophy, 4. Timmons, 5. Drew, 6. Bryan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (2), 2. Colby Johnson (6), 3. Bradley Terrell (5), 4. Billy Aton (4), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (1), 6. Shayna Ensign (7), 7. Ryan Timmons (3), 8. Matthew Haulot (9), 9. Glenn Bryan (12), 10. Ricky Brophy (8), 11. Kenny Drew (10), 12. Daniel Whitley (13), 13. Jeremy Ellertson (11). NT
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**Whitley flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Liggett.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Colby Johnson (6th to 2nd)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: September 12 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

 

 

PATH VALLEY EASTERN MIDGET WEEK RACE RAINED OUT

Spring Run, Pennsylvania (August 7, 2020).........Persistent rain has forced cancellation of Friday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa. Ticket refunds are available through the racetrack.

Eastern Midget Week continues with the series finale on Saturday, August 8, at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. The USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series debuts Sunday at Pennsylvania's Selinsgrove Speedway for the inaugural Bill Holland Classic.

Pit gates open at Lanco for trailer parking at 1pm ET, Pit admission sales begin at 3:30pm, gates open for advance ticket holders at 3:30pm, gates open for general admission ticket holders at 4:30pm, Midget drivers' meeting at 5:30pm, with midgets on track at 6pm followed by qualifying and racing. Wingless Micros are also on the event card.

Adult (ages 13 +) general admission tickets are $20, children (ages 6 - 12) general admission is $5 and children (under 6) general admission is free. Advance adult (ages 13 +) grandstand admission is $25 and advance children (ages 6 -12) general admission tickets are $7. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 apiece for non-members.

Advance general admission tickets will also be sold on the day of the race from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the pit shack. While all seats will be general admission, purchasing tickets in advance will permit fans to enter at 3:30 p.m. - one hour prior to everyone else. Blankets, seat cushions, etc. may be put down upon entering the spectator seating area to reserve your seats (we will not allow seats to be saved prior to 3:30 p.m.). Fans with advance tickets may then walk down to the pit area, where they will have approximately two hours (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) to tour the pits and meet the USAC stars. The pits will be cleared of spectators at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday night's Lanco event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

PATH VALLEY EASTERN MIDGET WEEK EVENT TO AIR ON-DEMAND ONLY

The Eastern Midget Week event this Friday night, August 7, at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa., featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, will not air live on FloRacing, and instead will be made available on-demand following the event’s completion that same night.

Due to internet bandwidth issues in this area of Pennsylvania (and in an effort to give you, the fans, the best viewing experience possible), FloRacing and USAC have come to an agreement to provide crystal-clear footage on-demand and not take any chances with any potential limited video quality issues.

Although the Path Valley event will not be streamed live, the full program will be available as quickly as possible following the conclusion of the event, exclusively on FloRacing.

Pits and spectator gates open at 5pm Eastern at Path Valley with the drivers meeting slated for 5:30pm and hot laps set for 6pm. Metzler’s Auto, Truck & Trailer Wingless Super Sportsman and 600cc Micro Sprints are also on the event card.

Prior to watching the event on-demand on FloRacing, you can follow along to all the action with live timing on Race Monitor and live updates on USAC’s social media channels: USAC Racing on Facebook and @usacnation on both Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

COURTNEY CAPTURES EASTERN MIDGET WEEK OPENER AT ACTION TRACK USA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kutztown, Pennsylvania (August 5, 2020).........Tyler Courtney and Clauson-Marshall Racing turned around a little bit of misfortune from earlier in the night into good fortune in Wednesday night's Eastern Midget Week opener at Kutztown, Pa.'s Action Track USA.

Following Courtney's first qualifying lap, a coil went south, preventing him from recording a second lap. However, that first lap and Courtney's subsequent third-place finish in his heat, provided him a view from the outside of the front row for the 30-lap feature where the Indianapolis, Ind. native led wire-to-wire for his third USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory in his last four starts.

The victory was the second consecutive triumph in as many starts for CMR at Action Track USA quarter-mile following Zeb Wise's triumph in the 2019 debut.
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We had a rough couple of months there on the midget side of things," Courtney admitted. "But here in the last couple of weeks, we've kind of turned things back on and found some things that I think we can keep building onto and, hopefully, keep getting these wins and knocking them off."

"I just reset mentally, I think we all did as a team," Courtney continued. "We just hit the reset button and put the first couple of months of the midget season behind us and focused on the second half of the season. We've got a really good racecar now and we just got to ride this high as long as we can."

Not that there was anything he needed to be ashamed of prior to his recent streak of success, but following 21st and 22nd place finishes at Kokomo, Ind. and Fairbury, Neb. in late June/mid-July, the defending series champ stood fourth in the standings, 124 points behind point leader Chris Windom. Now with three wins and a runner-up finish in his last four races, Courtney's chopped 50 points off his deficit and is now second in the standings.

After seeing his one-year-old Action Track USA one-lap record fall by the wayside to Tanner Thorson in Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying earlier in the night, Courtney found salvage by instantly racing to the lead on the opening lap past pole sitter Robert Dalby. Courtney constructed his advantage to over a second as a scramble for the second position behind him consumed the likes of Dalby, Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant, Tanner Thorson and others.

Kevin Woody Jr., who has served in a role as an armed government bodyguard, spun in turn one just in front of the head of the pack to bring out the race's first caution on the ninth lap. Courtney drifted high to avoid the spinning Woody and avoided contact between he and the outside wall.

With the caution resetting track position just prior to encroaching lapped traffic, Courtney resumed his prowess at the front, jumping away from the field at the drop of the green. Second-running Robert Dalby clipped the turn four wall nearly a lap following the lap nine restart, allowing a succession of Kofoid, Grant and Thorson to freight-train under Dalby for the second position, relegating Dalby, the reigning USAC Western States Midget champion, to 5th.

A lap 14 stoppage for a turn two tangle between series point leader Chris Windom (13th), Dillon Welch (15th) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (17th), brought out the following caution just as Courtney was within shouting distance of the tail end of the field, thus keeping him out of the throes of traffic for a just a little while longer.

Windom restarted after repairs in the work area under caution while Welch restarted as well and Kevin Thomas Jr., in his debut for Heffner Racing Enterprises, endured the ending to a trying night with heavy right front damage putting an end to his race. In the final tally, Windom finished 13th, Welch 17th and Thomas 21st.

Courtney was once again gonzo on the restart of lap 14, leaving the most ferocious battle to those in his distant past as Thorson went 4th to 3rd shortly thereafter, then waged in a back and forth battle of sliders with Kofoid before securing the second position on the 19th circuit.

Christopher Bell, the 2013 USAC National Midget champion, momentarily pulled off a double slider of both Thorson and Kofoid in turn one on the 20th lap before slotting into third behind Thorson. Two laps later, Kofoid was out of the picture of contention when contact between he and Grant for the fourth position sent Kofoid through an agricultural racing experience through the infield, staying on the gas and rejoining the action midway down the front straightaway, now slotted in 7th.

Though Courtney finally did find himself amidst traffic throughout the final five laps, he expertly navigated through with relative ease to pick up a commanding 3.385 second victory over Thorson, Bell, Grant and Cannon McIntosh. For Courtney, the win marked the 17th of his career, tying himself with Jay Drake, Tanner Thorson and J.J. Yeley on USAC's all-time National Midget win list aboard his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) recorded a solid runner-up finish in his Hayward Motorsports/Oilfire - Factory Kahne - Walker Filtration/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. Although he didn't quite have enough at the end to make a run on Courtney on this particular night, he acknowledged what a solid run it was despite having a minor setback.

"Once I got into second, I tried to run (Courtney) back down but I had nothing," Thorson recalled. "I hate excuses, but I had no front shock cables there. The steering wheel hit the clips out of them so I couldn't really turn them. My guys did an awesome job getting this car ready for me."

Christopher Bell made his one-stop of the Eastern Midget Week tour a good one, finishing 3rd in his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start of 2020 in a four-car team effort for Tucker-Boat Motorsports alongside Windom, Welch and Andrew Layser, his being the Pristine Auction - Toyota - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"It was a lot of fun to be able to come back and run one race. Hopefully, we'll be able to do some more throughout the year," Bell said. "(Car owner Chad Boat) made a lot of changes to all the cars after hot laps. These guys busted their tails for sure. It was a long hard night for them and hopefully for the next couple nights with three cars, it'll be a little easier."

An off-night in qualifying sure didn't deter Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) to performing exquisitely in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/TRD - Mobil1 - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, earning KSE Racing Products/Irvin King Hard Charger honors for his advancement from 18th to 5th in Wednesday's feature event.

"I had a really good car tonight," McIntosh relayed. "It really killed us in the qualifying run. I got a little loose off (turn) four and it cost us both our laps. That really buried us, but we made a good run through the heat race. We started 18th in the feature and we're just able to get through the field really good, making moves just when we needed to. Glad I could salvage the night with a 5th place finish."

A pair of new USAC National Midget track records were set during the evening at Action Track USA with Thorson lowering the one-lap mark to 11.146 during Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying. Meanwhile, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) put his name in the record books as the winner of the fastest 10-lap race in series history at the track with a completed event in 1:58.10.

Adam Pierson (East Corinth, Vt.), making his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget appearance since the beginning of the 2019 season in Ocala, Fla., flipped into the turn four catchfence during the third heat race following contact between he and Tyler Courtney. Pierson escaped without injury.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 5, 2020 - Action Track USA - Kutztown, Pennsylvania - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Eastern Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-11.146 (New Track Record); 2. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.259; 3. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-11.261; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.274; 5. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-11.310; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.320; 7. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-11.370; 8. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-11.396; 9. Christopher Bell, 84x, Tucker/Boat-11.404; 10. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-11.404; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.414; 12. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-11.455; 13. Alex Bright, 29, Seymour-11.466; 14. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-11.477; 15. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini-11.484; 16. Dillon Welch, 81x, Tucker/Boat-11.546; 17. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.561; 18. Alex Yankowski, 19G, Hayward-11.585; 19. Steven Drevicki, 12, Heckman-11.659; 20. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.682; 21. Kevin Thomas Jr., 72, Heffner-11.799; 22. Jeff Champagne, 46x, O'Rourke-11.841; 23. Eric Heydenreich, 11, Heydenreich-12.051; 24. Kevin Woody Jr., 0, Buckwalter-12.121; 25. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-12.389.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Jeff Champagne, 7. Glenn Waterland, 8. Steven Drevicki, 9. Dillon Welch. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Daison Pursley, 7. Cole Bodine, 8. Eric Heydenreich. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Alex Yankowski, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Kevin Woody Jr., 8. Adam Pierson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Dillon Welch, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Jeff Champagne, 6. Kevin Woody Jr., 7. Eric Heydenreich, 8. Glenn Waterland. 1:58.010 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (6), 3. Christopher Bell (7), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Cannon McIntosh (18), 6. Chase Johnson (5), 7. Buddy Kofoid (4), 8. Tanner Carrick (14), 9. Robert Dalby (1), 10. Daison Pursley (13), 11. Alex Bright (8), 12. Cole Bodine (10), 13. Chris Windom (12), 14. Alex Yankowski (17), 15. Andrew Layser (11), 16. Emerson Axsom (9), 17. Dillon Welch (15), 18. Eric Heydenreich (21), 19. Jeff Champagne (20), 20. Kevin Woody Jr. (22), 21. Kevin Thomas Jr. (19), 22. Ethan Mitchell (16). NT

**Adam Pierson flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tyler Courtney.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,079, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,005, 3-Tanner Thorson-985, 4-Buddy Kofoid-979, 5-Cannon McIntosh-873, 6-Tanner Carrick-769, 7-Daison Pursley-724, 8-Cole Bodine-674, 9-Andrew Layser-636, 10-Justin Grant-559.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-79, 2-Tanner Thorson-62, 3-Logan Seavey-57, 4-Justin Grant-52, 5-Robert Ballou-45, 6-Cannon McIntosh-45, 7-Daison Pursley-45, 8-Andrew Layser-44, 9-Chase Stockon-39, 10-Thomas Meseraull-38.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 6, 2020 - Bridgeport Speedway - Bridgeport, New Jersey - 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval - Eastern Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Christopher Bell (18th to 5th)

Indy Race Parts / Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Glenn Waterland

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chris Windom

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS INVADE PETALUMA SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 3, 2020... This Saturday, August 8th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will invade Petaluma Speedway for their first race of the season. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the special non-points event will also feature Dwarf Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, the Pit Gates will open at noon, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). A live pay per view internet broadcast is available at floracing.com.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, Saturday’s race will pay $800-to-win, $400-for-2nd, $300-for 3rd, $250-for-4th, $200-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS: - ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. - CALIFORNIA STATE PROTOCOL CALLS FOR COMPETITORS, CREWS, OFFICIALS, AND ANYONE ON THE GROUNDS TO PRACTICE SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING, PROPER SANITIZING, AND FOLLOW LOCAL REGULATIONS REGARDING THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS. - PETALUMA COVID-19 WAIVER FORM: Petaluma Speedway has a mandatory competitor COVID-19 Waiver Form at petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver. - PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event. - PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side. - FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY. - FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY. - COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED. - 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 listed right rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also legal with the VRA Sprint Cars. - 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. - The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

To date, Petaluma Speedway has held two USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. 2018 Champion Austin Liggett topped last October’s show and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the July 29, 2017 race after setting the track record of 13.728.

Last season, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) became the tenth different driver to claim the series championship. Ryan Timmons, Koen Shaw, T.J. Smith, J.J. Ringo, Hannah Mayhew, Austin Liggett, Austin Ervine, Slater Helt, and Jake Swanson rounded out the top-10 in points. Ringo earned rookie of the year honors.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Austin Liggett.

 

 

SUNDAY'S BILL HOLLAND CLASSIC MARKS USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT AT SELINSGROVE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (August 4, 2020).........Each of the USAC Silver Crown division's previous 14 visits to the state of Pennsylvania have produced 14 different race winners. Could another new winner emerge in the Silver Crown debut at the half-mile dirt oval of Pennsylvania's Selinsgrove Speedway this Sunday night, August 9, in the Bill Holland Classic?

The three most recent Pennsylvania-bred Silver Crown races have been captured by a trio of USAC National champions, all at Williams Grove Speedway: Chris Windom (2016), Kody Swanson (2017) and Brady Bacon (2019). They're all entered for Sunday's 74-lap event that honors Holland, the man who won the inaugural race at Selinsgrove on July 20, 1946 - 74 years ago.

A 2005 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, Holland earned the 1941 AAA East championship and took second in the National AAA title race in 1947. Retiring in 1959, Holland scored 53 sprint car triumphs during his career under AAA sanction as well as in unsanctioned events.

His champ car career spanned nearly two decades between 1936 and 1954 and included more than 150 "podium" finishes, including, perhaps, one of the greatest strings of Indianapolis 500 results ever put together during a four-year span between 1947 and 1950 in Lou Moore's Blue Crown Spark Plug Special: a 2nd in 1947, 2nd in 1948, 1st in 1949 and 2nd in 1950.

Pennsylvania itself is steeped in history with the USAC Silver Crown division, serving as the host of the first-ever race in series history at Nazareth National Speedway in 1971, won by Jim McElreath. That same 1971 season also marked the first, and most recent, visit by USAC at Selinsgrove, when local standout Mitch Smith raced to victory in a National Sprint Car event.

Forty-nine years later, USAC returns to Selinsgrove, with a stacked field of today's racing heroes, including Silver Crown's only five-time champion in 2014-15-17-18-19, and 29-time race winner and 29-time pole winner, Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif., plus additional National Champions, 8-time Silver Crown winner and 2016 Silver Crown / 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint champ Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), plus C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), twice a Silver Crown race winner and the reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint titlist.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), twice a USAC National Sprint champ in 2014 and 2016, and the most recent Pennsylvania Silver Crown winner at Williams Grove in 2019, is entered. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ is entered for his USAC Silver Crown debut, part of a talented group of wheelmen planning to make their first series start this Sunday along with 7-time USAC National Sprint feature winner Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint champ Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.).

Joey Biasi (Mary D, Pa.) and Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) are frequent front runners with USAC's Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car series, both of whom will be making their first appearance in a Silver Crown car this Sunday. They're also among the four Pennsylvanians on the entry list alongside series veterans Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) and Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.).

Experienced Silver Crown race winners make up a third of the field. Along with the previously mentioned USAC National champions of Bacon, Windom, Swanson and Leary, Silver Crown winners in the Selinsgrove lineup include David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.).

Six-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) is back for his second Silver Crown season on the dirt after making his first four series starts in 2019. Twenty-seven-time USAC National Sprint Car winner Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has finished 2nd five times in his Silver Crown career and is seeking to bump that up one more spot for his first victory with the series.

Past Silver Crown Rookies of the Year, New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins (2018) and Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall (2002) are set for their Selinsgrove debuts while series veterans Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jake Simmons (Terre Haute, Ind.) are geared for another season of Silver Crown competition.

Sunday marks a USAC doubleheader with USAC's Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car series also on the card. Pit gates open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4:30pm (4pm for advance ticket holders), drivers meeting at 5:30pm and practice at 6pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

Adult general admission tickets for Sunday at Selinsgrove are $25 with students ages 12 - 17 priced at $15. Kids ages 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. Reserved seats for all ages are an additional $2 and can be purchased by emailing promoter@selinsgrovespeedway.com with contact information.

The event will air live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

SELINSGROVE USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (24 cars)

3 JAKE SIMMONS/Terre Haute, IN

4 JOEY BIASI/Mary D, PA

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN

9 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA

15 CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA

33 RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA

53 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH

69 KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

PENNSYLVANIA USAC SILVER CROWN WINS: 1-Brady Bacon, Chris Windom, Eddie Leavitt, Gary Bettenhausen, Jason Leffler, Jim McElreath, Jimmy Horton, Kasey Kahne, Keith Kauffman, Kody Swanson, Russ Gamester, Sheldon Kinser, Tracy Hines & Tyler Walker

PENNSYLVANIA USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS:

1971: Jim McElreath (6/20 at Nazareth National Speedway)

1980: Sheldon Kinser (7/5 at Williams Grove Speedway)

1981: Eddie Leavitt (7/5 at Williams Grove Speedway)

1982: Keith Kauffman (12/4 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway)

1983: Gary Bettenhausen (3/26 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway)

1983: Jimmy Horton (7/3 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway)

1999: Jason Leffler (7/17 at Nazareth Speedway)

2000: Tracy Hines (4/8 at Nazareth Speedway)

2001: Russ Gamester (5/5 at Nazareth Speedway)

2003: Kasey Kahne (8/24 at Nazareth Speedway)

2004: Tyler Walker (8/29 at Nazareth Speedway)

2016: Chris Windom (6/10 at Williams Grove Speedway)

2017: Kody Swanson (6/16 at Williams Grove Speedway)

2019: Brady Bacon (6/14 at Williams Grove Speedway)

 

 

LANCO EASTERN MIDGET WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Newmanstown, Pennsylvania (August 3, 2020).........During the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget debut at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway back in 2016, Tanner Thorson needed all the heroics he could muster to pull off a last-lap, last corner pass to take the victory.

In 2017, the Minden, Nev. native repeated the feat as a Lanco victor once again at the 1/8-mile bullring in Newmanstown, Pa. This time, however, it was a relative comfort cruise, comparatively speaking, as Thorson led all 40 laps from start to finish.

Thorson led the first ever USAC Midget laps at Lanco in 2016, leading the first three, then the final one en route to victory. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion led flag to flag in 2017 and remains undefeated on Lanco soil in his career.

Forty lappers are somewhat a rarity these days compared to the more-standard 30-lap events that make up the majority of the schedule. Forty laps can add extra variables and intangibles throughout the duration, especially at the extreme bullring that is Lanco, where the series visits this Saturday night, August 8, for the Eastern Midget Week finale.
It's an elbows up, always on the toes affair at Lanco that makes it entertaining for those of us who are watching and a thrill a second pursuit for competitors.

Saturday at Lanco will mark the fourth 40-lap feature on the schedule this season. While Thorson has won three 40-lappers in his USAC career, no driver owns more wins this season in that distance with the series (2) than reigning series champion Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Among drivers expected in the Lanco field, none have more than Courtney at five, including victories at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. and Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. Rich Vogler leads all driver with a seemingly unreachable record of 33 career 40-lap USAC National Midget feature triumphs.

Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) has finished on the "podium" twice at Lanco, taking 3rd in 2017 and 2nd in 2019. In 2018, Courtney flipped early while running 6th, then returned to the field and drove to a 10th place result.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has joined Petry Motorsports on their tour of the east in a third car alongside Tanner Carrick and Emerson Axsom. Grant's only two previous Lanco appearances have been a little rocky. He won his heat in 2017, then flipped on the opening lap of the feature. His second attempt in 2018 also saw him flip with 15 laps remaining. The current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader got back up on the horse and battled back to a 7th place finish. Grant owns two career 40-lap USAC Midget victories, adding one this past May in Port City.

Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) captured his lone career USAC National Midget feature win a 40-lapper during the 2019 season at Sweet Springs, Mo. The 2019 USAC National Most Improved driver has finished inside the top-ten in all three of his Lanco starts, 8th (2017), 6th (2018) and 9th (2019). Rookie Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), has onoly made five career series starts, but has finished inside the top-8 in each of the last four.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), who'll reside in Heffner Racing's Midget throughout Eastern Midget Week, led the first 16 laps in his 2018 debut before being involved in a turn three crash while leading that knocked him out of the race. He recovered nicely in 2019 with a solid 4th place result.

Chad Boat has assumed the owner's role for the 2020 season, but as a driver, he's made all four Lanco starts this year. He won his heat and finished 6th in 2016, was 6th again in 2017, 11th in 2018 and 10th in 2019 after leading the first eight circuits. His driver lineup for Lanco includes series point leader, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), a heat race victor and 6th place finisher in 2019.

Andrew Layser, a product of Collegeville, Pa., has been solid in each of his past two starts after taking 17th in 2013 as an ARDC regular. The 2019 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year charged from 19th to 8th in 2019, then elevated to a 7th place finish in 2019. Along with Windom and Layser in the Tucker-Boat Motorsports stable for the week is Dillon Welch, the 2009 USAC Kenyon Midget champ and former "voice of USAC."

The No. 39BC from Clauson-Marshall Racing won the event in 2018 with driver Zeb Wise. Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) has the reigns of the ride this year as he makes his first Eastern Midget Week appearance. Ethan Mitchell returns for a second Lanco adventure after a 14th place finish in 2018. Kyle Cummins, a recent winner of the NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway on August 2, will venture east in Jack Yeley's midget for the final two nights of Eastern Midget Week at Path Valley and Lanco.

Royersford, Pennsylvania's Steve Buckwalter took 11th in his singular Lanco appearance in 2016. Adam Pierson (East Corinth, Vt.) finished 16th at Lanco in 2017, but it was there that he also recorded his best career USAC National Midget feature finish with a 4th in 2018. Kevin Woody Jr. notched a 17th place finish at Lanco in 2018 while Steve Drevicki took 14th in 2019.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports have won three of the four Lanco USAC Midget races, in 2016-17 with Thorson and again in 2019 with Logan Seavey. The team will be bringing its talented group who'll all be making their Lanco USAC debuts - Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid (3rd in points), Bixby, Oklahoma's Cannon McIntosh (5th in points) and Locust Grove, Oklahoma's Daison Pursley (7th in points.).

Pit gates open for trailer parking at 1pm ET, Pit admission sales begin at 3:30pm, gates open for advance ticket holders at 3:30pm, gates open for general admission ticket holders at 4:30pm, Midget drivers' meeting at 5:30pm, with midgets on track at 6pm followed by qualifying and racing. Wingless Micros are also on the event card.

Adult (ages 13 +) general admission tickets are $20, children (ages 6 - 12) general admission is $5 and children (under 6) general admission is free. Advance adult (ages 13 +) grandstand admission is $25 and advance children (ages 6 -12) general admission tickets are $7. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 apiece for non-members.

Advance general admission tickets will also be sold on the day of the race from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the pit shack. While all seats will be general admission, purchasing tickets in advance will permit fans to enter at 3:30 p.m. - one hour prior to everyone else. Blankets, seat cushions, etc. may be put down upon entering the spectator seating area to reserve your seats (we will not allow seats to be saved prior to 3:30 p.m.). Fans with advance tickets may then walk down to the pit area, where they will have approximately two hours (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) to tour the pits and meet the USAC stars. The pits will be cleared of spectators at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday night's Lanco event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

PAST USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT LANCO'S CLYDE MARTIN MEMORIAL SPEEDWAY: 2016-Tanner Thorson, 2017-Tanner Thorson, 2018-Zeb Wise, 2019-Logan Seavey.

 

 

CUMMINS COLLECTS TRI-STATE FINALE;
STOCKON SEALS ISW TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (August 2, 2020).........Sunday's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway turned out to be a homecoming of sorts for a pair of drivers who reside within a stone's throw of the Haubstadt, Ind. track.

Kyle Cummins, about 15 minutes down the road in Princeton, continued his mastery of the quarter-mile dirt oval by winning Sunday's 30-lap feature all while putting his name atop the leaderboard in terms of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories at Tri-State with five, alongside Daron Clayton and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Meanwhile, the series' Ironman in consecutive feature starts at 310, Chase Stockon, hails from Fort Branch, a literal seven-minute drive northbound on US 41 from the track. Of those 310 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts, perhaps few have generated the same type of personal satisfaction as did capturing his first Indiana Sprint Week title after a decade-straight of trying.

Entering Sunday's feature, six drivers remained mathematically eligible to secure the Indiana Sprint Week title. Stockon trailed Justin Grant by just five points, and those two, along with Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary, Chris Windom and Logan Seavey, were separated by a mere 35 points between them.

Cummins, who had been eliminated from ISW title contention following the heat races earlier in the evening, now simply had visions of a feature win dancing on his mind and was slotted to start the feature event from the pole position. Stockon, meanwhile, started 7th and Grant 11th.

The initial two attempts of taking the green flag resulted in a pair of stackups, the first of which saw a four-car turn one pile-up involving between Kent Schmidt, Jadon Rogers, Stevie Sussex and Critter Malone. The ensuing try saw Bacon, Malone and Aric Gentry stop on the front straightaway prior to hitting the start/finish line. Bacon, who trailed the ISW points by nine entering the feature, pulled off to the work area under yellow and briefly returned, only to drop to the infield prior to the race's resumption to finish 23rd.

The third start was the charm, but this time Chris Windom, 5th in the ISW standings coming into the A, ripped around Cummins from his outside front row starting position to lead the opening lap. Cummins didn't allow Windom to distance himself too far and roared to the lead past Windom on the second lap with a turn three slider. Fourth starting Shane Cottle mimicked the turn three maneuver past Windom a lap later for 2nd while Garrett Aitken slotted himself into 3rd.

By lap seven, Cummins had established a full-straightaway lead over Cottle, and by lap nine, was amidst a flurry of traffic at the tail end of the lead lap. However, a yellow for 6th running Tony DiMattia, making his first series start of 2020, rode the top of the turn four wall before coming to a rest on all fours back on the racing surface, which halted the action on the 10th lap.

Aitken, making the best run of his USAC Sprint Car career in just his sixth series start, threw his hat into contention with a turn one slide job for 2nd by Cottle on the 11th lap. A lap later, Aitken tagged the wall in turn two causing him to lose a couple spots while, behind him, four drivers on the fringes of the top-ten - Carson Short, Kevin Thomas Jr., C.J. Leary and Brandon Mattox - were stacked deep and stopped in turn one.

The timely yellow for Aitken put the Paris, Ill. driver back in second behind Cummins where he proceeded to slide by Cummins for the race lead in turn one. Quickly, Cummins cut back under Aitken at the exit of turn two to retain the lead, then slid himself through turn three to disavow any countermeasure from Aitken for the time being.

Following a plethora of precipitation that fell in recent days, Cummins hypothesized that the track had a much different feel than on this night than he is accustomed to. In response, Cummins found comfort up top that gained him a straightaway lead just prior to the yellow. Then came Aitken.

"I was being patient, not doing anything crazy, and all of a sudden here he comes, and I was like 'oh,' it's time to step it up a little bit," Cummins recalled. I just turned down and got him back. I could tell I was really going to have to step it up, and after that, I kind of moved my line around on the track a little bit. I moved a little bit more down to the bottom, then I got super tight, so I was grabbing shocks. Every yellow, I kept loosening it up, loosening it up. Even at the end I was still super tight."

For virtually the entire second half of the race, Cummins' progress was unimpeded at the front, and a watchful eye was turned toward the ISW title race. Point leader Grant, who had yet to finish outside the top-10 in his first 15 series starts to the season, was mired back in 13th. Simultaneously, Stockon was surging down the stretch, to 4th by Windom with three laps remaining and to 3rd two laps from the finish by Aitken, who began to run out fuel just prior to losing the second position to Cottle.

Cummins finished off his masterpiece with a 1.423 margin of victory in picking up his 7th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win, equaling the likes of Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser and Josh Wise. Cottle, Stockon, Aitken and Windom rounded out the top-five at the finish.

Following a one-race winless "streak" in sprint car competition at Tri-State back in June, Cummins has since gotten off the schneid by picking up back where he left off, winning an MSCS race there on Independence Day Weekend, then winning Sunday night's USAC return despite having to search and find the winning combination throughout the evening aboard his Rock Steady Racing/Mid-America Safety Solutions - Greenwell Auto Body - Lucas Oil Center/Mach-1/Foxco Chevy.

"We didn't get that last USAC win here because of some motor problems," Cummins remembered. "We won the time after, although I didn't feel great, and even the beginning of the night tonight, I didn't feel like I normally feel here. We changed a couple things. Like in the beginning of the week, we'd kind of been trialing a little bit. Since COVID, we didn't really get any testing, really."


Chase Stockon (sitting) rests comfortably in the Bridgeport Rocker annually awarded to the NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week championship team each year by the chair's constructor, John Youngs (right).
(Rich Forman Photo)


For Stockon, his raceday morning began at 6:30am watching his son, Parker, compete on a dirt bike in the 50 JR class of the Southern Indiana Grand Prix Series at Red Fox T-N-T in Tennyson, Ind. Young Parker finished second in the race that had a gate drop of 8:20am. Around 13 hours later that same day, Chase was back in his starring role behind the wheel, capturing his long-coveted Indiana Sprint Week driving championship in the KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere - Ravens Manufacturing - AMSOIL/Velocity/Fisher Chevy.

"This is pretty sweet," Stockon admitted. "It probably won't sink in until tomorrow or Wednesday or something this week, but we're going to bask in the glory of it right now."
After nearly capturing victory at the Terre Haute Action Track in the previous Indiana Sprint Week race which ran to completion, Stockon and the KO Motorsports team, which he joined on a full-time basis just one month prior, bounced back with authority.

It was a week Chase classified as a trying week with the missed opportunities, both on-track and due to mother nature, despite being the only driver in the series to finish within the top-five in all five ISW feature races in 2020, a consistent run that made him the third-straight driver to win ISW without the aid of a feature win, and the 12th overall in the 33-year history of the series along with Randy Kinser (1988), Gary Trammell (1990). Bob Kinser (1991), Tony Elliott (1999), Levi Jones (2004-08-12), Robert Ballou (2015), Brady Bacon (2016), Chris Windom (2018) and C.J. Leary (2019).

"It's been a trying week for us," Stockon said. "This is a lot of redemption for us. We were really good here tonight, just trying to be careful and trying to win a race at the same time. It's all big picture for us. I got to thank my guys and everybody on the side of this car that made it all possible. I think it just shows how strong we are as a team. Nobody got down and everybody kept their chin up. We just powered forward."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 2, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.933; 2. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-13.938; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.943; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.986; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.991; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.083; 7. Brady Short, 11p, Short/Pottorff-14.229; 8. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-14.237; 9. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-14.254; 10. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.275; 11. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-14.465; 12. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-14.516; 13. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-14.584; 14. Kendall Ruble, 17K, Ruble/Martin-14.637; 15. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-14.781; 16. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-14.844; 17. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-15.166; 18. Logan Hupp, 69JM, Gindling-15.231; 19. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-15.379; 20. Sam Scott, 7s, Scott-15.693; 21. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.393.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.854; 2. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.879; 3. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.882; 4. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.899; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.929; 6. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.950; 7. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.013; 8. Max Adams, 37, Felker-14.063; 9. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.133; 10. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.133; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.155; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.272; 13. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.399; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.439; 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.540; 16. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-14.618; 17. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.765; 18. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-15.461; 19. Michael Clark, 8, Clark-15.689; 20. Ryan Bond, 7R, Bond-15.703; 21. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.099.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tony DiMattia, 4. Brady Short, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chayse Hayhurst, 7. Chris Phillips, 8. Kurt Gross, 9. Jonathan Vennard, 10. Eric Perrott, 11. Dustin Smith. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Aric Gentry, 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Garrett Aitken, 5. Kendall Ruble, 6. Brayden Fox, 7. Stan Beadles, 8. Logan Hupp, 9. Sam Scott, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Dave Darland, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Brandon Morin, 9. Michael Clark, 10. Robert Bell, 11. Carson Short. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Critter Malone, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Kent Schmidt, 7. Max Adams, 8. Max Guilford, 9. Ryan Bond. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Stan Beadles, 2. Max Guilford, 3. Dustin Smith, 4. Ryan Bond, 5. Michael Clark, 6. Kurt Gross, 7. Sam Scott, 8. Robert Bell, 9. Eric Perrott. 2:29.074

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Carson Short, 4. Kent Schmidt, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Dustin Smith, 10. Chayse Hayhurst, 11. Chris Phillips, 12. Brayden Fox, 13. Max Guilford, 14. Ryan Bond, 15. Jonathan Vennard, 16. Stan Beadles, 17. Kendall Ruble. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (1), 2. Shane Cottle (4), 3. Chase Stockon (7), 4. Garrett Aitken (3), 5. Chris Windom (2), 6. Robert Ballou (8), 7. Dakota Jackson (16), 8. Carson Short (17), 9. Critter Malone (18), 10. Jadon Rogers (13), 11. Brady Short (15), 12. Logan Seavey (6), 13. Justin Grant (11), 14. Tony DiMattia (5), 15. Dave Darland (23), 16. Brandon Mattox (21), 17. C.J. Leary (9), 18. Kent Schmidt (22), 19. Aric Gentry (19), 20. Chase Johnson (14), 21. Dustin Smith (24), 22. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 23. Brady Bacon (12), 24. Stevie Sussex (20). NT

**Stan Beadles flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chris Windom, Laps 2-30 Kyle Cummins.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1,079, 2-Chase Stockon-1,002, 3-Chris Windom-996, 4-Brady Bacon-980, 5-C.J. Leary-965, 6-Carson Short-871, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-817, 8-Dave Darland-717, 9-Logan Seavey-655, 10-Brandon Mattox-642.

FINAL NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Chase Stockon-367, 2-Justin Grant-345, 3-Chris Windom-332, 4-Kyle Cummins-326, 5-C.J. Leary-322, 6-Brady Bacon-322, 7-Logan Seavey-312, 8-Shane Cottle-298, 9-Carson Short-286, 10-Robert Ballou-266.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-79, 2-Tanner Thorson-58, 3-Logan Seavey-57, 4-Justin Grant-52, 5-Robert Ballou-43, 6-Andrew Layser-44, 7-Daison Pursley-42, 8-Chase Stockon-39, 9-Thomas Meseraull-38, 10-Shane Cottle-35.

FINAL NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-26, 2-Shane Cottle-25, 3-Carson Short-17, 4-Matt Westfall-17, 5-Kyle Cummins-14, 6-Thomas Meseraull-14, 7-Chris Windom-12, 8-Justin Grant-11, 9-Chase Stockon-11, 10-Chase Johnson-10.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 26, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - #GYATK Night (Non-Points Special Event)

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

ProSource Indiana Sprint Week Passing Master Champion: Robert Ballou

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Chase Johnson

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Dakota Jackson (16th to 7th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Justin Grant

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Dave Darland

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Max Adams

Jim Spridgeon / Rich Murray Hard Work Award: Kent Schmidt

Jerry Medlin Last Running Car in the Semi: Brayden Fox

Everything Dirt Racing Hard Luck Award: Stevie Sussex

 

 

TRI-STATE TO HOST ISW FINALE SUNDAY; 2 RACES ADDED FOR SPRINTS IN SEPT.

Speedway, Indiana (August 2, 2020).........The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event to be held on Sunday, August 2, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., will mark the final race of 2020 NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

Additionally, a pair of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events have been added to the schedule at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on Friday, September 11 and at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. on Saturday, September 12. These two races will not be part of Indiana Sprint Week.

The September 11-12 events will be full shows for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars. The Lincoln Park event on the 12th will consist of double features with the completion of the rained out Indiana Sprint Week event from July 31 as well. That event will resume starting with the aforementioned semi-feature from July 31 followed by the feature event from that night in addition to another complete show.

For the September 12 event at Lincoln Park, it is considered a new show and you will need to purchase a new ticket. It is the track's policy that an event is considered complete following the heat races.

Sunday at Tri-State, pits open at 3pm CT, front gates open to all spectators at 3pm and hot laps begin at 5:15pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

Tickets are available for Tri-State at www.usactickets.com. Tickets will also be available at the gates on raceday. Adult general admission tickets for Tri-State are $25 while kids age 13-18 are $20 and children 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

All events will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

PATH VALLEY EASTERN MIDGET WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Spring Run, Pennsylvania (August 1, 2020).........Chad Boat may have been Arizonian-born and bred, but his prowess of Eastern Midget Week of late has made the Keystone State sort of another adopted state when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship arrives in the late summer as they will once again on Friday night, August 7, during the five race, five track, five day stretch for the series at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pennsylvania.

Boat, who now actually resides in Mooresville, North Carolina, endured a lap-after-lap attack from Zeb Wise for much of the middle of the 2019 30-lapper at Path Valley to win his first of the year. In fact, it was his first victory with the series since the Eastern Midget Week finale almost exactly one year earlier.

The victory was Boat's second-straight at the quarter-mile dirt oval of Path Valley dating back to his last visit in 2017. His four career Eastern Midget Week triumphs elevated him past Mel Kenyon in 2019 to make him the winningest USAC National Midget driver of all-time in the state of Pennsylvania.

The victory was extra special due to the fact that Chad equaled his father on the all-time USAC NOS Energy Drink feature win list with nine. Dad, Billy Boat, is a three-time "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Midget winner in 1995-96-97 and won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in 1998.

Shortly following that win, Chad stepped aside from the driver's role and into the role of crew chief and team owner for Tucker-Boat Motorsports, which has quickly developed into a force on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget scene in 2020.

Two of his drivers reside inside the top-10 of the series standings. Chris Windom leads and Andrew Layser is 9th, while Dillon Welch will occupy a third car for the team throughout all five races of Eastern Midget Week, August 4-8. Each time TBM has competed at Path Valley in 2017 and 2019, the team has won, giving them an inside edge at the racy bullring.

Current series point leader Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished 2nd behind Boat during his Path Valley debut in 2019. Collegeville, Pa.'s Andrew Layser, the 2019 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, made his first series start at Path Valley in 2017 back when he was a regular with ARDC. There, he finished 17th, but his most recent result of 10th in 2019 serves as his best thus far. Welch (Carmel, Ind.), the 2009 USAC Kenyon Midget champion, holds USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget one-lap track records at both Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and California's Placerville Speedway.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports captured its first Path Valley USAC Midget victory in 2015 with driver Rico Abreu. This year, KKM, 10-time USAC National Midget championship team with the second-most victories in series history (110), has brought a highly talented Rookie crop who are all making their Eastern Midget Week debuts, but are also seeking to earn the team its first USAC victory of 2020.

Top Rookie, Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid (3rd in the standings), who recently swept to a pair of wing sprint car victories last weekend in Ohio at Attica and Fremont, is joined by 2019 Shamrock Classic victor, Cannon McIntosh of Bixby, Okla. (5th) and Rookie Daison Pursley of Locust Grove, Okla. (7th), all of whom are seeking to repeat Abreu and Kunz's Path Valley mastery back in 2015.

Tanner Thorson, leader among all series regulars in feature wins with the division in 2020, was the fastest qualifier at Path Valley in 2015. That same year, he led the first 13 laps of the feature before being passed by Abreu on a mid-race restart. While battling for 2nd, Thorson and Kevin Thomas Jr. made contact, sending Thorson spinning to a stop, and ultimately finishing 9th.

In 2017, Thorson was in position to win again at Path Valley, pacing the field for 18 laps and was leading when contact between he and Tyler Courtney in turn four coming to the checkered flag sent Thorson spinning out of the lead. An ultimately better result came about for Thorson in 2019 with a 4th place finish.

Defending series champion Tyler Courtney, meanwhile, has made two previous appearances at Path Valley. In 2017, the 2019 USAC Super License titlist won his heat race and finished 2nd in 2017. Two years later, in 2019, he once again finished on the "podium," taking a 3rd place result. Courtney's Clauson-Marshall Racing teammate Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) will make his Path Valley debut. His car, the CMR #39BC, owns the series' one-lap track record at Path Valley, a 11.057 set by Zeb Wise in 2019.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has made two USAC Midget starts at Path Valley, winning his heat race and finishing 3rd in 2015, then took 14th in the latest round there in 2019. Thomas, meanwhile, recently vacated the Petry Motorsports No. 5, which he had driven on the USAC Midget trail since late 2017. Making his USAC debut in the ride for Eastern Midget Week is Justin Grant, the current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader and May's T-Town Midget Showdown winner at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) has made one previous Path Valley appearance, winning his heat, then finishing 15th in the 2017 feature. The result was not indicative of his performance, however, as he was running 4th on the final lap when he flipped while getting caught up in the aforementioned late-race skirmish between Thorson and Courtney.

Along with Grant on the three-car Petry fleet for Eastern Midget Week is 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), twice a top-ten finisher with the series at Path Valley. The 2017 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year finished a personal best 7th in 2017, then won his heat and finished 8th in 2019. Carrick is joined by impressive Rookie Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), who has made five career series starts, but has finished inside the top-8 in each of the last four.

The mini-series in the east always provides a local flair with the Eastern contingent. Two-time USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car champ (2018-19) and ARDC Midget titlist (2014-15) Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) will compete for the entirety of Eastern Midget week with the Randy Heckman-owned team. Drevicki won the semi-feature and finished 10th in the A-Main at Path Valley in 2015. In 2019, he was 16th.

Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) remains the most recent Pennsylvanian to win a USAC National Midget feature, which he did in 2010 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway. He was 20th in 2015. Buckwalter's teammate, Kevin Woody Jr. (Victor, N.Y.) took 17th in 2019. Adam Pierson (East Corinth, Vt.), a three-time USAC DMA Midget champion where he's won 33 career races, is entered for his first Eastern Midget Week run in a couple of years.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,035, 2-Tyler Courtney-928, 3-Buddy Kofoid-919, 4-Tanner Thorson-906, 5-Cannon McIntosh-809, 6-Tanner Carrick-713, 7-Daison Pursley-677, 8-Cole Bodine-629, 9-Andrew Layser-598, 10-Justin Grant-489.

PAST USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT PATH VALLEY SPEEDWAY PARK: 2015: Rico Abreu, 2017: Chad Boat, 2019: Chad Boat

2020 EASTERN MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, August 4: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)

Wednesday, August 5: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)

Thursday, August 6: Bridgeport Speedway (Bridgeport, NJ)

Friday, August 7: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)

Saturday, August 8: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)

Sunday, August 9: Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, PA) **SILVER CROWN**

 

 

BRIDGEPORT EASTERN MIDGET WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bridgeport, New Jersey (July 31, 2020).........It's been 31 years since the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have visited the Garden State of New Jersey, but this coming Thursday, August 6, the three-plus decade hiatus comes to a close as the highly-competitive series makes its debut at Bridgeport Speedway for round three of Eastern Midget Week, the first time the mini-series has ventured outside of the state of Pennsylvania in its six year history.

USAC series have competed at the track in recent years with Bridgeport hosting the Eastern Storm tour for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars in both 2018-19 as well as the Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars in that same time frame.

For those individuals who've competed with the national series at Bridgeport over the last couple of seasons, they will be greeted by a newly reconverted 4/10-mile dirt oval. Those past events have been held on the former 3/8-mile dirt oval which was located inside of the now-defunct 5/8-mile dirt track.

With that said, all past experience at the track is out the window with the new layout. However, a handful of name drivers do have experience, and their share of successes, at Bridgeport in its previous iteration.

Kevin Thomas Jr., who'll be competing for Heffner Racing throughout Eastern Midget Week, was the fastest qualifier and the winner of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debut at Bridgeport in 2018. The Cullman, Ala. driver followed up with a runner-up finish during his last series visit in 2019.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Chris Windom led 11 laps and finished 2nd after his involvement in a memorable back-and-forth tussle throughout the 30-lap distance between he, Thomas and Tyler Courtney, all of whom will be competing throughout the entirety of Eastern Midget Week. Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion from Canton, Ill. collected an 8th place finish at Bridgeport in 2019.

Reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney finished 3rd in his USAC Sprint Car visit to Bridgeport in 2018. The Indianapolis, ind. native captured a heat race win in 2019 before moving from the 10th starting position to a 6th place feature finish.

Justin Grant has been tabbed as the driver of the Petry Motorsports No. 5 throughout Eastern Midget Week. The current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader from Ione, Calif. finished 8th in 2018 before upping his performance to a 3rd in 2019 in USAC Sprint competition at Bridgeport.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is always a thrill show at any venue he participates. Twice a non-point special event winner with the USAC Midgets, Meseraull made a charge during his debut at Bridgeport in a sprint car during Eastern Storm 2018, cutting through the field to 9th after starting 18th on the grid.

Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) just this past week reigned victorious in a USAC SpeedSTR feature at Bridgeport by about a foot on a last lap, last corner pass for the win. The two-time USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car champion also owns two career top-five finishes with the series there, a 2nd in 2018 and a 5th in 2019. During Eastern Storm at Bridgeport in 2019, Drevicki collected a 12th place result.

Several drivers within the top-ten of the current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point standings are each making their debuts at Bridgeport, including top Rookie, Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid (3rd in the standings); along with 2016 series champ and two-time Eastern Midget Week feature winner Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev. (4th); 2019 Shamrock Classic victor, Cannon McIntosh of Bixby, Okla. (5th); 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, Calif. (6th), Rookie Daison Pursley of Locust Grove, Okla. (7th), Rossville, Indiana's Cole Bodine (8th) and Pennsylvania's own Andrew Layser (9th), the 2019 series Rookie of the Year from Collegeville.

USAC's National Midget history dates back more than six decades ago when 1957-58 Indoor Midget champion Chuck Rodee scored a 100-mile victory at the Fairgrounds in Trenton. The longest midget races in USAC history took place in the state of New Jersey in 1959 and 1960 when Jiggs Peters and Bobby Marshman/Jimmy Davies each won 250-mile races at Trenton, respectively. The Marshman/Davies combo win was the only time in series history that two drivers were credited with a shared victory.

Seven of New Jersey's previous 14 USAC National Midget events have been held at Trenton, with two at Wall Stadium in 1963, the first night of which was won by Parnelli Jones, who was fresh off his Indianapolis 500 win. Old Bridge Speedway hosted the series in 1964 while Flemington Speedway was the venue for the three most recent in 1971-86-89, the final two of which were won by John Heydenreich, who remains active as a driver to this day.

The Foley Cat Modifieds will also be on the event card. Pits open for Bridgeport at 3pm Eastern with front gates opening at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6pm.

General admission tickets are $28 for adults, $15 for kids age 10-15 and free for kids age 9 & under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or on www.bridgeportspeedway.thundertix.com.

Thursday's Grandview event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN NEW JERSEY:

2-Bobby Marshman & John Heydenreich

1-Billy Vukovich, Bob Harkey, Jimmy Davies, Chuck Rodee, Eddie Johnson, Jiggs Peters, Jimmy Kirk, Johnny Parsons, Mel Kenyon, Parnelli Jones & Tom Bigelow

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,035, 2-Tyler Courtney-928, 3-Buddy Kofoid-919, 4-Tanner Thorson-906, 5-Cannon McIntosh-809, 6-Tanner Carrick-713, 7-Daison Pursley-677, 8-Cole Bodine-629, 9-Andrew Layser-598, 10-Justin Grant-489.

PAST USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY: None-First Event

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE UPDATE

Speedway, Indiana (July 30, 2020).........Following Thursday's rain out, the NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week schedule has been altered for the final three races of the 33rd annual event this weekend July 31-August 2.

-Lincoln Park Speedway's round has been moved to Friday night, July 31, at the 5/16-mile dirt oval in Putnamville, Ind.

-Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway is on as scheduled for its date on Saturday, August 1 on the ¼-mile.

-The quarter-mile red clay of Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, Ind. will now serve as the 2020 ISW finale on Sunday, August 2.

On Friday at Lincoln Park, gates will open to advance ticket purchasers at 3:30pm ET. Front gates open for walk-up sales at 4:30pm. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm. Tickets and pit passes from either Thursday's Lincoln Park rainout or from the Bloomington ISW show may be used for this event. Adult general admission tickets for Lincoln Park are $25 while kids age 10 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Tri-State, adult general admission tickets are $25 while kids age 13-18 are $20 and children 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. Pits open at 3pm CT. All online ticket purchasers will be allowed an early 3pm CT entry into the grandstand. Front gate entry is open to all spectators at 4pm. Hot laps begin at 6:15pm with racing to immediately follow.

On Sunday at Bloomington, gates will open to advance ticket purchasers at 2:30pm Eastern. Front gates open for walk-up sales at 3:30pm. Hot laps begin at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets for Bloomington are $25 while kids age 10 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

All ISW races will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

ACTION TRACK USA EASTERN MIDGET WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kutztown, Pennsylvania (July 30, 2020).........A new first-time winner will emerge at Action Track USA on Wednesday, August 5, in the second race of 2020 Eastern Midget Week when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship invades the quarter-mile dirt oval in Kutztown where the competition truly lived up to the track's moniker in the series' 2019 debut.

Among them are series point leader Chris Windom, defending champion Tyler Courtney, 2016 champion Tanner Thorson and 2013 titlist Christopher Bell, along with young guns like Buddy Kofoid and Cannon McIntosh who are making their first trip with the series to the east.

Last year, young Zeb Wise looked the part of a savvy, seasoned veteran having to hold off a relentless attack from Kyle Larson lap-after-lap-after-lap, down to the final corner. An inch or two was all Wise needed to fend off the hard-charging Larson on the final corner, bouncing off the outside concrete to break free on the outside and beat Larson to the line by a half-car length at the finish line, 0.078 of a second to be exact.

In his Action Track USA debut, Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), twice a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner in Pennsylvania, established the track record in qualifying at 11.313, then proceeded to win his heat race. He'd finish 5th in the feature after starting 6th.

Series point leader Windom (Canton, Ill.), a six-time Eastern Storm winner, was the hard charger during the 2019 main event at Action Track USA, driving from his 12th starting position to a 3rd place result behind Wise and Larson. He is a one-time USAC Midget winner in the Keystone State in the 2019 opener at Grandview.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is the lone multi-time USAC National Midget winner in Pennsylvania among the contingent expected to compete at Action Track USA. He finished 4th last year at Action Track but owns a pair of victories at Lanco in Newmanstown, Pa. in both 2016 and 17.

Local standout Andrew Layser made his debut in a full-size midget at Action Track USA in 2019, along with everyone else. The 2019 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year captured a heat race win and was a big mover in the 30-lap feature, charging from the 14th starting position to finish 7th.

Reading, Pennsylvania's Steven Drevicki finished 15th in his first USAC National Midget feature run at Action Track in 2019. The two-time USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car champion in 2018-19, Drevicki won what was dubbed the "race of the season" for the All Pro SpeedSTRs at Action Track on July 28. The two-time ARDC Midget champion in both 2014 and 2015 recently captured a feature victory in a non-sanctioned midget feature at Abbottstown, Pa.'s Lincoln Speedway.

Layser, along with Windom, will team up NASCAR Cup regular Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.) and Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.) on the Tucker/Boat Motorsports team for Action Track USA. The team, with Chad Boat behind the wheel at the time, has won USAC National Midget feature events in Pennsylvania three years in a row. Boat himself led five laps last year at Action Track.

A one-time USAC National Sprint winner in the state of Pennsylvania, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who will compete for the Heffner Racing team throughout Eastern Midget Week, took 9th last year at Action Track. Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick (11th) and Mooresville, North Carolina's Ethan Mitchell (22nd) will return for their second Action Track appearances.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports standouts making their debuts at Action Track USA include top series Rookie, Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid (3rd in points), Bixby, Oklahoma's Cannon McIntosh (5th in points) and Locust Grove, Oklahoma's Daison Pursley (7th in points.).

Wednesday's Action Track event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,035, 2-Tyler Courtney-928, 3-Buddy Kofoid-919, 4-Tanner Thorson-906, 5-Cannon McIntosh-809, 6-Tanner Carrick-713, 7-Daison Pursley-677, 8-Cole Bodine-629, 9-Andrew Layser-598, 10-Justin Grant-489.

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT ACTION TRACK USA: 2019-Zeb Wise

 

 

GRANT'S LAST STAND NETS FINAL LAP VICTORY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (July 29, 2020)........."I just ran every lap harder than the last one. I figured if I didn't get it done on the last one, I must need to run this thing harder. Finally, I worked my courage up to run it hard enough to finally get by him."

Those are the words of Justin Grant who capitalized on a pair of late-race cautions and an "overtime" period to score a last lap USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory Wednesday night during the Dorsett Automotive Don Smith Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track in round four of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

A succession of unfortunate timing led to race leader Chase Stockon's ultimate misfortune in the final two green-white-checkered restarts. The last of which, Grant drove around Stockon in the second turn and raced to victory for the fourth time with the series this season, taking over the ISW point lead by a mere six points over Stockon and 10 points over 3rd place Brady Bacon with three races remaining over the next three nights.

"We want to win this championship badly," Grant exclaimed. "I want to win races, I like trophies, I like wheelies, bicycles, running above the cushion and I'm here to make money. This is how I feed my kids. This is how I pay my bills. This is my life. Fortunately, points and dollars earned correlate pretty closely. Tonight, the safe move would've been to run second. But, god, I love winning races. So, we said, 'screw it,' let's win this race. We were wide open above the curb getting in, wheelieing, bicycling, and getting trophies."

Taking a line a car width or two above Stockon just before the first and second yellow near the end of the main event, Grant wasn't able to get the oomph off turn two to make the move stick. The third time proved to be a charm, however, as the Ione, Calif. lived up to the refrain, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" for his 20th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win.

Stockon, the 2016 Don Smith Classic winner, led the opening lap of the 30-lap event before Bacon, himself a two-time Terre Haute winner with the series, charged to the point on the bottom of turn four on the second lap. Grant, starting 4th meanwhile, put his bid in for 2nd, riding the bottom rail between turns three and four to the runner-up spot on the seventh lap.

Bacon had upped his lead to 2.5 seconds when Max Adams suffered a flat right rear tire to bring out the yellow with 12 laps remaining. With the field bunched up for the restart, Bacon's lead wasn't long for the world as he slid through the middle of turn one, henceforth opening the door on the bottom for Grant to drive by while Stockon followed suit on the bottom at the exit of turn two to glide into second.

Grant's run up front was short lived as, just one lap later, Stockon stuck the bottom of turns one and two to snag the lead from Grant. Stockon extended his lead to three-quarters of a second, but that lead tediously dwindled when Grant closed to within a car length trying to make an outside pass in turn two, to no avail. At that point, victory was seemingly in the bag for Stockon as he rounded turn three only to find a yellow flag and the 20th place car of Nate McMillin spun backwards, facing his direction and in motion at the exit of turn four.

By rule, caution periods that occur on the white flag lap will result in a two-lap, green-white-checkered finish. Subsequently, second running Grant and now third-place Windom had an additional opportunity, much to the chagrin of Stockon. The restart was nearly identical to the final lap before the McMillin caution with Grant trying with all his might to get around Stockon who was perfect on the bottom line.

Just as Stockon began to exhale and a feature win seemed imminent, lightning struck again for the Fort Branch, Ind. native as he swept through turn three only to see the yellow once again for the spun car of Dennis Gile in turn two, running 15th at the time.

As the leader, Stockon had to be perfect, especially with the sense of not being able to see the angles of attack with which his closest competitors were utilizing behind him. In essence, Grant, in second, only had to be perfect just this once. After one lap of trailing Stockon around the half-mile on what wound up as being lap 31, Grant got a big run off turn four headed to the white flag.

Being stuck high in the crumbs on the exit of two during his last attempts there, Grant had an alternate plan.

"I entered below the lip and didn't want to turn over on the lip getting in," Grant recalled. "The only way this thing's going to work is if I run right over that lip wide open, get enough bite on entry and drive across the slick and get back to the good stuff off two. And, by god, it worked!"

Justin Grant captured his 20th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track. (David Nearpass Photo)

With Grant tucked right behind Stockon at the start/finish line, the two tagged bumpers. Stockon, now possibly carrying too much speed into turn one, slid straight up to the middle, losing momentum and opening up the expressway at the top for Grant and the bottom for Windom who both raced on by for first and second, respectively.

Grant executed the last half-lap of the distance as the frontrunner, going on to win his second career series race at Terre Haute by a margin of two car lengths, or 0.257 of a second, over Windom, Stockon, C.J. Leary and Shane Cottle.

On this particular evening, the late cautions which caused misfortune and much consternation for some, happened to play into the hands of Grant who made his third and final effort the payoff pitch.

"Tonight, it played in our favor, but sometime this season, it won't," Grant admitted. "It's just one of those things. Tonight, it didn't play in Chase's favor, but at some point this year, it will. Like it or not, it's part of the game and you've got to play the game how it's played. We know what the gig is coming in and that's part of the gig. It doesn't matter if it's not your favorite part, it's part of it. And you've got to do what you've got to do."

In other notes, during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, C.J. Leary earned his 27th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car fast qualifying time, equaling him with both Dave Steele and Chase Stockon for 12th on the all-time list.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 29, 2020 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Dorsett Automotive Don Smith Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.933; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.126; 3. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-20.152; 4. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-20.156; 5. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.162; 6. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-20.351; 7. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-20.369; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-20.389; 9. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-20.506; 10. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-20.506; 11. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-20.606; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-20.683; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.715; 14. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-20.739; 15. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-20.860; 16. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-20.965; 17. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-21.074; 18. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-21.080; 19. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-21.138; 20. Kendall Ruble, 17K, Ruble/Martin-21.161; 21. Steve Thomas, 27, Thomas-22.182.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-19.974; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.120; 3. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-20.357; 4. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-20.377; 5. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.380; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-20.582; 7. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-20.601; 8. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-20.791; 9. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-20.837; 10. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-20.924; 11. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-20.974; 12. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-21.012; 13. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-21.014; 14. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-21.116; 15. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-21.128; 16. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, RMB-21.206; 17. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-21.311; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-21.351; 19. Logan Hupp, 69JM, Gindling-21.485; 20. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-21.577; 21. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Dave Darland, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Chris Phillips, 9. Brandon Morin, 10. Anthony D'Alessio, 11. Steve Thomas. 2:47.870

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Kyle Cummins, 5., Clinton Boyles, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Kendall Ruble, 10. Dustin Clark. 2:45.154

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Carson Short, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Nate McMillin, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Jadon Rogers, 8. Max Guilford, 9. Logan Hupp, 10. Dakota Jackson, 11. Kurt Gross. 2:50.048

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Max Adams, 3. Dennis Gile, 4. Dustin Smith, 5. Mitch Wissmiller, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Bill Rose, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Chayse Hayhurst. 2:50.156

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Dustin Clark, 2. Brandon Morin, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Mitch Wissmiller, 5. Kendall Ruble, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Anthony D'Alessio, 8. Kurt Gross, 9. Chayse Hayhurst, 10. Steve Thomas. 3:42.874

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Nate McMillin, 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Chris Phillips, 9. Anton Hernandez, 10. Max Guilford, 11. Jadon Rogers, 12. Bill Rose, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Dustin Clark, 15. Brandon Morin, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Mitch Wissmiller. 4:21.266

FEATURE: (32 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Shane Cottle (8), 6. Brady Bacon (3), 7. Logan Seavey (10), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 9. Dave Darland (13), 10. Robert Ballou (19), 11. Kyle Cummins (14), 12. Jake Swanson (1), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (17), 14. Carson Short (11), 15. Brandon Mattox (16), 16. Matt Westfall (20), 17. Nate McMillin (22), 18. Clinton Boyles (15), 19. Dennis Gile (9), 20. Dustin Smith (21), 21. Chase Johnson (12), 22. Max Adams (18). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-18 Brady Bacon, Lap 19 Justin Grant, Laps 20-31 Chase Stockon, Lap 32 Justin Grant.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1,034, 2-Brady Bacon-950, 3-Chris Windom-929, 4-Chase Stockon-927, 5-C.J. Leary-923, 6-Carson Short-820, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-791, 8-Dave Darland-680, 9-Brandon Mattox-610, 10-Logan Seavey-597.

NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-291, 2-Chase Stockon-285, 3-Brady Bacon-281, 4-C.J. Leary-265, 5-Chris Windom-260, 6-Logan Seavey-244, 7-Kyle Cummins-238, 8-Carson Short-225, 9-Shane Cottle-210, 10-Robert Ballou-193.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-79, 2-Tanner Thorson-58, 3-Logan Seavey-57, 4-Justin Grant-52, 5-Andrew Layser-44, 6-Robert Ballou-43, 7-Daison Pursley-42, 8-Thomas Meseraull-38, 9-Jerry Coons Jr.-36, 10-Shane Cottle-35.

NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-24, 2-Shane Cottle-23, 3-Matt Westfall-17, 4-Kyle Cummins-14, 5-Thomas Meseraull-14, 6-Chris Windom-12, 7-Justin Grant-11, 8-Chase Johnson-10, 9-Carson Short-8, 10-A.J. Hopkins-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 30, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Shane Cottle

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (19th to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Charles Davis Jr.

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Eddie Tafoya Jr.

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Kyle Cummins

Jim Spridgeon / Rich Murray Hard Work Award: Nate McMillin

Jerry Medlin Last Running Car in the Semi: Brandon Morin

 

 

GRANDVIEW EASTERN MIDGET WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (July 29, 2020).........Four past USAC National champions - Christopher Bell, Tanner Thorson, Chris Windom and Tyler Courtney, among several other talented competitors, are expected to compete at Grandview Speedway on Tuesday, August 4, when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship makes the trip to 1/3-mile dirt oval in Bechtelsville, Pa. for the kickoff to the five-race in five-night series known as Eastern Midget Week.

It took 102 starts for Chris Windom to reach USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory lane for the first time in his career in June of 2019. It took just six more for the Canton, Illinois native to get there for the second time in the 2019 Eastern Midget Week opener at Grandview Speedway.

Since that first series win over a year ago, the current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader has won four more times in 34 starts, including three in 2020 in Ocala, Fla., Putnamville, Ind. and Fairbury, Neb.

In last year's Grandview tilt, Windom fought Tyler Courtney for the win on the final lap, losing the lead via a Courtney slider in turn one, then outdueled him into turn three to retake the position before sealing the deal to win in the series' first visit to the 1/3-mile dirt oval in three decades.

Courtney, last year's Grandview runner-up finisher, heat race winner and reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving champion, is second in the series standings behind Windom following a recent surge in the Great Plains tour in mid-July following a recent victory at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. The 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ will be teamed with Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) for Clauson-Marshall Racing.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the 2016 series champion, was last year's Grandview hard charger, starting 15th and finishing 4th and was also a heat race winner. He leads all drivers in the series with 138 laps led throughout the 2020 season. He leads all series regulars with four feature scores in Ocala, Du Quoin, Ill., Kokomo, Ind. and Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Tanner Carrick, the 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver from Lincoln, Calif., moved up to a 3rd place finish at Grandview after starting 7th on the grid. The 2017 USAC National Midget Rookie of the year and one-time feature winner is 6th in the standings coming in.

Kevin Thomas Jr. will be wheeling a midget for Pennsylvania's Heffner Racing throughout Eastern Midget Week. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) holds the one-lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Grandview, set in 2012. He finished 3rd in last year's midget feature event at Grandview.

No Pennsylvania driver has won a USAC National Midget feature since Royersford's Steve Buckwalter in 2010. Buckwalter, the 2010 ARDC Midget champ, won that year during the Indiana Midget Week round at Gas City and will join the Grandview field on Tuesday after finishing 18th there a year ago.

Fellow Pennsylvanian Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) finished 13th at Grandview in 2019 during his USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year campaign and is 9th in the standings this year as a Tucker-Boat Motorsports teammate to 2019 Grandview winner Windom.

Reading, Pennsylvania's Steven Drevicki is a perennial winner on the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car circuit, winning the last two year's titles, and has already tallied two victories this season and is the leader once again in the standings. He is equally successful in the Midgets as well, capturing ARDC championships in both 2014 and 2015. The recent non-sanctioned midget winner at Abbottstown, Pa.'s Lincoln Speedway, finished 17th with the USAC Midgets at Grandview in 2019.

Victor, New York's Kevin Woody Jr., an Army combat veteran and government bodyguard, has been a regular of Eastern Midget Week over the past couple of summers and will be behind the wheel for the event once again this year beginning at Grandview as a teammate to Steve Buckwalter. Woody finished 19th in 2019 at Grandview.

Among the competition expected are 2013 USAC National Midget champion and NASCAR Cup Series regular Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.), who'll be teamed up with Windom, Layser and Kokomo/Placerville USAC Midget track record holder, Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.).

Three drivers from the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports stable are also expected to make their Grandview Midget debuts, including top series Rookie, Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid (3rd in points), Bixby, Oklahoma's Cannon McIntosh (5th in points) and Locust Grove, Oklahoma's Daison Pursley (7th in points).

2017 Lincoln Speedway Eastern Storm winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has victory experience in the state of Pennsylvania with the USAC Sprint Cars and will be paired with 2018 Gas City, Ind. sprint car track champion and RMS teammate Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) for Grandview.

Plus, mix in 2019 HARF Driver of the Year, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), who is a major star in Sprint Cars in the state of Indiana and a 5th place USAC Midget finisher in his most recent series start in June at Kokomo.

Adam Pierson (East Corinth, Vt.) and Jeff Champagne (Westfield, Mass.) have each been standouts in USAC's DMA Midget division which finds its home at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Pierson is a 33-time winner with the series (most all-time) and a three-time champ in 2014-15-16 who tied Billy Boat for the longest win streak in USAC racing history at 11 straight in 2016. Champagne, meanwhile, is four-time winner with the series.

Both coasts are well represented with Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) riding up the east coast to take on Eastern Midget Week while Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) has made the trip out for Indiana Sprint Week and will continue moving eastward for Grandview. Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) has relocated to Indiana for the 2020 season and is set to face his first Eastern Midget Week appearance.

USAC National Midget racing has occurred only three times at Grandview. The debut in 1988 was won by Rich Vogler while the follow up in 1989 was captured by Russ Gamester. Both drivers also won the USAC National Midget championship in those same years. Chris Windom won the series' return to Grandview in 2019.

Pits open at 2:30pm ET on raceday, Tuesday, August 4, at Grandview. The front gates open at 5pm with the drivers meeting at 6pm and midgets on track at 6:20pm.

Adult admission tickets are $28, children age 6 to 11 are $10 and children age 5 and under will be admitted free. The pit fee is $40 and a license is not required. Advance tickets are available by calling (443) 513-4456. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands early at 4:30pm.

The Grandview event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,035, 2-Tyler Courtney-928, 3-Buddy Kofoid-919, 4-Tanner Thorson-906, 5-Cannon McIntosh-809, 6-Tanner Carrick-713, 7-Daison Pursley-677, 8-Cole Bodine-629, 9-Andrew Layser-598, 10-Justin Grant-489.

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY: 1988-Rich Vogler, 1989-Russ Gamester, 2019-Chris Windom.

 

 

GRAND OPENING OF 6TH EASTERN MIDGET WEEK BEGINS TUESDAY AT GRANDVIEW

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (July 28, 2020)………The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is back at the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, August 4, for the Ken Brenn Midget Masters, showcasing the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in a doubleheader with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds.

After qualifying is completed for both divisions, the USAC Midgets will battle in a 30-lap main event paying $3,500 to the winner as the Modifieds close out the night with a $3,000 to win 30 lap feature. The 2020 event marks the second running of the Ken Brenn USAC Midget Masters, won last year by Chris Windom after a heated battle with "Sunshine" Tyler Courtney.

The Midgets have a long and rich history at Grandview, and many say, the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. is the perfect track to run these race cars. The winningest driver in the Midgets at Grandview is Morgantown, PA's Leigh Earnshaw, with 22 wins. Bob Cicconi is a 20-time midget winner, followed by George Ferguson Jr. (17), Johnny Coy (13), and John Heydenreich with 10 victories.

The past midget winners’ list at Grandview looks like a page out of the history books with legendary drivers like Lenny Boyd, Hank Rogers Jr., Jimmy Maguire, Van May, Nick Fornoro, Duane Carter, Jimmy Kirk, Johnny Hubbard, Dana Carter, Midge Miller, Jan Opperman, Don Kreitz Sr., Len Duncan, Earl Halaquist, Stevie Howard, Sleepy Tripp, Ron Dunstan, Rich Vogler and Jerry Coons Jr., just to name a few. In total, 61 different drivers have shared victories in the 228 feature events presented at Grandview Speedway.

This special night is dedicated to Ken Brenn, an individual with a reputation rich in midget history and someone who once promoted midget racing at Grandview. Ken Brenn is an absolute "class act" and has been part of the local racing fabric for many years, enjoying much success as a modified car owner and a former promoter of the Bridgeport Speedway. Some other surprises are being arranged to honor Ken, who plans to be at the event and drop the first green flag of the night.

The Tuesday, August 4 event at Grandview Speedway opens Eastern Midget Week -- five consecutive nights of racing, highlighting the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets.

Time trials and qualifying events will lead up to the Ken Brenn Midget Masters 30-lap feature event paying $3,500 to the winner.

The Tuesday night, August 4, Ken Brenn Midget Masters and 358 NASCAR Modified doubleheader will get underway at 7:30pm ET with gates opening at 5pm. Low, Down & Dirty is already hard at work planning the pre-race Meet and Greet. Some expected USAC Midget entries in addition to Chris Windom, Tyler Courtney, and Buddy Kofoid, include Christopher Bell, Tanner Thorson, Cannon McIntosh, Tanner Carrick, Justin Grant, Dillon Welch and Cole Bodine just to name a few.

Adult admission tickets are $28, Children 6 to 11 are $10, Children 5 and under will be admitted free. The pit fee is $40, and a license is not required. Advance tickets are available by calling 443 513 4456. Please speak clearly and provide your first and last name and the number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL window on race night. Please bring exact change. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30pm. Advance ticket orders can be processed up to the day before the race. Advance tickets will NOT be available on race day.

The conditions and requirements under the COVID-19 situation are ever-changing, and we will provide updates as we approach race night. To offer the safest possible conditions for our fans, competitors, officials, safety crew, and track employees, we are making the following requests.

Please bring exact change when purchasing general admission tickets or pit passes.

Wearing a face mask is advised, but not mandatory. When possible, especially when standing in line, practice social distancing, and be considerate of the individuals around you. If you are not feeling well, please do not attend.

 

 

LINCOLN PARK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (July 27, 2020).........Lincoln Park Speedway made its debut on the NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week schedule in 1988, the first year of the series when it was a five-race championship for winged sprint car racing.

These days, on this occasion in mid-summer, Indiana Sprint Week at Lincoln Park is home to the best of the best from USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car division. For years upon years, many of the most memorable ISW moments and races can lay claim to have taken place at the 5/16-mile dirt oval in Putnamville, Ind.

One year ago, on a night when the lights went out around Lincoln Park Speedway, Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins was "lights out" in his performance, leading from start to finish and wiring all 30 laps from the pole to win. It remains his only top-five finish at LPS during his ISW career.

By far, the dominant figure throughout ISW history at Lincoln Park is 1990-91 track champion Dave Darland. The Lincoln, Ind. driver has amassed six of his 20 career ISW victories at LPS in 1990-98-99-2005-12-18. That's the most Indiana Sprint Week wins by any driver at a single track. Darland, the 1998, 2001 & 2007 ISW champion, was also the fastest qualifier in both 1991 and 2004, and finished 2nd in 2001, 3rd in 1991 and 5th in 2014 among his nine top-fives and 13 top-tens.

Kevin Thomas Jr., the 2017 ISW champ, has been the fastest qualifier on three occasions during ISW at Lincoln Park in 2013-17-19. The Cullman, Ala. driver has finished in the top-five in each of his past three LPS ISW appearances and in the top-10 five years running. He was the runner-up in both 2012 and 2015, 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2017 and 2019.

Shane Cottle, a recent USAC Sprint winner at Lincoln Park on July 3, nearly won Lincoln Park's ISW race in 2012, leading 26 of the 30 laps before finishing 4th for his best result in the event. The Kansas, Illinoisan took 7th in 2014 and 2016 and was 9th most recently in 2019.

Brady Bacon captured the victory on night two of LPS' Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 4 at LPS with the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver charging from the 8th starting position to victory. The 2016 ISW champ was victorious in his 2015 LPS ISW trip and 2nd in 2019, plus 6th in 2013 and 9th in 2014. Twice he has recorded the fast qualifying time in the event in the years of 2014 and 2018.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has also declared victory at Lincoln Park in 2020 during June's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget show during Indiana Midget Week. A similar winning effort has yet to come to fruition for the two-time ISW champ in 2011 & 2018 champ who earned his best LPS finish of 2nd that same year. Windom took 5th in 2013, plus an 8th, 9th and 10th in the odd numbered years of 2015-17-19, respectively.

If you're into even more number games, every three-year span seems to be Robert Ballou's year at Lincoln Park during ISW. His 2014 and 2017 victories mark two his three USAC Sprint wins at LPS. The mind ponders what ISW 2020 at LPS will bring for the 29-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner. At LPS ISW, the 2015 Indiana Sprint Week titlist's performances have been solid with a 4th in 2016, 6th in 2015 and 7th in 2013.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon has five top-tens to his credit during ISW at LPS. He finished 10th thrice in a three-year span between 2013-14-15 before collecting a best of 2nd in 2016 behind winner Brady Short. Stockon also earned a 9th in 2018. Lincoln Park was the location that Stockon made his USAC debut for his now full-time team on the tour, KO Motorsports, which occurred during the two-night tilt in the month of July.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has finished inside the top-five twice in his ISW career at LPS with a best of 3rd in 2014, a 5th in 2016 and 10th place run in 2010.

Brent Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.) and Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) are the two Lincoln Park Sprint Car track champions represented in the 48-car field on Thursday. Beauchamp, the 2012 & 2017 LPS champ and one-time ISW winner at Bloomington, was the fastest qualifier in USAC Sprint competition at LPS in July, his first fast time with the series in eight years. He ran 9th in 2013 for his best LPS ISW result. Shane Cockrum, meanwhile, a three-time USAC Silver Crown winner, has been a standout on a weekly basis in the LPS Sprint Car division, winning track titles in 2016-18-19.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has finished inside the top-five just once in the past decade of ISW visits to LPS, a 5th in 2018. He also finished 6th in 2017 and 8th in 2019 at the event. His 2nd and 3rd place runs in his two Lincoln Park USAC Sprint starts this year were the best of his career at the track.

A.J. Hopkins (Brownsburg, Ind.) is a towering presence at Lincoln Park with numerous weekly wins over the past several seasons. He ran 3rd at LPS during ISW in 2018 to go along with a 2nd earlier that same month.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) rolled a pair of sixes in both the 2018 and 2019 event while C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), a winner at Kokomo and Lawrenceburg during rounds two and three of this past weekend's ISW was a 7th and 3rd place finisher over the last two years at LPS ISW in 2018 and 2019. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) had a successful 7th in 2019. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), who recently took over the wheel of the Randy Edwards No. 61m after June Haubstadt, Ind. USAC winner Stephen Schnapf stepped out of the ride, was the fastest qualifier with USAC on July 3 at LPS, his first career quick time with the series.

Tickets for all Indiana Sprint Week events are available while supplies last, exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Lincoln Park are $25 while kids age 10 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

All online ticket purchasers will be allowed an early 3:30pm (local time) entry into the grandstand. Front gate entry is open to all spectators at 4:30pm. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm with racing to immediately follow.

Spectator tickets for all of the 33rd annual edition of ISW are also on sale at www.usactickets.com. ISW tickets will be sold exclusively online and there will be a limited availability based on COVID-19 criteria that is in place at each venue on the schedule for all ISW event throughout the Hoosier state. There is no guarantee of on-site ticket sales at any of the tracks if pre-determined attendance limits are met beforehand.

All seven ISW races will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HISTORY:

21 RACES, 1 RAINOUT (1988-1992, 1997-2005 & 2012-2019)

FEATURE WINNERS: 1988 - Tim Gee (Gee 88), 1989 - Danny Smith (Gohr 56), 1990 - Dave Darland (Darland 36d), 1991 - Jack Hewitt (Hampshire 63), 1992 - Kevin Thomas (Hazen 57), 1997 - Jack Hewitt (Hampshire 63), 1998 - Dave Darland (Dynamics 69), 1999 - Dave Darland (Dynamics 69), 2000 - Jay Drake (Kunz 67), 2001 - Jon Stanbrough (Hazen 57h), 2002 - Cory Kruseman (Kunz 67), 2003 - Jay Drake (Kunz 67), 2004 - Cory Kruseman (Stewart 21), 2005 - Dave Darland, 2012 - Dave Darland (Walker 11), 2013 - Bryan Clauson (Stewart/Curb-Agajanian 20), 2014 - Robert Ballou (Ballou 12x), 2015 - Brady Bacon (Dynamics 69), 2016 - Brady Short (Pottorff 11p), 2017 - Robert Ballou (Ballou 12), 2018 - Dave Darland (Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian 36D), 2019 - Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady 3R)

MOST ISW FEATURE WINS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY: 6 - Dave Darland

RACE WINNERS WHO'VE GONE ON TO WIN THE ISW TITLE THAT YEAR: 5 - Kevin Thomas (1992), Dave Darland (1998), Jay Drake (2000), Cory Kruseman (2002) & Bryan Clauson (2013)

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WIN AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY:

(6) Dave Darland

(5) Sheldon Kinser

(3) Robert Ballou

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

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

LINCOLN PARK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ENTRY LIST: (48 cars)

04 A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (Jerry Burton)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

2E THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5c COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle)

5m MATT McDONALD/Brownsburg, IN (Darrell McDonald)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

13 DENNIS GILE/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing)

16 HARLEY BURNS/Brazil, IN (Burns Racing)

17 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On The Gass Racing)

17GP TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 CHAYSE HAYHURST/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst)

20B JAKE BLAND/Bloomington, IN (Jake Bland)

22 SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Goodnight Racing)

22v SHELBY VanGILDER/Terre Haute, IN (JR & Debbie VanGilder)

24 NATE McMILLIN/Rosedale, IN (Kenny McMillin)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

34AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing)

34x BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Jeff Olson)

36d DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (EZR/Curb-Agajanian Racing)

37 MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (A.J. Felker)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya)

53 BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing)

54 JONATHAN VENNARD/Vincennes, IN (KO Motorsports)

57 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Paul Hazen)

61m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Randy Edwards)

68 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

69JM LOGAN HUPP/Columbus, IN (Evan Gindling)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (LG Motorsports)

77c SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Wingo Brothers Racing)

79BT MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Goodnight Racing)

2020 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

Fri., July 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana Winner: Logan Seavey (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Sat., July 25: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana Winner: C.J. Leary (Leary Racing #30)

Sun., July 26: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana Winner: C.J. Leary (Leary Racing #30)

Wed., July 29: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Thu., July 30: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Fri., July 31: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Sat., August 1: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm CT, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

**All events live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

PREVIEW: BLOOMINGTON INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (July 28, 2020).........Bloomington Speedway and NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week have been synonymous for over three decades. Only the quarter-mile red clay can lay claim to being on the ISW schedule every year since 1988.

That tradition continues this week for a 33rd straight year on Friday night, July 31, for the Sheldon Kinser Memorial when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars make their 39th ever visit to the uber-scenic southern Indiana facility, which often seems to play a role in the ISW championship outcome.

Eleven times has the Bloomington ISW winner gone on to win Indiana Sprint Week that same year, but not since Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2017. No driver owns more ISW victories at Bloomington than the Cullman, Ala. with three, a number equaled by both Kevin Briscoe and Bryan Clauson.

Thomas led three different times for a total of 13 laps in last year's ISW feature at Bloomington, but it was one final lap that decided his fate. After swapping the lead multiple times down the stretch, on the final lap, Thomas rocketed around the outside of Jason McDougal in turns one and two, locked up the bottom in three and four and raced to his third victory in the event following triumphs in 2012 and 2017.

Bloomington holds a special place in Thomas' career as the 2012 race marked his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win, of which he now owns 27 (17th all-time in series history). He's finished inside the top-four in his last four ISW Bloomington races, wins in 2017 & 2019, a 2nd in 2018 and a 4th in 2016. Thomas was also the fastest qualifier in 2018.

Bloomington Speedway's USAC Sprint Car track record holder at 10.685, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) was the 2018 ISW winner at Bloomington where he dominated all 30 laps in the process. The defending ISW and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion was 4th in both 2014 and during his title run of 2019, picked up a 6th in 2016 and a 10th in his second full-time USAC season of 2013.

Brent Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.) was victorious at Bloomington in an unpredictable 2016 Indiana Sprint Week which featured four first-time USAC National Sprint Car winners. Beauchamp was one of those four, emerging as the victor in a battle with three-time ISW champion Dave Darland that saw seven lead changes in 30 laps. Beauchamp also took home finishes of 3rd in 2012 and 10th in 2018.

Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) has an incomprehensible 20 top-ten finishes at Bloomington during Indiana Sprint Week dating to 1990. Among those are 11 top-five finishes, including a win in 2007; 2nd place finishes in 2005-11-12; 3rd place results in 2008-14-16; 4th place runs in 1995 & 2001; and a pair of fifths in both 1993 & 2003 for good measure. The USAC Triple Crown champ posted the fastest qualifying time in 2011 and has won three times total in his USAC Sprint career at Bloomington.

Past Indiana Sprint Week and USAC National Sprint Car champions Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) have each won USAC Sprint features at Bloomington, but not so as of yet during ISW. Bacon, the 2016 ISW champ, won at the track in the Spring of 2019 in new track record fashion at 6:47.18 for 30 laps. His ISW resume at Bloomington includes a pair of fast times, during the rain-abbreviated event in 2015, and again in 2019. He was also 2nd in 2016, 3rd in 2013, 4th in 2007, 6th in 2018 and 7th in 2019.

Windom (Canton, Ill.), meanwhile, won a Springtime USAC Sprint race at Bloomington in May of 2011. The 2011 and 2018 ISW titlist owns a total of six top-ten Bloomington ISW runs in his career with a 3rd in 2018 as his best, followed by a 4th in 2013, 5th in 2014, 7th in both 2010 and 2017 and a 9th place result in his Rookie campaign of 2007. He was the fastest qualifier at the ISW race in 2013.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), likewise, has been a USAC National winner at Bloomington, but it came behind the wheel of a Midget back during 2010 Indiana Midget Week. His ISW Bloomington runs have peaked thus far at a 4th place finish in 2008. He took 7th in 2011 and was 9th in 2012 while also picking up fast qualifying honors that same night. His first top-ten run in the event came in 2007, a 10th.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has returned to Indiana Sprint Week in 2020 after missing out on all of last year's summertime event due to a severe arm injury. During ISW at Bloomington, the 2015 Indiana Sprint Week champion has a best finish of 3rd during his Rookie season of 2003. His most recent top-five run in the event came back in 2017 with a 5th. The driver/owner champion of USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car division in 2015 also tallied a 6th in the race in 2014, 7th in 2008, 8th in 2018 and 10th place results in both 2012 and 2016.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) finished as high as 2nd during ISW at Bloomington in 2013 behind winner Bryan Clauson. For the 2019 Jason Leffler Memorial Award recipient, that has been his only top-five run in the event to date. He's also garnered finishes of 6th in 2012 and 2019, a 7th in 2018 and a 9th in 2017 for top-ten finishes there in each of the past three races.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned his best Bloomington ISW result one year ago, finishing 3rd. A pair of seventh-place finishes were in order for the 2010 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the year in both 2013 and 2014.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has recorded a pair of top-five finishes during the ISW round in Bloomington. His first such being a 5th in 2016 with his best result thus far coming in 2018 with a 4th. Most recently, the two-time ISW feature winner collected a 10th place result in 2019.

Additionally, of note, Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall was 4th in ISW at Bloomington in 2004; Marion, Ill. native Carson Short was the fastest qualifier in 2017; Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas picked up a 3rd place result in 2017; and Terre Haute, Indiana's Brandon Mattox earned his best career USAC National Sprint Car feature finish of 5th there in 2019.

Tickets for all Indiana Sprint Week events are available while supplies last, exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Bloomington are $25 while kids age 10 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

All online ticket purchasers will be allowed an early 3:30pm (local time) entry into the grandstand. Front gate entry is open to all spectators at 4:30pm. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm with racing to immediately follow.

Spectator tickets for all of the 33rd annual edition of ISW are also on sale at www.usactickets.com. ISW tickets will be sold exclusively online and there will be a limited availability based on COVID-19 criteria that is in place at each venue on the schedule for all ISW event throughout the Hoosier state. There is no guarantee of on-site ticket sales at any of the tracks if pre-determined attendance limits are met beforehand.

All seven ISW races will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HISTORY

31 RACES, 1 RAIN OUT (1988-2019)

FEATURE WINNERS: 1988 - Kelly Kinser (Kinser 4k), 1989 - Chuck Amati (Tate 66), 1990 - Kevin Briscoe (Briscoe 5), 1991 - Danny Smith (Gohr 56), 1992 - Bob Kinser (Bayless 17b), 1993 - Cary Faas (Faas 37), 1994 - Kelly Kinser (Kinser 4k), 1995 - Kevin Thomas (Applebee 3), 1996 - Kevin Thomas (Applebee 3), 1997 - Brad Fox (Fox 53), 1998 - Tony Elliott (Vance/Walker 2), 1999 - Cory Kruseman (Ellis 21), 2000 - Jay Drake (Kunz 67), 2001 - A.J. Anderson (Edison 10), 2002 - Kevin Briscoe (Briscoe 5), 2003 - J.J. Yeley (Stewart 20), 2004 - Kevin Briscoe (Briscoe 5), 2005 - Tracy Hines (Dynamics 69), 2006 - Brady Short (Short 36), 2007 - Dave Darland (Pace 44), 2008 - Jerry Coons, Jr. (Dynamics 69), 2009 - Bryan Clauson (Tucker 7), 2010 - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2011 - Hunter Schuerenberg (Byram 35), 2012 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Black Jack 9k), 2013 - Bryan Clauson (Stewart/Curb-Agajanian 20), 2014 - Bryan Clauson (Stewart/Curb-Agajanian 20), 2015 - Rained Out, 2016 - Brent Beauchamp (Olson 34), 2017 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (KT 9K), 2018 - C.J. Leary (Leary 30), 2019 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Hayward/Thomas 19)

MOST ISW FEATURE WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY: 3 - Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

RACE WINNERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO WIN THE INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE THAT YEAR: 11 - Chuck Amati (1989), Kelly Kinser (1994), Kevin Thomas (1995 & 1996), Jay Drake (2000), J.J. Yeley (2003), Dave Darland (2007), Jon Stanbrough (2010), Bryan Clauson (2013 & 2014) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2017)

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

5-Bryan Clauson

3-Dave Darland & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Kevin Briscoe & Tony Elliott

1-A.J. Anderson, Bob Kinser, Bobby East, Brad Fox, Brady Bacon, Brady Short, Brent Beauchamp, C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Chris Windom, Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley, Jack Hewitt, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas, Larry Martin, Rich Vogler, Rick Hood, Sheldon Kinser & Tracy Hines

BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ENTRY LIST: (48 cars)

04 A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (Jerry Burton)

1H KORBYN HAYSLETT/Troy, OH (Kim & Dave Hayslett)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

2E THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5m MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Scott Adams)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

5T TYE MIHOCKO/Phoenix, AZ (Tye Mihocko)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips)

9 BOBBY GRIFFITTS/Bloomington, IN (Bobby Griffitts)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

13 DENNIS GILE/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing)

17 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On The Gass Racing)

17GP TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 JAKE BLAND/Bloomington, IN (Jake Bland)

22v SHELBY VanGILDER/Terre Haute, IN (JR & Debbie VanGilder)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

34AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing)

34x BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Jeff Olson)

36d DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (EZR/Curb-Agajanian Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya)

52 ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (LNR/Isaac Chapple Racing)

53 BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing)

54 JONATHAN VENNARD/Vincennes, IN (KO Motorsports)

61m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Randy Edwards)

68 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

69JM LOGAN HUPP/Columbus, IN (Evan Gindling)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (LG Motorsports)

77c SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Wingo Brothers Racing)

77s TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Tyler Sturgeon Racing)

79BT MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Goodnight Racing)

98 BRANDON MORIN/Jasonville, IN (Steve Morin)

 

 

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (July 28, 2020).........The finale. The climax. The culmination. Whatever you want to call it, the last race of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week is the ultimate payoff when we discover who has displayed their excellence most consistently throughout the entirety of the seven-race series.

Not to mention, we will also will be witnesses to a field of 48 whose main goal is to win the night - 30 laps of supremacy that lie ahead for a driver and team to reach one of the pinnacles of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing, to reign victorious during Indiana Sprint Week.

Kyle Cummins knows that feeling all too well. Last year, in 2019, Cummins qualified for all ISW eight features, finishing in the top-ten in seven and was in contention night-after-night, finishing with a flourish after a victory two nights prior at Lincoln Park, a near win the night before at Bloomington and closing out the week-plus series with a triumph at Tri-State Speedway after trailing for the first 26 laps.

The Princeton, Ind. driver was literally unbeatable at Tri-State in 2019, going 9-for-9 in Sprint Car competition, including two USAC victories, one of which came during ISW. It was his second in ISW at TSS after earlier winning in the event during the summer of 2017, half of his four total USAC victories at quarter-mile dirt oval in southwestern Indiana. The 2019 HARF Driver of the Year has also finished as the runner-up during ISW at TSS in 2014 and 2016, was 7th in both 2015 and 2018, and 10th in 2012.

ISW's all-time king in terms of victories (20), Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., broke through for his first TSS win during 2018 ISW with a late-race pass of Chris Windom. Darland has two other "podium" finishes in the event, a runner-up result in 2001 and a 3rd in 2010, while also gathering a fast qualifying time in 2012, plus a 6th in 2008, an 8th 2006 and a 10th in 2005.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) is among the rare breed who've won both his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature and World of Outlaws Sprint Car event at the same venue. Short captured the ISW win at TSS in USAC's 10,000th race in 2016 and also mastered WoO's visit this past June. He was also a 10th place TSS ISW finisher in 2017.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.), no relation to Carson, has long had a mastery of Tri-State Speedway for the better part of 15 years. His 2015 TSS ISW score is among his two wins at the track and set a new USAC track record for the 30-lap distance. His 5th place run in 2011 served as his second best result in the event while also garnering a 7th in 2008 and a pair of 10th's in 2006 & 2009.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) notched his still lone Tri-State USAC victory during ISW in 2014. His results at the track have progressively gotten better and better over the years with his first top-ten, a 10th, with ISW at TSS in 2008, then bumping up to a 9th in 2009, 8th in 2012, 4th in his ISW title season of 2015-16 and 6th in 2017.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is equaled with Daron Clayton as the all-time winningest driver in USAC National Sprint Car competition at Tri-State with five triumphs during his career. However, none of those five for the 2017 ISW titlist have come during ISW. He's been as close as you can get on multiple occasions with runner-up results in 2015 and 2017, a 4th in 2018 and a 9th in 2016. He captured fast qualifying honors during that 2018 race.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) won the Spring opener at TSS in 2017. Like Thomas, however, that first ISW victory at TSS has thus far eluded the 2011 & 2018 Indiana Sprint Week champ. His 2nd place result in 2018 has been his best so far, with a 3rd in 2015, an 8th in 2010, a 9th in 2012 and a 10th in 2011 to his credit.

Another ISW champ, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), has also been a Springtime USAC Sprint winner at Tri-State during the 2015 season. The 2016 ISW champion has flirted with the edges of the top-five in the past half-decade of ISW races at TSS with a 6th in 2014 and a 7th in 2016 before breaking through for his first top-five run in the event in 2019, tallying a 5th.

Chase Stockon's proximity to Tri-State Speedway, living in nearby Fort Branch, Ind., mirrors his proximity to victory lane during ISW at TSS over the years. The Spring 2016 Tri-State USAC Sprint victor was 3rd during ISW at TSS in both 2016 and 2018, 4th in 2019 and 5th in both 2012 and 2015.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has been the dominator of qualifying in Indiana Sprint Week events at Tri-State, taking home the honor on four separate occasions over the last decade in 2010-15-17-19. He earned his best result in the event in the most recent TSS ISW feature during the Summer of 2019. He's also been a 4th place runner in 2017, 6th in 2018 and 8th in 2015.

Reigning ISW and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has won on multiple occasions with MSCS at Tri-State in his career, but that first USAC victory at the track has not yet been pocketed. His 5th in 2018 is the best on his TSS ISW resume thus far with another trio of top-tens on his tab, a 9th in 2014 and 10th place runs in 2015 and 2019.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) nearly collected a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory in the Fall of 2019 at Tri-State. His ISW record there includes a 5th in 2017 and a 9th in 08. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) was a best of 6th in 2007; Critter Malone (Pittsboro, Ind.) earned a solid 6th in 2016. Kurt Gross (Washington, Ind.) snared his best career Indiana Sprint Week result with a 7th in 2010. Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) collected an 8th on his ISW run at TSS in 2019.

Tickets for all Indiana Sprint Week events are available while supplies last, exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Tri-State are $25 while kids age 13-18 are $20 and children 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Pits open at 3pm CT. All online ticket purchasers will be allowed an early 3pm (local time) entry into the grandstand. Front gate entry is open to all spectators at 4pm. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm with racing to immediately follow.

Spectator tickets for all of the 33rd annual edition of ISW are also on sale at www.usactickets.com. ISW tickets will be sold exclusively online and there will be a limited availability based on COVID-19 criteria that is in place at each venue on the schedule for all ISW event throughout the Hoosier state. There is no guarantee of on-site ticket sales at any of the tracks if pre-determined attendance limits are met beforehand.

All seven ISW races will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HISTORY

19 RACES, 1 RAINOUT (2000-2019)

FEATURE WINNERS: 2000 - Cory Kruseman (Potter 3p), 2001 - Jay Drake (Kunz 67), 2002 - Cory Kruseman (Kunz 67), 2003 - J.J. Yeley (Stewart 20), 2004 - Cory Kruseman (Stewart 21), 2005 - Cory Kruseman (Kunz 67), 2006 - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2007 - Daron Clayton (Walker/Guiducci 11d), 2008 - Hunter Schuerenberg (Walker/Guiducci 11), 2009 - Levi Jones (Stewart 20), 2010 - Blake Fitzpatrick (Fitzpatrick 10f), 2011 - Damion Gardner (DG 71), 2012 - Jon Stanbrough (Roberts/Tate 21x), 2013 - Rained Out, 2014 - Robert Ballou (Ballou 12x), 2015 - Brady Short (Pottorff 11p), 2016 - Carson Short (Short 21), 2017 - Kyle Cummins (Byram 3R), 2018 - Dave Darland (Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian 36D), 2019 - Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady 3R)

MOST FEATURE WINS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY: 4 - Cory Kruseman

RACE WINNERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO WIN THE INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE THAT YEAR: 5 - Cory Kruseman (2002 & 2005), J.J. Yeley (2003), Jon Stanbrough (2006) & Levi Jones (2009)

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, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ENTRY LIST: (48 cars)

1H KORBYN HAYSLETT/Troy, OH (Kim & Dave Hayslett)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

2E THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5K KENT SCHMIDT/Owensville, IN (KO Motorsports)

5m MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Scott Adams)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips)

7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)

7R RYAN BOND/Haubstadt, IN (Ryan Bond)

7s SAM SCOTT/Patoka, IN (Sam Scott)

9 BOBBY GRIFFITTS/Bloomington, IN (Bobby Griffitts)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

11p BRADY SHORT/Bedford, IN (Short-Pottorff Racing)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

13 DENNIS GILE/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing)

17 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On The Gass Racing)

17GP TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

17K KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Ruble-Martin Motorsports)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 CHAYSE HAYHURST/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

32 GARRETT AITKEN/Paris, IL (Greg Aitken)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

36d DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (EZR/Curb-Agajanian Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

44 DAVID HAIR/Indianapolis, IN (David Hair)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya)

53 BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing)

54 JONATHAN VENNARD/Vincennes, IN (KO Motorsports)

61m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Randy Edwards)

68 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

69JM LOGAN HUPP/Columbus, IN (Evan Gindling)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (LG Motorsports)

79BT MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Goodnight Racing)

84 STAN BEADLES/Owensville, IN (Beadles Racing)

98 BRANDON MORIN/Jasonville, IN (Steve Morin)

 

 

TERRE HAUTE INDIANA SPRINT WEEK RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (July 27, 2020).........One of the most tenured and treasured stops on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar greets the tour for the 164th points race in series history at the famed Wabash Valley Fairgrounds half-mile known as the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday night, July 29, for the resumption of the "second-half" of the 33rd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week schedule - the Dorsett Automotive Don Smith Classic.

Terre Haute has held 17 previous Indiana Sprint Week races since its debut on the slate in 1997. Three drivers who've won the event in recent years are entered for Wednesday's edition, including Chris Windom (2011), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013) and Chase Stockon (2016).

Windom (Canton, Ill.) comes in 8th overall in the current ISW standings, but his prowess at the Action Track shows no bounds with a Silver Crown victory and five overall USAC National Sprint Car feature wins there, including the most recent on July 1 of this year in the 50th annual Tony Hulman Classic. In ISW competition there, following his win in 2011, he garnered additional 5th place runs in 2014 and 2019, plus a 6th in both 2016 and 2018, a 9th in 2013 and a 10th in 2012.

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), along with Windom, has won each of the "big three" USAC National Sprint Car events at Terre Haute, including the Tony Hulman Classic, Jim Hurtubise Classic and the Don Smith Classic during ISW in 2016. Among Stockon's ISW runs at THAT are, in addition to his triumph, a 5th in both 2013 and 2015, plus a 9th in 2019 and a 10th all the way back in 2010. The series' "ironman," now with 308 consecutive series starts and is third in this year's ISW points, was the fastest qualifier during ISW at THAT in 2018.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) has twice been a USAC Sprint winner at Terre Haute. The now 27-time USAC Sprint winner's first such score came amidst a three-race winning streak during the 2013 Indiana Sprint Week event in which he emerged as the victor in a furious last lap battle with Dave Darland. Thomas also scored a 3rd in 2019 and a 5th in 2018 to go along with the 2013 victory at the place in which he also won a USAC Sprint race in late 2017.

One driver has a chance to become the first individual since Thomas to win three-in-a-row during ISW. That's C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) who's won the past two ISW events over the weekend at Kokomo and Lawrenceburg. Leary, thus far, has a pair of top-10 Terre Haute ISW performances - a 10th in 2016 and a 6th in 2019. It was during the 2016 season, however, that Leary won his first career USAC Silver Crown race during the Sumar Classic at Terre Haute. He rides in fourth in the ISW standings, 17 behind point leader Brady Bacon.

Terre Haute's USAC Sprint Car one-lap track record holder at 19.225, Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), the 2016 ISW champion, hasn't won yet this week, but his consistency has been the key with finishes of 8th, 2nd and 3rd through the first three. The same type of consistency has rung true throughout the 2014 & 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion's ISW career at THAT with 3rd place results in 2013 and 2014, 4th place finishes in 2016-18-19 and a 7th in 2015. He's won twice at Terre Haute in his career during late season runs in both 2014 & 2018.

Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) leads practically every single statistical category of ISW. He's made an appearance in every single Indiana Sprint Week event at Terre Haute since 1997, a night where he finished 3rd. The 1999 USAC National Sprint Car champ possesses two series wins at THAT, in 1993 and 2014, but has come oh-so-close a number of times throughout his career at the track during ISW. He finished 2nd in 2010, was 3rd in 1997, 2005, 2009 & 2015 as well as 5th in 2004 among his six top-fives and 11 top-tens in the event.

The same has been the case with Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), a two-time USAC Sprint winner at THAT in late 2015 and early 2016, but none as of yet during ISW. He's surrounded victory of Terre Haute's ISW race annually over the past decade and is looking to make the next step to the pinnacle. The 2015 ISW champ has been the ISW THAT runner-up finisher during the last four times he's entered the event in 2014-15-16-18. The event was rained out in 2017 and he was absent in 2019 while recuperating from a serious arm injury. You'd have to go back over a decade to find the last time he's finished outside the top-ten with ISW at Terre Haute, also scoring 4th place finishes in 2011 & 2013 and 6th in 2012. He was also the fastest qualifier in 2014.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) leads the overall USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings coming in, but at the moment, he sits just five points behind Bacon in pursuit of the ISW championship with four races remaining. Grant captured his first Terre Haute USAC Sprint win last Fall in 2019 and has also won in Silver Crown competition there during the 2018 Sumar Classic. His THAT ISW record includes "podium" finishes in each of the last two events, a 3rd in 2018 and a 2nd in 2019, which goes along with a 6th in 2014 and an 8th in 2015.

Current ISW ProSource Passing Master point leader, Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) topped off with a runner-up finish during the 2005 Terre Haute ISW round, adding another top-five with a 5th in 2011. The veteran driver who's already won in USAC Sprint competition earlier this July in Putnamville, Ind., was 9th at THAT ISW in 2014, plus 10th in both 2013 and 2015.

Bill Rose, whose lone Indiana Sprint Week victory came during the summer of 1997, has entered for Terre Haute's ISW round on Wednesday night. The Plainfield, Ind. native was the fastest qualifier in the event in 2000. Likewise, Mitch Wissmiller (Saybrook, Ill.) was the top dawg in time trials there during the event in 2015.

Buckeye, Arizona's Charles Davis Jr., making his first Indiana Sprint Week run in several years, was a 10th place ISW THAT finisher in 2003. Other combatants who've raced their way top-tens at Terre Haute in the busiest week of USAC Sprint Car racing all year long in the Hoosier state include Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall (7th in 2004), Marion, Illinois' Carson Short (7th in 2019), Loomis, California's Max Adams (8th in 2019) as well as Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins (9th in 2019) who's 5th in the ISW standings coming in.

Indiana Sprint Week continues with round four of the series on Wednesday, July 29 at the Terre Haute Action Track. Pits open at 3pm ET as does advance ticket entry for spectators. Walk-up entry beginning at 4pm. Hot Laps are scheduled for a 6:30pm start with racing to immediately follow.

Tickets for all Indiana Sprint Week events are available, while supplies last, at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Terre Haute are $25. Infield tickets are $15. Kids age 11 and under are free. Remaining tickets, if available, will also be available at the gate on raceday. Pit passes are $25 apiece for USAC members and $30 for non-members.

You can watch each and every Indiana Sprint Week event live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-954, 2-Brady Bacon-883, 3-Chris Windom-853, 4-Chase Stockon-853, 5-C.J. Leary-851, 6-Carson Short-778, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-731, 8-Dave Darland-628, 9-Brandon Mattox-570, 10-Logan Seavey-541.

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-215, 2-Justin Grant-210, 3-Chase Stockon-208, 4-C.J. Leary-198, 5-Kyle Cummins-192, 6-Logan Seavey-188, 7-Carson Short-183, 8-Chris Windom-179, 9-Thomas Meseraull-149, 10-Robert Ballou-148.

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HISTORY:

17 RACES, 4 RAINOUTS (1997-2006 & 2009-2019)

FEATURE WINNERS: 1997 - J.J. Yeley (Yeley 4j), 1998 - Rained Out, 1999 - Terry Pletch (Pletch 29), 2000 - Jay Drake (Kunz 67), 2001 - Rained Out, 2002 - Cory Kruseman (Kunz 67), 2003 - Tracy Hines (Dynamics 69), 2004 - J.J. Yeley (Stanton 75), 2005 - Levi Jones (2B Racing 2b), 2006 - Rained Out, 2009 - Brad Sweet (Kahne/Curb 9), 2010 - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2011 - Chris Windom (Baldwin 5x), 2012 - Daron Clayton (Clayton 92), 2013 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star 17rw), 2014 - Bryan Clauson (Stewart/Curb-Agajanian 20), 2015 - Aaron Farney (Farney #15F), 2016 - Chase Stockon (32 TBI 32), 2017 - Rained Out, 2018 - Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman 7BC), 2019 - Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman 7BC)

MOST FEATURE WINS AT TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK: 2 - Tyler Courtney & J.J. Yeley

RACE WINNERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO WIN THE INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE THAT YEAR: 6 - J.J. Yeley (1997), Jay Drake (2000), Cory Kruseman (2002), Jon Stanbrough (2010), Chris Windom (2011) & Bryan Clauson (2014)

DON SMITH CLASSIC WINNERS:
2011: Chris Windom (7/13)
2012: Daron Clayton (7/18)
2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7/17)
2014: Bryan Clauson (7/16)
2015: Aaron Farney (7/15)
2016: Chase Stockon (7/17)
2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10/14)
2018: Tyler Courtney (7/25)
2019: Tyler Courtney (7/24)

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS: (163 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 & Chris Windom

11. (4) Bud Kaeding & Roger McCluskey

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 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ENTRY LIST: (46 cars as of July 27)

01 ANTHONY D'ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D'Alessio Motorsports)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

2E THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5m MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Scott Adams)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

5T TYE MIHOCKO/Phoenix, AZ (Tye Mihocko)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

13 DENNIS GILE/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing)

17 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On The Gass Racing)

17K KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Ruble-Martin Motorsports)

17GP TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 CHAYSE HAYHURST/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst)

22 SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Goodnight Racing)

24 NATE McMILLIN/Rosedale, IN (Kenny McMillin)

27 STEVE THOMAS/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas)

27x EVAN MOSLEY/Lapel, IN (Aaron Mosley)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

29 MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL (RMB Motorsports)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

34AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing)

36d DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (EZR/Curb-Agajanian Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya)

57 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Paul Hazen)

61m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Randy Edwards)

68 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

69JM LOGAN HUPP/Columbus, IN (Evan Gindling)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (LG Motorsports)

79BT MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Goodnight Racing)

98 BRANDON MORIN/Jasonville, IN (Steve Morin)

 

 

30 FOR 30: LEARY LEADS ALL AT THE BURG
FOR 2ND STRAIGHT ISW WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (July 26, 2020).........Entering 2020 NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week, it had been three years since a driver had gone "back-to-back" with consecutive victories in the annual tour of the Hoosier state.

The very same driver who achieved the aforementioned feat in 2017, C.J. Leary, has now become the most recent individual to accomplish the feat by leading all 30 laps of Sunday night's third round of ISW at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

With Leary's victory in the Leary Racing/Valvoline - Gray Auto - Leary Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy, the Greenfield Ind. reigning series champion has already equaled his total USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win output from a year ago in a mere two-night span, a year which also gained him his first Indiana Sprint Week championship.

"Man, that was a workout," Leary exclaimed after surpassing Thomas Meseraull and Tony Stewart in terms of USAC National Sprint Car wins with his 11th career triumph. "Lawrenceburg Speedway was elbows up tonight; definitely had the spurs on and took all I had. Typically, it's a breeze in the park for me since I have so many laps here, but tonight, it was everything I had, and using all the experience I've put together the past 10 years here."

That experience includes a sprint car track championship at the track during the 2013 season, plus the 2017 ISW score that launched him into a succession of ISW feature victories on two-straight nights that summer. Coming into Sunday, he'd been the only driver to have finished inside the top-five of the Lawrenceburg ISW event in each of the last four years, a streak he's now run to five.

For Leary, track position was key on this night, as is the case for most anybody in as tight and competitive of a field that is in on display each night throughout the ISW tour. A solid qualifying performance Sunday night and a transfer spot through the heat netted Leary a starting spot on the outside of the front row.

"We somehow sandbagged just enough two nights in a row to get on the front row," Leary said facetiously. "It's what I felt like we needed to do to win these races. Winning these races is tough, but the 30 car was on a rail tonight."

Leary proved that fact from the word go as he snagged the advantage topside to defeat pole sitter Seavey at the exit of turn two to lead the opening lap in a duel of the winners of the first two rounds of ISW this weekend.

At the completion of lap one, trouble ensued near the start/finish line when contact between 10th starting Kevin Thomas Jr. and 12th starting Tyler Courtney resulted in terminal frontend damage for Courtney, the 2018 Lawrenceburg ISW winner. Thomas, meanwhile, coasted to a stop atop the banking in turn one. He'd return to the fray and finish 12th.

More trouble ensued on the fourth lap when Jadon Rogers took a tumble in turn two to bring out the yellow flag in an incident which also collected USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr. Rogers was okay, while Coons rejoined the lineup for the restart, finishing 17th.

On the lap eight restart following the stoppage of Max Adams in turn one, the man on a mission was fourth-running Justin Grant who expunged Bacon for third with a turn three slider, then tried to execute the slide on Seavey for second on the 10th circuit in turn one.

As Grant was side-by-side with Seavey entering the first turn, Grant performed a quick skip and a hop up the banking, losing ground to Seavey and requiring him to regather and repursue at another juncture. However, with no warning in between turns three and four a half-lap later, Grant's right rear wheel center broke, jettisoning his wheel, which careened off the outside wall before bouncing nearly the length of the front straightaway.

Grant managed to avoid wall contact, then returned to action at the tail of the field on the ensuing restart. The series point leader's attempt at equaling J.J. Yeley's 2003 record USAC National Sprint Car streak of 14 top-five finishes to begin a season came just short. Grant's run of 13 consecutive concluded on this night, although, after a reinstallation of his right rear wheel, he came from the back of the pack to finish 8th.

Around the halfway mark, Leary continued rolling, expanding his lead to 1.5 sec. as the quest for second began to pick up steam. First, Windom slid by Seavey for the runner-up spot in turn one on the 15th lap. Seavey countered back under to retake the position in turn three. Windom filmed a second take one lap later, mimicking the same turn one maneuver he tried a lap later to secure second while Bacon faked high and ducked low to zip by Seavey for third on the bottom of three.

By that point, Leary had upped his command to over two seconds, yet it soon began dwindling as he picked his way through traffic. Despite setting a substantially quicker pace, Leary had to force the issue a bit on occasion in order to be on the offensive and be on the attack in terms of track position with Windom, Bacon and others clamping down in the latter stages.

"In lapped traffic, we were so much faster," Leary recalled. "We came up on them quick, so you really just had to bomb them."

Windom ably shrunk Leary's interval to three-quarters of a second, and with seven to go, took his shot at Leary with a turn one slider. However, when Windom realized he wasn't going to clear him, he pitched his car a little too far sideways and nearly spun, freely admitting he may have made the pass attempt just a half-lap too early.

As Windom gathered it back up, Leary recouped his advantage once again while Bacon closed for second in the meantime. As it turned out, that proved to be the final challenge presented to Leary as he raced to a 1.057 margin of victory over Windom, Bacon, Chase Stockon and Carson Short.

With his victory, Leary's 12th overall win at the track equaled the previous summer's Lawrenceburg ISW winner, Grant, as the winningest sprint car driver on the 3/8-mile iteration of the track, which began in 2008.

Bacon's third-place finish allowed him to move to the point lead of Indiana Sprint Week by five markers with four races remaining over Grant with Chase Stockon third (-7), Leary fourth (-17) and Kyle Cummins (-23).

Grant's Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time earlier in the evening was his second during ISW after previously setting the standard in Friday's opener at Gas City. It was also Grant's 26th career USAC Sprint quick time, tying him with Jay Drake and C.J. Leary for 14th all-time.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 26, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.070; 2. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.233; 3. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-14.244; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.289; 5. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-14.299; 6. Chase Jones, 11AG, Gray-14.339; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.405; 8. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.485; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-14.490; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.608; 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 5, Baldwin-14.644; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.648; 13. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-14.652; 14. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.694; 15. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-14.764; 16. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.847; 17. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.864; 18. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.874; 19. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-14.986; 20. Scotty Weir, 22, Goodnight-15.173; 21. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-15.288.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.196; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.252; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.408; 4. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.455; 5. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.505; 6. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.613; 7. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.614; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.644; 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.722; 10. Max Adams, 37, Felker-14.767; 11. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-14.795; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-14.846; 13. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-14.961; 14. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.146; 15. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.192; 16. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.192; 17. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-15.280; 18. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-15.328; 19. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-15.367; 20. Steve Thomas, 27, Thomas-16.221; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 18x, Keen-NT; 22. Saban Bibent, 43, Tibbits-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. J.J. Hughes, 6. Dustin Smith, 7. Max Guilford, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Shawn Westerfeld, 10. Tyler Thomas. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jarett Andretti, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Chase Jones, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Ryan Barr, 10. Kurt Gross. 2:31.003

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 5. Dave Darland, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Jadon Rogers, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 9. Dakota Jackson, 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Saban Bibent. 2:34.188

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Max Adams, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Dustin Clark, 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 10. Steve Thomas. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Dakota Jackson, 2. Shawn Westerfeld, 3. Anthony D'Alessio, 4. Max Guilford, 5. Ryan Barr, 6. Saban Bibent, 7. Steve Thomas, 8. Kurt Gross. 2:35.712

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. J.J. Hughes, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Dustin Clark, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Brandon Mattox, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 12. Chase Jones, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Shawn Westerfeld, 15. Dakota Jackson, 16. Tye Mihocko, 17. Charles Davis Jr. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Carson Short (7), 6. Logan Seavey (1), 7. Kyle Cummins (15), 8. Justin Grant (6), 9. Chase Johnson (11), 10. Robert Ballou (22), 11. Thomas Meseraull (16), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 13. Dave Darland (13), 14. Matt Westfall (21), 15. Jarett Andretti (8), 16. J.J. Hughes (14), 17. Jerry Coons Jr. (20), 18. Brandon Mattox (23), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (19), 20. Shane Cottle (9), 21. Max Adams (17), 22. Jadon Rogers (18), 23. Tyler Courtney (12). NT

**Chase Jones flipped during the semi. Jadon Rogers flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-954, 2-Brady Bacon-883, 3-Chris Windom-853, 4-Chase Stockon-853, 5-C.J. Leary-851, 6-Carson Short-778, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-731, 8-Dave Darland-628, 9-Brandon Mattox-570, 10-Logan Seavey-541.

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-215, 2-Justin Grant-210, 3-Chase Stockon-208, 4-C.J. Leary-198, 5-Kyle Cummins-192, 6-Logan Seavey-188, 7-Carson Short-183, 8-Chris Windom-179, 9-Thomas Meseraull-149, 10-Robert Ballou-148.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-74, 2-Tanner Thorson-58, 3-Logan Seavey-54, 4-Justin Grant-49, 5-Andrew Layser-44, 6-Daison Pursley-42, 7-Thomas Meseraull-38, 8-Jerry Coons Jr.-36, 9-Chase Stockon-35, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-35.

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-20, 2-Robert Ballou-15, 3-Thomas Meseraull-14, 4-Matt Westfall-13, 5-Kyle Cummins-11, 6-Chase Johnson-10, 7-Justin Grant-8, 8-Carson Short-6, 9-A.J. Hopkins-8, 10-Chase Stockon-7.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 29, 2020 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Don Smith Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jarett Andretti

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Shane Cottle

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Carson Short

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: J.J. Hughes

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (22nd to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Dave Darland

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Dustin Clark

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Thomas Meseraull

Jim Spridgeon / Rich Murray Hard Work Award: Robert Ballou

 

 

LEARY BOUNCES BACK WITH VICTORY
AT KOKOMO ISW ROUND #2

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (July 25, 2020).........In most aspects of life, an individual creates their own luck by being in the right place at the right time all while performing to their maximum capabilities.

However, on occasion, sometimes a stroke of luck is what it takes to make that final extra push to propel one to the brink of success.

Following an incident in Friday night's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week opener at Gas City in which he was running 4th and collected multiple other front running cars, C.J. Leary found lady luck back on his side following a spin by race leader Tyler Courtney with just three laps remaining Saturday night in the second round of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at Kokomo Speedway.

From thereon, Leary was fully en route to winning time aboard his Leary Racing/Valvoline - Gray Auto - Leary Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy, the fourth career ISW win for the Greenfield, Ind. native who captured both the ISW championship and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car crown the year prior in 2019.

Leary's 10th career series victory moved him past Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg and Robbie Stanley for 49th on the all-time feature win list.

"Last night we just stepped on it. The driver made a mistake," Leary point blanked. "Just like what Courtney did tonight, when you're racing as hard as we are now, mistakes happen. Sometimes, it costs more than others. To come back tonight and get a win is great, I feel like we've been really fast all year and we were really fast last year, and we only won two races."

Those two victories and the championship that came along with it were part of Leary's sensational 2019 season as the pilot of the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports ride. The Reinbold-Underwood team won Friday's ISW opener at Gas City with Logan Seavey at the wheel while Leary managed just a 13th place result after the incident.

It was an encounter by Leary and his former team owner during the post-race at Gas City that, as it turned out, may have provided a little bit of that good fortune for Leary come Saturday night at Kokomo.

"Last night, I went over and talked to (team owner) Andy (Reinbold) after the race. I was like, 'man we should've won this one last year and now you guys won it this year for some redemption. You guys got all the luck. I'm going to pit next to you tomorrow and steal some of that luck.' (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports crew chief Tyler Ransbottom) came over after tonight's race and said, 'don't ever pit next to me again,'" Leary said with a laugh.

Leary rolled off for the start of the 30-lap main from outside of the front row. Carson Short occupied the pole but found himself in a world of trouble as he became a little too far sideways between turns one and two on the opening lap. Leary took evasive action, tapping the breaks, then moving to the outside around Short as second row starters Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney raced by underneath, running one-two in that order at the line with Leary now third.

After leading the opening lap, Grant slid up off the bottom in turn two as Courtney motored by underneath and into the race lead. Courtney planted his car firmly on the bottom around the tires with Grant and 2016 Kokomo ISW feature winner Kyle Cummins running second and third.

On the seventh lap, Leary went for the 7/10 split between Grant and Cummins at the flag stand, first zipping by Cummins, then sliding up in front of Grant at the exit of turn two to execute a two-fer to reach the runner-up spot, then began his pursuit of Courtney and the race lead.

Ten laps in, Courtney, perhaps with a glimpse of Leary lurking beside him, altered his approach by moving topside. Leary, thus, altered his gameplan in response and dove to the bottom of turn one on the 13th lap, slide jobbing his way into the lead. However, lapped traffic was now within arm's reach of the frontrunner, beginning a see-saw battle between the past two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champions for much of the remaining duration.

Courtney gathered himself up on the bottom and raced to a near-dead-heat at the line alongside Leary with 12 laps remaining. On the following lap, Jerry Coons Jr. and Colten Cottle ran two-wide at the tail end of the lead lap, boxing Courtney in on the low groove while Leary split the gap entering turn three and led the lap by two car lengths. A lap later, on the 21st go-around, the verdict was Courtney at the line by a wheel, and vice-versa with the roles reversed on the 22nd circuit with Leary staking his claim up front for the time being.

Courtney attempted to steal Leary's line at the top away in turn two with eight laps remaining as he slid up to the cushion. Leary never hesitated, kept his foot on the throttle, and ziplined through the eye of the needle to escape the clutches of Courtney as he raced downhill off turn two to retain the lead, which Leary then constructed to five car lengths by the entrance of turn three while Courtney aimed to regain traction and take another shot at Leary.

Leary appeared to be in as comfortable of a spot as he had been all race, hand-in-hand with the lead of the race until he slid up in front of Thomas Meseraull in traffic in turn two with six laps left on the board. Leary drifted to the top, then slipped a tad over the cushion, which was just enough to cause him to stumble and allow Courtney's momentum to wheelstand into the top spot. Courtney slid past Leary entering turn three to complete the process of the pass, stumbled a bit himself on the turn four exit, yet still had enough get back to the stripe a half-car length ahead of Leary.


C.J. Leary's fourth career NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week win was also the 10th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, moving him past Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg and Robbie Stanley for 49th on the all-time list.
(David Nearpass Photo)


Courtney immediately clamped down, snaring the low line away from Leary and slid himself into the first turn before rapidly ascending his advantage to nine lengths ahead of Leary. Appearing to now have the race as well within hand as it's been all night with three laps to go and with traffic now relatively cleared away, suddenly, Courtney found himself spun around backwards to a stop at the bottom of turn two, bringing an end to his bid for a first Kokomo Indiana Sprint Week victory after four other previous USAC Sprint scores.

With a three-lap shootout the only thing now standing between Leary and victory, plus the two winningest drivers with the series in Grant and Brady Bacon behind him, Leary took off at the drop of the green with might. Meanwhile, Bacon slid his way into the second spot by Grant in turn one for second.

Bacon, or anyone else for that matter, was no match for Leary in the final stanza with which he, the 2015 Kokomo track champion and now three-time USAC Sprint winner at Kokomo, cruised to a 1.254 second victory over Bacon, Grant, Robert Ballou and Chase Stockon.

Meanwhile, in Fatheadz Qualifying, Bacon embarked on another milestone in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career by recording his 36th fast qualifying time. That moved the two-time series champion past Rich Vogler on the list and into 6th all-time alongside Bryan Clauson.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 25, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.056; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.060; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.284; 4. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.298; 5. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.344; 6. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.418; 7. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-13.437; 8. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-13.452; 9. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.463; 10. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.490; 11. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.516; 12. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Burks-13.521; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.596; 14. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.624; 15. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.628; 16. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-13.668; 17. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.722; 18. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.839; 19. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-13.841; 20. Logan Hupp, 69JM, Gindling-13.918; 21. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.072; 22. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.086; 23. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-14.095; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.031; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.104; 3. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.107; 4. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.155; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.164; 6. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.288; 7. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.298; 8. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.337; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.510; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.514; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-13.632; 12. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.674; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.709; 14. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.711; 15. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-13.712; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 5, Baldwin-13.760; 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.805; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.843; 19. Scotty Weir, 22, Goodnight-13.914; 20. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.951; 21. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.974; 22. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.298; 23. Jack James, 99, James-14.485; 24. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-14.913; 25. Ben Knight, 16K, Knight-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Critter Malone, 4. Max Adams, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Chris Phillips, 9. Zack Pretorius, 10. Dustin Clark, 11. Jadon Rogers, 12. Kurt Gross. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Colten Cottle, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. Anthony D'Alessio, 7. A.J. Hopkins, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Logan Hupp, 10. Wyatt Burks, 11. Dennis Gile. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Matt Westfall, 11. Dustin Smith, 12. Jack James. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Carson Short, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Dave Darland, 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Kent Schmidt, 11. Max Guilford, 12. Chayse Hayhurst. 2:21.928

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. A.J. Hopkins, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Brayden Fox, 7. Chayse Hayhurst, 8. Anthony D'Alessio, 9. Kent Schmidt, 10. Dustin Clark, 11. Jack James, 12. Kurt Gross, 13. Zack Pretorius, 14. Max Guilford, 15. Logan Hupp, 16. Sterling Cling. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Dave Darland, 4. A.J. Hopkins, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chris Phillips, 10. Jadon Rogers, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Dustin Smith, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Wyatt Burks, 16. Travis Berryhill, 17. Dennis Gile, 18. Dakota Jackson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Brady Bacon (6), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Robert Ballou (7), 5. Chase Stockon (10), 6. Kyle Cummins (5), 7. Carson Short (1), 8. Shane Cottle (14), 9. Chris Windom (13), 10. Logan Seavey (8), 11. Chase Johnson (19), 12. Dave Darland (11), 13. A.J. Hopkins (21), 14. Tyler Courtney (3), 15. Brandon Mattox (9), 16. Thomas Meseraull (17), 17. Kevin Thomas Jr. (22), 18. Clinton Boyles (16), 19. Jadon Rogers (24), 20. Jerry Coons Jr. (20), 21. Max Adams (18), 22. Dustin Smith (23), 23. Critter Malone (15), 24. Colten Cottle (12). NT

**Ben Knight flipped during qualifying. Jadon Rogers flipped during the first heat. Logan Hupp & Sterling Cling flipped during the C-Main. Travis Berryhill flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Justin Grant, Laps 2-12 Tyler Courtney, Laps 13-20 C.J. Leary, Lap 21 Tyler Courtney, Laps 22-24 C.J. Leary, Laps 25-27 Tyler Courtney, Laps 28-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-890, 2-Brady Bacon-811, 3-Chase Stockon-781, 4-Chris Windom-775, 5-C.J. Leary-774, 6-Carson Short-712, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-689, 8-Dave Darland-590, 9-Brandon Mattox-543, 10-Logan Seavey-481.

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-146, 2-Brady Bacon-143, 3-Kyle Cummins-138, 4-Chase Stockon-136, 5-Logan Seavey-128, 6-C.J. Leary-121, 7-Carson Short-117, 8-Shane Cottle-113, 9-Thomas Meseraull-101, 10-Chris Windom-101.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-71, 2-Tanner Thorson-58, 3-Logan Seavey-54, 4-Justin Grant-49, 5-Andrew Layser-44, 6-Daison Pursley-42, 7-Chase Stockon-35, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-35, 9-Brady Bacon-33, 10-Thomas Meseraull-33.

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-20, 2-Thomas Meseraull-9, 3-Justin Grant-8, 4-Chase Johnson-8, 5-A.J. Hopkins-8, 6-Chase Stockon-7, 7-Carson Short-6, 8-Matt Westfall-6, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-5, 10-Brady Bacon-4.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 26, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Chase Stockon

KSE Racing Products / Everything Dirt Racing / The Frolic & Bar Grill Hard Charger: Chase Johnson (19th to 11th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: A.J. Hopkins

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Tyler Thomas

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Jadon Rogers

Jim Spridgeon / Rich Murray Hard Work Award: Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

 

SEAVEY LEADS ISW POINTS AFTER ROUND 1 WIN

Gas City, Indiana (July 24, 2020)………Logan Seavey captured the victory in Friday night’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Gas City I-69 Speedway, and thusly, holds the point lead for the 33rd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week series.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) owns a six-point lead over Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), who are both knotted up at 74. Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) is fourth (-9) while Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) rounds out the top-five after round 1 of 7 of ISW (-16).

Indiana Sprint Week continues with round two of the series on Saturday, July 25 at Kokomo Speedway. Advance ticket entry opens at 3pm ET with walk-up entry beginning at 4pm. Hot Laps are scheduled for a 6:30pm start.

Tickets for all Indiana Sprint Week events are available while supplies last exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Kokomo are $25 while kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece (all ages).

You can watch each and every Indiana Sprint Week event live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

2020 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:

(After Round 1 of 7)

80-Logan Seavey

74-Chase Stockon

74-Justin Grant

71-Kyle Cummins

64-Thomas Meseraull

62-Brady Bacon

58-Carson Short

57-Shane Cottle

54-Jarett Andretti

48-Chris Windom

45-Matt Westfall

45-Tyler Thomas

43-C.J. Leary

40-Brandon Mattox

36-Clinton Boyles

36-Dustin Smith

32-Kevin Thomas Jr.

31-Robert Ballou

30-Wyatt Burks

29-A.J. Hopkins

29-Dave Darland

28-Kyle Robbins

10-Anthony D'Alessio, Zack Pretorius, Charles Davis Jr., Ben Knight, Ryan Barr, Dennis Gile, Jadon Rogers, Kurt Gross, Scotty Weir, Jerry Coons Jr., Dustin Clark, Sterling Cling, Dakota Jackson, Mitchell Davis, Matt Goodnight, Max Guilford, Chayse Hayhurst, Jack James, Shane Cockrum, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Brayden Fox, Chris Phillips, Robert Bell, Max Adams, Logan Hupp & Chase Johnson

2020 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

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

Winner: Logan Seavey (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm CT, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

**All events live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 

 

WATT WINS USAC EAST COAST SPRINT DEBUT

By: Nicholas Fillman/USAC ECSC

Georgetown, Delaware (July 24, 2020)………Ryan Watt of Boyertown, PA entered the evening at the Georgetown Speedway as rookie when it came to the wild world of non-wing sprint car racing. But by the time the checkered flags fell on the nights feature event, Watt came out on top looking like a seasoned veteran.

Getting back into action following a three-week break in series action, 16 drivers entered the pit area of the Georgetown Speedway for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series second ever trip to the southern Delaware Oval. Yet again, an interesting mix of 2020 series rookies and series veterans were on hand to try and grab the feature event win.

Two very entertaining heat race events would set the field for the 25-lap feature event with series rookie Bruce Buckwalter Jr, and Bill Unglert sharing the front row.

The drop of the green would see Unglert quickly power around the outside of Buckwalter and take the lead on lap one, with Ryan Watt following in close pursuit and immediately challenging Unglert for the lead of the feature event.

A quick caution on lap three for a breaking Jonathan Swanson would bunch the field back together for an early race restart. When the green flew again Unglert remained in the power position of the field with Ryan Watt again, pressuring Unglert for the lead of the field.

On lap five, Watt would be able to maneuver himself around Unglert and take over the top position of the field. Unglert remained in second but was immediately challenged for the runner up position by Joey Biasi.

As the field approached the halfway point, an intense battle would rage for the fourth through seventh position with: Chris Allen, Billy VanInwegen, Steven Drevicki, and Kyle Spence trading positions just inside, and outside of the top five.

The caution flag again appeared on lap 12 for a slowing Bruce Buckwalter. The caution would erase the lead that Watt had established and bring the balance of the field right back to his tail tank. As the green flew, Watt would again jump back out to a comfortable lead with Unglert and Biasi going at each other for second, and the same group of Allen, VanInwegen, Drevicki, and Spence trading spots behind the lead trio.

On lap 16 Unglert made a mistake on the cushion in turns three and four and ended up over the baking in the turn. Unglert kept his foot in the gas, and while not stopping, would lose control of the second-place position, falling back to seventh.

Heartbreak would again strike within the podium runners as Joey Biasi would slow down the back stretch on lap 23 causing a caution and one final shot for the rest of the field to get by Watt.

Watt was now leading Chris Allen, Steven Drevicki from 8th, Billy VanInwegen, and Kyle Spence to the green. As the field took the green flag with just a handful remaining Allen would try to dig to the bottom of Watt in turns one and two but it simply wasn’t enough as Ryan Watt would go on to collect his first ever Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series victory in his first ever attempt.

Ryan Watt the noted modified standout has dabbled with more open wheel racing over the last few years. With many starts and solid runs with the ARDC midgets, Watt had begun venturing out with running winged sprint car events for Tim Hogue. Watt drove like a natural in his series debut, moving from eight to third in his heat race, and picking up the feature event win.

For Christopher Allen, consistency is no issue as the Old Bridge, New Jersey driver was able to collect yet another top five finish with the series. For Allen, it was a bit of “Second verse, same as the first” as Allen was the runner up finisher in last year’s feature at the Georgetown Speedway. Allen will look to grab a Georgetown checkered flag in October in the series return. However, look for the Allen team to be in victory lane before then.

Steven Drevicki would earn a hard fought third place finish in the nights 25 lap main event. With the track surface receiving a large amount of rain between Thursday and early afternoon thunderstorms Friday, the track was lightning fast and a bit hard to pass on in the heats. Drevicki finished in fourth just outside of the redraw and stared eighth in the feature event. Drevicki methodically worked his way into the top three and continued his impressive streak of not finishing outside of the top five.

An unfortunate accident at the Bridgeport Speedway, has left the Bill Gallagher 5g entry without their regular driver Tim Buckwalter for the foreseeable future in 2020. The call was made to Port Jervis, NY driver Billy VanInwegen who would make his second ever non-wing 360 start. Billy V ran an impressive second at the Orange County Fair Speedway, and after never seeing the Georgetown Speedway in person, raced his way to a top five in his second ever start.

Rounding out the top five was another driver making just his second ever series start: Kyle Spence. The Micro sprint graduate finished eighth in his first ever start at the Big Diamond Speedway, and recently won $10,000 at the Non-Wing World Championship in Peru, Indiana. Spence appeared even more comfortable on Friday, not shying away from running the treacherous cushion at the Georgetown Speedway, and mixing it up for a solid top five finish in his first trip to the speedway.

Up next the series will continue a southern trend with a pair of shows in Maryland and Virginia. The series will debut at both the Potomac Speedway and at the Winchester Speedway next Friday and Saturday. Both Potomac Speedway in Maryland, and the Winchester Speedway in Virginia, have had wingless racing in the past as the ARDC midgets used to make a yearly trip to the speedways. Friday and Saturday will again put the drivers of the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series to the test, as they venture to a track that is largely unknown to the majority of the series drivers.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 24, 2020 – Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, Delaware

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer, top-3 redraw, starting positions in brackets) 1. 71-Chris Allen Jr. [3]; 2. B1-Joey Biasi [5]; 3. 39-Ryan Watt [7]; 4. 27c-Craig Pellegrini Jr. [2]; 5. 5Q-Ryan Quackenbush [8]; 6. 5z-Zack Burd [1]; 7. 3H-Heidi Hedin [6]; 8. 117-David Swanson [4].

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer, top-3 redraw, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 5G-Billy VanInwegen Jr. [3]; 2. 33B-Bill Unglert [1]; 3. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [2]; 4. 19-Steven Drevicki [6]; 5. 17-Christian Bruno [5]; 6. 22-Kyle Spence [7]; 7. 67-Jason Cherry [4]; 8. 17J-Jonathan Swanson [8].

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Ryan Watt [4]; 2. Chris Allen Jr. [6]; 3. Steven Drevicki [8]; 4. Billy VanInwegen Jr. [5]; 5. Kyle Spence [12]; 6. Bill Unglert [2]; 7. Ryan Quackenbush [9]; 8. Craig Pellegrini Jr. [7]; 9. Christian Bruno [10]; 10. David Swanson [15]; 11. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [1]; 12. Heidi Hedin [13]; 13. Jason Cherry [14]; 14. Joey Biasi [3]; 15. Zack Burd [11]; 16. Jonathan Swanson [16].

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Bill Unglert, Laps 6-25 Ryan Watt.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-223, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-195, 3-Bill Unglert-180, 4-Joey Biasi-174, 5-Ryan Quackenbush-164, 6-Billy VanInwegen Jr.-141, 7-Christian Bruno-132, 8-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-130, 9-Jonathan Swanson-129, 10-Kyle Spence-115.

NEXT RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 31, 2020 – Potomac Speedway – Budds Creek, MD

 

 

SEAVEY LOGS GAS CITY ISW OPENER
IN EPIC DUEL WITH THOMAS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (July 24, 2020).........Friday night's introduction to the 2020 edition of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at Gas City I-69 Speedway produced one of the wildest finishes in the 33-year history of the series, punctuated by a memorable duel between Logan Seavey and Kevin Thomas Jr. that truly defined the fine line between the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Competing for nearly the entirety of the second half of the 30-lap feature side-by-side for the lead, Seavey and Thomas tangled in turn three while working their past a lapped car, sending both of the frontrunners over the turn three cushion. Thomas' car came to a stop while Seavey motored on without stopping, bent draglink and all.

Thereon, Seavey finished off the victory in a green-white-checkered battle with Chase Stockon to collect his first career ISW victory and his second in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition aboard the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Fisher Chevy.

"Happy to finally get a win," Seavey exhaled. "We finally found the balance and the confidence tonight early, and that's what I needed. We made a big mid-week decision to stick with what we have. We've been struggling all year and we're debating on getting a new racecar. I talked to the boys and I told them I was confident in the racecar we got right now. I thought we could win with this car and we finally came out and proved it tonight."

Sutter, California's Seavey started his race from the pole position, but endured an early onslaught from outside front row starter Chris Windom who slid past Seavey for the spot momentarily in turn three before Seavey cut back under to preserve the lead on the opening lap.

On the third lap, Windom biked hard atop the third turn cushion, very nearly toppling over before landing back on all fours and driving on, although it dropped him from 2nd to 10th in the running order, thus elevating Thomas to the runner-up spot with Seavey showing the way up front. It didn't take long for Thomas to track down Seavey, however, utilizing the bottom of the quarter-mile's surface while Seavey worked the middle groove.

A caution on the 13th lap involving 4th running C.J. Leary, 5th place Brady Bacon and the 7th car in the order, Tyler Thomas, at the exit of turn four, took out several prime contenders. Chase Stockon, running 6th at the time, managed to eke through the melee like a Plinko ball, putting some cosmetic damage on the rear end of his car.

The ensuing restart saw an immediate halt to the action with Windom (7th), Robert Ballou (8th) and A.J. Hopkins (12th) all getting ensnared in a turn one kerfuffle. Only Windom out of the bunch returned to competition, finishing 11th.

Once racing resumed, it became a non-stop duel between Seavey and Thomas that, in a four-lap span between laps 19 and 22, saw the pair exchange the lead four times officially at the line. The two alternated big runs on the top (Seavey) and bottom (Thomas) with neither separating themselves by much further than a single car length.

"I saw his nose basically the whole race," Seavey recalled. "I knew I really needed to get by that first lapped car but anytime I'd get close, I'd make a mistake and let KT back on a run. I felt like we were side-by-side for the whole second half of the race and I knew I just needed to get it going up top. Anytime I felt like I gained a little momentum and got an edge on him, I'd make a mistake."

Seavey took back the lead on lap 22, and at moments, was able to extend the advantage to three or four car lengths over Thomas. Despite trying the bottom in the earlier stages, Seavey decided to marry himself to the high line and knew that if he didn't make any mistakes off turn two like he did earlier in the race, he'd be golden, but it was going to take near perfection by one or the other down the stretch to capitalize on any misstep, no matter how slight it might have been.

Seavey led at the stripe on the white flag lap by a half-car length as he and Thomas approached the car of Jadon Rogers in the 19th position at the tail end of the lead lap. Rogers was glued to the bottom just as the rapidly approaching Thomas was behind him.

Exiting turn two, Thomas had one of two decisions to make - either follow Rogers into turn three or try to split to the outside in front of Seavey. Thomas chose the latter, then chaos ensued. The end result saw contact on entry between Thomas' right rear and Seavey's left front wheel, sending Thomas careening airborne over the top of the turn three cushion and Seavey spinning toward the guardrail. While Thomas stopped, Seavey miraculously kept his ride off the guardrail and continued on.

"(Thomas) got that big run off the bottom getting in," Seavey remembered. "He knew he had to slide me, and I knew I had to beat him out of four. He got across the racetrack a lot faster than I thought he would. I was trying to turn down and it was way too late by that point. I have no idea how I drove away from it. I'm not really sure how we didn't turn over or land in the pits. That's where I thought I was going."

Meanwhile, for Thomas, one of his better runs of the year ended in heartbreak as he sought his first series victory of the year.


Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured Friday night's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway.
(David Nearpass Photo)


"We had the lapped car on the bottom and my only shot was to squeeze up to the top getting into three," Thomas explained. "I got a decent run, but I don't think good enough. He got a good run too, but I couldn't really see him going down the back stretch. I tried to give room but tried to slide a little bit too. I just made contact and screwed myself."

With the contact nearly turning Thomas over amidst the cloud of dust, the red flag was displayed. By rule, once the red flag was displayed for Thomas, the 360-spin rule was no longer in effect for Seavey. Thus, Seavey was positioned back at the front of the field for the restart with two laps remaining.

"I knew my draglink was a little bent," Seavey admitted. "My steering wheel was a little sideways. I know that's just kind of a comfort thing. I knew everything was going to be fine."

Everything turned out fine for Seavey, the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, who then had to withstand the challenge of 2015 Gas City ISW winner Chase Stockon. Stockon pulled even with Seavey exiting turn two on the restart and was just a car length behind Seavey at the line on the bottom.

On the final lap, Stockon didn't quite get the drive he strove for off turn two while Seavey nailed the top to surge ahead and capture the victory by three car lengths - 0.472 sec. - over Stockon, Justin Grant, Kyle Cummins and Thomas Meseraull.

Meanwhile, the previous year's Gas City ISW winner, Shane Cottle, secured the KSE Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger of the night, finishing 7th after starting 21st.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant earned Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying honors Friday at Gas City, the 25th of his career, which moved him ahead of past series champions Gary Bettenhausen and J.J. Yeley for 16th on the all-time list.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 24, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.859; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.049; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.330; 4. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.345; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.403; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-12.438; 7. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Burks-12.456;; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.532; 9. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-12.549; 10. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-12.596; 11. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.601; 12. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-12.603; 13. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.607; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-12.647; 15. Ben Knight, 16K, Knight-12.650; 16. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-12.702; 17. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-12.773; 18. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-12.841; 19. Scotty Weir, 22, Goodnight-12.886; 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 5, Baldwin-12.906; 21. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-12.982; 22. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-13.123; 23. Jack James, 99, James-13.235; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.567.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.536; 2. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.626; 3. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-12.724; 4. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-12.752; 5. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.761; 6. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-12.766; 7. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.885, 8. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.886; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.908; 10. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-12.988; 11. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.018; 12. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-13.021; 13. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.031; 14. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.049; 15. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.082; 16. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.098; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-13.184; 18. Shane Cockrum, 77c, Wingo-13.304; 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.329; 20. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.433; 21. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.514; 22. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.613; 23. Logan Hupp, 69JM, Gindling-13.752; 24. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. A.J. Hopkins, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Wyatt Burks, 6. Ben Knight, 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Jadon Rogers, 11. Jack James, 12. Dustin Clark. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Ryan Barr, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 9. Chayse Hayhurst, 10. Kurt Gross, 11. Robert Bell, 12. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Carson Short, 6. Dakota Jackson, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Kyle Robbins, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Logan Hupp, 12. Mitchell Davis. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jarett Andretti, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Dustin Smith, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Max Adams, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Brayden Fox, 11. Max Guilford, 12. Sterling Cling. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Kyle Robbins, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Shane Cockrum, 4. Max Guilford, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Scotty Weir, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Ryan Barr, 12. Max Adams, 13. Chayse Hayhurst, 14. Logan Hupp, 15. Jack James, 16. Robert Bell, 17. Dustin Clark, 18. Kurt Gross. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Carson Short, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Wyatt Burks, 5. Kyle Robbins, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Ben Knight, 12. Charles Davis Jr., 13. Sterling Cling, 14. Zack Pretorius, 15. Max Guilford, 16. Mitchell Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Chase Stockon (4), 3. Justin Grant (10), 4. Kyle Cummins (7), 5. Thomas Meseraull (13), 6. Carson Short (12), 7. Shane Cottle (21), 8. Brady Bacon (5), 9. Jarett Andretti (8), 10. Matt Westfall (16), 11. Chris Windom (2), 12. Tyler Thomas (11), 13. C.J. Leary (6), 14. Clinton Boyles (15), 15. Brandon Mattox (18), 16. Dustin Smith (20), 17. Wyatt Burks (14), 18. Kyle Robbins (22), 19. Jadon Rogers (24), 20. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 21. Dave Darland (19), 22. Robert Ballou (9), 23. A.J. Hopkins (17), 24. Robert Bell (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Logan Seavey, Lap 19 Kevin Thomas Jr., Lap 20 Logan Seavey, Lap 21 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 22-30 Logan Seavey.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-818, 2-Brady Bacon-730, 3-Chris Windom-722, 4-Chase Stockon-719, 5-C.J. Leary-696, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-655, 7-Carson Short-653, 8-Dave Darland-549, 9-Brandon Mattox-504, 10-Logan Seavey-433.

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-80, 2-Chase Stockon-74, 3-Justin Grant-74, 4-Kyle Cummins-71, 5-Thomas Meseraull-64, 6-Brady Bacon-62, 7-Carson Short-58, 8-Shane Cottle-57, 9-Jarett Andretti-54, 10-Chris Windom-48.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-67, 2-Tanner Thorson-58, 3-Logan Seavey-54, 4-Justin Grant-48, 5-Andrew Layser-44, 6-Daison Pursley-42, 7-Jerry Coons Jr.-33, 8-Thomas Meseraull-32, 9-Cannon McIntosh-32, 10-Robert Dalby-32.

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-14, 2-Thomas Meseraull-8, 3-Justin Grant-7, 4-Carson Short-6, 5-Matt Westfall-6, 6-Dustin Smith-4, 7-Kyle Robbins-4, 8-Kyle Cummins-3, 9-Brandon Mattox-3, 10-Chase Stockon.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 25, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Jarett Andretti

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (21st to 7th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: C.J. Leary

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Dennis Gile

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Dave Darland

Jim Spridgeon / Rich Murray Hard Work Award: Kyle Robbins

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PETALUMA AUGUST 8TH

By Lance Jennings

JULY 24, 2020... On Saturday, August 8th, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will invade Petaluma Speedway for a special non-points event. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the action packed card will also showcase Dwarf Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). A live pay per view internet broadcast is available at floracing.com.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, the event at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds will pay $800-to-win, $400-for-2nd, $300-for 3rd, $250-for-4th, $200-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS: - ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. - CALIFORNIA STATE PROTOCOL CALLS FOR COMPETITORS, CREWS, OFFICIALS, AND ANYONE ON THE GROUNDS TO PRACTICE SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING, PROPER SANITIZING, AND FOLLOW LOCAL REGULATIONS REGARDING THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS. - PETALUMA COVID-19 WAIVER FORM: Petaluma Speedway has a mandatory competitor COVID-19 Waiver Form at petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver. - PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event. - PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side. - FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY. - FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY. - COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED. - 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 listed right rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also legal with the VRA Sprint Cars. - 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. - The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

To date, Petaluma Speedway has held two USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. 2018 Champion Austin Liggett topped last October’s show and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the July 29, 2017 race after setting the track record of 13.728.

When the checkered flags flew at Petaluma on October 12th, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) clinched the series championship. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino had three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led to his credit. With eight victories, Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the win list and will be looking to add Petaluma to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) finished second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one lucky 13 Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2016 Rookie of the Year has two career victories and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) ranked third in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw recorded one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and seven top-10 finishes on the season. The versatile driver will be looking for his first USAC West Coast triumph at Petaluma.

T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) ran fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the May Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers Propane Maxim, Smith had four heat race victories, one hard charger award, one lucky 13 award, seven top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led on the year. The former Santa Maria track champion will have his sights on his fifth career victory.

J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) scored fifth in the West Coast point standings and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Racing 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 to his credit. At Petaluma, defending Watsonville Ocean 360 Sprint Car Champion will be looking to claim his first USAC victory.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Austin Liggett.

 

 

BONUS CONTINGENCIES ADDED FOR INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

Speedway, Indiana (July 24, 2020)………A number of bonus awards have been added to the upcoming 33rd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week series July 24-August 1.

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 ISW will receive $500 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 – the driver who advances the most positions from his or her starting spot during the feature event. The reward will come courtesy of the Frolic Bar & Grill at Gas City and Lawrenceburg. Everything Dirt Racing will sponsor the hard charger at Kokomo, plus add an extra $100 to the hard luck award recipient at Lincoln Park. B & W Auto Mart out of Bloomington, Ind. will sponsor the $100 hard charger award for the last four events on the ISW schedule at Terre Haute, Lincoln Park, Bloomington and Tri-State.

The Jim Spridgeon/Rich Murray Hard Work Award will present $50 each night to the slowest qualifier who transfers to the feature event.

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 and Wilwood Brakes will reward the 13th place finisher each night. Roger & Barb Tapy are supplying the 13th fastest qualifier with a fresh right rear tire each night. Saldana Racing Products is 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.

AMSOIL is the title sponsor of the USAC National Sprint Car championship. NOS Energy Drink is the title sponsor of Indiana Sprint Week as well as 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 Sprint 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.

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 ninth time overall, 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, each year between 2011-16 and again in 2019. 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.

All seven ISW races will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

2020 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

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

Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm CT, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

**All events live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 

 

LAWRENCEBURG INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (July 23, 2020).........For Justin Grant, Lawrenceburg Speedway is akin to a second home of sorts.

For it was the track where Grant earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Indiana Sprint Week win on the same night eight years prior in 2012.

It's the place in which he also won with USAC in 2014 and again in the fall of 2018. And it's where he and his TOPP Motorsports team earned a triumph in the latest Indiana Sprint Week round at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in July of 2019.
"
I've had a lot of special wins here at Lawrenceburg," Grant said after his 2019 score. "I really like it. I raced down here a ton back when I was driving the 40 car for Mark Hery. It was our Saturday night venue. We raced 10-15 Saturday nights a year here for a few years. It's just a place I've always loved coming to."

Coming into that event, Grant had led just two laps in his entire ISW career, both of which came at the conclusion of that 2012 ISW race at Lawrenceburg.

Ione, California's Grant enters this Sunday's third round of 2020 NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week as the series point leader with hopes and dreams of also claiming his first career ISW crown. In addition to his two victories during ISW at Lawrenceburg, he was the fastest qualifier in his first event appearance in 2010, and was also 3rd in 2015, 4th in 2011, 6th in 2016 and 7th in 2013.

Five additional ISW Burg winners are expected to compete Sunday, including the all-time winningest driver at the track in USAC Sprint Car competition, seven-time winner Dave Darland. The Lincoln, Ind. native has finished inside the top-five in the event a remarkable 12 times with victories in 1998, 2001, 2009 & 2010, plus fast qualifying times in 2007-08-17. His two ISW Burg runner-ups came in 2007 and 2013, with a 3rd place run in 1999, 4ths in 2002-15-17 and 5ths twice on back-to-back nights in 2008.

Half the time Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) finishes in the top-ten during ISW at Lawrenceburg, it's also a top-five for the 2016 ISW champ. He won the round in 2015, finished 2nd in 2017, and was 3rd in 2007-13-18 along with a 6th in 2019, 7th in 2007 & 16 and 8th twice in 2008.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) was victorious in the 2011 ISW stop at Lawrenceburg. The 2015 ISW titlist took the runner-up spot there that same year in propelling him to the title. He scored a 5th in 2017 as one of his seven top-fives in the event along with a 6th in 2012, a 7th in 2018, a fast qualifying time and 9th in 2013 as well as another 9th in 2016.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas Jr. is the most recent driver to win three Indiana Sprint Week races in a row in 2013. Among those three was a victory at Lawrenceburg, right smack dab in the middle of that streak. Thomas, who won at The Burg last Fall in the most recent series race there, took a 2nd in the 2018 ISW round there along with a 3rd in 2017 and a 4th in 2019 among his six top-tens there.

Defending Indiana Sprint Week champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is one of four past Lawrenceburg Speedway Sprint Car track champions entered for Sunday's race thus far. Leary claimed the 2013 title there and was the victor of the 2017 ISW round there. He's finished in the top-five of the event in each of the last four years and is the only driver to do so. He was also the fastest qualifier and 3rd in 2019, 4th in 2016 and 5th in 2018.

Jarett Andretti bagged the 2016 Lawrenceburg track championship. The Mooresville, N.C. native has a pair of top-ten runs in the ISW event there, including a 7th in 2015 and a 10th in 2017.

Shawn Westerfeld (Guilford, Ind.) was the 2014 Burg track champ, and surprised the field back in 2015 with a fast qualifying run during the ISW round. Logan Hupp, of Columbus, Ind., captured the 2012 track title and is seeking his first USAC feature start since the 2015 season.

Kansas, Ill. veteran Shane Cottle, a 2020 USAC Sprint winner in Putnamville, Ind. in early July, finished a best of 2nd at Lawrenceburg's ISW race in 2005, was 3rd and 4th on consecutive nights in 2008, was 4th again in 2013 and 5th in 2007. He was 9th in 2011 and 10th in 2017 for five top-fives and a total of seven top-tens on his ISW resume at Lawrenceburg. His Hodges Motorsports No. 74x was a winner at Lawrenceburg in the fall of 2016 with driver Josh Hodges.

Chris Windom has won in both a USAC Sprint Car and Midget at Lawrenceburg. His ISW resume at Lawrenceburg is impressive but is missing that elusive win, a resume that includes five top-fives and nine top-tens. The two-time ISW champ in 2011 & 2018 from Canton, Ill. was the runner-up at The Burg in both 2011 and 2019, was 3rd in 2016 and 4th in both 2007 and 2018.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons Jr. scored a single points paying USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at Lawrenceburg in 2010. In his what serves to be his first USAC Sprint appearance since ISW 2018, he's running the entirety of 2020 ISW for Baldwin Brothers Racing, who scored last week's regular show victory at Lawrenceburg with driver Anton Hernandez behind the wheel. Baldwin won with Windom as the pilot in the Spring of 2017. Meanwhile, during ISW at Lawrenceburg, Coons has been 3rd in both 2005 on the former ¼-mile bullring and in 2011 on the now currently configurated 3/8-mile high banks in 2011. He owns a pair of 4th place runs in both 2000 and 2008 and a 7th in 2007.

Marion, Indiana's Scotty Weir has been solid in ISW at Lawrenceburg with a 4th in 2007, an 8th in 2018 and a 10th in 2008. Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) earned his first career USAC victory there in the Fall of 2012 but has just two top-tens in his ISW runs, an 8th in 2019 and a 9th in 2012. Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) was a multi-time ISW winner in 2019 at Putnamville and Haubstadt. His Burg ISW record shows an 8th in 2016 and a 9th in 2019.

ISW top-ten finishers over the years at Lawrenceburg also include Russiaville, Indiana's Dustin Smith (6th in 2002), Buckeye, Arizona's Charles Davis Jr. (6th in 2004), Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall (8th in 2004), San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull (7th in 2017) and Carson Short (5th in 2019).

Just two spots remain left to fill the field for the capper of the opening weekend of the 33rd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week series this Sunday, July 26, at Lawrenceburg Speedway.Forty-six drivers have pre-entered for the event at press time with just a couple more left to complete the 48-car field that is the standard all throughout Indiana Sprint Week in 2020. Competitor entry can be found at www.usactickets.com.

Tickets for all Indiana Sprint Week events are available while supplies last, exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Lawrenceburg are $25 while kids age 7-12 are $7 and children age 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece (all ages).

Pits open at 3pm ET. All online ticket purchasers will be allowed an early 3pm (local time) entry into the grandstand. Front gate entry is open to all customers at 4pm. Hot laps begin at 6pm with racing to immediately follow.

2020 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

Fri., July 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Sat., July 25: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Sun., July 26: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

Wed., July 29: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Thu., July 30: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Fri., July 31: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Sat., August 1: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm CT, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

**All events live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.


LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HISTORY

23 RACES, 2 RAINOUTS (1997-2019)

FEATURE WINNERS: 1997 - Brian Tyler (Contos 4c), 1998 - Dave Darland (Dynamics 69), 1999 - Jack Hewitt (Newkirk 17), 2000 - Kevin Briscoe (Briscoe 5), 2001 - Dave Darland (DeSalle 3ac), 2002 - Kevin Briscoe (Briscoe 5), 2003 - Jon Stanbrough (Hazen 57), 2004 - Jon Stanbrough (Dynamics 69), 2005 - Dickie Gaines (Roberts 21x), 2006 - Rained Out, 2007 (1) - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2007 (2) - Dave Darland (Pace 44), 2008 (1) - Jeff Bland, Jr. (Bland 21s), 2008 (2) - Brady Short (Short 36), 2009 - Dave Darland (RWB 2b), 2010 - Dave Darland (Goodnight 39), 2011 - Robert Ballou (MPHG 81), 2012 - Justin Grant (Hery 40), 2013 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star 17rw), 2014 - Rained Out, 2015 - Brady Bacon (Dynamics 69), 2016 - Bryan Clauson (Dooling/Hayward 63), 2017 - C.J. Leary (Leary 30), 2018 - Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman 7BC), 2019 - Justin Grant (TOPP 4)

MOST ISW FEATURE WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY: 5 - Dave Darland

LAWRENCEBURG ISW WINNERS WHO'VE GONE ON TO WIN THE ISW TITLE THAT YEAR: 3 - Dave Darland (1998, 2001 & 2007)

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS

1988: Randy Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.

1989: Chuck Amati/Freeman Spur, Ill.

1990: Chuck Amati/Freeman Spur, Ill. & Gary Trammell/Bloomington, Ind.

1991: Bob Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.

1992: Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.

1993: Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.

1994: Kelly Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.

1995: Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.

1996: Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.

1997: J.J. Yeley/Phoenix, Ariz.

1998: Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.

1999: Tony Elliott/Kokomo, Ind.

2000: Jay Drake/Val Verde, Calif.

2001: Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.

2002: Cory Kruseman/Ventura, Calif.

2003: J.J. Yeley/Phoenix, Ariz.

2004: Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.

2005: Cory Kruseman/Ventura, Calif.

2006: Jon Stanbrough/Avon, Ind.

2007: Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.

2008: Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.

2009: Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.

2010: Jon Stanbrough/Avon, Ind.

2011: Chris Windom/Canton, Ill.

2012: Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.

2013: Bryan Clauson/Noblesville, Ind.

2014: Bryan Clauson/Noblesville, Ind.

2015: Robert Ballou/Rocklin, Calif.

2016: Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, Okla.

2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, Ala.

2018: Chris Windom/Canton, Ill.

2019: C.J. Leary/Greenfield, Ind.

ALL-TIME INDIANA SPRINT WEEK WINS: (1988-2019)

1. (20) Dave Darland

2. (16) Jon Stanbrough

3. (12) Cory Kruseman

4. (9) J.J. Yeley

5. (7) Bryan Clauson

6. (6) Jay Drake, Danny Smith & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

9. (5) Kevin Briscoe, Tyler Courtney, Tony Elliott, Brady Short & Kevin Thomas

14. (4) Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones & Kelly Kinser

19. (3) Brady Bacon, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons, Jr., Tracy Hines, C.J. Leary & Hunter Schuerenberg

25. (2) Chuck Amati, Kevin Doty, Tim Gee, Justin Grant, Rick Hood, Bud Kaeding, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

34. (1) A.J. Anderson, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland, Jr., Chad Boat, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Cary Faas, Aaron Farney, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Tray House, Bob Kinser, Mike Mann, Brad Marvel, Mat Neely, Terry Pletch, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Carson Short, Mickey Smith, Brad Sweet, Brian Tyler & Cole Whitt

LAWRENCEBURG INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ENTRY LIST: (46 cars as of July 23)

01 ANTHONY D'ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D'Alessio Motorsports)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

2E THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5m MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Scott Adams)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

5T TYE MIHOCKO/Phoenix, AZ (Tye Mihocko)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

11AG CHASE JONES/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

11w WYATT BURKS/Topeka, KS (Burks Racing)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

13 DENNIS GILE/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing)

17 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On The Gass Racing)

17GP TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

18 JARETT ANDRETTI/Mooresville, NC (Andretti Autosport Short Track)

18x DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Todd Keen)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21B RYAN BARR/Piqua, OH (Chad & Rhonda Barr)

22 SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Goodnight 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)

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 Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

43 SABAN BIBENT/Cincinnati, OH (Barry Tibbits)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya)

56 MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis)

61m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Randy Edwards)

68 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Shawn & Cyndi Thomas)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

69JM LOGAN HUPP/Columbus, IN (Evan Gindling)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

76 J.J. HUGHES/Columbus, IN (Kim Hughes)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (LG Motorsports)

79BT MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Goodnight Racing)

89 SHAWN WESTERFELD/Guilford, IN (Bill Westerfeld)

 

 

GAS CITY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ENTRY LIST REVEALED

Gas City, Indiana (July 23, 2020)………The entry list for the 33rd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week opener from Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday, July 24, has been released.

Tickets for Friday's Gas City race, and all Indiana Sprint Week events, are available while supplies last exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Gas City are $25 while kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Pit gates open at 3pm ET at Gas City. All online ticket purchasers will be allowed an early 3pm (local time) entry into the grandstand. Front gates for all others open at 4pm. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm with racing to immediately follow.

Spectator tickets for all of the 33rd annual edition of ISW are also on sale at www.usactickets.com. ISW tickets will be sold exclusively online and there will be a limited availability based on COVID-19 criteria that is in place at each venue on the schedule for all ISW event throughout the Hoosier state. There is no guarantee of on-site ticket sales at any of the tracks if pre-determined attendance limits are met beforehand.

All seven ISW races will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

GAS CITY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ENTRY LIST: (48 Cars)

01 ANTHONY D’ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D’Alessio Motorsports)

04 A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (Jerry Burton)

1x KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross)

2E THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5m MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Scott Adams)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

6p CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

9z ZACK PRETORIUS/Fairmount, IN (Pretorius)

11w WYATT BURKS/Topeka, KS (Burks Racing)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

13 DENNIS GILE/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing)

16K BEN KNIGHT/Mooresville, IN (Tom Knight)

17 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On The Gass Racing)

17GP TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

17R KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR 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)

21B RYAN BARR/Piqua, OH (Chad & Rhonda Barr)

22 SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Goodnight Racing)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary 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 Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya)

53 BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing)

56 MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis)

57 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Paul Hazen)

61m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Randy Edwards)

68 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

69JM LOGAN HUPP/Columbus, IN (Evan Gindling)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71p CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (LG Motorsports)

77c SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Wingo Brothers Racing)

79BT MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Goodnight Racing)

99 JACK JAMES/Harlan, IN (Jack James)

 

 

KOKOMO INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (July 22, 2020).........Except for a few years in the mid-2000s, Kokomo Speedway has been a staple of the NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week schedule from day one in 1988.

Twenty-eight previous installments of ISW at the ¼-mile have taken place over the years, and this Saturday, July 25, produces the next in its legacy featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

In the most recent ISW round at Kokomo in 2019, a hard to fathom stat was put to rest with the fact that it had been eight years since Chris Windom had last won a feature event during ISW. In that time span, Windom had become a two-time USAC National champion, added another Indiana Sprint Week title to his resume in 2018 as well as multiple Eastern Storm championships all while developing into one of the top stars of his era.

However, year-after-year, Windom's ISW win record had remained stagnant despite being in contention for the victory in a multitude of races throughout that span.

That night in 2019 at Kokomo changed that narrative after he led the final 12 laps, which included a tight green-white-checkered tussle with Brady Bacon from which Windom prevailed, for his second career ISW victory and first since 2011.

Windom, the 2010 and 2018 Kokomo track champion, has a Kokomo ISW record that includes six top-fives and eight top-tens: a 2nd in 2011, 3rd in 2010 & 2014, 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2013.

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, meanwhile, owns more sprint car wins at Kokomo Speedway than any other driver. Perhaps it's no surprise he also possesses the most ISW wins at Kokomo with four dating back to 1991. He scored again in 2008, 2012 and 2014. The three-time ISW champion's first Kokomo ISW start came in that first race in 1988. He's been fast often with three fast qualifying times there during ISW in 2013-14-18, nine top-five finishes and 15 top-tens with a 2nd in 1998, 3rd in 1997-2007-2013 and a 5th in 2006.

Only two drivers have won back-to-back Kokomo ISW races, Jon Stanbrough in 2006-07 and Thomas Meseraull in 2017-18. The San Jose, California's most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph also came at Kokomo in August of 2019 during Smackdown weekend. He also had a top-ten Kokomo ISW run with a 9th in 2014.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas Jr., the 2016 Kokomo Sprint Car track champion, won the ISW round there in 2013. The 2017 ISW champion earned fast qualifier honors at Kokomo that same year and has scored three top-fives in his Kokomo ISW career to go along with seven top-tens: a 3rd in 2016 and a 5th in 2018 serving as his other two bests.

Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Ind. collected his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature win right there at Kokomo Speedway in 2016. The 2019 HARF Driver of the Year was also 4th in 2019 and 5th in 2017 during the week at Kokomo.

Four-time Kokomo Sprint Car champion Shane Cottle (2004-05-07-11) of Kansas, Ill. notched top-ten runs on four occasions during ISW at Kokomo with a 4th in 2010 as his best to go along with a 7th in 2006, 9th in 2003 and 10th in 2016.

Scotty Weir, a two-time Kokomo Sprint Car track champ himself in 2008 and 2012, had a strong run in the 2019 Kokomo ISW tilt, leading the first 19 laps of the 30-lap feature before finishing 5th. It was his best run during the event since a 4th in 2006. The Marion, Ind. driver also collected a 9th there in 2013.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons Jr., who'll pilot a Baldwin Brothers Racing machine all throughout 2020 Indiana Sprint Week, earned fast qualifying honors during the 2007 ISW round at Kokomo. The 2008 USAC National Sprint Car champ's results in the event run the gamut with a 4th in 2016, 5th in 2010, 6th in 2008, 7th in 2011, 8th in 2012, and 9th in 2009.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) nearly pulled off the ISW victory at Kokomo in 2019, finishing 2nd for his best result in the event. Bacon won his first career USAC National race of any kind at Kokomo in a midget during the 2006 season. The 2016 ISW king took a 3rd at Kokomo in 2017 and a 5th in 2016 among his best efforts in his six career Kokomo ISW top-tens.

Justin Grant, the 2017 and 2019 Kokomo track champ from Ione, Calif., was the hard charger in the 2019 Kokomo ISW race, finishing 8th after starting 18th. He was also the fastest qualifier in the rain abbreviated round in 2015. The current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader was the runner-up in 2014, 3rd in 2018, 4th in 2011 and 8th in 2019 for his four career top-tens in the event.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), another past Kokomo track champ in this year's field (2015), earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win there during Smackdown weekend of 2016. The reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion was the fastest qualifier in 2019 and finished 3rd for his best result in the event. He also booked top-ten runs of 8th in 2017, 9th in 2018 and 10th in 2014.

Interestingly, Chase Stockon and Robert Ballou each mirror each other in terms of their best finishes during ISW at Kokomo. Stockon was 2nd in 2018, 7th in 2012 and 10th in 2019. The 2015 ISW titlist, Ballou, meanwhile, finished 2nd in 2016, 7th in 2014 and 10th in 2017.

Tyler Courtney, the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, is expected to suit up for Kokomo's Indiana Sprint Week appearance this Saturday. He has four total USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature wins there in his career but is seeking his first during ISW. He finished a best of 4th in 2017 and was the fastest qualifier en route to a 7th place finish in 2016. He was 7th again in 2018 and 9th most recently in 2019.

Tyler Thomas has been tabbed as the driver of the Dutcher No. 17GP for Indiana Sprint Week. Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) snared his lone career USAC Sprint victory in 2018 at Kokomo. Earlier that same summer, he earned his best Kokomo ISW finish of 8th.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) was the runner-up in the 2017 ISW feature at Kokomo and 6th in 2019. His team, the Daigh-Phillips No. 71p, has won six USAC National Sprint Car races at Kokomo, all with Dave Darland. Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, N.C.), meanwhile, scored a best ISW finish at Kokomo in 2016, taking 8th.

Tickets for all Indiana Sprint Week events are available while supplies last exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Kokomo are $25 while kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece (all ages).


2020 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

Fri., July 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Sat., July 25: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Sun., July 26: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

Wed., July 29: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Thu., July 30: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Fri., July 31: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3:30pm ET, Walk-Up Sales: 4:30pm, Hot Laps: 6:30pm

Sat., August 1: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana
Advance Ticket Entry: 3pm CT, Walk-Up Sales: 4pm, Hot Laps: 6pm

**All events live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP

KOKOMO SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HISTORY:

28 RACES, 2 RAIN OUTS (1988-2003 & 2006-2019)

FEATURE WINNERS: 1988 - Tim Gee (Gee 88), 1989 - Danny Smith (Gohr 56), 1990 - Chuck Amati (Tate 66), 1991 - Dave Darland (Darland 36d), 1992 - Tony Elliott (Newkirk 17), 1993 - Kevin Thomas (Black 2b), 1994 - Kelly Kinser (Kinser 4k), 1995 - Mike Mann (Mann 37m), 1996 - Brad Marvel (Black 2m), 1997 - J.J. Yeley (Yeley 4j), 1998 - Tony Elliott (Vance/Walker 2), 1999 - Cory Kruseman (Ellis 21), 2000 - Jay Drake (Kunz 67), 2001 - Tony Elliott (Walker/Gratton 66), 2002 - Rained Out, 2003 - Bud Kaeding (BK 29), 2006 - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2007 - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2008 - Dave Darland (2B Racing 2b), 2009 - Chad Boat (Boat 30), 2010 - Levi Jones (Stewart 20), 2011 - Hunter Schuerenberg (Byram 35), 2012 - Dave Darland (Walker 11), 2013 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star 17rw), 2014 - Dave Darland (Phillips 71p), 2015 - Rained Out, 2016 - Kyle Cummins (Byram 3R), 2017 - Thomas Meseraull (Briscoe 5B), 2018 - Thomas Meseraull (Briscoe 5B), 2019 - Chris Windom (Parallax/Goacher 5G)

MOST FEATURE WINS AT KOKOMO SPEEDWAY: 4 - Dave Darland

KOKOMO WINNERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO WIN THE INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE THAT YEAR: 6 - Chuck Amati (1990), Kevin Thomas (1993), Kelly Kinser (1994), J.J. Yeley (1997), Jay Drake (2000) & Jon Stanbrough (2006)

2020 NOS ENERGY DRINK 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

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS

1988 Randy Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.

1989 Chuck Amati/Freeman Spur, Ill.

1990 Chuck Amati/Freeman Spur, Ill. & Gary Trammell/Bloomington, Ind.

1991 Bob Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.

1992 Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.

1993 Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.

1994 Kelly Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.

1995 Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.

1996 Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.

1997 J.J. Yeley/Phoenix, Ariz.

1998 Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.

1999 Tony Elliott/Kokomo, Ind.

2000 Jay Drake/Val Verde, Calif.

2001 Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.

2002 Cory Kruseman/Ventura, Calif.

2003 J.J. Yeley/Phoenix, Ariz.

2004 Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.

2005 Cory Kruseman/Ventura, Calif.

2006 Jon Stanbrough/Avon, Ind.

2007 Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.

2008 Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.

2009 Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.

2010 Jon Stanbrough/Avon, Ind.

2011 Chris Windom/Canton, Ill.

2012 Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.

2013 Bryan Clauson/Noblesville, Ind.

2014 Bryan Clauson/Noblesville, Ind.

2015 Robert Ballou/Rocklin, Calif.

2016 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, Okla.

2017 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, Ala.

2018 Chris Windom/Canton, Ill.

2019 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, Ind.


ALL-TIME INDIANA SPRINT WEEK WINS: (1988-2019)

1. (20) Dave Darland

2. (16) Jon Stanbrough

3. (12) Cory Kruseman

4. (9) J.J. Yeley

5. (7) Bryan Clauson

6. (6) Jay Drake, Danny Smith & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

9. (5) Kevin Briscoe, Tyler Courtney, Tony Elliott, Brady Short & Kevin Thomas

14. (4) Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones & Kelly Kinser

19. (3) Brady Bacon, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons, Jr., Tracy Hines, C.J. Leary & Hunter Schuerenberg

25. (2) Chuck Amati, Kevin Doty, Tim Gee, Justin Grant, Rick Hood, Bud Kaeding, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

34. (1) A.J. Anderson, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland, Jr., Chad Boat, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Cary Faas, Aaron Farney, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Tray House, Bob Kinser, Mike Mann, Brad Marvel, Mat Neely, Terry Pletch, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Carson Short, Mickey Smith, Brad Sweet, Brian Tyler & Cole Whitt

 

 

THORSON THUNDERS
TO TUESDAY NIGHT TRIUMPH AT RED DIRT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma (July 21, 2020).........Tanner Thorson faced a strikingly familiar scenario during Tuesday Night Thunder at Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway.

On Sunday at Caney Valley Speedway in Kansas, a caution with four laps remaining saw Tyler Courtney positioned directly behind Thorson for a late-race restart. The end result had Courtney sliding past Thorson for the lead and the eventual win, while a disgruntled Thorson fell to a 15th place finish after spinning to a stop as he tried to challenge Courtney for the lead.

On Tuesday night's Mid-America Midget Week finale, though the scene began in the same manner, Thorson made sure his ultimate fate was going to play out differently, this time in his favor.

This time, a late caution stifled Thorson's near five-second advantage with just three laps remaining. By rule, lapped cars were moved to the tail, and that put, yet again, Courtney, right on his rear bumper for the final restart.

As it turned out, Thorson had to endure three shots at a final restart due to a succession of yellows that halted his quest. On the third and final try, which went clean and green, Thorson wasn't to be denied on this night, ridding himself of the recent plague of unfavorable fortune to win by 0.598 of a second for the 17th victory of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, tying him with Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley for 38th all-time.

The reversal of fortunes was a welcome change for the 2016 series champion from Minden, Nev. who had finished outside the top-12 in two of his past three starts. Yet, despite a mid-stream change in approach during the night, it was back to normal for Thorson, who earned his fourth feature victory of the year, equaling him with Kyle Larson for most in the series.

"Racing is a headgame in itself. It's about whoever can stay out of their own heads the most in the car and in the pits. We all know in this sport, you can't win every night," Thorson reiterated. "We've definitely had one of the fastest, if not the fastest car every night (this week). The last few nights, I've just been second guessing myself as far as setup. I second guessed myself to start tonight. I changed a little bit of the spring package I was running; it wasn't working. Then, I got off the coils and went to bars in the rear and I realized why I switched to coils and why I'm going to stay on coils."

Thorson began his 30-lap race from the pole and led the opening two circuits just before 16th running Kaylee Bryson flipped hard over the banking in between turns one and two. She was shaken up a bit but ultimately exited the car under her own power.

On the ensuing restart, Windom took a run at Thorson for the race lead with a slider in turn three. Thorson ducked back underneath off turn four to snag the lead. However, the driver who was most "on the charge" in the early stages was Cannon McIntosh who used the bottom groove to race past both Windom and Thorson to lead at the stripe on the fourth lap.

Thorson regained the lead from McIntosh a lap later and continuously stretched his lead out over the competition throughout the remainder of the contest. Meanwhile, a tussle behind him waged as Windom and McIntosh exchanged sliders, allowing fourth-place Courtney to gain ground on both, rolling the bottom to make it three-wide at the line on lap 10.

Through the middle stages, leading series Rookie Buddy Kofoid made a surge toward the front all while the numerals on the left side of his car's tail tank were flapping in the breeze, passing Courtney for third on the 18th lap, then by Windom with an inside move on the following lap for second.

With 11 laps left to go, Windom, Courtney and Kofoid ran bottom to top, three-wide for the runner-up position. Windom slid past Kofoid entering turn three; Kofoid biked the left rear on the cushion simultaneously and the two locked together briefly above the turn four cushion with Kofoid's front bumper interlocked with Windom's left nerf bar.

Courtney promptly sped underneath both to grab second while fifth-running McIntosh plowed into the left front of Windom's car, knocking Windom's car straight and sending McIntosh's ride airborne before landing on all fours and continuing onward with a slightly askew right front wheel while dropping to seventh at the checkered.

Now the race was a simple cat and mouse chase between Thorson and Courtney. However, Thorson was serving as the ultimate hide-and-seek champion for the time being with him being out of sight and more than a straightaway ahead of Courtney as he navigated traffic in the closing stages.

Only a caution could disrupt Thorson's yellow brick road path to a stress-free, dominant triumph. And that radiant yellow piece of cloth became visible just three laps from the end when sixth running Tanner Carrick stopped on the back straightaway, forcing his car to be towed back to the pits.

"When that yellow came out, I was like 'oh great, here we go again,'" Thorson admitted. "Sunday night, I had a good little lead. We had a bunch of yellows there at the end of that race that cost me. I got in too hard and looped it. I just talked to myself a little bit trying to amp myself up and try not to lose what I had going because I knew I had such a fast racecar."

The first attempt at a restart saw Courtney briefly slide ahead of Thorson between turns one and two before Thorson shot down off the high side of the turn two banking to re-snag the lead. Moments later, Trey Gropp, running 15th at the time, slowed on the front straight to necessitate a yellow. The following restart too was thwarted after a single lap when 11th running Sam Johnson jumped the curb and landed outside turns one and two on the adjacent go-kart track.


Thorson wasn't to be denied on this night, ridding himself of the recent plague of unfavorable fortune to win by 0.598 of a second for the 17th victory of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, tying him with Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley for 38th all-time.
(Rich Forman Photos)


Thorson anticipated Courtney was going to throw the kitchen sink, the kit and kaboodle, and everything else at him on each restart, so he altered his starts to throw a figurative banana peel into the equation.

"I knew Courtney was going to the bottom or slide me or do something," Thorson predicted. "I tried to screw my starts up a little bit and kind of get the guys off their feet a little bit to get the advantage that I had before, and it worked. Then I saw Tyler (Courtney) there at the bottom on the first restart. The second restart, he went back again, and I knew from running up there early in the race that momentum was going to be the key there at the exit of turn two. I just kept it up there and thought about sliding myself a bunch, but I knew I'd lose ground. I just kept doing what I was doing, and it paid off."

Paid off it did as Thorson distanced himself from Courtney in the final two-lap shootout, launching himself around on the top shelf of two to race on to the victory in his Hayward Motorsports/Oilfire - Factory Kahne - Walker Filtration/Spike/Stanton SR-11x over Courtney and a hard-charging Jerry Coons Jr. who rolled the bottom to third. Kofoid took fourth while series point leader Chris Windom rounded out the top-five utilizing a backup car following mechanical troubles with his primary during hot laps.

In Fatheadz Qualifying, Jenks, Oklahoma's Kyle Wilson, making his USAC debut, biked in turn three and flipped over the turn four wall. He continued flipping end-over-end after exiting the racetrack before landing in a pile of brush. He was uninjured.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2020 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Tuesday Night Thunder - Mid-America Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.108 (New Track Record); 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.168; 3. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.189; 4. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.197; 5. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.239; 6. Steven Shebester, 22x, Williams-13.288; 7. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.292; 8. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.293; 9. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-13.320; 10. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.351; 11. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-13.403; 12. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-13.431; 13. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.439; 14. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.450; 15. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-13.548; 16. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-13.556; 17. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Reynolds-13.610; 18. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-13.645; 19. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-13.656; 20. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-13.656; 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-13.684; 22. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.732; 23. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.781; 24. Noah Gass, 08, Dave Mac-13.820; 25. Mike Goodman, 11G, Jenkins/Gariss-13.883; 26. Austin Wood, 27, Wood-13.989; 27. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-14.248; 28. Dustin Dixon, 7x, Gariss-14.357; 29. Cade Cowles, 70, Gariss-14.438; 30. Cole Scott, 2s, Scott-14.532; 31. Zac Millikin, 3, Hunt-14.730; 32. Kyle Wilson, 07, Gariss-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Emilio Hoover, 7. Mike Goodman, 8. Cade Cowles. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Cole Bodine, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Steven Shebester, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Austin Wood, 8. Cole Scott. 1:49.816

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jonathan Beason, 4. Trey Gropp, 5. Shannon McQueen, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Zac Millikin, 8. Curtis Spicer. 1:49.580 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Ace McCarthy, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Noah Gass, 6. Chance Morton, 7. Dustin Dixon. 1:51.380

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Steven Shebester, 5. Shannon McQueen, 6. Chance Morton, 7. Emilio Hoover, 8. Cade Cowles, 9. Curtis Spicer, 10. Dustin Dixon, 11. Zac Millikin, 12. Austin Wood, 13. Noah Gass, 14. Cole Scott. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 4. Buddy Kofoid (5), 5. Chris Windom (3), 6. Emerson Axsom (11), 7. Cannon McIntosh (4), 8. Jonathan Beason (18), 9. Tyler Thomas (9), 10. Andrew Layser (10), 11. Robert Dalby (20), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ethan Mitchell (2), 14. Sam Johnson (7), 15. Cole Bodine (17), 16. Tanner Carrick (15), 17. Trey Gropp (14), 18. Steven Shebester (12), 19. Shannon McQueen (22), 20. Chance Morton (21), 21. Kaylee Bryson (16), 22. Ace McCarthy (19). NT

**Kyle Wilson flipped over the turn 4 wall during qualifying. Kaylee Bryson flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Tanner Thorson, Lap 4 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 5-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,035, 2-Tyler Courtney-928, 3-Buddy Kofoid-919, 4-Tanner Thorson-906, 5-Cannon McIntosh-809, 6-Tanner Carrick-713, 7-Daison Pursley-677, 8-Cole Bodine-629, 9-Andrew Layser-598, 10-Justin Grant-489.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-67, 2-Tanner Thorson-58, 3-Logan Seavey-54, 4-Andrew Layser-44, 5-Daison Pursley-41, 6-Justin Grant-41, 7-Jerry Coons Jr.-33, 8-Cannon McIntosh-32, 9-Robert Dalby-32, 10-Tanner Carrick-31.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 4, 2020 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval - Eastern Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jerry Coons Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tyler Thomas

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Sam Johnson

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Andrew Layser

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Emilio Hoover

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Jonathan Beason (18th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ethan Mitchell

 

 

GAS CITY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (July 20, 2020).........In 2019, no longer did Shane Cottle have to answer the question of when his day would come during NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

It took 72 ISW feature starts for the Kansas, Ill. native to get his long-awaited breakthrough, and the way it all unfolded in the opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway was one that is not forgotten.

Starting 18th, Cottle picked his way through the field and positioned himself second with five laps remaining. Cottle worked the bottom as Leary operated up top and, on the final corner of the lap, Cottle surged ahead to beat Leary to the stripe for the win in one of the closest finishes in USAC racing history.

A glance at the timing showed Leary on top of the leaderboard as Cottle celebrated his triumph in victory lane. However, the transponder on the rear bumper of Leary's car crossed the timing loop prior to the transponder on the tail of Cottle's car, positioning Leary in front of Cottle on timing.

However, per USAC rule Part VI 9.4.C, a car will be officially credited with a lap only when its front wheels cross the start/finish line after completing one entire circuit of the course. The USAC chief scorer and race director unanimously agreed that Cottle's front wheels crossed the start/finish line before Leary's.

As far as finishes go, that's about as good as it gets. Once again, for the ninth time overall, Gas City I-69 Speedway will host the Indiana Sprint Week opener on Friday, July 24. The quarter mile dirt oval has previously hosted the ISW opener in 2002 and each year between 2011-16, then again in 2019.

Cottle, a two-time track champion at Gas City in 2004 and 2009, has already won once in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition in his new pairing with Hodges Motorsports, taking the Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 3 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville. At Gas City, Cottle is always a threat. He's won heat races in 2006-08-09-11-12-16 and has finished inside the top-ten on ten occasions, and inside the top-five six times: 1st (2019), 2nd (2013), 4th (2016) and 5th (2008-11-12).

Defending Indiana Sprint Week champion C.J. Leary captured the first of his three career wins in ISW at Gas City in 2017. The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ led 29 of the 30 laps of the feature at Gas City last summer, missing out on the victory by centimeters at the line to Cottle.

Dave Darland, the winningest driver in Indiana Sprint Week history with 20 victories, has four heat race wins during ISW at Gas City in 2002-03-08-09 and was fast qualifier twice in 2013-14. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer won the round in 2011, was 4th in both 2006 and 2012, and took 5th in 2013.

USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr. will drive the Baldwin Brothers No. 5 throughout the entirety of 2020 Indiana Sprint Week. At Gas City ISW, Coons was the fastest qualifier in 2011, won heat races in 2008-09-10-14 and has finished inside the top-ten seven times with a best of 3rd in 2015.

Ironman Chase Stockon was victorious during ISW at Gas City in 2015, one of his five top-tens at the track during the hectic week of racing. The Fort Branch, Ind. native was the fastest qualifier in 2017, and also finished 10th in 2012, 9th in 2017, 8th in 2013, 5th in 2014, and captured a heat race victory in 2016.

Chris Windom, the 2011 and 2017 Indiana Sprint Week champion, won Gas City ISW heats in 2008 and 2010, and has been a stalwart at the front of the field for more than a decade. Windom (Canton, Ill.) owns eight top-tens and five top-fives there during ISW, including 3rd place results in 2014-16-17-19 and was the runner-up in 2011.

Current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant won heat races at Gas City ISW in his first appearance in 2010 as well as in 2015, while earning best finishes of 2nd in 2014, 8th in 2017 and 10th in 2019. The Ione, Californian won the Indiana Midget Week round at Gas City in 2019.

Marion, Indiana's Scotty Weir was the 2013 track champion at Gas City, and over the years, he's showed a penchant for producing results. His first and only USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win came in 2016 at GC. During ISW, he's been a steady citizen with a fast qualifying time in 2008 and a heat win in 2019, plus six top-ten finishes, including a best of 3rd (2009), as well a 4th (2007) and a 5th (2010).

Brady Bacon, the 2016 Indiana Sprint Week king, has six top-ten feature finishes during ISW at Gas City with a best of 4th in 2019, while also gathering 5th place results thrice (2007-16-17), a 6th (2014), plus a heat victory in 2015 to go along with a 9th place finish in the final tally.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) was the king of Gas City in a sprint car during the 2019 campaign, winning on the regular en route to the season championship. During ISW at Gas City, Meseraull has won heat races in both 2011 and 2015 but is looking to produce his first career top-ten in the ISW series at the track since a 7th in 2017.

The Indiana Sprint Week champ of 2015, Robert Ballou possesses four career top-tens at Gas City with a 2nd in 2017 serving as the best run. The Rocklin, Calif. driver, who was also the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist, was 3rd at GC ISW in 2011, 4th in 2015 and 8th in 2016, with heat scores in 2012-14-17 as he prepares for his first ISW run since 2018.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas Jr., likewise, an ISW champ in 2017, scored 5th place feature finishes in both 2015 and 2019, where he also scored a heat race victory as he did as well in 2012. He has a 9th place finish there to his credit as well back in 2013.

Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown, Ind.) and Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) return for Gas City after 7th and 8th place results in 2019 at Gas City. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), meanwhile, won a heat race at Gas City ISW in 2007. Just last Friday, he was the victor at GC in the 25-lap weekly sprint car program.

Tickets for Friday's Gas City race, and all Indiana Sprint Week events, are available while supplies last exclusively at www.usactickets.com. Adult general admission tickets for Gas City are $25 while kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Pit gates open at 3pm ET at Gas City. All online ticket purchasers will be allowed an early 3pm (local time) entry into the grandstand. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm with racing to immediately follow.

Competitor entry for all seven events throughout 2020 NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week will open Wednesday night, July 22, at 8pm ET exclusively on www.usactickets.com.

The field will be limited to 48 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at each event during ISW, July 24 through August 1. Walk-up entries will not be permitted. All entries must be made prior to the event, which will remain open until all 48 slots are filled. Please note that the purchase of an entry fee does not include a pit pass for admittance into the pit area.

Spectator tickets for the 33rd annual edition of ISW are also on sale at www.usactickets.com. ISW tickets will be sold exclusively online and there will be a limited availability based on COVID-19 criteria that is in place at each venue on the schedule for all ISW event throughout the Hoosier state. There is no guarantee of on-site ticket sales at any of the tracks if pre-determined attendance limits are met beforehand.

If you have any questions regarding entry to each ISW event, please email Kirk Spridgeon at kirk@usacnation.com.

All seven ISW races will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.


GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HISTORY:

17 RACES, 1 RAINOUT (2002-2019)

FEATURE WINNERS: 2002 - Cory Kruseman (Kunz 67), 2003 - J.J. Yeley (Stewart 20), 2004 - Rained Out, 2005 - Cory Kruseman (Kunz 67), 2006 - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2007 (1) - Daron Clayton (Dynamics 69), 2007 (2) - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2008 - Cole Whitt (Kunz 67k), 2009 - Levi Jones (Stewart 20), 2010 - Jon Stanbrough (Fox 53), 2011 - Dave Darland (Roberts/Tate 21x), 2012 - Bryan Clauson (Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian 7), 2013 - Jon Stanbrough (Wade 66), 2014 - Jon Stanbrough (Dutcher 37rw), 2015 - Chase Stockon (32 TBI 32), 2016 - Tyler Courtney (TOPP 23c), 2017 - C.J. Leary (Leary 30), 2019 - Shane Cottle (Epperson 2)

MOST ISW FEATURE WINS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY: 5 - Jon Stanbrough

RACE WINNERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO WIN THE INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE THAT YEAR: 6 - Cory Kruseman (2002 & 2005), J.J. Yeley (2003), Jon Stanbrough (2006 & 2010) & Levi Jones (2009)


2020 NOS ENERGY DRINK 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


INDIANA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS
1988 Randy Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.
1989 Chuck Amati/Freeman Spur, Ill.
1990 Chuck Amati/Freeman Spur, Ill. & Gary Trammell/Bloomington, Ind.
1991 Bob Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.
1992 Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.
1993 Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.
1994 Kelly Kinser/Bloomington, Ind.
1995 Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.
1996 Kevin Thomas/Danville, Ind.
1997 J.J. Yeley/Phoenix, Ariz.
1998 Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.
1999 Tony Elliott/Kokomo, Ind.
2000 Jay Drake/Val Verde, Calif.
2001 Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.
2002 Cory Kruseman/Ventura, Calif.
2003 J.J. Yeley/Phoenix, Ariz.
2004 Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.
2005 Cory Kruseman/Ventura, Calif.
2006 Jon Stanbrough/Avon, Ind.
2007 Dave Darland/Lincoln, Ind.
2008 Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.
2009 Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.
2010 Jon Stanbrough/Avon, Ind.
2011 Chris Windom/Canton, Ill.
2012 Levi Jones/Olney, Ill.
2013 Bryan Clauson/Noblesville, Ind.
2014 Bryan Clauson/Noblesville, Ind.
2015 Robert Ballou/Rocklin, Calif.
2016 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, Okla.
2017 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, Ala.
2018 Chris Windom/Canton, Ill.
2019 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, Ind.

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK COMPETITOR ENTRY
OPENS WEDNESDAY AT 8PM ET

Speedway, Indiana (July 20, 2020).........Competitor entry for all seven events throughout 2020 NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week will open Wednesday night, July 22, at 8pm ET exclusively on www.usactickets.com.

The field will be limited to 48 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at each event during ISW, July 24 through August 1. Walk-up entries will not be permitted. All entries must be made prior to the event, which will remain open until all 48 slots are filled. Please note that the purchase of an entry fee does not include a pit pass for admittance into the pit area.

Spectator tickets for the 33rd annual edition of ISW are also on sale at www.usactickets.com. ISW tickets will be sold exclusively online and there will be a limited availability based on COVID-19 criteria that is in place at each venue on the schedule for all ISW event throughout the Hoosier state. There is no guarantee of on-site ticket sales at any of the tracks if pre-determined attendance limits are met beforehand.

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

If you have any questions regarding entry to each ISW event, please email Kirk Spridgeon at kirk@usacnation.com.

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.

All seven ISW races will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

2020 NOS ENERGY DRINK 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

 

 

BRYSON’S 3RD PLACE RUN HAS HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Caney, Kansas (July 20, 2020)………USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driver Kaylee Bryson earned a career-best 3rd place finish at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas on Sunday night as she continues to impress during her Rookie campaign with the series.

In now 10 career starts for the Muskogee, Okla. driver aboard the Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/JBL Audio – Mobil 1 – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, Bryson has recorded three top-ten finishes, a 10th at Gas City, a 7th at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Midget Week, then led the opening lap and finished 3rd at Caney Valley, which has some historical significance with the series.

Bryson became just the fourth female driver to record a top-five finish in a dirt USAC National Midget feature event. She joins the late Jeri Rice, Sarah McCune and Holly Shelton as the only ones to accomplish the feat.

Tucson, Arizona’s Rice recorded a 5th place finish at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway on Aug. 2, 1988 and Perrysburg, Ohio’s Sarah McCune was a 5th place finisher at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on June 4, 2003. Shelton raced to a pair of 3rd place results in 2017 at both Lawrenceburg Speedway during Indiana Midget Week on June 10 and at the Chad McDaniel Memorial at Solomon Valley Speedway in Kansas on August 2.

Other top-fives earned by ladies throughout the history of USAC National Midget racing that occurred on pavement include Zionsville’s Bev Griffis, who finished 3rd at Winchester on April 7, 1991, and Westfield, Indiana’s Stephanie Mockler - the only other female driver besides McCune and Shelton to score multiple top-fives in USAC National Midget competition – who took a 3rd at Indianapolis Raceway Park on May 27, 2006 and a 5th at Toledo (OH) Speedway on July 6, 2007. Taylor Ferns from Shelby Township, Michigan, took 5th at Fountain, Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Raceway on June 29, 2013

No female has ever won a USAC National Midget, National Sprint Car or Silver Crown feature. The best ever finish for a woman in a USAC National event was a 2nd, earned by McCune at a midget race at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sept. 19, 1999.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget continue on the Mid-America Midget Week trail this Tuesday, July 21, at Red Dirt Raceway in Bryson’s home state of Oklahoma, and her confidence moving forward is telling.

“I think seat time has a big role in it,” Bryson said. “I’m really looking for that win. I’m wanting to win so bad. I’m getting podiums and I think a win will come soon.”

At Red Dirt, the gates open at 5pm CT with qualifying at 7pm and racing to immediately follow. The NOW600 Non-Wing Micros are also on the event card.

Tickets are on sale at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1198638&store=17687. 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.

 

 

COURTNEY BACKS IT UP WITH 2ND STRAIGHT WIN
IN CANEY VALLEY DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Caney, Kansas (July 19, 2020).........When it rains, it pours. Sometimes that old idiom may involve negative characteristics, but there's also the positive side of the phrase that Tyler Courtney has experienced of late, a far cry from the former which consumed him prior to his back-to-back USAC NOS Energy National Midget victories.

The latest came Sunday night in the series debut at Caney Valley Speedway in Kansas where the Indianapolis, Ind. racer nearly parked it on two separate occasions early before regathering, dusting himself off and trying again to roar back through the pack with a winning pass of Tanner Thorson four laps from the finish to score his third series victory of the year aboard his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

Courtney admitted they had him in the first half, he wasn't going to lie. But the second half of the 30-lapper was all his as he snared his second victory in as many nights, and the 16th of his career to move to 40th all-time past Don Branson and 1973 USAC National Midget champ Larry Rice.

Courtney's consecutive victories are a welcome reprieve from two-straight finishes of 21st or worse that lingered itself into the beginning of Mid-American Midget Week. Now he finds himself and his team back in championship form that won them a series title one season ago.

"This sport is probably the most humbling of any sport you could possibly do," Courtney said. "You have the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and you have to ride those highs as long as you can and hopefully not let the lows get you down too badly."

Courtney started third while series Rookie Kaylee Bryson led the opening lap after dicing it up with Thorson off turn four to head the field on lap one. Thorson ducked under Bryson on the bottom of the first turn to secure the lead where he'd remain for much of the duration.

On multiple occasions, Courtney found himself completely sideways between turns one and two, nearly coming to a stop during both instances before continuing onward, but not before dropping like a stone to the latter half of the top-ten running order, giving him little hope that a victory was still in the cards.

"I thought we were done about lap 10 of that race," Courtney professed. "I just couldn't quite get through (turn) one there. Every time I thought I'd do something right, it ended up being the wrong move. Unfortunate for those guys (who contacted his half-spinning car) but it helped me with a couple of guys there to straighten me out. I finally just started slowing down and hitting the bottom of one and two instead of trying to carry my momentum through. That ended up paying huge dividends at the end of the race. I was about the only guy who started doing it and I was able to get a good run off two and down into three and four to slide those guys and put ourselves in a good spot to win that race."

As Courtney found just a little bit of variation on his line than everybody else, Thorson incrementally elongated his lead over Buddy Kofoid in second place throughout the early stages of the second half. Kofoid, the leading series Rookie in the 22-car field, took a run at Thorson for supremacy on a restart with 11 laps remaining. However, Thorson was able to thwart the challenge of Kofoid, who slipped back, while Courtney scooted to second past Kofoid on the 22nd lap.

On a lap 24 restart following a Daison Pursley turn four spin, the top-three of Thorson high, Courtney middle and Kofoid low became entrenched in a three-wide tussle for position in turn four from which Thorson emerged retaining the lead with Courtney and Kofoid slotted just behind.

One lap later, Courtney took his uppercut to Thorson with a turn three slider, ripping past for the lead momentarily as Thorson darted back underneath at the exit of four, with the two banging wheels, which sent Courtney briefly squirrely as both continued onward without too much detriment. Moments later, at the exit of two, Thorson slid up off the bottom all on his own, allowing Courtney to sprint by underneath. However, it was all for naught as Tyler Thomas spun in turn two to bring out the yellow.

Courtney brought his hard hat and went straight back to work on the resumption of lap 27, recreating the same turn three slider he made just before the yellow. This time, the move stuck, with Courtney snagging the lead from Thorson who followed the procession into turn one behind Courtney but got sideways on entry and was plowed into by the next three cars in line driven by Tanner Carrick, Kofoid and Fatheadz Fast Qualifier Cannon McIntosh, running 3rd, 4th and 5th at the time, all of whom stopped.

 

 

COURTNEY COMES BACK WITH AUTHORITY
TO WIN AT JEFFERSON COUNTY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 18, 2020).........After 21st and 22nd place finishes in his two most recent USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget outings, Tyler Courtney simply wasn't going to be stopped Saturday night at Jefferson County Speedway.

Literally, he was unable to stop as he drove through victory lane without the aid of brakes.

A late caution following a 35-lap green flag run around the 1/5-mile dirt oval, however, nearly thwarted the team's resilient effort as he withstood a hailstorm of challenges from Buddy Kofoid, then a hard-charging Emerson Axsom, during the final laps to become the first multi-time victor of the Riverside Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation.

In becoming a winner of the event in back-to-back years at Jefferson County after notching victory on the final night of the 2019 event, Courtney scored his 15th career series win, tying himself with Don Branson and Larry Rice for 47th all-time.

For Courtney, whose run of luck in the midget of late included flipping while leading in the Indiana Midget Week finale in June at Kokomo as well as an early race wheel hop 24 hours prior at Jefferson County that derailed his evening early on in Friday night's feature, he felt as if this was time to prove a point that are still a force to behold.

Simply put, Courtney felt he and his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x needed this one.

"Not only for myself but as a team, I feel like we needed this to get our mojo back, so to speak," Courtney said. "We've just been struggling. All Indiana Midget Week, we just didn't have any speed. Then, we were leading at Kokomo and had an unfortunate end to our night there. Last night, we made it two laps in the feature before something else happened. Tonight, starting on the pole, we were in a good spot. I feel like we capitalized on that. It's been trying for sure, but that's what this sport is all about. It's not always roses, but you try to make the most out of every night you can."

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., made the most of the night early on as he initially rode the low line to lead lap one before outside front row starter Kofoid crossed over at the stripe and tried to slide by Courtney, now on the top side, into turn one, to no avail, before falling back into line behind Courtney on the high line.

The top-two of Courtney and Kofoid separated themselves from the rest of the field before immersing themselves into traffic by the 10th lap. Courtney expertly executed through traffic as he kept Kofoid at bay through the mid-stages of the 40-lapper.

Kofoid began to dip low to the bottom of turns three and four as he scoured the surface for an avenue past Courtney. Courtney, meanwhile, was in the midst of trying to slide lapped traffic. That briefly bogged down his momentum exiting turns two and four, thus allowing Kofoid a chance to pulley himself back into contention by taking a run at the reigning series champion in turn one on the 25th lap, which came up short of the mark.

Despite the miss, Kofoid simply wouldn't let Courtney escape, and with 11 laps to go, Kofoid was once again able to pull even with Courtney at the exit of turn four, putting him in a position to capitalize on any potential misstep Courtney was to encounter in the forthcoming laps.

Less than a half lap later, at the exit of turn two, Courtney snagged a piece of the turn two cushion as he slid past Ethan Mitchell to put him a lap down. Kofoid closed the gap to Courtney on the back straightaway and appeared to be setting up Courtney for the slide job in turn three, but the bottom lane was occupied by Mitchell, thus forcing Kofoid to drift back behind Courtney on the high line and negating a possible golden nugget of an opportunity.

Courtney then ably gapped Kofoid as he separated himself once again by more than a second with the aid of traffic. However, with five laps remaining, seventh-running Tyler Thomas coasted to a stop over the top of the turn two banking with smoke and a little bit of flame coming from the Oklahoma driver's ride, necessitating a yellow following a lengthy 35-lap caution free run.

"I like racing in lapped traffic," Courtney admitted. "I feel like I have a little bit of an edge on some guys there. I messed up a couple times, but overall I knew if we could stay in lapped traffic, it would bode better for me rather than if we went yellow because you never know what's going to happen on the restart. Restarts get chaotic, especially when you lose your brakes, it gets a little nerve wracking."

All race long, the expected showdown for the win was presumed to be undertaken by Courtney and Kofoid. However, Axsom, making just his third career series start, quietly minded his own Ps and Qs on the bottom as he restarted fourth on the lap 36 restart. Axsom quickly disposed of Windom for third off turn two, then as Kofoid slid by Courtney for the number one spot in turns three and four, Axsom rolled the bottom on his own path to the lead by a nose with Courtney in the middle and Kofoid up top, three-wide at the line.

Courtney slid past Kofoid into turn one, then moments later, Kofoid skipped along the curb of turn two and dropped to fifth and out of contention, leaving the race for the lead now as a mono y mono duel between Axsom on the bottom and Courtney up top.

"I knew Buddy was going to be coming there on the restart," Courtney recalled. "He slid me, I got back by him, then all of a sudden, there's a guy on the bottom and I couldn't really see who it was. I thought it was (Tanner) Thorson, but it ended up being Emerson there at the end. When I looked up (at the turn one scoreboard) and saw the 15, I thought, 'well, that's not what I was expecting.'"


Tyler Courtney's second USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win of 2020 was the 15th of his career, tying him with Don Branson and Larry Rice for 47th all-time.
(Rich Forman Photo)


Axsom's magnificent drive around the infield tires continued with four to go as tripped the scoring loop two car lengths ahead of Courtney at the line with Thorson now joining the fray just a couple steps behind Axsom on the bottom. Courtney knew his precision on the rail had to be as close to absolutely perfect during the last three lap stretch in order for him to win the deal, as it has to be when taking the long road home.

"I felt like I was getting through one and two pretty good," Courtney said. "Three and four, I was kind of struggling a little bit. I knew I could get through one and two, but just had to maintain over there in three and four and I did. Luckily, we got to the finish line first. It's still nerve wracking; you don't know how good that guy is going to hit the bottom on that last corner, especially if you mess up a little bit. So you just try to be perfect, but it's really hard to be perfect."

It took 39-1/4-laps for Courtney to find that final semblance of separation that was required as he launched off turns one and two on the 40th and final lap to reign victorious by a margin 0.434 seconds over Axsom, Thorson, Windom and Kofoid.

Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) nearly pulled off the miraculous late-race charge to the front of the field in his Petry Motorsports/Keizer Aluminum Wheels - Mobil 1 - FK Rod Ends/Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Yet, the 2nd place finish was his result, the best of the 15-year-old driver's career, as he chose his own distinct path along the way after earlier driving from 7th to 1st in the first heat race.

"I saw everyone else on the top, and I wanted to go up there," Axsom relayed. "We weren't terrible up there in lapped traffic but we weren't falling back on the bottom, so I tightened up the car with the shocks, which definitely helped on that last restart."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2020 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Riverside Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.037; 2. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.074; 3. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-11.167; 4. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Reynolds-11.196; 5. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-11.198; 6. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.212; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.219; 8. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.266; 9. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.270; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-11.386; 11. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-11.387; 12. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.395; 13. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-11.410; 14. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-11.418; 15. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.487; 16. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-11.496; 17. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.512; 18. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-11.528; 19. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-11.538; 20. Keith Rauch, 27B, Bourke-11.630; 21. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-11.865; 22. Zac Taylor, 71T, Henry-11.947; 23. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-12.045; 24. Tony Rossi, 14, Rossi-12.049; 25. Collin Rinehart, 6, Rinehart-12.126; 26. Kyle Jones, 7u, Tri-Fecta-12.251; 27. A.J. Valim, 4T, Valim-12.272; 28. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-12.304; 29. J.R. Ewing, 2c, Ewing-12.963.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Emilio Hoover, 8. Zac Taylor, 9. Collin Rinehart, 10. Lance Bennett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Trey Gropp, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Keith Rauch, 8. Curtis Spicer, 9. J.R. Ewing, 10. Kyle Jones. 2:03.331

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Chris Sheil, 8. Tony Rossi, 9. A.J. Valim. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Emilio Hoover, 3. Carson Garrett, 4. Keith Rauch, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Curtis Spicer, 7. Tony Rossi, 8. Collin Rinehart, 9. A.J. Valim, 10. Lance Bennett, 11. Zac Taylor, 12. J.R. Ewing, 13. Kyle Jones. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Emerson Axsom (9), 3. Tanner Thorson (4), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Buddy Kofoid (2), 6. Daison Pursley (11), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (13), 8. Cannon McIntosh (6), 9. Sam Johnson (7), 10. Tanner Carrick (14), 11. Robert Dalby (18), 12. Ethan Mitchell (5), 13. Kaylee Bryson (12), 14. Andrew Layser (16), 15. Cole Bodine (8), 16. Carson Garrett (19), 17. Curtis Spicer (21), 18. Keith Rauch (20), 19. Tyler Thomas (15), 20. Trey Gropp (17), 21. Emilio Hoover (10), 22. Tony Rossi (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Tyler Courtney, Laps 36-37 Emerson Axsom, Laps 38-40 Tyler Courtney.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-890, 2-Buddy Kofoid-812, 3-Tanner Thorson-788, 4-Tyler Courtney-773, 5-Cannon McIntosh-709, 6-Tanner Carrick-640, 7-Daison Pursley-584, 8-Cole Bodine-544, 9-Andrew Layser-496, 10-Justin Grant-489.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-64, 2-Tanner Thorson-58, 3-Logan Seavey-54, 4-Justin Grant-41, 5-Andrew Layser-41, 6-Daison Pursley-41, 7-Cannon McIntosh-32, 8-Tanner Carrick-31, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-30, 10-Brady Bacon-29.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 19, 2020 - Caney Valley Speedway - Caney, Kansas - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Sam Johnson

Indy Race Parts / Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Tanner Carrick

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Collin Rinehart

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Emerson Axsom (9th to 2nd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kaylee Bryson

 

 

ALEX SCHUTTE TOPS PETALUMA USAC / BCRA FEATURE

PETALUMA, CA – JULY 18, 2020… After a hard fought battle with Austin Liggett, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) sailed to the USAC Western States and BCRA Midget victory at Petaluma Speedway. Piloting the Schutte / McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte claimed the non-point “West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Classic” triumph over Liggett, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Ben Worth, and hard charger C.J. Sarna. The 30-lap victory marked the ninth career win for the 2010 USAC Western States Champion.

Sarna, the 2007 USAC Western Co-Rookie of the Year, earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from fourteenth.

2019 Rookie of the Year, Ben Worth opened the night by earning his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 15.699 over the 19-car roster.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to rookies Scotty Farmer (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Brody Fuson (Competition Suspension Incorporated Second Heat), along with Liggett (Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display 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 on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2020 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Classic” – co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-15.699; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.715; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.796; 4. Colton Raudman, 28C, Schutte/McElwee-15.825; 5. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.844; 6. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-15.918; 7. Scotty Farmer, 68, Six8-15.943; 8. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-15.991; 9. Terry Nichols, 1NP, Nichols-16.164; 10. Sparky Howard, 17, Thurston-16.373; 11. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-16.430; 12. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-16.553; 13. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-16.585; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16,671; 15. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-16.702; 16. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-16.800; 17. Floyd Alvis, 18, Champion-17.001; 18. Ben Wiesz, 21, Wiesz-17.589; 19. Blake Bower, 10, Walker-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farmer, 2. Guerrini, 3. Worth, 4. Raudman, 5. Howard, 6. Carson, 7. Bower. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Elliott, 3. Schutte, 4. Sarna, 5. Lemire, 6. Alvis. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Nichols, 3. Prickett, 4. Leach, 5. Hazelton, 6. Wiesz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Alex Schutte (2), 2. Austin Liggett (4), 3. Cory Elliott (5), 4. Ben Worth (6), 5. C.J. Sarna (14), 6. Terry Nichols (9), 7. Mike Leach Jr. (12), 8. Robert Carson (16), 9. Ben Wiesz (18), 10. Floyd Alvis (17), 11. Frankie Guerrini (13), 12. Brody Fuson (8), 13. Ron Hazelton (15), 14. Scotty Farmer (7), 15. David Prickett (1), 16. Colton Raudman (3), 17. Sparky Howard (10), 18. Beau Lemire (11), 19. Blake Bower (19). NT ---------------------------- **Farmer flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Liggett, Laps 8-30 Schutte. ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: C.J. Sarna (14th to 5th)

 

 

WINDOM WRANGLES UP WIN AT JEFFERSON COUNTY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 17, 2020).........Chris Windom withstood Buddy Kofoid's repeated, relentless challenges down the stretch, including during a hellacious final four lap trophy dash to the finish, to capture his third USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory of the season in Friday night's Riverside Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation at Fairbury, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway.

In a 30-lap feature that was stop-and-start throughout, with a number of cautions and a pair of red flags impeding the proceedings, Windom worked his way to the lead just prior to midway after pole sitter Ethan Mitchell led the first four laps of his USAC career while Cannon McIntosh controlled the front of the pack from lap five until Windom worked his way by on the 12th circuit just following a restart.

Windom found it much easier to catch rather than pass at the 1/5-mile dirt oval on this particular night. However, Windom felt that door was being left open on restarts, which allowed him to get a run to take the top spot from McIntosh after multiple attempts in turn three on back-to-back laps. Windom officially claimed the number one position just prior to a caution for the stopped car of Cole Bodine in turn four on lap 13.

A rhythm was difficult to find as the laps clicked away on the southeastern Nebraska metronome, but Windom was right on beat as he opened up his lead to 1.5 seconds and encroached on the tail of the field in the waning stages.

Yet, as Windom began to track down traffic that was running three and four-wide at times, Kofoid was right on his trail, closing to within a couple car lengths of Windom with four laps remaining.

In the thick of the battle, third running Tanner Thorson, who had earlier set Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time, spun to a stop in turn two to bring out the final yellow. While another stoppage wasn't ideal for the rhythm section of the equation, Windom wasn't all that bummed to see the yellow light.

"I was really happy to see that caution because, actually, under the last caution, I had leaned the car down and I forgot to turn the fuel back on. I felt like we were running on six cylinders and thought we were blowing up. It was really just my own fault there, so luckily, we got that figured out."

Now without traffic as a hindrance, Windom had another battle to wage, the one under his helmet, where he had to decide where on the track to go in order to keep a hungry, first-win-seeking Kofoid behind him.

"The restart, and a couple of laps after the restarts, were the toughest part, really," Windom explained. "You could get such a big run if you threw a slider into one. It was hard to decide, as the leader, whether to go to the top or slide yourself and lose momentum. At the end of the day, it all worked out, but it was definitely a hellacious last couple of laps."

It worked out A-Okay for Windom during the first couple of laps following the restart, but Kofoid was setting up his next move that he ultimately made with two laps remaining, sliding by Windom entering the first turn with little room to spare. Windom made contact with the rear bumper of Kofoid, elevating all four wheels of Windom's Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota off the racing surface.

"He ran us hard there, and when he slid me in one and two, I just ran him hard back," Windom recalled. "That's how you have to pass guys here, though. No fault of him, really, sliding me hard. I felt like I had taken control of the race, though, and I was really not going to let that slip away at the end, so I did what I had to do to keep the win."

Once Windom landed on all fours, he took off straight for the bottom of turn three as Daison Pursley stuck a nose in to the battle to briefly make it three-wide on the back straightaway. Windom got to the bottom first, exited off turn four and, as he sped underneath the white flag, attempted to jet back to the bottom of turn one, resulting in contact between Kofoid's front chrome and Windom's rear bumper.

That move slowed up Windom's momentum off turn two, but Kofoid was only able to get half a car length under Windom as Windom made a beeline back to the bottom of turn three, forcing Kofoid and Pursley to try high as a last ditch effort, to no avail, as Windom sprinted to the checkered flag for the fifth time in his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career by two car lengths over Kofoid, Pursley, Tyler Thomas and Cannon McIntosh.

While Windom came into Jefferson County as the point leader, he has been a force all year with top-five finishes in all but one of his 12 series starts. Despite that fact, the Canton, Ill. driver readily admitted that it was during Indiana Midget Week, where they won five of six races, that the individuals on the crew and behind the wheel realized how much potential they had.

"Having (Kyle) Larson come in and run with us, it definitely made everyone step their game up a little bit," Windom revealed of the four-time IMW 2020 winner and champion. "He gets 100 percent out of the racetrack every single night and makes you be better. We had already won a race and run up front, but he definitely showed how much speed there really is in these cars. It's nice to be able to keep showing it and keep picking off the wins."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 17, 2020 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Riverside Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation / Chad McDaniel Night

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-10.772; 2. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-10.773; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.812; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-10.849; 5. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-10.867; 6. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-10.898; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.909; 8. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.911; 9. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-10.918; 10. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.924; 11. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-10.931; 12. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.956; 13. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.000; 14. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.001; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.002; 16. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-11.004; 17. Keith Rauch, 27B, Bourke-11.198; 18. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Reynolds-11.234; 19. Tony Rossi, 14, Rossi-11.282; 20. Kyle Jones, 7u, Tri-Fecta-11.419; 21. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-11.462; 22. Zac Taylor, 71T, Henry-11.525; 23. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-11.577; 24. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-11.865; 25. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-11.964; 26. Collin Rinehart, 6, Rinehart-12.006; 27. A.J. Valim, 4T, Valim-12.180; 28. J.R. Ewing, 2c, Ewing-12.878; 29. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Tony Rossi, 8. Zac Taylor, 9. Curtis Spicer, 10. J.R. Ewing. 1:58.120

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Keith Rauch, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Chris Sheil, 7. Collin Rinehart, 8. Kyle Jones, 9. Kaylee Bryson. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Emilio Hoover, 7. Carson Garrett, 8. Lance Bennett, 9. A.J. Valim. 1:59.652

INDY RACE PARTS/INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Emilio Hoover, 3. Carson Garrett, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Chris Sheil, 6. Zac Taylor, 7. Tony Rossi, 8. Lance Bennett, 9. Collin Rinehart, 10. A.J. Valim, 11. Curtis Spicer, 12. J.R. Ewing, 13. Kyle Jones. 2:24.855 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5), 2. Buddy Kofoid (8), 3. Daison Pursley (12), 4. Tyler Thomas (9), 5. Cannon McIntosh (4), 6. Ethan Mitchell (1), 7. Andrew Layser (15), 8. Emerson Axsom (13), 9. Sam Johnson (19), 10. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 11. Tanner Carrick (11), 12. Tanner Thorson (6), 13. Cole Bodine (14), 14. Keith Rauch (16), 15. Chris Sheil (22), 16. Zac Taylor (21), 17. Emilio Hoover (17), 18. Tony Rossi (18), 19. Kaylee Bryson (10), 20. Carson Garrett (20), 21. Robert Dalby (2), 22. Tyler Courtney (7). NT

**Robert Dalby flipped on lap 8 of the feature. Tony Rossi flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Ethan Mitchell, Laps 5-11 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 12-30 Chris Windom.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-820, 2-Buddy Kofoid-749, 3-Tanner Thorson-714, 4-Tyler Courtney-698, 5-Cannon McIntosh-648, 6-Tanner Carrick-593, 7-Daison Pursley-525, 8-Cole Bodine-503, 9-Justin Grant-489, 10-Andrew Layser-460.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-64, 2-Tanner Thorson-57, 3-Logan Seavey-54, 4-Justin Grant-41, 5-Andrew Layser-39, 6-Daison Pursley-36, 7-Cannon McIntosh-32, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-30, 9-Brady Bacon-29, 10-Chase Stockon-28.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 18, 2020 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Midwest Midget Championship

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Tyler Thomas

Indy Race Parts / Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Sam Johnson

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Lance Bennett

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Sam Johnson (19th to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Cole Bodine

 

 

AUGUST USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE UPDATE

Speedway, Indiana (July 17, 2020).........The 2020 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car campaign is finally just less than a month away, but a handful of schedule changes have now been made to the August slate as the long-awaited start of the 50th USAC Silver Crown Champ Car season comes to fruition.

The blockbuster racing schedule on Indianapolis 500 weekend is kickstarted that Friday night, August 21, with the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic at the .686-mile paved oval of Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires.

The Silver Crown debut at Pennsylvania's Selinsgrove Speedway, the inaugural Bill Holland Memorial, is on as scheduled at the half-mile dirt oval. The Saturday, August 15 round at the .555-mile paved highbanks of Indiana's Salem Speedway will proceed as scheduled as well for the running of the Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial.

The Sunday, August 2 event scheduled to occur at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Ill. has been canceled due to the rescheduling of events at the paved 1.25-mile.

Furthermore, the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield will remain closed and the Saturday, August 22 Bettenhausen 100 race at the one-mile dirt oval will not be able to proceed on the original schedule date.

USAC and track promoters are continuing to work on scheduling further events for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series in the month of August and beyond.

 

 

RED DIRT MARKS THE SPOT TUESDAY FOR USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma (July 15, 2020).........The state of Oklahoma has proven itself as a breeding ground for some of best racing talent in the nation over the past several years.

On the same token, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway has proven itself as a showcase of some of the top USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races we've seen, and it's where the series makes its third visit to the Meeker, Okla. quarter-mile dirt track for Tuesday Night Thunder on July 21.

Take last year's Red Dirt A-main for example, which featured an astonishing seven lead changes among six different drivers, which alone tells you how epic this racy joint can be.

Now, though the red dirt covers new territory this year for the series, the state of Oklahoma itself does not. Two events were held back in May at Tulsa's Port City Raceway, the first night of which was captured by defending series champion Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Courtney finished 10th at Red Dirt in 2018 but led early and often in 2019 for a total of eight laps. He was leading when mechanical trouble befell him 13 laps from the finish, relegating the pole sitter to an unrepresentative 16th place result.

Oklahoma serves as a homecoming of sorts for many drivers in the lineup, including Broken Arrow's Jason McDougal who took 7th during his first shot in 2018. In 2019, he led the first eight laps of the feature, and nine total, before becoming involved in a three-car flip that also involved two more flippers joining in on the fray.

Among the tumblers was Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), who finished 10th in 2019 after returning from the incident. He also won his heat race in back-to-back years at Red Dirt in 2018 and 2019.

Ninth in points is series Rookie Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) who'll make his Red Dirt debut with USAC on Tuesday night. His Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, fellow Rookie Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), turned some heads during June's Indiana Midget Week with a 10th at Gas City and a career-best 7th at Lawrenceburg.

Also in the KKM stable is Bixby, Oklahoma's Cannon McIntosh, fifth in the standings, who made his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature start at Red Dirt in 2018, finishing 18th in the family car. Also making his first career USAC start in that very same race, taking 21st was Rossville, Indiana's Cole Bodine, 8th in the standings.

Sixth in the standings is 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), who recently won a wild winged 360 sprint car feature at California's Marysville Raceway last Wednesday night. In the Midget at Red Dirt, he has been banging on the door for a win. He led one lap early en route to a 3rd place finish in 2018 after earlier winning the semi. In 2019, he led one circuit again with 11 to go before contact provided him a flat left rear tire and, ultimately, a 12th place finish.

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) took over for the lead for four laps following Carrick's misfortune, topping the field until seven laps remaining before finishing fourth for the second consecutive year at Red Dirt after finishing in the same position in 2018.

Series point leader Chris Windom led the 18th lap of last year's Red Dirt feature amidst a flurry of activity that saw four different leaders in four laps just past the halfway mark. Windom wound up finishing third while his current car owner, Chad Boat, won his heat and finished 7th behind the wheel.

The three-time 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner who stands fourth in points, Tanner Thorson, (Minden, Nev.) finished eighth at Red Dirt in 2019. He has tasted Oklahoma success already this year with a prelim night victory back in January at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa.

Buddy Kofoid, the impressive Rookie who's second in points coming in, has only finished outside the top-10 once in his 11 series starts this season, that coming on the first night of T-Town Midget Showdown in Tulsa, Okla. He's surrounding the possibility of a first career USAC Midget feature win with podium finishes in two of his last three starts, a 3rd at Lincoln Park and 2nd at Lawrenceburg.

In the 13 previous USAC National Midget races held in the state of Oklahoma, only one driver has become a multi-time winner, that being 1963 champ Bob Wente. The two winners at Red Dirt over the past two years include, ironically, the last two drivers to win the championship in their Rookie years, 2013 series champion and Oklahoma native Christopher Bell was victorious in 2018 while Logan Seavey won in 2019, a year following his 2018 series title.

At Red Dirt, the gates open at 5pm CT with qualifying at 7pm and racing to immediately follow. The NOW600 Non-Wing Micros are also on the event card.

Tickets are on sale at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1198638&store=17687. 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 event is part of blockbuster stretch of four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races in a five-day span across three states: July 17-18 at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., July 19 at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kans. and July 21 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. All four of these events can be seen LIVE exclusively on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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.

PAST RED DIRT RACEWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS:

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (6), 2. Logan Seavey (5), 3. Tanner Carrick (7), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 5. Brady Bacon (3), 6. Justin Grant (4), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (14), 9. Spencer Bayston (18), 10. Tyler Courtney (2), 11. Chad Boat (19), 12. Holly Shelton (15), 13. Ryan Robinson (1), 14. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 15. Tyler Thomas (17), 16. Brayton Lynch (24), 17. Jonathan Beason (9), 18. Cannon McIntosh (20), 19. Zane Hendricks (8), 20. Kyle Craker (16), 21. Cole Bodine (23), 22. Ace McCarthy (12), 23. Maria Cofer (22), 24. Dave Darland (13). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (9), 2. Zeb Wise (7), 3. Chris Windom (11), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (15), 5. Jonathan Beason (17), 6. Matt Sherrell (16), 7. Chad Boat (13), 8. Tanner Thorson (3), 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 10. Tyler Thomas (19), 11. Jesse Colwell (14), 12. Tanner Carrick (6), 13. Shannon McQueen (18), 14. Hank Davis (22), 15. Robert Dalby (21), 16. Tyler Courtney (1), 17. Jason McDougal (2), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 19. Andrew Deal (20), 20. Holley Hollan (12), 21. Cannon McIntosh (4), 22. Zane Hendricks (8). NT

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN OKLAHOMA:

2-Bob Wente

1-Christopher Bell, Jimmy Caruthers, Jimmy Davies, John Batts, Justin Grant, Lloyd Ruby, Logan Seavey, Roger West, Sleepy Tripp, Steve Cannon & Tyler Courtney


 

A KANSAS STATE OF MIND:
USAC MIDGETS DEBUT AT CANEY VALLEY SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Caney, Kansas (July 14, 2020).........Seventy-eight previous USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races have been held in the state of Kansas over the past six-plus decades, but none at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kans. where the series sets their compasses toward for the first time on Sunday night, July 19.

Previous series stops in the Sunflower state include 81 Speedway, the Belleville High Banks, Lakeside Speedway, Thomas County Speedway, Heartland Park, Dodge City Raceway Park and Solomon Valley Raceway, but the series' debut takes the competitors on a trip to its second "first-time" track of the 2020 season.

Since 2010, there've been 28 occasions in which the series has visited a track for the first time in USAC National Midget history. No one owns more of those wins at those venues over that span than Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), who won the most recent track debut at Oklahoma's Port City Raceway in May 2020. He also won first-time series visits at the Illinois State Multi-Purpose Arena in 2017 and at Florida's Bubba Raceway Park in 2019.

As a driver, Chad Boat has won twice at first-time tracks, making him a quick study whose wealth of knowledge has helped him propel his two full-time drivers to success this year from the ownership role. Point leader Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) previously won a 2015 Silver Crown event in Kansas at the Belleville High Banks, plus 2019 series Rookie of the Year Andrew Layser has earned his first career podium finish with the series early this year.

Twice a winner at first-time venues is Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) who won at West Memphis, Ark. and Pennsylvania's Lanco CMMS in 2016 en route to his championship season. Sweet Springs, Mo. was a first-time host in 2018, won in late-race fashion by Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

Lest we mention that Courtney, Thorson and Seavey each won at first-time venues in the same season they won their USAC National Midget championships. Quickly figuring out the track and being prepared for anything at any time whether it's been seen or raced on before is essential to finding your name at the top of the leaderboard when the season is final.

In the state of Kansas alone, Bryan Clauson has the most series wins with seven, including the final victory of his great career in August of 2016. Jerry Coons Jr. is just one win behind Clauson with six, five of which were earned on the Belleville High Banks with another coming at 81 Speedway in Park City.

Boat, mentioned above, has three Kansas USAC National Midget wins of his own doing, all occurring at Belleville in succession between 2016-17, while his driver, Windom, has won in two different states this year. Thorson, meanwhile, has won his three races in three different states this year: Florida, Illinois and Indiana.

Top Rookie Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) won in POWRi competition just last week in Humboldt, Kans. with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) running second and third.

Another from the KKM stable, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) is fifth in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings. Over the recent Independence Day weekend, he won and finished 2nd in a pair of POWRi West races at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kans.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), the reigning USAC Western States Midget champion, finished 3rd in each of those feature races at Airport.

Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas, 24th in USAC points, won a POWRi West feature at Caney Valley in late 2017.

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 are on sale at 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.

The event is part of blockbuster stretch of four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races in a five-day span across three states: July 17-18 at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., July 19 at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kans. and July 21 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. All four of these events can be seen LIVE exclusively on FloRacing.

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.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN KANSAS:

7-Bryan Clauson

6-Dave Darland & Jerry Coons, Jr.

5-Bobby East

4-Jay Drakell & Josh Wise

3-Chad Boat, Christopher Bell, Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne & Rico Abreu

2-A.J. Fike, Bobby Olivero, J.J. Yeley, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Russ Gamester & Tony Stewart

1-Billy Boat, Bob Tattersall, Bobby Grim, Brad Sweet, Jeff Heywood, Johnny Parsons, Kyle Larson, Mel Kenyon, Mike Gregg, Ricky Shelton, Robby Flock, Ryan Scott, Sleepy Tripp, Spencer Bayston, Steve Knepper, Stevie Reeves, Tony Elliott, Tracy Hines & Zach Daum

 

 

MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 13, 2020).........Mid-summer, mid-America. That's the state of mind for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship which takes the show on the road for a succession of racing events through Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma July 17-21.

Officially one-third of the way through the 2020 season, the action picks back up following a near one month layoff since the last round, the Indiana Midget Week finale at Kokomo Speedway, a barnburner won by Tanner Thorson.

The hiatus comes to an end with the kickstarting of a USAC Midget racing summer beginning this weekend, Friday & Saturday, July 17-18, at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Nebraska for the 3rd annual Riverside Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation with a 30-lap feature on Friday night and concluding with a 40-lap finale on Saturday night.

Three past Jefferson County USAC Midget winners are expected to compete on both nights of the Midwest Midget Championship, 2017 winner Tanner Thorson and both of 2019's victors Jason McDougal and Tyler Courtney.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) was a competitor in the series' debut during his championship year of 2016, finishing 10th. The three-time 2020 series winner had a much more kind night the following year in 2017, winning his heat race and leading the final 16 laps to score the feature victory. In 2019, it was quite the opposite after leading the first 18, he was caught up in an incident with a lapped car that relegated him to 13th in the final order. He was 8th the following night.

McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won the opening night of the 2019 Midwest Midget Championship, leading the final 12 laps after Thorson's misfortune in which he barely escaped from the melee and carnage that collected four cars. From there, he carried on to victory, which just so happened to be the first of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career. McDougal was 6th on the second of the two nights in 2019.

Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind) became the second fastest driver to reach the six-win mark in a single USAC National Midget season in 2019, winning in his 15th start on night two of the Midwest Midget Championship. The only one to pull off the feat quicker was Rich Vogler in his 13th start in 1978 and his 14th start in 1988. The night prior, the 2019 series champion was the hard charger, finishing 2nd after starting 12th on night one. He was also 7th in 2017.

Although Chad Boat hasn't been in the driver's seat in 2020, as a car owner this year, his cars have been superb, leading the point standings right now with driver Chris Windom residing at the top. Boat, himself, as a driver, won at Jefferson County in the series' 2016 debut at the track. Boat was the fastest qualifier in 2017, won his heat race in 2018, then won his heat and finished 4th on the opening night of the 2019 event.

Windom (Canton, Ill.), meanwhile, has been nearly flawless in 2020 in the Tucker-Boat Motorsports ride, finishing within the top-five in 10 of his 11 starts while winning twice in Ocala, Fla. in February and Putnamville, Ind. in June. His first Jefferson County starts in 2019 resulted in finishes of 3rd on the first night and 9th on night two. Windom's Tucker-Boat teammate, 2019 series Rookie of the Year Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) was 8th in 2019 when he competed for Clauson-Marshall Racing.

Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) has been close on numerous occasions at Jefferson County, finishing inside the top-ten in all five of his USAC appearances, winning his heat and finishing 2nd in the 2016 series debut at the quarter-mile. In 2017, the Jason Leffler Memorial winner led the first 24 laps of the 30-lap feature before finishing 3rd. He was 8th in 2018, and in 2019, finished 6th on night one and on night two, he won his heat and was the night's hard charger, advancing from 11th to 5th.

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) returned to USAC Midget action at the Kokomo Speedway Indiana Midget Week finale in fine form, advancing from 20th to 8th to win hard charger honors. He will wheel the Central Motorsports No. 85 throughout the entirety of the upcoming four-race USAC Midget swing. Coons, the 2006-07 series champion, has finished inside the top-eight in each of his four appearances at Jefferson County, winning his heat and mounting a charge from 14th to 8th in 2017. He has increased his result in each of the past three races there, finishing 6th in 2018, 5th on 2019 night one and 4th on 2019 night two.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was the fastest qualifier on both nights at Jefferson County in 2019. The first night resulted in a one-lap track record of 10.685. The 2018 USAC National Midget champion finished 2nd in his first appearance in 2018, was 7th on 2019 night one and 3rd the following night.

Speaking of track record holders, Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) possesses the 10-lap mark at Jefferson County of 1:56.27 set on the very same night as Seavey's lap in 2019. Carrick, the 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver, finished 4th in 2018, then won his heat on night one with a 12th place feature finish and checked off a 7th place result on the second of two nights.

Reigning USAC Western States Midget champion Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) started on the front row of last year's opening night of the Midwest Midget Championship, ultimately finishing 10th. Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) made his Jeff. Co. debut in 2018, moving up from the 16th starting spot to 11th at the finish.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), both of whom reside in the top-five of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings entering the event, are set to make their debuts at Jefferson County Speedway. Second in points, Kofoid has consistently finished up front this year. Through his first 11 starts, he's led 19 laps, finished in the top-five on four occasions and is tied for the series lead with 10 top-tens. McIntosh, 5th in points, has led 24 laps, finished in the top-5 four times, the top-10 six times, was fast qualifier once, and along with Kofoid, is one of seven drivers to have started all 11 events thus far in 2020.

Twenty-six previous USAC National Midget races have been held in the state of Nebraska. USAC Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines has the most victories of any driver in the state with three. Wilke-Pak Racers has won the most of any team in the state with five.

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.

Prior to the