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“IT’S UNBELIEVABLE!”

PURSLEY SCORES FIRST USAC SILVER CROWN WIN ON LAST LAP AT PORT ROYAL

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (June 15, 2024)………It took only two races for Daison Pursley to transform himself from a USAC Silver Crown Rookie into a USAC Silver Crown winner following Saturday night’s thriller at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway.

Perhaps no other Rookie in series history has notched as spectacular of a victory as the Locust Grove, Okla. native did on the 1/2-mile dirt oval as he erased a two-plus second deficit over the final few laps, then took over the lead with a highwire high side pass of Justin Grant off the fourth and final turn on the 50th and final lap.

In doing so, Pursley became the first driver in 2024 to record feature victories in all three of USAC’s national divisions: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and USAC Silver Crown.

Not only was it the first victory for Pursley in Silver Crown competition, but it was also the same for Team AZ Racing who, similarly, was making its second ever start and came away with a spectacular score for their Team AZ Racing/Avanti Windows & Doors – Apache Transportation – Oak Craft Elegant Cabinetry/DRC/Ott Chevy.

Pursley showed glimpses of his immediate Silver Crown expertise in his series’ debut at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks in May. After a mechanical issue stymied their start, Pursley charged from the tail of the 25-car field to finish fifth.

It’s easy to forget that while Pursley is winning, he’s also still learning on the fly, just as he did at Belleville and just as he did at Port Royal en route to a magical night at The Speed Palace.

“At Belleville, I felt like we had a really good piece, but then the clutch went out on it and the transmission and all that, which is new to all of us,” Pursley explained. “It’s different than micros or anything I’ve ever had to drive with it having a clutch and all that. To be able to start the race, which is the first step, let alone race for the win like that, it’s unbelievable.”

Initially, it was Brady Bacon who jumped out to the early lead after qualifying for the pole position for the first time since the 2016 Hoosier Hundred eight years earlier at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But the first stoppage of the night came early on the second lap in turns three and four when contact between Chase Dietz (12th) and C.J. Leary (13th) resulted in a knocked out front end for Leary. As Leary skidded to a stop, 20th running Nathan Moore collided with Leary, knocking both drivers out of the race. Dietz continued onward to finish sixth.

For the third place running Logan Seavey, Port Royal has been a honey hole of sorts with him being the only winner in the two-year history of Silver Crown racing at the track. However, on this night, he suddenly slowed on the back straight on lap 14 with an apparent fuel leak, which prompted a caution. After a minute in the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, he resumed his race, restarting at the tail before driving to a 10th place result.

Moments after the restart, Grant was on the move, working past Pursley for second with a drive off the bottom of turn two on lap 16. Grant promptly began to reel in Bacon for the race lead, and on lap 30, slid past Bacon in turn one to take over up front. Bacon attempted to return the favor in turn three, but Grant shot around the top side of turn four to rip the lead right back for himself.

At that point in time, Pursley was in full pursuit in what practically became a 50-lap sprint race all while trying to figure out a way to make ground on and pass USAC superstars Brady Bacon and Justin Grant.

“I felt like I was pushing hard the entire race,” Pursley acknowledged. “It didn’t really feel like a Silver Crown race there at all with how hard we were running. Brady was setting a pretty torrid pace there, and if I wanted to keep up with him, I had to do the same. I was able to match Brady’s pace for a little while, and honestly, I didn’t even know how to pass him. I tried a couple times to slide him, and it definitely felt like it wasn’t going to clear.”

In time, Pursley had regrouped and chased down Bacon for the second spot in turn three on the 33rd lap. Meanwhile, Grant had grown his lead to two full seconds as he swiftly cut through lapped traffic. With 10 to go, Grant’s lead had ballooned to 2.4 seconds over the high-riding Pursley. With five to go, Pursley had chopped Grant’s lead in half to a mere second, but it appeared time still might be too short for Pursley to both catch and pass Grant for the win.

As it turned out, he did, in fact, have time. As the pair navigated their way past the lapped car of Mark Smith with two to go, Pursley made his run at Grant in turn three. Pursley slid across the nose of Grant, but Grant turned underneath to the inside of Pursley. The two banged wheels as they exited turn four with chief starter Warren Alston’s white flag waving furiously ahead of them.

Grant led at the stripe by a car length with one half-mile trip remaining. Grant slid himself into turn one before sliding up in front of Pursley at the top of turn two, stifling Pursley’s momentum. Pursley remained committed to the high side entering turn three for the final time while Grant once again slid himself from the bottom of turn three to the top of turn four. However, Grant wasn’t able to get to the top quickly enough as Pursley rode momentum off the cushion to narrowly escape around Grant in turn four and bring it across the finish line 0.519 seconds ahead for the win.

Pursley was followed by Grant in the runner-up spot with Brady Bacon third, Matt Westfall fourth and series point leader Kody Swanson fifth.

For the versatile Pursley, it’s the fifth different division he’s won in this year: USAC Sprint Car, Midget, Silver Crown, Micro Sprint and Winged 410 Sprint Car. But Silver Crown is an entirely different animal than all the rest, but the process of getting to victory lane in all of them – getting up on the wheel – remains the same throughout.

“Silver Crown racing is definitely different and it’s something that I’ve wanted to win in when I signed up for the six dirt races,” Pursley admitted. “This thing was absolutely phenomenal. I just had to get up on the wheel there after Justin got by us and make it happen.”

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led a total of 20 laps in his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink – Super Fitness – Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Chevy, but it didn’t include the one he wanted – the final one. Nonetheless, he earned his best finish of the USAC Silver Crown season to date, but it wasn’t of much consolation to the 2020 Silver Crown champ.

“It’s frustrating,” Grant lamented. “My guys gave me a car that could win the race and I didn’t win the race. That’s the end of it. It doesn’t really matter what happened between the start and finish; I didn’t do my job and we came home second. My car was really good tonight. I just feel like I let everybody down.”

In three career Port Royal USAC Silver Crown starts, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has now finished third in 2022, third in 2023 and third in 2024. This time, he led a race high 29 laps from the pole in his Chris Dyson/Concord American Flagpole – Macri Concrete – High Performance Lubricants/Maxim/Ott Chevy.

Making just his second career USAC Silver Crown start as well, Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) picked up the night’s hard charger award, pocketing a $100 bonus courtesy of Irvin King after advancing from 13th to 8th.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2024 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pennsylvania – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – USAC Eastern Blast

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: (top-16 locked into the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 9, Dyson-19.816 (New Track Record); 2. Daison Pursley, 21, Team AZ-19.858; 3. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran/Binks-19.943; 4. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice/Abacus-20.042; 5. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-20.098; 6. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-20.264; 7. Mitchel Moles, 119, Reinbold/Underwood-20.285; 8. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-20.342; 9. Chase Dietz, 86, Lee-20.361; 10. Shane Cottle, 53, Five Three-20.503; 11. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-20.521; 12. Briggs Danner, 10, DMW-20.539; 13. Alex Bright, 24, Haggenbottom-20.593; 14. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-20.668; 15. Robert Ballou, 97, Lein-20.715; 16. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-20.857; 17. Trey Osborne, 81, BCR-20.922; 18. Mark Smith, 01, L & M-21.111; 19. Chris Fetter, 15, Fetter-21.321; 20. Mark Bitner, 4, Yeska-21.361; 21. Nathan Moore, 48, Thomas/Moore-21.381; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-21.533; 23. Tom Savage, 38, Savage-22.008; 24. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-NT; 24. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-NT (Time of 20.223 disallowed); 25. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-NT (Time of 20.272 disallowed); 26. Trey Burke, 60, Legacy/Wilson-NT (Time of 20.462 disallowed); 27. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams/Cory-NT (Time of 21.309 disallowed).

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, top-8 transfer to the feature) 1. Mark Smith, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Trey Burke, 4. Mark Bitner, 5. Chris Fetter, 6. Nathan Moore, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Dave Berkheimer, 10. Tom Savage, 11. Gregg Cory. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Daison Pursley (2), 2. Justin Grant (6), 3. Brady Bacon (1), 4. Matt Westfall (5), 5. Kody Swanson (3), 6. Chase Dietz (9), 7. Mitchel Moles (7), 8. Alex Bright (13), 9. Briggs Danner (12), 10. Logan Seavey (4), 11. Kyle Steffens (11), 12. Carmen Perigo (16), 13. Mark Smith (17), 14. Trey Burke (19), 15. Brian Ruhlman (14), 16. Shane Cottle (10), 17. Robert Ballou (15), 18. Kaylee Bryson (23), 19. Chase Stockon (8), 20. Mark Bitner (20), 21. Chris Fetter (21), 22. Trey Osborne (24), 23. C.J. Leary (18), 24. Nathan Moore (22). 28:53.852 (New Track Record)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Brady Bacon, Laps 30-49 Justin Grant, Lap 50 Daison Pursley.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-321, 2-Justin Grant-291, 3-C.J. Leary-282, 4-Logan Seavey-248, 5-Kaylee Bryson-205, 6-Taylor Ferns-196, 7-Bobby Santos-183, 8-Mario Clouser-158, 9-Kyle Steffens-156, 10-Trey Burke-145.

USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-109, 2-Robert Ballou-100, 3-Logan Seavey-94, 4-C.J. Leary-85, 5-Joey Amantea-76, 6-Justin Grant-75, 7-Kyle Cummins-68, 8-Brady Bacon-60, 9-Matt Westfall-53, 10-Carson Garrett-50.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 21, 2024 – Madison International Speedway – Oregon, Wisconsin – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Practice Fastest Driver: Brady Bacon (19.689)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon (19.816)

Irvin King Hard Charger: Alex Bright (13th to 8th)

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Race: Daison Pursley

 

 

BIRTHDAY BASH!

KTJ BLOWS OUT THE CANDLES

WITH LAST LAP WIN AT THE GROVE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 14, 2024)………Birthdays are a time for celebration, a time for reflection, and if we’re being honest, a time for presents too.

Kevin Thomas Jr. celebrated his special day by achieving the rare feat of not only winning a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature but also doing so in the spectacular manner in which he did during Friday night’s USAC Eastern Storm event at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) ran third for the first 23 circuits of the 30-lap distance around the 1/2-mile dirt oval before sprinting past Mitchel Moles for second with seven to go. While running second on the final lap, Thomas was in position to pounce when racelong leader Briggs Danner ran out of fuel exiting the final turn on the final lap.

Thomas made the decisive move, banging wheels with the suddenly slowing Danner in turn four before escaping with the victory, the 42nd of his USAC National Sprint Car career, which surpassed Bryan Clauson and moved him up a spot on the series’ career win list alongside 1974 and 1976 champ Pancho Carter for eighth most all-time.

“I don’t even know how I just won that to be honest,” Thomas said, not privy to the details at the time that Danner’s fuel tank had run dry. “Briggs was so good that entire race. He got away from me those last two laps and I think he just hung a little bit off two there. I got close but he was so good through three and four that I didn’t figure that line was going to work. I’d been down there a little bit. He came across my nose just a little, trying to find speed, not that he was racing me a certain way, just that he was trying to find a good line down the front stretch here. I don’t want to make contact like that. I’m getting old and I can’t see as good as I used to.”

Aside from the quip of being “old” at the age of 33, Thomas has been oh-so-close quite often during past birthday race days with the USAC National Sprint Car division. On June 14, 2017, he finished third at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Speedway on his 26th trip around the sun. Back in 2018, at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway, he was second. Most recently, at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway in 2020, he took third. Furthermore, in 2017, he won at Williams Grove

The victory couldn’t have come at a better time for Thomas and his Rock Steady Racing/Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy. On Tuesday at Grandview, a good feature run ended when he got caught up in a wreck which started in front of him. The night before, on Thursday at Big Diamond, another quality run was stifled by a flat right rear tire suffered during the final laps. But ultimately, Thomas was on the end of the good fortune stick at Williams Grove just in time to collect his third USAC National Sprint Car feature win of the year.

“These guys have had a hell of a week whether it’s come to bad luck or stupid things happening,” Thomas explained. “We had a flat tire last night and we crashed on night one. We haven’t gotten to show how fast our car is yet. They’ve made a lot of changes since Knoxville to here and I can really feel it. We’re finally getting to show what this thing’s capable of.”

Starting third, Thomas remained slotted into the “show” position for the much of the going behind fellow front row starters Danner and Mitchel Moles. Danner, a first time USAC National Sprint Car winner on Tuesday at Grandview, looked every bit the part of an unfazed veteran as he raced out to a comfortable one second lead and pretty much maintained that interval throughout, even through the lapped traffic he encountered starting at the halfway point.

USAC National Sprint Car point leader and ninth running Logan Seavey slowed between turns one and two on lap 15. He pulled off to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area under caution before returning to the track at the tail. From there, he managed just an 18th place result, which shrunk his season championship point lead from 60 to 34.

Without traffic as a hindrance, Danner pushed his lead to 1.5 seconds by lap 20 but endured multiple yellow flags during the waning laps involving a spin by 16th running Joey Amantea in turn 2 on lap 21 and a slowing Ricky Lewis on lap 24.

On the lap 24 resumption, Thomas used the bottom to drive past Moles for the second spot between turns three and four, then set off trying to reel in Danner. Running a lower line, Thomas altered his modus operandi just beforehand to provide himself with a bit more leverage to make a crucial move that put him in a winning position late.

“I think I stopped being a sissy and started running the top in one and two,” Thomas stated. “Once we did that, we had more speed down the back stretch and our entry into three was better. We just made a little adjustment on the shocks, but our car was good the entire feature. The track was heavy, and if your car was good, it was going to be good for a long time. I searched around a little bit down there in one and two but I kind of stuck to what I was doing in three and four and it paid off there.”

With the white flag in the air, to the eye of all onlookers, everything appeared hunky-dory for Danner who enjoyed a six car length lead at the stripe. However, at the exit of turn four, it became quite apparent that something wasn’t quite right for Danner. His car began to chalk up off exit, allowing Thomas to close in on him in a hurry. Danner’s black No. 39 did the same in turn two on the last go-around.

By the time he reached turn three for the final time, Thomas was a mere two car lengths back. Once more in turn four, Danner’s car bogged down as Thomas made a run to his inside. The two cars tapped sidewalls as Thomas raced by and onward to victory. Danner subsequently slowed dramatically and pulled to the inside while Moles raced by Danner on the outside, narrowly beating Danner to the line by inches, .037 seconds to be exact.

Thomas’ final margin of victory was .702 seconds over Moles as Danner fell to third in the final rundown. Brady Bacon recovered from an uncharacteristic spin the night before at Big Diamond to record a fourth-place result. Justin Grant rounded out the top-five after starting 12th, earning Irvin King Hard Charger honors for his effort.

Furthermore, Thomas also extended his point lead with the victory in round five of 10 of the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment. Jones served as Thomas’ crew chief early in his career and was pivotal in his rise to becoming one of the winningest drivers of all-time.

“He taught me a lot about racing and how to drive racecars, so this one is special to me,” Thomas said of Jones. “Now I’m probably going to go get a Dr. Pepper and eat some cheese curds or something from the Sheetz right down the road. Nothing super special (for my birthday) but when we get home, we’ll drink a couple beers.”

While Thomas was busy becoming the first driver to win a USAC National Sprint Car race on his birthday since Justin Grant at Arizona Speedway on November 12, 2021, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was working on increasing his lead of the USAC Eastern Storm point standings, which rose to six by virtue of his second runner-up result in as many nights aboard his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy.

“You only give a guy like KTJ so many shots,” Moles remarked. “He was a lot better around the bottom over there. I tried to take his line away and it wasn’t working for me. So, I figured I could power through it. I felt like his line was coming in there, and at the end, he got it really cleaned off. I think I made a few mistakes there, but all in all, I’ll take it. You’ve just got to keep clicking away. We’ve had a rough start to the year, but we seem to be rolling right now. I honestly just go night-by-night. You just race as hard as you can, and things will start falling your way here and there.”

What appeared to be a firm beatdown of the field turned into heartbreak for Briggs Danner who nearly backed up his first career USAC National Sprint Car win on Tuesday at Grandview with his second triumph on Friday at Williams Grove. Leading all but the final strip from turn four to the checkered flag, Danner had to settle for third and an empty fuel tank on his Hogue Racing Enterprises/E. Schneider & Sons – Boulevard Truck Repair/DRC/Rider Chevy.

“Coming to two to go, it started spitting and sputtering,” Danner revealed. “On a heavy track, you’re going to use a lot, so it is what it is. Sometimes being out front doesn't help you out. I knew they were really good, and I kept seeing somebody’s nose down there. Wished we could’ve picked that one off, but sometimes, that’s the way it goes.”

Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) has racked up a couple heat race wins throughout USAC Eastern Storm. At Williams Grove, the longtime sprint car veteran got the job done once again, scoring a decisive heat race victory in convincing fashion. That performance earned him the evening’s Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2024 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania – 17th USAC Eastern Storm – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-19.659; 2. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-19.696; 3. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-19.707; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-19.757; 5. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-19.870; 6. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-19.887; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.920; 8. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-19.957; 9. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.992; 10. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-20.004; 11. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-20.037; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-20.056; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.080; 14. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-20.171; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-20.182; 16. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-20.226; 17. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-20.334; 18. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-20.457; 19. Steven Drevicki, 19, Drevicki-20.512; 20. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-20.526; 21. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-20.562; 22. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.689; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-20.857.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Steven Drevicki. 2:40.621

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Joey Amantea, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Briggs Danner, 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 8. Hunter Maddox. 2:43.879

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Tom Harris, 7. Ricky Lewis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Mitchel Moles (1), 3. Briggs Danner (2), 4. Brady Bacon (7), 5. Justin Grant (12), 6. C.J. Leary (4), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Daison Pursley (5), 9. Chase Stockon (11), 10. Kyle Cummins (15), 11. Alex Bright (14), 12. Jake Swanson (8), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 14. Matt Westfall (17), 15. Steven Drevicki (19), 16. Carson Garrett (13), 17. Tom Harris (18), 18. Logan Seavey (6), 19. Hunter Maddox (20), 20. Korbyn Hayslett (23), 21. Joey Amantea (16), 22. Ricky Lewis (21), 23. Carmen Perigo (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Briggs Danner, Lap 30 Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1291, 2-C.J. Leary-1257, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1244, 4-Brady Bacon-1231, 5-Daison Pursley-1211, 6-Justin Grant-1118, 7-Mitchel Moles-1110, 8-Robert Ballou-1105, 9-Kyle Cummins-1082, 10-Jake Swanson-974.

USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Mitchel Moles-265, 2-Brady Bacon-259, 3-Briggs Danner-243, 4-Robert Ballou-243, 5-C.J. Leary-240, 6-Justin Grant-238, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-226, 8-Daison Pursley-222, 9-Kyle Cummins-213, 10-Logan Seavey-211.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER PRESENTED BY SPIRE SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT POINTS: 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.-351, 2-C.J. Leary-339, 3-Brady Bacon-327, 4-Daison Pursley-314, 5-Justin Grant-301, 6-Logan Seavey-298, 7-Mitchel Moles-298, 8-Kyle Cummins-279, 9-Robert Ballou-263, 10-Jake Swanson-252.

USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-99, 2-Logan Seavey-94, 3-Robert Ballou-94, 4-C.J. Leary-81, 5-Joey Amantea-76, 6-Kyle Cummins-68, 7-Justin Grant-67, 8-Brady Bacon-57, 9-Matt Westfall-52, 10-Carson Garrett-50.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 15, 2024 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pennsylvania – 17th USAC Eastern Storm – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – USAC Eastern Blast

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (20.667)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey (19.659)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Irvin King Hard Charger: Justin Grant (12th to 5th)

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Charles Davis Jr.

 

 

A USAC EASTERN STORM GEM:

SEAVEY SHINES AT BIG DIAMOND

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (June 13, 2024)………If the term “resilience” ever needed an image attached to it in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, it would be apt to include one of Logan Seavey and Abacus Racing after their victorious performance on Thursday night at Pottsville, Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway.

The team’s outing one night earlier at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park proved to be among the most challenging of the year. An engine failure forced them into a backup car where they proceeded to finish an undesirable 15th, dropping them to 11th in the USAC Eastern Storm standings and also shrunk their overall USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point lead to its closest margin since February.

Further demonstrating the resolve of Sutter, California’s Seavey, in his only previous Big Diamond appearance one year earlier, he missed out on transferring into the main event, making Thursday’s race his first feature start at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

This time around, he stalked Mitchel Moles for the first half of the 30-lap event before making his stride to the outside of turn two to get by for the lead, and ultimately, his sixth USAC National Sprint Car victory of the year in his Abacus Racing/MPV Express – CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone/DRC/Stanton Chevy.

“These guys bounce back so well,” Seavey said in praise of his crew led by Ronnie Gardner and Kirk Simpson. “I’m confident when I get in it, so it doesn’t really deter me. These guys make sure it’s ready to go and on kill every time I’m in it. I feel like every time we have a bad night, we come back and redeem ourselves or win or have a great night.”

Seavey’s Big Diamond score was the 16th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, equaling Damion Gardner and Jud Larson for 38th place on the all-time win list. Furthermore, it put Seavey, the 2022 USAC Eastern Storm champion, right back in the thick of the title hunt for the six-race series where he now sits sixth and trails by only a 20-point margin.

The previous night’s engine failure left an unsavory taste and a major sense of frustration for Seavey and Abacus. However, throughout the day and night at Big Diamond, the team kept plugging away until they hit the sweet spot and delivered yet another victory.

“Man, this was a long day,” Seavey exhaled. “We put ourselves in position there early, but we weren’t nearly as good as we needed to be. We made some big changes to get back to where I’m comfortable on these big racetracks and it was really gripped up. Comfort was key, and to be able to get up there and run into one like that was tough. I can’t say enough about what Ronnie and Kirk do. For me, they work together every freaking night. Sometimes that’s hard but it always seems to be what’s best for the team and here we are in victory lane.”

Seavey began his race from the outside of the front row alongside Moles who bolted to the early lead with Seavey in tow just a couple car lengths back.

Multiple early cautions halted the contest, first on lap five when 20th running Carson Garrett slipped sideways in turn four and came to a stop, suffering enough contact in the incident that, on lap eight, Garrett stopped again. This time, his entire left front wheel was missing, grinding the Colorado driver to a stop in turn two, putting a premature end to his race.

Seavey continued to press Moles for the first 15 laps, but on the 16th circuit, Seavey looked to the outside line and drove right around Moles to take over up front by the time the pair exited turn two.

Meanwhile, as Seavey was enjoying his exploits at the head of the pace, the previous night’s Bridgeport winner, Brady Bacon, was attempting to place himself in contention to track down the front runners.

In the battle for third on lap 17 with Justin Grant, Bacon clipped his right front wheel against Grant’s left rear on the bottom of turn three, sending Bacon spinning to a stop at the top of the racetrack. The incident proved costly as Bacon lost his USAC Eastern Storm point lead in the process after restarting and managed only to get back to 18th at the checkered, ending a run of seven consecutive top-three finishes with the series.

On the ensuing lap 17 restart, Moles was fully cognizant of the fact that this might be his final shot to regain the top spot. In turn, he dove to the bottom of turn one and slid up in front of Seavey to briefly attain the position. However, it was a fleeting moment as Seavey turned back down and charged his way back past Moles by the time the two reached turn three.

“I really wasn’t worried,” Seavey said of momentarily relinquishing the lead to Moles. “My automatic line is to turn down as long as he doesn’t stick the bottom really good. He slid up just enough to where I could get down underneath him on the back stretch and get a huge run. It’s cool to see Mitchel running up front again. That’s what he and his team deserve, but I feel like this is where my team deserves to be too and I’m happy to get them back in victory lane.”

With the lead firmly in his grip over the next 14 laps, victory lane is exactly where Seavey was headed to as he closed out a 0.917 second triumph in round three of the six-race USAC Eastern Storm series. Mitchel Moles took second and Justin Grant went third in what was an all-California podium.

Moles’ run placed him directly at the top of the USAC Eastern Storm point standings with three races completed and three remaining this weekend in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy. His runner-up finish provided him with his best result of the season after leading the initial 15 laps.

“I think it’s a huge momentum gain,” Moles said of attaining the Eastern Storm points lead. “We’ve been struggling; it’s no secret. We’ve finally hit on something here and we just keep clicking away. I just needed that yellow like a half lap sooner and I think I would’ve been all right. Nobody passed a car on the top all night long, so I figured (Seavey) wasn’t going to circle me. I was going through my mind wanting to run that line that he was running, but it’s hard to just jump up there and leave the door that open. The modifieds made it look like it was going to be rough and kind of a California style racetrack, so we just freed it up a little bit. I think that’s where he got us. We just weren’t getting down the straightaways as good as they were.”

Native Pennsylvanians Briggs Danner and Alex Bright crossed the stripe in fourth and fifth, respectively. Bright recorded his first career USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying time earlier in the night during Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying.

Another Pennsylvanian, Joey Amantea, entered Eastern Storm on a rough patch in his first season on the tour. In his first 16 starts of the USAC National Sprint Car season, Joey Amantea had finished inside the top-10 just once, and that occurred four months earlier during the season opening races in Florida. At Big Diamond, he posted his third straight top-10 result by finishing a solid ninth. That performance earned him the Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night.

Ricky Lewis had himself a topsy-turvy evening at Big Diamond when an engine issue in his heat race forced him into a backup car. Utilizing a powerplant borrowed from fellow competitor Brian Ruhlman, Lewis started 25th and finished 10th in the feature, earning a $100 bonus from Irvin King as the night’s hard charger.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 13, 2024 – Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, Pennsylvania – 17th USAC Eastern Storm – 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.799; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.802; 3. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.821; 4. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.845; 5. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.876; 6. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-14.881; 7. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.900; 8. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.919; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-14.958; 10. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.965; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.992; 12. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-15.023; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.032; 14. Steven Drevicki, 19, Drevicki-15.037; 15. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.037; 16. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-15.112; 17. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-15.158; 18. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin/Fox-15.176; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.233; 20. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-15.242; 21. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-15.324; 22. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.366; 23. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-15.458; 24. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-15.646; 25. J.T. Ferry, 18J, Ferry-15.707.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Tom Harris, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. J.T. Ferry, 8. Jadon Rogers, 9. C.J. Leary. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. Ricky Lewis. 2:03.876 (New Track Record)

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Anton Hernandez, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Joey Amantea, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 8. Chase Stockon. 2:04.421

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (2), 2. Mitchel Moles (1), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Briggs Danner (4), 5. Alex Bright (6), 6. Daison Pursley (11), 7. Kyle Cummins (19), 8. Robert Ballou (13), 9. Joey Amantea (14), 10. Ricky Lewis (25), 11. Jake Swanson (3), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 13. C.J. Leary (10), 14. Steven Drevicki (8), 15. Chase Stockon (15), 16. Matt Westfall (17), 17. Anton Hernandez (9), 18. Brady Bacon (7), 19. Korbyn Hayslett (22), 20. Jadon Rogers (24), 21. Charles Davis Jr. (20), 22. Hunter Maddox (21), 23. J.T. Ferry (23), 24. Tom Harris (16), 25. Carson Garrett (18). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Mitchel Moles, Laps 16-30 Logan Seavey.

**Jadon Rogers flipped during the first heat.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1253, 2-C.J. Leary-1193, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1168, 4-Brady Bacon-1162, 5-Daison Pursley-1153, 6-Justin Grant-1053, 7-Robert Ballou-1046, 8-Mitchel Moles-1038, 9-Kyle Cummins-1033, 10-Jake Swanson-927.

USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Mitchel Moles-193, 2-Brady Bacon-190, 3-Robert Ballou-184, 4-C.J. Leary-176, 5-Briggs Danner-174, 6-Logan Seavey-173, 7-Justin Grant-173, 8-Daison Pursley-164, 9-Kyle Cummins-164, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-150.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-99, 2-Logan Seavey-94, 3-Robert Ballou-91, 4-C.J. Leary-81, 5-Joey Amantea-76, 6-Kyle Cummins-63, 7-Justin Grant-60, 8-Brady Bacon-54, 9-Carson Garrett-50, 10-Matt Westfall-49.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 14, 2024 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania – 17th USAC Eastern Storm – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kevin Thomas Jr. (14.784)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Alex Bright (14.799)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Steven Drevicki

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Anton Hernandez

Irvin King Hard Charger: Ricky Lewis (25th to 10th)

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Joey Amantea

 

 

BACON BAGS BRIDGEPORT,

BECOMES USAC EASTERN STORM’S WINNINGEST DRIVER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Swedesboro, New Jersey (June 12, 2024)………After 17 years of USAC Eastern Storm competition, one driver now stands head and shoulders at the top of the all-time win list for the annual June series on the east coast.

Fittingly, that same driver, Brady Bacon, stood head and shoulders above the competition during Wednesday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park.

Bacon’s seventh career Eastern Storm triumph moved him past Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones and Chris Windom to become the winningest driver in the history of the series, which debuted in 2007.

How dominant was Bacon at Bridgeport? In the 18th event of the 2024 USAC National Sprint Car season, he became the first driver to lead a feature from start to finish without interruption, doing so once again for his second win of the year and the 55th of his career with the series in his Dynamics, Inc./J. Davidson Scrap Metal – Next Level Metal – Davis Bros. Trucking/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Furthermore, Bacon’s victory was his first in New Jersey, extending his record of different United States won in to 15 throughout his career.

And don’t look now, but Bacon is back in the hunt on the points front as well. On May 10, he stood 218 points out of the USAC National Sprint Car point lead. Now, after a run of seven consecutive podium finishes, Bacon has pulled to within 52 markers as he remains in the hunt for his record-tying fifth series driving title.

“We had a rough start to the year, but we knew it would turn around,” Bacon stated. “We just had to keep doing things right and we knew we had a fast racecar. You just go to the racetrack and try to win every night, then battle whatever obstacles come your way. We had to change a water pump today after qualifying, so we just needed to keep working and doing the right things. It’s easy to slack off and maybe get lazy but you’ve just got to keep doing everything right even if it takes a little extra effort. It doesn’t seem like it at times, but eventually it does pays off.”

Bacon’s admission is on point considering that, 24 hours earlier in the USAC Eastern Storm opener at Grandview Speedway, his engine dropped a cylinder, yet he still managed to persevere with a late-race pass to finish second. On Wednesday, the team’s engine provider, Gene Franckowiak, made an early morning trip to Rider Racing Engines to pick up a new engine for the team to use later that night at Bridgeport while also dropping off the Grandview powerplant to be fixed.

Prior to Bridgeport’s 30-lap main event, a considerable track rework took place while Bacon and the crew were busy preparing for battle. Nonetheless, they quickly adapted to the conditions and appeared comfortably in the zone for the distance.

“Luckily, I didn’t have time to look at what they did with track prep because I got really aggressive with my car,” Bacon noted. “I probably wouldn’t have done that if I had been paying attention, but we were scrambling all night. It was a lot wetter than I had anticipated, and I didn’t really know if I needed to be up on the bank or down on the bottom since I knew they worked the bottom a bit.”

Starting from the pole position, Bacon dashed away to the early lead with inside row two starter Kevin Thomas Jr. slotting into second and giving chase, and even briefly edging ahead in turns three and four on lap three, but was unable to keep pace with Bacon’s momentum at the exit of turn four. As it turned out, this brief interaction altered the course of the race from that point forward.

“He showed me his nose there and I was able to adjust to a line that worked,” Bacon revealed. “I just judged my speed off the lapped cars after that, and my diamond move seemed to be working well. I don’t know how good we were compared to everyone else, but we tightened up a lot and I was really nervous those first couple of laps, but I kept it on all fours, so I knew that if I could make it through those first five or six laps, we were going to be really good at the end.”

The lone stoppage of the feature came at the conclusion of lap four when 17th running Alex Bright slowed at the top of turn four to necessitate a yellow flag. When action resumed, Thomas was able to drive right to the rear bumper of Bacon by the time the race reached lap eight but was unable to gain any further ground.

By halfway, Bacon was knifing his way through traffic as he charged past the likes of Tom Harris, Korbyn Hayslett and Chase Stockon, putting each a lap down while also managing to keep both of his challengers, Thomas and the emerging Justin Grant, at bay to the tune of roughly seven tenths of a second.

Down the stretch, Bacon encountered even more traffic, but managed to sweep by with relative ease as he sprinted past Charles Davis Jr., Jake Swanson and even series point leader Logan Seavey in 15th, putting each driver one lap down as he finished off a masterful performance by a 1.256 second margin over runner-up Kevin Thomas Jr. with Justin Grant third, Robert Ballou fourth and Mitchel Moles fifth.

After mighty disappointment the night before at Grandview when he was caught up in an incident while running eighth with 10 laps to go, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) recovered nicely at Bridgeport to finish as the runner-up in his Rock Steady Racing/Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy. It was his best run to date on the newer 4/10-mile track distance after scoring a win and a second on the 3/8-mile track utilized for the series at Bridgeport in 2018-19.

“We had the same amount of grip no matter which part of the racetrack we went whether it was the bottom, middle or diamond line; we all just kind of went the same speed,” Thomas explained. “It’s kind of what you want in a racetrack where you can go the same speed anywhere. Whenever we were battling with Brady, we showed him a nose there in three and four. He’s not stupid, so he’s going to go exactly where I was. You’ve got to clear those guys whenever they’re of that caliber. At the end of the day, it’s a lot better than where we were yesterday and that’s all we can ask for. Everybody on our team works extremely hard. I think they work harder at keeping my head above water than they do on the car. They do a great job, and they give me great racecars to drive.”

Justin Grant’s recovery from Grandview to Bridgeport was a facsimile of KTJ’s. Contact on an earlier restart resulted in Grant’s drag link folding up while running fifth on the final lap at Grandview, sending him into the outside wall and back to a 20th place result in the blink of an eye. At Bridgeport, the ride was much smoother throughout as Grant returned to the podium with a third-place result in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

“I think our car was good and it was good last night too,” Grant said. “We just got caught up in a melee there and then the drag link ended up breaking. But it was good tonight. The track was fast but there just wasn’t a whole lot we could do. These guys were fast, and it was good to come home on the podium.”

Aside from Bacon, Logan Seavey (USAC National Sprint Car point leader) and Briggs Danner (USAC Eastern Storm point leader) also suffered somewhat similar, but more dire, engine-related consequences during the heat races at Bridgeport. Both wound up utilizing back up cars, which required them to start at the tail of the field for the feature. Danner’s backup car lasted only four laps before he pulled off with a steering issue. Seavey managed to collect Irvin King Hard Charger honors with his advancement from 23rd to 15th.

Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) missed the first race of USAC Eastern Storm on Tuesday night at Grandview. However, you couldn’t have missed him in his first run of the week on Wednesday at Bridgeport. He set a new eight-lap USAC Sprint Car track record in his heat race at a time of 2:03.44, destroying the former record of 2:11.63 set by Timmy Buckwalter in 2021. He then went on to finish eighth in in the feature, which earned him the Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night.

Likewise, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) also wrote himself into the record books with a new USAC one-lap mark at Bridgeport. His lap of 14.685 seconds in the Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying session broke the former record of 14.779 set by C.J. Leary in 2022. Moles’ 11th career fast qualifying time in USAC National Sprint Car competition tied him for 48th all-time alongside Jim McWithey and George Snider.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 12, 2024 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey – 17th USAC Eastern Storm – 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.685 (New Track Record); 2. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.746; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.871; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-14.898; 5. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.966; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.989; 7. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-14.992; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.992; 9. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.994; 10. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-15.004; 11. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin/Fox-15.052; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.173; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.213; 14. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-15.351; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-15.364; 16. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-15.392; 17. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.472; 18. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-15.546; 19. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.558; 20. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.564; 21. Steven Drevicki, 19, Drevicki-15.584; 22. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-15.600; 23. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-15.861; 24. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-15.995.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Korbyn Hayslett, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Logan Seavey. 2:05.686

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Anton Hernandez, 2. Ricky Lewis, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Tom Harris. 2:03.436 (New Track Record)

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Steven Drevicki, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. Briggs Danner. 2:06.634

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Robert Ballou (8), 5. Mitchel Moles (6), 6. C.J. Leary (5), 7. Kyle Cummins (10), 8. Anton Hernandez (7), 9. Ricky Lewis (12), 10. Joey Amantea (16), 11. Carson Garrett (2), 12. Matt Westfall (9), 13. Daison Pursley (15), 14. Jadon Rogers (14), 15. Logan Seavey (23), 16. Jake Swanson (13), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 18. Chase Stockon (17), 19. Korbyn Hayslett (20), 20. Tom Harris (21), 21. Steven Drevicki (19), 22. Alex Bright (11), 23. Briggs Danner (24), 24. Hunter Maddox (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1179, 2-C.J. Leary-1152, 3-Brady Bacon-1127, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1122, 5-Daison Pursley-1092, 6-Robert Ballou-990, 7-Justin Grant-979, 8-Kyle Cummins-976, 9-Mitchel Moles-976, 10-Jake Swanson-964.

USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-155, 2-C.J. Leary-135, 3-Robert Ballou-128, 4-Mitchel Moles-119, 5-Carson Garrett-113, 6-Kyle Cummins-107, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-104, 8-Briggs Danner-103, 9-Daison Pursley-103, 10-Justin Grant-99.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-94, 2-Logan Seavey-93, 3-Robert Ballou-86, 4-C.J. Leary-81, 5-Joey Amantea-71, 6-Justin Grant-58, 7-Brady Bacon-54, 8-Kyle Cummins-51, 9-Carson Garrett-50, 10-Matt Westfall-48.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 13, 2024 – Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, Pennsylvania – 17th USAC Eastern Storm – 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kyle Cummins (15.164)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (14.685)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Anton Hernandez

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Irvin King Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (23rd to 15th)

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Anton Hernandez

 

 

ENTRY LIST:

27 USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRIES

FOR PORT ROYAL ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 12, 2024)………Twenty-seven USAC Silver Crown drivers and machines are prepared to take on Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway for this Saturday night’s USAC Eastern Blast on June 15 at the dirt half-mile.

Among the 27 entries are Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the defending series champion who has won the only two previous Silver Crown appearances at Port Royal in 2022-23. Past Port Royal front runners in this Saturday’s field also include Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall (2nd in 2022), York, Pennsylvania’s Chase Dietz (2nd in 2023), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon (3rd in 2022 & 23), Stoystown, Pennsylvania’s Carmen Perigo (4th in 2023), Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson (5th in 2023) and Greenfield, Indiana’s C.J. Leary who won the pole in 2022 and finished 5th in 2023.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) also ran inside the top-10 at Port Royal with a 6th in 2022. Meanwhile, 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ Justin Grant returns to the Port Royal fray after scoring a 6th in 2023.

The list of fellow Port Royal Silver Crown returnees also consists of Fort Branch, Indiana’s Chase Stockon (11th in 2023), Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman (13th in 2022), Collegeville, Pennsylvania’s Alex Bright (13th in 2023) and Sunbury, Pennsylvania’s Mark Smith (16th in 2022).

Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson enters the event as the most recent USAC Silver Crown dirt winner at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks. She took 18th at Port Royal in 2023. Columbus, New Jersey’s Mark Bitner (19th in 2022) is back in action this Saturday as well as Shelbyville, Indiana’s Gregg Cory (22nd in 2023), Alvin, Texas’ Trey Burke (25th in 2023) and Raisin City, California’s Mitchel Moles (24th in 2023) who owns the one-lap USAC Silver Crown track record at Port Royal, set in 2023.

Drivers vying for their first career Port Royal USAC Silver Crown starts include 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) and newly crowned 2024 USAC Indiana Midget Week titlist Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.). Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.), who just recently won his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature on Tuesday at Grandview, will make his Port Royal champ car debut at Port Royal on Saturday.

Leading series Rookie Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio) is set to take in his first Port Royal experience on Saturday. Also eying first Port Royal USAC Silver Crown starts are Kyle Steffens (Saint Charles, Mo.), Chris Fetter (Troy, Mo.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Nathan Moore (Kaufman, Texas) and Tom Savage (Red Lion, Pa.) who is making his USAC Silver Crown debut.

The Eastern Storm/USAC Eastern Blast event will feature both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, plus winged 410 c.i. Sprint Cars. The USAC Silver Crown portion of the program will conclude with a 50-lap main event paying $8,000-to-win.

Pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm, followed by qualifying and racing. Adult admission tickets are $30, students age 13 to 18 are $15 and children 12 and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

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PORT ROYAL USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (27 CARS)

01 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA (L & M Motorsports)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Steffens Motorsports)

4 ®MARK BITNER/Columbus, NJ (Henry Yeska)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

9 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Chris Dyson)

10 ®BRIGGS DANNER/Allentown, PA (DMW Motorsports)

15 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Chris Fetter)

21 ®DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Team AZ Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing)

24 ®ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams-Cory Racing)

38 ®TOM SAVAGE/Red Lion, PA (Savage Motorsports)

48 ®NATHAN MOORE/Kaufman, TX (Chip Thomas-Joe Moore)

49 BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman)

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

53 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Five Three Motorsports)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Racing)

60 TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Legacy Autosport-Robert Wilson Racing)

69 CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing)

81 ®TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (BCR Group)

86 ®CHASE DIETZ/York, PA (Bruce Lee)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Hans Lein)

119 ®MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

® represents a USAC Silver Crown National Championship Rookie

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-263, 2-C.J. Leary-262, 3-Justin Grant-224, 4-Logan Seavey-205, 5-Taylor Ferns-196, 6-Bobby Santos-183, 7-Kaylee Bryson-178, 8-Mario Clouser-158, 9-Jerry Coons Jr.-136, 10-Gregg Cory-134.

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USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY:

2-Logan Seavey

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USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY:

2022: Logan Seavey (6/18)

2023: Logan Seavey (6/17)

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USAC SILVER CROWN TRACK RECORDS AT PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY

1 Lap - 6/17/2023 - Mitchel Moles - 20.899 - 86.129 mph

50 Laps - 6/17/2023 - Logan Seavey - 29:32.10 - 50.787 mph

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PORT ROYAL USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS:

2022 FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (6), 2. Matt Westfall (4), 3. Brady Bacon (2), 4. Dallas Hewitt (11), 5. C.J. Leary (1), 6. Shane Cottle (7), 7. Shane Cockrum (10), 8. Kody Swanson (5), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Carmen Perigo (19), 11. Brian Tyler (16), 12. Chase Stockon (17), 13. Brian Ruhlman (15), 14. Jimmy Light (18), 15. Austin Nemire (21), 16. Mark Smith (9), 17. Jake Swanson (3), 18. Travis Welpott (23), 19. Mark Bitner (22), 20. Mike Haggenbottom (20), 21. Tom Paterson (24), 22. Justin Grant (8), 23. Gregg Cory (14), 24. Kyle Robbins (13). 31:43.07 (New Track Record)

2023 FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Chase Dietz (3), 3. Brady Bacon (6), 4. Carmen Perigo (9), 5. Kody Swanson (2), 6. Justin Grant (7), 7. Matt Westfall (12), 8. Shane Cottle (13), 9. C.J. Leary (5), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (14), 11. Chase Stockon (11), 12. Jake Swanson (10), 13. Alex Bright (16), 14. Steve Buckwalter (20), 15. Wayne Johnson (17), 16. Mario Clouser (8), 17. Mark Smith (22), 18. Kaylee Bryson (15), 19. Travis Welpott (26-P), 20. Ryan Thomas (21), 21. Mark Bitner (23), 22. Gregg Cory (24), 23. Taylor Ferns (25-P), 24. Mitchel Moles (1), 25. Trey Burke (19), 26. Russ Gamester (18). NT

 

WINNER, WINNER BRIGGS DANNER!

PENNSYLVANIAN GETS FIRST

USAC SPRINT WIN AT GRANDVIEW

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (June 11, 2024)………For Briggs Danner, a first career victory on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour seemed closer than ever before.

On a part-time basis in eight series starts this year, he’d finished inside the top-10 in seven of them, and less than a month ago, he was standing in victory lane with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway, host of Tuesday night’s USAC Eastern Storm opener and the venue in which he had earned his best USAC national performance to date with a runner-up finish in 2022.

How fitting it was that the native Keystone State racer achieved his breakthrough on his home dirt in front of his home crowd at what you might consider one of his home tracks, located roughly a half-hour or so from his Allentown, Pa. home.

For Danner to be able to get it done during the premiere of the most preeminent event for USAC racing on the east coast – the 17th edition of Eastern Storm – was icing on the cake for he and his Hogue Racing Enterprises/E. Schneider & Sons – Boulevard Truck Repair/DRC/Rider Chevy during the 13th running of the Jesse Hockett Classic.

“This is freaking awesome,” Danner, the 2022-23 USAC East Coast regional sprint car titlist exclaimed. “To do it in front of this crowd at this track is incredible. This might not set in until the end of the week.”

In doing so, Danner posted several firsts. He became the first Pennsylvanian to win a USAC National Sprint Car feature period since Selinsgrove’s Frankie Kerr in 1999 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Furthermore, Danner became the first Pennsylvanian to win a USAC National Sprint Car race in his home state since Paul Pitzer at Reading in 1979.

In terms of Eastern Storm, he’s the first driver to earn his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature during the event in 14 years – since Chris Windom’s score at Big Diamond Speedway in 2010. In fact, in the 64-race history of Eastern Storm, only five drivers have won their first career USAC National Sprint Car main event. Along with Danner and Windom in that club are Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2007 Big Diamond), Cole Whitt (2008 Big Diamond) and Chad Boat (2008 Hagerstown).

Danner’s victory also arrives on the heels of Daison Pursley’s first career USAC National Sprint Car points-paying triumph at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway 10 days earlier. It’s the first such instance of consecutive first-time series winners in the series since July of 2022 at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway where Ryan Bernal and Mitchel Moles won on back-to-back nights.

Starting fourth on this night, Danner certainly had his work cut out for it with two drivers in the same realm occupying the front row. Both pole sitter Carson Garrett and outside front row starter Alex Bright were similarly vying for their first career USAC National Sprint Car victories. Garrett controlled the pace to lead the opening lap, but Bright made his bid in turn one on the second lap as he slid his way past Garrett.

However, by the time Bright reached turn two, his front wheels pulled skyward, and he subsequently kicked sideways. Garrett escaped trouble but ramped his right rear tire over Bright’s left front, sending Bright to a complete halt. Garrett continued onward while Bright attempted to return but spun backwards to a stop in turn four under the yellow flag with more dire damage done than was first apparent, ending his night. Seventh running Kyle Cummins also spun to avoid the initial carnage. As the field slowed for the incident, Cummins slid into the left rear tire of Brady Bacon, knocking Cummins sideways and sending him spinning to a stop. Cummins returned to finish 11th.

Upon the resumption of the 40-lap main event, Garrett extended his lead to over a second by lap 11 until reaching the tail end of the field. In what soon came to be known as a slider fest, Danner made the first successful move on lap 15 when he dove under Garrett in turn three as the two frontrunners attempted to navigate past the lapped car of Tom Harris. Over the course of the next three laps, Danner and Garrett exchanged the lead three different times before Danner ultimately escaped the throes of the challenge on the 17th lap around the 1/3-mile dirt oval when he completed the pass of Garrett on the back straight.

“We ran the (USAC) East Coast race here earlier this year and it was nothing like this,” Danner remarked. “Carson was really, really good, and I felt like my only opportunity was lapped traffic unless he made a mistake. I knew I just needed to capitalize.”

Danner's lead ballooned to a full-straightaway with 10 to go as he sliced through lapped traffic to put Chase Stockon and Steven Drevicki a lap down in the process of building a 3.149 second lead. However, on lap 30, Ricky Lewis (13th) slowed with an issue on his right rear tire to necessitate a yellow flag. On the lap 31 restart, the fifth-place car of Mitchel Moles suddenly slowed in turn one, creating havoc behind him as several drivers scattered to miss the melee. The most unfortunate soul was Kevin Thomas Jr. (8th) who became the only other driver outside of Moles to stop.

Nonetheless, the restart didn’t hamper Danner’s groove much in any form or fashion as he stretched his advantage to 1.7 seconds over Garrett. However, once again, the yellow flag was displayed, this time for fifth running Justin Grant whose car came to a grinding halt against the outside wall in turns three and four, abruptly ending his race on the final lap and relegating him back to a disheartening 20th place result. Thus, for Danner, the stoppage resulted in having to survive and advance through yet another restart, this time of the green-white-checker variety.

“I hate restarts as it is,” Danner admitted. “I had to hit my marks, and luckily, I was able to keep it out front. I saw that Brady Bacon was coming up through, so I was happy to see him stay third. If he had to battle Garrett a little bit, that just made my job easier. But I don’t know how it was behind me. I just drove the hell out of it and here we are.”

Danner went scot-free en route to his monumental first series victory by a 1.114 second margin of victory at the stripe. Meanwhile, just behind Danner, second running Garrett was slid by Bacon for the runner-up spot on the lap 39 restart. Moments later, Leary shot underneath his teammate, Garrett, off the fourth turn on the final lap to grab third. Garrett took fourth at the line while point leader Logan Seavey rounded out the top-five.

“Needless to say, this is a fantastic start to the week,” Danner said. “We had a great piece we had tonight. (Car owners) Tim and Fran (Hogue) really do make my job easier. I feel like I have a really good piece, maybe one of the best, but our time trial helped tonight, and our starting position helped. Restarts were key and I’m so thankful to be able to pull it off. I think it’s safe to say that’s the most fun I’ve ever had here.”

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) opened his night by erasing Kevin Thomas Jr.'s 12-year-old one lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Grandview. Bacon's lap of 13.341 seconds in Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying bested the former record of 13.360 set in 2012, giving him his 51st career fast time award, surpassing C.J. Leary for sole possession of fourth all-time.

Overall, Bacon, the five-time Grandview winner, earned his seventh top-two finish at Grandview in just 11 career USAC Sprint starts, adding another one on Tuesday night in his Dynamics, Inc./J. Davidson Scrap Metal – Next Level Metal – Davis Bros. Trucking/Triple X/Rider Chevy. And he did with a daring pass on the final restart with just two laps remaining.

“It was so hard to pass on the top, that was my only option,” Bacon explained. “They were messing up a little bit on the top and I figured that, maybe for a lap, I could run a good enough lap on the bottom to get by. I thought I was actually going to lose third, but then (Garrett) messed up and I got by and was able to stay in front of them both. So, it was close. It was a gamble, but I had to go for it running third. It pays twice as much to run second, so it’s worth the risk. We actually had an issue there the last 15 laps with fuel; something wasn’t quite right. I don’t think it really hurt me, but when you have something wrong, it kind of gets in the back of your head a little bit and you can’t drive as aggressively as you normally would.”

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) returned to the podium as a top-three finisher for the first time in a month aboard his BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Valvoline – Hornbeck Concrete/DRC/1-Way Chevy. He moved to second place in the series standings for his efforts while also slotting into the top-three with one last-ditch effort off the final corner.

“I figured Brady was going to go to the bottom and I got a pretty good run on the last restart on him on the outside there,” Leary detailed. “Honestly, I thought I was going to snooker Brady, but he was able to slide Carson. We were able to diamond it and get by Carson. Carson ran a heck of a race but our 15x was good tonight. We normally struggle in PA so to come out with a third, we’re pretty happy. Obviously, I want to park it in victory lane. I’ve been pretty good here in the past, but I’ve just never been able to get it done here.”

Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.) was happy to be back on his home ground at Grandview as he advanced 20th to 9th in the feature to pick up a $100 hard charger reward from Irvin King. For Amantea, it was his first top-10 USAC National Sprint Car result since February at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) avoided catastrophe in a major stack-up in turn two with 10 laps to go. He saved it, missed the carnage and managed to carry onward to a seventh-place result. For that, he was acknowledged as the recipient of the Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2024 – Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania – 17th USAC Eastern Storm / Jesse Hockett Classic – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.341 (New Track Record); 2. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.351; 3. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-13.420; 4. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-13.427; 5. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-13.443; 6. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-13.444; 7. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-13.444; 8. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-13.481; 9. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.492; 10. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.522; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-13.529; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-13.546; 13. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-13.577; 14. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.589; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-13.671; 16. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.722; 17. Steven Drevicki, 19, Drevicki-13.726; 18. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.799; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.833; 20. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-13.849; 21. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-13.887; 22. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-13.902; 23. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-13.941; 24. J.T. Ferry, 18J, Ferry-14.360; 25. Scott Frack, 39x, Frack-14.619; 26. Jason Cherry, 67c, Cherry-14.802.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Korbyn Hayslett, 9. Scott Frack. 2:17.996

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Joey Amantea, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. Jason Cherry, 9. Ricky Lewis. 2:21.349

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Tom Harris, 8. J.T. Ferry. 2:22.262

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Tom Harris, 4. Hunter Maddox, 5. J.T. Ferry, 6. Korbyn Hayslett, 7. Scott Frack, 8. Jason Cherry. 2:55.244

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Briggs Danner (4), 2. Brady Bacon (6), 3. C.J. Leary (3), 4. Carson Garrett (1), 5. Logan Seavey (13), 6. Daison Pursley (10), 7. Robert Ballou (15), 8. Jake Swanson (16), 9. Joey Amantea (20), 10. Jadon Rogers (8), 11. Kyle Cummins (7), 12. Mitchel Moles (5), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 14. Steven Drevicki (18), 15. Chase Stockon (17), 16. Matt Westfall (19), 17. Ricky Lewis (11), 18. Tom Harris (21), 19. Korbyn Hayslett (22), 20. Justin Grant (12), 21. Kevin Thomas Jr. (14), 22. J.T. Ferry (24), 23. Hunter Maddox (23), 24. Alex Bright (2). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Carson Garrett, Laps 15-40 Briggs Danner.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1145, 2-C.J. Leary-1089, 3-Daison Pursley-1050, 4-Brady Bacon-1049, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1048, 6-Robert Ballou-921, 7-Kyle Cummins-918, 8-Justin Grant-907, 9-Mitchel Moles-895, 10-Jake Swanson-843.

USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Briggs Danner-79, 2-Brady Bacon-77, 3-C.J. Leary-72, 4-Carson Garrett-66, 5-Logan Seavey-65, 6-Daison Pursley-61, 7-Robert Ballou-59, 8-Jake Swanson-55, 9-Jadon Rogers-51, 10-Joey Amantea-50.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-92, 2-Logan Seavey-85, 3-Robert Ballou-82, 4-C.J. Leary-81, 5-Joey Amantea-65, 6-Justin Grant-57, 7-Brady Bacon-54, 8-Carson Garrett-50, 9-Kyle Cummins-48, 10-Matt Westfall-48.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 12, 2024 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey – 17th USAC Eastern Storm – 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Mitchel Moles (13.409)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon (13.341)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Ricky Lewis

Hard Charger: Joey Amantea (20th to 9th)

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Robert Ballou

 

 

23 USAC EASTERN STORM FULL-TIMERS

SET TO SPRINT JUNE 11-16 IN PA & NJ

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 9, 2024)………Twenty-three drivers are set for full-time duty during USAC’s Eastern Storm series featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in Pennsylvania and New Jersey from June 11-16.

Among the group are four past Eastern Storm champions Brady Bacon (2014), Robert Ballou (2015 & 2021), C.J. Leary (2019) and Logan Seavey (2022).

Eight of the 23 expected full-time participants have previously won an Eastern Storm feature, including Brady Bacon (6), Robert Ballou (5), Justin Grant (4), Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), Logan Seavey (2), Kyle Cummins (1), Chase Stockon (1) and Jake Swanson (1).

Returning to Eastern Storm duty in 2024 are Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), winner of the most recent USAC National Sprint Car feature on the first of June at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway. Also trekking eastbound are fellow USAC National Sprint Car winners Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

Back at Eastern Storm for another go are a group of drivers eying a first career USAC National Sprint Car victory. Among them are the likes of USAC East Coast Sprint Car champions Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.), Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) and Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.).

Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), the 2023 USAC National Most Improved Driver, is back in action for a return visit to Eastern Storm. Also back are Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.), 2024 USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.) as well as Ricky Lewis (Camarillo, Calif.), the winningest non-wing sprint car driver in the United States for 2023.

Making their debut visits to Eastern Storm this year are leading USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender Hunter Maddox (Bloomington, Ind.) and past Lawrenceburg Speedway Rookie of the Year Saban Bibent (Cincinnati, Ohio).

As usual, aside from the full-timers, several other drivers will join in on Eastern Storm with a partial schedule, hitting events here and there. That includes versatile Pennsylvania star Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.), Korbyn Hayslett (Troy, Ohio) and Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxfordshire) who brings a little bit of international flavor from the United Kingdom.

USAC Eastern Storm 2024 presents six USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events across a six-night span in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Historic racetracks are in abundance on the east coast, and this year’s list is tradition-rich with Grandview Speedway on June 11, Bridgeport Motorsports Park on June 12, Big Diamond Speedway on June 13, Williams Grove Speedway on June 14, Port Royal Speedway on June 15 and Action Track USA on June 16.

For more information on each event, visit the “Schedule/Results” tab on www.usacracing.com, then click on “Sprint Cars” and “AMSOIL National.” From there, click on “Event Info” next to the corresponding event on the schedule.

The entire week of events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/usac.


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2024 USAC EASTERN STORM FULL-TIMERS LIST (23)

2B JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (2B Racing)

3p KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Petty Performance Racing)

3R KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (BGE Dougherty Motorsports)

15x C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (BGE Dougherty Motorsports)

17GP JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

19 STEVEN DREVICKI/Reading, PA (Greg Fitzpatrick)

19AZ MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21AZ DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Team AZ Racing)

24m HUNTER MADDOX/Bloomington, IN (Hunter Maddox Racing)

27 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Heffner Racing Enterprises)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

39 BRIGGS DANNER/Allentown, PA (Hogue Racing Enterprises)

41 RICKY LEWIS/Camarillo, CA (Stensland Motorsports)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis Jr.)

57 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

84 TOM HARRIS/Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK (Tom Harris Motorsports)

88J JOEY AMANTEA/Mount Pocono, PA (JPA Racing)

98 SABAN BIBENT/Cincinnati, OH (Wedgewood Motorsports)

 

 

TRI-STATE TRIUMPH!

SEAVEY TALLIES HIS FIRST

OF USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (June 8, 2024)………After capturing the USAC Indiana Midget Week championship a year ago, by all accounts, this hasn’t exactly been the week that Logan Seavey and Abacus Racing had envisioned.

Nonetheless, they were determined to make a lasting mark before the curtain fell on the five-race USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship miniseries across the Hoosier State.

After successive finishes of 17th (DNF), 11th and 4th in their first three IMW outings this week, Seavey wheeled his Indy Fuel – AP Driver Development – Prime 47 – Drexel Interiors/Spike/Stanton SR-11x to a memorable victory on Saturday night at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, outdueling Kyle Cummins for his first win of the week.

For the two-time USAC Indiana Midget Week champion from Sutter, Calif., it was his 18th career USAC National Midget feature win, tying him for 40th on the all-time list alongside Dave Steele. However, it’s the first of his career at Tri-State, where he owns an average finish of eighth and hasn’t finished better than fifth in any of his five previous series starts.

It’s a place he and many others have struggled to master over the years. But now, you can forever introduce Seavey as a Tri-State Speedway winner, a feat that even he has a hard time believing.

“It’s so cool to be fast here, finally,” Seavey exclaimed. “I have sucked so badly here in the past. I can’t say enough about what (my crew does). It’s just insane that I won at Haubstadt; that’s really all I can say. I’m usually getting lapped here, so I’m usually trying to stay out of the way. To get up here and race with these guys is cool, and to put on a show like that is really cool. Winning at Haubstadt is awesome.”

Seavey began his 30-lap quest from the fourth spot in the 25-car field. Meanwhile, outside front row starting Jake Andreotti set sail at the start, leading the initial seven laps from his outside front row starting position. Third-starting Cummins made a couple early bids for the race lead on laps six and seven that were ultimately rejected when Andreotti raced back under to retake the lead for the time being.

On the eighth lap, the course turned when Andreotti slid over the cushion and slapped the turn four wall, allowing both Cummins and Seavey to drive past and become the new occupants of the first two positions in the running order, respectively.

IMW point leader Daison Pursley entered the fray and instantly became a player up front in the second half of the race, sliding his way past Seavey into second for a brief moment in turns two and four on lap 18. Nonetheless, Seavey was prepared for it, and instantly countered the move by punching back and driving back to retain second.

In the meantime, Cummins stretched his lead to eighth tenths of a second over Seavey with a mere eight laps remaining, but traffic was suddenly looming for the frontrunners by that point in time. That equation was soon expunged on the 23rd lap when 21st running Kyle Jones spun backwards to a stop in turn four. That reshuffled the deck and allowed for a clear track ahead for the leaders when the race resumed.

That is precisely when the ultimate slider fest of all slider fests commenced between Cummins and Seavey. Seavey fired his shot on the lap 23 restart when he dove to the bottom of turn one and slid up in front of Cummins to gain the lead. But Cummins had his response signed and sealed before delivering it by sliding his way back past Seavey in turns three and four to regain the upper hand.

It was a carbon copy situation for the pair on the 24th circuit, but on lap 25, Cummins threw a slight changeup by sliding himself on entry into turn one. This time around, Seavey went to work on the opposite end of the 1/4-mile dirt oval and successfully executed the slide job in turns three and four to take over the spot before beating Cummins to the stripe by 3/4 of a car length margin.

Seemingly, Seavey went to school by following in the wake of Cummins who has won an enormous amount of sprint car races over the years at Tri-State, including six in USAC-sanctioned events at the track. Ultimately, the lessons Seavey learned were more than an adequate teacher.

“Following a guy like him makes it easier to figure out what I need to do because he’s obviously the best here,” Seavey stated. “I just needed a good restart, and once it got going, it was like we were exactly the same pace. He’d get away a few car lengths, then I’d stick with him. I was really hoping for some traffic to make it interesting, but it was like every time we got there, a yellow would come out. I just got one great restart and that was all I needed to get racing with him and slow him down.”

In the process, Seavey discovered the difference between two plans of attack – the one that got him to the front in the first place and the one in which he was going to use to maintain and sustain his lead once he reached that juncture.

“It’s just how it is here,” Seavey acknowledged. “You can actually make a bunch of grip and a bunch of speed by running down but then once you get clear, you have to get up and make speed. I was actually defending from Daison with the slider line, and I was slowly creeping up on Kyle. That was when I kind of figured that once I got to the lead, if I could really be consistent at doing that, it would be good and that Kyle, of course, would figure out something to beat it and get back in front of me. That’s what the good guys do here, so I had to stay lower with my protection line.”

Moments after the lead exchange, Jade Avedisian (17th) stopped in turns three and four to necessitate the final caution of the evening, setting up a four-lap dash to the finish. Seavey withstood one last attack from Cummins on the first go around following the lap 27 restart, yet Cummins was only able to muster enough to pull even with Seavey in turn four, but soon slotted back into line behind Seavey who gradually drifted away into the distance.

From there onward, Seavey sped away to clinch a 0.601 second victory, his second of the USAC National Midget season, over Kyle Cummins, followed by Daison Pursley and Justin Grant with Zach Wigal rounding out the top-five.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) led a race high 18 laps before finishing as the runner-up in his Glenn Styres Racing/Ohsweken Speedway - Elite - Midwest Lawn & Landscaping/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. All in all, it was his best USAC National Midget result since scoring his one and only career series victory at Tri-State in June of 2021.

When finishing third is a bit of a personal disappointment, you’ve got to take solace in the fact that that’s not a bad place to be in the grand scheme of things. Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) did just that after finishing on the podium for the fourth consecutive time in four nights aboard his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – NOS Energy Drink – TRD/Spike/Speedway Toyota, extending his USAC Indiana Midget Week point lead to 64 over Ryan Timms.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature winner Adam Taylor (Wheatfield, Ind.) advanced to his first USAC National Midget main event in two seasons. Not only that, but he also won it with a unique Fusion V-4 powerplant that emanated a mighty growling roar from under the hood, much different than the standard higher-pitched noise that we have been accustomed to. After all was said and done, he was the recipient of the Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) was forced into a backup car after his primary ride broke a rocker arm in his heat race. Starting 23rd in the feature, he raced his way back through the field to an 11th place result. The +12 netted him his second straight $100 hard charger bonus in as many nights courtesy of Irvin King.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2024 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – 20th Annual USAC Indiana Midget Week

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Daison Pursley, 86, CBI-13.551; 2. Zach Wigal, 89, CBI-13.597; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.653; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.741; 5. Jake Andreotti, 14, 4 Kings-13.800; 6. Ricky Lewis, 54, 4 Kings-13.820; 7. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.840; 8. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.896; 9. Kale Drake, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.902; 10. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.905; 11. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.949; 12. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.971; 13. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.975; 14. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-14.000; 15. Chase McDermand, 8w, Ford-14.006; 16. Zach Daum, 7p, RAMCO-14.073; 17. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-14.078; 18. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.263; 19. Kayla Roell, 4K, Roell-14.309; 20. Adam Taylor, 7T, ATM-14.322; 21. Jadon Rogers, 7m, RAMCO-14.364; 22. Kevin Thomas Jr, 14s, Mounce/Stout-14.450; 23. Jeff Schindler, 8x, Schindler-14.460; 24. Michael Pickens, 54NZ, Mounce/Stout-14.552; 25. Hank Davis, 8, Cornell-14.568; 26. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.590; 27. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-14.646; 28. Drake Edwards, 3p, Petty-14.660; 29. Stephen Schnapf, 11, Martin-14.765; 30. Tom Dunkel, 17A, Ford-15.107; 31. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-15.149; 32. Adam Bolyard, 4, Bolyard-15.191; 33. Kyle Jones, 27x, Joyner-15.203.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Ryan Timms, 4. Kale Drake, 5. Jake Andreotti, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Kyle Jones, 8. Stephen Schnapf, 9. Hank Davis. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Wigal, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Steve Buckwalter, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Ricky Lewis, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Tom Dunkel, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Gavin Miller, 5. Jeff Schindler, 6. Kayla Roell, 7. Blake Brannon, 8. Lance Bennett. 2:24.491

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Michael Pickens, 6. Adam Taylor, 7. Drake Edwards, 8. Adam Bolyard. 2:23.693

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Adam Taylor, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Drake Edwards, 4. Kyle Jones, 5. Blake Brannon, 6. Lance Bennett, 7. Tom Dunkel, 8. Hank Davis, 9. Kayla Roell, 10. Jadon Rogers, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Adam Bolyard, 13. Stephen Schnapf. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Kyle Cummins (3), 3. Daison Pursley (6), 4. Justin Grant (15), 5. Zach Wigal (5), 6. Chase McDermand (7), 7. Gavin Miller (9), 8. Jacob Denney (16), 9. Zach Daum (8), 10. Jadon Rogers (24-P), 11. Cannon McIntosh (23), 12. Ryan Timms (14), 13. Taylor Reimer (10), 14. Jake Andreotti (2), 15. Kale Drake (11), 16. Hayden Reinbold (13), 17. Steve Buckwalter (17), 18. Jade Avedisian (12), 19. Adam Taylor (18), 20. Drake Edwards (21), 21. Kyle Jones (22), 22. Ricky Lewis (1), 23. Jeff Schindler (19), 24. Ethan Mitchell (20), 25. Michael Pickens (25). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Jake Andreotti, Laps 8-25 Kyle Cummins, Laps 26-30 Logan Seavey.

**Kyle Jones flipped during the first heat.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-511, 2-Cannon McIntosh-453, 3-Ryan Timms-436, 4-Logan Seavey-432, 5-Justin Grant-402, 6-Zach Daum-389, 7-Jacob Denney-385, 8-Gavin Miller-352, 9-Kale Drake-339, 10-Kyle Jones-309.

USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-310, 2-Ryan Timms-246, 3-Cannon McIntosh-244, 4-Justin Grant-241, 5-Logan Seavey-237, 6-Jacob Denney-223, 7-Gavin Miller-206, 8-Hayden Reinbold-196, 9-Zach Daum-192, 10-Zach Wigal-191.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-82, 2-C.J. Leary-81, 3-Logan Seavey-74, 4-Robert Ballou-74, 5-Justin Grant-57, 6-Joey Amantea-54, 7-Brady Bacon-50, 8-Carson Garrett-50, 9-Kyle Cummins-48, 10-Matt Westfall-45.

USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-30, 2-Justin Grant-29, 3-Ryan Timms-27, 4-Cannon McIntosh-27, 5-Kale Drake-19, 6-Lance Bennett-19, 7-Logan Seavey-17, 8-Kyle Jones-16, 9-Gavin Miller-14, 10-Zach Daum-14.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 9, 2024 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – 20th Annual USAC Indiana Midget Week


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jake Andreotti (13.502)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Daison Pursley (13.551)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Zach Wigal

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Chase McDermand

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Zach Daum

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Adam Taylor

Irvin King Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh (23rd to 11th)

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Adam Taylor

 

 

AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 8, 2024 – The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, California – “Golden Empire Clash”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-14.371; 2. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.524; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-14.550; 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.667; 5. Brody Roa, 8M, May-14.910; 6. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.978; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.014; 8. Austin Williams, 17W, Dunkel-15.095; 9. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-15.189; 10. David Gasper, 18, Kittle/Gasper-15.246; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.265; 12. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-15.301; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-15.562; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-15.666; 15. Elexa Herrera, 5E, Herrera-15.723; 16. Jon DeWees, 63D, DeWees-16.181; 17. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.328; 18. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-16.428.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / SEXTON FIRE PROTECTION / BILLSJERKY.NET FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, All Transfer To Feature ) 1. Brody Roa, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Chris Gansen, 5. Logan Williams, 6. Ryan Timmons, 7. Elexa Herrera, 8. Verne Sweeney, 9. Chris Ennis. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS / WC FRIEND COMPANY / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, All Transfer To Feature) 1. David Gasper, 2. A.J. Bender, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Brent Owens, 5. Austin Grabowski, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Jon DeWees, 9. Camie Bell. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (6), 2. Logan Williams (9), 3. A.J. Bender (5), 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (7), 5. Tommy Malcolm (14), 6. Cody Williams (4), 7. Austin Williams (8), 8. Chris Gansen (1), 9. Ryan Timmons (11), 10. Brent Owens (2), 11. Chris Ennis (17), 12. Verne Sweeney (13), 13. Jon DeWees (16), 14. Camie Bell (18), 15. Brody Roa (3), 16. Elexa Herrera (15), 17. David Gasper (10), 18. Austin Grabowski (12). NT.
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**Malcolm flipped during qualifications. Herrera flipped on lap sixteen of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chris Gansen, Laps 2-16 Cody Williams, Laps 17-30 R.J. Johnson.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Tommy Malcolm (14 to 5).

NEW AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 22– Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINTS TO KERN “GOLDEN EMPIRE CLASH”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 4, 2024... This Saturday, June 8th, the chase for the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship will resume at The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway. Promoted by Tim Huddleston, the “Golden Empire Clash” is the first of three appearances for the non-winged 410s at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm, Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:45pm, followed by Time Trials, with Racing scheduled at 7:00pm. For more event information and advance tickets, visit the track’s website at kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The series rule book is online at usacracing.com, appendix E.

The seventh point race of the year is the fourth event for the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway. The traditional 410s last visited the facility on April 29, 2023 and “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa claimed the victory on his way to the championship. Ryan Timmons used an iron block 360 engine to win on March 12, 2021 and Max Adams topped the following night’s main event. The 1-lap track record of 14.106 was set by 10-time USAC/CRA champion, “The Demon” Damion Gardner on March 12, 2021.

After finishing second at the May 25th “Salute to Indy” at Perris Auto Speedway, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has taken over the point lead. Driving Ricky and Michele Johnson’s #51 JUGO Superfoods / Avanti Windows & Doors Sherman, Johnson has one semi-main win, six top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion and 2005 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the eighth USAC/CRA win of his career at the “Golden Empire Clash.”

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Yucaipa, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm scored fifteenth in the “Salute to Indy” after an early flip ended his night. To date, the veteran driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and five top-10 finishes on the season. Tommy will be looking to earn the fourth victory of his career this Saturday night,

Leading rookie contender David Gasper (Goleta, California) sits third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the Kittle Motorsports / Gasper Racing #18 DRC with a 360 engine, Gasper raced to a sixth place finish at Perris after starting fifteenth. As this writing goes to press, the two-time California Lightning Sprint Champion has one feature win, one semi main win, two In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Awards, four top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. David will be looking to gain valuable points with a victory at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway.

After running fifth at the “Salute to Indy,” A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the USAC/CRA championship. Driving the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / Matrix Construction Services DRC, Bender has two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2022 USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year will be looking to top Saturday’s “Golden Empire Clash.”

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Corona, California) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom & Christy Dunkel’s #17 Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Williams placed seventh in the May 25th main event. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday, “The Big Game Hunter” will have his sights on tying Bryan Clauson with the twelfth USAC/CRA victory of his career.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is tied with his older brother for fifth in the point chase. Racing John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams led seventeen laps of the “Salute to Indy” before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. At press time, the 2014 Rookie of the Year has one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led to his credit. Logan will be looking to earn his first career USAC/CRA victory at the “Golden Empire Clash.”

While David Gasper leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Brent Sexton (Lakeside, California), Elexa Herrera (New Cuyama, California), Braden Chiaramonte (El Cajon, California), Joey Bishop (Camarillo, California), Mark Henry (Rosamond, California), Blake Hendricks (Simi Valley, California), Tom Dunkel (Menifee, California), and Camie Bell (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Verne Sweeney, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, Grant Sexton, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, Chris Gansen, Kaleb Montgomery, Ryan Timmons, and more.

The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway is located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California. To get to the speedway, take Interstate-5 and exit at Enos Lane (CA 43, Exit 246) and drive to Raceway Blvd. The track is on the west side of the interstate. Adult tickets are $25, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $10, and Children (5& Under) are FREE. For more event information and advance tickets, visit kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

The Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Sexton Fire Protection, WC Friend Company, and Woodland Auto Display, for their support.

For more information on the Avanti Windows & Doors 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.
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AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner, 2023-Brody Roa.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Matt Mitchell, 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-David Gasper, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

KERN COUNTY AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Damion Gardner – 14.016 (03/12/21)

KERN COUNTY AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Max Adams, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-386, 2. Tommy Malcolm-364, 3. David Gasper (R)-348, 4. A.J. Bender-342, 5. Austin Williams-338, ---Logan Williams-338, 7. Cody Williams-291, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-278, 9. Matt Mitchell-247, 10. Charles Davis Jr.-244. The complete point standings can be found at usacracing.com/standings/sprint-cars/cra

 

 

TUESDAY'S CIRCLE CITY

USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER RAINED OUT

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 4, 2024)………Afternoon showers have forced cancellation of Tuesday night’s USAC Indiana Midget Week opener at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis for June 4.

The now five-race miniseries for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will resume on Wednesday night, June 5, at southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

On Wednesday at Lawrenceburg, the pits open at 2pm Eastern with the front gates opening at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6pm followed by qualifying and racing. Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 7-12 are $8 and children 6-under are free. Pit passes are $40 and backstretch passes are $15. Kelsey Chevrolet Sprint Cars will also be on the card.

The 20th edition of USAC Indiana Midget Week continues each night through Sunday. Lawrenceburg Speedway is next on Wednesday, June 5 followed by Lincoln Park Speedway’s round on for Thursday, June 6. Bloomington Speedway begins the weekend portion of the schedule on Friday, June 7 while Tri-State Speedway hosts the penultimate round on Saturday, June 8. Kokomo Speedway will serve as the finale on Sunday, June 9.

 

 

SPOILER ALERT!

GRANT WINS 50TH USAC SPRINT RACE

AT KNOXVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Knoxville, Iowa (May 31, 2024)………Mired in one of the most prolonged slumps of his career, Justin Grant played all the right notes, keys and chords in capturing his 50th career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victory during Friday night’s Avanti Windows & Doors Corn Belt Clash opener at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway.

Over his past nine series starts this year, Grant (Ione, Calif.) had finished 13th or worse in seven of them and had trudged through the last month’s schedule with an average finish of 15.7. Entering Knoxville, the two-time reigning series champion had fallen to eighth in points, a staggering 256 markers out of the lead.

Things were seemingly out of whack on the trusty, TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. What started at the shop led to struggles on the track, which soon turned into a major headache and soul searching for all involved.

“We had some things a little goofy,” Grant admitted. “I work on these things every day during the week, and we had some instrument issues. Things were not the way they should be. But I’m very fortunate that two weeks feels like a slump. We’re very fortunate we’ve got a rocket ship of a racecar. I feel like we’ve got it back and I feel like I’m a racecar driver again.”

On Friday night, Grant led the opening 13 laps of the 25-lap main event before Brady Bacon made his way into the lead for the 14th and 15th circuits. Yet, following a caution, Grant steadied the course, righted the ship and steered his way back to the front with a slide job for the lead on the lap 16 restart. From there, Grant withstood the challenges of Chase Johnson and Bacon late to earn his fifth USAC National Sprint Car victory of the season, equaling point leader Logan Seavey in that department.

Grant’s triumphant performance was his second at Knoxville’s 1/2-mile dirt oval after scoring back in 2017, and it placed him as one of just four drivers to reach 50 career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins. Grant now trails only Dave Darland (62), Brady Bacon (54) and Tom Bigelow (52).

Although it was certainly easy to get down on himself during this stretch, Grant appeared as if he never wavered on that front throughout the course of Friday night. In fact, nobody ever stopped believing in him while holding on to that feeling. Well, most people at least.

“This team never stops believing in me,” Grant acknowledged. “My wife, Ashley, never stops believing in me. My kids do. They’ve been telling me how good Logan (Seavey) and Brady (Bacon) are every week, and I was getting awfully sick of that. So, it feels awfully good to get back into victory lane here.”

Starting on the outside of the front row, Grant led the entire first half of the race while Bacon perpetually gave chase. By lap nine, the two frontrunners were weaving their way through lapped traffic and escaping from the rest of the field in a two-car breakaway.

“I was good early there,” Grant remembered. “I felt really comfortable, then as this place got slick and curbed up, it got scary. Knoxville is scary. It’s fast. It’s almost off-camber up there; you’re up on the curb and there’s little weird holes in the cushion.”

On lap 13, Bacon took his first real shot at Grant in turn three, but his slider attempt just missed. Bacon managed to stay right in line with Grant, however, as the pair went wheel-to-wheel momentarily before Grant edged ahead off turn four.

Nonetheless, Bacon kept his foot in it, and by the end of the front straightway on lap 14, he’d pulled even with Grant before sliding up across the racetrack in front of Grant to secure the spot. One lap later, the yellow flag was displayed for fifth running C.J. Leary who slowed suddenly with a disconnected left rear shock that had sent a shower of sparks trailing off the rear end of the car. Earlier in the night, Leary became the fourth driver to reach 50 career fast qualifying times in USAC National Sprint Car competition.

The red flag was waved on the ensuing lap 16 restart as Wesley Smith (9th) contacted the turn two fence, which sent him barrel rolling several times before coming to a rest. He ultimately climbed out of his car but was out of the race.

And just when things seemed down and out for Grant, he wasted no time conjuring up a new plan and putting himself in the perfect frame of mind to get back to where he wanted to be for the restart.

“I kind of got to sitting down in the seat, trying not to crash the thing,” Grant recalled. “Brady slid me, and I had a lap or two of the mopes, feeling like ‘we’re not going to win again.’ Then we got rolling through lapped traffic and I thought ‘I should sit up and drive this thing, you’ve still got a shot.’ We got a yellow, and I was able to slide him there on the restart.”

Grant attacked the bottom of turn one and slid past Bacon for the lead with just 10 laps remaining. Chase Johnson, making his first series start of the year, glided along the bottom past both Daison Pursley and Bacon to rise from fourth to second.

All the while, Grant had pulled away to a 1.3 second lead until the final incident of the evening necessitated a red flag with just three laps to go. Dakota Earls (25th) banged the turn two cushion, which swapped him around 90 degrees as his left side wheels dug in and sent him barrel-rolling six times before the roller coaster ride abruptly ended. Earls climbed out of the car under his own power.

Meanwhile, precipitation began to fall from the sky. Under the yellow flag, the field was directed to buzz the track to save it from being swallowed up by mother nature. After a few minutes, the moisture in the air had subsided and the final sprint to the checkered was able to resume.

On the restart, second running Johnson’s left rear tire was noticeably flat as he attempted to take one final stab amid his pursuit of a first USAC National Sprint Car win. However, over time, he drifted back to fifth and Bacon was now once again Grant’s most ardent challenger, setting the stage for the two winningest driver/team combos in USAC National Sprint Car history to duke it out for the win.

Bacon took one last run at Grant in turn three on the final lap but could only muster up enough to briefly pull even. Grant powered off the top of turn four to defeat Bacon by a scant three car length margin – 0.247 seconds to be precise – leading Grant to remark, “If you come to Knoxville and you beat Brady Bacon, I feel like you’ve done something.”

Pursley came home third while 2023 Corn Belt Clash winner Jake Swanson notched fourth after starting 13th. Johnson delivered his best career USAC National Sprint Car result to date by rounding out the top-five.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) resumed his incredible record of achievement with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Knoxville during his career. In 10 career starts dating back to 2010, Bacon has finished inside the top-two in eight of those starts. On Friday night, he recorded his fourth consecutive podium finish with the series and his second consecutive runner-up result at Knoxville aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Next Level Metal – Davis Brothers Trucking – Hutson John Deere/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) was a force once again as he recorded his third consecutive third-place finish with the series in his Team AZ Racing/Apache Transport – Oak Craft Elegant Cabinetry/DRC/1-Way Chevy. Over his past seven USAC National Sprint Car starts this season, Pursley hasn’t finished worse than sixth.

J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) earned his first top-10 in USAC National Sprint Car competition since July of 2009 during the Indiana Sprint Week round at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Yes, that was only three starts ago, albeit separated by 15 years, but Yeley was impressive once again on Friday night. Starting 23rd, Yeley finished 10th to earn hard charger honors for the night at Knoxville in the driver’s seat of his Yeley Racing/Avanti Windows & Doors – CK Electric – Apache Transport/Spike/Stanton Chevy.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 31, 2024 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa – Avanti Windows & Doors Corn Belt Clash – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-18.807; 2. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-18.976; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.034; 4. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-19.086; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.090; 6. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-19.102; 7. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-19.138; 8. Wesley Smith, 44, Smith-19.163; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-19.195; 10. Chase Johnson, 4J, Ford-19.265; 11. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-19.389; 12. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-19.405; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.432; 14. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-19.485; 15. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-19.489; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-19.571; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-19.620; 18. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-19.652; 19. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-19.716; 20. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-19.805; 21. Kobe Simpson, 21K, Simpson-19.921; 22. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-19.986; 23. J.J. Yeley, 2, Yeley-20.013; 24. A.J. Johnson, 93, Germar-20.061; 25. Dakota Earls, 15E, Earls-20.207; 26. Eric Schulz, 38, Grein-20.332; 27. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-NT (Time of 18.777 disallowed due to an illegal left rear tire).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Xavier Doney, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Korbyn Hayslett, 9. Dakota Earls. 2:41.436

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2.

Wesley Smith, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. J.J. Yeley, 8. Eric Schulz, 9. Hunter Maddox. 2:44.986

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Joey Amantea, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Carson Garrett, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Kobe Simpson, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. A.J. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Daison Pursley (5), 4. Jake Swanson (13), 5. Chase Johnson (7), 6. Xavier Doney (10), 7. Mitchel Moles (1), 8. Logan Seavey (8), 9. Kyle Cummins (17), 10. J.J. Yeley (23), 11. Robert Ballou (15), 12. Matt Westfall (9), 13. C.J. Leary (6), 14. Carson Garrett (26), 15. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 16. Hunter Maddox (20), 17. Jadon Rogers (16), 18. Joey Amantea (14), 19. Chase Stockon (3), 20. Charles Davis Jr. (22), 21. Korbyn Hayslett (19), 22. Kobe Simpson (21), 23. Logan Calderwood (18), 24. Eric Schulz (25), 25. Dakota Earls (24), 26. Wesley Smith (11). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Justin Grant, Laps 14-15 Brady Bacon, Laps 16-25 Justin Grant.

**A.J. Johnson flipped during the third heat. Wesley Smith flipped on lap 16 of the feature. Dakota Earls flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1053, 2-C.J. Leary-947, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-946, 4-Daison Pursley-911, 5-Brady Bacon-892, 6-Justin Grant-816, 7-Kyle Cummins-804, 8-Robert Ballou-802, 9-Mitchel Moles-790, 10-Chase Stockon-762.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-81, 2-Robert Ballou-73, 3-Logan Seavey-69, 4-Daison Pursley-67, 5-Joey Amantea-54, 6-Carson Garrett-50, 7-Brady Bacon-46, 8-Kyle Cummins-41, 9-Matt Westfall-41, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-38.

CORN BELT CLASH PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Carson Garrett-17, 2-J.J. Yeley-14, 3-Jake Swanson-9, 4-Kyle Cummins-8, 5-Brady Bacon-5, 6-Daison Pursley-5, 7-Xavier Doney-5, 8-Chase Johnson-4, 9-Robert Ballou-4, 10-Hunter Maddox-4.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 1, 2024 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa – Avanti Windows & Doors Corn Belt Clash – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon (19.086)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (18.807)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Johnson

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Hard Charger: J.J. Yeley (23rd to 10th)

 

 

RICKY LEWIS JOINS 4 KINGS RACING

FOR USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK & BEYOND

Speedway, Indiana (May 29, 2024)………Ricky Lewis has been introduced as the new driver of 4 Kings Racing’s No. 54 Metalloid 1 sponsored USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship team.

Lewis (Camarillo, Calif.) plans to contest all six nights of USAC Indiana Midget Week for the 4 Kings team between June 4-9 with the hopes of running the remainder of the 2024 USAC schedule thereafter.

“I’m so excited for this opportunity to go midget racing with 4 Kings Racing,” Lewis exclaimed. “As of now, we will run all of Indiana Midget Week and possibly the rest of the USAC schedule. Special thanks to all the guys at 4 Kings Racing and Matt Westfall for believing in me and providing me with this opportunity.”

Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) competed in the first two events of the USAC National Midget season as a driver aboard the No. 54 but has stepped away from the seat as part of his transition from a driver on the team to a strategic role as team manager.

In this new position, Westfall will bring years of on-track experience and a deep understanding of race dynamics to the management side, ensuring continued success and innovation within the organization. Lewis brings a fresh perspective and a track record of impressive performances that promise to keep their competitive edge sharp.

Lewis earned recognition as the winningest sprint car driver in the United States of America during the 2023 season and was the recipient of the North American Non-Wing Sprint Car Poll Wild Card Award from the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. In all, he won 18 feature events, including once each with USAC’s CRA and Midwest Wingless Racing Association and the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series.

He’s also stepped up his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car program in 2024, finishing a career best fourth on two occasions in May at Bloomington Speedway and Circle City Raceway. To date, he has not yet recorded a USAC National Midget feature start. However, he did appear in last November’s Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

“We are entering a new era with Matt's expertise guiding our team and Ricky's talent and drive fueling our races,” Rex Turner, one of 4 Kings Racing’s owners, added. “These dynamic racers are set to lead us to new heights, and we couldn't be more excited about the future. With these changes, 4 Kings Racing is poised to strengthen its position in the USAC racing world and we are excited to see what is to come this season.”

The 20th annual edition of USAC Indiana Midget Week consists of six events at six dirt tracks across six consecutive nights between June 4-9.

It all starts on June 4 at Circle City Raceway before continuing on to Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 5 and Lincoln Park Speedway on June 6. It all winds up with the final weekend stretch at Bloomington Speedway on June 7 and Tri-State Speedway on June 8 while Kokomo Speedway serves as the series finale on June 9.

 

 

THE CAPITAL!

KNOXVILLE’S CORN BELT CLASH HOSTS

USAC SPRINTS MAY 31-JUNE 1

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Knoxville, Iowa (May 29, 2024)………Winning a USAC National Sprint Car race at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway is reserved for greatness.

Gary Bettenhausen, Dick Tobias, Sammy Sessions, Tom Bigelow, Sheldon Kinser and Sammy Swindell have all won here and are now enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame which overlooks turn two of the famed half-mile.

In recent years, Justin Grant, Brady Bacon and Tyler Courtney have added wins of their own, and someday, their names will most definitely be called upon as an inductee to the hall of fame.

Drivers make their name at this place. Always have and always will. After all, a place christened as The Sprint Car Capital of the World has that type of presence.

An opportunity awaits this weekend’s crop of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship talents who’ll face two full programs on Friday-Saturday, May 31-June 1, at Knoxville during the Avanti Windows & Doors Corn Belt Clash.

One year ago, Jake Swanson made the most of his opportunity by adding a monumental piece to his resume as a last lap USAC winner at Knoxville. Now, we’ll find out who’s next to make their mark at one of the most legendary dirt tracks in the world.

Without further ado, let’s check out six storylines to keep tabs on this weekend.



SWANSON’S LAST LAP AT KNOXVILLE WAS A WINNER

Jake Swanson’s most recent Knoxville appearance resulted in a last lap victory during the June 2023 Corn Belt Clash. Earlier that same night, Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) set quick time during qualifying as well.

Thus far in 2024, Swanson remains on the hunt for both his first feature win and his first fast time of the USAC National Sprint Car season.

However, Swanson’s latest performance on the similar dirt half-mile at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track one week ago gives some credence that Knoxville could provide that long-awaited season breakthrough.

Swanson finished second at Terre Haute last Tuesday night, leading a race-high 20 of the 30 laps before developing a hole in his right rear tire and being passed for the lead just two laps from the finish line.

KNOXVILLE IS BACON’S SECOND HOME

Only one driver has won more than two USAC National Sprint Car features at Knoxville Raceway. In fact, that driver has won four throughout his illustrious career. That’s Brady Bacon.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native scored at Knoxville in 2011, then swept both nights of the Corn Belt Clash in 2019 and capped the weekend with a triumph in 2020. In 2023, he led until the final lap before developing a tire issue and being passed for the lead and the win by Jake Swanson. Bacon still managed to finish second.

In nine career Knoxville USAC Sprint Car starts, Bacon has only finished outside the top-three once. It’s a profile that features four wins, three seconds and a third, and no finish worse than 10th.

After a rough go to start the USAC Sprint Car season, Bacon has finished each of his three past starts on the podium with a 3rd at Terre Haute, followed by his first victory of the season at Circle City and a runner-up finish a night later at Circle City, which has propelled the four-time series champion into the top-five of the standings.


GRANT LOOKING TO REBOUND

Since winning his first USAC National Sprint Car event at Knoxville in 2017, Grant has reeled off finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th at the Sprint Car Capital of the World, marking a rare distinction of finishing in each of the top-six spots at one point or another in his career.

This weekend, a finish of that caliber for Grant (Ione, Calif.) would be a welcome sight for the two-time and defending USAC National Sprint Car champion. Entering Knoxville, he’s finished 13th or worse in seven of his last nine outings, which has dropped him to eighth in the series standings despite already notching four feature wins to this point.

It is wise to note that, around this same point last year, Grant struggled mightily before putting it all back together to capture his second straight crown. Two opportunities this weekend at Knoxville provide that chance to kickstart his season and get back into the groove in pursuit of a third consecutive title.



PURSLEY ON THE VERGE

The last USAC visit to Knoxville saw a jubilant and triumphant Team AZ Racing crew celebrating in victory lane after a last lap pass for the win by Jake Swanson.

This year, Daison Pursley is at the wheel of number 21AZ, and the signs are beginning to point to a breakthrough coming soon for the Locust Grove, Okla. native who captured USAC Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors one year ago.

In his six most recent USAC National Sprint Car starts during the month of May, Pursley has recorded results of 6th, 2nd, 6th, 6th, 3rd and 3rd for an average finishing spot of 4.33. In his last five feature starts, Pursley has passed an astonishing 44 cars in feature events alone!

Over the past few weeks, he won a USAC National Midget race, finished fifth in his USAC Silver Crown debut after starting at the tail, finished on the podium thrice with the USAC National Sprint Cars, and most recently, last Sunday, he was victorious in a winged sprint car at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway.

Pursley already owns a USAC Sprint Car non-points special event victory at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park in February 2023. Now, he’s primed to notch USAC National Sprint Car points-paying victory number one at Knoxville.


SEAVEY IS JONESIN' FOR ANOTHER "BUBBY" WIN

Logan Seavey has already become the earliest to win his fifth USAC National Sprint Car feature of the year (May 23, 2024) since Larry Dickson on May 10, 1970. Furthermore, Seavey became the first driver since Bryan Clauson in 2016 to win five races within the first 14 events of the season.

Dickson is the only driver to win six USAC National Sprint Car features by the end of May. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) can equal that record on Friday at Knoxville. However, no driver has ever won seven USAC National Sprint Car features by the end of June 1. Seavey can set a new record with a two-night Knoxville sweep this weekend.

If Seavey was to win this Friday at Knoxville, he’d be the first to win six of the first 15 races in a season since Robert Ballou in 2015. Similarly, if Seavey was to sweep the weekend, he’d be the first to win seven of the first 16 races to start a season since Ballou during the same 2015 campaign.

Additionally, Seavey carries a 28-point lead into round four of the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Series presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment. He's won two of the first three rounds of the 10-race miniseries at Volusia and Terre Haute. Justin Grant won the only other round held thus far at Eldora. At the end of the year, the “Bubby Jones” driver champion will earn $10,000 for himself and $2,500 for his crew chief.

A HALL OF FAME KIND OF WEEKEND

This weekend’s event is special in more ways than one. It’s National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend as eight individuals will be honored for their contributions to the sport during a ceremony on Saturday, June 1, at the Dyer-Hudson Hall on the Marion County Fairgrounds behind Knoxville Raceway’s grandstands. The doors will open at 11am Central with dinner catered by the Rib Shack at Noon. The induction festivities will follow thereafter.

This year’s 34th class of inductees includes Tracy Hines, Paul McMahan, Jon Stanbrough, Gary “Deuce” Turrill, Ricky Warner, Mark “Bones” Bourcier, Roy Robbins and Bill Holder.

Serving as the backdrop of this weekend’s Corn Belt Clash on-track activities, the modern day USAC National Sprint Car stars of today will be passing by the Hall of Fame each time they rip around the half-mile, but someday hope to stop by and have their name etched in as a Hall of Fame inductee, some of which already possess Hall of Fame credentials.


TO HALVE OR NOT HALVE

Half-miles have made up the majority of the venues throughout USAC National Sprint Car history with just a little more than half of all events held on tracks that size or larger, 15 of which have taken place at Knoxville since 1968.

At least nine drivers in this weekend’s field have won USAC National Sprint Car features on half-mile tracks, led by Brady Bacon with 19. Robert Ballou has won 16 on the “halves” while Justin Grant has notched 15, Kevin Thomas Jr. six, Logan Seavey six, Chase Stockon four, C.J. Leary four, Jake Swanson two and Matt Westfall one apiece.

Already this season, Seavey (Volusia twice & Terre Haute once), Ballou (Eldora) and Grant (Eldora) have bagged USAC Sprint Car wins on half-mile tracks.

Tom Bigelow owns the most with 50 career USAC Sprint Car wins on half-mile or larger tracks but did the bulk of his work when the entire schedule was made up of said tracks before tracks less than a half-mile were introduced to the schedule in 1981.


RACE DETAILS:

The Avanti Windows & Doors Corn Belt Clash will take place on Friday-Saturday, May 31-June 1. Friday’s feature will be 25 laps in length and pay $8,000-to-win. Saturday’s feature will be 30 laps in length and pay $12,000-to-win.

The fourth edition of the Corn Belt Clash features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, in conjunction with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association & the Western Iowa Non-Wing Sprints). Knoxville Championship 360 Sprint Cars will be on the card for Friday while the Knoxville Championship 410 Sprint Cars will be on hand Saturday.

Each night, the front gates open at 6pm Central and hot laps at 6:45pm followed immediately by qualifying and racing.

On Friday, general admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 13-19, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 & under. Reserved tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 13-19, $10 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 & under. Pit passes are $40.

On Saturday, general admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 13-19, $10 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 & under. Reserved tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for ages 13-19, $15 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 & under. Pit passes are $40.

Advance tickets are on sale at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com.

The entire weekend of events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/usac.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-996, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-910, 3-C.J. Leary-900, 4-Daison Pursley-836, 5-Brady Bacon-815, 6-Robert Ballou-756, 7-Kyle Cummins-755, 8-Justin Grant-740, 9-Mitchel Moles-733, 10-Chase Stockon-727.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER PRESENTED BY SPIRE SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-233, 2-C.J. Leary-205, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-203, 4-Brady Bacon-178, 5-Daison Pursley-178, 6-Justin Grant-172, 7-Mitchel Moles-171, 8-Kyle Cummins-165, 9-Jake Swanson-152, 10-Carson Garrett-150.

USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Wyatt Burks-1095, 2-Luke Howard-985, 3-Kobe Simpson-955, 4-Zach Clark-920, 5-Chad Winfrey-910, 6-Dakota Earls-885, 7-Junior Parkinson-875, 8-Wesley Smith-865, 9-Michael Moore-855, 10-Kory Schudy-835.


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CORN BELT CLASH WINNERS:

2019: Brady Bacon (7/5) & Brady Bacon (7/6)

2020: Tyler Courtney (7/10) & Brady Bacon (7/11)

2023: Jake Swanson (6/3)


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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT KNOXVILLE RACEWAY:

4-Brady Bacon

2-Tyler Courtney

1-Bud Kaeding, Dick Tobias, Gary Bettenhausen, Justin Grant, Sammy Sessions, Jake Swanson, Sammy Swindell, Sheldon Kinser & Tom Bigelow


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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT KNOXVILLE RACEWAY:

1968: Gary Bettenhausen (9/6)

1971: Dick Tobias (6/5)

1972: Sammy Sessions (6/3)

1973: Tom Bigelow (6/3)

1982: Sheldon Kinser (6/5)

1988: Sammy Swindell (6/11)

2010: Bud Kaeding (8/8)

2011: Brady Bacon (8/7)

2017: Justin Grant (6/3)

2018: Tyler Courtney (6/9)

2019: Brady Bacon (7/5) & Brady Bacon (7/6)

2020: Tyler Courtney (7/10) & Brady Bacon (7/11)

2023: Jake Swanson (6/3)


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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT KNOXVILLE RACEWAY:

1 Lap - 6/3/2017 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 18.548 - 97.046 mph

8 Laps - 8/8/2010 - Bryan Clauson - 2:38.80 - 90.680 mph

10 Laps - 7/11/2020 - Robert Ballou - 3:09.379 - 95.048 mph

12 Laps - 6/3/2023 - J.J. Yeley - 4:14.99 - 84.709 mph

16 Laps - 7/11/2020 - Robert Ballou - 5:25.068 - 88.597 mph

25 Laps - 7/6/2019 - Brady Bacon - 9:11.86 - 82.195 mph

30 laps - 7/11/2020 - Brady Bacon - 10:19.56 - 87.668 mph

40 Laps - 6/3/1972 - Sammy Sessions - 16:21.23 - 73.377 mph


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PAST KNOXVILLE RACEWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS:

1968 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Gary Bettenhausen, 2. Jerry "Scratch" Daniels, 3. Larry Dickson, 4. Greg Weld, 5. Wib Spalding, 6. Carl Williams, 7. Mike Mosley, 8. Don Brown, 9. Don Thomas, 10. Ralph Liguori, 11. Bill Puterbaugh, 12. Rollie Beale, 13. Dee Jones, 14. Johnny Parsons

1971 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dick Tobias, 2. Sammy Sessions, 3. Ray Lee Goodwin, 4. Lee Kunzman, 5. Tom Bigelow, 6. Rollie Beale, 7. Gary Bettenhausen, 8. Johnny Parsons, 9. Karl Busson, 10. Jimmy Oskie, 11. Don Nordhorn, 12. Darl Harrison, 13. Larry Rice, 14. Merle Bettenhausen, 15. Joe Saldana, 16. Jim Malloy, 17. Larry Cannon, 18. Doc Dawson, 19. Greg Weld, 20. Bill Puterbaugh

1972 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Sammy Sessions, 2. Don Nordhorn, 3. Greg Weld, 4. Tom Bigelow, 5. Billy Thrasher, 6. Rollie Beale, 7. Bob Pratt, 8. Bill Puterbaugh, 9. Johnny Parsons, 10. Larry Cannon, 11. Joe Saldana, 12. Steve Cannon, 13. Gary Ponzini, 14. Bruce Walkup, 15. Billy Cassella, 16. Karl Busson, 17. Bill Koepfer, 18. Larry Dickson, 19. Rick Goudy, 20. Charlie Masters

1973 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tom Bigelow, 2. Rollie Beale, 3. Pancho Carter, 4. Gary Bettenhausen, 5. Don Nordhorn, 6. Larry Cannon, 7. Lee Kunzman, 8. Johnny Parsons, 9. Sammy Sessions, 10. Jackie Howerton, 11. John Toth, 12. Ronnie Rough, 13. Mel Cornett, 14. Art Bisch, Jr., 15. Bruce Walkup, 16. Billy Engelhart, 17. Tony Simon, 18. Greg Leffler, 19. Rich Leavell, 20. Steve Shultz.

1982 FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Sheldon Kinser, 2. Rich Vogler, 3. Johnny Coogan, 4. Jack Hewitt, 5. Duke Cook, 6. Manny Rockhold, 7. Bill Robinson, 8. Steve Long, 9. Danny Milburn, 10. Jeff Swindell, 11. David Smith, 12. T.J. Giddings, 13. Buddy Wallen, 14. Jerry Potter, 15. Mackie Heimbaugh, 16. Mike Brooks, 17. Joe Saldana, 18. Jim Moughan, 19. Tim Deaver, 20. Mike Thomas

1988 FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Randy Smith, 3. Jeff Tuttle, 4. Lee Brewer, Jr., 5. Steve Butler, 6. Jerry Richert, Jr., 7. Jamie Moyle, 8. Mike Peters, 9. Rich Bubak, 10. Danny Thoman, 11. Rick Ungar, 12. Kenny Jacobs, 13. Bob White, 14. Tod Bishop, 15. Mark Shaffer, 16. Tray House, 17. Tim Monson, 18. Danny Lasoski, 19. Ray Lipsey, 20. Terry McCarl.

2010 FEATURE: (26 laps) 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Daron Clayton, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Casey Shuman, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Mike Hess, 13. Casey Riggs, 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 15. Jon Stanbrough, 16. Tracy Hines, 17. Kyle Larson, 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Chris Urish, 20. Shane Hmiel, 21. Keith Bloom, 22. Ricky Williams. NT

2011 FEATURE: (26 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jerry Coons Jr. 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Travis Rilat, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Keith Bloom Jr., 9. Levi Jones, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Hud Cone, 13. Joey Moughan, 14. Mike Spencer, 15. Bill Rose, 16. Coleman Gulick, 17. Dustin Morgan, 18. Mike Moore, 19. Wes McIntyre, 20. Damion Gardner, 21. Casey Riggs, 22. Bud Kaeding, 23. Stu Snyder, 24. Blake Fitzpatrick, 25. Justin Grant, 26. Dave Darland. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Stevie Sussex, 14. Carson Short, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Tyler Courtney, 19. R.J. Johnson, 20. Brody Roa, 21. Nick Bilbee, 22. Jon Stanbrough. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps – starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. C.J. Leary (3), 3. Brady Bacon (1), 4. Justin Grant (5), 5. Brody Roa (9), 6. Chase Stockon (4), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Dave Darland (17), 9. Chris Windom (12), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 11. Jarett Andretti (11), 12. Chad Boespflug (2), 13. Josh Hodges (15), 14. Tom Harris (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (8), 16. Glen Saville (21), 17. Wyatt Burks (20), 18. Brandon Stevenson (13), 19. Robert Bell (22), 20. Rob Caho, Jr. (19), 21. Frank Rodgers (23), 22. Kelly Graham (24), 23. Isaac Chapple (16), 24. Katlynn Leer (18). 10:45.63

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (25 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (6), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (10), 5. Justin Grant (7), 6. Ryan Bernal (9), 7. Chase Stockon (5), 8. Jason McDougal (20), 9. C.J. Leary (8), 10. Matt Westfall (2), 11. Wyatt Burks (12), 12. Wesley Smith (11), 13. Don Droud, Jr. (13), 14. Korey Weyant (21), 15. Nick Bilbee (16), 16. Timmy Buckwalter (4), 17. Josh Hodges (22), 18. Mario Clouser (23), 19. Carson Short (19), 20. Dave Darland (15), 21. Anthony Nicholson (18), 22. Riley Kreisel (24), 23. Chad Boespflug (14), 24. Landon Simon (17). 9:11.86 (New Track Record)

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (6), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Chris Windom (8), 6. Justin Grant (1), 7. Jason McDougal (7), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Ryan Bernal (12), 10. Carson Short (11), 11. Matt Westfall (9), 12. Korey Weyant (23), 13. Wyatt Burks (10), 14. Josh Hodges (20), 15. Nick Bilbee (14), 16. Dave Darland (19), 17. Mario Clouser (16), 18. Steve Irwin (24), 19. Kory Schudy (22), 20. Anthony Nicholson (21), 21. Riley Kreisel (13), 22. Chad Boespflug (15), 23. Timmy Buckwalter (18), 24. Wesley Smith (17). 11:08.75

2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Chris Windom (9), 5. C.J. Leary (8), 6. Ryan Bernal (14), 7. Carson Short (7), 8. Jake Swanson (10), 9. Logan Seavey (20), 10. Wesley Smith (19), 11. Chase Stockon (17), 12. Wyatt Burks (1), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 14. Nick Bilbee (5), 15. Tanner Thorson (18), 16. Riley Kreisel (2), 17. Matt Westfall (15), 18. Shane Cottle (22), 19. Don Droud Jr. (23), 20. Jack Wagner (21), 21. Brian VanMeveren (12), 22. Dustin Clark (13), 23. Robert Ballou (11), 24. Dennis Gile (24). NT

2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. C.J. Leary (3), 4. Chris Windom (5), 5. Tyler Courtney (4), 6. Ryan Bernal (8), 7. Carson Short (6), 8. Robert Ballou (19), 9. Chase Stockon (7), 10. Jake Swanson (10), 11. Tanner Thorson (14), 12. Riley Kreisel (15), 13. Logan Seavey (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (9), 15. Wyatt Burks (11), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 17. Don Droud Jr. (23), 18. Shane Cottle (21), 19. Matt Westfall (17), 20. Dennis Gile (20), 21. Dustin Clark (16), 22. Wesley Smith (18), 23. Glen Saville (24), 24. Dave Darland (22). 10:19.560

2023 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jake Swanson (6), 2. Brady Bacon (5), 3. Mitchel Moles (7), 4. C.J. Leary (1), 5. Emerson Axsom (3), 6. Matt Westfall (12), 7. Chase Johnson (19), 8. Justin Zimmerman (17), 9. Daison Pursley (10), 10. Riley Kreisel (13), 11. Robert Ballou (16), 12. Wesley Smith (9), 13. Carson Garrett (8), 14. Kyle Cummins (4), 15. Justin Grant (2), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (21), 17. J.J. Yeley (15), 18. Matt Mitchell (18), 19. Chase Stockon (14), 20. Logan Seavey (23-P), 21. Dalton Stevens (22), 22. Max Adams (11), 23. Logan Calderwood (20). NT

 

 

AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 May 25, 2024 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.436; 2. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.492; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.507; 4. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.682; 5. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.734; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.787; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.859; 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.922; 9. Brody Roa, 8M, May-16.990; 10. Austin Williams, 17W, Dunkel-17.035; 11. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.125; 12. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.256; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.276; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.303; 15. David Gasper, 18, Kittle/Gasper-18.244; 16. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-18.305; 17. Elexa Herrera, 5E, Herrera-18.717.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / SEXTON FIRE PROTECTION FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, All Transfer To Feature) 1. A.J. Bender, 2. Tommy Malcolm, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Verne Sweeney, 6. Joey Bishop. 2:55.56.

BILLSJERKY.NET / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, All Transfer To Feature) 1. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 2. Matt McCarthy, 3. Logan Williams, 4. Kyle Edwards, 5. Brent Owens, 6. Elexa Herrera. 2:58.78.

WC FRIEND COMPANY / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, All Transfer To Feature) 1. Matt Mitchell, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Brody Roa, 4. David Gasper, 5. Jeff Dyer. 2:55.19.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Matt Mitchell (1), 2. R.J. Johnson (4), 3. Brody Roa (9), 4. Logan Williams (2), 5. A.J. Bender (3), 6. David Gasper (15), 7. Austin Williams (10), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8), 9. Kyle Edwards (14), 10. Elexa Herrera (17), 11. Verne Sweeney (13), 12. Matt McCarthy (5), 13. Brent Owens (11), 14. Joey Bishop (16), 15. Tommy Malcolm (7), 16. Cody Williams (6), 17. Jeff Dyer (12). NT.
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**Malcolm flipped on the second lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Matt Mitchell, Laps 4-21 Logan Williams, Laps 22-30 Matt Mitchell.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: David Gasper (15 to 6)

NEW AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 8 – The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, California

 

 

USAC HOOSIER HUNDRED POSTPONED

TO SATURDAY, MAY 25 AT IRP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 24, 2024)………Rain has forced postponement of the 67th running of the Hoosier Hundred to Saturday, May 25, at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Mother Nature washed away Friday night’s originally scheduled 67th running of the event after qualifications were completed. Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) captured the pole position for the event with a two-lap combined time of 42.316 seconds around the .686-mile paved oval.

On Saturday, the gates will open at 7am Eastern with cars on track starting at 9am. The midget feature will run first followed by the USAC Silver Crown feature, the USF2000 main event and the USF Pro Series finale closing out the on-track action.

Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown feature has been shortened from 146 laps, 100 miles to 100 laps, 68.6 miles.


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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 24, 2024 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – 67th Hoosier Hundred / Carb Night Classic

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran/Binks-42.316; 2. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice/Abacus-42.731; 3. Bobby Santos, 98, DJ-42.754; 4. Dakoda Armstrong, 5, C & A-42.939; 5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-43.005; 6. Taylor Ferns, 555, Ferns-43.215; 7. Tyler Roahrig, 41, Newman-43.255; 8. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-43.411; 9. Trey Osborne, 81, BCR-43.694; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 24, Haggenbottom-43.784; 11. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-43.786; 12. Nathan Byrd, 40, Legacy/Wilson-43.821; 13. Trey Burke, 60, Legacy/Wilson-44.062; 14. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-44.098; 15. Casey Buckman, 25, Buckman/Sachs-44.131; 16. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-44.357; 17. Tanner Berryhill, 14, Hamilton-44.586; 18. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams/Cory-45.082; 19. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-46.861; 20. Nathan Moore, 48, Thomas/Moore-48.920; 21. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-NT; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 23. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-NT; 24. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses)

POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, MAY 25

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-198, 2-Kody Swanson-190, 3-Justin Grant-183, 4-Kaylee Bryson-153, 5-Mario Clouser-148, 6-Taylor Ferns-144, 7-Logan Seavey-138, 8-Bobby Santos-125, 9-Gregg Cory-103, 10-Jerry Coons Jr.-101.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-64, 2-C.J. Leary-58, 3-Logan Seavey-48, 4-Daison Pursley-44, 5-Joey Amantea-41, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-37, 7-Brady Bacon-36, 8-Matt Westfall-36, 9-Kyle Cummins-32, 10-Tye Mihocko-32.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 25, 2024 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – 67th Hoosier Hundred / Carb Night Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Practice Fastest Driver: Kody Swanson (21.392)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson (42.316 – two laps combined)

 

 

BOUNCE BACK!

SEAVEY SALUTES WITH DOMINANT

CIRCLE CITY USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 23, 2024)………Following their least successful run of the season a mere 24 hours earlier, Logan Seavey and Abacus Racing were champing at the bit for the opportunity to get a do-over during Thursday night’s Circle City Salute finale at Indianapolis, Indiana’s Circle City Raceway.

The dynamic duo of Seavey and Abacus made a complete turnaround from one night to the next, discarding Wednesday’s 11th place struggle with a most dominant victory on Thursday at the 1/4-mile dirt oval, leading the final 30 laps in their CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.

In turn, Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) became just the second driver to earn multiple USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature wins at Circle City following last September’s photo finish victory. On Thursday, the only other multi-time winner was the driver Seavey passed to take the cake as he zipped past on lap 11 of the 40-lap main event to earn a $10,000 payday.

For Seavey, it’s already his fifth USAC National Sprint Car win of the year, a rare feat for any driver in the 69-year history of USAC to achieve by this juncture. In fact, it’s the earliest in the season (May 23) that any driver has picked up his fifth win of the year since Larry Dickson on May 10, 1970. Furthermore, Seavey became the first driver since Bryan Clauson in 2016 to win five races within the first 14 events of the season.

Furthermore, Seavey moved up another rung on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list. With his 15th career triumph, Seavey moved into 40th all-time alongside Bobby East, Cory Kruseman and Brian Tyler. Needless to say, Seavey loved today more than yesterday.

“Yesterday, it was really bad all day; we sucked,” Seavey said without reservation. “It was probably one of our worst nights all together. We went back to the drawing board and did a lot of stuff different. I had a bunch of speed on the cushion, but at this place, if you want to race and pass people, you’ve got to be good everywhere. We went to work and put a whole night together that went really well. We timed in well, and we could run the cushion really hard and then it got really slick and clean. I could peel off and run through the middle and carry speed, which is what I struggled with last night. I could cut the middle, but I didn’t have any grip or speed.”

Seavey’s 2024 USAC Sprint Car record has been impeccable, you could say, with 11 podium finishes in just 14 starts to begin the year. This week alone, outside of Wednesday night at Circle City, has been fruitful. In a four-race, five-day span, he’s won three features worth $26,000 in total, including a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship A-Main at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on Sunday followed by a pair of USAC Sprint wins at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track on Tuesday and Circle City on Thursday.

“These guys just didn’t give up,” Seavey praised. “We were all scratching our heads last night. This thing has been so good everywhere. This place threw us for a little bit of a loop yesterday but that’s what great teams are made of. It was nice to have two days in a row here so we could come back and try stuff right away and get better. Sure enough, they did that really well.”

Starting third, Seavey slotted into second on the opening lap while Cummins patrolled the pace up front. Shortly after a spin by 20th running Joey Amantea, Seavey was right on Cummins’ bumper for the ensuing restart. One circuit later, on lap 10, Seavey made his bid and slid past Cummins for the top spot in turn one. Seavey out-drag-raced Cummins into turn three, then slid himself to fend off Cummins’ comeback. From that point onward, Seavey was in his own area code, zip code and township.

As a change of pace from the night before, Seavey did his work in the the middle of the track as he threaded his way away from any pressure levied by all challengers second place on back.

“This place usually races pretty good, and it normally gets a big cushion and all that,” Seavey explained. “For some reason, it was hard to carry speed up there tonight. It was just a little bit easier to run through the middle. The pace gets really slow when you get running through the middle like that. I didn’t feel like I was running super-fast. I got behind Chance (Crum) there and he was right in the same line I was, and he was blowing by guys with me, so I wasn’t pushing too hard on him.”

As Seavey routinely glanced up at the back straightaway video screen, he couldn’t help but notice that the battle cam was not pointed at him, which has proven to be a good thing when you’re running alone up front like Seavey was.

“Every time I looked at the screen, they kept showing Brady (Bacon) and a few other guys racing for third or fourth. I noticed they weren’t showing me, which is usually a good thing. I was just trying to watch the board and watch other things and see if there was anybody running up the board or not. I felt so good in the middle. I figured I’d probably hear something. I figured as much as you’re idling around, you can hear everything in the center of the corner. If someone’s really running hard, you’d be able to hear them.”

Meanwhile, the battle for second raged on. Daison Pursley cruised the low line to gravitate to the runner-up position on lap 29 past Cummins when he lost momentum after tapping the turn two wall while the pair ran wheel-to-wheel. Bacon took third a lap later as Cummins again clipped the wall, this time in turn four. Working through traffic off turn four coming to the white flag, Bacon was able to drive under Pursley to corral the second spot.

However, by that point, Seavey was Long Gone Silver’s as he crossed the line 4.266 seconds ahead of the field to score a dominant victory. Bacon crossed the line in second just ahead of Brady Bacon, Daison Pursley and Ricky Lewis (in a 360 c.i. powered engine) while Robert Ballou rounded out the top-five.

I think we can finally say Brady Bacon is back. After a tumultuous beginning, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native recorded three top-three finishes in as many starts in as many nights aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Next Level Metal – Davis Brothers Trucking – Hutson John Deere/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

For Daison Pursley, it was another race and another third-place result. The Locust Grove, Okla. racer posted a fine third-place finish for the second consecutive night at Circle City aboard his Team AZ Racing/Apache Transport – Oak Craft Elegant Cabinetry/DRC/1-Way Chevy. It’s his fifth consecutive top-six finish with the series.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) picked up hard charger honors for the night courtesy of Baldwin Brothers Racing. On Thursday, he advanced nine positions in the feature from 23rd to 14th. This came after traveling +11 on Wednesday night at Circle City when he moved from 20th to ninth.

During Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying, C.J. Leary recorded his 49th career USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying award, tying him with Brady Bacon for fourth all-time. Only Tom Bigelow (65), Dave Darland (62) and Tracy Hines (60) stand above them in the record book.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 23, 2024 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – Circle City Salute – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-12.371; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.397; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-12.518; 4. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-12.530; 5. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-12.546; 6. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-12.552; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-12.575; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.629; 9. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.685; 10. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-12.698; 11. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.708; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.743; 13. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-12.745; 14. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.783; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.788; 16. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.802; 17. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-12.804; 18. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-12.806; 19. Kayla Roell, 5K, KO-12.889; 20. Colin Grissom, 00, Grissom-12.897; 21. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-12.904; 22. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.926; 23. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.950; 24. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-12.955; 25. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, GGR-12.965; 26. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-12.967; 27. Frankie Guerrini, 63, F & F-12.984; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.068; 29. Rylan Gray, 06, Gray-13.101; 30. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-13.113; 31. Chance Crum, 26, Crum-13.116; 32. Lee Dakus, 21x, Dakus-13.230; 33. Kyle Johnson, 99J, Johnson-13.306; 34. Jake Simmons, 7s, Simmons-13.690; 35. Harley Burns, 16, Britt Aero-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Rylan Gray, 7. Gabriel Gilbert, 8. Kyle Johnson, 9. Mitchel Moles. 2:11.25

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. Jake Simmons. NT

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Frankie Guerrini, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Harley Burns, 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Kayla Roell, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brent Beauchamp, 3. Carson Garrett, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Matt Goodnight, 7. Colin Grissom, 8. Lee Dakus. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Anton Hernandez, 4. Harley Burns, 5. Rylan Gray, 6. Hunter Maddox, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Zack Pretorius, 9. Lee Dakus, 10. Logan Calderwood, 11. Kyle Johnson, 12. Colin Grissom, 13. Gabriel Gilbert. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (3), 2. Brady Bacon (5), 3. Daison Pursley (7), 4. Ricky Lewis (9), 5. Robert Ballou (8), 6. Kyle Cummins (1), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Chase Stockon (10), 9. Carson Garrett (4), 10. Mitchel Moles (13), 11. Shane Cottle (2), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 13. Justin Grant (12), 14. Chance Crum (23), 15. Jake Swanson (18), 16. Jadon Rogers (14), 17. Matt Westfall (16), 18. Brent Beauchamp (20), 19. Brandon Mattox (17), 20. Joey Amantea (21), 21. Harley Burns (24), 22. Anton Hernandez (15), 23. Charles Davis Jr. (19), 24. Frankie Guerrini (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Kyle Cummins, Laps 11-40 Logan Seavey.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-996, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-910, 3-C.J. Leary-900, 4-Daison Pursley-836, 5-Brady Bacon-815, 6-Robert Ballou-756, 7-Kyle Cummins-755, 8-Justin Grant-740, 9-Mitchel Moles-733, 10-Chase Stockon-727.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-69, 2-Robert Ballou-69, 3-Daison Pursley-65, 4-C.J. Leary-62, 5-Joey Amantea-54, 6-Brady Bacon-44, 7-Matt Westfall-41, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-38, 9-Chase Stockon-38, 10-Carson Garrett-38.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 31 & June 1, 2024 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa – Avanti Windows & Doors Corn Belt Clash – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Logan Seavey (12.447)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (12.371)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Ricky Lewis

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

 

146 LAPS, 100 MILES!

67TH USAC HOOSIER HUNDRED HITS IRP FRIDAY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 23, 2024)………Twenty-four entries are set to for battle in the longest distance event (lap wise) of the 2024 USAC Silver Crown season this Friday night, May 24, at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Three past Hoosier Hundred winners are entered for the 67th running of the event, which for the second time, will take place at the .686-mile paved oval.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) captured the win in last year’s event in what was his first Hoosier Hundred appearance, leading the final 31 laps in his DJ Racing entry. Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) is a four-time Hoosier Hundred victor in 2014-15-16-18, all of which came on dirt at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. His four Hoosier Hundred wins rank second behind A.J. Foyt’s six. Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) returns to the lineup after winning the race twice in 2011 and 2012.

USAC Silver Crown point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is the son of 1997 Hoosier Hundred winner Chuck Leary. C.J. himself finished second in the 2020 edition.

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) enters Friday’s race as the most recent USAC Silver Crown winner at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks where she became the first woman to win a USAC national event. She charged from 30th to 15th in her first Hoosier Hundred run in 2023.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) is eying his record-tying 29th career Hoosier Hundred start this Friday, a mark currently held by Johnny Parsons. Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champion, finished a best of second in the event back in 1999.

Reigning USAC Silver Crown champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is among several drivers who’ve previously finished inside the top-10 at the Hoosier Hundred who are gunning for even more this Friday night. Seavey has scored a 3rd (2020) and a 2nd (2023) in his only two starts in the event to date.

Furthermore, Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.) finished his 2023 race in the 3rd position while 2020 Silver Crown champ Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) notched a 4th in 2019. Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) scored a 5th in 2023 while versatile Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) took sixth, one position behind Ferns in last year’s event.

Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) put in a good run to 8th in the 2015 Hoosier Hundred while Mario Clouser’s (Auburn, Ill.) first appearance in the event netted a 9th in 2023. Clouser will be piloting a car for Armstrong Racing in Friday’s event, which will be entered under the Kazmark Motorsports banner and carry No. 92.

More veterans returning for another taste of the Hoosier Hundred include Chandler, Arizona’s Casey Buckman (11th in 2020); Fort Collins, Colorado’s Bryan Gossel (11th in 2023); St. Charles, Missouri’s Kyle Steffens (15th in 2001 & 2019); Shelbyville, Indiana’s Gregg Cory (17th in 2023); Phoenix, Arizona’s Brent Yarnal (26th in 2023) and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Dave Berkheimer (27th in 2023).

First-time Hoosier Hundred appearances will be made by Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, Ind), Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, Okla.), Nathan Moore (Kaufman, Texas) and Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio).


RACE DETAILS:

The Hoosier Hundred is part of the Carb Night Classic featuring four divisions of racing in one night: USAC Silver Crown, USF2000 Presented By Cooper Tires (75 laps), USF Pro 2000 Presented By Cooper Tires (90 laps) and Pavement Midgets (30 laps).

On Friday at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, the pits open at Noon Eastern with spectator gates opening at 3pm with practice starting at 3pm, qualifying at 5:15pm and racing at 7:15. Advance tickets are on sale now at www.raceIRP.com. Advance general admission tickets are $25. Advance reserved seats are $35. Ages 12 and under are admitted for free. Pit passes are $35 each.

The Silver Crown and midget events at IRP can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/usac.


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HOOSIER HUNDRED ENTRY LIST:

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

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Steffens Motorsports)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

5 DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A Motorsports)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

14 ®TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports/Abacus Racing)

24 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (John Haggenbottom)

25 CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Motorsports/Eddie Sachs Jr.)

26 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

29 ®BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Brent Yarnal)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams-Cory Racing)

40 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Legacy Autosport-Robert Wilson Racing)

41 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Michael Newman)

48 ®NATHAN MOORE/Kaufman, TX (Chip Thomas-Joe Moore)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

60 TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Legacy Autosport-Robert Wilson Racing)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing)

81 ®TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

98 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

555 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender


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HOOSIER HUNDRED WINNERS:

1953: Bob Sweikert

1954: Jimmy Bryan

1955: Jimmy Bryan

1956: Jimmy Bryan

1957: Jud Larson

1958: Eddie Sachs

1959: Rodger Ward

1960: A.J. Foyt

1961: A.J. Foyt

1962: Parnelli Jones

1963: Rodger Ward

1964: A.J. Foyt

1965: A.J. Foyt

1966: Mario Andretti

1967: Mario Andretti

1968: A.J. Foyt

1969: A.J. Foyt

1970: Al Unser

1971: Al Unser

1972: Al Unser

1973: Al Unser

1974: Jackie Howerton

1975: Tom Bigelow

1976: Joe Saldana

1977: Pancho Carter

1978: Billy Engelhart

1979: Bobby Olivero

1980: Gary Bettenhausen

1981: Larry Rice

1982: Chuck Gurney

1983: Chuck Gurney

1984: Steve Chassey

1985: Sheldon Kinser

1986: Jack Hewitt

1987: Kenny Jacobs

1988: Jack Hewitt

1989: Jack Hewitt

1990: Gary Hieber

1991: Jeff Swindell

1992: Ron Shuman

1993: Jeff Swindell

1994: Jimmy Sills

1995: Dave Darland

1996: Dave Darland

1997: Chuck Leary

1998: Donnie Beechler

1999: Jimmy Sills

2000: Tony Elliott

2001: Tony Elliott

2002: Jason Leffler

2003: J.J. Yeley

2004: Dave Darland

2005: Teddy Beach

2006: Josh Wise

2007: Rained Out

2008: Rained Out

2009: Shane Hollingsworth

2010: Shane Hmiel

2011: Jerry Coons Jr.

2012: Jerry Coons Jr.

2013: Levi Jones

2014: Kody Swanson

2015: Kody Swanson

2016: Kody Swanson

2017: Rained Out

2018: Kody Swanson

2019: Tyler Courtney

2020: Kyle Larson

2021: Not Held

2022: Not Held

2023: Bobby Santos


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ALL-TIME HOOSIER HUNDRED WINS:

6-A.J. Foyt

4-Kody Swanson & Al Unser

3-Jimmy Bryan, Dave Darland & Jack Hewitt

2-Mario Andretti, Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott, Chuck Gurney, Jimmy Sills, Jeff Swindell & Rodger Ward

1-Teddy Beach, Donnie Beechler, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Steve Chassey, Tyler Courtney, Billy Engelhart, Gary Hieber, Shane Hmiel, Shane Hollingsworth, Jackie Howerton, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Parnelli Jones, Sheldon Kinser, Jud Larson, Kyle Larson, Chuck Leary, Jason Leffler, Bobby Olivero, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Joe Saldana, Bobby Santos, Ron Shuman, Bob Sweikert, Josh Wise & J.J. Yeley


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CARB NIGHT CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT IRP:

2016: Tanner Swanson

2017: Kody Swanson

2018: Kody Swanson

2019: Kyle Hamilton

2020: Tanner Swanson

2021: Kody Swanson

2022: Bobby Santos

2023: Bobby Santos


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ALL-TIME CARB NIGHT CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT IRP:

3-Kody Swanson

2-Bobby Santos & Tanner Swanson

1-Kyle Hamilton


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USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT IRP:

8-Tanner Swanson

7-Kody Swanson

6-Bobby Santos

5-Mike Bliss

3-Bobby East

2-Kenny Irwin Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader

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


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USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT IRP:

1985: Rick Hood (7/13)

1986: Ken Schrader (7/13)

1987: Jeff Bloom (7/11)

1988: Bruce Field (7/9)

1989: Bob Cicconi (7/8) & Ken Schrader (7/8)

1990: George Snider (6/30)

1991: Johnny Parsons (6/29)

1992: Jim Keeker (6/27)

1993: Mike Bliss (6/26)

1994: Mike Bliss (8/4)

1995: Jim Keeker (8/2)

1996: Mike Bliss (5/18) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/31)

1997: Pat Abold (5/17) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/30)

1998: Tony Stewart (5/16) & Jason Leffler (7/29)

1999: Ryan Newman (5/22) & Dave Steele (8/4)

2000: Jason Leffler (5/20) & Russ Gamester (8/6)

2001: Mike Bliss (5/12) & Kasey Kahne (8/2)

2002: Mike Bliss (8/1)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/22) & Jason McCord (7/31)

2004: Jay Drake (8/5)

2005: Bobby East (8/4)

2006: Brian Tyler (8/3)

2007: Bobby East (7/26)

2008: Bobby East (7/24)

2009: Bobby Santos (7/23)

2010: Tracy Hines (7/22)

2011: Kody Swanson (7/28)

2012: Bobby Santos (5/19) & Bobby Santos (7/26)

2013: Tanner Swanson (7/27)

2014: Tanner Swanson (5/17) & David Byrne (7/24)

2015: Tanner Swanson (5/23) & Tanner Swanson (7/23)

2016: Tanner Swanson (5/27) & Kody Swanson (7/21)

2017: Kody Swanson (5/26) & Bobby Santos (7/20)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/25)

2019: Kyle Hamilton (5/24) & Kody Swanson (9/7)

2020: Tanner Swanson (8/21)

2021: Kody Swanson (5/29) & Kody Swanson (8/14)

2022: Bobby Santos (5/27) & Tanner Swanson (10/22)

2023: Bobby Santos (5/26) & Tanner Swanson (10/15)


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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT IRP:

1 Lap - 5/20/2000 - Jason Leffler - 20.298 - 121.667 mph

2 Laps - 8/14/2021 Kody Swanson 41.605 - 118.717 mph

10 Laps - 8/2/2001 - Derek Davidson - 3:35.06 - 104.789 mph

15 Laps - 5/22/2003 - Chet Fillip - 5:16.38 - 117.087 mph

20 Laps - 8/2/1995 - Eric Gordon - 7:14.71 - 113.621 mph

25 Laps - 7/11/1987 - Jim Childers - 9:51.91 - 104.306 mph

100 Laps - 5/12/2001 - Mike Bliss - 35:41.40 - 115.326 mph

150 Laps - 7/11/1987 - Jeff Bloom - 1:02:32.109 - 98.728 mph


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PAST HOOSIER HUNDRED FEATURE RESULTS:

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 (100 laps, 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).

2020 (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

2023 FEATURE: (146 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (1), 2. Logan Seavey (15), 3. Tyler Roahrig (10), 4. Derek Bischak (6), 5. Taylor Ferns (13), 6. Nathan Byrd (8), 7. Tanner Swanson (3), 8. Justin Grant (4), 9. Mario Clouser (18), 10. Mike McVetta (20), 11. Bryan Gossel (27), 12. Jerry Coons Jr. (23), 13. Casey Buckman (19), 14. Wayne Johnson (24), 15. Kaylee Bryson (30), 16. Travis Welpott (26), 17. Gregg Cory (28), 18. Russ Gamester (9), 19. Kody Swanson (2), 20. Kyle Steffens (22), 21. Trey Burke (21), 22. Patrick Lawson (11), 23. Matt Westfall (25), 24. C.J. Leary (5), 25. Kyle O'Gara (16), 26. Brent Yarnal (29), 27. Dave Berkheimer (32), 28. Emerson Axsom (7), 29. Billy Wease (14), 30. Kyle Robbins (17), 31. Davey Hamilton Jr. (12), 32. Tom Paterson (31). 1:13:52.03 (New Track Record)

 

 

FINALLY!

BACON BREAKS THROUGH

AT CIRCLE CITY FOR FIRST USAC WIN OF ‘24

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 22, 2024)………Of the 54 career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victories Brady Bacon has posted in his career, perhaps none have been more satisfying or created such a sense of relief than the one he earned during Wednesday night’s Circle City Salute opener at Indianapolis, Indiana’s Circle City Raceway.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) had never gone this far into the USAC Sprint season without a victory, at least not since he’s been a full-time series competitor in the 11-year span between 2013-2023. His previous longest waits in that era have endured into the 11th race of the season in both 2013 and 2017, but as it turns out, 13 was his lucky number in 2024.

He’d watched Justin Grant, Logan Seavey, C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Robert Ballou all enjoy the spoils of victory while enduring his share of bouts of personal hardship, such as getting caught up in other’s incidents, sudden flat tires, random mechanical issues and just plain bad luck. If it happened, it seemed to go against Bacon.

Finally, at Circle City, good fortune finally put its welcoming arms around Bacon as he overcame a three-wide tussle for second before chasing down the lead moments later in turn two with six laps remaining all while setting a new series record in the process. For Bacon, it was his 14th consecutive season with at least one USAC National Sprint Car feature win, breaking the mark of 13-straight years set by Sheldon Kinser between 1974-1986.

Bacon’s run of misfortune didn’t discriminate. It even carried over to other series. With 16 laps remaining in last Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown show at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks, he was decimating the field by nearly 16 seconds when an engine expired on him. But there’s no understating the magnitude of this particular victory, as it is one that has certainly made his back a little lighter without that proverbial monkey off of it now.

“We’ve had a fast car every time we’ve been to the racetrack,” Bacon explained. “It just seemed like something always happens, and not just in the 69. At Belleville, we were leading by almost a lap and blew an engine.”

With that said, Bacon had seen an uptick in his USAC Sprint results throughout his past few outings with finishes of 3rd, 7th, 8th and 3rd in his Dynamics, Inc./Next Level Metal – Davis Brothers Trucking – Hutson John Deere/Triple X/Rider Chevy dating back to early May. However, it certainly wasn’t up to snuff for the driver who ranks second in career series victories, just eight behind Dave Darland’s 62 for the all-time lead.

“It’s good to just get back into the rhythm of things,” Bacon sighed with relief. “Racing at the beginning of the year has kind of been hit-and-miss. So, we’re kind of getting back into the groove with the 69. Thanks to my guys for working hard. Hopefully this turns things around. Bad streaks don’t last forever but this one sure seemed like it was lasting a long time. Hopefully the high is as high as the low was low.”

Bacon started his race from the fifth spot in the 24-car field. Up front, Shane Cottle paced the opening two laps on the bottom of the 1/4-mile dirt oval before Kevin Thomas Jr. went topside to shoot around Cottle in turn four for the top spot on lap three, and over the next handful of laps, extended his advantage to a full-straightaway.

Meanwhile, Bacon was steadily moving forward, swiping second from Cottle as he dipped to the low line in turn one on lap nine. Kyle Cummins, the only multi-time USAC Sprint winner at Circle City, followed in concert to third as he swung around the outside of Cottle for the position in turn four on the 11th lap.

By the halfway point, Thomas was operating with a full two second lead. However, by the time he was fully engulfed in lapped traffic, the interval between he and Bacon had been sliced in half before the caution fell for a double spin involving Brent Beauchamp (19th) and Joey Amantea (21st) between turns one and two.

Without traffic lingering ahead, the intensity among the frontrunners ramped up. Cummins harassed Bacon for second following the lap 17 restart, and twice was able to emerge ahead. Nonetheless, Bacon was able to fend him off each time. At the same time, Cottle reappeared on the bottom to battle the top-three, slipping in front of Cummins for third when he suddenly clipped the turn three infield tire before sliding to a stop to bring out the yellow.

Upon the resumption, the top-six were stacked in Noah’s Ark formation, two-by-two, high and low. In a change of pace, with eight to go, Thomas changed lanes to the bottom while Bacon swapped to the top, exchanging roles in the pursuit of victory. With six laps to go in turns one and two, Honest Abe Roofing fast qualifier Robert Ballou rolled the bottom behind Thomas while Cummins occupied the middle and Bacon was up top near the outside wall. Bacon exploded out of the triumvirate down the back straight, then was able zip around the outside of Thomas to secure the lead a half lap later.

“The bottom is typically where I go best here,” Bacon acknowledged. “But the top wasn’t really curbed up, so you could lean on it a little more than normal even though it was all around and not a whole lot of grip. It didn’t tear the front end out from underneath you if you hit it wrong. We were really able to get rolling, and once we got our momentum up, it was good. I saw some guys on the bottom, and I went down there. (Kevin Thomas Jr.) saw me and we flip-flopped. Then someone was even on the inside of me right there. It was a really good race, and we were able to stay out of that mess, get out front and stay out front.”

With Bacon gripping a 1.1 second grip over the field after taking the white flag, nothing was going to stop him. Unless you count two late-race cautions that forced him to hold off the field for two more restarts, making Bacon incur more unneeded stress after how things have played out in earlier instances this season.

First, C.J. Leary (13th) slowed dramatically on the back straight with a flat right rear tire. Secondly, second running Cummins Tony Hawk’d the turn two wall as he broadsided it, then rode it down the back straight before landing on all four wheels. Staying on the gas, Cummins made it to turn three before spinning to a stop with a knocked out front end.

The third time proved to be the charm, however. Bacon escaped and avoided all challenges and challengers on the final edition of a green-white-checker finish, racing away to a 0.737 triumph over Kevin Thomas Jr., Daison Pursley and Robert Ballou with Chase Stockon rounding out the top-five.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has been heating up of late. He led 22 laps at Circle City and finished second, albeit with a broken bolt on his left rear shock, in his Rock Steady Racing/Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy. It’s his best USAC National Sprint Car result at the track since winning in September 2022. Over his past three USAC starts during the month of May, he's finished 1st-4th-2nd and has led a total of 49 laps. But on this one, he admittedly felt like they let one slip away.

Daison Pursley is a passing machine. The Locust Grove, Okla. native went 14th to third for his best career USAC National Sprint Car finish yet at Circle City. Over his past four series starts, he's advanced an incredible total of 40 positions in his Team AZ Racing/Apache Transport – Oak Craft Elegant Cabinetry/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) was the race’s official hard charger, advancing from his 24th starting position to finish 12th aboard the BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Hornbeck Concrete – Lugs Lawn Care/DRC/1-Way Chevy


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2024 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – Circle City Salute – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.679; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.679; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.699; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-12.800; 5. Harley Burns, 16, Britt Aero-12.919; 6. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-12.946; 7. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-12.953; 8. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-12.970; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-12.973; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.976; 11. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.982; 12. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin/Fox-13.005; 13. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-13.021; 14. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.040; 15. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.060; 16. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-13.062; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.086; 18. Colin Grissom, 00, Grissom-13.181; 19. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.206; 20. Chance Crum, 26, Crum-13.216; 21. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.239; 22. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.315; 23. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-13.344; 24. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-13.366; 25. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, GGR-13.393; 26. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-13.408; 27. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-13.456; 28. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-13.466; 29. Rylan Gray, 06, Gray-13.593; 30. Lee Dakus, 21x, Dakus-13.613; 31. Saban Bibent, 98, Wedgewood-13.696; 32. Kayla Roell, 5K, KO-13.805; 33. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-14.119; 34. Jake Simmons, 7s, Simmons-14.312; 35. Frankie Guerrini, 63, F & F-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Harley Burns, 6. Matt Goodnight, 7. Gabriel Gilbert, 8. Logan Calderwood. 2:15.43

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Colin Grissom, 8. Lee Dakus, 9. Jake Simmons. 2:17.51

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Hunter Maddox, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Carson Garrett, 8. Saban Bibent. 2:25.28

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Joey Amantea, 4. Anton Hernandez, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Kayla Roell, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Zack Pretorius. 2:26.60

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Garrett, 2. Chance Crum, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Matt Goodnight, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Lee Dakus, 7. Kayla Roell, 8. Zack Pretorius, 9. Gabriel Gilbert, 10. Saban Bibent, 11. Logan Calderwood, 12. Colin Grissom, 13. Jake Simmons. 2:56.30

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (5), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 3. Daison Pursley (14), 4. Robert Ballou (6), 5. Chase Stockon (9), 6. Mitchel Moles (8), 7. Jadon Rogers (11), 8. Ricky Lewis (10), 9. Chance Crum (20), 10. Matt Westfall (13), 11. Logan Seavey (21), 12. Carson Garrett (24), 13. Hunter Maddox (22), 14. Joey Amantea (18), 15. Justin Grant (4), 16. Jake Swanson (12), 17. Anton Hernandez (15), 18. Shane Cottle (1), 19. C.J. Leary (16), 20. Matt Goodnight (19), 21. Charles Davis Jr. (17), 22. Kyle Cummins (7), 23. Brent Beauchamp (23), 24. Harley Burns (2). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Shane Cottle, Laps 3-24 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 25-30 Brady Bacon.

**Rylan Gray flipped during qualifying. Frankie Guerrini flipped during qualifying.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-918, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-863, 3-C.J. Leary-838, 4-Daison Pursley-764, 5-Brady Bacon-736, 6-Justin Grant-699, 7-Kyle Cummins-693, 8-Robert Ballou-690, 9-Mitchel Moles-687, 10-Chase Stockon-670.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-67, 2-Robert Ballou-66, 3-C.J. Leary-62, 4-Daison Pursley-61, 5-Joey Amantea-53, 6-Matt Westfall-41, 7-Brady Bacon-41, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-38, 9-Carson Garrett-38, 10-Chase Stockon-36.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 23, 2024 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – Circle City Salute – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Shane Cottle (12.551)


Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Robert Ballou (12.679)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Ricky Lewis

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Carson Garrett

Hard Charger: Carson Garrett (24th to 12th)

 

 

MALCOLM LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS TO PERRIS “SALUTE TO INDY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 21, 2024... After five races and five different winners, the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to action this Saturday, May 25th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the annual “Salute to Indy” has been a prestigious event in Southern California going back to 1948. The action packed card will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, GAS Chassis PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, PASSCAR Super Stocks, and PASSCAR Street Stocks. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

USAC/CRA shows at Perris Auto Speedway WILL NOT be live streamed and beware of online scammers with fake video links. Race fans are encouraged to support the race track and watch the races in person.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The series rule book is online at usacracing.com, appendix E.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 252 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-five different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all series drivers with 51 “home track” wins and Matt Mitchell won the season opener on February 24th. David Gasper added his name to the record books on March 16th and A.J. Bender joined the winner’s list on April 27th. Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012 and the complete Perris USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

In 1948, Dempsey Wilson claimed the checkered flags at the inaugural “Salute to Indy” with the original California Racing Association (CRA). The event would enjoy a long and storied history but faded away when Ascot Park closed after the 1990 season. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval brought the tradition back and NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley scored the victory. Last year, Tommy “Thunder” Malcom topped the prestigious race over “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Matt Mitchell, A.J. Bender, and Logan Williams. The “Salute to Indy” win list is at the bottom of the release.

Entering the sixth championship point race, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Yucaipa, California) enjoys a 16-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm placed third on April 27th at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the point leader has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and five top-10 finishes on the season. Tommy will be looking to earn the fourth victory of his career and add another “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

After scoring fifth on April 27th, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has climbed to second in the championship standings. Driving Ricky and Michele Johnson’s #51 Avanti Windows & Doors / Martin Family Auto Museum Sherman, Johnson has one semi-main win, five top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion and 2005 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the eighth USAC/CRA win of his career at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Leading rookie contender David Gasper (Goleta, California) sits third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the Josh Ford Motorsports’ #73X Surecan LLC / King Racing Products Triple X, Gasper finished seventeenth at Perris after a flip ended his night. As this writing goes to press, the two-time California Lightning Sprint Champion has one feature win, one semi main win, one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. David will be looking to gain valuable points with another victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

After racing from sixteenth to fourth at Perris on April 27th, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Corona, California) has climbed to fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom & Christy Dunkel’s #17W Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Williams has two heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, two top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday, the two-time “Salute to Indy” winner will have his sights on tying Bryan Clauson with the twelfth USAC/CRA victory of his career.

After earning the first USAC/CRA win of his career on April 27th, A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) has climbed to fifth in the chase for the USAC/CRA championship. Driving the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / Matrix Construction Services DRC, Bender has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2022 USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year will be looking to top Saturday’s “Salute to Indy.”

While David Gasper leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Brent Sexton (Lakeside, California), Elexa Herrera (New Cuyama, California), Braden Chiaramonte (El Cajon, California), Joey Bishop (Camarillo, California), Mark Henry (Rosamond, California), Blake Hendricks (Simi Valley, California), Tom Dunkel (Menifee, California), and Camie Bell (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Eddie Tafoya Jr., “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Logan Calderwood, Verne Sweeney, Grant Sexton, Matt Mitchell, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, Matt McCarthy, Jeff Dyer, Brent Owens, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, Chris Bonneau, Kyle Edwards, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $30, Senior tickets (65 & over) are $25, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $5, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. The Fairgrounds charges $10 for parking. Advance tickets are available and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Sexton Fire Protection, WC Friend Company, and Woodland Auto Display, for their support.

For more information on the Avanti Windows & Doors 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.
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AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner, 2023-Brody Roa.

"SALUTE TO INDY" WINNERS: 1948-Dempsey Wilson, 1949-Bob Denny, 1950-NO RACE, 1951-NO RACE, 1952-Colby Scroggin, 1953-Bob Denny, 1954-Harry Stockman, 1955-Rosie Roussel, 1956-Art Bisch, 1957-Ray Clark, 1958-Bud Rose, 1959-Roy Prosser, 1960-NO RACE, 1961-Jack Brunner, 1962-Colby Scroggin, 1963-Billy Cantrell, 1964-Hal Minyard, 1965-NO RACE, 1966-Bruce Walkup, 1967-Bob Hogle, 1968-Billy Wilkerson, 1969-Billy Wilkerson, 1970-NO RACE, 1971-Dick Zimmerman / Don Hamilton, 1972-Billy Wilkerson, 1973-Billy Wilkerson, 1974-Jimmy Oskie, 1975-Clark Templeman, 1976-Mike Shaw, 1977-John Redican, 1978-Dean Thompson / Tony Simon, 1979-Bobby Olivero, 1980-Bubby Jones / Dean Thompson / Dean Thompson, 1981-Dean Thompson / Dean Thompson, 1982-Dean Thompson / Bubby Jones, 1983-Rip Williams / Bubby Jones, 1984-Bubby Jones, 1985-Eddie Wirth, 1986-Bubby Jones, 1987-Mike Sweeney, 1988-Lealand McSpadden, 1989-Brad Noffsinger, 1990-Ron Shuman, 1991-NO RACE, 1992-NO RACE, 1993-NO RACE, 1994-NO RACE, 1995-NO RACE, 1997-Cory Kruseman, 1998-Mike Kirby, 1999-Troy Rutherford, 2000-Richard Griffin, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Mike Kirby, 2003-Damion Gardner, 2004-Damion Gardner, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Blake Miller, 2008-RAIN, 2009-Blake Miller, 2010-David Cardey, 2011-Matt Mitchell, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Matt Mitchell, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Austin Williams, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Austin Williams, 2019-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2020-CANCELLED, 2021-Brody Roa, 2022-Cody Williams, 2023-Tommy Malcolm. (Some events were two day shows or twin main events.)

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-David Gasper, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

PERRIS AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

PERRIS AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 51-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 9-Matt Mitchell, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Brody Roa, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Justin Grant, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Brady Bacon, 5-Robert Ballou, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-C.J. Leary, 2-Tommy Malcolm, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-David Gasper, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Jason York.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Tommy Malcolm-324, 2-R.J. Johnson-308, 3-David Gasper-288, 3-R.J. Johnson-243, 4-Austin Williams-281, 5-A.J. Bender-273, 6-Logan Williams-269, 7-Cody Williams-248, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-244, 9-Ricky Lewis-233, 10-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-22. The complete point standings can be found at usacracing.com/standings/sprint-cars/cra

 

 

SHOOT TO THRILL:

SEAVEY SCORES HULMAN CLASSIC RIFLE

AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 21, 2024)………With Logan Seavey, there seems to be a trend of sorts in USAC national competition. The last time he was the fastest qualifier in each of three USAC national series, he went on to win the feature event that very same night.

During Tuesday’s 54th annual running of the Tony Hulman Classic for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track, he set the tone for the night by recording the fastest qualifying time, then proceeded to keep his personal omen alive.

He accomplished the same feat with his most recent fast qualifying effort with the USAC Silver Crown series in August of 2023 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and in his latest USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget triumph last Sunday at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Park.

But there’s also another ongoing trend that the Sutter, Calif. native is quite fond of, and that’s winning, period. His latest performance at Terre Haute’s 1/2-mile saw him take the lead with just two laps remaining to win his second race spanning across two USAC national series in the past three days while also capturing his fourth USAC Sprint victory of the season in his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.

Believe it or not, Seavey is the first fastest qualifier to win the Hulman Classic in 21 years! J.J. Yeley was the most recent to do so way back in 2003.

Seavey’s 14th career USAC National Sprint Car victory tied him for 43rd all-time alongside Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon and Bruce Walkup. Two of Seavey’s 14 wins have come at Terre Haute, the first of which occurred during the Indiana Sprint Week round in 2021. Much like Stockon and Walkup, Seavey is now the proud owner of a Hulman Classic rifle, annually presented to the race’s winner since 1971.

“I really wanted to win this rifle,” Seavey stated. “It’s one of the coolest trophies we get to race for. I’m just excited to win another one here at Terre Haute. This place is so special to me and to all of racing in Indiana. To win one in Tony Hulman’s name is really cool. This place is tough, and it means a lot to win here. I was able to win one a few years ago and it’s eluded me for a few years but now it feels so good getting into this racecar and knowing we have a shot every night.”

Seavey started fifth on the grid for the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win main event, but quickly got shuffled back to eighth before steadily making his way back to the forefront. Initially, 2017 Hulman Classic winner Kevin Thomas Jr. stepped out to the lead from the pole position with three-time Hulman winner Robert Ballou giving chase.

However, the start was a rough go as Joey Amantea spun backwards in turn one, claiming he “saw God” as the back half of the field scattered high and low to miss T-boning him before he rolled to a stop without contact. In the end ,you could almost say Amantea was a hard charger twice. Starting 19th, he worked up to 14th by lap one before his incident. Restarting 23rd, he passed 12 more in the final 29 laps to finish 11th in his debut Hulman Classic experience.

On the ensuing restart, two-time and defending USAC Sprint champion Justin Grant (10th) spun backwards to a stop in turn two, and in the end, wound up 15th at the finish line after restarting at the tail.

After first time USAC starter Nate Ervin (23rd) slowed a stop on the back straightaway to bring out the yellow on lap nine, Swanson took advantage of the reset to slide job past Thomas for the lead. Brady Bacon followed suit to second in turn three as he shot under Thomas for the runner-up spot.

Just before midway, Seavey surged into third on the 13th lap as he dug in to swipe the position with a turn three slider on Thomas. Yet, Seavey remained nearly a half-straightaway behind the top two who were now entering the tail end of the field to put them a lap down. Seavey turned the quickest lap of the race on lap 17 and visibly drew closer to the front pack.

Bacon fired a shot at Swanson for the race lead in turn three on lap 21, but the bottom line was occupied by the lapped car of Charles Davis Jr., forcing Bacon to fall back in line in front of Seavey who was now right on his rear bumper. Seavey remained in third with just four laps to go but executed a picture-perfect slider on Bacon in turn one on lap 27 for second, then set his compass toward Swanson, but time was running short.

“We were hustling hard there,” Seavey explained. “Jake and Brady were so fast and setting such a good pace, I could get to third and be right on Brady, but he never seemed to get a run to slide him for the lead. I tried to show him a nose to get him to race a little harder and a little more aggressively, but I was finally able to get a run on Brady and slide him. Then, on the next lap, I could see the flagman, barely, through the dust but I could see him say ‘five to go.’ I knew it was coming quick, so I had to pull the trigger and I was able to get it done.”

With three to go, Swanson put Grant one lap down as he worked his way past in turns one and two. Meanwhile, Seavey got hung up behind Grant at the exit of turn two, seemingly costing Seavey valuable time as Swanson opened his gap up to six car lengths on the back straight. Seavey cleared Grant by turn three and set forth on tracking Swanson down.

Turn two on lap 29 is where Seavey practically won the race. Nailing the cushion perfectly, Seavey propelled off of it and launched right to Swanson’s tail tank halfway down the back straight before racing underneath at the entrance to turn three to take over the lead and put another win in the bag.

“You have to have such a big run,” Seavey acknowledged. “Even though this place is wide, you enter nearly wide open getting into these corners. To clear somebody, you have to run it in so hard, then it’s all the way to the fence. You just slide and slide and slide, then just gas it as hard as you can before you hit the fence and hope you don’t crash, really. In all reality, that’s what we’re doing out there. We’re just sliding each other and hoping we don’t crash coming out the other end. It’s just about getting a big run and getting to them as they enter and making sure you get across in front of them because they can see you coming. This place is tricky; it’s fast; and it’s not a place you want to bang wheels at. You want to make sure you clear them good and then hit the cushion and get a good launch down the straightaways.”

From there, Seavey executed the last lap and a half to keep Swanson at bay with Seavey defeating him at the line by less than two car lengths and a 0.287 second margin. Swanson took second with Bacon third, Thomas fourth and C.J. Leary fifth.

For Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) it was a bittersweet symphony. He led a race high 20 laps and finished with his best Tony Hulman Classic result to date aboard his 2B Racing/Honest Abe Roofing – Benic Enterprises/DRC/Claxton Chevy. Despite the disappointment of seeing the win slip away, Swanson is proud of the accomplishment given the team’s up-and-down season to this point.

“It’s a big-time step in the right direction,” Swanson said. “I’m actually really happy and really stoked for this race team. They worked really, really hard and they deserve this. I just wish we were one spot better. Obviously, it’s a massive heartbreak. I was trying to be smart, and I saw Brady at one point towards the end. I was like, ‘alright, I’ve got to turn the wick up a little bit and run it a little bit harder’ and I did. I was just worried because this place has such a knife’s edge that you run it hard for 30 laps and that’s a good way to bust your ass. I was trying to be smart and win the race while being smart. At the end of the day, I don’t know if I could’ve gotten away a little more or maybe it would’ve panned out a lot worse. Either way, it’s a step in the right direction. Luckily, we don’t have too much heartbreak for too long. We get to race tomorrow (at Circle City Raceway).”

For Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), it’s relatively the same story as Swanson. The defending Hulman Classic winner has yet to win a USAC race to this point but has begun to string consistent finishes together with a 3rd, 7th, 8th and 3rd over his past four series starts in the month of May. Furthermore, it’s his fourth consecutive Hulman Classic podium following results of 3-2-1-3 since 2021 in his Dynamics, Inc./Next Level Metal – Davis Brothers Trucking – Hutson John Deere/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 21, 2024 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – 54th Annual Tony Hulman Classic – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-20.152; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.249; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.363; 4. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-20.385; 5. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-20.392; 6. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-20.404; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-20.416; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.458; 9. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-20.475; 10. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-20.501; 11. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-20.512; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-20.533; 13. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.549; 14. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-20.556; 15. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-20.667; 16. Max Adams, 63, F & F-20.692; 17. Saban Bibent, 98, Wedgewood-20.775; 18. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-20.930; 19. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-20.944; 20. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-21.049; 21. Tye Mihocko, 42, Cheney-21.179; 22. Kevin Newton, 16TH, 2nd Law-21.243; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.318; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.403; 25.Nate Ervin, 11, Algieo-22.144; 26. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-23.433; 27. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, LNB-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Max Adams, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Joey Amantea, 8. Kevin Newton, 9. Nate Ervin. 2:50.26

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Saban Bibent, 8. Brandon Mattox. 2:49.57

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Matt Goodnight. 2:53.27

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (8 laps, shorted to 7 laps due to accident, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Joey Amantea, 3. Matt Goodnight, 4. Saban Bibent, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Nate Ervin, 7. Kevin Newton. 2:35.29 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (5), 2. Jake Swanson (2), 3. Brady Bacon (4), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 5. C.J. Leary (9), 6. Daison Pursley (12), 7. Chase Stockon (13), 8. Robert Ballou (3), 9. Mitchel Moles (7), 10. Shane Cottle (10), 11. Joey Amantea (19), 12. Matt Westfall (14), 13. Ricky Lewis (8), 14. Kyle Cummins (15), 15. Justin Grant (11), 16. Max Adams (16), 17. Jadon Rogers (20), 18. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 19. Brandon Mattox (22), 20. Saban Bibent (17), 21. Matt Goodnight (23), 22. Tye Mihocko (21), 23. Nate Ervin (24), 24. Carson Garrett (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 9-28 Jake Swanson, Laps 29-30 Logan Seavey.

**Kevin Newton flipped during the semi.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-870, 2-C.J. Leary-807, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-789, 4-Daison Pursley-694, 5-Kyle Cummins-662, 6-Justin Grant-658, 7-Brady Bacon-655, 8-Mitchel Moles-624, 9-Robert Ballou-618, 10-Chase Stockon-604.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER PRESENTED BY SPIRE SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-233, 2-C.J. Leary-205, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-203, 4-Brady Bacon-178, 5-Daison Pursley-178, 6-Justin Grant-172, 7-Mitchel Moles-171, 8-Kyle Cummins-165, 9-Jake Swanson-152, 10-Carson Garrett-150.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-64, 2-C.J. Leary-62, 3-Logan Seavey-57, 4-Daison Pursley-50, 5-Joey Amantea-49, 6-Matt Westfall-38, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-37, 8-Brady Bacon-37, 9-Justin Grant-33, 10-Kyle Cummins-33.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 22-23, 2024 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – Circle City Salute – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (20.157)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey (20.152)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Ricky Lewis

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Shane Cottle

Hard Charger: Joey Amantea (19th to 11th)

 

 

STAT CHECK: 2024 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINTS – MAY 20, 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 20, 2024)………Updated USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship statistics entering this week’s trio of races in the state of Indiana.

It all begins at the Terre Haute Action Track’s 54th annual Tony Hulman Classic on Tuesday, May 21. Then it’s back-to-back nights of full programs for the series at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis on Wednesday-Thursday, May 22-23.

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2024 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Logan Seavey

Entrant Point Leader: Abacus Racing #57

Most Feature Wins: 4-Justin Grant

Rookie Point Leader: Hunter Maddox

Most Laps Led: 104-Logan Seavey

Most Top-Fives: 9-C.J. Leary & Logan Seavey

Most Top-Tens: 10-C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 3-C.J. Leary & Kevin Thomas Jr.

Most Heat Race Wins: 5-Logan Seavey

Most Feature Starts: 11-Joey Amantea, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Carson Garrett, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Mitchel Moles, Daison Pursley, Jadon Rogers, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Matt Westfall

Biggest Charge of the Year: May 10: Bloomington Speedway – Daison Pursley (23rd to 2nd)

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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1. 789 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2. 741 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

3. 724 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

4. 633 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

5. 620 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

6. 620 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

7. 580 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

8. 570 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

9. 561 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

10. 546 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1. 789 Abacus Racing, Noblesville, Ind. (#57)

2. 741 BGE Dougherty Motorsports, Evansville, Ind. (#15x)

3. 724 Rock Steady Racing, Dupont, Ind. (#3R)

4. 633 Team AZ Racing, Brownsburg, Ind. (#21AZ)

5. 620 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

6. 620 Petty Performance Racing, Litchfield Park, Ariz. (#3p)

7. 580 Dynamics Inc., Milford, Ohio (#69)

8. 570 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

9. 561 Ballou Motorsports, Tipton, Ind. (#12)

10. 546 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)

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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1. 212 Hunter Maddox, Bloomington, Ind.

2. 136 Trey Osborne, Columbus, Ohio

3. 107 Saban Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio

4. 99 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.

5. 94 Todd Hobson, Clyde, Vic.

6. 89 Chase Howard, Nesbit, Miss.

7. 68 Shane Butler, Bushnell, Fla.

8. 57 Kayla Roell, Dillsboro, Ind.

9. 36 Rylan Gray, Greenfield, Ind.

10. 10 Will Hull, Plainfield, Vt.

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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 9: Ocala Speedway – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Feb 10: Ocala Speedway – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Feb 15: Ocala Speedway – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Feb 16: Ocala Speedway – Ocala, FL

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE-Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

Apr 13: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

May 3: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

May 4: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

May 10: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

May 11: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN

May 22: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

May 23: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

May 31: Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Jun 1: Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Jun 11: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA

Jun 12: (E) Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

Jun 13: (E) Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, PA

Jun 14: (E) Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 15: (E) Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

Jun 16: (E) Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA

Jun 22: Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

Jun 23: Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

Jun 28: Macon Speedway – Macon, IL

Jun 29: Macon Speedway – Macon, IL

Jul 5: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jul 6: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jul 25: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jul 26: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jul 27: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

Jul 28: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Jul 31: (I) Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Aug 1: (I) Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN

Aug 2: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

Aug 3: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Aug 22: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

Sep 5: (AE) RPM Speedway – Crandall, TX

Sep 6: (AE) Texarkana 67 Speedway – Texarkana, AR

Sep 7: (AE) Texarkana 67 Speedway – Texarkana, AR

Sep 13: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Sep 14: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Oct 11: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Oct 12: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Oct 25: (AE) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK

Oct 26: (AE) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK

------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS ------------------

(AE) represents an event co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing

(E) represents an Eastern Storm event

(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event

(F) represents an event awarding feature points only

(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only

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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

4-Justin Grant (Feb 9 at Ocala Speedway, Feb 10 at Ocala Speedway, Feb 15 at Ocala Speedway & May 4 at Eldora Speedway)

3-Logan Seavey (Feb 13 at Volusia Speedway Park, Feb 13 at Volusia Speedway Park & May 10 at Bloomington Speedway)

2-Kevin Thomas Jr. (Apr 13 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & May 11 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Robert Ballou (May 3 at Eldora Speedway)

1-C.J. Leary (Feb 16 at Ocala Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

104-Logan Seavey

57-Justin Grant

55-Kevin Thomas Jr.

37-Brady Bacon

26-Kyle Cummins

11-Mitchel Moles

10-Max Adams

8-C.J. Leary

5-Carson Garrett

4-Chase Stockon

3-Joey Amantea & Briggs Danner

1-Robert Ballou & Brayden Fox

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

9-C.J. Leary & Logan Seavey

6-Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Justin Grant

3-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins & Daison Pursley

2-Briggs Danner, Jadon Rogers, Chase Stockon & Jake Swanson

1-Max Adams, Shane Cottle, Carson Garrett, Ricky Lewis, Mitchel Moles & Matt Westfall

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

10-C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

8-Kyle Cummins & Daison Pursley

7-Briggs Danner, Justin Grant & Mitchel Moles

6-Brady Bacon & Chase Stockon

5-Jadon Rogers & Jake Swanson

4-Robert Ballou & Carson Garrett

3-Alex Bright & Matt Westfall

1-Max Adams, Joey Amantea, Nick Bilbee, Shane Cottle, Ricky Lewis, Tye Mihocko & Brady Short

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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

3-C.J. Leary & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Geoff Ensign, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey & Chase Stockon

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HEAT RACE / QUALIFYING RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Rod End Supply, T.J. Forged & Car IQ)

5-Logan Seavey

4-Brady Bacon & Jadon Rogers

3-Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Carson Garrett, Chase Stockon, Jake Swanson, & Matt Westfall

1-Saban Bibent, Alex Bright, Briggs Danner, Tom Harris, C.J. Leary, Daison Pursley & Carson Short

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SEMI WINS

1-Robert Ballou, Alex Bright, Kyle Cummins, Carson Garrett, Todd Hobson, C.J. Leary, Daison Pursley, Jake Swanson & Matt Westfall

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FEATURE STARTS

11-Joey Amantea, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Carson Garrett, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Mitchel Moles, Daison Pursley, Jadon Rogers, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Matt Westfall

8-Briggs Danner

6-Alex Bright, Tom Harris, Hunter Maddox & Tye Mihocko

5-Timmy Buckwalter & Brandon Mattox

4-Zach Daum & Trey Osborne

3-Saban Bibent & Chance Crum

2-Max Adams, Shane Butler, Todd Hobson, Chase Howard, Kayla Roell, Brian Ruhlman & Mark Smith

1-Garrett Abrams, Ryan Barr, Dustin Beck, Robert Bell, Nick Bilbee, Donny Brackett, Harley Burns, Sterling Cling, Shane Cottle, Braxton Cummings, Paul Dues, Geoff Ensign, Brayden Fox, Aric Gentry, Gabriel Gilbert, Matt Goodnight, Rylan Gray, Korbyn Hayslett, Anton Hernandez, J.J. Hughes, Ricky Lewis, Zack Pretorius, Kendall Ruble Adyn Schmidt, Brady Short, Carson Short, Kobe Simpson, Kody Swanson & Shawn Westerfeld

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2024 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFIERS

Feb 9: Ocala Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (13.858)

Feb 10: Ocala Speedway – Chase Stockon (14.075)

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park – C.J. Leary (16.173)

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park – C.J. Leary (16.151)

Feb. 15: Ocala Speedway – Logan Seavey (13.925)

Feb. 16: Ocala Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (13.914)

Apr 13: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Daison Pursley (14.026)

May 3: Eldora Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (16.151)

May 4: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary (15.286)

May 10: Bloomington Speedway – Geoff Ensign (11.496)

May 11: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (13.226)

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HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE

Feb 9: Ocala Speedway – Robert Ballou (10th to 4th)

Feb 10: Ocala Speedway – Alex Bright (18th to 6th)

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park – Robert Ballou (24th to 11th)

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park – Tye Mihocko (23rd to 11th)

Feb. 15: Ocala Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 7th)

Feb. 16: Ocala Speedway – Joey Amantea (20th to 11th)

Apr 13: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Mitchel Moles (18th to 9th)

May 3: Eldora Speedway – Jadon Rogers (19th to 6th)

May 4: Eldora Speedway – Jake Swanson (15th to 9th)

May 10: Bloomington Speedway – Daison Pursley (23rd to 2nd)

May 11: Tri-State Speedway – Robert Ballou (16th to 7th)

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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST HOT LAPS DRIVER

Feb 9: Ocala Speedway – C.J. Leary (14.054)

Feb 10: Ocala Speedway – Justin Grant (14.556)

Feb 12: Volusia Speedway Park – Timmy Buckwalter (16.994)

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park – Justin Grant (16.711)

Feb. 15: Ocala Speedway – Logan Seavey (13.946)

Feb. 16: Ocala Speedway – Briggs Danner (14.202)

Apr 13: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Daison Pursley (14.140)

May 3: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary (16.341)

May 4: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary (15.629)

May 10: Bloomington Speedway – C.J. Leary (11.688)

May 11: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (13.179)

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS (1956-2024)

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [53 wins] Brady Bacon

3. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

4. [49 wins] Justin Grant

5. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

6. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

7. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

8. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

9. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

11. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

12. [38 wins] Robert Ballou

13. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

14. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

16. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

17. [31 wins] Tyler Courtney

18. [30 wins] Chris Windom

19. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

23. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

25. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Parnelli Jones

28. [23 wins] C.J. Leary & Roger McCluskey

30. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sammy Sessions

33. [21 wins] Greg Weld

34. [18 wins] Kyle Cummins

35. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding

38. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Jud Larson

40. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler

43. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup

47. [13 wins] Steve Chassey & Logan Seavey

49. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

50. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler

54. [10 wins] Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson

58. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

62. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

66. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

76. [6 wins] Emerson Axsom, Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Shane Cottle, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider, Jake Swanson & Dick Tobias

87. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh, Tanner Thorson & Cole Whitt

104. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Van Johnson, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Ralph Liguori, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

117. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mitchel Moles, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

139. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Ed Elisian, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, Jason McDougal, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Jim McWithey, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward, Matt Westfall & Carl Williams

174. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Ryan Bernal, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Pat Flaherty, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Charlie Musselman, Bobby Olivero, Jim Packard, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (1956-2024)

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (62) Dave Darland

3. (60) Tracy Hines

4. (49) Brady Bacon

5. (48) C.J. Leary

6. (39) Levi Jones & Kevin Thomas Jr.

8. (37) Larry Dickson

9. (36) Bryan Clauson

10. (35) Rich Vogler

11. (34) Justin Grant

12. (33) Chase Stockon

13. (31) Sheldon Kinser

14. (30) Pancho Carter

15. (29) Don Branson

16. (27) Dave Steele

17. (26) Jay Drake

18. (24) Gary Bettenhausen & J.J. Yeley

20. (23) Jon Stanbrough

21. (22) Steve Butler

22. (21) A.J. Foyt

23. (20) Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

26. (19) Greg Weld

27. (18) Parnelli Jones

28. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

31. (15) Kenny Irwin Jr., Sammy Sessions & Brian Tyler

34. (14) Billy Cassella, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins & Damion Gardner

38. (13) Bobby East & Bruce Walkup

40. (12) Steve Chassey, Elmer George, Rick Hood, Jud Larson, Bill Puterbaugh, Joe Saldana & Chris Windom

47. (11) Robert Ballou, Jim McWithey & George Snider

50. (10) Sonny Ates, Jim Hurtubise, Thomas Meseraull, Mitchel Moles & Jake Swanson

55. (9) Eddie Leavitt, Johnny Rutherford, Logan Seavey & Josh Wise

59. (8) Shane Cottle, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser, Pat O’Connor & Hunter Schuerenberg

64. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Johnny Parsons, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Johnny Thomson, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

80. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath & Ken Schrader

89. (5) Chad Boespflug, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Tommy Hinnershitz, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley & Kevin Thomas

100. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Timmy Buckwalter, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Van Johnson, Ralph Liguori, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith, Brad Sweet & Bob Wente

120. (3) Tommy Astone, Emerson Axsom, Brent Beauchamp, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Andy Linden, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Daison Pursley, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & John Wolfe

155. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Chad Boat, Keith Bloom Jr., Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Brayden Fox, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Bobby Grim, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Jason McDougal, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Charlie Musselman, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Bob Veith, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

199. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Joe Barzda, Ryan Bernal, Nick Bilbee, Lee Brewer Jr., Bill Brown, Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Bob Cleberg, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Briggs Danner, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Steven Drevicki, Rex Easton, Geoff Ensign, Al “Cotton” Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens Jr., Joey Kerr, Russ Klar, Buddy Kofoid, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, Ricky Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Nick McCormick, Wes McIntyre, Bob McLean, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Rex Records, Jerry Richert Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Hank Rogers, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Bob Sweikert, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Ryan Thomas, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Buster Warke, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Matt Westfall, Chuck Weyant, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sammy Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon, 2021: Brady Bacon, 2022: Justin Grant, 2023: Justin Grant

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance-Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker-Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker-Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwin Brothers Racing, 2018: Clauson Marshall Newman Racing, 2019: Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, 2020: Dynamics, Inc., 2021: Dynamics, Inc., 2022: TOPP Motorsports, 2023: TOPP Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1971: Darl Harrison, 1972: Billy Cassella, 1973: Rich Leavell, 1974: Lee Osborne, 1975: Marvin Carman, 1976: Roger Rager, 1977: Eddie Leavitt, 1978: Tim Richmond, 1979: Jerry Carman, 1980: Frank Riddle, 1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan, 1982: Danny Milburn, 1983: Dean Shirley, 1984: Jerry Russell, 1985: Terry Shepherd, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Rick Ungar, 1988: Dean Jacobs, 1989: Eric Gordon, 1990: Rick Howerton, 1991: Tony Stewart, 1992: Gary Cameron II, 1993: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1994: Bobby Smith, 1995: Mark Cassella, 1996: Gus Wasson, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tracy Hines, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Bud Kaeding, 2001: Ed Carpenter, 2002: Boston Reid, 2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely, 2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Scotty Weir, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Henry Clarke, 2010: Justin Grant, 2011: Coleman Gulick, 2012: C.J. Leary, 2013: Tyler Courtney, 2014: Jarett Andretti, 2015: Aaron Farney, 2016: Isaac Chapple, 2017: Stevie Sussex, 2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey, 2019: Dustin Clark, 2020: Jadon Rogers, 2021: Tanner Thorson, 2022: Emerson Axsom, 2023: Daison Pursley

 

 

SEAVEY’S USAC MIDGET VICTORY

IS EXTRA SWEET AT SWEET SPRINGS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (May 19, 2024)………Before Sunday night, the last time Logan Seavey bolted out of the gate with a fast qualifying time at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, he followed it up by closing out the night with a feature victory.

He checked both of these items off his list during the inaugural USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Sweet Springs as a Rookie in 2018.

On a Sunday night six years later, now as a seasoned veteran and three-time USAC national driving champion, the Sutter, Calif. native set the tone with the fastest qualifying time, then proceeded to notch the main event victory – just like clockwork.

Whereas Seavey led the final four laps en route to his 2018 Sweet Springs triumph, on Sunday, he led just the final two after each of the top-two drivers – Daison Pursley and Kale Drake – fell by the wayside in separate bouts of misfortune during the final two laps.

Starting sixth in the 22-car field, Seavey was mired outside the top-five throughout the entirety of the first half of the 40-lap, $6,000-to-win feature, running as low as eighth before steadily moving forward due to instances of attrition plus a bit more of personal aggression during the latter stages in his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – MPV Express/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

“I really sucked there early,” Seavey admitted. “I just didn’t pull the trigger there a few times when racing against the guys in front of me and I just kept giving up spots. I just needed to get more aggressive and hammer it down in there and clear people to put them away.”

Up ahead of Seavey, series Rookie Kale Drake and defending John Hinck Championship winner Jacob Denney were waging their own battle for the lead. Drake led the opening circuit from his outside front row starting spot, but Denney soon made an appearance at the head of the class as he slid Drake in turns one and two before scooting away as the new race leader.

Yet, as it turned out, Drake had a lot of fight left in him during what was just his fourth career USAC start. Drake clawed back on the bottom to wrestle the lead away from Denney on the fifth lap and remained there throughout much of the balance of the contest.

On lap 13, however, 10th running Ryan Timms got ruffled up and drifted to a stop at the top of turn two. The incident shuffled Timms to the back of the pack for the ensuing restart with 28 laps remaining.

Thereafter, the newest contender for the throne was Pursley who swiped the second spot from Denney on the 14th lap after the two went toe-to-toe for multiple laps. Once Pursley securely occupied the position, he began working on cutting into Drake's 0.8 second lead. On lap 20, Pursley was there, taking aim at the lead in turn one, but fell short of completing the slide job, opting to fall in line behind Drake and continue his pursuit.

Through the thick brush of lapped traffic, Drake continued to escape the repeated challenges from Pursley with 10 laps remaining. Heavy traffic was afoot for the pair, and Drake went on the attack rather than dilly-dallying. Now with Pursley directly on his rear bumper, Drake successfully cut right through the glut of traffic, right up in front of the lapped car of Steven Snyder Jr. As Snyder fought to regain footing on the cushion, Pursley got into the rear bumper of Snyder, resulting in Snyder spinning backwards to a stop to bring out the caution with eight laps remaining.

As Drake staved off the pressure from Pursley over the next four laps following the restart, the race was halted due to his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, eighth running Gavin Miller, who biked in turn three and spiraled over twice to end his evening with an enormous bang on lap 36. Miller, the 2023 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, walked away from the incident.

For then third place driver Logan Seavey, things go a big hot, prompting Seavey to take off his helmet during the red flag conditions.

“About lap 32, I started getting super hot in this thing,” Seavey revealed. “I didn’t know if the engine was running hot or what, but it was hot outside. It was our first real hot race of the year and a 40-lapper. I wasn’t getting worn out, just overheating, and there were a couple reds that helped me get cooled down.”

On the lap 37 restart, Pursley, now sporting a bouncing and dangling right front wheel due to a shock issue, made a bid for the lead and edged ahead of Drake entering turns one and two. Using every inch of the racetrack, and then some, to beat Pursley to the exit of turn two, Drake glanced his right rear wheel off the concrete on the outside turn two wall. As a result, the force of the contact hiked Drake’s front wheels off the ground as he then rode the wall for a brief moment midway down the back straight. Pursley took advantage of the situation and drove under Drake entering turn three to take hold of the lead.

That moment was a fleeting one for Pursley as, half a lap later, Drake ran right back to Pursley and eked his way underneath in turn one on lap 38 to reassume his position at the front of the field. Pursley took another run back at Drake in turns three and four but only managed to pull alongside before slotting back behind.

With Pursley’s momentum stifled ever so slightly, that opened the door for Seavey who shut under Pursley in turn one to take second. Pursley tried with all his might to get back around Seavey on the outside of turn two. But suddenly, on lap 39, Pursley’s right front dug into the cushion and sent him flipping over once before smashing into the retaining wall. Pursley walked away, but his night was finished and his shot at two USAC Midget wins in as many nights was over.

With Pursley out, the onus was now squarely on Drake who was just two laps away from USAC victory number one. As it turned out, it was not meant to be at this moment. Entering turns one and two along the cushion, Drake’s car began bouncing a total of six times before coming to a rest along the wall. A dejected Drake pounded the steering wheel and exited the car after leading a race-high 34 of the 40 laps.

“I hated that for Kale,” Seavey said. “He’s such a good racer and I’m a big fan of his. To see what he’s doing and getting a ride with Keith, it’s really cool for him to give Kale a shot. He nearly won one tonight and I know he’ll win a bunch this year. He’ll learn a lot from that there. I think maybe he just got a little soft and the tire got rolled up and the car started bouncing and stalled the engine. It’s so easy to do with these midgets.”

The coast was now clear for Seavey on the redux of the green-white-checker finish, where Seavey went the distance for the final two go-arounds to prevail by a 0.763 second margin over Ryan Timms, Jacob Denney, Zach Daum and new series point leader Cannon McIntosh.

Seavey’s 17th career USAC National Midget feature victory pushed him up to 41st on the all-time list, tying him with Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley. Despite a brake issue that plagued him all night, Seavey’s last application of the brakes came when he stopped by for a visit to victory lane.

“(The crew(9) did such a good job,” Seavey praised. “I was complaining all day about no brakes and it sure is tough to get around this place without brakes. But the car goes so well, it doesn’t really matter.”

For all intents & purposes, Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) had to pass the field twice in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio – IWX – Mobil 1/LynK/Speedway Toyota. Starting 11th, Timms worked his way to eighth before spinning. He restarted at the tail on lap 13 and charged all the way back to finish second for the second straight night.

“There at the beginning, everyone was grouped up and it was really tight racing,” Timms recalled. “I went for a bomb and a couple guys in front of me on the bottom checked up and I killed it with the brake. We restarted back in I don’t know what. I just started passing cars and throwing as big of bombs as I could. It ended up being the faster line when you did it. My car was really good, and I got up to fifth and I knew it was going to be tougher to pass the top-five guys rather than the back of the field. But after some of that misfortune with Kale and Daison, we were able to bring it home second and I’m super stoked to be able to come back from dead last.”

Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) has a knack for success at Sweet Springs. He won the John Hinck Championship here a year ago, and tonight, he drove his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/LynK/Ed Pink Toyota home to a third-place finish, his best USAC National Midget result of the year thus far.

“Especially at the end, it was getting kind of crazy,” Denney remembered. “I was really good on the long runs, and I thought that if I could just circle myself in one and two on the restarts, I’d be better off. But I gave up a too many positions there and maybe if we wouldn’t have given those up, we would’ve had a better shot at it. Overall, (crew chief) Jerome (Rodela) gave me a great car, Maison (Hadley) too, and I can’t thank them and Tom Malloy enough for letting me do this.”

To start off the night, Seavey recorded his 16th career Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifying time with the USAC National Midgets. That moved him to 31st all-time alongside Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw and Bobby Olivero.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 19, 2024 – Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Sweet Springs, Missouri – 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval – John Hinck Championship

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-11.474; 2. Daison Pursley, 86, CBI-11.528; 3. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-11.562; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr, 9, Mounce/Stout-11.566; 5. Kale Drake, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.574; 6. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.576; 7. Steven Snyder Jr., 16, Minear-11.586; 8. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.598; 9. Ashton Torgerson, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.600; 10. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.611; 11. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-11.699; 12. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-11.703; 13. Zach Daum, 7p, RAMCO-11.714; 14. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.724; 15. Kyle Jones, 27x, Joyner-11.728; 16. Zach Wigal, 89, CBI-11.737; 17. Jake Andreotti, 14, 4 Kings-11.791; 18. Austin Torgerson, 88A, Mounce/Stout-12.021; 19. Branigan Roark, 44, Roark-12.061; 20. Broc Elliott, 00, Elliott-12.405; 21. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-12.492; 22. Jacob McFarlin, 33, Roark-12.639.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Zach Wigal, 3. Steven Snyder Jr., 4. Gavin Miller, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Branigan Roark, 8. Jacob McFarlin. 2:00.012

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kale Drake, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Jake Andreotti, 7. Broc Elliott. 2:00.160

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Jones, 2. Ashton Torgerson, 3. Austin Torgerson, 4. Jacob Denney, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Curtis Spicer. 2:01.409

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (6), 2. Ryan Timms (11), 3. Jacob Denney (4), 4. Zach Daum (7), 5. Cannon McIntosh (8), 6. Kyle Jones (9), 7. Ashton Torgerson (12), 8. Justin Grant (14), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 10. Jake Andreotti (17), 11. Austin Torgerson (18), 12. Steven Snyder Jr. (10), 13. Zach Wigal (16), 14. Branigan Roark (19), 15. Kale Drake (2), 16. Daison Pursley (5), 17. Curtis Spicer (21), 18. Gavin Miller (13), 19. Ethan Mitchell (1), 20. Sam Johnson (15), 21. Jacob McFarlin (22), 22. Broc Elliott (20). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kale Drake, Laps 2-4 Jacob Denney, Laps 5-36 Kale Drake, Lap 37 Daison Pursley, Lap 38 Kale Drake, Laps 39-40 Logan Seavey.

**Gavin Miller flipped on lap 36 of the feature. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 39 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Cannon McIntosh-209, 2-Daison Pursley-201, 3-Zach Daum-197, 4-Logan Seavey-195, 5-Ryan Timms-190, 6-Kyle Jones-183, 7-Jacob Denney-162, 8-Justin Grant-161, 9-Ashton Torgerson-158, 10-Kale Drake-155.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-64, 2-C.J. Leary-58, 3-Logan Seavey-53, 4-Daison Pursley-44, 5-Joey Amantea-41, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-37, 7-Brady Bacon-36, 8-Matt Westfall-36, 9-Justin Grant-33, 10-Kyle Cummins-32.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 4, 2024 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – 20th Annual USAC Indiana Midget Week


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11.755)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey (11.474)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Zach Daum

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Kyle Jones

Hard Charger: Ryan Timms (11th to 2nd)

 

 

 

CENTURY MARK!

PURSLEY PUNCTUATES 100TH USAC MIDGET START

WITH BELLEVILLE WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Belleville, Kansas (May 18, 2024)………Daison Pursley celebrated his 100th career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature start in style during Saturday night’s Huncovsky Classic at the Belleville (Kan.) Short Track.

Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) tracked down and passed Ryan Timms with 15 laps remaining to score his first series victory since August of 2021 and his first since a severe spinal cord injury in a USAC Midget event later that same year nearly derailed his career.

Now he’s back in the hunt and back to running up front, setting the stage with a second-place result in Friday’s Belleville opener followed by a long-awaited third career series victory on Saturday at the 1/4-mile dirt oval and his first for the CB Industries team with whom he joined during the offseason.

Starting fourth on the grid for the 40-lapper in his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – NOS Energy Drink – TRD/Spike/Speedway Toyota, Pursley made it his duty in trying to chase down early leaders Ashton Torgerson and Ryan Timms for much of the first half of the duration.

Torgerson led the opening three laps from the pole position in what was just the third USAC National Midget event he’d ever signed into. However, Torgerson’s Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Ryan Timms, had his car wound up on the topside and charged around Torgerson for the lead in turn one on the fourth lap. Pursley, meanwhile, followed suit, and likewise, blazed around the outside of Torgerson in the first turn to slot into second.

Timms continued to hold serve up front, but on lap 11, he nearly saw his lead crumble when he dove low entering turn one to place Jeff Stasa a lap down. As he slid up, Timms smacked the turn two curb with his right rear tire and briefly became airborne. Nonetheless, Timms hung on to the lead and fended off Pursley for the time being.

“I knew the top was going to be pretty good there early on with the rework that they did,” Pursley explained. “I thought I got ahead of Ryan there and I could kind of set my own pace. Then I tried the bottom in three and four and allowed him to slide me into one. I just tucked in behind him and let him set the pace and let the track come to us.”

The night’s only red flag was displayed when 14th running Jake Bubak (Arvada, Colo) and another driver touched wheels on the back straightaway on lap 14. Bubak got the worst end of the ordeal, digging in with the left side wheels, which sent him barrel rolling multiple times before coming to a rest on his four wheels. Bubak walked away but was done for the evening.

Timms continued to lead Pursley by a pair of car lengths as both ripped the top while gaining on lapped traffic. Yet, on lap 26, Pursley made his winning move by drifting across the nose of Timms in turn three, then gliding up to turn four where he hit the cushion, launched off and propelled forward to beat Timms back to the line by a mere single car length.

“I knew I had a really good car, so I let it come to me as the race played out,” Pursley revealed. “It was a long 40 laps and I felt like the car was getting better and better the longer we went. It's pretty cool to have a second and a first to start out the year and to click off that first win since 2021 is really neat.”

USAC’s leading National Midget Rookie, Kale Drake, shot into second past Timms on the 29th lap and pulled himself into contention for the lead behind Pursley. By this point, with just a tick more than 10 laps remaining, the race gradually migrated down toward the bottom for most combatants. While Pursley stuck to his guns on the low line, Drake was searching to find something/anything in the track surface from the middle to the top in between turns three and four. But all it ultimately did was open the door for Timms to break on through to the other side and occupy the second spot.

From there, Pursley went unfettered and unphased down the stretch to prevail for his third career USAC National Midget main event win by a 2.387 second margin an all-Oklahoma top-four consisting of Pursley, Ryan Timms, Kale Drake and Friday night winner Cannon McIntosh. Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), meanwhile, rounded out the top-five.

Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) successfully recovered from Friday’s mishap which dropped him back to 15th place at the finish line. But now the inaugural Belleville Short Track USAC Midget winner from 2023 was back in the groove in race two with a steady runner-up result in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio – IWX – Mobil 1/LynK/Speedway Toyota.

Series newcomer Kale Drake (Collinsville, Okla.) could go anywhere he pleased throughout the feature, and in turn, he recorded his best career USAC result of third after starting 12th aboard the Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Eibach Springs – PageKC.com/LynK/Speedway Toyota.

Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) stopped the clock on Saturday night at Belleville with his fifth career Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifying time. He's now been a fast timer in five of the last six USAC National Midget seasons.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2024 – Belleville Short Track – Belleville, Kansas – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Huncovsky Classic

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.462; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr, 9, Mounce/Stout-12.509; 3. Daison Pursley, 86, CBI-12.518; 4. Zach Daum, 7p, RAMCO-12.532; 5. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.569; 6. Ashton Torgerson, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.637; 7. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-12.675; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.722; 9. Gary Taylor, 32, Dunlap-12.735; 10. Kale Drake, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.735; 11. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.750; 12. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.762; 13. Daniel Whitley, 60x, LeVecque-12.776; 14. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-12.792; 15. Steven Snyder Jr., 16, Minear-12.846; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-12.860; 17. Kyle Jones, 27x, Joyner-12.881; 18. Jake Andreotti, 14, 4 Kings-12.902; 19. Austin Torgerson, 88A, Mounce/Stout-13.024; 20. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-13.028; 21. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-13.074; 22. Jeff Stasa, 91, Stasa-13.083; 23. Zach Wigal, 89, CBI-13.132; 24. Kaylee Bryson, 27, Joyner-13.214; 25. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-13.699; 26. Matt Westfall, 54, 4 Kings-NT; 27. Hank Davis, 8, Cornell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daniel Whitley, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Kale Drake, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Austin Torgerson, 8. Jeff Stasa, 9. Curtis Spicer. 2:14.838

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Kyle Jones, 3. Ryan Timms, 4. Jacob Denney, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Zach Wigal. 2:12.499

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Jake Andreotti, 3. Steven Snyder Jr., 4. Gary Taylor, 5. Ashton Torgerson, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Sam Johnson, 8. Kaylee Bryson, 9. Hank Davis. 2:14.728

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, shortened to 1 lap due to multiple cars dropping out, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Bubak, 2. Austin Torgerson, 3. Sam Johnson, 4. Zach Wigal, 5. Curtis Spicer, 6. Jeff Stasa, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Hank Davis. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Daison Pursley (4), 2. Ryan Timms (2), 3. Kale Drake (12), 4. Cannon McIntosh (10), 5. Zach Daum (3), 6. Logan Seavey (8), 7. Ashton Torgerson (1), 8. Ethan Mitchell (6), 9. Kyle Jones (17), 10. Gary Taylor (11), 11. Gavin Miller (14), 12. Justin Grant (9), 13. Zach Wigal (23), 14. Jacob Denney (13), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (16), 16. Sam Johnson (21), 17. Jake Andreotti (18), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 19. Austin Torgerson (19), 20. Jeff Stasa (22), 21. Curtis Spicer (24), 22. Steven Snyder Jr. (15), 23. Daniel Whitley (7), 24. Jake Bubak (20). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Ashton Torgerson, Laps 4-25 Ryan Timms, Laps 26-40 Daison Pursley.

**Jake Bubak flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-161, 2-Cannon McIntosh-143, 3-Zach Daum-128, 4-Kyle Jones-120, 5-Ryan Timms-116, 6-Kale Drake-115, 7-Logan Seavey-115, 8-Gavin Miller-114, 9-Jerry Coons Jr.-108, 10-Justin Grant-106.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-56, 2-Logan Seavey-43, 3-Joey Amantea-41, 4-C.J. Leary-40, 5-Daison Pursley-37, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-36, 7-Brady Bacon-36, 8-Matt Westfall-36, 9-Kyle Cummins-32, 10-Tye Mihocko-32.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 19, 2024 – Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Sweet Springs, Missouri – 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval – John Hinck Championship


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Ethan Mitchell (12.731)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Ethan Mitchell (12.462)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Daniel Whitley

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jake Bubak

Hard Charger: Zach Wigal (23rd to 13th)

ProSource Hard Work: Austin Torgerson

 

 

USAC’S FIRST LADY!

BRYSON BESTS SILVER CROWN FIELD

ON HISTORIC NIGHT AT BELLEVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Belleville, Kansas (May 18, 2024)………The sign at the turn four gate of the Belleville High Banks states boldly and proudly that this place is “where legends are made.”

The legend of Kaylee Bryson is still growing, but on Saturday night at the 1/2-mile dirt oval in north central Kansas, she cemented herself in the record books by becoming the first woman to win a USAC nationally sanctioned event in the 69-year history of the organization.

On a night that will go down as one of the most historic in USAC racing lore, Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) first set the tone for the evening by capturing the pole position during Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying – the first woman to achieve that distinction in USAC Silver Crown history.

At the conclusion of the 50-lap main event, she managed to one-up herself and up-end the collective racing world, taking over the lead with 16 laps remaining, then fending off a furious charge levied by C.J. Leary during the final laps to capture a dream victory for Bryson and her Sam Pierce/Sam Pierce Chevrolet – AP Driver Development – RE Technologies/Maxim/Chevy.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Bryson, the 2023 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year. “My team has worked so hard, and they’ve believed in me for so long. I’m so happy to pull off a win for them. This car was on rails tonight. There are so many people that go into this and I’m so thankful for them because, without them, this wouldn’t be possible.”

Throughout the first 34 laps, however, the story was defending Belleville Silver Crown winner Brady Bacon who was slicing and dicing the competition into smithereens. Despite starting fourth on the grid, Bacon had raced his way into the lead by the end of lap one after streaming past fellow second row starter Matt Westfall and then the front row duo of Mario Clouser and Kaylee Bryson.

Within a handful of laps, Bacon’s lead had ballooned to six seconds, and by the time he reached the tail end lead lap cars a few laps later, his torrid pace had provided him with a full 10 second lead just before the halfway point as he put ninth place Jerry Coons Jr. a lap down.

With just 17 laps to go, Bacon was still pouring it on as he blew around the outside of both Westfall and Chase Stockon to put the seventh and sixth place drivers, respectively, a lap down. With the remainder of the top-five just within reach and holding a whopping 15.8 second lead, thoughts turned toward whether Bacon could conceivably become the first driver since Jeff Bloom in 1987 at Indianapolis Raceway Park to lap the entire field during a USAC Silver Crown event.

Just when that thought seemed like a distinct possibility, or even a foregone conclusion, the entire complexion of the race changed in a plume of smoke. On the 34th lap, Bacon’s machine spit out a big puffy white cloud in turn four. Slowing dramatically, he steered it to the inside of the track and putted around until pulling into the pit entrance on the back straightaway. So large was Bacon’s lead that, by the time he stopped in the infield 3/4 of a lap after disaster struck, he still held the race lead!

A lap and a half later, the only yellow flag of the night was displayed for debris in turn three with a wheel cover sitting helplessly in the middle of the groove. Under the caution period, USAC Silver Crown champions Logan Seavey (flat right rear tire) and Kody Swanson (mud packed right rear wheel) pulled into the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area. In the end, both drivers experienced highly uncharacteristic turmoil with Swanson finishing 14th and Seavey 16th.

But the news that truly caught the crowd’s ear was that of race-long second place runner Bryson who was now the race leader following Bacon’s misfortune with a mere 16 laps to go. Further back, C.J. Leary was running sixth after starting 20th on the grid. Leary was unable to make a qualifying attempt earlier in the night after burning a hole in the piston during practice, forcing the team to make an emergency engine swap.

On the lap 35 restart, Bryson held steady, keeping challengers Clouser, Grant and Kevin Thomas Jr. at bay. All the while, Leary had a full head of steam, picking Thomas, Grant and Clouser off one-by-one on the outside until he was right on Bryson’s tail tank for the lead with six laps to go.

Each and every revolution around the circular shaped fairgrounds dirt track requires intense focus, and even the slightest of hiccups can result in disaster, or a change in position, at the rate of the blink of an eye. Although Leary managed to hover all around Bryson, she never flinched. The message from her spotter, Chris Santucci, over the last several laps were straight to the point.

“Just drive the track,” Bryson relayed of what she was advised. “Don’t worry about anybody else. Just go out there and make fast laps, and that’s what we did, and we won.”

The enormously loud roar of celebratory cheers from the substantial crowd on hand drowned out the noise of the engines as Bryson crossed the finish line 0.607 seconds ahead of Leary at the checkered flag with Mario Clouser equaling his best career series finish of third.

Justin Grant scored a fourth while Daison Pursley tallied an impressive fifth in his series debut after restarting at the tail due to needing the assistance of a push track to fire off for the initial start.

Bryson also delivered the Pierce No. 26 its first USAC Silver Crown victory since a stop at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway 17 summers ago in 2007, won by Aaron Pierce.


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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2024 – Belleville High Banks – Belleville, Kansas – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – Huncovsky Classic

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-17.264; 2. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-17.347; 3. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-17.429; 4. Brady Bacon, 9, Dyson-17.430; 5. Briggs Danner, 10, DMW-17.442; 6. Taylor Ferns, 555, Ferns-17.451; 7. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-17.497; 8. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran/Binks-17.519; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12, TwoC-17.561; 10. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.609; 11. Mitchel Moles, 119, Reinbold/Underwood-17.648; 12. Daison Pursley, 21, Team AZ-17.652; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 55, Bateman-17.665; 14. Shane Cottle, 53, Five Three-17.768; 15. Trey Burke, 60, Legacy/Wilson-17.789; 16. Trey Osborne, 81, BCR-17.877; 17. Robert Ballou, 97, Lein-17.877; 18. Nathan Moore, 48, Thomas/Moore-17.894; 19. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams/Cory-18.949; 20. Danny Long, 44, Long-20.191; 21. Dave Peperak, 777, Peperak-NT; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 23. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-NT; 24. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-NT; 25. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice/Abacus-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kaylee Bryson (1), 2. C.J. Leary (20), 3. Mario Clouser (2), 4. Justin Grant (10), 5. Daison Pursley (12), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (13), 7. Chase Stockon (7), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 9. Robert Ballou (17), 10. Matt Westfall (3), 11. Briggs Danner (5), 12. Shane Cottle (14), 13. Taylor Ferns (6), 14. Kody Swanson (8), 15. Nathan Moore (18), 16. Logan Seavey (21), 17. Gregg Cory (19), 18. Brady Bacon (4), 19. Trey Burke (15), 20. Trey Osborne (16), 21. Mitchel Moles (11), 22. Danny Long (23), 23. Dave Berkheimer (22), 24. Bryan Gossel (24), 25. Dave Peperak (25). 21:37.67 (New Track Record)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-34 Brady Bacon, Laps 35-50 Kaylee Bryson.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-198, 2-Kody Swanson-187, 3-Justin Grant-183, 4-Kaylee Bryson-153, 5-Mario Clouser-148, 6-Taylor Ferns-144, 7-Logan Seavey-138, 8-Bobby Santos-125, 9-Gregg Cory-103, 10-Jerry Coons Jr.-101.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-64, 2-C.J. Leary-58, 3-Logan Seavey-48, 4-Daison Pursley-44, 5-Joey Amantea-41, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-37, 7-Brady Bacon-36, 8-Matt Westfall-36, 9-Kyle Cummins-32, 10-Tye Mihocko-32.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 24, 2024 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – 67th Hoosier Hundred / Carb Night Classic


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Practice Fastest Driver: Kody Swanson (17.552)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kaylee Bryson (17.264)

Hard Charger: C.J. Leary (20th to 2nd)

ProSource Hard Work Award: Taylor Ferns

 

 

BACON PACES FRIDAY’S BELLEVILLE

USAC SILVER CROWN PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Belleville, Kansas (May 17, 2024)………Brady Bacon left the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks a USAC Silver Crown winner one year ago. On Friday night, he and his Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 showed that they’re still the ones to beat at the 1/2-mile dirt oval in 2024.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was the quickest of all in Friday’s USAC Silver Crown practice at Belleville, which served as the final tune-up for teams and drivers before the 50-lap Huncovsky Classic main event set for Saturday night, May 18.

Bacon’s lap of 16.834 seconds was just a tick off Kody Swanson’s Belleville Silver Crown track record of 16.823, set in 2023. Furthermore, Bacon’s time was four tenths of a second faster than his next closest competitor.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) was second fastest at 17.294 followed by Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) at 17.410. Defending series champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was fourth at 17.481 while Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) rounded out the top-five at 17.491. Swanson won the event in 2014.

On Saturday night, May 18, at Belleville, it’s a full race day for both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and USAC Silver Crown divisions. The pits open at 3pm Central with the front gates opening at 5:30pm, the drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps start at 6:30pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

General admission and reserved tickets are $30. General admission and reserved tickets for ages 12 and under are $20. A one-day pit pass is $40 and two-day pit passes are $60. Advance tickets are on sale now at www.BellevilleHighBanks.org. Tickets will be available at the gate on both race days.

The entire weekend of events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/usac.


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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: May 17, 2024 – Belleville High Banks – Belleville, Kansas – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – Huncovsky Classic

PRACTICE: 1. Brady Bacon, 9, Dyson-16.834; 2. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-17.294; 3. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-17.410; 4. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice/Abacus-17.481; 5. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran/Binks-17.491; 6. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-17.553; 7. Mitchel Moles, 119, Reinbold/Underwood-17.559; 8. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-17.561; 9. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.655; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12, TwoC-17.705; 11. Daison Pursley, 21, Team AZ-17.732; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 55, Bateman-17.740; 13. Shane Cottle, 53, Five Three-17.767; 14. Taylor Ferns, 555, Ferns-17.775; 15. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-17.846; 16. Trey Osborne, 81, BCR-17.880; 17. Briggs Danner, 10, DMW-17.98; 18. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-18.109; 19. Robert Ballou, 97, Lein-18.218; 20. Trey Burke, 60, Legacy/Wilson-18.276; 21. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams/Cory-19.320; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-20.415; 23. Dave Peperak, 777, Peperak-21.542; 24. Danny Long, 44, Long-21.935.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 18, 2024 – Belleville High Banks – Belleville, Kansas – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – Huncovsky Classic

 

 

RETURN OF THE MAC!

McINTOSH MANS USAC MIDGET OPENER IN BELLEVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Belleville, Kansas (May 17, 2024)………Following a major changeover during the offseason, Cannon McIntosh got back on track in more ways than one during Friday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season opener at the Belleville (Kan.) Short Track.

A mere 616 days since his most recent USAC feature victory in September of 2022, McIntosh returned to glory on the 1/4-mile dirt oval, grabbing the lead from his outside front row starting position, then dominating the 30-lap distance from start to finish.

The triumph was McIntosh’s first USAC win for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports since driving for team full-time in 2020. That year, McIntosh won twice before switching over to the family-owned Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports team where he raced full-time between the 2021-23 seasons.

His remigration to KKM has already paid dividends, ending his 41-race winless streak in USAC competition and netting him his seventh career series victory, moving him into 97th on the all-time list alongside Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton and Johnnie Tolan.

McIntosh’s performance also provided car entrant Mike Curb his 199th USAC national victory, placing him just one shy of becoming the first entrant to reach the 200-win mark.

A solid start was imperative, and McIntosh made it priority number one in his Gear Wrench – TRD – Mobil 1/LynK/Speedway Toyota, although he wasn’t initially able to throw down the gauntlet nor was he able to apply the dagger quite yet as he followed his teammate and pole sitter Gavin Miller for the first three-quarters of a lap. That’s when Miller left the bottom in turn four, thus opening the door for McIntosh to scoot on by on the low line.

“I knew it was going to be important to get a good start, especially with how much work they did to the bottom,” McIntosh explained. “I didn’t know if it would go away much, at least in one and two. I thought that maybe it would go away in three and four, so I just stayed committed down there after Gavin made a mistake there on the first lap. We were able to get by and I tried to minimize mistakes the whole race.”

By the end of the 10th lap, McIntosh’s lead stood at a commanding rate of 1.633 seconds until a pair of subsequent stoppages stifled his groove. First, Hank Davis (15th) teetered over the edge of the turn four cushion and slid to a stop. One lap after the restart, Ryan Timms, the 2023 opening night Belleville Short Track USAC Midget winner, snagged the turns one and two cushion before grinding to a halt on the 12th circuit.

Over the course of the next 10-lap stanza, Daison Pursley slipped by Miller for the second spot while McIntosh was in the midst of reestablishing a full straightaway edge. As he worked through a heavy throng of lapped traffic with five to go, McIntosh tapped the rear bumper of the down-a-lap car driven by Jake Andreotti in turn one. No harm, no foul was the end result as McIntosh carried onward with a 1.3 second lead to his advantage.

Still husting, McIntosh never relented, putting 10 cars in the field at least one lap down in the final running order. Yet, without rearview mirrors and little margin for error, it’s difficult to accurately differentiate between who is who and what is what, so McIntosh didn’t let up.

“I thought I heard someone coming there at the end on the outside in three and four,” McIntosh revealed. “I didn’t know if it was a lapper, but it sounded like somebody was coming, so I was trying to get as many lapped cars as I could there at the end before I was able to bring it home.”

McIntosh ultimately crossed the finish line as a winner 3.19 seconds ahead of Daison Pursley, Gavin Miller, Jerry Coons Jr. and Kyle Jones who finished with a career best USAC result of fifth place.

It was a fine debut for Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) as he came home second in his first run with CB Industries in USAC National Midget competition. It's Pursley’s best series run since May of 2023 when he also finished second in Sweet Springs, Mo. Pursley, wheeling the PristineAuction.com – NOS Energy Drink – TRD/Spike/Speedway Toyota, is the early USAC National Midget point leader by one single point despite not winning the feature.

There’s no inkling of a sophomore slump for Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.) after night one of the USAC National Midget season. His performances a year ago rewarded him as USAC’s National Midget Rookie of the Year. Tonight, he collected a solid third place result in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Sound Gear – TRD – Mobil 1/LynK/Speedway Toyota.

Meanwhile, defending series champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) set a new all-time USAC record after charging his way from the 23rd starting position to finish eighth. The result marked his 23rd consecutive top-10 feature finish with the USAC National Midgets. That broke the record held by Jason Leffler since 1997.

Ashton Torgerson (Glendale, Ariz.) finished 14th in his first career USAC National Midget start. For finishing as the last car on the lead lap in Friday night’s feature race, the Arizonian collected $250 courtesy of Buck Rice from ProSource.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) pulled off a rare feat during Friday’s Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying session. He became the third driver ever to record a fast qualifying time in back-to-back USAC National Midget season openers. Bobby Grim achieved it in 1965-66 while Kevin Thomas Jr. matched it himself it in 2020-21.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2024 – Belleville Short Track – Belleville, Kansas – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Huncovsky Classic

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-12.018; 2. Kyle Jones, 27x, Joyner-12.098; 3. Daison Pursley, 86, CBI-12.221; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-12.228; 5. Hank Davis, 60x, LeVecque-12.243; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.251; 7. Kaylee Bryson, 27, Joyner-12.313; 8. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.336; 9. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-12.337; 10. Kale Drake, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.384; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr, 9, Mounce/Stout-12.396; 12. Steven Snyder Jr., 16, Minear-12.408; 13. Jake Andreotti, 14, 4 Kings-12.430; 14. Ashton Torgerson, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.502; 15. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.509; 16. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.515; 17. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.539; 18. Zach Wigal, 89, CBI-12.566; 19. Zach Daum, 7p, RAMCO-12.597; 20. Austin Torgerson, 88A, Mounce/Stout-12.691; 21. Keith Rauch, 27K, Bourke-12.697; 22. Matt Westfall, 54, 4 Kings-12.896; 23. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-12.915; 24. Gary Taylor, 32, Dunlap-13.379; 25. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-13.487.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Jake Andreotti, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Zach Daum, 5. Kale Drake, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Kaylee Bryson, 9. Curtis Spicer. 2:07.977

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jacob Denney, 2. Ashton Torgerson, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Gavin Miller, 5. Kyle Jones, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Hank Davis, 8. Austin Torgerson. NT

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Steven Snyder Jr., 4. Jake Bubak, 5. Gary Taylor, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Keith Rauch, 8. Zach Wigal. 2:11.509

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (2), 2. Daison Pursley (4), 3. Gavin Miller (1), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 5. Kyle Jones (5), 6. Zach Daum (19), 7. Justin Grant (6), 8. Logan Seavey (23), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 10. Kale Drake (12), 11. Jacob Denney (8), 12. Jake Bubak (11), 13. Gary Taylor (24), 14. Ashton Torgerson (16), 15. Ryan Timms (7), 16. Austin Torgerson (20), 17. Matt Westfall (22), 18. Zach Wigal (18), 19. Steven Snyder Jr. (14), 20. Jake Andreotti (15), 21. Kaylee Bryson (10), 22. Hank Davis (9), 23. Curtis Spicer (25), 24. Ethan Mitchell (17), 25. Keith Rauch (21). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Cannon McIntosh.

**Gary Taylor flipped during practice.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-79, 2-Cannon McIntosh-78, 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-70, 4-Gavin Miller-69, 5-Kyle Jones-67, 6-Justin Grant-61, 7-Zach Daum-60, 8-Logan Seavey-52, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-52, 10-Jacob Denney-49.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-56, 2-Logan Seavey-41, 3-Joey Amantea-41, 4-C.J. Leary-40, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-36, 6-Brady Bacon-36, 7-Matt Westfall-36, 8-Daison Pursley-34, 9-Kyle Cummins-32, 10-Tye Mihocko-32.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 18, 2024 – Belleville Short Track – Belleville, Kansas – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Huncovsky Classic


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kale Drake (11.983)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant (12.018)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Jacob Denney

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (23rd to 8th)

ProSource Hard Work: Ashton Torgerson

 

 

RED HILL’S SALUTE TO LEVI JONES

USAC SPRINT EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 3

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sumner, Illinois (May 16, 2024)………The return of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing to Red Hill Raceway in Sumner, Illinois is back on the schedule for Wednesday night, July 3.

The series’ first visit to the 3/8-mile dirt oval in 26 years marks the inaugural edition of the Salute to Levi Jones, honoring the seven-time USAC national driving champion and series official who was recently announced as an inductee to the USAC Hall of Fame.

Jones, who was born and raised in nearby Olney, Ill., made his first career USAC National Sprint Car start at Red Hill in 1998. He plans to be in attendance at the July 3 event.

The running of the event arrives after the originally scheduled date of April 6 was disrupted by Mother Nature. Two previous USAC National Sprint Car events have been run at Red Hill with Billy Puterbaugh Jr. winning in 1996 and Derek Davidson scoring the victory in 1998.

Grandstand tickets for the July 3 event at Red Hill are $30 for ages 13 and up. GA tickets for ages 6-12 are $5. GA tickets for ages 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece.

Pits open at 3pm Central and the grandstands open at 5:30pm. Hot laps are set for 7pm. Modifieds will also be on the event card.

The addition of Red Hill on Wednesday, July 3, kicks off a fantastic four-race weekend for USAC across Indiana. The USAC Silver Crown Sumar Classic is slated for the Terre Haute Action Track on Thursday night, July 4. The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will finish off the action-packed weekend with back-to-back events at Lincoln Park Speedway’s Bill Gardner Sprintacular in Putnamville on Friday-Saturday, July 5-6.

 

 

SHORT (TRACK) STORY!

BELLEVILLE OPENS THE

USAC MIDGET SEASON MAY 17-18

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Belleville, Kansas (May 14, 2024)………Belleville, Kansas is a small town that packs a mighty punch.

The same could very well be said to describe the type of action the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will present on the 1/4-mile short track when the series returns for back-to-back nights of full programs at the venue on Friday-Saturday, May 17-18.

In fact, it’s a twin bill in Belleville featuring a tantalizing two-night doubleheader as midgets take on the racy short track and Silver Crown grooves on the blazing fast high banks at the grounds of the North Central Kansas Fair.

Friday’s midget program will culminate in a 30-lap, $4,000-to-win feature while Saturday’s main event presents 40 laps and $6,000-to-win.

Here’s the long (and the short) of it with six Belleville storylines for the midgets!



HALLELUJAH, IT BEGINS!

Better late than never! After three earlier tries to launch the 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season, the season will now kick off in the state of Kansas at the Belleville Short Track.

This year marks the third occasion in which the USAC National Midget season begins in the Sunflower State. In 2011, Bryan Clauson won at Dodge City Raceway Park, and in 2023, Ryan Timms scored the series debut at the Belleville Short Track.

This weekend’s lineup features a slew of USAC Midget full-timers champing at the bit to get underway, 15 full-season championship hopefuls, in fact. Among the group are defending series champion, Abacus Racing’s Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), and RMS Racing’s Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.).

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) returns for his first full season USAC run in a decade with RAMCO Speed Group while Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) returns to full-time duty for the first time in three seasons with Mounce-Stout Motorsports. Series winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) is back for his third year of full-time series duty and second with Tom Malloy’s team.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, the winningest team in series history, will field rides for three USAC Midget feature winners in Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.). KKM newcomer Ashton Torgerson (Glendale, Ariz.), meanwhile, will be contending for Rookie of the Year honors.

CB Industries’ revamped lineup consists of series winner Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Zach Wigal (Belpre, Ohio), another addition to the 2024 Rookie bunch along with Hank Davis (Sand Springs, Okla.) aboard the Cornell Racing Stables machine.

Brand new teams joining the series full-time are a two-car effort for 4K Kings Racing combatants Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) and Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) as well as Joyner Motorsports’ Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas).


THE BELLEVILLE DOUBLE

Big track, small track. Big cars, small cars. This weekend’s racing festivities run the gamut.

Seven different drivers are planning to partake in double-duty by stepping back and forth between their Belleville rides in the Silver Crown and Midget divisions.

This group of double-dippers is highlighted by Logan Seavey, the man who won both series driving championships in 2023. He returns to the seat of his Abacus Racing midget and Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing Silver Crown car. Justin Grant is back in his familiar rides with Hemelgarn Racing’s crown car and RMS Racing’s midget.

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) will strap into the seat of Patty Bateman’s champ car and the Central Motorsports midget. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) will double up in his own Silver Crown ride and the new 4 Kings Racing midget. Kaylee Bryson will wheel the Sam Pierce-owned Silver Crown car and will also make her first appearance with Joyner Motorsports in a USAC Midget event.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) will make his Silver Crown debut for Team AZ Racing at Belleville and will begin his first full season as the midget pilot for CB Industries. Kyle Steffens (Saint Charles, Mo.) will compete in the Silver Crown division for his own team and will make a rare midget appearance as he will attempt to make his first career USAC National Midget start for car owner John LeVecque.


TIMMS’ TIME IN 2024?

In his first run as the full-time driver of the famed number 67 for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Ryan Timms was called upon to play the lead role as the fabled car’s newest pilot for the 2023 season. Quickly, he made his own bit of history as the first ever USAC National Midget feature winner at Belleville’s Short Track.

He recovered from a couple of self-inflicted miscues during the second half of the 30-lap feature where he saw his lead slip away twice only to gain it back each time on the very next lap. In total, Timms led 27 of the 30 laps, taking control with a slide job of Jake Andreotti 12 laps from the finish line to earn, at the time, his third career series victory.

Timms finished the 2023 campaign with a solid tally of three victories and a fourth-place finish in the standings, a big step up from where he stood in 2022. Timms is geared up to make an even further step up in 2024 from race winner to championship contender.


A BELLEVILLE DAUMINATOR

For Zach Daum, Saturday night of the 2023 event at Belleville was a homecoming. In the summer of 2014, the Pocahontas, Ill. native captured a USAC National Midget feature victory on the Belleville High Banks half-mile dirt oval during a Belleville Nationals prelim night.

Daum was back in victory lane for the first time since that very night with the USAC National Midgets, and it just so happened to take place in the same locale, albeit at a slightly smaller version of it.

One night after becoming the first driver to finish on the podium of a USAC National Midget feature at both the Belleville half-mile and quarter mile, on Saturday, Daum became the first driver to win a USAC national feature on both portions of the venue in his career. In doing so, Daum ended a substantially lengthy winless drought with the USAC National Midgets as well.

In fact, the eight year, nine months and 20-day gap between triumphs is the fourth longest span all-time between USAC National Midget wins, ranking behind only Arnie Knepper (1970-1983), Chuck Gurney (1974-1986) and Larry Rice (1975-1987).

It was quite a debut for Daum and the RAMCO team who had reached out to Daum in the week leading up to Belleville and tabbed him as their wheelman. It turns out it was a perfect match as it was the fourth USAC win as a driver for Daum and the first for the Texas-based RAMCO team.


BELLEVILLE’S FAVORITE ADOPTED SON

Jerry Coons Jr. is undoubtedly one of Belleville’s favorite drivers. The Tucson, Arizona native has been making regular visits to Belleville, Kansas dating back to 1990, and has been a fixture practically every year since.

He ranks fifth all-time in career USAC National Midget starts with 421 since his 1987 series debut. The USAC Triple Crown champ has experienced some of his finest moments at Belleville, and several accolades to go along with it.

Coons’ first career USAC National Midget win came during the 1996 Belleville Midget Nationals on the half-mile, and he ultimately became the first three-time winner of the event following scores in 2005-07-12. During a 2012 prelim night, he also won on the 1/4-mile short track.

However, last year’s finishes of 23rd and 17th left an unsavory taste in the USAC Triple Crown champions’ mouth, something he is eager to rectify this coming weekend.


SEAVEY ON DEFENSE

It’s been almost half a year since the most recent USAC National Midget race, but yes, Logan Seavey’s historic streak remains intact.

Over his last 22 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature starts, he owns eight wins, 20 top-fives and 22 top-tens, a run which started in June of 2023.

A 23rd straight top-10 finish by Seavey on Saturday would break the series record set by Jason Leffler in 1997. Leffler rode that streak into a series title in 1997, then followed up the next year in 1998 by winning the championship again. It’s certainly a feat Seavey would like to repeat in the 2024 season.

Oddly enough, it was an inauspicious start for Seavey and Abacus at Belleville in 2023 with ho-hum finishes of 6th and 16th across the two nights, certainly not indicative of what was to come throughout the rest of the year. Now, they get another crack at Belleville success this weekend.


RACE DETAILS:

On Friday, May 17, at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks, it’s opening night for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season in conjunction with a practice night for the USAC Silver Crown division. The pits open at 3pm Central. Front gates open at 5:30pm. Hot laps start at 6:30pm, followed by qualifying and racing. General admission and reserved tickets are $25. General admission and reserved tickets for ages 12 and under are $15. A one-day pit pass is $35 and two-day pit passes are $60. Advance tickets are on sale now at www.BellevilleHighBanks.org. Tickets will be available at the gate on both race days.

On Saturday, May 18, at Belleville, it’s a full race day for both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and USAC Silver Crown divisions. The pits open at 3pm Central. Front gates open at 5:30pm. Hot laps start at 6:30pm, followed by qualifying and racing. General admission and reserved tickets are $30. General admission and reserved tickets for ages 12 and under are $20. A one-day pit pass is $40 and two-day pit passes are $60. Advance tickets are on sale now at www.BellevilleHighBanks.org. Tickets will be available at the gate on both race days.

The entire weekend of events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/usac.


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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT THE BELLEVILLE SHORT TRACK:

1 Lap - 5/19/2023 - Justin Grant - 11.736 - 76.697 mph

10 Laps - 5/19/2023 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 2:05.91 - 71.480 mph


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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT BELLEVILLE:

5-Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland & Bobby East

3-Rico Abreu, Chad Boat, Kasey Kahne & Josh Wise

2-Bryan Clauson, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, Jason Leffler & J.J. Yeley

1-Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Billy Boat, A.J. Fike, Robby Flock, Bobby Grim, Steve Knepper, Ryan Scott, Ricky Shelton, Brad Sweet & Ryan Timms


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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT BELLEVILLE:

1964: Bobby Grim (7/5)

1996: Jay Drake (8/1), Jerry Coons Jr. (8/2) & Robby Flock (8/3)

1997: Billy Boat (7/31), Jason Leffler (8/1) & Jason Leffler (8/2)

1998: Ricky Shelton (7/30), Jerry Coons Jr. (7/31) & Steve Knepper (8/1)

1999: Dave Darland (8/5), J.J. Yeley (8/6) & Dave Darland (8/7)

2000: Jay Drake (8/3), Kasey Kahne (8/4) & Kasey Kahne (8/5)

2001: A.J. Fike (8/2), Dave Darland (8/3) & Kasey Kahne (8/4)

2002: Ryan Scott (8/1), Bobby East (8/2) & Dave Darland (8/3)

2003: J.J. Yeley (8/7), Bobby East (8/8) & Josh Wise (8/9)

2004: Bobby East (7/30) & Bobby East (7/31)

2005: Dave Darland (7/29) & Jerry Coons Jr. (7/30)

2006: Josh Wise (7/28) & Josh Wise (7/29)

2007: Jerry Coons Jr. (7/27) & Jerry Coons Jr. (7/28)

2008: Bobby East (8/1) & Brad Sweet (8/2)

2009: Josh Wise (7/30 – SE), Bryan Clauson (8/1 – SE) & Bryan Clauson (8/1)

2013: Rico Abreu (8/1) & Christopher Bell (8/3)

2014: Zach Daum (7/31) & Rico Abreu (8/2)

2015: Rico Abreu (7/30) & Bryan Clauson (8/1)

2016: Chad Boat (8/5) & Chad Boat (8/6)

2017: Chad Boat (8/4) & Spencer Bayston (8/5)

2023: Ryan Timms (5/19) & Zach Daum (5/20)


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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN KANSAS:

7-Bryan Clauson

6-Jerry Coons Jr. & Dave Darland

5-Bobby East

4-Jay Drake & Josh Wise

3-Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Chad Boat, Kasey Kahne & Jason Leffler

2-Zach Daum, A.J. Fike, Russ Gamester, Bobby Olivero, Tony Stewart, Kevin Thomas Jr. & J.J. Yeley

1-Spencer Bayston, Billy Boat, Tyler Courtney, Tony Elliott, Robby Flock, Mike Gregg, Bobby Grim, Jeff Heywood, Tracy Hines, Mel Kenyon, Steve Knepper, Kyle Larson, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Parsons, Stevie Reeves, Ryan Scott, Ricky Shelton, Brad Sweet, Bob Tattersall, Tanner Thorson, Ryan Timms, Sleepy Tripp & Bryant Wiedeman


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PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS AT THE BELLEVILLE SHORT TRACK

2023 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Timms (1), 2. Jake Andreotti (4), 3. Zach Daum (11), 4. Daison Pursley (14), 5. Tanner Thorson (7), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (17), 8. Jacob Denney (3), 9. Cannon McIntosh (13), 10. Jade Avedisian (2), 11. Chance Crum (23-P), 12. Kyle Jones (19), 13. Mitchel Moles (21), 14. Chase McDermand (8), 15. Hayden Reinbold (20), 16. Kameron Key (18), 17. Brady Bacon (12), 18. Ethan Mitchell (24-P), 19. Gavin Miller (22), 20. Taylor Reimer (16), 21. Thomas Meseraull (10), 22. Justin Grant (6), 23. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 24. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9). NT

2023 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Zach Daum (2), 2. Jade Avedisian (5), 3. Thomas Meseraull (19), 4. Jacob Denney (11), 5. Justin Grant (12), 6. Ethan Mitchell (7), 7. Daison Pursley (16), 8. Tanner Thorson (10), 9. Gavin Miller (13), 10. Brady Bacon (15), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (1), 13. Chance Crum (23-P), 14. Ryan Timms (21), 15. Kyle Jones (20), 16. Logan Seavey (8), 17. Jerry Coons Jr. (18), 18. Mitchel Moles (9), 19. Mariah Ede (17), 20. Jake Andreotti (22), 21. Hayden Reinbold (14), 22. Taylor Reimer (24-P), 23. Cannon McIntosh (6), 24. Chase McDermand (3). NT

 

 

NO LETDOWN AT THE SPRING SHOWDOWN!

KTJ SCORES TRI-STATE USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (May 11, 2024)………Throughout the past decade, competitors and fans alike have become accustomed to witnessing the Rock Steady Racing number 3R perform its magic during the Spring Showdown at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

First there was Hunter Schuerenberg in 2012, then Daron Clayton in 2014, and later on, Kyle Cummins did the deed in 2021. At Saturday night’s 11th running of the event on the 1/4-mile dirt oval, it was the team’s newest driver, Kevin Thomas Jr., who sealed the deal to become the fourth different driver from the team’s stable to capture a Spring Showdown victory.

Shortly following a restart, Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) chased down early race leader Mitchel Moles on lap 12, then successfully fended off the pursuit of the surging Cummins. From there on, KTJ led the final 19 laps to score his third career Spring Showdown win after previous triumphs in 2013 and 2018. No other driver owns more than one Spring Showdown win.

Overall, it’s Rock Steady Racing’s ninth USAC National Sprint Car victory at Tri-State, far and away the most successful team in that category. Fully cognizant of the resume held by the 3R at the southern Indiana venue, Thomas felt he had some weight on his shoulders to overcome.

“This is the most nervous I’ve been in a racecar in a long time,” Thomas admitted. “Especially with what Kyle has done here as a driver and them as a team. If you suck, it’s on you. So, that’s tough. But I’ve got a great deal of confidence in my team and my ability to drive a racecar. I was pumped up and I can’t remember the last time I did donuts!”

To be the man, you got to beat the man, and Thomas did just that, breaking the tie he held with Cummins atop Tri-State’s all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list. KTJ’s seventh win with the series at the track is now the standard bearer after grabbing his latest aboard the Rock Steady Racing/Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy.

A statistic that truly grabbed Thomas’ attention in the post-race celebration was the fact that his 41st career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory equaled him with the late, great Bryan Clauson for ninth place on the all-time list.

“I might cry,” Thomas stated. “There’s a lot that goes into that, and obviously, he was a good person for the sport and what he did for it and what his family has meant to it. Being able to tie him in anything is pretty emotional but there’s a lot of hard work that goes into this for a long period of time. It took me a lot longer to get there than it has for some other people but I’m hardheaded and I’m not a good learner. So, we’ll keep digging at this.”

Starting third, Thomas slotted into second on the opening lap and immediately draped his ride to the rear bumper of pole sitter Mitchel Moles. By lap nine, the top-two found themselves just a heartbeat away from reaching the tail end of the field when the first stoppage of the feature occurred.

A five-car incident was triggered by contact between Jake Swanson and Adyn Schmidt in a battle for 13th place at the exit of turn four, sending Swanson into a spin cycle. Moments later, Swanson's car was plowed by Dustin Beck and defending Spring Showdown winner Justin Grant. Grant took the worst of it, flipping over to end his suddenly frustrating night. Scheduled to start sixth, Grant pulled off during the pace laps to make a visit to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area with an ignition box issue being the culprit. He returned to the lineup but had to start from the back of the pack in 24th. Beck bowed out with major front-end damage while Aric Gentry and Kendall Ruble also became entangled in the mishap.

All the while, Thomas was champing at the bit, waiting to exhale and ultimately make his bid for the lead. He got his chance on a restart following a lap 12 caution for contact between Kayla Roell and Donny Brackett. Thomas wound it up on the resumption of the 12th lap and zipped around the outside of Moles for the top spot in turn two.

With the laps dwindling, Thomas was preoccupied with successfully weaving his way in and around lapped traffic. About seven or eight car lengths back, Cummins placed himself into the runner-up spot as he slid Moles in turn one with seven laps remaining. Moles swung back by to retake the position briefly down the back straightaway and into turn three, but as Moles slid up, Cummins countered and dove under to take over second, and Thomas was keenly aware of that sudden development.

“I saw the 3p was there in second and he’s going to be a real pain in my butt all year,” Thomas said. “I’m looking forward to it. He’s one of my good buddies, and that whole team over there does a great job as well. But I’m glad we started a little bit further forward than he did!”

On the final stretch run, Thomas managed to extend his lead as he continued to cut his path toward victory lane, earning the win by a margin of 2.032 seconds over Cummins, Moles, C.J. Leary and Jadon Rogers who rounded out the top-five one night after an accident at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway briefly put him in the back of an ambulance before walking away.

The win was the 27th for Hank Byram’s Rock Steady Racing team in USAC National Sprint Car competition, moving him past Daryl Guiducci’s Six-R Racing outfit for 19th on the series’ all-time entrant win list.

Kyle Cummins’ (Princeton, Ind.) last three Spring Showdown starts have placed him 1st (2021), 3rd (2023) and now 2nd (2024), which equaled his best performance of the USAC season after also finishing second last weekend at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in his Petty Performance Racing/Avanti Windows & Doors – Premier Recycling/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy. On Saturday night, he was also part of the first one-two USAC finish for Mark Smith’s Mach-1 Chassis, which Thomas also competes with.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) turned in his best result of the USAC season after leading the initial 11 laps and finishing third in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy, marking the best Spring Showdown finish for both driver and team.

Once again, Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) delivered the hardest charging performance of the night. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champion started 16th and finished seventh in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Deaton’s Waterfront Services/DRC/Ott Chevy. It's Ballou’s series-leading third hard charger award of the USAC National Sprint Car season and he’s now passed a total of 56 cars in series features this year, which gives him the lead in the ProSource Passing Master points.

Justin Grant’s (Ione, Calif.) night began proficiently as he set quick time in Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying to move into 11th place all-time on the USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying list. He surpassed Chase Stockon with his 34th career Fast Qualifier award and now ranks one behind Rich Vogler for 10th all-time at 35.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 11, 2024 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – Spring Showdown – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.226; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-13.271; 3. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-13.328; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-13.340; 5. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-13.348; 6. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.487; 7. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-13.537; 8. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.599; 9. Carson Short, 21m, Edwards-13.651; 10. Adyn Schmidt, 12s, Schmidt-13.828; 11. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.830; 12. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-13.832; 13. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-13.885; 14. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.890; 15. Dustin Beck, 75, Hensen/Rupp-13.901; 16. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.989; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.006; 18. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.006; 19. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-14.024; 20. Trey Osborne, 6T, Osborne-14.068; 21. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.086; 22. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.144; 23. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-14.152; 24. Kayla Roell, 5K, KO-14.152; 25. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.280; 26. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.288; 27. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-14.301; 28. Michael Daugherty, 3.14, Daugherty-14.452; 29. Sam Scott, 7s, Scott-14.546; 30. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.558; 31. Nathan Seale, 1s, Seale-15.228

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Donny Brackett, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Sam Scott. 2:16.776

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Adyn Schmidt, 5. Aric Gentry, 6. Joey Amantea, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Hunter Maddox. 2:16.221

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Kendall Ruble, 3. J.J. Hughes, 4. Dustin Beck, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Stan Beadles, 8. Nathan Seale. 2:16.177

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Brady Short, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Kayla Roell, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Trey Osborne, 7. Michael Daugherty. 2:16.571

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Carson Garrett, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Stan Beadles, 6. Trey Osborne, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Sam Scott, 9. Hunter Maddox, 10. Michael Daugherty, 11. Nathan Seale. 2:53.719

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Kyle Cummins (5), 3. Mitchel Moles (1), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Jadon Rogers (4), 6. Daison Pursley (8), 7. Robert Ballou (16), 8. Brady Bacon (14), 9. Brady Short (12), 10. Logan Seavey (11), 11. Chase Stockon (9), 12. Carson Short (7), 13. Adyn Schmidt (10), 14. Carson Garrett (20), 15. Matt Westfall (17), 16. J.J. Hughes (19), 17. Jake Swanson (13), 18. Joey Amantea (21), 19. Donny Brackett (24), 20. Kayla Roell (23), 21. Aric Gentry (18), 22. Kendall Ruble (22), 23. Dustin Beck (15), 24. Justin Grant (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Mitchel Moles, Laps 12-30 Kevin Thomas Jr.

**Justin Grant flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-789, 2-C.J. Leary-741, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-724, 4-Daison Pursley-633, 5-Justin Grant-620, 6-Kyle Cummins-620, 7-Brady Bacon-580, 8-Mitchel Moles-570, 9-Robert Ballou-561, 10-Chase Stockon-546.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-56, 2-Joey Amantea-41, 3-C.J. Leary-40, 4-Brady Bacon-36, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-32, 6-Kyle Cummins-32, 7-Daison Pursley-32, 8-Tye Mihocko-32, 9-Matt Westfall-31, 10-Mitchel Moles-29.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 21, 2024 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – 54th Annual Tony Hulman Classic – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant (13.179)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant (13.226)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Carson Short

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Matt Westfall

Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (16th to 7th)

 

 

UNDENIED:

SEAVEY SAVORS FIRST BLOOMINGTON

USAC SPRINT WIN AT LARRY RICE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (May 10, 2024)………After seeing victory slip away on late-race restarts in three of his past four USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship starts, Logan Seavey wasn't about to let another escape from his grasp.

On a late restart in Friday night's Larry Rice Classic, Seavey was picture perfect as he delivered his first career Bloomington Speedway victory in his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.

In February’s Winter Dirt Games finale at Florida’s Ocala Speedway, C.J. Leary scooted under Seavey on a restart with three laps to go. On a restart with 14 laps to go at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Kevin Thomas Jr. gained the upper hand by steadily driving past on the bottom for the top spot. Just two laps after the restart during last Saturday’s thriller at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, Justin Grant stuck a slider in turns one and two on Seavey, then led the final three laps.

When a caution came with just four laps remaining in Friday’s main event at Bloomington, Seavey was game for the challenge, fending off the challenges from both Ricky Lewis and a surging Daison Pursley to win his third USAC National Sprint Car feature of the year.

Seavey and Abacus Racing have constructed one of the finest beginnings for a new driver and team combination in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship history. The Bloomington round served as a microcosm of the season as a whole with the beginning of their 30-lap feature playing out just about as smoothly. Seavey traveled from third to second on the opening lap and second to first on the second circuit, and from there on out, was never officially overtaken en route to the team’s third victory of the year.

Throughout the first quarter of the season, Seavey has now posted nine top-three finishes, which has allowed him to open up a 71-point lead, the largest throughout the first 10 USAC National Sprint Car events since Justin Grant 2017.

Furthermore, the race had another special, more personal meaning to Seavey. The Larry Rice Classic is held annually in memory of the three-time USAC national champion driver and television commentator. One year ago, Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured the USAC Silver Crown National Championship at the wheel of a Rice-owned car operated by Larry’s son, Robbie.

“I’ve been running this race for a handful of years now and my friendship with Robbie has really become more like family to me,” Seavey said. “He’s given me a shot in the Silver Crown cars and he’s done so much for me over the last few years just keeping me out here and giving me a place to live at times. He’s been such a huge part of my career over the last few years. I know this race is for his dad who meant a lot to the whole sport of USAC racing, so this is really cool.”

Seavey’s 13th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win moved him up another line on the series’ career win list, pushing him past Eric Gordon and into a tie with Steve Chassey on the list for 47th all-time. The victory also marked Seavey’s first at Bloomington’s 1/4-mile red clay oval after finishing third in each of his past two Larry Rice Classic starts in 2018 and 2023.

“I’m just happy to get a win here,” Seavey exclaimed. “I always love coming to Bloomington. I never could quite win here but this thing was so good tonight.”

While Seavey’s start to the main event was superb, Jadon Rogers’ opening lap was equally misfortunate. The fifth-starting Rogers clipped an infield tire marker in turn two which launched him into orbit. While airborne, Rogers’ car was clipped by the trailing ride of C.J. Leary. As a result, Rogers’ car straightened before dropping straight down like an elevator freefalling in a shaft, landing right on top of the roll cage. Although initially loaded into the ambulance on a stretcher, Rogers eventually walked back to the Michael Dutcher Motorsports’ trailer under his own power.

When racing resumed, Bloomington regular Brayden Fox got the advantage at the start to lead the opening lap from the pole position. However, Seavey was making his stride to the front, going low to surpass Ricky Lewis for second on the first lap before shooting to the topside on the second go around where he eked out ahead of Fox by the slimmest of margins to lead lap two.

Shortly after, it became a proverbial beatdown as Seavey checked out, building a full-straightaway advantage over Fox by the completion of lap five. By lap 12, Lewis, having the best run of his young USAC career in his 18th series start, rose to second on the leaderboard with an outside pass of Fox on lap 12.

By midway, Seavey was working lapped traffic as he poked his way high and low through the backend of the field with an incredible half-lap advantage. But one driver in particular was bound and determined to close the gap, Daison Pursley, who started his race 23rd in the 24-car field. On lap 18, he scooted around the outside of Fox for the third position, then went to work on Lewis for the runner-up spot. All the while, Seavey was cruising comfortably, nearly six seconds ahead of the pack. Although the track presented its share of challenges to Seavey, he was game for it all and everything that was thrown his way to overcome.

“Since they took a little banking out, it’s really hard to get off the corners on the top of two and four,” Seavey explained. “It kind of shoves you off the front stretch and it just makes it really tricky, which I don’t know is necessarily a bad thing. The harder these tracks are, the more fun it is as a racer. You can try to figure out different things. It’s really tricky to get off the top. I was starting to give up on it there in traffic and I felt so good from the middle to the bottom that I didn’t really want to move around after that. Those guys forced me to do that on that first restart and I decided to go for it and get back to where I was good and try to get away. The last thing you want to do is get racing with these guys. They’re so good, they’ll put you away quickly.”

A caution for the spun car of 18th running USAC Rookie Rylan Gray in turn four with four laps remaining stifled Seavey’s pursuit and allowed the gap between he and all other challengers to be erased to zilch. On the ensuing lap 27 restart, Pursley nearly picked the pockets of both Lewis and Seavey, briefly edging both drivers for the lead in turn two before falling back into line behind both. Seavey acknowledged the inherent difficulties of playing the role of the chased rabbit on a restart with two hungry greyhounds right on your back bumper.

“I kind of got lost there at the end,” Seavey admitted. “I was so good in the middle and the bottom in traffic, I didn’t really know where to go. It’s hard to gauge off traffic at times but I just really didn’t know where to go on that late restart. I feel like I’ve been leading a few of these late and have given them away but we got a caution again and I finally committed to the top and got to pounding it a little bit and got away. But this car is so good everywhere, it just made it hard to make a decision.”

But the excitement was short lived as contact between Leary and Fox in turn two amid the battle for fourth sent Fox spinning to a stop, necessitating a yellow flag and erasing Fox’s career best USAC run.

On the restart, Pursley instantly climbed to second underneath Lewis on the back straightaway, then went to work on trying to chase down Seavey while Leary followed in tow to third. However, as Seavey proved all night long, he was simply too strong as he sped away to a 1.436 second victory over Pursley, Leary, Lewis and Shane Cottle.

Daison Pursley’s hard charging performance from 23rd to 2nd was his best finish yet on the 2024 USAC season aboard his Team AZ Racing/Apache Transport – Oak Craft Elegant Cabinetry/DRC/1-Way Chevy. The 21 cars he passed also ranks among the best in series history and is certainly the best since at least 2019. In that span, three drivers have advanced 19 positions: Tyler Courtney (22nd to 3rd at Ocala in 2019); Stevie Sussex (24th to 5th at Arizona Speedway in 2019); and Brady Bacon (22nd to 3rd at Lawrenceburg in 2023). Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) bested them all on this night.

“I didn’t have a good qualifying effort, but I felt fast in the heat race, and we were able to transfer, then I felt crazy good in the feature,” Pursley documented. “I don’t think I had enough for Logan there even though I was third on the restart. I think they had us covered tonight. It’s not where we want to be but it’s in the right direction. We’ll need to keep clicking off these podiums, and hopefully, we’ll get on that top step one day.”

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) was involved in a first lap crash, which caused damage to his BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Valvoline – Hornbeck Concrete/DRC/1-Way Chevy. Nonehteless, it didn’t slow him up much as he made his way back to third in the final laps, another fine performance for the defending Larry Rice Classic winner.

“I think the racetrack came to us, and I knew that when we rolled out there, we were going to be pretty tight,” Leary said. “I want to apologize to Brayden Fox. I got in that crash on the first lap, and it ripped the left front brake line off. We got it plugged, so I had rear brakes, but it just didn’t have enough to stop from running into him on that last restart. It’s definitely not what I wanted to do. He had a great run going and I hate that I took that away from him. I found some stuff there late in the race through the middle of three and four when I was battling Cottle and I was using it to our advantage on that last restart, but it’s a good night for us to be standing on the podium after everything we had going on.”

In Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying, Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, Calif.) earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car fast time. In doing so, the 2022 Bloomington Speedway sprint car track champion became the first driver to earn his first career USAC quick time at Bloomington since Danny Holtsclaw in 2010.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 10, 2024 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – Larry Rice Classic – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Geoff Ensign, 44E, Ensign-11.496; 2. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-11.600; 3. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, GGR-11.602; 4. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-11.609; 5. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-11.656; 6. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-11.665; 7. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-11.704; 8. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-11.775; 9. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.778; 10. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin/Fox-11.794; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-11.794; 12. Harley Burns, 16, Britt Aero-11.796; 13. Rylan Gray, 06, Gray-11.827; 14. Trey Osborne, 6T, Osborne-11.836; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-11.840; 16. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.858; 17. Weston Gorham, 71w, Gorham-11.879; 18. Saban Bibent, 98, Wedgewood-11.888; 19. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-11.917; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.929; 21. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-11.956; 22. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-11.977; 23. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.993; 24. Chance Crum, 26, Crum-12.039; 25. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-12.087; 26. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.164; 27. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-12.206; 28. Matt Thompson, 26T, Thompson-12.250; 29. Todd Hobson, 44, Soudrette-12.271; 30. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-12.346; 31. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-12.368; 32. Lee Dakus, 21x, Dakus-12.485; 33. Frankie Guerrini, 04, Burton-12.510; 34. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-NT (Time of 12.110 disallowed due to missing the scales).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Weston Gorham, 7. Rylan Gray, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. Todd Hobson. 2:03.763

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. Zack Pretorius, 7. Saban Bibent, 8. Braxton Cummings, 9. Trey Osborne. NT

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Ricky Lewis, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Joey Amantea, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Gabriel Gilbert, 8. Hunter Maddox. NT

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Harley Burns, 4. Chance Crum, 5. Brayden Fox, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Matt Thompson, 8. Lee Dakus. 2:07.299

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Garrett, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Gabriel Gilbert, 4. Rylan Gray, 5. Weston Gorham, 6. Saban Bibent, 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Frankie Guerrini, 10. Lee Dakus, 11. Hunter Maddox, 12. Matt Thompson, 13. Braxton Cummings, 14. Todd Hobson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (3), 2. Daison Pursley (23), 3. C.J. Leary (7), 4. Ricky Lewis (2), 5. Shane Cottle (4), 6. Jake Swanson (9), 7. Brady Bacon (20), 8. Kyle Cummins (14), 9. Justin Grant (12), 10. Matt Westfall (17), 11. Robert Ballou (8), 12. Brayden Fox (1), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (22), 14. Chase Stockon (19), 15. Harley Burns (15), 16. Anton Hernandez (13), 17. Mitchel Moles (18), 18. Carson Garrett (11), 19. Rylan Gray (16), 20. Joey Amantea (24), 21. Gabriel Gilbert (10), 22. Geoff Ensign (6), 23. Chance Crum (21), 24. Jadon Rogers (5). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Brayden Fox, Laps 2-30 Logan Seavey.

**Hunter Maddox, Todd Hobson & Matt Thompson flipped during the semi. Jadon Rogers flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-743, 2-C.J. Leary-672, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-643, 4-Justin Grant-586, 5-Daison Pursley-574, 6-Kyle Cummins-540, 7-Brady Bacon-525, 8-Robert Ballou-503, 9-Chase Stockon-501, 10-Mitchel Moles-498.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-47, 2-C.J. Leary-40, 3-Joey Amantea-38, 4-Tye Mihocko-32, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-30, 6-Brady Bacon-30, 7-Daison Pursley-30, 8-Jadon Rogers-29, 9-Mitchel Moles-29, 10-Matt Westfall-29.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 11, 2024 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – Spring Showdown – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (11.688)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Geoff Ensign (11.496)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Carson Garrett

Hard Charger: Daison Pursley (23rd to 2nd)

 

 

IT’S GONNA BE A SHOWDOWN!

USAC SPRINTS TAKE ON TRI-STATE SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (May 9, 2024)………Ring the bell! The Class (Track) is in session.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship shoots southbound to Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway for the Spring Showdown this Saturday night, May 11.

Defending Spring Showdown winner Justin Grant leads a stellar field into the event in which he swept from start to finish one year ago. He’ll be joined by the only two-time Spring Showdown victor, Kevin Thomas Jr., as well as past “Showdown” winners Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon, Kyle Cummins and many more vying for their piece of the prize.

Spring into the action with six storylines for Saturday!


SWEPT OFF YOUR FEET BY GRANT

Since USAC’s debut in 1956, there have been 115 sweeps in USAC National Sprint Car history. Only one has occurred at Tri-State Speedway. That was performed by Justin Grant during the Spring Showdown in 2023 when he set fast time, won his heat, then captured the feature victory by a car length over Kevin Thomas Jr.

The “sweeping” performance by Grant was the first of his career and was the first such performance on a 1/4-mile dirt track with the USAC National Sprint Cars since Kevin Thomas (no relation to Jr.) did the same 27 years ago in 1996 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. In the entirety of USAC’s 69-year history, there have only been three USAC Sprint Car sweeps on a 1/4-mile track with the first of its kind coming in 1995 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and orchestrated by Jack Hewitt.

Grant now owns two career USAC Sprint victories at Tri-State with the first coming during the summer of 2021. Now, he seemingly has the place figured out after heeding the advice of his late father-in-law Bubby Jones in terms of torsion bar selection, shock settings, and executing the feat in a chassis built to Ol Bub’s specifications. All of those aspects converged to help Grant become the most recent Spring Showdown victor.

THESE GO TO 11 FOR BACON

Four-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon’s most recent USAC National Sprint Car victory came right at Tri-State Speedway back in September of 2023 during the $20,000-to-win Haubstadt Hustler. This spring, he collected his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victory at Haubstadt.

Back in 2015, Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) scored his lone Spring Showdown triumph to date after blazing by both Tracy Hines and Kyle Cummins for the lead early in the opening laps, and from there, was never headed.

However, the 2024 USAC season hasn’t been as kind. In nine series starts, he has just four top-10 results and is mired back in seventh in the standings. It’s the furthest into a season he’s gone without a win in quite a while. Nonetheless, there is a certain numerology that indicates Tri-State might prove to be a breakthrough.

Over the previous 10 seasons, the longest Bacon has gone at the start of a USAC Sprint season without a win is 10 races. He won in his 11th start in both 2013 and 2017. This Saturday’s Tri-State event just so happens to be race number 11 of the 2024 campaign. Things that make you go hmmm.

7UP FOR KTJ & CUMMINS?

There’s been little separation when it comes to Kevin Thomas Jr. and Kyle Cummins at Tri-State Speedway, and the same goes for the stat chart. Both drivers are tied for the all-time lead in USAC National Sprint Car feature victories at Tri-State with six apiece and each will try to top each other for the record this Saturday night.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) is the lone two-time winner of the Spring Showdown, which began back in 2012. KTJ won the event in both 2013 and 2018, and in 2023, came home a close second to Grant at the checkered. Later in 2023, he scored another runner-up result in USAC competition at Tri-State, this time to Bacon. Thomas now drives for the winningest USAC Sprint team at Tri-State, which has won eight times with Hunter Schuerenberg (1), Daron Clayton (1) and Kyle Cummins (6).

Meanwhile, Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been synonymous with success at Tri-State, and he finally racked up his first victory in the Spring Showdown with a pass for the lead four laps from the finish line in 2021. One year ago, he was right in line behind Grant and Thomas as the third-place finisher in the Spring Showdown.



SALUTE YOUR SHORTS!

For the first time ever, Brady Short and Carson Short will be teammates. The unrelated Shorts will drive a pair of Randy Edwards owned cars this Saturday night at the Spring Showdown.

Both drivers own previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature wins at Tri-State. Brady won twice in 2015 while Carson captured his lone USAC victory thus far in 2016. However, a Spring Showdown victory is not a part of either driver’s resume yet. With that said, the Edwards No. 61m did win the Spring Showdown in 2020 with Stephen Schnapf as the driver.

It is worth noting that it’s not the first time the Shorts have worked together. Brady once served as Carson's crew chief when Carson drove the Chase Briscoe Racing No. 5 back in 2018.

Don’t sell them short. This is a pair to watch this Saturday night.



BECK KNOWS WHERE IT’S AT

Dustin Beck may be a relative unknown to many sprint car fans nationwide, but at Tri-State Speedway, he is a hot commodity. New to the sprint car world within the last couple of years, Beck (Petersburg, Ind.) was a hot shoe in a modified, and has won his share over the years at Tri-State.

Late in 2023, in a sprint car, he strung together a pair of third place finishes late in the season at Tri-State, then finished on the podium with a third-place result with USAC in last September’s Haubstadt Hustler.

Now he’s looking to become USAC’s first first-time National Sprint Car winner since Jadon Rogers at – you guessed it – Tri-State Speedway in September of 2022.

In 53 USAC Sprint Car appearances at Tri-State, there have been six drivers who notched their first USAC win at the track: Daron Clayton (2006), Hunter Schuerenberg (2008), Blake Fitzpatrick (2010), Carson Short (2016), Stephen Schnapf (2020) and Jadon Rogers (2022).



A DOABLE DOUBLE?

The Bloomington/Tri-State weekend has become a staple of the USAC National Sprint Car schedule over the past two decades. The two tracks have contested events on consecutive nights on 20 occasions dating back to 2006. In that time frame, no driver has swept both events in the same weekend.

Fourteen drivers have triumphed at both tracks in their USAC Sprint careers: Brady Bacon, Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr., Chris Windom and J.J. Yeley.

Furthermore, only three individuals have won at both tracks within the same season: J.J. Yeley (2003), Kevin Thomas Jr. twice (2017 & 2021) and Dave Darland (2018). Only one of those won at each place within the same week (Yeley), but none have done so within the confines of the same weekend.

Four more in this Saturday’s field have won a USAC Sprint Car race at Tri-State, but a win has eluded them thus far at Bloomington. Among that group are Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), reigning series champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) and Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.). Conversely, C.J. Leary has won twice with USAC at Bloomington, but a Tri- State victory has not been in the cards to this point. They all aim to change that stat this Saturday night.

RACE DETAILS

Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana will host the 11th running of the Spring Showdown this Saturday night, May 11, at its 1/4-mile, high-banked dirt oval, and culminates with a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win feature event.

The Spring Showdown features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship plus the Midwest Mini Sprint Association.

Pits open at 3pm Central, grandstands at 4:30pm, drivers meeting at 5:15pm and cars get on track at 6pm followed immediately by qualifying and racing.

Adult general admission tickets are $30, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35 (all ages).

If you’re unable to make it to the track, you may also watch this Saturday’s event LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/usac


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SPRING SHOWDOWN USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS

2-Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Brady Bacon, Daron Clayton, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant, Stephen Schnapf, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom


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SPRING SHOWDOWN USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (5/11)

2014: Daron Clayton (4/26)

2015: Brady Bacon (4/18)

2016: Chase Stockon (4/16)

2017: Chris Windom (4/15)

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/28)

2019: Rained Out

2020: Stephen Schnapf (6/14)

2021: Kyle Cummins (4/17)

2022: Rained Out

2023: Justin Grant (4/15)


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TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS

6-Kyle Cummins & Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Daron Clayton

4-Cory Kruseman

3-Rick Hood

2-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Justin Grant, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Jon Stanbrough & Chase Stockon

1-Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley


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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) & Chase Stockon (9/19)

2021: Kyle Cummins (4/17), Justin Grant (7/31) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/18)

2022: Robert Ballou (7/30) & Jadon Rogers (9/17)

2023: Justin Grant (4/15) & Brady Bacon (9/16)


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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY

1 Lap - 7/30/2000 - Levi Jones - 12.644 - 71.180 mph

6 Laps - 7/17/2005 - Hud Cone - 1:20.59 - 67.006 mph

8 Laps - 7/15/2006 - Shane Hollingsworth - 1:49.6565.664 mph

10 Laps - 9/2/2006 - Dave Darland - 2:09.026 - 9.757 mph

12 Laps - 9/14/2013 - Chase Stockon - 2:42.02 - 66.658 mph

30 Laps - 7/18/2015 - Brady Short - 7:31.50 - 59.801 mph


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PAST SPRING SHOWDOWN FEATURE RESULTS:

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Daron Clayton, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Brady Short, 7. Jeff Bland Jr., 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Kyle Cummins, 10. Wes McIntyre, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Casey Shuman, 14. Casey Riggs, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Jonathan Hendrick, 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. Chet Williams, 19. Dakota Jackson, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Brandon Mattox, 22. Nic Faas, 23. Bobby East. 9:33.03

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Short, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Wes McIntyre, 8. Landon Simon, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Kyle Cummins, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Nick Drake, 15. Chase Briscoe, 16. Danny Holtsclaw, 17. Shane Cottle, 18. Dakota Jackson, 19. Josh Burton, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Seth Parker, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Bryan Clauson, 25. Jon Stanbrough. NT

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Daron Clayton, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Brady Short, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kyle Cummins, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Bradley Sterrett, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Jeff Bland Jr., 20. Brandon Mattox, 21. Kevin Thomas Jr., 22. Chris Windom. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Brady Short, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Carson Short, 11. Chase Briscoe, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. Ted Hines, 16. Shane Cockrum, 17. Chet Williams, 18. Donnie Brackett, 19. Justin Grant, 20. James Lyerla, 21. Jeff Bland Jr., 22. Travis Hery. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Short, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Kent Schmidt, 11. Dakota Jackson, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. James Lyerla, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Brandon Morin, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Nevil Algieo, 22. Max McGhee. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Brady Short, 5. Carson Short, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Max McGhee, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Stevie Sussex, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Chet Williams, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Brandon Morin, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Clinton Boyles, 22. Aric Gentry, 23. Dakota Jackson, 24. Donny Brackett, 25. Josh Hodges. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Logan Seavey (7), 4. Dave Darland (4), 5. Justin Grant (2), 6. Chris Windom (10), 7. Robert Ballou (20), 8. Kody Swanson (1), 9. Carson Short (3), 10. Chase Stockon (14), 11. Joe Stornetta (19), 12. Tyler Courtney (15), 13. Brandon Mattox (21), 14. Brady Bacon (18), 15. Donny Brackett (9), 16. Stephen Schnapf (12), 17. Isaac Chapple (16), 18. Kyle Cummins (8), 19. Collin Ambrose (22), 20. Aric Gentry (13), 21. Brian Karraker (11), 22. Tyler Thomas (23), 23. Stevie Sussex (17). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Stephen Schnapf (1), 2. Robert Ballou (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 4. Carson Short (4), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. Chase Stockon (11), 8. Brady Bacon (10), 9. Jadon Rogers (12), 10. Brady Short (21), 11. Donny Brackett (6), 12. C.J. Leary (7), 13. Brandon Mattox (16), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 15. Kendall Ruble (13), 16. Max Adams (17), 17. Aric Gentry (20), 18. Kent Schmidt (24), 19. Dustin Clark (19), 20. Logan Seavey (23), 21. Dakota Jackson (8), 22. Kyle Cummins (3), 23. Anton Hernandez (22), 24. Jonathan Vennard (18), 25. Dave Darland (25), 26. Chayse Hayhurst (26). NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (11), 2. Jadon Rogers (5), 3. Chase Stockon (1), 4. Justin Grant (7), 5. Brady Bacon (8), 6. Robert Ballou (12), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 8. Tanner Thorson (13), 9. Kendall Ruble (19), 10. Chris Windom (4), 11. Jake Swanson (2), 12. Max Adams (15), 13. Critter Malone (14), 14. Kent Schmidt (3), 15. Paul Nienhiser (22), 16. C.J. Leary (16), 17. Cole Bodine (23) (P), 18. Carson Short (21), 19. Shane Cottle (17), 20. Chet Williams (18), 21. Nic Harris (20), 22. Brandon Mattox (10), 23. Aric Gentry (24) (P), 24. Stephen Schnapf (9). NT

2023 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (6), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Jadon Rogers (4), 5. Brady Bacon (1), 6. Emerson Axsom (3), 7. Carson Garrett (16), 8. Brady Short (9), 9. Robert Ballou (8), 10. Chase Stockon (10), 11. C.J. Leary (11), 12. Daison Pursley (5), 13. Jake Swanson (12), 14. Logan Seavey (20), 15. J.J. Hughes (14), 16. Matt Westfall (18), 17. Mitchel Moles (17), 18. Donny Brackett (21), 19. Kendall Ruble (19), 20. Dustin Beck (13), 21. Aric Gentry (15), 22. Sam Scott (24-P), 23. Kurt Gross (22), 24. Brandon Mattox (23-P). NT

 

 

B-TOWN BOUND!

STORYLINES FOR FRIDAY’S

USAC LARRY RICE CLASSIC AT BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (May 9, 2024)……….There’s nothing quite like southern Indiana’s Bloomington Speedway in the springtime.

One of the most scenic venues on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship slate, the 1/4-mile oval remains serene and peaceful until Friday night when the switch is flipped, the red clay is slung onto the hillside, and suddenly, all is right with the world.

The annual edition of the Larry Rice Classic has been an early season USAC staple dating back to 2011, although the Larry Rice Classic itself has roots that date back to 1993. This year, however, the event’s traditional mid-April date has migrated to mid-May.

Yet the song remains the same for round 10 of the season this Friday night, May 10, and the goal of winning at one of the longest continually operating racetracks in the world remains ever-present. It’s been that way since the joint opened back in 1923.

Here are a handful of storylines to keep your mind occupied with entering Friday’s event.


LEARY CONSTRUCTING A CHAMPIONSHIP RESUME

Don’t look now, but C.J. Leary is having an exceptional start to his 2024 USAC National Sprint Car season.

Throughout his first nine appearances, he holds an average finish of 5.3 and his resume consists of a win, seven top-fives and nine top-tens. In that span, the only aberration came last Friday at Eldora when he had mechanical difficulties with his primary BGE-Dougherty Motorsports ride and had to jump into a backup car. Starting at the tail of the feature field in 24th, he still managed to move up eight spots to 16th.

Best of all for Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), this Friday’s spring race at Bloomington is the very same event in which he won a year ago when he paced all 30 laps. Overall, he has hoisted the winning trophy twice after USAC Sprint Car events at Bloomington in the summer of 2018 and in the spring of 2023. Furthermore, Leary’s one-lap track record of 10.685 seconds, set in 2019, is the one everyone’s been chasing for the past five seasons.


KTJ TRYING TO ADD ANOTHER BANNER IN BLOOMINGTON

Kevin Thomas Jr.’s new home with Rock Steady Racing has been just that – “Rock Steady.” The first-year pairing of veteran team and driver has resulted in them being the only ones in the series to rack up a top-10 finish in all nine of their starts thus far, including a victory at Lawrenceburg in April.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) stands second in USAC points entering Bloomington on Friday and could tie a long-standing record as the winningest driver in USAC Sprint Car history at Bloomington Speedway. His four wins are one shy of Bryan Clauson’s record of five between 2009 and 2016.

Not to mention, KTJ is among the three springtime Bloomington USAC winners expected in this Friday’s field, having won in 2021 with a pass on Brady Bacon with only three laps remaining. Bloomington’s red clay is also where Thomas won his first career USAC feature in the summer of 2012.


GRANT ONE AWAY FROM 50

The talk of the town of the past weekend was Justin Grant, not only for his victory on Saturday night at Eldora, but also for his celebratory exploits that saw him get into the wall and upside down on his cool down lap.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) has already won four USAC National Sprint Car features in his first nine starts of 2024. That's the most since Damion Gardner in 2010. The last time a driver won five of the first 10 was Larry Dickson in 1970. Oddly, Grant stands fourth in points due to a three-race stretch in which he finished 20th, 22nd and 22nd.

The next victory for Grant would be a milestone as he currently possesses 49 career USAC National Sprint Car wins, one shy of becoming the fourth driver to reach 50-plus along with Dave Darland (62), Brady Bacon (53) and Tom Bigelow (52).


BURNS-O-MATIC

Harley Burns (Brazil, Ind.) has been automatic at Bloomington Speedway thus far in 2024, winning both sprint car races on the docket in April and May. The 2023 Bloomington sprint car track champion grabbed a 19th place result in his lone spring USAC start to date and is among a number of local Indiana up-and-comers looking to make some noise this Friday night in USAC competition.

Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio) ran second to Burns at Bloomington a week ago ahead of Brayden Fox (Bloomington Ind.) in third, a driver who’s already earned two fast qualifying times in his young career with USAC. Rylan Gray (Greenfield, Ind.) took third at Bloomington in April while Hunter Maddox (Bloomington, Ind.) scored a fourth that same night. Maddox currently ranks as the top USAC National Sprint Car Rookie in points.

Meanwhile, Ricky Lewis (Camarillo, Calif.) and Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) and 2022 Bloomington track titlist Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, Calif.) are among the west coast to Midwest transplants who have had success in B-Town and aim to translate that to USAC success come Friday night.


YES, IT’S EARLY, BUT HERE’S THE POINT

Over the past two-race weekend, three drivers managed to bump themselves up in the USAC National Sprint Car point standings.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), a 2022 USAC winner at Bloomington, jumped up from eighth to sixth by virtue of his narrow runner-up result at Eldora. Kevin Thomas Jr. rose from third to second while Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) elevated from ninth to eighth.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) continues to dominate the standings after garnering eight podium finishes in nine starts. His point lead has blossomed to 62, the largest such lead through nine series events since Justin Grant’s 70-point advantage in 2020.

Thomas (602) and Leary (600) are separated by just two points in the tussle for second. Grant sits fourth with Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) a solid fifth at the moment. Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Moles, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) and Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) all occupy spots six through 10 with just 30 points of separation between them.


HONORING LARRY RICE

Friday night’s event at Bloomington also marks the 31st anniversary of the inaugural Larry Rice Classic. The race originated as a USAC National Midget event in 1993 at Bloomington and was won by Tony Elliott behind the wheel of Ralph Potter’s V-6 powered machine.

Rice was one of USAC’s finest ambassadors, claiming National Championships in the Silver Crown (1977 & 1981) and Midget series (1973). A 1993 inductee into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Rice won 15 USAC National Midget features in addition to five Silver Crown and three Sprint features.

After a stint as a school teacher, he worked his way to the pinnacle of auto racing, and in 1978, shared the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors with Rick Mears after his 11th place finish. He eventually became the color analyst for ESPN’s Thursday & Saturday Night Thunder program which featured USAC racing events. He also worked for K & K Insurance, specializing in motorsports insurance. His major victories included the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, the Hut Hundred Midget race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and the 1981 Hoosier Hundred Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Rice passed away in 2009 after a bout of cancer.

RACE DETAILS

The 45th USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in the history of Bloomington Speedway will take place on Friday night, May 10, culminating with a $5,000-to-win, 30-lap feature.

The Larry Rice Classic features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship along with the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Hornets.

Pits open at 4pm Eastern with the grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm & cars on track at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

General admission tickets are $30 for ages 11 and up. GA tickets for ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for ages 11 and up. Pit passes are $15 for ages 10 and under.

If you’re unable to make it to the track, you may also watch this Friday’s Bloomington event LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/usac.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-664, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-602, 3-C.J. Leary-600, 4-Justin Grant-533, 5-Daison Pursley-502, 6-Kyle Cummins-484, 7-Brady Bacon-468, 8-Mitchel Moles-462, 9-Chase Stockon-460, 10-Robert Ballou-454.


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SPRING USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

2-Bryan Clauson & Dave Darland

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Bobby East, Jack Hewitt, C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom


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SPRING USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

1986: Jack Hewitt (5/2)

2011: Chris Windom (5/20)

2012: Bobby East (5/18)

2013: Dave Darland (5/17)

2015: Bryan Clauson (4/17)

2016: Bryan Clauson (4/15)

2017: Chad Boespflug (4/14)

2018: Dave Darland (4/27)

2019: Brady Bacon (4/12)

2021: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/16)

2022: Rained Out

2023: C.J. Leary (4/14)


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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

5-Bryan Clauson

4-Kevin Thomas Jr.

3-Dave Darland

2-Brady Bacon, Kevin Briscoe, Tony Elliott, C.J. Leary & Chris Windom

1-A.J. Anderson, Emerson Axsom, Brent Beauchamp, Chad Boespflug, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Cummins, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Brad Fox, Jack Hewitt, Tracy Hines Rick Hood, Bob Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Sheldon Kinser, Larry Martin, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas, Rich Vogler & J.J. Yeley


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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

1982: Rich Vogler (9/11)

1983: Larry Martin (9/10)

1984: Sheldon Kinser (7/27)

1985: Rick Hood (6/28) & Bob Kinser (8/23)

1986: Jack Hewitt (5/2)

1996: Kevin Thomas (7/26)

1997: Brad Fox (7/25)

1998: Tony Elliott (7/24)

1999: Cory Kruseman (7/23) & Tony Elliott (8/27)

2000: Jay Drake (7/21)

2001: A.J. Anderson (7/27)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/26)

2003: J.J. Yeley (7/25)

2004: Kevin Briscoe (7/23)

2005: Tracy Hines (7/15)

2006: Brady Short (7/14)

2007: Dave Darland (7/20)

2008: Jerry Coons Jr. (7/18)

2009: Bryan Clauson (7/17)

2010: Jon Stanbrough (7/16)

2011: Chris Windom (5/20) & Hunter Schuerenberg (7/15)

2012: Bobby East (5/18) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/20)

2013: Dave Darland (5/17) & Bryan Clauson (7/19)

2014: Bryan Clauson (7/18)

2015: Bryan Clauson (4/17)

2016: Bryan Clauson (4/15) & Brent Beauchamp (7/15)

2017: Chad Boespflug (4/14) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/14)

2018: Dave Darland (4/27) & C.J. Leary (7/27)

2019: Brady Bacon (4/12) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/26)

2020: Chris Windom (9/11)

2021: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/16) & Brady Bacon (7/30)

2022: Kyle Cummins (7/29)

2023: C.J. Leary (4/14) & Emerson Axsom (7/28)


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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY

1 Lap - 4/12/2019 - C.J. Leary - 10.685 - 84.230 mph

6 Laps - 7/25/2003 - Kent Christian - 1:13.96 - 73.012 mph

8 Laps - 7/18/2008 - Jesse Cramer - 1:36.63 - 74.511 mph

10 Laps - 4/14/2017 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 1:51.72 - 80.559 mph

12 Laps - 4/14/2017 - Chase Stockon - 2:20.84 - 76.683 mph

30 Laps - 4/12/2019 - Brady Bacon - 6:47.18 - 66.310 mph


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PAST SPRINGTIME BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

1986 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Ron Shuman, 4. Warren Mockler, 5. Rick Hood, 6. Bob Kinser, 7. Andy Stapp, 8. Jac Haudenschild, 9. Craig Keel, 10. Tony Elliott, 11. Alan Brown, 12. Stevie Reeves, 13. Dick Colburn, 14. Mark Owsley, 15. Sheldon Kinser, 16. Bobby Adkins, 17. Kelly Kinser, 18. Kevin Huntley, 19. Charlie Swartz, 20. Rich Vogler. NT

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Danny Holtsclaw, 7. Bobby East, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Keith Bloom Jr., 10. Jon Sciscoe, 11. Blake Fitzpatrick, 12. Brady Short, 13. Casey Riggs, 14. Bub Cummings, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Bryan Clauson, 19. Casey Shuman, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Chris Babcock, 22. Brady Bacon. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bobby East, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9. Josh Burton, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Damion Gardner, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Jonathan Hendrick, 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20. Brent Beauchamp, 21. Brady Short, 22. Darren Hagen, 23. Bud Kaeding, 24. Jeff Bland, Jr. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Kevin Thomas, 3. Brady Short, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Levi Jones, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Matt Westfall, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Jordan Kinser, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Nick Drake, 19. Chase Briscoe, 20. Bobby East, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Danny Holtsclaw. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Carson Short, 7. Brady Short, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Chase Briscoe, 17. Kyle Cummins, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Max McGhee, 22. Aaron Farney, 23. Ted Hines, 24. Shane Cockrum, 25. Brandon Morin. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Brady Short, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Brandon Mattox, 23. Jeff Bland Jr., 24. Brent Beauchamp. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Brady Short, 7. Jeff Bland Jr., 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Brent Beauchamp, 10. Nick Bilbee, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Max McGhee, 21. Clinton Boyles, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Jerry Coons Jr., 24. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (2), 2. Chris Windom (4), 3. Logan Seavey (15), 4. Chad Boespflug (3), 5. C.J. Leary (5), 6. Jeff Bland Jr. (8), 7. Chase Stockon (1), 8. Brady Bacon (13), 9. Joe Stornetta (10), 10. Tyler Courtney (12), 11. Justin Grant (14), 12. Tyler Thomas (7), 13. Jordan Kinser (11), 14. Kyle Cummins (17), 15. Nick Bilbee (18), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 17. Robert Ballou (16), 18. Isaac Chapple (19), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (21), 20. Lee Underwood (22), 21. Stevie Sussex (9), 22. Kody Swanson (23), 23. Dakota Jackson (20). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 3. Jason McDougal (4), 4. Tyler Courtney (9), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Chad Boespflug (5), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Chris Windom (12), 10. Robert Ballou (13), 11. Jordan Kinser (11), 12. Josh Hodges (8), 13. Dakota Jackson (15), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Dave Darland (20), 16. Isaac Chapple (17), 17. Stephen Schnapf (10), 18. Joe Stornetta (19), 19. Lee Underwood (14), 20. T.J. Artz (21), 21. Dustin Christie (18), 22. Zach Daum (22). 6:47.18 (New Track Record)

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 2. Brady Bacon (5), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Shane Cottle (1), 5. Chris Windom (4), 6. Tanner Thorson (11), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Justin Grant (6), 9. Scotty Weir (16), 10. Robert Ballou (20), 11. Jake Swanson (13), 12. Dave Darland (15), 13. Carson Garrett (8), 14. Mario Clouser (10), 15. Tye Mihocko (22), 16. Paul Nienhiser (3), 17. Carson Short (17), 18. Max Adams (12), 19. Cole Bodine (19), 20. Brayden Fox (14), 21. Matt Westfall (23) (P), 22. A.J. Hopkins (21), 23. Sterling Cling (24) (P), 24. Ricky Lewis (18). NT

2023 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Jake Swanson (3), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Justin Grant (9), 5. Emerson Axsom (11), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 7. Chase Stockon (5), 8. Robert Ballou (8), 9. Mitchel Moles (6), 10. Matt Westfall (17), 11. Daison Pursley (13), 12. Jordan Kinser (20), 13. Brent Beauchamp (15), 14. Jadon Rogers (22), 15. Geoff Ensign (7), 16. Sterling Cling (19), 17. Carson Garrett (23-P), 18. Brady Bacon (4), 19. Harley Burns (21), 20. Kyle Cummins (14), 21. Dalton Stevens (12), 22. Brady Short (16), 23. Tim Creech (18). NT

 

 

RACING IN WORD & IMAGE EVENT

SET FOR MAY 9 AT USAC HEADQUARTERS

Speedway, Indiana (May 7, 2024)………Racing in Word & Image, a RaceAid benefit showcasing many of the greatest authors and photographers in motorsports, will be held at USAC headquarters on Thursday, May 9.

The doors open at 5:30pm Eastern at the United States Auto Club building, located at 4910 W 16th St. in Speedway, Indiana.

Photographers showcasing their work at the event include the likes of John Mahoney, Joe DeFabis, Randy Jones, David Nearpass, Bob Mays, Rich Forman, Steve Baker, Cameron Neveu, Steve Lafond and more.

Several tables will also be devoted to vintage racing books from John Mahoney, Bob Mays, Bones Bourcier, Dave Argabright, Lee Anne Patterson, Rick Shaffer, Mark Montieth & more, just to name a few.

As part of the fundraiser, books and photos can be purchased via a live auction, plus there will be interviews, drinks, pizza and snacks at the event emceed by Pat Sullivan.

A special thanks to Marc Dailey Racing and First Gear Engineering and Technology for their support along with Marie Hall, SprintCarStats and former racer/official Jack Calabrase.

Admission to the one night only event is free, although a donation to RaceAid is highly encouraged. Since 1959, the United States Auto Club Benevolent Foundation (now USAC RaceAid) has provided financial aid to the families of auto racing participants with ties to USAC who have been injured and/or need assistance.

USAC RACEAID also provides support to surviving family members with immediate and ongoing expenses. Over the years, the foundation has provided millions of dollars to help members and their families in times of need. The needs, whether small or large, never cease.

 

 

SUNDAY SWEEP!

KODY SWANSON SCORES 3RD STRAIGHT USAC RICH VOGLER CLASSIC AT WINCHESTER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Winchester, Indiana (May 5, 2024)………In his younger days, Kody Swanson was so inspired by the path Ryan Newman took on his way to racing stardom, that in some respects, Kody followed in his footsteps, and that even extended to his education off the racetrack.

Now firmly entrenched as the most successful USAC Silver Crown competitor of all-time, Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has followed in Newman’s path on the racetrack as well, and like Newman, has become a dominator of the hallowed 37-degree banks of Indiana’s Winchester Speedway.

On Sunday afternoon, Swanson swept the entire program during the 33rd running of the Rich Vogler Classic, establishing the fastest time in practice, then capturing the pole in qualifying before leading all 100 laps around the half-mile paved oval in his Doran-Binks Racing/Mission Foods – Wilke Orthodontics – Glenn Farms/Beast/Lanci Ford en route to his third consecutive Winchester USAC Silver Crown victory after scoring the previous two editions in 2022 and 2023.

That brings in the connection with Newman who, before Swanson on Sunday, was the most recent driver to score three-straight USAC wins at Winchester, achieving the feat entirely within the 1999 season by collecting a sprint car win followed by two additional triumphs in the midgets. In 2000, Newman also swept both the sprint car and midget portion of the Vogler Classic at Winchester, which was sanctioned by NAMARS during that particular year.

“That’s really special because I remember how good Ryan was and how strong he was here,” Swanson said. “When I was growing up and getting into racing, I took a year of mechanical engineering because Ryan Newman did. He made his career by winning big races. He won on the high banks; he had a degree and he understood how to communicate with crew chiefs. I wanted to try and do that to see if I could make it very far. I sure am thankful that I have made it all the way to USAC, especially the Silver Crown division.”

Swanson’s fifth career Vogler Classic triumph (2016-19-22-23-24) spans across two venues – Indianapolis Raceway Park and Winchester – and now has him just one shy of Tracy Hines’ all-time win record of six in the event, which was set between 1996 and 2013. Furthermore, Swanson has jetted out to victories in the opening two races of the 2024 USAC Silver Crown season following his win in April’s opener at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway. It’s the third occasion in which he’s won the opening two rounds of the series (2015-19-24), and the previous two resulted in series championships.

Gridded alongside first time Silver Crown front row starter Dakoda Armstrong, Swanson gained the upper hand right from the start, establishing a healthy full second lead before the first stoppage on lap 16 as 12th running Travis Welpott made heavy contact against the outside wall in turns three and four before grinding to a halt with extensive damage on the right front of his familiar orange and white machine. Welpott, a middle school teacher and wrestling coach by day, walked away from the incident.

Throughout the first half of the contest, Armstrong kept Swanson relatively in check as he held steady in the second spot, far and away his best performance thus far with the series. In the back of Swanson’s mind was the notion that he wasn’t yet seeing the full scope of what his competition had to offer, and that they might be saving their equipment for a final push in the latter stages.

“These races are hard because not everybody shows their hand all the time,” Swanson explained. “Part of that is trying to figure out where you really stand. Bobby Santos comes through the field and he’s so good at it. C.J. came with him and Dakoda was really strong too. There are a bunch of good cars in this series, so you’re never really know until the end.”

One of those drivers who may have had something for him down the stretch was Armstrong. However, on lap 58, shortly after the yellow was displayed for the stalled car of 13th running Kyle Steffens, heartbreak befell Armstrong who was summoned to the pits by his fellow competitors and race officials who were signaling to him that his left rear wheel nut had come off. Remarkably, the wheel stayed on, and he was able to drive it back to the pits. But after surrendering the second spot, he returned to finish a disappointing 14th.

With Armstrong’s absence, Santos moved up to second while C.J. Leary slotted into third. Meanwhile, Swanson dropped the hammer and pulled out to a 2.865 second lead over Santos, and soon enough, that fact was carved into stone. In the end, Swanson merely had to navigate smoothly under and around a smidge of lapped traffic, which proved to be of no resistance as Swanson crossed under chief starter Jake Croxton’s checkered flag 5.554 seconds ahead of the field.

Bobby Santos took second in the final running order ahead of C.J. Leary while 2021 Vogler Classic winner Justin Grant made one last ditch effort around the outside of Taylor Ferns off the final turn to swipe the fourth spot just in the nick of time while Ferns rounded out the top-five.

As for Swanson, winning the Vogler Classic is always special, and this one in particular was special in its own way.

“The Rich Vogler Classic sure means an awful lot to me,” Swanson stated. “It means even more if you can see the FloRacing documentary and see all the little details about him. I hate that Eleanor (Rich Vogler’s mother) couldn’t be here but I’m glad to know she’s checking in on us. Plus, my grandfather turned 88 on Friday and he’s always been a good luck charm for me on his birthday weekend. It's a special weekend.”

In three of his four career USAC Silver Crown starts at Winchester, Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) has stood on the podium as one of the top-three finishers. A third in 2021 was followed by a second in 2023 and yet another second on Sunday in his DJ Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Simpson Race Products/Beast/Speedway Chevy.

“We’ve just got to get our car a little bit better here,” Santos noted. “We’re close but we’ve just got to keep working on it. C.J. raced me clean there and they were probably a little better than we were at the end, and I was probably holding them up a little bit.”

After consecutive fourth place finishes in his first two Winchester Silver Crown starts in 2022-23, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) set a new benchmark on Sunday with a third-place result in his Klatt Enterprises/Wilwood Disc Brakes – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Penske – Hoosier Tire/Beast/Ford. It’s a fine start to his Silver Crown season as he recorded his second consecutive third-place result after finishing in the same spot at Toledo two weeks earlier.

“I had a spirited battle there with Bobby and I think we might’ve been a little bit better, but I just got sloppy at the end,” Leary admitted. “We were struggling on the restart and had a little bit of a stumble. It took me three or four laps to run him back down and get our tires hot. I was just going for it there at the end but didn’t get it done.”

Each successive Silver Crown start seemingly results in another record extending performance. Sunday marked his 49th career pole position with the series while his victory was his 42nd, both head and shoulders above the fray in the record books.


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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 5, 2024 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval – 33rd Rich Vogler Classic

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran/Binks-14.665; 2. Dakoda Armstrong, 5, C & A-14.958; 3. Taylor Ferns, 555, Ferns-15.000; 4. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice/Abacus-15.009; 5. Bobby Santos, 98, DJ-15.070; 6. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-15.133; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-15.205; 8. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-15.235; 9. Trey Burke, 60, Legacy/Wilson-15.304; 10. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-15.365; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-15.390; 12. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-15.442; 13. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-15.449; 14. Davey Hamilton Jr., 19, Legacy/Wilson-15.489; 15. Jackson Macenko, 124, Hayes/Bohanon-15.597; 16. Trey Osborne, 81, BCR-15.695; 17. Tyler Roahrig, 41, Newman-15.825; 18. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-15.870; 19. Nathan Byrd, 40, Legacy/Wilson-16.349; 20. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams/Cory-16.730; 21. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-17.696; 22. Nathan Moore, 48, Thomas/Moore-17.909.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (5), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Justin Grant (7), 5. Taylor Ferns (3), 6. Logan Seavey (4), 7. Davey Hamilton Jr. (14), 8. Kyle Robbins (12), 9. Trey Osborne (16), 10. Jackson Macenko (15), 11. Nathan Byrd (19), 12. Kaylee Bryson (11), 13. Gregg Cory (20), 14. Dakoda Armstrong (2), 15. Kyle Steffens (18), 16. Derek Bischak (8), 17. Mario Clouser (10), 18. Trey Burke (9), 19. Travis Welpott (13), 20. Dave Berkheimer (21), 21. Nathan Moore (22), 22. Tyler Roahrig (17). 36:25.647

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Kody Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-152, 2-C.J. Leary-131, 3-Bobby Santos-125, 4-Justin Grant-122, 5-Taylor Ferns-107, 6-Logan Seavey-107, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-95, 8-Tyler Roahrig-85, 9-Mario Clouser-84, 10-Kaylee Bryson-80.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-47, 2-C.J. Leary-36, 3-Joey Amantea-34, 4-Tye Mihocko-32, 5-Jadon Rogers-29, 6-Mitchel Moles-28, 7-Alex Bright-27, 8-Logan Seavey-23, 9-Kyle Cummins-23, 10-Matt Westfall-22.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 17-18, 2024 – Belleville High Banks – Belleville, Kansas – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – Huncovsky Classic


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Practice Fastest Driver: Kody Swanson (14.729)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson (14.665)

Hard Charger: Nathan Byrd (19th to 11th)

 

 

CHECKERS & WRECKERS:

GRANT WINS IT, THEN WEARS IT

WITH USAC SPRINTS AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 4, 2024)………The jubilation following a hard-fought victory is one of the most satisfying experiences in all of sport.

However, the celebration displayed by Justin Grant in the immediate moments after his USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship score on Saturday night at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway was certainly one that won’t soon be forgotten.

It seems oddly fitting that it came directly after an unforgettable 30-lap feature in which Grant (Ione, Calif.) threw everything – the kitchen sink and a bag of chips – at leader Logan Seavey down the stretch of the #LetsRaceTwo finale before prevailing with a turn one slider just three laps from the finish line.

After crossing the finish line 1.397 seconds ahead of Seavey to pocket the $10,000 prize, Grant proceeded with a cool down lap on the half-mile dirt oval, then a subsequent victory lap which seemed positively routine…until it wasn’t. Appearing to be winding up his car for a series of donuts, Grant stood on the gas and slapped his right rear tire against the turn three outside wall, sending him for a ride consisting of 2.5 tumbles.

Ironically, it was in this very same event one year ago in which Grant flipped in the identically same spot while battling for the lead. That one cost him a chance at victory. This one only cost him the chance to pull into victory lane under his own power aboard the TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

“I was awfully, awfully excited at the end of that one, obviously,” Grant acknowledged after being towed to victory lane. “What an idiot. I feel like a moron. I just got too excited, jumped the wall and turned that thing over. I feel like an idiot. Hopefully (my crew) won’t be too mad at me. (Car owner) Kevin Birchmeier has put up with a lot of BS out of me over the years so, hopefully, we’ll weather that one. But I know he’s excited we won.”

Grant needn’t beat himself up too much. Grant’s victory was already his fourth of the USAC National Sprint Car season in just nine starts. He’s the first driver to accomplish that feat since Damion Gardner in 2010. Furthermore, the victory was a nice sigh of a relief after his past three series starts netted finishes of 20th, 22nd and 22nd.

Likewise, his 49th career USAC National Sprint Car victory placed him just one tally shy of becoming the fourth driver to reach the 50-win mark, and he achieved this one in round two of the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment, the 10-race slate named in honor of his late father-in-law.

“It was really, really, really a fun race,” Grant stated. “Logan’s a really good racecar driver and he’s gotten rolling around this place really good. I feel like we were ‘gloves off,’ giving each other everything we had with every trick we could come up with. I was running around this place harder than I’d ever run around it just trying to keep pace, let alone race him.”

Starting fifth, Grant got up on the horse and instantly went to work, swiping fourth on the opening lap and third on the second circuit. Meanwhile, pole starter Kevin Thomas Jr. dashed away to lead the opening six laps. Fourth starting Seavey was hustling too, and on lap seven, he ably slid Thomas for the lead in turn one. Grant followed suit a lap later in the same spot to grab second.

Seavey built up a 1.5 second lead nearing midway, but lapped traffic stifled his groove a bit, chopping his advantage nearly in half to eighth tenths. A yellow flag for a loose wheel cover lying in the middle of turn four completely erased Seavey’s interval, allowing Grant to be right on the back of his rear bumper for the lap 18 restart. Grant went on the attack, sliding Seavey for the top spot in turn three on the restart, but Seavey was able to counterpunch and drive back underneath Grant to retain the lead for the time being.

Grant wound his car up on the high side and got a run off turn four to pull even to the inside of Seavey at the start/finish line with 10 laps to go. As Seavey attempted to slide himself into turn one in order to prevent Grant’s own slider in turn one, the two drivers brushed wheels. On the very next go around, they did the very same thing, touching tires as Seavey dug in to keep Grant at bay.

A yellow flag for the slowing car of 21st running Paul Dues on the back straightaway gave everyone a chance to catch their breath with five laps remaining. But that was only a momentary cease from the madness as Grant fired a big shot in turn three on the lap 26 restart. As Grant slid up to surpass Seavey, it was a meeting of chrome as Grant’s rear bumper and Seavey’s front bumper locked horns, sending Grant bouncing his right rear tire off the wall. Simultaneously, Seavey turned down and was able to stave off Grant by three-quarters of a car length at the stripe.

Never straying more than an arm’s length from Seavey, Grant’s deciding move came with three to go as his turn one slide job stuck and Seavey’s response back underneath only drew even with Grant on exit. Up top, Grant had the downhill momentum on his side and promptly drove away from Seavey from there on out. Brady Bacon wound up third with Kevin Thomas Jr. fourth and Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier C.J. Leary rounding out the top-five.

One night after seeing his series record streak of seven top-three finishes to start a season conclude with a flat tire and an 11th place result, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) returned to form on Saturday night in his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy. Seavey scored his best career #LetsRaceTwo finish of second after leading a race high 21 laps and keeping himself up at the top of the standings in both the USAC National Sprint Car points as well as the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster championship.

“What a freaking race,” Seavey exclaimed. “This place is so cool. This is one of my favorite racetracks in the world to come to and that’s what it’s about. Last night was not fun for me, but to come here and run the curb right up against the wall like that is as cool as it gets. It showed there that Justin is going to run hard and do whatever he can do to win, and I made the wrong decision there to cross him over. I thought I could drive around it. There aren’t very many Justin Grant sliders you can drive around. That’s not saying anything bad about him. It’s just knowing who you’re racing with, and I made the wrong decision. He won and I lost. That’s how they go, and we’ll come back stronger.”

Similarly to Grant and Seavey, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) experienced a pleasant return to the podium in his Dynamics, Inc./Bazell Race Fuels – Davis Brothers Trucking – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy. Bacon started seventh and finished third on Saturday, one night after a flat tire dropped him to a disappointing 19th place result.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 4, 2024 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – #LetsRaceTwo – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-15.286; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-15.480; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.506; 4. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-15.518; 5. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.571; 6. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.607; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-15.643; 8. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.656; 9. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-15.754; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.770; 11. Max Adams, 63, F & F-15.785; 12. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-15.801; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.807; 14. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.823; 15. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-15.864; 16. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-15.896; 17. Todd Hobson, 44, Soudrette-16.006; 18. Matt Goodnight, 39G, Goodnight-16.076; 19. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-16.093; 20. Saban Bibent, 98, Wedgewood-16.097; 21. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-16.128; 22. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-16.152; 23. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-16.155; 24. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-16.275; 25. Chance Crum, 26, Crum-16.392; 26. Bryce Dues, 23D, Dues-16.783; 27. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Hunter Maddox, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Joey Amantea, 7. Jadon Rogers, 8. Chance Crum, 9. C.J. Leary. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Max Adams, 6. Saban Bibent, 7. Paul Dues, 8. Bryce Dues, 9. Todd Hobson. NT

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Garrett, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Matt Goodnight, 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 8. Braxton Cummings, 9. Ryan Barr. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Todd Hobson, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chance Crum, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Korbyn Hayslett, 6. Paul Dues, 7. Ryan Barr, 8. Bryce Dues, 9. Braxton Cummings. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (5), 2. Logan Seavey (4), 3. Brady Bacon (7), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 5. C.J. Leary (10), 6. Daison Pursley (3), 7. Mitchel Moles (2), 8. Carson Garrett (9), 9. Jake Swanson (15), 10. Briggs Danner (12), 11. Todd Hobson (17), 12. Matt Westfall (8), 13. Kyle Cummins (6), 14. Robert Ballou (13), 15. Jadon Rogers (19), 16. Max Adams (14), 17. Saban Bibent (20), 18. Korbyn Hayslett (21), 19. Chase Stockon (11), 20. Joey Amantea (22), 21. Chance Crum (24), 22. Matt Goodnight (18), 23. Paul Dues (23), 24. Hunter Maddox (16). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 7-27 Logan Seavey, Laps 28-30 Justin Grant.

**Justin Grant flipped after the feature checkered flag.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-664, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-602, 3-C.J. Leary-600, 4-Justin Grant-533, 5-Daison Pursley-502, 6-Kyle Cummins-484, 7-Brady Bacon-468, 8-Mitchel Moles-462, 9-Chase Stockon-460, 10-Robert Ballou-454.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER PRESENTED BY SPIRE SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-152, 2-C.J. Leary-139, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-138, 4-Justin Grant-134, 5-Kyle Cummins-123, 6-Carson Garrett-121, 7-Daison Pursley-117, 8-Mitchel Moles-117, 9-Briggs Danner-105, 10-Brady Bacon-103.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-47, 2-Joey Amantea-34, 3-C.J. Leary-33, 4-Tye Mihocko-32, 5-Jadon Rogers-29, 6-Mitchel Moles-28, 7-Alex Bright-27, 8-Logan Seavey-23, 9-Kyle Cummins-23, 10-Matt Westfall-22.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 10, 2024 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – Larry Rice Classic – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (15.629)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (15.286)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Carson Garrett

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Todd Hobson

Hard Charger: Jake Swanson (15th to 9th)

 

 

PHOTO FINISH!

BALLOU WINS USAC SPRINT CAR THRILLER

BY .016 AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 3, 2024)………Robert Ballou wasn’t 100 percent sure his car would stick, nor did he even think he was close enough to take his shot on the final two turns of Friday night’s #LetsRaceTwo opener at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

Residing a half-straightaway back from leader Kyle Cummins as he took the white flag, Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) put his right rear tire right up next to the outside wall all the way around the half-mile dirt oval, and ultimately, tracked down the low-riding Cummins to win at the stripe by mere inches – .016 second to be precise – and pocket $10,000 for his efforts.

The margin of victory is the second closest in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition during the decade of the 2020s, trailing only the .005 second margin he was on the other side of during the July 2023 Indiana Sprint Week round at Gas City I-69 Speedway in which he finished second to Justin Grant.

This time, it was Ballou’s turn to shine in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Deaton’s Waterfront Services/DRC/Ott Chevy as he recorded his 38th career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory, surpassing 1977-81-82 series champion Sheldon Kinser for sole possession of 12th place on the all-time list.

Ballou’s seventh career USAC National Sprint Car triumph at Eldora now puts him among the all-time elite at Eldora. Jack Hewitt ranks number one with 13 career victories. Larry Dickson and Tracy Hines collected nine wins apiece. Pancho Carter and Rich Vogler each notched seven.

But Ballou doesn’t exactly need statistics to prove he’s elite at Eldora. He thoroughly demonstrated that once again with his 11th to first run on Friday night.

“I didn’t even know if I was going to make it,” Ballou admitted. “My car was not very good, and I was being a little girl and wasn’t very good up on it. Before that last caution came out, I finally got brave enough to run straight and it was getting faster. I was tired of getting passed and it’s been a tiresome 500 and something days.”

The win came 546 days, to be exact, since his most recent USAC National Sprint Car victory at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in November of 2022, which translates to just one day shy of 18 months. Similar to that race, Ballou saved his heroics for the latter stages after restarting fifth with nine laps remaining of the 30-lap distance.

“When that last caution came out, I got rolling. I was trying to count the laps and I knew it had to be getting close,” Ballou recalled. “When I got to third, I’m like, ‘man, he’s slowing down but I just don’t think I can get to him.’ When they threw the white, I said, ‘we’re either going to pull out a backup car or we’re going to try and get a win.’ I sent it into three there and wasn’t sure if it was going to end up in the suites or not. But luckily, it held on.”

In a feature race with as many twists and turns as a snake in a canyon, Ballou dealt with his fair share of hurdles to overcome. Following qualifying, Ballou and his crew changed engines to a unique powerplant that has a history as long as Ballou’s entire sprint car career.

“This is the Brettnacher motor,” referring to the engine that driver Aaron Farney and their team used when he was a competitor on the USAC National Sprint Car trail. “They let me have this motor after they quit racing. It’s from 2004 when I first started racing sprint cars. So, it’s all gone full circle. Thanks to the Brettnachers and the Farney family for everything that they’ve done for me over my career.”

The main event featured five different leaders taking their turn up front. Two-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion Briggs Danner was the first to step out front as he led the initial three circuits from the pole position. A lap four caution resulted in a flat tire for fifth running Logan Seavey, who made a beeline for the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area under the yellow for repairs. The series point leader returned to the track, but managed only an 11th place finish, ending his series record streak of seven consecutive top-three finishes to begin a season.

Just as the yellow was displayed, Grant had surged ahead of Danner for the lead on the high side of turn four but had to relinquish the position due to the rule dictating that scoring reverts to the last completed lap. Danner resumed as the leader, but it proved to be short lived. On the lap four restart, Grant slid under Danner in turn three to take over the top spot and proceeded to lead the next nine trips.

All the while, ninth starting Max Adams was sneaking along the bottom in pursuit of his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory. Lap by lap, he edged ever closer to Grant, and on lap 13, he pulled ahead on the low line between turns three and four. During the ensuing laps, despite an issue with his right rear tire, Grant caught back up to Adams. But on lap 18, Grant slapped the turn three and four outside wall with his right rear wheel, knocking the right rear shock off, and dropping him all the way back to fifth.

By lap 22, Grant pulled into the pits with his rear wheels bouncing like basketballs. Brady Bacon (6th) followed suit with a right rear tire issue as did Daison Pursley (7th). All returned to the field but all finished 15th or worse in the final tally.

Up front, Cummins was able to get the outside of Adams for the lead on the restart, and finally moved ahead using the middle of the racetrack on lap 23. Meanwhile, Ballou was charging, going topside around Matt Westfall for fourth on lap 24, then by Danner for third on lap 27, Adams for second on lap 29, and lastly, Cummins for the win on the 30th and final lap.

Kyle Cummins’ (Princeton, Ind.) best Eldora run to date had come during the #LetsRaceTwo opener of 2023 where he led nine laps and finished third. This time, he led seven laps and looked assured to grab his first win in the Petty Performance Racing/Avanti Windows & Doors – Premier Recycling/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy. But Ballou ultimately had something to say about that.

“That one definitely hurts a little bit,” Cummins acknowledged. “But to be honest with you, I’d rather it be the other way around. If I’m going to win, I want it to be up on the fence. I don’t want my Eldora win to be around the bottom. Even though it sucks for me, it made it exciting for the fans, I guess.”

Max Adams’ (Loomis, Calif.) previous best USAC National Sprint Car finish was a fourth at Macon (Ill.) Speedway in 2023. His previous top Eldora Speedway result came in a ninth in this event a year ago. He topped both of those marks in his first ever drive in the F & F Racing/zMax – Western Speed Racing – FK Indy/DRC/FG3 Chevy.

“That was a pleasure to drive,” Adams praised. “I’ve never ran something that good around here before. We ripped the brake caliper off early in the race, like lap one or two. We kind of rode around for a little bit with no brakes to see if we could maintain and we ended up picking cars off and got to the lead. I really didn’t want to see that last caution come out, but that’s just the name of the game. I’ve got to get better on restarts, and I’ve got to get better here later in the night. But this was awesome. I’m truly at a loss for words. I would’ve liked to have gotten the win on that one and I felt like we had a good shot at it, but third is awesome.”

During Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) recorded his 39th career Fast Time award with the USAC National Sprint Cars, tying himself with five-time series champion Levi Jones for sixth on the all-time list.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 3, 2024 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – #LetsRaceTwo – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-16.151; 2. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.256; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-16.306; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.505; 5. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-16.553; 6. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.558; 7. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-16.567; 8. Max Adams, 63, F & F-16.573; 9. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-16.581; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.605; 11. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.612; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.632; 13. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.652; 14. Todd Hobson, 44, Soudrette-16.761; 15. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.781; 16. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran-16.805; 17. Saban Bibent, 98, Wedgewood-16.825; 18. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-16.838; 19. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-16.855; 20. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-16.908; 21. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-16.974; 22. Chance Crum, 26, Crum-16.989; 23. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-17.029; 24. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-17.063; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39G, Goodnight-17.110; 26. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-17.114; 27. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-17.118; 28. Rylan Gray, 06, Gray-17.318; 29. Keith Sheffer II, 86, Sheffer-17.347; 30. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-17.571; 31. Jack James, 99, James-17.592; 32. Bryce Dues, 23D, Dues-18.133.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Saban Bibent, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Zack Pretorius, 5. Hunter Maddox, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Keith Sheffer II.

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Chance Crum, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Braxton Cummings, 6. Todd Hobson, 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 8. Paul Dues.

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Ryan Barr, 7. Jack James, 8. Jadon Rogers.

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Joey Amantea, 4. Max Adams, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Kody Swanson, 7. Rylan Gray, 8. Bryce Dues.

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Todd Hobson, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Ryan Barr, 6. Korbyn Hayslett, 7. Keith Sheffer II, 8. Bryce Dues, 9. Paul Dues, 10. Rylan Gray, 11. Jack James, 12. Matt Goodnight. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (11), 2. Kyle Cummins (7), 3. Max Adams (9), 4. Briggs Danner (1), 5. Matt Westfall (12), 6. Jadon Rogers (19), 7. Mitchel Moles (14), 8. Carson Garrett (16), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 10. Chase Stockon (22), 11. Logan Seavey (4), 12. Chance Crum (21), 13. Todd Hobson (15), 14. Kody Swanson (17), 15. Daison Pursley (2), 16. C.J. Leary (24), 17. Jake Swanson (8), 18. Hunter Maddox (10), 19. Brady Bacon (13), 20. Joey Amantea (23), 21. Braxton Cummings (18), 22. Justin Grant (3), 23. Zack Pretorius (20), 24. Saban Bibent (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Briggs Danner, Laps 4-12 Justin Grant, Laps 13-22 Max Adams, Laps 23-29 Kyle Cummins, Lap 30 Robert Ballou.

**Jack James & Matt Goodnight flipped during the semi.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-590, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-536, 3-C.J. Leary-533, 4-Justin Grant-452, 5-Daison Pursley-440, 6-Kyle Cummins-436, 7-Chase Stockon-428, 8-Robert Ballou-412, 9-Mitchel Moles-405, 10-Brady Bacon-396.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-47, 2-Joey Amantea-32, 3-Tye Mihocko-32, 4-C.J. Leary-28, 5-Mitchel Moles-28, 6-Alex Bright-27, 7-Jadon Rogers-25, 8-Kyle Cummins-23, 9-Matt Westfall-22, 10-Logan Seavey-21.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 4, 2024 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – #LetsRaceTwo – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (16.341)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr. (16.151)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Saban Bibent

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jake Swanson

Hard Charger: Jadon Rogers (19th to 6th)

 

 

SUNDAY’S WINCHESTER USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST REVEALED SUNDAY’S WINCHESTER USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST REVEALED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Winchester, Indiana (May 2, 2024)………Twenty-two cars and drivers are expected to be on hand when the USAC Silver Crown National Championship visits the 37-degree high banks of Indiana’s Winchester Speedway this Sunday, May 5.

Among the entries for the 33rd running of the Rich Vogler Classic are seven-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), who has won the event in each of the past two seasons. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is also entered, and the 2020 Silver Crown champion captured the inaugural series race at Winchester back in 2021.

They’re among the three past USAC Silver Crown champions in Sunday’s field along with defending titlist Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.). Swanson, Grant and Seavey headline a group of competitors which includes six past USAC Silver Crown series winners, four of whom are vying for a first Winchester win: Seavey, Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Davey Hamilton Jr. (Boise, Idaho).

The list of experienced Winchester Silver Crown racers consists of Derek Bischak (3rd in 2023), Taylor Ferns (3rd in 2022), Travis Welpott (6th in 2021), Kaylee Bryson (7th in 2023), Kyle Robbins (8th in 2021-22), Mario Clouser (9th in 2023), Nathan Byrd (11th in 2022), Gregg Cory (15th in 2022), Trey Burke (16th in 2023), Kyle Steffens (17th in 2023) and Dave Berkheimer (19th in 2021).

First-time Winchester Silver Crown entrants this Sunday include Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, Ind.), Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.), Nathan Moore (Kaufman, Texas), Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio) and Jackson Macenko (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Sunday’s Rich Vogler Classic features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, plus Crown Vics and Vintage Cars. Pit pass sales, pit parking and display parking begins at 8am Eastern. Spectator gates open at 10am. Silver Crown practice hits the track at noon. Silver Crown qualifying starts at 1:15pm. An on-track autograph session will take place at 2:20pm. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 3pm. The 100-lap Silver Crown feature will take the green flag at 3:10pm.

General admission tickets are $30 (ages 13 and up). Reserved seating is $35. Children age 12 and under are free. Children reserved seats are $15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. All tickets are available at gate on race day. Save $5 by purchasing advance tickets online at www.eliteracingpromotions.com.

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2024 RICH VOGLER CLASSIC ENTRY LIST:

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Steffens Motorsports)

5 DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A Motorsports)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Legacy Autosport-Robert Wilson Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing)

26 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams-Cory Racing)

40 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Legacy Autosport-Robert Wilson Racing)

41 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Michael Newman)

48 (R) NATHAN MOORE/Kaufman, TX (Chip Thomas-Joe Moore)

60 TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Legacy Autosport-Robert Wilson Racing)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing)

81 (R) TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

98 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

124 (R) JACKSON MACENKO/Cincinnati, OH (Brad Hayes Racing-Nick Bohanon Racing)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

555 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

A BIGGIE AT THE BIG E! USAC MEETS ELDORA FOR #LETSRACETWO FRI-SAT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 2, 2024)………There are few things in life that stir up the senses like Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

From the pure adrenaline rush of witnessing a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car on the hammer at speed up against the outside wall to the history of the place that was carved out of a western Ohio field some seven decades ago, there is simply nothing else like it.

And when you get the chance to double up that feeling across one weekend, you don’t hesitate to make this stop priority number one.

$10,000 are on the line each night for the victor of the Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, #LetsRaceTwo USAC events featuring a one-of-a-kind two-night doubleheader alongside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.

Here’s some of the storylines we’re watching at The Big E!

SEAVEY WATCH CONTINUES

As has seemingly become a tradition on the list of the weekly storylines is the thought of keeping an eye on Logan Seavey.

When it comes to Eldora, in each of the last three features he’s started there, he’s won all of them. Last September, he swept the USAC portion of the 4-Crown Nationals with successive victories in the Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget divisions all within a single night.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Abacus Racing ran their streak to seven consecutive top-three podium finishes with the USAC National Sprint Cars in 2024, which is already an all-time record to start a season. Something’s got to give this weekend as Seavey’s #LetsRaceTwo record to date stands at three starts and finishes of 10th, 18th and 17th dating back to 2021.

Seavey and 2006 Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) are the lone drivers in this weekend’s field to own previous series wins at Eldora, but none so far during #LetsRaceTwo.

#LETSWINTWOMORE

No other driver has won more #LetsRaceTwo contests than Robert Ballou or Justin Grant who each have scored three apiece over the years. Furthermore, these two drivers possess more USAC National Sprint Car wins at Eldora than any other driver in this weekend’s field with Ballou at six and Grant at five.

In fact, during the first year of the event nearly a decade ago, the two traded victories with Ballou mastering night one while Grant slipped by C.J. Leary in turn one for a masterful last lap victory. Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) can count #LetsRaceTwo triumphs in 2015-17-21 while Grant (Ione, Calif.) collected his paydays in 2015-17-23.

On the season, two-time series champion Grant (Ione, Calif.) already owns three feature wins but is coming in off results of 20th and 22nd in his last two starts. Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), the 2015 series champion, has raced to a pair of top-fives this season but is more than eager to work his way back toward the top following a five-race stretch of finishes outside the top-10.

ANOTHER ONE ON THE BOARD FOR C.J. & BRADY

Overall, four drivers come into this weekend’s fray at Eldora as the owners of past #LetsRaceTwo feature wins. The aforementioned duo of Ballou and Grant have had their share, but Brady Bacon (2018) and C.J. Leary (2023) have also experienced personal elation in the event as well.

Back in 2018, Bacon had his work cut out for him, charging from his eighth starting spot by first tickling the twines of the bottom groove before hitting the high line, then shuffled into the top spot to earn what remains his most recent USAC Sprint victory at Eldora.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), meanwhile, had long yearned to crack the code of what it would take to capture a win during #LetsRaceTwo. Not once, not twice, not thrice, but on four occasions, he’d finished as the runner-up in the event, doing so in 2015, again in 2016, and on both nights in 2019. But in 2023, he uncovered the combination to unlock a long desired, yet elusive piece on his resume.

After a harsh start to 2024, Bacon, the four-time USAC Sprint champ, has recovered to with a pair of runner-up finishes in his last four starts to climb back to seventh in points. Leary, the 2019 USAC titlist, has been solid, finishing all seven of his series starts inside the top-10 to reside second in points.

THE UNTAMED LAND

As impressive as the winners list of #LetsRaceTwo is, the rundown of drivers still searching for their first USAC National Sprint Car win at Eldora is almost equally as impressive.

Of the group expected to compete this weekend at Eldora, many have experienced the thrill of victory in a USAC National Sprint Car feature event in one fashion or another to various degrees. However, these individuals have long held a constant craving to add their name as an Eldora USAC winner.

Among those are Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), a runner-up finisher on the second night of #LetsRaceTwo in 2023. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) ranks 10th on USAC’s career National Sprint Car win list and captured the most recent USAC outing at Lawrenceburg on April 13, but at #LetsRaceTwo, his best thus far is a third in 2017. Likewise, veteran Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) collected a third in 2018 and repeated with another third on night one in 2023.

One of Jadon Rogers’ (Worthington, Ind.) finest USAC runs to this point came at #LetsRaceTwo with a third in 2021, as did Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) in 2023 after leading the opening nine laps of night one. Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has finished a best of second with both the USAC Silver Crown and USAC Sprint divisions at Eldora and he’ll be back in a rare sprint car appearance this weekend for Saturday night only in the Wedgewood Motorsports No. 98.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) enters Eldora coming off a fourth place run at #LetsRaceTwo a year ago while 2023 USAC National Most Improved Driver Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) made a surge from 20th to 6th in 2023. Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) ran ninth in his latest #LetsRaceTwo appearance last year. Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) has been impressive early in the going, residing fifth in USAC points, and his latest series run at Eldora resulted in a solid 10th.

EAST COAST BRETHREN

Briggs Danner and Joey Amantea have experienced their share of success on the USAC National Sprint Car circuit. But where they’ve really made their mark in recent years is with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series.

Both drivers won with the series a week ago as two-time USAC EC champ Danner (Allentown, Pa.) scored the season opener at Bedford (Pa.) Speedway while Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.) was victorious in a stirring slider fest at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway the following evening.

With the 410 under the hood, Danner’s best result at #LetsRaceTwo came in an 11th place performance in 2023. However, he did finish 5th at last September’s 4-Crown. Amantea, meanwhile, looks to make his first Eldora start.

RACE DETAILS

#LetsRaceTwo features two-straight nights of full racing programs featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.

On both days, ticket sales begin at the main gate, turn 4 and pit gate at 1:30pm Eastern. The grandstands open at 2pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 5pm. Cars will be on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.eldoraspeedway.com. For ages 14 and up, general admission tickets are $35 while reserved seats are $40. For ages 13 and under, general admission tickets are free while reserved seats are $10. Pit passes are $40 each night ($75 for a two-day pit pass).

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of the event from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing both nights at https://flosports.link/usac.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-537, 2-C.J. Leary-491, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-478, 4-Justin Grant-422, 5-Daison Pursley-398, 6-Chase Stockon-379, 7-Brady Bacon-364, 8-Kyle Cummins-361, 9-Mitchel Moles-346, 10-Robert Ballou-337.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 9/22/2006 - Jerry Coons Jr. - 14.712 - 122.349 mph

4 Laps - 7/29/1962 - Don Davis - 1:22.39 - 87.389 mph

6 Laps - 6/19/2004 - Matt Westfall - 1:37.56 - 110.701 mph

8 Laps - 4/21/2012 - Robert Ballou - 2:05.51 - 114.732 mph

10 Laps - 8/6/2005 - Bill Rose - 2:40.19 - 112.367 mph

12 Laps - 4/1/2006 - Jay Drake - 3:10.23 - 113.547 mph

15 Laps - 8/7/2004 - Josh Wise - 4:42.31 - 95.640 mph

30 Laps - 5/9/2015 - Justin Grant - 8:26.25 - 106.667 mph

40 Laps - 6/10/1972 - Sam Sessions - 12:27.59 - 96.309 mph

50 Laps - 10/6/1974 - Pancho Carter - 16:57.72 - 88.433 mph

ALL-TIME #LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT WINS:

3-Robert Ballou, Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson, C.J. Leary & Chris Windom

ALL-TIME #LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT WINNERS:

2015: Robert Ballou (5/8) & Justin Grant (5/9)

2016: Bryan Clauson (5/6) & Chad Boespflug (5/7)

2017: Justin Grant (5/12) & Robert Ballou (5/13)

2018: Brady Bacon (5/11) & Chris Windom (5/12)

2019: Tyler Courtney (5/10) & Tyler Courtney (7/17)

2020: Not Held

2021: Tyler Courtney (5/8) & Robert Ballou (5/8)

2022: Rained Out

2023: Justin Grant (5/5) & C.J. Leary (5/6)

ALL-TIME ELDORA USAC SPRINT CAR WINS

13-Jack Hewitt

9-Larry Dickson & Tracy Hines

7-Pancho Carter & Rich Vogler

6-Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Tyler Courtney & Bubby Jones

5-Dave Darland, Justin Grant & Jac Haudenschild

4-Steve Butler, Kevin Doty, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Kevin Huntley & Sammy Sessions

3-Billy Cassella, Rob Chaney, Jerry Coons Jr., Rick Hood, Frankie Kerr, Sheldon Kinser, Lee Kunzman, Jud Larson, Greg Weld & J.J. Yeley

2-Brady Bacon, Gary Bettenhausen, Don Branson, Larry Cannon, Derek Davidson, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Steve Kinser, C.J. Leary, Jan Opperman, Larry Rice, Mickey Shaw, George Snider, Bruce Walkup & Chris Windom

1-Mario Andretti, Chad Boespflug, Stan Bowman, Bryan Clauson, Allen Crowe, Dickie Gaines, Tray House, Jackie Howerton, Arnie Knepper, Kyle Larson, Eddie Leavitt, Roger McCluskey, Thomas Meseraull, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Jerry Poland, Bill Puterbaugh, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Red Riegel, Johnny Rutherford, Joe Saldana, Logan Seavey, Terry Shepherd, Jimmy Sills, Danny Smith, Jon Stanbrough, Robbie Stanley, Tony Stewart, Brad Sweet, Clark Templeman, Brian Tyler, Rick Ungar & Matt Westfall.

ALL-TIME ELDORA USAC SPRINT WINNERS:

1962: Stan Bowman (4/22) & Roger McCluskey (7/29)

1963: Allen Crowe (5/12)

1964: Johnny Rutherford (4/5) & Jud Larson (7/5)

1965: Jud Larson (4/18), Jud Larson (5/9), Red Riegel (7/3) & Don Branson (10/17)

1966: Arnie Knepper (4/3), Larry Dickson (4/17), Don Branson (7/3) & Mario Andretti (9/4)

1967: Rollie Beale (4/16), Mickey Shaw (7/2) & Rollie Beale (7/22)

1968: Rollie Beale (4/7), Larry Dickson (7/20) & Mickey Shaw (9/29)

1969: Tom Bigelow (4/6), Larry Cannon (6/8) & Greg Weld (7/26)

1970: Gary Bettenhausen (4/5), Greg Weld (5/2), Larry Dickson (7/25), Greg Weld (8/15) & Larry Dickson (9/11)

1971: Gary Bettenhausen (4/4), Sammy Sessions (6/12), Larry Dickson (7/24) & Bill Puterbaugh (9/19)

1972: Rollie Beale (4/2), Sammy Sessions (6/10), Lee Kunzman (7/22), Jerry Poland (9/17), Sammy Sessions (10/22) & Don Nordhorn (10/22)

1973: George Snider (4/1), Sammy Sessions (4/29), Lee Kunzman (8/11), Pancho Carter (9/16), Lee Kunzman (10/21) & Pancho Carter (10/21)

1974: Jan Opperman (3/31), Bruce Walkup (7/13), Pancho Carter (10/6) & Larry Cannon (10/6)

1975: Tom Bigelow (4/13), Rollie Beale (6/21), Billy Cassella (7/12), Rollie Beale (10/5) & Larry Dickson (10/5)

1976: Sheldon Kinser (3/28), Larry Dickson (4/11), Jackie Howerton (6/19), Clark Templeman (6/20), Jan Opperman (7/10), Tom Bigelow (8/7), Pancho Carter (9/19), Tom Bigelow (10/9), Pancho Carter (10/10) & Pancho Carter (10/10)

1977: Tom Bigelow (4/10), Bubby Jones (4/17), George Snider (4/17), Tom Bigelow (6/18), Bruce Walkup (6/19), Pancho Carter (7/9), Bubby Jones (9/18), Eddie Leavitt (10/9) & Bubby Jones (10/9)

1978: Joe Saldana (6/17) & Bubby Jones (9/17)

1979: Bubby Jones (4/29), Bubby Jones (6/2), Larry Rice (8/25), Billy Cassella (10/14) & Billy Cassella (10/14)

1980: Rich Vogler (4/6), Larry Dickson (7/26), Sheldon Kinser (10/12) & Larry Dickson (7/12)

1981: Dave Peperak (4/25), Sheldon Kinser (6/20), Rich Vogler (7/3) & Steve Kinser (10/11)

1982: Jack Hewitt (4/24), Jac Haudenschild (7/17) & Steve Kinser (10/3)

1983: Rich Vogler (6/4) Jack Hewitt (8/2) & Jack Hewitt (9/25)

1984: Jac Haudenschild (4/1), Steve Butler (4/28), Rick Hood (7/14) & Jack Hewitt (8/16)

1985: Jac Haudenschild (4/27), Rick Hood (4/28) & Larry Rice (10/6)

1986: Rich Vogler (4/5), Rick Hood (4/26) & Rich Vogler (9/28)

1987: Rich Vogler (3/28), Rick Ungar (4/25), Rich Vogler (6/13) & Tony Elliott (9/27)

1988: Jac Haudenschild (3/27), Jack Hewitt (4/23), Jack Hewitt (5/14), Jack Hewitt (6/18), Steve Butler (7/16) & Steve Butler (9/25)

1989: Steve Butler (9/24)

1990: Jack Hewitt (4/7) & Jack Hewitt (9/30)

1991: Jack Hewitt (9/22)

1992: Terry Shepherd (3/28) & Danny Smith (10/4)

1993: Robbie Stanley (3/27), Jack Hewitt (8/11) & Tony Elliott (10/3)

1994: Frankie Kerr (4/2), Tray House (6/25), Frankie Kerr (8/10) & Kevin Doty (9/25)

1995: Kevin Doty (4/1), Byron Reed (8/9) & Tony Stewart (9/23)

1996: Frankie Kerr (8/7) & Jimmy Sills (9/28)

1997: Kevin Huntley (3/29), Kevin Huntley (6/22), Brian Tyler (8/6) & Jack Hewitt (9/20)

1998: Kevin Doty (5/2), Dave Darland (5/24), Kevin Doty (6/20) & Jack Hewitt (9/26)

1999: Derek Davidson (3/27), Derek Davidson (5/1), Tracy Hines (5/30), Tracy Hines (7/28) & Dave Darland (9/25)

2000: Jay Drake (4/1), Dave Darland (4/29), Tony Elliott (5/28) & Tracy Hines (9/30)

2001: Tracy Hines (4/28), Jay Drake (6/22), J.J. Yeley (6/23) & Bud Kaeding (9/22)

2002: J.J. Yeley (5/26), Tony Elliott (6/22) & Bud Kaeding (9/21)

2003: Boston Reid (5/3), J.J. Yeley (5/25), Jon Stanbrough (6/21) & Jac Haudenschild (9/20 – SE)

2004: Jay Drake (6/19), Kevin Huntley (8/7) & Dickie Gaines (9/25)

2005: Jay Drake (4/30), Rob Chaney (5/29), Kevin Huntley (6/18), Rob Chaney (8/6) & Levi Jones (9/24)

2006: Jerry Coons Jr. (4/1), Rob Chaney (4/29), Matt Westfall (6/17) & Tracy Hines (9/23)

2007: Robert Ballou (4/28) & Robert Ballou (9/22)

2008: Tracy Hines (5/10), Tracy Hines (6/14) & Brad Sweet (9/20)

2009: Jerry Coons Jr. (4/11) & Jerry Coons Jr. (9/26)

2010: Robert Ballou (5/12) & Levi Jones (9/25)

2011: Kyle Larson (9/24)

2012: Tracy Hines (4/21), Dave Darland (7/28) & Tracy Hines (9/22)

2013: Chris Windom (9/21)

2014: Dave Darland (4/19) & Brady Bacon (9/21)

2015: Robert Ballou (5/8), Justin Grant (5/9) & Thomas Meseraull (9/26)

2016: Bryan Clauson (5/6), Chad Boespflug (5/7) & Justin Grant (9/24)

2017: Justin Grant (5/12), Robert Ballou (5/13) & C.J. Leary (9/23)

2018: Brady Bacon (5/11), Chris Windom (5/12) & Tyler Courtney (9/22)

2019: Tyler Courtney (5/10), Tyler Courtney (7/17) & Tyler Courtney (9/28)

2021: Tyler Courtney (5/8), Robert Ballou (5/8) & Tyler Courtney (9/25)

2022: Justin Grant (9/24)

2023: Justin Grant (5/5), C.J. Leary (5/6) & Logan Seavey (9/23)

#LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT RESULTS (2015-PRESENT):

2015 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Landon Simon, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Matt Goodnight, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Dallas Hewitt, 19. Jake Simmons, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Dustin Smith. NT

2015 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Aaron Farney, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chris Windom, 12. Dallas Hewitt, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kody Swanson, 15. Adam Cruea, 16. Brandon Whited, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Jerry Coons Jr. 8:26.25

2016 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kody Swanson, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Scotty Weir, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Carson Short, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Cody Gardner, 22. Robert Ballou, 23. Jarett Andretti, 24. Tony DiMattia. NT

2016 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Carson Short, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Brandon Whited, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Tony DiMattia, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Max McGhee, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Matt Westfall, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Chris Windom, 23. Robert Ballou. NT

2017 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dallas Hewitt, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Chad Wilson, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Dustin Smith, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Corey Smith, 23. Nick Bilbee. NT

2017 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Corey Smith, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Mario Clouser, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Kyle Simon, 22. Toby Alfrey. NT

2018 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (8), 2. Robert Ballou (1), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Justin Grant (10), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 6. Tyler Courtney (3), 7. Chase Stockon (5), 8. Dave Darland (12), 9. C.J. Leary (4), 10. Kyle Cummins (11), 11. Joe Stornetta (9), 12. Nick Bilbee (14), 13. Dallas Hewitt (16), 14. Matt Westfall (15), 15. Chad Wilson (18), 16. Paul Dues (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (13), 18. Chad Boespflug (7), 19. Carmen Perigo (19), 20. Matt Goodnight (20). 9:24.44

2018 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Brady Bacon (10), 5. Robert Ballou (8), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Matt Westfall (12), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Dallas Hewitt (14), 11. Dave Darland (11), 12. Paul Dues (20), 13. Chad Boespflug (9), 14. Carmen Perigo (18), 15. Chad Wilson (17), 16. Isaac Chapple (13), 17. Riley VanHise (21), 18. Bill Rose (16), 19. Matt Goodnight (19), 20. Joe Stornetta (1), 21. Justin Grant (7). NT

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (7), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Carson Short (3), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 7. Chase Stockon (4), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Isaac Chapple (18), 11. Ty Tilton (17), 12. Nick Bilbee (20), 13. Matt Westfall (16), 14. Dustin Smith (21), 15. Carmen Perigo (15), 16. Brian VanMeveren (23), 17. Matt Goodnight (22), 18. Dustin Ingle (19), 19. Josh Hodges (14), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 21. Chad Boespflug (13), 22. Robert Ballou (8). 23. Dave Darland (11). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Matt Westfall (10), 7. Tom Harris (18), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 9. Zane Hendricks (8), 10. Isaac Chapple (13), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Scotty Weir (17), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Jason McDougal (11), 15. Dustin Christie (14), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Brody Roa (12), 18. Matt Goodnight (21), 19. Michael Fischesser (22), 20. Corey Smith (20), 21. Justin Grant (6), 22. Brian VanMeveren (23), 23. Kody Swanson (16). NT

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Robert Ballou (4), 3. Jadon Rogers (2), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Brady Bacon (6), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Matt Westfall (10), 10. Logan Seavey (5), 11. C.J. Leary (7), 12. Isaac Chapple (16), 13. Jake Swanson (14), 14. Paul Nienhiser (12), 15. Dallas Hewitt (21), 16. Steven Drevicki (18), 17. Brandon Mattox (13), 18. Tanner Thorson (17), 19. Stevie Sussex (15), 20. Carmen Perigo (19), 21. Korbyn Hayslett (20), 22. Ryan Barr (22). 10:06.253

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (7), 3. Chris Windom (3), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. Paul Nienhiser (8), 6. Justin Grant (2), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Jake Swanson (11), 9. Isaac Chapple (16), 10. Steven Drevicki (17), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 12. Max Adams (14), 13. Paul Dues (22), 14. Matt Westfall (10), 15. Dallas Hewitt (21), 16. Stevie Sussex (12), 17. Matt Goodnight (18), 18. Chris Phillips (20), 19. Carmen Perigo (15), 20. Korbyn Hayslett (19), 21. Jadon Rogers (13), 22. Tanner Thorson (4). 9:30.305

2023 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (6), 2. Brady Bacon (9), 3. Kyle Cummins (1), 4. Emerson Axsom (4), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 6. Scotty Weir (12), 7. C.J. Leary (2), 8. Kody Swanson (17), 9. Jake Swanson (7), 10. Mitchel Moles (5), 11. Chase Stockon (20), 12. Dallas Hewitt (14), 13. Robert Ballou (8), 14. Brandon Mattox (22), 15. Briggs Danner (10), 16. Daison Pursley (15), 17. Matt Westfall (3), 18. Logan Seavey (16), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (21), 20. Jadon Rogers (19), 21. Carson Garrett (23-P), 22. Max Adams (13), 23. Dalton Stevens (18). NT

2023 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Jake Swanson (6), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Mitchel Moles (5), 5. Kyle Cummins (4), 6. Carson Garrett (20), 7. Emerson Axsom (1), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Max Adams (12), 10. Robert Ballou (9), 11. Briggs Danner (13), 12. Matt Westfall (24-P), 13. Daison Pursley (18), 14. Dallas Hewitt (8), 15. Kody Swanson (14), 16. Jadon Rogers (19), 17. Logan Seavey (23-P), 18. Brady Bacon (10), 19. Geoff Ensign (16), 20. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (21), 21. Keith Sheffer II (22), 22. Justin Grant (7), 23. Zack Pretorius (15), 24. Scotty Weir (17). NT

 

 

AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 27, 2024 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.527; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.553; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.668; 4. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.676; 5. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.699; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.731; 7. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-16.733; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.738; 9. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.798; 10. David Gasper, 73X, Ford-16.828; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.839; 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.873; 13. Braden Chiaramonte, 73B, OCC-17.031; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.089; 15. Brody Roa, 8M, May-17.127; 16. Austin Williams, 17W, Dunkel-17.264; 17. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.333; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.456; 19. Brent Sexton, 44S, Sexton-17.658; 20. Elexa Herrera, 5E, Herrera-18.303; 21. Shane Sexton, 74, SCDE-18.552; 22. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-18.912.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / SEXTON FIRE PROTECTION FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. Matt Mitchell, 2. David Gasper, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Braden Chiaramonte, 5. Logan Williams, 6. Grant Sexton, 7. Brent Sexton, 8. Joey Bishop. 2:58.35.

BILLSJERKY.NET / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. Matt McCarthy, 2. Austin Grabowski, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Elexa Herrera. 2:54.57.

WC FRIEND COMPANY / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. A.J. Bender, 2. Cody Williams, 3. Tommy Malcolm, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Shane Sexton. 2:55.64.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. A.J. Bender (1), 2. Cody Williams (4), 3. Tommy Malcolm (2), 4. Austin Williams (16), 5. R.J. Johnson (3), 6. Matt McCarthy (14), 7. Brody Roa (15), 8. Chris Gansen (11), 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (12), 10. Joey Bishop (22), 11. Verne Sweeney (18), 12. Elexa Herrera (20), 13. Austin Grabowski (17), 14. Matt Mitchell (6), 15. Chris Bonneau (9), 16. Brent Sexton (19), 17. David Gasper (10), 18. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 19. Grant Sexton (8), 20. Braden Chiaramonte (13), 21. Shane Sexton (21), 22. Logan Williams (7). NT.
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**David Gasper flipped on the twenty-fifth lap of the feature. Brent Sexton flipped on the twenty-sixth lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 A.J. Bender, Laps 4-10 R.J. Johnson, Laps 11-12 A.J. Bender, Lap 13 R.J. Johnson, Laps 14-19 A.J. Bender, Lap 20 R.J. Johnson, Laps 21-30 A.J. Bender.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (16th to 4th)

NEXT AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 25 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

USAC MIDGETS' KOKOMO GRAND PRIX SHIFTS

TO SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 27-28

Kokomo, Indiana (April 25, 2024)………The dates for this weekend’s Kokomo Grand Prix have been shifted by one day and will now run on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28.

With forecasts calling for rain on the originally scheduled date of Friday, the decision has been made to contest the complete event in full with two consecutive nights of full programs for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

The Kokomo Grand Prix will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and Kokomo Sprint Cars on each night at the 1/4-mile dirt oval. On both nights, the pits will open at 3pm Eastern with the grandstands opening at 3pm. The drivers meeting is set for 5:30pm with cars hitting the track at 6pm followed by hot laps, qualifying and racing.

Adult general admission tickets for each night of the Kokomo Grand Prix are $30 with kids age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35 apiece each night.

The field will feature the likes of 2019 Kokomo Grand Prix winner Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and 2022 Kokomo Indiana Midget Week winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), plus reigning series champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) as well as two-time and defending USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.).

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) will be among the USAC National Midget winners on hand this weekend along with Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.) and more.

Past Kokomo Grand Prix feature winners include Rico Abreu (2014 twice), Darren Hagen (2015), Brady Bacon (2017 twice), Tyler Courtney (2018-19), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2019), Emerson Axsom (2021) and Chris Windom (2021).

 

 

Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

MALCOLM-GASPER USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR BATTLE RESUMES AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 24, 2024... With one point separating Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm and David Gasper, the chase for the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship resumes this Saturday (April 27th) at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the fifth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, GAS Chassis PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, PASSCAR Super Stocks, and PASSCAR Factory Stocks. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

USAC/CRA shows at Perris Auto Speedway WILL NOT be live streamed and beware of online scammers with fake video links. Race fans are encouraged to support the race track and watch the races in person.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The series rule book is online at usacracing.com, appendix E.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 251 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-four different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 51 “home track” series wins and Matt Mitchell won the season opener on February 24th. David Gasper added his name to the record books on March 16th and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. The complete Perris USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the fifth championship point race, there have been four feature winners and four different point leaders. After racing from twelfth to third at Mohave Valley Raceway on April 6th, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Yucaipa, California) became the new point leader with a one point margin over the competition. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and four top-10 finishes on the season. Tommy “Thunder” will be looking to earn the fourth victory of his career this Saturday night.

Leading rookie contender David Gasper (Goleta, California) is second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the Josh Ford Motorsports’ #73X Surecan LLC / King Racing Products Triple X, Gasper charged from tenth to fourth at Mohave Valley. As this writing goes to press, the two-time California Lightning Sprint Champion has one feature win, one semi main win, one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. David will have his sights on regaining the point lead with another victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks third in the championship standings. Driving Ricky and Michele Johnson’s #51 Avanti Windows & Doors / Martin Family Auto Museum Sherman, Johnson placed tenth at Mohave Valley Raceway. To date, the multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one semi-main win and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. The second generation driver and 2005 Rookie of the Year will be looking for the eighth USAC/CRA win of his career at Perris.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sits fourth the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams led the opening laps at Mohave Valley before scoring ninth at the checkered flag. At press time, the 2014 Rookie of the Year has one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday, Logan will be looking to earn his first USAC/CRA victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, California) is fifth in the chase for the championship. Racing his #41 Morris Farms / J&M Racing DRC, Lewis scored a twelfth place finish at Mohave Valley. With one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led to his credit, Ricky might skip Perris to race in the Midwest.

While David Gasper leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Brent Sexton (Lakeside, California), Elexa Herrera (New Cuyama, California), Braden Chiaramonte (El Cajon, California), and Blake Hendricks (Simi Valley, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Logan Calderwood, A.J. Bender, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Eddie Tafoya Jr., “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Verne Sweeney, Grant Sexton, Matt Mitchell, Brody Roa, Brent Owens, Matt McCarthy, Chris Gansen, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $30, Senior tickets (65 & over) are $25, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $5, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. The Fairgrounds charges $10 for parking. Advance tickets are available and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Sexton Fire Protection, WC Friend Company, and Woodland Auto Display, for their support.

For more information on the Avanti Windows & Doors 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.
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AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner, 2023-Brody Roa.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-David Gasper, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

PERRIS AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

PERRIS AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 51-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 9-Matt Mitchell, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Brody Roa, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Justin Grant, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Brady Bacon, 5-Robert Ballou, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-C.J. Leary, 2-Tommy Malcolm, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-David Gasper, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Jason York.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Tommy Malcolm-253, 2-David Gasper-252, 3-R.J. Johnson-243, 4-Logan Williams-239, 5-Ricky Lewis-233, 6-Austin Williams-214, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-206, 8-Logan Calderwood-203, 9-A.J. Bender-195, 10-Matt Westfall-186. The complete point standings can be found at usacracing.com/standings/sprint-cars/cra

 

 

LINCOLN PARK TO OPEN

USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE,

GAS CITY OFF

Speedway, Indiana (April 25, 2024)………The 37th annual edition of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week’s schedule has been rearranged for late summer of 2024 due to the closure of Gas City I-69 Speedway.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship ISW date on July 26 will not be held at Gas City as originally scheduled. The Lincoln Park Speedway ISW event, originally slated for July 25, has been moved to Friday, July 26, to replace the Gas City date. Lincoln Park will now serve as the opener for the seven-race series.

Lincoln Park Speedway will host the ISW opener for the first time since 2001 on July 26. From there, the tour travels to Kokomo Speedway on July 27, followed by dates at Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 28, Circle City Raceway on July 31, the Terre Haute Action Track on August 1, Bloomington Speedway on August 2 and Tri-State Speedway on August 3.

All USAC ISW feature events will pay $8,000-to-win. Plus, a $24,000 total point fund is up for grabs for the top-eight drivers in the 2024 USAC Indiana Sprint Week point standings. The breakdown of pay for the top-eight in the end-of-week standings is as follows: 1) $10,000, 2) $4,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,750, 6) $1,500, 7) $1,250, 8) $1,000.

Throughout ISW, the Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying Challenge will reward each fast qualifier with $200, plus an extra $200 for each additional fast time. For example, a driver would collect $200 for the first fast time, $400 for the second fast qualifying award, $600 for their third quick time of the week and so on.

Additionally, Lincoln Park Speedway will host an Indiana Sprint Week Eve party at Moose Lodge 212, located on West Franklin Street in Greencastle, Indiana on Thursday, July 25. Sales will stop once the capacity of the hosting venue is reached. The party will be held in an air-conditioned facility featuring a cash bar, a free dinner that includes a salad bar provided by Lincoln Park Speedway, a band, a dance floor and door prizes. Shuttles will also be provided for campers from the track to the venue.

A ticket to the party is complimentary with an advanced ISW ticket purchase. When you check in at the party, you will be provided with your ISW band for the following day’s racing event.

An additional perk of an advanced ticket is that you will be able to enter the facility 30 minutes prior to scheduled gate opening time on race day. Furthermore, everyone who purchases an advanced ticket will have their name put into a drawing for two passes. Lincoln Park Speedway will purchase two pit passes in the winner’s name for all the other ISW events.

Call Lincoln Park Speedway at (765) 653-3485 and press option 3 for advanced ticket purchases. Indiana Sprint Week tickets are $30 for general admission.

An additional announcement regarding the James Dean Classic event on September 19 will be announced as soon as possible.

 

 

MEET THE 2024

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FULL-TIMERS!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 23, 2024)………It’s that special time of year when both spring and the front wheels of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets are in the air.

The 2024 season opens this Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway with a lineup featuring 16 full-time championship takers who plan on contesting the entire 30-race schedule this coming year.

The list consists of USAC national champions, many time feature winners, those on the cusp of a breakthrough, longtime veterans and a stellar Rookie crop looking to ply their trade on the dirt tracks across the United States of America throughout the year.

Here’s the full list of the 16 USAC National Midget full-timers to keep your eyes affixed to in 2024!


LOGAN SEAVEY | ABACUS RACING #57

He was number one a year ago, and this year, he’s aiming for a repeat. Logan Seavey strung together one of the most magical USAC National Midget seasons in recent memory with eight wins and 21 top-fives in 27 starts, resulting in a second career series title after achieving the same in 2018.

Seavey could also set a record in his first outing of the season. He enters the year with 22 consecutive top-10 finishes, one shy of surpassing Jason Leffler’s 1997 series record. Leffler followed up his 1997 championship season with another in 1998, just what Seavey intends to do.

Seavey and Abacus Racing burst onto the scene in 2023 in what was their first full USAC National Midget season. Together, they’ve already won three of the first seven USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races to start 2024 and are coming off a USAC Silver Crown championship in ’23.


JUSTIN GRANT | RMS RACING #2

A second consecutive runner-up finish in the 2023 USAC National Midget points didn’t appease Justin Grant all that much. It just made him that much hungrier entering 2024.

His RMS Racing team has pared down its stable to one full-time entry with the focus squarely set on Grant grabbing the championship. He’s won a USAC National Midget feature in each of the past seven years, tops in the series.

JG is coming off a season in which he scored a mega victory at the Driven2SaveLives BC39. A repeat IMS victory coupled with a championship would be even sweeter in 2024.


RYAN TIMMS | KEITH KUNZ/CURB-AGAJANIAN MOTORSPORTS #67

Ryan Timms’s 2023 USAC National Midget season was his busiest and most successful to date as he won three times at Belleville, Lawrenceburg and Angell Park en route to a fourth-place finish in the standings.

Still just 17 years old but entering his fourth year of USAC National Midget competition, the Oklahoma City native has posted feature victories in each season to date between 2021 and 2023.

Now Timms’ focus is set toward a USAC National Midget championship in his second full-time season at the wheel of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports number 67.


DAISON PURSLEY | CB INDUSTRIES #86

Daison Pursley has found a new address for his 2024 USAC National Midget efforts aboard Chad Boat’s CB Industries number 86.

Thus far this year, Pursley has already taken a CBI midget on a fascinating alphabet soup run at the Chili Bowl where he advanced from the D to the A, then charged from 20th to fourth in the A-Main, advancing a total of 45 positions on the night.

Pursley, twice a winner in USAC National Midget competition for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports in 2021, eyes a return to victory lane and contend for a title this year, a championship CBI previously experienced with Chris Windom in 2020.

JACOB DENNEY | TOM MALLOY #25

At this time a year ago, Jacob Denney was preparing for high school graduation. Now, he’s preparing for his second full-time season with Tom Malloy in the USAC National Midget ranks.

The two-time USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget champ turned heads in his debut USAC National Midget season in 2022. He was even better the following year in 2023, recording victories at Sweet Springs and Tri-State along with nine other top-fives to finish seventh in series points.

The Galloway, Ohio racer led the points for a while in the early going of 2023, but now has the ambition to keep it up top all year long in the coming year.



GAVIN MILLER | KEITH KUNZ/CURB-AGAJANIAN MOTORSPORTS #97

Pennsylvania has long been a hotbed for some of the finest open wheel dirt track racers in the United States of America. Gavin Miller of Allentown, Pa. is among the new breed who struck a chord on the USAC National Midget trail in 2023.

His efforts earned him Rookie of the Year honors for the famed Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team. In doing so, he became just the third Keystone State native to receive the award following John Andretti in 1983 and Andrew Layser in 2019.

All told, Miller accumulated 56 laps led, five top-fives, an eighth place points finish and his first career victory during USAC Indiana Midget Week at Bloomington. Rest assured, he’ll have more highlights to come in the new year.


CANNON MCINTOSH | KEITH KUNZ/CURB-AGAJANIAN MOTORSPORTS #71K

It’s a homecoming for Cannon McIntosh coming into the 2024 USAC National Midget season. The Bixby, Oklahoma wheelman competed for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports back in 2020 where he scored two wins and a career best fifth place finish in the standings.

At the helm of the Dave Mac-Dalby car ever since, along with a few starts for CB Industries, McIntosh has been a fixture in the series, accumulating more feature starts (124) than any other driver in the series in the decade of the 2020s.

He’s already won for KKM this year and aspires to become a USAC championship contender in 2024.



JAKE ANDREOTTI | 4 KINGS RACING #14

Jake Andreotti was a busy man throughout the 2023 USAC National Midget season, gathering 26 starts with a best finish of second in the season opener at Belleville during his Rookie campaign.

By season’s end, he and the Tom Malloy team had parted ways, leading the Castro Valley, California native to be tabbed as the new driver for the series’ newest full-time team – 4 Kings Racing.

The 2022 Don Basile Rookie of the Race at the Turkey Night Grand Prix picked off a pair of USAC Western States Midget main event wins a year ago and now is gunning to make his mark on the national scene.


MATT WESTFALL | 4 KINGS RACING #54

Andreotti’s teammate on the 4 Kings Racing team will be veteran racer Matt Westfall, who is also among the team’s co-founders.

Known primarily in recent years for his prowess in sprint cars, late models and modifieds, the Pleasant Hill, Ohio native has quite a track record in midgets as well. Back in 1998, Westfall earned the NAMARS Midget championship.

Back then, his car sported the number 54, and in 2024, it will be just the same as Westfall competes on the full USAC National Midget tour for the first time in his grand career.


HAYDEN REINBOLD | REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD MOTORSPORTS #19AZ

Perhaps no driver made larger strides from beginning to finish during the 2023 USAC National Midget season than Hayden Reinbold.

Hailing from Gilbert, Arizona, Reinbold put together a run of three top-10 finishes in the final quarter of the season at Eldora, the Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and out west in Bakersfield.

Driving the family owned Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports machine once again in 2024, the 20-year-old Reinbold is keen on becoming a regular front-running contender, where he’s turning top-tens into top-fives and top-fives into victories along the way.

KEVIN THOMAS JR. | MOUNCE-STOUT MOTORSPORTS #9

Kevin Thomas Jr. is back on the USAC National Midget trail in 2024 for Mounce-Stout Motorsports with whom he made nine starts with in part-time duty throughout 2023.

In 153 career USAC National Midget starts, Thomas has accrued six feature victories and was named series Rookie of the Year in 2014. Back in 2015, he led the points for a time before ultimately finishing a career-best third in the final standings.

One item he’s looking to add to his illustrious resume is a USAC National Midget driving title, and he believes he’s in the right spot to accomplish that goal.



ZACH DAUM | RAMCO SPEED GROUP #7P

Zach Daum is back to having fun again and it’s shown in recent times. This year, he plans to have a whole lot of it as he will complete full-time on the USAC National Midget circuit for the first time in a decade.

The 2014 season has been the Pocahontas, Illinois driver’s highwater mark with USAC to this point, finishing fifth in that year’s standings. He’ll take on the full circuit with the RAMCO Speed Group team based out of Texas.

It was with RAMCO during May of 2023 in which Daum made a big return to victory lane as he picked up his first USAC triumph since 2014 at Belleville, the same place the veteran midget racing standout will launch his championship pursuit in 2024.


KYLE JONES | JOYNER MOTORSPORTS #27X

For Kyle Jones and Corey Joyner, it’s always been a dream to compete full-time with USAC’s National Midget division. Together, they’ll achieve that dream for the first time in 2024 with Jones driving the Joyner Motorsports’ number 27x on the complete 30-race slate.

The 30-year-old Jones from Kennedale, Texas is a veteran of 21 career series dating back to 2015 and has been a fixture in dirt open wheel circles throughout the past decade. In 2023, he even became the highest finishing Texan ever at the Chili Bowl.

Going all-in on their collaboration is Joyner, the youngest car owner in the series at 23, who has stepped out from behind the wheel to field a team of his own. This is where he wants to be for quite a while, and the first step begins this year.

ASHTON TORGERSON | KEITH KUNZ/CURB-AGAJANIAN MOTORSPORTS #67K

Rising star Ashton Torgerson has not yet stepped into the ring for a USAC National Midget event thus far. This year, the Arizonian takes on the quest as a series Rookie for the venerable Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team.

The multi-time micro sprint champion has been a standout in all kinds of open wheel machinery. He picked up a Tulsa Shootout score during the winter and has recently been successful with the winged 360 sprint cars, winning multiple races along the west coast.

He’s already made a visit to victory lane this season at Farmer City with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget series and will also now attempt to double up the deed by becoming a USAC winner. This is definitely one Rookie to watch.


ZACH WIGAL | CB INDUSTRIES #89

Fresh off a USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget championship a year ago, Zach Wigal will take the next step in his young racing career by competing full-time as a Rookie of the Year candidate on the 2024 USAC National Midget tour for CB Industries.

This won’t be Wigal’s first venture with CB Industries. Over the past two seasons, he’s competed in the team’s micro sprint quite frequently and already possesses a familiarity with the crew going into year three with the team.

The Belpre, Ohio competitor has been dreaming about this moment for as long as he can remember, and now, that dream has become a reality.


HANK DAVIS | CORNELL RACING STABLES #8

Cornell Racing Stables will return to the USAC National Midget trail in 2024 with Rookie of the Year contender Hank Davis as their wheelman in the team’s trademark gold leaf number 8.

The Sand Springs, Okla. product captured the racing world’s attention when he scored an A-Main victory on a preliminary night during the 2023 Chili Bowl.

The iconic Cornell team accrued nine career USAC victories in its heyday between 1967 and 1979 with drivers such as Bob Hare, Roger West, Gary Ponzini and Rich Vogler. Hank Davis has plans on being the next.

 

 

LAWRENCEBURG REPLACES GAS CITY

ON 2024 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SLATE

Speedway, Indiana (April 24, 2024)………The 20th annual edition of USAC Indiana Midget Week will now feature a visit to Lawrenceburg Speedway on Wednesday night, June 5.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship’s IMW date, originally scheduled at Gas City for June 5, will not be held due to the closure of the track, making the move to Lawrenceburg necessary. Lawrenceburg will now serve as the host of the second round of the six-race series in early June.

USAC Indiana Midget Week celebrates its 20th year in 2024 with another fine slate across six consecutive evenings in the Hoosier state. For the first time in its young history, Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis launches the frenzied week of racing on June 4. Lawrenceburg follows up on June 5 with Lincoln Park Speedway (June 6), Bloomington Speedway (June 7), Tri-State Speedway (June 8) and Kokomo Speedway (June 9) rounding out the busy week.

Lawrenceburg Speedway is one of the originals of Indiana Midget Week. The venue hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, and since then, has hosted a total of 17 IMW events, more than any other track.

A $15,000 total point fund has been posted for the top-five drivers in the final 2024 USAC Indiana Midget Week point standings. The breakdown of pay for the top-five in the end-of-week standings is as follows: 1) 6,000, 2) $3,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500.

Additional announcements regarding the USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week event on July 26 and the James Dean Classic event on September 19 will be announced as soon as possible.

 

 

PERSEVERANCE!

SWANSON RETURNS FROM INJURY TO DOMINATE

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 20, 2024)………Four months ago, Kody Swanson saw his season and the future of his racing career hang in the balance.

A Christmas morning accident at his parents’ home resulted in a severely broken left foot. Multiple surgeries later, the Kingsburg, Calif. native was affixed with a walking boot and a pair of crutches. Throughout the arduous rehabilitation process, Swanson longed for the day that he could return to the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

On Saturday afternoon at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, that long awaited day had finally arrived.

Just six days following a runner-up finish with the 500 Sprint Tour in his first race back, Swanson one-upped himself during the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Presented by Marco’s Pizza. He led off by taking the top time in practice, then laid down the fastest lap in qualifying and concluded with a masterpiece driving performance in which he led all 100 laps in succession.

Swanson’s 41 career Silver Crown victories are far and away above anyone else who’s ever handled a champ car. However, without question, this win had an even more significant sense of accomplishment, perhaps more than any of the previous 40 he’s earned during his illustrious career.

“I don’t want to keep talking about it, but I don’t want it to get lost on how important it is to me,” Swanson stated. “My foot was wrecked. But I had so many people who were a part of it and helped me recover – Dr. Tim Weber for patching me back together and everybody who’s been a part of it. That’s carried me through this winter to race like I did today and to have a chance to get back in a car. God blessed me and I’m extremely grateful.”

Swanson’s record shattering afternoon at the 1/2-mile paved oval came aboard his Doran-Binks Racing/Mission Foods – Wilke Orthodontics – Glenn Farms/Beast/Lanci Ford. When the question of “who’ll stop the reign” is posed regarding Swanson’s prowess at Toledo, as it turns out, nobody has been able to since 2017.

His eighth overall Silver Crown victory at Toledo (2011-15-18-19-21-22-23-24), tied him for the all-time record in terms of the most victories by any driver at a single track. He’s now equaled with Jack Hewitt and his eight wins at Eldora Speedway along with that of his younger brother, Tanner Swanson, who scored eight at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Furthermore, Kody’s sixth consecutive Silver Crown triumph at Toledo produced an all-time USAC record for the most consecutive wins at one single track. The previous standard had been held by, not surprisingly, himself, with five-in-a-row at Salem Speedway between 2016-20. Dave Steele also won five-straight at Phoenix International Raceway from 2002-06, a dominant stretch that has a highly personal significance to him.

“It’s incredibly special because Dave Steele had five and he dominated Phoenix and the Copper World,” Swanson recalled. “That was the season opener for many years, and it was the first Silver Crown race I ever got to see in person. I was just a fan, and when he won at Phoenix, that was one of those five.”

Even more, Swanson’s fifth career USAC Silver Crown season opening win also tied him for the all-time lead alongside Steele.

What’s interesting is that Swanson has achieved his six-race Toledo winning streak with three different teams over that time span: DePalma Motorsports (2018), Nolen Racing (2019) and Doran-Binks Racing (2021-22-23-24).

Swanson, the only driver to have started all 11 Silver Crown events at Toledo, has now led 778 out of the 1200 laps ever run during the past 11 editions, which puts it at an astonishing clip of 64.8 percent.

On a chilly day in which temperatures hovered around the 50-degree mark at its peak, Swanson had the field covered, but not in a blanket. His qualifying lap at an average speed of 120.676 mph was the fastest a Silver Crown car had run at Toledo in five years. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, Swanson’s Toledo stranglehold seemingly never loosens its grip. Nonetheless, Swanson admitted that the cool temps bring out the best in him.

“I just feel like I get along with Toledo Speedway better when it’s cold,” Swanson explained. “I feel like, sometimes, I struggle here in August, and last year, I was behind. I felt like C.J. (Leary) had us but he had some misfortune on his part which allowed us to get back into it. To have a streak like this, you’re going to have to have a little good luck.”

Only one caution slowed the proceedings, that being a lap 32 spin off turn four by Rookie Jackson Macenko who was making his Silver Crown debut on this day. He ran as high as seventh and was running 12th at the time of the incident which involved no contact.

Swanson’s winning margin was 3.441 seconds with C.J. Leary taking second. Tyler Roahrig finished third while Justin Grant took fourth and Bobby Santos rounded out the top-five.

For the second straight season, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) finished as the runner-up to Swanson at the finish line. With that said, this one came in a much more pleasant experience following last year’s disappointment when he led a race-high 77 laps before a tire bleeder issue dropped him to second near the end of the race. All in all, it was a solid start to the campaign for Leary and his Klatt Enterprises/Wilwood Disc Brakes – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Penske – Hoosier Tire/Beast/Ford.

“Second is definitely a lot easier to take this year than it was last year,” Leary admitted. “I felt like we just weren’t as good as Kody. On short run speed, we were pretty good, but we were pretty snug all day. We kept losing stagger and I don’t know if it was the cold temperatures or what. On a 10 or 12-lap run, I felt like we could keep pace with Kody, but after that, we would get tight. All in all, it was a good day. I’m not a pavement guy, but it’s a lot of fun coming out and racing with these guys.”

Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.), a veteran of only six previous Silver Crown starts, entered this season with a brand-new team making its first ever series appearance on Saturday at Toledo. In the end, they couldn’t have asked for a much better start to their racing partnership. Roahrig began his race from the outside of the front row, then fell back to fourth by the opening lap before getting by Grant just five laps before midway to swipe the final spot on the podium in his Mike Newman/Firstline Systems, Inc. – Newman Racing – Drywall Distributors/Beast/Jackson Chevy. In seven career Silver Crown starts, Roahrig has now finished third or better in five of them.

“I could catch (Leary), but then he’d get away. I just didn’t have quite enough to pass him,” Roahrig acknowledged. “It was a great first outing for our 41 team. Mike Newman made this all possible for me. I didn’t really have a Silver Crown ride after last year. I’ve just got to thank everyone that’s a part of this team. It sure was a battle getting this thing done this week.”

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) started 18th and advanced through the field to an 11th place finish, earning herself hard charger honors for the day, which came after her Sam Pierce owned team changed a right rear tire following qualifying.


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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2024 – Toledo Speedway – Toledo, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval – Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Presented By Marco’s Pizza

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran/Binks-14.916; 2. Tyler Roahrig, 41, Newman-15.147; 3. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-15.167; 4. Bobby Santos, 98, DJ-15.201; 5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-15.203; 6. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice/Abacus-15.220; 7. Jackson Macenko, 124, Hayes/Bohanon-15.224; 8. Dakoda Armstrong, 5, C & A-15.274; 9. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-15.354; 10. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-15.538; 11. Taylor Ferns, 555, Ferns-15.599; 12. Davey Hamilton Jr., 19, Legacy-15.740; 13. Trey Burke, 60, Legacy/Wilson-15.839; 14. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams/Cory-15.884; 15. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-15.887; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 24, Haggenbottom-15.896; 17. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-15.997; 18. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-16.107; 19. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-18.564; 20. Nathan Moore, 48, Thomas/Moore-20.083.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. C.J. Leary (3), 3. Tyler Roahrig (2), 4. Justin Grant (5), 5. Bobby Santos (4), 6. Mario Clouser (9), 7. Logan Seavey (6), 8. Taylor Ferns (11), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (14), 10. Davey Hamilton Jr. (10), 11. Kaylee Bryson (18), 12. Kyle Steffens (15), 13. Gregg Cory (12), 14. Jackson Macenko (7), 15. Travis Welpott (16), 16. Trey Burke (13), 17. Dakoda Armstrong (8), 18. Dave Berkheimer (17), 19. Nathan Moore (19). 28:00.63

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Kody Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-76, 2-C.J. Leary-67, 3-Tyler Roahrig-64, 4-Justin Grant-61, 5-Bobby Santos-58, 6-Mario Clouser-55, 7-Logan Seavey-52, 8-Taylor Ferns-49, 9-Jerry Coons Jr.-46, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-43.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-37, 2-Tye Mihocko-32, 3-Joey Amantea-29, 4-Alex Bright-27, 5-Logan Seavey-21, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-21, 7-Mitchel Moles-21, 8-C.J. Leary-20, 9-Kyle Cummins-18, 10-Matt Westfall-15.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 5, 2024 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval – 33rd Rich Vogler Classic


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Practice Fastest Driver: Kody Swanson (15.042)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson (14.916)

Hard Charger: Kaylee Bryson (18th to 11th)

 

 

OPEN THE GATES! TOLEDO HOSTS USAC SILVER CROWN OPENER ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 20, 2024)………The new USAC Silver Crown season brings new life, new machinery, new driver/team combinations and a breath of fresh air spiked with methanol. Just the way we like it.

With 23 entries set for this Saturday’s 11th running of the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled by Marco’s Pizza on April 20 at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, it’s what we’ve waited these past six months for.

While we’ve waited patiently since last October, the half-mile of Ohio’s Toledo Speedway has been lying in wait just the same, ready to spring into action the only way we know how – for 100 laps at more than 120 miles per hour.

Here’s eight storylines to watch coming up this weekend at Toledo!

WHO’LL STOP THE REIGN OF KODY?

With inspiration from Creedence Clearwater Revival, the first thought that comes to mind is, “And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the reign (of Kody Swanson)?”

Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has raced to seven overall USAC Silver Crown victories at Toledo in 2011-15-18-19-21-22-23. That number is just one shy of the most victories by any driver at a single track in USAC Silver Crown history. Jack Hewitt owns eight victories at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway while Kody’s brother, Tanner Swanson, has scored eight at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Kody’s current run of five consecutive Silver Crown wins at Toledo also has him on the verge of another record. He currently stands in a three-way tie for the lead in that particular department. Dave Steele won five-in-a-row at the Phoenix International Raceway from 2002-06 while Kody also won five-straight at Salem Speedway between 2016-20.

As the owner of seven poles and seven victories in Silver Crown competition at Toledo, Swanson is the winningest USAC driver in the history of the track. He’s also the only driver to have started all 10 previous USAC Silver Crown events contested at Toledo dating back to 2010 and has now led 678 of the 1,100 total laps ever run in Silver Crown competition at Toledo for a percentage of 61.6%.

The seven-time USAC Silver Crown champion, however, is returning from a broken left foot suffered in the offseason. A victory on Saturday in just his second race back from injury would undoubtedly be one of the most special of his career.

REDEMPTION TIME FOR LEARY

C.J. Leary seemingly has a score to settle after a magnificent run during his most recent outing at Toledo in 2023.

That day, Leary took over the lead from Kody Swanson on lap two and proceeded to lead a race-high 77 laps in succession. The hellacious battle between the two came to a head on lap 78 when Swanson was able to get a nose under Leary’s car in turns three and four to take command.

The runner-up result proved to be Leary’s best finish of the 2023 season. Now the Greenfield, Ind. racer possesses the hunger to revisit USAC Silver Crown victory lane for the first time since June of 2022 at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway, 18 races ago. That night also served as the lone pavement victory of his USAC career.

FIRST THINGS FIRST FOR SANTOS

When it comes to USAC Silver Crown season openers on pavement, no driver has won more often than Bobby Santos. Santos has captured the pavement opener on six occasions in his career in 2012-13-17-18-22-23, including each of the last two years.

Back in 2017, Santos (Franklin, Mass.) raced around Kody Swanson just before the midway point to score one in the win column for himself and the DJ Racing team at Toledo Speedway. He’s also the only driver to win at Toledo in a USAC Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown car in his career in addition to collecting a King of the Wing Sprint Car victory there in 2017.

In six of his eight career Silver Crown starts at Toledo, Santos has placed on the podium, and he’s also taken the runner-up position four times in 2018-19-21-22.

USAC TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP IN THE HOUSE

Speaking of former Toledo Speedway winners such as Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos, there’s also another former winner who’s making a rare pavement start of late. That’s 2008 USAC Silver Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr.

In fact, all 10 past Silver Crown wins at Toledo Speedway will be represented in the field between Swanson’s seven, Santos’ one and Coons’ two, which came in the inaugural champ car event at the track in 2010 before scoring again in 2012, a race in which his 100-lap track record of 27:07.40 still stands.

Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) has only made one pavement Silver Crown start dating back to 2019, but this weekend, the veteran of 184 career series starts (4th all-time) will take the reins of John Haggenbottom’s No. 24 at Toledo.

SEAVEY BEGINS HIS TITLE DEFENSE

Logan Seavey has a second consecutive USAC Silver Crown championship on his mind coming into Toledo after basking in the glow of his 2023 series title with Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing. After two years of doing the chasing, now the shoe is on the other foot with everybody attempting to hunt Seavey down.

The Sutter, California racer’s defense begins on the pavement of Toledo where he’s held serve by finishing fourth and fifth over the past two seasons in 2022-23, respectively. Although all eight of his Silver Crown wins thus far have come on dirt, arguably, you could say that he won the championship by virtue of his pavement performances.

Seavey finished as high as second on the pavement at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 2023. Now, after making continuous strides over the past few seasons, Seavey and the team are prepared to stride all the way to the top of the pylon as a first-time pavement winner.

UPCOMING ATTRACTIONS

Can anyone break into the Swanson-Coons-Santos triumvirate on Saturday? There are more than a few who’ve had solid showings in the past and could very well edge their way to the front of the field.

Aside from the aforementioned Leary and Seavey, 2020 Silver Crown champ Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has previously captured the pole at Toledo in 2018 and grabbed a best of third in 2022 along with a fourth in 2019 and 2023. Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) was a beast in his podium run a year ago at Toledo when he equaled his career-best of third.

Meanwhile, Davey Hamilton Jr. (Boise, Idaho) charged from 14th to fifth in 2021 and also became a first-time winner with the series in 2023. Six-time Silver Crown victor Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) had a fine run to fifth during the 2022 race at Toledo.

Also securing top-10 Silver Crown finishes over the years at Toledo are Goodyear, Arizona’s Nathan Byrd (6th in 2021), Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (6th in 2023), Auburn, Illinois’ Mario Clouser (7th in 2023), Shelby Township, Michigan’s Taylor Ferns (8th in 2023), Pendleton, Indiana’s Travis Welpott (9th in 2019) and New Castle, Indiana’s Dakoda Armstrong (10th in 2023), all of whom are seeking their first career Silver Crown wins this Saturday.

NEW FACES, NEW PLACES

New combos and new drivers will also find themselves in the mix on Saturday at Toledo. Legacy Autosport is providing three cars for Davey Hamilton Jr., Nathan Byrd and Trey Burke (Alvin, Texas). Burke’s ride is teamed in conjunction with Robert Wilson Racing. Hamilton and Burke will be chasing the full series schedule for their respective teams.

Two-time Little 500 winner Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.) has been spectacular in limited Silver Crown starts, finishing on the podium in four of his six career appearances! This year, he’ll tackle the pavement for Washington’s Michael Newman.

Three Silver Crown Rookies will be on hand at Toledo, all of whom are making their Toledo Speedway debuts with the Silver Crown series: Columbus, Ohio’s Trey Osborne (BCR Group), Kaufman, Texas’ Nathan Moore (Chip Thomas) and Cincinnati, Ohio’s Jackson Macenko (Brad Hayes Racing-Nick Bohanon Racing).

They’ll join a group of series veterans returning to their familiar rides: Saint Charles, Missouri’s Kyle Steffens (Steffens Motorsports), Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Dave Berkheimer (Berkheimer Racing) and Shelbyville, Indiana’s Gregg Cory (Williams Racing), the 2022 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year.

BEALE STREET IN TOLEDO

Saturday’s event marks the 51st USAC National racing event held in the city of Toledo, Ohio since the Stock Cars made their debut at the nearby Toledo Raceway Park in 1956, won by the aptly named Bud Moneymaker. USAC made its first visit to the new Toledo Speedway with the sprint cars in 1969, won by Bruce Walkup.

The event also honors legendary Toledo native, 1973 USAC Sprint Car champion driver and longtime USAC official Rollie Beale. Beale scored 32 race victories during his illustrious career and was one of the most respected drivers in USAC history. He retired in 1977 and joined the USAC officiating crew, eventually becoming chief steward for both the Silver Crown and National Sprint Car series for many years.

In 1991, Beale was awarded USAC’s Ross Hadley award for dedication to the sport. He was also enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996 and captured a monumental victory in the Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 1966. He passed away at the age of 84 in February of 2014.

RACE DETAILS

An open practice session will be held at Toledo Speedway on Friday, April 19. Pits open at 2pm Eastern with practice on track from 4-8pm. The first hour will consist of USAC Silver Crown practice only. Pit passes are $20 and rigs can stay parked in the pits overnight.

Saturday’s Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled by Marco’s Pizza race day features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship plus the ARCA Salenbien Excavating Late Model Sportsman & the Safety Kleen ARCA Factory Stocks.

The USAC pit gate opens at 10am Eastern when rigs can begin parking on parking pads 1-30. The track ticket office and spectator gates open at 12:30pm. USAC Silver Crown practice will take place from 12:30-1:15pm. USAC Silver Crown Qualifying begins at 1:45pm. Parade laps for the vintage cars are set for 2:35pm. Pre-race ceremonies will commence at 2:50pm. Racing action starts at 3pm followed by driver introductions and the Rollie Beale Classic 100-lap feature.

General admission tickets are $25 apiece. Kids age 6-12 are $5. Ages 5 & under are free. Add $1 per ticket for advance online ticket purchases at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

Tickets are $25, kids 6-12 are $5, while ages 5 and under are free. Add $1 per ticket for online ticket purchases at http://www.toledospeedway.com/. Online ticket sales end at 9pm Eastern on Friday, August 4.

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2024 ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC ENTRY LIST:

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

5 DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A Motorsports)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Legacy Autosport)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing)

24 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (John Haggenbottom)

26 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

40 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Legacy Autosport)

41 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Michael Newman)

48 (R) NATHAN MOORE/Kaufman, TX (Chip Thomas)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

60 TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Robert Wilson Racing)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing)

81 (R) TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

98 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

124 (R) JACKSON MACENKO/Cincinnati, OH (Brad Hayes Racing-Nick Bohanon Racing)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

555 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT TOLEDO SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 10/15/2011 - Kody Swanson - 14.809 - 121.548 mph

100 Laps - 6/29/2012 - Jerry Coons Jr. - 27:07.40 - 110.606 mph

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:

7-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)

2021: Kody Swanson (10/10)

2022: Kody Swanson (8/6)

2023: Kody Swanson (8/5)

PAST USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS AT TOLEDO SPEEDWAY:

2010 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 2. Kody Swanson (5), 3. Bobby East (6), 4. Bryan Clauson (10), 5. A.J. Fike (8), 6. Brian Tyler (11), 7. Levi Jones (4), 8. Bud Kaeding (3), 9. Justin Carver (15), 10. Zach Daum (14), 11. Dave Darland (19), 12. Russ Gamester (12), 13. Derek Hagar (18), 14. Zach Martini (20), 15. Tanner Swanson (9), 16. Tracy Hines (7), 17. Shane Hollingsworth (13), 18. Jeff Swindell (16), 19. Troy DeCaire (17), 20. Jacob Wilson (2). NT

2011 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bryan Clauson (6), 3. Bobby East (3), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 5. Darren Hagen (7), 6. Brian Tyler (10), 7. Levi Jones (11), 8. Kyle Hamilton (12), 9. Shane Hollingsworth (13), 10. Eric Gordon (4), 11. Tracy Hines (9), 12. David Byrne (14), 13. Kyle Larson (15), 14. Derek Hagar (16), 15. A.J. Fike (18), 16. Russ Gamester (8), 17. Jimmy Kite (19), 18. Tanner Swanson (5), 19. Doug Berryman (17). 45:54.90

2012 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 2. Bobby East (1), 3. Bobby Santos (3), 4. Kody Swanson (2), 5. Tracy Hines (4), 6. Kyle Hamilton (5), 7. Tanner Swanson (6), 8. A.J. Fike (10), 9. Levi Jones (14), 10. Jacob Wilson (11), 11. Bud Kaeding (9), 12. Eric Gordon (13), 13. Brian Tyler (12), 14. Doug Berryman (15), 15. Taylor Ferns (7). 27:07.40

2015 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Jacob Wilson (3), 3. A.J. Fike (17), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 5. Aaron Pierce (5), 6. David Byrne (16), 7. Austin Nemire (15), 8. Dave Baumgartner (11), 9. Tracy Hines (4), 10. Rex Norris III (10), 11. C.J. Leary (13), 12. Tim Barber (14), 13. Jarett Andretti (9), 14. Jimmy McCune (12), 15. Tanner Swanson (2), 16. Bobby Santos (8), 17. Kyle Hamilton (6), 18. Patrick Lawson (18). NT

2017 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (2), 2. Kody Swanson (1), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 5. Joe Liguori (8), 6. Davey Hamilton (9), 7. Joe Axsom (11), 8. David Byrne (5), 9. Annie Breidinger (12), 10. Justin Grant (7), 11. Troy Thompson (14), 12. Aaron Pierce (3), 13. Joss Moffatt (15), 14. Damion Gardner (10), 15. Matt Goodnight (13). 28:48.17

2018 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson (9), 2. Bobby Santos (4), 3. David Byrne (7), 4. Eric Gordon (16), 5. Aaron Pierce (6), 6. Austin Nemire (8), 7. Cody Gerhardt (15), 8. Matt Goodnight (10), 9. Travis Welpott (11), 10. Justin Grant (1), 11. Kyle Robbins (12, 12. Toni Breidinger (14), 13. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 14. Kyle Hamilton (3), 15. Chris Windom (5), 16. Dave Darland (13). NT

2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (11), 3. Aaron Pierce (3), 4. Justin Grant (6), 5. Chris Windom (10), 6. Kyle Hamilton (2), 7. Austin Nemire (20), 8. Derek Bischak (12), 9. Joey Schmidt (13), 10. Brian Gerster (19), 11. Russ Gamester (16), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (22), 13. Cody Gerhardt (21), 14. Kyle Robbins (17), 15. Cody Gallogly (18), 16. Chris Dyson (14), 17. Matt Goodnight (15), 18. Eric Gordon (4), 19. David Byrne (7), 20. Jason Conn (9), 21. C.J. Leary (5), 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8). NT

2021 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (4), 3. Brian Tyler (7), 4. David Byrne (3), 5. Davey Hamilton Jr. (14), 6. Nathan Byrd (10), 7. Kyle O'Gara (6), 8. Austin Nemire (15), 9. Taylor Ferns (5), 10. Logan Seavey (12), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 12. Jake Day (21), 13. Tyler Roahrig (8), 14. Annie Breidinger (20), 15. Russ Gamester (11), 16. Mike McVetta (17), 17. Justin Grant (2), 18. Jim Anderson (13), 19. Travis Welpott (18), 20. Aaron Pierce (16), 21. Kyle Robbins (9), 22. Dave Berkheimer (22). NT

2022 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (4), 3. Justin Grant (3), 4. Logan Seavey (5), 5. Russ Gamester (7), 6. Derek Bischak (19), 7. Kyle Robbins (6), 8. Brian Tyler (10), 9. Mario Clouser (9), 10. Nick Hamilton (8), 11. C.J. Leary (20), 12. Mike McVetta (11), 13. Kaylee Bryson (15), 14. Kyle O’Gara (12), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 16. Gregg Cory (16), 17. Taylor Ferns (2), 18. Travis Welpott (14), 19. Jake Day (21), 20. Austin Nemire (13), 21. Tom Paterson (18), 22. Dave Berkheimer (22). 1:05:57.617

2023 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Derek Bischak (5), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Kaylee Bryson (10), 7. Mario Clouser (9), 8. Taylor Ferns (17), 9. Russ Gamester (8), 10. Dakoda Armstrong (6), 11. Bobby Santos (20), 12. Billy Wease (11), 13. Kyle Robbins (14), 14. Kyle O'Gara (12), 15. Matt Westfall (15), 16. Nathan Byrd (13), 17. Trey Burke (18), 18. Mike McVetta (19), 19. Travis Welpott (16), 20. Davey Hamilton Jr. (4), 21. Tom Paterson (22), 22. Dave Berkheimer (21). 28:35.61

 

 

RESET BUTTON:

OSBORNE STARTS A NEW BEGINNING

WITH USAC SILVER CROWN AT TOLEDO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 16, 2024)………At the beginning of 2024, all of Trey Osborne’s plans for the season were seemingly laid out with full-time rides in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Silver Crown divisions.

However, by mid-February, he practically had to restart much of it all from scratch.

Osborne was injured during a flip over the turn three wall during a USAC Sprint Car feature event at Florida’s Ocala Speedway, which resulted in its share of pain and physical damage. After inventory was taken, it was discovered that Osborne had broken one vertebra in his back, endured a compression fracture in two more vertebrae and knocked the top off a fourth vertebra.

After having his back brace removed shortly thereafter, Osborne was advised to lay low for the next month with his trips mainly consisting of checkups, X-rays and MRIs. In the meantime, Osborne and Baldwin-Fox Racing mutually agreed to part ways with each other and pursue other opportunities. A month later, toward the latter part of March, Osborne was back in the seat of a sprint car in local Indiana competition, splitting time between his own No. 6 and Jerry Burton’s No. 04.

“Luckily, I really didn’t miss that much racing because it was kind of the off month for everyone,” Osborne said of the month of March. “None of my own stuff was really together or ready. On the first lap, first corner, I got about 20 feet in the air and slammed down on the wheels to check my back out, and it checked out okay. I’m pretty thankful to be back in a racecar. I’ve just got to get comfortable again, and it’s definitely a little bit different now. But I’m right on the edge of being right back where I need to be.”

Duane Harris from Industrial Hydraulics, Inc. in Indianapolis, Ind. has sponsored Osborne’s sprint car for the past two seasons, and since February, has offered Osborne both a place to live and work. It’s been a rough-and-tumble, whirlwind couple of months for the 21-year-old Columbus, Ohio racer, but the 2023 Non-Wing Sprint Car Rookie of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame is cognizant of the up-and-down nature of the sport.

“It’s just the way stuff goes sometimes,” Osborne admitted. “Last year, everything went just about perfectly. This year has started out a little rough.”

Osborne has bounced back before, and in a roundabout way, the injuries he suffered as a child built the foundation for his love of sprint car racing. At 10 years of age, a quarter midget accident at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus produced a broken arm in several places, plus a punctured kidney and spleen. In the aftermath, a required stay in the hospital altered his racing future.

“The way I learned what a sprint car was came about because of (USAC CEO) Kevin Miller,” Osborne revealed. “Kevin sent me a USAC hat that I still have and then he sent me a bunch of DVDs of USAC races, which we played in the hospital. At the time, all I ever really wanted to do was just be like a pavement NASCAR tour modified driver. That was my goal. Then I learned what non-wing sprint cars were while I was lying in a hospital bed, so that was actually what got me interested in this whole deal. I remember that vividly because that whole time sucked except for those videos.”

His USAC Silver Crown plans for 2024 remain unchanged as he pursues Rookie of the Year honors with the series in the BCR Group No. 81. Toward the end of 2023, Osborne got his feet wet with a pair of starts on the dirt at Eldora Speedway and on the pavement of Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

This weekend, he’ll take on Ohio’s Toledo Speedway for the first time in the USAC Silver Crown season opener. It’s an experience Osborne has been highly anticipating in more ways than one.

“(Car owner) Malcolm (Lovelace) has been awesome through this whole process,” the 6’8” Osborne stated. “He changed a few things around on his racecars so I can fit in them a little better. I should be even better now since being comfortable in the longer races is very important. I like that they’re longer races and it’s a little different. I’m really, really looking forward to it.”

Although Osborne possesses just one previous pavement start in the champ cars, he does own quite a bit with the USSA Kenyon Midget series where he captured its championship in 2018. His lone pavement Silver Crown effort thus far produced hard charger honors last October at IRP where he started 19th and finished 12th. After a somewhat tentative beginning, Osborne is prepared to build upon that foundation this coming weekend.

“At the halfway point of the IRP race, we were really fast for a 25-lap stint,” Osborne recalled. “During qualifying on pavement, I overthought the cold tires thing. Right afterwards, I was like, ‘you know what you used to do when you qualified the midget, you just drove the ---- out of it, and it still stuck, so just do that.’ I feel I’ve got my head in the right place now as far as the pavement stuff goes, which I probably didn’t have at IRP. We’re going to test at Toledo on Friday and get some more notes. I’m going to put everything I have into it and hopefully come away with a really good finish on Saturday.”


RACE DETAILS

An open practice session will be held at Toledo Speedway on Friday, April 19. Pits open at 2pm Eastern with practice on track from 4-8pm. The first hour will consist of USAC Silver Crown practice only. Pit passes are $20 and rigs can stay parked in the pits overnight.

Saturday’s Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled by Marco’s Pizza race day features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship plus the ARCA Salenbien Excavating Late Model Sportsman & the Safety Kleen ARCA Factory Stocks.

The USAC pit gate opens at 10am Eastern when rigs can begin parking on parking pads 1-30. The track ticket office and spectator gates open at 12:30pm. USAC Silver Crown practice will take place from 12:30-1:15pm. USAC Silver Crown Qualifying begins at 1:45pm. Parade laps for the vintage cars are set for 2:35pm. Pre-race ceremonies will commence at 2:50pm. Racing action starts at 3pm followed by driver introductions and the Rollie Beale Classic 100-lap feature.

General admission tickets are $25 apiece. Kids age 6-12 are $5. Ages 5 & under are free. Add $1 per ticket for advance online ticket purchases at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

 

 

ENTRY LIST:

23 USAC SILVER CROWN TEAMS

TAKE ON TOLEDO FOR 100 LAPS ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 15, 2024)………Twenty-three USAC Silver Crown drivers and teams are entered for the running of the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled by Marco’s Pizza on Saturday, April 20, at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.

All three past USAC Silver Crown winners at Toledo will be in the field for Saturday’s season opener for the champ cars at the half-mile paved oval.

Seven-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has undoubtedly been the master of the race, starting from the pole six times and winning five in a row and six overall, including the 2011-15-18-19-21-22 editions. The driver of the Doran Racing No. 77 stands as the all-time winningest USAC driver at Toledo.

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) captured a pair of Rollie Beale Classic Silver Crown victories in both 2010 and 2012. The 2008 Silver Crown champ also scored the pole position at Toledo in 2010. One of seven members of USAC’s career Triple Crown Club, Coons will wheel the No. 24 entry owned by Haggenbottom Racing.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) possesses victories in USAC’s Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget divisions at Toledo in his fantastic career. Back in 2017, the past NASCAR Modified champion took top honors in the 100-lap Silver Crown affair at Toledo and will be driving his familiar No. 98 for the DJ Racing team.

Those three past winners are joined by past USAC Silver Crown champions by the likes of Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey (2023), Ione, California’s Justin Grant (2020) and Peru, Indiana’s Russ Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget driving titlist.

An array of Silver Crown veterans in the Toledo field include Kyle Steffens (St. Charles, Mo.), Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, Ind.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Davey Hamilton Jr. (Boise, Idaho), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Gregg Cory (Shelbyville, Ind.), Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.), Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.), Trey Burke (Alvin, Texas), Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) and Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.).

Three USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contenders are in the lineup for their first go at Toledo. The class consists of Nathan Moore (Kaufman, Texas), Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio) and Jackson Macenko (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Saturday’s event honors legendary Toledo native, 1973 USAC Sprint Car champion driver and longtime USAC official Rollie Beale. Beale scored 32 race victories during his illustrious career and was one of the most respected drivers in USAC history. He retired in 1977 and joined the USAC officiating crew, eventually becoming chief steward for both the Silver Crown and National Sprint Car series for many years.

In 1991, Beale was awarded USAC’s Ross Hadley award for dedication to the sport. He was also enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996 and captured a monumental victory in the Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 1966. He passed away at the age of 84 in February of 2014.

An open practice session will be held at Toledo Speedway on Friday, April 19. Pits open at 2pm Eastern with practice on track from 4-8pm. The first hour will consist of USAC Silver Crown practice only. Pit passes are $20 and rigs can stay parked in the pits overnight.

Saturday’s Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled by Marco’s Pizza race day features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship plus the ARCA Salenbien Excavating Late Model Sportsman & the Safety Kleen ARCA Factory Stocks.

The USAC pit gate opens at 10am Eastern when rigs can begin parking on parking pads 1-30. The track ticket office and spectator gates open at 12:30pm. USAC Silver Crown practice will take place from 12:30-1:15pm. USAC Silver Crown Qualifying begins at 1:45pm. Parade laps for the vintage cars are set for 2:35pm. Pre-race ceremonies will commence at 2:50pm. Racing action starts at 3pm followed by driver introductions and the Rollie Beale Classic 100-lap feature.

General admission tickets are $25 apiece. Kids age 6-12 are $5. Ages 5 & under are free. Add $1 per ticket for advance online ticket purchases at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

ENTRY LIST:

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

5 DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A Motorsports)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Legacy Autosport)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing)

24 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (John Haggenbottom)

26 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

40 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Legacy Autosport)

41 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Michael Newman)

48 (R) NATHAN MOORE/Kaufman, TX (Chip Thomas)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

60 TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Robert Wilson Racing)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing)

81 (R) TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

98 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

124 (R) JACKSON MACENKO/Cincinnati, OH (Brad Hayes Racing-Nick Bohanon Racing)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

555 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

® USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

ROCK SOLID:

KTJ GETS USAC SPRINT WIN #40

AT BURG’S JUSTIN OWEN MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (April 13, 2024)………It took Kevin Thomas Jr. just seven races into his new gig at Rock Steady Racing to return to winning form with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The Cullman, Ala. native, who was last a USAC victor nearly 19 months ago, put that long wait to rest during Saturday night’s inaugural Justin Owen Memorial at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Thomas and his Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy became the fourth and final different leader in the 30-lap main event at the 3/8-mile dirt oval, making the winning move on the bottom of turns one and two to get by Logan Seavey on a restart with 14 laps remaining.

“Man, we finally got one in the 3R; it’s about time,” Thomas exclaimed. “I’m picky and it takes a lot for me to get comfortable, but they did it. I’m super proud of these guys and everybody that works hard and has to deal with me during the week asking them to change stuff. It means a lot. If you know me, you know I’m a lot to deal with. There’s a lot to be said about my wife and my team to put up with that just for the joy of winning. We’re finally winners here in 2024 and I couldn’t be happier.”

The win was a monumental one for Thomas as he notched his 40th career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory, equaling 1969 and 1971 series champion Gary Bettenhausen for 10th on the all-time list.

Furthermore, Thomas’ score was the sixth of his career in USAC National Sprint Car competition at Lawrenceburg, tied for second all-time behind only Dave Darland’s seven. Thomas also became the first driver to capture the annual springtime Burg USAC show twice, also doing so in 2013. Until Saturday night, there had been 10 different winners in 10 spring Lawrenceburg USAC events dating back to 2006, and right from the moment race day began, a good omen was at hand.

Rock Steady Racing crewman Brian Karraker woke up Saturday morning in Nostradamus mode. Karraker texted Thomas prior to leaving for the track that he had a dream in which they won the race after starting from the seventh starting spot. As it shook out, Thomas started seventh on the grid and immediately began to forge a path toward the front.

Nonetheless, outside front row starting C.J. Leary owned the early upper hand as he broke away to the lead. However, the 2013 Lawrenceburg track champion’s run up front was short lived as he biked in turn four on the sixth lap. As he was making a miraculously recovery to gather control and avoid wall contact, he free-fell all the way back to fifth as pole sitter Kyle Cummins slipped underneath to grab the top spot.

At that moment, Seavey had his ride wound up on the topside, allowing him to track down Cummins on the 11th trip. There, in turn three, Seavey blitzed to the bottom and slid up across the nose of Cummins to put himself at the top of the pylon before opening a half-second lead as the race crossed the halfway point. Simultaneously, Thomas was digging on the bottom and swiftly edged ahead of Cummins at the exit of turn two on lap 16.

Moments later, the first red flag of the night was displayed when Robert Ballou and Daison Pursley touched wheels in the battle for eighth in turn four on the 17th lap. Ballou got the worst end of the deal as he elevated airborne, then dug in with the front bumper and rode out two turnovers before coming to a rest. Ballou was able to return to the race after repairs were made in the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, but last week’s Lawrenceburg opening night winner was mired back in 19th at the finish line.

On the ensuing restart, Seavey led the field high and wide into turn one, four wheels over the cushion. Thomas proposed a different plan and steadily drove by Seavey on the bottom to take over the top spot by the time the pair reached turn two on the heavy and tricky surface that Thomas and crew figured out a way to master both high and low.

“You had to be in the right spots at the right time,” Thomas explained. “It was challenging to pass people, but we got lucky that we were really good around the bottom and could also run the top.”

One driver who found catastrophe was Justin Grant. Vying to become the first to win three consecutive USAC National Sprint Car features at Lawrenceburg, Grant biked on the entry to turn three on lap 19 while running sixth. As Grant hopped, Jake Swanson was unable to avoid contact and ramped over Grant’s left front wheel with his right rear, subsequently knocking out the front end on Grant’s ride. With his wheels pointing two different directions at once, Grant fought to wrangle control of his car until it suddenly veered right on him, sending him flipping three times. Grant was able to walk away from the wreckage.

Seavey sought to return the favor on the ensuing restart as he made his bid for the lead with 11 to go. Seavey dove underneath Thomas on the entry to turn three but skittered into the cushion as Thomas dipped back under off turn four to retain control. A half lap later, Bacon followed Thomas’ path on the bottom and wrestled his way past Seavey into second.

As the leaders navigated lapped traffic, Bacon was able to shave his way to within three car lengths of Thomas with two laps to go. However, that was as close as Bacon got as Thomas locked up the shop with his first checkered flag of the season by a 0.969 second margin. Bacon took second with Seavey third, Leary fourth and Swanson fifth.

The event featured one of the largest crowds for a USAC event at Lawrenceburg Speedway in recent memory and included a large throng of Justin Owen’s family and friends. The event was held in memory of Owen, the 2022 Lawrenceburg sprint car track champion who passed away from injuries sustained in a racing accident at the track on April 8, 2023. The occasion was certainly among the most meaningful victories of Thomas’ career.

“It means a lot,” Thomas stated. “Justin was a big staple down here at Lawrenceburg. He ran here a lot, and he was really fast. You hate to lose somebody that young, but he was doing what he loved to do. At the end of the day, if we could all go out doing the things that we love to do, it would probably be a little bit better of a place to live.”

After a tumultuous six-race Florida trip in February, Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was more than ready to hit the reset button on his season. On Saturday, Bacon finally found good fortune, finishing as the runner-up in his Dynamics, Inc./Bazell Race Fuels – Davis Brothers Trucking – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Contrary to Bacon, Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was nearly immaculate in Florida, finishing inside the top-three in all six of his starts. The current series point leader kept the streak rolling and set a new record on Saturday by becoming the first driver to open a USAC National Sprint Car season with seven consecutive podium finishes, breaking the record held by Tracy Hines since 2002.

Several special bonuses were up for grabs throughout the night. Grant (Ione, Calif.) pocketed $800 for recording the second fastest time in both hot laps and qualifying. Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) took home $400 for his hard charging effort from 18th to 9th in the feature. Meanwhile, 10th place runner Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned a hefty sum of $4,004 as the top-finishing Lawrenceburg Speedway regular in the feature.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 13, 2024 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – Justin Owen Memorial – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.026; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.057; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-14.065; 4. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.219; 5. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.310; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.333; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-14.345; 8. Saban Bibent, 98, Wedgewood-14.413; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.420; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.495; 11. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.515; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.520; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.522; 14. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.549; 15. Shawn Westerfeld, 4J, Fischesser/Owen-14.565; 16. Garrett Abrams, 32, Abrams-14.625; 17. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.642; 18. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.653; 19. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.739; 20. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.920; 21. Kayla Roell, 5K, KO-14.973; 22. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-14.984; 23. Nate Carle, 14c, Carle-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Garrett Abrams, 7. Joey Amantea, 8. Ryan Barr. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Saban Bibent, 7. Hunter Maddox. 2:00.68

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Shawn Westerfeld, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Nick Bilbee, 7. Kayla Roell. 2:01.64

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 2. Brady Bacon (9), 3. Logan Seavey (4), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Jake Swanson (3), 6. Daison Pursley (6), 7. Kyle Cummins (1), 8. Chase Stockon (8), 9. Mitchel Moles (18), 10. Nick Bilbee (11), 11. Jadon Rogers (14), 12. Carson Garrett (17), 13. Matt Westfall (13), 14. Joey Amantea (19), 15. Shawn Westerfeld (15), 16. Saban Bibent (10), 17. Ryan Barr (22), 18. Kayla Roell (21), 19. Robert Ballou (12), 20. Hunter Maddox (20), 21. Garrett Abrams (16), 22. Justin Grant (5). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 C.J. Leary, Laps 6-10 Kyle Cummins, Laps 11-17 Logan Seavey, Laps 18-30 Kevin Thomas Jr.

**Robert Ballou flipped on lap 17 of the feature. Justin Grant flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-537, 2-C.J. Leary-491, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-478, 4-Justin Grant-422, 5-Daison Pursley-398, 6-Chase Stockon-379, 7-Brady Bacon-364, 8-Kyle Cummins-361, 9-Mitchel Moles-346, 10-Robert Ballou-337.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-37, 2-Tye Mihocko-32, 3-Joey Amantea-29, 4-Alex Bright-27, 5-Logan Seavey-21, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-21, 7-Mitchel Moles-21, 8-C.J. Leary-19, 9-Kyle Cummins-18, 10-Matt Westfall-15.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 3-4, 2024 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – #LetsRaceTwo – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Daison Pursley (14.140)

A.J. Strasinger Trucking Second Fastest in Hot Laps: Justin Grant (14.278)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Daison Pursley (14.026)

Ron’s Roost Second Fastest in Qualifying: Justin Grant (14.057)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

T.J. Forged/Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Impressive Creations Hard Charger: Mitchel Moles (18th to 9th)

Justin Owen Family & Friends Top-Finishing Lawrenceburg Regular: Nick Bilbee (10th)

 

 

THE LONG ROAD BACK:

KODY SWANSON RETURNS

FROM INJURY TO RACE AGAIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 12, 2024)………For any racer with the level of accomplishments Kody Swanson has accrued throughout his career, there are always obstacles to overcome and hills to climb en route to a successful season.

Swanson knows this all too well, and to prove it, he’s racked up seven driving titles and 40 victories on his illustrious USAC Silver Crown resume. However, the 2024 season has presented him with an unanticipated obstacle unlike any other he’s ever faced.

On Christmas morning roughly three-and-a-half months ago, Swanson’s season and the future of his racing career instantly came into question in a split second. An accident at his parents’ house in Kingsburg, Calif. resulted in a severely broken left foot. Swanson was ultimately rushed into surgery that same day.

After returning to his parents’ home, he remained there until after the new year until he was cleared to fly back home to his Brownsburg, Ind. residence. Fitted with an external fixator designed to keep his fractured bones stabilized and aligned, Swanson arrived home and made an appointment with Dr. Timothy Weber and his team at OrthoIndy, which has been the location of many racecar driver restorations over the years.

An MRI was followed by a CT scan to see the lay of the land, so to speak, and on January 12, Swanson underwent a second surgery to install plates and screws into his foot. The physical anguish in the aftermath of the accident goes without speaking, but the mental agony that goes along with it can prove to be just as painful.

“At the beginning, it was really hard to know what the status was,” Swanson began. “My first thought was, ‘well, I’m going to miss the Chili Bowl.’ At surgery that first night, I found out what they’d seen after they’d gotten inside and saw what kind of damage was really done. The numbers they threw out ended with six months, and you think, ‘wow, am I really going to be out through the month of May and through June?’ Then it’s, ‘what’s the recovery going to be like after something this big?’”

Among the individuals who have been key in Swanson’s recovery is USAC Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines. Hines can relate to Swanson’s predicament. In 2007, Hines suffered a fractured pelvis, a broken left femur and a dislocated right knee, among injuries, in an off-road dirt bike crash. Hines encouraged Swanson to keep his mind on the task at hand and laid out the stark realities of the situation and the expectations of what’s in store in the days, weeks and months ahead.

“Tracy is someone that I’ve leaned on pretty heavily, especially at the beginning, in knowing what to expect, making sure I ask the right questions and what I need to be aware of on my end so I can try to help the healing process as much as I can,” Swanson explained. “Justin Grant is another one who encouraged me to get into OrthoIndy where they have such a great group who’ve seen things like this before. Just like you want the right people working on your racecar, you also want the right people patching you back together. I’ve been really fortunate that on every step along the way, I’ve had great help.”

However, from the start, Swanson wasn’t keen on the idea of an agonizing six-month wait to get back to work.

“Pushing forward, it’s like, ‘okay, that’s our official timeline,’” Swanson remarked. “If I do my job all the way right, maybe it’ll heal quicker. So far, I’ve been fortunate that that’s what’s happening, and it’s been healing really well. I had regained my stability and was able to begin walking ahead of schedule. I was able to put weight on it and do all those things to try and regain the mobility and strength that I had lost over that time.”

Through rigorous rehabilitation sessions and physical therapy, Swanson began to see the improvements as well as the figurative light at the end of the tunnel. He took on the anti-gravity treadmill at 35% weight starting February 13, and from that point forward, made regular visits to the gym at PitFit, despite still utilizing crutches.

“They brought me a chair and allowed me to sit down,” Swanson recalled. “I could do some upper body work and do whatever I could to try and keep my cardio and my body strength up in order to recover as quickly as I could to be ready for that first opportunity.”

A major milestone was reached on March 4 when Swanson took his first steps without the aid of crutches by walking across a parking lot with full weight. Throughout the three-month process, Swanson spoke of how he made it a priority to take advantage of the forced slow down.

“I feel like if God wanted me to see something through this to make sure I didn’t miss it, it’s that there are so many things in this fast-paced life that we take for granted. I have an even greater appreciation for it now and enjoy the little things so much more.”

In a sense, this isn’t completely new territory for Swanson. During the 2011 USAC National Midget Hut 100 at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, a turn three ramp over another driver’s wheel sent Swanson into a series of flips that resulted in a broken skull and pelvis (in two places) as well as a fractured collarbone. However, the difference in this recent incident is that the bones needed to be reset in his foot. It’s a surgery and recovery that Swanson admitted was “a different experience.”

With that said, Swanson’s mindset was also set on getting back behind the wheel of a racecar. After all, a mere eight weeks after the 2011 accident, he was back in victory lane at Indianapolis Raceway Park with the USAC Silver Crown series.

On April 4, Swanson’s X-Rays allowed the surgeons to give him the blessing to get back on track. On April 9, he returned to the seat of the Doran Racing sprint car for a practice session at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway where all went well. Now the focus is set to “race mode” for the USAC Silver Crown opener on Saturday, April 20, at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.

“As you recover, you just focus on the next one – the next opportunity and the next race – and it’s the same way I’ve approached it before,” Swanson revealed. “It would be great to kick off the comeback with a win, but at the same time, the series is as competitive as it gets, and there are a lot of guys wanting to win all the same. For me, it’s just about focusing on trying to be as ready as I can be for it.”

Swanson is thankful for all the support he’s had along the way from the people who’ve helped directly, to the people who’ve called, and especially his wife, Jordan. As Kody puts it, she’s had to help patch him back together twice now in addition to keeping the household going with two young sons to care for.

He’s mentally and physically preparing for the demanding 100-lap, 50-mile test on the half-mile paved oval of Toledo, and as everyone has become undeniably aware of by this point, Swanson won’t allow himself to be outworked and he won’t miss any details along the way. Even an unintended pun couldn’t slip by Swanson without a laugh.

“Time will tell to see how good it goes, but I’m going to put one good foot forward to try and be as ready as I can be.”

 

 

4JO: BURG PRESENTS USAC SPRINT

MIDWEST OPENER ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (April 11, 2024)………4JO.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway race on in the memory of the 2022 track champion this Saturday night, April 13, with the inaugural running of the Justin Owen Memorial.

As we race on with the thoughts of Justin on our minds, we race on at a place that was a like a second home to him, where he made himself a fan favorite and where we created a lasting legacy that continues on inside the heart and soul of racers, crew members, track workers and fans alike this weekend.


A PERFECT 10!

Ten Spring dates. Ten Spring winners.

That’s the lay of the land for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship as the series arrives at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway this Saturday night for the series’ Midwest season opener.

In the time Lawrenceburg has greeted USAC with an April date since 2006, the result has seen 10 races and 10 different winning drivers emerge: Jon Stanbrough (2006), Levi Jones (2007), Josh Wise (2009), Jerry Coons Jr. (2010), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013), Justin Grant (2014), Logan Jarrett (2015), Dave Darland (2016), Chris Windom (2017) and Brady Bacon (2021).

At least three of those drivers will attempt to become the breakthrough artist this Saturday night as they try to chip through the stranglehold that has seen nary a repeat victor throughout all these years: Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant and Brady Bacon.



JG FOR THREE!

Plenty of drivers have captured two consecutive USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Lawrenceburg over the years. Rick Hood was the first to do so in 1985-86, and in the following years, Brian Tyler (1997), Dave Darland (1998), Jon Stanbrough (2003-04), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013), Brady Bacon (2020-21) and Justin Grant (2018-19 & 2023) have followed suit.

However, no driver has won three-in-a-row at Lawrenceburg. Grant (Ione, Calif.) is gunning to become the first to do so this Saturday night after sweeping a pair of victories at the track in 2023.

Furthermore, one more victory this weekend would equal Grant as the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver in the history of Lawrenceburg Speedway alongside Dave Darland, who accumulated seven between 1998-2016.

To add to that, Grant has already earned three USAC National Sprint Car wins throughout the first six races of the 2024 season. Only five previous drivers have scored at least four wins in their first seven starts, a mark Grant looks to equal on Saturday: Don Branson (1959), Jim Hurtubise (1962), Jud Larson (1965), Larry Dickson (1968 & 70) and Damion Gardner (2010).


SEAVEY’S HISTORICAL PODIUM RUN

Throughout the first six events in 2024, no driver has been as consistent as Logan Seavey with nary a finish outside the top-three! His results of 3rd, 3rd, 1st, 1st, 2nd and 2nd have him squarely positioned in the number one spot of the series point standings.

Tracy Hines (2002) is the only other driver to start off his season with six-straight top-three results in USAC National Sprint Car competition. However, no driver has ever reached seven top threes to start a new season.

Seavey will aim for a brand-new record this Saturday night after having previously scored a USAC Sprint Car victory in July of 2021 at Lawrenceburg. Surprisingly, Saturday’s race will mark Seavey’s debut springtime appearance at the track.


BALLOU A BURG WINNER ALREADY

Robert Ballou is the lone driver in the field who has reached Lawrenceburg Speedway victory lane in 2024. Just last Saturday night, the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champion captured the track’s season opening sprint car feature event.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) won a USAC National Sprint Car feature at Lawrenceburg all the way back in 2011, and he’s eager to grab another one come Saturday night.

The winningest driver/owner in series history with 32 career victories in in his own Ballou Motorsports No. 12 last scored a USAC triumph in November of 2022 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.


LEARY’S ON THE BEAT

Of late, no one has been more solid than C.J. Leary who’s already won three sprint car features throughout the early going of the season.

The 2019 USAC Sprint titlist won the most recent series feature earlier this February at Florida’s Ocala Speedway. On the last weekend of March, he reeled off two consecutive “local” Indiana victories in as many nights, first during the No Way Out 40 at Paragon Speedway and again 24 hours later at Brownstown Speedway.

His USAC track record thus far in 2024 has been stellar as well, stringing together results of 2nd, 4th, 4th, 3rd, 9th and 1st in six series starts, which has him second in the standings entering Lawrenceburg.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) owns two USAC Sprint wins at Lawrenceburg in 2017 and 2020 as well as the 2013 track title. On three occasions, he’s finished as the runner-up at Lawrenceburg’s spring USAC show in 2015, 2016 and 2021.


BONUSES ABOUND

Saturday’s inaugural Justin Owen Memorial is a special one, honoring the life and memory of the driver who passed away in a qualifying crash during the April 2023 USAC event at Lawrenceburg.

The 26-year-old Owen was the 2022 sprint car track champion at Lawrenceburg, scoring

two feature wins en route to the title at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in southeastern Indiana where he’d long been a regular competitor for the past several seasons.

Among his greatest achievements were a victory in the season-closing Dick Gaines Memorial at Lawrenceburg in 2022. With USAC, Owen made two feature starts, both at Lawrenceburg in 2019 and 2021.

For Saturday, a $400 bonus will be awarded to the driver with the second fastest hot lap time, as well as the second fastest qualifier and the hard charger.

Additionally, a special award for the highest finishing 2023 Lawrenceburg Speedway top-10 points driver will also be up for grabs. This award will be based on Justin Owen Memorial T-Shirt sales, with the prize being a minimum of $2500 and a maximum of $4000. The eligible drivers for this award include Nick Bilbee, Joss Moffatt, Garrett Abrams, Noah Whitehouse, Ryan Barr, Nathan Carle, Sterling Cling, Saban Bibent, Dustin Webber and Braxton Cummings.


RACE DETAILS

No less than eight past USAC National Sprint Car winners at Lawrenceburg are expected to be on hand for Saturday’s event which culminates with a $5,400-to-win 30-lap feature. Past Lawrenceburg USAC National Sprint Car winners in the field include Justin Grant (6), Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), Brady Bacon (3), C.J. Leary (2), Robert Ballou (1), Kyle Cummins (1), Logan Seavey (1) and Chase Stockon (1).

This Saturday, April 13, marks the first Midwest appearance of the season for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at new promoter Shane McHenry’s Lawrenceburg Speedway. The event also presents the KFI Modifieds and Impact Sports Pure Stocks.

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, with the front gates opening at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing to follow. Grandstand admission for ages 13 and up is $25 while kids age 7-12 are $8 and children age 6 & under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

If you’re unable to make it to the track, you may also watch this Saturday’s Lawrenceburg event LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/usac.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-462, 2-C.J. Leary-424, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-400, 4-Justin Grant-388, 5-Daison Pursley-331, 6-Chase Stockon-322, 7-Briggs Danner-309, 8-Robert Ballou-305, 9-Kyle Cummins-304, 10-Mitchel Moles-295.


TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/9/2008 - Levi Jones - 12.926 - 104.441 mph

8 Laps - 9/28/2013 - Tracy Hines - 1:51.91 - 96.506 mph

10 Laps - 7/10/2008 - Cole Whitt - 2:18.19 - 97.692 mph

12 Laps - 10/1/2016 - Stevie Sussex - 2:51.39 - 94.521 mph

30 Laps - 10/1/2016 - Josh Hodges - 7:21.09 - 91.818 mph


USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

7-Dave Darland

6-Justin Grant

5-Jon Stanbrough & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Jack Hewitt

3-Brady Bacon, Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson & Rick Hood

2-Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Danny Milburn & Brian Tyler

1-Robert Ballou, Jeff Bland Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Kevin Doty, Jay Drake, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, Thomas Meseraull, Rodney Ritter Jr., Logan Seavey, 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 Jr. (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) & Brady Bacon (10/3)

2021: Brady Bacon (4/3), Logan Seavey (7/25) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/2)

2022: Kyle Cummins (10/1)

2023: Justin Grant (7/24) & Justin Grant (10/7)


PAST APRIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

APRIL 2006 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Jay Drake, 5. Mat Neely, 6. Josh Wise, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Dickie Gaines, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Matt Westfall, 11. Derek O’Dell, 12. Jason Knoke, 13. Brady Short, 14. John Wolfe, 15. Daron Clayton, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Cory Kruseman, 18. Justin Marvel, 19. Brandon Petty, 20. Ted Hines, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Jerry Coons Jr. NT

APRIL 2007 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kevin Swindell, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Josh Wise, 6. Brett Burdette, 7. Jesse Hockett, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Hollingsworth, 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Chris Windom, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Mat Neely, 18. Jimmy Light, 19. Brady Short, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Dustin Morgan, 23. Matt Westfall. NT

APRIL 2009 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Wise, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Brad Sweet, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Jesse Hockett, 8. Cole Whitt, 9. Brady Short, 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Brett Burdette, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 16. Robert Ballou, 17. Jonathan Hendrick, 18. Jimmy Light, 19. Bryan Clauson, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Jeff Bland Jr., 22. Shane Cottle, 23. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT

APRIL 2010 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Brady Short, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Blake Fitzpatrick, 14. Shane Hmiel, 15. Tracy Hines, 16. Jonathan Hendrick, 17. Ricky Williams, 18. Brett Burdette, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Henry Clarke, 21. Dave Darland, 22. John Memmer. NT

APRIL 2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Coleman Gulick, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Landon Simon, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Dave Darland, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Tyler Courtney, 15. Logan Hupp, 16. Ted Hines, 17. Nick Drake, 18. Kyle Robbins, 19. Christopher Bell, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Matt Westfall, 23. Chris Windom. NT

APRIL 2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Logan Jarrett, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Travis Hery, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Shane Cockrum, 17. Parker Price-Miller, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Chris Gurley, 21. Kevin Thomas Jr., 22. Thomas Meseraull. NT

APRIL 2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Logan Jarrett, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Kyle Cummins, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Tyler Courtney, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Daron Clayton, 19. Travis Hery, 20. Logan Hupp, 21. Bryan Clauson, 22. Chris Windom, 23. Casey Shuman, 24. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT

APRIL 2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Max McGhee, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Landon Simon, 17. Carson Short, 18. Cole Ketcham, 19. Shawn Westerfeld, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Joss Moffatt. NT

APRIL 2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Landon Simon, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Shawn Westerfeld, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Dallas Hewitt, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Tyler Thomas, 14. Corey Smith, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Jeff Bland Jr., 17. Max McGhee, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Nick Bilbee, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Carson Short, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Chase Stockon. NT

APRIL 2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (6), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Chris Windom (10), 4. Justin Grant (1), 5. Thomas Meseraull (9), 6. Jadon Rogers (11), 7. Paul Nienhiser (5), 8. Cole Bodine (3), 9. Robert Ballou (22), 10. Stevie Sussex (4), 11. Sterling Cling (7), 12. Nick Bilbee (14), 13. Tanner Thorson (13), 14. Jake Swanson (16), 15. Max Adams (20), 16. Dave Darland (8), 17. Scotty Weir (19), 18. Matt Westfall (12), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 20. J.J. Hughes (15), 21. Kyle Cummins (18), 22. Brandon Mattox (P) (24), 23. Garrett Abrams (21), 24. Chase Stockon (P) (23). NT

 

 

JASON SMITH APPOINTED AS PRESIDENT OF USAC RACING,

MARKING A NEW CHAPTER IN THE ORGANIZATION’S EXPANSION

Speedway, IN (April 9, 2024) - USAC Racing, the esteemed governing body overseeing various competition divisions within the United States Auto Club, proudly announces the appointment of Jason Smith as its new President.

This significant leadership change reflects USAC’s remarkable growth over the past decade, marked by its expansion into off-road, powersports, and road racing.

With over 20 years at USAC in various competition positions, Jason Smith brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in motorsports leadership to his new role. With a deep understanding of the industry and a passion for advancing racing at all levels, Smith is poised to lead USAC Racing into its next chapter of success.

The newly formed President position of USAC Racing will report to the United States Auto Club’s CEO Kevin Miller, and work alongside the executive team reporting to the USAC Board of Directors.

“USAC Racing has undergone tremendous growth and transformation over the past 15 years,” remarked Kevin Miller, CEO of the United States Auto Club. “Jason’s appointment as President of our Competition Division signifies our commitment to further expanding our presence in the racing world while upholding the values and standards that have defined USAC for decades. I am honored to have worked with him since my first day at USAC in 2007.”

In his new capacity, Jason Smith will oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of USAC Racing, working closely with stakeholders to ensure the continued success and growth of the organization. His vision for USAC includes enhancing the fan experience, fostering innovation in racing technology, and cultivating a diverse and inclusive racing community.

“I am honored to lead USAC Racing at such an exciting time in its history,” said Jason Smith. “The past decade has seen remarkable expansion and diversification within our organization, and I am committed to building upon this foundation to further elevate USAC’S position as a leader in motorsports”

Under Jason Smith’s leadership, USAC Racing will continue to support and promote a wide range of racing disciplines, including sprint cars, midgets, Silver Crown, off-road, powersports and road racing. With a focus on innovation, inclusivity, and excellence, USAC Racing remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of motorsports and providing thrilling experiences for fans and participants alike.

 

 

AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 April 6, 2024 – Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-14.491; 2. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.525; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15, Bonneau-14.569; 4. Cameron La Rose, 5, Mihocko-14.577; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-14.607; 6. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-14.613; 7. Logan Williams, 5, McCarthy-14.667; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.750; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-14.770; 10. David Gasper, 73X, Ford-14.781; 11. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.833; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.856; 13. J.J. Yeley, 2, Yeley-14.862; 14. Austin Williams, 17W, Dunkel-14.953; 15. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-15.109; 16. Mark Henry, 39R, Henry-15.153; 17. Brent Sexton, 44S, Sexton-15.193; 18. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-15.269; 19. Andrew Sweeney, 98A, Guerrero-15.433; 20. Tom Dunkel, 17A, Dunkel-15.486; 21. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-15.506; 22. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-15.540; 23. Elexa Herrera, 5E, Herrera-15.618; 24. Jim Vanzant, 3V, Vanzant-15.854; 25. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-15.863; 26. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-16.500; 27. Brody Roa, 8M, NT; 28. Brody Wake, 78B, Wake-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 Transfer To Feature) 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. J.J. Yeley, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Brent Sexton, 5. Verne Sweeney, 6. Jeff Dyer, 7. R.J. Johnson. NT.

WC FRIEND COMPANY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 Transfer To Feature) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Austin Grabowski, 3. Grant Sexton, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 5. David Gasper, 6. Logan Calderwood, 7. Camie Bell. NT

BILLSJERKY.NET THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 Transfer To Feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Logan Williams, 3. A.J. Bender, 4. Brent Owens, 5. Andrew Sweeney, 6. Elexa Herrera. NT.

SEXTON FIRE PROTECTION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 Transfer To Feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tommy Malcolm, 3. Cameron La Rose, 4. Mark Henry, 5. Tom Dunkel, 6. Jim Vanzant. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, Top 6 Transfer To Feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Jeff Dyer, 3. David Gasper, 4. Logan Calderwood, 5. Andrew Sweeney, 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Tom Dunkel, 8. Elexa Herrera, 9. Camie Bell. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 2. Cody Williams (2), 3. Tommy Malcolm (12), 4. David Gasper (10), 5. Logan Calderwood (7), 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (5), 7. Cameron La Rose (3), 8. J.J. Yeley (13), 9. Logan Williams (1), 10. R.J. Johnson (9), 11. Grant Sexton (21), 12. Ricky Lewis (6), 13. A.J. Bender (11), 14. Austin Williams (14), 15. Austin Grabowski (18), 16. Verne Sweeney (20), 17. Mark Henry (16), 18. Brent Sexton (17), 19. Andrew Sweeney (19), 20. Jeff Dyer (22), 21. Charles Davis Jr. (8), 22. Brent Owens (15). NT.
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**Brody Roa flipped during qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Logan Williams, Laps 4-13 Cody Williams, Laps 14-26 Kevin Thomas Jr., Lap 27 Cody Williams, Laps 28-30 Kevin Thomas Jr.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Grant Sexton (21 to 11)

NEXT AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 27 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

 

 

USAC's HALL OF FAME

CLASS OF 2024 REVEALED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 3, 2024)………The USAC Hall of Fame 2024 class of inductees for 2024 has been revealed.

USAC’s 11th hall of fame class includes photographers Gene Crucean and John Mahoney; car owners The Hoffman Family; champion drivers Rickey Hood and Levi Jones, plus promoter Tom Marchese and mechanic/car owner Jud Phillips.

The official 2024 USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at USAC headquarters in Speedway, Indiana on Friday afternoon, September 27, 2024, during the Driven2SaveLives BC39 weekend for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Championship at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


MEET THE NEW USAC HALL OF FAME CLASS:



GENE CRUCEAN

Born on February 16, 1943, in Hammond, Indiana, Gene Crucean’s lifelong racing adventure took him to several facets of the sport. While attending events as a child with his father at the northern Indiana/Chicago area racetracks, Crucean began his collection of racing photography.

In time, his world revolved around the sport, and he was crafty in how he officially began his involvement in an official capacity starting in 1965 at the Terre Haute Action Track, armed with a camera and a USAC credential via the fictitious Northwest News. Since that point, Crucean has captured a plethora of iconic USAC moments.

As an Indiana University freshman in 1962, Crucean met fellow photographer John Mahoney. A lifelong friendship was forged and the most dynamic of duos was born. In 1968, Crucean/Mahoney founded Sprint Car Pictorial magazine, and in 1976, they leased the Indianapolis Speedrome to promote a USAC Midget event won by Bruce Robey.

Soon after, Crucean purchased a midget from Robin Miller and became a team owner. With Roy Caruthers as his driver, the team annually appeared in the series standings between 1983-92, finishing fifth in 1990. In 1988, Crucean and Caruthers scored a monumental victory at the Hoosier Dome Invitational.


HOFFMAN FAMILY

In the annals of USAC racing, nobody has accrued as much success as the Hoffman family. Since USAC’s formation in 1956, the Ohio-based outfit has won 146 feature events across the board in sprint car, midget and Silver Crown competition.

August “Gus” Hoffman founded the team in 1929 after discovering a car in a field and began contesting events in the Ohio/Kentucky area. For the next quarter-century, Hoffman’s team competed regularly in sprint car races. By 1956, Gus’ midget was a winner in USAC’s inaugural season at Ohio’s Dayton Speedway with driver Eddie Sachs.

Gus entered USAC’s Sprint ranks in 1957, and with Don Branson behind the wheel at Ohio’s New Bremen Speedway, scored the first of the team’s 135 USAC National Sprint Car wins to date. Gus’ son, Richard, joined the team as an owner in 1964, and in time, Richard’s son Rob became a mainstay on the team, making it a three-generation effort.

After a decade-plus of Indy Car racing, the Hoffman team hit its stride starting in 1989 with the first of its record 13 USAC National Sprint Car entrant titles with drivers Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons Jr. and Brady Bacon.



RICKEY HOOD

Perhaps the most significant testament to an individual’s skill is how quickly adaptable one is to their surroundings and how resilient they are to sudden obstacles.

Rickey Hood showcased these skills in spades throughout his illustrious racing career. In fact, no driver has become a winner in all three of USAC’s national divisions quicker than Hood with a victory in his Silver Crown debut as well as triumphs in his second starts with both the sprints and midgets – a total of five appearances.

Born into the ultra-competitive Memphis racing scene on July 15, 1952, as the son of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Clarence “Hooker” Hood, Rickey cemented his own status as USAC star in 1984 by virtue of his first career USAC National Sprint Car driving title. At the conclusion of the season, however, a freak accident occurred when an errant sprint car hit Rickey in the pits, breaking both of his legs.

In his comeback season of 1985, once again teamed with car owner Damon “Blackie” Fortune, Rickey performed even better by becoming the first driver to capture both the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown titles in the same season, thus earning the Jimmy Caruthers Memorial Award for Spirit and Determination.



LEVI JONES

From the time he set off rolling down the road with his dad and their family-run racing operation, Levi Jones was determined to become a champion.

Originating from humble beginnings, Jones, born on June 10, 1982, wasn’t afraid to test his abilities against USAC’s best from the outset. From the time he turned 16, the Olney, Illinois native learned the ropes, the trials and the tribulations. After nearly seven seasons of USAC competition, he broke through for his first USAC Sprint Car win in 2004 on the dirt in Charlotte, North Carolina.

From that point forward, no driver was as consistently successful as Levi. He earned his first USAC Sprint crown in 2005 for 2B Racing before joining Tony Stewart Racing’s stable where he reeled off successive championships in 2007-09-10-11. To boot, he added back-to-back USAC Silver Crown titles in 2010-11 for TSR for a total of seven USAC national points championship in his masterful career.

In 2015, he hung up his helmet and joined USAC as its national series director and was ultimately named Vice President of Competition for the club’s Circle Track Division through 2021. Jones was also instrumental in establishing many new foundational events for USAC, most notably the BC39 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


JOHN MAHONEY

Few, if any, individuals have witnessed more USAC events through a camera’s viewfinder, and perhaps nobody has been more adept at snapping an action or candid shot and transforming it into an art form more exquisitely than John Mahoney.

Born in Indianapolis on August 18, 1943, Mahoney was raised in the center of the racing universe, and it wasn’t long before he was hooked. Mahoney’s earliest racing memories recount visits to the Indianapolis 500 and the Hoosier Hundred during the mid-1950s. However, it was a USAC Sprint Car race at Terre Haute which laid the foundation for a lifelong addiction to the sport.

Early on, Mahoney took his store-bought box camera into the pits after the races. With the assistance of his brother, Steve, Mahoney developed the photos for posterity. At Indiana University, Mahoney met fellow student Gene Crucean, and the instant bond between them forged a lifelong friendship.

The Crucean/Mahoney partnership led to the creation of Sprint Car Pictorial, race promotion and even the ownership of a USAC Midget team. From 1984-85, Mahoney served as USAC’s Assistant Director of the USAC News Bureau as well as the Silver Crown Series Coordinator. In 2019, Mahoney was the inaugural recipient of the Dick Jordan Award of Excellence.


TOM MARCHESE

One of the most prevalent promoters in both AAA and USAC history, Tom Marchese’s stewardship at Wisconsin State Fair Park’s Milwaukee Mile ranks among the longest and most successful tenures in motorsports history.

Born in Sicily in 1899, Tom immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin at a young age and forged his own path forward in the burgeoning automobile industry. As a teenager, he began working as a mechanic at the Holmes Motor Company’s Ford dealership. In the years to come, Tom turned the wrenches for his brother, driver Carl Marchese, and together in 1929, they paired up to finish fourth at the Indianapolis 500.

Later in 1929, Tom was approached with the opportunity to promote a race at Milwaukee. He obliged, and kickstarted a career which turned out to be the first of a long and successful tenure as a race organizer, annually hosting a smorgasbord of AAA, and later, USAC events which offered a hefty purse and a packed house.

In all, Tom promoted 80 USAC events between 1956-68, and under his watch, Milwaukee hosted more National Championship and Stock Car races than any other venue. Tom was prominent in the formation of USAC and was among the first appointees to USAC’s Board of Directors. Tom passed away on March 6, 1990, at the age of 90.


JUD PHILLIPS

A mechanical magician throughout multiple generations of open wheel racing, Jud “Christin” Phillips was a master of his craft on champ cars and sprint cars in a career that spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Born on April 20, 1927, in Vancouver, Wash., Phillips first gained fame for his work on the wrenches for car owner Bob Estes, earning the 1956 USAC Midwest Sprint Car title with driver Pat O’Connor. In 1959, Phillips served as the crew chief for Don Branson’s USAC Midwest Sprint Car crown. With Branson in 1964, Phillips, now as a car owner, earned the USAC National Sprint Car entrant title.

Phillips constructed Bruce Homeyer’s Konstant Hot Specials, which scored back-to-back USAC National Sprint championships in 1962-63, namely with Roger McCluskey at the wheel. The same Phillips-built machine corralled the series title again in 1966, this time with Clarence “Mutt” Anderson as the car owner and McCluskey the wheelman.

In his Indy Car career, Phillips oversaw the transition from front engine cars to rear engines, from roadsters to wings and ground effects, and he found success in all. Overall, Phillips orchestrated 18 victories for drivers Branson, Mike Mosely, Billy Vukovich, Tom Sneva, and his headline win with Bobby Unser at the 1968 Indianapolis 500. Phillips passed away in January of 1997.


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USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

2012: J.C. Agajanian, Mario Andretti, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Binford, Jimmy Bryan, Duane Carter, A.J. Foyt, Tony Hulman, Parnelli Jones, Mel Kenyon, Roger McCluskey & Rich Vogler

2013: Earl Baltes, Henry Banks, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Jack Hewitt, Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, A.J. Watson, Don White & Bob Wilke

2014: Rollie Beale, George Bignotti, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Gus Hoffman, Jud Larson, Norm Nelson, Eddie Sachs, Don Smith, Bob Stroud, Rodger Ward & Bob Wente

2015: Clint Brawner, Jimmy Caruthers, Butch Hartman, Lindsey Hopkins, Jim Hurtubise, Don Kenyon, Sheldon Kinser, Fred Lorenzen, Roger Penske, Larry Rice, Shorty Templeman & Sleepy Tripp

2016: Steve Butler, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Rick Mears, Pat O’Connor, Kevin Olson, Tony Stewart & Bob Tattersall

2017: Donald Davidson, Frankie DelRoy, Bob East, Chuck Gurney, Gene Hartley, Steve Lewis, Howard Linne, Lloyd Ruby, Ken Schrader, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp & Johnny Thomson

2018: Mike Devin, Tony Elliott, Paul Goldsmith, Jason Leffler, Bill Lipkey, Troy Ruttman, Bob/Gene Shannon & Jimmy Sills

2019: Bryan Clauson, Johnny Capels, Dick Jordan & Dave Steele

2020: None

2021: None

2022: Doug Caruthers, Jay Drake, Galen Fox, Jeff Gordon, Dan Gurney, Ray Nichels, Johnny Vance & Joe Shaheen

2023: Bobby East, Ted Halibrand, Tracy Hines, Terry Lingner, Bill Marvel & The Wilke Family

2024: Gene Crucean, The Hoffman Family, Rickey Hood, Levi Jones, John Mahoney, Tom Marchese & Jud Phillips

 

 

NEW MEL KENYON & RICH VOGLER DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES IN APRIL 2024

Speedway, Indiana (March 29, 2024)………The newest installment of Legends of Racing, a series of documentaries highlighting the sagas of auto racing’s greatest drivers and personalities, will premiere in April of 2024.

The FloSports Studios original, in association with the United States Auto Club (USAC), spotlights the life and times of Mel Kenyon and Rich Vogler, who rank first and second all-time in USAC National Midget career victories.

The film documents the depths of each drivers’ impact on motorsports, their rise to becoming legends of the sport, the triumph and tragedy they’ve endured, as well as their lasting legacies that have had a positive impact on so many individuals over the decades.

A screening of the film will take place on Tuesday, April 23, at the Kan-Kan Cinema, located at 1258 Windsor St, Indianapolis, IN 46201. The film’s full release will be made available exclusively on FloRacing on Wednesday, April 24.

Mel Kenyon’s record in the sport is unmatched and incomparable. His 111 career USAC National Midget feature wins remain as one of the most untouchable highwater marks in the sport. Originally hailing from Davenport, Iowa, but later making his home in Lebanon, Ind., Kenyon captured seven career USAC National Midget driving championships, spanning an incredible 21 years in 1964-67-68-74-77-81-85. Teamed for the high majority of his career with his brother, fellow USAC Hall of Famer Don Kenyon, serving as his car owner and crew chief, “Miraculous Mel” won at least one USAC National Midget event for 21 consecutive seasons between 1962-82.

Most notably, Kenyon achieved the majority of his accomplishments after a fiery crash USAC National Championship crash at Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Speedway in 1965, which burned off the fingers on his left hand. Undaunted, the Kenyons designed a one-of-a-kind glove with a rubber gromet sewn into the palm, which fit over a stud on the steering wheel and allowed Mel to steer with the palm of his left hand.

Kenyon was also successful in the USAC champ cars, making eight Indianapolis 500 starts, and finished inside the top-five in half of them with a best result of third in 1968. He hung up the helmet for the last time in 2009 after more than a half-century of midget racing, accumulating an astonishing 925 USAC National Midget starts, 419 of which he finished inside the top-five. He and Don Kenyon constructed several midget chassis, and from 2004-09, their Kenyon Car Midget Series was sanctioned by USAC.

Rich Vogler was the winner of an all-time record 171 USAC feature events during his meteoric 20-year racing career with the United States Auto Club between 1971-1990. The son of two-time USAC National Midget winner Don Vogler, Rich’s run of five USAC National Midget series titles began in 1978 with car owner Doug Caruthers. During a late May/early June stretch that same season, Vogler reeled off a series record five consecutive feature wins. Subsequent USAC National Midget crowns arrived in 1980 and again in 1983 with Jim Streicher. He captured his final two series championship in 1986 and 1988 for car owner Jonathan Byrd. Furthermore, he was dominant in USAC Regional Midget competition at the Indianapolis Speedrome, taking the brass ring in 1985 for Bob Lowe.

Vogler’s extensive USAC accomplishments include championships in the National Sprint Car Series with car owner Don Siebert in 1980 and again in 1989 with the Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. team. In all, the Glen Ellyn, Illinois native scored 134 National feature wins (4 in Silver Crown, 35 in Sprints and 95 in Midgets).

In five career Indianapolis 500 starts, his best finish was an eight in 1989. Fittingly, Vogler won the last race he ever started, scoring the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on July 21, 1990, just five days prior to his 40th birthday. He was leading while on his way to taking the white flag when he was fatally injured during a turn four accident. The race reverted to the last completed lap in which Vogler was declared the winner. Vogler is also a member of the National Sprint Car and Midget Halls of Fame and is also an inductee of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS TO MOHAVE VALLEY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 2, 2024... In what has been one of the most competitive starts to the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car season, the chase for the championship resumes this Saturday, April 6th at Mohave Valley Raceway. Promoted by Ron Meyer, the fourth point race will be the first of two scheduled appearances at the fast 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also feature the Southwest EcoTech Midgets, Dwarf Cars, and the Spring Family Motorsports Mini Dwarfs. Located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona, the Pit Gates will open at 2:30pm, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000.

For those that cannot make it to the races, the event will be live streamed at Dirt Race Central, (drc.tv).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at Mohave Valley Raceway.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The series rule book is online at usacracing.com, appendix E.
- FUEL WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE RACE TRACK.
- TIRES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE RACE TRACK.

SPECIAL NOTICE AT MOHAVE VALLEY:
- CASH ONLY: Mohave Valley Raceway is a cash only facility.
- PIT AREA PARKING: Personal vehicles or side by sides, etc. are NOT allowed in the pits. If it is not towing the race car/truck, on the trailer with the car, or in the trailer with the car, then it will NOT be allowed. NO exceptions!

Since April 23, 2022, the fast 1/3-mile clay oval has held five USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and four different drivers have claimed victory. Defending champion “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa leads all drivers with two Mohave Valley wins and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams established the 1-lap track record of 13.923 seconds on April 1, 2023. The complete Mohave Valley USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to Mohave Valley’s fourth point race, there have been three feature winners and three different point leaders. After finishing third at Cocopah Speedway on March 26th, multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sits atop the standings with a seven point advantage. Returning to the Ricky and Michele Johnson #51 Avanti Windows & Doors / Martin Family Auto Museum Sherman, Johnson has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. The second generation driver and 2005 Rookie of the Year will be looking for the eighth USAC/CRA win of his career this Saturday night.

Leading rookie contender David Gasper (Goleta, California) is second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting the Josh Ford Motorsports’ #73X Surecan LLC / King Racing Products Triple X, Gasper was the In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger on March 23rd by racing to an eleventh place finish after starting sixteenth. At press time, the two-time California Lightning Sprint Champion has one feature win, one semi main win, two top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit. Gasper will have his sights on regaining the point lead with a victory at Mohave Valley.

Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall has climbed to third in the championship standings. Driving the Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler #11C Western States Profiling / Metro Engineering & Survey DRC, Westfall placed fourth at Cocopah Speedway and has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. The veteran driver has a busy racing schedule planned in the Midwest and might skip Mohave Valley.

After running sixth at Cocopah Speedway, Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) has tied Matt Westfall for third in the chase for the series championship. Racing John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams has one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award and three top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Logan will be looking to earn his first victory with USAC/CRA.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (Yucaipa, California) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm set the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time and placed seventh in the March 23rd main event. To date, the veteran driver has also posted one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes on the season. At Mohave Valley, Tommy will have his sights on claiming the fourth USAC/CRA victory of his career.

While David Gasper leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Brent Sexton (Lakeside, California), Elexa Herrera (New Cuyama, California), Braden Chiaramonte (El Cajon, California), and Blake Hendricks (Simi Valley, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ricky Lewis, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, A.J. Bender, Logan Calderwood, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Matt Mitchell, Verne Sweeney, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Grant Sexton, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Brent Owens, Richard McCormick, “The Rattlesnake” Andrew Sweeney and more.

Mohave Valley Raceway is located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000. Mohave Valley Raceway is a cash only facility and grandstand tickets are available on race day. General Admission tickets (including Seniors) are $25, Military tickets (with ID) are $20, Children tickets (6 to 12) are $15, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. Outside food, beverages, and ice chests are not permitted.

The Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Sexton Fire Protection, WC Friend Company, and Woodland Auto Display, for their support.

For more information on the Avanti Windows & Doors 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.
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AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner, 2023-Brody Roa.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-David Gasper, 1-Matt Mitchell.

MOHAVE VALLEY AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Cody Williams – 13.923 (04/01/23)

MOHAVE VALLEY AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ricky Lewis.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-196, 2-David Gasper-189, 3-Matt Westfall-186, --Logan Williams-186, 5-Tommy Malcolm-182, 6-Ricky Lewis-180, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-175, 8-Austin Williams-171, 9-A.J. Bender-152, 10-Logan Calderwood-143.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Matt Mitchell)
March 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: David Gasper)
March 23: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Winner: Charles Davis Jr.)
April 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
May 4: TBA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 8: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
June 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 5: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
September 28: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
October 12: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 19: TBA
November 1: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 2: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

NEW MEL KENYON & RICH VOGLER DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES IN APRIL 2024

Speedway, Indiana (March 29, 2024)………The newest installment of Legends of Racing, a series of documentaries highlighting the sagas of auto racing’s greatest drivers and personalities, will premiere in April of 2024.

The FloSports Studios original, in association with the United States Auto Club (USAC), spotlights the life and times of Mel Kenyon and Rich Vogler, who rank first and second all-time in USAC National Midget career victories.

The film documents the depths of each drivers’ impact on motorsports, their rise to becoming legends of the sport, the triumph and tragedy they’ve endured, as well as their lasting legacies that have had a positive impact on so many individuals over the decades.

A screening of the film will take place on Tuesday, April 23, at the Kan-Kan Cinema, located at 1258 Windsor St, Indianapolis, IN 46201. The film’s full release will be made available exclusively on FloRacing on Wednesday, April 24.

Mel Kenyon’s record in the sport is unmatched and incomparable. His 111 career USAC National Midget feature wins remain as one of the most untouchable highwater marks in the sport. Originally hailing from Davenport, Iowa, but later making his home in Lebanon, Ind., Kenyon captured seven career USAC National Midget driving championships, spanning an incredible 21 years in 1964-67-68-74-77-81-85. Teamed for the high majority of his career with his brother, fellow USAC Hall of Famer Don Kenyon, serving as his car owner and crew chief, “Miraculous Mel” won at least one USAC National Midget event for 21 consecutive seasons between 1962-82.

Most notably, Kenyon achieved the majority of his accomplishments after a fiery crash USAC National Championship crash at Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Speedway in 1965, which burned off the fingers on his left hand. Undaunted, the Kenyons designed a one-of-a-kind glove with a rubber gromet sewn into the palm, which fit over a stud on the steering wheel and allowed Mel to steer with the palm of his left hand.

Kenyon was also successful in the USAC champ cars, making eight Indianapolis 500 starts, and finished inside the top-five in half of them with a best result of third in 1968. He hung up the helmet for the last time in 2009 after more than a half-century of midget racing, accumulating an astonishing 925 USAC National Midget starts, 419 of which he finished inside the top-five. He and Don Kenyon constructed several midget chassis, and from 2004-09, their Kenyon Car Midget Series was sanctioned by USAC.

Rich Vogler was the winner of an all-time record 171 USAC feature events during his meteoric 20-year racing career with the United States Auto Club between 1971-1990. The son of two-time USAC National Midget winner Don Vogler, Rich’s run of five USAC National Midget series titles began in 1978 with car owner Doug Caruthers. During a late May/early June stretch that same season, Vogler reeled off a series record five consecutive feature wins. Subsequent USAC National Midget crowns arrived in 1980 and again in 1983 with Jim Streicher. He captured his final two series championship in 1986 and 1988 for car owner Jonathan Byrd. Furthermore, he was dominant in USAC Regional Midget competition at the Indianapolis Speedrome, taking the brass ring in 1985 for Bob Lowe.

Vogler’s extensive USAC accomplishments include championships in the National Sprint Car Series with car owner Don Siebert in 1980 and again in 1989 with the Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. team. In all, the Glen Ellyn, Illinois native scored 134 National feature wins (4 in Silver Crown, 35 in Sprints and 95 in Midgets).

In five career Indianapolis 500 starts, his best finish was an eight in 1989. Fittingly, Vogler won the last race he ever started, scoring the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on July 21, 1990, just five days prior to his 40th birthday. He was leading while on his way to taking the white flag when he was fatally injured during a turn four accident. The race reverted to the last completed lap in which Vogler was declared the winner. Vogler is also a member of the National Sprint Car and Midget Halls of Fame and is also an inductee of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

 

 

DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 USAC MIDGET

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR SEPT. 26-28, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, March 28, 2024) – Mark your calendars for the sixth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39, which will be held on September 26-28 at The Dirt Trick at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The standalone, three-day event spotlights the wheel-to-wheel racing of the United States Auto Club (USAC) NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Action under the lights will start Thursday, Sept. 26 and continue through the 39-lap feature race on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Fans who attended the 2023 Driven2SaveLives BC39 can renew their tickets now at www.IMS.com/bc39 or by calling 317-492-6700. The renewal window will continue through Friday, April 12. In addition, fans who did not attend last year’s event can apply for tickets now at the lowest prices of the year.

Event format, ticket information and other event details will be announced in the future.

The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside turn three at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of the importance of organ donation. Race fans can register to be organ donors onsite at the Driven2SaveLives tent.

“It is the generosity of donors and donor families, like Bryan and the Clauson family, that makes saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation possible,” said Indiana Donor Network President and CEO Kellie Tremain. “In 2016, Bryan saved five lives as an organ donor and helped heal countless others as a tissue donor. His decision brought hope and healing to many others. We look forward to honoring Bryan and all donors at this year’s BC39, which helps raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation.”

“The BC39 remains one of my favorite events on the IMS calendar,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Not only do we get to honor the memory of Bryan Clauson by encouraging fans to register for organ donation through the Indiana Donor Network, but we get to share our passion for short tracks across the country through this incredibly competitive series and its talented drivers.”

Seventy-two cars participated in the 2023 event at IMS, making the Driven2SaveLives BC39 the largest USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship field of the year.

California racer Justin Grant, a childhood friend and longtime competitor of event namesake Bryan Clauson, won the 2023 Driven2SaveLives BC39 after a fierce duel with teammate Thomas Meseraull.

 

 

AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 23, 2024 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.766; 2. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.868; 3. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.877; 4. Matt Westfall, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.900; 5. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.926; 6. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.936; 7. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-17.060; 8. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-17.156; 9. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-17.180; 10. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.209; 11. Austin Williams, 17W, Dunkel-17.247; 12. Brody Roa, 2, Yeley-17.276; 13. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.313; 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.364; 15. Brent Sexton, 44S, Sexton-18.168; 16. Elexa Herrera, 5E, Herrera-18.822; 17. David Gasper, 73X, Ford-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / SEXTON FIRE PROTECTION / BILLSJERKY.NET FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Austin Williams, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. A.J. Bender, 4. Austin Grabowski, 5. Logan Calderwood, 6. Grant Sexton, 7. Brent Sexton, 8. Tommy Malcolm. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS / WC FRIEND COMPANY / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. Logan Williams, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. David Gasper, 8. Elexa Herrera, 9. Brody Roa. NT.

FEATURE: (20 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 2. Ricky Lewis (1), 3. R.J. Johnson (3), 4. Matt Westfall (4), 5. A.J. Bender (5), 6. Logan Williams (6), 7. Tommy Malcolm (7), 8. Logan Calderwood (9), 9. Austin Grabowski (12), 10. Verne Sweeney (10), 11. David Gasper (16), 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 13. Austin Williams (11), 14. Brent Sexton (14), 15. Elexa Herrera (15), 16. Grant Sexton (8). NT.
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**Austin Williams flipped during lap 20 of the feature. Race was called after 20 laps due to rain.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Ricky Lewis, Laps 4-20 Charles Davis Jr.,
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: David Gasper (16 to 11)

NEW AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 6 – Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, Arizona

 

 

AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS CLASH AT COCOPAH SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 19, 2024... After a wild main event at Perris, the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will take center stage this Saturday, March 23rd, at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. Promoted by Brad Whitfield, the third point race will also feature IMCA Sport Mods and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Located at 3450 West County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street, the pit gates at “The Diamond in The Desert” will open at 2:00pm (Mountain Time), spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing at 7:00pm. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit the track’s website at racecocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at Cocopah Speedway.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The series rule book is online at usacracing.com, appendix E.
- FUEL WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE RACE TRACK.
- TIRES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE RACE TRACK.

Since June 2, 2012, the fast 3/8-mile clay oval has held twelve USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and five different drivers have claimed victory. Ten-time champion, “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 5 wins at the “Diamond in the Desert” and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 16.127 seconds on October 29, 2022. The complete Somerton USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

After earning his first career USAC/CRA triumph last Saturday, rookie contender David Gasper (Goleta, California) has taken over the point lead. Piloting the Josh Ford Motorsports’ #73X Surecan LLC / King Racing Products Triple X, Gasper holds a 20-point advantage over the competition. With one semi-main victory, two top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit, the two-time California Lightning Sprint Champion will be a favorite to watch at Cocopah Speedway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom & Christy Dunkel’s 17W Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Williams led eleven laps before running second to Gasper at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has also posted one top-10 finish on the season. “The Big Game Hunter” will have his sights on claiming the twelfth series win of his career this Saturday night.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the Jack Yeley Racing #2 Avanti Windows & Doors / Glenn Styres Racing Spike, Johnson claimed eighth in the hard fought Perris feature. At press time, the multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. The second generation driver will be looking for the eighth USAC/CRA win of his career at “The Diamond in the Desert.”

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (Yucaipa, California) is tied with R.J. Johnson for third in the championship point chase. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm raced to sixth at Perris after starting eleventh. To date, the veteran driver has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Tommy will have his sights on claiming his fourth victory at Cocopah Speedway.

Matt Mitchell (Costa Mesa, California) sits fifth in USAC/CRA point standings. Racing the J.W. Mitchell Motorsports’ #37 Channel Islands Floor Coverings / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell scored twenty-second at Perris after damage forced an early exit. At press time, the 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one top-10 finish, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Matt has ten career USAC/CRA triumphs and is a favorite to watch.

After racing from fifteenth to fifth las Saturday night, Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) has tied Matt Mitchell for fifth in the USAC/CRA standings. Driving John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams has one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes to his credit. Logan is looking to move up the ranks and earn his first victory with USAC/CRA.

While David Gasper (Goleta, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Brent Sexton (Lakeside, California), Braden Chiaramonte (El Cajon, California), Elexa Herrera (New Cuyama, California), and Blake Hendricks (Simi Valley, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Westfall, Ricky Lewis, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Calderwood, A.J. Bender, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Verne Sweeney, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Grant Sexton, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, and more.

Cocopah Speedway is located at 3450 West County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street. Advance tickets are available. Adult tickets are $20, Senior / Military tickets are $18, Student tickets (13-17) are $10, and Kids tickets (12 & Under) are FREE. Pit Passes are $35. Camping is available and for more information, visit racecocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

The Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Sexton Fire Protection, WC Friend Company, and Woodland Auto Display, for their support.

For more information on the Avanti Windows & Doors 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.
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AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner, 2023-Brody Roa.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-David Gasper, 1-Matt Mitchell.

COCOPAH AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Jake Swanson – 16.127 (10/29/22)

COCOPAH AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Daison Pursley, 1-Emerson Axsom, 1-Jake Swanson.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-David Gasper-146, 2-Austin Williams-126, 3-R.J. Johnson-123, --Tommy Malcolm-123, 5-Matt Mitchell-119, --Logan Williams-119, 7-Matt Westfall-117, 8-Ricky Lewis-105, 9- Charles Davis Jr.-98, 10-Cody Williams-95.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Matt Mitchell)
March 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: David Gasper)
March 23: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ
April 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
May 4: TBA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 8: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
June 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 5: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
September 28: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
October 12: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 19: TBA
November 1: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 2: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES:
#73X David Gasper. Photo by A.J. Johnson / P1 Racing Images.

BAD LUCK HITS “SHUGAH’” SHANE SEXTON AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY

(Warner Springs, CA, March 20, 2024) When it comes to bad luck, popular, young sprint car driver “Shugah’” Shane Sexton has been bitten twice in two races to start the 2024 season. Last week after encouraging runs in hot laps, qualifying, and early in his heat in the Avanti Windows and Doors race at Perris Auto Speedway, engine problems arose and sent him to the sidelines before he could take the green flag in the main event.

The beautiful GAS Chassis #74 was at the track for its second time in 2024. After the hot lap session and qualifying at 17.371, Sexton found himself on the back row for the first heat race. The talkative driver got in seven laps of the 10-lapper. However, on lap eight, he slowed and returned to the pit area after the colorful car dropped a cylinder.

With his #2 engine already in the shop, Sexton is not sure when he will be back on the track, but he is hopeful it will not be too long.

On the better news front, the GAS Chassis Company, which is owned by Sexton’s father Stan, and his grandmother Nita Gatlin, will be making an exciting announcement in the not to distant future. Stay tuned.

The GAS Chassis Company is sponsoring the Perris Auto Speedway Young Gun Sprint Car Series in 2024. It will reward the champion with a brand-new GAS Chassis at season’s end. For more information or to order a GAS Sprint Car Chassis, call Stan Sexton at (619) 252-7686 or visit the GAS Chassis Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61556527387746.

Sexton and the #74 team wish to extend their thanks to the following 2022 racing season partners. Gas Chassis, MPRE, Reel Technologies, Keys Brothers Racing, Sexton Fire Protection, Elite Powder Coating, Bill’s Jerky, Hot Dog Kustoms, Savage Racing, AG Sandcars, and Ron’s Tire and Brake. If you would like to be a part of this fun, upcoming team and gain exposure in 2024, please contact Shane Sexton at mailto:Shanesexton7@gmail.com or (619) 362-5921.

Shane Sexton’s 2023 Race Results
2/23/24 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars DNS
3/16/24 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars DNS

 

 

410 Engine Platform Introduced Starting in 2025

Starting for the 2025 Rapid Tire Services, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series presented by Capitol Renegade season, the 410ci Engine option has been allowed for the series. Exact rules such as Injection Restrictors, that many teams already use, are also being researched for the upcoming season as well

The series has long been a spot for drivers coming out of the 600cc ranks to find a home in racing a non wing sprint car, and potentially launch their career on the national scale. Recently, we have heard concerns from not only existing teams, but potential teams coming into the series about the long range outcast of 360 racing, which has seen a decline in the area along with on a national level, with prices of 360 engines rivaling the cost of some 410 engines. Being that the series spends a lot of time the Central PA area, there is an almost never-ending supply of used 410 engines that can, and will be available to teams who feel the need to run the 410 option for 2025.

The decision also comes based off of watching a significant number of our teams already having 410 engines and competing on a national level with the USAC National Series and or moving to 410 winged racing in central Pennsylvania in what we feel will be an exciting new option moving forward!

We have a unique situation as a 360 series of having a limited pool of 360 teams to attract to our events. With the 410 option, we feel our current teams can continue to run their 360 and still race for wins within a handicapping system. The 410 option also allows newly interested teams to buy an engine that the entire country utilizes, non wing and winged. Adding the 410 now allows teams to still have the option to sell their 360 while it is still currently being used in winged racing on the east coast and in other parts of the country. The 410 option will also allow teams from anywhere in the country to more easily compete with the series on a race to race basis. Be it, USAC National, BOSS or even Central Pa racers.

Additionally, there are many drivers in Central Pennsylvania who have expressed interest in wanting to compete with the series, or who have already competed wingless, and potentially allow them to compete with the series when stops occur at their home tracks which is an extremely exciting prospect for the series and fans of the series.

After seven seasons of competition, we know that our drivers are more than capable of competing with the best of the best, and the move to allow 410’s, the most hard to handle, exciting to watch sprint cars on the planet will only make our drivers even better and establish them as names known across the country! While allowing our tracks and partners to know that they have the most exciting class of race cars to compete at their facility.

The series will continue to explore options to help keep the playing field as level as possible for all teams, new and old, moving forward. This includes the 410 Injector restrictor that many non-wing 410 teams already utilize.

The 2024 Rapid Tire Service, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade season kicks off in just a few weeks at the Georgetown Delaware Speedway on April 5th, before moving to the Bridgeport Motorsports Park on April 6th.

 

 

AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 16, 2024 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.926; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.167; 3. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-16.258; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.469; 5. R.J. Johnson, 2, Yeley/Petty-16.473; 6. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-16.475; 7. Brody Roa, 15, Bonneau-16.482; 8. Austin Williams, 17W, Dunkel-16.490; 9. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.502; 10. David Gasper, 73X, Ford-16.539; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.563; 12. Matt Westfall, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.565; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.568; 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.574; 15. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.603; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.684; 17. Braden Chiaramonte, 73B, OCC-16.995; 18. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-16.995; 19. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.037; 20. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.117; 21. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.356; 22. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton-17.372; 23. Brent Sexton, 44S, Sexton-17.575; 24. Elexa Herrera, 5E, Herrera-17.996.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / SEXTON FIRE PROTECTION FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Matt McCarty, 2. A.J. Bender, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. David Gasper, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Brent Owens, 8. Shane Sexton. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cody Williams, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Brent Sexton, 7. Jeff Dyer, 8. Braden Chiaramonte. NT.

WC FRIEND COMPANY / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. Logan Williams, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Grant Sexton, 5. Austin Grabowski, 6. Logan Calderwood, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Elexa Herrera. 2:55.36.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. David Gasper (1), 2. Austin Williams (3), 3. Matt Westfall (12), 4. Brody Roa (10), 5. Logan Williams (15), 6. Tommy Malcolm (11), 7. Cody Williams (5), 8. R.J. Johnson (8), 9. Brent Owens (18), 10. Matt McCarthy (13), 11. Logan Calderwood (9), 12. Verne Sweeney (20), 13. Brent Sexton (21), 14. Austin Grabowski (17), 15. Elexa Herrera (22), 16. A.J. Bender (16), 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (14), 18. Ricky Lewis (2), 19. Jeff Dyer (19), 20. Charles Davis Jr. (7), 21. Grant Sexton (4), 22. Matt Mitchell (6). NT.
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**Chiaramonte flipped on the seventh lap during the second heat and was transported to a local hospital observation. Grant Sexton flipped on the second lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 David Gasper, Laps 10-11 Austin Williams, Laps 12-15 Ricky Lewis, Laps 16-23 Austin Williams, Laps 24-25 Brody Roa, Lap 26 Austin Williams, Laps 27-30 David Gasper.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Logan Williams (15 to 5)

NEXT AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 23 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona

 

 

USAC NIGHT AT THE INDY FUEL GAME

ON MARCH 15

Indianapolis, Indiana (March 12, 2024)………Ice hockey meets USAC racing as the Indy Fuel present USAC Night at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday night, March 15.

As the ECHL’s Indy Fuel takes the ice for their game against the Tulsa Oilers that night, USAC drivers Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas Jr., Kaylee Bryson and Kody Swanson will be on hand to battle it out on the ice.

During the second intermission of the game, the stars of USAC will partake in a trike relay race. Also, fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet the drivers and get an up-close look at a real USAC racecar.

In addition to the hockey and the racing festivities, the concession stands around the Coliseum will be serving unlimited hot dogs, popcorn and chips at the game.

Doors open to the Coliseum at 6pm Eastern while the puck drops at 7pm.

Tickets for the game are on sale now at https://indyfuelhockey.com/.

 

 

DICK JORDAN MEMORIAL MARKER

TO BE UNVEILED MARCH 19

The town of Brownsburg and the Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) will join together to unveil a memorial marker for USAC’s longtime public relations/media man, Dick Jordan.

The memorial, donated by Tony Stewart, will be unveiled at a ceremony that will take place on Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at Arbuckle Commons, 7198 Arbuckle Commons, in Brownsburg, Ind. The event will be open to the public, and all racing fans are invited to attend.

The memorial serves as a reminder of the significant contributions of Dick Jordan to the sport of racing throughout a five-decade career with the United States Auto Club, which he tirelessly promoted. It also highlights the importance of preserving the history and legacy of Indiana's rich racing heritage.

“We are honored to be a part of this special occasion as we pay tribute to one of the greats in motorsports,” said Brownsburg Town Council President Travis Tschaenn. “It is important that we remember the impact that Dick Jordan had on the sport, and this memorial is a fitting tribute to his legacy.”

The Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) has been instrumental in preserving the history of racing in Indiana. The organization has worked extensively to create memorials that honor the great drivers, mechanics and contributors of the sport.

“We are thrilled to partner with Tony Stewart and the Town of Brownsburg to honor the legacy of Dick Jordan,” said Indiana Racing Memorial Association President Mark L. Eutsler. “The memorial serves as a reminder of the great contribution of Dick Jordan to the sport of racing and stands as a testament to the importance of preserving Indiana's rich racing heritage.”

In 2023, the town of Brownsburg and IRMA partnered to develop the Brownsburg Racing Memorial Trail, the first in Indiana, to celebrate motorsports history. The trail spans just over 2.1 miles, and now features five iconic motorsports legends across Williams Park, Town Hall Green, Arbuckle Commons and White Lick Creek Greenway.

 

 

USAC NIGHT AT THE INDY FUEL GAME

ON MARCH 15

Indianapolis, Indiana (March 12, 2024)………Ice hockey meets USAC racing as the Indy Fuel present USAC Night at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday night, March 15.

As the ECHL’s Indy Fuel takes the ice for their game against the Tulsa Oilers that night, USAC drivers Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas Jr., Kaylee Bryson and Kody Swanson will be on hand to battle it out on the ice.

During the second intermission of the game, the stars of USAC will partake in a trike relay race. Also, fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet the drivers and get an up-close look at a real USAC racecar.

In addition to the hockey and the racing festivities, the concession stands around the Coliseum will be serving unlimited hot dogs, popcorn and chips at the game.

Doors open to the Coliseum at 6pm Eastern while the puck drops at 7pm.

Tickets for the game are on sale now at https://indyfuelhockey.com/.

 

 

 

TRAILER ALARMS LLC NAMED OFFICIAL TRAILER SECURITY SPONSOR OF USAC

Trailer Alarms LLC is proud to announce its partnership as the official trailer security sponsor of the United State Auto Club (USAC).

This collaboration marks a significant milestone in bolstering the safety and security of trailers across the racing community.

Trailer Alarms LLC, a leading provider of innovative security solutions for trailers, will be attending multiple USAC events throughout the year showcasing alarm systems. By leveraging cutting-edge technology and unparalleled expertise, Trailer Alarms LLC is dedicated to safeguarding the valuable assets of racers and enthusiasts alike.

“We started in 2005 from the ground up,” Trailer Alarms owner Lyle Clark stated. “I love all racing, especially dirt track open wheel racing and we love supporting racers when and where we can.”

Along with partnering with USAC, Trailer Alarms continues their partnership with Ashton Thompson Racing as a primary sponsor. Ashton will be competing in a number of races during the 2024 season with USAC.

Be sure to check out www.Trailer-Alarms.com for more info and an event schedule.

Trailer Alarms is number one in the trailer security business and has supplied security items on trailers utilized in the industries of auto racing, video production, landscaping, mobile video gaming, construction, boating, food truck as well as gas/oil testing and personal use. Furthermore, Trailer Alarms has collaborated with United States agencies such as the EPA, FEMA, Coast Guard and the Navy, just to name a few, on trailer ranging in price from $2,000 to more than $1 million.

For more information about Trailer Alarms LLC and its comprehensive range of trailer security solutions, please visit www.Trailer-Alarms.com.

 

 

AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

February 24, 2024 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.241; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.571; 3. Austin Williams, 17W, Dunkel-16.658; 4. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.675; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.701; 6. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.746; 7. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.827; 8. R.J. Johnson, 2, Yeley/Petty-16.856; 9. Sterling Cling, 11O, O’Brien-16.866; 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.899; 11. David Gasper, 73X, Ford-16.919; 12. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.929; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.003; 14. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-17.127; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.223; 16. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.233; 17. Braden Chiaramonte, 73B, OCC-17.343; 18. James Turnbull II, 2J, Turnbull-17.378; 19. Matt Westfall, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-17.474; 20. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-17.500; 21. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.624; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.907; 23. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-17.980; 24. Brent Sexton, 44S, Sexton-18.212; 25. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-18.328; 26. Blake Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-18.460; 27. Elexa Herrera, 5E, Herrera-19.157.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / SEXTON FIRE PROTECTION FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Bender, 3. Mihocko, 4. Tafoya, 5. Dyer, 6. Westfall, 7. Sweeney, 8. McCarthy. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Calderwood, 2. Johnson, 3. Davis, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gasper, 6. Chiaramonte, 7. G.Sexton, 8. Hendricks, 9. S.Sexton. 2:52.74.

WC FRIEND COMPANY / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. A.Williams, 3. Cling, 4. Lewis, 5. L.Williams, 6. Grabowski, 7. B.Sexton, 8. Herrera, 9. Turnbull. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Gasper, 2. Chiaramonte, 3. L.Williams, 4. Grabowski, 5. Westfall, 6. Sweeney, 7. Dyer, 8. G.Sexton, 9. Hendricks, 10. B.Sexton, 11. Marshall, 12. Herrera, 13. McCarthy. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Matt Mitchell (6), 2. David Gasper (9), 3. Ricky Lewis (2), 4. R.J. Johnson (1), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 6. Tommy Malcolm (14), 7. Logan Williams (10), 8. Braden Chiaramonte (16), 9. Matt Westfall (17), 10. Austin Grabowski (19), 11. Austin Williams (5), 12. A.J. Bender (11), 13. Logan Calderwood (13), 14. Jeff Dyer (15), 15. Brent Sexton (21), 16. Verne Sweeney (20), 17. Grant Sexton (18), 18. Tye Mihocko (4), 19. Sterling Cling (7), 20. Cody Williams (3), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8), 22. Blake Hendricks (22). NT.
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**Turnbull flipped on the second lap during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-14 Lewis, Lap 15 Mitchell, Lap 16 Lewis, Laps 17-30 Mitchell.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Austin Grabowski (19 to 10)

NEXT AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 16 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

 

 

JEFF NUCKLES, USAC MIDGET WINNER & PROMOTER, PASSES AWAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 22, 2024)………Jeff Nuckles, a four-time USAC National Midget feature winning driver whose perseverance and determination led him to retaining a profound presence in the sport following a paralyzing crash, passed away on February 22, 2024. He was 66 years old.

Jeff was born into racing being the Nuckles’ way of life. The family owned and operated Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway from its inception in 1946 until its closing in 2016. By the age of seven, Jeff, a Columbus native himself, was behind the wheel of a quarter midget along with his older brother, Jerry Nuckles.

By the mid-1970s, Jeff had entered the full midget ranks, cutting his teeth in NAMAR competition before making his USAC Midget debut in 1976 while driving the family-owned Volkswagen sponsored by Columbus Motor Speedway.

On Memorial Day weekend of 1979, Jeff broke through for his first career USAC National Midget victory at the Indianapolis Speedrome. It was there on the 1/5-mile paved oval that he’d also gain his second series win, two years later in 1981, by leading all 50 laps. The following weekend, Jeff made it two-straight victories on the USAC circuit by scoring a win at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, once again leading the entire 40-lap distance.

In 1980, Jeff earned honors as the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum USAC Midget indoor co-champion alongside Bob Wente. At Fort Wayne, Jeff was widely known for his colorful and entertaining entrances during driver introductions when the lights were turned off and the spotlight turned on. In 1981, Jeff was victorious on the high banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway as the feature winner of the non-sanctioned Sammy Sessions Memorial. In October of 1982, Jeff married Cindy and they remained husband and wife for 41 years.

While racing with his brother, it almost seemed that when you saw Jeff, Jerry wasn’t too far behind, and vice versa. For a six-year run between 1979-84, the siblings never finished more than two places apart in the final USAC National Midget standings. They were 10th and 12th in 1979, 9th and 11th in 1980, 10th and 11th in 1981, 8th and 9th in 1982, 6th and 7th in 1983, and 7th and 8th in 1984. Jeff’s top USAC point ranking came with a seventh in 1983.

Jeff’s final USAC National Midget feature triumph came in June of 1984 at Wisconsin’s Slinger Super Speedway, which vaulted him into the series point lead entering the summer months.

However, disaster struck just two months after his Slinger victory during a World Wide Auto Racing (WWAR) Midget event at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in August of 1984. On the day before his 27th birthday, Jeff was involved in an opening lap accident on the half-mile dirt oval that resulted in a cervical vertebra fracture. Doctors removed the back half of the vertebra, then took a piece of bone from Jeff’s hip and performed a spinal fusion.

The accident left Jeff paralyzed from the waist down and confined him to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. Despite the life-changing event, Jeff powered on, joining his family by working at Columbus Motor Speedway where he initially served as the track announcer and led the track’s publicity and advertising before, ultimately, becoming the track’s owner and promoter.

USAC expresses its deepest condolences to the Nuckles family and their many friends in the racing community.

 

 

“HAVING FUN AGAIN”

DAUM & RAMCO GO FULL-TIME

USAC MIDGET RACING IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 20, 2024)………“We’re back to having fun again.”

That’s Zach Daum’s modus operandi entering the 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season as he intends to chase the full series schedule for the RAMCO Speed Group team based out of Texas.

It’s a major return for Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) as he plans to take on the complete USAC National Midget circuit for the first time in a decade with the 2014 season being the most recent year he chased series points where he finished a career best fifth in the standings that year.

It was with RAMCO during May of 2023 in which Daum made a big return to victory lane as he picked up his first USAC victory since 2014. Whereas the 2014 triumph came on the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks, the 2023 score came on the Belleville Short Track. It was almost a full circle event for Daum.

“The Belleville win was pretty cool because it had been nine years since I’d last won a USAC Midget race,” Daum expounded. “We ran second, we ran third, we ran top-five, we did all that, but we just couldn’t get a win. To get that one after my last one had been at Belleville on the big track was cool.”

Daum and RAMCO revisited the winner’s circle in September of 2023 during the Driven2SaveLives BC39’s Stoops Pursuit special event. RAMCO Speed Group is owned by Kevin Ramey, Dave McManus and Chris Archer, a group which cut their teeth in sprint car racing in the Lone Star State but hold a special love for midget racing.

“We dipped our feet in the water last year and won Belleville and the pursuit race, so we proved we can be competitive right off the bat,” Daum explained. “We’ve just got to fine tune some other little things once we get out racing, but it should be no big deal to get going.”

For 2024, Daum and RAMCO will utilize Toyota power and a King Chassis, a New Zealand-built chassis in which Daum is the only builder/dealer of in the United States. In addition to competing on the full USAC Midget schedule, he will also take on the full slate of Xtreme Outlaw Midget events as well as select POWRi races.

Daum reflected on how he got back to this level in recent seasons after several years of sporadic USAC Midget racing participation with his own team between 2015 and 2020. Several stellar performances behind the wheel of a Bundy Built Motorsports machine in 2021-22 rekindled the spirit and got him back into the groove, so to speak.

“When I started running for Bundy, we were having fun going midget racing again and it kind of sucked me back in, I guess,” Daum remembered. “We had gotten off the beaten path on some cars and we were tearing up a lot of stuff. We just weren’t having fun. We’ve always said if we’re not having fun, we’re not going to do it, so I quit doing it for a little while. Now we’re building the King cars at our shop and I’m back in midget racing full-time again. I’ve always been a midget guy. It’s a lot of fun for me to run the midget stuff and I thoroughly enjoy it. We’re back to having fun again and that’s the biggest thing for me.”

Daum keeps himself actively involved in the sport outside of the cockpit, owning and operating 5d Speed Shop in Greenville, Ill., specializing in dirt and asphalt race equipment, including quarter midgets, full-size midgets, you name it. As for the last time Daum ran as many midget races as he plans to in the coming year, well, it’s been a while you might say.

“It’s been quite a while since I’ve run that many midget races in one year,” Daum estimated. “We’re going to do a bunch of it this year. But the team isn’t located at my shop, so I don’t have to worry as much about getting the car ready and all that. It’s a little bit of a bonus for me and I can concentrate on keeping my business going and racing sprint cars a little bit more. It should be a fun summer.”

Since making his USAC Midget debut in 2008, the now 32-year-old Daum has accomplished much in his career, which has seen him become one of only 38 drivers to reach 200 career USAC National Midget starts. He was named USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year in 2009 and was rewarded as USAC’s National Most Improved Driver in 2011. That same year, he scored a victory at the Hut Hundred, the first of his four career USAC wins.

In 2013, 2014 and 2016, Daum raced to POWRi Midget titles, and in 2022, he captured the Xtreme Outlaw Midget series crown. However, one piece of the puzzle that remains front and center on his mind is the USAC National Midget championship.

“I really want a USAC championship,” Daum stated. “The USAC championship and the Chili Bowl, if I won those, I think I just might call it a career and be done. I know we’re going to have to beat Logan (Seavey) to do both of them, so we’ve got to get our stuff together and we can make a run at it.”

The 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season begins on April 26-27 with the Kokomo Grand Prix at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

 

 

HUNGER & DESIRE:

PURSLEY & CBI TO CHASE

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 21, 2024)………Thus far, throughout the first two months of 2024, Daison Pursley has already taken a CB Industries midget on a fascinating alphabet soup run at the Chili Bowl Nationals and also captured two of his three micro sprint starts for the team.

Now, Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) will take the wheel to compete for a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2024 for Chad Boat’s CB Industries team aboard the PristineAuction.com – TRD – NOS Energy Drink No. 86 Spike/Speedway Toyota. Pursley will be teamed with USAC Rookie Zach Wigal (Belpre, Ohio) throughout the year on the CBI squad.

Pursley, twice a winner in USAC National Midget competition for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports in 2021, made his return to full-time midget racing in 2023 for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports. However, toward the end of that season’s California swing, Pursley and CBI driver/friend Jesse Love began chatting in the pit area, which led to a conversation with Boat regarding 2024 plans. One thing led to another and Pursley had some new plans for 2024.

“Chad asked me what I was going to do for the Chili Bowl, and I said I truthfully didn’t have any plans locked down,” Pursley recalled. “I had a couple opportunities to race for people, but I didn’t have anything for sure. Then Chad mentioned to me that he wanted to do something, which led into 2024 USAC Midget stuff as well. All the stars aligned for us to go chase a national championship.”

After a bit of a struggle during Pursley and CBI’s first outing during the Wednesday prelim at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla., the team truly hit its stride in Saturday’s finale. Buried in the D-Main, Pursley proceeded to win it from fourth, then grabbed the fifth and final transfer spot in the C-Main after starting 16th. Mired in the 20th starting position for the B-Main, Pursley charged all the way up to fifth to advance to the feature event. There, starting 20th again, Pursley traveled all the way to fourth by the checkered flag. In all, Pursley advanced an astonishing 45 positions in just four races.

Not bad for a debut, and as Pursley noted, the chemistry between he and Boat was clear the moment they shook hands in late 2023, before they even hit the track. With that said, Pursley was already keenly aware of CBI’s abilities. After all, Pursley’s Rookie season with the USAC National Midgets came in 2020, which coincides with the very same year that CBI captured its first series championship with Chris Windom at the wheel.

“The year I came into USAC in 2020, they were the guys to beat with Chris Windom winning the championship that year,” Pursley remembered. “To be able to race for this operation is pretty cool. The equipment they have and the caliber of racing these guys want to do is absolutely unbelievable. Everything Chad does and the things he’s put together are just top-notch and I think he has everything lined up to have a really good season for Zach and me both.”

In fact, Pursley and CBI’s year is already off to a flying start. During the first week of February, together they captured micro sprint victories at North Carolina’s Millbridge Speedway and Florida’s Marion County Speedway within a three-night span.

Now, just a little more than two years removed from his spinal cord injury in a racing accident at Arizona Speedway, Pursley is hungry and determined to return to victory lane in USAC National Midget competition for the first time since 2021.

“I definitely want to get that first win in USAC since the accident,” Pursley stated. “I wasn’t able to accomplish that last year, but I felt like we were so, so close, and midget racing is so close right now. We finished as high as second, but we were never able to close out and finish the deal. But this year, I think it’s going to be a pretty successful season, to say the least.”

The 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season begins on April 26-27 with the Kokomo Grand Prix at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

 

 

GOT THE GIG!

HULBERT NAMED FULL-TIME

USAC NATIONAL ANNOUNCER FOR 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 19, 2024)………Bryan Hulbert has been named the full-time lead announcer for USAC national racing in 2024.

Hulbert’s role will encompass full coverage of each and every event on the Silver Crown, AMSOIL Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule on the track’s public address system as well as on FloRacing’s live stream of every race throughout the 2024 USAC national season.

Originally hailing from New Mexico, but now residing in Oklahoma, Hulbert announced the first six races of the USAC season during the recent Winter Dirt Games XV series in February in Florida, having the opportunity to announce for an organization he has long held an affinity for since his youngest days as a race fan.

“It's very humbling to get the chance to represent USAC, its drivers and sponsors,” Hulbert said. “USAC is a series I've followed since I was a kid and have always held in high regard. I'm looking forward to the season and the challenges that come with it. Winter Dirt Games gave me a chance to work with the entire team and get a feel for how the series runs on a night-to-night basis, start making connections with the teams and establishing a routine.”

Hulbert has handled announcing duties at racetracks for 18 seasons. He started as a trackside reporter in 2006 before taking on the role of lead announcer in 2007 at dirt tracks such as Southern New Mexico Speedway and Texas’ El Paso Speedway Park.

A jack of all trades in motorsports, Hulbert has worked extensively in the departments of marketing, public relations, graphic design, ad design, commercial production, voiceovers, hanging banners, production work, you name it.

Hulbert has also been a fixture on the microphone at the Chili Bowl Nationals for more than a decade, a role he will retain during the winter months following the conclusion of the USAC season.

“The fun part about my job is that I still get to be a fan and contribute to the sport I love,” Hulbert stated. “Chili Bowl and the Tulsa Shootout are the same way, and fortunately, working for USAC will allow me to keep doing what I've been doing in Tulsa with the added benefit of being able to follow teams and drivers I normally only get to see one week a year. It’s definitely going to make studying for the test a lot easier!”

Hulbert’s next gig with USAC will arrive when the National Sprint Car season resumes on Friday, April 5, for the running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

 

 

5 YEARS TO THE DAY:

LEARY TRIUMPHS AGAIN

WITH USAC SPRINTS AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 16, 2024)………The last time C.J. Leary won at Florida’s Ocala Speedway, it wound up being a very good year.

After parlaying a final night Winter Dirt Games victory in 2019 at Ocala into a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship later that season, the Greenfield, Ind. racer hopes that 2024 will bear a much similar fruit.

During Friday night’s Winter Dirt Games XV finale at the 3/8-mile dirt track, Leary took the right step in that direction by notching his first feature victory of the season, exactly five years to the day of his only other Ocala triumph, the significance of which wasn’t lost on Leary.

“This is awesome to pick up a win here,” Leary exclaimed. “It’s been since 2019 that we’ve been in victory lane here. Maybe this is a little sign of what’s to come throughout the whole season.”

Leary’s late-race surge on Friday night took him from fourth to first during the final five circuits, where he took over the point from series point leader Logan Seavey just three laps from the finish of the 30-lapper en route to victory in his BGE-Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Valvoline – Hornbeck Concrete/DRC/1-Way Chevy, the same 2020-built chassis he won with during Indiana Sprint Week at Kokomo Speedway in 2023.

The 23rd main event win of Leary’s USAC National Sprint Car career moved him to 28th on the all-time list, surpassing 27-time winners Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sammy Sessions while equaling Roger McCluskey on the 28 line.

Leary’s victory was of the resurgent variety, having collected four top-five finishes in each of his first four starts of the USAC season before tallying a distant ninth the night before at Ocala. What they thought was a possible engine malfunction 24 hours earlier turned out to be the same powerplant that guided the team to victory 24 hours later.

“We’ve been so fast and so good, but we had a little bit of an off night last night,” Leary recalled. “I thought we were having engine issues yesterday so we went through the whole thing and diagnosed it and couldn’t find anything wrong, so we just kept running it. This is probably the last night on this rebuild.”

Leary began his race from the fourth spot on the grid while, for the third consecutive event, Chase Stockon led the opening lap after starting from the pole position. However, by lap three, the man on the charge was Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier Kevin Thomas Jr. who utilized the outside line to his liking, blowing by Stockon on the backstretch for the top spot on lap three.

Thomas’ time up front proved to be short-lived as Seavey quickly reeled him in and initiated a successful turn one slide job on the fourth lap which thrusted him into the race lead.

Seavey continued to ride the high line through the middle stages of the race as he swiftly knifed his way through the thick throng of lapped traffic to gain a 1.5 second lead over Thomas. Seavey continued to trounce the field as he assembled a full straightaway lead over Brady Bacon who deftly dove under Thomas in turn two to slot into the second position with nine laps remaining.

From there, Seavey’s interval over Bacon dissipated abruptly, and with six laps to go, Bacon was within a couple whiskers of Seavey’s tail tank when both narrowly avoided disaster. Just ahead of Seavey and Bacon, the lapped car driven by Robert Bell, making his first series start in nearly three years, spun out, forcing the leaders to take evasive action in order to avoid as the race went yellow.

With six to go, Leary found himself mired in fourth on a track that became lathered in rubber. But it didn’t stop Leary from beginning to make a surge. Leary pressed Thomas on lap 26 and wedged into the third spot in turn three under Thomas to move up another spot on the pylon.

Suddenly, fifth running Justin Grant slowed with a flat right rear tire, which caused him to stop in turn one, indicating that tire wear and attrition had begun to rear its head. Grant, winner of three-in-a-row at Ocala in the past week, saw his run end with a season-low 20th place result.

On the immediate restart, Leary shot under Bacon off turn four on lap 27 to corral third and cross the line just before fifth running Daison Pursley became the next victim of a right rear tire’s demise, which went flat and forced him to a stop in turn one.

Now with Leary lined up on Seavey’s rear bumper for the lap 28 restart, it didn’t take long for Leary to flex his muscle. Sweeping wide through turns one and two, Leary loaded up on momentum and carried it with him for the entire length of the the backstretch, and ultimately, was able to scoot under Seavey off turn four to put himself in prime real estate at the front of the field.

Thinking a bit earlier that, when the rubber came, the track surface was going to be hard to pass on, Leary even proved his own theory to be incorrect.

“I think it just kind of paid off there by not being the leader at the end,” Leary explained. “Those guys kept shortening the track up, looking for the rubber, but I was able to keep my momentum up around the top and find some moisture.”

Leary tore away from the pack over the final three trips, and on the last of the 30 laps, poured it on by laying down his fastest lap of the feature as he was taking the checkered flag for a .835 margin of victory over Seavey, Stockon, Thomas and Jadon Rogers, who posted a fine fifth place run. Bacon was headed for a third-place result on the final lap when his right rear tire gave way off turn four, dropping him to seventh in the final running order.

Second at the stripe was Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) who finished off his six-race Florida stretch with six consecutive top-three finishes with the brand-new Abacus Racing sprint car team and their CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.

“When you’re leading and it takes rubber, you think that’s the best thing,” Seavey said. “But one and two really didn’t take rubber. It was really slippery and tricky, and then you get so much speed down the frontstretch from the rubber, you just go sliding through one and two. I saw C.J. marching up the board every caution and I knew he was really good, but I guess I just assumed that he was driving around guys up a lane and then getting down in front of them on the backstretch just because it was so slick getting off two, so I moved up just half a lane and he snuck right by me. I got myself a little free after seeing guys blow tires and I freed myself up a little bit thinking I could get some weight off my right rear and make it to the end. It was the wrong decision, and I lost the race.”

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) equaled his season-best with a third-place result in his KO Motorsports/Banded Ag – Superior Tank & Trailer – Dewig Meats – AMSOIL/DRC/Fisher Chevy.

“I could see some of the guys’ tires starting to go down and delaminating a little bit, and I kind of knew we needed to save,” Stockon recalled. “Over the years, we’ve always been pretty decent in the rubber, so I was able to pick my way back up to third. We started on the pole both nights here, and on the last two nights, we’ve ended up third. Going first to third doesn’t show how hard these guys have been working on this car to get me comfortable, but we’re inching up on them.”

Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.) has had a solid start to his first full season of USAC National Sprint Car racing. On this night, he capped his Winter Dirt Games trip with a run from 20th to 11th. That performance earned him the night's Irvin King Hard Charger award.

For the second consecutive season, Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) earned the Hughes Racing/Indiana Mafia/Flamingo Sandy Winter Dirt Games Passing Master title. Throughout the course of the past week in Florida, The Mad Man passed a total of 44 cars.

Meanwhile, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) recorded his 38th career USAC National Sprint Car Fast Qualifying time, moving him past three-time series champ Larry Dickson and now sits just one behind five-time titlist Levi Jones for sixth all-time.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-13.914; 2. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.085; 3. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.158; 4. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-14.187; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.205; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.267; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.307; 8. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.316; 9. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.401; 10. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.444; 11. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.462; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.476; 13. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.565; 14. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.582; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.619; 16. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.626; 17. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.643; 18. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.719; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.744; 20. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.810; 21. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.886; 22. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-15.210; 23. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-15.598; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.601; 25. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-15.615; 26. Kobe Simpson, 21K, Simpson-15.705; 27. Jake Bland, 24x, Maddox-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Shane Butler, 9. Chase Howard. 2:04.00

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Joey Amantea, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Tom Harris, 8. Kobe Simpson. 2:02.78

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. Robert Bell. 2:04.89

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (4), 2. Logan Seavey (3), 3. Chase Stockon (1), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 5. Jadon Rogers (7), 6. Mitchel Moles (10), 7. Brady Bacon (2), 8. Alex Bright (14), 9. Briggs Danner (12), 10. Carson Garrett (11), 11. Joey Amantea (20), 12. Robert Ballou (16), 13. Jake Swanson (15), 14. Tye Mihocko (13), 15. Kyle Cummins (19), 16. Matt Westfall (9), 17. Tom Harris (17), 18. Brandon Mattox (18), 19. Kobe Simpson (25), 20. Justin Grant (8), 21. Hunter Maddox (21), 22. Daison Pursley (5), 23. Chase Howard (24), 24. Robert Bell (23), 25. Shane Butler (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chase Stockon, Lap 3 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 4-27 Logan Seavey, Laps 28-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-462, 2-C.J. Leary-424, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-400, 4-Justin Grant-388, 5-Daison Pursley-331, 6-Chase Stockon-322, 7-Briggs Danner-309, 8-Robert Ballou-305, 9-Kyle Cummins-304, 10-Mitchel Moles-295.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-37, 2-Tye Mihocko-32, 3-Alex Bright-27, 4-Joey Amantea-24, 5-Logan Seavey-20, 6-C.J. Leary-19, 7-Kyle Cummins-18, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-15, 9-Matt Westfall-15, 10-Briggs Danner-13.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-44, 2-Tye Mihocko-39, 3-Logan Seavey-35, 4-C.J. Leary-30, 5-Alex Bright-30, 6-Joey Amantea-29, 7-Kyle Cummins-27, 8-Justin Grant-26, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-25, 10-Matt Westfall-20.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 5, 2024 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – Jim Hurtubise Classic – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Briggs Danner (14.202)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr. (13.914)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

ProSource Hard Work Award: Kobe Simpson

Irvin King Hard Charger: Joey Amantea (20th to 11th)

Hughes Racing/Indiana Mafia/Flamingo Sandy Winter Dirt Games XV Passing Master Champion: Robert Ballou

 

 

 

3-FOR-3!

GRANT TOPS USAC SPRINT FIELD

FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT OCALA WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 15, 2024)………Quite frankly, Florida’s Ocala Speedway has served all of Justin Grant’s banking needs throughout Winter Dirt Games XV.

After three USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victories in three starts this year, the 3/8-mile dirt oval has been a figurative ATM for Grant and his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

In the process, Grant (Ione, Calif.) set a new milestone on Thursday night at Ocala with his 48th career series victory, surpassing USAC Hall of Fame inductee Tracy Hines for sole possession of fourth place all-time.

Furthermore, Grant became the first driver since Damion Gardner in 2010 to win at least three of the first four events to begin a USAC National Sprint Car season. Now, with seven overall scores, Grant has added to his grand total as both the winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver at Ocala Speedway and as the winningest driver in Winter Dirt Games history.

By doing so, Grant gave TOPP Motorsports a share of the top of the list in terms of the winningest teams in Winter Dirt Games history, tied with Dynamics, Inc. at six main event victories, turning his No. 4 into something more akin to what you might see on the launching pad at Cape Canaveral, located roughly two hours southeast of where he won Thursday night’s feature.

“Our car is lights out around here,” Grant exclaimed. "I feel like we’re about the same speed as everybody else early in the day, but by the time this place gets slick in feature time, this thing has been an absolute rocket ship.”

Grant’s currently active streak of three-straight wins at a single track began with back-to-back victories at Ocala to open the season last weekend. It’s a familiar scenario for Grant who is the only driver to achieve three consecutive wins at one track throughout the past four USAC Sprint Car seasons. Grant has actually accomplished it on two other separate occasions in that span, both coming at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, between 2021-22 and across three successive evenings in August of 2023.

Starting outside the front row on Thursday night at Ocala, Grant quickly established the lead by lap two as he glided underneath pole sitter and opening lap leader Chase Stockon on the inside of turn two, then was practically perfect for the remainder of the 30-lap distance.

Grant had opened up a 2.5 second lead over the field just before the midway point until third-running Timmy Buckwalter slipped over the cushion in turn one on lap 14 and slid to a stop. The incident also affected sixth place Brady Bacon whose horrible, no good, rotten start to the year got even worse when his right rear tire nicked Buckwalter’s rear bumper, flattening Bacon’s rubber as he attempted to avoid Buckwalter’s stalled machine, which prompted a visit to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area for a new tire.

As a result, Bacon restarted at the tail and managed only a 13th in the final finishing order, his fourth finish of 12th or worse in five starts this season.

Just after the ensuing restart, Logan Seavey, gunning to earn his third-straight USAC win of the week after sweeping Tuesday’s twin bill at Volusia, drag raced past Stockon on the front straight to gain the second position on lap 15. That put the only two 2024 USAC winners running one and two.

Just moments later, however, USAC Rookie Trey Osborne (20th) launched over the outside guardrail in between turns three and four on the 16th lap. Osborne walked away from the incident after becoming the second driver of the night to clear the wall after Zach Daum catapulted over the turn four rail before landing outside the track. Both drivers walked away without injury.

Mere moments before Osborne’s crash, Grant overcame a bit of tentativeness on his approach into turns three and four, knowing that in order to defeat Seavey, he was going to have to slightly alter his approach.

“I was afraid to open my entry into turn three, but three and four were getting pretty thin,” Grant explained. “I know you’ve got to open your entry here to get that moisture down the front stretch. On the lap the red came out, I had done that, and it was like, ‘okay, it’s time to move.’”

During the open red flag in which crews are permitted to make adjustments on their cars and offer sage-like advice to their drivers, crew chief Jeff Walker assured Grant that they weren’t going to be beat if they were able to string together 15 more high quality laps on the board. Importantly, both driver and team were in concert and in complete agreement that it was a necessity to get off the bottom of turn four even better than they had been.

“I think I had her figured out,” Grant confidently stated. “But it was certainly nice to have Jeff come out and just get the heart rate back down, settle me down and let me know that what I was thinking was right.”

With 10 laps remaining, the top-two breakaway of the 2023 USAC national champions resumed with Grant keeping Seavey consistently at bay by two to three car lengths at the front of the field.

For the balance of the show, that’s how it remained, and when the curtain closed, that’s how it concluded. At the finish line, Grant was 0.524 seconds ahead of Seavey with Stockon third, Daison Pursley fourth and Jake Swanson fifth.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) increased his series point lead to 27 over Grant after recording his fifth consecutive top-three result in his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy, just missing out on becoming the first driver since Damion Gardner in 2010-11 to score three-straight Winter Dirt Games triumphs.

“I think our car was good, if not maybe a touch better than Justin’s,” Seavey pointed out. “I tried to arch turn three one time and it was actually the same lap he arched three. We both were out in the black and he got away from us. When you’ve got a guy like Justin out front, unless a mistake happens, it doesn’t really matter if you’re faster than him or not. We ran a good race and ran a good line to get to his bumper. I thought I had a shot, but the only real shot you have is when there’s a mistake, but there weren’t any.”

For the second race in a row, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) stepped out into the race lead on the opening lap. This time around, however, he stuck around up front to gain his best USAC result of the season thus far, a third in his KO Motorsports/Banded Ag – Superior Tank & Trailer – Dewig Meats – AMSOIL/DRC/Fisher Chevy

“Kent Schmidt has been turning the wrenches on this thing all week,” Stockon revealed. “We’ve had a fast car and had a lot of good moments, but a little luck just didn’t go our way. I think we’re inching up on these guys. I think it’ll be a trending thing to see the 5s car back up on the podium more often. These guys – Logan and Justin – have a really good pace right now. It’s pretty cool to watch these guys battle it out, but we’d just like to be in front of them while they’re doing that.”

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) was the biggest mover of in the feature, advancing seven spots from 14th to seventh to earn Irvin King Hard Charger honors. Meanwhile, Shane Butler (Bushnell, Fla.) grabbed the final transfer spot in the semi-feature, which earned him his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature starting spot as well as ProSource Hard Work honors for the night.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.925; 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-13.929; 3. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.005; 4. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.039; 5. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.039; 6. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.040; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.099; 8. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-14.100; 9. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.126; 10. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.132; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.149; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.194; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.212; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-14.258; 15. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.340; 16. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.348; 17. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.349; 18. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.376; 19. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.445; 20. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.452; 21. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.487; 22. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.550; 23. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-14.968; 24. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.973; 25. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-15.047; 26. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-15.075; 27. Kobe Simpson, 21K, Simpson-16.139; 28. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.189.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Shane Butler. 1:57.91

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Hunter Maddox. 1:56.20

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Trey Osborne, 5. Tom Harris, 6. Chase Howard, 7. Kobe Simpson. 1:58.32

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Joey Amantea, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Robert Bell. 1:57.28

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Garrett, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chase Howard, 4. Shane Butler, 5. Hunter Maddox, 6. Kobe Simpson, 7. Robert Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Chase Stockon (1), 4. Daison Pursley (4), 5. Jake Swanson (3), 6. Matt Westfall (9), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (14), 8. Kyle Cummins (8), 9. C.J. Leary (12), 10. Jadon Rogers (10), 11. Robert Ballou (17), 12. Joey Amantea (19), 13. Brady Bacon (7), 14. Carson Garrett (11), 15. Mitchel Moles (16), 16. Tye Mihocko (20), 17. Alex Bright (24), 18. Tom Harris (15), 19. Brandon Mattox (22), 20. Trey Osborne (18), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (5), 22. Chase Howard (21), 23. Briggs Danner (13), 24. Shane Butler (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-30 Justin Grant.

**Hunter Maddox flipped during qualifying. Zach Daum flipped over the turn four guardrail during the fourth heat. Trey Osborne flipped over the turn three guardrail on lap 16 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-384, 2-Justin Grant-357, 3-C.J. Leary-344, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-330, 5-Daison Pursley-297, 6-Kyle Cummins-266, 7-Robert Ballou-259, 8-Briggs Danner-257, 9-Chase Stockon-253, 10-Mitchel Moles-233.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-33, 2-Tye Mihocko-32, 3-Alex Bright-21, 4-Logan Seavey-19, 5-C.J. Leary-16, 6-Matt Westfall-15, 7-Joey Amantea-15, 8-Kyle Cummins-14, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-13, 10-Justin Grant-10.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-40, 2-Tye Mihocko-39, 3-Logan Seavey-30, 4-Justin Grant-24, 5-C.J. Leary-24, 6-Alex Bright-24, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-23, 8-Kyle Cummins-20, 9-Matt Westfall-20, 10-Joey Amantea-18.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 16-17, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Logan Seavey (13.946)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey (13.925)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kyle Cummins

ProSource Hard Work Award: Shane Butler

Irvin King Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 7th)

 

 

GATOR SWEEP!

SEAVEY WINS BOTH ENDS OF

USAC SPRINT TWIN BILL AT VOLUSIA

Barberville, Florida (February 13, 2024)………Throughout the past few years, we’ve witnessed Logan Seavey accomplish a myriad of feats that have not been achieved by any other individuals in generations.

In 2022, he became the first driver to win on all three USAC national season finales on dirt. In 2023, he captured two USAC national victories at two different tracks within a single day. Later that same season, he swept the USAC portion of the 4-Crown Nationals. The list goes on and on.

On Tuesday night at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, Seavey added yet another astounding achievement to his ever-growing list. On this night, the Sutter, Calif. racer did something no other driver has done in more than 22 years – winning multiple USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship features in a single day.

Fellow Californian Bud Kaeding was the most recent to go back-to-back on the same night in October of 2001 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Seavey’s performance was the 18th occasion in which a driver swept both ends of a USAC National Sprint Car doubleheader at the same track on the same day.

The others to accomplish the feat are Jim Hurtubise (1961 Langhorne), Roger McCluskey (1966 Terre Haute), Mario Andretti (1967 Oswego), Greg Weld (1968 Reading), Sammy Sessions (1969 Pocono), Pancho Carter (1973 Winchester), A.J. Foyt (1974 Indiana State Fairgrounds), Tom Bigelow (1974 Minnesota State Fairgrounds), Marvin Carman (1975 Winchester), Pancho Carter (1976 Eldora), Pancho Carter (1976 Winchester), Tom Bigelow (1977 Indiana State Fairgrounds), Pancho Carter (1977 Winchester), Steve Chassey (1979 Winchester), Billy Cassella (1979 Eldora), Doug Wolfgang (1991 Tri-City), Bud Kaeding (2001 Terre Haute).

So few have been able to make their way onto the list over the years and decades, and in continuing a trend that has been true since 1979, Seavey won both of his races on a dirt half-mile – the kind of place that fits him to a T.

“It’s incredible,” Seavey exclaimed. “These races are so hard to win, and to win any of them is just a dream come true for me. These big half-miles really suit me well. Once you get your momentum going, it’s easy to keep it going. I’ve been here in the past and struggled, but this thing is so good. I was really confident, and it showed here tonight. The last 13 months have been the best months of my career and my life. It’s just so cool to be out here winning USAC races.”

In addition, Abacus Racing had a perfect night as well, capturing its first two USAC National Sprint Car features in a span of a little more than an hour. The Noblesville, Ind. based team became the first entrant to win their first two USAC National Sprint Car main events on the same day since Max Dowker at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1975, a car driven to twin-50 lap victories nearly a half-century ago.

To add to the saga, Abacus Racing’s primary powerplant met its demise as Seavey was taking the checkered flag during a heat race victory in Monday’s rain-abbreviated program. At that point, the team decided to remove the engine out of their CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy spare car and install it in their primary rather than going with the backup.

The move paid off, and here they are now, all of a sudden standing with a pair of wins and the USAC National Sprint Car point lead just four races into the team’s existence with the series, and just a handful of months removed from series titles with both the USAC Silver Crown and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Midgets in 2023.

“(Crewman) Kirk (Simpson) and Ronnie (Gardner) have worked so much harder than I feel they should’ve or needed to,” Seavey praised. “I kind of pushed them to make that call to stay in this car and change engines and keep our starting spot for later. These guys didn’t give up. They just kept working on this thing and making it better for me. When you change engines, it changes everything. With any power difference, it just changes the car completely. Our car has been so good, and to have a big change like that is tough, but you can’t really help engine problems.”

The first of two features held on Tuesday night was a 30-lapper paying $10,000-to-win, which saw Seavey starting ninth on the grid. Pole sitter Carson Garrett led the initial five circuits until outside front row starter Kyle Cummins went topside around the low-riding Garrett to take over the top spot on lap six.

By halfway, Seavey was in the thick of the mix as he charged under Brady Bacon for the second spot on lap 15. After catching Cummins on lap 20, Seavey attempted his first slider to no avail in turns one and two. When Cummins counterpunched to briefly reassume the lead, Seavey sling-shotted his way under Cummins in turns three and four to make the move stick and take over the reins of the race.

“I really was surprised actually when (Cummins) turned down off two,” Seavey recalled. “I think I just hopped the cushion a little bit when I slid him. I was nervous, and then I got an awful final restart and I spun really bad. I had to protect a lot into one and I didn’t feel like I got through one and two good at all, but I kind of got through the back stretch okay. I thought if I could just get into three good and get away from these guys, I’d be okay. I grabbed brake and I got tight, then I just kept making mistakes those last few laps, but the car kind of carried me to the win.”

Just when Seavey seemingly had it all wrapped up in a neat little package just after taking the white flag, calamity ensued. During a battle for third between Bacon and Kevin Thomas Jr., Bacon and the lapped car of Jadon Rogers collided in turns three and four, resulting in Bacon and Rogers flipping over as well as the oncoming car of Trey Osborne. All drivers managed to climb out and walk away.

As was the story all night long, Seavey found no match after the green-white-checkered restart, scoring the win by 1.331 seconds over Cummins, making it two brand-new teams finishing inside the top-two. Thomas Jr. took third while fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder C.J. Leary grabbed fourth. Meanwhile, Garrett rounded out the top-five.

Starting fourth in the second “Monday make-up” feature of the night, Chase Stockon zipped out to the opening lap lead from his pole starting position. However, third-starting Bacon quickly positioned himself at the front with a slider on Stockon for the lead in turn one on lap two.

By lap four, Seavey had already shot his way into second as he slipped by Stockon to take the spot, then began to work on reeling in Bacon. On lap 11, Seavey swiped the lead from Bacon with a strong run on the back straight. However, just as Seavey cleared Bacon, the yellow flag flew for a 360-degree spin in turn four by Stockon after he and Grant tangled in a battle for seventh. Due to the caution, Seavey relinquished his lead back to Bacon for the ensuing resumption.

It didn’t take long, however, for Seavey to fight his way back to the front. Seavey slid Bacon in turns one and two to take full ownership of the top spot on lap 14, then immediately jetted away to a 1.6 second advantage just a mere lap later.

“It’s tough when you’re leading,” Seavey said of Bacon’s predicament. “He was running fairly hard, but when you’ve got a rabbit to chase, you can always push it a little bit harder. If you’re leading and screw up, you look like a dummy. It’s hard to judge just how hard you can run. If you step over the line once, it gets you, and it did get him there, but he got saved by the yellow. This car is so comfortable on the cushion and secure, you can really hammer it in there and run well. I got to him a little bit earlier in the race and I tried too hard, and I was the one getting up over it. These big fast miles with a curb are tricky, and it’s why we love them.

Nonetheless, the action came to a halt in a major way on lap 20 as Robert Ballou (12th) barrel rolled atop turns one and two. Rogers (17th) attempted to avoid the carnage, but flipped several times himself as well, his second upside down misfortune of the night. Both drivers walked away without harm. Leader Seavey nearly got caught up in it and was forced to take evasive action to avoid the carnage, narrowly avoiding contact with four wheels above the cushion, but kept it going.

Seavey held a 3.542 second lead before the red flag with six to go, but once again, he went undeterred to the finish line, opening up a relatively comfortable gap of 1.742 seconds at the stripe for his second triumphant performance of the night while Bacon, Leary, Daison Pursley and Grant rounded out the top-five.

In addition, Seavey added to his trophy collection with a Big Gator for accumulating the best average finish of the night between the two main events, and of course, an average result of 1.0 for the entirety of the evening is simply impossible for anyone else to overtake, and that is something that nobody was able to accomplish all throughout Tuesday night.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals / Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.151 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.375; 3. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.506; 4. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-16.557; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-16.574; 6. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.607; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.667; 8. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-16.700; 9. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-16.707; 10. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-16.711; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.716; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-16.760; 13. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-16.784; 14. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-16.796; 15. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.816; 16. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-16.834; 17. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-16.883; 18. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-16.889; 19. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.940; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-16.991; 21. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-17.005; 22. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-17.011; 23. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-17.043; 24. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.083; 25. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.093; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-17.565; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Briggs Danner, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Tom Harris. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Chase Howard, 9. Hunter Maddox. 2:18.20

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Brian Ruhlman, 3. Joey Amantea, 4. Carson Garrett, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Trey Osborne, 8. Daison Pursley, 9. Robert Bell. 2:16.68

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Tom Harris, 3. Trey Osborne, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Hunter Maddox, 7. Chase Howard. 2:22.45

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (9), 2. Kyle Cummins (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Carson Garrett (1), 6. Daison Pursley (25-P), 7. Mitchel Moles (4), 8. Briggs Danner (3), 9. Chase Stockon (18), 10. Justin Grant (5), 11. Robert Ballou (24), 12. Joey Amantea (12), 13. Tye Mihocko (19), 14. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 15. Tom Harris (13), 16. Matt Westfall (10), 17. Zach Daum (14), 18. Hunter Maddox (22), 19. Alex Bright (20), 20. Brady Bacon (7), 21. Jadon Rogers (15), 22. Trey Osborne (23), 23. Brandon Mattox (16), 24. Brian Ruhlman (17), 25. Jake Swanson (21). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Carson Garrett, Laps 6-19 Kyle Cummins, Laps 20-30 Logan Seavey.

**Brady Bacon, Jadon Rogers & Trey Osborne flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-237, 2-C.J. Leary-230, 3-Justin Grant-223, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-222, 5-Robert Ballou-181, 6-Briggs Danner-180, 7-Kyle Cummins-166, 8-Daison Pursley-164, 9-Carson Garrett-151, 10-Mitchel Moles-149.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER PRESENTED BY SPIRE SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-78, 2-Kyle Cummins-75, 3-C.J. Leary-72, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-72, 5-Carson Garrett-64, 6-Mitchel Moles-60, 7-Briggs Danner-56, 8-Daison Pursley-55, 9-Justin Grant-53, 10-Chase Stockon-50.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-24, 2-Tye Mihocko-16, 3-Alex Bright-13, 4-Logan Seavey-12, 5-Kyle Cummins-11, 6-C.J. Leary-10, 7-Chase Stockon-9, 8-Briggs Danner-8, 9-Mitchel Moles-7, 10-Jadon Rogers-7.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-31, 2-Tye Mihocko-23, 3-Logan Seavey-22, 4-Justin Grant-18, 5-C.J. Leary-18, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-16, 7-Alex Bright-16, 8-Chase Stockon-15, 9-Kyle Cummins-14, 10-Briggs Danner-13.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 15-16-17, 2024 – Ocala Speedway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant (16.711)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.151)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Robert Ballou

ProSource Hard Work Award: Robert Ballou

Irvin King Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (24th to 11th)


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 12-13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.173 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-16.424; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-16.504; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.532; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.562; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.645; 7. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.664; 8. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-16.705; 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-16.775; 10. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.792; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-16.834; 12. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-16.838; 13. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-16.840; 14. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.893; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-16.956; 16. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-16.991; 17. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-17.112; 18. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-17.137; 19. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.174; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-17.231; 21. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-17.297; 22. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.336; 23. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.397; 24. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-17.513; 25. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.906; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-18.141; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.745.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Brian Ruhlman, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Daison Pursley. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Tom Harris, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Chase Howard. 2:16.61 (New Track Record)

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Hunter Maddox, 9. Robert Bell. 2:17.52

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Brian Ruhlman, 5. Hunter Maddox, 6. Trey Osborne, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Chase Howard, 9. Robert Bell. 3:00.79

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses, held February 13) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Brady Bacon (3), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Daison Pursley (12), 5. Justin Grant (8), 6. Alex Bright (7), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 8. Briggs Danner (10), 9. Mitchel Moles (2), 10. Kyle Cummins (13), 11. Tye Mihocko (23), 12. Tom Harris (17), 13. Carson Garrett (9), 14. Joey Amantea (18), 15. Chase Stockon (1), 16. Robert Ballou (19), 17. Matt Westfall (22), 18. Zach Daum (14), 19. Trey Osborne (24), 20. Hunter Maddox (20), 21. Brian Ruhlman (21), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 23. Jadon Rogers (16), 24. Jake Swanson (15). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-13 Brady Bacon, Laps 14-25 Logan Seavey.

**Robert Ballou & Jadon Rogers flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-307, 2-C.J. Leary-294, 3-Justin Grant-281, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-274, 5-Briggs Danner-229, 6-Daison Pursley-225, 7-Robert Ballou-212, 8-Kyle Cummins-209, 9-Mitchel Moles-195, 10-Carson Garrett-188.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tye Mihocko-28, 2-Robert Ballou-27, 3-Logan Seavey-15, 4-Kyle Cummins-14, 5-Alex Bright-14, 6-C.J. Leary-13, 7-Matt Westfall-12, 8-Briggs Danner-10, 9-Justin Grant-9, 10-Daison Pursley-9.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tye Mihocko-35, 2-Robert Ballou-34, 3-Logan Seavey-25, 4-Justin Grant-21, 5-C.J. Leary-21, 6-Kyle Cummins-17, 7-Alex Bright-17, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-16, 9-Briggs Danner-15, 10-Matt Westfall-15.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Timmy Buckwalter (16.994)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.173)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

ProSource Hard Work Award: Trey Osborne

Irvin King Hard Charger: Tye Mihocko (23rd to 11th)

 

 

VOLUSIA RAINED OUT MONDAY;

USAC SPRINT DOUBLEHEADER ON TUESDAY!

Barberville, Florida (February 12, 2024)………After receiving heavy continuous rain with thunderstorms in the area and more on the way at Volusia Speedway Park, officials have concluded Monday’s DIRTcar Nationals program with the safety of teams and fans in mind.

By completing the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the DIRTcar Late Models, Monday’s program is deemed complete.

However, to make sure drivers and fans still get the shows they came for, Monday’s USAC Sprint Car Feature is being moved to the Tuesday, February 13 program and Monday’s DIRTcar Late Model Feature is being moved to Wednesday, February 14.

That will give fans a USAC doubleheader on Tuesday with the DIRTcar Late Models and then four DIRTcar Late Model Features on Wednesday in addition to the Super DIRTcar Series program.

Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park continues Tuesday, Feb. 13, with DIRTcar Late Models and USAC Sprint Cars.

Twenty-seven USAC Sprint Car drivers were on hand for Monday’s event. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind) set a new USAC track record in qualifying with a lap of 16.173 seconds for an average speed of 111.297 mph. Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) won each of the three heat races while Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) scored a victory in the semi-feature.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) will start on the front row of Tuesday’s 25-lap makeup feature program. The first feature will be 30 laps.

On Tuesday, pits open at 1pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat at 5pm and hot laps at 5:30 followed by qualifying and racing. General admission tickets are $35. Reserved tickets are $40. Premium reserved tickets are $45. Child reserved tickets are $18. Pit passes are $45. Advance tickets available at https://dirtcarnationals.com/tickets/.

Live coverage of Tuesday’s USAC event will be streamed at https://flosports.link/usac.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 12, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.173 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-16.424; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-16.504; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.532; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.562; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.645; 7. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.664; 8. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-16.705; 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-16.775; 10. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.792; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-16.834; 12. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-16.838; 13. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-16.840; 14. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.893; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-16.956; 16. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-16.991; 17. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-17.112; 18. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-17.137; 19. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.174; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-17.231; 21. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-17.297; 22. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.336; 23. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.397; 24. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-17.513; 25. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.906; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-18.141; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.745.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Brian Ruhlman, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Daison Pursley. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Tom Harris, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Chase Howard. 2:16.61 (New Track Record)

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Hunter Maddox, 9. Robert Bell. 2:17.52

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Brian Ruhlman, 5. Hunter Maddox, 6. Trey Osborne, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Chase Howard, 9. Robert Bell. 3:00.79

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-170, 2-Logan Seavey-159, 3-C.J. Leary-158, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-150, 5-Robert Ballou-136, 6-Briggs Danner-124, 7-Jake Swanson-111, 8-Daison Pursley-109, 9-Joey Amantea-104, 10-Alex Bright-104.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-12, 2-Robert Ballou-11, 3-Kyle Cummins-11, 4-Tye Mihocko-10, 5-C.J. Leary-8, 6-Briggs Danner-8, 7-Mitchel Moles-7, 8-Jadon Rogers-7, 9-Matt Westfall-7, 10-Justin Grant-6.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-16, 2-Tye Mihocko-15, 3-C.J. Leary-14, 4-Alex Bright-14, 5-Logan Seavey-13, 6-Robert Ballou-13, 7-Briggs Danner-13, 8-Kyle Cummins-12, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-9, 10-Matt Westfall-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Timmy Buckwalter (16.994)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.173)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

ProSource Hard Work Award: Trey Osborne

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK AT OCALA!

GRANT MOVES TO 4TH ON USAC SPRINT WIN LIST

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 10, 2024)………One night after moving into the top-five on the all-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win list, Justin Grant rose even higher in the record books during Saturday’s second round of Winter Dirt Games XV at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

Starting fourth for the second consecutive program, Grant (Ione, Calif.) blitzed past Kevin Thomas Jr. with 10 laps remaining to earn his second victory in as many nights, this one worth $7,500, behind the wheel of the TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

The 47th career series triumph for Grant subsequently moved him ahead of Jack Hewitt on the list and into a tie for fourth all-time alongside Tracy Hines, the 2002 USAC National Sprint Car titlist. When Grant arrived on the USAC scene in 2010, and during his formative years on the trail in the ensuing years, Hines was among those who took Grant under his wing, showing him the ropes and sharing his knowledge with Grant to help him find his footing in the sport.

All these years later, here they both are, near the top of a historic list that is reserved only for the greatest the sport has ever seen.

“Tying Jack was special, but tying Tracy means a lot to me personally,” Grant explained. “Jack was a heck of a racecar driver, but I know Tracy really well. Tracy has helped me through a lot of the deepest ruts and the darkest times in my racing career. Tracy’s always been there to help me through it, whether it’s injuries or switching rides or losing rides or whatever it is. Tracy gets a rap as being a bit of a hard ass, but Tracy’s a really good guy to a lot of us younger racers and helped teach a lot of us how to do this and how to come along. I appreciate everything he did for me and it’s an honor to be tied with him.”

Furthermore, Grant also finds himself in select company as just one of 11 drivers to win the first two USAC National Sprint Car features in a season: Jud Larson (1965), Larry Dickson (1970), Pancho Carter (1978), Rich Vogler (1987), Robbie Stanley (1993), Brian Tyler (1998), Tracy Hines (2002), Jay Drake (2004), Damion Gardner (2010), Brady Bacon (2020) and now himself (2024).

But more anything, the back-to-back victories indicate a superb start to the season that now encompasses three-straight USAC National Sprint Car wins dating back to the end of the 2023 campaign. In his last 19 series starts, Grant has conquered victor in 10 of them, all of which came soon after master mechanic Jeff Walker joined TOPP Motorsports, forming a combination that has won far more since midsummer of July 2023 than any other team.

“Jeff and I have been racing together a long time,” Grant reminisced. “We speak the same language and it’s a ton of fun racing with him. He’s really, really sharp and he makes me the best that I can be. We come in and we want to be better every time. Every time I come in, he thinks the car needs to be better and I think I need to do a better job behind the wheel. So, we get together and try to make it happen.”

Initially, pole sitter Joey Amantea zipped out to lead the first three laps of his USAC National Sprint Car career. However, third-starting Thomas Jr. soon made his move on Amantea, swiping the top spot with a turn one slider on lap four. It was also a historic outing for Thomas who, on this night, became the 11th driver to reach the 400 career feature start mark with the series.

Meanwhile, further on back in the field, the battle for fifth raged on between Chase Stockon and Robert Ballou. Earlier in the night, Stockon grabbed his 33rd career Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifying time in USAC National Sprint Car competition, tying him with Grant for 11th all-time. Good fortune did not find Stockon in the feature on lap nine, however, as he went topside in turn three while Ballou combed the bottom. The two ultimately collided somewhere in the middle, with Stockon getting the worst end of the situation as he briefly became airborne before landing on all fours and sliding backwards to a stop beyond the cushion in turn four. Stockon restarted but managed only an 18th place result.

When action resumed, Thomas opened his lead to 1.4 seconds as the race neared the halfway mark. Yet on lap 14, 10th running Brady Bacon slipped off turn two and spun to a stop while Kyle Cummins (14th) also spun to a halt while attempting an evasive maneuver. Bacon wound up 12th after the restart while Cummins had to settle for 19th.

Grant, who had run third throughout the duration thus far, soon flexed his muscles. By lap 15, he had moved to second with an up-and-under move on Amantea at the exit of turn four. Over the next five laps, Grant swiftly sliced into Thomas’ 0.8 second advantage, and found himself within a couple car lengths by lap 20. In turn four, Thomas drifted off the bottom, swinging the door wide open for Grant to burst into the lead and straight into the history books.

“You don’t get too many opportunities here at Ocala, so you’ve got to pounce on them when they present themselves,” Grant laid out. “It was almost better to be in second there because I didn’t feel like I was really very good in three and four either. I was able to start moving around and seeing what worked better judging off KTJ, but he didn’t have that luxury. So, we were able to start getting in really high and getting a little bit of cushion to drive across. I’d gotten a couple really good runs, but I’d get to his back bumper, then have to lift. It was like, ‘man if he doesn’t miss it off four, I don’t know what I’m going to do here.’ Then, fortunately, it timed out right. I had a good run then he missed it off four and we were able to slip by.”

Grant’s 1.786 second margin of victory made him the winningest driver in the 15-year history of Winter Dirt Games. His sixth score broke a tie he had held for exactly one day alongside Damion Gardner and Bacon.

Kevin Thomas Jr. came home second with Logan Seavey third, C.J. Leary fourth and ProSource Hard Work award winner Robert Ballou fifth. Alex Bright took sixth after starting 18th, which earned him Irvin King Hard Charger honors.

For Thomas (Cullman, Ala.), two races into his full-time role with Rock Steady Racing, performed admirably, leading a race-high 16 laps while giving the new pairing its best result thus far in the Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy.

Straight out of the box, Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) put the new Abacus Racing ride on the podium with a third-place finish in each of its first two starts in the CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 10, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.075; 2. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.104; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-14.165; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.217; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-14.277; 6. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.307; 7. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-14.332; 8. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.336; 9. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.415; 10. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.422; 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-14.500; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.551; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.556; 14. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.578; 15. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.589; 16. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.626; 17. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.626; 18. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.660; 19. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.737; 20. Mark Smith, 43m, Witherspoon-14.740; 21. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.744; 22. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.763; 23. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.766; 24. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.809; 25. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-15.243; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-15.392; 27. John Mollick, 4J, Clever-15.465; 28. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-15.738.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Joey Amantea, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Hunter Maddox. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tom Harris, 2. Briggs Danner, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Alex Bright, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Chase Howard. 1:58.69

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Garrett, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Trey Osborne, 6. Zach Daum, 7. John Mollick. 1:58.17

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Shane Butler. 1:58.20

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Chase Howard, 6. John Mollick, 7. Hunter Maddox. 2:31.17 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 3. Logan Seavey (5), 4. C.J. Leary (11), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. Alex Bright (18), 7. Daison Pursley (2), 8. Joey Amantea (1), 9. Briggs Danner (14), 10. Tye Mihocko (16), 11. Timmy Buckwalter (15), 12. Brady Bacon (17), 13. Jake Swanson (7), 14. Mitchel Moles (20), 15. Carson Garrett (9), 16. Jadon Rogers (23), 17. Matt Westfall (22), 18. Chase Stockon (6), 19. Kyle Cummins (24), 20. Trey Osborne (19), 21. Brandon Mattox (13), 22. Mark Smith (21), 23. Zach Daum (12), 24. Tom Harris (8). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Joey Amantea, Laps 4-19 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 20-30 Justin Grant.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-162, 2-Logan Seavey-147, 3-C.J. Leary-146, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-139, 5-Robert Ballou-132, 6-Briggs Danner-119, 7-Jake Swanson-105, 8-Daison Pursley-105, 9-Joey Amantea-99, 10-Alex Bright-96.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-12, 2-Robert Ballou-11, 3-Kyle Cummins-11, 4-Tye Mihocko-10, 5-C.J. Leary-8, 6-Briggs Danner-8, 7-Mitchel Moles-7, 8-Jadon Rogers-7, 9-Matt Westfall-7, 10-Justin Grant-6.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-15, 2-Briggs Danner-13, 3-Alex Bright-13, 4-Robert Ballou-12, 5-C.J. Leary-11, 6-Kyle Cummins-11, 7-Tye Mihocko-11, 8-Logan Seavey-8, 9-Jadon Rogers-8, 10-Mitchel Moles-7.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 12-13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant (14.556)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Chase Stockon (14.075)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Tom Harris

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Carson Garrett

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

ProSource Hard Work Award: Robert Ballou

Irvin King Hard Charger: Alex Bright (18th to 6th)

 

 

MIRACLE GRANTED:

GRANT SCORES USAC SPRINT OPENER IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 9, 2024)………Justin Grant’s winning performance wasn’t exactly how he drew it up, so to speak, during Friday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opener at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

In fact, once Grant took the lead from Brady Bacon five laps from the finish line, he would rather have just driven away scot-free to victory while not having to dwell on any mixed feelings about a subsequent victory celebration.

Nonetheless, on occasion in the sport of auto racing, the best laid plans can go awry. Soon after taking, losing, then retaking the lead from Bacon on lap 26, Grant’s car kicked sideways in turn four, directly into the path of Bacon. Bacon attempted to avoid the idle Grant but clipped his right front tire into Grant’s left rear. As a result, Grant’s car got reignited, then straightened out and continued on while Bacon took the brunt of the misfortune, spinning to a stop.

Henceforth, Grant (Ione, Calif.) traveled the final five laps on the 3/8-mile dirt track toward victory in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

The parallels of this year’s season opener and the 2023 lid lifter at Ocala are uncanny. A year ago, Bacon performed a half-spin in turn four, then carried onto victory where he surpassed Jack Hewitt on the series’ all-time win list. For Bacon, that particular performance moved him into a tie for the all-time lead in career Winter Dirt Games victories with five alongside Damion Gardner. Similarly, this time around, Grant’s victory was his fifth in the yearly annual event, elevating him to the top line with Bacon and Gardner.

Grant’s score was monumental in the USAC record books as well with this being the 46th feature win of his USAC National Sprint Car career, tying himself with Hewitt for a share of fifth place on the all-time list.

“That’s really, really cool,” Grant exclaimed upon learning of the feat. “I got to do a stint in Ohio driving for Mark Hery. I learned a lot and learned a lot of racecraft there, and I was able to develop a lot of what I do now racing around Ohio racetracks with Mark. Jack was always around in those days. It’s cool to tie him and it’s really cool that we have those lists so that we can look back at the heroes and legends of our sport. Being able to climb up the list among these giants is an absolute dream come true. I never thought I’d win a single USAC Sprint Car race, so to be climbing up through there with those guys and to be tied with Jack Hewitt on the all-time wins list, it means a lot and it’s very special to me.”

The win proved to be Grant’s ninth in his last 18 USAC National Sprint Car starts dating back to July of 2023. Furthermore, it was Grant’s first season opening triumph with the series since 2017, also at Ocala.

With Grant starting fourth in the 24-car feature lineup, the initial attempt at a start didn’t fare well for 11th starting Sterling Cling. After contact with Alex Bright (14th) on the opening lap, Cling flipped several times in turn four. Zach Daum was also collected in the melee, sliding to a stop. Cling walked away under his own power, but his night evening was put on the shelf.

At that point, outside front row starter Bacon took command of the field as he stepped out front ahead of pole sitter Jake Swanson. Bacon continued to hold a firm grip on the lead throughout the first 10 laps of the race as Grant slid under Swanson in turn one to assume third on lap 11, but still remained about eight car lengths back of Bacon who soon found himself mired in lapped traffic.

Grant continued to edge closer as Bacon continued to nudge his way into the thick of traffic with Tom Harris and Timmy Buckwalter just ahead of the pair. On lap 25, Grant saw daylight on the bottom of turn one and slid up in front of Bacon and Buckwalter to take over the top spot. It proved to be short lived, however, as Grant tried to find a route around Harris to no avail. That opened the door for Bacon to skate back under Grant to retake the lead at the stripe by a wheel.

“As we were coming to Brady, I felt like we had a better racecar,” Grant explained. “I could really eat him up in three and four, but it was going to be really tough to get by him. Fortunately, with the way the lapped traffic worked out, I was able to sneak by him. Then I hit the bottom off three and four and he was able to get me back. I was able to make up a bunch of time around the top, then I got back around him, and I hadn’t entered up high since earlier in the race!”

Grant immediately fought back on the outside in turn one, working a path around Bacon and then Harris before, seemingly, setting off to a clear horizon as he entered turns three and four on lap 26. But not so fast, my friend.

“I got down in there and I got to chopping on the right rear tire with it being real low on air,” Grant recalled. “I just chopped my way and kind of half-spun, then came down the track in front of him. We banged wheels and he spun out. That wasn’t how I wanted that to go. I planned on circling the top and driving away and not having to feel bad about anything. I feel bad we ended Brady’s race there. We were having a heck of a battle, and I was looking forward to battling with him to the end. Brady’s a great racecar driver and it’s a lot of fun racing with him.”

From Bacon’s perspective, it was pure misfortune that befell him and cost him a shot an all-time record fourth career USAC National Sprint Car opening night victory.

“We led the whole race,” Bacon lamented. “Lapped traffic’s really tough here when it’s on the bottom like that. it probably backed my pace off a little bit and enabled him to catch me. Right when I was moving around to get by Harris, he got in there with us. We were mixing it up trying to get past that lapped car and I probably had the better position there in three and four. He kind of got caught in the marbles and spun out. We hit him and he kept going and stalled us.”

It was no contest for Grant after the final restart as he hustled away to a 2.219 second margin of victory over runner-up C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) while Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) rounded out the podium in third. Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) earned Irvin King Hard Charger honors with his 10th to fourth high side run as Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) came home a strong fifth.

Leary turned in his best Ocala run since winning the final night in 2019. On this night, he raced his way to a runner-up result aboard his BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Valvoline – Hornbeck Concrete/DRC/1-Way Chevy. Dating back to last year, it’s his third consecutive podium finish after a pair of thirds in 2023.

Likewise for Seavey who recorded his best Ocala outing since a third in 2020. But on this occasion, he achieved it with a team making its first ever USAC Sprint Car appearance. Seavey drove to third once again in his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) earned ProSource's Hard Work Award for the night. After qualifying 27th out of 30 drivers in the field, Mattox worked his way into the feature lineup.

In Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) rose to seventh place all-time on the USAC National Sprint Car Fast Qualifier list. With his 37th career fast time, KTJ moved past Bryan Clauson and into a tie with Larry Dickson on the list.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-13.858; 2. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.892; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.985; 4. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.055; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.107; 6. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.207; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.214; 8. Sterling Cling, 34, SCR-14.223; 9. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.263; 10. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.284; 11. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.289; 12. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.310; 13. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.395; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.418; 15. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-14.458; 16. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.469; 17. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-14.492; 18. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.533; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.538; 20. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.553; 21. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.554; 22. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.683; 23. Mark Smith, 43m, Witherspoon-14.771; 24. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.825; 25. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.937; 26. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-14.975; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.990; 28. John Mollick, 4J, Clever-15.184; 29. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-15.359; 30. Will Hull, 7s, Allen-15.905.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tom Harris, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Chase Howard, 8. Hunter Maddox. 1:57.32

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Trey Osborne, 7. Shane Butler, 8. Will Hull. 1:57.81

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Zach Daum. 1:57.82

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Joey Amantea, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. John Mollick. 1:58.07

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Sterling Cling, 5. Shane Butler, 6. Chase Howard, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. John Mollick, 9. Trey Osborne. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. C.J. Leary (3), 3. Logan Seavey (5), 4. Robert Ballou (10), 5. Briggs Danner (8), 6. Jake Swanson (1), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Jadon Rogers (9), 11. Daison Pursley (12), 12. Mitchel Moles (13), 13. Joey Amantea (17), 14. Carson Garrett (19), 15. Alex Bright (14), 16. Brady Bacon (2), 17. Tom Harris (21), 18. Matt Westfall (20), 19. Tye Mihocko (23), 20. Zach Daum (16), 21. Brandon Mattox (24), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (18), 23. Mark Smith (22), 24. Sterling Cling (11). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Brady Bacon, Laps 26-30 Justin Grant.

**Will Hull flipped during the second heat. Sterling Cling flipped on lap one of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-82, 2-C.J. Leary-76, 3-Logan Seavey-74, 4-Robert Ballou-66, 5-Briggs Danner-66, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-65, 7-Jake Swanson-60, 8-Chase Stockon-57, 9-Kyle Cummins-52, 10-Jadon Rogers-51.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-6, 2-Kyle Cummins-6, 3-Carson Garrett-5, 4-Joey Amantea-4, 5-Tom Harris-4, 6-Tye Mihocko-4, 7-Justin Grant-3, 8-Briggs Danner-3, 9-Brandon Mattox-3, 10-Logan Seavey-2.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-8, 2-Robert Ballou-7, 3-Briggs Danner-6, 4-Kyle Cummins-6, 5-Joey Amantea-5, 6-Carson Garrett-5, 7-Joey Amantea-5, 8-C.J. Leary-4, 9-Logan Seavey-4, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-4.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 10, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (14.054)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr. (13.858)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Briggs Danner

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Alex Brig

ProSource Hard Work Award: Brandon Mattox

Irvin King Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (10th to 4th)

 

 

ROCK STEADY & FAST:

KTJ IS FASTEST IN OCALA PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 8, 2024)………Kevin Thomas Jr. and Rock Steady Racing’s first night out in 2024 went just about as smooth as you can ask for.

The Cullman, Ala. driver who won at Ocala in 2021 timed in with a best lap of 13.796 seconds during Thursday night’s open practice with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

The three-hour session was the final preparation prior to the opening two races of the series season on Friday-Saturday, February 9-10, at Ocala’s 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Thomas and Rock Steady Racing/Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy recorded the best lap of the evening in the second of three groups that timed in on Thursday.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was the quickest in group one and second fastest overall with a lap of 13.928. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), in the debut of the Abacus Racing sprint car, was the best in the third and final group and third overall at 13.962 seconds. Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) was fourth overall at 14.009 while two-time and defending series champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) rounded out the top-five at 14.016.

Rock Steady Racing, with Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) as its driver, won the most recent USAC Sprint Car event at Ocala in February of 2023. Cummins was 14th overall in Thursday’s practice at 14.216. Four-time USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), winner of the 2023 season opener at Ocala, timed in ninth fastest overall.

For the first night of racing on Feb. 9 at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $30 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On both nights Feb. 9-10 at Ocala, pits open at 2pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars hit the track at 6pm. Outlaw 4’s will serve as the support class.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events from Florida will be streamed live and on-demand at https://flosports.link/usac.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 8, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-13.796; 2. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.928; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.962; 4. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.009; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.016; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.024; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.063; 8. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.083; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.094; 10. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.118; 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-14.136; 12. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.140; 13. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.210; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.216; 15. Sterling Cling, 34, SCR-14.225; 16. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.261; 17. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.325; 18. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.359; 19. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.392; 20. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-14.394; 21. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.470; 22. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.582; 23. Mark Smith, 43m, Witherspoon-14.612; 24. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.613; 25. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-14.972; 26. Will Hull, 7s, Hull-15.148; 27. John Mollick, 4J, Clever-15.170; 28. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-15.795.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 9-10, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

 

 

CHILDHOOD FRIENDS, NOW TEAMMATES: BACON & LAWHEAD UNITE FOR ’24 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Pat Sullivan – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 7, 2024)……… Brady Bacon and Billy Lawhead have a long history dating back nearly 30 years. They both grew up watching their fathers, Ronnie Lawhead and Leon Bacon, race in the Tulsa, Okla. area. They traveled and raced together in their early teens and also competed against each other in micro sprints.

Simply put, both men have enjoyed a successful motorsports career.

Now, Bacon and Lawhead have teamed together for the 2024 season. Lawhead will be a key component of Bacon’s quest for a fifth USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in the Dynamics Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing No. 69 starting this Friday, February 9, at Florida’s Ocala Speedway for the first of seven USAC events in a nine-night span across the Sunshine State.

Dubbed “The Kingmaker,” Lawhead has played pivotal roles in the development of both Christopher Bell, and most recently, Ryan Timms. Make no mistake about it, Bacon is convinced that Lawhead can be the key ingredient in what he hopes is a record setting year.

“I am the most excited that I have ever been,” Bacon said. “Billy Lawhead is my childhood best friend, and he was the best man in my wedding. We both learned under my dad.”

When Lawhead reflects on his time with fellow Oklahoman Ryan Timms, he noted, “Eight years together in motorsports is a long go, and I loved it, and it was successful. I am so happy for Ryan and his family given where he is at and what is to come.”

Yet it was time to make a change, and Lawhead is eager to take on a new challenge. Transitions can be hard, but he has landed in familiar circumstances.

“This makes me feel comfortable because it is family,” Lawhead said. “Brady and I grew up together and our families are still close. Our personalities are a lot alike so it will be an easy fit. I’m pumped. It has never aligned where he needed someone, and I needed something to do.”

For Bacon, there is unfinished business at hand, and by the end of the 2023 campaign, he knew his team needed a spark. He feels he has found it. Lawhead will join a solid group that includes veteran Matt Hummel who returns as crew chief. Also on board is Jamey Neeley, a former firefighter with past racing and automotive experience. Bacon knows he is fortunate to have a veteran and seasoned team behind him.

Lawhead is also convinced that all the pieces are in place for Brady to get back to the top step on the podium. He realizes that Bacon’s talent and temperament explain why he already has four USAC titles on his resume and he is poised to help his friend add to that record.

“We are obviously capable,” Lawhead said. “We have everything we need to do it. We just need to put everything together. It’s not easy but it is easier than starting from scratch.”

One thing is for certain. Bacon and Lawhead are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

THE DETAILS:

Seven nights, seven events and two different racetracks across the state of Florida present the grand opening to the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season – February 9-10 at Ocala Speedway; February 12-13 at Barberville’s Volusia Speedway Park and February 15-16-17 at Ocala Speedway.

FEB. 8-10 OCALA

Practice begins the Winter Dirt Games festivities on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 7-10pm Eastern at Ocala Speedway. Grandstand admission is free while pit admission is $20.

For the first night of racing on Feb. 9 at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $30 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $35 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $45 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On both nights Feb. 9-10 at Ocala, pits open at 2pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars hit the track at 6pm. Outlaw 4’s will serve as the support class.

FEB. 12-13 VOLUSIA

On both nights, the pits open at 1pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat at 5pm and hot laps at 5:30 followed by qualifying and racing. General admission tickets are $35. Reserved tickets are $40. Premium reserved tickets are $45. Child reserved tickets are $18. Pit passes are $45. Advance tickets available at https://dirtcarnationals.com/tickets/

FEB. 14-17 OCALA

Practice begins the return to Winter Dirt Games festivities on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 7-10pm Eastern at Ocala Speedway. Grandstand admission is free while pit admission is $20.

For race night on Feb. 15 at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $30 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $35 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $45 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On all three nights Feb. 15-16-17 at Ocala, pits open at 2pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars hit the track at 6pm. Outlaw 4’s will serve as the support class. Micro Sprints 270-250-450 will be the support class.

COVERAGE

All seven USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events from Florida will be streamed live and on-demand at https://flosports.link/usac.

 

 

10-RACE BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER SERIES BEGINS FEB. 13 AT VOLUSIA
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 6, 2024)………The 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season will contain a 10-race “series within a series” held in memory of one of the series’ all-time greats.

The third edition of the Bubby Jones Racing Master of Goin’ Faster presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment series will encompass 10 events on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule this season, all of which will take place at some of the most legendary tracks on the schedule, including half-miles and some of Ol Bub’s favorite places.

The driver accumulating the most total points throughout the 2024 Bubby Jones Racing Master of Goin’ Faster series will be rewarded with a $10,000 prize. Furthermore, the championship winning crew chief will collect a $2,500 bonus. Jones was a master on two sides of the sport throughout his career – behind the wheel as a driver and behind the wrench as a crew chief.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2023 series champion, enters 2024 as the defending “Bubby Jones” titlist, which begins on February 13 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. during Winter Dirt Games XV. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) captured the inaugural championship in 2022.

After Volusia, May brings the Bubby Jones series to Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for the second night of #LetsRaceTwo on May 4 while Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track welcomes the series for the 54th annual Tony Hulman Classic on May 21.

Three more legendary dirt half-miles are on the scene for the Bubby Jones series in the month of June, beginning with June 1 at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway for the Corn Belt Clash. Two Eastern Storm dates in Pennsylvania follow as part of the series in June at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway on June 14 and Port Royal Speedway on June 15.

July is highlighted by Kokomo Speedway on July 27, which takes place during the 37th annual edition of Indiana Sprint Week.

September’s $20,000-to-win Haubstadt Hustler takes the Master of Goin’ Faster series to Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway on the 14th. Eldora Speedway gets a second Bubby Jones series date for the $15,000-to-win 4-Crown Nationals on September 21. The championship decider for the mini-series concludes at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway during the $20,000-to-win Fall Nationals on October 12.

The Bubby Jones series champion driver will also receive a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art and a year-end acknowledgement at USAC’s Night of Champions in December.

Norman “Bubby“ Jones was a 27-time winner in USAC National competition during his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career. Among his 27 wins are seven each at Eldora and Terre Haute, two tracks featured prominently on the schedule.

Nicknamed Ol’ Bub, the racing barber who originally hailed from Danville, Illinois, established himself as an “outlaw” racer, winning from coast-to-coast until notching high-profile victories with USAC, including the CBS-televised Du Quoin Silver Crown in 1976, as well as the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in 1976 and the Hut 100 at Terre Haute in 1977.

Bubby reigned victorious at the Western World Championships in 1976 and, one year later, Jones made his one and only start in the Indianapolis 500 in 1977, starting 33rd and finishing 21st for car owner, Bobby Hillin.

Jones made his biggest impact with USAC on the National Sprint Car trail during the late 1970s, winning 22 total feature events. 1979 proved to be his breakout year with the series, winning on 11 occasions in one of the prolific seasons in the history of the division at places like Terre Haute, New Bremen, Eldora and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for car owner Don Siebert, and during one stretch, won four in a row before finishing as the championship runner-up.

At the dawn of the 1980s, Bubby moved west to begin the next chapter of his racing career. Competing with the California Racing Association, Jones piloted the Kazarian’s Gas Chem Products entry. In their first year together, Jones and Kazarian earned nine victories, including his first of four at the season-ending Don Peabody Classic.

By the time he hung up his helmet for good in 1991, Bubby had claimed 80 CRA feature wins (2nd overall), including a record 18 triumphs in 1983 and was a multi-time winner of the Firecracker 50, the Pacific Coast Nationals and the Don Peabody Classic. Bubby remained active in racing as a crew chief and team manager. He continued to innovate in chassis designs and the development of Surelock shifter. In 1996, Bubby played a part in the construction of Perris Auto Speedway.

Spire Sports + Entertainment will serve as the presenting sponsor of the series. SS+E has been involved in numerous race promotion and marketing efforts for tracks and events on the USAC schedule in recent years.

Founded in 2010, Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E) has blossomed into a multi-tiered entity. Since then, SS+E has become a subsidiary of parent organization Spire Holdings, which includes a a diverse sports portfolio, including Spire Motorsports, SS+E, ECHL hockey teams the Rapid City (S.D.) Rush and the Greenville (S.C.) Swamp Rabbits and short track promotions company Track Enterprises.

2024 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER SCHEDULE:

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL

May 4: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

Jun 1: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA

Jun 14: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Jul 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

Sep 14: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH

Oct 12: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

 

 

MEET THE 15 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR

FULL-TIMERS FOR 2024!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 5, 2024)………It’s time to go racing in 2024 with the largest contingent of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship full-time competitors in the 69-year history of the series.

The field of 15 full-time drivers and teams is stacked, packed and ready to hit the road for this coming year’s 54-race slate which begins with seven February dates in Florida at Ocala Speedway on February 9-10, Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 and another visit to Ocala Speedway on Feb. 15-16-17.

Here’s the full list of the 15 USAC National Sprint Car full-timers for 2024!


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C.J. LEARY | BGE-DOUGHERTY MOTORSPORTS #15x

It’s back to the 15x for C.J. Leary for the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season.

In 2023, the Greenfield, Indiana racer notched his first full season under the BGE-Dougherty Motorsports banner, giving the team its best ever USAC points finish and continued to cement the team as one of the pre-eminent favorites entering 2024.

Leary has finished inside the top-10 of USAC National Sprint Car points in 10 consecutive years, and for the last five seasons, he’s come home fifth or better in the standings each year.

He’s currently on a string of eight straight years with a feature victory, including three in 2023 at Bloomington, Eldora and Kokomo, and also wrapped up the Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster title Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment.

The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ is hungry to build upon the foundation of success that was laid a year ago and aims to continue his stride into the new year of 2024.


KEVIN THOMAS JR. | ROCK STEADY RACING #3R

It’s the most excited he’s been for the start of a race season in a long time. Those are ear-catching words for a driver like Kevin Thomas Jr., who stands as one of the most successful USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship drivers of his era.

The Cullman, Alabama wheelman has teamed up with Rock Steady Racing as they plan an assault on the USAC National Sprint Car season in 2024.

Thomas, the owner of 39 series wins, ranks 11th all-time in that regard while Rock Steady, led by car owner Hank Byram, has raked in 25 victories, most notably over the past decade with driver Kyle Cummins who has moved on to Petty Performance Racing team for 2024.

Thomas already got a bit of a head start with his new team last September at Gas City, and despite early mechanical obstacles, KTJ recovered to win his heat and ran as high as fourth in the feature before slotting into seventh at the finish line.

With both KTJ and Rock Steady hankering for a first USAC title run and something to prove, this new combo is poised to make some noise in the new year.


JAKE SWANSON | 2B RACING #2B

Jake Swanson hit his stride in 2023 as he piloted the Team AZ Racing ride to a career-high four points-paying wins and a career best fifth place finish in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings.

But that was then, and this is now. After five seasons with Team Arizona, Swanson has a new address for 2024 after being tabbed as the new driver of Scott Benic’s 2B Racing DRC/Claxton, which was occupied a year ago by Logan Seavey.

It’s one chapter closing and another opening with 2B Racing, which ranks 12th all-time in series wins with 33 and captured the 2005 USAC National Sprint Car title with Levi Jones at the wheel.

Swanson, who owns and operates a thriving racing shock business, during the week, got a couple beneficial runs with 2B in local Indiana competition, providing them a bit of a head start entering 2024.

Last year, Swanson hit the ground running by winning in his first sprint car start of the year. This time around, he aims to do the same on a team with a storied championship past with an eye on a championship future.


KYLE CUMMINS | PETTY PERFORMANCE RACING #3P

For more than a decade, Kyle Cummins and Rock Steady Racing were constant counterparts, racking up numerous wins in the Midwest while also cementing themselves among the premier pairings in the sport.

But David Bowie once told us about ch-ch-ch-changes! And that’s exactly what’s in store for the Princeton, Indiana driver during the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship campaign.

The brand-new Petty Performance Racing team was created by Arizona’s Jerry Petty who has transitioned from team sponsor and event sponsor into a team owner who will now field Cummins in pursuit of a USAC title in the coming year.

This formation comes on the heels of Cummins equaling his career best with four USAC National Sprint Car feature victories and a sixth-place finish in series points for 2023.

At press time, Cummins’ USAC National Sprint Car win total stands at 18, all of which have come with Rock Steady. For Cummins, it’s a new opportunity. It’s a new challenge. And among the plethora of musical chairs this offseason, this is among the most intriguing ones to watch, pairing a veteran driver with a brand-new team and the racing world to conquer.


JUSTIN GRANT | TOPP MOTORSPORTS #4

Tres. Drei. Trois. Pardon my French. But no matter how you say it – 3 is a magic number for Justin Grant in 2024.

Grant has won the past two series driving titles, and this year, he’ll push toward positioning himself among the top hierarchy of history which so few have reached by winning 3 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championships in a row.

Parnelli Jones scored three consecutive from 1960 to 62. Steve Butler notched three-straight between 1986 and 88. Robbie Stanley was crowned each year between 1991 and 93 and Levi Jones was the most recent to do the deed in 2009, 10 and 11.

Last year, Grant became the 10th driver to amass 400 career starts, and with 45 victories, another similar performance in 2024 will place him among the top-three all time in that category.

Grant enters year seven with TOPP Motorsports, who also will be eying three-in-a-row as an entrant champ, something only Damon Fortune, Tony Stewart Racing and Curb-Agajanian have done.

Grant and TOPP are on the mountaintop. They were the hunted a year ago. They’ll be the hunted in 2024. But as they’ll tell you, “Catch us if you can!”


MATT WESTFALL | RAY MARSHALL MOTORSPORTS #33m

A true renaissance man of motorsports, Matt Westfall has truly just about done it all in his racing career, and he’s done it with proficiency!

Over the years, his driving accomplishments have come in the form of championships in midgets and sprint cars and even modifieds and late models!

But his 2023 triumph at Arkansas’ Texarkana 67 Speedway might have one-upped them all with it being his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car National Championship feature victory in more than 17 seasons!

Westfall’s 2022 performance saw him post career highs in all categories of USAC Sprint Car competition. In 2023, he equaled or exceeded his previous year’s exploits across the board.

The Buckeye racer is back on the USAC Sprint Car scene full-time again in 2024 with Ray Marshall Motorsports’ yellow number 33m as they pine to build upon what they’ve laid the groundwork for throughout these past several years.

Even at the age of 47, Westfall is proving himself to the racing world time and time again. And as time has proven, you have to admit he’s getting better. Getting better all the time.


BRADY BACON | DYNAMICS, INC. #69

Brady Bacon is on the brink of something special during the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native is back on the drive for five once more after finishing as the runner-up to Justin Grant in each of the past two seasons in 2022 and 2023 after Bacon himself captured two-in-a-row in 2020 and 2021.

No era of USAC Sprint Car racing has offered such a tug-of-war at the top of the championship fight since the era of the Larry and Gary Show between 1968 and 1971 when Dickson and Bettenhausen swapped a pair of titles across a four-year span.

In 2024, Bacon stands one title away from equaling Levi Jones as the driver with the most USAC National Sprint Car crowns. Furthermore, Bacon possesses the second most USAC National Sprint Car feature victories with 53 and is now within an arm’s reach of Dave Darland’s all-time record of 62.

Furthermore, Bacon stands alone by winning USAC Sprint Car features in more states than any other driver with 14. But more than anything else, Bacon wants one more ring for the thumb. And the only state he prefers to compete in is a championship state of mind in 2024.


JADON ROGERS | MICHAEL DUTCHER MOTORSPORTS #17GP

The combination of a winning driver and a victorious crew chief slash team owner have thus far made a fantastic match in their short time together.

Both Jadon Rogers and Michael Dutcher Motorsports possess that same energy and pedigree that has them riding high into 2024 as full-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship contenders.

The duo teamed up for the latter half of 2023 for nine USAC starts, accumulating four top-fives and six top-tens in that stretch, including an impressive 23rd to 5th run on the opening night of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, plus a pair of fourths at Kokomo and Devil’s Bowl.

Over the past three years, no driver has won more sprint car races in the state of Indiana than Rogers, three of which came just last year in Dutcher’s patented number 17GP.

The 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and the 2012 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year have been on the verge of teaming up to chase the USAC trail in recent. Now, they feel on the verge of something even bigger and better in 2024.


MITCHEL MOLES | REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD MOTORSPORTS #19AZ

Perhaps no driver elicits the same electricity that Mitchel Moles exhibits each time he hits the track in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition.

That was proven by the fact that he prevailed in arguably the most exhilarating event of the 2023 USAC Sprint season when he outlasted multiple attacks on the final lap to win the debut at Illinois’ Macon Speedway.

But after what was admittedly an up and down 2023 season, the Raisin City, California native is preparing to rise up another level in 2024. He’s back in the saddle of the 19AZ full-time on the USAC tour, a team which sees Moles, owner and crew chief Andy Reinbold, plus co-owner Todd Underwood as the remaining constants from the year before.

The cast features several fresh faces turning the wrenches, including new car chief Dylan Cook, who won a USAC Sprint title with Justin Grant in 2022, plus the additions of Jacob Johnston and James Turnbull to the crew.

In what will be his third year on the USAC tour coming up, the former professional bass fisherman is angling to make year three one for the highlight reel!


DAISON PURSLEY | TEAM AZ RACING #21AZ

After a new beginning one year ago, it’s another fresh start for Daison Pursley in 2024!

Straight out of a season in which he was named USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year for KO Motorsports, the Locust Grove, Oklahoma driver now finds himself as the full-time wheelman for Team AZ Racing’s number 21AZ.

For the past five years, Team AZ has fielded Jake Swanson as its driver, but after he recently departed to 2B Racing, Pursley was tabbed for the new role.

Pursley and Team AZ’s relationship dates back to October of 2023 when both parties went USAC CRA racing during the Western World Championships at Cocopah, and quickly turned it from a one-weekend deal to a full-time ride after a spectacular two-night sweep of the event.

A good first impression goes a long way, and this combo has good vibes in spades rolling into the 2024 campaign. After all, they’re one of the few pairings in the sport who can lay claim to being undefeated.

It’s full steam into the new year, and now the focus is set on keeping the ball of momentum rolling starting in Florida and beyond!

LOGAN SEAVEY | ABACUS RACING #57

For Logan Seavey and Abacus Racing, winning two out of three USAC national championships together in 2023 ain’t bad. But it could even be better.

In response, the two entities have added a sprint car team to their arsenal for the upcoming 2024 campaign to achieve what only Tony Stewart and J.J. Yeley have done before – winning the coveted USAC Triple Crown in a single year.

Seavey comes off a season in which he won twice in USAC National Sprint Car competition for 2B Racing while garnering championship accolades in both the Midget and Silver Crown divisions for Abacus.

The team is new to the sprint car racing world this year, but don’t let that deceive you. Abacus Racing’s first full season of midget and Silver Crown racing resulted in a championship. Call it exceeding expectations but it was certainly no beginner’s luck.

Kirk Simpson will serve as the team’s crew chief on the DRC chassis powered by both 1-Way Technologies and Stanton powerplants.

Expectations are high for this group in its initial foray into sprint car racing, but there’s no one they’d rather have in their seat than Logan Seavey in the quest to grab the final prong of the USAC triple crown.


ROBERT BALLOU | BALLOU MOTORSPORTS #12

It’s back to the grind in 2024 for the winningest driver slash car owner in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship history.

For the past decade, he’s been a perennial front runner on the circuit, which includes a 2015 series championship and 32 victories as an independent aboard his instantly recognizable number 12.

However, last year wasn’t as kind in the win column for the Rocklin, California racer who enters his 19th season with the series. That said, he finished a solid seventh in the standings with crew chief Derrick Bye as his right-hand man while finishing as the runner-up three times and garnering a couple fast qualifying times to boot.

The Mad Man has cemented his legacy as one of the premier USAC Sprint Car drivers of his era, and of any era, He’s 27 starts away from becoming the third driver with 500 career starts, plus his 37 feature triumphs are just three away from reaching 10th all-time.

Perhaps no driver has been able to make as many triumphant bounce backs as Robert Ballou, and in 2024, he aims to bounce back in a big way. Into the win column, into the championship fight and into the record books.



CARSON GARRETT | BGE-DOUGHERTY MOTORSPORTS #15

His journey from his Rocky Mountain Midget roots to becoming USAC’s 2023 National Most Improved Driver came quite quickly in some respects. But in other ways, it’s clear to say Carson Garrett has come a long way both geographically and behind the wheel of a racecar.

Although he’s been at this game for a few years now, last season was truly Carson Garrett’s first go-around on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship trail. That’s when the switch was flipped for the 22-year-old Littleton, Colorado racer as he recorded career bests in every single statistical category, notching three top-fives and came within a whisker of winning his first series feature at Illinois’ Macon Speedway.

Garrett returns in 2024 with the same exact deal, chasing the full USAC National Sprint Car season in the BGE Dougherty No. 15 as a teammate to C.J. Leary.

Although he admitted that the USAC Most Improved Driver award completely took him by surprise, there’s no question that he’s not going to sneak up on the competition in the coming year. It’s expected. For Carson Garrett has now officially arrived on the USAC National Sprint Car scene.


JOEY AMANTEA | JPA RACING #88J

Joey Amantea has made his mark in recent years on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car tour, but in 2024, he’s taking the show on the road full-time with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The 19-year-old known as “The Big Show” will be a busy man in the new year, dividing his full-time racing duties with his full-time role as a college student majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University.

Working his way up the ranks through quarter midgets, 600cc micros and as a multi-time USAC 360 sprint car winner, Amantea recently plugged in a 410 Newman’s racing engine into his family-owned Triple X.

Amantea branched out from his home in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania to dabble on the USAC national trail in 2023 and turned in a pair of top-10s at Kokomo and Lawrenceburg. The whole experience heightened the team’s desires to strive for even more in the new year.

New tracks, major competition and hitting the road. It’s all part of the continuous progression of the teenage Pennsylvanian. And if there’s any guarantees in life, bet the house on Joey Amantea putting on a big show in 2024.

TREY OSBORNE | BALDWIN-FOX RACING #5 & TREY OSBORNE #6

One year ago, he was named Non-Wing Sprint Car Rookie of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, but now Trey Osborne aspires to continue his rapid ascent as a Rookie with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2024.

In a combined effort, the 21-year-old Ohioan will pilot Baldwin-Fox Racing’s DRC/Claxton number five in the majority of USAC events and fill in the remainder of the dates aboard his own Triple X number six powered by a Mopar.

As a hired gun, Osborne now finds himself on an even bigger scale with more eyes and more expectations on him than ever before. But the Don and Mel Kenyon disciple embraces the challenge as he prepares to take on the busiest and most hectic racing season of his young career.

Osborne, who stands a towering 6 foot 8, talked the talk and walked the walked in 2023, meeting his goal of winning three local Indiana races. In the coming year, he’s established a new aspiration of achieving his first three USAC victories.

And as history has already proven, it’s no tall tale to believe Trey Osborne will be a man of his word in 2024.

 

 

USAC SEASON KICK OFF PARTY MARCH 1;

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Speedway, Indiana (February 2, 2024)………Meet USAC’s racing stars on Friday night, March 1, at the USAC Season Kick Off Party presented by Marc Dailey Racing with support from First Gear Engineering & Technology.

The doors open at 6pm Eastern with the program beginning at 7pm at USAC headquarters, located at 4910 W 16th St. in Speedway, Indiana.

The event is free to attend, and also includes free pizza and refreshments courtesy of 2009 USAC National Midget driving champion Brad Kuhn of Fish Window Cleaning. While attendance is free, donations to RaceAid are appreciated.

Drivers expected to be on hand for a night of fun include USAC national champions Justin Grant, Kody Swanson, Brady Bacon, Logan Seavey and C.J. Leary, plus superstars Kevin Thomas Jr., Kaylee Bryson, Taylor Ferns, Daison Pursley and many more.

For those planning to attend the 2024 USAC Kick Off Party, sign-up for the event has already begun at www.raceaid.fund. Just scroll down to the “USAC Season Off Party” banner and click “Register.” From there, click the bubble next to “Register for a RACEAID Event,” fill out the accompanying information, and you’re set.

Reserving your “ticket” ahead of the event helps us all. An accurate estimate of the crowd is needed in order to reserve the correct quantity of food and beverage for the night’s festivities.

Since 1959, the United States Auto Club Benevolent Foundation (now USAC RaceAid) has provided financial aid to the families of auto racing participants with ties to USAC who have been injured and/or need assistance.

USAC RACEAID also provides support to surviving family members with immediate and ongoing expenses. Over the years, the foundation has provided millions of dollars to help members and their families in times of need. The needs, whether small or large, never cease.

 

 

USAC TRIPLE CROWN ALERT!

SEAVEY GOES ALL IN WITH ABACUS & RICE FOR 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 31, 2024)………Logan Seavey will tackle the full 2024 USAC national schedule with full-time duties in Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition in an attempt to become the third driver to capture a USAC Triple Crown championship season.

Seavey earned two of the three USAC national titles in 2023 in the Silver Crown and National Midget divisions, doubling his reward to $100,000 for scoring both championships. Earning the USAC Triple Crown by winning all three division championships in 2024 will net a driver a total reward of $400,000.

Only two individuals have ever achieved a USAC Triple Crown season by winning driving titles in all three USAC national series: Tony Stewart in 1995 and J.J. Yeley in 2003.

But here’s the catch for Seavey in 2024. The Sutter, Calif. driver will compete in all three series for Abacus Racing, who will attempt to defend their midget title as well as their Silver Crown championship in conjunction with Rice Motorsports. New to the equation for Abacus in 2024 is the addition of a full-time USAC Sprint Car team.

By comparison, Stewart drove for multiple teams during his USAC Triple Crown campaign (Glen Niebel and Steve Lewis) as did Yeley (Bob East/Tony Stewart and Steve Lewis). Seavey’s nemesis, fellow 2024 USAC Triple Crown competitor Justin Grant, will also pursue the feat with three different organizations (Hemelgarn Racing, TOPP Motorsports and RMS Racing).

Seavey will take on the 99-race USAC national schedule with the same familiar pieces who surrounded his efforts in 2023. Ronnie Gardner, the 2023 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year, will turn the wrenches on the Silver Crown car while Kirk Simpson will be the crew chief for the sprint car team and Johnny Cofer will serve in the same role on the midget.

“Only a couple of guys have won all three in one year, and not many even get the opportunity to try it, so to get the chance to try for all three series titles in one year is pretty cool,” Seavey stated. “I never thought I would get to race out here and now we’re out here full-time, 100-some races a year. And it definitely doesn’t happen often to basically do it with one team. We’re living the dream.”

Abacus burst onto the scene last year in their first full USAC National Midget season with Seavey, winning eight features en route to the championship. Abacus debuted with the Silver Crown series in 2023, joining Rice’s team as a co-entrant and broke through by winning three times on their path to the title. With the brand-new USAC Sprint car effort, Abacus hopes for the same initial success, hitting the ground running beginning with the season opener on February 9 at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

“It’s going to be tough with a brand-new team, new cars and engines and all this stuff, and other variables that come into it,” Seavey admitted. “I don’t even know if it’s the toughest one, per se, but the sprint car schedule is just so long, anything can happen throughout the season. It kind of allows you to make some mistakes, maybe, and catch up from them. But when you’re racing against guys like Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, Robert Ballou, Kevin Thomas Jr., Kyle Cummins and more, those guys are pretty good every single night, so you don’t really have a lot of room to miss.”

From the beginning, Abacus Racing team principal Brent Cox’s plans always included acquiring a sprint car for Seavey to run, and in 2024, that’s come to fruition.

“When I met with Logan in December of 2022 to get him to drive the midget, the deal was to run the midget and help to kind of put our team on the map, then go sprint car racing in 2024,” Cox explained. “We certainly exceeded expectations in the midget, so we felt inclined to give it a shot and see what we can do with that while also going sprint car racing, which has always been a dream of mine and here we are.”

Cox’s inherent drive to succeed with Abacus Racing’s USAC Sprint Car program is exactly the same as it is for the Midget and Silver Crown teams. The common denominator behind the wheel of those machines is Seavey, and Cox wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Our expectations are high, but we also know how competitive the USAC Sprint Car series is,” Cox acknowledged. “The midget was a bit of an outlier, and we won the Silver Crown series by seven points. We’re confident we’ll do well in the sprint car, but we also know it’s a brand-new thing for us and Logan. We don’t feel like we could have a better driver to do it with than Logan.”

On the USAC Silver Crown program, Rice and Abacus formally came together in name at the beginning of the 2023 season. But they officially melded together following a July accident, due to a broken wheel, at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, which required wholesale repairs on the entire machine. Working together furiously, the team got the car back together in time to finish fifth in the ensuing round at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, which made all the difference in keeping their championship hopes alive.

“Brent and I met at the Chili Bowl the year before, so everything kind of happened really fast,” 2021 and 2023 USAC Silver Crown entrant champion Rice remembered. “We really didn’t know each other all that well until Winchester. When we crashed there, it was a massive effort by a lot of people, and if we wouldn’t have had the Abacus guys to help and to take it up to their shop so they could work on it while Ronnie was at work, we would’ve never been ready. That’s when the team really came together as more of a ‘team’ rather than individual teams. This year, I think we’re going to be more prepared and more organized. We know each other now and we have more of a gameplan earlier in the year, so hopefully, we can implement that on the racetrack.”

For Rice, who hired Seavey prior to the 2020 Silver Crown season, it’s the feeling of having the perfect puzzle pieces of driver, crew and team all jelling together just perfectly at the exact right time.

“Logan’s a huge part of how quickly the race team grew as fast as it did,” Rice praised. “Without him being able to bring a fifth-place car home fifth instead of crashing it, that allowed us to go to the next race and learn even more. If he had crashed a couple cars, we would’ve been in a lot of trouble. By Logan taking care of the equipment early on in our development, it was very crucial to where we are now.”

For Seavey, the plan is set and the goal is clear. After winning two out of three USAC national titles a year ago, the hunger and desire to grab a third has him thrilled, especially to be able to do it with the same group of people he had so much success with in 2023.

“Overall, it gives me comfort and confidence knowing that every time I go to the track this year, I’m working with the same people,” Seavey explained. “With the momentum we have, I don’t want to say ‘we expect’ because it’s going to be tough. But I don’t think you can ever not be disappointed to not win a championship. Obviously, that’s the goal. If you’re not a little bit disappointed when you get beat, you’re not doing the right thing. It’s a competitive sport, and if you’re not looking for more when you’re getting beat, you’re not going to catch up. Our goal is to win all three, and if we don’t, we’re going to be a little disappointed. We’re going to give it our best effort, and to win all three in one year would be crazy.”

The Rice Motorsports/Abacus Racing USAC Silver Crown ride will consist of a DRC chassis on dirt and a Beast chassis on pavement with a Felker Racing Engine under the hood while carrying sponsorship from STIDA and Legacy 40.

Abacus Racing’s sprint car will be a DRC chassis with both 1-Way Technologies and Stanton power while the team’s midget will have a Stanton SR-11x engine between the frame rails of a Spike chassis. Primary sponsors on the sprint car and midget will be CG CPAs, Indy Custom Stone, Forecheck Marketing and Dozerz Nutz & Boltz.

 

 

BALLOU & THE LEIN MACHINE GEAR UP

FOR 2024 USAC SILVER CROWN DIRT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 27, 2024)………Robert Ballou is going USAC Silver Crown racing with the Wisconsin-based team owned by Hans Lein for the full seven race dirt track slate in 2024.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), one of the most prolific drivers in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship history and a driver/entrant champion of the series in 2015, has made just 16 previous Silver Crown starts in his career between 2010-21 with a best finish of second at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2012.

In 2013, Ballou led 80 of 100 laps at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds before running out of fuel while leading. Winning USAC Silver Crown races remains a category that Ballou aspires to conquer, and he feels this opportunity provides him with that shot after three years away from the series.

“If I couldn’t get into a car that was capable or build my own, then I wasn’t ever going to do it again,” Ballou said of Silver Crown racing. “I truly believe that this car is more than capable. With Greg Nelson being the crew chief, his resume speaks for itself. Hans (Lein) has had unbelievable racecars for about 40 years now. I think we should jell pretty well.”

Lein’s black and yellow No. 97 has twice won in USAC Silver Crown competition, both with Tyler Courtney behind the wheel. Together, they scored victories during the 2017 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora and in the 2019 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In 2023, Mitchel Moles drove the car throughout the season, winning the pole for the round at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

For the past decade, Ballou has been an independent on the USAC National Sprint Car tour, and in fact, is the winningest driver/owner in series history. Accustomed to working and overseeing his own team and equipment, this will be a bit of a change for Ballou with the car being based in Wisconsin, around a 600-mile round trip distance from his Tipton, Ind. residence.

“It’s hard,” Ballou acknowledged. “They asked Ricky Thornton Jr. that question a couple weeks ago when he drove the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports midget at the Chili Bowl. He’s pretty hands on. He mounted his seat and asked them if they needed any help, and they said, ‘no, we got it.’ So, he got in his car and went home. He wasn’t sure what to do. It’s a similar situation here. This car is based in Wisconsin, so it’s not like I can go help out even if I wanted to. But Greg doesn’t really need any help. He’s unbelievable. He builds a really nice racecar and Hans gives him all the funding to make the thing fast. Then, from there, it’s left up to the driver to do his job.”

The dirt side of the 2024 USAC Silver Crown schedule consists of dates at Kansas’ Belleville High Banks on May 17-18; Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway on June 15; Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track on July 4; Kansas’ Salt City Speedway on July 19-20; the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17; Illinois’ Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on August 31 and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on September 20-21.

All those dirt tracks range in size from a half-mile to a full mile, which are right in Ballou’s wheelhouse. His 16 career USAC Sprint Car wins on half-miles rank seventh all-time. Despite the larger characteristics of a Silver Crown car in comparison to a USAC Sprint Car, it’s a trait on the “big tracks” he cites from the early years of his career running a winged sprint car that taught him to keep the car straight and keep the momentum up at venues like California’s Calistoga Speedway. It’s an applicable skill that he feels translates to running a Silver Crown at the larger places he’ll face in 2024.

“I can only assume it’s just because I used to keep the car so straight,” Ballou stated. “I learned how to drive off the right front in a wing sprint car. It’s comforting to roll in straight and lean on the right front. As far as speed, you really don’t notice it, if you will.”

Ballou is amped at the prospect of crossing a USAC Silver Crown win off the list in 2024. He’s won 37 times in USAC National Sprint Car competition, which ranks 12th all-time. With how he feels USAC Silver Crown racing has morphed over the years into a full-out, elongated sprint car race over 50-100 miles, that fits right with the Mad Man’s style.

“It’s a totally different type of racing nowadays; it’s gone more toward sprint car racing,” Ballou said of today’s Silver Crown racing style. “You used to run around for 80 laps, then get after it. It’s a sprint dang near the whole time, so a lot plays into it.”

 

 

WESTFALL & ANDREOTTI JOIN NEW

4 KINGS RACING USAC MIDGET TEAM IN ‘24

Pleasant Hill, Ohio (January 26, 2024)………4 Kings Racing will field two full-time entries on the 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail for drivers Matt Westfall and Jake Andreotti.

Founded by a passionate group of racing enthusiasts and industry veterans Rex Turner, Fred Edwards, Matt Westfall and Steve Bordner, 4 Kings Racing, a new team to the USAC National Midget ranks, aims to establish itself as a powerhouse in various racing disciplines, showcasing a blend of skill, innovation, and sportsmanship.

Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) will pilot the team’s No. 54 entry with primary sponsorship from Metalloid. Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) will wheel the team’s No. 14 with primary sponsor from AccroSeal. Both entries will be DRC Chassis powered by Stanton engines and will also carry sponsorship from Lucky 7 Technologies.

“We are thrilled to introduce 4 Kings Racing to the motorsports community,” team spokesperson Turner stated. “Our lineup of talented drivers, combined with our dedication to innovation, positions us for success in the upcoming season. We believe in fostering a culture of teamwork, resilience and continuous improvement, and we look forward to making our mark on the track.”

The collaboration with Westfall brings together two forces in the motorsports world, promising an exciting and competitive campaign. Westfall will be racing the full USAC National Midget schedule for the first time in his career, but possesses an extensive lineage in midgets, capturing a NAMARS Midget crown back in 1998 and has been a regular campaigner in USAC ever since.

Westfall began his racing career in karts at the age of five and has driven and won auto racing championships in a wide variety of machinery, including midgets, sprint cars, modifieds and late models. In 2023, Westfall captured a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory at Arkansas’ Texarkana 67 Speedway. In 2024, he takes on the prospect of multiple roles as both a driver and team owner.

“I’ve embraced the challenge of not just driving a race car but steering the destiny of a team,” Westfall remarked. “Owning the track and the team is a dynamic dance between speed and strategy. Together, we are crafting a legacy that isn’t measured in victories, but in the resilience to push boundaries, break records and redefine what’s possible in the world of racing. Buckle up, because this journey is about more than just crossing the finish line, it’s about setting a new standard of excellence.”

Andreotti, meanwhile, is a seasoned driver with an outstanding track record. His Rookie campaign with the USAC National Midgets in 2023 resulted in a best career feature result of second on the Belleville (Kan.) Short Track and finished second in Rookie points. In 2022, he captured Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif. with a fourth-place finish.

Additionally, in 2023, Andreotti picked up a pair of USAC Western States Midget main event wins and turned in a triumphant performance with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. In recent years, he’s won in Australia and scored several marquee victories in micro sprints, including the Clay Cup, the Mark Hagopian Memorial, the High Banks Hustle (prelim) and the Showdown in Beantown as well as track championships at Delta Speedway and Lemoore Raceway.

“I am thrilled to be a part of 4 Kings Racing,” Andreotti exclaimed. “This inaugural team comes with a reputation of excellence, and I believe together, we can achieve great success on the track. It’s an exciting opportunity, and I am grateful for the chance to contribute my skills and experience to the team.”

Team co-owner Fred Edwards also shared his excitement about the formation of USAC’s newest team.

“Having Matt and Jake on board is a significant boost for our team,” Edwards commented. “Their proven track record and versatility makes them ideal fits for the challenges that lie ahead. We are looking forward to a season filled with competitiveness and success.”

Follow 4 Kings Racing on social media for latest updates and behind-the-scenes content: 4.KingsRacing on Instagram, @4KingsRacing on Twitter, 4KingsRacing on Facebook and 4KingsRacing on YouTube.

The 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season begins on April 26-27 with the Kokomo Grand Prix at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

 

 

 

KTJ & MOUNCE-STOUT TEAM UP

FOR FULL USAC MIDGET RUN IN ‘24

Speedway, Indiana (January 25, 2024)………Three years after his most recent pursuit of a full USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule, Kevin Thomas Jr. is back on the trail in 2024.

This coming season, the Cullman, Ala. racer will contest the full tour for Collinsville, Oklahoma-based Mounce-Stout Motorsports, whom KTJ made nine starts with in part-time duty throughout the 2023 campaign. The ride will carry No. 9 and feature primary sponsorship from Inferno Armor and Rockwell Security.

In 153 career USAC National Midget starts, Thomas has accrued six feature victories and was named series Rookie of the Year in 2014. Back in 2015, Thomas led the points for a time before ultimately finishing a career-best third in the final standings. One item he’s looking to add to his illustrious resume is a USAC National Midget driving title, and he believes he’s in the right spot to get that done.

“I would like to win a midget championship,” Thomas stated. “I came close before but just didn’t get it done. It’s the same thing on the sprint car side. I feel like putting yourself in the best position with a team that has the same goals as you and having the same understanding of what we need to do to get that done, that goes a long way.”

Thomas’ last run at a USAC National Midget title came in 2021 with Petry Motorsports. Since that point, he’s partook in part-time USAC duty with a few different teams. His most prominent address of 2023 in midget racing was with Mounce-Stout and grabbed a best result of 4th at Bloomington Speedway during USAC Indiana Midget Week.

“I was just a fill-in guy here and there, but their stuff was always extremely fast,” Thomas said. “I also like the people who are involved with it too. In this day and age, that goes a long way with me as far as the way things are run and the kind of people you are. If you’re going to spend the entire year with somebody, you just want it to all flow and for everybody to have the same goals and have an understanding of what we plan on doing. They check all those boxes. If you can do it with the right people at the right time, I feel like it will be worth your while.”

For team co-owner Jay Mounce, he’s gotten to watch him race from afar over the years, but a year ago, he got a first-hand experience working alongside the veteran driving presence that Thomas brings to the team.

“He has a lot of knowledge and he’s been around the sport long enough to understand what he needs to be successful, which is a little different than what our program has kind of been based around – more of a developmental type of deal,” Mounce explained. “He’s one of those guys who can be a national champion given the right opportunity.”

The Mounce-Stout team owns one career USAC National Midget feature victory with Jacob Denney at the wheel in 2022. What started in the years leading up to that triumph and continued afterward is the continuous upward trajectory of the team whose shop sits 25 miles north of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s SageNet Center, home of the Chili Bowl Nationals. The difference with KTJ in the seat is having a driver who’s been in the business for quite some time, and thus, can get acclimated quickly and help the symbiosis between driver and team even that much stronger.

“Last year, we were able to see if he had any ideas or thoughts on not only making our program better as a whole but also to just to see where we’re at,” Mounce said. “With younger kids, it’s harder to tell. Everybody’s competitive now and you don’t really know if you’re in that top-five percent of guys who need to be doing this for a living, essentially. He has enough experience, and he came in and hit the ground running. We could plug him in and just see if we were really as fast as we thought we were.”

Thomas has noticed the rise of Mounce-Stout as well, and it’s a large piece of the puzzle as to why he connected with them to begin with in 2023 and why they plan on continue that growth in the coming year.

“The work ethic is there, and the passion is there,” Thomas said of Mounce-Stout Motorsports. “I feel like that’s one of the only reasons I want to do it. I see the want-to and I see the potential of it as well. I have a good feeling about these guys, and I have a good feeling about the opportunity that’s ahead. If we do things right, and we all do our jobs at a high level, nothing says we can’t go win a championship and go win races. I feel like if we put good racecars on the track and we stay on top of our duties as crew members and racecar drivers, then it comes down to whether I do my job or not. I feel like I can, so we’ll just go from there and we’ll see.”

The 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season begins on April 26-27 with the Kokomo Grand Prix at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

 

 

 

MASTERS COURSE! PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER AWAITS USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 22, 2024)……… Longtime USAC supporter ProSource has once again posted a $2,500 reward to the driver who passes the most total cars during feature events throughout USAC’s 2024 national season.

The bonus payday awaits the driver who advances the most positions combined during the feature events throughout USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

No driver advanced more positions during the 2023 USAC national season than Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley, who earned the title of ProSource Passing Master for the first time in his career after passing a total of 199 cars in just 62 feature starts throughout the year.

Pursley became the third different winner of the season long ProSource Passing Master award. Since 2020, Buck Rice of ProSource has offered the annual bonus. Past winners include Chris Windom (2020) and Justin Grant (2021 & 2022).

ProSource, of Grand Saline, Texas, has also rewarded USAC competitors through Qualifying, Hard Charger, Hard Work and individual event hard charger awards and will do so again in 2024. A $500 reward from ProSource is set to be paid out for the driver passing the most cars throughout the entirety of Winter Dirt Games XV (all prelims & features).

USAC's 2024 national season begins with seven Winter Dirt Games XV USAC National Sprint Car events in the state of Florida during the month of February. Ocala Speedway hosts the series on February 9-10. Barberville’s Volusia Speedway Park is the host for back-to-back nights on February 12-13. Ocala Speedway will round up the busy week with a trio of events on February 15-16-17.

 

 

BRYAN HULBERT TO ANNOUNCE USAC’S WINTER DIRT GAMES XV IN FLORIDA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 23, 2024)………Bryan Hulbert has been named the lead announcer for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship’s 2024 season opening events during February’s seven-race Winter Dirt Games XV series in Florida.

A veteran announcer with the American Sprint Car Series and a fixture on the microphone at the Chili Bowl Nationals for more than a decade, Hulbert will assume dual roles with USAC during the events at Ocala Speedway on February 9-10 and Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 before returning to Ocala Speedway on February 15-16-17. Hulbert will handle duties on both the track’s public address system as well as on FloRacing’s live stream of each event.

Hulbert most recently announced a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship thriller at Beloit, Kansas’ Mitchell County Fairgrounds in 2023, and delivered the call for what was one of the most memorable finishes of the year – a pass for the victory by Bryant Wiedeman with two laps to go.

Having the opportunity to be the voice for that particular race was memorable for Hulbert, and he’s eager to get started with USAC in Florida this winter.

“It means a lot to me to announce for a series with the kind of reputation and prestige that USAC has,” Hulbert said. “To even be called upon and asked to go down and represent USAClike that, it’s very humbling and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Hulbert, originally hailing from Las Cruces, N.M. has been announcing at racetracks for 18 seasons. He started as a trackside reporter in 2006 before taking on the role of lead announcer in 2007 at dirt tracks such as Southern New Mexico Speedway and Texas’ El Paso Speedway Park.

He’s a jack of all trades in motorsports, having worked extensively in the departments of marketing, public relations, graphic design, ad design, commercial production, voiceovers, hanging banners, production work, you name it. This occasion also won’t be Hulbert’s first rodeo in Florida. In years past, he’s announced the King of the 360s in the Sunshine State as well as events at Ocala. However, Volusia is one that’ll be new in his repertoire.

Hulbert has engrossed himself in the racing scene, and his affinity for USAC has been ingrained in him since his earliest days as he took a keen interest for the series’ drivers and events via the weekly newspaper that served as the bible for all motorsports aficionados, Hulbert included.

“I’ve known about USAC since I was a kid,” Hulbert recalled. “National Speed Sport News was the weekly go-to, so I’d always read about what was going on. USAC has a great product and it’s stood the test of time in what it delivers and what it produces. I’ve had the chance to call the sprint car side and I’ve had a chance to call the midget side. Both have been a lot of fun to be a part of.”

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUTS AT KANSAS’ SALT CITY SPEEDWAY JULY 19-20, 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Hutchinson, Kansas (January 15, 2024)………The USAC Silver Crown National Championship has added a new date at a venue with a rich racing history to the 2024 series schedule.

For the first time ever, Salt City Speedway in Hutchinson, Kan. will host the USAC champ cars on its famed dirt half-mile for two consecutive nights on Friday-Saturday, July 19-20. An open USAC Silver Crown practice will take place on Friday, July 19, with a full program consisting of practice, qualifying and a 100-lap feature set for Saturday, July 20.

Located at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Salt City Speedway (named so for its salt mining industry) first contested auto racing events in 1910, making it one of the most historic tracks in the country. Phil Nightingale has experienced his share of memories at the place, dating back to being a fan, then a driver and now as the track’s new general manager, and he can already feel the buzz.

“I’m more than excited about this; I’m over the moon,” Nightingale exclaimed. “This is a dream come true to put together a big race like this, especially with it being my first year as the promoter of the track. Being able to bring the champ cars to Hutchinson is huge. Every person I’ve talked to about USAC coming has been so excited to see these cars race.”

The reveal of this particular event on the schedule this year is significant in a myriad of manners. According to a report from The Hutchinson News, “The Kansas State Fair Board voted Tuesday (January 9, 2024) to rescind its November 2022 vote to demolish Hutchinson Raceway Park at the fairgrounds and accepted a one-year proposal for future use.”

When Nightingale got wind of the move to dismantle more than a century worth of racing history in Hutchinson, he stepped into action. It was personal to him. He was raised 25 miles from the track, and it’s a venue where both he and his son, Jake Nightingale, raced. In fact, Jake won in his first start at the track in a modified in 2015. The process of continuing racing at the joint came rather quickly.

Nightingale met with the fair board in September of 2023, then met with the board again in October and November. Just last week, his proposal received approval via a 13-0 vote to resume racing activities at the venerable central Kansas track.

“The track has a lot of history and it’s close to my old stomping grounds,” Nightingale explained. “When I heard that the fair board had voted to demolish the track, that’s when my adrenaline got running. It was time for me to step in and do something to try to help and promote the racetrack to keep it alive.”

Furthermore, USAC Silver Crown Competition Director Tommie Estes won an NCRA Sprint Car feature at the track in 1989 and will be instrumental in the track preparation for the mid-July event.

Six previous USAC Silver Crown events have been held in the state of Kansas dating back to 2006. Two occurred on the pavement of Kansas Speedway in Kansas City while each of the last four having taken place on the dirt at the Belleville High Banks. In fact, USAC Silver Crown racing will make multiple appearances in Kansas in 2024 with another weekend scheduled for Belleville on May 17-18.

Never has there been a repeat USAC Silver Crown winner in Kansas with six different drivers making it to victory lane, including Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and seven-time series champion Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) who’ll try to become the first multi-time Kansas Silver Crown winner at Salt City. Reigning series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will attempt to win his first in Kansas at Salt City in 2024.

Times and additional details for the July 19-20, 2024, Salt City Speedway event will be announced at a later date. But for now, the fact that USAC Silver Crown racing is debuting in Hutchinson, to Nightingale, it’s a perfect match for racing history.

“I’ve always been a gearhead, I’ve always loved motors and I’ve always loved hearing loud noises and all that kind of stuff,” Nightingale stated. “We’re just so excited to bring those racers here. Number one for me is to just hear those cars screaming around that racetrack. That’s going to be the most fun.”

 

 

24 DATES SET ON 2024 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Speedway, Indiana (January 6, 2024)………The calendar for the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC CRA Sprint Car racing season has been set with 24 events on the docket in the states of California and Arizona in 2024.

The series, featuring new title sponsorship from Avanti, will open and close at its most oft-visited venue, southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway where USAC CRA will travel to on 10 occasions throughout the 2024 campaign. The season begins at Perris on February 24, and makes monthly trips to throughout the year on March 16, April 27, May 25 (Salute to Indy), June 22, July 13, August 17 and September 21.

The season at Perris is highlighted by the return of the Oval Nationals, which is back on the schedule after a one-year hiatus for the 27th running of the event for two-straight nights on November 8-9.

A similar slate is on the plate for Somerton, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway, which makes an early-season USAC CRA schedule appearance on March 2. Late in the year, USAC CRA is back at Cocopah on November 1-2 for the 57th edition of the Western World Championships.

A pair of additional Arizona state races have been scheduled for Mohave Valley Raceway, which hosts the 410 c.i. sprint cars twice on April 6 and again on October 12.

The newly christened Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. will feature its most substantial USAC CRA schedule yet, featuring three dates at the track this season on June 8, August 31 and September 28.

For the first time since 2022, Nipomo, California’s Santa Maria Raceway is back on the USAC CRA docket which has four dates at the track. A two-night affair at Santa Maria will take place on July 5-6, before the series travels back to the track on August 10 and September 7.

Furthermore, two slots remain listed as “To Be Announced” for May 4 and October 19.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) enters the 2024 season as the reigning USAC CRA Sprint Car driving champion. Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance come in as the most recent entrant titlists with the series.

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2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Feb 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Mar 2: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ

Mar 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Apr 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ

Apr 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

May 4: TBA

May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)

Jun 8: The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

Jun 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Jul 5: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Jul 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Jul 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Aug 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Aug 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Aug 31: The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

Sep 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Sep 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Sep 28: The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

Oct 12: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ

Oct 19: TBA

Nov 1: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)

Nov 2: Cocopah Speedway - Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)

Nov 8: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)

Nov 9: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)

 

 

USAC ANNOUNCES RULE UPDATES FOR 2024 SEASON

Speedway, Indiana (January 4, 2024)………USAC has announced a number of rule updates and enforcements to be implemented beginning with the 2024 season for USAC’s Silver Crown National Championship, AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship divisions.

Rule updates were discussed and voted upon by USAC competitors during the annual competition meetings held on December 5, 2023, at USAC headquarters in Speedway, Ind.

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2024 USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

203: CAR CONSTRUCTION & BODY | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(F) The front part of the body, known as the nose assembly, shall not be wider than the parallel lines of the body and may not exceed the width of the frame. The nose piece and/or the front bumper shall not exceed 23-inches from the leading edge of the front axle. See Section 206C regarding the front bumper.

(O) Wind screens will be allowed. Measurements will be taken from the bottom of the lower frame rail to the top of the wind screen, which should be no greater than 38-inches. The sail panel may extend rearward to the triangular bar at the back of roll cage. Sail panels may not extend forward past a cross plane established by the back seat. Side visors are not permitted.

(U) Airfoils, wings, spoilers or other aerodynamic appendages will not be permitted. A one-inch (1”) turnout will be allowed along the bottom of the body panels from the front of the nose piece to the rear of the rear axle. The Chief Steward or the Technical Director may have any panel or part removed which is not within the spirit or intent of this rule.

206: BUMPERS/NERF BARS | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(C) The front bumper must not extend more than 23-inches from the leading edge of the front axle.

209: WHEELS | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(K) Wheel covers will be allowed on both pavement and dirt track cars.

216: ENGINE SIZE LIMITS | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(2) Cylinder heads may be manufactured from aluminum alloy providing that the original factory configuration is maintained. All aftermarket cylinder heads are subject to the approval of the USAC Technical Director.

APPROVED CYLINDER HEADS:

-Chevrolet: Any OEM or aftermarket cylinder heads with intake & exhaust valves in-line.

-SB-2

-RSO

-MOPAR:MOPAR R5/P7

-Ford: Ford C3 and D3 Toyota: Phase 9

218: IGNITIONS & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(I) Only one ignition switch is allowed in the cockpit. A second ignition switch can be utilized but must be in the engine compartment.

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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

302: DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT | USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(E) All cars must weigh a minimum of 1,350 pounds, including the driver. Rule was formerly 1,375 pounds.

304: ROLL CAGE & CHASSIS | USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(D) Safety bars or outlaw bars will be mandatory. Sizing will be 1.375” x .083.” One solid bar, no slip joints allowed.

315: IGNITIONS & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT | USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(I) Only one ignition switch is allowed in the cockpit. A second ignition switch can be utilized but must be in the engine compartment.

1312: EVENT PROCEDURE | USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(F) All standard format events will consist of 24 feature starters unless otherwise noted. If four (4) heat races are held, the top-five (5) finishers will transfer to the feature. If three (3) heat races are held, the top-six (6) finishers will transfer to the feature.

(G) If 48 or more cars are in competition, five (5) heat races will be held with the top-four (4) finishers transferring to the feature.

(H) Semi-Feature, C-Main & D-Main events will be lined up by heat race finish. The front row of the semi will be reserved for the fastest two non-transfers.

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2024 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

403: CAR CONSTRUCTION & BODY | USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(L) Right side cockpit body panels may be a maximum of thirty-six inches (36”) high as measured from the bottom of the frame rail. Opening must be 150 square inches and not distract driver’s vision as determined by chief steward. The right-side panel cannot extend out any further than four (4”) inches. This includes turnouts from the frame uprights (cage post).

416: IGNITION & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT | USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(J) Only one ignition switch is allowed in the cockpit. A second ignition switch can be utilized but must be in the engine compartment.

1412: EVENT PROCEDURE | USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(F) All standard format events will consist of 24 feature starters unless otherwise noted. If four (4) heat races are held, the top-five (5) finishers will transfer to the feature. If three (3) heat races are held, the top-six (6) finishers will transfer to the feature.

(G) If 48 or more cars are in competition, five (5) heat races will be held with the top-four (4) finishers transferring to the feature.

(H) Semi-Feature, C-Main & D-Main events will be lined up by heat race finish. The front row of the semi will be reserved for the fastest two non-transfers.

 

 

BURKE JOINS LEGACY AUTOSPORT WITH RWR FOR 2024 USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON

Pittsboro, Indiana (December 29, 2023)………Legacy Autosport announced that Trey Burke will drive the No. 60 RFL Facility Solutions, TeamWWF, Texas Micro Optics, Metalloid, Legacy Autosport Chassis (pavement) and DRC (dirt) full-time on the 2024 USAC Silver Crown National Championship trail.

Burke (Alvin, Texas) is a fourth-generation race car driver from Texas who transplanted to Indianapolis, Ind. at age 17. He grew up on the dirt tracks and has been strapping in behind the wheel since the ripe age of nine. Trey has been successful on dirt and asphalt with configurations of ovals, road and street courses. He has raced in the ladder series of both INDYCAR and NASCAR.

“'I know this is a great opportunity for me,” Burke said. “I am humbled by the fact that Mike and Butch Meyer, along with Robbie Wilson, asked me to be part of this team. I know this was a ride that a lot of drivers were after, and I am grateful for being chosen.”

Burke, a Rookie with the USAC Silver Crown series in 2023, finished 10th in the overall points standings, second best among all first-year drivers in the series. For 2024, he joins an outfit that became first time USAC Silver Crown winners this past season with Davey Hamilton Jr. providing the team’s first series victory at WWT Raceway in Madison, Ill.

“I want to thank Legacy and Robbie for believing in me,” Burke stated. “At the end of the day, as a driver, that's all you can ask for. When a group of people believe in you, it changes your perspective and gives you that extra confidence you want. I am looking forward to representing Rick Mattson at RFL Facility Solutions, TeamWWF and Fred Edwards at Metalloid in the Silver Crown series.”

The owner of Legacy Autosport, Louis Michael Meyer, is the great grandson of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the first to celebrate a 500 win with a swig of milk in victory lane. Nearly a full century later, the Meyer name remains at the forefront of the sport and looks forward to adding more history in the coming year with Burke.

“All of us on the team are excited to get to the track and get working with Trey,” Meyer remarked. “He has shown he has the speed and the patience to compete at the top of this series, and I feel that with the right preparation, he can be there at the end for the win. Trey comes from a family with a rich racing history, starting with his great grandfather building some of the first Indy roadsters and has racing experience through every generation after. Trey is a fourth-generation racer like me, and I am looking forward to helping him succeed and add to his own family legacy.”

Burke joins a Legacy Autosport team, which will feature Davey Hamilton Jr. in a full-time ride for the team as well as Nathan Byrd competing in all the pavement rounds during the 2024 campaign.

“We are doing something that has not been done, running a team of three Silver Crown cars,” Meyer revealed. “This is something that could not have happened without the support of Robert Wilson Racing. Robbie is a true racer and huge supporter of Legacy Autosport. He was our first customer and now partner and friend. With already getting a win at Gateway in our first season with the new chassis, I am excited to have Davey, Nathan and now Trey continue to showcase what the new pavement car can do and compete for the championship.”

You can get more info and keep up with the USAC Silver Crown series at www.USACracing.com and catch all the racing action on the FloRacing streaming app and follow @legacyaotosport on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.LegacyAutosport.com for more info.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS’ 2024 SCHEDULE REVEALED

Speedway, Indiana (December 26, 2023)………The 43rd season of USAC Western States midget competition prepares for the 2024 season with 11 race dates at six different dirt ovals throughout the Golden State of California.

The season opens and closes in the city of Bakersfield, Calif. The slate kicks off on March 23 at Bakersfield Speedway, which has hosted 124 USAC Western States Midget events dating back to 1987.

Thereafter, the next round of the series continues down the road to the newly-named The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. on March 30. The series returns to Kern County on October 5 where a champion will be crowned in the season finale during the George Snider Classic, honoring the 1971 USAC Dirt Track National Champion (Silver Crown).

Merced Speedway’s fairgrounds track brings the series in on April 13 while the seaside oval of Ventura Raceway will host the series on three separate occasions on June 1, July 27 and September 14.

Two dates are allotted for Nipomo, California’s Santa Maria Raceway on June 8 and August 24. Hangtown USA’s Placerville Speedway presents a pair of USAC Western States Midget action-packed events on July 6 and September 7.

Both Placerville events will be co-sanctioned by the USAC Western States division and the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA). Four dates in all will carry the USAC Western States/BCRA co-sanction designation, including the March 30 date at Kern Raceway and on April 13 at Merced.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) enters 2024 as the reigning USAC Western States Midget champion, a series which also boasts as its champions the likes of Jeff Heywood, Sleepy Tripp, Robby Flock, Billy Boat, Jay Drake, Wally Pankratz, Cory Kruseman, Ronnie Gardner and Michael Faccinto, just to name a few.

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2024 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE:

Mar 23: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

Mar 30: (B) The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

Apr 13: (B) Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Jun 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

Jun 8: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Jul 6: (B) Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Jul 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

Aug 24: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Sep 7: (B) Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Sep 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

Oct 5: The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

**(B) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Bay Cities Racing Association

**This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

23 DATES FOR USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 26, 2023)………The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars Presented by Capitol Custom Trailers features a slate of 23 events ready to roll for the 2024 season.

The series enters its seventh season of competition with a full schedule that sees the series venture to 13 different tracks in four different states (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania & New York).

The championship season begins with the first of three dates at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway on April 5 with return visits set for May 17 and September 27.

Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, N.J. is the most oft-visited track of the series season with five stops set for April 6, July 6 and October 4 with a non-winners race taking place on October 18 with the season finale arriving on October 19.

Williams Grove Speedway’s famed half-mile welcomes the series to the Mechanicsburg, Pa. dirt oval on April 12 and June 17. Traditional Keystone State venues dot the calendar, including Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, Pa.) on April 13, Bedford Speedway on Apr. 26 and two trips to Port Royal Speedway on Apr. 27 and Aug. 17.

Bechtelsville, Pa.’s Grandview Speedway kicks off the month of May on the 11th of the month, then is followed by the first of a pair of races at Delmar’s Delaware International Speedway on May 25 and Aug. 10.

Three tracks will appear on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car schedule for the first time in 2024, all in the state of New York, which the series hasn’t visited since 2021. The series makes it a weekend there on June 28 at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., and on June 29, the series appears for the first time ever at Fonda Raceway. USAC EC returns late in the season with a debut at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y.

The bullring of Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa. is circled twice on the schedule on July 10 and August 18. Meanwhile, Mill Hall, Pa.’s Clinton County Fairgrounds brings in the series on August 2.

Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) enters the season as the two-time and reigning USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion (2022 & 2023). Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) is the lone three-time series titlist in 2018-19-20 while Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) notched the 2021 crown.

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2024 USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS SCHEDULE

Apr 5: Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, DE

Apr 6: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

Apr 12: Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Apr 13: Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, PA

Apr 26: Bedford Speedway – Bedford, PA

Apr 27: Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

May 11: Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA

May 17: Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, DE

May 25: Delaware International Speedway – Delmar, DE

Jun 7: Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 28: Utica-Rome Speedway – Vernon, NY

Jun 29: Fonda Raceway – Fonda, NY

Jul 6: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

Jul 10: Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA

Aug 2: Clinton County Fairgrounds – Mill Hall, PA

Aug 10: Delaware International Speedway – Delmar, DE

Aug 17: Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

Aug 18: Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA

Sep 13: Outlaw Speedway – Dundee, NY

Sep 27: Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, DE

Oct 4: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

Oct 18: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ (Non-Winners Race)

Oct 19: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

 

 

HALL TABBED AS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES DIRECTOR STARTING IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 14, 2023)………Scott Hall, a prominent promoter, racer and series organizer on the west coast open wheel dirt track racing scene, has been named the series director of the USAC Western States Midget series.

Hall, of Roseville, California, officially took his post on the final of November 2023, and has informed us that he has formulated a 16-race schedule for the 2024 season throughout the Golden State.

Hall contends to have a working relationship with the Bay Cities Racing Association to help strengthen and bolster midget racing on the west coast in the now and in the future. Hall’s background in the sport includes a variety of roles and in the formation of multiple sprint car series.

“I’ve raced with a lot of these guys who are now running BCRA at the management level,” Hall said. “I’ve done a lot of promoting in the past with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and I’ve helped develop that, and also redeveloped the Hunt Wingless Series out here. And I’m still on the board for each one of those series.”

Hall also has a deep connection in racing with his daughter, Taylor Hall, who has raced two seasons in outlaw karts and one season in micros sprints in recent years and is now making the move to midget racing. Hall has witnessed several up-and-coming racers in his day and finds passion in helping them develop into becoming the next stars of the sport.

“I’m all about developing the next generation,” Hall stated. “I have my finger on the pulse of the next generation of racers. Racing with my daughter has had us in the trenches (of the sport).”

Hall’s racing lineage runs deep. His grandfather, Jimmy Sills Sr., was a winner on the BCRA Midget circuit in the early to mid-1950s. Jimmy Sills Jr. became a household name as a three-time USAC Silver Crown champion in 1990-94-96 and raced coast-to-coast with USAC, the World of Outlaws, NARC and more, just to name a few.

Recalling his upbringing, Hall can vividly remember watching the Saturday Night Thunder telecasts on ESPN during the early 1990s featuring the USAC Western States Midget at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. The excitement and deep appreciation of the sport was firmly ingrained at the point.

“USAC Western States Midget racing is big to us and our family,” Hall acknowledged. “As a family, we used to sit around the TV and watch Jimmy run Saturday Night Thunder in a midget at Ventura. I see an opportunity with the number of midgets that are in this country right now and to try to bring that back.”

Hall aims to facilitate that type of thrill again for competitors and fans alike starting in 2024. It’s a feeling he can recall from the recent past that instilled a passion for the sport inside him, and he wants to pass on the passion to the current and future generations on the west coast.

“(Former USAC Western States Midget Series Director) Tommy (Hunt) and those guys had it down south and they were getting 60 midgets,” Hall recalled. “I’ve seen it in its prime, so I know what it’s capable of and it’s near and dear to me. I ran sprint cars out here, but I was a little big to run a midget. I’ve always loved non-wing racing and all my wins as a driver have come in non-wing cars. I have a passion for it and all those memories are with me so it’s a big deal to me.”

With his day job in the construction business (roofing and solar), Hall devotes the rest of his time to motorsports, and aims to bring together the two worlds in the form of marketing partners, the life bread of the sport.

“Sales and marketing through racing is a great combination,” Hall explained. “What I think it will take for the midget series to get back up is to work some marketing angles. There’s a lot of passion out here on the west coast for midget racing, and we need to tap into that and do what we’ve done with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour. We grew 360 c.i. racing from almost a demise when Civil War was at its end to consistently getting car counts of 30-40.”

All in all, all the work put in comes down to a true passion of the sport, something which Hall possesses in droves, in keeping the sports and the series thriving for years to come and its deep roots in the state of California.

“It’s very important to myself and everybody in my family,” Hall said. “Midget racing started with my grandpa when he got back from World War II and was running indoor tracks in the bay area. The true history of midget racing in California goes back pretty far. To see that history die would be horrible, but as we bring it back, I want to share some of those old memories of how deep midget racing runs in California.”

 

 

TURNING POINT: GARRETT NAMED USAC’S MOST IMPROVED DRIVER FOR 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 14, 2023)………Carson Garrett’s journey from his Rocky Mountain Midget roots to becoming USAC’s National Most Improved Driver came quite quickly in some respects. But in other ways, it’s clear to say that he’s come a long way both geographically and behind the wheel of a racecar.

In his first two seasons competing on a part-time basis with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2021-22, Carson Garrett had appeared in 23 events and qualified for the feature in only 11 of them, with nary a top-10 finish among his results.

The switch was seemingly flipped for the Littleton, Colo. racer in 2023 as he became the first driver from his home state to ever be named as USAC National Most Improved Driver. The 22-year-old recorded career bests in every single statistical category, notching three top-fives and came within a whisker – just 93 hundredths of a second – of winning his first series feature at Macon Speedway in Illinois, and he even added a couple Midwest Sprint Car Series scores at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway to boot.

The improvements on track were readily apparent for Garrett, but so too were the intricate details of setting the car up and providing valuable info that guided his performance. That was a skill that Garrett possessed none of just a couple seasons ago.

“Honestly, it’s been a little bit of a journey going from starting out as a hobby to finally understanding it and wanting to work on my own stuff,” Garrett explained. “This year, I feel like I was a lot more involved in my feedback toward the crew guys than I was in the previous year. The first year, I had nothing. I was just there.”

Garrett’s first career top-10 with the USAC Sprint Cars turned some heads, not only for where he achieved it (Ohio’s Eldora Speedway) but also for where he came from. His advancement from 20th to 6th during May’s #LetsRaceTwo proved to be among the biggest charges of the season. To illustrate the point, Garrett noted that the setup they utilized was virtually the same as the one he’d used in previous years, further indicating his vast improvement in the seat. But for Garrett, the progression truly took on a new level just a bit before that.

“I feel like it started last year,” Garrett acknowledged. “We got good enough at Haubstadt and we felt good. I told the guys I want to be this good everywhere else. At the start of this year, it just got rolling and when we ran at Eldora, that was a crazy race. I was passing car after car and then I thought, hey wait, these are the top few guys up here. I was like, ‘holy cow!’ I was surprised myself.”

The roll continued throughout the summer months and led to him being in contention regularly during one of the biggest weeks on the USAC National Sprint Car calendar.

“Indiana Sprint Week was killer for us,” Garrett recalled. “We were having pretty good luck, and I think it was three nights in a row, I started on the pole of the feature. It just seemed like we had the momentum going and we were all having fun doing it. KTJ, C.J. and Jake Swanson have all been a big help, and when Jake goes to Haubstadt, he’s like, ‘what are you doing here because I want to get better here.”

Another prideful point for Garrett was the fact that he didn’t use up his equipment, which kept him on track and intact not only from race-to-race but throughout the entire year.

“Between my primary and secondary car, I didn’t tear them up this year,” Garrett pointed out. “I never got upside down, but one of our cars had to get fixed when I was running second during the Indiana Sprint Week race at Lawrenceburg when my tire blew, and I hit the wall. It bent the frame a little bit, but other than that, I felt like we had pretty good luck throughout the year.”

Two major components have aided the team in their rise up the rankings. In 2022, crew chief Doug Dougherty was tabbed to turn the wrenches after assisting Garrett when he raced for KO Motorsports in 2021. Also in 2022, a second car was added to the BGE Dougherty Motorsports stable for Kevin Thomas Jr., which began as only a couple race deal. Ultimately, KTJ gave the team its first three USAC victories. In 2023, C.J. Leary, the 2019 series titlist, was hired for the second seat.

All those pieces, facets and additions have allowed Garrett to build relationships, and as a result, he now feels more comfortable asking the right questions to help improve his performance and blossom into a more well-rounded and versatile racer.

“A couple times this year, I told C.J. what we’re doing, and said, ‘man, if I did that to my car, I’d go out there and be upside down. I won’t do that,’” Garrett said with a laugh. “It’s just preference. I like my car a lot tighter than C.J. does, but with the aspect of him doing our LST Shocks, it’s been huge for me to learn and understand the adjustments and what to try. C.J. is an awesome person to go to and he’ll help anyone out. He won’t fib anything. He’s going to be straightforward and honest with everybody.”

In 2022, Garrett branched out to a new deal alongside his father, Broc Garrett, who owned the equipment. Prior to that, Carson was flying back and forth from Colorado to Indiana with his bag and helmet in hand before making the permanent move to Indiana prior to the 2022 season. Now, as a full-time transplant, Garrett has gotten more time behind the wheel, more time with his crew and more time invested in the sport as he’s taken his efforts up another level.

“I think it’s just seat time and becoming closer with my crew guys and trusting what they’re doing on the car as far as just giving them the right feedback on what I need and what our car needs,” Garrett said. “Doug has been a great help for us since he came along and guided us and helped us by saying you guys should try this or that, and from that point on, he’s been setting the car up. Now I feel like I’m at the point where I can tell them what I need. I’ll tell them my suggestions of what I think they should do. Then we can kind of meet in the middle. Sometimes he says something that I may not think that the car needs. We’re both honest with each other and that just makes me more comfortable with how my car is going to react to the different adjustments we make.”

Garrett returns in 2024 with the same exact deal, chasing the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the BGE Dougherty No. 15. Although he admitted that the Most Improved Driver completely took him by surprise, there’s no question that he’s not going to sneak up on the competition in the coming year. It’s expected. Carson Garrett has now arrived on the USAC National Sprint Car scene.

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USAC NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD WINNERS:

1966: Bill Mehner (Midget)

1967: Gary Bettenhausen (Midget)

1968: None

1969: None

1970: Larry Rice (Midget)

1971: Bill Renshaw (Midget)

1972: Pancho Carter (Midget)

1973: Bobby Olivero (Midget)

1974: Steve Lotshaw (Midget)

1975: Mark Alderson (Midget)

1976: Tom Bigelow (Indy Car) & Steve Lotshaw (Midget)

1977: Tom Sneva (Indy Car) & Chris Cumberworth (Midget)

1978: Danny Ongais (Indy Car) & Jeff Heywood (Midget)

1979: Tom Bigelow (Indy Car) & Stan Fox (Midget)

1980: Jerry Karl (Indy Car) & Warren Mockler (Midget)

1981: George Snider (Indy Car) & Warren Mockler (Midget)

1982: Mark Alderson (Silver Crown) & Steve Knepper (Midget)

1983: Steve Chassey (Silver Crown) & Kenneth Nichols (Midget)

1984: Manny Rockhold (Silver Crown) & Joe Corrigan (Midget)

1985: Duke Cook (Silver Crown) & John Andretti (Midget)

1986: Warren Mockler (Silver Crown) & Paul Clark (Midget)

1987: Kenny Jacobs (Silver Crown) & Dan Boorse (Midget)

1988: Andy Hillenburg (Silver Crown) & Michael Lang (Midget)

1989: Ron Dunstan (Silver Crown) & Russ Gamester (Midget)

1990: Gary Hieber (Silver Crown) & Roy Caruthers (Midget)

1991: Russ Gamester (Silver Crown) & Tyce Carlson (Midget)

1992: Tony Elliott (Silver Crown) & Dan Drinan (Midget)

1993: Mike Bliss (Silver Crown), Bill Rose (Sprint) & Andy Michner (Midget)

1994: Randy Tolsma (Silver Crown), Kevin Thomas (Sprint) & Steve Barth (Midget)

1995: Dave Darland (Silver Crown), Jason McCord (Sprint) & Brian Gerster (Midget)

1996: Kevin Thomas (Silver Crown), Brian Hayden (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)

1997: Brian Tyler (Silver Crown), Derek Davidson (Sprint) & Jay Drake (Midget)

1998: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown), Kevin Doty (Sprint) & Travis Welpott (Midget)

1999: Brad Noffsinger (Silver Crown), Robbie Rice (Sprint) & Clay Klepper (Midget)

2000: John Heydenreich (Silver Crown), Brandon Petty (Sprint) & Michael Lewis (Midget)

2001: Jerry Coons Jr. (Silver Crown), Levi Jones (Sprint) & Steve Paden (Midget)

2002: Rich Tobias Jr. (Silver Crown), Kevin Briscoe (Sprint) & Danny Ebberts (Midget)

2003: Tyler Walker (Silver Crown), Marc Jessup (Sprint) & Tom Hessert (Midget)

2004: Bud Kaeding (Silver Crown), Dickie Gaines (Sprint) & Davey Ray (Midget)

2005: Wayne Reutimann Jr. (Silver Crown), Mat Neely (Sprint) & Brad Kuhn (Midget)

2006: Aaron Pierce (Silver Crown), Daron Clayton (Sprint) & Brad Loyet (Midget)

2007: Mat Neely (Silver Crown), Jesse Hockett (Sprint) & Kevin Swindell (Midget)

2008: Cole Whitt

2009: Shane Hmiel

2010: Kody Swanson & Tanner Swanson

2011: Zach Daum & Casey Riggs

2012: Chase Stockon

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2014: Shane Cockrum

2015: Tanner Thorson

2016: Chad Boespflug

2017: Tyler Courtney

2018: Isaac Chapple

2019: Tanner Carrick

2020: Brandon Mattox

2021: Jake Swanson

2022: Kaylee Bryson

2023: Carson Garrett

 

 

CRUCEAN/MAHONEY VIDEO PARTY SET FOR JANUARY 19 AT USAC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 13, 2023)………Save the date! On Friday night, January 19, 2024, join us for a Salute to the Crucean/Mahoney Movie Parties Presented by Marc Dailey Racing.

There, we will relive the famed Crucean/Mahoney movie parties at USAC headquarters, located at 4910 W. 16th Street, Speedway, IN 46224. Doors for the event will open at 6pm Eastern.

The event is a fundraiser for USAC RaceAid, formerly known as the USAC Benevolent Foundation. The event will include an evening of historic USAC racing movies from the Dick Wallen collection, plus appearances by USAC Stars past and present. A silent memorabilia auction will be held, and furthermore, snacks and refreshments will be served.

The event is free to attend although donations to RaceAid are encouraged and appreciated. Crucean and Mahoney are both inductees of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and did so much to promote racing and were so vital to the preservation of racing history, particularly USAC.

Advance tickets can be purchased now at www.raceaid.fund. Just scroll down to the ribbon on the page entitled “Salute to the Crucean/Mahoney Movie Parties,” then click on “Register.” Next, click on “Register for a RaceAid Event,” then check the box next to “Salute to the Crucean/Mahoney Movie Parties.” Follow prompts from there, fill out the info and you are set to go for one of the highlights of the winter racing season.

Also, a new throwback Sprint Car Pictorial T-shirt is now on sale and can also be purchased at www.raceaid.fund. USAC’s Rich Forman will produce a special edition salute to the Crucean/Mahoney produced Sprint Car Pictorial magazine, chockfull of historic photos.

The USAC RaceAid program is a fresh brand relaunch of the USAC Benevolent Fund, started in 1959, to assist USAC members and their families in times of need. Over the years, RaceAid has helped hundreds of people in the racing community. We have donated more than $1.3 million dollars to USAC racers in need.

How can you donate to USAC RaceAid? At home, visit www.RaceAid.fund. The USAC #RACEAID program is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

The Movie Party is just one of the events planned during the upcoming winter season at USAC headquarters, including a Salute to Racing Photography exhibit slated for a TBA date in February as well as a March “tip-off” show with USAC champions and other drivers. If you would be interested in supporting one of these events, please reach out to USAC via Facebook or on the “Contact” tab at www.usacracing.com.

 

 

98 USAC NATIONAL EVENTS IN 15 STATES FOR 2024!

Speedway, Indiana (December 12, 2023)………Get ready! 98 USAC National racing events across 15 United States are scheduled for the upcoming 2024 season between February and November.

The slate includes 54 Sprint Car events, 30 for the Midgets and 14 for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

Which one are you planning to attend first?

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2024 CHRONOLOGICAL USAC NATIONAL SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY

Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000 | Sprint

Feb 10: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $7,500 | Sprint

Feb 12: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000 | Sprint

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000 | Sprint

Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000 | Sprint

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000 | Sprint

Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000 | Sprint

APRIL

Apr 5: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Jim Hurtubise Classic | $6,000 | Sprint

Apr 6: Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, IL | Salute to Levi Jones | $10,000 | Sprint

Apr 12: TBA | Sprint

Apr 13: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | $6,000 | Sprint

Apr 20: Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | $8,000 | Silver Crown

Apr 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $4,000 | Midget

Apr 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $5,000 | Midget

MAY

May 3: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000 | Sprint

May 4: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000 | Sprint

May 5: Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | $8,000 | Silver Crown

May 10: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Larry Rice Classic | $5,000 | Sprint

May 11: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Spring Showdown | $5,000 | Sprint

May 17: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $4,000 | Midget

May 17-18: Belleville High Banks | Belleville, KS | Huncovsky Classic | $8,000 | Silver Crown

May 18: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $6,000 | Midget

May 19: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | John Hinck Championship | $6,000 | Midget

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Tony Hulman Classic | $10,000 | Sprint

May 22: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Circle City Salute | $5,000 | Sprint

May 23: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Circle City Salute | $10,000 | Sprint

May 24: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Hoosier Hundred | $25,000 | Silver Crown

May 31: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | TBA | Sprint

JUNE

Jun 1: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | TBA | Sprint

Jun 4: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000 | Midget

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000 | Midget

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000 | Midget

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000 | Midget

Jun 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000 | Midget

Jun 9: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000 | Midget

June 11: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

June 12: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 13: Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 14: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Open Wheel Madness | $8,000 | Silver Crown

Jun 16: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 21: Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Bytec Dairyland 100 | $8,000 | Silver Crown

Jun 22: Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, WI | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 23: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 28: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | Top Gun Weekend | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 29: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | Top Gun Weekend | $10,000 | Sprint

JULY

Jul 4: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Sumar Classic | $8,000 | Silver Crown

Jul 5: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $5,000 | Sprint

Jul 6: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $10,000 | Sprint

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | Tuesday Night Thunder | $4,000 | Midget

Jul 10: Mitchell County Fairgrounds | Beloit, KS | Chad McDaniel Memorial | $4,000 | Midget

Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $4,000 | Midget

Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $10,000 | Midget

Jul 20: TBA | Silver Crown

Jul 25: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Jul 26: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Jul 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Jul 28: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Jul 31: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

AUGUST

Aug 1: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Don Smith Classic | $8,000 | Sprint

Aug 2: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial | $8,000 | Sprint

Aug 3: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Aug 10: Jennerstown Speedway | Jennerstown, PA | Silver Crown Showdown | $10,000 | Silver Crown

Aug 16: TBA | Silver Crown

Aug 17: Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | $10,000 | Silver Crown

Aug 22: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000 | Sprint

Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000 | Sprint

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $30,000 | Sprint

Aug 31: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | $10,000 | Silver Crown

SEPTEMBER

Sep 1: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen's Nationals | $5,000 | Midget

Sep 2: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen’s Nationals | $5,000 | Midget

Sep 5: (E) RPM Speedway | Crandall, TX | $6,000 | Sprint

Sep 6: (E) Texarkana 67 Speedway | Texarkana, AR | Wingless Short Track Nationals | $6,000 | Sprint

Sep 7: (E) Texarkana 67 Speedway | Texarkana, AR | Wingless Short Track Nationals | $10,000 | Sprint

Sep 13: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | $5,000 | Sprint

Sep 14: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Haubstadt Hustler | $20,000 | Sprint

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $4,000 | Midget

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $5,000 | Sprint

Sep 20: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | BeFour The Crowns | $5,000 | Midget

Sep 20-21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000 | Silver Crown

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000 | Midget

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000 | Sprint

OCTOBER

Oct 11: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $6,000 | Sprint

Oct 12: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $20,000 | Sprint

Oct 19: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Championship Saturday | $10,000 | Silver Crown

Oct 25: (E) Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $6,000 | Sprint

Oct 26: (E) Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $10,000 | Sprint

NOVEMBER

Nov 15: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $5,000 | Midget

Nov 16: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | TBA | Midget

Nov 20: Thunderbowl Raceway | Tulare, CA | TBA | Midget

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | $5,000 | Midget

Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | $5,000 | Midget

Nov 26: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA | November Classic | $5,000 | Midget

Nov 30: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA | Turkey Night Grand Prix | $15,000 | Midget

TBA

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $5,000 | Midget

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $5,000 | Midget

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $20,039 | Midget

 

 

HAMILTON JOINS LEGACY FOR FULL-SEASON USAC SILVER CROWN GO IN 2024

Speedway, Indiana (December 9, 2023)………Nearly all of Davey Hamilton Jr.’s racing exploits throughout his career have come on pavement. Now, the Boise, Idaho native is adding dirt into the mix for 2024 as he takes on the full USAC Silver Crown National Championship schedule for the first time.

The third-generation racer will wheel the Legacy Autosport No. 19 in all 14 events on the upcoming season’s schedule. Last year, Hamilton Jr. collected his first career USAC Silver Crown win at the largest venue on the schedule – the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill.

That race came on pavement, but the dirt is a new world to Hamilton Jr. He comes from a long lineage of terrific pavement racers, being the grandson of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Ken Hamilton and son of 11-time Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton.

“I’m going dirt racing now; I never thought I’d say that,” Hamilton stated. “To be going full-time with the USAC Silver Crown series is great. I’ve run quite a bit of races with USAC, but last year, when these guys (at Legacy Autosport) gave me a call and gave me an opportunity, I couldn’t say no. Now I’m going to focus on helping the Legacy guys develop their new program.”

Basically, Hamilton’s dirt experience consists of a brief appearance in Ted Finkenbinder’s midget at the 2017 Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. as well as a few starts in a micro sprint in his earlier days, which makes this practically an entirely new experience.

“I’m not a dirt guy,” Hamilton admitted. “I went and did Cory Kruseman’s school a couple weeks ago (at California’s Ventura Raceway) and that was an experience of a lifetime. I want to do the best that I can, and I want to be on top. I want to compete with (Logan) Seavey and compete with (Kody) Swanson on a full-time basis. A lot of people don’t have me on their radar when it comes to winning races with USAC, but I’ve proved it on the bigger pavement tracks. The past two years at (WWT Raceway), I’ve been in contention, but I think now that I get to focus fully on and do a full season, once I get in the vibe of things, I think we’ll be in contention for sure. I’m excited about the schedule and I’m excited to see what we can do.”

Hamilton was hired by Legacy Autosport midseason in 2023, which has an interesting origin of its own. The owner of Legacy Autosport, Louis Michael Meyer, is the great grandson of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the first to celebrate a 500 win with a swig of milk in victory lane.

As far as Hamilton and Legacy, officially, their first start came at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway in August of 2023 and lasted just three laps before their engine expired. Their ensuing appearance resulted in a victory and came just 10 months after the Legacy’s debut appearance the season before. Hamilton feels there’s a lot of potential this season, feeling that they all fit together and click well while having their priority set on finishing all the races and just being there at the end.

“For them to get a win at this level in their first year, it shows a lot,” Hamilton said in praise of Legacy Autosport. “This team is in the shop everyday just fine tuning on it. The car itself is just a beautiful piece and everything is just proper on it. I think I get to drive the coolest looking car, but I’m a little biased. It’s definitely a beautiful car and they work on these things every day. For the success they’ve shown, they’re dedicated to making this a long-term success with USAC. I’m excited for them and I’m excited for myself to get this opportunity.”

The 2024 USAC Silver Crown campaign begins on April 20 at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway for the running of the Hemelgarn Racing-Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic on the half-mile paved oval.

 

 

SEAVEY & GRANT SHARE SPOTLIGHT

AT 2023 USAC NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 8, 2023).........USAC national driving champions Logan Seavey and Justin Grant shared the spotlight along with other 2023 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night’s 68th USAC Night of Champions celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

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USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

A total of 75 USAC national events were held from sea to shining sea during the 2023 campaign, from February’s events in the gator country of Barberville, Florida all the way to November’s night on the beach in Ventura, California.

We were witnesses to milestones, photo finishes, historic streaks, hard charges, a double-up champion, a repeat titlist and a return to the throne.

With the curtain closed on the 68th year of USAC racing, we salute all the individuals and teams who thrived through the yearlong grind on the trail and also those who earned the right to stand on the stage Friday night as one of the very best at their discipline.

USAC SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Logan Seavey – Sutter, California

USAC SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing – Brownsburg, Indiana

Logan Seavey and Rice Motorsports fell just a few points short of a USAC Silver Crown championship in each of the past two seasons, but in 2023, they weren’t denied. Three dirt wins met the expectations of the team’s desires at Port Royal, Springfield and Eldora. However, the pavement side of the equation saw a huge stride for the team with four top-five results.

However, a July accident at Winchester nearly derailed their championship hopes and aspirations. With all hands on deck between Rice Motorsports and new team co-entrant Abacus Racing, and the sands of the hourglass running short, the team rebuilt their car just in time to finish 5th at Toledo, marking the moment when the two factions truly became one team.

When all was said and done, Seavey, Rice and Abacus prevailed with a scant seven-point edge in earning the title, and coupled with his midget championship, Seavey became the first driver since Levi Jones in 2011 to double up with multiple USAC national titles in a season, which earned him a $50,000 bonus, doubling his point fund payout to $100,000 for the year.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Logan Seavey – Sutter, California

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Abacus Racing – Noblesville, Indiana

Logan Seavey and Abacus Racing’s 280-point final championship margin at the conclusion of the 2023 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season was the largest in nearly two decades since Bobby East’s title in 2004, and it came after they found themselves mired sixth in the standings, 110 points out of the lead in June.

Their run of 22 consecutive top-10 finishes to end the season sealed the deal and tied Jason Leffler’s series record set in 1997, the very same year Seavey was born. Seavey won at Macon Speedway mere hours after winning the USAC Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, becoming just the third driver to win multiple USAC national events at two different racetracks in a single day, a feat previously only accomplished by Billy Vukovich in 1967 and J.J. Yeley in 2004.

Seavey also performed a complete USAC sweep of the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora and led the midget series in feature laps led with 214 as well as 21 top-fives and 24 top-tens in 27 starts. He’s now a two-time USAC National Midget champion and his team is a first-time series titlist.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

RICHARD HOFFMAN USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Indiana

Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports endured a nearly two-month struggle in the late spring/early summer months which overlapped with a change in team personnel and a period of confidence-shaking woes that found the team as far down as sixth in the standings entering mid-summer.

What followed was one of the most dominant stretches in series history for himself, sidekick Jeff Walker and TOPP Motorsports’ Kevin Birchmeier, accounting for a career-high 11 series victories in 2023, including eight in his final 17 starts, and 13 straight top-tens to close out the year.

Grant became the 13th different point leader in a record setting year in terms of point lead changes and was also victorious at Gas City in the closest USAC finish of the season while earning the most lucrative weekend of his career when he cashed $44,500 in a single night by completing a Sprint Car Smackdown sweep at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway. To boot, he finished off the year with $20,000 more in his pocket as the winner of the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg.

Both Grant and TOPP are now two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champions, and for the second year in a row, the first team to do so since Brady Bacon and Dynamics, Inc. in 2020-21. The efforts were worth another $50,000 for their title run.

USAC SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Kody Swanson – Kingsburg, California

USAC SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: Doran-Binks Racing – Lebanon, Ohio

Kody Swanson became the first driver to reach 40 career USAC Silver Crown wins during a summer stretch in which he collected three consecutive victories at Madison, Winchester and Toledo, making it the fourth occasion in which he won three-in-a-row with the series. No other driver has more than one such streak! He shared the series lead with nine top-fives in 11 series starts and topped all drivers with 433 laps led and six fast qualifying times. For an incredible 10 straight years now, he’s finished either first or second in the standings. Finishing as the runners-up for the USAC Silver Crown series in 2023 were Kingsburg, California’s Swanson and Lebanon, Ohio’s Doran-Binks Racing.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: RMS Racing, Western Springs, Illinois

They’ve made a habit of it throughout their time together, and once again, for the third season in a row, Justin Grant and the RMS Racing team finished inside the top-three of the standings, and this year, both driver and entrant wound up as the runners-up. Grant led 94 laps while accumulating 12 top-fives in 27 starts and was simply spectacular in a masterful drive at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There, the Ione, Calif. driver and Western Springs, Illinois based team went undefeated throughout the weekend to capture the $20,039 dollar prize at the Driven2SaveLives BC39.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: Dynamics Inc., Milford, Ohio

For the fourth consecutive year, Brady Bacon and his Dynamics, Inc. team finished top-two in the standings on the strength of seven victories, equaling his career high. Bacon’s $20,000 dollar Haubstadt Hustler victory at Tri-State gave him 53 career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins, pushing the Broken Arrow, Okla. product to second all-time in that category. He also added a second Indiana Sprint Week crown and a pair of victories in Illinois & Texas which set a record for the most different states won in by a USAC National Sprint Car driver at 14. At Wilmot, this combo became the winningest driver/entrant pairing in series history with 41 scores and now they’re your 2023 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car runners-up.

USAC SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant – Ione, California

USAC SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Hemelgarn Racing – LaSalle, Michigan

For the eighth straight season, Justin Grant and Hemelgarn Racing found themselves inside the top-five of the USAC Silver Crown standings at season’s end, finishing third both the driver and entrant standings for 2023. On Labor Day weekend this year, they broke an 18-race string without a victory when he scored the 69th running of the Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile. After a somewhat sluggish start which saw them fall to ninth in points, the Ione, Calif. driver and LaSalle, Mich. team rebounded with authority, recording six top-sixes to cap the season.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Bryant Wiedeman – Colby, Kansas

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: CB Industries – Mooresville, North Carolina

Bryant Wiedeman became a first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature winner in 2023, utilizing a low-side pass on the white flag lap to seal a victory in his home state of Kansas at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. The Colby, Kan. racer ascended to a fourth-place finish in the standings a year ago, just 13 points out of third. However, this year, he took the next step up the ladder by leading 32 laps and grabbing nine top-five results in 26 starts while also bringing his CB Industries team back to the podium at year’s end with Wiedeman and Mooresville, North Carolina’s CBI taking third in the driver and entrant standings, respectively.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Emerson Axsom – Franklin, Indiana

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Clauson Marshall Newman Racing – Fishers, Indiana

One year after corralling Rookie of the Year honors, Emerson Axsom came back with a sensational sophomore season in which he won on back-to-back nights at Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway en route to the Eastern Storm title before adding another win at Indiana’s Bloomington Speedway. In all, he garnered a series-high 29 top-tens in 36 starts while bringing his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing team to its best points finish in four years. In 2023, Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and Clauson Marshall Newman (Fishers, Ind.) tallied a third-place finish in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver and entrant standings.

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USAC INDIVIDUAL & SPECIAL AWARDS

ROGER McCLUSKEY AWARD: Dave Darland – Lincoln, Indiana

Who would have thought that a straggly kid from Lincoln, Indiana would have come this far? Dave Darland is the absolute epitome of the word “excellence” in every sense of the word. He’s one of seven members of the Triple Crown club, winning championships across all three of USAC’s divisions – Silver Crown, National Midgets and National Sprint Cars where he is the winningest driver in series history.

Darland’s total of 115 USAC feature victories (nationally and regionally) ranks fifth all-time and his 1,334 USAC National feature starts between 1986 and 2023 also ranks number one. He also scored at least one USAC national feature victory in a remarkable 24 consecutive seasons between 1993 and 2016.

He’s raced everywhere and won nearly everything in his long and storied career. He’s won on pavement and dirt, won from coast-to-coast, and titles upon titles, and was one of the most popular drivers to ever compete on the USAC trail. Along the way, he affectionately earned the nickname, “The People’s Champ,” which certainly about sums it up.

The accolades go on and on and we could be here for eternity reciting them, but this man has solidified his position as one of the all-time greats in all motorsports, and that’s a status he will retain for eternity.

It brings me great pleasure to introduce to you this year’s recipient of the Roger McCluskey Award – the incomparable Dave Darland!

MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPION: Justin Grant, Ione, California

A second USAC National Sprint Car championship in as many years isn’t the only impressive accolade Justin Grant repeated in 2023. For the third consecutive season, and fourth time overall, Grant (Ione, Calif.) was rewarded as the Mike Curb USAC National Driver Champion. He amassed the most total points across the three USAC national divisions throughout the duration of the 2023 campaign and is now just the third driver to win the honor in three consecutive seasons, joining J.J. Yeley and Bryan Clauson in that department. He’s also now one of only two drivers to capture this reward four times in his career along with Tracy Hines. For his performance, Grant collected an extra $10,000.

JOHNNY CAPELS “GOLDEN GREEK” USAC CHIEF MECHANIC OF THE YEAR: Ronnie Gardner – Rice Motorsports & Abacus Racing

It’s a rare feat to win multiple championships in a single year in any aspect of the sport, but Ronnie Gardner was able to achieve that as a crewman in 2023. A five-time USAC Western States Midget titlist as a driver in his own right, he turned in the steering wheel for a wrench and has kept on winning. This year, between his efforts with driver Logan Seavey, Abacus Racing and Rice Motorsports, he amassed a pair of championships in USAC National Midget and USAC Silver Crown competition. The Johnny Capels “Golden Greek” award is reserved for those special individuals who are in the trenches and this year’s recipient is certainly among those as he earned a $10,000 reward for his efforts.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN' FASTER CHAMPIONSHIP: C.J. Leary – Greenfield, Indiana

C.J. Leary has won a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, an Indiana Sprint Week title and an Eastern Storm crown in his career. In 2023, the Greenfield, Ind. driver added another highlight to his impressive reel by capturing the second annual Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster Championship Presented By Spire Sports + Entertainment. Leary earned $10,000 for his efforts in the 10-race miniseries and an extra $2,500 for his BGE Dougherty Motorsports team. For Leary, it’s another feather in his cap as he also received a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER: Daison Pursley – Locust Grove, Oklahoma

Daison Pursley’s conquests in USAC’s National Sprint Car Midget divisions saw him pass a total of 199 cars in 62 feature starts throughout the 2023 season. Those efforts paid off for the Locust Grove, Okla. driver as he earned the title of ProSource Passing Master. Pursley earned a $2,500 prize and becomes the third different winner of the season-long award which rewards the USAC nationally licensed driver who advanced the most positions during feature events throughout the entirety of USAC’s 2023 national season between Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midgets.

MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS SILVER CROWN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kaylee Bryson – Muskogee, Oklahoma

Throughout the 2023 season, Kaylee Bryson ascended to heights never before reached in USAC’s 68-year history. She became the first woman to finish inside the top-five of the standings in a USAC national series and is now the first woman to earn USAC National Rookie of the Year honors of any kind, earning the honor with the Silver Crown series this past season. One year ago, the Muskogee, Oklahoma native became the first woman to earn USAC National Most Improved Driver honors and she’s also the first Okie to win this award.

MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS BOB STROUD NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Gavin Miller – Allentown, Pennsylvania

Just a few years ago, Gavin Miller stood on the stage at USAC’s Night of Champions as a decorated quarter midget racer. Now the six-time USAC .25 Midget champ is making a name on the USAC National Midget scale by becoming the first Pennsylvanian to win a series feature since Steve Buckwalter 13 years ago. Miller’s win at Bloomington and an eighth place finish in the standings propelled the Allentown, Pa. racer to becoming just the third Keystone State native to receive recognition as the Max Papis Innovations Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year after John Andretti in 1983 and Andrew Layser in 2019.

MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Daison Pursley – Locust Grove, Oklahoma

There are comeback stories and then there is the comeback story of Daison Pursley. In 2021, the Locust Grove, Okla. native suffered a spinal injury that kept him inside hospitals and rehab centers for several months. His perseverance and desire ultimately led him back to the driver’s seat. Right out of the box in 2023, he got the racing world’s attention with a $10,000 score at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, a night he said he’ll always remember. Defying the odds is part of Pursley’s game, and in 2023, he became the first Oklahoman to win the Max Papis Innovations USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year award since Gary Cameron in 1992.

NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER: Carson Garrett – Littleton, Colorado

Hailing from Littleton, Colorado, Carson Garrett becomes the first ever Rocky Mountain State driver to ever be named a USAC National Most Improved Driver. Garrett recorded career bests in every single statistical category throughout the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season. In his third year with the series, he notched three top-fives and came within a whisker – just 93 hundredths of a second – of winning his first series feature at Macon Speedway in Illinois. He also made one of the biggest charges of the year when he advanced from 20th to 6th at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

RACE ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR: Steve O’Neal – Port Royal Speedway

For several years now, Steve O’Neal has been the face of Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, overseeing a transformation of the facility that fits its moniker to a T as The Speed Palace. He’s long been an advocate for USAC racing in the Keystone State, and since 2012, has been an ardent supporter of USAC Sprint Car racing’s annual running of Eastern Storm. In 2022, he was instrumental in doubling USAC’s participation at Port Royal, adding a Silver Crown event to the night, thus creating one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. In 2023, O’Neal was celebrated as USAC’s Race Organizer of the Year.

USAC SPECIAL APPRECIATION (INDIVIDUAL): Dave & Kim Rudisell – Lawrenceburg Speedway

This year, we bid farewell to one of the most supportive and prevalent USAC promoters in the club’s history. USAC celebrated Dave and Kim Rudisell with an honorable send-off as recipients of USAC’s Special Appreciation award. For the past 17 years, they have operated Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway. Between 2007 and 2023, they organized more than 40 USAC National Sprint Car events, eighth most all-time. The last of those 40 served as this past year’s season finale and was the richest race of any kind ever held in the 74-year history of the track. They also promoted 16 USAC National Midget events at The Burg, and in all, they promoted 56 USAC national events which ranks 14th all-time in USAC history.

USAC SPECIAL APPRECIATION (INDIVIDUAL): Chet Christner – FloRacing

Since 2017, Chet Christner has announced several hundreds of USAC national events on the public address system and to a worldwide audience on FloRacing at racetracks from coast-to-coast. With noted catchphrases such as “Drop the Hamma,” “Like a Rat on a Cheeto” and “Going Faster than Breath Mints at a Singles Bar,” etc., Christner’s colorful descriptions, humor and entertaining play-by-play calls captivated legions of race fans. Additionally, he produced a plethora of content and was a substantial help behind the scenes in the technological department in regard to the race day set-up for race broadcasts. Christner has opted to step away from announcing USAC events at the end of the 2023 season, but nonetheless, he will always remain a treasured member of the USAC family.

CAR IQ FAB FOUR CHAMPION: Jade Avedisian – Clovis, California

It was an absolutely fabulous season for Jade Avedisian as she captured the inaugural Car IQ Fab Four championship in 2023. The first of its kind competition determine the top women drivers within all USAC circle track racing based on an equal ratio of average finish in USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series in addition to an online fan vote. During the season ending Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway, Clovis, California’s Avedisian was rewarded with a $10,000 prize courtesy of Car IQ.

DICK JORDAN AWARD: Nikki Klepper – USAC Licensing & RaceAid

Nikki Klepper is, without a doubt, the backbone of so many behind the scenes aspects that go hand in hand with the success of USAC racing. Without her tireless contributions, the USAC Night of Champions wouldn’t even be a possibility. Not only does she make this event happen, she routinely makes it special. Nikki has worked in the front office of USAC for several years in charge of licensing, and recently, has taken on the role as head of USAC’s Benevolent Foundation, now called USAC RaceAid, and has taken it to new heights.

Under her guidance, care and leadership within USAC, Klepper was chosen as the honoree of this year’s Dick Jordan Award of Excellence, honoring an individual who has displayed tireless dedication and commitment to the betterment of USAC. One who has had a profound positive impact within the USAC family and has earned the ultimate respect of their peers within the sport. One who has created a lasting legacy that will persist for generations to follow. One who has set a standard by upholding the values and work ethic as Dick Jordan did throughout his 50-year career with USAC.

ENGLER MACHINE & TOOL FAST PASS: Dave Berkheimer – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

A new contingency award was introduced for the 2023 USAC Silver Crown season with the intention of rewarding a driver and team who are the backbone of the sport. Dave Berkheimer exemplifies that fact, having been a fixture on the series trail for the past eight seasons since 2016. This year, the first car in the running order a lap down was issued an Engler Machine & Tool Fast Pass. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvanian grabbed five of those throughout the year, which earned him a $4,000 prize – $2,000 each to driver and owner – and he is both of those.

DIRT DRAFT MOST POPULAR DRIVER AWARDS: Kaylee Bryson, Logan Seavey & Thomas Meseraull

Also new for 2023 was the introduction of the Dirt Draft Most Popular Driver award. The winner of these awards were chosen based on who was selected most often by Dirt Draft contest participants in each USAC national division throughout the year. Drivers who were picked most often will earn a bit of bonus money tonight. Those winners are Kaylee Bryson for the Silver Crown series, Logan Seavey for the Sprint Cars and Thomas Meseraull in the Midgets.

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REGIONAL SPRINT & MIDGET SERIES

USAC’s Regional Sprint Car and Midget series hit dirt tracks from the east to the west throughout 2023, producing five USAC champions. It’s a group that includes a pair of first time USAC titlists and a bevy of others who returned to the forefront as USAC champions once more.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT DRIVER CHAMPION: Brody Roa – Garden Grove, California

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT ENTRANT CHAMPION: Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance – Menifee, California

After more than 12 years of touring with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars and finishing as the runner-up three times, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) finally reached the pinnacle in 2023 as he scored his first career series driving title. This season also presented him with a new ride owned by Tom and Christy Dunkel/BR Performance of Menifee, Calif., which paid dividends with eight victories and an entrant championship. It’s Roa’s fourth overall USAC title following previous crowns with the Focus Midgets, West Coast Sprints and Southwest Sprints, but it’s his first driving title with USAC CRA.

WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPION: Brody Fuson – Bakersfield, California

Teenage sensation Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished second in the point standings the last two years, but in 2023, he took the next step to become a champion in his Rusty Carlile-owned machine. He earned the most feature wins in a season with the series since Ronnie Gardner in 2016, tallying five victories and 10 top-fives in 11 starts while adding six fast times. In the process, at 18 years of age, he became the youngest ever USAC Western States Midget driving champion.

RAPID TIRE SERVICE EAST COAST SPRINT CHAMPION: Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pennsylvania

It was a season in which Briggs Danner embarked on a journey with a new team, but in the end, the result was precisely the same in 2023 as it was in 2022. Joining the Hogue Racing Enterprises outfit, Danner used a string of consistency to reach the top of the chart in becoming a USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars Presented By Capitol Custom Trailers champion. The Allentown, Pennsylvania driver’s two wins and a series-high 12 top-fives in 14 starts highlighted the campaign, and it seemed fitting that three years after winning in his first ever sprint car start, he clinched his second straight title at the very same venue – New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park.

WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CHAMPION: Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kansas

The most successful driver in the history of USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Car racing did it again in 2023 with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars. Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.) backed up previous championships in 2020 and 2022 with a second consecutive crown, and third overall, this season in downright dominant fashion, winning the title by a record 375-point margin on the strength of six series victories, 17 consecutive top-tens and eight-straight top-fives to close it out for the third time in the four-year history of the series.

WEST COAST SPRINT CHAMPION: Ryan Timmons – Pleasant Hill, California

Ryan Timmons has been a stalwart of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car scene dating back to the 2015 season, but this year marked a major breakthrough in becoming the 2023 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion. The 28-year-old racer from Pleasant Hill, California, took third in the series standings for 2018, then followed up with a pair of runner-up finishes in both 2019 and 2021. But as 2023 ultimately proved, this year was his year. He struck first and never relented as he led the standings from start to finish with a pair of wins over the course of the year at California’s Bakersfield Speedway.

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USAC DEVELOPMENTAL SERIES

Three developmental Midget series, plus the Midwest Mini Sprint Association, took part in a total of 60 events spanning 10 different states in 2023 from coast to coast and produced four first-time USAC champions with the theme of these series this year being record-breaking points battles, all of which came down to the wire.

MIDWEST MINI SPRINT ASSOCIATION CHAMPION: Mike Larrison – Avon, Indiana

Mike Larrison has competed in nearly every kind of open wheel racing machine in his career. The Avon, Ind. wheelman has driven Silver Crown cars, midgets and sprint cars with and without a wing and on dirt and pavement. He’s driven in the Indy Lights series and has even finished inside the top-10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A couple years back, he switched his focus to the Midwest Mini Sprint Association, becoming the series’ Rookie of the Year in 2022. The following year, he took the next step and became the top dog in becoming the 2023 Midwest Mini Sprint Association champion.

EASTERN FOCUS MIDGET CHAMPION: Logan Sulyi – Raleigh, North Carolina

Logan Sulyi prevailed in the closest USAC Eastern Midget Association points battle ever in 2023, winning the championship by just four points and one on-track position. Sulyi (Raleigh, N.C) earned the title in style, winning the final two events of the year in his home state of North Carolina. He began his career in quarter midgets and karts before moving on to midgets in 2022 where he finished third in points, setting the stage for a title run. In 2023, he landed inside the top-four in all but one of his 10 starts, winning three times in all, and now he’s your USAC Eastern Midget Association champ.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RADICAL FOCUS MIDGET CHAMPION: Devin Westover – Saratoga Springs, Utah

Devin Westover’s USAC Rocky Mountain Radical Midget championship in 2023 was truly special in so many ways. After 17-year-old Chaz Groat passed away in a 2021 highway accident, Chuck and Julie Groat made the decision to race on in their son’s memory. Westoer (Saratoga Springs, Utah) was handpicked by the family to drive Chaz’s Lucky #13 midget moving forward and he paid them off with a title run by four markers in what was the closest title race in series’ history. He won four times on his path to the title and became Utah’s first USAC champion since Jim Waters 12 years ago in 2011.

MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET CHAMPION: Zach Wigal – Belpre, Ohio

Points weren’t top of mind for Zach Wigal at the beginning of the 2023 USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget season. After trailing late in the year, the Belpre, Ohio teenager made up substantial ground to take over the point lead with one race remaining. Needing to finish within two spots of fellow Buckeye Bryce Massingill in the Gas City finale to clinch, he did just that, finishing exactly within two positions. In the end, Wigal wound up going the distance to win the series title by the narrowest margin in series history, three points and one single position.

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INTERNATIONAL SNOWMOBILE RACING CHAMPION: Mike Rempel – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hard work, dedication and true sportsmanship are the name of the game for this individual. This year, he placed first in Factory Mod 2 and placed second in points for Pro Stock 800, which is considered as one of the discipline’s premier classes. Overall, he accumulated a total of 509 points, 16 points better than any other rider. Furthermore, both he and his father, Gil, are among the most reliable sportsmen in the series, and they have been known to spend hours picking rocks out of the clay at Hay Days to help provide a better racing surface for all competitors. Tonight, we present to you the 2023 International Snowmobile Racer of the Year, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, this is Mike Rempel!

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NASCAR YOUTH SERIES .25 MIDGET CHAMPIONS

.25 MIDGET PAVEMENT & DIRT CHAMPIONS

LIGHT WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT, SENIOR HONDA DIRT, LIGHT 160 DIRT,

SENIOR ANIMAL DIRT & LIGHT WORLD FORMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Lincoln Smith

.25 MIDGET PAVEMENT CHAMPIONS

MOD WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Tyler Lupton

JUNIOR 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Roo Reaves

JUNIOR HONDA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Easton Gardner

SENIOR HONDA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Colton Kelly

LIGHT 160 PAVEMENT & SENIOR ANIMAL PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Case James

HEAVY HONDA PAVEMENT, UNRESTRICTED ANIMAL PAVEMENT, HEAVY WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT &

HEAVY 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: R.J. Deighton

.25 MIDGET DIRT CHAMPIONS

JUNIOR HONDA DIRT CHAMPION: Ryker Sumner

HEAVY WORLD FORMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Reice Widger

MOD WORLD FORUMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Kaden Wenger

JUNIOR 160 DIRT CHAMPION: Avelina Gosselin

HEAVY 160 DIRT CHAMPION: Augustine Punke

HEAVY HONDA DIRT & UNRESTRICTED ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Avery McMellen

JUNIOR ANIMAL PAVEMENT & JUNIOR ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Jax Wittmer

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Chris Jockish and Jockish Flowers provided the floral decorations for the USAC Night of Champions. Bob Baker, president of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, provided a Hall of Fame membership to each of USAC’s 2023 champion drivers. Dave Olson served as the photographer for the evening’s event and Drake York handled all on-stage interviews.

Among the awards each national driver and entrant champion received are championship rings as well as canvas artwork designed by Rich Forman and a free one-year subscription to FloRacing, the official media provider for USAC. Each USAC driving champion also received a jacket courtesy of Hoosier Racing Tire, the official tire of the United States Auto Club.

 

 

A UNIQUE ROAD:

BRYSON TO TACKLE USAC SILVER CROWN

& TRANS AM RACING IN 2024

Speedway, Indiana (December 8, 2023)………Kaylee Bryson will be stepping up her game in two widely different disciplines throughout the 2024 season.

Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) will compete for two national championships in the coming year as she continues to pilot the AP Driver Development / Logical Systems / SamPierceChevy.com No. 26 USAC Silver Crown machine for Sam Pierce Racing as the reigning series Rookie of the Year.

Bryson has also been named by LSI Racing as the primary driver for the Logical Systems / AP Driver Development / SamPierceChevy.com fleet of Chevrolet Corvettes in the Trans Am series SGT class.

“I am just so happy to be able to drive my two favorite types of race cars for the entire season and race for two championships,” Bryson stated. “Of the 10 different types of cars that I raced in 2023, the Champ Car and Trans Am racing were definitely my favorites. A full season in Trans Am will allow me to develop the road racing skillset I will need to move up [to IndyCar or NASCAR],” Bryson said.

Throughout the 2023 season, Kaylee Bryson ascended to heights never before reached in USAC’s 68-year history. She became the first woman to finish inside the top-five of the standings in a USAC national series and is now the first woman to earn USAC National Rookie of the Year honors of any kind, achieving the feat with the Silver Crown series this past season. One year ago, in 2022, she became the first woman to earn USAC National Most Improved Driver honors and she’s also the first Okie to win this award.

“I have a lot of confidence in chasing the Silver Crown championship as I have realized how important qualifying is without heat races in this series, and I have now raced on almost every track at least once and ran really well on the pavement.”

Bryson posted six top-ten USAC Silver Crown finishes in 2023, five of them on the pavement, and finished fifth out of 75 drivers in USAC Silver Crown driver points.

“It’s so amazing to be able to run for two championships at once and have 26 races that don’t conflict. I have to thank Larry Bailey (LSI owner) and Sam and Aaron Pierce for this really cool opportunity. I can’t wait to start testing in January after the Chili Bowl.”

Bryson and LSI Racing will spend considerable time testing during January and February in Florida in preparation for the Trans Am opener at Sebring International Raceway in late February. She raced in the 2023 Sebring event, running in second place in class before retiring with a mechanical issue.

For further information please visit SamPierceRacing.com, www.USACracing.com and www.GoTransAm.com.

 

 

ROCK STEADY WITH KTJ:

THOMAS JR. TAKES THE WHEEL OF THE 3R

FOR 2024 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 7, 2023)………”This is the most excited I’ve been for the start of a race season in a very long time.”

Those are ear-catching words for a driver like Kevin Thomas Jr., who stands not only as one of the most successful USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship drivers of his era, but of any era.

Now, the Cullman, Ala. driver has teamed up with the similarly esteemed Rock Steady Racing outfit as they plan an assault on the USAC National Sprint Car season in 2024.

Thomas, the owner of 39 career USAC National Sprint Car feature victories, ranks 11th all-time in that regard while Rock Steady, led by car owner Hank Byram, has raked in 25 series wins throughout the team’s span, most notably over the past decade with driver Kyle Cummins.

Cummins recently departed the Rock Steady team at the conclusion of the 2023 season, and for many of those years that Cummins and Rock Steady were a force, Thomas Jr. was among their primary nemesis.

“We’ve been competitors for a long, long time,” Thomas noted. “There’s always been a competitive edge that we’ve had against each other. Now we get to put them together and that makes me pretty happy.”

Funny enough, Thomas already got a bit of a head start with his new team last September at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway when he was asked to fill in as a last-minute replacement for Cummins whose wife was due to give birth to their newborn son. In fact, it was Cummins who suggested KTJ would be the man for the job that night.

Despite early obstacles such as a sparkplug issue in hot laps followed up by a lost cylinder in qualifying, Thomas recovered to win his heat race and ran as high as fourth in the feature before slotting into seventh at the finish line. Whether it wound up as an unplanned tryout for the team or not, both sides were pleased with their performance on short notice.

“It was one of those things where it was understood what our goals were and the way we wanted to do things,” Thomas explained. “There wasn’t a whole lot of back and forth and the decision (to drive for them) was quite easy for me just because of the speed that the car has in general. I was a free agent at that time, and I just ran the car a month prior, and things just started to fall into place.”

Byram found KTJ compatible to work with and cites that the number one thing right now is that his driver is extremely fired up, which is always good sign in his eyes, which in turn has him feeling likewise. Yet, like the formation of any new relationship, racing or otherwise, there’s always a bit of anxiousness that comes along with it. For Byram and his team, KTJ solidified to them that the proper pieces were in place in their equipment and in the seat.

“You always have apprehension whether he’s going to like the car like Kyle (Cummins) did or is he going to think it’s terrible,” Byram pondered. “He was just tickled to death with how the car performed, how it handled and how it drove. Any time you put a driver of his caliber in your car, and they get out and they’re happy, it just makes you feel that, as an owner and as a team, we’ve done our jobs. You can always think you have a good car but sometimes it takes more than one opinion. Now we’ve got more than one opinion.”

Crew Chief Tim Spindler echoed those sentiments and even ran down the checklist of the team’s hit list on the circuit each year and feels that they’ll have no issue hitting the ground running starting in February of 2024.

“For our team, chasing Indiana Sprint Week, Smackdown at Kokomo and the Haubstadt Hustler, those are the events we circle on the calendar, and KTJ has had a lot of success at all those events,” Spindler stated of Thomas, who owns two Indiana Sprint Week titles, a single Smackdown final night score and a record four Haubstadt Hustler triumphs himself. “He’s always been the guy we had to beat at those type of races, so when we had the opportunity to get hooked up with him, we went for it, and I believe he’ll fit our program very nicely.”

The Rock Steady group, with a crew consisting of Byram, former racers Tim Spindler and Brian Karraker, plus longtime Indiana Pacers equipment manager Josh “Country” Conder, jelled with KTJ in their first go-around at Gas City. For these past 15 years or so, the two have faced off many a time as direct competitors, yet still maintained a mutual respect.

“That’s one of the things I was very curious about,” Thomas relayed regarding the inner workings of the team’s showings with Cummins. “How does this whole deal operate over here? The majority of the time, you’re looking at their tail tank on the track. But whenever you get to hop into one of those cars, a couple things run through your head. First, you want to make sure you do well, but you also wonder, is the quarterback that good or is the team that good? I think both are good, but with the way the car handles and goes around the racetrack and the communication I had with Tim Spindler, it was easy, and it flowed. I didn’t have to pry for information, and they didn’t either.”

Thomas sang the praises of this new venture and opportunity, offering the fact that he’s been at this sport from all angles over the years as a hired gun and as a driver who doubled as the leadership of his operation at times. Thus far, he likes what he’s seen up close, first hand.

“I got to tell them what I felt, and I got to go get a hot dog while Tim made sure the thing went fast,” Thomas quipped of his partnership with the team at Gas City this year. “That makes the job super easy for a racecar driver. I’ve owned cars and I’ve set my own cars up. I’ve worked with crew chiefs, and I’ve worked without crew chiefs. I’ve kind of been all over the board and it’s nice being able to put your trust into people who have the same goals as you. I feel like I’m a bit more intense than most people, especially verbally, but other than that, they give me a calming effect because I just get to worry about driving the racecar.”

Thomas Jr. will wheel the Mach-1/Stanton Chevy, sponsored by Tim Mason ReMax, Inferno Armor, Competition Suspension, Inc., Eddie Gilstrap Ford and Lucas Oil Center starting with the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opening Winter Dirt Games at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13.

 

TREY DOUBLE:

OSBORNE CHASING TWO

USAC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLES IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 7, 2023)………Few drivers have won, let alone pursued multiple USAC National Rookie of the Year awards in a single season.

However, Trey Osborne is up for the challenge in 2024 as he plans full season runs with both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

The 20-year-old Columbus, Ohio racer will pilot the familiar Baldwin-Fox Racing orange No. 5 in numerous events on the USAC National Sprint Car tour throughout the coming season. In the races that the Baldwin-Fox car will not compete in, Osborne plans to fill in those dates on the trail behind the wheel of his own No. 6.

Furthermore, Osborne, who stands a towering 6’8” and regularly sports a visor reading “Tall” on his racecars, has been tabbed as the full-time driver of the BCR Group No. 81 for the complete USAC Silver Crown season on both dirt and pavement.

With a combined USAC slate consisting of 68 events at press time (54 Sprint and 14 Silver Crown), Osborne is ready to take on the busiest and the most hectic racing season of his career, more than doubling his usual yearly schedule.

“It’s going to be pretty huge,” Osborne acknowledges. “The most races I’ve ever ran in a season was like 35. To go from that to essentially running two whole USAC schedules is going to be pretty challenging, but I’m ready to go.”

Winning multiple USAC national Rookie of the Year awards in a single season isn’t unprecedented but remains relatively rare. In fact, it has occurred on just six occasions throughout the initial 68 years of competition, first by Kenny Jacobs (1986) and additionally by Darren Hagen (2005), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2007), Chad Boat (2008), Kyle Larson (2011) and Logan Seavey (2018).

Recently, Osborne made the move from his most recent residence in Indianapolis, Indiana to West Lafayette in the northern part of the Hoosier State where he now makes his living quarters in the basement of Ken and Margo Baldwin’s home while landing a day job at team co-owner Bob Fox’s construction company where he works, builds and maintains the business’ fleet of equipment.

It’s essentially the same as what Osborne was doing before, just in a new locale and with a race-friendly boss who allows him time off for his racing endeavors when those moments arise. The only change in Osborne’s eyes is that, as a newly-hired gun in the racing game, he now finds himself on an even bigger scale with more eyes and more expectations on him than ever before.

So far, Osborne has talked the talk and walked the walk. When he stated his preseason goal of winning three local Indiana sprint car races in 2023, he achieved it even though, at first, he thought he was a bit crazy in saying that, but he made it happen with a pair of victories at Paragon Speedway and another score at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Similarly, in 2024, he’s set what he feels are attainable goals. As he enters the biggest racing venture of his young career, he’s set his own personal bar to what he believes is achievable in 2024.

“I want to consistently be able to contend,” Osborne stated. “I want to win at least three USAC races, whether that’s just Sprint Car or Silver Crown combined, I don’t care. I want to be competitive the whole season and get better at the larger tracks because I’ve never run these big racetracks. I’ve always competed on smaller tracks, but as long as I keep progressing and keep getting support from the people I have, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do that.”

In his lone run with Baldwin-Fox during the October 2023 unsanctioned Kokomo Klash, Osborne threw his familiar Triple X setup on the team’s DRC, and admittedly, it didn’t do well by his standards. Since then, Osborne has been working on measuring the differences between the two cars while working in-step with DRC’s Joe Devin, telling him how we wants the car to feel and to get a baseline setup heading into the series season openers in February in Florida.

Osborne noted that his own Triple X/Mopar and Baldwin-Fox’s DRC/Claxton require differing driving styles, and this year will present him the challenge of adapting back and forth between the two pieces of machinery.

Similar things can be said for Osborne’s Silver Crown exploits in the coming season as he learns the heavier and longer champ cars on both dirt and pavement in a pair of separate, purpose-built pieces for each surface courtesy of team owner Malcolm Lovelace and crew.

The all-Ohio team is based out of Springfield, roughly 45 minutes from Osborne’s original stomping grounds of Columbus. Late in 2023, the pairing made two starts, one on the dirt at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and in the finale on the pavement of Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park where Osborne earned hard charger honors by advancing from 19th to 12th, serving notice that even when the chips are down, they can still succeed, laying the groundwork of confidence to achieve even better things lying ahead.

Osborne mentioned that the biggest thing Lovelace wants from him is to watch what the track is doing and try to continuously learn the driving side and just leave the car side of the equation up to Lovelace and his crew. Osborne did just that in his most recent Silver Crown outing.

“After a practice session (at IRP), I’d go, well, I was doing this wrong and I know it, but I kind of have to stop to reset and realize it,” Osborne recalled. “By the time I got to do that, I really just needed more time to be better for the race. Throughout the midsection of the race, my spotter told me I was running top-three lap times for a couple laps. I fell off toward the end, and realized I just need to remember to pay attention to where I’m lifting and where I’m braking on the pavement because I haven’t had to do that nearly as much on dirt just because everything changes so fast.”

Osborne will launch his 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season with Winter Dirt Games XV at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13.

 

 

BIG SHOW:

AMANTEA GOES FULL-TIME

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACING IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 7, 2023)………Joey Amantea has made his mark in recent years on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car tour, but in 2024, he’s taking the show on the road full-time with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The 19-year-old Mount Pocono, Pa. native and Mechanical Engineering major at Lehigh University will take on the 54-race tour in 2024 aboard his family-owned JPA Racing No. 88J featuring a Triple X Chassis and power from Newman’s Racing Engines.

In recent years, Amantea has tackled a part-time USAC East Coast Sprint schedule with the 360 c.i. engine under the hood, notching a pair of victories on the half-mile dirt ovals of Pennsylvania’s Selinsgrove Speedway and Delaware International Speedway.

However, in 2023, Amantea installed a 410 c.i. powerplant and branched out extensively with the USAC National Sprint Cars, making nine series starts, including a pair of impressive top-10 results in a pair of marquee events. During the Indiana Sprint Week round at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Amantea made a spirited charge from the 18th starting position to finish seventh.

In his first attempt at Kokomo Speedway’s Sprint Car Smackdown, Amantea ran a solid ninth. Each time out, Amantea could sense his own improvement by leaps and bounds after competing and thriving against this discipline’s top talent on their home turf, so to speak. It was an up close and personal challenge he went face-to-face with and performed admirably.

“With the USAC national guys, you’re on edge, even under caution it seems like,” he said with a laugh. “A tremendous amount of knowledge was gained by running against them. They showed me how much harder I needed to drive from what I’m used to and how much harder I still can go as a driver. That’s been huge for myself and my whole team because, honestly, it’s made all of us better due to the face we’ve got to have our car on point every single time we hit the track.”

The whole experience led himself, his father, Joe Amantea, and crew chief Brian Zyck to make the next step and take Joey on the USAC national tour full-time in the coming year.

“Indiana Sprint Week was really the start of us thinking out loud that, hey, we can do this,” Amantea recalled. “Around that time, the talks began, and then we went out to Smackdown and made the show our first time doing it. It was then that my dad said, ‘yeah, let’s go do it.’”

Amantea’s red and black machine is adorned with the name of the family businesses – JPA Masonry and Amantea Real Estate. While Amantea pursues his college degree, he’s determined to some day make a living constructing racecars.

It was an interesting beginning to Amantea’s racing career as neither of his parents had any real tangible connection to the sport initially. Soon, a quarter midget found its way into the Amantea family garage and young Joey began competing extensively in the small cars between the ages of 5-12 against the likes of two-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion Briggs Danner.

It was in those early years that Amantea earned the nickname of “The Big Show” from a track public address announcer who witnessed Joey in a quite memorable last to first hard charging effort. On the opening lap, an incident turned Amantea around to a stop, forcing him to restart at the tail of the field where he proceeded to pass every car in his path, including the final one on the last turn of the last lap to earn a remarkable win. And to this day, the moniker has stuck.

Soon, Amantea found himself on the rugged and talent-laden Pennsylvania 600cc Micro Sprint circuit, capturing a Rookie title at Pennsylvania’s Hamlin Speedway. By 2020, at the age of 15, Amantea was behind the wheel of a sprint car, making his debut USAC East Coast feature start at the speedy half-mile of Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

New tracks, major competition and hitting the road while trying to balance a rigorous college workload with a full-time pursuit of the USAC National Sprint Car schedule. It’s all

part of the continuous progression of the teenage Pennsylvanian.

“I’m looking to see how far I can take my abilities as a driver from the beginning to the end,” Amantea said. “I have a few personal goals I’m setting for myself this season. I want to win, and I think we can get that along with a top-10 finish in points and multiple podiums. But mainly, I want to grow as a driver from start to finish, then be able to look back at the end of the season and see how much more I’ve improved. That’s something I’m looking forward to and that excites me.”

Joey Amantea and the JPA Racing team will begin their 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship seasonal quest with Winter Dirt Games XV at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13.

 

 

DIRTY 30, CLEAN SLATE:

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DATES

REVEALED FOR 2024 SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 6, 2023)………The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship enters the 2024 season loaded for bear with 30 events on the calendar from April through November at dirt tracks spanning California, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.


SEASON OPENERS IN KOKOMO

Opening the year are two consecutive nights of the Kokomo Grand Prix at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway, the lone track on the 2024 schedule that was also on the calendar during USAC’s inaugural year of 1956.


HITTING DOUBLES & TRIPLES

Five more events will be held in tandem alongside additional USAC series to make for tantalizing doubles and even tripleheaders throughout the year.

The Belleville (Kan.) Short Track will roll out the welcome mat for two-straight nights of midget racing on May 17-18. That same weekend, the USAC Silver Crown National Championship will make a two-night escapade to the adjoining Belleville High Banks half-mile which surrounds the inner 1/4-mile dirt oval.

Fall brings the heat by way of a James Dean Classic USAC twin-bill for the National Midgets and the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway on September 19. That same weekend, Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway presents the BeFour The Crown showdown on September 20, then closes out with a $15,000-to-win affair at Eldora’s half-mile on September 21.

The 42nd running of the 4-Crown at The Big E provides the one and only opportunity of the year to witness all three USAC national divisions in one night, with the winner’s share being increased from $10,000 to $15,000 from 2023 to 2024 for all three series, plus the High Limit Sprint Cars.


TO MID-AMERICA AND TO THE NORTH

USAC National Midget racing will also make its fair share of voyages to Mid-America throughout the spring and summer months with a stop at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex for the John Hinck Championship arriving on May 19.

Mid-America Midget Week goes full send in mid-July with four events during a five-night span in three different states. First up is Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway for Tuesday Night Thunder on July 9. One night later, it’s northbound to Kansas for the Chad McDaniel Memorial at Beloit, Kansas’ Mitchell County Fairgrounds on July 10.

Jefferson County Speedway in the great state of Nebraska presents two nights of racing to close out Mid-America Midget Week for the Midwest Midget Championship on July 12-13 where the finale pays $10,000-to-win.

Way up north lies Wisconsin’s legendary Angell Park Speedway which will hold two nights of the 39th running of the Firemen’s Nationals on Labor Day weekend, September 1-2.


6 STRAIGHT NIGHTS OF USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

USAC Indiana Midget Week celebrates its 20th birthday in 2024 with another fine slate of six events across six consecutive evenings in the Hoosier state.

For the first time in its young history, Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis launches the frenzied week of racing on June 4. Gas City follows up on June 5 with Lincoln Park Speedway (June 6), Bloomington Speedway (June 7), Tri-State Speedway (June 8) and Kokomo Speedway (June 9) rounding out the busy week.


ADDITION TO TRADITION FOR THE WESTERN SWING

USAC’s end-of-season National Midget California swing has expanded with the addition of a first-time venue and the reshuffling of the dates.

Placerville Speedway’s Hangtown 100 kicks it all off on November 15-16 with the season’s only 100-lap midget race. For the first time ever, Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway presents the USAC National Midgets with a date on November 20.

The annual ventures of Midget Madness continue November 22-23 at Merced Speedway. Meanwhile, Bakersfield Speedway’s November Classic moves from its previous slot as the opening night of the swing and will now serve as the penultimate round of the series season on November 26.

California’s Ventura Raceway will be the host once again of the 83rd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Saturday night, November 30. For 2024, the longest-running midget racing event on the schedule has increased its winner’s share from $10,000 to $15,000.


TO BE ANNOUNCED / DETERMINED

Three notable TBA designations can be found on the 2024 USAC National Midget schedule. The sixth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 is a certainty for 2024 and will take place at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on yet-to-be-determined dates. Once again, the finale will pay a season high $20,039 to the victor.


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2024 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Apr 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $4,000

Apr 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $5,000

May 17: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $4,000

May 18: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $6,000

May 19: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | John Hinck Championship | $6,000

Jun 4: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000

Jun 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000

Jun 9: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway Meeker, OK | Tuesday Night Thunder | $4,000

Jul 10: Mitchell County Fairgrounds | Beloit, KS | Chad McDaniel Memorial | $4,000

Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $4,000

Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $10,000

Sep 1: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen's Nationals | $5,000

Sep 2: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen’s Nationals | $5,000

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $4,000

Sep 20: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | BeFour The Crowns | $5,000

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000

Nov 15: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $5,000

Nov 16: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | TBA

Nov 20: Thunderbowl Raceway | Tulare, CA | TBA

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | $5,000

Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | $5,000

Nov 26: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA | November Classic | $5,000

Nov 30: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA | Turkey Night Grand Prix | $15,000

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $5,000

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $5,000

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $20,039

 

 

BIG SLATE, BIG THRILLS!

55 DATES FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINTS IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 6, 2023)………The addition of more high-paying events, an increased Florida slate, a number of debuts and return visits, plus a plethora of multi-race weekends are among the facets of the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule.

A total of 55 dates are on the board for the upcoming season between the months of February and October of 2024, making it among the busiest calendars in the series’ 69-year history dating back to 1956.


MONEY SHOWS

Several events in 2024 will showcase a winner’s payout of at least $10,000 or more on the series schedule. However, Sprint Car Smackdown XIII will be the most lucrative of them all in the new year, featuring a $30,000 top prize for the finale of the annual three-race weekend on August 22-23-24.

Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana will host the annual Haubstadt Hustler, paying $20,000-to-win on September 14 while an expanded two-night Fall Nationals will pay out $20,000 to the victor on the second night at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway on the weekend of October 11-12.

Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway has kicked the top prize up another notch from $10,000 to win in 2023 to $15,000-to-win in 2024 for all three of USAC’s national divisions: Sprint Cars, NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and Silver Crown.


EVEN MORE GOOD PAYDAYS

Shows paying $10,000-to-win are all over the map, starting with Florida’s expanded seven-race Winter Dirt Games schedule in February. Five dates have been announced at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park for February 9-10-15-16-17, with the final night of the bunch paying $10 Grand.

Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park is in the same boat, hosting a pair of events for the USAC National Sprint Cars on February 12-13, the last night offering another $10,000 reward.

For the first time since 1998, USAC National Sprint Cars will make their return to Sumner, Illinois’ Red Hill Raceway for the $10,000-to-win Salute to Levi Jones, where the seven-time USAC national champion made his first career series start more than a quarter century ago.

#LetsRaceTwo brings the series into town for back-to-back nights of $10,000-to-win dates at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on May 3-4. Another $10,000 check will be awaiting the winner of the longest annually running USAC Sprint Car event of all – the 54th running of the Tony Hulman Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track on May 21.

May brings two nights of USAC Sprint Car racing to Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. during the Week of Indy on May 22-23, the latter of which will again pay $10,000. What proved to be one of the most fascinating shows of last season returns to Macon (Ill.) Speedway for Top Gun Weekend on June 28-29 with a $10,000 prize awaiting the victor of night two.

An early July staple of the schedule has long been the Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway which once again provides two nights of USAC Sprint Car activity on July 5-6, and boasts another $10,000 jackpot to the winner on the back half of the weekend.

One year after debuting at Arkansas’ Texarkana 67 Speedway for the Wingless Short Track Nationals, the event is back in 2024 for a two-night tilt on September 6-7 with a $10,000 pot on the docket for the winner during the second leg of the weekend in The Natural State.

Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway once again is scheduled to serve as host of the USAC National Sprint Car season finales in 2024 on October 25-26, with yet another $10,000 award that drivers will be vying for on the second of two nights.


EASTERN STORM A BREWIN’

Eastern Storm, a fixture on the USAC Sprint Car schedule since 2007, celebrates its 17th year of competition in 2024 with six dates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, starting at Grandview Speedway on June 11, Bridgeport Motorsports Park on June 12, Big Diamond Speedway on June 13, Williams Grove Speedway on June 14, Port Royal Speedway on June 15 and Action Track USA to cap off the busy weekend on June 16.


A RESHUFFLED INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

The 37th annual edition of USAC Indiana Sprint Week takes on a bit of a new look across eight events in late July and early August. A rearranged schedule sees Lincoln Park Speedway hosting the opener of the series for the first time since 2001 on July 25. From there, the schedule travels to Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 26, Kokomo Speedway on July 27, Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 28, Circle City Raceway on July 31, the Terre Haute Action Track on August 1, Bloomington Speedway on August 2 and Tri-State Speedway on August 3.


STAPLES OF THE SCHEDULE & A NEW ONE

Additional familiar stops on the tour brings the series to Terre Haute on April 5 for the 23rd edition of the Jim Hurtubise Classic. Annual springtime visits take the series back to Lawrenceburg on April 13, Bloomington on May 10 and Tri-State on May 11.

The series hits the road en route to Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway on May 31 and June 1 for the Corn Belt Clash at the Sprint Car Capital of the World. The GPS says head north to Wisconsin for a pair of dates on June 22 at Wilmot Raceway and June 23 at Sun Prairie’s Angell Park Speedway.

A new venue for USAC takes precedence on September 5 when the series debuts at RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas. Late season activity brings action to Circle City on September 13 and to Gas City on September 19 for the next installment of the James Dean Classic, featuring a doubleheader with the USAC National Midgets.


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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000

Feb 10: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $7,500

Feb 12: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000

Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000

Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000

Apr 5: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Jim Hurtubise Classic | $6,000

Apr 6: Red Hill Raceway Sumner, IL | Salute to Levi Jones | $10,000

Apr 12: TBA

Apr 13: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | $6,000

May 3: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000

May 4: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000

May 10: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Larry Rice Classic | $5,000

May 11: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Spring Showdown | $5,000

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Tony Hulman Classic | $10,000

May 22: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Circle City Salute | $5,000

May 23: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Circle City Salute | $10,000

May 31: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | TBA

Jun 1: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | TBA

June 11: Grandview Speedway | Terre Haute, IN | Eastern Storm | $6,000

June 12: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 13: Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 14: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 16: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 22: Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, WI | $6,000

Jun 23: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | $6,000

Jun 28: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | Top Gun Weekend | $6,000

Jun 29: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | Top Gun Weekend | $10,000

Jul 5: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $5,000

Jul 6: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $10,000

Jul 17: TBA

Jul 25: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Jul 26: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Jul 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Jul 28: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Jul 31: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Aug 1: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Don Smith Classic | $8,000

Aug 2: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial | $8,000

Aug 3: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Aug 22: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000

Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $30,000

Sep 5: (E) RPM Speedway | Crandall, TX | $6,000

Sep 6: (E) Texarkana 67 Speedway | Texarkana, AR | Wingless Short Track Nationals | $6,000

Sep 7: (E) Texarkana 67 Speedway | Texarkana, AR | Wingless Short Track Nationals | $10,000

Sep 13: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | $5,000

Sep 14: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Haubstadt Hustler | $20,000

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $5,000

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000

Oct 11: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $6,000

Oct 12: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $20,000

Oct 25: (E) Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $6,000

Oct 26: (E) Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $10,000

(E) represents an event co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing

 

 

SYMMETRICAL SCHEDULE:

USAC SILVER CROWN SET FOR 14 DATES IN ‘24

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 6, 2023)………An eclectic docket featuring 14 events with half on dirt and half on pavement tracks is the agenda in 2024 for the 54th season of the most diverse oval racing series on the planet – the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

Of those 14 dates, 12 events are confirmed at press time with a balanced slate of six events set for dirt tracks and six more on the pavement at venues ranging from half-miles to one miles and on tracks varying from semi-banked to high-banked across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


NEW FOR ‘24

The last time Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway hosted a USAC national event, the year was 1969. The track surface was still dirt and a human had not yet even stepped foot on the moon. Bob Tattersall wound up as the winner of that day’s midget race more than a half century ago.

Now, it’s the big cars’ turn at Jennerstown. On Saturday night, August 10, USAC competitors of the modern day will take their first shot at the now 0.522-mile paved oval for the inaugural Silver Crown showdown.


100 MILES FOR A PAYDAY AT IRP

The highest-paying event of the 2024 USAC Silver Crown season will also be its longest distance race in terms of laps. On Friday night of Memorial Day weekend, May 24, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park will host the 67th running of the Hoosier Hundred on the .686-mile paved oval. Held for the second year in a row on pavement, the 146-lap, 100-mile event will pay $25,000-to-win.


THE PAVED SLATE

The 2024 season opens and closes on the hardtop with dates at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway for the Rollie Beale Classic on April 20 followed by a trip to the hallowed banks of Indiana’s Winchester Speedway for the running of the Rich Vogler Classic.

The Hoosier Hundred brings the series once again to IRP on May 24, then kicks off the summer months with a swing through Oregon, Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway for the Bytec Dairyland 100 before setting off for a Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway debut on August 10.

The championship decider and season closer is once again set during Championship Saturday on October 19 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.


THE DIRT HALVES

One of the most fascinating USAC Silver Crown events throughout the 2023 campaign will once again open the dirt portion of the schedule in 2024 on the Belleville High Banks in Kansas during the weekend of May 17-18 with practice and qualifying set for night one followed by the main event on the following evening. The Huncovsky Classic will be held in conjunction with two-straight nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget racing on the Belleville Short Track, located inside the half-mile dirt oval.

Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway will be the place for a full smorgasbord of action on June 15 during Open Wheel Madness, a star-studded affair featuring both USAC’s Silver Crown and AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship divisions at one venue on one night during Eastern Storm weekend in the east.

Indiana’s lone half-mile dirt oval, the Terre Haute Action Track, brings USAC’s champ cars out for the 20th edition of the Sumar Classic on Independence Day. It marks the first USAC Silver Crown event to be held on the fourth of July in exactly 20 years, since Jay Drake’s score at Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2004.


TRADITION RICH

A trio of the most tradition rich USAC Silver Crown events of them all are pegged for the dirt in August and September. The 61st running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield provides the first of two $10,000-to-win dirt-mile adventures on the 2024 schedule on August 17.

Fair season in the Land of Lincoln continues two weeks later with the 70th running of the Ted Horn 100 at the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

The final dirt run of the new year sees payout increases across the board. For the 42nd time, the champ cars will compete in the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. The event provides the only opportunity of the year to witness all three USAC national divisions in one night, with the winner’s share being increased from $10,000 to $15,000 from 2023 to 2024 for all three series, plus the High Limit Sprint Cars.


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2024 USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Apr 20: (P) Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | $8,000

May 5: (P) Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | $8,000

May 17-18: (D) Belleville High Banks | Belleville, KS | Huncovsky Classic | $8,000

May 24: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Hoosier Hundred | $25,000

Jun 15: (D) Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Open Wheel Madness | $8,000

Jun 21: (P) Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Bytec Dairyland 100 | $8,000

Jul 4: (D) Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Sumar Classic | $8,000

Jul 20: TBA

Aug 10: (P) Jennerstown Speedway | Jennerstown, PA | Silver Crown Showdown | $10,000

Aug 16: TBA

Aug 17: (D) Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | $10,000

Aug 31: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | $10,000

Sep 20-21: (D) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000

Oct 19: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Championship Saturday | $10,000

(P) represents a pavement track event

(D) represents a dirt track event

 

 

PURSLEY & TEAM AZ SET TO GO

USAC SPRINT & SILVER CROWN RACING IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 4, 2023)………Fresh off a season in which he was recently named USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year, Daison Pursley is going full-time in 2024 with Team AZ Racing.

Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) will drive for Team AZ in two different capacities in 2024 as a competitor on the full USAC National Sprint Car schedule in the No. 21AZ as well as getting his first taste of USAC Silver Crown action in all the series’ dirt events throughout the year.

For the past five years, Team AZ Racing has fielded driver Jake Swanson on the USAC Sprint Car trail. Swanson recently announced his 2024 plans to run the full series circuit with 2B Racing. Pursley, meanwhile, drove the whole USAC Sprint schedule for KO Motorsports in 2023.

Pursley and Team AZ’s relationship dates back to October of this past year when both parties had an opening in their schedule to go racing with the USAC CRA Sprint Car series at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway for the running of the Western World Championships in what was, at the time, a one weekend deal.

“(Team AZ crew member) Eric Wilkins reached out to me over Facebook messenger and asked if I had any plans for the 2024 season,” Pursley recalled. “At that time, I did not. I was kind of searching around, kind of like they were. They asked if I’d be free for the Western World weekend at Cocopah. We were already headed that direction with the midget stuff, so I said, ‘heck yeah, let’s go race.’ At the time, the plan was to just go race and have fun and had nothing to do with next year. I really enjoyed working with the team and I guess they enjoyed working with me as well. Craig and Michael (Burkhart), Eric and Wendy all just welcomed me with open arms that weekend, and I think we clicked pretty well.”

Clicked pretty well is an understatement. Pursley and Team AZ swept to victory on both nights of the 56th annual event, sending them both into the offseason as an undefeated pairing. And as good fortune has it, their 2024 USAC National Sprint Car slate begins at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park in February where, across two nights, both Team AZ Racing and Pursley were each victorious.

“They’ve built a top-notch sprint car team, and it just shows night-in and night-out their preparation and understanding of what it all takes to go run at this level,” Pursley praised Team AZ. “They’ve been extremely good, and with everything they’ve built, it makes it that much easier for me to jump in a car like that and realize how fast this thing really is with all the expertise they have. Everything they do is top notch, and it just shows when you can go out there and sweep the weekend like that.”

With the knowledge of making a good first impression and then getting to work together before going full steam into the new year, it’s created a quite comforting feel for Pursley. As they enter the new year, their focus is now set on keeping the ball of momentum rolling rather than trying to start the push at the beginning of the season.

“That takes a lot of stress and offseason worry away, seeing how you jell with new people and seeing if everyone gets along,” Pursley explained. “Even though it was just one weekend, we broke the ice with everyone and just clicked very well. In Volusia, there won’t be any new learning experiences and getting used to each other, we’ll just be set on ‘go’ from there and we can go chase some USAC National Sprint Car wins.”

On the flip side of the same token, Team AZ Racing has recently acquired the USAC Silver Crown car owned and operated by Hodges Motorsports and had been driven by Shane Cottle for the past couple seasons. The team will give Pursley his first shot at the “big cars” on the dirt ovals in 2024 and it comes with a unique characteristic with the same driver and team competing in both the USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown series, creating a full sense of familiarity in both aspects as they take on a new challenge.

“It’s all just very different; there’s just really nothing like it,” Pursley acknowledged about USAC Silver Crown racing. “You’re just going to have to jump in there in the first practice session, realize how fast you’re really going, then you’ve got to slow down and take care of your stuff for 100 laps after that. I’m extremely excited and grateful to be able to race on the same Sprint Car and Silver Crown team for them and for them to choose me to run their Silver Crown stuff and build it up with them. I think we’re going to be very good right out of the gate. It’ll definitely be a learning experience, but hopefully we can all pick it up quickly and I can do my job and get to where we’re racing up front.”

With KO Motorsports in 2023, Pursley racked up USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors in becoming the first Oklahoman to win the award since 1992. Although they’ve parted, Pursley praised KO Motorsports for providing him with his first sprint car start back in 2021 and also giving him a shot as not only a series Rookie in 2023, but also giving him a chance after suffering a spinal injury in late 2021.

“I owe a huge thanks to them and everything that they’ve done for me,” Pursley said of KO Motorsports. “They run a top-notch operation, and I’ll be forever grateful for the 2023 season I had with them, all the experiences I gained and I just wish them nothing but the best. They’re great people, and I’m thankful for all that they’ve done for me. I guess it’s just business with us having to go our separate ways, but it was a very cool experience that I got to be a part of.”

Team AZ Racing would like to thank several longtime partners who’ve been involved in their program over the years and will continue in 2024 on the side of their DRC Chassis powered by a 1-Way Technologies engine: Phil at Apache Transport, Allen at USW Cat Construction, Steve at RSS Industries, Big Mike at Beaver Stripes and John at Western Diversified.

Pursley and Team AZ’s USAC season opens in 2024 with five USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Winter Dirt Games dates at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 for the DIRTcar Nationals.

 

 

THE USAC LIFESTYLE:

ROGERS & DUTCHER TAKE ON

USAC SPRINT TOUR FULL-TIME IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 1, 2023)………Jadon Rogers and Michael Dutcher Motorsports are back on the trail for a full season run with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2024.

The Worthington, Ind. driver and Cicero, Ind. based team have both contested the full USAC schedule in recent years, and both have been winners, but this will be both parties’ first full-time, full season venture together.

The duo teamed up for the latter half of the 2023 season where they made nine USAC National Sprint Car starts, accumulating four top-five results and six top-tens between August and October, including a 23rd to 5th run on the opening night of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, plus a pair of fourths at Kokomo and Texas’ Devil’s Bowl Speedway before closing out the campaign with a fifth at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

Together, Rogers and Dutcher’s No. 17GP also won on the local level last September, taking a trio of scores on the local Indiana scene with a pair of wins at Paragon Speedway and a Midwest Sprint Car Series triumph at Tri-State Speedway, all of which came on a single successful Labor Day weekend.

It was August of last year when both found themselves in need with Dutcher seeking a driver and Rogers searching for a ride. Since teaming up, the combination has clicked and has provided them with a bit of a leg up entering 2024 with experience working together as opposed to some other teams’ situations in which they are starting anew.

“Dutch and I had been on the verge of getting together multiple times,” Rogers revealed. “Instantly, we were really fast this past year. I’m excited to get back, and I feel like I have a real fighting chance of going after a championship with a guy who has a lot of knowledge.”

Dutcher has quite a pedigree in USAC racing circles. He was the recipient of USAC’s Chief Mechanic of the Year award in 2012 as the head wrench turner on the Corey Tucker Racing/Bryan Clauson, Inc/Curb-Agajanian No. 7 driven to the USAC title by Bryan Clauson that same year.

As a car owner, Dutcher owns 12 career USAC National Sprint Car victories with drivers such as Kevin Thomas Jr. and Jon Stanbrough and Rogers feels he’s the next in line to take the Lifestyle Homes sponsored machine back to victory lane in 2024.

Rogers, the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and a one-time series winner in 2022 at Tri-State Speedway, cites the comfort of having Dutcher in his corner, noting that he has a bit of a different outlook with his team relying on its success to ultimately pay the bills.

“Dutch runs his program to live, so he wants to win as much as me,” Rogers stated. “I can see that focus in him and how badly he wants it just as much as I do. I know whenever I’m at the racetrack, as much he can give me, he’s going to give it to me and I’m going to do the same for him.”

Rogers has driven in recent years for a variety of teams, and in fact, won nine races on the local Indiana level in 2023 for both Dutcher as well as 4J Motorsports, while also winning with USAC in 2022 for the Engler family in addition to competing extensively in a car owned by his father, Kyle Rogers.

Rogers’ role with Dutcher might be slightly altered from in contrast to past scenarios, but now has his focus fixed on the wheel and the pedals. The 21-year-old may still be young, but he’s a veteran in most any other category as he enters his 10th year of sprint car competition after earning the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Billy Marvel Jr. Rookie of the Year award at age 13 in 2015.

“With my own deal, I’ve always had input, and it’s nerve wracking enough when you’re trying to focus on driving and doing your best on that end, then you’ve got to mix in the fact of whether you’re making the right decisions on setups and things like that,” Rogers explained. “It’s really nice to have a situation in which you have a crew working on the racecar while I can study the track, and when it’s time for me to get in, I can grab my helmet and get in and the racecar and everything’s ready to go.”

Rogers and Dutcher’s USAC season opens in 2024 with five Winter Dirt Games dates at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 for the DIRTcar Nationals where Swanson opened 2023 with a victory and now eyes a repeat in the new year.

 


 

PURSLEY PASSES 199,

TAKES 2023 USAC PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Daison Pursley’s conquests in USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions saw him pass a total of 199 cars in just 62 feature starts throughout the 2023 season.

Those efforts paid off for the Locust Grove, Okla. driver as he earned the title of ProSource Passing Master for the 2023 season in his KO Motorsports sprint car and Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports midget.

Pursley earned a $2,500 for the passing master honors and will be honored during the Friday night, December 8, USAC Night of Champions at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

He becomes the third different winner of the season-long Passing Master award which rewards the USAC nationally licensed driver who advanced the most positions during feature events throughout the entirety of USAC’s 2023 national season between Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midgets.

Since 2020, longtime USAC supporter ProSource Buck Rice has offered the reward with past winners including Chris Windom (2020) and Justin Grant (2021 & 2022). This time around, it’s Pursley’s turn, and he is grateful to become the latest to earn the badge of honor.

“Buck does a lot for this sport whether it’s passing master or hard charger throughout the night,” Pursley noted. “He’s always there to hand you your money and congratulate you. It just goes to show that USAC and its supporters are always coming up with these cool awards to give drivers who have had a little hard luck and still get a reward. It’s cool to pick that up, and we’re all thankful for Buck’s support throughout the years. It helps all of us get up and down the road.”

Officially, Pursley’s biggest advancement of the 2023 USAC season came during September’s Firemen’s Nationals midget race at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway. After a rough go in qualifying where he nearly got upside down, Pursley picked his way through the field, starting on the tail in 23rd before driving up to a 9th place result.

But of all the hard charging efforts that stand out, it was his 14th to 2nd run in the sprint car during Eastern Storm at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway where he nearly broke through for his first points-paying victory with the series. It’s one he has a tinge of regret, thinking he could’ve made his move for the lead just a bit sooner.

In the midget at Beloit, Kansas’ Mitchell County Speedway, Pursley traveled from 18th to 6th, and by the end of the race, felt he had the fastest car on the track, but just ran short of laps.

At times, Pursley felt as if he was able to get a lot of those spots because of his aggressiveness on the initial start. With no time or laps wasted, he was always on the loudpedal.

“It shows that we just never quit throughout the night,” Pursley praised. “We didn’t let our qualifying time discourage us for the rest of the night. We were able to keep grinding and clicking away and that’s what I feel I do as a driver. I’m always trying to inch forward whether it’s one spot or one inch, and I feel like I’m always trying. As soon as the green flag drops, you’ve got to be going forward and I’m very thankful for the group I had around me in the midget and the sprint car that allowed me to pull that off.”

Prior to the 2023 season, Pursley was pretty much known for his midget racing experience, namely due to his full-time seasons on the USAC national tour in 2020 and 2021. But in 2023, he became one of the new stars on USAC’s National Sprint Car circuit, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

It’s a pace of lifestyle he has embraced as he continues to pick up the accolades just just two years since a severe spinal injury nearly derailed his life and career before his determined comeback.

“Being a full-time USAC Midget and Sprint Car guy, your schedule is just busy,” Pursley laid out. “There’s just no time for rest, and if you want to do it, you’ve got to be a true racecar driver and love this stuff at heart. Where I feel like I’ve learned a lot this year is just being versatile enough to get inside of a midget and then into a sprint car. The rudest awakening was the fact that these cars are different, and you have to keep that in the back of your mind on how to drive each one of them. You’ve got about three laps of practice each night to start out. It requires you to figure it out on the fly.”

Pursley accomplished both disciplines with flying colors this year, and now it’s true when they say, he's USAC’s master of passing in 2023.


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2023 FINAL USAC PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER STANDINGS:

1. 199-Daison Pursley

2. 173-Logan Seavey

3. 142-Justin Grant

4. 136-Emerson Axsom

5. 106-Shane Cottle

6. 105-Matt Westfall

7. 100-Robert Ballou

8. 95-Chase Stockon

9. 92-Brady Bacon

10. 91-Mitchel Moles

11. 89-Jacob Denney

12. 78-Hayden Reinbold

13. 77-Kyle Cummins

14. 73-Kevin Thomas Jr.

15. 68-Bryant Wiedeman

16. 67-Jake Andreotti

17. 65-C.J. Leary

18. 64-Ryan Timms

19. 63-Gavin Miller

20. 62-Carson Garrett

21. 58-Thomas Meseraull

22. 55-Jade Avedisian

23. 54-Jadon Rogers

24. 53-Kaylee Bryson

25. 50-Taylor Ferns & Jake Swanson

27. 45-Taylor Reimer

28. 43-Wayne Johnson

29. 41-Tanner Thorson

30. 40-Cannon McIntosh

31. 39-Joey Amantea & Travis Welpott

33. 37-Jerry Coons Jr.

34. 32-Chance Crum

35. 28-Mario Clouser

36. 26-Trey Burke, Briggs Danner, Jesse Love & Chase McDermand

40. 24-Bryan Gossel

41. 23-Gregg Cory

42. 22-Brent Beauchamp & Kody Swanson

44. 20-Max Adams

45. 18-Tyler Courtney

46. 17-Dave Berkheimer

47. 16-Russ Gamester & Brandon Mattox

49. 15-Alex Bright, Casey Buckman, Mike McVetta & Ethan Mitchell

53. 14-Bobby Santos

54. 13-Shane Cockrum & Daniel Whitley

56. 10-Derek Bischak & Davey Hamilton Jr.

58. 9-Dakoda Armstrong, Patrick Bruns, Xavier Doney & Carmen Perigo

62. 8-Cole Bodine, Chris Fetter, Tyler Roahrig & Kyle Steffens

66. 7-Nathan Byrd, Trey Osborne, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Ryan Thomas

70. 6-Steve Buckwalter, Sterling Cling, Charles Davis Jr., Ivan Glotzbach, Nathan Moore, Kyle O'Gara, Steven Russell & Brady Short

78. 5-Mark Smith & Billy Wease

80. 4-Chris Urish & Korey Weyant

82. 3-Mariah Ede, Danny Long, Travis Millar, Tom Paterson & Brent Yarnal

87. 2-Mark Bitner, Chase Dietz, Dallas Hewitt, Davey Ray, Brian Ruhlman & Tanner Swanson

93. 1-Brenham Crouch, Ava Gropp, Matt Mitchell, Kyle Robbins & Dalton Stevens

 

 

LIKE A RECORD:

GRANT GETS 3RD STRAIGHT MIKE CURB

USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 29, 2023)………Justin Grant’s second straight USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship isn’t the only impressive accolade he repeated during the 2023 campaign.

For the third consecutive season, and fourth time overall, the Ione, Calif. racer captured the $10,000 Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship, amassing more total points across the three USAC national divisions throughout the duration of the 2023 campaign.

Grant (2021-2022-2023) now becomes just the third driver to win the honor in three consecutive seasons, joining J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003) and Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012).

Furthermore, with his first such Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship arriving in 2017, Grant also added his name to the very short list of drivers who’ve earned the reward four times overall, a list which includes only himself and Tracy Hines (2000-2008-2013-2014).

“To have my name alongside the legends and heroes of the sport, it’s why I love the lists and I love seeing where my career stacks up against other guys careers,” Grant explained. “I jokingly say that I feel like my name is devaluing that list, but it’s starting to feel more and more like it belongs. I know how big of a deal those guys were to me, watching them as I grew up and then getting to race against them. They’re huge names and icons and I’m awfully, awfully proud to have my name along with them.”

In making 73 combined USAC national starts in 2023, the Ione, Calif. native totaled 4,394 points, just 184 markers more than second place finishing Logan Seavey.

Curb is accustomed to “records” as a hit making musician and the founder of Curb Records, but now racers like Grant are beginning to make records of their own in association with Curb, a record Grant is proud to have his name be a part of.

“It’s super special for me to not only win it once, but to win it four times now,” Grant exclaimed. “Our on-track performance is one thing, but being able to keep car owners and partners and crew people happy and wanting to go up and down the road with me year after year is another point of pride. It’s a little bit different when we go win a big race or a series championship, which is entirely performance based. But to me, the Mike Curb award speaks more about your ability to manage your role as a driver and multiple race teams. I struggled with that early in my career, so it’s a point of pride now that I’ve been able to be successful at that.”

Additionally, Grant once again finished inside the top-three of all three USAC national divisions’ point standings, also doing so in 2021. In 2023, he tallied a first with the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars for TOPP Motorsports, second with the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets for RMS Racing and third with the Silver Crown series for Hemelgarn Racing. He now stands behind only Rich Vogler in that category, the man who was the first to finish inside the top-three in all three in 1980 before repeating in 1981 and again in 1989.

“Being able to be in the points hunt in all three divisions for a few years now is really cool,” Grant reflected. “We want to win all three, and when you don’t, it always feels like a bit of a disappointment, but it gives you a little perspective on the accomplishment and it’s nice to take a breath and look at the fact that there aren’t many guys who’ve had the opportunity to race for all three, and there’s even less guys who’ve had the opportunity to race for all three in a single year.”

Grant is beyond thankful for the opportunity, and while soaking in the accomplishments at season’s end, he doesn’t take any of it for granted.

“To be one of those guys, and to do my job after having that opportunity, makes me feel very grateful and fortunate for the opportunities I have, the car owners I have, the partners I have, the crews that work on them, my family at home and my wife and kids that support me while I’m out on the road.”

This year marked the 25th year of the Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship. Curb has offered the reward annually since the 1999 USAC season to honor USAC’s top overall points champion. Once known as the USAC Super License, the title was rechristened as the National Drivers Championship to more properly represent the accomplishment of achieving the feat, which so few have done. Now Grant will once again accept the honor during USAC’s Night of Champions at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis on Friday night, December 8, 2023.

“The passion he has for motorsports, and especially our form of motorsports, is great, and the fact that he has an award to honor and pay a guy who beats up and down the road and lays it out on the line night-in and night-out is incredible,” Grant said of Curb. “These are dangerous racecars at the end of the day, and when you’re in one as many nights of the year as we are, your odds of getting hurt go up substantially. It feels good to be recognized for that, and it feels good to be appreciated and it means a lot knowing that Mike Curb is willing to do that. He’s done this for a long time now, and I’m honored to win it.”


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MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONS:

1999: Dave Darland

2000: Tracy Hines

2001: J.J. Yeley

2002: J.J. Yeley

2003: J.J. Yeley

2004: Jay Drake

2005: Josh Wise

2006: Josh Wise

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Bryan Clauson

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Tracy Hines

2014: Tracy Hines

2015: Dave Darland

2016: Brady Bacon

2017: Justin Grant

2018: Tyler Courtney

2019: Tyler Courtney

2020: Chris Windom

2021: Justin Grant

2022: Justin Grant

2023: Justin Grant


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2023 MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

POS PTS DRIVER

1 4394 Justin Grant

2 4210 Logan Seavey

3 3362 Emerson Axsom

4 3073 Daison Pursley

5 2562 C.J. Leary

6 2547 Brady Bacon

7 2345 Mitchel Moles

8 2196 Jake Swanson

9 2107 Kyle Cummins

10 2012 Matt Westfall

11 2005 Kevin Thomas Jr.

12 1977 Robert Ballou

13 1975 Chase Stockon

14 1705 Thomas Meseraull

15 1457 Bryant Wiedeman

16 1429 Ryan Timms

17 1407 Jade Avedisian

18 1373 Carson Garrett

19 1363 Jacob Denney

20 1227 Gavin Miller

21 1190 Cannon McIntosh

22 1177 Taylor Reimer

23 1087 Shane Cottle

24 1075 Jake Andreotti

25 995 Hayden Reinbold

26 921 Jadon Rogers

27 832 Tanner Thorson

28 829 Chase McDermand

29 822 Kody Swanson

30 770 Briggs Danner

31 766 Max Adams

32 703 Mario Clouser

33 623 Brandon Mattox

34 567 Jesse Love

35 561 Daniel Whitley

36 539 Chance Crum

37 528 Charles Davis Jr.

38 475 Jerry Coons Jr.

39 465 Ethan Mitchell

40 447 Kaylee Bryson

41 436 Joey Amantea

42 400 Mariah Ede

43 399 Taylor Ferns

44 382 Bobby Santos

45 345 Sterling Cling

46 334 Trey Burke

47 322 Eddie Tafoya Jr.

48 319 Brent Beauchamp

49 301 Travis Welpott

50 299 Derek Bischak

51 245 Wayne Johnson

52 241 Kyle O'Gara

53 237 Russ Gamester

54 221 Brady Short

55 216 Davey Hamilton Jr.

56 211 Rylan Gray

57 205 Dalton Stevens

58 201 Dave Berkheimer

59 177 Chase Dietz

60 176 Kyle Steffens

61 173 Bryan Gossel

62 173 Gregg Cory

63 173 Mike McVetta

64 172 Dakoda Armstrong

65 164 Xavier Doney

66 155 Tyler Roahrig

67 148 Zack Pretorius

68 143 Tom Harris

69 139 Carmen Perigo

70 137 Billy Wease

71 137 Nathan Byrd

72 135 Tom Paterson

73 130 Steve Buckwalter

74 129 Shane Cockrum

75 125 Tanner Swanson

76 120 Kayla Roell

77 120 Kyle Robbins

78 117 Dallas Hewitt

79 110 Kevin Newton

80 109 Cole Bodine

81 97 Chris Fetter

82 95 Casey Buckman

83 95 Jason McDougal

84 95 Travis Millar

85 92 Ivan Glotzbach

86 90 Oliver Akard

87 90 Peter Hunnibell

88 89 Ava Gropp

89 88 J.J. Hughes

90 81 Davey Ray

91 79 Brenham Crouch

92 76 Saban Bibent

93 71 Patrick Lawson

94 71 Trey Osborne

95 70 Chris Urish

96 70 Ryan Barr

97 66 Patrick Bruns

98 65 Jacob Wilson

99 61 Danny Long

100 60 Blake Brannon

101 60 Curtis Spicer

102 60 Devan Myers

103 57 Holly Jones

104 55 Ryan Thomas

105 53 Korey Weyant

106 50 Corey Joyner

107 49 Aaron Pierce

108 49 Caleb Armstrong

109 49 Tyler Courtney

110 44 Brian Hayden

111 44 Tim Simmons

112 37 Alex Bright

113 37 Nathan Moore

114 33 Brian Ruhlman

115 32 Mark Bitner

116 31 Steven Russell

117 30 Cody Jessop

118 30 Laike Imm

119 29 Mark Smith

120 27 A.J. Fike

121 27 Matt Mitchell

122 27 Parker Jones

123 25 John Tosti

124 23 Matt Goodnight

125 23 Tanner Berryhill

126 20 Scout Spraggins

127 20 Zach Hampton

128 17 Brent Yarnal

129 10 Adam Taylor

130 10 Cary Oliver

131 10 Critter Malone

132 10 Dave Peperak

133 10 Gary Dunkle

134 10 Jace Park

 

 

A NEW BEGINNING:

SWANSON & 2B RACING TEAM UP

FOR 2024 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 30, 2023)………The upcoming 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will present a new beginning for driver Jake Swanson and 2B Racing.

The two have paired up to chase the full USAC National Sprint Car schedule starting with the February 2024 season openers in Florida aboard the Scott Benic-owned DRC/Claxton ride sponsored by Honest Abe Roofing – America’s Reliable Roofer – and the Newton family.

Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) experienced a breakout year on the USAC National Sprint Car scene in 2023, amassing four feature victories for Team AZ Racing, for whom Swanson had driven throughout the past five seasons.

It’s new scenery for Swanson, who will now take over the wheel of the No. 2B that was occupied by driver Logan Seavey during the 2023 season and saw the pairing capture two USAC National Sprint Car main events.

“I’m looking forward to a fresh start, but to be honest, I don’t feel like I’m starting over. I feel like I’m just closing a chapter on this aspect of my life and career,” Swanson explained. “The next step for me is going to be Scott and 2B Racing and I’m really excited with that.”

Swanson had driven for Team AZ in USAC CRA and USAC national competition since 2019, and in 2021, both made the mutual move together from the west to the Midwest to further expand their racing exploits.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” Swanson admitted. “We’ve had a really good relationship over the years and still do. That aspect of it is hard, but the cool part is that, even though we’re parting ways on the racing side, we’re still able to end things on good terms. It’s an amicable severance and we’re all mature enough to know that we want different things and can go different directions without anybody getting their feelings hurt.”

In addition to being one of the stars of USAC racing, Swanson also owns and operates a thriving racing shock business, Jake Swanson Shock Technology. It is that aspect, plus the time and effort throughout the week put into the race team coupled with an opportunity to not be as much “hands-on” that prompted a change in address for Swanson in the coming year.

“I need to make sure that I’m able to do what needs to be done to ensure the success of those things, which means not having to work on racecars during the week,” Swanson further elaborated. “That transition is really important to me and driving for Benic is really going to help me do that. We’ve done a lot of good things and I feel like I’ve established myself as a racecar driver who can win races on a regular basis in this realm. Being able to jump in with a good team and a good program, and with the things I’m able to bring to the table, I feel like it will help them as well.”

Swanson knew by August that he and Team AZ would not be continuing beyond the 2023 season, but a chance meeting came along in October when Honest Abe Roofing President and car owner/sponsor Kevin Newton reached out to Swanson to drive his winged car during a High Limit Sprint Car Series race at Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway. The car that night was crew chiefed by none other than Scott Benic, which led to additional opportunities in the weeks to come.

Shortly thereafter, Swanson was tabbed by Benic to compete in a pair of non-USAC sanctioned events in Indiana at Tri-State Speedway and Kokomo Speedway, which proved beneficial for the new duo and provided them with a bit of a head start going into 2024.

“It was huge, and it’s amazing what just one or two races does for your confidence, preparedness and understanding of the difference between this car and the other car and the things we need to change from when Seavey drove it to the things that I like,” Swanson documented. “Luckily, I’ve worked on (sprint cars) quite a bit, so I know I can pinpoint stuff pretty quickly on what I feel like we need and can get myself more comfortable and closer to what I’m used to because I’ve been building my stuff for so long.”

“I could tell that the fundamentals of the race car and the race team were good and we all worked really well together,” Swanson continued. “I think that there’s some surefire potential to be really successful. It was really key to run those couple of races to get a good understanding of the program as well as how we both operate and to see how we’re going to build stuff going forward and how we’re going to attack the season in 2024.

Benic’s 2B Racing group owns 33 career USAC National Sprint Car wins, which ranks 11th on the all-time list. In 2005, with Levi Jones as the team’s driver, 2B Racing captured the USAC National Sprint Car championship. The new combo of Swanson and 2B has a great pedigree with the team’s storied past, its current status as a regular frontrunner and its future with Swanson at the helm.

“First of all, we couldn’t do any of this without the support of my wife, Dana, and the help of Jeff Claxton. I also want to thank Logan (Seavey) for everything that he’s done with us this past year,” Benic stated. “In September when Logan informed us he would not be back in 2024, we were really concerned on our direction for the future and then along came Jake.”

In the coming year, Benic foresees the likelihood of big success for his team with Swanson at the wheel.

“With Jake and us, I think this has the potential to be a really good combination. He got in our car at the end of this year and had a couple decent runs, and I think there’s a great potential to do more and more things. He learned how to win this year and that’s an important part. I think it’s all a good fit. His ability speaks for itself, and he can help us with different things chassis-wise and on the development of product lines through Benic Enterprises and the things obviously need to continue to work on.”

The new chapter for Swanson and 2B Racing opens in 2024 with five Winter Dirt Games dates at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 for the DIRTcar Nationals where Swanson opened 2023 with a victory and now eyes a repeat in the new year.

“It’s been great getting to know Scott over the course of the past few months,” Swanson praised. “He’s been there and done that for a long time. He’s very in tune with it, and I feel like I’m very in tune with these racecars as well.”

Honest Abe Roofing is also the proud sponsor of the fast qualifiers throughout each and every USAC national event throughout the season. Honest Abe has been installing, repairing, and maintaining residential roofs since 2005. It is their goal to bring a customer service focus to the roofing industry. They are aware that they are providing a very important and necessary service to many homes, so they work incredibly hard to provide the best possible roofing at the most competitive pricing. All their customers are very important to them, and they want to give them a perfect roof to protect their home and keep them comfortable.

Associate sponsorships packages are also available as well by contacting 2B Racing’s Scott Benic at (765) 860-5840 or by email at benicenterprises@aol.com.

 

 

TOP ROOKIE!

GAVIN MILLER NAMED 2023

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 28, 2023)………Pennsylvania has long been a hotbed for some of the finest open wheel dirt track racers in the United States of America.

Gavin Miller of Allentown, Pa. is among the new breed who struck a chord on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail in 2023.

His efforts earned him Max Papis Innovations Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors for his efforts in the seat of the Eibach Springs – TRD/LynK/Speedway Toyota for the famed Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team.

In doing so, the 16-year-old Miller became just the third Keystone State native to receive the USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year reward in memory of Stroud, the longtime supervisor for the division. John Andretti (Bethlehem) in 1983 and Andrew Layser (Collegeville) in 2019 are the only previous Pennsylvanians to achieve the feat.

All told, Miller accumulated 56 feature laps led, five top-fives and 14 top-tens in 26 feature starts while finishing eighth in series points. But assuredly, the highlight of the year came in June during USAC Indiana Midget Week at Bloomington Speedway where he raced to his first career series victory in what was just his 10th career series start.

On a restart just before the midway point at Bloomington, Miller slid his KKM teammate and fellow first-time USAC win seeker Jade Avedisian for the top spot, and from there, went undenied for the remaining 16 circuits to earn the victory as he became the first Pennsylvanian to capture a USAC National feature win of any kind since Steve Buckwalter during the Indiana Midget Week round at Gas City I-69 Speedway in 2010.

With the win, Miller also became just the second driver to win his first career USAC National Midget feature at Bloomington’s 1/4-mile clay oval. The only other driver to accomplish that was none other than Kyle Larson, who also wheeled a KKM owned car to victory on the red clay, just like Miller.

Up to that point, to USAC fans, Miller had been known for his passing prowess within the series ranks, passing more cars throughout USAC Indiana Midget Week than any other individual with 35 positions advanced in six events, which gave him the title of Indiana Midget Week’s ProSource Passing Master.

“It was definitely a surreal feeling,” Miller recalled of his Bloomington victory. “Getting that first win is always going to be my most favorite and special one. It was definitely one of the goals I set for myself, but I didn’t think I was going to get a win that soon. Not many people get to say that they’ve done it, so it’s really cool.”

Miller’s win also came on the heels of a “what could’ve been” moment when he flipped out of the race while leading 13 laps into the 30-lap feature just four nights prior at Circle City Raceway. Despite not expecting a winning effort to arrive quite so soon, Miller began to realize he had the potential to run up front consistently. But a major part of growing as a racer is withstanding the natural learning curves that occur along the way, but readily admitted that a couple more opportunities slipped through his fingers.

“I thought I could get more, but I threw away a couple,” Miller noted. “I guess you’ve got to throw away a couple in order to learn from your mistakes. I think I’ve made most of them in the book so far. You are still going to make mistakes here and there, especially the one at Merced (Speedway). I had never flipped that badly ever. So, that was a first. But I definitely went into this year not knowing much and came out the other side learning from all those mistakes and showed improvement.”

The Merced moment in November saw Miller going for the lead on lap two down the back straightaway when he clipped the outside guardrail and flipped seven times in all. The accident forced him to miss one night of action the following evening, but also served notice of how far he had come. Now he was battling for wins, while the year before, he made just two feature starts in eight USAC National Midget appearances during the 2022 campaign.

“I was definitely watching more races and getting more seat time, which really helped,” Miller explained. “I wanted it bad; I wanted to run up front and learn from past mistakes and it all has come together from learning from my crew chief and strategizing too. I feel like it all must come into play, and I feel like we’ll be even better next year, especially now having a full year under my belt.”

It was just a few years ago that Miller emerged as a decorated USAC .25 Midget racer, accumulating a total of six championships between 2015 and 2019. Now, he seems to be on the cusp of becoming a regular front runner in USAC National Midget racing. He’s also displayed his sticktoitiveness, bouncing back from heartbreak to win mere nights later and even rebounding from a big wreck to jump in the saddle and move forward.

“Not giving up is the biggest part of it,” Miller chalks his attitude up to. “And just being calm, cool and collected and forgetting the past. You can’t really dwell on it. You’ve got to just keep on moving on. If you can’t do that, then you’re just kind of stuck. You’re focused on what you did wrong, and you want to learn, but you’ve got to keep moving on and focus on keeping getting better.”


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BOB STROUD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1969: Billy Engelhart, Madison, Wis.

1970: Danny Brown, Rossville, Ill.

1971: Danny Caruthers, Anaheim, Calif.

1972: Tommy Astone, Fresno, Calif.

1973: Mike Gregg, Fort Collins, Colo.

1974: Richard Powell, Enid, Okla.

1975: Larry Patton, Anaheim, Calif.

1976: James McElreath, Arlington, Texas

1977: Lonnie Caruthers, Corona Del Mar, Calif.

1978: Tommy Thomas, Dana Point, Calif.

1979: Barry Butterworth, Auckland, N.Z.

1980: Trevor Boys, Calgary, Alta.

1981: Sherman Armstrong Jr., Winchester, Ind.

1982: Chris Maxson, McHenry, Ill.

1983: John Andretti, Bethlehem, Pa.

1984: Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind.

1985: Bobby Allen, Carmel, Ind.

1986: Steve Enlow, Tulsa, Okla.

1987: John Meyers, Oak Brook, Ill.

1988: Jim Keeker, Cicero, Ind.

1989: Jeff Gordon, Vallejo, Calif.

1990: Dan Ford, Saint Peters, Mo.

1991: Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich.

1992: Brian Gerster, Indianapolis, Ind.

1993: Chuck Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

1994: David Bridges, Indianapolis, Ind.

1995: Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind.

1996: Carl Olsen, Auckland, N.Z.

1997: Nick Lundgreen, Franklin, Wis.

1998: Michael Lewis, Noblesville, Ind.

1999: A.J. Fike, Galesburg, Ill.

2000: Aaron Fike, Galesburg, Ill.

2001: Bobby East, Brownsburg, Ind.

2002: Teddy Beach, Donnelsville, Ohio

2002: Ron Gregory, Noblesville, Ind.

2003: Ryan Durst, Lincoln, Neb.

2004: Todd Beach, Donnelsville, Ohio

2005: Darren Hagen, Riverside, Calif.

2006: Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, Ind.

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Olive Branch, Miss.

2008: Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz.

2009: Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.

2010: Daniel Bedford, Brentwood, Calif.

2011: Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif.

2012: Rico Abreu, Saint Helena, Calif.

2013: Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla.

2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

2015: Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind.

2016: Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif.

2017: Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, Calif.

2018: Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2019: Andrew Layser, Collegeville, Pa.

2020: Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2021: Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

2022: Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

2023: Gavin Miller, Allentown, Pa.

 

 

A CALCULATED RISE:

SEAVEY & ABACUS REACH THE TOP AS 2023 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 27, 2023)………It all started with a DM.

When Abacus Racing owner Brent Cox reached out to Logan Seavey via a direct message on Instagram in late 2022, it turned out to be a most fortuitous decision that instantly altered the fortunes for both driver and team.

Just one year later, they were celebrating one of the most dominant USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship seasons in series history. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) earned his second midget series championship after taking the crown during his Rookie season of 2018 while Abacus scored the entrant title in what was their first year of chasing the entire series schedule.

Their 280-point final championship margin was the largest in nearly two decades since Bobby East’s title in 2004. In one year, Seavey doubled his career feature win output from eight to 16, and his run of 22 consecutive top-10 finishes to end the season tied Jason Leffler’s record set in 1997, as fate would have it, the very same year Seavey was born.

Seavey and Abacus Racing’s big year with USAC wasn’t excluded solely to the National Midgets. In October, they wrapped up the USAC Silver Crown championship in conjunction with Rice Motorsports, making Seavey the first driver since Levi Jones in 2011 to collect multiple USAC national championships in a single season. The success earned Seavey $100,000 in total USAC point fund money for the year between his success in the two disciplines.

Furthermore, Abacus Racing became just the second entrant to win multiple USAC national titles in the same season, joining Curb-Agajanian in 2012-13.

It’s almost incomprehensible to think back to 2022 and realize that Seavey was down and out on his fortunes in midget racing. A winless season saw him bounce around to multiple teams while trying recapture the magic of prior years, leaving him disenchanted at the state of affairs. But soon, a message from out of the blue and a new ride were able to bottle up that passion and breathe new life into Seavey on the midget side of things.

“After the last year and a half, I didn’t really have any desire to go midget racing,” Seavey admitted. “I was just going to be focused on our sprint car stuff and go from there. (Abacus) roped me into this midget deal and now I’m having a lot of fun and enjoying it. That certainly helps to keep me going and keeps me excited about midget racing. It was not on the top of my list to go try and race for a midget championship this year, but once you start having fun again, it makes going to the races a lot easier and having success doesn’t hurt either.”

Seavey’s 2023 season began on the right path when he was victorious during January’s running of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. However, the result came in a one-off appearance for the Swindell SpeedLab team. The test to see if the success would ultimately translate to Abacus was a steady rise, beginning with Seavey grabbing the team’s first USAC top-five out west in 2022, followed by the team’s first win and first championship in 2023. Personally, for Seavey, the bulk of it all started with just getting right mentally first and foremost, and when he and Abacus clicked, it was like sweet, sweet music.

“It’s just about getting your confidence back and getting in cars you’re comfortable in that have speed,” Seavey explained. “Kicking it off with a Chili Bowl win this year was as good as you could start a year. Then to come out here and get in this car and have such good chemistry with these guys and to have speed every night, it’s really cool knowing that when I strap into this thing, we’ve got a shot. That’s what it takes, and once you lose that, it’s tough to get back. We started the year really well, and just never really slowed down. Sometimes you get up and you can fall down quickly and lose it. We got up and stayed up all year.”

Compared to how the season unfolded, the early season had its hurdles early in the going. In Seavey and Abacus’ first five USAC Midget starts of 2023, there were three finishes of 12th or worse. The exact turnaround of the season can be pinpointed toward one key moment in June’s USAC Indiana Midget Week round at Circle City Raceway.

There, a surefire victory went by the wayside just three laps from the finish line due to an ignition switch failure. Initially thinking his Indiana Midget Week title hopes were kaput, Seavey won the next night out at Gas City I-69 Speedway in dramatic fashion and rallied to his second career IMW championship and first since 2019.

After Circle City, Seavey found himself mired sixth in the USAC National Midget standings, 110 points out of the lead, but from that point forward, he was practically unstoppable. He won again in July at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway and once more in August at Macon (Ill.) Speedway just hours after winning the USAC Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds earlier that same afternoon. In doing so, he became just the third driver to win multiple USAC national events at two different racetracks in a single day: Billy Vukovich (1967) and J.J. Yeley (2004).

September was purely magical as Seavey picked up a Firemen’s Nationals win at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway and backed it up with a second straight triumph at Gas City, which was followed by a complete sweep of the USAC portion of the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway where he won the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown features all within a single evening, the third driver to achieve the feat after Kyle Larson in 2011 as well as Jack Hewitt who, in 1998, won all four crowns with the UMP Modifieds included.

By November, Seavey had such a substantial point lead, he could’ve taken a victory lap around the state of California. Nonetheless, he added two more wins to his total at Bakersfield Speedway and at Merced Speedway while wrapping up the title with three races remaining following a string of 20 top-five results in a span of 22 starts in his Abacus Racing/Honest Abe Roofing - Indy Custom Stone - Laura Kopetsky Tri-Ax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

It’s been quite a road for Abacus Racing’s Brent Cox whose idea of forming a racing team came to him in September of 2020 while he was watching a USAC National event from Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on FloRacing while sitting in his garage. Cox, who is an accountant by trade, graduated from Ball State University and was among the founders of CG CPAs. It’s been a perfect marriage between the two parties with Abacus’ racing acumen and a championship level driver who had regained his midget racing mojo.

“We got their first top-five out here on this swing last year, and to now have 20-something top-fives and eight wins, it’s incredible,” Seavey exclaimed. “I feel like I’m far enough along to where I’m getting better at being able to communicate with (crewmen) Kirk (Simpson) and Johnny (Cofer) about what I need in the car and not being scared to throw my opinion out there and tell them what I need. Or if they make a change I don’t like, they’ll listen to me and go back on it or change something. I feel like I know what I need in the car, and especially throughout the year, I’ve gotten better at just knowing what feels right for me and what makes me able to run the car as hard as I need to.”

In nearly every category, Seavey and Abacus were top-shelf, leading the most feature laps (214) while earning the most top-fives (21) and top-tens (24) and fast qualifying times (4) in 27 series starts on the year. As Seavey full well knows, it’s not a cake walk no matter who you are, and it takes the right people and the right equipment in your corner to make it all work.

“These midget races are no joke,” Seavey iterated. “If you’re not comfortable running these races 99 percent every lap, these guys will eat you up. It’s tough. You’ve got to run your car really hard all the time, and if your car’s not good, you can’t do that. I’m at the point where I feel like I’m confident enough in myself that I know what I need and I feel like I can help Kirk and Johnny make the right decisions, and usually, we’re pretty dang close to the same page anyway. There have been a few times when they’ve wanted to go one way and I’ve wanted to go the other way, and they usually back me up and will go with me, and it's been working so far.”

In all, 13 drivers raced to a USAC National Midget victory in 2023. Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla) added three to the win column, including the season opener in May at the Belleville (Kan.) Short Track and again in June at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and in September at Angell Park.

Also at the Belleville Short Track, Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) landed his first USAC victory in nearly nine years, and it just so happened to take place in the same locale as his last one, albeit at a slightly smaller version of it. His 2014 victory came on Belleville’s 1/2-mile-high banks, which he promptly took a victory lap around after winning this past June.

Just one week prior to his high school graduation in May, Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) was victorious at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, then scored the Indiana Midget Week opener in June at Tri-State Speedway. Two-time USAC National Midget champion Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) picked off a couple Indiana Midget Week wins in June at Circle City and Lincoln Park Speedway.

Bryant Wiedeman and Gavin Miller both became first-time USAC National Midget winners in 2023. Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) finished third in series points and scored a home state victory at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds with a pass for the lead coming to the white flag. Miller (Allentown, Pa.), meanwhile, earned win number one at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway to become the first Keystone State winner since Steve Buckwalter in 2010. As a result of his win and eighth place finish in the standings, Miller was named the 2023 Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, just the third Pennsylvanian to do so after John Andretti in 1983 and Andrew Layser in 2019.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) started his own team and took it to victory lane twice in July’s Midwest Midget Championship at Jefferson County and then became the first multi-time Jason Leffler Memorial victor in August at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) posted a victory in his first USAC Midget start of the season in September at Eldora while RMS Racing teammates Thomas Meseraull and Justin Grant followed up a week later with substantial victories at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After a long winless drought to open the season, RMS swept the event with Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) leading wire-to-wire in the first of two BC39 prelims. Grant (Ione, Calif.) followed suit with a triumphant performance during the night two prelim as well as in the $20,039-to-win finale before finishing second overall in the season standings for the second occasion in as many seasons.

The California swing in November was practically owned by Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) who went on an undefeated tear with the series, winning all three of his starts on the year. He took two at Placerville Speedway’s Hangtown 100 before becoming a four-time Turkey Night Grand Prix winner in the season finale at Ventura Raceway.

Additionally, Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) captured his first USAC National Midget win in more than five years during a November stop at California’s Merced Speedway for Australia’s Dyson Motorsport.

Six drivers started all 27 feature events in 2023: Seavey, Grant, Timms, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.). Avedisian made history in May when she became the first woman to lead the USAC National Midget point standings in the 68-year history of the series.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) was a frequent frontrunner with the series, bagging five runner-up finishes in limited duty. At Ventura, he made the biggest charge of any driver with the series in 2023, racing his way up 17 positions from a 23rd starting spot to finish sixth.


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2023 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Champion: Logan Seavey

Entrant Champion: Abacus Racing #57

Most Wins: 8-Logan Seavey

Rookie of the Year: 8th-Gavin Miller

Most Laps Led: 214-Logan Seavey

Most Top-Fives: 21-Logan Seavey

Most Top-Tens: 24-Logan Seavey

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 4-Logan Seavey

Most Heat Race Wins: 8-Justin Grant

Most Feature Starts: 27-Jade Avedisian, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Taylor Reimer, Logan Seavey & Ryan Timms

Biggest Charge of the Year: Nov 25: Ventura Raceway – Emerson Axsom (23rd to 6th)


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2023 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

May 19: Belleville Short Track - Belleville, KS

WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

May 20: Belleville Short Track - Belleville, KS

WINNER: Zach Daum (RAMCO Speed Group #7p)

May 21: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, MO

WINNER: Jacob Denney (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 4: (I) Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Jacob Denney (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 5: (I) Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)

Jun 7: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Jun 8: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)

Jun 9: (I) Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Gavin Miller (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97)

Jun 10: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jul 12: (M) Mitchell County Fairgrounds - Beloit, KS

WINNER: Bryant Wiedeman (CB Industries #81)

Jul 14: (M) Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Jul 15: (M) (F) Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Tanner Thorson Racing #88)

Aug 18: Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, IL

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Tanner Thorson Racing #88)

Aug 19: Macon Speedway - Macon, IL

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Sep 3: Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Sep 22: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 23: (F) Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Sep 28: (A) The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Sep 29: (A) The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2)

Sep 30: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2)

Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Nov 17: (A) Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Racing #1K)

Nov 18: (A) Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Racing #1K)

Nov 21: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

WINNER: Spencer Bayston (Dyson Motorsport #9AU)

Nov 22: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Nov 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Racing #1K)

------------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS -------------------------

(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(F) represents an event awarding feature points only

(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only

(P) represents a program featuring practice only


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2023 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1784 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2 1504 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

3 1457 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

4 1429 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

5 1413 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

6 1407 Jade Avedisian, Clovis, Calif.

7 1363 Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio

8 1227 (R) Gavin Miller, Allentown, Pa.

9 1190 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

10 1177 Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.

11 1075 (R) Jake Andreotti, Castro Valley, Calif.

12 1072 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

13 1043 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

14 995 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

15 832 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

16 829 Chase McDermand, Springfield, Ill.

17 567 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

18 567 (R) Jesse Love, Menlo Park, Calif.

19 561 (R) Daniel Whitley, Ferndale, Calif.

20 539 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.

21 477 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

22 465 Ethan Mitchell, Mooresville, N.C.

23 400 (R) Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.

24 311 Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

25 183 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

26 96 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

27 95 Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa.

28 90 (R) Oliver Akard, Fort Myers, Fla.

29 90 (R) Peter Hunnibell, Auckland, N.Z.

30 89 (R) Ava Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

31 79 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

32 60 (R) Curtis Spicer, Marysville, Kan.

33 60 (R) Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.

34 60 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

35 57 Holly Jones, Gold River, Calif.

36 50 (R) Corey Joyner, Concordia, Kan.

37 30 (R) Laike Imm, Beaver City, Neb.

38 30 (R) Cody Jessop, Madera, Calif.

39 27 (R) Parker Jones, Blue Mounds, Wis.

40 20 (R) Scout Spraggins, Cache, Okla.

41 10 Jace Park, Overland Park, Kan.

42 10 (R) Kayla Roell, Dillsboro, Ind.

43 10 (R) Adam Taylor, Wheatfield, Ind.

(R) = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender


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2023 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 1784 Abacus Racing, Indianapolis, Ind. (#57)

2 1504 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2)

3 1457 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#81)

4 1453 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

5 1429 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

6 1413 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19)

7 1407 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71)

8 1227 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97)

9 1177 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports (#25K)

10 1072 Tim Engler, Princeton, Ind. (#7x)

11 1017 Tanner Thorson Racing, Broken Arrow, Okla. (#88)

12 995 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

13 868 Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

14 764 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25m)

15 752 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67K)

16 709 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#40)

17 672 Petry-Hayward Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#19A)

18 567 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#84)

19 561 Abacus Racing, Noblesville, Ind. (#58)

20 540 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#23)

21 535 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#68)

22 528 Bundy Built Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#19m)

23 400 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71E)

24 366 Rudeen Racing, Liberty Lake, Wash. (#26)

25 363 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19T)

26 322 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#86)

27 221 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

28 183 THK Motorsports, Sweet Springs, Mo. (#21H)

29 173 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#4)

30 139 Crouch Motorsports, Lubbock, Texas (#1)

31 99 John Schneider, Hellertown, Pa. (#98)

32 96 Glenn Styres Racing, Ohsweken, Ont. (#3G)

33 95 Brian Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. (#25B)

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