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TYLER ON BRINK OF 200TH START SATURDAY AT ELDORA: USAC SILVER CROWN STAT BOOK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 21, 2021)………Few racers have reached the 100 start mark with the USAC Silver Crown National Championship. Even fewer have reached 200 starts in their career.

If all goes according to plan, Brian Tyler will reach his 200th career series start this Saturday night, September 25, during the 39th running of the 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.TV at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, joining Dave Darland (201) and Russ Gamester (200) as the only other drivers to have reached the mark.

Tyler also enters as the most recent series winner, taking the victory in his 199th career start at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois on September 6.

By winning in his 199th USAC Silver Crown start, Tyler became the most experienced driver to win a race in the series’ 51-year history, not only in terms of age, but also in career starts at the time of his victory. Tyler broke his own record for winning the deepest into his Silver Crown career.

The Parma, Mich. Native previously won in his 170th start at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 2011. In fact, nine of Tyler’s victories came in his first 100 starts and nine more have come in his second 100, illustrating how he’s been at the top of the game consistently throughout his career with the series, which dates back to 1990.

After celebrating 100 starts, Tyler also won at the Illinois State Fairgrounds during start 109 in 2005; start 113 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in 2006; start 119 at Indiana’s O’Reilly Raceway Park in 2006; start 130 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2007; start 144 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 2007; start 145 at Du Quoin in 2008; start 150 at Richmond in 2009; and start 153 at New York’s Oswego Speedway in 2009.

Dave Darland, the 1997 series champ, owns the second most wins after his 100th start, trailing only Tyler. Subsequent victories have come at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 2003 (start 107); the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2004 (114); Eldora in 2004 (124); Eldora in 2005 (132); Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track in 2008 (147); Eldora in 2008 (152) and Eldora again in 2009 (157).

A series champion in 1999, Tracy Hines captured victories in start 101 at Du Quoin in 2005; start 103 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 2006; start 104 at Du Quoin in 2006; start 107 at Homestead in 2007; start 129 at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2001; and start 155 at the Belleville High Banks in Kansas during the 2013 season.

Five-time champion and current point leader Kody Swanson’s win tallying continues to grow with five of his record 33 wins coming after start 100. Now at 115 starts, Swanson won his 100th start on the dot at Indiana’s Salem Speedway in 2019; then captured start 102 at Lucas Oil in 2019; start 105 at Salem in 2020; and has added three more this year alone in starts 109 and 113 at Lucas Oil and, most recently, start 114 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Jerry Coons Jr., the 2008 titlist, has won five more after reaching 100, winning starts 103 and 115 at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway in 2010 and 2012; plus starts 104 and 113 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2011 and 2012; in addition to start 134 at Eldora in 2014.

Jack Hewitt notched the first of final four at Eldora in start 104 in 1996 and start 128 at The Big E in 1998. The 1986 and 1987 champ’s 141st start brought him back to victory lane at Terre Haute in 1999 and, finally, in start 153 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 2000 for the 23rd time in his Silver Crown career.

Tony Elliott took the mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during his 101st start in 2000 and his 117th in 2001. His 119th start provided him his fifth and final career win in 2002 at Terre Haute.

Three-time champion Jimmy Sills became the first to win on his 100th career Silver Crown start at the Cal Expo State Fairgrounds in 1999. Two-time champ Dave Steele got his final series win in the New Generation Car at Iowa Speedway in 2006. Johnny Parsons became the first driver to own both 100 starts and a series victory after his 1995 score at Du Quoin in his 102nd start.

Friday at Eldora Speedway begins a triple shot of USAC racing Friday and Saturday night, Sept. 24-25, for the 39th running of the Four Crown Nationals presented by NKT.TV.

On Friday, it’s a full program for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, plus USAC Silver Crown qualifying and a full program for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Stands open at 2pm Eastern with the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

On Saturday, spectator gates open at Noon Eastern with a driver autograph session scheduled from 3-4 pm in the Fan Zone, followed by the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

On both nights at Eldora, general admission tickets are $34 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. Reserved tickets are $39 for adults and $9 for ages 12 and under.

The USAC portions for this weekend’s events from Gas City and Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: 3-Kody Swanson

Driver Point Leader: Kody Swanson

Entrant Point Leader: Rice Motorsports #222

Leading Rookie in Points: Logan Seavey (2nd)

Most Laps Led: 204-Kody Swanson

Most Top-Fives: 5-Kody Swanson

Most Top-Tens: 6-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 4-Kody Swanson

Best Finish By A Rookie: Aug 8: Selinsgrove Speedway – Logan Seavey (1st)

Most Feature Starts: 8-Dave Berkheimer, Shane Cottle, Justin Grant, Austin Nemire, Kyle Robbins, Logan Seavey & Travis Welpott

Most Positions Advanced in a Race: Aug 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Kody Swanson (23rd to 1st) & Shane Cockrum (25th to 3rd)

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

May 29: (P#) Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, IN WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran Enterprises #77)

Jun 18: (D) Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA WINNER: Shane Cockrum (BLS Motorsports #71)

Jun 26: (D) Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Chris Dyson Racing #9)

Jul 22 (P) Winchester Speedway – Winchester, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (Hemelgarn Racing #91)

Aug 8: (D) Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, PA WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Aug 14: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, IN WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran Enterprises #77)

Aug 21: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL WINNER: Kody Swanson (Chris Dyson Racing #9)

Sep 6: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Du Quoin, IL WINNER: Brian Tyler (Curtis Williams #81)

Sep 24-25: (D) Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Oct 10: (P#) Toledo Speedway – Toledo, OH

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

(D) represents a dirt event

(P) represents a pavement event

# represents a daytime event

(SE) represents a non-points special event

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 440 Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

2 424 Logan Seavey (R), Sutter, Calif.

3 322 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

4 322 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

5 315 Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind.

6 306 David Byrne, Shullsburg, Wis.

7 295 Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill.

8 283 Austin Nemire, Sylvania, Ohio

9 270 Travis Welpott, Pendleton, Ind.

10 243 Mike Haggenbottom, Levittown, Pa.

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN OWNER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 424 Rice Motorsports, Brownsburg, Ind. (#222)

2 340 BCR Group, Springfield, Ohio (#81)

3 322 Hemelgarn Racing, LaSalle, Mich. (#91)

4 315 KR Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#7)

5 306 Byrne Racing, Shullsburg, Wis. (#40)

6 295 BLS Motorsports, Benton, Ill. (#71)

7 283 Nemire-Lesko Racing, Toledo, Ohio (#16)

8 279 Chris Dyson Racing, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (#9)

9 270 Welpott Racing, Pendleton, Ind. (#18)

10 243 John Haggenbottom, Bristol, Pa. (#24)

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 424 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2 234 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

3 218 Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.

4 152 Kyle O'Gara, Beech Grove, Ind.

5 152 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

6 144 Casey Buckman, Chandler, Ariz.

7 90 Nathan Byrd, Goodyear, Ariz.

8 78 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

9 68 Annie Breidinger, Hillsborough, Calif.

10 68 Chris Phillips, Plainfield, Ind.

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RACE WINS:

3-Kody Swanson (May 29 at Lucas Oil Raceway, Aug 14 at Lucas Oil Raceway & Aug 21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds)

1-Shane Cockrum (Jun 18 at Williams Grove Speedway)

1-Tyler Courtney (Jun 26 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Justin Grant (Jul 22 at Winchester Speedway)

1-Logan Seavey (Aug 8 at Selinsgrove Speedway)

1-Brian Tyler (Sep 6 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds)

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LAPS LED:

204-Kody Swanson

120-Logan Seavey

81-Bobby Santos

67-Justin Grant

53-Brian Tyler

50-Tyler Courtney

35-Aaron Pierce

28-Shane Cockrum & Jake Swanson

26-Jason McDougal

9-C.J. Leary

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TOP-FIVE FINISHES:

5-Kody Swanson

4-Shane Cockrum

3-Justin Grant, Bobby Santos & Logan Seavey

2-Brady Bacon, David Byrne, Jerry Coons Jr., Jake Swanson & Chris Windom

1-Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Taylor Ferns, C.J. Leary, Kyle O’Gara, Aaron Pierce, Tyler Roahrig, Kyle Robbins, Kyle Steffens, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Brian Tyler

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TOP-TEN FINISHES:

6-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

4-David Byrne, Shane Cockrum, Shane Cottle, Justin Grant & Kyle Robbins,

3-Brady Bacon, Carmen Perigo, Bobby Santos, Jake Swanson & Matt Westfall

2-Robert Ballou, Jerry Coons Jr., Matt Goodnight, Austin Nemire, Kyle O’Gara, Travis Welpott & Chris Windom

1-Jim Anderson, Terry Babb, Derek Bischak, Casey Buckman, Tyler Courtney, Taylor Ferns, Russ Gamester, Mike Haggenbottom, Dallas Hewitt, Patrick Lawson, C.J. Leary, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pierce, Tyler Roahrig, Kyle Steffens, Chase Stockon, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Brian Tyler

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FEATURE STARTS:

8-Dave Berkheimer, Shane Cottle, Justin Grant, Austin Nemire, Kyle Robbins, Logan Seavey & Travis Welpott

7-David Byrne, Matt Goodnight, Mike Haggenbottom & Kody Swanson

5-Shane Cockrum, Eric Gordon, Patrick Lawson, Jason McDougal, Carmen Perigo & Matt Westfall

4- Bryan Gossel, Casey Buckman & Jake Swanson

3-Terry Babb, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Nathan Byrd, Chris Fetter, Dallas Hewitt, Kyle O'Gara, Aaron Pierce, Bobby Santos & Chris Windom

2-Nick Bilbee, Derek Bischak, Annie Breidinger, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Cummins, Jake Day, Taylor Ferns, C.J. Leary, Nathan Moore, Chris Phillips, Ken Schrader, Kyle Steffens, Tanner Swanson & Korey Weyant

1-Jim Anderson, Tyler Courtney, Charles Davis Jr., Russ Gamester, Joe Liguori, Danny Long, Mike McVetta, Ryan Newman, Dave Peperak, Tyler Roahrig, Steven Russell, Mark Smith, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr., Brian Tyler & Brent Yarnal

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

4-Kody Swanson

2-C.J. Leary

1-Jason McDougal & Tanner Swanson

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TOP “ROOKIE” FINISHER OF THE RACE:

May 29: Lucas Oil Raceway – Logan Seavey (7th)

Jun 18: Williams Grove Speedway – Jason McDougal (6th)

Jun 26: Eldora Speedway – Logan Seavey (8th)

Jul 22: Winchester Speedway – Kyle O’Gara (5th)

Aug 8: Selinsgrove Speedway – Logan Seavey (1st)

Aug 14: Lucas Oil Raceway – Tyler Roahrig (2nd)

Aug 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Logan Seavey (2nd)

Sep 6: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Logan Seavey (2nd)

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE:

May 29: Lucas Oil Raceway – Patrick Lawson (17th to 9th)

Jun 18: Williams Grove Speedway – Eric Gordon (22nd to 11th)

Jun 26: Eldora Speedway – Kody Swanson (15th to 3rd)

Jul 22: Winchester Speedway – Kyle O’Gara (15th to 5th)

Aug 8: Selinsgrove Speedway – Travis Welpott (20th to 13th)

Aug 14: Lucas Oil Raceway – Mike Haggenbottom (23rd to 11th)

Aug 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Kody Swanson (23rd to 1st)

Sep 6: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Jerry Coons Jr. (19th to 4th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER:

May 29: Lucas Oil Raceway – Bryan Gossel

Jun 18: Williams Grove Speedway – Austin Nemire

Jun 26: Eldora Speedway – Jason McDougal

Jul 22: Winchester Speedway – Shane Cottle

Aug 8: Selinsgrove Speedway – Travis Welpott

Aug 14: Lucas Oil Raceway – Aaron Pierce

Aug 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Chris Phillips

Sep 6: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Kyle Steffens

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STATS

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINS:

1. [33 wins] Kody Swanson

2. [23 wins] Jack Hewitt

3. [18 wins] Brian Tyler

4. [16 wins] Dave Steele

5. [15 wins] J.J. Yeley

6. [14 wins] Dave Darland & Chuck Gurney

8. [12 wins] Jimmy Sills

9. [11 wins] Bobby East

10. [10 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Mike Bliss & Bobby Santos

13. [9 wins] Tracy Hines

14. [8 wins] Tanner Swanson & Chris Windom

16. [7 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Rick Hood & George Snider

19. [6 wins] Tom Bigelow, Russ Gamester, Kenny Irwin Jr., Jason Leffler, Ken Schrader & Al Unser

25. [5 wins] Mario Andretti, Donnie Beechler, Pancho Carter, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Bud Kaeding, Sheldon Kinser & Larry Rice

33. [4 wins] Shane Cockrum, Kyle Larson, Jeff Swindell & Rich Vogler

37. [3 wins] Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Cameron Dodson, A.J. Fike, Justin Grant, Levi Jones, Kasey Kahne, Jim Keeker, Steve Kinser, Bobby Olivero, Johnny Parsons, Aaron Pierce, Ron Shuman, Tony Stewart, Tyler Walker & Paul White

53. [2 wins] Pat Abold, Brady Bacon, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Larry Dickson, Billy Engelhart, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, C.J. Leary, Ryan Newman, Joe Saldana, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Whitt, Josh Wise & Doug Wolfgang

69. [1 win] Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Marvin Carman, Shane Carson, Bob Cicconi, Herb Copeland, Bruce Field, Aaron Fike, Chet Fillip, Bob Frey, Eric Gordon, Kyle Hamilton, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Shane Hmiel, Shane Hollingsworth, Jimmy Horton, Jackie Howerton, Kevin Huntley, Kenny Jacobs, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Jimmy Kite, Chuck Leary, Eddie Leavitt, Jason McCord, Jim McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Mat Neely, Brad Noffsinger, Stevie Reeves, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Logan Seavey, Danny Smith, Kevin Thomas, Rich Tobias Jr., Chris Urish, Billy Vukovich & Jacob Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1971: George Snider, 1972: A.J. Foyt, 1973: Al Unser, 1974: Mario Andretti, 1975: Jimmy Caruthers, 1976: Billy Cassella, 1977: Larry Rice, 1978: Pancho Carter, 1979: Bobby Olivero, 1980: Gary Bettenhausen, 1981: Larry Rice, 1982: Ken Schrader, 1983: Gary Bettenhausen, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Jimmy Sills, 1991: Jeff Gordon, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Mike Bliss, 1994: Jimmy Sills, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Jimmy Sills, 1997: Dave Darland, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Tracy Hines, 2001: Paul White, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Dave Steele, 2005: Dave Steele, 2006: Bud Kaeding, 2007: Bud Kaeding, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Bud Kaeding, 2010: Levi Jones, 2011: Levi Jones, 2012: Bobby East, 2013: Bobby East, 2014: Kody Swanson, 2015: Kody Swanson, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Kody Swanson, 2018: Kody Swanson, 2019: Kody Swanson, 2020: Justin Grant

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN OWNER CHAMPIONS:

1971: Leader Card Racers, 1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises, 1973: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, 1974: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, 1975: George Middleton, 1976: Louis Seymour & Sons, 1977: Dave LeFevre, 1978: Johnny Capels, 1979: Leader Card Racers, 1980: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1981: Johnny Vance, 1982: Steve Enslow, 1983: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1984: Ralph & Jim DePalma, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Bob Hampshire, 1987: Bob Hampshire, 1988: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1989: Junior Kurtz, 1990: Bob Consani, 1991: Fred Ede, 1992: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1993: Del McClure, 1994: Gary Stanton, 1995: Glen Niebel, 1996: Stanton Racing, 1997: Foxco, Inc., 1998: Goetz Racing, 1999: Snider-Foyt Racing, 2000: Terry Riggs, 2001: Paul Cook Racing, 2002: East-Stewart Racing, 2003: East-Stewart Racing, 2004: East-Stewart Racing, 2005: East-Stewart Racing, 2006: Leffler-BK Racing, 2007: BK Racing, 2008: RW Motorsports, 2009: BK Motorsports, 2010: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2012: RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2013: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2014: DePalma Motorsports, 2015: DePalma Motorsports, 2016: DePalma Motorsports, 2017: DePalma Motorsports, 2018: DePalma Motorsports, 2019: Klatt Enterprises, 2020: Hemelgarn Racing

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1981: Jack Hewitt, 1982: Keith Kauffman, 1983: Rick Hood, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Steve Butler, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Jeff Swindell, 1988: Gene Lee Gibson, 1989: Jimmy Sills, 1990: Eric Gordon, 1991: Stevie Reeves, 1992: Jim Keeker, 1993: Randy Tolsma, 1994: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1995: Chuck Leary: 1996: Ryan Newman, 1997: Jimmy Kite, 1998: Todd Kane, 1999: Paul White, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Aaron Fike, 2002: Matt Westfall, 2003: Ron Gregory, 2004: Aaron Pierce, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Cameron Dodson, 2008: Steve Arpin, 2009: Kody Swanson, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Kyle Hamilton, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Caleb Armstrong, 2015: C.J. Leary, 2016: Casey Shuman, 2017: Joss Moffatt, 2018: Kyle Robbins, 2019: Derek Bischak, 2020: Bryan Gossel

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

35-Kody Swanson

21-Jimmy Sills

19-Dave Steele

17-Tracy Hines

14-Jerry Coons Jr.

13-J.J. Yeley

10-Bobby East & Rich Vogler

9-Chuck Gurney & Jason Leffler

8-Dave Darland, Russ Gamester, Levi Jones, Johnny Parsons & Tanner Swanson

7-Tom Bigelow, & Josh Wise

6-Gary Bettenhausen, Steve Chassey, Justin Grant, Jack Hewitt & Larry Rice

5-Kenny Irwin Jr., Aaron Pierce, Jeff Swindell & Al Unser

4-Donnie Beechler, Bryan Clauson, Larry Dickson, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Rick Hood, Jim Keeker, Sheldon Kinser, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Brad Noffsinger, Joe Saldana, George Snider, Brian Tyler & Greg Weld

3-Mario Andretti, Mike Bliss, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Robby Flock, Shane Hmiel, Ryan Newman, Bobby Santos, Ken Schrader & Ron Shuman

2-Dave Blaney, Ed Carpenter, Dane Carter, A.J. Fike, Shane Hollingsworth, Bud Kaeding, Steve Kinser, Lee Kunzman, Chuck Leary, Jon Stanbrough, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tyler Walker, Jacob Wilson & Chris Windom

1-Mark Alderson, Brady Bacon, Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Bob Cicconi, Derek Davidson, Cameron Dodson, Pablo Donoso, Thad Dosher, Paul Durant, Bob Ewell, Chet Fillip, Stan Fox, Damion Gardner, Gene Lee Gibson, Eric Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Davey Hamilton, Jac Haudenschild, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Tray House, Jackie Howerton, Kenny Jacobs, Jon Johnson, Bubby Jones, P.J. Jones, Kasey Kahne, Keith Kauffman, Steve Kent, Arnie Knepper, Michael Lewis, Jason McDougal, Lealand McSpadden, Warren Mockler, Mat Neely, Roger Rager, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Bill Rose, Randy Tolsma, Billy Vukovich, Bruce Walkup & Doug Wolfgang

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STARTS:

201-Dave Darland

200-Russ Gamester

199-Brian Tyler

178-Jerry Coons Jr.

172-Tracy Hines

163-Jack Hewitt

151-Johnny Parsons

147-Tony Elliott

146-Eric Gordon

128-George Snider

125-Gary Hieber

115-Kody Swanson

114-Chuck Gurney

113-Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills

111-Dave Steele

110-John Heydenreich

103-A.J. Fike & Aaron Pierce

100-Larry Rice

94-Jay Drake & Paul White

91-J.J. Yeley

90-Tom Bigelow

88-Mark Alderson

84-Jason McCord

83-Gary Bettenhausen

79-Donnie Beechler & Levi Jones

77-Rich Vogler & Chris Windom

76-Larry Dickson

74-Steve Chassey & Ryan Newman

73-Rich Tobias Jr.

72-Bobby East

71-Robby Flock & Sheldon Kinser

70-Steve Butler

69-David Byrne

68-Billy Engelhart

67-Joe Saldana

66-Brad Noffsinger

65-Shane Cottle & Jerry Nemire

62-Ron Shuman

61-Justin Grant

60-Randy Bateman, Wally Pankratz & Bobby Santos

59-Bill Rose

58-Rick Hood

55-Gary Irvin

54-Tom Capie, Shane Hollingsworth & Jacob Wilson

53-Chet Fillip, Jason Leffler & Austin Nemire

52-Wayne Reutimann Jr.

49-Ken Schrader & Tony Stewart

48-Mike Bliss

47-Bob Cicconi & Patrick Lawson

46-Shane Cockrum, Jim Keeker & Bentley Warren

45- Derek Davidson, Jeff Swindell & Billy Vukovich

43- Kenny Irwin Jr., Tanner Swanson & Tyler Walker

42-Jon Stanbrough

41-Dane Carter & Danny Milburn

40-Aaron Fike, Andy Hillenburg, Warren Mockler & Chip Thomas

39-Matt Goodnight, Tray House & Jim McElreath

38-C.J. Leary & Bobby Olivero

37-Pancho Carter, Duke Cook, Todd Kane, Chuck Leary, Rusty McClure, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Roger Rager & Chris Urish

36-Ed Carpenter & Ron Dunstan

35-Matt Westfall

34-Ronnie Burke, Davey Hamilton, Kevin Huntley, Greg Staab & Kevin Thomas

33-Cary Faas, Jimmy Kite, Kyle Robbins & Josh Wise

32-Brent Kaeding

31-Brady Bacon, Steve Cannon, Ron Gregory, Arnie Knepper, Jim Mahoney, Mat Neely & Stevie Reeves

30-Tim Barber, Teddy Beach, Jeff Bloom, Zach Daum, Stan Fox, Manny Rockhold & Jerry Russell

29-Terry Babb, Mike Haggenbottom, Rocky Hodges & Michael Lewis

28-Dave Blaney & Bill Puterbaugh

27-Brad Armstrong & Bryan Clauson

26-Steve Buckwalter, Dan Drinan & Joe Liguori

25-Kasey Kahne, Nick Lundgreen & Travis Welpott

24-Pat Abold, Derek Hagar, Kenny Jacobs & Jerry Miller

23-Cameron Dodson

22-Billy Cassella, Kevin Doty & Bob Frey

21-Dave Berkheimer, Kyle Hamilton, Walt Kennedy & Davey Ray

20-Bill Baue, Dave Feese, John Starks & Randy Tolsma

19- Bruce Field, Brian Gerster, Gene Lee Gibson, Shane Hmiel, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden & Casey Shuman

18-Rollie Beale, Jackie Burke, Mike Murgoitio, Al Unser & Jonathan Vennard

17-Jimmy Caruthers, Tyler Courtney, Chris Fetter, A.J. Foyt, Sammy Sessions, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Kramer Williamson

16-Robert Ballou & Pablo Donoso

15-Paul Clark, P.J. Jones & Bruce Walkup

14-Jarett Andretti, Billy Boat, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Ralph Liguori, Boston Reid, Danny Smith, Smokey Snellbaker, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

13-Patrick Bruns, Tyce Carlson, Dana Carter, Jim Childers, Taylor Ferns, Jac Haudenschild, Jackie Howerton, Jon Johnson, Greg Leffler, Andy Michner, Brian Paulus, Billy Wease, Rodney Weesner & Bud Wilmot

12-Derek Bischak, Brad Fox, Mike Gregg, Mike Hess, Billy Pauch, Ricky Shelton & Bill Tyler

11-Mario Andretti, J.C. Bland, Justin Carver, Hud Cone, Craig Dori, Dickie Gaines, David Gough, Terry James, Steve Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, James McElreath, Bobby McMahan, Joey Moughan, Rex Norris III, Mike Peters, Tad Roach, Logan Seavey, Kyle Steffens, Greg Weld & Greg Wilson

10-Ronnie Day, Gary Gray, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, Bob Harkey, Page Jones, Terry Kawell, Danny Long, Jim Moughan, Kenneth Nichols, Terry Pletch, Jack Runyon, Robert Smith & Robbie Stanley

9-Bobby Adkins, Chuck Amati, Caleb Armstrong, Toni Breidinger, Karl Busson, Bob Evans, Bryn Gohn, Bryan Gossel, Wayne Hammond, Jim Hurtubise, Rebel Jackson Jr., Chappy Knaack, Eddie Leavitt, Larry Martin, Joss Moffatt, Johnny Petrozelle, Paul Pitzer & Johnny Rutherford

8-Joe Axsom, Christopher Bell, Cole Carter, Mel Cornett, Chris Cumberworth, Doug Didero, Paul Durant, Ray Joe Fager, Larry Gates, Ken Hamilton, Darl Harrison, Dallas Hewitt, Roy Hicks, Rod Holshouser, Dakota Jackson, Mike Johnson, Frankie Kerr, Jason McDougal, Thiago Medeiros, Jan Opperman, Lee Osborne, Junior Parkinson, Greg Peterson, Aaron Pollock, Tracy Potter, Steve Siegel, Mark Smith, Ryan Smith, Sammy Swindell, Rick Treadway, Lennie Waldo, Carl Williams & Doug Wolfgang

7-Jim Anderson, John Andretti, Casey Buckman, Eric Butze, Rob Chaney, Lou Cicconi Jr., Chris Dyson, Bob East, Perry Ferrell, Nick Fornoro Jr., Joe Gaerte, Cody Gallogly, Damion Gardner, Cody Gerhardt, Brian Hayden, Jesse Hockett, Blake Hollingsworth, Tony Hunt, Paul Huntington, Chad Kemenah, Paul Koch, Joe McCarthy, Austin Mundie, Kyle O’Gara, Carmen Perigo, Michael Roselli Jr., Hunter Schuerenberg, Alex Shanks, Pete Shepherd III, Jake Swanson, Mike Thomas, Billy Whitaker & Mitch Wissmiller

6-Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Mike Brooks, Bill Burks Jr., Kellen Conover, Palmer Crowell, Ryan Durst, Bob Ewell, Spike Gehlhausen, Kenny Gentry, Darren Hagen, Tom Hessert III, Larry Hoppes, John Hubbard, Marc Jessup, Doug Kalitta, Kevin Koch, Bill Kojis, Mike Lichty, Jeff Mitrisin, Don Nordhorn, Steven Russell, Brian Seidel, Jimmy Stinson, Jerry Stone & Mike Winblad

5-Sport Allen, Todd Beach, Annie Breidinger, Barry Camp, Larry Cannon, Mark Cassella, Davey Hamilton Jr., John Hunt, Brad Kuhn, Rich Leavell, Donnie Lehmann, Jimmy Light, Mario Marietta, Brad Marvel, Mack McClellan, Kevin Olson, Red Stauffer, Mike Stroehle, Neil Shepherd, Jake Simmons, Sleepy Tripp, Terry Uehling, Korey Weyant, Cole Whitt & Rip Williams

4-Tony Armstrong, Steve Arpin, John Batts, Mike Brecht, Jimmy Brewer, David Bridges, Ray Bull, Keith Burch, Keith Butler, Shane Carson, Herb Copeland, Kyle Cummins, Casey Diemert, Lee Dunn, Danny Ebberts, Murray Erickson, Ray Evans, Scott Hansen, Don Hawley, Steve Kent, Dereck King, Steve Knepper, Mike Larrison, Mike Ling, Bobby Marcum, Von McGee, Wes Miller, David Mirk, Chris Phillips, Rodney Ritter Jr., Billy Shuman, Dean Shirley, Donny Schatz, Tim Siner, Chase Stockon, Billy Vukovich III, Clark Templeman, Kevin Whitesides, Leon Thickstun, Miranda Throckmorton & Ronnie Wuerdeman

3-Steve Adams, Johnny Anderson, Ed Angle, Robin Bank, Justin Barger, John Barrick, Kipp Beard, Doug Berryman, Merle Bettenhausen, Art Bisch Jr., Kevin Bloomstran, Lee Brewer Jr., Rick Brown, Dave Burns, Nathan Byrd, Gary Cameron II, Keith Campbell, Marv Carman, Roy Caruthers, Wayne Chinn, Bill Compton, Tim Cox, Erin Crocker, Troy DeCaire, Thad Dosher, Tommie Estes Jr., Dean Franklin, Jeff Gardner, Emmett Hahn, Darryl Haugh, Kelly Kinser, Lance Kobusch, Red Kunstbeck, Ricky Logan, Steve Long, Jim Malloy, Mike Martin, Zach Martini, Bob Meli, Larry Moore, Ryan Moore, Aaron Mosley, Mike Ordway, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, Rusty Rasmussen, Wayne Reutimann, Robbie Rice, Travis Rilat, A.J. Russell, Zach Schiff, Frankie Schneider, Ryan Scott, Terry Shepherd, Ron Smoker, Kevin Studley, Brad Sweet, Buz Tapply, Cale Thomas, Dick Tobias, Rick Ungar, Tony Weyant, George White, Jim Whiteside & Greg Wooley

2-Mike Adkins, Mike Andreeta, Tommy Astone, Todd Bammer, Randy Bauer, Dave Baumgartner, Nick Bilbee, Dean Billings, Austin Blair, Dan Boorse, Ken Brewer, Shane Butler, Steve Carithers, Tim Clark, Jason Conn, Stan Constant, Johnny Coogan, Frank D’Alonso, Daryl Daugherty, Tom Davies, Charles Davis Jr., James Davison, Jake Day, Greg DeCaires, Duke DeRosa, Scott Edmiston, Dean Erfurth, Jay Ervine, Mike Fedorcak, Billy Felts, A.J. Foyt IV, Stewart Friesen, Greg Furlong, Leon Gentry, Mike Gigot, Joe Gosek, Rick Goudy, Chuck Gurney Jr., Randy Hannagan, Scott Hatton, Jon Herb, Jordan Hermansader, Sparky Howard, Bill Hudson, Bruce Jennings, Jerry Karl, Kevin Kierce, Mike Lauterborn, Steve Lotshaw, Ed Lynch, Garry Lee Maier, Troy Matchen, Jay Maupin, Randy Mausteller, Van May, Roger McCluskey, Mike McCreary, Frank McDaniel, Lyn McIntosh, Nathan Moore, Dustin Morgan, Mike Mosley Jr., Larry Neighbors, John Nervo, Lynn Paxton, Dave Peperak, Scott Pierovich, Troy Regier, Rick Salem, Joey Schmidt, Howie Sewell, David Shain, Rick Sipes, Jigger Sirois, Mark Sokola, Randy Standridge, Nelson Stewart, Rodney Stone, Rob Summers, Kevin Swindell, Al Thomas, Troy Thompson, Troy Vaccaro, Butch Wilkerson, Charlie Workman, Salt Walther, Brent Yarnal & Jack Ziegler

1-Bobby Allen, Taylor Andrews, Dakoda Armstrong, Jon Backlund, Tom Ball, Steve Barnett, Steve Barth, Jarid Blondel, Chad Boat, Ray Bragg, Jerry Bruce, Bob Brutto, Will Cagle, Daryl Campbell, Don Carr, Kent Christian, Drew Church, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Kevin Conway, Donnie Crawford, Wally Dallenbach, Bobby Davis Jr., Brad Davis, Bob Davison, Brian DeFord, Terry Doss, Brad Doty, Rodney Duncan, Jesse Dunham, Sondi Eden, Andrew Felker, Elvin Felty, Dan Ford, Michael Ford, Andy Forsberg, Jeff Forshee, Ronnie Franklin, Pete Frazier, Danny Frye Jr., Jeff Galas, Ronnie Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Cheryl Glass, David Gravel, Gary Griffith, Brett Hearn, JoJo Helberg, Jim Hettinger, Nathan High, Larry Hillerud, Ted Hines, Jimmy Horton, Brian Hosford, Rick Howerton, Steve Irwin, Jim Jackson, Earnest Jennings, Rickey Jennings, Matt Jewell, Kraig Kinser, Dana Laliberte, Harold Leep, Jeff Leka, Ryan Litt, Ed Lynch Jr., Pepi Marchese, David McCreary, Dave McGough, Paul McMahan, Mike McVetta, Joe Melnick, Thomas Meseraull, Curt Michael, Jim Mills, Mark Monico, Mike Mosley, Jack Moulton Jr., Peter Murphy, Rick Muther, Fred Neighbors, Greg Nelson, Kevin Newton, Kyle Nicholas, Don O’Keefe, Jimmy Parsons, Billy Pauch Jr., Stan Ploski, Art Pollard, Jerry Potter, Richard Powell, Patrick Quinn, Ron Rae, Fred Rahmer, Robbie Ray, Byron Reed, David Reutimann, Jim Reynard, Tyler Roahrig, Randy Roberts, Joe Roush, John Ryals, Eddie Sachs Jr., Doug Saunier, Bill Schemonia, Shane Scully, Jon Sciscoe, Ron Semelka, Steve Sheppard Jr., Danny Shouse, Grant Simpson, Anthony Simone, Carl Smith, Steve Smith, Mike Spencer, Darren Spiers, Greg Stephens, Robert Stout, Charlie Swartz, Fred Tegarden Jr., Todd Thomas, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad, Eric Todd, Rick Tomasik, Eric Trousdale, LeRoy Van Conett, Kaylene Verville, Todd Wanless, Curt Waters, Jeff West, Brent Whited, Bryan Whited, Eddie Wirth, Kyle Wissmiller, Kent Wolters, Mike Woodring, Ken Woolley & Tiffany Wyzard

 

REBELS WITH A CAUSE:
USAC MIDGETS' JAMES DEAN CLASSIC THURSDAY AT GAS CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 21, 2021)………For Cannon McIntosh, last September began and closed in very much the same manner – with a victory in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship ranks.

The second of those, and the most recent, came last September at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway. Oh, what Cannon would give to be back in victory lane for the first time since that moment in time, a whole calendar year later, during this Thursday night’s James Dean Classic at Gas City on September 23 in a doubleheader program also featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The Bixby, Oklahoma native started his 30-lap feature from the fourth position, but he wasn’t long for staying content with his position for as he blasted to the second spot on the opening lap by splitting between the two front row occupants.

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

Still up nearly two seconds as the race’s end approached, McIntosh possessed total control, keeping his car as straight as possible coming off turns two and four on the slightly slickened surface, gliding smoothly through traffic as he raced his way to his third career USAC National Midget feature win by a grand margin of 1.791 seconds.

McIntosh is one of five past Gas City USAC National Midget winners in the field for Thursday night along with Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Justin Grant and Buddy Kofoid.

Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) is the most recent series winner at Gas City, capturing the Indiana Midget Week round in June after leading all 30 laps. In last year’s James Dean Classic, starting deep from the 18th position, the current series point leader carved his way up to a 7th place finish.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) won his first career USAC National Midget feature at Gas City in 2015. The 2016 series champion went 17th to 4th during the 2020 James Dean Classic to earn KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors and was a big mover once again this past June during Indiana Midget Week at Gas City, going 20th to 8th.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) is both a winner in USAC National Midget competition and is also a past James Dean Classic feature winner. The reigning USAC Silver Crown champion netted an Indiana Midget Week win at Gas City in 2019 and captured the Sprint Car portion of the “James Dean” in 2020.

Making his first Gas City USAC National Midget appearance since 2017 is Spencer Bayston in a CB Industries team car to Windom. Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), the 2017 USAC National Midget champ, won his first career series race at Gas City in 2016.

Defending USAC National Midget champion Chris Windom is also the defending winner of the James Dean Classic…in a sprint car. The Canton, Ill. USAC Triple Crown champ was 9th in the midget at the James Dean Classic a year ago.

Likewise, Kevin Thomas Jr. has captured his share of James Dean Classic glory, taking the inaugural edition in the sprint car back in 2018. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) finished 6th during Indiana Midget Week this past June. He’s a two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner in his career at Gas City, getting his first at the 1/4-mile dirt oval in 2013.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was victorious in the most recent USAC National Sprint Car race held at Gas City during Indiana Sprint Week in July of 2021. He earlier scored a USAC Sprint win during the same event in 2020. With the midget in the 2020 James Dean Classic, he finished 13th. He started 11th and finished with an admirable 3rd during Indiana Midget Week in 2021.

Tyler Courtney returns to the USAC National Midget ranks for the second time this season. The series championship in 2019 set quick time in the midget at the 2020 James Dean Classic before finishing 2nd in the feature. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver holds the 10-lap Gas City USAC Midget track record of 2:05.54, set in 2019. His first career USAC National Sprint Car win came at Gas City in 2016 when he restarted last on the grid and came back to win.

Thomas Meseraull and Chance Crum both possess USAC Midwest Regional Midget wins at Gas City in 2021. Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) scored in May while Crum locked up the win in July. Meseraull, the 2019 Gas City Sprint Car champ, finished 15th in the midget at the 2020 James Dean Classic, but was 10th during Indiana Midget Week in June.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) traveled 11th to 3rd during the James Dean Classic Midget feature in 2020. Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) went top-five a year ago in the race, finishing 5th, and was 2nd here in June of 2021. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has twice been a USAC National Midget feature winner in his career. He started from the pole this past June at Gas City.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates Daison Pursley and Kaylee Bryson each own one James Dean Classic start, both in 2020. Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) went 8th in that race while Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) tallied a 19th. Both were top-ten finishers this past June during IMW with Pursley 4th and Bryson 9th.

Chase Randall, Hayden Reinbold, Bryant Wiedeman and Brenham Crouch were among those who made their first USAC National Midget appearance at the James Dean Classic in 2020. Randall (Waco, Texas) finished 20th while Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) took 22nd. Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) missed the transfer spot a year ago, but returned to the lineup this past June at Gas City with Wiedeman finishing 23rd and Crouch 16th.

Glenn Waterland (Christchurch, N.Z.) has made four USAC National Midget starts this year and was 9th in USAC Midwest Regional action at the track in July. Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) recently made the first three feature starts of his USAC National Midget career two weeks ago at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway and will be making his James Dean Classic debut this Thursday night.

In a doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Gas City on Thursday, Sept. 23, adult general admission tickets are $30. Kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Pit gates open at 3pm ET with the grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Thursday’s event from Gas City can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1799, 2-Chris Windom-1789, 3-Emerson Axsom-1705, 4-Daison Pursley-1655, 5-Tanner Thorson-1651, 6-Justin Grant-1633, 7-Logan Seavey-1520, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1471, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1450, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1288.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/1/2016 - Rico Abreu - 12.048 - 74.701 mph

8 Laps - 6/10/2011 - Matt Smith - 1:39.76 - 72.173 mph

10 Laps - 6/5/2019 - Tyler Courtney - 2:05.54 - 71.690 mph

12 Laps - 6/17/2020 - Rico Abreu - 2:43.872 - 65.905 mph


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

1-Cannon McIntosh

JAMES DEAN CLASSIC USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2020: Cannon McIntosh (9/25)

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

2-Shane Cottle, Darren Hagen & Kyle Larson

1-Spencer Bayston, Steve Buckwalter, Jerry Coons Jr., Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Brad Kuhn, Cannon McIntosh, Michael Pickens, Davey Ray & Tanner Thorson

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

2005: Davey Ray (8/19)

2006: Shane Cottle (8/18)

2007: Shane Cottle (8/10)

2008: Brad Kuhn (8/6)

2009: Jerry Coons Jr. (6/10)

2010: Steve Buckwalter (6/16)

2011: Darren Hagen (6/8)

2012: Darren Hagen (6/13)

2013: Kyle Larson (6/12)

2015: Tanner Thorson (6/10)

2016: Spencer Bayston (6/1)

2017: Michael Pickens (6/7)

2019: Justin Grant (6/5)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/17) & Cannon McIntosh (9/25)

2021: Buddy Kofoid (6/11)

PAST JAMES DEAN CLASSIC USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS:

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Kyle Cummins (11), 4. Tanner Thorson (17), 5. Emerson Axsom (5), 6. Justin Grant (8), 7. Buddy Kofoid (18), 8. Daison Pursley (1), 9. Chris Windom (15), 10. Tanner Carrick (13), 11. Brady Bacon (22), 12. Andrew Layser (9), 13. Logan Seavey (14), 14. Clinton Boyles (19), 15. Thomas Meseraull (7), 16. Chase Johnson (2), 17. Cole Bodine (10), 18. Robert Dalby (21), 19. Kaylee Bryson (20), 20. Chase Randall (16), 21. Tyler Nelson (12), 22. Hayden Reinbold (23*), 23. Ethan Mitchell (3). NT


 

“STATE”-ING THE CASE FOR USAC MIDGETS: TALES FROM THE STAT BOOK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 20, 2021)………Only four previous times has the top-five of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship point standings represented drivers encompassing five different United States.

That’s the case that’s been stated thus far with 28 races in the books and 14 remaining, as the series heads for three-straight nights of competition this week, leading off Thursday, Sept. 23, at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway followed by two consecutive evenings at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25.

As it stands now, the points show five different states from the Midwest to the South to the West inside the top-five with California’s Buddy Kofoid leading by a mere 10 points over Illinois’ Chris Windom with Indiana’s Emerson Axsom third (-94), Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley fourth (-144) and Tanner Thorson fifth (-148).

Keep in mind, racers are nomadic by nature. For example, the “hometown” listed does not necessarily represent their current residence. In other cases, the current residence was used in lieu of the driver’s hometown for which they are most associated with. For this purpose, locations of the drivers were taken straight from the USAC records utilizing the particular location the driver was announced from at that moment in time.

It’s somewhat of a recent phenomenon to have such an array of state representation from sea-to-shining sea, and across the fruited plain, at the forefront of the standings. However, despite this happening twice within the last six years, the roots of such an occurrence first came in 1962.

The geographically beneficial city of Monticello, Indiana, for midget racing purposes, was home to resident Jimmy Davies, who collected his third consecutive USAC National Midget title in 1962 over Missouri’s 1963 series champ Bob Wente; Californian National Midget Hall of Famer Tommy Copp; 1969 champ Bob Tattersall from Illinois and seven-time series titlist Mel Kenyon, originally from Davenport, Iowa.

The Midwest was in force during the 1991 season with Findlay, Ohio’s Mike Streicher scoring the season title over Indiana’s Stevie Reeves with Michigan’s Doug Kalitta third; Wisconsin’s Stan Fox fourth; and Illinois’ Steve Knepper rounding out the top-five.

The 2016 season represented the influx of western-based drivers that had become prominent throughout the past couple of decades. Tanner Thorson of Nevada captured the crown by an 18-point margin over Indiana’s Spencer Bayston, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon, Arizona’s Chad Boat and California’s Carson Macedo.

Most recently, the 2020 season saw the closest margin of championship – one – which centered on the bordering state drivers of Chris Windom from Illinois and Tyler Courtney from Indiana. Nevada’s Thorson was a close third with Rookie Buddy Kofoid settling into the fourth spot with Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh slotting into the fifth spot.

Those power-five and a whole of others will look stake their claim to become the next series champion with a three-night romp through Indiana and Ohio this weekend.

In a doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Gas City on Thursday, Sept. 23, adult general admission tickets are $30. Kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Pit gates open at 3pm ET with the grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Then, it’s onto Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for a triple shot of USAC racing Friday and Saturday night, Sept. 24-25, for the 39th running of the Four Crown Nationals presented by NKT.TV.

On Friday, it’s a full program for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, plus USAC Silver Crown qualifying and a full program for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Stands open at 2pm Eastern with the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

On Saturday, spectator gates open at Noon Eastern with a driver autograph session scheduled from 3-4 pm in the Fan Zone, followed by the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

On both nights at Eldora, general admission tickets are $34 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. Reserved tickets are $39 for adults and $9 for ages 12 and under.

The USAC portions for this weekend’s events from Gas City and Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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2021 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Buddy Kofoid

Owner Point Leader: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67

Leading Rookie Driver in Points: Chase Randall (11th)

Most Feature Wins: 7-Tanner Thorson

Laps Led: 129-Tanner Thorson

Top-Fives: 20-Chris Windom

Top-Tens: 26-Buddy Kofoid

Fast Qualifying Times: 4-Tanner Thorson

Heat Race Wins: 9-Justin Grant

Feature Starts: 28-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st) & Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jun 3: (I) Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 4: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 6: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

Jun 9: (I) Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Corey Day (Clauson Marshall Racing #47BC)

Jun 10: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jun 11: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 12: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jul 13: (M) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK

WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Jul 15: (M) Solomon Valley Raceway – Beloit, KS

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 16: (M) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 17: (M) (F) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

Aug 3: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Aug 4: (E) Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA

WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Aug 5: (E) Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 6: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 7: (E) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Newmanstown, PA

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Aug. 19: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS – Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Kyle Larson (CB Industries #86x)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Sep 25: (F) Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Oct 8: (F) Wayne County Speedway – Wayne City, IL

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(E) represents an Eastern Midget Week event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1799 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2 1789 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

3 1705 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

4 1655 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

5 1651 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

6 1633 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

7 1520 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

8 1471 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

9 1450 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

10 1288 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 1799 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

2 1789 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

3 1705 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#15)

4 1655 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71K)

5 1633 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)

6 1520 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

7 1496 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19T)

8 1471 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

9 1450 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#5)

10 1288 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1120 Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

2 834 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

3 743 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

4 603 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

5 598 Hayden Williams, Auckland, N.Z.

6 481 Trey Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

7 469 Corey Day, Clovis, Calif.

8 422 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

9 313 Brian Carber, Pipersville, Pa.

10 277 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

7-Tanner Thorson (Apr 11 at Port City Raceway, Jun 10 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 15 at Solomon Valley Raceway, Jul 16 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 5 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Aug 6 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway & Sep 5 at Angell Park Speedway)

5-Chris Windom (May 1 at Kokomo Speedway, Jun 12 at Kokomo Speedway, Aug 3 at Grandview Speedway, Sep 11 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 12 Huset’s Speedway)

4-Buddy Kofoid (Feb 6 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 10 at Port City Raceway, Jun 4 at Bloomington Speedway & Jun 11 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

3-Thomas Meseraull (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 3 at Paragon Speedway & Sep 10 at Huset’s Speedway)

2-Emerson Axsom (Apr 30 at Kokomo Speedway & Jul 17 at Jefferson County Speedway)

2-Daison Pursley (Jul 13 at Red Dirt Raceway & Aug 4 at Action Track USA)

1-Kyle Cummins (Jun 6 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Corey Day (Jun 9 at Circle City Raceway)

1-Justin Grant (Aug 7 at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway)

1-Kyle Larson (Aug 19 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

1-Logan Seavey (Jun 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

129-Tanner Thorson

117-Chris Windom

113-Buddy Kofoid

93-Logan Seavey

84-Thomas Meseraull

77-Daison Pursley

72-Emerson Axsom

55-Chase Randall

50-Cannon McIntosh

39-Kevin Thomas Jr.

32-Justin Grant

30-Corey Day

29-Kyle Cummins

9-Kaylee Bryson & Sam Johnson

7-Alex Bright, Kyle Larson & Jason McDougal

1-Jonathan Beason

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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

20-Chris Windom

18-Buddy Kofoid

16-Emerson Axsom

15-Justin Grant

13-Daison Pursley

11-Tanner Thorson

8-Thomas Meseraull & Kevin Thomas Jr.

6-Logan Seavey

4-Cannon McIntosh

3-Brady Bacon

2-Brenham Crouch, Corey Day, Shane Golobic, Jason McDougal & Bryant Wiedeman

1-Alex Bright, Brian Carber, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Kyle Larson, Ethan Mitchell, Chase Randall & Hayden Williams

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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

26-Buddy Kofoid

23-Chris Windom

22-Justin Grant

21-Emerson Axsom & Daison Pursley

20-Tanner Thorson

18-Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

17-Thomas Meseraull

12-Cannon McIntosh

10-Jason McDougal

9-Chase Randall

5-Brenham Crouch & Corey Day

4-Jerry Coons Jr., Ethan Mitchell & Hayden Williams

3-Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Kyle Cummins, Shane Golobic, Ryan Timms & Bryant Wiedeman

2-Kaylee Bryson, Brian Carber, Tanner Carrick, Chance Crum, Zach Daum, Kyle Jones, Joe B. Miller, Taylor Reimer

1-Jonathan Beason, Tyler Courtney, Trey Gropp, Kyle Larson, Mitchel Moles, Jake Neuman & Hayden Reinbold

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

4-Tanner Thorson

3-Logan Seavey

2-Corey Day, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Shane Golobic, Cannon McIntosh, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Chase Randall & Bryan Wiedeman

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

9-Justin Grant

7-Thomas Meseraull & Daison Pursley

6-Emerson Axsom, Buddy Kofoid & Cannon McIntosh

5-Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Ethan Mitchell, Chase Randall, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

3-Jason McDougal, & Bryant Wiedeman

2-Cole Bodine, Brenham Crouch, Corey Day, Taylor Reimer, Tyler Thomas, Ryan Timms & Hayden Williams

1-Austin Barnhill, Jonathan Beason, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Jake Bubak, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chance Crum, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Chase Elliott, Shane Golobic, Trey Gropp, Sam Johnson, Kyle Jones, Max McLaughlin, Thomas Meseraull, Aiden Purdue, Logan Seavey, Zac Taylor

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Cannon McIntosh, Kevin Thomas Jr & Chris Windom

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ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE WINS

2-Emerson Axsom, Brenham Crouch, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Chance Crum, Trey Gropp, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Karter Sarff, Jonathan Shafer & Hayden Williams

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C-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney, Chance Morton & Logan Seavey

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney & Tanner Thorson

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FEATURE STARTS

28-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

27-Chase Randall & Kevin Thomas Jr.

22-Ethan Mitchell

20-Brenham Crouch

18-Jason McDougal

17-Bryant Wiedeman

15-Hayden Williams

13-Hayden Reinbold

12-Kaylee Bryson & Trey Gropp

11-Kyle Cummins

10-Ryan Timms

9-Corey Day

8-Brian Carber, Jerry Coons Jr. & Sam Johnson

7-Taylor Reimer

6-Cole Bodine, Chance Crum, Zach Daum & Kyle Jones

5-Brady Bacon & Alex Bright

4-Jonathan Shafer, Tyler Thomas, Glenn Waterland & Kevin Woody Jr.

3-Austin Barnhill, Jonathan Beason, Travis Buckley, Chad Frewaldt, Jimmy Glenn, Shane Golobic, Mitchel Moles, Bryan Stanfill & Brandon Waelti

2-Lance Bennett, Clinton Boyles, Jake Bubak, Steve Buckwalter, Tanner Carrick, Maria Cofer, Chase Elliott, Eric Heydenreich, Casey Hicks, Kenney Johnson, Michael Markey, Shannon McQueen, Joe B. Miller, Kade Morton, Jake Neuman, Brant O'Banion, Daniel Robinson, Alex Sewell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Aaron Werner

1-Spencer Bayston, Blaze Bennett, Tanner Berryhill, Chase Briscoe, Tyler Courtney, Jacob Denney, Tommy Kunsman, Kyle Larson, Trey Marcham, Shannon Mausteller, Ace McCarthy, Chase McDermand, Max McLaughlin, Keith Rauch, Matt Rechek, Jack Routson, Karter Sarff, Stephen Schnapf, Mark Sokol, Zac Taylor, Brett Wanner, Zeb Wise & Jeff Zelinski

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE RACE:

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Trey Marcham

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Ace McCarthy

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Hayden Williams

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Corey Day

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Jason McDougal

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Kaylee Bryson

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Thomas Meseraull

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Cannon McIntosh

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Daison Pursley

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Shane Golobic

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Randall

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Tanner Carrick (14th to 8th)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Daison Pursley (10th to 5th)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Chris Windom (13th to 4th)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Tanner Thorson (17th to 7th)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (13rd to 3rd)

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (12th to 1st)

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Emerson Axsom (22nd to 11th)

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brian Carber (22nd to 10th)

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Corey Day (12th to 5th)

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Tanner Thorson (20th to 8th)

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (18th to 9th)

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Justin Grant (13th to 2nd)

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Logan Seavey (17th to 7th)

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Brenham Crouch (22nd to 11th)

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (15th to 2nd)

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (15th to 8th)

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Alex Bright (16th to 6th)

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 6th)

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Woody Jr. (21st to 15th)

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Kevin Woody Jr. (20th to 11th)

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Emerson Axsom (19th to 5th)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti (22nd to 11th)

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Maria Cofer (20th to 12th)

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (16th to 8th)

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Tanner Thorson (18th to 4th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryant Wiedeman

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Logan Seavey

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Daison Pursley

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Chase Randall

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Chase Randall

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Taylor Reimer

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Logan Seavey

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Jack Routson

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Brant O’Banion

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Andrew Felker

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Emilio Hoover

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Brenham Crouch

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Noah Harris

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Chett Gehrke

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Travis Buckley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brian Carber

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Trey Gropp

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Jason McDougal

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Sam Johnson

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Michael Markey

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Dan Bennett

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – J.R. Booth

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Casey Hicks

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Stewart & Tanner Thorson

17. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

20. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart & Kyle Larson

22. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

28. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

30. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

34. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

35. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

38. [18 wins] Tyler Courtney & Dave Steele

40. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

42. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

48. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

49. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

53. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

63. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos, Brad Sweet & Chris Windom

70. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

76. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

80. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner, & Josh Wise

93. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Buddy Kofoid, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Logan Seavey, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

104. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Justin Grant, Arnie Knepper, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Roger West

117. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Thomas Meseraull, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

129. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

161. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Cannon McIntosh, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

193. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Daison Pursley, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

229. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon

2. (84) Rich Vogler

3. (77) Jimmy Davies

4. (72) Bob Wente

5. (43) Mike McGreevy

6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall

9. (36) Johnny Parsons

10. (33) Chuck Rodee

11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers

12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson

14. (27) Parnelli Jones

15. (26) Jason Leffler

16. (25) Gary Bettenhausen

17. (24) Gene Hartley

18. (22) Stan Fox

19. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart, Shorty Templeman & Tanner Thorson

23. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East & Bobby Grim

27. (19) Jay Drake & Kyle Larson

29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher

31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero

36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean & Les Scott

41. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.

45. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley

48. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise

50. (11) Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp

61. (10) George Amick, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Logan Seavey, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner

67. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. & Jerry Weeks

73. (8) Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider & Jack Turner

81. (7) Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Rex Easton, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Billy Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs, Kody Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

92. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Don Vogler, Chris Windom & Billy Wood

103. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Rick Goudy, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson

121. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Shane Golobic, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Cannon McIntosh, Danny McKnight, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, & Zeb Wise

151. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Justin Grant, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch

191. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Corey Day, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Roger McCluskey, Sarah McCune, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Daison Pursley, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams

253. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Emerson Axsom, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, A.J. Davis, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Carson Macedo, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Mitchel Moles, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Chase Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS

1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid

 

TALES FROM THE STAT BOOK:
USAC SPRINT BALANCE 1977 VS. 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 20, 2021)………What if I told you that the 2021 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season may be the most balanced ever?

Well then, you very well may be correct.

Entering this weekend’s multiple series races on Thursday, Sept. 23, at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 25, at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, four different drivers have won five or more races during this USAC National Sprint Car tour.

Throughout the 66-year history of USAC National Sprint Car competition, that’s occurred just once before, 44 years ago in 1977.

In the 35 contests completed thus far in 2021, four drivers have already won a total of four feature events with Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas Jr. leading with seven scores, while C.J. Leary and Tanner Thorson have each notched five apiece.

Nine races remain on the campaign, providing an opportunity for drivers on the “bubbling under” charts to rise up and become the unprecedented fifth member of the club, namely series point leader Brady Bacon who stands at three.

At the conclusion of the 51-race 1977 season, 15 drivers landed in victory lane with four wheelmen above the Mercator line of five wins during the season. Tom Bigelow hit an all-time record 14 wins that season with Pancho Carter tallying 10 himself. In fact, that’s the only instance of two different reaching double-digit wins in a single season. Meanwhile, both Bubby Jones and the season’s champion, Sheldon Kinser, came away with seven triumphs apiece.

Additionally, Bacon’s 43rd career Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying time on Friday night at Indianapolis, Indiana’s Circle City Raceway allowed him to become the track’s current one-lap track record for both USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets after scoring quick time back in June at CCR during Indiana Midget Week.

Bacon’s career fast time count of 43 with the series still stands 18 behind the next closest competitor, Tracy Hines, who’s 61 ranks third all-time. Tom Bigelow remains the all-time USAC National Sprint Car fast time leader with 65 while Dave Darland resides second with 62.

Kevin Thomas Jr.’s 34th career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory, which came Saturday night at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, places him just one behind Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 11th on the all-time series win list.

Of note, all five KO Motorsports cars of Chase Stockon (5th), Daison Pursley (8th), Jason McDougal (9th), Kent Schmidt (14th) and Carson Garrett (21st) started Saturday night’s feature at Tri-State, marking the first time in USAC National Sprint Car history that five cars from the same team made the same feature event.

Jason McDougal’s performance during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at Tri-State was his first career fast time with the series. He’s the fourth driver to earn his first career USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying time this year with the series, joining Thorson, Briggs Danner and Steven Drevicki.

Next up for the series is a double shot this Thursday night, Sept. 23, for the fourth annual James Dean Classic at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway featuring both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

At Gas City, adult general admission tickets are $30. Kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Pit gates open at 3pm ET with the grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Then, it’s onto Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for a triple shot of USAC racing Friday and Saturday night, Sept. 24-25, for the 39th running of the Four Crown Nationals presented by NKT.TV.

On Friday, it’s a full program for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, plus USAC Silver Crown qualifying and a full program for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Stands open at 2pm Eastern with the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

On Saturday, spectator gates open at Noon Eastern with a driver autograph session scheduled from 3-4 pm in the Fan Zone, followed by the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

On both nights at Eldora, general admission tickets are $34 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. Reserved tickets are $39 for adults and $9 for ages 12 and under.

The USAC portions for all of this weekend’s events from Gas City and Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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2021 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS

Most Wins: 7-Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas Jr.

Driver Point Leader: Brady Bacon

Owner Point Leader: Dynamics, Inc. #69

Top Rookie in Points: Tanner Thorson

Most Laps Led: 185-Justin Grant

Most Top-Fives: 29-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Tens: 33-Brady Bacon

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 6-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

Most Heat Race Wins: 15-Robert Ballou

Most Feature Starts: 33-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Biggest Charge of the Year: 4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Alex Bright (18th to 4th) | 6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – C.J. Leary (21st to 7th) | 7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2392 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

2 2324 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

3 2275 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

4 2145 (R) Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

5 2140 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

6 2034 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

7 1964 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

8 1842 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

9 1559 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

10 1213 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

(R) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 2392 Dynamics, Inc., Milford, Ohio (#69)

2 2324 KT Motorsports, Whitestown, Ind. (#9K)

3 2275 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

4 2145 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

5 2140 Michael Motorsports, Chino Valley, Ariz. (#77m)

6 2034 Hayward Motorsports, Morrison, Ill. (#19)

7 1964 Team AZ Racing, Danville, Ind. (#21AZ)

8 1875 Ballou Motorsports, Tipton, Ind. (#12)

9 1559 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)

10 1482 Rock Steady Racing, Dupont, Ind. (#3R)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2145 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

2 859 Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill.

3 650 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.

4 445 Steven Drevicki, Reading, Pa.

5 436 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.

6 252 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

7 228 Carson Garrett, Littleton, Colo.

8 228 Ricky Lewis, Ventura, Calif.

9 130 Ryan Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.

10 128 Harley Burns, Brazil, Ind.

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 11: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Feb 12: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Apr 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Apr 16: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Apr 17: (M) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Apr 22: Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Apr 23: Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, PA
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Apr 24: BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, PA
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Apr 25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Spring Run, PA
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

May 8: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #7BC)

May 8: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

May 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN
WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Jun 15: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 16: (E) Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ
WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

Jun 17: (E) Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, PA
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 20: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Jul 1: Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, IN
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Jul 2: (M) (A) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Jul 3: (M) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Jul 24: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 25: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 26: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 28: (I) Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 29: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Jul 30: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 31: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug. 22: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Aug 28: (F) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Sep 17: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Sep 18: (M) (A) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Sep 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Oct 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN

Oct 2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Nov 4: (C) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Nov 5: (C) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Nov 6: (C) (F) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Nov 12: (C) Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov 13: (C) Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

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(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by MSCS

(E) represents an Eastern Storm event

(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event

(C) represents an event with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Cars

(SE) represents a non-points, special event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

(A) represents a race awarding appearance points only

(P) represents an event co-sanctioned by POWRi WAR Sprints

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

7-Justin Grant (Feb 11 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 15 at Grandview Speedway, Jun 17 at Selinsgrove Speedway, Jul 24 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 31 at Tri-State Speedway, Aug 27 at Kokomo Speedway & Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway)

7-Kevin Thomas Jr. (Feb 12 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 16 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 20 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, Jul 3 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Aug 22 at Paragon Speedway, Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway & Sep 18 at Tri-State Speedway)

5-C.J. Leary (Apr 24 at BAPS Motor Speedway, Jul 1 at Plymouth Speedway, Jul 2 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Sep 11 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 12 at Huset’s Speedway)

5-Tanner Thorson (Apr 23 at Big Diamond Speedway, Apr 25 at Path Valley Speedway Park, Jul 29 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Sep 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 17 at Circle City Raceway)

3-Brady Bacon (Apr 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Apr 22 at Grandview Speedway & Jul 30 at Bloomington Speedway)

3-Logan Seavey (Jul 25 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 26 at Gas City I-69 Speedway & Jul 28 at Terre Haute Action Track)

2-Robert Ballou (May 8 at Eldora Speedway & Jun 16 at Bridgeport Speedway)

1-Tyler Courtney (May 8 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Kyle Cummins (Apr 17 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Chris Windom (May 26 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

185-Justin Grant

173-Kevin Thomas Jr.

158-C.J. Leary

133-Tanner Thorson

94-Logan Seavey

87-Brady Bacon

71-Jake Swanson

44-Robert Ballou

34-Kyle Cummins

30-Tyler Courtney

27-Chris Windom

21-Jadon Rogers

17-Shane Cottle

12-Brady Short

10-Chase Stockon

6-Cole Bodine

2-Charles Davis Jr.

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

29-Brady Bacon

24-Kevin Thomas Jr.

19-Justin Grant

18-Tanner Thorson

16-C.J. Leary

13-Chris Windom

9-Kyle Cummins

8-Robert Ballou & Jake Swanson

7-Logan Seavey

4-Shane Cottle

3-Alex Bright, Tyler Courtney & Chase Stockon

2-Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Jadon Rogers

1-Briggs Danner, Charles Davis Jr., Buddy Kofoid, Brandon Mattox, & Paul Nienhiser

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

33-Brady Bacon

31-Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas Jr.

27-C.J. Leary

25-Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

21-Robert Ballou & Jake Swanson

15-Logan Seavey

12-Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins & Chase Stockon

9-Jadon Rogers

7-Alex Bright & Jason McDougal

6-Timmy Buckwalter & Thomas Meseraull

5-Briggs Danner

4-Tyler Courtney, Steven Drevicki & Paul Nienhiser

3-Emerson Axsom & Matt Westfall

2-Buddy Kofoid, Riley Kreisel, Brandon Mattox, Cannon McIntosh, Kendall Ruble, Brady Short & Stevie Sussex

1-Ryan Bernal, Cole Bodine, Isaac Chapple, Mario Clouser, Zach Daum, Charles Davis Jr., A.J. Hopkins, Chase Johnson, Tye Mihocko, Carmen Perigo, Daison Pursley, Mark Smith & Scotty Weir

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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear)

6-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

3-Timmy Buckwalter, Justin Grant & Logan Seavey

2-Jadon Rogers & Tanner Thorson

1-Brent Beauchamp, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Briggs Danner, Steven Drevicki, Jason McDougal, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

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HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

15-Robert Ballou

8-Kyle Cummins & Chris Windom

7-Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

6-Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull Jake Swanson & Tanner Thorson

4-Brandon Mattox

3-Briggs Danner & Jason McDougal

2-Emerson Axsom, Cole Bodine, Paul Nienhiser, Logan Seavey & Brady Short

1-Max Adams, Ryan Bernal, Joey Biasi, Alex Bright, Timmy Buckwalter, Sterling Cling, Mario Clouser, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Charles Davis Jr., Carson Garrett, Chase Johnson, Tye Mihocko, Davey Ray, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf, Mark Smith, Stevie Sussex & Matt Westfall

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SEMI WINS

4-Paul Nienhiser

3-Logan Seavey & Jake Swanson

2-Timmy Buckwalter, Isaac Chapple, C.J. Leary, Jadon Rogers

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Alex Banales, Koby Barksdale, Nick Bilbee, Cole Bodine, Shane Cottle, Briggs Danner, Charles Davis Jr., Brandon Mattox, Thomas Meseraull, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson, Scotty Weir & Chris Windom

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jack James

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C-MAIN WINS

2-Brent Beauchamp

1-Cole Bodine, Mario Clouser, Tim Creech, Braydon Cromwell, Aric Gentry, Chayse Hayhurst, Brandon Mattox, Stevie Sussex, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Ryan Thomas

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FEATURE STARTS

35-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

33-Robert Ballou

32-Chase Stockon

25-Matt Westfall

22-Brandon Mattox

21-Kyle Cummins & Logan Seavey

19-Shane Cottle, Paul Nienhiser & Jadon Rogers

18-Thomas Meseraull

16-Cole Bodine

14-Mario Clouser & Jason McDougal

13-Stevie Sussex

12-Isaac Chapple

10-Max Adams, Alex Bright, Steven Drevicki & Chase Johnson

9-Briggs Danner & Charles Davis Jr.

8-Timmy Buckwalter & Mark Smith

7-Ricky Lewis, Tye Mihocko & Carmen Perigo

6-Emerson Axsom, Brent Beauchamp & Nash Ely

5-Carson Garrett, Cannon McIntosh, Carson Short & Scotty Weir

4-Alex Banales, Nick Bilbee, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Stephen Schnapf & Brady Short

3-Koby Barksdale, Ryan Bernal, Brayden Fox, Chad Frewaldt, Aric Gentry, Riley Kreisel, Kendall Ruble, Glen Saville, Cam Schafer & Kent Schmidt

2-Collin Ambrose, Robert Bell, Joey Biasi, Harley Burns, Sterling Cling, Shane Cockrum, Braydon Cromwell, Chris Gansen, Noah Gass, Max Guilford, Korbyn Hayslett, Dallas Hewitt, A.J. Hopkins, J.J. Hughes, Buddy Kofoid, Kenny Miller III, Davey Ray, Terry Richards, Kory Schudy & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

1-Garrett Abrams, Ryan Barr, Travis Berryhill, Mark Bitner, Richy Carnathan, Cindy Chambers, Brayden Clark, Anthony D'Alessio, Zach Daum, Paul Dues, Matt Goodnight, Nic Harris, Chase Jones, Tyler Kendall, Jeremy Kerzman, Brandon Long, Critter Malone, Michael Markey, Brandon Morin, Billy Ney, Jeff Pellersels, Chris Phillips, Zack Pretorius, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Jake Scott, Alec Sipes, Brandon Spencer, Ryan Thomas, Chet Williams & Mitch Wissmiller

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Stevie Sussex

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Tye Mihocko

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Nic Harris

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Chris Windom

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Justin Grant

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Briggs Danner

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Brandon Mattox

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Isaac Chapple

5/8: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Brady Bacon

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Jake Swanson

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Jake Swanson

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – C.J. Leary

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – Alex Bright

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Max Adams

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Collin Ambrose

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Nick Bilbee

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Zack Pretorius

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Brandon Mattox

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cole Bodine & Jason McDougal

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Braydon Cromwell

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Chase Stockon

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Koby Barksdale

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Cole Bodine

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Chase Johnson

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Brent Beauchamp

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Charles Davis Jr.

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Jeremy Kerzman

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Jadon Rogers

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (12th to 4th)

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (10th to 2nd)

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Robert Ballou (22nd to 9th)

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Robert Ballou (20th to 10th)

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins (11th to 1st)

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Robert Ballou (13th to 3rd)

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Alex Bright (19th to 8th)

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Alex Bright (16th to 4th)

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Alex Bright (18th to 4th)

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Dallas Hewitt (21st to 15th)

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues (22nd to 13th)

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Tanner Thorson (22nd to 11th)

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Chris Windom (13th to 7th)

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Brady Bacon (14th to 4th)

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Jake Swanson (20th to 7th)

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – C.J. Leary (21st to 7th)

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (20th to 8th)

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 1st)

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (18th to 11th)

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kyle Cummins (12th to 3rd)

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Jason McDougal (15th to 5th)

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Stevie Sussex (22nd to 9th)

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – A.J. Hopkins (21st to 10th)

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Chris Windom (18th to 5th)

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Chris Windom (10th to 2nd)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Chase Stockon (18th to 10th)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Emerson Axsom (15th to 7th)

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Brady Bacon (10th to 3rd)

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Stockon (24th to 12th)

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – C.J. Leary (9th to 1st)

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Robert Ballou (20th to 12th)

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Robert Ballou (15th to 6th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Noah Gass

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Jadon Rogers

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Carson Garrett

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Justin Grant

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Steven Drevicki

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Matt Westfall

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Paul Nienhiser

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Jake Swanson

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Cole Bodine

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Logan Seavey

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Logan Seavey

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Matt Westfall

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – Chris Windom

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Brandon Mattox

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Mario Clouser

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Carson Short

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Jake Swanson

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Scotty Weir

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Stockon

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Nick Bilbee

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kyle Cummins

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Justin Grant

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Jason McDougal

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Chase Randall

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Emerson Axsom

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Jadon Rogers

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Kyle Cummins

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Stockon

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Terry Richards

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Mario Clouser

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Koby Barksdale

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Jadon Rogers

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Matt Westfall

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Matt Goodnight

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Aaron Farney

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Brandon Mattox

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Cole Bodine

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Nash Ely

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Kyle Lick

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Mike Meyers

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Mike Meyers

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Brandon Mattox

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Paul Nienhiser

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Alex Banales

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Matt Westfall

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Alex Banales

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Max Adams

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Short

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Tye Mihocko

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Jordan Kinser

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Scotty Weir

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Chase Johnson

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Johnson

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Sterling Cling

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Scotty Weir

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Koby Barksdale

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Max Guilford

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Donovan Peterson

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Clinton Bruns

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Jeff Pellersels

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Scott Hampton

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Sam Scott

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

9. [38 wins] Brady Bacon

10. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

11. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

13. [34 wins] Kevin Thomas Jr.

14. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

15. [31 wins] Robert Ballou

16. [30 wins] Tyler Courtney

17. [29 wins] Chris Windom

18. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Justin Grant, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

23. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

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

28. [23 wins] Roger McCluskey

29. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sammy Sessions

32. [21 wins] Greg Weld

33. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding

36. [16 wins] Damion Gardner, Jud Larson & C.J. Leary

39. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler

42. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup

46. [13 wins] Steve Chassey

47. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

48. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler

52. [10 wins] Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson

57. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

61. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

65. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

75. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

83. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Shane Cottle, 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, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Cole Whitt

102. [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

115. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

136. [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, 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 & Carl Williams

170. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, 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, 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, Matt Westfall, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (62) Dave Darland

3. (61) Tracy Hines

4. (43) Brady Bacon

5. (39) Levi Jones

6. (37) Larry Dickson

7. (36) Bryan Clauson

8. (35) Kevin Thomas Jr. & Rich Vogler

10. (31) Sheldon Kinser

11. (30) Pancho Carter

12. (29) Don Branson & C.J. Leary

14. (28) Justin Grant & Chase Stockon

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

35. (13) Tyler Courtney, Bobby East, Damion Gardner & Bruce Walkup

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

46. (11) Jim Hurtubise, Jim McWithey & George Snider

49. (10) Sonny Ates

50. (9) Eddie Leavitt, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise

54. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser, Pat O’Connor & Eddie Sachs

59. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Larry Rice, Hunter Schuerenberg, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Johnny Thomson, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

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

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

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

117. (3) Tommy Astone, 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, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & John Wolfe

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

191. (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, Cotton Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Brayden 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, Joey Kerr, Russ Klar, Kyle Larson, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Nick McCormick, Jason McDougal, 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, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Buster Warke, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, 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: Sam Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR OWNER CHAMPIONS:

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

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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


 

CHASE JOHNSON DOUBLES UP AT KERN COUNTY

BAKERSFIELD, CA – SEPTEMBER 19, 2021… After winning the previous night at Bakersfield Speedway, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) topped the USAC West Coast Sprint Car debut at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA). Driving the potent May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane Maxim, Johnson took command on the fourth circuit and was not to be denied. A.J. Bender, Brody Fuson, leading rookie contender Jarrett Soares, and Jacob Tuttle followed the Rod End Supply Hard Charger to the checkered flags.

Before claiming the fourth series victory of his career, Johnson was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier and established a new track record of 14.604 over the nine car roster. Chase finished third in his heat race and also won the companion BCRA Midget main event. In his three starts of the campaign, Johnson has three feature wins and has climbed to twelfth in the point standings.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, NZ) scored the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race victory at Kern County. Racing Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car and Midget Driving School / FK Rod Ends #21K machine, Buckley was fifth fast in time trials and scored sixth in the feature. After his third start, Travis is ranked fifteenth in championship points.

The non-winged USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, October 9th at Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA) for the “Prospector Pandemonium.” The USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will share the spotlight at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 19, 2021 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Johnson, 8M, May-14.604 (New Track Record); 2. Brody Fuson, 51, Van Meter-14.630; 3. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.677; 4. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-14.990; 5. Travis Buckley, 21K, Kruseman-15.071; 6. Jacob Tuttle, 87P, Tuttle-15.368; 7. Christopher Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-15.395; 8. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.792; 9. Jeff Dyer, 29, Bell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckley, 2. Soares, 3. Johnson, 4. Bender, 5. Fuson, 6. Tuttle, 7. Muraoka, 8. Herrera, 9. Dyer. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Chase Johnson (4), 2. A.J. Bender (2), 3. Brody Fuson (3), 4. Jarrett Soares (1), 5. Jacob Tuttle (6), 6. Travis Buckley (5), 7. James Herrera (8), 8. Christopher Muraoka (7), 9. Jeff Dyer (9). NT. ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Fuson, Laps 2-3 Soares, Laps 4-30 Johnson. ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (4th to 1st)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D.J. Johnson-584, 2-Ryan Timmons-453, 3-Jarrett Soares-389, 4-Austin Liggett-373, 5-Tanner Boul-310, 6-Kyle Edwards-279, 7-Jacob Tuttle-266, 8-Kaleb Montgomery-257, 9-Brody Fuson-256, 10-Jake Hodges-244.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 9 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Prospector Pandemonium”

 

 

CHASE JOHNSON GOES FROM LAST TO FIRST AT BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD CA – SEPTEMBER 18, 2021… After arriving from a flight in time for his heat race, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) started fourteenth and won the main event at Bakersfield Speedway. Driving the potent May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane Maxim, Johnson took command on lap sixteen and sailed to his second USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the season. In doing so, the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger finished ahead of Trent Carter, A.J. Bender, point leader D.J. Johnson, and Travis Buckley.

Before scoring his third career victory with the series, Chase Johnson claimed a fifth place finish in his heat race. As the writing goes to press, the versatile driver has climbed to seventeenth in championship points with limited starts.

In Woodland Auto Display Qualifying, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) and Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA) topped Jace Vander Weerd’s 2014 track record of 12.597. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #51 American Fabrication / Fred Cummings Motorsports Spike, Fuson set the new standard of 12.354 over the fourteen car roster. The rookie contender ran fourth in his heat race and briefly led the feature before scoring ninth. Brody left Bakersfield Speedway ranked thirteenth in points, while Edwards is sixth in the point chase.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers First Heat Race. Piloting his #57 No Limit Motorsports / Raney Racing Engines Triple X, Hix led the first six laps before scoring fourteenth in the main event. The veteran driver heads to Kern County Raceway Park ranked forty-first in the point standings.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, NZ) returned to USAC West Coast action and won the 10-lap Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars Second Heat Race. Racing Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car and Midget Driving School / FK Rod Ends #21K entry, Buckley was tenth fast in qualifying and finished fifth in the feature after starting seventh. Travis has climbed to twenty-fourth in points.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Christopher Muraoka (Waianae, HI) earned the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes Luck 13 Award. Driving his #25 Sure Can LLC / O’Brien Race Cars Triple X, Muraoka qualified twelfth overall and was seventh in his heat race. In Limited starts, Christopher is thirtieth in the point standings.

The non-winged USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars are back in action tomorrow, September 19th, at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 18, 2021 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Brody Fuson, 51, Van Meter-12.354 (New Track Record); 2. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-12.532; 3. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-12.749; 4. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-12.754; 5. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-12.787; 6. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.804; 7. Jacob Tuttle, 87P, Tuttle-12.876; 8. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-12.919; 9. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.021; 10. Travis Buckley, 21K, Kruseman-13.152; 11. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-13.416; 12. Christopher Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-13.440; 13. Matt Day, 97, Day-NT; 14. Chase Johnson, 8M, May-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Mayhew, 3. Tuttle, 4. Fuson, 5. Bender, 6. Day, 7. D.Johnson. NT.

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckley, 2. Rutherford, 3. Soares, 4. Edwards, 5. C.Johnson, 6. Carter, 7. Muraoka. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Chase Johnson (14), 2. Trent Carter (9), 3. A.J. Bender (10), 4. D.J. Johnson (8), 5. Travis Buckley (7), 6. Hannah Mayhew (11), 7. Kyle Edwards (5), 8. Matt Day (13), 9. Brody Fuson (6), 10. Troy Rutherford (4), 11. Jarrett Soares (2), 12. Jacob Tuttle (3), 13. Christopher Muraoka (12), 14. Steve Hix (1). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Hix, Laps 7-13 Rutherford, Laps 14-15 Fuson, Laps 16-30 C.Johnson
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (14th to 1st)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Christopher Muraoka

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D.J. Johnson-584, 2-Ryan Timmons-453, 3-Austin Liggett-373, 4-Jarrett Soares-318, 5-Tanner Boul-310, 6-Kyle Edwards-279, 7-Kaleb Montgomery-257, 8-Jake Hodges-244, 9-Ryan Bernal-241, 10-Brody Roa-229.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 19 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California

 

4 OF A KIND:
KTJ JETS TO FOURTH HAUBSTADT HUSTLER WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (September 18, 2021)………It wasn’t all that long ago that Kevin Thomas Jr. considered himself lapped traffic at Tri-State Speedway.

Three years removed from his last moment of exuberance at the Haubstadt, Indiana quarter mile, the all-time leader in Haubstadt Hustler victories was back on top with his fourth career win in the 14th edition of the 40-lap event on Saturday night.

The 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2021 Haubstadt Hustler winner rose to the lead on lap 18 where he took advantage of a fortuitous opportunity in traffic when the two frontrunners collided. Thomas then led the final 23 circuits to become $12,000 richer in the event co-sanctioned by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

In the ensuing years after his most recent Tri-State Speedway win, the Cullman, Alabama driver’s USAC results at the track were unfathomable considering he now stands ahead of Daron Clayton and is now tied with Kyle Cummins as the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at TSS with six scores in his career.

In five USAC starts between 2019-2020, Thomas finished better than 14th just once. In 2021, however, his program has taken a turn for the better with a 7th in April; 2nd in July; and capped it off with a victory on Saturday in his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

“I was lapped traffic here for two years,” Thomas reflected. “I veered away from the normal things we did, so we just went back to the drawing board, figured some things out and went back to our normal package. We just gave it everything we’ve got, and it worked out. It’s been a work in progress for the last couple years to get back to our normal form here. I think after a few times being here and running on the podium and having good races, 40 laps is what we needed.”

Thomas’ 34th career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory places him just one behind Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 11th on the all-time series win list, four of which have now come in the lucrative Haubstadt Hustler.

“It’s pretty cool,” Thomas said of his Tri-State success. “There’s a lot of people that are really good here who’ve been doing it a long time. Cummins being one of them, Clayton being the other. They’re showmen around this place, so it’s good to be in the same category as them.”

Thomas’ seventh series win of the year has already equaled his most successful USAC National Sprint Car season in terms of feature victories after also winning seven in 2013 and 2018. And it all came after having to make some alterations to his ride to get it prepared to go the distance.

“It’s been a bit of an up and down night,” Thomas said. “I had to change a rear end earlier today. I haven’t won at Haubstadt in what seems like forever, so it’s fun to come back and win the Haubstadt Hustler again. It was a good showing for us and I’m super happy for our guys.”

Thomas started fourth and remained in the position for the first 12 laps while pole sitter and 2015 Haubstadt Hustler winner Brady Short led the opening lap, which were his first laps led in a USAC National Sprint Car feature since winning the Indiana Sprint Week round at Lincoln Park Speedway more than five years earlier in July of 2016.

Short’s initial run at the front was short lived, however, as he slid straight up the track on his entry in turn one on the second lap, allowing the defending Haubstadt Hustler winner, Chase Stockon, a wide-open shot underneath to claim the top spot.

Short kept in close touch with Stockon, not allowing the 2021 MSCS titlist to construct a profound chasm between himself and his challengers. Short was the teeter to Stockon’s totter, and on lap seven, it was Short’s turn to repossess control of the race lead when he used the bottom side to charge past Stockon at the exit of turn four.

Subsequently constructing a 1.4 second lead, Short held control as July Tri-State USAC Sprint winner Justin Grant slotted into second. On lap 16, Grant chiseled a full second off Short’s advantage as Short skidded up the surface in turn four while trying to wade his way through the backend of the field.

Push came to shove on the 18th lap in turn four when the 21st running car of Max Adams became sideways at the exit of turn four. The nose of Adams’ car contacted the passing car of Short, which ricocheted him into Grant, knocking both airborne and askew, clearing a path for both Thomas and Cummins to race by on the outside and take over the top two spots.

“Early in the race, it gets a little tight whenever we get around lapped cars just because the track is still a little narrow,” Thomas explained. “It’s 40 laps, so they have to do that in order for us to have a good race there at the end. It’s just unfortunate for (Short and Grant) because they were really fast. I don’t really think I would’ve had a whole lot for them.”

In pursuit of Thomas for the next 16 successive laps, Cummins’ bid for a third career Haubstadt Hustler crown ended on lap 34. Cindy Chambers, running 22nd, and another car made contact between turns three and four, knocking out the front end of Chambers machine as it veered straight into the path of Cummins who ramped over her left rear tire, performed a 180-degree spin, and came to a stop after bouncing his left rear tire against the outside turn four wall.

Cummins managed to restart and finish in the 11th position. Meanwhile, Chambers, who used an MSCS provisional, became the fifth woman driver to start a USAC National Sprint Car feature event, joining Katlynn Leer, Jordan Weaver, Shauna Hogg and Sheila Rankin. Chambers finished 22nd.

From there on out, for the final seven lap stretch, Thomas was unrattled as he whisked away from the field virtually unchallenged to grab the checkered flag by a 2.216 second margin over Justin Grant, Brady Bacon, Tanner Thorson and Chase Stockon.

Justin Grant’s prowess in USAC National Sprint Car competition at Tri-State has been solid this year with the Ione, California driver earning a 4th in the spring, followed by a win in July and a runner-up finish on Saturday in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. His previous best finish in the Haubstadt Hustler came in a sixth-place performance in 2020.

“I think we’re finally getting it figured out,” Grant said of his recent performances at Tri-State. “I didn’t want to think that last time in case it was just a fluke. The guys gave me a great car again. We were pretty good tonight, but we were maybe a little bit too good, too early and it got loose at the end. So, we’ll note it and try to come back stronger for the next 40-lapper.”

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) swapped cars for Saturday night’s Haubstadt Hustler following a fourth-place result on Friday night at Circle City Raceway. One night later, it was a typical, gold standard Bacon result with a third-place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy, which marked his fifth consecutive top-five finish with the series.

“We’re usually good here in the feature,” Bacon said. “We just struggled at getting a decent starting spot. I could at least see the front tonight and we were able to get to third. The track had a little more grip to start with than we’re used to here, so it kind of threw us off a little bit. Every time we think we’re getting something figured out, it throws us a little curveball. But, usually in the feature, everything gets back to normal and we’re pretty good.”

Of note, all five KO Motorsports cars of Chase Stockon (5th), Daison Pursley (8th), Jason McDougal (9th), Kent Schmidt (14th) and Carson Garrett (21st) started Saturday night’s feature, marking the first time in USAC National Sprint Car history that five cars from the same team made the same feature event.

McDougal’s performance during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying was the first career fast time for the driver in USAC National Sprint Car competition.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 18, 2021 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Haubstadt Hustler (Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series)

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.562; 2. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-13.721; 3. Stephen Schnapf, 11s, Martin-13.862; 4. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-13.933; 5. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-13.949; 6. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.131; 7. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-14.167; 8. James Lyerla, 11, JL-14.349; 9. Eddie Vancil, 7v, Vancil-14.984; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-17.268.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-13.525; 2. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-13.704; 3. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.911; 4. Cindy Chambers, 18c, Chambers-14.010; 5. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.081; 6. Dylan Moan, 17D, Moan-14.120; 7. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.126; 8. Braydon Cromwell, 77s, Sturgeon-14.312; 9. Carson Garrett, 15KO, KO-14.323.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.399; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.483; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.569; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.675; 5. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-13.724; 6. Emerson Axsom, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.867; 7. Sam Scott, 7s, Scott-13.924; 8. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.070; 9. Tres Mehler, 5A, Hawkins-NT.

FLIGHT FOUR FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.404; 2. Daison Pursley, 5KO, KO-13.494; 3. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-13.762; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.819; 5. Max Adams, 5x, Adams-14.029; 6. Matt Humphrey, 79, Humphrey-14.391; 7. Kyle Stearns, 87, Stearns-14.797; 8. Ted Kirkpatrick, 63LK, Sturgeon-15.082; 9. Chris Robling, 23, Kolehouse/Scott-15.663.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Stephen Schnapf, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Critter Malone, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Stan Beadles, 8. James Lyerla, 9. Aric Gentry, 10. Eddie Vancil. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Short, 2. Kendall Ruble, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Cindy Chambers, 7. Collin Ambrose, 8. Dylan Moan, 9. Braydon Cromwell. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Koby Barksdale, 7. Sam Scott, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Tres Mehler. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Kent Schmidt, 5. Max Adams, 6. Matt Humphrey, 7. Kyle Stearns, 8. Ted Kirkpatrick, 9. Chris Robling. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Aric Gentry, 2. James Lyerla, 3. Braydon Cromwell, 4. Ted Kirkpatrick, 5. Chris Robling, 6. Eddie Vancil, 7. Dylan Moan, 8. Brandon Mattox. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Koby Barksdale, 5. Max Adams, 6. Aric Gentry, 7. Sam Scott, 8. James Lyerla, 9. Collin Ambrose, 10. Cindy Chambers, 11. Kyle Stearns, 12. Braydon Cromwell, 13. Ted Kirkpatrick, 14. Stan Beadles, 15. Matt Humphrey, 16. Critter Malone. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 2. Justin Grant (3), 3. Brady Bacon (8), 4. Tanner Thorson (7), 5. Chase Stockon (2), 6. Robert Ballou (15), 7. Brady Short (1), 8. Daison Pursley (12), 9. Jason McDougal (11), 10. Jake Swanson (14), 11. Kyle Cummins (5), 12. Koby Barksdale (20), 13. Jadon Rogers (13), 14. Kent Schmidt (16), 15. C.J. Leary (19), 16. Chris Windom (10), 17. Emerson Axsom (17), 18. Stephen Schnapf (9), 19. Collin Ambrose (23-P), 20. Kendall Ruble (6), 21. Carson Garrett (18), 22. Cindy Chambers (24-P), 23. Max Adams (21), 24. Aric Gentry (22). NT

(P represents an MSCS provisional starter)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Brady Short, Laps 2-6 Chase Stockon, Laps 7-17 Brady Short, Laps 18-40 Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2392, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2324, 3-Justin Grant-2275, 4-Tanner Thorson-2145, 5-C.J. Leary-2140, 6-Chris Windom-2034, 7-Jake Swanson-1964, 8-Robert Ballou-1842, 9-Chase Stockon-1559, 10-Logan Seavey-1213.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-154, 2-Tanner Thorson-152, 3-Brady Bacon-150, 4-Justin Grant-134, 5-Robert Ballou-131, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-120, 7-Thomas Meseraull-119, 8-Logan Seavey-115, 9-Buddy Kofoid-88, 10-Kyle Cummins-84.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 23, 2021 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Kyle Cummins

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jason McDougal

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Brady Short

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

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

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (15th to 6th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jadon Rogers

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Sam Scott

 

 

THORSON THREADS THE NEEDLE TO CIRCLE CITY USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (September 17, 2021)………No driver has won more often during the 2021 USAC National season than Tanner Thorson. Likewise, no driver has been victorious more often under the Friday night lights this season than he.

The Minden, Nevada driver added another one to his most prolific USAC campaign yet on this particular Friday evening, leading all 30 laps and threading the needle to avoid catastrophe along the way en route to the win in the series’ debut at Circle City Raceway, the first USAC National Sprint Car event held at a dirt track in Indianapolis, Indiana since 1984.

Thorson collected his series-leading 12th USAC National victory of the year, five of which have come on a Friday night. His fifth USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory of the season came amid a close call early in the going after leading the first 10 laps of the event in relatively comfortable fashion.

On lap 11, as Thorson was just beginning to work his way into traffic, turn two became calamity corner. With Thorson following just feet behind, the 20th and 21st place cars of Travis Berryhill and Jadon Rogers made bumper-to-bumper contact at the top of the second turn, sending Berryhill into a spin.

The quick acting Thorson mashed the gas, shot the narrow gap, and split the difference between Rogers and Berryhill to escape without harm and without foul in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – CSI – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy.

“I know I had to show my nose,” Thorson explained. “I kind of poked my nose in there and was kind of hoping they’d jump out of the throttle. As soon as I got next to them, the guy outside of me jumped in the throttle and got into the back of him. I just jumped out of the throttle and rolled right between them.”

As Thorson escaped the escapade, the same couldn’t be said for a few others. Berryhill’s landing spot for his spin just happened to be right into the path of second-running Brady Bacon who locked up his brakes and broadsided the sitting car of Berryhill at the bottom of turn two before coming to a stop.

Moments later, 17th running Ricky Lewis clipped the turn three infield tire and flipped wildly several times, eventually coming to a rest upside down in turn four. The Ventura, Calif. native, who was up until 9am that morning constructing his brand-new racecar, walked away without injury.

When action resumed, it was second-running Kevin Thomas Jr. taking repeated runs at Thorson at the top of the pedestal. Thomas worked the bottom with Thorson never straying from the top. Thomas came within a half-car length of Thorson at the stripe on both laps 13 and 14, then gradually slipped back to a full length on lap 15, two lengths on lap 16 and more beyond the 17th circuit.

During Thomas Jr.’s surge, similar circumstances were occurring for Emerson Axsom, who ran ninth during the lap 11 restart and had worked his way up to third by the time eighth running Thomas Meseraull spun to a stop onto the edge of the infield grass in turn two on lap 21.

On the ensuing lap 22 restart, Axsom pulled no punches and wasted little time in continuing his spurt to the front of the field. In turn three, Axsom shot to the bottom to slide past Thomas Jr. However, midway through the turn, as Axsom skated up to the cushion, his car became just a tad too sideways.

The trailing Thomas Jr. tried but couldn’t avoid the contact, his front bumper nudging the left side nerf bar of Axsom, which straightened Axsom out. Both kept going, after nearly halting. As they gathered their horses up, Chris Windom and Jake Swanson raced under the pair while C.J. Leary went around the outside of both, completely knocking both out of the top-five in the running order.

The trouble that transpired behind was a-okay with Thorson, free without a major challenge the rest of the way to win the $5,000 top prize with Windom, Swanson, Bacon (who restarted 20th on lap 11) and Leary rounding out the top-five.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished as the runner-up, 3.092 seconds behind Thorson in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Byrd – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

“I was just holding him off there at the end,” Windom recalled of keeping J. Swanson at bay. “We probably weren’t the winning car there, but we got a little better on the last restart. I adjusted on my shocks a little bit but didn’t quite get tight enough to be good off the bottom all while Tanner was hitting his marks on the top. It was kind of hard to reel him in at that point.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) had a tumultuous ride on the way to a 3rd place result in what was his fourth podium finish of the season in his Team AZ Racing/USW Cat Construction – RSS Industries – CSI/DRC/1-Way Chevy. An incident during the heat race forced his crew to swap out front ends, and ultimately, the team was forced to transfer their way through the night’s semi-feature.

Swanson’s first appearance at the 1/4-mile dirt oval led him from a 10th place starting spot and into the top-three at a venue he likened to a Midwest version of California’s Ventura Raceway.

“The fact that we can dig ourselves out of these holes, that’s big. That means a lot,” Swanson said. “You have to be able to do that; that’s what wins races and wins championships. I don’t think we wanted to practice changing front ends, but we did. We can fine tune. It was good to drive by guys and roll up through there, but we just need to start up front to feel like we’ll be in position. We can’t have bad luck like that in those heat races and have problems like that because it just buries you too deep.”

Brady Bacon’s (Broken Arrow, Okla.) 43rd career Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying time on Friday night allowed him to become the current Circle City Speedway one-lap track record for both USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets after scoring quick time back in June at CCR during Indiana Midget Week.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 17, 2021 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.163 (New Track Record); 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.301; 3. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.330; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.346; 5. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.363; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.370; 7. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.438; 8. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-12.449; 9. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.541; 10. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-12.558; 11. Max Adams, 2E, Epperson-12.605; 12. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-12.627; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 23s, Simon-12.644; 14. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-12.663; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.676; 16. Brent Beauchamp, 29, LB-12.705; 17. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-12.749; 18. Emerson Axsom, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.785; 19. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-12.796; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.872; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.991; 22. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.028; 23. Braydon Cromwell, 77, Sturgeon-13.059; 24. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-13.169; 25. Andrew Prather, P8, Prather-13.210; 26. Scott Hampton, 51, Slinkard-13.251.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Max Guilford, 8. Andrew Prather, 9. Travis Berryhill. 2:07.99 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. J.J. Hughes, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Scott Hampton, 8. Braydon Cromwell, 9. Jake Swanson. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Koby Barksdale, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Jadon Rogers. 2:13.31

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Ricky Lewis, 6. Travis Berryhill, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Scott Hampton, 9. Braydon Cromwell, 10. Max Guilford, 11. Andrew Prather. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (2), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. Jake Swanson (10), 4. Brady Bacon (6), 5. C.J. Leary (3), 6. Shane Cottle (5), 7. Emerson Axsom (9), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 9. Justin Grant (11), 10. Chase Stockon (12), 11. Jason McDougal (13), 12. Robert Ballou (20), 13. Koby Barksdale (14), 14. Matt Westfall (16), 15. Jadon Rogers (22), 16. Max Adams (7), 17. Brent Beauchamp (17), 18. Thomas Meseraull (8), 19. Brandon Mattox (21), 20. J.J. Hughes (15), 21. Ricky Lewis (18), 22. Travis Berryhill (19). NT

**Andrew Prather flipped during the semi. Ricky Lewis flipped on lap 11 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2342, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2274, 3-Justin Grant-2225, 4-Tanner Thorson-2095, 5-C.J. Leary-2090, 6-Chris Windom-1984, 7-Jake Swanson-1914, 8-Robert Ballou-1792, 9-Chase Stockon-1509, 10-Logan Seavey-1183.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-154, 2-Tanner Thorson-149, 3-Brady Bacon-145, 4-Justin Grant-133, 5-Robert Ballou-122, 6-Thomas Meseraull-119, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-117, 8-Logan Seavey-115, 9-Buddy Kofoid-88, 10-Kyle Cummins-84.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 18, 2021 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Haubstadt Hustler (Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series)

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Jadon Rogers

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Max Adams

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jake Swanson

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (20th to 12th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Koby Barksdale

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Scott Hampton

 

 

D.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS TO BAKERSFIELD & KERN COUNTY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021... Starting this Saturday, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are set for two nights of action. On September 18, the traditional 360s will return to Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA) for their only appearance of the season. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the ninth point race will also feature Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mod Lites, and the California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at 2:30pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, more event information can be found at bakersfieldspeedway.com or by calling 661.393.3373.

The following night, Sunday, September 19th, the series will make their first ever visit to The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP). The action packed card will also showcase the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets, California Lightning Sprints, and Mod Lites. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00PM, the Front Gates open at 3:00PM, with Racing scheduled at 6:00PM. Located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California, more event information can be found at kernraceway.com or by calling 661.835.1264.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of both night’s action over the internet.

BAKERSFIELD & KCRP NOTES:
- In addition to the regular series contingency awards, Series Coordinator Stephanie Odom has announced an extra $100 cash bonus for hard charger this weekend.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- NO ENTRY FEE IN 2021. ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS OR TEMPORARY PERMITS (TPs) ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150.
- 2021 ENGINE RULES: Legal ASCS spec cylinder head w/ 2 3/16 Injector/Restrictor; or 2 3/16 with any open legal head. All Open head must be within 1 degree of OEM Head. All heads ASCS and Open must be Chevy 23 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Ford 20 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Dodge 18 degree plus or minus 1 degree.
- 2021 WEIGHT RULE: 1,475 lbs. with driver for cars with an open cylinder head. Cars with an ASCS cylinder head must weigh 1,450 lbs. including driver.
- 2021 TIRE RULE: Due to the current tire shortages, any Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- ANY WINGLESS SPEC SPRINT is invited to race with the USAC West Coast Sprints and can run their rules 100 percent, including the tire rule.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Since April 25, 2009, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted fifteen West Coast Sprint Car events. Eleven different drivers have claimed victory, led by Davey Pombo with three wins. Chase Johnson won the last Bakersfield show on March 16, 2019 and Jace Vander Weerd set the 1-lap track record of 12.597 on March 22, 2014. A complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Bakersfield, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, CA) has a 64-point advantage over the competition. Driving his #33 Bill’s Tire Service of Pacheco / The Halstead Real Estate Eagle, Johnson ran second to Chase Johnson at Merced’s “Kevin Triplett Memorial” on August 7th. At press time, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, six top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led on the season. D.J. has two career wins and will be looking to add both winning trophies to his collection.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) is second in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons finished fourth at the Merced County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and six top-10 finishes on the season. With four series wins, Ryan won the March USAC/CRA 410 opener at Kern County with his 360 and will have his sights on gaining valuable points by sweeping the weekend.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) ranks third in the USAC West Coast point standings. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking Maxim did not compete at Merced’s “Kevin Triplett Memorial.” At press time, the 2018 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four top-10 finishes and three feature laps led to his credit. With twelve career victories, Austin is a threat to win on any given night.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul led the opening three laps at Merced before scoring third at the checkered flags. To date, the young driver has posted one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes on the season. Tanner will be looking to earn his first wins this Saturday and Sunday.

Leading rookie contender Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA) sits fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #12 DenBeste Water Solutions / C&H Veteran Enterprises Maxim, Soares finished seventh in the Merced feature. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory, and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Jarrett will have his sights on claiming his first USAC West Coast feature wins.

Other rookie contenders are Cody Fendley (Placerville, CA). Jacob Tuttle (Oakley, CA), Cody Smith (Chico, CA), Logan Calderwood (Goodyear, AZ), Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, AZ), Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA), and Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Kaleb Montgomery, Jake Hodges, Kyle Edwards, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Trent Carter, James Herrera, Daniel Whitley, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Fan tickets are $20, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $10, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more Bakersfield event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) 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 $20, Junior tickets are $10, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. CAMPING IS FREE. For more KCRP information, visit kernraceway.com or by call 661.835.1264.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Jace Vander Weerd – 12.597 (03/22/14)

BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Shawn Arriaga, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Cody Fendley, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. D.J. Johnson-517, 2. Ryan Timmons-453, 3. Austin Liggett-373, 4. Tanner Boul-310, 5. Jarrett Soares ®-271, 6. Kaleb Montgomery-257, 7. Jake Hodges-244, 8. Ryan Bernal-241, 9. Brody Roa-229, 10. Kyle Edwards-217, 11. Cody Fendley ®-210, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-165, 13. Jacob Tuttle ®-159, 14. Cody Smith ®-158, 15. Logan Calderwood ®-153, 16. Kalib Henry-144, 17. Tuesday Calderwood ®-135, 18. Shane Hopkins-131, 19. Nate Schank ®-130, 20. Brody Fuson ®-126, 21. Trent Carter-90, 22. James Herrera-86, 23. Chase Johnson-84, 24. Geoff Ensign-78, 25. Daniel Whitley-77, 26. Troy Rutherford-76, 27. Shawn Arriaga-75, 28. Joe Stornetta Jr.-73, 29. Trent Williams-69, 30. Heath Holdsclaw-67, 31. Jace Vander Weerd-66, 32. Tristan Guardino-60, ---. Bradley Terrell-60, ---. Trevor Schmid-60, 35. Trey Walters-56, 36. Gary Paulson-55, 37. Grasen Ternora-50, 38. Bob Davis-48, ---. Zack Albers-48, 40. Bruce Douglass-47, ---. Jake Morgan-47, 42. David Lindt-45, 43. Hannah Mayhew-43, 44. Rick Hendrix-42, ---. Travis Buckley-42, 46. Christopher Muraokoa-36, ---. Dylan Bloomfield-36, 48. Braidon Moniz-32, 49. Jimmy Trulli-27, 50. Tom Hendricks-25, 51. Matt Streeter-24, 52. Bill Cornwell-11, 53. Steve Hix-10, ---. Kala Keliinoi-10, ---. Michael Faccinto-10.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
April 3: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
April 10: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Geoff Ensign)
June 12: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (CANCELLED)
June 26: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Cody Fendley)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Shawn Arriaga)
August 7: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
September 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
October 9: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CANCELLED)
October 16: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

CIRCLE THE DATE: USAC SPRINTS DEBUT AT CIRCLE CITY FRIDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (September 15, 2021)……… A dirt track in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana last played host to a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event 37 years ago.

This Friday night, September 17, the newly opened Circle City Raceway will bring the Thunder and Lightning division of USAC back to Indianapolis as the headliner at the site of the Marion County Fairgrounds on the southeast side of Indy.

Twenty-eight previous dirt USAC National Sprint Car races have been held inside Indianapolis between 1961-1984, with all but one of those occurring at the one-mile Indiana State Fairgrounds. The first of those 28 was held at Indianapolis Raceway Park during its brief tenure as a .686-mile dirt track for one weekend in 1961. It was paved shortly after and remains so to this day six decades later.

One previous USAC National event has been held at the track thus far with the NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship taking center stage in June during Indiana Midget Week, which produced a first-time series winner in Corey Day.

Sprint Cars were also on hand that night and became the first taste of Circle City Raceway’s 1/4-mile dirt oval for several drivers expected to take part in this Friday’s event.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon (Dynamics #69) won the Midwest Sprint Car Series feature that evening after earlier winning his heat race. The three-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion’s fortunes extended to the midget as well where he set quick time and established the one-lap track record before going on to finish a solid third in the feature.

San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull (Yeley #2) finished as the runner-up to Bacon in the sprint car that night and was running as high as sixth just before midway of the midget feature before experiencing trouble, which knocked him out of contention. Like Bacon, Meseraull has winning experience at Circle City, winning a winged sprint car feature there in July.

Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox #5) took third in the sprint car and was the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger in the midgets, carving his way through the field to a seventh-place result after starting 22nd. Seavey’s sprint car teammate, Lafayette, Indiana’s Alex Banales (Baldwin-Fox #5x) finished 17th.

Fairland, Indiana’s Brent Beauchamp (LB #29) won the first sprint car heat at Circle City in June, then scored a fourth place run in the feature. Meanwhile, Fort Branch, Indiana’s Chase Stockon (KO #5s) rounded out the top-five that night.

Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT #9K), a six-time USAC Sprint winner in 2021, notched a runner-up finish in the Indiana Midget Week A-Main. His midget teammate, Franklin, Indiana’s Emerson Axsom, will compete in the Clauson Marshall Newman No. 39BC Sprint Car on Friday night. CMR previously scored a pair of All Star Circuit of Champions wins at Circle City Raceway in May with driver Tyler Courtney and again at CCR in a midget with Day.

USAC’s top National Sprint Car Rookie, four-time winner from Minden, Nev. Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood #19AZ), charged from 16th to 8th in the midget in June at Circle City. Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom (Hayward #19), the 2017 USAC Sprint Car champ, won his midget heat, then finished 12th in June’s feature. Ione, California’s Justin Grant (TOPP #4), who leads USAC Sprints in 2021 with seven wins, was a 21st place finisher in the midget feature following a mid-race tangle.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal (KO #5m) was one of four drivers to make the feature lineup for both the sprint and midget features at Circle City, finishing 22nd in the sprint and 24th in the midget back in June.

Norman, Oklahoma’s Koby Barksdale (Knight #16K) will wheel the car that finished 21st during June’s sprint car feature. He’ll be joined by several other drivers and teams taking their first shot at the newest venue on the USAC schedule.

Friday night’s event at Circle City will present racing action for both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets.

Tickets are available at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1225941&store=28122 or at the gate on race day. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids aged 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Pits open at 3pm ET with grandstands opening at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying & racing immediately following.

The entire event from Circle City this Friday can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2271, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2215, 3-Justin Grant-2176, 4-C.J. Leary-2023, 5-Tanner Thorson-2019, 6-Chris Windom-1912, 7-Jake Swanson-1841, 8-Robert Ballou-1749, 9-Chase Stockon-1460, 10-Kyle Cummins-1183.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS ON INDIANAPOLIS DIRT TRACKS:

5-Tom Bigelow

3-Pancho Carter, A.J. Foyt & Joe Saldana

2-Billy Cassella & Sheldon Kinser 1-Larry Dickson, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Don Nordhorn, Ken Schrader, Billy Shuman, Ron Shuman, George Snider, Dick Tobias & Bruce Walkup

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS ON INDIANAPOLIS DIRT TRACKS:

1961: A.J. Foyt (5/28 at Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1973: Billy Shuman & Don Nordhorn (6/8 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1974: A.J. Foyt & A.J. Foyt (5/24 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1975: Joe Saldana & George Snider (5/23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1976: Pancho Carter & Larry Dickson (6/4 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds) and Sheldon Kinser, Bruce Walkup & Pancho Carter (7/31 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1977: Tom Bigelow & Tom Bigelow (5/27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds) and Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter & Tom Bigelow (7/2 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1978: Lealand McSpadden, Billy Cassella & Dick Tobias (5/26 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1979: Tom Bigelow, Bubby Jones & Billy Cassella (5/25 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1980: Sheldon Kinser (5/26 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1981: Joe Saldana (5/22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1982: Ron Shuman (5/28 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1983: Ken Schrader (5/21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

1984: Joe Saldana (5/12 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds)

 

 

DO THE HUSTLE: $12,000 HAUBSTADT HUSTLER HITS TRI-STATE SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (September 15, 2021)………You can always count on the Haubstadt Hustler to bring the extra. Extra laps, extra money and extra-ordinary racing competition.

It’s 40 laps. It’s $12,000-to-win. It’s the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Midwest Sprint Car Series at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.!

This Saturday night’s 14th edition of the event on September 18 is the biggest yet, with increased pay throughout the field and features four past Haubstadt Hustler winners Kevin Thomas Jr., Kyle Cummins, Chase Stockon and Brady Short, in addition to Tri-State USAC National Sprint Car winners Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Chris Windom, Justin Grant and Stephen Schnapf, plus 2021 Haubstadt MSCS winners Jadon Rogers, Critter Malone and many more.

Chase Stockon, from nearby Fort Branch, Ind., comes into Saturday as the reigning Haubstadt Hustler king, winning the 2020 event, which was his second career TSS USAC Sprint score after winning initially in the Spring of 2016. Besides his win, Stockon’s Haubstadt Hustler stat sheet displays constant consistency with nine top-tens in total to go along with three consecutive 5th place runs between 2014-15-16. He was also victorious at Tri-State’s MSCS Hoosier Sprint Nationals on Aug. 14 of this year.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) is the only three-time winner of the Haubstadt Hustler, capturing his trio in 2013-17-18, and his five overall USAC Sprint Car feature wins at Tri-State rank second all-time. Thomas also collected a 2nd at the Hustler in 2015, plus a 4th in 2016 and a 7th in 2012.

Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) arrives as the winningest USAC National Sprint Car feature winner at Tri-State, capturing his sixth and most recent during the 2021 Spring Showdown back in April. Unsurprisingly, his resume at the Haubstadt Hustler is top-notch. His two victories in the event came in 2016 and 2019. He was also 2nd in 2017, 3rd in 2010 and 2014, and was 5th in 2013. He was also the fastest qualifier for the Haubstadt Hustler in 2020. Cummins has won at Tri-State a total of three occasions this year, leading all drivers in that category.

Short (Bedford, Ind.) notched a victory in the 2015 Haubstadt Hustler, one of his two career USAC Sprint wins at “The Class Track.” He’s also recorded runner-up finishes in the inaugural edition of the event in 2008 and again in 2013, as well as a 3rd in 2009, a 7th in 2017 and 9th in 2019.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured his first career Tri-State USAC National Sprint Car feature win in July of 2021 during the Indiana Sprint Week closer. Grant was the fastest qualifier at the 2019 Haubstadt Hustler but ran into trouble just before midway of the feature event. His best final placement at the “Hustler” came in 2016 where he finished 8th followed by a 10th in 2017. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), charged from 14th to 2nd in his first Haubstadt Hustler start in 2020 which remains his best career series finish in USAC National Sprint Car competition. The 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has won twice at Tri-State with MSCS this season with victories in the Memorial Weekend Classic and the Summer Shootout.

Veteran Critter Malone (Pittsboro, Ind.) has annually made the haul to TSS to compete in USAC Sprint Car events throughout the past decade. At the 2020 Haubstadt Hustler, the two-time USAC National Midget feature winner turned in his best career USAC National Sprint Car feature finish with a 4th. The son of former longtime USAC Chief Starter Shim Malone was also 6th at the Haubstadt Hustler in 2019, 7th in 2010 and 10th in 2011 at the “Hustler.” He won his first career race at Tri-State on September 5 during MSCS’s Labor Day Weekend Challenge.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) looks to make his first Haubstadt Hustler start since 2017. Meseraull won his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Tri-State in October 2020. He finished 3rd in the inaugural Haubstadt Hustler in 2008 and equaled that performance with another 3rd in 2017.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) scored a Tri-State win in a thrilling USAC National Midget A-Main during the 2019 season. In his first career Haubstadt Hustler start in 2018, the two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner earned his best finish in the event, a 3rd.

Three drivers – Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou and Chris Windom – have prior USAC National Sprint Car wins at Tri-State but are seeking a first Haubstadt Hustler triumph this Saturday. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won there in early 2015. The two-time USAC National Sprint champ’s Haubstadt Hustler record has a 3rd in 2013, a 4th in 2015 and a 5th in 2011.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) won the 2014 Indiana Sprint Week finale at TSS. He’s come close to taking home the top honors at the Haubstadt Hustler, finishing 2nd in 2014, and 3rd in both 2012 and 2020. The 2015 USAC National Sprint titlist notched the fastest qualifying time at the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) corralled his TSS USAC victory back in April of 2017. The 2017 USAC National Sprint Car driving champion’s six top-tens in the Haubstadt Hustler have been highlighted by top runs up to 5th on three occasions in 2012, 2019 and 2020, plus a 6th in 2016-17 and 8th in 2015.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is more than ready to breakthrough for a first Tri-State USAC National Sprint Car win after four previous wins in MSCS competition at the track. Last Sunday’s $20,000 winner at Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota led 44 total laps over the 2018 and 2019 installments of the Haubstadt Hustler that led to finishes of 2nd in 2018 and 3rd in 2019, which serve as his two best performances. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car titlist also took home an 8th in 2020, plus 9th place results in 2015 & 17.

A nice crop of Haubstadt Hustler Rookies, three of which are currently within the top-10 of the series standings coming in, will be taking their shots, including Tanner Thorson, Logan Seavey and Jake Swanson.

Well on his way to earning USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors is Thorson (Minden, Nev.), who finished 8th and 5th in his first two Tri-State USAC Sprint appearances this season after finishing a best of 2nd at TSS during a USAC National Midget feature in October 2020.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will be making his first career Haubstadt Hustler appearance this Saturday. He set fast time during qualifying for the Indiana Sprint Week round at TSS in August of 2020, ultimately finishing 12th in the main event. His first ever USAC Sprint Car ride at Tri-State resulted in a 3rd place finish in the Spring of 2018. In one TSS appearance this year, in July, he was 14th.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), seventh in the series’ standings, finished 11th and 12th at Tri-State this season. He’s joined in the event by Haubstadt Hustler veterans Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) who finished a career-best 10th in the 2020 race.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) was a personal-best 3rd in the 2016 Haubstadt Hustler to go along with a 10th in 2013. Stephen Schnapf (Newburgh, Ind.) scored his lone career USAC National Sprint Car win at Tri-State in 2020’s Spring Showdown. His two Haubstadt Hustler starts resulted in an 11th in both 2018 and 2019. Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) punched in a career best 4th with USAC in the 2019 Haubstadt Hustler.

Kent Schmidt (Owensville, Ind.), team manager for the KO Motorsports car of Chase Stockon that won the 2020 Haubstadt Hustler, finished 11th in 2020, which was his best result as a driver in the event.

The $12,000-to-win event will utilize the format regularly used by the Midwest Sprint Car Series. The night will be led off by group qualifying to set the heat race lineups and conclude with a 40-lap feature event.

USAC and MSCS have co-sanctioned the event since 2011. The first three events held in 2008-09-10 came under the MSCS banner solely. Jeff Bland Jr. was victorious in the inaugural Haubstadt Hustler in 2008.

The Midwest Mini Sprint Association will also be in action on Saturday night at Tri-State. The pits open at 3pm Central, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $30, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

The entire event from Tri-State this Saturday can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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TRACK RECORD FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/30/2000 - Levi Jones - 12.644 - 71.180 mph

6 Laps - 7/07/2005 - Hud Cone - 1:20.59 - 67.006 mph

8 Laps - 7/15/2006 - Shane Hollingsworth - 1:49.65 - 65.664 mph

10 Laps - 9/2/2006 - Dave Darland - 2:09.02 - 69.757 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

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER WINNERS:

2008: Jeff Bland Jr.

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Jon Stanbrough

2011: Casey Riggs

2012: Daron Clayton

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2014: Daron Clayton

2015: Brady Short

2016: Kyle Cummins

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019: Kyle Cummins

2020: Chase Stockon

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS

6-Kyle Cummins

5-Daron Clayton & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Cory Kruseman

3-Rick Hood

2-Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Jon Stanbrough & Chase Stockon

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS

1983: Rick Hood (9/4)

1984: Steve Butler (5/28) & Rick Hood (9/2)

1988: Kenny Jacobs (8/7)

1989: Rick Hood (6/3)

2000: Cory Kruseman (7/30)

2001: Tony Elliott (5/13) & Jay Drake (7/22)

2002: Tracy Hines (5/19) & Cory Kruseman (7/21)

2003: J.J. Yeley (7/20)

2004: Cory Kruseman (7/18)

2005: Cory Kruseman (7/17)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/15) & Daron Clayton (9/2)

2007: Daron Clayton (7/21)

2008: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/19)

2009: Levi Jones (7/18)

2010: Blake Fitzpatrick (7/17)

2011: Damion Gardner (7/16) & Casey Riggs (9/17)

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12), Jon Stanbrough (7/21) & Daron Clayton (9/15)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (5/11) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/14)

2014: Daron Clayton (4/26), Robert Ballou (7/19) & Daron Clayton (9/13)

2015: Brady Bacon (4/18), Brady Short (7/18) & Brady Short (9/19)

2016: Chase Stockon (4/16), Carson Short (7/16) & Kyle Cummins (9/17)

2017: Chris Windom (4/15), Kyle Cummins (7/15) & Kevin Thomas Jr., (9/16)

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/28), Dave Darland (7/28) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/15)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/27) & Kyle Cummins (9/14)

2020: Stephen Schnapf (6/14), Kyle Cummins (8/2) & Chase Stockon (9/19)

2021: Kyle Cummins (4/17) & Justin Grant (7/31)

PAST HAUBSTADT HUSTLER RESULTS:

2008 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Jeff Bland Jr., 2. Brady Short, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Darren Hagen, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Kyle Cummins, 10. Hud Cone, 11. A.J. Anderson, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Blake Fitzpatrick, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Chris Windom, 16. Shawn Krockenberger, 17. John Memmer, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. J.J. Yeley, 20. Alex Shanks, 21. Ricky Williams.

2009 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Josh Wise, 3. Brady Short, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Casey Shuman, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Blake Fitzpatrick, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Jeff Bland Jr., 14. Hud Cone, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Mark Perry III, 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. Nic Faas, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Danny Holtsclaw.

2010 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Critter Malone, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Jonathan Hendrick, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Kurt Gross, 13. Jeff Bland Jr., 14. Adam Nigg, 15. Jared Harris, 16. Chase Briscoe, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Jonathan Vennard, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 20. Brady Short, 21. Daron Clayton.

2011 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Casey Riggs, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Keith Bloom, 10. Critter Malone, 11. Jonathan Hendrick, 12. Kyle Cummins, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Wes McIntyre, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Daron Clayton, 17. Blake Fitzpatrick, 18. Braylon Fitzpatrick, 19. Robert Ballou, 20. Hud Cone, 21. Brady Short, 22. Chris Windom, 23. Chase Stockon, 24. Chase Briscoe, 25. Shane Cottle. NT

2012 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Daron Clayton, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Chase Briscoe, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Dakota Jackson, 14. Hunter Schuerenberg, 15. Bobby East, 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Brady Short, 19. Seth Parker, 20. Brandon Mattox, 21. Wes McIntyre, 22. Kyle Cummins, 23. Bryan Clauson (re-positioned due to missing scales). NT

2013 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Brady Short, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Daron Clayton, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Blake Fitzpatrick, 13. Jeff Bland Jr., 14. Bradley Sterrett, 15. Nick Drake, 16. Carson Short, 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Tyler Courtney, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Wes McIntyre, 23. Seth Parker. NT

2014 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Daron Clayton, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Brian Karraker, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Brady Short, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Shane Cockrum, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Donny Brackett, 19. Nick Hale, 20. Carson Short, 21. Brandon Mattox, 22. Hud Cone, 23. Mitch Wissmiller, 24. Jeff Bland Jr. NT

2015 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Brady Short, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Chris Windom, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Brandon Mattox, 14. Kent Schmidt, 15. Jon Stanbrough, 16. James Lyerla, 17. Kyle Cummins, 18. Donny Brackett, 19. Chad Boespflug, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Mike Terry Jr., 24. Daron Clayton. NT

2016 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Carson Short, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Brian Karraker, 14. Tyler Hewitt, 15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Daron Clayton, 18. Dakota Jackson, 19. Brady Short, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Donny Brackett, 23. Aaron Farney. NT

2017 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chet Williams, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Brady Short, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Carson Short, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Donny Brackett, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Josh Hodges, 18. Brady Bacon, 19. Dakota Jackson, 20. Aric Gentry, 21. Brandon Mattox, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Shane Cottle, 24. Kendall Ruble. NT

2018 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Jason McDougal (8), 4. Dave Darland (7), 5. Carson Short (15), 6. Tyler Courtney (16), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Donny Brackett (13), 11. Stephen Schnapf (5), 12. Isaac Chapple (14), 13. Chet Williams (19), 14. Brady Bacon (6), 15. Critter Malone (21), 16. Kendall Ruble (20), 17. Chris Windom (4), 18. Daron Clayton (17), 19. Justin Grant (12), 20. Tony DiMattia (22), 21. Brandon Mattox (23), 22. Kent Schmidt (1), 23. Aric Gentry (18). NT

2019 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (3), 2. Tyler Courtney (4), 3. C.J. Leary (1), 4. Kendall Ruble (5), 5. Chris Windom (10), 6. Critter Malone (11), 7. Chase Stockon (9), 8. Brady Bacon (19), 9. Brady Short (18), 10. Josh Hodges (6), 11. Stephen Schnapf (23), 12. Max Adams (14), 13. Carson Short (22), 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 15. Donny Brackett (16), 16. Kent Schmidt (15), 17. Dustin Christie (2), 18. Jason McDougal (21), 19. Brian Karraker (8), 20. Chayse Hayhurst (12), 21. Dakota Jackson (20), 22. Justin Grant (13), 23. Isaac Chapple (24), 24. Collin Ambrose (25), 25. Shane Cottle (7). NT

2020 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Jadon Rogers (14), 3. Robert Ballou (18), 4. Critter Malone (19), 5. Chris Windom (8), 6. Justin Grant (7), 7. Brady Bacon (12), 8. C.J. Leary (10), 9. Kyle Cummins (1), 10. Brandon Mattox (13), 11. Kent Schmidt (6), 12. Dave Darland (5), 13. Anton Hernandez (16), 14. Dakota Jackson (17), 15. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 16. Carson Short (15), 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 18. Chayse Hayhurst (24), 19. Aric Gentry (20), 20. Clinton Boyles (9), 21. Shane Cottle (21), 22. Jonathan Vennard (23), 23. Stephen Schnapf (11), DQ. Kendall Ruble.


 

C.J. SEES $20,000 USAC SPRINT CAR PAYDAY AT HUSET’S USAC NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 12, 2021)………When C.J. Leary gets on a roll, he’s routinely displayed his ability to ride that hot streak as long as he possibly can.

In fact, since 2016, no driver has won two-in-a-row more often in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature events than the Greenfield, Ind. native with five.

Sunday night, during the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals, Leary became the first driver in the series’ 2021 season to win consecutive races on multiple occasions, also doing the same in July at Plymouth, Ind. and Putnamville, Ind.

Leary turned the Brandon, South Dakota 1/3-mile dirt oval into his personal ATM as he followed Saturday’s preliminary win with the biggest payday of his racing career during Sunday’s finale, collecting a payday of $20,000 by capturing the 40-lap victory.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) became the third different race leader on lap 19 after Logan Seavey and Chris Windom exchanged the lead five different times in the first half of the event. Leary tracked down the leaders just one lap prior to midway, and ultimately propelled past Windom for the top spot, then fended off challenges from both Chris Windom and Brady Bacon down the stretch to score a biggie in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Valvoline/DRC/Cressman.

“I hit the setup really good two nights in a row,” Leary revealed. “That’s kind of unheard of in sprint car racing. It’s usually just ‘get it close, and let the driver drive it.’ I gave all I had tonight, and during the last yellow, I looked at the jumbo screen and saw that there were only five laps to go, and I was like, ‘man, I’ve got to get up on the wheel If I really want to win this $20-grand because I knew Brady and Chris were hungry to win too.’”

Pole sitter Seavey hopped into driver’s seat of the 24-car field on the initial start, leading the opening circuit-and-a-quarter when Robert Ballou and Windom, running second and third, made contact, sending Ballou’s left front wheel ramping over Windom’s right rear in turn one. Ballou glanced off the outside wall, then stopped with a flat left front tire on his machine. Ballou would return to finish 11th.

Seavey struck the first blow by leading each of the first three laps before Windom stormed by around the outside to lead lap four. Seavey ducked back under Windom to etch his name and number on laps five and six until Windom came roaring back topside to the point on the seventh go-around. Seavey flexed his muscles one more time as he scooted back by on the bottom of turns one and two to reassume the number one position.

Bacon turned up the thermostat on Windom by edging ahead in turn two on lap nine, which caught Windom’s attention as he gritted his teeth to shoot by both Bacon and Seavey in quick succession to snare the lead around the bottom berm with nine laps now completed and it’s where he’d remain until the 19th lap.

Meanwhile, Leary’s run was beginning to take shape as he rocketed past Bacon for third on the lowline in turn two on lap 11, then maneuvered his way by Seavey for second in the same spot five laps later, this time in the thick of the forest of traffic.

Once clear, Leary scooped chunks out of Windom’s once commanding lead, from five car lengths behind to two car lengths in arrears and then nosing in front of Windom as the pair of past USAC National Sprint Car champion split above and below 18th running Isaac Chapple in an electrically hair-raising endeavor entering the third turn with Leary shooting out the other side of the tunnel as the race leader.

With five laps remaining, Leary and Windom approached the 13th running car of Mario Clouser to put him a lap down. Leary followed Clouser through the middle while Windom went two steps higher up to the cushion in turns three and four. Windom whirled past the pair and became the new race leader for a split-second when the yellow was displayed for early race leader Logan Seavey who slowed and endured an agonizing crawl down the back straightaway with mechanical issues sending him to the sidelines.

With the yellow, Windom was repositioned back into the position he possessed during the last scored lap – second. Now with lapped traffic absent from the equation, it was time for Leary to prepare for another war, this time with three-time series champ Bacon.

Bacon clawed his way past Windom for second, and then applied the heavy pressure to Leary, looking high and low to no avail as Leary withstood all of the above to win by a 0.582 margin over Bacon, Windom, Tanner Thorson and Kevin Thomas Jr., who finished as the driver who recorded the most points throughout the entirety of the three-night USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing event Huset’s.

Leary endured traffic, and he endured pressure from two of the best in the business in Bacon and Windom on the homestretch. In the end , he endured trials and tribulations, some of which he attributed to placing him directly in victory lane at the conclusion of the evening.

“That lapped traffic was tough,” Leary said. “Actually, it might’ve won me the race. I caught Clouser there, and he was ripping the top in three and four and I’d been kind of diamonding it. He was slowly driving away from me off of four. So, I was like, ‘man, maybe the top finally came in down there.’ On the restart, I moved up there and I felt like it was treacherous. I had to go elbows up and give her all she had. It won me the race over there, for sure. That was a helluva race and I had a lot of fun. I’ve never won $20 grand before.”

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who’d twice won $20,000-to-win USAC National Sprint Car races at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway in 2019-20, came up just short in his bid for another hefty padding of his wallet, finishing in the second position in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

“I wasn’t aggressive enough at the beginning, but with the way the track was, I didn’t really know what it was going to do,” Bacon explained. “It was actually slicker at the beginning than it was at the end. We had a really good car, and we were able to sneak by Windom on a restart. My only shot was to get under C.J. entering turns one and two before he cut down, but I just couldn’t quite get there with two to go. I just had to take what we could get there.”

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) thought he had the deal sealed with five laps remaining. However, an untimely caution relegated him from first to second, then ultimately third at the finish line in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Byrd – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. A similar caution while leading Friday’s midget race saw him shuffled the USAC career Triple Crown champion back to second in the end, a feat Windom wasn’t all that excited to repeat in Sunday night’s sprint car race.

“That’s $20,000 down to whatever we got for third,” Windom lamented. “I felt like we had it there. We got by (Leary) and I think that would’ve been the race. It’s another caution here this week that put me in a bad spot. That’s racing though. You never know when they’re going to come out. This weekend, they just haven’t been on my side.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 12, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#17w Wood), 2. Jason McDougal (#5m KO), 3. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 4. Tanner Thorson (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 5. Jake Swanson (#21AZ Team AZ), 6. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 7. Chad Frewaldt (#4F Frewaldt), 8. Jeff Pellersels (#X Pellersels), 9. Robert Bell (#71 Bell), 10. Donovan Peterson (#11xs Peterson). 2:09.61 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chase Stockon (#5s KO), 2. Terry Richards (#18 Richards), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 4. Mario Clouser (#6 EZR), 5. C.J. Leary (#77m Michael), 6. Chris Windom (#19 Hayward), 7. Thomas Meseraull (2 Yeley), 8. Cam Schafer (#97 Roach), 9. Clinton Bruns (#7 Bruns). 2:11.51

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#47 Davis), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9K KT), 3. Matt Westfall (#33m Marshall), 4. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 5. Alex Banales (#5x Baldwin-Fox), 6. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 7. Jeremy Kerzman (#3K Kerzman), 8. Glen Saville (#19L Layton), 9. Logan Seavey (#5 Baldwin-Fox). NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Banales, 2. Cam Schafer, 3. Glen Saville, 4. Jeremy Kerzman, 5. Jeff Pellersels, 6. Clinton Bruns, 7. Donovan Peterson, 8. Robert Bell. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (9), 2. Brady Bacon (8), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (10), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Chase Stockon (6), 8. Jason McDougal (12), 9. Thomas Meseraull (7), 10. Ryan Bernal (14), 11. Robert Ballou (2), 12. Jake Swanson (13), 13. Mario Clouser (15), 14. Matt Westfall (18), 15. Brandon Mattox (17), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 17. Logan Seavey (1), 18. Isaac Chapple (16), 19. Terry Richards (19), 20. Cam Schafer (22), 21. Chad Frewaldt (20), 22. Glen Saville (23), 23. Jeremy Kerzman (24), 24. Alex Banales (21). NT

**Glen Saville flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Logan Seavey, Lap 4 Chris Windom, Laps 5-6 Logan Seavey, Lap 7 Chris Windom, Lap 8 Logan Seavey, Laps 9-18 Chris Windom, Laps 19-40 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2271, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2215, 3-Justin Grant-2176, 4-C.J. Leary-2023, 5-Tanner Thorson-2019, 6-Chris Windom-1912, 7-Jake Swanson-1841, 8-Robert Ballou-1749, 9-Chase Stockon-1460, 10-Kyle Cummins-1183.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-148, 2-Brady Bacon-143, 3-Tanner Thorson-134, 4-Justin Grant-131, 5-Thomas Meseraull-119, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-117, 7-Logan Seavey-115, 8-Robert Ballou-114, 9-Kyle Cummins-84, 10-Buddy Kofoid-79.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 17, 2021 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Jeremy Kerzman

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Ryan Bernal

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Alex Banales

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: C.J. Leary (9th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Mario Clouser

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Jeff Pellersels

 

WINDOM BANKS 20-GRAND AS 100-LAP
HUSET'S USAC NATIONALS MIDGET WINNER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 12, 2021)………In a race where multiple leaders fell by the wayside, Chris Windom found himself in a seemingly envious position with 15 laps to go in Sunday night’s $20,000-to-win, 100-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature at the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in Brandon, South Dakota.

However, Windom had already been entrenched in this scenario multiple times throughout the weekend with varying degrees of success.

With just less than five laps left in the preceding, accompanying USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature, for just a brief, fleeting moment, Windom thought he had the $20,000 prize just within his grasp.

When the yellow flag fell, it negated Windom’s pass for the lead, with the end result putting him third in the final order, necessitating the Canton, Ill. native to hit the reset button for the ensuing long-distance midget feature up next.

Taking the lead with just 15 laps remaining in the midget feature after leader Chase Randall’s flat right rear tire drama, subsequent turn one wall contact and flip, Windom experienced no interruptions and no technical difficulties en route to finally grabbing the $20,000 victory Sunday night in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“This definitely makes up for not winning the sprint car race,” Windom said with a grin. “That was a fun race. This thing was so good. I didn’t feel really good the first 50 laps, but I felt like we were maintaining. The next 50, when the track kind of moved to the top, I could run that diamond line down there. It was just so good.”

Windom had experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in USAC Midget competition throughout the weekend at Huset’s. On Friday, he was leading late, but was passed as he changed lines during the green-white-checkered finish, knocking him back to second in the final results. On Saturday, Windom reversed his fortunes by leading the final nine laps to reign victorious.

The reigning series champ started seventh in Sunday night’s finale, which was dominated early by top series Rookie and pole sitter Randall for the first 13 laps and Kevin Thomas Jr. between laps 14 through 19.

Eighth starting Cannon McIntosh’s first name was aptly fitting as he stormed around the outside of Thomas Jr. to the lead between turns three and four on lap 20 when Thomas Jr. became stifled in traffic behind the car of Casey Hicks, which aided McIntosh in his rush to the front.

McIntosh’s raid of the field was just as breathtaking as the lightning quick pace of the race in the first half as the first 42 laps clicked off in the blink of an eye without a stoppage. But that’s where the heartache and heartbreaks began.

With everything seemingly going to perfection and possessing a four second lead, McIntosh began to slow dramatically on the back straightaway with a completely flat right rear tire. That initiated the first yellow flag period, which ultimately led into the previously scheduled eight-minute red flag break for the field to add fuel and make adjustments.

Jason McDougal assumed his role as the new race leader when action resumed on lap 50, which proved to be short-lived. Fourth running Thomas Meseraull spun on his own between turns one and two, setting off a chain reaction of events behind him which resulted in ninth-place Mitchel Moles flipping upside down in an incident from which he walked away.

Also caught up in the melee were Daison Pursley who continued onward after slight contact with the rear bumper of the already-in-the-process-of-spinning Meseraull. Shane Golobic, meanwhile, contacted the spinning Meseraull square in the side of his nerf bar. After repairs, Golobic returned to the fray to finish seventh.

The first race leader of the night became the first race leader of the second half of the 100-lapper with Randall blitzing his way around the outside of McDougal on the lap 50 restart (part two). Thomas Jr. occupied the bottom as he waged war for second with McDougal up top while Windom slotted into fourth.

Another turn one incident halted activity on lap 56 as a tangle in turn one saw Chance Crum, Justin Grant, Austin Barnhill and a backwards facing Meseraull all parked on the banking. Barnhill became the only driver to restart with the remaining three cars suffering terminal damage or mechanical issues.

A steadily surging Windom took the third position from Thomas Jr. on lap 68, then four laps later, snagged second from McDougal with a turn three slider on lap 72.

Windom then chased down Randall for the lead, taking multiple shots, sliding even and sliding past the young Texan, but Randall had an answer each and every time. Randall was prepared once again in turns three and four when Windom dove low into turn three, blazing past Randall, who succinctly turned his car downhill and raced back underneath and ahead of Windom off turn four.

Mere moments later, disaster struck Randall whose right rear tire went flat prior to his entry on the cushion in turn one, forcing him into the outside wall and sending him flipping down the banking. The stunning result ended Randall’s bid to become the first driver to win his first career USAC National Midget feature in a 100-lap race since Zach Daum at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway in the 2011 Hut 100.

With clear sailing ahead, new race leader Windom was not going to be denied over the final 15-lap stretch, instantaneously posting a half-straight lead as a furious battle between Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Jr. and Pursley swarmed in the distance despite a lap 91 tangle between Austin Barnhill and Lance Bennett in turn two, which created one more final restart opportunity with five to go.

Windom put all challengers to rest once more, opening a six car length advantage and closing with a final margin of victory of 0.751 at the checkered flag with Buddy Kofoid, Daison Pursley, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tanner Thorson (from 18th) and Kevin Thomas Jr. rounding out the top-five.

Windom has been a master tradesman at the 30-lappers with all 10 of his previous USAC National Midget victories prior to Sunday night coming at that distance. The USAC Triple Crown champ admitted he needed all the allotted time, and then some, as he didn’t begin to make much headway until the 50-lap mark on his way to his fifth series win of the season and 11th of his career.

“I didn’t really get there until the second half of the race,” Windom explained. “Chase was running a really good race. He shouldn’t hang his head and there’s nothing he could’ve done. I just kept putting pressure on him and, unfortunately, he couldn’t do anything about his tire blowing. I felt, hopefully, we would’ve been able to get by him.

I felt like we had the best car,” Windom continued. “I felt like the line I was running through one and two was good; and I felt like I was making really good speed through three and four over the last 30-40 laps. I felt like, if I didn’t screw up, it was going to be tough to get around us. That’s how it was, and we get to take that $20,000 home.”

Like Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, which Windom has won at on four occasions in his USAC career, Windom feels now like Huset’s Speedway is a home-away-from-home in South Dakota.

“You could run the bottom for the first 50 laps, but it seems like the line gravitated up to the top every night for every race,” Windom noted. “This place is so fun running the top. It’s like a mini-Eldora and I love Eldora. This is pretty sweet and I’m proud of all my guys.”

With a cast on his hand, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) got progressively better each night throughout his weekend at Huset’s finishing 4th on Friday, 3rd on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I don’t feel like I’ve gone away,” Kofoid stated. “Part of it has been figuring out how to run with the cast and I’ve got less of a cast now, so I can grip the wheel a little bit better. We fell off a little bit, then we got the car back to going really good. We had three good runs this weekend but none of them were wins, unfortunately. Before that last red, I felt like I was the best car and was catching those guys. That red didn’t really help me.”

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) finished the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals as the driver who accumulated the most total points in USAC National Midget competition throughout the three nights of racing, finishing 3rd on Sunday night in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/IWX – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“One-hundred laps is a long time, and when you knock off those first 50 in one stretch, it’s pretty tiring, to say the least,” Pursley admitted. “A lot of guys did fall out, but I got by Chris (Windom) pretty quickly, and then we had that fuel stop and you could change a little bit of stuff. He got really, really good. But we’ll take a third and keep on digging.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 12, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 4. Ryan Timms (#85T CBI), 5. Logan Seavey (#25 Malloy), 6. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 7. Mitchel Moles (#07w Wood), 8. Aaron Werner (#11w Peterson). 2:12.56 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Daison Pursley (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 3. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 6. Tanner Thorson (#19T Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Austin Barnhill (#17B Dave Mac), 8. Lance Bennett (#10 Mason). 2:15.12

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 2. Jason McDougal (#19 Hayward), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 4. Chase Randall (#19A Reinbold-Underwood), 5. Chad Frewaldt (#9F Frewaldt), 6. Casey Hicks (#5H Hicks), 7. Chris Windom (#89 CBI). NT

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (7), 2. Buddy Kofoid (11), 3. Daison Pursley (12), 4. Tanner Thorson (18), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 6. Logan Seavey (6), 7. Shane Golobic (10), 8. Jason McDougal (4), 9. Brenham Crouch (15), 10. Emerson Axsom (2), 11. Ryan Timms (16), 12. Chad Frewaldt (20), 13. Brant O'Banion (24), 14. Austin Barnhill (19), 15. Aaron Werner (21), 16. Casey Hicks (22), 17. Chase Randall (1), 18. Lance Bennett (23), 19. Chance Crum (13), 20. Justin Grant (14), 21. Thomas Meseraull (9), 22. Mitchel Moles (5), 23. Cannon McIntosh (8), 24. Hayden Reinbold (17). NT

**Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 50 of the feature. Chase Randall flipped on lap 86 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Chase Randall, Laps 14-19 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 20-42 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 43-49 Jason McDougal, Laps 50-85 Chase Randall, Laps 86-100 Chris Windom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1799, 2-Chris Windom-1789, 3-Emerson Axsom-1705, 4-Daison Pursley-1655, 5-Tanner Thorson-1651, 6-Justin Grant-1633, 7-Logan Seavey-1520, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1471, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1450, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1288.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-154, 2-Tanner Thorson-148, 3-Brady Bacon-143, 4-Justin Grant-131, 5-Thomas Meseraull-119, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-117, 7-Logan Seavey-115, 8-Robert Ballou-114, 9-Buddy Kofoid-88, 10-Kyle Cummins-84.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 23, 2021 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – James Dean Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Chase Randall

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (18th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Brant O’Banion

 


 

Bright Extends Points Lead With Ninth Win Of 2021 Season
 

Winchester, VA. September 11th, 2021. Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC.

At the conclusion of twenty five hard fought laps, Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA was able to collect his ninth win of the season in dramatic fashion over Carmen Perigo Jr, and continue to add to his points lead on the 2021 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade.

Following heat race action, and the redraw for the top eight starting positions in the feature event field, Bruce Buckwalter Jr who is continuing to develop as a sprint car driver, and Alex Bright would lead the field to green for the twenty five lap feature event at the Winchester Speedway.

The initial green flag of the feature event immediately saw bright make his move around the outside of Buckwalter to take the lead for the feature event. Bright was would work the middle lane of the very slick, and technical surface of the Winchester Speedway, with Buckwalter on the bottom as the field completed the first pair of laps.

The car that was most noticeably on the move was veteran driver Carmen Perigo Jr who was picking off cars lap by lap, quickly finding himself in the third place position by the completion of lap four. Perigo was utilizing the extreme high side of the speedway to work his way up, and was catching the lead duo in rapid fashion, with Perigo moving into the runner up position by the conclusion of lap six.

Bright was the leader in front of the field with Perigo glued to the tail tank, as they completed laps with Bright running the middle, and Perigo on the high side blocking the runs of Perigo lap after lap. Buckwalter was solidly in third, with Drevicki holding a steady fourth. The most intense battle on track outside of the battle for the lead was between Eric Jennings, Kenny Miller lll and Joey Amantea early on, who remained three wide and trading positions at the back half of the top ten for numerous laps with Jennings holding onto fifth as the field reached the half way point.

Carmen Perigo appeared to have a much faster car than Bright while continuing to run the outside lane of the track, but simply would run out of room as the duo would come off of the turns onto the straightaways. The two would be virtually inseparable, clicking off laps and quickly finding less than ten laps to go. Meanwhile, the battle for fifth through eighth remained even more intense as fifteenth starting Colin White entered the battle for the top five, ad would secure that honor on lap sixteen. Jennings, Amantea, and Miller continued to battle with no position outside of fifth being safe.

On lap seventeen of the feature event Perigo finally got the run he was looking for, and got around Bright for the race lead at the line heading into turn one. Bright was able to pull the slide job in the middle of turns one and two and break the momentum of Perigo around the high-side of the speedway and take the lead back as they made their way down the back straightaway.

Perigo continued to give Bright everything he could with no contact being made between the lead duo as the laps continued to wind down. Ultimately Perigo would not have enough to get back by Bright for the lead as Alex Bright would go on to score his ninth win of the season. Perigo had to settle for second, with Buckwalter a strong third, Drevicki and a hard charging Colin White rounding out the top five.

What else could be said about Alex Bright and the Hummer Motorsports team on the 2021 Series trail? They have been lights out suffering only one DNF, and that was due to an accident battling inside the top five at Action Track USA. With the win on Saturday night at the Winchester Speedway, and a rare off night for Briggs Danner, Bright has extended his points lead to the largest it has been all season long with a 73 point advantage over Danner with five races remaining. While the gap may be at its biggest point of the season, anything can happen in racing, and five races is more than enough time for Danner to mount a charge back for the points lead.

Coming home in second yet again was veteran driver Carmen Perigo Jr. Perigo has been the most consistent of any driver in the series at the Winchester Speedway nearly picking up the win last season in the series debut losing the lead on the last lap to Steven Drevicki. Perigo finished third after leading early in July, and was the bridesmaid yet again on Saturday night. In addition to the runner up effort on Saturday, Perigo nearly collected the win at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds over Briggs Danner adding to the many chances Perigo has had to find victory lane. Perigo has been busy this season, and recently completed a pair of runs in Illinois with the USAC Silver Crown series as well. Perigo may not be a regular competitor with the series, but one thing is certain, every time the 21 car enters the pit area they are a threat for the win.

Bruce Buckwalter is in his sophomore season of sprint car racing, and this season has been improving consistently week after week. Buckwalter has usually found himself just outside the top five many times during the 2021 season, but Saturday night a well earned podium finish was afforded to the Buckwalter team. Buckwalter has been fast both times the series has been to Winchester, where he is noticeably comfortable as Buckwalter has experience in an ARDC Midget, and it shows.

Steven Drevicki found himself inside the top five yet again, and has begun to find a rhythm that is more of what is expected of the three time champion. This season has been full of ups and downs for Drevicki, and team, but over the last two weeks they have stabilized and finished solidly inside the top five. Drevicki is still piloting what is his normal 410 powered car rather than the family’s 360 car, but the increased comfort should help Drevicki as they prepare to head back to the mid west in two weeks to the Gas City Speedway and Eldora Speedway.

Rounding out the top five with a very impressive run was 2021 Series rookie Colin White. Colin had a very strong run going in the series first stop to the Winchester Speedway in July, but it was unfortunately cut short due to engine issues aboard the Hamilton Racing 32. White was making big moves in his heat race, but grabbed a piece of the wall with the tail tank of his entry, and fell all the way back to the eight place spot in his heat. By way of the deep heat race finish, he would start fifteenth in the feature event, and methodically worked his way from the back, to the front of the field in the feature. White used all three lines on track, low, middle and high to pass cars, and perhaps with the benefit of a caution, may have advanced even further in the top five and competed for the win. A strong and impressive run for the talented rookie driver.

Coming home in sixth just outside the top five, but worthy of a shoutout was Bloomingburg, NY driver Eric Jennings. Jennings made the long haul down to Virginia bringing his crate powered car along, instead of his usual ride aboard the Weslowski 16cw entry. While being down on horsepower, Jennings held his own in the slick, and came away with a near top five effort on Saturday night.

Up next for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade is the third stop of the season to the always entertaining Bridgeport Motorsports Park as a part of Danny Serrano weekend on September 25th. Follow along with the series and all our news, photos, and other updates on Twitter at: @USACecsc, and on Facebook at: USAC East Coast Sprint Cars.

USAC EC at Winchester Results:

Heat 1 (8 Laps, 4 Redraw): 1. 3BC Nash Ely, 2. 23m Kenny Miller, 3. 19 Steven Drevicki, 4. 14 Eric Jennings, 5. 67 Jason Cherry, 6. 57 Damon Paul, 7. 5G Briggs Danner, 8. 32 Colin White.

Heat 2 (8 Laps, 4 Redraw): 1. 21 Carmen Perigo Jr, 2. 20 Alex Bright, 3. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 4. 88J Joey Amantea, 5. 7 Ed Aikin, 6. 17m Christian Bruno, 7. 38s Tom Savage, 8. 83s Billy Ney.

Feature Event (25 Laps): 1. 20 Alex Bright, 2. 21 Carmen Perigo Jr, 3. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 4. 19 Steven Drevicki, 5. 32 Colin White, 6. 14 Eric Jennings, 7. 88J Joey Amantea, 8. 23m Kenny Miller, 9. 17m Christian Bruno, 10. 7 Ed Aikin, 11. 3BC Nash Ely, 12. 67 Jason Cherry, 13. 57 Damon Paul, 14. 5G Briggs Danner, 15. 38s Tom Savage, 16. 83s Billy Ney.

Feature lap leaders: Alex Bright (1-16, 18-25), Carmen Perigo (17).

Penske Shocks $100 Award: Alex Bright
Penske Shocks $50 Award: Carmen Perigo Jr
Penske Shocks $25 Award: Bruce Buckwalter Jr
Ultra Shield 3rd Place: Bruce Buckwalter Jr
Ultra Shield 6th Place: Eric Jennings
Vahlco Wheels Hard Charger $50 award: Colin White (15th to 5th).

USAC EC Points as of 09/11:
1. Alex Bright 1385
2. Briggs Danner 1312 (-73)
3. Nash Ely 1020 (-365)
4. Damon Paul 990 (-395)
5. Bruce Buckwalter 911 (-474)
6. Steven Drevicki 882 (-503)
7. Tommy Kunsman 832 (-553)
8. Joey Amantea 821 (-564)
9. Mike Thompson 790 (-595)
10. Kenny Miller lll 781 (-604)


 

 

HAYDEN WILLIAMS GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – SEPTEMBER 11, 2021… Making his first start with the USAC Western States Midget Series, Hayden Williams (Auckland, NZ) led all 30-laps to win at Ventura Raceway. Driving Bill Buckley’s #1NZ Esslinger Engineering / Lucas Oil Bullet, Williams started on the outside of the front row and sailed to the $1,200 victory. Travis Buckley, point leader Blake Bower, Matt Mitchell, and Caden Sarale followed Williams to the checkered flags.

Before scoring his first main event victory, Williams was fifth quick out the nineteen car roster and won the night’s 10-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Second Heat Race. The New Zealand based driver left the Ventura County Fairgrounds ranked twenty-fifth in the point chase.

In Woodland Auto Display Qualifying, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) earned his second fast time of the campaign. Racing the Beilman Motorsports’ #31B Dave.com / Walt Johnson Motorsports Spike, Johnson ran second to C.J. Sarna in his heat race and placed sixth in the main event. In limited starts, Chase has climbed to ninth in the point standings.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, CA) raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers First Heat Race. Piloting his #20 ZMax / Final Final Spike, Sarna qualified sixteenth overall and finished fifteenth in the feature. The former co-rookie of the year heads to Placerville ranked fourth in the chase for the championship.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) returned to action and won the 10-lap Ultra Shield Race Products / Rod End Supply Third Heat Race. Driving Keith Ford’s #73B Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Josett was twelfth quick in time trials and scored seventh in the main event .In limited starts, Robby is tied for twentieth in championship points.

Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Racing Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Johnson qualified nineteenth and placed fifth in his heat race. At press time, Colby has moved to thirteenth in points.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Ron Hazelton (Chatsworth, CA) claimed the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award. Piloting his #15 TRC Transmission / West Evans Motorsports Beast, Hazleton was seventeenth fast in time trials and ran sixth in his heat race. The veteran driver has moved to eleventh in points.

On Saturday, October 9th, the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will clash at Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA) for the “Prospector Pandemonium.” The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will join the action packed card.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 11, 2021 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Johnson, 31B, Beilman-12.072; 2. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.427; 3. Troy Rutherford, 8W, Woodland-12.475; 4. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.529; 5. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, Buckley-12.566; 6. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-12.603; 7. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.650; 8. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.654; 9. Matt Mitchell, 68, Six8-12.776; 10. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-12.818; 11. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-12.857; 12. Robby Josett, 73B, Ford-13.093; 13. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.094; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.331; 15. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.481; 16. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.517; 17. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.715; 18. Tony Gomes, 1X, LKK-NT; 19. Colby Johnson, 5K, Alexander-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sarna, 2. Ch.Johnson, 3. Fuson, 4. Ito, 5. Co.Johnson, 6. Rucker, 7. Leach. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Williams, 2. Sarale, 3. Pankratz, 4. Bower, 5. Soares, 6. Hazelton. NT.

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Buckley, 3. Rutherford, 4. Bishop, 5. Mitchell, 6. Gomes. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Hayden Williams (2), 2. Travis Buckley (1), 3. Blake Bower (5), 4. Matt Mitchell (11), 5. Caden Sarale (10), 6. Chase Johnson (6), 7. Robby Josett (7), 8. Colby Johnson (19), 9. Gage Rucker (12), 10. Randi Pankratz (15), 11. Jarrett Soares (13), 12. Joey Bishop (16), 13. Ron Hazelton (17), 14. Troy Rutherford (4), 15. C.J. Sarna (8), 16. Dylan Ito (9), 17. Mike Leach Jr. (14), 18. Brody Fuson (3), 19. Tony Gomes (18). NT
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*Mitchell flipped on lap 1 of the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Williams
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Colby Johnson (19th to 8th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ron Hazelton

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Blake Bower-663, 2-Brody Fuson-618, 3-Austin Liggett-549, 4-C.J. Sarna-542, 5-Ben Worth-351, 6-David Prickett-334, 7-Jarrett Soares-323, 8-Shannon McQueen-320, 9-Chase Johnson-304, 10-Maria Cofer-282.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 9 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Prospector Pandemonium”

 

 

WINDOM FINDS HIS MIDGET GROOVE TO WIN HUSET'S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS NIGHT #2
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 11, 2021)………For the second consecutive evening, Chris Windom found himself taking over the lead just nine laps from the finish of the 30-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature event at Brandon, South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway.

On Friday, however, Windom’s mercurial move to the bottom while leading left the top open and resulted in an unhappy Windom finishing second and champing at the bit to right the wrongs the next time he hit the track.

The Canton, Ill. driver was beside himself at the moment, and made a pledge to himself that given the same scenario, he’d certainly not change course on his own accord in round number two of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals.

Come Saturday night, Windom found himself in a similar spot. Starting sixth, he climbed to second by lap four, stalked leader Daison Pursley throughout the first two-thirds of the race, then slid his way into the lead on lap 22 of the 30-lap distance, staying loyal to the topside throughout the duration.

Windom ultimately score his redemptional fourth USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship victory of the year in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Saturday night’s $5,000 triumph was the 10th of Windom’s USAC National Midget career, tying him for 69th all-time with Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung and Chuck Weyant.

Following a large range of emotions over the past two nights, Windom made it abundantly clear his preference for the result that came in his “green-to-checker” run over his “green-white-checkered” finish that came just 24 hours earlier.

“(Car owner) Chad (Boat) had this car so good the last two nights,” Windom said. “I was really frustrated after losing last night. I was definitely not coming off the top tonight and I felt like I was not going to lose this race.”

Windom took his first shot at Pursley for the lead in turn one just past the halfway mark on lap 16, diving to the bottom briefly to slide his way by Pursley. Unable to make the move stick, Windom tucked into line behind Pursley as Logan Seavey posed a brief challenge to Windom for the second position.

Moments later, in turn one on the 17th lap, series point leader Buddy Kofoid saw a glimpse of daylight to slot in between Windom and Seavey for the third position as he dove his way into turn one. While sliding up the racetrack in front of Seavey, Seavey banged his right rear tire off the cushion, and subsequently got on the bike by lifting both left side tires. When his car came back to all fours, Seavey’s left front tire landed atop Kofoid’s right rear. As Seavey gathered up his car and his senses, Kofoid had sped away with the third position for his own taking.

As Pursley drew closer to lapped traffic, he found himself coerced into leaving the comfort of the topside to cut below 19th running Hayden Reinbold. As soon as Pursley traveled to the low groove in turns three and four, Windom quickly ate up all the ground Pursley left unguarded up top.

When Pursley drifted back uphill to the top on the front straight behind Reinbold, Windom had a full head of steam and zeroed in on the opportunity, driving downhill from the top of turn four to the bottom of turn one, completing the pass as he broad slid into the lane located a few feet from the outside wall just ahead of the chrome on Pursley’s front bumper.

All the right moves in all the right places, that’s how Windom’s race was going to go down on this night.

“When you’re running second, you can kind of tell where you’re gaining a little time on the guy who’s leading,” Windom explained. “I’d get him coming off each corner a little bit, but the midgets are so close in speed here, it’s really hard to close up on a guy, so when you get there, you’ve got to make the right move. I made one early and I wasn’t close enough. I had to rebound and run him back down.”

Once Windom cleared Reinbold while utilizing a turn one slider just eight laps from the close, it was lights out for the rest of the field as Windom separated himself from Pursley to collect the win by a 0.977 second margin. Pursley finished in the second position with Kofoid third, Seavey fourth and Shane Golobic fifth.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) led a race-high 22 laps before finishing as the runner-up in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/IWX – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, which marked his second consecutive top-five finish at Huset’s after finishing fifth on Friday, along with his eighth top-10 in his last nine starts.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Okla.) upped his Huset’s performance from fourth on Friday to third on Saturday in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, which helped him maintain a slight 13-point advantage over Windom in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) recorded his first career fast time with the series during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying with a new Huset’s Speedway USAC National Midget one-lap track record of 12.776 in his Matt Wood Racing/Southern Pacific Farms – Elk Grove Ford/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. Moles finished 12th in the night’s feature.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 11, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-12.776 (New Track Record); 2. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.847; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-12.856; 4. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-12.877; 5. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.910; 6. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.989; 7. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-13.179; 8. Aaron Werner, 11w, Peterson-13.731; 9. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-13.794.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-12.908; 2. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.961; 3. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.967; 4. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.987; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.032; 6. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.043; 7. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-13.079; 8. Chad Frewaldt, 4c, Frewaldt-13.795; 9. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-13.953.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.850; 2. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.989; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-13.011; 4. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.026; 5. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.097; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.106; 7. Jason McDougal, 19, Hayward-13.127; 8. Lance Bennett, 10, Mason-13.636.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Austin Barnhill, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Aaron Werner, 9. Casey Hicks. 2:20.08

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Chase Randall, 7. Chad Frewaldt, 8. Blaze Bennett, 9. Ethan Mitchell. 2:17.91

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Lance Bennett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (6), 2. Daison Pursley (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (7), 4. Logan Seavey (3), 5. Shane Golobic (12), 6. Justin Grant (13), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (16), 9. Cannon McIntosh (10), 10. Chance Crum (5), 11. Emerson Axsom (8), 12. Mitchel Moles (11), 13. Tanner Thorson (15), 14. Chase Randall (18), 15. Ryan Timms (14), 16. Jason McDougal (17), 17. Maria Cofer (19), 18. Brenham Crouch (2), 19. Hayden Reinbold (20), 20. Chad Frewaldt (21), 21. Austin Barnhill (4), 22. Aaron Werner (23), 23. Casey Hicks (25), 24. Lance Bennett (22), 25. Blaze Bennett (24). 7:31.12 (New Track Record)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Daison Pursley, Laps 22-30 Chris Windom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1732, 2-Chris Windom-1719, 3-Emerson Axsom-1662, 4-Justin Grant-1610, 5-Daison Pursley-1591, 6-Tanner Thorson-1590, 7-Logan Seavey-1465, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1448, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1392, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1265.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-144, 2-Brady Bacon-137, 3-Justin Grant-131, 4-Tanner Thorson-123, 5-Thomas Meseraull-116, 6-Robert Ballou-114, 7-Logan Seavey-112, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-108, 9-Kyle Cummins-84, 10-Buddy Kofoid-79.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 12, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Shane Golobic

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Austin Barnhill

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Shane Golobic

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (16th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Thorson

 

LEARY SPRINTS TO HUSET’S USAC NATIONALS
NIGHT TWO TRIUMPH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 11, 2021)………”Man, I love winning races.”

C.J. Leary has a knack for doing just that, and when everything comes together on both sides of the coin, that’s when reaching victory lane becomes a reality just as it did on Saturday during the second night of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in Brandon, South Dakota.

The Greenfield, Ind. native charged from sixth to first with a quick progression through the field that saw him come within inches of taking the lead on the opening lap. Finally, on lap three, Leary stuck the position, then withstood a plethora of late-race restarts to score his fourth USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win of the season in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Valvoline/DRC/Cressman.

Leary’s 15th career triumph moved him into 38th all-time on the USAC National Sprint Car win list, equaling Bobby East, Cory Kruseman and Brian Tyler.

“When you get a really good racecar, it gives you a ton of confidence,” Leary explained after collecting $5,000 for his winning efforts. “Last night, I didn’t know how good our racecar was. We all started back there, and we were all kind of running the same speed. We started sixth tonight, made quick work, and got to the front. That was the key to winning the race.”

The initial start to the 30-lap feature was halted by a melee involving several cars. Initiated by fourth-starting Mario Clouser’s spin in turn two, collected into the carnage was Kevin Thomas Jr. who nosed into the left side nerf bar of the spinning Clouser. Justin Grant ramped his right rear over the front bumper of Thomas. Logan Seavey spun to the inside in a valiant effort to avoid the altercation. Glen Saville clipped Thomas and flipped over. Matt Westfall nearly did the same as Saville, but was hit in his car’s undercarriage by Alex Banales, which rotated Westfall back on all four wheels.

All drivers were unharmed in the incident, and all were able to restart, with Thomas carving all the way from near the tail of the 24-car field to finish fifth with Seavey eighth, Clouser 11th, Grant 14th, Banales 20th, Westfall 23rd and Saville 24th.

When action resumed, Leary, the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car driving champion, burst by Tanner Thorson, Jason McDougal, Ryan Bernal and Brady Bacon in quick succession, and soon found himself side-by-side with pole sitter Charles Davis Jr. at the conclusion of the opening lap, with Leary missing out on the lead by a half-car length at the stripe.

At the end of lap two, the difference between the two was about an inch with Davis just a sliver of a hair ahead of Leary. Moments later, Leary powered by Davis with a slider entering turn one to occupy his position at the head of the field while Bacon slotted into second one lap later as the first pair of positions embarked on a two-car breakaway in the early going.

Twelve laps in, the frontrunners were now hustling their way through the backend of the field with Leary splitting between the two lapped cars of Westfall and Chad Frewaldt in turn three. Bacon attempted to go underneath both lappers on the following lap in turns one and two, but lost the momentum, which Jake Swanson now possessed and utilized to rip around Bacon for the runner-up spot nearing midway.

It became a match of point/counterpoint between Leary and Swanson with each of Leary’s escape artist maneuvers being repeatedly answered without an ounce of hesitation by Swanson. Leary completed a double-slider with seven laps remaining between turns three and four with Leary and Chapple bouncing wheels off each other at the exit of turn four. Swanson retaliated by swiftly overtaking both and positioned himself to within a single car length with five laps remaining.

Following in close-quarters with Leary’s rear bumper was a hungry Swanson, a three-time runner-up finisher this season who’s yet to breakthrough with a first career USAC National Sprint Car feature win. Swanson’s hopes for that breakthrough found a roadblock when he bounced off the turn one cushion on lap 26, dropping him back and forcing him to watch as Leary began to stretch his lead out.

With the white flag unfurled, that’s when things got a tad hairy. In their joust for the fourth position, Thorson jumped to the inside of turn one in an attempt to surpass Ryan Bernal. Thorson’s front wheels climbed over the infield berm on entry and contact was made between Thorson’s right rear and Bernal’s left front, sending Bernal backwards hard into the outside wall.

Sixth-running Robert Ballou was caught up as a victim in the fracas as he plowed into Bernal, which spun him around backwards against the wall. Meseraull, in ninth, also slid to a stop to avoid contact with Bernal and Ballou, both of whom were unable to restart while Meseraull returned to finish just where he had been, in ninth.

On the restart, Leary’s prowess of the 1/3-mile rolled on without interruption toward a five-car-length advantage while the fight for second was on. Second-running Swanson, however, banged the right rear tire off the turn four cushion coming to the white flag, allowing both Thorson and Davis to glide by on the low slide while Swanson fell back to fifth momentarily, but was able to drive back past Bacon to grab the fourth spot on the final lap.

Leary finished off his duties with a 0.640 second victory over Thorson, Davis and Swanson, which made it an all-Arizona team top-four with the Grand Canyon State’s Michael Motorsports (Chino Valley), Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports (Gilbert), Davis Race Team (Buckeye) and Team AZ Racing (Phoenix) earning the top-four finishing spots.

A succession of late yellows made for an arduous journey to the checkered flag for Leary, but it resulted in reaching the promised land once again, and for the first time in South Dakota.

“Those late yellows are always tough,” Leary lamented. “You never really know where to go and whether you should protect or just keep doing what you’re doing. The racetrack took rubber at the end, and I was trying to figure out if it was faster to rail the top or come down a lane and get in the rubber. Lapped traffic was hectic too, but we hit this setup pretty good on the 77m.”

Friday night Huset’s winner Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) finished second to record his third consecutive top-two feature result with the series in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – CSI – MVT/Spike/Stanton Chevy, which was marred by a late-race incident with Bernal and Ballou.

“First off, I want to apologize to Ryan and Ballou,” Thorson said. “I don’t think (Ryan) expected me to be down there. I caught the berm with my left front and got into him. I take full responsibility for that one. I did what I had to do there after that to get to second and (car owner) Andy (Reinbold) gave me a great car to do that.”

Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) celebrated unlike any other for a driver who just earned a third-place finish. The 53-year-old veteran performed a cage stand while simultaneously chugging a can of beer on the front straightaway following his best career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car finish, a third in his Davis Race Team/MP Environmental – Black Magic Bead Breaker – RSS Industries/DRC/Ott Chevy.

“It was awesome,” Davis exclaimed. “We really got the car figured out there yesterday. I screwed up in qualifying so badly; the car was just so tight. I knew I had to win that heat race and that’s all there was to it. That was the only way we were going to be in the show without having to run the B-main. I had no idea it was going to start me on the front row, so everybody was happy about that.”

In Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) recorded his third consecutive fast time aboard his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Chevy before going on to finish eighth in the feature event.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 11, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.591; 2. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-12.617; 3. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.727; 4. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.780; 5. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-12.875; 6. Cam Schafer, 97, Roach-12.958; 7. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.966; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.011; 9. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-13.206.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.589; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-12.695; 3. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.719; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.860; 5. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.139; 6. Glen Saville, 19L, Layton-13.285; 7. Jeremy Kerzman, 3K, Kerzman-13.553; 8. Jeff Pellersels, X, Pellersels-13.728; 9. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.911.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.688; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.712; 3. Ryan Bernal, 17w, Wood-12.825; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.844; 5. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-12.848; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-12.998; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.075; 8. Terry Richards, 18, Richards-13.396; 9. Clinton Bruns, 7, Bruns-13.931.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Mario Clouser, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Cam Schafer, 8. Alex Banales, 9. Chase Stockon. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Logan Seavey, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Chad Frewaldt, 6. Glen Saville, 7. Robert Bell, 8. Jeff Pellersels, 9. Jeremy Kerzman. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Terry Richards, 9. Clinton Bruns. 2:23.90

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. Isaac Chapple, 3. Alex Banales, 4. Terry Richards, 5. Cam Schafer, 6. Robert Bell, 7. Clinton Bruns, 8. Jeff Pellersels. 2:00.15 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (6), 2. Tanner Thorson (7), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (1), 4. Jake Swanson (9), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 6. Brady Bacon (2), 7. Chris Windom (10), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Thomas Meseraull (12), 10. Brandon Mattox (18), 11. Mario Clouser (4), 12. Chase Stockon (24), 13. Terry Richards (21), 14. Justin Grant (13), 15. Isaac Chapple (19), 16. Ryan Bernal (3), 17. Robert Ballou (14), 18. Chad Frewaldt (16), 19. Cam Schafer (22), 20. Alex Banales (20), 21. Robert Bell (23), 22. Jason McDougal (5), 23. Matt Westfall (15), 24. Glen Saville (17). NT

**Glen Saville flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Charles Davis Jr., Laps 3-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2204, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2157, 3-Justin Grant-2121, 4-Tanner Thorson-1958, 5-C.J. Leary-1953, 6-Chris Windom-1848, 7-Jake Swanson-1802, 8-Robert Ballou-1708, 9-Chase Stockon-1408, 10-Kyle Cummins-1163.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-147, 2-Brady Bacon-137, 3-Justin Grant-131, 4-Tanner Thorson-128, 5-Thomas Meseraull-119, 6-Logan Seavey-115, 7-Robert Ballou-114, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-111, 9-Kyle Cummins-84, 10-Buddy Kofoid-79.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 12, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Charles Davis Jr.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Brandon Mattox

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chase Stockon (24th to 12th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Terry Richards

 

 

T-MEZ'S HUSET'S HEROICS NET SOUTH DAKOTA USAC MIDGET SCORE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 10, 2021)………With the checkered flag in his sight, Thomas Meseraull resigned himself to a third-place finish in Friday night’s Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals feature for the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in Brandon, South Dakota.

Running inside the top-five throughout the first 29 laps, Meseraull saw his hopes of victory dashed on the final lap as leader Chris Windom and a surging Mitchel Moles raced into the distance on the back straightaway while Meseraull seemed destined for a third-place fate.

However, divine intervention swept over the speedway in the form of a yellow flag for Meseraull due to Cannon McIntosh’s stop in turn two which brought about not only a halt to the race, but also sent Meseraull back to second and provided him another shot with a green-white-checkered bout waiting ahead for the first series race at the track since 1996.

Meseraull assaulted the cushion as Windom altered his route by taking the low line into turn one on the lap 30 restart. Without hesitation, Meseraull stuck to his guns and charged around Windom, ultimately completing the pass at the exit of turn four coming to the white flag.

Not to be denied, Meseraull locked it up on the final lap by turning his best lap of the contest on the 31st and final lap to win the $5,000 prize by a 0.672 second margin in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

The San Jose, Californian led 16 laps of the BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS before an incident knocked him out of the event while racing for the lead with less than five laps to go. In his most recent start last Sunday at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway, Meseraull led the first 22 before giving way to Thorson to whom he finished second.

After leading 38 of the 69 laps in his last two USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts, all Meseraull was asking for was a little luck, a bit of a break, to help guide him to a long-awaited checkered flag. Just like he drew it up. Well, maybe not exactly.

“We had a little bit of luck go our way,” Meseraull proudly stated. “We’ve been so good lately; we were second last week, and we’ve just been plugging away. The last five nights, I feel like we had the fastest car and, tonight, I felt like we were going to run third. We opted for a harder tire, and it looks like it played out to our advantage. Hats off to my guys for making the right calls tonight.”

While the ending belonged to Meseraull, the first two-thirds of the race was all Kevin Thomas Jr.’s, who boasted a solid lead early on from his outside front row starting position. His Petry Motorsports teammate, Emerson Axsom, however, fell to trouble early while running 10th as his car went up smoke before one lap was even completed, dropping him from nine points down in the series championship race to 47 behind point leader Buddy Kofoid.

As Thomas was controlling the head of the pack, Meseraull was charging up through the field from his sixth starting position, sliding Kofoid for fourth on lap nine in turn one, then subsequently drifting by Daison Pursley for the third position exiting turn four on lap 11.

At the midway point, Windom swarmed Thomas Jr. and the two exchanged the lead multiple times for a two-lap span on both ends of the racetrack with Windom sliding Thomas and Thomas countering each and every uppercut by racing back by to resume his position in the lead.

Finally gaining a semblance of breathing room from Windom over the ensuing laps, Thomas maintained a four to five car length advantage over Windom as he entered on the turn three cushion, just as he had done to perfection the previous 21 trips this evening around the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

This time, however, was something quite different. Thomas’ right rear tire went down on the entry, sending him into the outside wall. Now driving on just the rim, Thomas coasted to a stop, putting him out of the race with a 19th place finish.

Lurking behind Windom just prior to the yellow was Meseraull who was now elevated to second for the restart, but not for long, as it turned out, when Fatheadz Fast Qualifier and new one-lap track record holder Shane Golobic charged under to move into second.

Meseraull tapped Golobic’s rear bumper on the back straight with five to go, just to let him know he had no intentions of going away. A lap later, Meseraull delivered by ripping around the outside of Golobic at thee exit of turn four on lap 27.

On the final lap, Meseraull took one last shot at Windom in turn one with a slider, coming up just a tad short in his bid before falling back into line. Meanwhile, the two Matt Wood Racing cars driven by Golobic and Moles were firmly planted on the bottom and digging.

Moles, quite appropriately, was the one who hit paydirt by getting a drive past both Golobic and Meseraull in turn two, then quickly ran down the high-riding Windom in turn three just as the initial call from race control came over the radio to throw the yellow for the stopped car of ninth running Cannon McIntosh in turn two.

With the field re-racked for a final two-lap dash to the checkered, Windom was the leader with Meseraull second, Golobic third and Moles back to fourth due to the running order being reverted back to the last completed lap.

When action resumed, Windom altered course and shot right to the bottom of turn one while Meseraull carried onward on the top, gliding by around the outside to occupy the lead once and for all to get the victory over Windom, Golobic, Kofoid and Daison Pursley, while Moles slipped back to sixth.

“I was kind of surprised to see him go to the bottom other than the Wood guys who were working on getting us, but that’s what those guys do. They’re good on the bottom everywhere, every year. But momentum is key, and I just ripped the lip.”

It was a tough pill to swallow for Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) who seemed to be in position to win his fourth of the year aboard the CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota. Yet, he chose to alter his path on the final restart, heading to the bottom after being right on top practically all throughout.

“I just completely gave that one away,” Windom admitted. “I tried to save my tire on the top, then the Matt Wood Racing cars started making the bottom work. I thought that, on a restart, it might work for one lap down there as we were coming to green-white-checkered. I just screwed myself and I should’ve stayed on the top where I was good. I’m pretty disappointed leading all that, saving my tires and losing it. But it is what it is.”

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) finished third in his Matt Wood Racing/NOS Energy Drink – Elk Grove Ford – Royal Truck Body/Spike/Stanton SR-11x, his best series finish since finishing third at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in November of 2018. Earlier in the evening, Golobic broke Tracy Hines’ long-standing 25-year-old one-lap USAC National Midget track record of 13.923. Golobic’s time of 12.923 was exactly one second faster than the former record set a quarter of a century ago.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 10, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.923 (New Track Record); 2. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.052; 3. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.088; 4. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.096; 5. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.114; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.115; 7. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-13.134; 8. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.195; 9. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-13.230; 10. Jody Rosenboom, 14x, Rosenboom-13.426.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.021; 2. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.044; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-13.062; 4. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.091; 5. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.164; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.234; 7. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-13.244; 8. Chad Frewaldt, 4c, Frewaldt-13.438; 9. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-NT.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-13.001; 2. Jason McDougal, 19, Hayward-13.122; 3. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-13.157; 4. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.196; 5. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.234; 6. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.302; 7. Aaron Werner, 11w, Peterson-13.913; 8. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-13.933; 9. Brant O'Banion, 9, McDonald-13.936; 10. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-14.047.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Chance Crum, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Jody Rosenboom, 10. Austin Barnhill. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Chad Frewaldt, 9. Blaze Bennett. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Brant O’Banion, 7. Lance Bennett, 8. Casey Hicks, 9. Aaron Werner, 10. Justin Grant. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chance Crum, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Austin Barnhill, 5. Brant O’Banion, 6. Chad Frewaldt, 7. Casey Hicks, 8. Aaron Werner, 9. Blaze Bennett, 10. Jody Rosenboom, 11. Lance Bennett. NT

FEATURE: (31 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Chris Windom (4), 3. Shane Golobic (5), 4. Buddy Kofoid (7), 5. Daison Pursley (1), 6. Mitchel Moles (12), 7. Logan Seavey (13), 8. Jason McDougal (9), 9. Chase Randall (3), 10. Chance Crum (17), 11. Brenham Crouch (16), 12. Maria Cofer (20), 13. Ethan Mitchell (18), 14. Hayden Reinbold (19), 15. Austin Barnhill (22), 16. Cannon McIntosh (11), 17. Brady Bacon (8), 18. Ryan Timms (15), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 20. Chad Frewaldt (24), 21. Tanner Thorson (14), 22. Justin Grant (21), 23. Brant O'Banion (23), 24. Emerson Axsom (10). NT

**Justin Grant flipped during the third heat. Lance Bennett flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 22-29 Chris Windom, Laps 30-31 Thomas Meseraull.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1668, 2-Chris Windom-1649, 3-Emerson Axsom-1621, 4-Justin Grant-1555, 5-Tanner Thorson-1553, 6-Daison Pursley-1524, 7-Logan Seavey-1404, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1399, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1340, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1219.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-139, 2-Brady Bacon-130, 3-Justin Grant-123, 4-Tanner Thorson-121, 5-Robert Ballou-114, 6-Logan Seavey-109, 7-Thomas Meseraull-108, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-102, 9-Kyle Cummins-84, 10-Buddy Kofoid-78.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 11-12, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Thomas Meseraull

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Shane Golobic

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Maria Cofer (20th to 12th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ethan Mitchell

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Casey Hicks

 

 

THORSON THRIVES AFTER CLOSE CALL TO WIN HUSET’S USAC SPRINTS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 10, 2021)………Following a bitterly disappointing end to his run in the midget feature less than 30 minutes before strapping in to go again in the sprint car, Tanner Thorson lived up to the adage, “the best revenge is living well” during Friday’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature on the opening night of the inaugural USAC Nationals.

In the immediacy of jumping out of his damaged midget that sat facing the outside turn two wall, Thorson turned his focus to the sprint car and his upcoming leading role on the pole for the evening’s 25-lap nightcap.

A smooth sail for 23 of the 25-lap distance hit choppy waters as Thorson neared scoring what appeared to be a relatively stress-free feature win.

However, that wasn’t the case as race leader Thorson became sideways in turn four, resulting in he and and 16th running Charles Davis Jr. locking horns. With both cars sideways and nearly going on their own respective wild rides, the yellow flag was displayed while Thorson somehow managed to escape the calamity without stopping or spinning.

By the skin of his teeth, Thorson (Minden, Nev.) resumed, then promptly engaged in his own personal green-white-checkered contest with Thomas Meseraull, who prevailed in a much similar situation in the preceding midget feature.

Thorson stayed tried and true on the topside for the remaining two circuits to capture his fourth series victory of the season in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – CSI – MVT/Spike/Stanton Chevy.

The four feature wins by Thorson have surpassed the most by a USAC National Sprint Car Rookie since Michael Lewis won three in 2003. It was also Thorson’s series-leading 11th overall USAC National feature victory this season, with seven in the midget added to four more in the sprint car.

“It was my bad. I got in there pretty hard trying to clear both (Ryan) Bernal and Charles. That was all my bad,” Thorson revealed. “It paid off in the end for us because we had a fast racecar. Starting there on the bottom, then working on the bottom, I feel like helped us for the first few laps.”

Eventually moving to the top shortly thereafter, that’s where Thorson performed most of his work, building a cushion of 1.5 seconds over his front row counterpart, Meseraull, who started second and followed Thorson in sync around the perimeter of the racetrack.

Meseraull managed to whittle a full second off Thorson’s lead in traffic, but once Thorson hit clear air once again, the interval grew back to 1.5 seconds until the flashing yellow lights for the Thorson/Davis slight tangle restacked the deck with two laps remaining.

Without traffic, Thorson stepped away to put a stamp on a winning performance while multiple battles raged back behind he and second-running Meseraull.

Tenth-starting Brady Bacon dipped underneath Robert Ballou for the third spot in turn three coming to the white flag while, simultaneously, Ballou and Jake Swanson touched wheels, getting Ballou’s car into a peculiar sideways position momentarily before he gathered it up and motored back past Kevin Thomas Jr. who had briefly nosed ahead off turn four for fourth.

Up front, it was all Thorson who put the race on ice with a 0.715 second margin of victory over Meseraull, Bacon and Ballou with Thomas Jr. rounding out the top-five.

For Meseraull, it was a sterling night with a midget win followed by a second-place result in his Yeley Racing/Avanti Windows & Doors – Apache Scapes – CK Electric/Twister/Claxton Mopar sprint car. The runner-up finish marks the San Jose, California driver’s best with the series since winning the Sprint Car Smackdown opener at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2019. Furthermore, the second-place finish is the best by a Jack Yeley-owned car with the series since Kevin Swindell finished second at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, during the 2008 season.

“I’m pretty excited about putting the ol’ 2 up here on the podium,” Meseraull said. “How about that? Hats off to Jack Yeley. We just really haven’t been all that great in this thing. He put the super tune to it because here we are on the podium.”

In regard to the big payouts throughout the week with $5,000-to-win on the Friday and Saturday night programs, plus a $20,000 winner’s share for Sunday night’s finales, Meseraull was cautious about his mindset toward it.

“For me, it’s so important to not pay attention to the money because I will drive this thing right into the fence if it paid enough money,” Meseraull said point blankly. “That’s what happens when you put the money on the line. I really don’t care about the money. I’m going to try to go forward, rip the lip, bang sliders, you know, do what I love to do best.”

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) put his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy back into the top-five for the 17th time in his last 20 starts to extend his series point lead to an even 50 as he pursues a fourth career USAC National Sprint Car driving title. His advancement from the 10th starting spot to finish third also earned him KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for the evening.

“We were running fourth, and we got a really good run off the bottom and kind of poked him out of the way there,” Bacon explained of his late-race pass of Ballou to round out the podium. “We were going to get freight-trained if we were going to be following. Twenty-five laps just isn’t enough to come from 10th when you have to pass good cars, but I think we had a car capable of winning for sure.”

In qualifying, Logan Seavey set a new one-lap track record for USAC National Sprint Cars at Huset’s Speedway with a time of 12.576 seconds, taking over the best all-time speed at the track from Kevin Thomas Jr. who held the former mark of 12.711, set in 2016.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 10, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.576 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.674; 3. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.900; 4. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-12.916; 5. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.953; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.183; 7. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-13.379; 8. Cam Schafer, 97, Roach-13.570; 9. Jeremy Kerzman, 3K, Kerzman-13.850; 10. Clinton Bruns, 7, Bruns-14.293.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.787; 2. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-12.888; 3. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.900; 4. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.988; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-13.277; 6. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.505; 7. Jeff Pellersels, X, Pellersels-13.583; 8. Donovan Peterson, 11xs, Peterson-13.818; 9. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.260.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.595; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.654; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.773; 4. Ryan Bernal, 17w, Wood-12.912; 5. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.022; 6. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.222; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.513; 8. Terry Richards, 18, Richards-13.663; 9. Glen Saville, 19L, Layton-13.688.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Cam Schafer, 7. Clinton Bruns, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Alex Banales, 10. Jeremy Kerzman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Bell, 6. Jeff Pellersels, 7. Donovan Peterson, 8. Mario Clouser, 9. Chad Frewaldt. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-5 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Terry Richards, 9. Glen Saville. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Cam Schafer, 3. Chad Frewaldt, 4. Alex Banales, 5. Robert Bell, 6. Glen Saville, 7. Donovan Peterson, 8. Jeremy Kerzman, 9. Clinton Bruns, 10. Terry Richards. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (1), 2. Thomas Meseraull (2), 3. Brady Bacon (10), 4. Robert Ballou (3), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 6. Jake Swanson (4), 7. Justin Grant (8), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Jason McDougal (5), 10. Chris Windom (6), 11. C.J. Leary (12), 12. Brandon Mattox (14), 13. Chase Stockon (7), 14. Ryan Bernal (17), 15. Mario Clouser (13), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (19), 17. Matt Westfall (16), 18. Isaac Chapple (15), 19. Glen Saville (24), 20. Jeff Pellersels (18), 21. Alex Banales (22), 22. Robert Bell (23), 23. Cam Schafer (20), 24. Chad Frewaldt (21). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Tanner Thorson.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2149, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2099, 3-Justin Grant-2086, 4-Tanner Thorson-1891, 5-C.J. Leary-1883, 6-Chris Windom-1796, 7-Jake Swanson-1741, 8-Robert Ballou-1679, 9-Chase Stockon-1369, 10-Kyle Cummins-1163.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-139, 2-Brady Bacon-137, 3-Justin Grant-124, 4-Tanner Thorson-121, 5-Robert Ballou-114, 6-Logan Seavey-112, 7-Thomas Meseraull-108, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-106, 9-Kyle Cummins-84, 10-Emerson Axsom-78.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 11-12, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Brady Bacon (10th to 3rd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chase Stockon

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Donovan Peterson


 


HUSET’S WELCOMES MIDGET RETURN
AFTER 25 YEARS FOR USAC NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 9, 2021)………USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have competed in the state of South Dakota just six times in the 66-year history of the series.

This weekend, the series will compete in three shows on back-to-back-to-back nights in the Mount Rushmore State at the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 10-11-12.

USAC National Midgets last competed at Huset’s a quarter of a century ago in 1996 with Kenny Irwin Jr. winning the feature en route to the series title.

Six previous South Dakota USAC National Midget races have produced six different winners between 1976-1996: Steve Cannon (1976 in Huron), Sleepy Tripp (1976 in Rapid City), Johnny Parsons (1977 in Huron), Rich Vogler (1977 in Hartford), Ken Schrader (1982 in Hartford) and Kenny Irwin Jr. (1996 at Huset’s).

All three nights this weekend will pay feature points only. Friday and Saturday’s 30-lap feature events pay $5,000-to-win while Sunday night’s finale is 100 laps in length and pays $20,000-to-win and $1,000 to start as part of a three-night purse totaling in excess of $200,000.

A handful of drivers in this weekend’s USAC National Midget lineup possess only previous sprint car experience at Huset’s back in 2016. One-time 2021 series winner Justin Grant finished 3rd and 2nd in USAC National Sprint Car competition five years ago. Grant’s RMS Racing teammate, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), won his heat and finished 4th that night.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) recorded the fastest lap ever turned by a USAC Sprint Car at Huset’s in 2016 with a time of 12.711. He won his heat and finished 6th on the first night, then collected a 7th place result on the second of two nights.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Driving Champion, was 10th in a USAC Sprint Car on opening night 2016. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) flipped during the feature just four laps from the finish in his 2016 sprint car run, which knocked him out of competition for the weekend.

The majority of the weekend belongs to Huset’s Midget racing first-timers, which include six of the top-10 in the current points. Point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) has won on four occasions this season and leads a tight, nine-point championship race over Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), who has won twice and finished inside the top-five in nine of his last 10 series starts.

No driver has won more often this year, or last year, than 2016 USAC National Midget champ Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), who won his series-leading seventh feature in the most recent round last Sunday night at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis. He stands fifth overall in points.

Shane Golobic (Penngrove, Calif.) is entered in race promoter Matt Wood’s midget. The one-time USAC National Midget winner, 2016 series runner-up, and 2017 Indiana Midget Week champion will make his first series appearance of the season.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is one of two drivers, along with Justin Grant, to win in all three USAC National divisions this year: Midget, Sprint & Silver Crown. The 2018 USAC National Midget titlist is seventh in the standings with one series victory to his credit this year in the midgets.

Seavey is among the 10 drivers on the pre-entry list who are pulling double-duty by competing in both the USAC Sprint Car and Midget divisions at Huset’s along with Bacon, Grant, Meseraull, Thomas, Windom, Thorson, Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) and Chad Frewaldt (Kansas City, Kan.).

McDougal, along with Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) are all USAC National Midget feature winners making their Huset’s debuts as is three-time USAC National Midget fast qualifier Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) and 2021 series top-Rookie Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), along with fellow series Rookies Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.).

Jody Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, Iowa) is the all-time winningest 360 Sprint Car driver at Huset’s, was the 2008 360 track champ. The 2004 Huset’s Speedway 360 Rookie of the Year and 2006 410 RoY currently leads the Midwest Sprint Touring Series point standings.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) is a three-time USAC Midwest Regional Midget winner in 2021. Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) has been a victor with both POWRi Midget and ASCS Sprint Cars throughout the season. Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) has been a one-time winner with the USAC Western Midgets during the year.

Casey Hicks (Westwood, Kan.) resides third Central States Midget Series points. Brothers Lance Bennett (Aurora, Colo.) and Blaze Bennett (Parker, Colo.) are representatives from the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association on their way to Huset’s. Lance resides third in the standings, Blaze 20th.

A Thursday practice night begins the festivities for both divisions on September 9 starting at 6pm Central. Pit gates will open at Noon Central, and the front gates will open at 4pm. Pit passes are $20 for practice night and the stands will be open to all fans for free admission. Engine heat takes place at 5pm, followed by a quick drivers meeting at 5:45pm, then moving right along into the first practice session at 6pm.

For the first two nights of racing at Huset’s on Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 4pm with the drivers meeting at 3:30pm and engine heat and cars on track at 5:15pm. The Sprint Car and Midget features will each pay $5,000 to win on Friday and Saturday.

On the final night, championship night, on Sunday, Sept. 12, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 3pm with the drivers meeting at 4:15pm and cars on track at 4:45pm. The Sprint Car and Midget features will each pay $20,000 to win on Sunday.

General admission tickets each night are $35 for adults, $20 for youths age 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under. Reserved tickets are available now in advance at www.USACnationals.com.

If you can’t make it to the event in person, all three nights of racing action at the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1607, 2-Emerson Axsom-1598, 3-Chris Windom-1582, 4-Justin Grant-1532, 5-Tanner Thorson-1530, 6-Daison Pursley-1466, 7-Logan Seavey-1352, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1329, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1315, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1188.

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PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS IN SOUTH DAKOTA:

7-20-1976: Steve Cannon | State Fairgrounds Speedway | Huron, SD

7-21-1976: Sleepy Tripp | Black Hills Speedway | Rapid City, SD

7-3-1977: Johnny Parsons | State Fairgrounds Speedway | Huron, SD

7-7-1977: Rich Vogler | Hartford Speedway | Hartford, SD

8-1-1982: Ken Schrader | Hartford Speedway | Hartford, SD

7-30-1996: Kenny Irwin, Jr. | Huset’s Speedway | Brandon, SD

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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT HUSET’S SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/30/1996 - Tracy Hines - 13.923 - 86.102 mph

8 Laps - 7/30/1996 - Kenny Irwin Jr. - 1:58.03 - 81.254 mph

12 Laps - 7/30/1996 - Cory Kruseman - 3:02.33 - 78.899 mph

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PAST HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS:

1996 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kenny Irwin, Jr., 2. Kevin Doty, 3. Jay Drake, 4. Brian Gerster, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jeff Sands, 7. Cory Kruseman, 8. Donnie Lehmann (#30), 9. Carl Olsen, 10. Gary Howard, 11. John Heydenreich, 12. Boyd Calvert, 13. Mark Boice, 14. Scott Hansen, 15. Dave Strickland, Jr., 16. Steve Barth, 17. Keith Rauch, 18. Dennis Parker. (David Bridges disqualified for failing to meet specs regarding fuel). NT

 

 

BOWER-FUSON USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT BATTLE RESUMES AT VENTURA

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021... The “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States will invade the Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA), this Saturday, September 11th. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the tenth point race will also feature VRA Senior Sprints, IMCA Mod Lites, WMR Western Midgets, VRA Hobby Stocks, and IMCA Sport Mods. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE. For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS: - NO ENTRY FEE IN 2021. ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS OR TEMPORARY PERMITS (TPs) ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. - California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. - 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event. - FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY. - ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY. - TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY. - The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Since May 24, 1986, 150 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. When the series last visited the seaside oval on June 5th, Ben Worth took the checkered flags. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) has a slim seven-point lead over the competition. Driving Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Mountain Cascade Inc. Spike, Bower scored fourth at Merced’s “Kevin Triplett Memorial” on August 7th. At press time, Blake has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year. The rookie contender will be looking for his first USAC win this Saturday night.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the USAC point standings. Racing Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson ran second to Colby Johnson at Merced. To date, the rookie contender has posted one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Award, three heat race wins, seven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season. The rookie contender will have his sights on adding a Ventura first place trophy to his collection.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike skipped the USAC/BCRA event at Merced. At press time, the 2018 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 57 feature laps led in the campaign. With four career wins, Liggett is a threat to win on any given night.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, CA) is fourth in the championship point standings. Racing his #20 ZMAX / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna finished third at the Merced County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, three Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. Sarna has one career triumph and will have his sights winning at Ventura Raceway.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) ranks fifth in the championship point standings. The driver of Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike has missed some races to recover from back pain. At press time, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has posted one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led. Ben has two career wins and it is unknown if he will be in action at Ventura.

While Bower leads the chase for rookie honors, Fuson (Bakersfield, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), Tony Gomes (Modesto, CA), Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA), and Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are David Prickett, Ron Hazelton, Dylan Ito, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Kyle Beilman, Randi Pankratz, Robby Josett, Troy Rutherford, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. General Admission Adult tickets are $22, General Admission Senior (60 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $18. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD.

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Johnny Cofer – 11.675 (11/18/95)

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 4-Robby Josett, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Christopher Bell, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Robert Dalby, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Tommy White, 11Ben Worth.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Chase Johnson, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-Colby Johnson, 1-Mitchel Moles, 1-Ben Worth.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Blake Bower ®-589, 2. Brody Fuson ®-582, 3. Austin Liggett-549, 4. C.J. Sarna-501, 5. Ben Worth-351, 6. David Prickett-334, 7. Shannon McQueen-320, 8. Maria Cofer-282, 9. Jarrett Soares ®-278, 10. Chase Johnson-236, 11. Ron Hazelton-217, 12. Mitchel Moles-205, 13. Dylan Ito-190, 14. Tony Gualda ®-184, 15. Terry Nichols-173, ---. Kyle Mentch-173, 17. Colby Johnson ®-172, 18. Kyle Beilman-133, 19. Randi Pankratz-132, 20. Colton Raudman ®-116, 21. Alex Schutte-113, 22. Jake Andreotti ®-77, ---. Shane Golobic-77, 24. Ryan Bernal-75, 25. Robby Josett-73, 26. Davey Ray-72, 27. Michael Faccinto-68, 28. Max Adams ®-65, 29. Troy Rutherford-60, 30. Beau Lemire-58, 31. Floyd Alvis-56, 32. Ashlyn Rodriguez-55, 33. Thomas Esberg-53, 34. Troy Morris III-50, ---. Sparky Howard-50, ---. Ronnie Gardner-50, ---. Robert Carson-50, 38. Ben Wiesz-49, 39. Kenny Welch-46, 40. Mike Leach Jr.-41, ---. Dylan Bloomfield-41, 42. Matt Mitchell-39, 43. Kaleb Montgomery-36, 44. Jake Vermeer-27, 45. Michael Snider-13.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION March 27: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson) April 10: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles) April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett) May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer) June 5: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Ben Worth) July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson) July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett) July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson) August 7: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Colby Johnson) August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED) September 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA October 9: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium) October 10: #Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA October 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA October 29: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Tom Tarlton Classic) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

NORTHBOUND TO SOUTH DAKOTA: SPRINTS HEAD FOR HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS SEPT. 10-11-12

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 8, 2021)………The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship travels up and down the road, north, south, east and west throughout the 2021 season.

This weekend, however, marks the series’ northernmost road trip of the year, to Brandon, South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway for three consecutive nights of doubleheaders with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11-12.

The inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals marks the first-ever USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points races in the state of South Dakota. Two previous series events were held at Huset’s in 2016 but were scored as non-points special events.

All three nights this weekend will pay feature points only, but it pays big time in the wallet too with Friday and Saturday paying $5,000-to-win while Sunday night’s finale is $20,000-to-win and $1,000 to start as part of a total three-night purse totaling in excess of $200,000.

A number of drivers entered for this weekend’s event were in competition during the 2016 races at Huset’s. Seven-time 2021 series winner Justin Grant finished 3rd and 2nd on each night five years ago. Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) led the first 16 laps en route to a 2nd place finish on night one in 2016 and followed it up with a 5th on night two.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won his heat and finished 4th in the 2016 opener. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) recorded the fastest lap ever turned by a USAC Sprint Car at Huset’s in 2016 with a time of 12.711. He won his heat and finished 6th on the first night, then collected a 7th place result on the second of two nights.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) was the hard charger in his Huset’s debut, racing from 18th to 8th. The 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist notched a 10th the following night. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, was 10th on opening night 2016.

A pair of USAC National Sprint Car champions ran into trouble during their visit to Huset’s in 2016. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) flipped on his qualifying run and was a scratch for the remainder of the weekend. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) flipped during the feature just four laps from the finish, which knocked him out of competition for the weekend. Clinton Bruns (Little Rock, Iowa) missed the transfer spot for the 2016 race but will try to find a bit of redemption this weekend.

USAC regulars making their first Huset’s visits this weekend include three-time 2021 USAC Sprint Car feature winners Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), plus the seventh-place ranking driver in the standings, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.).

They’re joined by USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) as well as 2018 USAC Southwest Sprint Car champ Charles Davis Jr (Buckeye, Ariz.) and 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.).

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), the 2016 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, will make his first run at Huset’s as will POWRi WAR Sprint Car point leader Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), and sprint car Rookies Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.).

Chad Frewaldt (Kansas City, Kan.) comes to Huset’s from the Great Plains as does Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa), while several drivers from the region within earshot of Huset’s will be on hand, including Minnesotans Jeff Pellersels (Woodbury, Minn.), Tony Rustad (Pipestone, Minn.), Jori Hughes (Tower, Minn.) and Cam Schafer (Little Canada, Minn.).

Wyoming driver Zac Taylor (Green River, Wyo.) has won a heat race in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition this season. He’ll be on hand at Huset’s as will David Zitterich (Sioux Falls, S.D.).

A Thursday practice night begins the festivities for both divisions on September 9 starting at 6pm Central. Pit gates will open at Noon Central, and the front gates will open at 4pm. Pit passes are $20 for practice night and the stands will be open to all fans for free admission. Engine heat takes place at 5pm, followed by a quick drivers meeting at 5:45pm, then moving right along into the first practice session at 6pm.

For the first two nights of racing at Huset’s on Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 4pm with the drivers meeting at 3:30pm and engine heat and cars on track at 5:15pm. The Sprint Car and Midget features will each pay $5,000 to win on Friday and Saturday.

On the final night, championship night, on Sunday, Sept. 12, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 3pm with the drivers meeting at 4:15pm and cars on track at 4:45pm. The Sprint Car and Midget features will each pay $20,000 to win on Sunday.

General admission tickets each night are $35 for adults, $20 for youths age 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under. Reserved tickets are available now in advance at www.USACnationals.com.

If you can’t make it to the event in person, all three nights of racing action at the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2085, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2041, 3-Justin Grant-2034, 4-C.J. Leary-1842, 5-Tanner Thorson-1821, 6-Chris Windom-1753, 7-Jake Swanson-1686, 8-Robert Ballou-1618, 9-Chase Stockon-1332, 10-Kyle Cummins-1163.

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PAST HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

2016: Chad Boespflug (8/20) & Chad Boespflug (8/21)

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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT HUSET’S SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 8/20/2016 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 12.711

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PAST HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

2016 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Brady Short, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Mark Dobmeier, 15. Rob Caho, Jr., 16. Tim Kaeding, 17. Mike Martin, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Alex Schriever, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Dylan Peterson, 24. Landon Simon. NT

2016 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dustin Smith, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Brady Short, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Mark Dobmeier, 14. Alex Schriever, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Rob Caho Jr., 20. Mike Martin, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Dylan Peterson, 23. Tim Kaeding, 24. Aaron Reutzel. NT

 


NEWEST CLASS OF NATIONAL MIDGET AUTO
RACING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (September 9, 2021)………Danny Frye Sr., Jimmy LaManna, Ken Nichols, Fred ”Jiggs” Peters, Lowell Sachs and Art Shanoian were announced as the latest inductees into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The announcement was made during the USAC National Midget Series event at Angell Park Speedway, the home of the Hall, last Sunday.

Frye Sr. was a two-time SLARA Champion, who started out in the 1940’s on the tough Oklahoma-Texas. A great benefactor to midget racing, he helped many an up-and-coming young driver.

LaManna was a three-time Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association Champion, taking the crown in 1961, 1964 and 65, driving for Sam Rodriguez and Harry Conklin.

Nichols was the 1973 Bay Cities Racing Association Champion, an extremely versatile driver, but known for his dominance on the pavement. He drove for some of the top owners of his day, Bob Rosen, Lenny Gonsel, Art Shanoian and the Zarounians.

Peters was the 1961 American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) Champion. He was known for being one of the best long distance drivers, twice capturing the Trenton 250-miler and 100-milers at Langhorne and Williams Grove. After retirement from driving, he became an official in the sport and an ambassador with numerous historic racing groups.

Sachs was a six-time driver champion, three of which came with the tough United Racing Association’s blue circuit (URA) in 1962, 1963 and 1964 and three with the United States Racing Club (USRC) in 1967, 1968 and 1970.

Shanoian, the 1973 car owner champion with BCRA, competed across four decades, and whose orange #17 Benson Offy was synonymous with winning. He was known more as a win chaser than a points chaser. He is already in the BCRA Hall of Fame along with Calistoga and Clovis Speedways Halls of Fame.

The 37th annual Luncheon-Induction Ceremony for the six will be held on the Friday Jan. 14, 2022. The event will be held at Fair Meadow Hall on the Tulsa (Okla.) Fairgrounds adjacent to the Expo Center which will be hosting the Chili Bowl Nationals. Their plaques will be on permanent display in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.).

For additional information, contact Barb Hellyer at kingdoodlebug@sbcglobal.net


 


AUSTIN WILLIAMS GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2021… Leading all 30-laps, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba, CA) earned his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of the year at Petaluma Speedway. Driving the Tom and Laurie Sertich owned #92 Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror DRC, Williams scored the rare Monday night victory ahead of hard charger Chase Johnson, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams.

Williams opened the night at the Sonoma-Maria Fairgrounds by qualifying seventh overall out of the fifteen cars in attendance. “The Big Game Hunter” finished third in his heat race and would start on the outside of the front row in the main event. After scoring his eleventh career victory, Austin moved up to sixth on the winner’s list and heads to Perris Auto Speedway ranked third in points.

After fifteen cars took to the track in Woodland Auto Display Qualifying, young Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, CA) took top honors by posting a time of 14.148. Racing Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle with a 360 engine, Whitley placed seventh in his heat race and ran fifth in the main event. In limited starts, the Spec Sprint regular sits thirty-first in the point standings.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Riverside, CA) drive to victory in the 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated First Heat Race. Piloting the BR Performance / HD Industries Eagle, Roa was ninth fast in time trials and charged to third in the feature after starting ninth. The 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion is second in the point chase, just 44 points behind Damion Gardner.

After winning the finale of the “Louie Vermeil Classic” at Chico the previous night, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) won the 10-lap Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror Second Heat Race. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner qualified second overall and placed fourth in the main event at Petaluma.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) earned the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with a second place run from eighth. Racing the May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane Maxim with a 360 engine, Johnson was fourth fast in qualifying and ran fifth in his heat race. In limited starts, the versatile driver has climbed to seventeenth in championship points.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award. Driving John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams qualified sixth overall and finished thirteenth in the main event. Logan left the Petaluma Speedway ranked eleventh in the point standings.

The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will take a break before returning to action at Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA) on September 25th for the “Glenn Howard Classic.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 6, 2021 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.148; 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-14.191; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-14.277; 4. Chase Johnson, 8M, May-14.321; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.415; 6. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-14.420; 7. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.446; 8. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.503; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.574; 10. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.635; 11. Verne Sweeney, 98, Sweeney-14.722; 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.923; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.963; 14. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-15.070; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.190.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. C.Williams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Davis, 5. Malcolm, 6. Gansen, 7. Whitley, 8. Sweeney. NT.

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Tafoya, 3. L.Williams, 4. McCarthy, 5. Johnson, 6. Grabowski, 7. Timmons. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Williams (2), 2. Chase Johnson (8), 3. Brody Roa (9), 4. Damion Gardner (6), 5. Daniel Whitley (7), 6. Cody Williams (5), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 8. Tommy Malcolm (13), 9. Matt McCarthy (1), 10. Chris Gansen (15), 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (12), 12. Austin Grabowski (14), 13. Logan Williams (3), 14. Ryan Timmons (10). NT.
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**Verne Sweeney did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 A.Williams
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (8th to 2nd)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Logan Williams

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-936, 2-Brody Roa-892, 3-Austin Williams-783, 4-Chris Gansen-725, 5-Cody Williams-696, 6-Tommy Malcolm-640, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-519, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-473, 9-Matt McCarthy-464, 10-Verne Sweeney-443.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 25 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Glenn Howard Classic”

 


THORSON’S BACK-TO-BACK 7-WIN SEASONS
AMONG ALL-TIME BEST (STAT BOOK)

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (September 8, 2021)………Coming off a late-season flurry a year ago that provided him with a career-best seven victories in a single season, Tanner Thorson has already equaled that mark through the first 25 races of the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season.

His series-leading seventh victory of the season came last Sunday at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway, and he now faces three more potential shots at adding to his win total this coming weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11-12, at the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in Brandon, South Dakota.

Thorson’s back-to-back seven win USAC National Midget seasons are relatively rare. In fact, over the past four decades, only one other driver has accomplished the feat – Christopher Bell in 2013 and 2014.

Just 10 drivers throughout the past 66 years of USAC National Midget racing have won at least seven feature events in consecutive seasons, a list in which Thorson of Minden, Nev. has now joined.

The list includes Gene Hartley (1959-60), Jimmy Davies (1960-61-62), Bob Wente (1962-63), Mel Kenyon (1964-65 & 1967-68-69), Bob Tattersall (1965-66), Jimmy Caruthers (1970-71), Sleepy Tripp (1975-76), Rich Vogler (1978-79), plus Bell (2013-14) and now Thorson (2020-21).

All seven of Thorson’s wins have come aboard the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – MVT – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x at Port City Raceway, Lincoln Park Speedway, Solomon Valley Raceway, Jefferson County Speedway, Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Bloomsburg Fair Raceway and Angell Park Speedway.

The latest of his victories, worth $5,000, at Angell Park was the 27th of Thorson’s USAC National Midget career, tying him with Tony Stewart and Gary Bettenhausen for 14th all-time.

Thorson, the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, has already won series features in five different months this season and leads in laps led as well with 129, and four fast qualifying times, while his seven wins are among his 10 top-tens.

Penngrove, Calif. driver Buddy Kofoid’s championship point lead has shrunk to single digits with just nine separating he and Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) entering Huset’s. Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports holds the same margin of lead in the entrant standings over Petry Motorsports.

Only 25 points out of the championship lead is reigning titlist Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), who leads all drivers with 17 top-fives while fourth in the standings is Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), 85 points behind the leader, who owns a series-leading eight heat race wins.

Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) maintains his stranglehold of the Rookie of the Year race, 267 points ahead of his nearest fellow Rookie, and is 11th overall in the tally.

Nine drivers have started all 25 features run this far in 2021: Axsom, Grant, Kofoid, Thorson, Windom, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

A Thursday practice night begins the festivities for both divisions on September 9 starting at 6pm Central. Pit gates will open at Noon Central, and the front gates will open at 4pm. Pit passes are $20 for practice night and the stands will be open to all fans for free admission. Engine heat takes place at 5pm, followed by a quick drivers meeting at 5:45pm, then moving right along into the first practice session at 6pm.

All will head this weekend to South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals for what will be a first-time endeavor for all participants with it being the first time in 25 years that USAC National Midgets have competed at the track.

For the first two nights of racing at Huset’s on Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 4pm with the drivers meeting at 3:30pm and engine heat and cars on track at 5:15pm. The Sprint Car and Midget features will each pay $5,000 to win on Friday and Saturday.

On the final night, championship night, on Sunday, Sept. 12, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 3pm with the drivers meeting at 4:15pm and cars on track at 4:45pm. The Sprint Car and Midget features will each pay $20,000 to win on Sunday.

General admission tickets each night are $35 for adults, $20 for youths age 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under. Reserved tickets are available now in advance at www.USACnationals.com.

If you can’t make it to the event in person, all three nights of racing action at the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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2021 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Buddy Kofoid

Owner Point Leader: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67

Leading Rookie Driver in Points: Chase Randall (11th)

Most Feature Wins: 7-Tanner Thorson

Laps Led: 129-Tanner Thorson

Top-Fives: 17-Chris Windom

Top-Tens: 23-Buddy Kofoid

Fast Qualifying Times: 4-Tanner Thorson

Heat Race Wins: 8-Justin Grant

Feature Starts: 25-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st) & Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)


2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jun 3: (I) Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 4: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 6: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

Jun 9: (I) Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
WINNER: Corey Day (Clauson Marshall Racing #47BC)

Jun 10: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jun 11: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 12: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jul 13: (M) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK
WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Jul 15: (M) Solomon Valley Raceway – Beloit, KS
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 16: (M) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 17: (M) (F) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE
WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

Aug 3: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Aug 4: (E) Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA
WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Aug 5: (E) Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 6: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 7: (E) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Newmanstown, PA
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Aug. 19: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS – Indianapolis, IN
WINNER: Kyle Larson (CB Industries #86x)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Oct 8: (F) Wayne County Speedway – Wayne City, IL

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(E) represents an Eastern Midget Week event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1607 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2 1598 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

3 1582 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

4 1532 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

5 1530 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

6 1466 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

7 1352 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

8 1329 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

9 1315 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

10 1188 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 1607 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

2 1598 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#15)

3 1582 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

4 1532 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)

5 1466 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71K)

6 1375 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19T)

7 1352 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

8 1329 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

9 1315 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#5)

10 1188 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1010 Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

2 743 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

3 720 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

4 598 Hayden Williams, Auckland, N.Z.

5 520 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

6 481 Trey Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

7 469 Corey Day, Clovis, Calif.

8 321 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

9 313 Brian Carber, Pipersville, Pa.

10 219 Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

7-Tanner Thorson (Apr 11 at Port City Raceway, Jun 10 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 15 at Solomon Valley Raceway, Jul 16 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 5 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Aug 6 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway & Sep 5 at Angell Park Speedway)

4-Buddy Kofoid (Feb 6 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 10 at Port City Raceway, Jun 4 at Bloomington Speedway & Jun 11 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

3-Chris Windom (May 1 at Kokomo Speedway, Jun 12 at Kokomo Speedway & Aug 3 at Grandview Speedway)

2-Emerson Axsom (Apr 30 at Kokomo Speedway & Jul 17 at Jefferson County Speedway)

2-Thomas Meseraull (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park & Jun 3 at Paragon Speedway)

2-Daison Pursley (Jul 13 at Red Dirt Raceway & Aug 4 at Action Track USA)

1-Kyle Cummins (Jun 6 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Corey Day (Jun 9 at Circle City Raceway)

1-Justin Grant (Aug 7 at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway)

1-Kyle Larson (Aug 19 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

1-Logan Seavey (Jun 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

129-Tanner Thorson

113-Buddy Kofoid

93-Logan Seavey

85-Chris Windom

82-Thomas Meseraull

72-Emerson Axsom

56-Daison Pursley

32-Justin Grant

30-Corey Day

29-Kyle Cummins

27-Cannon McIntosh

12-Kevin Thomas Jr.

9-Kaylee Bryson & Sam Johnson

7-Alex Bright & Kyle Larson

6-Chase Randall

1-Jonathan Beason

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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

17-Chris Windom

16-Emerson Axsom

15-Justin Grant & Buddy Kofoid

10-Daison Pursley & Tanner Thorson

7-Thomas Meseraull & Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Logan Seavey

4-Cannon McIntosh

3-Brady Bacon

2-Brenham Crouch, Corey Day, Jason McDougal & Bryant Wiedeman

1-Alex Bright, Brian Carber, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Kyle Larson, Ethan Mitchell, Chase Randall & Hayden Williams

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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

23-Buddy Kofoid

21-Justin Grant

20-Emerson Axsom & Chris Windom

19-Tanner Thorson

18-Daison Pursley

16-Kevin Thomas Jr.

15-Thomas Meseraull & Logan Seavey

11-Cannon McIntosh

8-Jason McDougal & Chase Randall

5-Corey Day

4-Jerry Coons Jr., Brenham Crouch, Ethan Mitchell & Hayden Williams

3-Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Kyle Cummins, Ryan Timms & Bryant Wiedeman

2-Kaylee Bryson, Brian Carber, Tanner Carrick, Zach Daum, Kyle Jones, Joe B. Miller, Taylor Reimer

1-Jonathan Beason, Tyler Courtney, Trey Gropp, Kyle Larson, Jake Neuman & Hayden Reinbold

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

4-Tanner Thorson

3-Logan Seavey

2-Corey Day, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Cannon McIntosh, Ethan Mitchell, Chase Randall & Bryan Wiedeman

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

8-Justin Grant

6-Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull & Daison Pursley

5-Emerson Axsom & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Buddy Kofoid, Ethan Mitchell, Chase Randall & Chris Windom

3-Jason McDougal, Tanner Thorson & Bryant Wiedeman

2-Cole Bodine, Brenham Crouch, Corey Day, Taylor Reimer, Tyler Thomas, Ryan Timms & Hayden Williams

1-Jonathan Beason, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Jake Bubak, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chance Crum, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Chase Elliott, Trey Gropp, Sam Johnson, Kyle Jones, Max McLaughlin, Thomas Meseraull, Aiden Purdue, Logan Seavey, Zac Taylor

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Cannon McIntosh, Kevin Thomas Jr & Chris Windom

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ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE WINS

2-Emerson Axsom, Brenham Crouch, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Trey Gropp, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Karter Sarff, Jonathan Shafer & Hayden Williams

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C-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney, Chance Morton & Logan Seavey

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney & Tanner Thorson

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FEATURE STARTS
25-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

24-Chase Randall & Kevin Thomas Jr.

21-Ethan Mitchell

17-Brenham Crouch & Bryant Wiedeman

15-Jason McDougal & Hayden Williams

12-Kaylee Bryson & Trey Gropp

11-Kyle Cummins

10-Hayden Reinbold

9-Corey Day

8-Brian Carber, Jerry Coons Jr. & Sam Johnson

7-Taylor Reimer & Ryan Timms

6-Cole Bodine, Zach Daum & Kyle Jones

5-Alex Bright

4-Brady Bacon, Jonathan Shafer, Tyler Thomas, Glenn Waterland & Kevin Woody Jr.

3-Jonathan Beason, Travis Buckley, Chance Crum, Jimmy Glenn, Bryan Stanfill & Brandon Waelti

2-Clinton Boyles, Jake Bubak, Steve Buckwalter, Tanner Carrick, Chase Elliott, Eric Heydenreich, Kenney Johnson, Michael Markey, Shannon McQueen, Joe B. Miller, Kade Morton, Jake Neuman, Daniel Robinson, Alex Sewell & Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

1-Spencer Bayston, Tanner Berryhill, Chase Briscoe, Tyler Courtney, Jacob Denney, Tommy Kunsman, Kyle Larson, Trey Marcham, Shannon Mausteller, Ace McCarthy, Chase McDermand, Max McLaughlin, Keith Rauch, Matt Rechek, Jack Routson, Karter Sarff, Stephen Schnapf, Mark Sokol, Zac Taylor, Brett Wanner, Zeb Wise & Jeff Zelinski

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE RACE:

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Trey Marcham

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Ace McCarthy

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Hayden Williams

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Corey Day

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Jason McDougal

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Kaylee Bryson

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Thomas Meseraull

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Cannon McIntosh

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Daison Pursley

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Tanner Carrick (14th to 8th)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Daison Pursley (10th to 5th)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Chris Windom (13th to 4th)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Tanner Thorson (17th to 7th)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (13rd to 3rd)

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (12th to 1st)

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Emerson Axsom (22nd to 11th)

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brian Carber (22nd to 10th)

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Corey Day (12th to 5th)

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Tanner Thorson (20th to 8th)

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (18th to 9th)

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Justin Grant (13th to 2nd)

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Logan Seavey (17th to 7th)

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Brenham Crouch (22nd to 11th)

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (15th to 2nd)

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (15th to 8th)

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Alex Bright (16th to 6th)

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 6th)

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Woody Jr. (21st to 15th)

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Kevin Woody Jr. (20th to 11th)

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Emerson Axsom (19th to 5th)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti (22nd to 11th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryant Wiedeman

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Logan Seavey

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Daison Pursley

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Chase Randall

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Chase Randall

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Taylor Reimer

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Logan Seavey

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Jack Routson

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Andrew Felker

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Emilio Hoover

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Brenham Crouch

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Noah Harris

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Chett Gehrke

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Travis Buckley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brian Carber

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Trey Gropp

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Jason McDougal

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Sam Johnson

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Michael Markey

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Dan Bennett

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – J.R. Booth

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Stewart & Tanner Thorson

17. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

20. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart & Kyle Larson

22. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

28. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

30. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

34. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

35. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

38. [18 wins] Tyler Courtney & Dave Steele

40. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

42. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

48. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

49. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

53. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

63. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

69. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

75. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott, Chuck Gurney & Chris Windom

80. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner, & Josh Wise

93. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Buddy Kofoid, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Logan Seavey, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

104. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Justin Grant, Arnie Knepper, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Roger West

117. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

128. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Thomas Meseraull, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

161. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Cannon McIntosh, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

193. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Daison Pursley, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

229. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon

2. (84) Rich Vogler

3. (77) Jimmy Davies

4. (72) Bob Wente

5. (43) Mike McGreevy

6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall

9. (36) Johnny Parsons

10. (33) Chuck Rodee

11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers

12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson

14. (27) Parnelli Jones

15. (26) Jason Leffler

16. (25) Gary Bettenhausen

17. (24) Gene Hartley

18. (22) Stan Fox

19. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart, Shorty Templeman & Tanner Thorson

23. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East & Bobby Grim

27. (19) Jay Drake & Kyle Larson

29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher

31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero

36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean & Les Scott

41. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.

45. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley

48. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise

50. (11) Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp

61. (10) George Amick, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Logan Seavey, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner

67. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. & Jerry Weeks

73. (8) Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider & Jack Turner

81. (7) Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Rex Easton, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Billy Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs, Kody Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

92. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Don Vogler, Chris Windom & Billy Wood

103. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Rick Goudy, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson

121. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Cannon McIntosh, Danny McKnight, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, & Zeb Wise

150. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch

191. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Corey Day, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Roger McCluskey, Sarah McCune, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Daison Pursley, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams

253. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Emerson Axsom, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, A.J. Davis, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Carson Macedo, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Chase Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS
1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS
1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid

 

ODOM NAMED USAC SERIES DIRECTOR
FOR WESTERN STATES MIDGETS & 360 SPRINTS

Speedway, Indiana (September 8, 2021)………Stephanie Odom has been named the series director for both USAC’s Western States Midget and West Coast 360 Sprint Car divisions.

Odom, a native of Nipomo, Calif., will begin her role as series director starting with this Saturday night’s USAC Western States Midget event at California’s Ventura Raceway on September 11. Julie Tanaka will also be a part of each series’ administrative needs.

“I look forward to having both Stephanie and Julie lead these two series that USAC aims to grow for tracks, fans and competitors on the west coast,” USAC Executive Vice President Levi Jones said.

Odom has recently served as a scorer for both USAC National and Western racing events throughout the country during the last few seasons and has been a writer, columnist and publicist for dirt track racing in her career.

For many years, Tanaka has served in an administrative role for USAC’s western racing divisions and is a past winner of the Evelyn Pratt award for her contributions to the sport.

 

 

STAT BOOK: GRANT & KTJ’S BACK & FORTH USAC SPRINT BATTLE CARRIES INTO HUSET’S

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Brandon, South Dakota………(September 8, 2021)………Alternating feature wins has been the name of the game of late for both Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas Jr. in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship over the past five races.

Following Grant’s victory during the Indiana Sprint Week finale on July 31 at Tri-State Speedway, the two have followed each other in a game of one upmanship since that point that carries into this weekend’s Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals at the 1/3-mile dirt oval in Brandon, South Dakota on September 10-11-12.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) followed up with a victory at Paragon Speedway on Aug. 22. Grant (Ione, Calif.) roared back with an opening night victory during Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo Speedway on Aug. 27. Thomas got the upper hand during the daylight at Kokomo on Aug. 28. Later that same night, Grant was back on top as the Smackdown king at Kokomo, which also set a new USAC record.

At no point in the 66-year history of USAC National Sprint Car racing have two drivers alternated victories for five consecutive races. Until now.

On seven past occasions, drivers have alternated wins for four-straight feature contests, with some notable occurrences delivered via some of the greatest rivalries in series history.

Parnelli Jones and A.J. Foyt swapped USAC Sprint victories in September of 1961 with Rufus Parnell getting the job done in a grueling 100-lapper at Salem, Ind. as well as on the neighboring Ohio dirt of New Bremen Speedway en route to his second-straight series title. Sandwiched between Parnelli’s wins were A.J.’s at New York’s Lancaster Speedway and Pennsylvania’s Reading Fairgrounds.

Between 1968-1971, USAC’s greatest sprint car rivalry was born and raised, an era christened as the “Larry & Gary Show.” The key players were Larry Dickson and Gary Bettenhausen who not only alternated feature wins twice for four-straight races in both 1968 and 1970. They both also alternated series championships for four years straight between 1968-71, Dickson winning in ’68 and ’70 while Gary B. cashed in during the ’69 and ’71 seasons. Impressively, when one won the title, the other finished second.

In 1968, Dickson won the first end of the doubleheader at New Bremen while Bettenhausen answered in the second leg of the twin 50-lap features. Dickson stormed back for victory on the Dayton (Ohio) Speedway high banks followed by Gary B. scoring once again in the series’ debut at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway.

The second time it occurred, in 1970, Dickson manhandled the Capitol Super Speedway banks in Oregon, Wis. (now known as Madison International Speedway). Gary B. capitalized at Indianapolis Raceway Park’s 50-lapper, with Dickson checking off another win at New Bremen with Bettenhausen laying down the final gauntlet on the pavement of I-70 Speedway in Missouri.

Rich Vogler and Tom Bigelow answered each other with successive victories in July of 1981. “Rapid Rich” scored on the borderland dirt/pavement high banks of Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and Indiana’s Winchester Speedway. Splitting between and around the Vogler triumphs was Bigelow who earned his final two career series victories in that stretch, first at Kokomo, Ind., then notched his 52nd and final USAC Sprint score at Beaver Dam, Wis., which stood as an all-time record for career wins until surpassed by Dave Darland 33 years later in 2014.

Sheldon Kinser and Steve Butler achieved the same in midsummer of 1984 on a variety of Hoosier-state dirt tracks. Kinser bagged his first win of the four-race set at Lincoln Park Speedway. Butler picked up the win 24 hours later at Paragon Speedway. One week later, Sheldon was back on top at Bloomington Speedway while Butler once again controlled the pace at Paragon in the follow-up affair.

The year of 1986 was dominated for the summer stretch by champions Rick Hood and Sheldon Kinser. Hood notched a pair on the quarter-miles of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and “Little” Springfield Speedway. Before and after Springfield, Sheldon had his heyday on the big half-mile of Terre Haute, Ind. and the world’s fastest 5/16-mile dirt track at Lincoln Park.

Prior to 2021, the last such occasion that featured at least four consecutive alternating A-Main winners came at the tail end of the 1998 season and spilled over to the beginning of the 1999 campaign.

Derek Davidson became a first-time winner on the USAC trail at Red Hill Raceway in Illinois in the penultimate round of ’98 while Steele closed out the year with a masterful performance at Winchester, Ind. Davidson opened up 1999 in victory lane at Eldora while Steele tallied another in the second round, once again at Winchester.

Already in uncharted territory at this point, Grant and Thomas will continue their trend of back-and forth front-running supremacy this weekend at Huset’s Speedway for three consecutive nights of doubleheaders with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11-12, for the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals.

A Thursday practice night begins the festivities for both divisions on September 9 starting at 6pm Central. Pit gates will open at Noon Central, and the front gates will open at 4pm. Pit passes are $20 for practice night and the stands will be open to all fans for free admission. Engine heat takes place at 5pm, followed by a quick drivers meeting at 5:45pm, then moving right along into the first practice session at 6pm.

For the first two nights of racing on Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 4pm with the drivers meeting at 3:30pm and engine heat and cars on track at 5:15pm. The Sprint Car and Midget features will each pay $5,000 to win on Friday and Saturday.

On the final night, championship night, on Sunday, Sept. 12, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 3pm with the drivers meeting at 4:15pm and cars on track at 4:45pm. The Sprint Car and Midget features will each pay $20,000 to win on Sunday.

General admission tickets each night are $35 for adults, $20 for youths age 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under. Reserved tickets are available now in advance at www.USACnationals.com.

If you can’t make it to the event in person, all three nights of racing action at the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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2021 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS

Most Wins: 7-Justin Grant

Driver Point Leader: Brady Bacon

Owner Point Leader: Dynamics, Inc. #69

Top Rookie in Points: Tanner Thorson

Most Laps Led: 185-Justin Grant

Most Top-Fives: 25-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Tens: 28-Brady Bacon

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.

Most Heat Race Wins: 13-Robert Ballou

Most Feature Starts: 30-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Biggest Charge of the Year: 4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Alex Bright (18th to 4th) | 6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – C.J. Leary (21st to 7th) | 7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2085 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

2 2041 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

3 2034 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

4 1842 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

5 1821 (R) Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

6 1753 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

7 1686 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

8 1618 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

9 1332 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

10 1163 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

(R) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 2085 Dynamics, Inc., Milford, Ohio (#69)

2 2041 KT Motorsports, Whitestown, Ind. (#9K)

3 2034 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

4 1842 Michael Motorsports, Chino Valley, Ariz. (#77m)

5 1821 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

6 1753 Hayward Motorsports, Morrison, Ill. (#19)

7 1686 Team AZ Racing, Danville, Ind. (#21AZ)

8 1651 Ballou Motorsports, Tipton, Ind. (#12)

9 1432 Rock Steady Racing, Dupont, Ind. (#3R)

10 1332 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1821 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

2 859 Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill.

3 650 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.

4 445 Steven Drevicki, Reading, Pa.

5 436 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.

6 252 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

7 204 Ricky Lewis, Ventura, Calif.

8 178 Carson Garrett, Littleton, Colo.

9 130 Ryan Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.

10 128 Harley Burns, Brazil, Ind.

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 11: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Feb 12: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Apr 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Apr 16: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Apr 17: (M) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Apr 22: Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Apr 23: Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, PA WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Apr 24: BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, PA WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Apr 25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Spring Run, PA WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

May 8: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #7BC)

May 8: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

May 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Jun 15: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 16: (E) Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

Jun 17: (E) Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, PA WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 20: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Jul 1: Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, IN WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Jul 2: (M) (A) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Jul 3: (M) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Jul 24: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 25: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 26: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 28: (I) Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 29: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Jul 30: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 31: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug. 22: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Aug 28: (F) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 17: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Sep 18: (M) (F) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Sep 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Oct 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN

Oct 2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Nov 4: (C) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Nov 5: (C) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Nov 6: (C) (F) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Nov 12: (C) Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov 13: (C) Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

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(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by MSCS

(E) represents an Eastern Storm event

(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event

(C) represents an event with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Cars

(SE) represents a non-points, special event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

(A) represents a race awarding appearance points only

(P) represents an event co-sanctioned by POWRi WAR Sprints

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

7-Justin Grant (Feb 11 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 15 at Grandview Speedway, Jun 17 at Selinsgrove Speedway, Jul 24 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 31 at Tri-State Speedway, Aug 27 at Kokomo Speedway & Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway)

6-Kevin Thomas Jr. (Feb 12 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 16 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 20 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, Jul 3 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Aug 22 at Paragon Speedway & Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway)

3-Brady Bacon (Apr 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Apr 22 at Grandview Speedway & Jul 30 at Bloomington Speedway)

3-C.J. Leary (Apr 24 at BAPS Motor Speedway, Jul 1 at Plymouth Speedway & Jul 2 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

3-Logan Seavey (Jul 25 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 26 at Gas City I-69 Speedway & Jul 28 at Terre Haute Action Track)

3-Tanner Thorson (Apr 23 at Big Diamond Speedway, Apr 25 at Path Valley Speedway Park & Jul 29 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

2-Robert Ballou (May 8 at Eldora Speedway & Jun 16 at Bridgeport Speedway)

1-Tyler Courtney (May 8 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Kyle Cummins (Apr 17 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Chris Windom (May 26 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

185-Justin Grant

150-Kevin Thomas Jr.

108-C.J. Leary

88-Logan Seavey

87-Brady Bacon

78-Tanner Thorson

71-Jake Swanson

44-Robert Ballou

34-Kyle Cummins

30-Tyler Courtney

21-Jadon Rogers

17-Shane Cottle

15-Chris Windom

6-Cole Bodine

5-Chase Stockon

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

25-Brady Bacon

20-Kevin Thomas Jr.

18-Justin Grant

13-C.J. Leary & Tanner Thorson

11-Chris Windom

9-Kyle Cummins

7-Robert Ballou & Logan Seavey

6-Jake Swanson

4-Shane Cottle

3-Alex Bright & Tyler Courtney

2-Jason McDougal, Jadon Rogers & Chase Stockon

1-Briggs Danner, Buddy Kofoid, Brandon Mattox, Thomas Meseraull & Paul Nienhiser

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

28-Brady Bacon

27-Justin Grant

26-Kevin Thomas Jr.

24-C.J. Leary

21-Chris Windom

20-Tanner Thorson

19-Robert Ballou

17-Jake Swanson

13-Logan Seavey

12-Kyle Cummins

11-Shane Cottle

9-Jadon Rogers & Chase Stockon

7-Alex Bright

6-Timmy Buckwalter

5-Briggs Danner

4-Tyler Courtney, Steven Drevicki, Jason McDougal & Paul Nienhiser

3-Thomas Meseraull & Matt Westfall

2-Emerson Axsom, Buddy Kofoid, Riley Kreisel, Cannon McIntosh, Kendall Ruble, Stevie Sussex

1-Cole Bodine, Isaac Chapple, Mario Clouser, Zach Daum, A.J. Hopkins, Chase Johnson, Brandon Mattox, Tye Mihocko, Carmen Perigo, Brady Short, Mark Smith & Scotty Weir

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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear)

6-Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Brady Bacon

3-Timmy Buckwalter & Justin Grant

2-Jadon Rogers & Tanner Thorson

1-Brent Beauchamp, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Briggs Danner, Steven Drevicki, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

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HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

13-Robert Ballou

8-Kyle Cummins & Chris Windom

7-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

6-Jake Swanson & Tanner Thorson

5-Justin Grant, C.J. Leary & Chase Stockon

4-Brandon Mattox & Thomas Meseraull

3-Briggs Danner

2-Cole Bodine, Jason McDougal, Paul Nienhiser & Logan Seavey

1-Emerson Axsom, Joey Biasi, Alex Bright, Timmy Buckwalter, Sterling Cling, Mario Clouser, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Carson Garrett, Chase Johnson, Tye Mihocko, Davey Ray, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf, Brady Short, Mark Smith, Stevie Sussex & Matt Westfall

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SEMI WINS

4-Paul Nienhiser

3-Logan Seavey

2-Timmy Buckwalter, Isaac Chapple, C.J. Leary, Jadon Rogers & Jake Swanson

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Koby Barksdale, Nick Bilbee, Cole Bodine, Shane Cottle, Briggs Danner, Thomas Meseraull, Tanner Thorson, Scotty Weir & Chris Windom

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jack James

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C-MAIN WINS

2-Brent Beauchamp

1-Cole Bodine, Mario Clouser, Tim Creech, Braydon Cromwell, Chayse Hayhurst, Brandon Mattox, Stevie Sussex, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Ryan Thomas

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FEATURE STARTS

30-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

28-Robert Ballou

27-Chase Stockon

21-Matt Westfall

20-Kyle Cummins

19-Paul Nienhiser

18-Shane Cottle, Brandon Mattox & Logan Seavey

17-Jadon Rogers

16-Cole Bodine

14-Thomas Meseraull

13-Stevie Sussex

11-Mario Clouser

10-Alex Bright, Steven Drevicki & Chase Johnson

9-Briggs Danner, Isaac Chapple & Jason McDougal

8-Max Adams, Timmy Buckwalter, & Mark Smith

7-Tye Mihocko & Carmen Perigo

6-Charles Davis Jr., Nash Ely & Ricky Lewis

5-Brent Beauchamp, Cannon McIntosh, Carson Short & Scotty Weir

4-Emerson Axsom, Nick Bilbee, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland & Carson Garrett

3-Brayden Fox, Riley Kreisel, Stephen Schnapf & Brady Short

2-Joey Biasi, Harley Burns, Sterling Cling, Shane Cockrum, Braydon Cromwell, Chris Gansen, Noah Gass, Aric Gentry, Max Guilford, Korbyn Hayslett, Dallas Hewitt, A.J. Hopkins, Buddy Kofoid, Kenny Miller III, Davey Ray, Kendall Ruble, Kent Schmidt, Kory Schudy & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

1-Garrett Abrams, Collin Ambrose, Alex Banales, Koby Barksdale, Ryan Barr, Mark Bitner, Richy Carnathan, Brayden Clark, Anthony D'Alessio, Zach Daum, Paul Dues, Matt Goodnight, Nic Harris, J.J. Hughes, Chase Jones, Tyler Kendall, Brandon Long, Critter Malone, Michael Markey, Brandon Morin, Billy Ney, Chris Phillips, Zack Pretorius, Chase Randall, Jake Scott, Alec Sipes, Brandon Spencer, Ryan Thomas, Chet Williams & Mitch Wissmiller

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Stevie Sussex

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Tye Mihocko

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Nic Harris

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Chris Windom

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Justin Grant

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Briggs Danner

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Brandon Mattox

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Isaac Chapple

5/8: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Brady Bacon

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Jake Swanson

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Jake Swanson

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – C.J. Leary

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – Alex Bright

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Max Adams

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Collin Ambrose

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Nick Bilbee

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Zack Pretorius

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Brandon Mattox

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cole Bodine & Jason McDougal

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Braydon Cromwell

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Chase Stockon

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Koby Barksdale

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Cole Bodine

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Chase Johnson

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Brent Beauchamp

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (12th to 4th)

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (10th to 2nd)

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Robert Ballou (22nd to 9th)

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Robert Ballou (20th to 10th)

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins (11th to 1st)

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Robert Ballou (13th to 3rd)

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Alex Bright (19th to 8th)

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Alex Bright (16th to 4th)

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Alex Bright (18th to 4th)

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Dallas Hewitt (21st to 15th)

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues (22nd to 13th)

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Tanner Thorson (22nd to 11th)

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Chris Windom (13th to 7th)

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Brady Bacon (14th to 4th)

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Jake Swanson (20th to 7th)

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – C.J. Leary (21st to 7th)

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (20th to 8th)

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 1st)

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (18th to 11th)

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kyle Cummins (12th to 3rd)

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Jason McDougal (15th to 5th)

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Stevie Sussex (22nd to 9th)

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – A.J. Hopkins (21st to 10th)

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Chris Windom (18th to 5th)

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Chris Windom (10th to 2nd)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Chase Stockon (18th to 10th)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Emerson Axsom (15th to 7th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Noah Gass

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Jadon Rogers

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Carson Garrett

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Justin Grant

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Steven Drevicki

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Matt Westfall

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Paul Nienhiser

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Jake Swanson

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Cole Bodine

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Logan Seavey

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Logan Seavey

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Matt Westfall

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – Chris Windom

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Brandon Mattox

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Mario Clouser

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Carson Short

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Jake Swanson

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Scotty Weir

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Stockon

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Nick Bilbee

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kyle Cummins

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Justin Grant

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Jason McDougal

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Chase Randall

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Emerson Axsom

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Jadon Rogers

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Kyle Cummins

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Matt Westfall

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Matt Goodnight

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Aaron Farney

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Brandon Mattox

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Cole Bodine

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Nash Ely

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Kyle Lick

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Mike Meyers

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Mike Meyers

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Brandon Mattox

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Paul Nienhiser

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Alex Banales

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Matt Westfall

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Alex Banales

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Max Adams

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Short

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Tye Mihocko

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Jordan Kinser

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Scotty Weir

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Chase Johnson

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Johnson

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Sterling Cling

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Scotty Weir

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Koby Barksdale

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Max Guilford

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

9. [38 wins] Brady Bacon

10. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

11. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

13. [33 wins] Kevin Thomas Jr.

14. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

15. [31 wins] Robert Ballou

16. [30 wins] Tyler Courtney

17. [29 wins] Chris Windom

18. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Justin Grant, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

23. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

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

28. [23 wins] Roger McCluskey

29. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sammy Sessions

32. [21 wins] Greg Weld

33. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding

36. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Jud Larson

38. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler

41. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup

46. [13 wins] Steve Chassey

47. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

48. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler

52. [10 wins] Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson

57. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

61. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

65. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

75. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

83. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Shane Cottle, 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, Logan Seavey & Cole Whitt

101. [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

114. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith, Tanner Thorson & Doug Wolfgang

136. [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, 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 & Carl Williams

170. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, 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, 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, Matt Westfall, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (62) Dave Darland

3. (61) Tracy Hines

4. (42) Brady Bacon

5. (39) Levi Jones

6. (37) Larry Dickson

7. (36) Bryan Clauson

8. (35) Kevin Thomas Jr. & Rich Vogler

10. (31) Sheldon Kinser

11. (30) Pancho Carter

12. (29) Don Branson & C.J. Leary

14. (28) Justin Grant & Chase Stockon

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

35. (13) Tyler Courtney, Bobby East, Damion Gardner & Bruce Walkup

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

46. (11) Jim Hurtubise, Jim McWithey & George Snider

49. (10) Sonny Ates

50. (9) Eddie Leavitt, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise

54. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser, Pat O’Connor & Eddie Sachs

59. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Larry Rice, Hunter Schuerenberg, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Johnny Thomson, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

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

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

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

117. (3) Tommy Astone, 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, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & John Wolfe

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

191. (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, Cotton Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Brayden 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, Joey Kerr, Russ Klar, Kyle Larson, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael 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, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Buster Warke, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, 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: Sam Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR OWNER CHAMPIONS:

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

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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

 

 

TYLER TOPS TED HORN 100 IN Du QUOIN FOR FIRST USAC WIN IN A DECADE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (September 6, 2021)………In his storied USAC Silver Crown career, which has spanned three decades and 199 starts, perhaps none were more improbable than his performance Monday afternoon at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

For instance, it was his first run in the BCR Group/Flint Trucking – QS Quality Components – Duncan Oil/Maxim/Kercher Chevy, taking the reins of the ride exactly two weeks earlier following the parting of ways between the team and longtime driver Shane Cottle.

Secondly, it had been two years since the Parma, Michigan driver last sat in the seat of a USAC Silver Crown car, keeping the fires burning in the meantime by winning in a Gold Crown car at several of the most famed road racing circuits in the United States.

Tyler returned to the series in grand fashion to “steal their lunch money” so to speak, by charging from 11th to 1st to win his second career Ted Horn 100, and first since 2008, at the Magic Mile.

On the other hand, it wasn’t all that improbable considering the fact that we’ve witnessed Brian Tyler do this before. Many times. In fact, his 18th career USAC Silver Crown victory ranks him third on the all-time list.

With a mid-race snooker of Kody Swanson for the lead, then thwarting repeated challenges from Logan Seavey down the stretch, Tyler’s performance put him in the win column with the series for the first time in more than a decade, since a victory on the Springfield Mile in 2011.

Furthermore, Tyler’s stretch of 10 years and 17 days between USAC Silver Crown wins is the second longest gap in series history. Cottle set the record in 2020 at 12 years, 11 months and 7 days, and achieved the feat in the same BCR Group No. 81 that Tyler won with at Du Quoin on Monday afternoon.

In doing so, at 53 years, 10 months and 10 days old, Tyler became USAC Silver Crown’s oldest race winner, surpassing the record of Chet Fillip, who was 51 years, 2 months and 25 days when he won at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2008.

“They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I think we still got it,” Tyler smirked. “I got to thank the guys on the 81 car. They gave me a really good car. I’ve taken a couple years off, but not by choice. It’s just under circumstances of what’s been going on. It feels really good to be back and I love the miles anyhow.”

After winning his 35th career USAC Silver Crown Fatheadz pole award, series point leader Kody Swanson jetted off with the lead and controlled the early stages, only being slightly pestered by fellow two-time Ted Horn 100 winner Shane Cockrum.

Meanwhile, a tad further back, Tyler was already knifing his way under and around the frontrunners, peeking into the top-five by lap 16 as he followed the path of Jake Swanson to move past Matt Westfall. Two laps later, Tyler cashed in a two-for-one deal as he blasted by J. Swanson on the bottom entering turn three for fourth, then found the path to overtake Seavey for third mere seconds later exiting the fourth turn.

On the lap 22 restart, Tyler blasted by Cockrum underneath to slot into second off turn two. J. Swanson and Seavey both shot by Cockrum for third and fourth, respectively, as Cockrum dropped all the way back to fifth with a deflating right rear tire.

A caution for the stopped car of Korey Weyant in turn four on lap 24 provided Cockrum a bit of a break as his crew changed the tire under the yellow flag period and returned him to action where he drove all the way back from the tail to finish fifth in the final tally.

On Cockrum’s path back to the front, the afternoon’s lone red flag was displayed on the 32nd lap when contact between Travis Welpott and Cockrum for the 21st spot resulted in Welpott smashing into the outside turn one wall, which sent him flipping over twice. Welpott walked away from the incident.

With the two breaking away at the midway point and working traffic, Tyler took advantage of Swanson’s check up in turn two as he approached 21st running Jason McDougal. As Swanson whoa’d up, that presented Tyler the red carpet on the bottom to roar underneath and assume the position at the top of the leaderboard.

“I’ve raced with Kody a long time along with some of these other guys,” Tyler said. “I knew if I could keep the pressure on Kody, sooner or later, he was going to make a mistake. Once I got the lead, the biggest thing I did was concentrate on hitting my marks and trying not to make that same mistake. I knew the boys were champing at the rear bumper. I just had to be smooth and straight try not to make any mistakes.”

As Tyler opened up a 4.396 second lead, second running Kody Swanson’s afternoon went to shambles as his ignition box faltered, forcing him to slow and stop on the back straightaway on lap 59. K. Swanson returned to the fray, albeit four laps down and finishing a season-worst 17th.

As Tyler upped his lead throughout the second half back up to three seconds, Seavey prevailed in his tussle with J. Swanson as he slipped into second on the low line in turn two on lap 74. Cutting right to the quick, Seavey sliced Tyler's lead majorly from three seconds to two to 1.4 when the yellow fell for 12th running Aaron Pierce who slammed the outside wall in turn four. Also under the yellow, Dave Berkheimer’s day ended when his car caught fire just before the entrance to the pits in turn four.

Tyler nailed the lap 81 restart to build a solid five car length gap over Seavey. However, Seavey steadily began to claw his way back into Tyler’s consciousness by shaving off two of those lengths over the next lap as it became a battle between the most experienced Ted Horn 100 driver in the field in Tyler (19 starts) and a Ted Horn 100 Rookie, Seavey, who also does happen to own an ARCA Stock Car victory in 2018.

Seavey stalked his potential prey and took a look to the outside of Tyler off turn four on lap 93 to no avail as Tyler maintained and even slightly extended his lead to eight tenths. Gnashing his teeth to get one more shot on lap 98, Seavey drifted high at the entry to turn one and lost substantial ground, allowing Tyler to gain another half second.

Tyler put a stake in the ground and powered away to a 0.915 second victory over runner-up Seavey, Jake Swanson in third and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Jerry Coons Jr. in fourth after starting 19th. Local racing hero Shane Cockrum rounded out the top-five with a fifth-place finish.

With it being the first daytime USAC Silver Crown race held at Du Quoin since 2002, Tyler felt he might have had an upper hand in that department over all challengers.

“I’ve raced at Du Quoin when it was a day show probably before most of these kids were born,” said Tyler, who made his first Ted Horn 100 start under the sun in 1996. “So, I think I might’ve had the upper hand on them.”

It was second again on a dirt mile for Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) as he finished in the runner-up spot for the second consecutive time with the series in his Rice Motorsports/Fatheadz Eyewear – STIDA.com – Lucas Oil/DRC/Pink Foxco Chevy. However, his solid finish coupled with K. Swanson’s woes put Seavey within 16 points in the championship race with just two events remaining.

“He’s an experienced racer and he’s really good at Silver Crown racing,” Seavey said of Tyler. “I’m still learning how to manage these races. I’m just going too slow in the beginning and giving up too much track position. But I felt like our tires were going to be killed, then I got out, looked at our tire and it looks awesome.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) scored his best run on a dirt mile, and equaled his best career series finish, with a third on Monday at Du Quoin, making it two series Rookies on the podium with he and Seavey. Swanson piloted the DMW Motorsports/Advanced Materials Technologies – US Auto Cure – Phoenix Pavers/DRC/Wilcox Chevy in his Du Quoin debut.

“It’s cool to be up here on the podium,” J. Swanson exclaimed. “I feel like we had a good enough racecar to maybe have something for the end. That’s what I was really wanting to do. Kody and Tyler seemed like they were really going hard, and I didn’t know if I could push it any harder. I wanted to save because I was banking on that late race yellow. I don’t know if it would’ve helped or not. We were running pretty fat, and it started to sputter there at the end on us, but they filled this thing full of fuel. We could’ve probably leaned it down and it would’ve made it the whole race and maybe been a little quicker at the end and gave us a shot. But it’s hard to say.”

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 6, 2021 – Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Du Quoin, Illinois – 1-Mile Dirt Oval – Ted Horn 100

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 9, Dyson-31.587; 2. Shane Cockrum, 71, BLS-31.606; 3. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-31.787; 4. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-32.016; 5. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-32.017; 6. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-32.185; 7. Shane Cottle, 110, DMW-32.229; 8. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-32.253; 9. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-32.267; 10. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.324; 11. Brian Tyler, 81, Williams-32.383; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-32.383; 13. Terry Babb, 188, Babb-32.407; 14. Ken Schrader, 21, Swanson-32.411; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-32.607; 16. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-32.607; 17. Casey Buckman, 74, C-Buck-32.655; 18. Jason McDougal, 6, Klatt-32.671; 19. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-32.788; 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 55, Bateman-32.813; 21. Kyle Cummins, 69, Pink 69-33.141; 22. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.180; 23. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-33.379; 24. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-33.388; 25. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-33.422; 26. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-33.926; 27. Nick Bilbee, 3, Simmons-34.178; 28. Danny Long, 44, Long-34.290; 29. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-34.363; 30. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (11), 2. Logan Seavey (4), 3. Jake Swanson (9), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (19), 5. Shane Cockrum (2), 6. Shane Cottle (7), 7. David Byrne (10), 8. Kyle Robbins (5), 9. Matt Goodnight (15), 10. Terry Babb (13), 11. Carmen Perigo (22), 12. Patrick Lawson (21), 13. Kyle Steffens (18), 14. Casey Buckman (16), 15. Kyle Cummins (20), 16. Nick Bilbee (25), 17. Kody Swanson (1), 18. Aaron Pierce (12), 19. Dave Berkheimer (27), 20. Matt Westfall (6), 21. Ken Schrader (14), 22. Dallas Hewitt (3), 23. Jason McDougal (17), 24. Travis Welpott (23), 25. Korey Weyant (24), 26. Austin Nemire (8), 27. Danny Long (26), 28. Chris Fetter (28), 29. Justin Grant (29). NT

**Travis Welpott flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-47 Kody Swanson, Laps 48-100 Brian Tyler.

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-440, 2-Logan Seavey-424, 3-Justin Grant-322, 4-Shane Cottle-322, 5-Kyle Robbins-315, 6-David Byrne-306, 7-Shane Cockrum-295, 8-Austin Nemire-283, 9-Travis Welpott-270, 10-Mike Haggenbottom-243.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-115, 2-Brady Bacon-114, 3-Justin Grant-116, 4-Tanner Thorson-118, 5-Robert Ballou-97, 6-Logan Seavey-91, 7-Thomas Meseraull-103, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 9-Kyle Cummins-68, 10-Buddy Kofoid-75.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 24-25, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 4-Crown Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance of the Night: Shane Cockrum

Fatheadz Eyewear / Southern Illinois Sports Productions / Richard Blakely Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson

KSE Racing Products / Tucker’s Automotive Repair & Tire Hard Charger: Jerry Coons Jr. (19th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kyle Steffens

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 5, 2021 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, California – “13th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Johnson, 8M, May-13.500; 2. Kaleb Montgomery, 8, Richardson-13.591; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.750; 4. Ryan Bernal, 17W, Wood-13.752; 5. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.775; 6. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.803; 7. Carson Short, 17, Snow-13.838; 8. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-13.846; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.861; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-13.915; 11. Jake Morgan, 2SB, Miller-13.990; 12. Trevor Schmid, 2, Schmid-14.031; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.070; 14. Shane Hopkins, 51, Sperry-14.125; 15. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-14.220; 16. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-14.220; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14,318; 18. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.327; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.342; 20. Ron Laplant, 69, SixNine-14.353; 21. Gary Paulson, 51X, Paulson-14.380; 22. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-14.391; 23. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.585; 24. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.593; 25. Cody Smith, 5, Smith-14.775; 26. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-14.916; 27. Tony Gomes, 73, Ford-15.188; 28. Christopher Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-15.403; 29. Nathan Johnson, 85, Johnson-16.020; 30. Ryan Owens, 26R. Owens-16.615; 31. Boy Moniz, 1S, Moniz-NT; 32, Denny McNary, 77, McNary-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Faria, 3. C.Johnson, 4. Whitley, 5. Gansen, 6. Paulson, 7. Smith, 8. N.Johnson. NT

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. C.Williams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Hopkins, 5. Montgomery, 6. Grabowski, 7. Schank, 8. Owens. NT.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Short, 2. Roa, 3. Gomes, 4. Timmons, 5. Tafoya, 6. McCarthy, 7. Morgan, 8. L,Williams. NT.

COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Bernal, 3. Schmid, 4. Laplant, 5. Sweeney, 6. Soares, 7. Muraoka. NT.

BILLSJERKY.COM SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Montgomery, 2. L.Williams, 3. Paulson, 4. Soares, 5. Tafoya, 6. Schank, 7. Sweeney, 8. Morgan, 9. Gansen, 10. Smith, 11. Owens, 12. Muraoka, 13. N.Johnson, 14. Grabowski, 15. McCarthy. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (8), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 3. Brody Roa (5), 4. Chase Johnson (6), 5. Cody Williams (10), 6. Tony Gomes (21), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (12), 8. Daniel Whitley (3), 9. Shane Hopkins (13), 10. Ryan Bernal (4), 11. Tommy Malcolm (16), 12. Nate Schank (19), 13. Chris Gansen (23), 14. Ron Laplant (17), 15. Trevor Schmid (11), 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 17. Jarrett Soares (15), 18. Gary Paulson (18), 19. Carson Short (1), 20. Austin Williams (2), 21. Logan Williams (14), 22. Ryan Timmons (20), 23. Kaleb Montgomery (7). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 A.Williams, Laps 11-28 Gardner, Lap 29 Roa, Lap 30 Gardner. IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Tony Gomes (21st to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Chris Gansen

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-862, 2-Brody Roa-820, 3-Austin Williams-707, 4-Chris Gansen-679, 5-Cody Williams-630, 6-Tommy Malcolm-587, 7-Danny Faria Jr.-473, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-460, 9-Verne Sweeney-432, 10-Matt McCarthy-413.

FINAL LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-156, 2-Brody Roa-138, 3-Tony Gomes-129, 4-Chase Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-125, 6-Cody Williams-124, 7-Ryan Bernal-122, 8-Carson Short-111, 9-Austin Williams-101, 10-Danny Faria Jr.-93.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 6 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California


SIX YEARS LATER…
THORSON GETS REDEMPTION AT ANGELL PARK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (September 5, 2021)………Six years. That’s how long Tanner Thorson had to wait for his moment of redemption on Sunday night during the 37th running of the Firemen’s Nationals at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway.

During the 2015 Firemen’s Nationals, Thorson led 29 and 3/4 of the 30 laps around the 1/3-mile dirt oval before Rico Abreu slid past on the final corner to steal the win from him by mere inches.

Mind you, Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has been a frequent frontrunner at Angell Park over the years, notching a Badger win on Memorial Day Weekend in 2014. At the Firemen’s Nationals, he’s been 3rd and 2nd on consecutive nights in 2014 and was 3rd at the 2017 Firemen’s Nationals.

However, a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature win at Angell Park had alluded him, largely due to the series’ six-year absence from the venue.

Thorson’s sabbatical lasted until the lap 22 restart on Sunday night when he went third to first in rapid-fire succession, first past Justin Grant for second, then by Thomas Meseraull for the lead with eight laps remaining to score his series-leading seventh victory of the year and coupled with his three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car scores, became the first driver to reach the double-digit win mark with USAC this season.

The victory, worth $5,000, was the 27th of Thorson’s USAC National Midget career, tying him with none-other-than Tony Stewart and Gary Bettenhausen for 14th all-time.

All of it came following a little bit of a mechanical issue early on, which was rectified, then resolved after the changes in the track surface throughout the 30-lap duration played right into the hands of Thorson and his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – MVT – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

“We had some motor problems in that heat race,” Thorson revealed. “We helped it a little there and fixed a couple things and it wasn’t quite enough, but it seemed to help us tonight with how slick it got. I don’t really set up my car for the beginning of the race. I knew how good Thomas and Justin were at the start, but I felt like my car was going to come in there at the end.”

Thorson started third while an all RMS Racing front row of Meseraull and Grant jockeyed for position during the initial two laps before Meseraull spurted by on the outside to secure the race lead.

Meseraull remained in total control throughout the first two-thirds of the 30-lapper, upping his lead to nearly a full second just five laps in, then to 1.5 sec. at the halfway mark, as he began to put the tail end of the field a lap down in the running order.

Comfortably on top, Meseraull was forced to the bottom on lap 17 as the lapped car of Jack Routson, making his series debut, occupied the same line. Meseraull drifted back to the top after sliding by Routson and reaffirmed his preferred path without losing a single bit of his advantage as the train of Grant, Thorson and Kevin Thomas Jr. followed in suit on the cushion.

Just then, as Meseraull began to assert his foot on the collective throat of the field with nine laps remaining, 12th running Cannon McIntosh’s car went up a major plume of smoke down the front straightaway, forcing him to a stop and necessitating a yellow.

Without traffic being a contributing factor for the restart, the advantage went straight back to Thorson, third in the line, who had just begun to find his footing in a major way on the bottom line and was in the process of getting into second past Grant when the yellow flag fell.

“I felt like Thomas, Justin and I were all kind of the same speed,” Thorson explained. “I got right on Justin’s bumper for most of the race and just couldn’t really get to him or get to a spot where I could get by him. A couple of those lapped cars we were passing, they were keeping up with us a little bit more on the bottom. But I knew on that restart, I had to go for it.”

And he did, as he resumed his flirtation with the low line and nosed underneath Grant for second in turn two on the lap 22 restart, briefly making it three-wide with he, Grant alongside in the middle, and Meseraull up top, tossing dirt at the National Midget Hall of Fame building as he blitzed past.

Thorson completed his pass of Grant with a slide into turn three, which put him right in lockstep with Meseraull. By the time the two got to turn one and two, it was game over as Thorson forged ahead, clearing Meseraull at the exit of turn two, then proceeded to run away ala Del Shannon, closing out with a 2.555 second margin of victory over Meseraull, Grant, Chris Windom and Logan Seavey.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) led a race-high 22 laps and earned his best result with the series since a similar runner-up finish exactly one month earlier at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Aug. 5. On Sunday, Meseraull, a Badger Midget winner at Angell Park on July 4 of this year, followed up his second-place USAC run with another Badger win immediately after.

“This thing is always so good,” Meseraull said of his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota. “We kind of killed our tires there and, maybe if I had moved to the bottom, I could’ve held him off, but this thing was so good up top, just letting her eat. I love this place. This is hands down my favorite midget track in the country. I don’t know why. We don’t race here a lot, but when we do get to race here, I love it.”

Justin Grant’s only previous Angell Park experience prior to Sunday night came in a sixth place performance during a 2015 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National feature event. Grant (Ione, Calif.) put the second RMS Racing car on the podium on this night in what was first ever midget appearance at the famed track aboard his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I had a good car, but we just weren’t quite as good as Tanner and Thomas,” Grant admitted. “Those guys were really good. They were dialed in. We were close, but just not quite good enough. I struggled to get hooked around the bottom. We were pretty good, but we just felt like we were a third-place car and that’s where we ended up.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2021 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, Wisconsin – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 37th Firemen’s Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.463; 2. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-15.503; 3. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-15.571; 4. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-15.588; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.602; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-15.622; 7. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-15.695; 8. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-15.802; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-15.817; 10. Chase McDermand, 40, McDermand-15.853; 11. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-15.858; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.893; 13. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.973; 14. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-16.127; 15. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce/Stout-16.360; 16. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-16.387; 17. Jack Routson, 57A, RAB-16.453; 18. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.454; 19. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-16.846; 20. Jeff Zelinski, 18, Engstrom-16.874; 21. Matt Rechek, 38, Shoestring-16.913; 22. Brandon Waelti, 3w, Martin-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Randall, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Chase McDermand, 6. Daniel Robinson, 7. Brandon Waelti, 8. Glenn Waterland. 2:47.36

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Jeff Zelinski, 7. Jack Routson. 2:47.54

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Trey Gropp, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Matt Rechek. 2:45.90

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Thomas Meseraull (2), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Logan Seavey (11), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 7. Emerson Axsom (5), 8. Daison Pursley (6), 9. Buddy Kofoid (13), 10. Chase Randall (9), 11. Brandon Waelti (22), 12. Hayden Reinbold (18), 13. Jack Routson (17), 14. Chase McDermand (12), 15. Jeff Zelinski (20), 16. Matt Rechek (21), 17. Glenn Waterland (19), 18. Ethan Mitchell (14), 19. Cannon McIntosh (8), 20. Zach Daum (10), 21. Trey Gropp (15), 22. Daniel Robinson (16). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 23-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1607, 2-Emerson Axsom-1598, 3-Chris Windom-1582, 4-Justin Grant-1532, 5-Tanner Thorson-1530, 6-Daison Pursley-1466, 7-Logan Seavey-1352, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1329, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1315, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1188.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-137, 2-Brady Bacon-130, 3-Justin Grant-123, 4-Tanner Thorson-121, 5-Robert Ballou-109, 6-Logan Seavey-106, 7-Thomas Meseraull-103, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-102, 9-Kyle Cummins-79, 10-Buddy Kofoid-75.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 10-11-12, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Brandon Waelti

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Daison Pursley

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Randall

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Brandon Waelti (22nd to 11th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jack Routson

 

 

BRIGHT CLAIMS 8TH EAST COAST WIN AT DELAWARE INT’L

By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Delmar, Delaware (September 4, 2021).........For the eighth time on the 2021 Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series presented by Capitol Renegade trail, Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA claimed the checkered flag at the conclusion of the twenty-five lap main event, doing so once again on Saturday night at Delaware International Speedway.

Allentown, PA’s Briggs Danner and Mount Pocono, PA’s Joey Amantea lead the field to green for the initial start of the future event, with Amantea getting a bit of a big jump over Danner leading to a no start call. The second attempt to get the feature rolling went much smoother with Danner and Amantea drag racing to the line for the lead, and into turn one.

Things continued on being smooth until the middle of turns three and four when sixth starting Damon Paul went for a spin. Paul’s car spinning ended up collecting Colin White who went for a series of small tumbles, and also collected Jonathan Swanson and Aiden Borden who both suffered no damage in the accident.

Third time was the charm as the field finally got underway for round eighteen of USAC East Coast Competition. Briggs Danner grabbed the early lead with Kenny Miller lll quickly moving into second, with Alex Bright in third. Early on, Danner and Bright went directly to the top of the speedway where they are both most comfortable, with Miller digging away on the bottom where he has been known to run, and the line that afforded him his first ever feature win last season at the Delaware International Speedway.

Three time series champion Steven Drevicki had worked his way into the top five by using the inside line of the speedway as well, while Chris Allen joined Danner and Bright on the high side on both ends of the speedway. Amantea began to fall a bit and found himself running in the sixth place position in the top half of the feature event.

Bright, using the topside would be able to work around Miller for second and being his charge after race leader Briggs Danner, who had established a lead of just a few car-lengths. Miller kept digging away on the bottom in third with Drevicki draped all over the tail tank of Miler. The lead cars were utilizing the high side of the speedway in turns one and two, with the majority of the field then diving to the bottom in three and four.

Danner maintained the lead with Bright in second but drawing ever closer to the leader as Danner was having difficulty entering turn three and four on the bottom side. Miller and Drevicki continued to battle for third and fourth, with Allen remaining on the high side of the speedway trying everything he could to reel in the top four as the field approached lap ten. Bright made a big move to the inside of Danner as lap ten was scored and tried to take the race lead away, but the momentum of the high side carried Danner around Bright for the lead.

The second caution flag of the feature event flew on lap ten as Joey Amantea made contact with the inside barriers breaking the front end on the 88J entry ending a strong run for the rookie driver.

The field would go back to green with just fifteen laps remaining, an all-out dash for the feature win around the half mile at Delaware International. Danner was the leader over Bright, Miller, Drevicki, and Allen. The battle for sixth through eight was about to kick off with Buckwalter, Betts, and Nash Ely all trying to get inside the top five as well.

When the green flag flew, Bright nailed the restart and quickly dove to the inside of Danner as they entered turn one, pulling off the massive slide job and getting the race lead as the duo exited corner number two. As the field raced down the back stretch, Kenny Miller III drew alongside Danner for second, and at the completion of lap eleven, Bright was the leader with Miller in second, Danner third, Drevicki fourth and Allen fifth.

On the next circuit of the speedway, Danner utilized the high line in one and two, to blast back by Miller for second, and close the door on him as they entered turn number three.

With the short amount of laps remaining, and continuing to click off, drivers all over the speedway began making as many moves as they could to improve their position. As the field neared the ten to go mark, Bright had established a massive lead over Danner, Drevicki and Miller fought tooth and nail for a number of laps before Drevicki, utilizing the high side in turn one, moved by Miller for third. Miller held fourth with Allen pedaling hard in fifth. The best battles on the track were the three car fight for sixth through eighth, and a two car duel for ninth and tenth.

Bruce Buckwalter Jr., Troy Betts, and 14th starting Nash Ely were swapping positions every lap with Buckwalter on the bottom, Betts ripping the cushion, and Ely utilizing all three lanes to try and find his way by the cars in front of him. Behind them but closing in on the three car fight in front of them, was a tooth and nail battle between sixteenth starting Ed Aikin and Mike Thompson.

Aikin rolled around the bottom of the speedway with Thompson up top on the cushion making up ground just as he had been in his heat race. The battle between the six cars at the back half of the top ten was more than intense with the positions changing back and forth nearly every lap as the feature neared its conclusion.

Bright had absolutely no problems getting through lapped traffic and had opened a straightaway lead over Danner. Danner remained in second with a good sized gap over Drevicki, Miller, and Allen. Buckwalter continued to hold off the challenges of Betts and Ely, with Aikin getting the best of Thompson. Damon Paul who had to start at the rear of the field following his lap one spin had worked his way into eleventh and was trying to catch Aikin and Thompson for the top ten, but he would run out of time to get the job done.

As the checkered flag flew, Alex Bright cruised to his eighth win of the season, drawing him even with Danner once again for season long win totals, Danner, Drevicki, Miller, and Allen would be the top five. On the last lap of the feature event, Bruce Buckwalter didn’t quite get into turn three as hard as he wanted, allowing Troy Betts to get by for sixth. Buckwalter held off Ely for seventh, with Aikin grabbing ninth besting Thompson in their own duel for position.

Coming off a successful trip to the Kokomo Speedway Smackdown last week, Alex Bright picked up right where he left off in USAC East Coast competition. Bright grabbed the heat race win and got the best of Danner for yet another feature win. Unfortunately for Bright, his points lead only grew by three points, as the duo who have been the best of the season have finished in positions one or two the last three events in a row. The points gap for Bright is now at 33 points over Danner with just five races remaining on the series trail.

Briggs Danner has been nothing but impressive this season, racking up wins and podium finishes all season long. But what may be the most astonishing part of the whole season, is the fact that many of the tracks on the series trial Danner has either never seen before, or never run on before in any kind of car.

That was the case on Saturday at Delaware International, but just as the rest of the season has gone, you’d hardly know it was the teenager’s first time on the speedway. Danner collected an impressive heat win from the ninth place starting position and redrew the pole for the feature event. Danner did everything he could to grab another feature win, and chip away at the point lead of Bright, but came up just a bit short on Saturday night.

Steven Drevicki was the second driver from the series to head west to Kokomo last week, and while the trip may not have been the results they were looking for, running with the best in the nation certainly any driver and their program. Following a flip two weeks ago at Bedford, Drevicki was back in the Fitzpatrick team 19 car, his usual ride for 410 sprint car competition. Drevicki has shown speed in all events they have run with the car, continually improving his finishing positions, resulting with a podium run on Saturday night. While this season is certainly on the downside for the Drevicki racing team, they have shown a good deal of speed in many of the events run this season.

Morgantown, PA’s Kenny Miller III has been a welcome addition back to the field since the completion of his summer internship, and the sophomore driver has certainly not missed a beat behind the wheel of a sprint car, immediately getting into the top five since returning. Miller notched his first ever sprint car win last season at the Delaware International Speedway and was looking to repeat that effort on Saturday.

When it comes to running the bottom lane of any track on tour, Miller is just about as good as they get, with Saturday night being no different. Miller utilized the bottom to perfection, getting second away from Danner, before fading some in the late stages of the feature event. If the top five and podium runs continue for Miller, there’s a very strong chance he could end up back in victory lane with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series.

Rounding out the top five with a great effort was Old Bridge, N.J.’s Chris Allen Jr. Allen has had an up and down year and hasn’t been full time with the series as in prior years. Allen ran the teams back up car two weeks ago at the Bedford Speedway, and an unfortunate parts failure sent him into the turn one wall leaving the car with heavy damage. Luckily, that weekend Allen and team picked up their primary Maxim Chassis 71 car from its frame repair, and it made its return to series action Saturday at Delaware International. Allen ran strong all night, coming home in fifth in the team’s first race back with the primary car.

While the team has not graced victory lane yet this season, they continue to be right on the door step of getting career win number two. With only five races left on the series trail this season, time is running out, but perhaps with the primary car back in action, the team can break through and grab their first win of the season.

Up next for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade, is the second of two visits to the Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Virginia. Saturday’s show will be another show featuring $300 to start thanks to sponsor E. Schneider and Sons Inc.

As always, follow along with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series on our social media pages! On Twitter at: @USACecsc, or on Facebook at: USAC East Coast Sprint Cars.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2021 – Delaware International Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 5G-Briggs Danner (9), 2. 57-Damon Paul (8), 3. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. (1), 4. 71-Chris Allen Jr. (6), 5. 22B-Troy Betts (7), 6. 32-Colin White (4), 7. 83s-Billy Ney (10), 8. 17J-Jonathan Swanson (3), 9. 56-Jermain Godshall (2), 10. 67-Jason Cherry (5). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 20-Alex Bright (1), 2. 88J-Joey Amantea (2), 3. 19-Steven Drevicki (6), 4. 23m-Kenny Miller III (9), 5. 11-Mike Thompson (10), 6. 117-David Swanson (3), 7. 3BC-Nash Ely (5), 8. 7-Ed Aikin (7), 9. 7B-Aidan Borden (8), 10. 27c-Craig Pellegrini (4). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Alex Bright (4), 2. Briggs Danner (1), 3. Steven Drevicki (7), 4. Kenny Miller III (3), 5. Chris Allen Jr. (5), 6. Troy Betts (9), 7. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. (8), 8. Nash Ely (14), 9. Ed Aikin (16), 10. Mike Thompson (10), 11. Damon Paul (6), 12. Billy Ney (13), 13. David Swanson (12), 14. Jonathan Swanson (15), 15. Aidan Borden (18), 16. Craig Pellegrini (20), 17. Jason Cherry (19), 18. Jermain Godshall (17), 19. Joey Amantea (2), 20. Colin White (11). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-10 Briggs Danner, Laps 11-20 Alex Bright.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-1308, 2-Briggs Danner-1275, 3-Nash Ely-971, 4-Damon Paul-950, 5-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-841, 6-Tommy Kunsman-832, 7-Steven Drevicki-815, 8-Mike Thompson-790, 9-Joey Amantea-764, 10-Kenny Miller III-725.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE RACE: September 25, 2021 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Penske Shocks $100 Award: Alex Bright

Penske Shocks $50 Award: Briggs Danner

Penske Shocks $25 Award: Steven Drevicki

Ultra Shield 4th Place: Kenny Miller lll

Ultra Shield 6th Place: Troy Betts

Vahlco Wheels Hard Charger: Ed Aikin (16th to 9th)

 

SMITH SOARS TO LAWSON MEMORIAL VICTORY AT I-35 IN USAC MWRA GO

By: Ray Cunningham

Winston, Missouri (September 4, 2021)………Saturday night at I-35 Speedway Wesley Smith, driving the John Helm/WSR #12, broke the curse of bad results to win the inaugural Lawson Memorial for USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars.

Wyatt Burks took second over Kory Schudy, Luke Howard, Don Droud Jr., Chris Parkinson, Tom Curran, Chad Goff and Brad Wyatt with Chad Frewaldt rounding out the top-10 in the 22-car field.

The change of fortune for the Billings, Missouri chauffeur came after rains blasted the greater Kansas City area, causing cancellations throughout the region on Saturday night.

As a result, it led to a lightning fast and tacky surface at I-35 Speedway which was perfect for Smith who blasted his way to victory using both the high side, and then the low side, to pass the leader Burks for his third Wholesale Batteries USAC MWRA Sprint Car victory of 2021 and a career best “Lucky Number 7” sprint car win in all groups this season after a DNF cost him the points lead at the Winston track last time out.

“The Sheriff” Wyatt Burks from Topeka, Kansas, had a great night of racing as well, driving the Wyatt Burks Racing #11w, finishing second place, after taking the lead at the start of the 25 lapper until being passed by Smith.

Point Leader Kory Schudy of Battlefield, Mo., racing the JSR #28 of Jon Sawyer, continued to impress with yet another finish on the podium in MWRA after winning the first two races at I-35 Speedway in 2021.

Overland Park, Kansas driver “Cool Hand Luke” Howard, fresh off the football field playing under the Friday Night Lights, topped his best result from earlier this year of fifth place at the Northwest Missouri track by coming home in fourth, and Lincoln, Nebraska’s Don Droud Jr., racing the Mark Burch #1m, duplicated his fifth place result from the last time they ran at I-35 on August 21.

After sitting out a few races for health concerns, Chris Rupard of Kansas City, Kansas won the Design Source Flooring Hard Charger Award, racing from 21st place to 12th. Earlier, Parkinson, Burks, and Smith, took the three heat race victories.

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USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION RESULTS: September 4, 2021 – I-35 Speedway – Winston, Missouri

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 65-Chris Parkinson (3), 2. 1m-Don Droud Jr. (6), 3. 4F-Chad Frewaldt (7), 4. 33L-Mark Lane (1), 5. 7x-Lance Silvers (4), 6. 45-Jesse Bebee (2), 7. 7J-Nathan James (8), 8. 717-Garrett Alexander (5). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 11w-Wyatt Burks (2), 2. 2-Luke Howard (4), 3. 26-Zach Clark (1), 4. 2x-Kyle Lewis (6), 5. 81A-Chris Morgan (3), 6. 41-Brad Wyatt (7), 7. 22R-Chris Rupard (5). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 12-Wesley Smith (2), 2. 28-Kory Schudy (4), 3. 11x-Tom Curran (1), 4. 74-Xavier Doney (6), 5. 9-Chad Goff (3), 6. 27J-Justin Johnson (5), 7. 93-Buddy Parker (7). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Wesley Smith (5), 2. Wyatt Burks (2), 3. Kory Schudy (7), 4. Luke Howard (6), 5. Don Droud Jr. (3), 6. Chris Parkinson (4), 7. Tom Curran (11), 8. Chad Goff (16), 9. Brad Wyatt (14), 10. Chad Frewaldt (1), 11. Zach Clark (10), 12. Chris Rupard (21), 13. Mark Lane (12), 14. Lance Silvers (13), 15. Buddy Parker (20), 16. Jesse Bebee (19), 17. Justin Johnson (17), 18. Chris Morgan (15), 19. Xavier Doney (9), 20. Garrett Alexander (22), 21. Kyle Lewis (8), 22. Nathan James (18). NT

USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Kory Schudy-1990, 2-Wesley Smith-1930, 3-Chris Parkinson-1710, 4-Chad Goff-1640, 5-Wyatt Burks-1450, 6-Xavier Doney-1355, 7-Luke Howard-1230, 8-Zach Clark-1220, 9-Dakota Earls-1150, 10-Heath Murry-905.

NEXT USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE: September 5, 2021 – Bethany Speedway – Bethany, Missouri

 

CARSON SHORT WINS NIGHT #1 OF THE LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC

CHICO, CA – SEPTEMBER 4, 2021… In his first start with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Carson Short (Marion, IL) led all 30-laps to win the opening night of the 13th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic at Silver Dollar Speedway. Driving Clayton Snow’s #17 United Mold Inc. / Gary Silva Ranches Triple X,, Short started on the pole position and sliced his way through traffic to claim the $5,000 prize. Series point leader, “The Demon’ Damion Gardner, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and Ryan Bernal rounded out the top-five drivers.

Before claiming the main event, Short qualified seventh out of the thirty-five cars in attendance and won the night’s 10-lap All Coast Construction Third Heat Race. The Illinois driver enters the Sunday night finale tied with Gardner in the Vermeil Classic event points.

In Woodland Auto Display Qualifying, eight drivers topped the five year old track record held by Jake Swanson. Tony Gomes (Modesto, CA) set the new standard of 12.972 in Keith Ford’s #73 CAM 2 Blue Blood Racing Oil / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X.. Gomes flipped in the first 10-lap heat race, scoring eighth, rebounded to win the 12-lap BillsJerky.com Semi-Main and take fifth in the feature.

Matt McCarthy (Riverside, CA) raced to victory in the 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated First Heat Race. Piloting the family owned #28M Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, McCarthy was twenty-first quick in time trials and placed sixteenth in the main event. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has climbed to tenth in the championship point chase.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA) returned to USAC/CRA action and won the 10-lap Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror Second Heat Race. Racing the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim, Schank qualified twenty-second overall and finished fourteenth in the main event. In limited starts, the second generation driver ranks thirty-fourth in series points.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) topped the 10-lap Component Repair Company Fourth Heat Race. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa was twelfth fast in time trials and charged from eleventh to sixth in the main event. The 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion ranks second in USAC/CRA standings and sixth in Louie Vermeil points.

‘Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (Corona, CA) earned the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with a twelfth place run from twenty-second. Before earning a $650 bonus, the pilot of Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim was thirty-second fast in time trials, ran fifth in his heat race, and placed sixth in the semi-main. The young driver is sixth in the point standings.

The non-winged USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back at Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA) for the Sunday finale of the “Louie Vermeil Classic.” The winged 410 NARC King of the West Sprint Cars will share the action packed card. On Monday, September 6th, the traditional 410s will invade the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and clash at Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, CA).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2021 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, California – “13th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tony Gomes, 73, Ford-12.972 (New Track Record); 2. Kalib Henry. 33, Case-13.120; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-13.159; 4. Ryan Bernal, 17W, Wood-13.197; 5. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.200; 6. Chase Johnson, 8M, May-13.221; 7. Carson Short, 17, Snow-13.242; 8. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.326; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-13.370; 10. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-13.464; 11. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-13.482; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.482; 13. Shane Hopkins, 51, Sperry-13.552; 14. Kaleb Montgomery, 8, Richardson-13.570; 15. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-13.611; 16. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.665; 17. Trevor Schmid, 2, Schmid-13.666; 18. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.679; 19. Jake Morgan, 2SB, Miller-13.729; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-13.730; 21. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-13.847; 22. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-13.867; 23. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.892; 24. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-14.007; 25. Bradley Terrell, 3T, Finkenbinder-14.046; 26. Ron Laplant, 69, Laplant-14.061; 27. Gary Paulson, 51X, Paulson-14.180; 28. Cody Smith, 5, Smith-14.220; 29. Tony Richards, 4, Richards-14.298; 30. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.321; 31. Sheldon Moniz, 1S, Moniz-14.396; 32. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.409; 33. Denny McNary, 77, McNary-14.927; 34. Christopher Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-14.954; 35. Clint Motta, 92Z, Schmid-15.642.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. C.Williams, 3. Schmid, 4. A.Williams, 5. Hopkins, 6. Tafoya, 7. Laplant, 8. Gomes. NT.

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schank, 2. Henry, 3. Johnson, 4. Montgomery, 5. Whitley, 6. Moniz, 7. Motta, 8. L.Williams, 9. Paulson. NT.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Short, 2. Gardner, 3. Timmons, 4. Soares, 5. Malcolm, 6. Smith, 7. Morgan, 8. Faria. NT.

COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Davis, 3. Gansen, 4. Bernal, 5. Sweeney, 6. Grabowski, 7. Richards, 8. McNary. NT.

BILLSJERKY.COM SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Gomes, 2. Hopkins, 3. Morgan, 4. Tafoya, 5. Faria, 6. Malcolm, 7. L.Williams, 8. Grabowski, 9. Paulson, 10. Moniz, 11. McNary, 12. Whitley, 13. Sweeney, 14. Smith, 15. Richards. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Carson Short (1), 2. Damion Gardner (5), 3. Austin Williams (30, 4. Ryan Bernal (4), 5. Tony Gomes (7), 6. Brody Roa (11), 7. Cody Williams (9), 8. Chase Johnson (2), 9. Chris Gansen (8), 10. Charles Davis Jr. (15), 11. Kaleb Montgomery (13), 12. Tommy Malcolm (22), 13. Jarrett Soares (10), 14. Nate Schank (19), 15. Danny Faria Jr. (14), 16. Matt McCarthy (18), 17. Logan Williams (23), 18. Ryan Timmons (20), 19. Shane Hopkins (12), 20. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (21), 21. Trevor Schmid (16), 22. Kalib Henry (6), 23. Jake Morgan (17). NT.
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Terrell, Muraoka, and Sweeney flipped during qualifications. Gomes flipped on lap 1 of the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Short
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Tommy Malcolm (22nd to 12th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Jarrett Soares

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-784, 2-Brody Roa-745, 3-Austin Williams-677, 4-Chris Gansen-642, 5-Cody Williams-565, 6-Tommy Malcolm-538, 7-Verne Sweeney-422, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-414, 9-Matt Mitchell-408,10-Matt McCarthy-403.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-78, -Carson Short-78, 3-Austin Williams-71, 4-Ryan Bernal-69; 5-Tony Gomes-68, 6-Brody Roa-63, 7-Cody Williams-59, 8-Chase Johnson-56, 9-Chris Gansen-52, 10-Charles Davis Jr.-43.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 5 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, California – “13th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”


 


Du QUOIN's TED HORN 100 POSTPONED
TO MONDAY AFTERNOON, SEPT. 6

Du Quoin, Illinois (September 4, 2021)………Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown event has been postponed to early Monday during the daytime on September 6 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

Rain, which began in the morning and more forecasted throughout the day and night on Saturday has forced the postponement of the 100-mile event to Monday, which will make it the first daytime Silver Crown race at Du Quoin since 2002 and the first held on Labor Day Monday since 2000.

Thirty-five USAC Silver Crown drivers are entered for the Ted Horn 100 and features six previous event winners, including Kansas, Illinois’ Shane Cottle (2007), Parma, Michigan’s Brian Tyler (2008), Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson (2010 & 2017), Elkhart, Illinois’ Chris Urish (2013), Benton, Illinois’ Shane Cockrum (2014 & 2015) and Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom (2016 & 2018).

Swanson (2014-15-17-18-19) and Windom (2016) are among the five past USAC Silver Crown driving champions in the field, joined by Fenton, Missouri’s Ken Schrader (1982), Tucson, Arizona’s Jerry Coons Jr. (2008) and reigning champ Justin Grant (2020) out of Ione, Calif.

The event will feature the USAC Silver Crown National Championship along with the 27th Annual Bill Oldani Memorial Prelims for UMP Modifieds.

Monday pits and registration open at 7am Central. The ticket office and grandstands open at 9am. The drivers meeting will be held at 9:15am. USAC Silver Crown practice takes place from 10-11:10am, with Silver Crown Fatheadz Qualifying at 11:30am, followed by UMP Modified hot laps and feature before concluding with the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100.

Sunday’s event schedule for ARCA is unchanged with pits opening at 11:00am, grandstands at 2:00pm, with practice at 4:15pm, qualifying at 6:00pm, Modified heats at 6:30pm, and the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil at 8:05pm.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets (presale) for each day are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets at the gate on race day are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-member adults. Pit passes are $20 for children 11 and under.

Monday’s Ted Horn 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 


THE GUIDE: 100 MILES AT Du QUOIN AWAIT
USAC SILVER CROWN ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (September 2, 2021)………Labor Day weekend and champ cars at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – a time and place which harkens back to nearly three-quarters-of-a-century ago when racing began at the southern Illinois one-mile dirt oval known as the Magic Mile.

This Saturday night’s Ted Horn 100 on September 4 remembers the life of the three-time AAA National Champion in 1946, 1947 and 1948 who recorded a record nine straight top-four finishes at the Indianapolis 500 between 1936-48 before perishing in a champ car accident at Du Quoin near the end of the 1948 season.

The event also celebrates speed, Americana and 100 miles of tenacity, precision, management and pride that the field of 35 drivers will take with them in the 49th Silver Crown event held at the picturesque Du Quoin racetrack.

Six past Ted Horn 100 winners are in Saturday night’s field, including series point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), who won the first of his 33 career Silver Crown races at Du Quoin in 2010, then became a two-time winner of the event in 2017 following a late-race pass with just 10 laps remaining. The five-time series champ has twice started from the pole at Du Quoin in both 2015 and 2016.

Shane Cockrum, who hails 20 miles east of the Magic Mile in Benton, Ill., is a fellow two-time Ted Horn 100 winner, capturing back-to-back victories in 2014 and 2015, which were topped only by his team’s impromptu leap into the infield lake following each of the two wins. Like Swanson, Cockrum is both a Du Quoin winner and a victor on the Silver Crown trail in 2021, scoring the dirt opener in June at Williams Grove.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has won twice in his career at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, scoring two in a three-year span in both 2016 and 2018, the first of which came during his Silver Crown championship season.

Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) is one of six drivers to have won his one and only USAC Silver Crown race at Du Quoin, enjoying the spoils of victory in 2013. The others to do the deed are Bubby Jones (1976), Billy Vukovich (1979), Stevie Reeves (1991), Rich Tobias Jr. (2003) and Jacob Wilson (2019). Urish would certainly like to add another this Saturday.

Past Ted Horn 100 winners Shane Cottle (2007) and Brian Tyler (2008) will head to Du Quoin debuting in a pair of new rides. Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), also a two-time Du Quoin pole winner in 2007 and 2008, will pilot the DMW Motorsports No. 110 while Tyler takes over the reins of Cottle’s former ride, the BCR Group No. 81.

Tyler is equaled with Jerry Coons Jr. as the most experienced Ted Horn 100 driver in the field with each possessing 19 starts under their respective belts. Tyler’s debut at Du Quoin came in 1996 while Coons, the 2008 Silver Crown titlist, made his first start during the 1998 race. Coons finished a best of 2nd at Du Quoin in 2001, and his four career Du Quoin poles are the most in USAC Silver Crown’s 50-year history at the track.

Justin Grant has won on the Mini Magic Mile at the adjacent Southern Illinois Center in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, capturing the Shamrock Classic in 2017. Grant nearly pulled off the double on both the big and small track, finishing 2nd on the mile in USAC Silver Crown competition to Wilson in 2019.

Ken Schrader’s Du Quoin success is paramount and the Fenton, Missouri native has had his fair share in a variety of cars. His 11 Du Quoin feature victories are the most all-time with three ARCA Stock Car wins in 2006-07-13, a CARS Late Model score in 2006, and seven modified triumphs between 2011 and 2019. His best Silver Crown result came via a third-place performance in 1983.

Past top-10 Du Quoin Silver Crown performers in Saturday’s field include one-time series winner, Shullsburg, Wisconsin’s David Byrne (6th in 2018); New Castle, Indiana’s 2018 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, Kyle Robbins (10th in 2018); and Winchester, Indiana’s Matt Goodnight (10th in 2019).

A pair of Du Quoin top-ten finishers have a family lineage of Silver Crown success at the track with Austin Nemire and Steven Russell. Austin (Sylvania, Ohio) finished 8th in 2018 while his grandfather, Jerry Nemire, earned a result of 7th in 1981. Steven (Rochester, Ill.), meanwhile, took 10th in 2014 while his father, and chassis builder, Jerry Russell, raced to a 5th place in 1990.

Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) and Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) have also followed in the family footsteps to race champ cars at Du Quoin. Dallas, a 24th place finisher in 2019, is the nephew of three-time Ted Horn 100 winner Jack Hewitt, who captured victories in 1986-87-93. Korey, 27th in 2018, is the great nephew of Chuck Weyant, a three-time Du Quoin champ car starter with AAA in 1952-53 and with USAC in 1959, who finished a best of 10th in that 1953 event.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is a Silver Crown Rookie and is second in the series standings entering the event. But he is certainly no Rookie when it comes to the Du Quoin Mile. In 2018, Seavey raced to victory with the ARCA Stock Cars and nearly pulled it off again the following year, finishing 2nd after starting 10th.

USAC National winners Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) are each making their Du Quoin debuts. The same can be said for USAC west coast racing standouts Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.). Swanson led the first 28 miles of his Silver Crown career in August at Springfield.

Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) is the second-ranking Rookie in the standings and was a force during the last mile race at Springfield, running as high as second during the midway point. Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) will make his first run on a mile this Saturday night. Bilbee’s great uncle, Dick Newkirk, sponsored driver Danny Milburn for two runs at Du Quoin in 1989 and 1990, the latter of which Milburn finished 12th in.

On the flip side, Du Quoin Silver Crown experience runs rampant throughout the field with St. Charles, Missouri’s Kyle Steffens (13th in 2019) having won a modified event at the Mile on Labor Day Weekend 2001 as a 16-year-old. Chandler, Arizona’s Casey Buckman (11th in 2019) is coming off his best career series finish with an 8th at Springfield on Aug. 21. Levittown, Pennsylvania’s Mike Haggenbottom (11th in 2018) won Du Quoin’s 12-lap Silver Crown qualifying race in 2018. Fellow Pa. native, from West Springfield, Jimmy Light (12th in 2019) and Edwardsville, Illinois’ Patrick Lawson (12th in 2014) will be in the field as will Troy, Missouri’s Chris Fetter (14th in 2015).

Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) finished one spot out of the final transfer spot during the qualifying race at Du Quoin in 1989, just missing out on what would’ve been his first career Silver Crown start. He’d have to wait until 1998 to make his first Du Quoin lineup, which serves as his best career finish at the track, a 16th.

Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall last made a USAC Silver Crown start at Du Quoin in 2004. The three-time top-10 finisher in 2021 was a best of 17th at the track during his 2002 Rookie of the Year campaign. Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) was 19th at Du Quoin in 2019 while Danny Long (Bonne Terre, Mo.) was 23rd in both 2016-17 and Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) collected a 29th in 2019.

Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship along with the 27th Annual Bill Oldani Memorial Prelims for UMP Modifieds.

Pits and registration open at 1pm Central. The ticket office and grandstands open at 4pm. USAC Silver Crown practice takes place from 5-6:10pm, with Silver Crown Fatheadz Qualifying at 6:30pm, UMP Modified heat races at 7:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100 at 8:15pm.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets (presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets at the gate on race day are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-member adults. Pit passes are $20 for children 11 and under.

Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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TED HORN 100 USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (35 CARS)

08 Kyle Steffens/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

2 Patrick Lawson/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

3 Nick Bilbee/Indianapolis, IN (Tim Simmons)

6 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

14 Steven Russell/Rochester, IL (McQuinn Motorsports)

16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Goodnight Racing)

18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

21 Ken Schrader/Fenton, MO (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

22 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

31 Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

44 Danny Long/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

52 Carmen Perigo/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

54 Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Racing)

55 Jerry Coons Jr./Tucson, AZ (Patty Bateman)

57 Dallas Hewitt/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

66 TBA

69 Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 Shane Cockrum/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 Casey Buckman/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Racing)

77 Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 Brian Tyler/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

88 Chris Fetter/Troy, MO (Sammy & Mouren Fetter)

91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Hans Lein)

99 Korey Weyant/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

110 Shane Cottle/Kansas, IL (DMW Motorsports)

123 Jimmy Light/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

188 Terry Babb/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-408, 2-Logan Seavey-357, 3-Justin Grant-308, 4-Shane Cottle-267, 5-Kyle Robbins-266, 6-Austin Nemire-266, 7-David Byrne-254, 8-Travis Welpott-251, 9-Mike Haggenbottom-243, 10-Shane Cockrum-237.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT Du QUOIN:

1 Lap - 9/5/2004 - Tyler Walker - 29.138 - 123.550 mph

10 Laps - 9/10/1994 - George Snider - 5:14.78 - 114.366 mph

12 Laps - 9/4/1989 - Tom Bigelow - 6:29.73 - 110.846 mph

15 Laps - 9/1/2002 - Brian Tyler - 7:53.24 - 114.107 mph

100 Laps - 9/7/1992 - Johnny Parsons - 56:03.00 - 107.047 mph

AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR WINNERS AT Du QUOIN:

1948: Lee Wallard & Johnnie Parsons

1949: Tony Bettenhausen

1951: Tony Bettenhausen & Tony Bettenhausen

1952: Chuck Stevenson

1953: Sam Hanks

1954: Sam Hanks

1955: Jimmy Bryan

1956: Jimmy Bryan

1957: Jud Larson

1958: Johnny Thomson

1959: Rodger Ward

1960: A.J. Foyt

1961: A.J. Foyt

1963: A.J. Foyt

1964: A.J. Foyt

1965: Don Branson

1966: Bud Tingelstad

1967: A.J. Foyt

1968: Mario Andretti

1969: Al Unser

1970: Al Unser

1971: George Snider

1972: Tom Bigelow & A.J. Foyt

1973: Mario Andretti

1974: Mario Andretti

1975: Tom Bigelow

1976: Bubby Jones

1977: Tom Bigelow

1978: Pancho Carter

1979: Billy Vukovich

1980: Gary Bettenhausen & Gary Bettenhausen

1981: Rich Vogler

1982: Gary Bettenhausen

1983: Gary Bettenhausen

1984: Joe Saldana

1985: Rick Hood

1986: Jack Hewitt

1987: Jack Hewitt

1988: Gary Bettenhausen

1989: Chuck Gurney

1990: Jeff Swindell

1991: Stevie Reeves

1992: Johnny Parsons

1993: Jack Hewitt

1994: Chuck Gurney

1995: Johnny Parsons

1996: Chuck Gurney

1997: Russ Gamester

1998: Jimmy Sills

1999: Tony Elliott

2000: Kasey Kahne

2001: Paul White

2002: J.J. Yeley

2003: Rich Tobias Jr.

2004: Tyler Walker

2005: Tracy Hines

2006: Tracy Hines

2007: Shane Cottle

2008: Brian Tyler

2010: Kody Swanson

2011: Kyle Larson

2013: Chris Urish

2014: Shane Cockrum

2015: Shane Cockrum

2016: Chris Windom

2017: Kody Swanson

2018: Chris Windom

2019: Jacob Wilson

AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR WINS AT Du QUOIN:

6-A.J. Foyt

5-Gary Bettenhausen

3-Mario Andretti, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Chuck Gurney & Jack Hewitt

2-Jimmy Bryan, Shane Cockrum, Sam Hanks, Tracy Hines, Johnny Parsons, Kody Swanson, Al Unser & Chris Windom

1-Don Branson, Pancho Carter, Shane Cottle, Tony Elliott, Russ Gamester, Rick Hood, Bubby Jones, Kasey Kahne, Jud Larson, Kyle Larson, Johnnie Parsons, Stevie Reeves, Joe Saldana, Jimmy Sills, George Snider, Chuck Stevenson, Jeff Swindell, Johnny Thomson, Bud Tingelstad, Rich Tobias Jr., Brian Tyler, Chris Urish, Rich Vogler, Bill Vukovich, Tyler Walker, Lee Wallard, Rodger Ward, Paul White, Jacob Wilson & J.J. Yeley

Du QUOIN USAC SILVER CROWN FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

4-Jerry Coons Jr.

2-Gary Bettenhausen, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Chuck Gurney, Jack Hewitt, Larry Rice, Jimmy Sills, Kody Swanson, Al Unser & Tyler Walker

1-Mark Alderson, Mario Andretti, Teddy Beach, Donnie Beechler, Tom Bigelow, Ed Carpenter, Pancho Carter, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Bobby East, Tony Elliott, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Arnie Knepper, Lee Kunzman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Jeff Swindell, Rich Vogler, Billy Vukovich, Greg Weld & Jacob Wilson

PAST Du QUOIN USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS:

1971 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. George Snider (4), 2. Greg Weld (1), 3. Billy Vukovich (3), 4. Bill Puterbaugh (13), 5. Arnie Knepper (5), 6. Don Hawley (16), 7. Bob Harkey (18), 8. Johnny Rutherford (14), 9. A.J. Foyt (10), 10. Ronnie Burke (17), 11. Joe Saldana (15), 12. Salt Walther (24), 13. Lee Kunzman (6), 14. Merle Bettenhausen (9), 15. Larry Cannon (20), 16. Jimmy Caruthers (7), 17. Mario Andretti (3), 18. Carl Williams (23), 19. Jim Malloy (22), 20. Tom Bigelow (12), 21. Larry Dickson (2), 22. Ralph Liguori (21), 23. Sammy Sessions (11), 24. Bruce Walkup (19). 1:03:24.82

MAY 1972 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tom Bigelow (3), 2. Arnie Knepper (1), 3. Carl Williams (8), 4. Pancho Carter (15), 5. Johnny Parsons (12), 6. Joe Saldana (13), 7. Jerry Karl (16), 8. Rick Muther (18), 9. Bud Tingelstad (14), 10. A.J. Foyt (9), 11. Jackie Howerton (6), 12. Sammy Sessions (10), 13. Billy Vukovich (2), 14. Jim McElreath (4), 15. Bob Evans (17), 16. Jimmy Caruthers (5), 17. Lee Kunzman (7), 18. Don Hawley (20), 19. George Snider (11), 20. Bruce Walkup (19). 1:07:52.80

SEPTEMBER 1972 FEATURE: (Scheduled for 100 laps, called for rain at 52 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. A.J. Foyt (3), 2. Arnie Knepper (4), 3. Jigger Sirois (2), 4. George Snider (11), 5. Bill Puterbaugh (7), 6. Rollie Beale (8), 7. Johnny Rutherford (9), 8. Al Unser (5), 9. Ronnie Burke (14), 10. Joe Saldana (12), 11. Sammy Sessions (17), 12. Carl Williams (21), 13. Greg Weld (13), 14. Lee Kunzman (1), 15. Jimmy Caruthers (19), 16. Ralph Liguori (24), 17. Tom Bigelow (15), 18. Johnny Parsons (10), 19. Dick Tobias (23), 20. Don Nordhorn (20), 21. Bob Harkey (18), 22. Pancho Carter (6), 23. Karl Busson (22), 24. Larry Dickson (16). NT

1973 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Mario Andretti (2), 2. Billy Engelhart (6), 3. Tom Bigelow (11), 4. Lee Kunzman (10), 5. Al Unser (1), 6. Arnie Knepper (15), 7. Bill Puterbaugh (13), 8. Johnny Parsons (4), 9. Gary Bettenhausen (16), 10. Johnny Rutherford (21), 11. Jerry Miller (19), 12. Joe Saldana (17), 13. Darl Harrison (22), 14. Bob Evans (18), 15. Mel Cornett (14), 16. Ronnie Burke (24), 17. Billy Vukovich (3), 18. A.J. Foyt (7), 19. Billy Shuman (12), 20. John Hubbard (9), 21. Larry Dickson (20), 22. Billy Cassella (8), 23. Don Nordhorn (23), 24. Curt Waters (5). NT

1974 FEATURE: (Scheduled for 100 laps, called for rain at 52 laps)1. Mario Andretti (1), 2. Tom Bigelow (2), 3. Al Unser (7), 4. A.J. Foyt (4), 5. Pancho Carter (5), 6. George Snider (8), 7. Arnie Knepper (13), 8. Jimmy Caruthers (11), 9. Larry Cannon (17), 10. Rollie Beale (12), 11. Johnny Parsons (14), 12. Billy Vukovich (9), 13. Billy Engelhart (15), 14. Joe Saldana (24), 15. Billy Cassella (22), 16. Darl Harrison (16), 17. Greg Weld (6), 18. Mike Gregg (18), 19. Bob Evans (23), 20. Jackie Howerton (3), 21. Sheldon Kinser (19), 22. Bob Harkey (20), 23. Bill Puterbaugh (21), 24. Steve Lotshaw (10). 38:56.00

1975 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tom Bigelow (2), 2. Larry Rice (7), 3. Sammy Sessions (4), 4. Jimmy Caruthers (16), 5. Arnie Knepper (12), 6. Steve Chassey (8), 7. Darl Harrison (13), 8. Jim Hurtubise (22), 9. Tommy Astone (21), 10. Bruce Walkup (9), 11. James McElreath (23), 12. Jackie Howerton (17), 13. Billy Vukovich (18), 14. Jerry Miller (15), 15. Larry Dickson (24), 16. Rollie Beale (20), 17. Al Unser (1), 18. Gary Bettenhausen (5), 19. Spike Gehlhausen (6), 20. Sheldon Kinser (11), 21. Jim McElreath (19), 22. Pancho Carter (3), 23. Billy Cassella (14), 24. Joe Saldana (10). 1:04:40.30

1976 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bubby Jones (3), 2. Larry Dickson (5), 3. Jim McElreath (9), 4. Larry Rice (10), 5. Johnny Parsons (23), 6. Jim Hurtubise (6), 7. James McElreath (12), 8. Billy Cassella (24), 9. Jerry Miller (17), 10. Ronnie Burke (21), 11. Clark Templeman (13), 12. Joe Saldana (4), 13. Tom Bigelow (1), 14. Bobby Olivero (22), 15. Sheldon Kinser (7), 16. Chuck Gurney (16), 17. George Snider (8), 18. Gary Irvin (15), 19. Pancho Carter (2), 20. Jan Opperman (20), 21. Roy Hicks (18), 22. Jackie Howerton (19), 23. Sleepy Tripp (14), 24. Dana Carter (11). NT

1977 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tom Bigelow (4), 2. Gary Bettenhausen (11), 3. Billy Cassella (3), 4. Billy Vukovich (2), 5. Larry Rice (10), 6. George Snider (12), 7. Bubby Jones (9), 8. Eddie Leavitt (15), 9. Jim Hurtubise (8), 10. Larry Moore (20), 11. Dean Shirley (14), 12. Roy Hicks (21), 13. Jerry Miller (5), 14. Thad Dosher (17), 15. Al Unser (7), 16. Jackie Howerton (23), 17. Sheldon Kinser (6), 18. Arnie Knepper (22), 19. Johnny Parsons (18), 20. Steve Chassey (19), 21. James McElreath (13), 22. Rich Vogler (16), 23. Pancho Carter (31), 24. Rollie Beale (24). 59:30.80

1978 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Pancho Carter (2), 2. Billy Vukovich (11), 3. George Snider (3), 4. Larry Dickson (12), 5. Billy Cassella (16), 6. Jim McElreath (5), 7. Bubby Jones (20), 8. Steve Cannon (9), 9. Larry Rice (1), 10. Chuck Gurney (6), 11. Robert Smith (22), 12. Ron Shuman (24), 13. Lynn Paxton (18), 14. Mark Alderson (10), 15. Dana Carter (17), 16. Duke Cook (23), 17. Mike Johnson (21), 18. Sheldon Kinser (8), 19. Gary Bettenhausen (14), 20. Tom Bigelow (4), 21. Kramer Williamson (15), 22. Junior Parkinson (7), 23. Arnie Knepper (13), 24. Billy Engelhart (19). 1:05:38.00

1979 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Billy Vukovich (1), 2. Bill Puterbaugh (11), 3. Larry Dickson (19), 4. Larry Rice (5), 5. Billy Engelhart (22), 6. Pancho Carter (3), 7. Steve Cannon (21), 8. Bobby Adkins (16), 9. Paul Pitzer (9), 10. Rich Vogler (13), 11. Steve Chassey (2), 12. Billy Cassella (10), 13. Robert Smith (23), 14. Jerry Miller (14), 15. Dana Carter (18), 16. Gary Bettenhausen (4), 17. Sheldon Kinser (6), 18. Tom Bigelow (17), 19. Junior Parkinson (24), 20. Joe Saldana (7), 21. Bobby Olivero (20), 22. Bob East (15), 23. Chuck Gurney (12), 24. Bubby Jones (8). NT

MAY 1980 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Gary Bettenhausen (2), 2. Pancho Carter (4), 3. Bobby Olivero (11), 4. Ron Shuman (5), 5. Steve Chassey (10), 6. Steve Cannon (17), 7. Dean Shirley (16), 8. Bob Frey (22), 9. Bill Burks Jr. (21), 10. Larry Dickson (1), 11. Larry Gates (19), 12. Gary Hieber (20), 13. Joe Saldana (6), 14. Mike Gregg (7), 15. Robert Smith (8), 16. Eddie Leavitt (12), 17. Lealand McSpadden (18), 18. Rich Vogler (3), 19. Sheldon Kinser (13), 20. Bill Puterbaugh (9), 21. Larry Rice (15), 22. Mack McClellan (24), 23. George Snider (14), 24. Jerry Miller (23), 25. Billy Vukovich (25). 1:00:12.60

AUGUST 1980 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Gary Bettenhausen (2), 2. Pancho Carter (7), 3. Rich Vogler (1), 4. Larry Dickson (11), 5. Rich Leavell (9), 6. Chris Cumberworth (17), 7. Kramer Williamson (21), 8. Lennie Waldo (26), 9. Larry Rice (8), 10. Tom Bigelow (4), 11. Gary Hieber (27), 12. Steve Cannon (13), 13. Gary Irvin (19), 14. Frankie Schneider (24), 15. Jack Hewitt (14), 16. Jerry Miller (15), 17. Sammy Swindell (16), 18. Bill Burks Jr. (22), 19. George Snider (10), 20. Joe Saldana (6), 21. Paul Pitzer (23), 22. Steve Chassey (5), 23. Bill Tyler (18), 24. Larry Gates (20), 25. Jan Opperman (25), 26. Bobby Olivero (3), 27. Ron Shuman (12). 1:00.17.00

1981 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Rich Vogler (6), 2. Tom Bigelow (8), 3. George Snider (9), 4. Jack Hewitt (7), 5. Bill Tyler (12), 6. Joe Saldana (16), 7. Jerry Nemire (14), 8. Johnny Parsons (5), 9. Jerry Miller (18), 10. Paul Pitzer (10), 11. Ken Schrader (11), 12. Jerry Weeks (21), 13. Larry Rice (3), 14. Jeff Bloom (15), 15. Sheldon Kinser (20), 16. Sleepy Tripp (13), 17. Jim McElreath (19), 18. Gary Bettenhausen (2), 19. Mark Alderson (#59) (24), 20. Billy Engelhart (1), 21. Bobby Olivero (4), 22. Gary Hieber (17), 23. Tracy Potter (23), 24. Arnie Knepper (22). 1:01:13.00

1982 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Gary Bettenhausen (1), 2. Steve Chassey (4), 3. Bobby Olivero (3), 4. Billy Engelhart (10), 5. Rick Hood (8), 6. Larry Rice (17), 7. Mark Alderson (7), 8. Joe Saldana (15), 9. Mike Peters (18), 10. Jerry Weeks (12), 11. Steve Kinser (14), 12. Ken Schrader (13), 13. Joe McCarthy (19), 14. Bob Cicconi (24), 15. George Snider (9), 16. Keith Kauffman (5), 17. Mike Gregg (6), 18. Jerry Nemire (16), 19. Rich Vogler (21), 20. Sheldon Kinser (2), 21. Chuck Amati (11), 22. Duke Cook (23), 23. Dana Carter (22), 24. Ron Shuman (20), 25. Tom Bigelow (25). NT

1983 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Gary Bettenhausen (1), 2. Chuck Gurney (11), 3. Ken Schrader (4), 4. George Snider (12), 5. Billy Engelhart (9), 6. Steve Kinser (19), 7. Ron Shuman (2), 8. Larry Rice (3), 9. Ronnie Burke (15), 10. Gary Hieber (14), 11. Rich Vogler (24), 12. Billy Vukovich (27), 13. Jerry Nemire (13), 14. Bud Wilmot (30), 15. Steve Siegel (22), 16. Sheldon Kinser (5), 17. Tom Bigelow (10), 18. Mike Winblad (20), 19. Jack Hewitt (7), 20. Mike Johnson (28), 21. Larry Dickson (16), 22. Larry Martin (23), 23. Steve Chassey (8), 24. Bobby Olivero (18), 25. Randy Bateman (25), 26. Mark Alderson (21), 27. Joe Saldana (29), 28. Bob Cicconi (17), 29. Jim McElreath (26), 30. Rick Hood (6). NT

1984 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Joe Saldana (4), 2. Ron Shuman (8), 3. Johnny Parsons (9), 4. Dave Blaney (12), 5. Steve Chassey (2), 6. Manny Rockhold (26), 7. Gary Irvin (7), 8. Keith Campbell (27), 9. Gary Hieber (20), 10. Jim Moughan (25), 11. Rick Hood (15), 12. Tom Bigelow (21), 13. Bill Hudson (36), 14. Sheldon Kinser (3), 15. Warren Mockler (34), 16. Billy Vukovich (10), 17. Bud Wilmot (28), 18. Gary Bettenhausen (6), 19. Chuck Gurney (1), 20. Bob Cicconi (32), 21. Jack Hewitt (14), 22. Larry Martin (13), 23. Randy Bateman (33), 24. Jerry Russell (22), 25. Danny Milburn (16), 26. Larry Rice (11), 27. Bobby Olivero (30), 28. Jerry Nemire (23), 29. Ken Schrader (5), 30. Mike Johnson (18), 31. Steve Cannon (19), 32. Billy Engelhart (24), 33. Arnie Knepper (35), 34. Mark Alderson (17), 35. Jim McElreath (31), 36. Joe McCarthy (29). 1:33:13.07

1985 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Rick Hood (1), 2. Chuck Gurney (2), 3. Steve Chassey (10), 4. Sheldon Kinser (4), 5. Kramer Williamson (16), 6. Bobby Olivero (15), 7. John Andretti (11), 8. Jack Hewitt (25), 9. Steve Butler (21), 10. Paul Clark (22), 11. Danny Milburn (18), 12. Larry Rice (9), 13. Jerry Russell (12), 14. Bob Cicconi (28), 15. Rick Salem (20), 16. Dave Blaney (7), 17. Gary Irvin (19), 18. Randy Bateman (30), 19. George Snider (6), 20. Joe Saldana (3), 21. Duke Cook (17), 22. Mark Alderson (26), 23. Jerry Nemire (27), 24. Rich Vogler (8), 25. Gary Hieber (23), 26. Billy Engelhart (13), 27. Duke DeRosa (29), 28. Greg Staab (24), 29. Gary Bettenhausen (5), 30. Ken Schrader (14). 58:58.93

1986 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jack Hewitt (11), 2. Steve Butler (9), 3. George Snider (7), 4. Tom Bigelow (6), 5. Paul Clark (12), 6. Jerry Russell (26), 7. Gary Hieber (22), 8. Bob East (13), 9. Greg Staab (25), 10. Bobby Olivero (18), 11. Warren Mockler (21), 12. Manny Rockhold (19), 13. Leon Gentry (27), 14. Jack Ziegler (32), 15. Randy Standridge (30), 16. Larry Rice (10), 17. Brent Kaeding (20), 18. Kenny Jacobs (2), 19. Gary Bettenhausen (3), 20. Steve Chassey (4), 21. Rick Hood (8), 22. Andy Hillenburg (15), 23. Mark Alderson (16), 24. Chuck Gurney (1), 25. Billy Engelhart (14), 26. Rich Vogler (5), 27. Danny Milburn (23), 28. Jerry Nemire (31), 29. Kevin Koch (24), 30. Bobby Adkins (17), 31. Paul Huntington (29), 32. Jeff Bloom (28). 1:01:41.00

1987 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jack Hewitt (18), 2. Kenny Jacobs (4), 3. Jeff Swindell (1), 4. Steve Butler (21), 5. Rick Hood (5), 6. Steve Chassey (15), 7. Larry Rice (7), 8. Mark Alderson (10), 9. Rusty McClure (9), 10. George Snider (14), 11. Palmer Crowell (16), 12. Jeff Bloom (12), 13. Tom Bigelow (24), 14. Manny Rockhold (20), 15. Kevin Koch (23), 16. Terry Kawell (29), 17. Paul Huntington (26), 18. Jim Whiteside (30), 19. Jerry Nemire (25), 20. Andy Hillenburg (2), 21. Tony Elliott (11), 22. Bob Cicconi (13), 23. Gary Hieber (19), 24. Paul Clark (6), 25. Bob Frey (22), 26. Jim Childers (8), 27. Steve Cannon (27), 28. Greg Staab (28), 29. Ron Dunstan (17), 30. Rich Vogler (3). NT

1988 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Gary Bettenhausen (3), 2. Kenny Jacobs (11), 3. George Snider (1), 4. Steve Butler (28), 5. Jim Childers (4), 6. Mark Alderson (10), 7. Andy Hillenburg (6), 8. Larry Rice (5), 9. Tray House (9), 10. Gary Hieber (12), 11. Bob Frey (23), 12. Jeff Bloom (7), 13. Jim Mahoney (21), 14. Greg Staab (15), 15. Jerry Nemire (18), 16. Gary Irvin (26), 17. Tony Elliott (8), 18. Lou Cicconi Jr. (32), 19. Palmer Crowell (25), 20. Billy Vukovich III (27), 21. Paul Huntington (19), 22. Rusty McClure (13), 23. Ray Joe Fager (22), 24. Dave Feese (12), 25. Dean Billings (17), 26. Manny Rockhold (29), 27. Chuck Gurney (2), 28. Jack Hewitt (31), 29. Ron Dunstan (20), 30. Steve Chassey (16), 31. Bill Tyler (30), 32. Johnny Parsons (14). NT

1989 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (4), 2. Rich Vogler (3), 3. Jimmy Sills (1), 4. Tony Elliott (8), 5. Jim Mahoney (7), 6. Mark Alderson (13), 7. Andy Hillenburg (10), 8. Danny Smith (18), 9. Jim McElreath (9), 10. Walt Kennedy (19), 11. Dave Feese (20), 12. Greg Staab (14), 13. Johnny Parsons (23), 14. Larry Rice (27), 15. Steve Butler (12), 16. Danny Milburn (15), 17. Tom Bigelow (22), 18. Bob Cicconi (16), 19. Donnie Beechler (32), 20. Russ Gamester (29), 21. Jack Hewitt (6), 22. Manny Rockhold (28), 23. Gary Bettenhausen (11), 24. Ron Dunstan (21), 25. George Snider (2), 26. Terry Kawell (31), 27. Gary Irvin (25), 28. Warren Mockler (26), 29. Rick Hood (5), 30. Gary Hieber (24), 31. Jerry Nemire (17), 32. Mike Thomas (30). 57:29.03

1990 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jeff Swindell (2), 2. Chuck Gurney (3), 3. Jimmy Sills (14), 4. Andy Hillenburg (25), 5. Jerry Russell (12), 6. Stevie Reeves (23), 7. Mark Alderson (1), 8. Dave Feese (21), 9. Eric Gordon (7), 10. Tom Bigelow (16), 11. Warren Mockler (13), 12. Danny Milburn (26), 13. Walt Kennedy (18), 14. Bill Kojis (19), 15. Gary Irvin (11), 16. Johnny Parsons (9), 17. Kevin Whitesides (31), 18. Jerry Nemire (32), 19. Rick Hood (27), 20. Jack Hewitt (24), 21. Ron Dunstan (20), 22. Chip Thomas (30), 23. Rusty McClure (10), 24. Larry Rice (22), 25. Stan Fox (8), 26. Greg Staab (28), 27. Wally Pankratz (6), 28. George Snider (17), 29. Gary Hieber (4), 30. Jeff Gordon (5), 31. Russ Gamester (29), 32. Steve Chassey (15). NT

1991 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Stevie Reeves (2), 2. Steve Butler (12), 3. Stan Fox (3), 4. Jeff Gordon (5), 5. Chuck Gurney (14), 6. Russ Gamester (6), 7. Johnny Parsons (4), 8. Eric Gordon (30), 9. Jim Mahoney (21), 10. Wally Pankratz (24), 11. Chip Thomas (18), 12. Larry Dickson (19), 13. Billy Boat (22), 14. Tray House (17), 15. Warren Mockler (9), 16. Gary Hieber (11), 17. Randy Bateman (26), 18. Ronnie Burke (23), 19. Tony Elliott (13), 20. Jimmy Sills (1), 21. Mark Alderson (25), 22. Bill Kojis (27), 23. Dave Feese (28), 24. Jeff Swindell (15), 25. George Snider (8), 26. Jerry Nemire (29), 27. Jerry Russell (7), 28. Steve Chassey (16), 29. Greg Staab (10), 30. Danny Smith (20). NT

1992 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Johnny Parsons (1), 2. Tony Elliott (2), 3. Stan Fox (3), 4. Tony Stewart (9), 5. George Snider (11), 6. Steve Butler (4), 7. Jeff Swindell (6), 8. Eric Gordon (14), 9. Chip Thomas (21), 10. Jim Mahoney (19), 11. Joe Gaerte (20), 12. Gary Hieber (13), 13. Russ Gamester (5), 14. Rocky Hodges (25), 15. Stevie Reeves (18), 16. Wally Pankratz (24), 17. Lealand McSpadden (17), 18. Steve Chassey (15), 19. Jim McElreath (26), 20. Jimmy Brewer (27), 21. Chuck Gurney (8), 22. Rick Hood (12), 23. Perry Ferrell (28), 24. Jerry Russell (16), 25. Larry Dickson (23), 26. Jack Hewitt (10), 27. Steve Knepper (30), 28. Tray House (29), 29. Ron Shuman (22), 30. Jimmy Sills (7). 56:03.00

1993 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jack Hewitt (1), 2. Jeff Swindell (2), 3. Ron Shuman (3), 4. Mike Bliss (21), 5. Chuck Gurney (8), 6. Tony Elliott (5), 7. Steve Butler (11), 8. Tray House (12), 9. Eric Gordon (14), 10. Larry Dickson (26), 11. Mark Alderson (30), 12. Greg Staab (19), 13. Randy Bateman (22), 14. Ron Dunstan (28), 15. Lee Dunn (29), 16. Jim Whiteside (18), 17. Tony Stewart (10), 18. Stevie Reeves (20), 19. Wally Pankratz (25), 20. Jim Keeker (24), 21. Donnie Beechler (16), 22. Jerry Nemire (23), 23. Jimmy Sills (13), 24. Tom Bigelow (27), 25. Johnny Parsons (17), 26. Chip Thomas (7), 27. Gary Hieber (6), 28. George Snider (4), 29. Randy Tolsma (9), 30. Perry Ferrell (15). NT

1994 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (8), 2. Eric Gordon (4), 3. Tony Stewart (26), 4. Randy Tolsma (6), 5. Chip Thomas (3), 6. Jimmy Sills (22), 7. Gary Bettenhausen (25), 8. Kenny Irwin Jr. (11), 9. Stan Fox (24), 10. Gary Hieber (28), 11. Rocky Hodges (21), 12. Mike Bliss (17), 13. Andy Michner (10), 14. Dave Darland (15), 15. Tray House (14), 16. Rusty McClure (19), 17. Bill Rose (13), 18. Jerry Nemire (30), 19. Robby Flock (29), 20. Randy Bateman (27), 21. Kevin Doty (20), 22. Tony Elliott (1), 23. Kevin Thomas (7), 24. Lealand McSpadden (12), 25. Page Jones (2), 26. Jack Hewitt (18), 27. Johnny Parsons (5), 28. Doug Kalitta (16), 29. Donnie Beechler (9), 30. Jack Runyon (23). NT

1995 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Johnny Parsons (2), 2. Donnie Beechler (1), 3. Dave Darland (20), 4. Jack Hewitt (14), 5. Billy Boat (12), 6. Tony Stewart (19), 7. Jimmy Sills (10), 8. Rocky Hodges (18), 9. Robby Flock (15), 10. Tray House (11), 11. Gary Hieber (9), 12. Richard Griffin (23), 13. Dan Drinan (17), 14. Eric Gordon (4), 15. Jerry Nemire (28), 16. Bill Rose (25), 17. Tony Elliott (21), 18. Cary Faas (3), 19. Jim Keeker (16), 20. John Heydenreich (26), 21. Kevin Thomas (24), 22. Dave Steele (27), 23. Russ Gamester (7), 24. Chuck Gurney (6), 25. George Snider (#111) (30), 26. Kenny Irwin Jr. (13), 27. Jack Runyon (22), 28. Ronnie Burke (29), 29. Chuck Leary (5), 30. Kevin Doty (8). NT

1996 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (4), 2. Ryan Newman (2), 3. Johnny Parsons (10), 4. Tony Elliott (5), 5. Tony Stewart (25), 6. Donnie Beechler (8), 7. Dave Darland (24), 8. Kevin Thomas (9), 9. Cary Faas (17), 10. Gary Hieber (26), 11. Billy Engelhart (15), 12. Steve Knepper (21), 13. Rip Williams (19), 14. Rick Hood (23), 15. Brian Hayden (29), 16. Brian Tyler (7), 17. Jimmy Sills (16), 18. Eric Gordon (30), 19. Robby Flock (22), 20. Rusty McClure (18), 21. Tracy Hines (14), 22. Dan Drinan (3), 23. Jack Hewitt (1), 24. Bill Rose (13), 25. Russ Gamester (20), 26. John Heydenreich (12), 27. Kenny Irwin Jr. (11), 28. George Snider (28), 29. Dave Steele (27), 30. Chip Thomas (6). NT

1997 FEATURE (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Russ Gamester (3), 2. Dave Darland (1), 3. Tony Stewart (22), 4. Ron Shuman (7), 5. Jimmy Sills (21), 6. Jim Keeker (15), 7. Kevin Thomas (25), 8. Jack Hewitt (23), 9. John Heydenreich (27), 10. Robby Flock (16), 11. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (14), 12. Ryan Newman (24), 13. Eric Gordon (26), 14. Bill Rose (10), 15. Gary Hieber (20), 16. J.J. Yeley (28), 17. Terry Pletch (30), 18. Donnie Beechler (12), 19. Randy Bateman (19), 20. Rod Holshouser (11), 21. Ronnie Burke (8), 22. Chuck Leary (9), 23. Brian Tyler (13), 24. Chuck Gurney (2), 25. Dave McGough (29), 26. Tracy Hines (5), 27. Rusty McClure (6), 28. Ricky Logan (18), 29. Johnny Parsons (4), 30. Kenneth Nichols (17). 1:05:30.00

1998 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jimmy Sills (5), 2. Tracy Hines (15), 3. Donnie Beechler (8), 4. George Snider (1), 5. J.J. Yeley (3), 6. Tony Elliott (12), 7. Chuck Leary (14), 8. Brian Tyler (9), 9. Derek Davidson (23), 10. Ron Smoker (18), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (24), 12. Gary Hieber (20), 13. Dave Darland (13), 14. Jason Leffler (7), 15. Jack Hewitt (6), 16. Terry Babb (17), 17. Russ Gamester (10), 18. Rusty McClure (16), 19. Kenneth Nichols (22), 20. Eric Gordon (27), 21. Wally Pankratz (33), 22. John Heydenreich (30), 23. Robby Flock (4), 24. Ryan Newman (11), 25. Mike Mosley Jr. (31), 26. Rod Holshouser (21), 27. Al Thomas (32), 28. Jackie Burke (25), 29. Chuck Gurney (2), 30. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (19), 31. Bill Baue (26), 32. Kaylene Verville (29), 33. Ronnie Franklin (28). NT

1999 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tony Elliott (4), 2. Dave Darland (1), 3. Eric Gordon (2), 4. Jimmy Sills (7), 5. Brian Tyler (13), 6. Chuck Gurney (3), 7. Russ Gamester (11), 8. Jay Drake (6), 9. J.J. Yeley (17), 10. Bill Rose (16), 11. Rich Tobias Jr. (15), 12. Tom Capie (19), 13. Ryan Newman (9), 14. Jack Hewitt (5), 15. Randy Bateman (12), 16. Donnie Lehmann (14), 17. Craig Dori (26), 18. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (18), 19. Jimmy Stinson (24), 20. Todd Kane (22), 21. Tracy Hines (8), 22. Bill Baue (25), 23. Robin Bank (28), 24. Chuck Leary (10), 25. Terry Babb (27), 26. Gary Hieber (23), 27. Donnie Beechler (20), 28. Cary Faas (21), 29. Bill Schemonia (30), 30. Tad Roach (29). NT

2000 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kasey Kahne (1), 2. J.J. Yeley (6), 3. Dave Darland (3), 4. Russ Gamester (5), 5. Tracy Hines (7), 6. Ed Carpenter (9), 7. Robby Flock (11), 8. Brian Tyler (18), 9. Donnie Beechler (17), 10. Paul White (13), 11. Gary Hieber (23), 12. Brad Fox (19), 13. Jack Hewitt (10), 14. Tony Elliott (2), 15. Donnie Lehmann (26), 16. Jerry Coons Jr. (24), 17. Brad Noffsinger (14), 18. Johnny Parsons (22), 19. Craig Dori (30), 20. John Heydenreich (16), 21. Terry Pletch (25), 22. Ryan Newman (12), 23. Chuck Leary (21), 24. Bill Rose (8), 25. Jimmy Sills (20), 26. Jason Leffler (15), 27. Randy Bateman (27), 28. Dana LaLiberte (29), 29. Tom Capie (4), 30. Rich Tobias Jr. (28) 58:10.02

2001 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Paul White (14), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 3. Russ Gamester (10), 4. Rich Tobias Jr. (23), 5. Dave Steele (9), 6. Aaron Fike (5), 7. Derek Davidson (25), 8. Brian Tyler (13), 9. Tony Elliott (12), 10. Eric Gordon (20), 11. Robby Flock (17), 12. Michael Lewis (16), 13. Dave Darland (4), 14. Jason McCord (19), 15. Brad Fox (11), 16. Bill Rose (27), 17. Hud Cone (29), 18. Brad Noffsinger (22), 19. Matt Westfall (30), 20. Ricky Shelton (6), 21. J.J. Yeley (2), 22. Tracy Hines (7), 23. Jack Hewitt (24), 24. John Heydenreich (21), 25. Jon Stanbrough (8), 26. Levi Jones (15), 27. Bud Kaeding (3), 28. Jackie Burke (26), 29. Dane Carter (28), 30. Ed Carpenter (18). NT

2002 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. J.J. Yeley (5), 2. Russ Gamester (7), 3. Jay Drake (2), 4. Dave Darland (19), 5. Paul White (10), 6. Tracy Hines (16), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (14), 8. John Heydenreich (15), 9. Dave Steele (18), 10. Derek Davidson (17), 11. Brad Noffsinger (26), 12. Carl Edwards (20), 13. Jason McCord (28), 14. John Starks (11), 15. Nick Lundgreen (12), 16. Dane Carter (30), 17. Matt Westfall (25), 18. George White (4), 19. Rich Tobias Jr. (8), 20. Travis Rilat (27), 21. Johnny Parsons (24), 22. Jonathan Vennard (3), 23. Jason Leffler (6), 24. Michael Lewis (13), 25. Ed Carpenter (1), 26. Brian Tyler (21), 27. Gary Hieber (22), 28. Tony Elliott (23), 29. Roger Rager (9), 30. Terry Babb (29). NT

2003 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Rich Tobias Jr. (25), 2. Donnie Beechler (16), 3. J.J. Yeley (2), 4. Kevin Huntley (21), 5. Tracy Hines (8), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 7. Dave Darland (4), 8. Ron Gregory (14), 9. Russ Gamester (18), 10. Johnny Parsons (15), 11. Jason McCord (22), 12. A.J. Fike (12), 13. Dane Carter (20), 14. Rod Holshouser (27), 15. Brad Noffsinger (10), 16. Teddy Beach (1), 17. Tyler Walker (11), 18. Aaron Fike (9), 19. Matt Westfall (19), 20. Nick Lundgreen (23), 21. Tony Elliott (13), 22. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (26), 23. Randy Bateman (29), 24. Jerry Nemire (30), 25. Dave Steele (5), 26. John Heydenreich (6), 27. Wes Miller (28), 28. Tom Capie (24), 29. Roger Rager (3), 30. Levi Jones (17). NT

2004 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Walker (1), 2. Brian Tyler (10), 3. Tracy Hines (3), 4. Kevin Huntley (6), 5. Paul White (8), 6. Dave Darland (9), 7. Jon Stanbrough (7), 8. Bud Kaeding (18), 9. Tony Elliott (11), 10. Shane Hollingsworth (12), 11. A.J. Fike (16), 12. Russ Gamester (22), 13. Tom Capie (5), 14. Aaron Pierce (17), 15. John Heydenreich (15), 16. Rich Tobias Jr. (23), 17. Dave Steele (21), 18. Jason McCord (14), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 20. Chris Urish (27), 21. Jim Moughan (28), 22. Hud Cone (25), 23. Donnie Beechler (24), 24. Alex Shanks (29), 25. Sport Allen (26), 26. Davey Ray (13), 27. Nelson Stewart (30), 28. Boston Reid (19), 29. Johnny Parsons (20), 30. Matt Westfall (4). 1:02:14.00

2005 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tracy Hines (5), 2. Brian Tyler (20), 3. Tyler Walker (1), 4. Jon Stanbrough (3), 5. Dave Darland (19), 6. John Heydenreich (21), 7. A.J. Fike (16), 8. Nick Lundgreen (23), 9. Dave Steele (6), 10. Levi Jones (10), 11. Kevin Huntley (7), 12. Tom Capie (15), 13. Rich Tobias Jr. (13), 14. Paul White (22), 15. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (14), 16. Randy Bateman (25), 17. Josh Wise (#59) (33), 18. Teddy Beach (11), 19. Davey Ray (32), 20. Johnny Parsons (17), 21. Chappy Knaack (30), 22. Jason McCord (9), 23. Cole Carter (4), 24. Alex Shanks (24), 25. Bill Rose (8), 26. Kyle Steffens (26), 27. Hud Cone (28), 28. Justin Allgaier (18), 29. Shane Hollingsworth (12), 30. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 31. Danny Long (31), 32. Mat Neely (27), 33. Tony Elliott (29). NT

2006 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tracy Hines (1), 2. Shane Cottle (3), 3. Josh Wise (4), 4. Bud Kaeding (21), 5. Mat Neely (5), 6. Paul White (8), 7. Brian Tyler (20), 8. Jay Drake (2), 9. Russ Gamester (16), 10. Chappy Knaack (28), 11. Dave Steele (10), 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (7), 13. Aaron Pierce (9), 14. Levi Jones (15), 15. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (#00x) (32), 16. A.J. Fike (26), 17. Dereck King (29), 18. Alex Shanks (30), 19. Roger Rager (12), 20. Jeff Swindell (25), 21. Shane Hollingsworth (23), 22. Justin Allgaier (17), 23. Donnie Beechler (13), 24. Dickie Gaines (27), 25. Tom Capie (19), 26. Dave Darland (11), 27. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 28. Johnny Parsons (22), 29. Ray Bull (14), 30. Randy Bateman (18), 31. Teddy Beach (24), 32. Tim Siner (31). 1:09:50.78

2007 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (1), 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (4), 3. Bud Kaeding (2), 4. Dave Darland (7), 5. Jon Stanbrough (8), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (14), 7. Mat Neely (25), 8. Ron Gregory (3), 9. Shane Hollingsworth (15), 10. Levi Jones (12), 11. Kevin Huntley (11), 12. Mike Murgoitio (17), 13. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (22), 14. Justin Allgaier (19), 15. Billy Wease (10), 16. Johnny Parsons (24), 17. Tim Barber (28), 18. Dereck King (29), 19. Donnie Beechler (13), 20. Hud Cone (26), 21. Tim Siner (30), 22. Aaron Pierce (6), 23. Cameron Dodson (31), 24. Chappy Knaack (20), 25. Paul White (16), 26. Tom Capie (9), 27. Ray Bull (27), 28. Russ Gamester (21), 29. Brian Tyler (18), 30. John Heydenreich (23), 31. Roger Rager (32), 32. Randy Bateman (5). NT

2008 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (6), 2. Dave Darland (4), 3. Shane Cottle (1), 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3), 5. Mat Neely (14), 6. Tom Capie (10), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (23), 8. A.J. Fike (12), 9. Derek Hagar (22), 10. Kevin Huntley (16), 11. Bud Kaeding (13), 12. Tracy Hines (15), 13. Levi Jones (7), 14. Randy Bateman (2), 15. Donnie Beechler (5), 16. Joey Moughan (20), 17. Russ Gamester (9), 18. Chris Urish (8), 19. Chappy Knaack (18), 20. J.J. Yeley (24), 21. Shane Hollingsworth (11), 22. Dustin Morgan (17), 23. Patrick Bruns (21), 24. Johnny Parsons (19). NT

2009: RAINED OUT

2010 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (16), 2. Jon Stanbrough (2), 3. Todd Kane (26), 4. Shane Hmiel (11), 5. Dave Darland (9), 6. Brian Tyler (13), 7. Jeff Swindell (6), 8. Bobby East (4), 9. John Heydenreich (23), 10. Levi Jones (3), 11. A.J. Fike (8), 12. Bud Kaeding (10), 13. Bryan Clauson (7), 14. Shane Cottle (12), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 16. Brad Kuhn (18), 17. Tom Capie (22), 18. Russ Gamester (19), 19. Justin Carver (28), 20. Tracy Hines (14), 21. Chris Urish (27), 22. Bill Rose (24), 23. Terry Babb (25), 24. Randy Bateman (20), 25. Shane Hollingsworth (17), 26. Tanner Swanson (15), 27. Mike Hess (5), 28. Coleman Gulick (21). NT

2011 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (4), 2. Levi Jones (2), 3. Tracy Hines (6), 4. Brian Tyler (11), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 6. Darren Hagen (12), 7. Derek Hagar (15), 8. Bud Kaeding (9), 9. Bryan Clauson (1), 10. Tanner Swanson (8), 11. Jon Stanbrough (10), 12. Dave Darland (18), 13. John Heydenreich (16), 14. Mike Hess (20), 15. Chris Urish (21), 16. Chris Windom (14), 17. Shane Cockrum (22), 18. Donnie Beechler (19), 19. Shane Hollingsworth (7), 20. Kellen Conover (23), 21. Bobby East (13), 22. Kody Swanson (5), 23. Jerry Bruce (24), 24. Russ Gamester (17), 25. Zach Daum (25). NT

2012: RAINED OUT

2013 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Urish (9), 2. Bobby East (3), 3. A.J. Fike (11), 4. Shane Cockrum (6), 5. Taylor Ferns (7), 6. Chris Windom (5), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 8. Christopher Bell (4), 9. Russ Gamester (8), 10. Miranda Throckmorton (10), 11. Tiffany Wyzard (13), 12. Kody Swanson (14), 13. Patrick Lawson (12), 14. Tracy Hines (15), 15. Robert Ballou (2). NT

2014 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cockrum (5), 2. Levi Jones (13), 3. Brady Bacon (12), 4. Tracy Hines (10), 5. A.J. Fike (8), 6. Russ Gamester (11), 7. Chris Urish (14), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 9. Bobby East (1), 10. Steven Russell (16), 11. Randy Bateman (15), 12. Patrick Lawson (17), 13. Kody Swanson (2), 14. Chris Windom (22), 15. Zach Daum (6), 16. Dave Darland (4), 17. Chris Fetter (19), 18. Jake Simmons (18), 19. Caleb Armstrong (7), 20. C.J. Leary (9), 21. Robbie Ray (21), 22. Jackie Burke (20), 23. Terry James (23). NT

2015 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cockrum (5), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Kody Swanson (1), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Casey Shuman (8), 6. Shane Cottle (11), 7. A.J. Fike (6), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (12), 9. David Byrne (17), 10. Rick Hood (16), 11. Chris Urish (30), 12. Austin Nemire (19), 13. Steven Russell (20), 14. Chris Fetter (14), 15. Rich Tobias Jr. (18), 16. Patrick Lawson (21), 17. Terry James (22), 18. J.C. Bland (24), 19. Levi Jones (9), 20. Aaron Pierce (2), 21. Brian Tyler (13), 22. Joey Moughan (23), 23. Dave Darland (10), 24. Steve Buckwalter (15), 25. Danny Long (25), 26. Kenny Gentry (28), 27. Charles Davis Jr. (26), 28. Jacob Wilson (4), 29. Jackie Burke (27), 30. Terry Babb (29). 1:07:37.02

2016 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (9), 2. Jeff Swindell (4), 3. Kody Swanson (1), 4. Casey Shuman (21), 5. Shane Cockrum (5), 6. Brady Bacon (15), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (16), 8. Brian Tyler (11), 9. Joe Liguori (13), 10. David Byrne (8), 11. Zach Daum (24), 12. Chris Urish (28), 13. Bill Rose (33), 14. J.C. Bland (20), 15. Patrick Lawson (25), 16. A.J. Fike (7), 17. Matt Goodnight (26), 18. Terry James (29), 19. Justin Grant (2), 20. Steve Buckwalter (23), 21. Davey Ray (10), 22. Austin Nemire (18), 23. Danny Long (30), 24. Aaron Pierce (14), 25. Shane Cottle (6), 26. Jacob Wilson (17), 27. C.J. Leary (3), 28. Terry Babb (19), 29. Joey Moughan (12), 30. Kenny Gentry (31), 31. Jackie Burke (27), 32. Chris Fetter (22), 33. Tad Roach (32). 1:16:02.864

2017 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (8), 2. Shane Cockrum (7), 3. Jeff Swindell (6), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 6. Justin Grant (10), 7. Shane Cottle (15), 8. Brian Tyler (13), 9. Mark Smith (11), 10. Casey Shuman (24), 11. Hunter Schuerenberg (9), 12. Dave Darland (12), 13. Dakota Jackson (18), 14. David Shain (17), 15. Joey Moughan (5), 16. Aaron Pierce (3), 17. Chris Urish (26), 18. Joss Moffatt (20), 19. Ken Schrader (21), 20. J.C. Bland (23), 21. Matt Goodnight (28), 22. Austin Nemire (14), 23. Danny Long (31), 24. Chris Windom (4), 25. Patrick Bruns (19), 26. Robert Ballou (32), 27. Terry Babb (29), 28. David Byrne (16), 29. Keith Burch (30), 30. Johnny Petrozelle (27), 31. Steve Buckwalter (22), 32. Patrick Lawson (25). 1:10.00.890

2018 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (8), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 3. Shane Cockrum (14), 4. Justin Grant (9), 5. Kody Swanson (12), 6. David Byrne (6), 7. C.J. Leary (3), 8. Austin Nemire (17), 9. Joey Moughan (15), 10. Kyle Robbins (7), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (25), 12. Bill Rose (22), 13. Chris Dyson (26), 14. Tyler Courtney (11), 15. Shane Cottle (16), 16. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 17. Jacob Wilson (1), 18. Joe Liguori (13), 19. Keith Burch (28), 20. Patrick Lawson (21), 21. Brady Bacon (4), 22. Matt Goodnight (20), 23. Chris Urish (10), 24. Austin Mundie (19), 25. Terry Babb (29), 26. Brian Tyler (24), 27. Korey Weyant (30), 28. J.C. Bland (27), 29. Russ Gamester (23), 30. Jeff Swindell (18). NT

2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jacob Wilson (6), 2. Justin Grant (8), 3. Tyler Courtney (1), 4. Jeff Swindell (13), 5. Brady Bacon (2), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. David Byrne (10), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 9. Chad Kemenah (4), 10. Matt Goodnight (12), 11. Casey Buckman (15), 12. Jimmy Light (11), 13. Kyle Steffens (22), 14. Kody Swanson (#2) (29), 15. Austin Mundie (17), 16. Chris Urish (7), 17. John Heydenreich (25), 18. A.J. Fike (21), 19. Travis Welpott (18), 20. Kyle Robbins (23), 21. Brian Tyler (19), 22. Bill Rose (28), 23. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 24. Dallas Hewitt (20), 25. Eric Gordon (16), 26. Ronnie Wuerdeman (31), 27. Mike Haggenbottom (14), 28. Terry Babb (24), 29. Dave Berkheimer (26), 30. C.J. Leary (30), 31. Austin Nemire (27). NT

THE GUIDE: ALL EYES ON ANGELL PARK
FOR USAC MIDGET RETURN ON SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (September 2, 2021)………When one thinks of midget racing, it’s not long before a particular 1/3-mile dirt track in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin comes to mind.

It’s seen legendary moments. It’s seen its fair share of racing heroes. It’s been absent from the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule for the past six years!

For the 47th time, Angell Park Speedway is back as the host of USAC National Midget racing, and for the first time since 2015, with its marquee event, the Firemen’s Nationals, and this Sunday night, September 5, celebrates its 37th running with $5,000-to-win up for grabs.

USAC has sanctioned or co-sanctioned the Firemen’s Nationals off and on throughout the history of the event, first between 1986-91, then again from 2009-11 and, finally, from 2014-15. National Midget Hall of Famer Billy Engelhart was the winner of the inaugural Firemen’s Nationals in 1982.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was victorious in the most recent Firemen’s Nationals held in 2019, sanctioned at the time by POWRi. The 2018 USAC National Midget champ has made three starts in the event, finishing 2nd in 2018 and 6th in 2017.

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) has won the Firemen’s National on two occasions, both in 2013 and 2017. In USAC National Midget competition at Angell Park, Daum has taken 5th three times during the successive years of 2012-13-14.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won quite recently in Badger Midget competition on July 4 at Angell Park. He was also a victor of Badger’s Open Wheel Showdown at the track in 2019. In his lone USAC National Midget start Angell Park in 2012, Meseraull collected a 10th.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has been a frequent frontrunner at Angell Park, notching a Badger win on Memorial Day Weekend in May of 2014. At the Firemen’s Nationals, he was 3rd and 2nd on consecutive nights in July 2014 and took 2nd again in the 2015 edition. During the second place run in the 2015 Firemen’s Nationals, Thorson led 29 and three-quarters of the 30 lap distance before being nipped at the line by a matter of inches at the hands of his then teammate Rico Abreu. More recently, Thorson was 3rd at the 2017 Firemen’s Nationals.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) was triumphant during a POWRi Midget feature at Angell Park in 2015. He also owns the one-lap track record for USAC National Sprint Cars at the track, which he set back in 2015. He was a top-10 finisher with the Sprints that night (10th). His best performance in the Firemen’s Nationals came in 2015 with a 3rd place result and he was also 8th on night one in 2014.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has bagged numerous frontrunning performances at Angell Park dating back to his first appearance in 2007. He took 5th with the USAC National Midgets there in 2012 and was 4th on both nights of the Firemen’s Nationals in 2014. In USAC National Sprint Car competition, Windom has been a runner-up in 2012 and a 3rd place finisher in 2014. This past June, he finished 7th at Angell Park with the winged IRA Sprint Cars.

Three-time USAC National Midget feature winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) earned a fine 2nd place finish in the 2019 Firemen’s Nationals. In that same event, two-time 2021 USAC feature winner Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) tallied a 10th place.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), fourth in USAC National Midget points going into Sunday’s program, was 6th in a 2015 USAC Sprint Car run at Angell Park.

Meanwhile, the 41-point separation from first to third-place entering the month of September in the current USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings between Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and reigning series champ Windom is the slimmest it’s been at this juncture of the season in a decade since 2011 when 24 separated Darren Hagen, Bryan Clauson and Kyle Larson.

Sun Prairie’s own, Brandon Waelti, has won numerous midget races at Angell Park over the years and was the 2016 Badger Midget champion. He’s joined by top USAC National Midget Rookie Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and veteran Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, North Carolina) as well as series Rookies Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), all of whom are first-time Angell Park visitors.

It’s been six years since the series last made a visit to Angell Park, a thriller won by Rico Abreu on the final corner on the last lap. The track has hosted 46 previous USAC National Midget events since Larry Rice’s victory in 1970 and can count many of the greatest individuals in the history of the sport among those who’ve won there, a list which includes 16 USAC National champions: Abreu, Rice, Bryan Clauson, Kevin Olson, Brad Kuhn, Christopher Bell, Bobby Olivero, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Coons Jr., Josh Wise, Levi Jones, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Stevie Reeves, Tom Bigelow and Tracy Hines.

Bryan Clauson owns the most USAC National Midget victories at Angell Park with six, while additional multi-time winners include Kevin Olson (5), Brad Kuhn (3), Christopher Bell (3), Larry Rice (2) and Rico Abreu (2).

Sunday’s Firemen’s Nationals will have the pits opening at 1:30pm CT, stands open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:15 and hot laps at 5pm, followed immediately by qualifying and racing.

Tickets are available in advance at https://angellpark.racing/tickets/. Adult tickets (18+) are $25. Adults (62+) are $20. Students (12-17) are $12. Kids (6-11) are $5.

Sunday’s Firemen’s Nationals will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1554, 2-Emerson Axsom-1534, 3-Chris Windom-1513, 4-Justin Grant-1462, 5-Tanner Thorson-1450, 6-Daison Pursley-1405, 7-Logan Seavey-1290, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1254, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1252, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1155.

PAST FIREMEN’S NATIONALS WINNERS:

1982: Billy Engelhart

1983: Kevin Olson

1984: Dan Boorse

1985: Rich Vogler

1986: Kevin Olson

1987: Kevin Olson

1988: Kevin Doty

1989: Kevin Doty

1990: Kevin Doty

1991: Stevie Reeves

1992: Marty Davis

1993: Page Jones

1994: Kevin Doty

1995: Kevin Doty

1996: Randy Koch

1997: Kevin Olson

1998: Kevin Olson

1999: Dan Boorse

2000: Jay Drake

2001: Tracy Hines

2002: Tracy Hines

2003: Davey Ray

2004: Scott Hatton

2005: Scott Hatton

2006: Rained Out

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Brady Bacon

2009: Josh Wise

2010: Tracy Hines

2011: Rained Out

2012: Caleb Armstrong

2013: Zach Daum

2014: Christopher Bell

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Carson Macedo

2017: Zach Daum

2018: Tanner Carrick

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: COVID Out

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:

6-Bryan Clauson

5-Kevin Olson

3-Christopher Bell, Kevin Doty & Brad Kuhn

2-Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart & Larry Rice

1-Tommy Astone, Tom Bigelow, Dan Boorse, Steve Cannon, Pancho Carter, Danny Caruthers, Jerry Coons Jr., Ryan Durst, Jeff Gordon, Scott Hatton, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero, Michael Pickens, Stevie Reeves, Brad Sweet, Rich Vogler, Roger West & Josh Wise

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:

1970: Larry Rice (8/30)

1971: Lee Kunzman (6/27), Billy Engelhart (8/29) & Danny Caruthers (9/5)

1972: Roger West (6/4), Pancho Carter (7/9), Tom Bigelow (7/16) & Rich Vogler (8/13)

1973: Billy Engelhart (6/21), Bobby Olivero (7/8) & Steve Cannon (8/12)

1974: Larry Rice (6/13) & Tommy Astone (7/7)

1986: Kevin Olson (8/31)

1987: Dan Boorse (5/24), Kevin Doty (7/18) & Kevin Olson (9/6)

1988: Kevin Olson (5/29), Kevin Olson (6/18), Kevin Olson (7/17) & Kevin Doty (9/4)

1990: Jeff Gordon (7/14) & Kevin Doty (9/2)

1991: Stevie Reeves (9/1)

2005: Scott Hatton (8/27)

2006: Ryan Durst (8/26)

2007: Jerry Coons Jr. (8/25) & Michael Pickens (8/26)

2008: Brad Kuhn (8/23) & Levi Jones (8/24)

2009: Bryan Clauson (8/30) & Josh Wise (9/5)

2010: Brad Kuhn (7/3), Brad Sweet (7/4), Bryan Clauson (8/28), Bryan Clauson (8/29) & Tracy Hines (9/4)

2011: Bryan Clauson (8/21)

2012: Bryan Clauson (7/8) & Brad Kuhn (8/19)

2013: Rico Abreu (6/23) & Bryan Clauson (8/18)

2014: Christopher Bell (7/5), Christopher Bell (7/6) & Christopher Bell (8/17)

2015: Rico Abreu (7/5)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/5/2015 - Bryan Clauson - 14.316

6 Laps - 8/26/2007 - Chris Windom - 1:34.07

8 Laps - 8/26/2007 - Ryan Durst - 2:04.98

10 Laps - 8/19/2012 - Rico Abreu - 2:26.60

12 Laps - 7/6/2014 - Rico Abreu - 3:00.28

30 Laps - 8/30/1970 - Larry Rice - 9:11.56


 

 

ENTRY LIST! 6 PAST WINNERS
IN SATURDAY’S Du QUOIN SILVER CROWN FIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 31, 2021)………Six past Ted Horn 100 winners are among a 34-driver lineup vying for USAC Silver Crown glory when they take on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval this Saturday night, September 4, at the southern Illinois series staple.

Those super six include Kansas, Illinois’ Shane Cottle (2007), Parma, Michigan’s Brian Tyler (2008), Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson (2010 & 2017), Elkhart, Illinois’ Chris Urish (2013), Benton, Illinois’ Shane Cockrum (2014 & 2015) and Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom (2016 & 2018).

Swanson and Windom are among the five past USAC Silver Crown driving champions in the field, joined by Fenton, Missouri’s Ken Schrader (1982), Tucson, Arizona’s Jerry Coons Jr. (2008) and reigning champ Justin Grant (2020) out of Ione, Calif.

All nine of the individuals listed above have USAC Silver Crown winning experience with August 9 Selinsgrove, Pa. winner Logan Seavey eying a first Du Quoin score in his first Silver Crown visit as well as David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.) who returns to Du Quoin in search of his first dirt win with the series.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) are all USAC National winners who are seeking a breakthrough first-time Silver Crown score at Du Quoin.

Further Illinois representation comes from Steven Russell (Rochester, Ill.), Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.).

Kyle Steffens (St. Charles, Mo.) won at the Du Quoin mile in a UMP Modified as a 16-year-old in 2000. Additional “Show-Me Staters” Danny Long (Bonne Terre, Mo.) and Chris Fetter (Troy, Mo.) have been frequent Du Quoin Silver Crown visitors throughout the decade and will cross the Mississippi River once again this Saturday night.

Additional Indiana contingent is brought to you via Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.), 2018 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) and Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), plus Ohioans Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) and Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio).

Westerners Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.) will make the trip along with easterners Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) and Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.).

Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship along with the 27th Annual Bill Oldani Memorial Prelims for UMP Modifieds.

Pits and registration open at 1pm Central. The ticket office and grandstands open at 4pm. USAC Silver Crown practice takes place from 5-6:10pm, with Silver Crown Fatheadz Qualifying at 6:30pm, UMP Modified heat races at 7:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100 at 8:15pm.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets (presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets at the gate on race day are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-member adults. Pit passes are $20 for children 11 and under.

Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

TED HORN 100 USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (34 CARS)

08 Kyle Steffens/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

3 Nick Bilbee/Indianapolis, IN (Tim Simmons)

6 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

14 Steven Russell/Rochester, IL (McQuinn Motorsports)

16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Goodnight Racing)

18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

21 Ken Schrader/Fenton, MO (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

22 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

31 Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

44 Danny Long/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

52 Carmen Perigo/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

54 Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Racing)

55 Jerry Coons Jr./Tucson, AZ (Patty Bateman)

57 Dallas Hewitt/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

66 TBA

69 Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 Shane Cockrum/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 Casey Buckman/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Racing)

77 Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 Brian Tyler/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

88 Chris Fetter/Troy, MO (Chris Fetter)

91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Hans Lein)

99 Korey Weyant/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

110 Shane Cottle/Kansas, IL (DMW Motorsports)

123 Jimmy Light/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

188 Terry Babb/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

 

 

PRACTICE NIGHT ADDED TO HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS SCHEDULE

Brandon, South Dakota (August 31, 2021)………The $236,000 inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals will now officially begin one night earlier with the addition of a dedicated practice night on Thursday, September 9, for USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and USAC AMSOIL National 410 c.i. Sprint Cars.

The extra night of preparation will provide teams get acquainted, and reacquainted, with the 1/3-mile dirt oval in Brandon, South Dakota. USAC’s Sprint Car division will be making its first Huset’s visit since 2016 while the USAC Midgets last made the trip a quarter of a century ago in 1996.

For many of the drivers, this will be their first Huset’s foray the extra track time will provide ample time to make extra preparation and adjustments in preparation for three-straight nights of USAC doubleheaders for both series on September 10-11-12 at Huset’s, which features a total purse of $236,000.

"It's the USAC Nationals, it's Huset's Speedway, it's over $200,000 in prize money, and we wanted to give teams a chance to get everything dialed in for three big nights of racing in front of the best fans out there,” promoter Matt Wood said.

On Thursday’s practice night, pit gates will open at Noon Central. Engine heat takes place at 5pm, followed by a quick pit meeting at 5:45pm, then moving right along into the first practice session at 6pm. Each competitor will get two opportunities to practice.

Pit passes for practice day will be $20. Teams must be registered in order to practice. Rigs may be left overnight. Motorhomes that are not attached to a race trailer will not be allowed in the pit area.

Pit gates open at Noon Central all four days. The front gates will open at 4pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 3pm on Sunday.

Three-day event pit passes will also be available to purchase on Thursday, so team members do not have to go registration again on race days. Single day pit passes are $40 while three-day pit passes are $120.

Registrations can be completed online at www.USACnationals.com. Online registration ends on September 5, at 11:59pm Central. Teams not registered online before the cut-off will have to stand in line at the track to register before being allowed to park in the pit area or to practice.

 

 

Sixth USAC National Championship for Swanson Closer at Du Quoin

Springfield Winner Has Large Silver Crown Point Lead

By Jay Hardin

Track Enterprises Staff

Du Quoin, IL-(August 30, 2021)-Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson was his usual humble self as he accepted the winner’s check and trophy for winning the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. It would have been completely out of character had Swanson exited the car and boasted about his accomplishments in the USAC Silver Crown Series. Even if he had been boastful there is no one that could have disputed those claims. Swanson’s 2021 season has been nothing short of amazing and he stands on the precipice of an unprecedented sixth USAC national championship.

Kody Swanson fully intended to cut back on his time in the mighty uprights after the 2020 season. Swanson was the all-time leader in Silver Crown race wins, he had five Silver Crown titles and was one of fifteen drivers who could say they won a 100-miler on all three of the fairground dirt miles. He had little left to prove in the big cars. Other opportunities began popping up for the likeable Californian including stock cars and sports cars. As a result, Swanson announced he would not be running the Silver Crown cars on the dirt, running only the pavement races for a new team.

External forces combined to eliminate the Hoosier Hundred and the Sumar at Terre Haute from the schedule. The season opener came on May 29 at Lucas Oil Raceway with Swanson leading 37 laps for the new Doran team and winning the 100-lap event. Swanson passed on the dirt event at Williams Grove but a call from Kent Wolters put him in the Swanson Encore 21 at Eldora where he finished third. A new track record with Doran and a second at Winchester put him back in the point lead by four over Justin Grant. Swanson followed that with yet another win at Lucas Oil Raceway and the win at Springfield put him 51 points ahead of Logan Seavey and 100 ahead of Justin Grant with three races (including the Horn 100) left.

Kody Swanson is known for his calm demeanor behind the wheel, and it was never more evident at Springfield. In fact, many railbirds compare him to Al Unser or Rick Mears for his abilit100 ahead of Justin Grant with three races (including the Horn 100) left.

Kody Swanson is known for his calm demeanor behind the wheel and it was never more evident at Springfield. In fact, many railbirds compare him to Al Unser or Rick Mears for his ability to manage his race car and come on strong in the final laps. At Springfield Swanson set fast time but was relegated to 23rd starting position due to changing tires. He calmly marched through the field and took the lead just past halfway with rain on the horizon. Rain during the lap 76 red flag period stopped the restart and Swanson had his third Bettenhausen 100 in hand, and a solid point lead.

Kody Swanson is slated to run the Horn 100 at Du Quoin with the same Dyson team that won at Springfield and Eldora, and crew chief Sean Michael who won twice last year with Kyle Larson at the wheel. Swanson won the Horn 100 as a rookie in 2010 and again in 2017.

Practice for the USAC Silver Crown championship cars begins Saturday, September 4 at 5 p.m. with qualifying slated at 6:30 and the Ted Horn 100 at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

For full event details, visit www.trackenterprises.com.

 


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

PETALUMA HOSTS RARE MONDAY USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR EVENT
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 30, 2021... On Monday, September 6th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will conclude their Northern California Swing at Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, CA). Promoted by Rick Faeth, the thirteenth point race will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Dwarf Cars, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, The Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of both night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK will be followed in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier RD20, 105/18 HTW, 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners. This will remain in effect until September 26th. Starting October 2nd at Arizona Speedway, the series will follow USAC National rules with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only legal right rear tires. Hoosier Tires remain mandatory on all four corners
- 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.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA MUFFLER RULE: The Flowmaster “Suitcase” 53545-10 and the Spin Tech 1545P Super Stock ARE THE ONLY MUFFLERS ALLOWED AT PETALUMA SPEEDWAY AND SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

Since June 20, 2009, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has held eight AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and seven different drivers have claimed victory. Five-time champion, Mike Spencer leads all drivers with two Petaluma wins and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 13.457 on September 7, 2015. “Dynamite” David Cardey won the 2009 Petaluma debut and Chase Johnson topped the last USAC/CRA visit on September 2, 2019. A complete series win list at Petaluma is at the end of this release.

At press time, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 24-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner placed fifth at the Perris “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” on August 21st. At press time, the eight-time champion has three feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 74 feature laps led on the year. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has eighty-86 series wins and will be looking to gain valuable points with a win at Petaluma Speedway.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the USAC/CRA championship standings. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored his second win of the campaign at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” To date, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has also posted three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, eight top-10 finishes and 58 feature laps led in the campaign. With ten career victories, Brody will have his sights on adding Petaluma to his win list.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored twenty-third at Perris after mechanical issues ended his night. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led to his credit. “The Big Game Hunter” has ten career wins and will be looking to add another Petaluma Speedway trophy to his collection.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen scored fourth at Perris on August 21st. To date, the veteran driver has one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the season. Chris will have his sights on breaking through at Petaluma with a feature win.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing his #44 Trench Shoring / CRW Designs and Machining DRC, Williams charged from twelfth to finish third at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” At press time, the 2010 Victorville Sprint Car Champion has three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. With one career victory, Williams is running a limited schedule and might skip the action at Petaluma and Chico.

Heading to Petaluma, Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA), Ikaika O’Brien (Oahu, HI), and Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Verne Sweeney, Matt Mitchell, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Matt McCarthy, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Logan Williams, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Steve Hix, Austin Liggett, Bud Kaeding, Chase Johnson, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $25 and Senior Tickets (65 & Over) are $22. Military Tickets are $22, Junior Tickets (12-15) are $14, Children Tickets (6-11) are $14, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Max Adams, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Austin Williams.

PETALUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Jake Swanson – 13.457 (09/07/15)

PETALUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Mike Spencer, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-David Cardey, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Williams.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-706, 2. Brody Roa-682, 3. Austin Williams-606, 4. Chris Gansen-590, 5. Cody Williams-506, 6. Tommy Malcolm-498, 7. Verne Sweeney-412, 8. Matt Mitchell-408, 9. A.J. Bender-389, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-380, 11. Matt McCarthy-364, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-335, 13. Logan Williams-325, 14. Austin Grabowski ®-315, 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-297, 16. Stevie Sussex-262, 17. Jake Hodges ®-239, 18. Joel Rayborne-223, 19. Brent Owens ®-216, 20. Steve Hix-215, 21. Max Adams-195, ---. Jeff Dyer-195, 23. Ryan Timmons ®-192, 24. Austin Liggett-182, 25. Troy Rutherford-160, 26. Ikaika O'Brien ®-141, 27. Austin Ervine-138, 28. R.J. Johnson-133, 29. Shane Sexton ®-127, 30. Rick Hendrix-119, 31. Dan Taylor-116, 32. Davey Ray-105, 33. Kyle Edwards-87, 34. Trent Williams-80, 35. Chase Johnson-78, 36. James Herrera-77, 37. Tanner Boul ®-75, ---. Travis Buckley-75, 39. Jonas Reynolds-66, 40. Nate Schank-58, 41. Cal Smith-53, ---. Chris Bonneau-53, 43. Randy Nelson-45, 44. Tyler Hatzikian-42, 45. James Heling-41, 46. Frank Herman-35, 47. Kaleb Montgomery-32, 48. Christopher Muraokoa-31, 49. Tom Hendricks-28, 50. Danny Sheridan-26, 51. Daylin Perreira-10, ---. Gary Marshall Jr.-10.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (CANCELLED)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

CHICO’S “LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC” ON TAP FOR USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 30, 2021... This Labor Day Weekend, September 4th & 5th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will invade Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA) for the “13th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the highly anticipated event honors the former Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) director and will also showcase the winged King of the West NARC 410 Sprint Cars and the WRA Vintage Cars. Among the festivities, fans can also enjoy wine tasting, beer tasting, and live music at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. The pit gates will open at 1:00pm, spectator gates at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:30pm, with racing scheduled for 6:30pm. For more event information or advance tickets, visit louievermeilclassic.com or call 916.773.7223. To get more Silver Dollar Speedway information, visit silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275. For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK will be followed in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier RD20, 105/18 HTW, 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners. This will remain in effect until September 26th. Starting October 2nd at Arizona Speedway, the series will follow USAC National rules with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only legal right rear tires. Hoosier Tires remain mandatory on all four corners
- 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.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- CHICO MUFFLER RULE: The Flowmaster “Suitcase” 53545-10 and the Spin Tech 1545P Super Stock ARE THE ONLY MUFFLERS ALLOWED AT SILVER DOLLAR AND PETALUMA SPEEDWAY. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

The festivities will actually begin on Friday, September 3rd, with the Calistoga Speedway Hall of Fame Dinner. The 2020 and 2021 inductees are Dick Golden, Paul Worden, Dewey Gatson, Ray Smith, Shane Scott, Gene Figone, and the Hunt Family (Tommy, Jeanne, Tony, and Laurie).

As this writing goes to press, both nights at Chico will pay $5,000-to-win and $500-to-start. The Louie Vermeil Classic will pay over $100,000 to the USAC/CRA and the King of the West NARC groups, including lap money, fast time bonus, hard charger bonus, best finishing 360 bonus, and contingencies. Rico Abreu leads all drivers with three Vermeil Classic finale wins and Jake Swanson topped the last event at Calistoga in 2019. A complete event finale win list is at the end of this release.

Since September 8, 2011, the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds has held 6 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and four different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three Chico wins and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 13.353 on September 8, 2016. Kyle Larson won the 2011 Chico debut and Chase Johnson topped the last USAC/CRA visit on September 6, 2018. A complete series win list at Silver Dollar is at the end of this release.

Heading to the Vermeil Classic, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 24-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner placed fifth at the Perris “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” on August 21st. At press time, the eight-time champion has three feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 74 feature laps led on the year. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has eighty-86 series wins and will be looking for his second “Louie Vermeil Classic” triumph.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the USAC/CRA championship standings. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored his second win of the campaign at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” To date, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has also posted three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, eight top-10 finishes and 58 feature laps led in the campaign. With ten career victories, Brody will have his sights on adding the “Louie Vermeil Classic” to his win list.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored twenty-third at Perris after mechanical issues ended his night. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led to his credit. “The Big Game Hunter” has ten career wins and will be looking to add a Silver Dollar Speedway trophy to his collection.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen scored fourth at Perris on August 21st. To date, the veteran driver has one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the season. Chris will have his sights on earning his first USAC/CRA victory at the “Louie Vermeil Classic.”

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing his #44 Trench Shoring / CRW Designs and Machining DRC, Williams charged from twelfth to finish third at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” At press time, the 2010 Victorville Sprint Car Champion has three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. With one career victory, Williams is running a limited schedule and might skip the action at Chico and Petaluma.

Heading to Chico, Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA), Ikaika O’Brien (Oahu, HI), and Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Verne Sweeney, Matt Mitchell, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Matt McCarthy, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Logan Williams, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Steve Hix, Austin Liggett, Bud Kaeding, Chase Johnson, and more.

Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California. Reserved tickets are $40, General Admission tickets are $35 and Kids tickets (6-12) are $10. Walk up tickets will be sold and advance tickets can be purchased online at louievermeilclassic.com or by calling 916.773.7223.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC WINNERS: 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Mike Spencer; 2010-Damion Gardner; 2011-Mike Spencer; 2012-Kyle Hirst, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014-Rico Abreu, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Thomas Meseraull, 2017-Rico Abreu, 2018-Colby Copeland, 2019-Jake Swanson, 2020-CANCELLED.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Max Adams, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Austin Williams.

CHICO AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Jake Swanson – 13.353 (09/08/16)

CHICO AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kyle Larson.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-706, 2. Brody Roa-682, 3. Austin Williams-606, 4. Chris Gansen-590, 5. Cody Williams-506, 6. Tommy Malcolm-498, 7. Verne Sweeney-412, 8. Matt Mitchell-408, 9. A.J. Bender-389, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-380, 11. Matt McCarthy-364, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-335, 13. Logan Williams-325, 14. Austin Grabowski ®-315, 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-297, 16. Stevie Sussex-262, 17. Jake Hodges ®-239, 18. Joel Rayborne-223, 19. Brent Owens ®-216, 20. Steve Hix-215, 21. Max Adams-195, ---. Jeff Dyer-195, 23. Ryan Timmons ®-192, 24. Austin Liggett-182, 25. Troy Rutherford-160, 26. Ikaika O'Brien ®-141, 27. Austin Ervine-138, 28. R.J. Johnson-133, 29. Shane Sexton ®-127, 30. Rick Hendrix-119, 31. Dan Taylor-116, 32. Davey Ray-105, 33. Kyle Edwards-87, 34. Trent Williams-80, 35. Chase Johnson-78, 36. James Herrera-77, 37. Tanner Boul ®-75, ---. Travis Buckley-75, 39. Jonas Reynolds-66, 40. Nate Schank-58, 41. Cal Smith-53, ---. Chris Bonneau-53, 43. Randy Nelson-45, 44. Tyler Hatzikian-42, 45. James Heling-41, 46. Frank Herman-35, 47. Kaleb Montgomery-32, 48. Christopher Muraokoa-31, 49. Tom Hendricks-28, 50. Danny Sheridan-26, 51. Daylin Perreira-10, ---. Gary Marshall Jr.-10.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (CANCELLED)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FROM ROAD RACING TO THE DIRT MILE: BRIAN TYLER MAKES USAC SILVER CROWN RETURN SATURDAY AT Du QUOIN'S TED HORN 100

 By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 30, 2021)………One of USAC Silver Crown racing’s most prolific drivers in terms of victories and starts, Brian Tyler, will return to the USAC Silver Crown National Championship after a two-year hiatus for this Saturday night’s Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

Tyler (Parma, Mich.) will drive the Curtis Williams-owned No. 81 that had been wheeled by Shane Cottle for the past seven seasons. As previously announced, Cottle will finish out the dirt portion of the series this season for DMW Motorsports starting Saturday at Du Quoin.

Cottle and Tyler are good friends and actually competed as teammates for Contos Racing during the Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on nine occasions between 2009-2018. But all in good fun, Tyler had a message for Cottle for when it’s time to hit the track at Du Quoin.

“Shane told me, ‘I might get the seat out of the dirt car, and you can use the one out of the pavement car because I might have a ride for Du Quoin,’” Tyler recalled Cottle telling him. “I said, well, ‘I hope you’re there because you’re really going to feel bad when you get beat by your old car!’ That’s just the way we joke back and forth.”

The Curtis Williams team sits third in USAC Silver Crown entrant points with three races remaining. The plan is to have Tyler finish out the season with the team starting Saturday at Du Quoin, before moving onto the final two races on Sept. 24-25 at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, and on Oct. 10 at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.

Finishing the final three races would put Tyler at 201 career USAC Silver Crown starts, which would tie him for the most all-time series starts with Dave Darland. But, for now, the focus for Tyler is on race number 199 at Du Quoin where he’s previously won at in 2008 – one of his 17 career wins, which ranks third all-time – and where he’s finished as the runner-up twice in 2004 and 2005. Then, they’ll take it from there.

“We’re going to do this race-to-race,” Tyler said. “I’m going to run it and we’re going to see how we get along, how well we work together and see what happens. I love the Silver Crown cars and I really like the miles. I’m looking forward to going back.”

Curtis Williams’ crew chief, Malcolm Lovelace, has long admired the skills of Tyler, the 1996-97 USAC National Sprint Car champion. After attempting to secure Tyler’s employment with the team on a pavement only basis in year’s past, the timing was right, and the opportunity rose this time around to make it a reality.

“We’ve tried to get Brian before when Shane (Cottle) stopped running the pavement for us a few years ago,” Lovelace explained. “But he had other racing commitments during the races we were trying to get him for. I raced against his brother, Bill Tyler, in USAC back in the 1970s and 1980s. We knew Brian a little bit anyway but, I called him up and we put that together last Monday.”

Despite being two years removed from his most recent USAC Silver Crown start in 2019, Tyler hasn’t a bit of rust on him as he’s stayed busy as a full-time competitor on the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) trail. Tyler earned his road racing license just last year and has been competing regularly in road course racing events over the past couple of seasons, with quite a big twist.

Tyler has been a driver in the NASA Super Unlimited class aboard a Gold Crown car, the former USAC-sanctioned machines designed for superspeedway use that competed on the pavement tracks of the USAC Silver Crown series between 2006-07.

The class competes at road racing venues such as Barber Motorsports Park, Sebring International Raceway and at Daytona International Speedway, just to name a few, with an eclectic array of equipment.

“I race against Vipers, Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, Daytona Prototypes and old IndyCars. It’s a run what you brung class; there’s no rules,” Tyler revealed. “We’ve been first or second just about every place we’ve been at when we didn’t DNF. We’re as fast as anybody there most of the time.’

Tyler’s quest is akin to Rodger Ward’s upset during a 1959 Formula Libre contest at the Lime Rock Park road course in Connecticut – in which he and his Ken Brenn Offy-powered midget defeated a mix of elite sports cars. He particularly got a kick from going head-to-head and defeating road course specific cars such as Daytona Prototypes at Sebring with his so called “straight, front axle model A,” raising the ire of his competition.

“(Officials) didn’t have any idea where to put me,” Tyler tells. “So, they stuck me in with all the Daytona Prototypes. So, I’m running against a quarter to half-a-million dollar cars with this this old Gold Crown car. There were like 15 of us there and I was seventh quick in qualifying and was running seventh or eighth in the race when we broke a clutch.”

Tyler’s NASA racing endeavors are described as a class designed for any four wheel (non-formula) vehicles that do not fit in any other NASA class and are heavily prepared for serious speed. Performance modifications are unlimited, and the only restrictions are those pertaining to safety.

You can’t pigeonhole Tyler into one particular class. As a veteran of IndyCar, NASCAR Trucks and Busch series competition, Tyler has always been prepared for serious speed, especially at Du Quoin, where he returns Saturday night to the place he’s made 19 prior starts dating back to 1996 with his most recent series start coming there in 2019.

A jack of all trades who makes his living away from the racetrack fixing any type of equipment that rolls up in the driveway of his Mount Pleasant, North Carolina home, whether it’s lawnmowers, boat, tractor, bulldozers, cars and trucks, Tyler has shown the ability to master the same type of versatility on the racetrack, and he’s received that opportunity once again beginning Saturday under the lights of the “Magic Mile.”

Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship along with the 27th Annual Bill Oldani Memorial Prelims for UMP Modifieds.

Pits and registration open at 1pm Central. The ticket office and grandstands open at 4pm. USAC Silver Crown practice takes place from 5-6:10pm, with Silver Crown Fatheadz Qualifying at 6:30pm, UMP Modified heat races at 7:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100 at 8:15pm.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets (presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets at the gate on race day are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-member adults. Pit passes are $20 for children 11 and under.

Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.


 

6TH USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE ON THE BRINK FOR SWANSON ENTERING Du QUOIN

By: Jay Hardin – Track Enterprises Staff

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 30, 2021)………Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson was his usual humble self as he accepted the winner’s check and trophy for winning the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in August.

It would have been completely out of character had Swanson exited the car and boasted about his accomplishments in the USAC Silver Crown Series. Even if he had been boastful, there is no one that could have disputed those claims.

Swanson’s 2021 season has been nothing short of amazing and he stands on the precipice of an unprecedented sixth USAC national championship entering this Saturday night’s Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on September 4 in Southern Illinois.

Kody Swanson fully intended to cut back on his time in the mighty uprights after the 2020 season. Swanson was the all-time leader in Silver Crown race wins, he had five Silver Crown titles and was one of 15 drivers who could say they won a 100-miler on all three of the fairgrounds dirt miles. He had little left to prove in the big cars.

Other opportunities began popping up for the likeable Californian including stock cars and sports cars. As a result, Swanson announced he would not be running the Silver Crown cars on the dirt, running only the pavement races for Doran Racing.

External forces combined to eliminate the Hoosier Hundred and the Sumar at Terre Haute from the schedule. The season opener came on May 29 at Lucas Oil Raceway with Swanson leading 37 laps and winning the 100-lap event.

Swanson passed on the dirt event at Williams Grove but a call from Kent Wolters put him in the Mark Swanson Encore Team No. 21 at Eldora where he finished third.

A new track record with Doran and a second at Winchester put him back in the point lead by four over Justin Grant. Swanson followed that with yet another win at Lucas Oil Raceway and the win at Springfield put him 51 points ahead of Logan Seavey and 100 ahead of Justin Grant with three races (including the Horn 100) left.

Kody Swanson is known for his calm demeanor behind the wheel, and it was never more evident at Springfield. In fact, many railbirds compare him to Al Unser or Rick Mears for his ability to manage his race car and come on strong in the final laps.

At Springfield, Swanson set fast time but was relegated to 23rd starting position due to changing his right rear tire. He calmly marched through the field and took the lead just past halfway with rain on the horizon. Rain during the lap 76 red flag period stopped the restart and Swanson had his third Bettenhausen 100 in hand, and a solid point lead.

Kody Swanson is slated to run Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 at Du Quoin with the same Chris Dyson Racing team that won at Springfield and Eldora, and crew chief Sean Michael who won twice last year with Kyle Larson at the wheel.

Swanson won the Horn 100 as a rookie in 2010 and again in 2017. Practice for the USAC Silver Crown championship cars begins Saturday, September 4 at 5 p.m. central with qualifying slated at 6:30 and the Ted Horn 100 at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

 

COTTLE GETS NEW USAC SILVER CROWN RIDE
FOR SATURDAY AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 30, 2021)………Shane Cottle will find himself in a different USAC Silver Crown ride for the first time in nearly a decade when the series hits the track this Saturday night, September 4, for the Ted Horn 100 on the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) will pilot the DMW Motorsports No. 110 Saturday at both Du Quoin and on September 24-25 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as the fourth-ranking driver in 2021 USAC Silver Crown points will finish out the season on the dirt tracks.

The announcement comes after the parting of ways between the longest-tenured USAC Silver Crown driver and owner pairing of Cottle and the Springfield, Ohio-based BCR Group No. 81, which he’s made 39 series starts in over the course of the past seven seasons since their first outing in 2015, highlighted by a victory in the 2020 season opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway.

The last time Cottle drove in the USAC Silver Crown series for any team other than the BCR Group, it was with McQuinn Motorsports in 2012.

Cottle and BCR went separate ways following the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield during late August and Cottle didn’t remain a free agent for long. Cottle called up DMW Motorsports car owner Mickey Meyer out of Arizona and a deal was struck instantaneously.

“He’s been wanting me to drive it for a while,” Cottle said of Meyer. “I called him up and said, ‘I’m available,’ and he said, ‘all right, we’re going to Du Quoin.’”

While the Cottle/Meyer partnership is new for the USAC Silver Crown series, the two have worked together in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition during June’s Eastern Storm, which saw Cottle turn in his best performance of the season, leading a race-high 16 laps and finishing second in the feature during the round at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park.

“I’ve worked with Mickey before, and I think we’ll be pretty decent right out of the box,” Cottle said. “Mickey is pretty sharp on setup stuff, and every time I’ve driven his sprint car, we were pretty quick. He puts together a good car.”

Cottle, a floor installer by day and racer at night, has made 63 career USAC Silver Crown starts with two career wins. He’ll now pair with teammate Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), who’ll pilot the DMW Motorsports No. 10. Swanson finished a career-best third at Selinsgrove on August 8 of this year, then led 28 laps and finished sixth at Springfield on August 21.

In the same Springfield race, Chase Stockon drove the No. 110, running inside the top-five for a good portion before finishing 10th in the final tally.

Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship along with the 27th Annual Bill Oldani Memorial Prelims for UMP Modifieds.

Pits and registration open at 1pm Central. The ticket office and grandstands open at 4pm. USAC Silver Crown practice takes place from 5-6:10pm, with Silver Crown Fatheadz Qualifying at 6:30pm, UMP Modified heat races at 7:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100 at 8:15pm.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets (presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets at the gate on race day are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-member adults. Pit passes are $20 for children 11 and under.

Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 

 

$236,000 PURSE ANNOUNCED FOR HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (August 30, 2021)………The payout for the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals has continued to grow by leaps and bounds with a final purse totaling $236,000 announced for the event featuring three-straight nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and USAC AMSOIL National 410 c.i. Sprint Car doubleheaders on September 10-11-12 in Brandon, South Dakota.

The $236,000 figure makes the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals the highest combined purse for a USAC points-paying National Sprint Car and Midget doubleheader.

Nights one and two, on Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11, will showcase a unique format that begins with each driver drawing and placing themselves into a group to qualify, followed by heat races, last chance qualifiers and feature events for both the Midget and Sprint Car divisions.

Night one and two preliminary features for both sprint cars and midgets will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start each night. Prelim night sprint car features will be 25 laps each night with midgets racing for 30 laps.

During the final night, Championship Night on Sunday, September 12, no qualifying will be held. All lineups will be based off the accumulation of points earned throughout the first two nights. Two new champions will be crowned with a 40-lap feature for the Sprint Cars and a 100-lap main event for the Midgets with each being rewarded a $20,000 payday for their efforts. Both A-mains on Championship Night will also reward starters with a minimum of $1,000 to start.

The event is the highest paying event of the 2021 USAC National season. Tickets and driver/team registration for all three nights of the event are on sale now at www.USACnationals.com.

Only twice in USAC’s history have series events been held at the 3/8-mile dirt oval of Huset’s Speedway. Kenny Irwin Jr. won the midget debut there in 1996 while Chad Boespflug swept both nights of a 410 sprint car meet at the track in 2016.

Seeing an uncertain future in recent years, Huset’s Speedway was rescued and purchased by longtime sprint car owner and, more recently, track owner Tod Quiring, and is under the management of Doug Johnson, who also manages Quiring’s other track acquisition, the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota.

Matt Wood, a long time sprint car and midget team owner, who recently joined forces with USAC and entered the promotion side of things with the inaugural running of the Hangtown 100 in Placerville, Calif. in 2019, is also the promoter of the USAC Nationals.

Pit gates open at Noon Central all three days. The front gates will open at 4pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 3pm on Sunday. Pit Passes are $40 per day or $120 for a three-day pass.

2021 HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS FORMAT: (NIGHTS ONE & TWO)

Pill draw draft to determine order of heat race selection.

Heat race placement selection (driver picks which heat to participate in and the order to qualify. Qualifying: All cars qualify – 6 groups determined by heat race. Cars will qualify in the order picked by drivers. 36 points will be given for fast time in each group, and minus three points per position thereafter.

Six 10 lap Heat Races: Top 8 cars inverted in heats by qualifying points/time. 36 points will be given for first place, and minus 3 points per position thereafter. Three cars - first place (regardless of point total), and the two highest in total points (total points include qualifying and heat points) in each heat - transfer to Night One & Two A-Main. All others to Night One & Two Last Chance Qualifiers.

Three 12 lap Last Chance Qualifiers: Total points from qualifying and heat race finishes will be used to line up LCQ’s. Lineups will be straight up based on points. The top 3 in total points will start on the pole in each respective LCQ. The next 3 in total points will start outside pole in each respective LCQ, and so on. The top 2 from each LCQ will transfer to the Night One & Two A-Main but will not earn LCQ points. 50 points awarded for 3rd place minus 2 points for each position thereafter.

A-Main: 30 laps for midgets, 25 laps for sprint cars. 24 Cars - 1st place and 2 highest in points from heat races plus 2 transfers from each LCQ. LCQ cars will line up by points behind direct transfers out of heats. Top 12 in total points will line up inverted. The next 6 in total points transferring directly out of the heats will line up 13 – 18 straight up. LCQ transfers will line up behind heat race transfers straight up based on points. 100 points awarded to the A-Main first place and minus 2 per position thereafter.

(CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT)

No Qualifying. Lineups based on total points from night one and night two (CUMULATIVE).

Six 10 lap Heat Races: Top 8 cars inverted in heats by total points from night one. 36 points will be given for first place, and minus 3 points per position thereafter. Total points will then be tallied to line up D, C, B, and A-Mains. Top 20 in points go to A-Main, positions 21-36 in points go to B-Main, positions 37-52 in points go to C-Main, and all others to D-Main.

D-Main: 10 Laps. Top 4 transfer to tail of C-Main. No points awarded.

C-Main: 15 Laps, 20 Cars. Top 4 transfer to tail of B-Main. No points awarded.

B-Main: 20 Laps, 20 Cars. Top 4 transfer to tail of A-Main. No points awarded.

A-Main: 100 Laps for midgets, 40 laps for sprint cars. 24 Cars. Top 12 inverted by points, followed by next 8 in points lined straight up, followed by B-Main transfers 1-4. 150 points awarded for first place and minus 3 points per position thereafter. Yellow laps counted for first 50 laps of midget feature.

**Ties in overall points will revert to qualifying times.

**Promoter reserves the right to add provisionals to the Championship Night A-Main.

**Possible mandatory fuel stop between laps 40-50 of Championship Night A-Main.

 

SMACKDOWN GRANTED: JUSTIN GRANT WINS $15,000 AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media\

Kokomo, Indiana (August 28, 2021)………In essence, Saturday night’s 40-lap Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Smackdown X feature at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway came down to a two-lap conquest for Justin Grant.

A frequent storyboard for the event throughout its first decade has demonstrated that a final restart and, consequently, how one responds to it, can ultimately decide a driver’s fate regardless of the success that led up to that point.

Case in point came earlier in the day for Kevin Thomas Jr. and Logan Seavey, and the same was true for Grant himself who faced, and conquered, a similar scenario just 24 hours earlier versus Kyle Cummins at the quarter-mile dirt oval.

This time, $15,000 was on the line, and the green-white-checkered conclusion gave us a Grant/Thorson gem that provoked both to bring out all the stops in order to put this one in their personal win column.

Race leader Grant answered Thorson’s slide job in turn one by returning the favor in turn three, then fending Thorson off on the final circuit to claim his second career Smackdown victory (2018), making him the third multi-time winner in the event’s history (Dave Darland and Tyler Courtney) in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

“Smackdown comes down to late-race restarts like this a lot,” Grant explained. “You never know that you have it. Even when it’s green and going well, these guys are so good, and everyone that we race with is so tough and so savvy at what they do. It’s easy to get snookered on a restart; you got to do your job as good as you can.”

TOPP Motorsports became the second three-time Smackdown winning team following previous scores with Tyler Courtney in 2017 and Grant in 2018. Phillips Motorsports also won three-straight with Dave Darland in 2013-14-15.

Additionally, Grant’s 28th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win tied him with series champions Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley for 18th on the all-time list, and it took nearly everything the Ione, Calif. driver could generate out of himself and out of the car.

“I was smashing this thing off the fence all the way around,” Grant recalled. “I about crashed coming to the checkered. It’s hot. I’m out of breath. That was 40 laps of everything this car had.”

The race belonged to Thorson for the first 15 revolutions, holding a lead upwards of a full second until he became trapped in a box between the cars of Matt Westfall and Stevie Sussex at the tail end of the lead lap on the bottom of turn one. That halted Thorson’s progress momentarily and gave Grant the go-ahead to levy a full-on attack.

Grant ducked under Westfall midway down the back straight, then tossed his car all the way from the bottom of turn three to the top of turn four, which screamed right past the front bumper of Thorson, who turned down and answered the bell to edge Grant at the stripe by a whisker.

Reloaded and ready to fire again, Grant made a beeline to the bottom of turn one and stuck the slider in turn two to secure the lead with 24 laps still remaining. With Grant upping his lead to more than two seconds, much seemed to be relatively well in hand. However, the car of Scotty Weir nearly spun in front of him in turns one and two, hampering Grant’s progress, undotting his i’s and uncrossing his t’s as his advantage melted to just a single second in the blink of an eye.

With two to go, any and all daylight for Grant was overcasted as eighth-running Shane Cottle slowed dramatically with a ball of flame and smoke emanating from his ride, putting an end to his evening and setting up one final restart.

Grant was an up-close and personal witness to Thorson snagging the lead away from him on the lap 29 restart in turn one. Grant took it right back in turn three, rising right up to the outside wall in the fourth turn and giving it a kiss with the right rear. Taking the white flag, Grant slid himself from the middle to the top in turns one and two in an attempt to stifle Thorson’s momentum.

“He was able to slide me there and I was afraid that was going to happen just with the moisture being low on the front stretch, but I didn’t want to give up the speed down the back stretch,” Grant explained. “It worked out, and I was able to get him crossed back over and then just go on defense and block his sliders when he was throwing them to try to make momentum when he wasn’t.”

Thorson climbed the ladder as he charged from the bottom of turn three to the top in turn four, coming up short and falling into line behind Grant, who subsequently ricocheted his right rear tire and right front tire off the outside wall, yet maintained control, and led Thorson across the line underneath the double checkers by a margin of 0.773 sec.

As the leaders crossed the finish line, a melee took place in the aftermath of the battle for the seventh spot which resulted in both C.J. Leary and Jake Swanson flipping through turns three and four. Kyle Cummins also became entangled and nosed into the turn four wall. All drivers walked away with Leary, Swanson and Cummins finishing 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.

Grant and crew had two schools of thought and two approaches to take set-up wise entering Smackdown. The path ultimately chosen became the winning combination on this night, and twice throughout the weekend.

“I felt pretty confident around the middle section of the race; I felt like we had a pretty good car,” Grant said. “But there at the end, it got all shaken up. We went back and forth on this car whether to make it drive forward really, really hard or have momentum around the fence with a lot of stability. We went back and forth all week but ultimately decided, if we were going to win this thing, it was going to be momentum around the fence. The first couple of laps after a restart, we’re a sitting duck because we don’t launch, but we do go out and rail around the fence better that way. It’s a gamble but tonight it paid off.”

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) had the best Smackdown “Rookie” performance in the history of the event, running through all three rounds of the brackets to claim the B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill title, then finished as the runner-up in the feature in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – CSI – MVT/Spike/Stanton Chevy, which garnered him The Frolic Bar & Grill Smackdown X Rookie of the Year award.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) was the only driver to finish inside the top-three during both events held at Kokomo on Saturday, under the sun and under the moon, finishing third to close out the night cap in his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 28, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Smackdown X – (Nighttime Event)

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle (#74x Hodges), 2. Brent Beauchamp (#29 LB), 3. Scotty Weir (#4p Pedersen), 4. Chase Johnson (#22 Goodnight), 5. Max Guilford (#79BT Goodnight), 6. Steven Drevicki (#19s DeGre), 7. Zack Pretorius (#9z Pretorius), 8. Ryan Barr (#21B Barr). 2:17.150

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson (#21AZ Team AZ), 2. Max Adams (#57 Hazen), 3. Stevie Sussex (#77 Wingo), 4. Koby Barksdale (#16K Knight), 5. Anthony D’Alessio (#01 D’Alessio), 6. Tye Mihocko (#2E Epperson), 7. David Hair (#44 Hair), 8. Cole Bodine (#57x DCT). NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers (#14 Rogers), 2. Emerson Axsom (#39BC Clauson Marshall Newman), 3. Mario Clouser (#6 EZR), 4. Jason McDougal (#5m KO), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Brayden Clark (#42 Jackson-Clark), 7. Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight), 8. Jack James (#99 James). 2:13.683

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull (#2 Yeley), 2. Chase Stockon (#5s KO), 3. Matt Westfall (#33m Marshall), 4. Alex Bright (#20 Hummer), 5. Ryan Thomas (#77FR Wingo), 6. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 7. Brandon Long (#12 Ballou), 8. Ted Kirkpatrick (#63LK Sturgeon). NT

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL FIRST QUARTERFINAL: (3 laps) #1 Justin Grant (#4 TOPP) defeats #8 Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady).

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL SECOND QUARTERFINAL: (3 laps) #4 Tanner Thorson (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood) defeats #5 Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics).

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL THIRD QUARTERFINAL: (3 laps) #2 Logan Seavey (#5 Baldwin-Fox) defeats #7 Chris Windom (#19 Hayward).

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL FOURTH QUARTERFINAL: (3 laps) #6 Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9K KT) defeats #3 C.J. Leary (#77m Michael).

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL FIRST SEMIFINAL: (3 laps) #4 Tanner Thorson defeats #1 Justin Grant.

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL SECOND SEMIFINAL: (3 laps) #6 Kevin Thomas Jr. defeats #3 C.J. Leary.

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL FINAL: (3 laps) #4 Tanner Thorson defeats #6 Kevin Thomas Jr.

THE FROLIC BAR & GRILL C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. Brayden Clark, 3. Steven Drevicki, 4. Brandon Long, 5. Ryan Barr, 6. David Hair, 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Ted Kirkpatrick, 9. Jack James. 2:25.587

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Mario Clouser, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Max Guilford, 8. Alex Bright, 9. Koby Barksdale, 10. Sterling Cling, 11. Steven Drevicki, 12. Brandon Long, 13. Brayden Clark, 14. Ryan Thomas, 15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Anthony D’Alessio. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Tanner Thorson (1), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 4. Brady Bacon (6), 5. Logan Seavey (4), 6. Chris Windom (7), 7. Emerson Axsom (15), 8. Chase Stockon (16), 9. Jadon Rogers (11), 10. Mario Clouser (18), 11. C.J. Leary (5), 12. Jake Swanson (10), 13. Kyle Cummins (8), 14. Jason McDougal (21), 15. Brent Beauchamp (13), 16. Stevie Sussex (19), 17. Shane Cottle (9), 18. Thomas Meseraull (12), 19. Chase Johnson (20), 20. Scotty Weir (17), 21. Matt Westfall (22), 22. Max Adams (14). NT

**Cole Bodine flipped during the second heat. C.J. Leary & Jake Swanson flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Tanner Thorson, Laps 17-40 Justin Grant.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2085, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2041, 3-Justin Grant-2034, 4-C.J. Leary-1842, 5-Tanner Thorson-1821, 6-Chris Windom-1753, 7-Jake Swanson-1686, 8-Robert Ballou-1618, 9-Chase Stockon-1332, 10-Kyle Cummins-1163.

FINAL SMACKDOWN X PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Cole Bodine-23, 2-Chase Stockon-20, 3-Steven Drevicki-20, 4-Max Adams-16, 5-Brady Bacon-14, 6-Mario Clouser-14, 7-Logan Seavey-12, 8-Shane Cottle-12, 9-Jason McDougal-12, 10-Justin Grant-11.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-137, 2-Brady Bacon-130, 3-Justin Grant-123, 4-Tanner Thorson-118, 5-Robert Ballou-109, 6-Thomas Meseraull-103, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-101, 8-Logan Seavey-100, 9-Kyle Cummins-79, 10-Emerson Axsom-75.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 10-11-12, 2021 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – Inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Smackdown X ProSource Passing Master: Cole Bodine

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Brent Beauchamp

B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill: Tanner Thorson

The Frolic Bar & Grill Smackdown X Rookie of the Year: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Shane Cottle

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Jake Swanson

Indy Metal Finishing Third Qualifier Winner: Jadon Rogers

Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Scotty Weir

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Emerson Axsom (15th to 7th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kyle Cummins

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Max Guilford

ProSource Hard Work Winner: Chase Johnson

Quick Car Fastest in Hot Laps: Mario Clouser

 

KTJ BRINGS THE HEAT TO WIN MIDDAY SMACKDOWN PRELIM AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media\

Kokomo, Indiana (August 28, 2021)………In a sun-splashed matinee performance by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, a sliver of daylight was all Kevin Thomas Jr. needed.

On a restart with five laps remaining, the Cullman, Ala. native slipped by leader Logan Seavey, who glanced off the wall between turns one and two, cracking open a window of opportunity for Thomas to drive through to victory Saturday afternoon during the final prelim of the weekend for Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Smackdown X at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

The afternoon affair couldn’t have come soon enough for Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., admitting his confidence was a little low following Friday night’s 11th place finish, which snapped his streak of 16 consecutive top-10 finishes with the series.

The 2016 Smackdown and Kokomo champ got back on track at just the right time in the heat of the day, scoring his sixth USAC National Sprint Car feature win of the year while piloting his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

Thomas began his race from the third position, but the initial individual on the move off the starting blocks was Friday night winner Justin Grant who launched from his fourth starting spot to split between front row starters Matt Westfall and Jadon Rogers exiting turn four on the opening lap, putting Grant at the top of the pecking order in quick fashion.

Following Chase Johnson’s ramp up the turn four wall 11 laps into the event that necessitated a yellow, on the ensuing restart, it appeared as if Thomas may soon be the one to overtake Grant for the top spot as he checked high, then raked the bottom while Grant occupied the bottom/middle. However, Seavey took both by surprise and burst from third to first around the outside exiting turn four to assume the lead.

Thomas, never shy to express his candor, spoke of the up-and-down nature of this portion of the race, which saw him bounce back-and-forth between challenging for the lead before quickly being relegated back to third in the rundown.

“I felt we were good,” Thomas relayed. “I didn’t know the top was going to come in that early. When I was restarting behind Justin there, I took a peek at it, and I didn’t think it was that good; it looked pretty dirty. The next thing you know, Justin and I are down there stuck in the middle of the racetrack. Seavey goes blowing by us, then I made a few bad decisions and I let Brady get back by me. I just had to do a few little things there in the cockpit, mainly getting my crap together. I knew I had a good racecar; I just had to do what I needed to do.”

Brady Bacon then entered the fray, taking third from Grant on lap 13, then second from Thomas on lap 14 with a dazzling flick of the steering wheel that cut him from the top of four to the bottom of one and into the runner-up spot at the halfway point.

With six to go and running third, Thomas took note of a couple of slight slip-ups that worked to his advantage. Race leader Seavey got a tad tight on the cushion and tapped the wall, forcing second-running Bacon to chock up ever so slightly just behind Seavey. Thomas, meanwhile, had already committed to the bottom and went unfettered past Bacon and into the second position.

When 10th running Emerson Axsom spun a stop in turn two on lap 26, that closed the slight gap that existed between Seavey and Thomas and put them back into a restart scenario. Seavey’s car lifted the left rear on the entry to turn one, sending his car skating across the cushion. With Seavey’s tap of the wall and resulting scrubbed speed, Thomas had gone by and become the new leader.

From that point onward, four trips around the quarter-mile dirt oval were all safe and sound for Thomas who notched his 33rd career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, elevating his total above that of USAC and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Rollie Beale for sole possession of 13th all-time.

For Seavey, it was oh-so-close after leading a race-high 15 laps in his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Chevy. The Sutter, California driver had to settle for second, 1.723 seconds behind Thomas, and readily admitted he could’ve done without the yellows.

“The track got cleaner and cleaner and was gripping up, actually,” Seavey explained. “I think I just got myself a little too tight. I was just trying not to make too big of adjustments, but I knew the track was getting slicker and slower. I just couldn’t get off the corners as good as I needed to and made a little bit of an adjustment, but I just didn’t run hard enough there on those last couple laps. I just really didn’t need the yellows. KTJ just found a little bit better line in one and two. It was so treacherous, and then the top at exit got really slick and it just lost everything that made it good in the beginning of the race and I just didn’t move with the racetrack. To be leading and knowing the track’s changing, you just don’t know where to go. He figured it out and I just need to be a little bit better.”

Brady Bacon became a major player in his bid for victory late in the going in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy, ultimately finishing third to remain up front with a healthy lead of the standings in pursuit of his fourth career series crown.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 28, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Smackdown X – (Daytime Event)

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin-12.863; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.971; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.149; 4. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.163; 5. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.288; 6. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-13.293; 7. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.351; 8. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.404; 9. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-13.492; 10. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.509; 11. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-13.516; 12. Cole Bodine, 57x, DCT-13.519; 13. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.631; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.856; 15. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-13.866; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.141; 17. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-14.180; 18. Jack James, 99, James-14.262; 19. Ted Kirkpatrick, 63LK, Sturgeon-14.267; 20. Brandon Long, 12, Ballou-14.371; 21. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-14.717.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-13.102; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.122; 3. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-13.187; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-13.200; 5. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.246; 6. Emerson Axsom, 39BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.356; 7. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-13.468; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.486; 9. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.493; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.504; 11. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-13.532; 12. Brent Beauchamp, 29, LB-13.544; 13. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-13.563; 14. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.778; 15. Max Adams, 57, Hazen-13.856; 16. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-13.908; 17. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-14.003; 18. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-14.517; 19. Brayden Clark, 42, Jackson/Clark-14.719; 20. David Hair, 44, Hair-14.773.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Max Guilford, 6. Koby Barksdale, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Zack Pretorius, 9. Anthony D’Alessio, 10. Ryan Barr, 11. Ted Kirkpatrick.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Brandon Long, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Jack James, 9. Brandon Mattox, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Max Adams, 3. Mario Clouser, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Ryan Thomas, 10. Brayden Clark.

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Brent Beauchamp, 7. Steven Drevicki, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. David Hair.

THE FROLIC BAR & GRILL C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Ryan Thomas, 2. Anthony D’Alessio, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Jack James, 6. David Hair, 7. Brayden Clark, 8. Ryan Barr, 9. Ted Kirkpatrick, 10. Brandon Long. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Koby Barksdale, 8. Max Guilford, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Brandon Mattox, 11. Matt Goodnight, 12. Jason McDougal, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Brent Beauchamp, 15. Anthony D’Alessio, 16. Steven Drevicki, 17. Ryan Thomas, 18. Zack Pretorius. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Brady Bacon (7), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. C.J. Leary (8), 6. Tanner Thorson (5), 7. Jake Swanson (11), 8. Shane Cottle (12), 9. Chris Windom (9), 10. Chase Stockon (18), 11. Cole Bodine (10), 12. Kyle Cummins (19), 13. Jadon Rogers (2), 14. Matt Westfall (1), 15. Stevie Sussex (17), 16. Thomas Meseraull (16), 17. Emerson Axsom (15), 18. Scotty Weir (13), 19. Mario Clouser (20), 20. Max Adams (22), 21. Alex Bright (14), 22. Chase Johnson (21), 23. Brandon Long (23-P). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Eddie Tafoya flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Justin Grant, Laps 11-25 Logan Seavey, Laps 26-30 Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2024, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1977, 3-Justin Grant-1964, 4-C.J. Leary-1801, 5-Tanner Thorson-1754, 6-Chris Windom-1698, 7-Jake Swanson-1647, 8-Robert Ballou-1618, 9-Chase Stockon-1283, 10-Kyle Cummins-1126.

SMACKDOWN X POINTS: (Top-8 Locked Into Saturday Night Feature) 1-Justin Grant-678, 2-Logan Seavey-659, 3-C.J. Leary-659, 4-Tanner Thorson-658, 5-Brady Bacon-654, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-646, 7-Chris Windom-641, 8-Kyle Cummins-627.

SMACKDOWN X PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Cole Bodine-23, 2. Steven Drevicki-16, 3-Max Adams-14, 4-Brady Bacon-12, 5-Logan Seavey-12, 6-Shane Cottle-12, 7-Chase Stockon-12, 8-Kyle Cummins-10, 9-Jake Swanson-10, 10-Justin Grant-9.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-136, 2-Brady Bacon-128, 3-Justin Grant-121, 4-Tanner Thorson-118, 5-Robert Ballou-109, 6-Thomas Meseraull-103, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-101, 8-Logan Seavey-100, 9-Kyle Cummins-79, 10-Buddy Kofoid-71.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 28, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Smackdown X

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Chase Johnson

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jake Swanson

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Chase Stockon (18th to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jadon Rogers

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Koby Barksdale

ProSource Hard Work Winner: Max Adams

 

 

GRANT’S LATE FLURRY NETS FRIDAY
SMACKDOWN WIN AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media\

Kokomo, Indiana (August 27, 2021)………Justin Grant had kind of won everything in the record book as far as USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway goes.

In 2018, the Ione, California native won the 40-lap Sprint Car Smackdown finale, just after he had been victorious in the three-lap King of the Hill championship round. Just one month ago, Grant added an 18-lap, rain-shortened feature win to his Kokomo USAC resume.

One thing that was missing – a standard 30-lap USAC feature at Kokomo.

That item was finally crossed off the list during Friday night’s Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Sprint Car Smackdown X opener at the quarter-mile dirt oval in a 30-lap feature that was anything but standard.

After setting Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time earlier in the evening, Grant charged his way through the field, engaging in a no holds barred duel which witnessed he and Kyle Cummins repeatedly swapping the lead for three laps straight until Grant took over for good and secured his series-leading sixth victory of the season in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

The triumph was the 27th of Grant’s USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him ahead of Tony Elliott and Dave Steele for sole possession of 21st all-time in the series record book.

As opposed to July’s abbreviated finish that was not all that unwelcome in Grant’s pursuit of victory, in Friday night’s showdown, Grant needed virtually every lap offered, and every ounce of racing acumen he could muster, to get the job done.

“We needed that one to go to the end, for sure,” Grant said with a grin. “Man, tonight was like prime Kokomo. Just pound the fence and try not to make mistakes. I just kept working, trying to figure out how to get off four. Early in the race, I couldn’t get off four very good, so I kept working, kept working, and we finally got to where we could.”

Pole sitter C.J. Leary opened up the festivities by possessing the lead in the early going, but quickly, a challenge was put forth by the driver who had swept both Smackdown prelims one year earlier, Kyle Cummins. Blasting from his fourth starting position, Cummins dug in and surged past Leary off turn four to nip Leary by a wheel at the line at the completion of lap three.
Moments later, ninth-running Brady Bacon was stopped in turn four following a tangle. With the lap completed and scored, Cummins assumed his role as the new race leader. However, at Kokomo, many times it seems the leader is not in total and outright control and, more like, under constant attack.

Following the yellow, Tanner Thorson was rolling, zipping by Leary for second at the exit of turn four on the fifth lap. A little blip above the turn three cushion for Cummins on lap nine allowed the gap between he and Thorson to shrink, and put Thorson, a 2020 Kokomo USAC National Midget winner, in prime position to throttle past Cummins at the exit of turn four on lap 12, pointing his front wheels to the sky as he took ownership of the number one spot.

Entering the second half of the affair meant entering the back half of the field as Thorson and Cummins became engulfed in a high-speed game of warfare. With cars stacked two and three-wide, Thorson had to choose the right door, switching high and low when needed until he and Cummins nearly got caught up in Stevie Sussex’s collision with the turn one wall. All narrowly avoided catastrophe, except for 17th running Sussex, who saw an early dismissal from the race with heavy damage to his machine.

For better or worse, that provided a wide open space for the leaders to maneuver in front of them without the aid, or disruption, of traffic down the stretch. As it turned out, the advantage went to Cummins who glided the cushion crisply on lap 22 between turns one and two, which rocketed him around Thorson and into the lead with just eight laps remaining.

One lap later, big trouble hit Wednesday’s Bob Darland Memorial Kokomo winner Robert Ballou, who snap-rolled with force into the turn one catchfence. Ballou had been running fifth at the time but was eliminated from the competition with a 22nd place result. Ballou was uninjured.

Grant was in hot pursuit of Thorson just prior to the yellow as he followed Cummins’ path on the top side while Thorson worked the bottom around the infield tires. On the 25th lap, Thorson made a bid to get back to the top in turn four but washed up the track just enough to open an alley underneath for Grant to slide through and into the second position.

Thomas Meseraull, running 19th, slowed and stopped on the back straightway on lap 27 to bring out the yellow and reset the itinerary once again for a four-lap shootout. Second-running Grant fired the first shot, sliding past Cummins in turn one. Cummins crossed back under Grant, forcing Grant to reload and try once more in turn three. Cummins retaliated with another cross over in response, beating Grant to the stripe by inches.

Now, it was Cummins’ turn to be the slider and Grant the slidee on lap 28 with Cummins successful in his endeavor. Grant turned back and slid Cummins into the third turn. Cummins cranked the wheel, got the car turned down hill and beat Grant to the line to complete lap 28 a car length ahead. Grant took the bull by the horns and made the next one stick in turn one as he forced Cummins to ‘whoa up’ as he drifted up in front of Cummins’ front bumper, causing him to lose precious momentum.

“On the restart there, Kyle got kind of tight and lost the nose,” Grant recalled. “I slid him into one and I felt like I could wear him down on the cushion and at least break his momentum, and we were able to. Fortunately, nobody rolled by us while we were racing each other. That was a heck of a lot of fun. I sure had a heck of a good time too.”

Grant instantly took off and it was “curtains” from there. Cummins got all four wheels above the cushion in turns three and four on his way to take the white flag, which cost him even more time, and gave an opening for Chris Windom to sneak by on the bottom of turn four for second after starting 10th.

The victory went to Grant with Windom taking second, Cummins third, Leary fourth and Thorson rounding out the top-five.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) collected KSE Racing Products/Irvin King Hard Charger honors after starting 10th and clawing all the way up to a runner-up finish where he made a run at the win during the final laps of the feature aboard his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Byrd – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

“It feels good coming from 10th there to run second,” Windom acknowledged. “I knew Justin was going to be running the top and I knew he’d be sliding Kyle there. I thought maybe we could sneak one out on the bottom as they were sliding each other back-and-forth. I just lost a little bit of time at the end, but we made it close.”

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) led a race-high 16 laps and came up just two laps short of reeling off a third-straight Smackdown prelim feature win dating back to 2020. However, Cummins did continue his impressive streak of consecutive top-three finishes during Smackdown, which now stands at five, after finishing third in his Rock Steady Racing/Mid-America Safety Solutions – Project Oversight/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy.

“On the restart, I got a little bit of a push and just kind of let Justin play the slider game,” Cummins explained. “We kept going back-and-forth, back-and-forth. Going into one and two, right at the end, I was going to stay in it, but I decided to let off and it didn’t let me turn down good enough to get a good run down the back stretch. I wish I could’ve had another shot at him because he could’ve played the ‘let off’ game. But it’s fine. It’s just racing.”

Meanwhile, Grant’s 28th career Fast Qualifying time with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars moved him past Dave Steele and into a tie with Chase Stockon for 14th in series history.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 27, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Smackdown X

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.579; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.789; 3. Brent Beauchamp, 29, LB-12.805; 4. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-12.844; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.882; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.985; 7. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.001; 8. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-13.030; 9. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-13.093; 10. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.124; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-13.165; 12. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.210; 13. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.233; 14. Andrew Prather, P8, Prather-13.345; 15. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-13.370; 16. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-13.402; 17. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-13.425; 18. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-13.462; 19. Cole Bodine, 57x, DCT-13.598; 20. Danny Faria Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-13.618; 21. Tyler Hewitt, 97, Hewitt-13.948; 22. Parker Frederickson, 34F, Frederickson-14.040; 23. Jack James, 99, James-14.536.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.668; 2. Emerson Axsom, 39BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-12.766; 3. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.811; 4. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.822; 5. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin-12.853; 6. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-12.883; 7. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-12.991; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.019; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.187; 10. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.193; 11. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.216; 12. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-13.224; 13. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-13.324; 14. Max Adams, 57, Hazen-13.396; 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.504; 16. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.576; 17. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.599; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.646; 19. Brayden Clark, 42, Jackson/Clark-13.708; 20. Brandon Long, 02, Long-13.791; 21. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-13.992; 22. Ted Kirkpatrick, 63LK, Sturgeon-14.947; 23. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brent Beauchamp, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Koby Barksdale, 10. Jack James, 11. Tyler Hewitt, 12. Alex Bright. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Andrew Prather, 8. Zack Pretorius, 9. Parker Frederickson, 10. Braydon Cromwell, 11. Danny Faria Jr. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Mario Clouser, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Max Guilford, 10. Steven Drevicki, 11. Brayden Clark. 2:14.81

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Max Adams, 6. Scotty Weir, 7. Ryan Thomas, 8. Ted Kirkpatrick, 9. Anthony D’Alessio, 10. Sterling Cling, 11. Brandon Long. NT

THE FROLIC BAR & GRILL C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Max Guilford, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Brayden Clark, 6. Zack Pretorius, 7. Ted Kirkpatrick, 8. Jack James, 9. Tyler Hewitt, 10. Parker Frederickson. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Mario Clouser, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Max Adams, 9. Ryan Thomas, 10. Andrew Prather, 11. Steven Drevicki, 12. Matt Goodnight, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 15. Max Guilford, 16. Koby Barksdale, 17. Brandon Mattox, 18. Chase Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (6), 2. Chris Windom (10), 3. Kyle Cummins (4), 4. C.J. Leary (1), 5. Tanner Thorson (5), 6. Brady Bacon (11), 7. Logan Seavey (12), 8. Shane Cottle (14), 9. Jadon Rogers (16), 10. Matt Westfall (7), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 12. Jake Swanson (18), 13. Emerson Axsom (3), 14. Chase Stockon (17), 15. Cole Bodine (23), 16. Mario Clouser (20), 17. Alex Bright (22), 18. Brent Beauchamp (2), 19. Steven Drevicki (21-P), 20. Jason McDougal (19), 21. Thomas Meseraull (9), 22. Robert Ballou (8), 23. Stevie Sussex (15). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Danny Faria Jr. flipped during the second heat. Brandon Mattox & Chase flipped during the semi. Robert Ballou flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 C.J. Leary, Laps 3-11 Kyle Cummins, Laps 12-21 Tanner Thorson, Laps 22-28 Kyle Cummins, Laps 29-30 Justin Grant.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1952, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1900, 3-Justin Grant-1895, 4-C.J. Leary-1735, 5-Tanner Thorson-1689, 6-Chris Windom-1644, 7-Robert Ballou-1618, 8-Jake Swanson-1587, 9-Chase Stockon-1233, 10-Kyle Cummins-1080.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-136, 2-Brady Bacon-124, 3-Justin Grant-121, 4-Tanner Thorson-118, 5-Robert Ballou-109, 6-Thomas Meseraull-103, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-99, 8-Logan Seavey-96, 9-Kyle Cummins-72, 10-Buddy Kofoid-71.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 28, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Smackdown X

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Cole Bodine

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

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

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (10th to 2nd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Emerson Axsom

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Scotty Weir

ProSource Hard Work Winner: Cole Bodine

 

 

COCKRUM RIDES MOMENTUM INTO Du QUOIN SEPT. 4

By: Jay Hardin – Track Enterprises Staff

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 27, 2021) Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois rocked the 68-year-old grandstand at the Du Quoin State Fair when he won the 2014 Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown championship event.

A second trip into the infield lake in celebration of a back to back win in 2015 shook the grandstand rafters even more.

The Franklin County Fire Chief and second generation race driver heads to Du Quoin on Saturday night, September 4, with momentum on his side in search of a third win in the Labor Day Weekend classic.

Cockrum rolls into southern Illinois coal country with a brand new race car and race team for 2021. Longtime owner Dave Hardy retired after the 2019 campaign and Cockrum was able to pick up a ride last year with Five Three Motorsports. This year, a new Maxim chassis and a new yellow, red and black paint scheme carried Cockrum and BLS Motorsports to a win at Williams Grove.

Cockrum and several others went to the back of the field in Springfield’s Bettenhausen 100 on August 21 after a tire change. Much like eventual Bettenhausen winner, Cockrum bided his time coming through the field and was running a very strong third before the rain came on lap 76.

The BLS team set out to run a limited schedule in 2021 appearing only at the Silver Crown series dirt events. Unfortunately, two of the dirt events were lost – the Sumar Classic at Terre Haute due to rain and the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds due to the track’s closure.

However, Cockrum qualified seventh at Williams Grove and led the last 28 laps for his fourth series win. At Eldora in June, Cockrum qualified 21st and finished 12th at the end of 50 laps. Cockrum finished fourth at Selinsgrove after starting seventh. At Springfield, the team qualified 11th but started 25th after the tire change. As a result, Cockrum finds himself 10th in the 2021 point standings while running a limited schedule.

The son of Midwest racing legend Cliff Cockrum, much was expected of Shane when he began his racing career. He was a popular figure at local race tracks and gained experience on the Du Quoin mile racing in the Oldani Memorial modified event. Two years after making his first championship car start, he got to the front of the field during the 2013 Horn 100 only to run shy on fuel. It was a mistake that would be repeated again.

Shane led 41 miles in 2014 and backed off at the end of the Horn 100 to save fuel reaching the finish line first. In 2015, he led 33 circuits and took home his second Du Quoin trophy. Fifth, second and third Horn 100 finishes followed before a mechanical issue forced him to miss the show in 2019. COVID prevented the 2020 Horn 100 from being contested.

Shane Cockrum can join Tony Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Gary Bettenhausen, Jack Hewitt and Chuck Gurney as drivers with at least three championship car wins on the Du Quoin Magic Mile.

Practice for the USAC Silver Crown championship cars begins Saturday, September 4, at 5 p.m. Central with qualifying slated at 6:30 and the Ted Horn 100 at 8:15 p.m. Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

 


SMACKDOWN OPENER RAINED OUT,
ON AS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY,
DOUBLE EVENTS ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 26, 2021)………Thursday night’s Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Sprint Car Smackdown X opener at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway was rained out after persistent showers doused the surface just prior to hot laps for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Smackdown will continue as scheduled on Friday night, August 27, with hot laps beginning at 6:30pm Eastern.

On Saturday, August 28, the Smackdown program will begin with hot laps at 3pm Eastern and the first full program to follow immediately thereafter with qualifying, heats, last chance races and feature events.

Once the first program on Saturday is completed, a 90-minute break will follow with Smackdown’s “finale” being run as scheduled on Saturday night.

If you purchased Smackdown wristbands for Thursday’s race through TracPass, please hold onto them. The wristbands will be good to use for admission at Kokomo on Friday or the first program on Saturday during Smackdown. Thursday’s wristbands are not valid for use to gain admission during Saturday night’s program.

On Friday at Kokomo, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands open at 3pm, driver’s meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, with qualifying and racing immediately following. For new ticket buyers, general admission tickets are $30 and kids 12 and under are free.

On Saturday at Kokomo, general admission tickets are $35, kids 12 and under are free. USAC Midwest Regional Midgets will also be on hand.

Reserved seating, three-day passes can be purchased on race night for $95.

All events during Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 


 

3 NIGHTS OF USAC SPRINT CAR BLISS: SMACKDOWN X AT KOKOMO AUG. 26-27-28

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 25, 2021)………One night at Kokomo Speedway with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship is enticing, enthralling and spectacular.

Once you multiple that by three, and add nearly 50 cars to the mix, you’ve got Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Sprint Car Smackdown X, my friend. The anticipation grows with each night, reaching a fever pitch for the finale with each feature starting driver strutting out to their theme song and the sound of the filled-to-the-gills grandstands.

Then, it’s time to strap in, tighten the belts, pull the visor down and go 40 laps for $15,000-to-win and $1,500-to-start. There’s nothing quite like it, and we’re ready to experience it once again this week, August 26-27-28.

The feature events during the first two nights of Smackdown on Thursday and Friday are 30 laps in length, and will pay points toward determining Saturday’s lineups, with B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill’s one-on-one event using a bracket to determine the top-eight positions for the feature event, with the winner of all three rounds securing the pole.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured the Smackdown finale victory in 2018, which stood as the 2017 and 2019 track champion’s lone USAC National Sprint Car feature win at Kokomo until this past July when he won a rain-shortened Indiana Sprint Week round. The reigning USAC Silver Crown champ also scored the King of the Hill title in 2018.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) took Smackdown top honors on the final night of the 2016 edition. The 2016 Kokomo track champion has collected a total of three USAC National Sprint Car wins at the quarter-mile dirt oval, once in 2013 and twice during Smackdown in 2016.

Seven drivers in this year’s Smackdown field have won a prelim feature but are still shooting for that coveted win on the final night.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph at Kokomo in 2016 during Indiana Sprint Week, then punched in two more in 2020 by becoming the first driver in Smackdown history to sweep both prelims. He has finished as the runner-up in each of the two past Smackdown finales in 2019 and 2020.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) won not only his first Kokomo feature, but also earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory to boot on the second prelim night of Smackdown in 2019. The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion took 5th on the final night of Smackdown a night later for his best result in the event thus far.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has won three USAC National Sprint Car races at Kokomo. Meseraull reigned victorious during the 2019 Smackdown opener after winning the Indiana Sprint Week round there in the two prior years of 2017 and 2018. However, his best final night Smackdown result thus far is an 8th during the most recent edition in 2020.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is a past Kokomo track champion in 2015 and has three career USAC National Sprint wins at the track, including the first of his career back in 2016 during a Smackdown prelim and once again during a prelim in 2017 in addition to an Indiana Sprint Week round in 2020. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ has finished inside the top-ten in each of his last six Smackdown final night starts, including 3rd in each of the last three in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) won the second night prelim of Smackdown in 2015. The 2020 Indiana Sprint Week champion was the runner-up on the final night of Smackdown that same weekend in 2015 and was 3rd in 2013.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) captured the 2015 Smackdown opener during his USAC National Sprint Car championship season. His best Smackdown final night finish came in 2014 when he collected a 2nd.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), a three-time USAC National Sprint Car winner at Kokomo, scored two of those during Smackdown prelim nights in 2012 and 2015. The 2010 and 2018 Kokomo track champ has earned Smackdown final night bests of 3rd in 2016 and 4th in both 2013 and 2015.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has been all around the top-five in his Smackdown career, finishing inside the top-five four times on the final night of the event in his career. He earned a best of 4th in 2014 and 2020, and a pair of 5ths in both 2012 and 2018. However, the three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ in 2014, 2016 & 2020 has won three career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events at Kokomo, including the first of his career as a 16-year-old all the way back in 2006. Bacon, the 2020 Kokomo track champ, is the only three-time champion of Smackdown’s King of the Hill in 2014-15-20.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standouts Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) have each won midget races at Kokomo in their careers. Thorson, the leading AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie, and Axsom, will make their Smackdown debuts.

Joining in the fray are a slew of Smackdown veterans eying their first Kokomo USAC National Sprint Car wins, including Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), the four-time track champ in 2004-05-07-11, who has won with the series this year at Putnamville, Ind. and possesses Smackdown final night finishes of 2nd in 2013 and 7th place results in both 2012 and 2014.

Eying his first Kokomo USAC National Sprint Car win is Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), the four-time track champ in 2004-05-07-11 and possesses a best Smackdown final night finish of 2nd in 2013. Scotty Weir (Marion, Ind.), like Cottle, is a USAC National Sprint Car feature winner, but is looking for that breakthrough at Kokomo, where he captured track titles in 2008 and 2012.

Smackdown returnees include USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Jason McDougal and Brent Beauchamp. McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was the top Rookie in 2018, finishing 4th, while Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.) was 18th back in 2016. They join Loomis, California’s Max Adams (14th in 2019) and Marion, Indiana’s Tyler Hewitt (15th in 2017), who holds Kokomo’s 8-lap track record of 1:49.60 set in 2013.

Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) was 17th at Smackdown on the final night in 2017; 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) was 17th in 2020; 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) was 18th in 2020; 2019 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) was 19th in 2020; 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) was 21st in 2020.

All trying to make their first Smackdown feature lineup are Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), who is a one-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner and also won the BOSS portion of 2019 Smackdown and won again on the local level in 2020. He’s joined by a group of invaders from both coasts: 2013 & 2015 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, Calif.), three-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) and current USAC East Coast point leader Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.).

First-time Smackdown hopefuls aiming to start their first Smackdown feature this week are 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Stevie Sussex (Mesa, Ariz.) and multi-time USAC western series winner Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), as well as Anthony D’Alessio (Apollo Beach, Fla.), Brandon Long (Wichita Falls, Texas), Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.), Braydon Cromwell (Lone Jack, Mo.), Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), Zack Pretorius (Yorktown, Ind.), Koby Barksdale (Norman, Okla.), Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), Parker Frederickson (Kokomo, Ind.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Brayden Clark (Tipton, Ind.), David Hair (Indianapolis, Ind.), Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), Steve Irwin (Fenton, Mich.), Ted Kirkpatrick (Waterloo, Ill.), Max Guilford (Auckland, N.Z.) and Jack James (Harlan, Ind.).

Sixty-eight previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events have been held at Kokomo Speedway since 1981. Twenty-seven of the 68 events have been held during Sprint Car Smackdown, which debuted in 2012. Past final night winners of Sprint Car Smackdown include Bryan Clauson (2012), Dave Darland (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2016), Tyler Courtney (2017-19-20) and Justin Grant (2018).

On Thursday and Friday at Kokomo, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands open at 3pm, driver’s meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, with qualifying and racing immediately following. General admission tickets are $30, kids 12 and under are free.

On Saturday at Kokomo, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands open at 3pm, driver’s meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm, with racing immediately following. General admission tickets are $35, kids 12 and under are free. USAC Midwest Regional Midgets will also be on hand.

Reserved seating, three-day passes can be purchased on race night for $95.

All three nights of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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EXPECTED SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN ENTRIES:

01 ANTHONY D’ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D’Alessio Motorsports)

02 BRANDON LONG/Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long)

2 THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Yeley Racing)

2E TYE MIHOCKO/Phoenix, AZ (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

4p SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Scott Pedersen)

4x BRAYDON CROMWELL/Lone Jack, MO (Mike Cromwell)

5 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Baldwin-Fox Racing)

5m JASON MCDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (KO Motorsports)

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

5x ALEX BANALES/Lafayette, IN (Baldwin-Fox Racing)

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing)

9K KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

9z ZACK PRETORIUS/Yorktown, IN (Jeff Pretorius)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Kyle Rogers)

16K KOBY BARKSDALE/Norman, OK (Knight Racing)

17GP DANNY FARIA JR./Tipton, CA (Dutcher Motorsports)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19s STEVEN DREVICKI/Reading, PA (DeGre Motorsports)

20 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Hummer Motorsports)

21AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing)

22 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Goodnight Racing)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

29 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (LB Racing)

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

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

34x PARKER FREDRICKSON/Kokomo, IN (Frederickson Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing)

42 BRAYDEN CLARK/Tipton, IN (Roy Jackson & Mark Clark)

44 DAVID HAIR/Indianapolis, IN (David Hair)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya Sr.)

57 MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Paul Hazen)

57x COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (DCT Operation)

61 STEVE IRWIN/Fenton, MI (Don Smith)

63LK TED KIRKPATRICK/Waterloo, IL (Tyler Sturgeon Racing)

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

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

77m C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Michael Motorsports)

77s STEVIE SUSSEX/Mesa, AZ (Tyler Sturgeon Racing)

79BT MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Goodnight Racing)

97 TYLER HEWITT/Marion, IN (Tyler Hewitt)

99 JACK JAMES/Harlan, IN (Jack James)

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1891, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1852, 3-Justin Grant-1814, 4-C.J. Leary-1667, 5-Tanner Thorson-1619, 6-Robert Ballou-1587, 7-Chris Windom-1569, 8-Jake Swanson-1542, 9-Chase Stockon-1196, 10-Kyle Cummins-1008.

ALL-TIME SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN WINNERS:

2012: Bryan Clauson (8/23), Chris Windom (8/24) & Bryan Clauson (8/25)

2013: Bryan Clauson (8/22), Dave Darland (8/23) & Dave Darland (8/24)

2014: Jon Stanbrough (8/22), Dave Darland (8/23) & Dave Darland (8/24)

2015: Robert Ballou (8/27), Chase Stockon (8/28) & Dave Darland (8/29)

2016: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8/25), C.J. Leary (8/26) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (8/27)

2017: C.J. Leary (8/24), Tyler Courtney (8/25) & Tyler Courtney (8/26)

2018: Tyler Courtney (8/23), Tyler Thomas (8/24) & Justin Grant (9/27)

2019: Thomas Meseraull (8/22), Logan Seavey (8/23) & Tyler Courtney (8/24)

2020: Kyle Cummins (8/27), Kyle Cummins (8/28) & Tyler Courtney (8/29)

SMACKDOWN KING OF THE HILL WINNERS:

2012: Tracy Hines

2013: Chase Stockon

2014: Brady Bacon

2015: Brady Bacon

2016: Tyler Courtney

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018: Justin Grant

2019: Tyler Courtney

2020: Brady Bacon

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT KOKOMO SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/12/2014 - Dave Darland - 12.405 - 72.551 mph

3 Laps - 8/29/2020 - C.J. Leary - 40.950 - 65.934 mph

6 Laps - 7/23/2003 - Mike Spencer - 1:32.52 - 58.366 mph

8 Laps - 7/13/2013 - Tyler Hewitt - 1:49.60 - 65.693 mph

10 Laps - 8/26/2017 - Chris Windom - 2:10.23 - 69.109 mph

12 Laps - 8/22/2014 - Dave Darland - 2:41.06 - 67.056 mph

15 Laps - 8/27/2016 - Tyler Thomas - 3:28.93 - 64.615 mph

30 Laps - 8/23/2019 - Logan Seavey - 6:48.92 - 66.028 mph

KOKOMO SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

9-Dave Darland

8-Tony Elliott

6-Tyler Courtney

4-Bryan Clauson

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

2-Justin Grant

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

KOKOMO SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1981: Tom Bigelow (7/22)

1982: Rich Vogler (7/21)

1983: Dean Shirley (7/20)

1984: Jack Hewitt (7/11)

1985: Jack Hewitt (8/4)

1989: Jack Hewitt (6/25)

1990: Russ Gamester (6/24)

1991: Kelly Kinser (6/23) & Tony Elliott (8/25)

1992: Tony Elliott (6/28)

1993: Dave Darland (6/27)

1995: Tony Elliott (7/5)

1996: Tony Elliott (6/30) & Brad Marvel (7/28)

1997: Kevin Thomas (6/15) & J.J. Yeley (7/20)

1998: Tony Elliott (7/19) & Tony Elliott (8/9)

1999: Cory Kruseman (7/25) & Tony Elliott (8/8)

2000: Jay Drake (7/23)

2001: Tony Elliott (7/29)

2003: Bud Kaeding (7/23)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/16)

2007: Jon Stanbrough (7/15)

2008: Dave Darland (7/13)

2009: Chad Boat (7/12)

2010: Bryan Clauson (4/18) & Levi Jones (7/11)

2011: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/9)

2012: Dave Darland (7/16), Bryan Clauson (8/23), Chris Windom (8/24) & Bryan Clauson (8/25)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/13), Bryan Clauson (8/22), Dave Darland (8/23) & Dave Darland (8/24)

2014: Dave Darland (7/12), Jon Stanbrough (8/22), Dave Darland (8/23) & Dave Darland (8/24)

2015: Chris Windom (8/26), Robert Ballou (8/27), Chase Stockon (8/28) & Dave Darland (8/29)

2016: Kyle Cummins (7/9), Kevin Thomas Jr. (8/25), C.J. Leary (8/26) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (8/27)

2017: Thomas Meseraull (7/8), C.J. Leary (8/24), Tyler Courtney (8/25) & Tyler Courtney (8/26)

2018: Thomas Meseraull (7/24), Tyler Courtney (8/23), Tyler Thomas (8/24) & Justin Grant (9/27)

2019: Chris Windom (7/20), Thomas Meseraull (8/22), Logan Seavey (8/23) & Tyler Courtney (8/24)

2020: C.J. Leary (7/25), Kyle Cummins (8/27), Kyle Cummins (8/28), Tyler Courtney (8/29) & Tyler Courtney (9/26)

2021: Justin Grant (7/24)

PAST SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN FINAL NIGHT FEATURE RESULTS:

2012 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kyle Larson, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Jonathan Hendrick, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Scotty Weir, 14. Damion Gardner, 15. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Robert Ballou, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Brent Beauchamp, 23. Blake Fitzpatrick, 24. Chase Stockon. NT

2013 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Gary Taylor, 15. Wes McIntyre, 16. Daron Clayton, 17. Kyle Robbins, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Braylon Fitzpatrick, 20. Thomas Meseraull, 21. Logan Jarrett, 22. Chad Boespflug. NT

2014 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Kyle Cummins, 11. Logan Jarrett, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Brady Short, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Josh Spencer, 17. Brian Karraker, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Casey Shuman, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Tyler Courtney, 23. Chris Windom. NT

2015 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Brady Short, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Scotty Weir, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Max McGhee, 20. Thomas Meseraull, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Kyle Robbins. NT

2016 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tyler Thomas, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Colten Cottle, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Thomas Meseraull. NT

2017 FEATURE: (43 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Kody Swanson, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Tyler Hewitt, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

2018 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. C.J. Leary (10), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Brady Bacon (6), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Dave Darland (2), 8. Tyler Thomas (3), 9. Chase Stockon (12), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 11. Jarett Andretti (14), 12. Dakota Jackson (15), 13. Logan Seavey (9), 14. Kyle Cummins (11), 15. Scotty Weir (13), 16. Carson Short (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (18), 18. Clinton Boyles (16), 19. Tyler Hewitt (20), 20. Corey Smith (23), 21. Brian VanMeveren (21), 22. Shane Cottle (22), 23. Landon Simon (19). NT

2019 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Kyle Cummins (4), 3. C.J. Leary (2), 4. Justin Grant (5), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 7. Brady Bacon (9), 8. Chris Windom (18), 9. Jason McDougal (10), 10. Chase Stockon (6), 11. Hunter Schuerenberg (11), 12. Scotty Weir (13), 13. Josh Hodges (22), 14. Max Adams (23), 15. Isaac Chapple (20), 16. Dustin Smith (14), 17. Corey Smith (21), 18. Carson Short (12), 19. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 20. Dave Darland (15), 21. Thomas Meseraull (#41w RNS) (3), 22. Cole Ketcham (19), 23. Landon Simon (17). NT

2020 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Kyle Cummins (5), 3. C.J. Leary (2), 4. Brady Bacon (1), 5. Buddy Kofoid (3), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Logan Seavey (10), 8. Thomas Meseraull (4), 9. Chase Stockon (7), 10. Shane Cottle (17), 11. Tyler Thomas (18), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 13. Dave Darland (11), 14. Robert Ballou (9), 15. Dakota Jackson (21), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 17. Brandon Mattox (20), 18. Jadon Rogers (23), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 20. Clinton Boyles (13), 21. Jake Swanson (16), 22. Justin Grant (15), 23. Carson Short (19). NT

 

$5,000-TO-WIN FOR USAC MIDGETS’
ANGELL PARK RETURN ON SEPT. 5

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (August 23, 2021)………USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing returns to the famed Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Sunday night, September 5, for the Firemen’s Nationals, which will feature an increased payout with $5,000
going to the winner of the event.

In fact, it’s an increase in payout throughout the entire field, from top-to-bottom, and is among the trend of increased payouts that has become the norm throughout the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season. The full Angell Park purse can be seen below.

Twenty-one of the 24 events run thus far in 2021 have featured a minimum increase of $1,000 at the top.

It’s been six years since USAC National Midget racing last made a visit to Angell Park, a thriller won by Rico Abreu on the final corner on the last lap in the summer of 2015.

The 1/3-mile dirt oval has hosted 46 previous USAC National Midget events since Larry Rice’s victory in 1970 and can count many of the greatest individuals in the history of the sport among those who’ve won there, a list which includes 16 USAC National champions: Abreu, Rice, Bryan Clauson, Kevin Olson, Brad Kuhn, Christopher Bell, Bobby Olivero, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Coons Jr., Josh Wise, Levi Jones, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Stevie Reeves, Tom Bigelow and Tracy Hines.

Bryan Clauson owns the most USAC National Midget victories at Angell Park with six, while additional multi-time winners include Kevin Olson (5), Brad Kuhn (3), Christopher Bell (3), Larry Rice (2) and Rico Abreu (2).

Angell Park’s tradition of racing dates back to the 1930s while the Firemen’s Nationals’ origins go back to 1982, won by Billy Engelhart.

The event will also feature the Badger Midgets and Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints.

MIDGET FEATURE POINTS/PURSE STRUCTURE:

POS. PURSE

1 $5,000

2 $2,000

3 $1,200

4 $1,000

5 $900

6 $700

7 $600

8 $550

9 $525

10 $500

11 $450

12 $425

13 $400

14 $375

15 $350

16 $325

17 $300

18 $300

19 $300

20 $300

21 $300

22 $300

Non-Transfers: $100

 

 

KTJ GOES NON-STOP TO WIN FIRST PARAGON USAC SPRINT RUN IN 23 YEARS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Paragon, Indiana (August 22, 2021)………In what has been a renaissance 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season following a winless 2020 campaign, Kevin Thomas Jr. added one more tally to his ever-growing win list for this year, conquering a Sunday night, caution-free duel between he and Logan Seavey at Indiana’s Paragon Speedway.

In the series’ return to the 3/8-mile dirt oval following a 23-year absence, Thomas couldn’t hardly wait to end his personal absence from victory lane, moving to the lead past Seavey eight laps in, then spending the remaining 23-lap distance trying to simultaneously press through lapped traffic while keeping Seavey behind him.

Thomas’ 32nd career USAC National Sprint Car feature win tied him with USAC and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Rollie Beale for 13th on the all-time win list and provided Thomas with a win in both the final race leading into Indiana Sprint Week in July at Putnamville, Ind. as well as the first race leading out of Indiana Sprint Week Sunday at Paragon.

In fact, Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., is the first driver in more than two decades to capture the Indiana Sprint Week title, then win the first race held afterward. Only Tony Elliott (1999) and Jay Drake (2000) have previously accomplished the feat.

Oh, and wedged between those two victories, he also was crowned as the Indiana Sprint Week king. The Paragon win further demonstrated that Thomas’ roll is still ongoing and shows no sign of letting up in the latter half of the year for he and his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

“I’m glad to get the win,” Thomas stated. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been to Paragon, and I’m glad we’re back. It’s a fun little racetrack. It’s a good win for us, and coming right after winning Sprint Week, it just carries over momentum-wise.”

Pole sitter C.J. Leary initially edged ahead at the start for the first three-quarters of a lap, but off turn four, Seavey muscled his way through on the cushion to reach the point from his outside front row starting position while Thomas followed suit on the topside past Leary exiting the fourth corner to slot into second.

Thomas hovered all over the back bumper of Seavey as the pair crossed the stripe to complete lap eight. Seavey went straight the top through turns one and two while Thomas stuck the middle and surged ahead to take over the race lead at the exit of turn two.

The name of the game for the remaining two-thirds of the race was traffic, and both Thomas and Seavey blasted their way through the back half of the field with precision, Seavey remaining a half second back and desperately trying to reel himself back into contention.

Any single mistake or misstep in negotiating the racetrack itself or another car would prove costly, and twice throughout the middle portion of the race, Seavey got oh-so-close to the back of Thomas but encountered issues atop the tricky curb between turns three and four that cost himself a half-second of ground each time on laps 14, 17 and 24.

Running two distinct lines – Thomas through the middle and Seavey up top – the two worked on the 14th place car of semi-feature winner Koby Barksdale as Seavey closed the gap to two car lengths with three laps remaining. Thomas pulled to the inside of Barksdale exiting turn two as Barksdale hiked the front end and veered right just as Thomas was overtaking him to his left field of vision, leaving nothing but open space in front of the leaders for the final two-lap run to the checkered.

Crossing under the white flag, less than two car lengths separated both Thomas and Seavey. Thomas nailed his path through turns one and two to open up a separation of six car lengths that ultimately proved insurmountable. In turns three and four, Thomas slid through the middle and up to the top to take away Seavey’s line at the exit of turn four to be greeted by twin checkers for the fifth time during this season with the series.

Thomas’ 0.375 second margin of victory at the finish line put him ahead of Seavey, Kyle Cummins, point leader Brady Bacon and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Chris Windom, who came all the way from 18th to finish 5th.

For the duration of his time up front, Thomas was unsure of himself regarding where to attack the racetrack. Lapped cars dictated that in certain aspects, so Thomas found a tactic that worked for him and pushed him to victory lane once again, the fifth different month he’s won in this year: February, April, June, July and August.

“The whole race, I was kind of in defense mode,” Thomas recalled. “I felt alright at the beginning after the track work. Once I got to the lead, about five to eight laps later, I didn’t know where to run. I saw lapped cars pulling me certain places and I wasn’t really good where they were getting me. I tried other things and ended up sliding myself for 30 laps.”

It had been a span of 22 days since the most recent USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event and Thomas had run seven USAC National Midget races in that timeframe. Thomas relished the opportunity to get back to work in the No. 9K sprinter, while his crew chief Davey Jones offered some poignant advice.

“It feels good,” Thomas said. “I like getting back in the sprint car, and running the midget during our off weeks really keeps me up to par. But after qualifying, Davey said if you don’t quit driving that thing like a midget, we’re going to have trouble. I enjoy doing it, and I enjoy racing sprint cars and coming to new places.”

The resulting success has moved Thomas to within 39 of Bacon’s series point lead as he seeks his first career USAC National championship. Offering a quick quip regarding his championship outlook, Thomas got right to the point to show where his mindset is with so many races lying ahead.

“I ain’t even going to talk about that,” Thomas remarked.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) led the first seven laps and took second to Thomas in his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Chevy. For Seavey, it was his second consecutive day of finishing second after finishing in the runner-up spot to Kody Swanson in Saturday afternoon’s USAC Silver Crown event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

“I had a lot of runs at him, but it’s so hard to get an opportunity to pass here, especially when you have to pass good cars,” Seavey explained. “We were struggling to lap guys, and it’s really narrow down the straightaways, which makes it tough to go by people. You really have to clear them through the corner or else you’re kind of in trouble.

(Thomas) ran just a little better than I did in the beginning,” Seavey continued. “I was just floating around the middle and my car wasn’t wanting to be there. Once he went by, he started hammering the cushion. It was tricky and it was over the edge; you have to ease it up there and ease it back off. I feel like that was an awesome race. It’s been many years since we’ve been back here, and to put on a race like that, is really cool.”

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) scored his third-straight top-four finish with USAC in his Rock Steady Racing/Mid-America Safety Solutions – Project Oversight/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy. His dad, Mark, won at Paragon. Kyle has won at Paragon numerous times in his career. While hoping to get a first USAC win on Sunday night, Cummins admittedly was pleased to finish third and pleased just to finish, all things considered.

“I wish we had a little bit better car there at the end,” Cummins said. “At the beginning, I was really good. It was pretty hard to pass, and it was a pretty tricky cushion. I don’t think ever figured it out in turns one and two. In the heat race, we had a fuel filter plug up, so we thrashed and changed all kinds of stuff. I’m glad we just finished the race to be honest.”

Thomas’ time of 8:28.95 in the non-stop, green-to-checker feature shattered a 39-year-old record for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing at Paragon. The 30-lap record for the series, formerly held by Rich Vogler, was set in 1982 with a time of 12:01.780.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standouts Emerson Axsom and Chase Randall made their USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debuts Sunday at Paragon. Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) won his heat race and finished 10th in the feature while Randall (Waco, Texas) ran second in his heat and collected a 13th place result in the feature.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2021 – Paragon Speedway – Paragon, Indiana – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.905; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.017; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.061; 4. Shane Cockrum, 17G, On The Gass-15.067; 5. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin-15.094; 6. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.184; 7. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.218; 8. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.273; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.283; 10. Emerson Axsom, 39BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-15.308; 11. Brandon Spencer, 22, Spencer-15.334; 12. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.373; 13. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-15.455; 14. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-15.493; 15. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-15.513; 16. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-15.539; 17. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.541; 18. Jake Scott, 33, Miller-15.546; 19. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-15.673; 20. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-15.713; 21. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.759; 22. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-15.826; 23. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.851; 24. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-16.010; 25. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-16.125; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-16.178; 27. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-16.366; 28. Tony Helton, 87, Miller-16.681; 29. Justin Meneely, 100, Meneely-17.414; 30. Dave Gross, 37, Gross-19.403.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Shane Cockrum, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Brayden Fox, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Tony Helton, 9. Braxton Cummings, 10. Koby Barksdale. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Chase Randall, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Brandon Morin, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Justin Meneely, 10. Brandon Spencer. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Ricky Lewis, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Jake Scott, 8. Kyle Shipley, 9. Alex Banales, 10. Dave Gross. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Koby Barksdale, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jake Scott, 4. Brayden Fox, 5. Brandon Morin, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Brandon Spencer, 10. Alex Banales, 11. Tony Helton, 12. Justin Meneely, 13. Dave Gross, 14. Braxton Cummings, 15. Kyle Shipley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 2. Logan Seavey (2), 3. Kyle Cummins (6), 4. Brady Bacon (9), 5. Chris Windom (18), 6. C.J. Leary (1), 7. Robert Ballou (19), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Jason McDougal (13), 10. Emerson Axsom (7), 11. Jake Swanson (10), 12. Tanner Thorson (23-P), 13. Chase Randall (14), 14. Koby Barksdale (11), 15. Brayden Fox (16), 16. Jake Scott (15), 17. Brandon Mattox (21), 18. Brandon Morin (22), 19. Tye Mihocko (20), 20. Chase Stockon (8), 21. Jadon Rogers (12), 22. Ricky Lewis (17), 23. Shane Cockrum (3). 8:28.95 (New Track Record)

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Braxton Cummings flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Logan Seavey, Laps 8-30 Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1891, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1852, 3-Justin Grant-1814, 4-C.J. Leary-1667, 5-Tanner Thorson-1619, 6-Robert Ballou-1587, 7-Chris Windom-1569, 8-Jake Swanson-1542, 9-Chase Stockon-1196, 10-Kyle Cummins-1008.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-128, 2-Brady Bacon-119, 3-Tanner Thorson-118, 4-Justin Grant-116, 5-Robert Ballou-109, 6-Thomas Meseraull-103, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-97, 8-Logan Seavey-91, 9-Kyle Cummins-71, 10-Buddy Kofoid-71.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 26-27-28, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Koby Barksdale

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Cummins

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Indy Metal Finishing/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Koby Barksdale

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (18th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chase Randall

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Tanner Thorson


 

 

BRODY ROA WINS “CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT” AT PERRIS

PERRIS, CA – AUGUST 21, 2021… Starting seventh, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) raced past “Speedy” Stevie Sussex on lap 28 and captured the $2,500 “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” victory at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the season and the tenth triumph of his career. Sussex, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Chris Gansen, and point leader “The Demon” Damion Gardner followed Roa to the checkered flags.

A special thanks goes to Chris Holt and everyone that contributed to the “California” Racers Hall of Fame Night.” The Perris and former Ascot infield announcer raised over $13,000 in additional prize money and bonuses for the night’s events.

Before winning the 30-lap feature, Roa earned the night’s $2,100 “Woodland Auto Display / Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” over the 27-car roster with a time of 16.440. The 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car champion tied for second with Gardner in the Junior Kurtz / Bill Simpson Trophy Dash points, placed fifth in his heat race, and won the 12-lap billsjerky.com semi-main. Brody left the Lake Perris Fairgrounds ranked second in the standings, just 24 points behind Gardner.

With a one point margin of victory over Roa and Gardner, Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA) won the $2,000 Junior Kurtz / Bill Simpson Trophy Dash. Driving his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell topped the four segment, 3-lap dashes special event. The former USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion qualified second overall, scored third in his heat race, and finished twentieth in the feature after an early tangle ended his night. Heading to the “Louie Vermeil Classic” at Chico, Matt sits eighth in the point standings.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) raced to victory in the 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated First Heat Race. Piloting his #44 Trench Shoring / CRW Design & Machine DRC, Williams was thirteenth fast in time trials and charged to third in the main event after starting twelfth. The former Victorville Sprint Car Champion has climbed to fifth in the chase for the championship.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) returned to USAC/CRA action and won the 10-lap Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror Second Heat Race. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett qualified fourteenth overall and finished twentieth in the main event after an early wreck ended his night. At press time, the former USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has climbed to twenty-fourth in points.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (Corona, CA) topped the 10-lap All Coast Construction Third Heat Race. Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim, Malcolm was fifteenth fast in time trials and charged from fourteenth to eighth in the main event. The young driver left Perris Auto Speedway ranked fifth in the championship point chase.

Jeff Dyer (Yucca Valley, CA) earned the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with a twelfth place run from twenty-second. Debuting the Cal-Sun Racing #39 Glenn Sels Engineering / John Springstead Racing ITI, Dyer was twenty-third fast in time trials, ran seventh in his heat race, and placed ninth in the semi-main. In limited starts, the veteran California Lightning Sprint driver sits twenty-second in the point chase.

“Speedy” Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) earned the Shawn McDonald Memorial Qualifying Award, while “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) was the Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature Award winner. Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes Luck 13 Award in the main event.

The non-winged USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will prepare for three nights action, staring Saturday, September 4 and the following night at Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA) for the two-night “Louie Vermeil Classic.” The winged 410 NARC King of the West Sprint Cars will share the action packed card. On Monday, September 6th, the traditional 410s will invade the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and clash at Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, CA).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 21, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.440; 2. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.598; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.610; 4. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.692; 5. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.720; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-16.726; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.737; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.742; 9. A.J. Bender, 21B, Bender-16.808; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.810; 11. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.876; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.885; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.962; 14. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.078; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.178; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.191; 17. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.268; 18. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-17.517; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.635; 20. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.640; 21. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.723; 22. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.814; 23. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.867; 24. Austin Ervine, 21, AJ-18.219; 25. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.383; 26. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-19.445; 27. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-20.407.

JUNIOR KURTZ / BILL SIMPSON TROPHY DASH: (Four 3 Lap Dashes) 1. Matt Mitchell (7 points), 2. Damion Gardner (6 points), 2. Brody Roa (6 points), 4. Austin Williams (5 points). NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Gardner, 3. Davis, 4. Gansen, 5. Roa, 6. Sweeney, 7. Owens, 8. Rayborne, 9. Sexton. NT.

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Johnson, 3. Mitchell, 4. Rutherford, 5. L.Williams, 6. Grabowski, 7. Dyer, 8. Hix, 9. Marshall. NT.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Bender, 3. Faria, 4. Sussex, 5. McCarthy, 6. Hodges, 7. Ervine, 8. Taylor, 9. A.Williams. NT.

BILLSJERKY.COM SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Sweeney, 3. L.Williams, 4. Grabowski, 5. Hix, 6. Hodges, 7. McCarthy, 8. Owens, 9. Dyer, 10. Rayborne, 11. Ervine, 12. Sexton, 13. Marshall, 14. Taylor, 15. A.Williams. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (7), 2. Stevie Sussex (3), 3. Cody Williams (12), 4. Chris Gansen (9), 5. Damion Gardner (5), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (11), 7. R.J. Johnson (1), 8. Tommy Malcolm (14), 9. Logan Williams (10), 10. Austin Grabowski (16), 11. Verne Sweeney (15), 12. Jeff Dyer (22), 13. Joel Rayborne (18), 14. Jake Hodges (17), 15. Brent Owens (21), 16. Steve Hix (19), 17. A.J. Bender (8), 18. Troy Rutherford (4), 19. Austin Liggett (13), 20. Matt Mitchell (6), 21. Matt McCarthy (20), 22. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 23. Austin Williams (23). NT.
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**McCarthy flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Johnson, Laps 2-27 Sussex, Laps 28-30 Roa.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Jeff Dyer (22nd to 12th)
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFYING AWARD: Stevie Sussex
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Danny Faria Jr.
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Joel Rayborne

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-706, 2-Brody Roa-682, 3-Austin Williams-606, 4-Chris Gansen-590, 5-Cody Williams-506, 6-Tommy Malcolm-498, 7-Verne Sweeney-412, 8-Matt Mitchell-408, 9-A.J. Bender-389, 10-Danny Faria Jr.-380.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 4&5 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, California – “Louie Vermeil Classic”


 

23RD TO 1ST: SWANSON CHARGES TO
RAIN-SHORTENED BETTENHAUSEN 100 WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (August 21, 2021)………Kody Swanson knew he had a long row to hoe starting from the 23rd position during Saturday afternoon’s Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

As it turned out, he didn’t even need the full 100-mile distance to make it to the lead.

The Kingsburg, Calif. native carved his way through the field to take the lead on lap 61, then led what wound up being the final 16 miles, when a red flag for a crash and subsequent rain with 76 laps completed forced a premature finish to the 58th running of the event for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

That turned the Bettenhausen 100 into the Bettenhausen 76 and marking the first rain-shortened race for the USAC Silver Crown series since the 1998 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The hard charging effort put in by Swanson from 23rd was the second furthest back any winner has started at Springfield in the USAC Silver Crown division, only trailing Kenny Irwin Jr.’s all-time series record run from 28th to 1st in 1995.

Swanson’s victory was also his third in the champ cars at the Springfield Mile after previously winning in 2014-15, making him the 10th driver to win at the track on three occasions, joining Chuck Gurney (7), A.J. Foyt (4), Jack Hewitt (4), Brian Tyler (4), Mario Andretti (3), Tony Bettenhausen (3), Dave Darland (3), Al Unser (3) and Rodger Ward (3) in that group.

Saturday’s victory also put the five-time series champion and current series point leader back in victory lane on the dirt for the first time in three years, since the 2018 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It’s a fact that was not lost on Swanson.

“It’s been three years, not that it’s been bothering me,” Swanson said with a slight laugh.

Swanson’s qualifying lap was blistering at 30.075 seconds, which translates to 119.701 mph around the one-mile dirt oval. But, as it turned out, it was a blistering lap in more ways than one, a lap which necessitated a right rear tire change prior to the feature.

Therefore, by rule, he gave up his position on the pole, instead taking new rubber, a gamble that turned out to be well worth the risk for he and his Chris Dyson Racing/Thetford – ProtectAll – Norcold – Racer Magazine/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

“We had to change the tire because I made an error in qualifying,” Swanson admitted. “I ran it harder than I needed to, spun the tires harder than I needed to, blistered it, and we weren’t sure it was going to make it. Rather than wonder all race if we could make it, you put a tire on, you go on the attack, do your job and get it done.”

And that’s just what he did. He was one of five drivers to opt for a fresh right rear tire, forcing them all to near the back of the 31-car field. A handful of other teams had a variety of mechanical issues on the start that ultimately pushed Swanson up to 23rd.

On the start, Jerry Coons Jr. moved to the initial lead on the bottom as new pole sitter Logan Seavey stepped to the topside and charged back into the lead where he’d remain for the initial 16 miles.

Lap 17, fourth starting Jake Swanson was the man on the move, powering underneath Seavey between turns three and four to assume the top spot.

By that point in time, Kody had well-established himself inside the top-10, while Seavey tucked in behind the rear bumper of J. Swanson against the inner guardrail while J. Swanson's DMW Motorsports’ teammate, Chase Stockon, was grinding on the cushion back in the third position.
J. Swanson led a freight train around the bottom as the field settled in and felt their machines out for the middle section of the contest with Seavey, Justin Grant, the reigning series champ, and a surging K. Swanson in tow, nose-to-tail in a seven-car pack.

Seavey looked to the high side; he looked to the low side; all to no avail as he worked on J. Swanson. However, on the 45th lap, Seavey’s balance of urgency and patience paid dividends as he dug in and found the drive in the middle of the second corner to blitz past J. Swanson and become the leader for the second time in the event.

Just past the halfway mark, Justin Grant, who had just elevated himself to the second spot, slowed dramatically off the pace, dropping out on lap 51 and finished 20th, seriously putting a crimp in his bid for a repeat series title.

Cue up the band as K. Swanson simultaneously saw Grant slow and also blast around the non-related J. Swanson to go from fourth to second instantaneously and began to rope Seavey in one chunk at a time.

Another major player joined the mix after the halfway point in Carmen Perigo, the series Rookie who was making his first Springfield start. The mustachioed Perigo used the high side to put himself into the top-five after running as low as 20th during the first restart on the 14th lap.

“Wind him up and watch him go” then successively picked the next few off in the following laps, ultimately racing around the outside of K. Swanson for the second position in turns one and two on lap 57. Perigo ultimately faded slightly toward the end to fifth and was also docked four positions for jumping the lap 34 restart and was repositioned to ninth in the final rundown.

It was go time for K. Swanson as he kept the pressure pressed on Seavey, getting a big bite off turn four under Seavey coming to lap 61, which gave him the edge to out drag race Seavey to the bottom of turn one and become the new race leader. K. Swanson bumped his lead up from a half-second to a full-second as the laps ticked away and the skies began to threaten.

Just then, on lap 77, while battling for 13th, Nathan Moore’s front bumper and the rear bumper of Patrick Lawson went chrome-to-chrome entering the first turn. The long slide backwards into the unforgiving concrete sent Lawson flipping over twice while Moore performed a 720 degree “helicopter” before landing on all fours. Heavy damage was evident on both cars, but both were able to walk away.

Under the red, the skies opened up and the rain began to fall. With the ever-increasing rain falling, a raceable track was lost. With the combination of the one-mile track surface not being able to be rolled in until the rain stopped 45 minutes later – which would last another two to three hours to get back into race shape – and the time allotment allowed for the event before the night’s concert was scheduled for the fairgrounds stage at the start/finish line, the race was checkered with 76 laps completed and leader Kody Swanson declared the winner for the third-time this season and for the 34th time in his career.

“Sorry about the rain, but it was a swamp in three and four before we even stopped,” K. Swanson stated. “I understand the decision. We wanted to get to 100 laps.”

“These guys gave me a great racecar, and I’m thankful to be able to pass some cars and be a part of it there at the end,” K. Swanson added. “I hated to see Justin Grant’s misfortune. We had to beat a bunch of great racers up there to be able to sneak away with one and I’m really proud of that.”

Logan Seavey led a race-high 32 laps in his Rice Motorsports/Fatheadz Eyewear – STIDA.com – Lucas Oil/DRC/Pink Foxco Chevy, keeping him with well within the series title fight versus K. Swanson with three races remaining. The Sutter, Calif. driver also put his Rice Motorsports team in total control of the series entrant championship, which they now lead by 49 markers.

“I just love racing these racecars and I’ve got a really good one to drive,” Seavey praised. “My tire was probably good to go another 100 laps. I feel like once I got going there, we were catching up to Kody. He did a good job, and they knew the rain was coming. They pushed hard and got to the lead, and they ran the race better than I did, and that’s what it is.”

Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) turned in his third top-four finish in four starts this season with a third-place run at Springfield in his BLS Motorsports/Hustler Turf Equipment – Ben’s Lawn Service & Trailer Sales/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, noting that he believed he had something in store for K. Swanson if the race was able to go the full distance.

“I think so; that’s kind of what we were doing,” Cockrum acknowledged. “We were saving and hoping for those last 15 to 20 miles and that’s how most of the Silver Crown races end up. We had a few opportunities early to probably get by Kody and I backed off because I thought there were going to be laps 80, 90 and that 100th lap. I wish we could’ve made those laps. I think we had something for them, but mother nature is out of our control.”

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 21, 2021 – Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, Illinois – 1-Mile Dirt Oval – Bettenhausen 100

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 9, Dyson-30.075; 2. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-30.223; 3. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-30.406; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 55, Bateman-30.739; 5. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-30.783; 6. Robert Ballou, 66, Rose-30.863; 7. Jason McDougal, 6, Klatt-30.917; 8. Chase Stockon, 110, DMW-31.039; 9. Terry Babb, 188, Babb-31.206; 10. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-31.337; 11. Shane Cockrum, 71, BLS-31.355; 12. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-31.386; 13. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-31.423; 14. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-31.513; 15. Chris Phillips, 20, Nolen-31.877; 16. Casey Buckman, 74, C-Buck-32.134; 17. Shane Cottle, 81, BCR-32.136; 18. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-32.394; 19. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-32.460; 20. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-32.500; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-32.521; 22. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-32.944; 23. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-33.055; 24. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-33.152; 25. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-33.484; 26. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.520; 27. Steven Russell, 14, McQuinn-34.793; 28. Dave Peperak, 177, Peperak-34.944; 29. Danny Long, 44, Long-NT; 30. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 31. Cary Oliver, 11, Oliver-NT; 32. Ken Schrader, 21, Swanson-NT; 33. Kyle Cummins, 69, Pink 69-NT; 34. Brady Bacon, 53, Five Three-NT; 35. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-NT; 36. Chris Windom, 97, Lein-NT; 37. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-NT; 38. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, shortened to 76 laps due to rain, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (23), 2. Logan Seavey (1), 3. Shane Cockrum (25), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 5. Kyle Steffens (9), 6. Jake Swanson (4), 7. Matt Westfall (2), 8. Casey Buckman (12), 9. Carmen Perigo (13), 10. Chase Stockon (5), 11. Austin Nemire (19), 12. Kyle Robbins (8), 13. Chris Phillips (11), 14. Travis Welpott (14), 15. Steven Russell (20), 16. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 17. Patrick Lawson (27), 18. Nathan Moore (18), 19. Korey Weyant (16), 20. Justin Grant (10), 21. Ken Schrader (22), 22. Terry Babb (6), 23. Shane Cottle (26), 24. Chris Fetter (29), 25. Matt Goodnight (7), 26. Dallas Hewitt (15), 27. Dave Peperak (21), 28. Jason McDougal (24), 29. Dave Berkheimer (28), 30. Robert Ballou (30). NT

**Patrick Lawson flipped on lap 77 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Logan Seavey, Laps 17-44 Jake Swanson, Laps 45-60 Logan Seavey, Laps 61-76 Kody Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-408, 2-Logan Seavey-357, 3-Justin Grant-308, 4-Shane Cottle-267, 5-Kyle Robbins-266, 6-Austin Nemire-266, 7-David Byrne-254, 8-Travis Welpott-251, 9-Mike Haggenbottom-243, 10-Shane Cockrum-237.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-118, 2-Justin Grant-116, 3-Chris Windom-115, 4-Brady Bacon-114, 5-Thomas Meseraull-103, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 8-Logan Seavey-91, 9-Buddy Kofoid-71, 10-Kyle Cummins-68.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 4, 2021 – Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Du Quoin, Illinois – 1-Mile Dirt Oval – Ted Horn 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance of the Night: Jerry Coons Jr.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson

KSE Racing Products / Tucker’s Automotive Repair & Tire Hard Charger: Kody Swanson (23rd to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chris Phillips

 

 

 

AXSOM TO MAKE USAC SPRINT DEBUT WITH CMR SUNDAY AT PARAGON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 20, 2021)………Emerson Axsom will make his USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship debut this Sunday, August 22, at Indiana’s Paragon Speedway aboard the Clauson Marshall Racing/Driven2SaveLives No. 39BC.

Additionally, Axsom will also pilot the car throughout Sprint Car Smackdown X on August 26-27-28 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

The Franklin, Ind. driver has been a standout in his first full season on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail with two feature victories and currently stands second in series points.

Axsom’s only previous sprint car racing experience has occurred on the pavement, both at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway, finishing 6th on July 10 and 4th on July 31. But the upcoming week will be totally new to Axsom as he pairs with the 2018 USAC National Sprint Car winning team.

However, every challenge thrust upon Axsom thus far has seen the 16-year-old racer quickly adapt to each and every challenge thrown his way.

“I’m super excited to have an opportunity in a car with so much history for my sprint car debut,” Axsom stated. “I am honored to be able to spread awareness about organ donation and Indiana Donor Network’s Driven2SaveLives program through racing and to keep the legacy of Bryan Clauson and the No. 39BC car going. I’m super thankful for Taylor McLean, Tim Clauson, Diana Clauson, Richard Marshall, Jennifer Marshall and everyone at Clauson Marshall Racing for the opportunity, and I cannot wait for the future with such a great team.”

Cole Bodine had driven the CMR No. 39BC sprinter on 10 occasions this year, finishing a best of 8th at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in April of this year.

“First and foremost, I want to thank Cole Bodine for the time and effort he has given to CMR, our family and Driven2SaveLives over the last two years. He is a racer who came to me with a dream and was willing to work for the opportunity he earned. We wish him nothing but success as he continues his racing career.

My passion for the sport is rooted in working with the next generation of drivers and I feel really fortunate to be able to give Emerson his first taste of driving a sprint car,” Clauson continued. “What he, his family and team have done at the National Midget level has been impressive. We will run a flex schedule as he continues to chase the USAC National Midget Championship in the Petry Motorsports No. 15. I am looking forward to being a small part in what I am sure will be a big future for Emerson in the sport.”

On Sunday at Paragon, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and Bombers are on the event card. General admission tickets are $30 while ages 10 and under are free. The pits open at 3pm ET, stands at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Every lap of Sunday’s Paragon USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 

AXSOM TO MAKE USAC SPRINT DEBUT
WITH CMR SUNDAY AT PARAGON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Paragon, Indiana (August 20, 2021)………Four months ago – where were you? Unfortunately, many of us were standing in the rain at Paragon Speedway during the first try for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing at the track since 1998.

Mother Nature prolonged the wait just a bit longer, pushing back the long-awaited arrival of the series four months into the future to Sunday night, August 22. And, my friends, the future has now finally arrived.

That brings to question the date, July 25, 1998, where were you? Saving Private Ryan was the number one movie at the box office and Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” was still dominating the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Not to mention, at that time, many of today’s racing stars were still in quarter midgets, diapers, or still years down the road.

That date also marked the most recent occasion the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars competed at Indiana’s Paragon Speedway, the 3/8-mile dirt oval just southwest of Indianapolis, an absence which ends this Sunday night.

Paragon has hosted 19 previous appearances by the series dating back to 1981. Steve Butler has the most USAC Sprint wins at the track with three while Derek Davidson won the most recent, in 1998, which was his first career series victory.

Funny enough, the first two USAC Sprint races held at Paragon resulted in two first-time series winners in Rick Hood (1981) and Chuck Amati (1982) while the last three did so as well, with Kevin Briscoe (1997), Bill Rose (1997) and Davidson (1998) all notching their firsts. Seven of the 19 races have produced first-time USAC winners with those five, plus Brad Doty (1988) and Joe Gaerte (1988) also doing the same.

This Sunday’s race will undoubtedly produce a first-time Paragon winner under USAC sanction. However, numerous of the expected entrants for the event have experienced their fair share of success over the years at the track which first hosted racing in 1954.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) has finished as the runner-up on three occasions with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars this year and remains in search of his first series win. The 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion is Paragon Speedway’s most recent feature winner on Aug. 13 during Fan Appreciation Night.

Like Swanson, A.J. Hopkins (Brownsburg, Ind.) is a prime candidate to join the list of drivers to win their first USAC Sprint features at Paragon. Hopkins captured the 2020 track championship there with five victories and he won twice more back in 2019 and twice already this year.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has posted 12 victories at Paragon between 2003 and 2019. Winning sprint car races at Paragon is a family tradition with his father, Mark Cummins, winning in a winged sprint car there in 1990 and 1991.

Early in his career, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) earned the sprint car track championship at Paragon in 2008. Stockon grabbed a handful of victories at Paragon between 2005-11 before heading onto the USAC National Sprint Car trail full-time starting in 2012.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) captured the 68-lap Chuck Amati Classic races in 2010 and 2013, and one of his very first sprint car victories came as a 14-year-old at Paragon back in 2005. More recently, Windom scored 4th place finish with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in 2020 and was the fastest qualifier during Indiana Midget Week in June of this year.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has earned a pair of victories at Paragon himself in both the 2015 King of Indiana Sprint Car Series (KISS) race as well as the 2018 Chuck Amati Classic.
Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) has been a frequent winner at Paragon over the last couple of years, winning twice in 2020 and four times in 2019.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) has found his way to victory lane too at Paragon, with a pair of Chuck Amati Classic scores in 2011 and 2016 in addition to another victory at Paragon in 2011.
Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has won twice at Paragon, including the 2017 Chuck Amati Classic and the 2011 KISS event. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) captured a Paragon win in 2013. Brandon Morin (Jasonville, Ind.) has two victories at Paragon in 2012 and 2017.

Several more of this weekend’s expected Sprint Car entries competed at Paragon during Indiana Midget Week over the past couple of seasons. Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) finished 2nd and led a race high 16 laps in 2020. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished 5th in 2020 and did two better in 2021 with a 3rd. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) raced from the C to the B to the A where he started 22nd and finished 8th in 2020, then followed up with a 5th in 2021. Jason McDougal was 6th in 2021. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) won his heat and finished 10th in 2020. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) finished 18th in 2020.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) is set to make his USAC National Sprint Car debut on Sunday at Paragon. He scored an 8th during Indiana Midget Week there in June of this year.

Harley Burns’ (Brazil, Ind.) father, Eric Burns, won at Paragon on four occasions between 1996-2001. Brayden Fox’s (Avon, Ind.) father, Brad Fox, competed numerous times at Paragon and the car, the famed white No. 53, was a perennial winner throughout the mid to late 2000s everywhere, including Paragon.

They join a slew of talented individuals who’ve made their mark in the sport, including USAC National Sprint champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), a three-time USAC National Sprint Car winner in 2021.

Jake Scott (Morgantown, Ind.) is a four-time Paragon track champion in 2012-13-15-18 and a winner on the local level there back in May. Josh Cunningham (Spencer, Ind.) is a Paragon heavy hitter, capturing seven track championships in 2004-10-11-14-16-17-19.

On Sunday at Paragon, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and Bombers are on the event card. General admission tickets are $30 while ages 10 and under are free. The pits open at 3pm ET, stands at 4:30pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

If you have not done so yet, tickets purchased through the track from the April 18 USAC rain out can be used at Paragon this Sunday as well as at Bloomington Speedway and Lincoln Park Speedway at a race later during the 2021 season.

Every lap of Sunday’s Paragon USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1826, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1770, 3-Justin Grant-1755, 4-C.J. Leary-1606, 5-Tanner Thorson-1580, 6-Robert Ballou-1531, 7-Chris Windom-1508, 8-Jake Swanson-1494, 9-Chase Stockon-1168, 10-Kyle Cummins-934.

PARAGON SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

3-Steve Butler

2-Jack Hewitt & Jon Stanbrough

1-Chuck Amati, Kevin Briscoe, Derek Davidson, Brad Doty, Joe Gaerte, Rick Hood, Kelly Kinser, Sheldon Kinser, Bill Rose, Ken Schrader, Kevin Thomas & Rich Vogler

PARAGON SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1981: Rick Hood (9/9)

1982: Chuck Amati (5/15) & Rich Vogler (7/28)

1983: Ken Schrader (4/17), Jack Hewitt (7/27) & Kelly Kinser (9/15)

1984: Steve Butler (7/19) & Steve Butler (8/15)

1985: Sheldon Kinser (7/3)

1987: Steve Butler (8/29)

1988: Brad Doty (5/7) & Joe Gaerte (9/9)

1994: Kevin Thomas (6/4)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/8)

1996: Jon Stanbrough (7/6) & Jon Stanbrough (7/27)

1997: Kevin Briscoe (7/5) & Bill Rose (7/26)

1998: Derek Davidson (7/25)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT PARAGON SPEEDWAY

1 Lap - 7/27/1996 - Mark Cassella - 14.886 - 90.689 mph

6 Laps - 8/15/1984 - Leon Thickstun - 1:36.130 - 84.261 mph

8 Laps - 7/19/1984 - Sheldon Kinser - 2:06.560 - 85.335 mph

10 Laps - 7/27/1983 - Bill Tyler - 2:44.670 - 81.982 mph

12 Laps - 7/6/1996 - Kevin Thomas - 3:30.760 - 76.865 mph

30 Laps - 7/28/1982 - Rich Vogler - 12:01.780 - 56.111 mph

 

 

USAC ANNOUNCES 2021 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 20, 2021)………The United States Auto Club has announced its eight inductees in the class of 2021 for induction into the USAC Hall of Fame.

The list includes car owner/mechanic Doug Caruthers; driver Jay Drake; car owner/mechanic Galen Fox; driver Jeff Gordon; driver/car owner/builder/innovator Dan Gurney; car owner/mechanic Ray Nichels; car owner/official/promoter Johnny Vance; and track owner/promoter Joe Shaheen.

Each of the eight honorees will officially be inducted during a ceremony on a date yet to be determined.

DOUG CARUTHERS

Californian Doug Caruthers’ 97 victories as a USAC National Midget entrant between 1962-78 ranks among the winningest car owners in the history of the series. In fact, his 65 wins from 1970-78 made him the winningest car owner during the entire decade of the 1970s.

Caruthers won four USAC National Midget entrant championships, in 1970 with son Jimmy Caruthers, in 1971 with a combination of sons Jimmy and Danny Caruthers, again in 1973 with the trio of Jimmy, Pancho Carter and Tommy Astone, and one final time with Rich Vogler in 1978.

The 1971 season stands as the most successful single-season in series’ history with 21 feature car owner wins for Caruthers.

Caruthers was also the recipient of the Jim Blunk Award during the 1976 USAC banquet, presented to him for his frequent contributions to the sport of USAC Midget racing.

JAY DRAKE

Val Verde, California’s Jay Drake stood on the main stage as a USAC driving champion on four occasions, first as a back-to-back USAC TQ Midget champion in 1990-91, then a USAC Western States Midget titlist in 1996, and finally, capturing the USAC National Sprint Car championship in 2004.

His 2000 season was legendary, winning 17 USAC national races throughout, which marked the second most in a year at the time. In total, Drake owns five USAC Silver Crown wins, 25 with the USAC National Sprint Cars, including the 1998 Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial at Salem, Ind., the 2000 National Open at Terre Haute, Ind. and was the 2000 Indiana Sprint Week titlist.

Drake’s prowess in the USAC National Midgets resulted in 17 feature triumphs. Among them were the 1997 & 2002 4-Crown Nationals, the 1998 Turkey Night Grand Prix, the 2000 Hut 100 and the first ever Indiana Midget Week feature held at Lawrenceburg, Ind. in 2005.

GALEN FOX

Bloomington, Indiana’s Galen Fox forged his two most successful racing pairings with two of the most successful racers of their era two decades apart – Sheldon Kinser in the 1970s and Dave Darland in the 1990s. However, it was Fox’s association with New York car owner Dick Hammond that set the tone for a run that featured 30 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 19 in the USAC Silver Crown division.

Utilizing the “Genesee Beer Wagon,” driver Sheldon Kinser won the 1977 USAC National Sprint Car title for Fox and Hammond’s Gohr Distributing team. In 1980, Gohr captured its lone USAC National Sprint Car entrant title thanks to a combined five victories from Kinser and Tom Bigelow.

In the meantime, the team was a stalwart on the IndyCar trail, even finishing 5th at the 1987 Indianapolis 500 with driver Gary Bettenhausen.

Under the Foxco Engineering banner with sons Brad and Steve, Galen hired Dave Darland for his USAC Silver Crown car in 1995, and together they’d win the 1997 USAC driving and entrant titles while scoring 14 victories along the way between 1995-2009, with Darland winning the team’s third, fourth and fifth Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1995, 1996 and 2004, respectively.

Fox was honored with the USAC Mechanical Achievement award in 2003.

JEFF GORDON

Making the move as a teenage sensation from Vallejo, Calif. to Pittsboro, Ind., Gordon was a racing prodigy who made an instant impact on the USAC racing scene by winning his first career USAC National Midget race in his first ever series start during the 1989 Night Before the 500 at Indianapolis Raceway Park en route to series Rookie of the Year honors.

Most notable was his association with car owner Rollie Helmling and the iconic Diet Pepsi No. 4 with which Gordon ran roughshod in his brief USAC National Midget career between 1989-91, winning 12 times and capturing the 1990 series title. In that time, Gordon became the first true breakout star from ESPN’s venerable Thursday and Saturday Night Thunder series.

Gordon added five more victories in USAC National Sprint Car competition, then took on the USAC Silver Crown series where he won the first two races of the 1991 season at Phoenix International Raceway and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which paved the way for Gordon to collect the series’ driving title for car owner Fred Ede.

DAN GURNEY

There are slim to none facets of auto racing that Dan Gurney did not have a hand in throughout his illustrious career, as an innovator, a car constructor, team owner and driver.

A New Yorker by birth, but coming of age in Riverside, Calif., Gurney’s impact also arrived early in his driving career with the United States Auto Club in 1958. That year, Gurney earned the inaugural USAC Road Racing Championship.

In his USAC racing career, Gurney amassed a total of six Road Racing division wins, including a series-leading five in 1962 and finished as the runner-up in the championship fight to Roger Penske that year before garnering one more victory the following year in 1963.

Gurney also won seven times as a driver on the USAC National Championship trail, finishing as the runner-up in the Indianapolis 500 in 1968 and 1969.

As the owner of All American Racers, Gurney’s team scored 21 wins under the USAC “Indy Car” banner with an entrant championship in 1974 and an Indianapolis 500 win in 1975, both with driver Bobby Unser.

RAY NICHELS

No single person won more often in USAC’s Stock Car division than crew chief/mechanic and team owner Ray Nichels, who gathered up 70 series victories as entrant between 1961-72.

The stout Nichels Engineering ride saw its drivers race to USAC Stock Car championships on three occasions, first with Paul Goldsmith going back-to-back in 1961-62. Once more, the Nichels team found the brass ring with driver Don White capturing the series title in 1967.

Nichels’ prepared racecars were potent; they were dominant; and they attracted many of the highest profile names of the day to race, and win, in his cars. White won 36 of his series record 53 victories as a driver for Nichels while Goldsmith was the victor 22 times for the northwest Indiana based team.

In 1950, Nichels and driver Paul Russo constructed their own racecar inside the basement of Russo’s Hammond, Ind. home. The innovatively lightweight car, nicknamed “Basement Bessie,” was promptly disassembled then reconstructed once outside the home, then transported to compete in that year’s Indianapolis 500.

As the wrench on the SUMAR Special for driver Pat O’Connor, the pair put the car on the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in 1957, and less than a month later, set a new track record during the Race of Two Worlds at Monza, Italy in 1957.

JOHNNY VANCE

Johnny Vance, of Dayton, Ohio, was a second-generation car owner whose instantly-recognizable Aristocrat Products-sponsored cars were a force on both the USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car trails for decades. However, his 50+ years of involvement with USAC began with a two-decade tenure as a Chief Steward, Supervisor and Technical Chairman of the Sprint Car division beginning in the early 1960s. He also served as steward at the Indianapolis 500 for many years and also headed USAC's Mini-Indy division.

At the turn of the 1980s, Vance shifted gears to become a participant where he left an indelible mark on the sport over the next 30+ years.

Vance’s equipment was top-of-the-line and the drivers who sat in the seats of his racecars were top-shelf. Vance was a two-time USAC National Sprint Car owner champion in 1990 and 1998 and possesses 44 career USAC National Sprint Car owner wins and eight with the USAC Silver Crown division.

One of Vance’s greatest lasting legacies is as the founder of the 4-Crown Nationals at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, an idea conceived by Vance in 1981 to showcase all four of USAC’s National divisions on one track on a single weekend: Silver Crown, National Sprint, National Midget and the Stock Car series.

JOE SHAHEEN

Springfield Speedway in Illinois was a frequent stop on the USAC National Midget tour from the time of the club’s inception through the 1987 season. Throughout that entire time, there was one mainstay – Joe Shaheen.

Shaheen served as the owner, operator and promoter of the dirt bullring affectionately known as “Little Springfield,” which served as the host for 92 USAC National Midget events in the three decade span and became an annual host of USAC National Sprint Car races at his track when the series was opened up to compete at venues less than a half-mile in length.

Shaheen, a veteran of World War II, also owned Shaheen’s Tire and Auto Glass and was a tireless promoter of USAC racing. Despite Shaheen’s Springfield Speedway being closed for three-and-a-half decades, it still remains one of USAC’s most oft-visited racetracks.

Shaheen received the Jim Blunk Award during the 1984 USAC banquet based on his contributions to the sport of USAC Midget racing.

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: Doug Caruthers, Jay Drake, Galen Fox, Jeff Gordon, Dan Gurney, Ray Nichels, Johnny Vance & Joe Shaheen

 

SEAVEY CROWNED AS BC39’S PASSING MASTER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 20, 2021)………With 26 positions advanced throughout the two nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Logan Seavey was crowned as the ProSource Passing Master for his hard charging efforts during the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink.

“I can’t thank ProSource enough for putting up the money for this award,” Seavey said. “We didn’t exactly want to be in a position where we had to pass so many cars. Obviously, we wanted to be a lot better, but this is how it goes sometimes. You take what you can get.”

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) passed six cars in his heat race on Wednesday night. An early dropout during his qualifying race on Thursday night subjected Seavey to the “alphabet soup” where he went 7th to 1st in the C-Main in his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota.

He then spurted from the back of the pack (15th) to snag the 6th and final transfer spot on the final corner during the semi-feature, which the 2018 USAC National Midget champion considered the highwater mark for his evening.

“The semi was the highlight of our night,” Seavey recalled. “I think we were ninth taking the white and they all got bottled up on the bottom, and we were able to rip around them there in a last ditch effort.”

Seavey then traveled from 20th to 15th in the feature event, moving him into a three-way tie at 26 alongside Tanner Thorson and Bryant Wiedeman. However, since Thorson was required to use a provisional to start the feature and Wiedeman missed the feature entirely, the tiebreaker and the $500 bonus were awarded to Seavey.

Furthermore, provisional starters were ineligible to receive feature points toward their passing master total. Passes made during Wednesday night’s Stoops Pursuit race also did not count toward the overall total.

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FINAL BC39 PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER STANDINGS:

26-Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Bryant Wiedeman

18-Emerson Axsom

16-Chase Briscoe

15-Chance Crum & Jacob Denney

12-Kyle Larson

11-Rylan Gray

10-Brady Bacon, Buddy Kofoid, Hayden Williams & Sam Johnson

9-Justin Grant, Spencer Bayston & Thomas Meseraull

8-Daison Pursley, Chris Windom & Ryan Newman

7-Ryan Timms, Karter Sarff, Zeb Wise & Trevor Casey

6-Jerry Coons Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr., Kaylee Bryson & Hayden Reinbold

4-Tyler Courtney, Tyler Edwards, Russ Gamester, Jason McDougal, Cannon McIntosh, Daniel Robinson, Ben Varner & Kevin Woody Jr.

3-Robert Bell, Cole Bodine, Maria Cofer, Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Tommy Kouns, Randi Pankratz, Jeff Schindler, Zac Taylor & J.J. Yeley

2-Ronnie Gardner, Billy Lawless, Ethan Mitchell, Jonathan Shafer & Bryan Stanfill

1-Ian Creager, Conor Daly, Corey Day, Justin Dickerson, Chase Elliott, Kameron Gladish, Carson Kvapil, Aiden Purdue, Chase Randall & Glenn Waterland

0-Austin Barnhill, Tanner Berryhill, Blake Brannon, Shane Cottle, Carson Garrett, John Heydenreich, Riley Kreisel, Aaron Leffel, Taylor Reimer, Gary Taylor & Jeff Wimmenauer

 


UNDENIED:
LARSON THRILLS IN SPECTACULAR BC39 VICTORY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 19, 2021)………It was chaos. It was mayhem. It was heart palpitating. But, in the end, the third running of the USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink will best be remembered by a one word description - “Larson.”

One night after capturing victory in the Stoops Pursuit at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson warded off a continuous onslaught of haymakers, bombs and sliders, all while simultaneously wheeling his way to the front, enduring the mental gymnastics along the way, then holding off challenges from the likes of USAC national champions Justin Grant and Brady Bacon during the final five lap stint to win the $15,000 prize.

Larson’s BC39 victory was the 24th win of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, moving him inside the top-20 on the all-time list in his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall – Billy Boat Performance Exhaust/Spike/Speedway.

“These midgets are so fun and fun on a track like this,” Larson said of the quarter-mile dirt track inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval. “This is the perfect midget track. They did such a good job building this place, the size, the dimensions, the banking, the dirt, everything, the track prep is great. Hats off to the whole crew here. That was so much fun.”

Starting fourth, Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) remained relatively status quo as he remained hovering in the fourth and fifth positions for the majority of the first half of the race while a succession of leaders took their turns at the front with Grant controlling the opening circuit before Pursley got a drive off the fourth corner to race past and into lead on the second lap.

Grant didn’t surrender easily, however, reassuming the top spot back under Pursley between turns one and two. Yet, Pursley secured the position for good by the time the two reached turns three and four moments later.

Barging onto the scene in short order was fifth starting Thomas Meseraull who surpassed Grant, then immediately began his assault on Pursley for the lead, which saw him come within a foot of leading at the line on lap seven when eighth running Chris Windom dug into the third turn cushion and tumbled. He was okay.

Holding a one-second lead throughout the next several laps, Pursley connected with the cushion multiple times, resulting in Meseraull closing right to the rear bumper of Pursley. On the 17th lap, Pursley snagged the turn four curb with a mighty force, knocking him off his course and giving free reign to Meseraull to charge under for first while Larson elevated from fourth to third to second in a two-lap span between laps 17-19.

Larson worked the high side while Meseraull hammered his stake to the bottom. On the 22nd lap, Larson used the fence to surge ahead of Meseraull by a wheel at the line. The next time around, the infield tire-dwelling Meseraull drifted from bottom to top at the exit of four. Larson was prepared, and immediately swung to the bottom off turn four, straight-lining to the entry of one with the top spot in his possession.

Over the next handful of laps, the pair swapped their lines. Anywhere they could do to find a shot to get passed, the opportunity was taken. Banging the cushion or bouncing off the wall, nothing was out of bounds in this endless tug of war that saw Meseraull rise back to the top of rung while simultaneously drifting side-by-side up to the top of turn four when Larson clobbered the curb, knocking him askew and taking the door off the hinges for Meseraull to revisit the front yet again with 15 laps remaining.

Extending his lead up to 1.118 seconds with five laps remaining, Meseraull seemed to be in tip-top shape, all things considered, possessing his biggest lead yet while Larson and Grant both lost ground while engaging in their own thrill show for the runner-up spot.

With that being said, everything you thought you knew about this race up until that point had all turned to a figment of the past when seventh running Cannon McIntosh spun and stopped with five laps to go in turn three.

On the lap 35 restart, Larson utilized a massive drive off the bottom of turn two to overtake Meseraull, then aimed straight for the top of turn three while Meseraull took the slider line through the middle, and Grant took a variation of a slider line off the bottom, all at full-slide, three-wide, up to the turn four wall. Meseraull and Larson subsequently banged right rear to left rear wheels, sending Larson bouncing off the wall and Meseraull into a 180-degree spin with his front end knocked out.

That signified “game over” and instant heartbreak for Meseraull after leading 16 laps, the second consecutive BC39 feature in which he’s led the most laps, after heading the field for 18 in 2019.

“It’s hard to get away from people here,” Larson explained. “The entry is so long around, and the bottom is so far in, that they can throw sliders. I got by TMez there, and I tried to shut the door in one and two, but I didn’t get down there low enough. He obviously knew to get to the top at that point and I thought the race was over, but we got some restarts there and I did an okay job. Then, we just got to sliding each other. It was chaos, but a lot of fun from my seat.”

Upon the resumption, Larson began sliding himself into turns one and three where he intended to enter on the bottom, then slide up to the curb at the top of the turn on exit. But that proved perilous and troublesome for Larson coming to three to go when he snaggled the turn four cushion, sending him stumbling for balance. Seemingly coming from off the grid was Brady Bacon who exploded into second on the low side, a half car length behind Larson at the line with a mere half car length back at the stripe.

On the back straight of lap 37, the race was now three-wide with Bacon on the bottom, Larson in the middle of the sandwich and Grant riding the wave up against the concrete. Larson and Grant touched wheels at the entry of turn three while Bacon ducked under both to put himself momentarily with a car length lead until Larson gathered it back up and nipped Bacon at the line by a slim, slim margin.

With Tom Hansing’s white flag just within sight, Grant made a monster run at Larson in turn three, sliding all the way across the nose or Larson, bouncing his right rear tire off the outside wall as Larson crossed over, drove back under Grant as well as Bacon who still remained down in the trenches, securing the line around the infield tires.

Akin to breathing through a straw at this point in time, Larson found no breathing room whatsoever as he used the momentum off the top on the final lap to put away Bacon on the bottom of turns one and two while Grant was just a tad too far back to make one more banzai run into turn three.

Larson sped under the checkered flag 0.220 of a second – a single car length – ahead of Grant, with Bacon third, Pursley fourth and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Emerson Axsom rounding out the top-five after starting 19th on the grid.

“I had a lot of thoughts running through my head on what to do, but I kind of screwed it all up that whole last restart,” Larson recalled. “I slid myself a few times, and I shouldn’t have been doing that, but I knew Justin was running the top of one and two there. I slid myself and slammed the curb every time in four, and then Brady got to my inside. Justin was there and slid us, or something. It was wild. I did not do a good job that last restart but, thankfully, I put a decent last lap together and snuck away with the win. I’ll take it. It’s cool to win this race in honor of Bryan (Clauson). This event’s grown into something really big and I’m glad to be a part of it.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) freely admitted he wasn’t all that great early in the feature, but once it got on the fence, he felt he was pretty equal with Larson, but in the end, came up a little bit short to earn his third consecutive top-two feature finish with the series in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management. Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“Man, I hate running second to this guy,” Grant said of Larson. “I tell you what. I don’t have to tell you he’s good. But man, he’s good. Playing the slider game, and doing that back and forth, he does it as good or better than anybody. It’s tough to get him beat. We had a couple chances there and didn’t get them played quite right. I had to take a pretty big bomb to get out in front of him there in three and four and I killed the motor; I hit the cushion. Just a ton of fun, but I hate running second. I don’t care who it’s too. It really bums me out. I like winning races.”

Brady Bacon’s bid to become the first two-time winner of the BC39 came in a third-place performance in his TKH Motorsports/Dahmer Powertrain – Fatheadz Eyewear – Champion Oil/Triple X/Stanton SR-11x. Settling in on the low line, the 2018 race winner nearly pulled it off after deciding early on that the high line wasn’t going to be his thing on this night.

“I tried the top a couple times and I’m like ehhhh, I don’t think I’m going to get it done up there, so I started making some adjustments, trying to make my line good on the bottom. We actually started keeping up and, when they were racing with each other, we could gain ground. I think I almost led a lap there, and almost snuck in for the win. That was my game plan and I think if we could’ve run a couple better laps there at the end, I might’ve had a shot. They can slide or die all they want, but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to try and outsmart everybody, and we came close tonight.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 19, 2021 – The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink

SIMPSON RACE PRODCUTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 2. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 3. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Jason McDougal (#4 Klatt), 5. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Zac Taylor (#71T Henry), 7. Carson Kvapil (#2MD Dailey), 8. J.J. Yeley (#51 Ware), 9. Conor Daly (#47D DiaEdge), 10. Ben Varner (#25v Gladish), 11. Russ Gamester (#46 R & G).

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 2. Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 3. Spencer Bayston (#84 CBI), 4. Hayden Williams (#1NZ BSL), 5. Gary Taylor (#32 Dunlap), 6. Sam Johnson (#72J Johnson), 7. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 8. Jonathan Shafer (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 9. Tommy Kouns (#98 Kouns), 10. Kameron Gladish (#4K Gladish), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 12. Logan Seavey (#25 Malloy).

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 3. Kyle Larson (#86x CBI) 4. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 5. Shane Cottle (#86 Stamper), 6. Chase Randall (#19A Reinbold-Underwood), 7. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 8. Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett), 9. Jeff Schindler (#11 Martin), 10. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 11. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 12. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor).

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 4. Aiden Purdue (#11m Martin), 5. Zeb Wise (#37 Wood), 6. Trevor Casey (#2c Casey), 7. Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus), 8. Rylan Gray (#81G Gray), 9. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 10. Austin Barnhill (#17B Johnson), 11. Robert Bell (#71B Bell), 12. Jacob Denney (#35 Petry).

FIFTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 2. Ryan Timms (#85T CBI), 3. Corey Day (#47BC Clauson Marshall), 4. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Karter Sarff (#21K Sarff), 6. Chase Elliott (#9 May), 7. Ryan Newman (#6BC Clauson Marshall), 8. Ian Creager (#36 Creager), 9. Tanner Berryhill (#17 Berryhill), 10. Tanner Thorson (#19T Reinbold-Underwood).

SIXTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chris Windom (#89 CBI), 2. Daison Pursley (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 5. Tyler Edwards (#36x Dragonfly), 6. Ronnie Gardner (#43 Arnold), 7. Kevin Woody Jr. (#10 Dave Mac), 8. Bryan Stanfill (#75AU Griffiths), 9. Blake Brannon (#40 Brannon), 10. Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland), 11. Billy Lawless (#17L Lawless).

FIRST D-MAIN: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-main) 1. Jacob Denney, 2. Hayden Reinbold, 3. Rylan Gray, 4. Glenn Waterland, 5. Kevin Woody Jr., 6. Ian Creager, 7. Jeff Schindler, 8. Robert Bell, 9. Kameron Gladish, 10. Blake Brannon, 11. Austin Barnhill, 12. Aaron Leffel. NT

SECOND D-MAIN: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-main) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Ryan Newman, 4. Jonathan Shafer, 5. Ben Varner, 6. Russ Gamester, 7. Conor Daly, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Billy Lawless, 10. Tommy Kouns, 11. Justin Dickerson.
C-MAIN: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the semi) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Zac Taylor, 3. Chance Crum, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Trevor Casey, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Jacob Denney, 10. Rylan Gray, 11. Daniel Robinson, 12. Carson Kvapil, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Ryan Newman, 15. Gary Taylor, 16. Carson Garrett, 17. J.J. Yeley, 18. Hayden Reinbold, 19. Bryan Stanfill, 20. Ronnie Gardner.

SEMI: (20 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Karter Sarff, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Chase Briscoe, 5. Hayden Williams, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Zeb Wise, 9. Taylor Reimer, 10. Chase Randall, 11. Bryant Wiedeman, 12. Sam Johnson, 13. Chance Crum, 14. Zac Taylor, 15. Aiden Purdue, 16. Ethan Mitchell, 17. Tyler Edwards, 18. Chase Elliott, 19. Jason McDougal, 20. Brenham Crouch.

FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (4), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Brady Bacon (6), 4. Daison Pursley (3), 5. Emerson Axsom (19), 6. Ryan Timms (2), 7. Tanner Thorson (21-P), 8. Tyler Courtney (7), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 10. Buddy Kofoid (13), 11. Chase Briscoe (22), 12. Spencer Bayston (14), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 14. Zeb Wise (25-P), 15. Logan Seavey (20), 16. Cole Bodine (12), 17. Kyle Cummins (16), 18. Karter Sarff (17), 19. Kaylee Bryson (18), 20. Chase Randall (24-P), 21. Chris Windom (8), 22. Cannon McIntosh (10), 23. Hayden Williams (23), 24. Thomas Meseraull (5), 25. Corey Day (15).

(P) represents a provisional starter

ALSO AT THE TRACK: John Heydenreich (#22 Givens) & Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Justin Grant, Laps 2-16 Daison Pursley, Laps 17-21 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 22-23 Kyle Larson, Laps 24-34 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 35-39 Kyle Larson.

**Jacob Denney flipped during practice. Brenham Crouch flipped during practice. Bryant Wiedeman flipped during the second qualifier. Gary Taylor flipped during the C-Main. Chase Randall flipped during the semi. Aiden Purdue flipped during the semi. Chris Windom flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Corey Day flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1554, 2-Emerson Axsom-1534, 3-Chris Windom-1513, 4-Justin Grant-1462, 5-Tanner Thorson-1450, 6-Daison Pursley-1405, 7-Logan Seavey-1290, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1254, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1252, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1155.

FINAL BC39 PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-26, 2-Tanner Thorson-26, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-26, 4-Emerson Axsom-18, 5-Chase Briscoe-16, 6-Chance Crum-15, 7-Jacob Denney-15, 8-Kyle Larson-12, 9-Rylan Gray-11, 10-Brady Bacon-10.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-118, 2-Justin Grant-116, 3-Chris Windom-115, 4-Brady Bacon-114, 5-Thomas Meseraull-103, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 8-Logan Seavey-91, 9-Buddy Kofoid-71, 10-Kyle Cummins-68.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 5, 2021 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, Wisconsin – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – Pepsi Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

BC39 ProSource Passing Master: Logan Seavey

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Tanner Thorson

ProSource Hard Work: Logan Seavey & Hayden Williams

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Brady Bacon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Metal Finishing Third Qualifier Winner: Tyler Courtney

Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Karter Sarff

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Emerson Axsom (19th to 5th)

Saldana Race Products First Non-Transfer: Tanner Thorson

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

 

KYLE LARSON LOOTS STOOPS PURSUIT AT IMS
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 18, 2021)………Kyle Larson admitted he got a little lucky during the final segment of Wednesday’s Stoops Pursuit on night one of the USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race leader Kyle Cummins’ misfortune resulted in Larson’s good fortune as the Elk Grove, Calif. native took advantage of Cummins’ turn four slide and stop coming to the white flag.

Larson went virtually unchallenged over the final two circuits to earn his second consecutive Stoops Pursuit victory, a unique 25-lap race split into five segments in which cars are eliminated from the competition by either being passed or stopping after being involved in an accident.

“It would’ve been tough to get by him with the line he was running,” Larson noted of Cummins. “I put a couple of good corners together there to track him down a little bit, then he just over-rotated there. I got lucky for sure.”

While several others fell victim to the latter, Larson was the champion of the former by virtue of advancing a total of 15 positions from his 16th starting spot, earning a base prize of $1,500 and $100 for each car he passed, padding his wallet with a solid $3,000 payday for his efforts in the CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall – Billy Boat Performance Exhaust/Spike/Speedway.

Just as he did in 2019, Larson took over the lead for the final two laps. However, Wednesday’s edition was a slightly less chaotic Stoops Pursuit ending for Larson than the viral video seen around the world following the final lap of the 2019 event in which two cars flipped and Larson remained as the last one standing, quite literally.

Nonetheless, Larson became the last one standing once again in the sense that he was practically flawless while others faltered. Larson kept his nose relatively clean around the tight confines of the quarter-mile dirt oval and took advantage of a succession of opportunities that arose, including when Grant slipped over the turn four cushion on the start of the fifth and final segment, allowing Larson to slip into second with five laps remaining.

“There’s a lot that happens in that race,” Larson acknowledged. “It’s hard to keep track of where you’re running and where you need to finish and try not to be too aggressive in those earlier rounds. I knew (Justin) Grant was really good and I knew if he passed people, he was going to eliminate cars in front of us. It kind of worked out, and a couple mistakes in front of me allowed me to get the win.”

With the white flag in sight, Cummins, in his first BC39 experience, held a four car length lead over Cummins as he grooved the low side of the racetrack while Larson worked up top. As he navigated turn four, Cummins became a tick sideways, spelling disaster as his car slid to a halt.
All Cummins could muster at that point was a dejected flip of the visor, a raised palm to the sky, and a wonder of what could’ve been after leading a race-high 18 of the 25 laps.

Larson turned his fastest lap on the final lap to record a 1.118 second victory with Tanner Thorson second, 2018 BC39 feature victor Brady Bacon third, Justin Grant fourth and 2018 Stoops Pursuit winner Zeb Wise fifth. All drivers finishing the top-five started no better than 12th.

With just one final night BC39 feature experience in his career, a 9th in 2019, Larson feels he’s finally got the handle back on his car during what was his first appearance in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event of any kind since November of 2020. It certainly didn’t take long to knock off the so-called rust heading into Thursday’s BC39 finale.

“I finally felt a little bit more comfortable there, especially those last five,” Larson said. “I got to run really hard, bend it hard and get good grip. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in a midget, so I’m not familiar enough with being that sideways, but I’m getting the hang of it here and we should be good tomorrow.”

The Stoops Pursuit got off to a hectic start on the opening lap when third-starting Aiden Purdue became sideways in turn two, ultimately collecting 10 other cars in the melee, including Corey Day, Spencer Bayston, Ryan Timms, Buddy Kofoid, Logan Seavey, Thomas Meseraull, Chris Windom, Chase Elliott, Kaylee Bryson and Ryan Newman.

Due to the rule of stopping after being involved in an accident, all 11 were eliminated from the event just as soon as their races began.

Cole Bodine led the first five laps of the Stoops Pursuit before being overtaken by Kyle Cummins. Bodine’s race ended on lap nine following contact with Justin Grant while battling for second.

Eight heat races were held Wednesday night with Cole Bodine, Chase Randall, Tyler Courtney, Aiden Purdue, Justin Grant, Ryan Timms, Corey Day and Kyle Cummins taking wins.

Grant, who charged from sixth to first in heat race five, is the high-point man heading into Thursday night’s finale, which kicks off with six qualifying races.

Riley Kreisel was the lone flip of the night during heat race eight, walking away uninjured from an incident in which he dug his right rear tire into the cushion and barrel-rolled into turn three.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2021 – The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink

SIMPSON RACE PRODCUTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 3. Karter Sarff (#21K Sarff), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry), 5. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 7. Blake Brannon (#40 Brannon), 8. Kevin Woody Jr. (#10 Dave Mac).

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chase Randall (#19A Reinbold-Underwood), 2. Chase Elliott (#9 May), 3. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Chris Windom (#89 CBI), 5. Hayden Williams (#1NZ BSL), 6. Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett), 7. Jacob Denney (#35 Petry), 8. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 9. Tommy Kouns (#98 Kouns). NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 4. Zac Taylor (#71T Henry), 5. Jason McDougal (#4 Klatt), 6. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 7. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 8. Ben Varner (#25v Gladish), 9. Jeff Schindler (#11 Martin).

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Aiden Purdue (#11m Martin), 2. Logan Seavey (#25 Malloy), 3. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 4. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 5. Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus), 6. J.J. Yeley (#51 Ware), 7. Robert Bell (#71B Bell), 8. Kameron Gladish (#4K Gladish), 9. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz).

SIMPSON RACE PRODCUTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 2. Kyle Larson (#86x CBI), 3. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Austin Barnhill (#17B Johnson), 5. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Tanner Thorson (#19T Reinbold-Underwood), 7. Russ Gamester (#46 R & G), 8. Rylan Gray (#81G Gray), 9. Trevor Casey (#2c Casey).

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Ryan Timms (#85T CBI), 2. Daison Pursley (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Tanner Berryhill (#17 Berryhill), 4. Shane Cottle (#86 Stamper), 5. Carson Kvapil (#2MD Dailey), 6. Ronnie Gardner (#43 Arnold), 7. Tyler Edwards (#36x Dragonfly), 8. Billy Lawless (#17L Lawless), 9. Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer).

INDY METAL FINISHING SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Corey Day (#47BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Bryan Stanfill (#75AU Griffiths), 4. Gary Taylor (#32 Dunlap), 5. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 6. Conor Daly (#47D DiaEdge), 7. Ryan Newman (#6BC Clauson Marshall), 8. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 9. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens).

INDY RACE PARTS EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 2. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 3. Spencer Bayston (#84 CBI), 4. Zeb Wise (#37 Wood), 5. Sam Johnson (#72J Johnson), 6. Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland), 7. Jonathan Shafer (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Ian Creager (#36 Creager), 9. Riley Kreisel (#19 Cox).

STOOPS PURSUIT: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (16), 2. Tanner Thorson (18), 3. Brady Bacon (22), 4. Justin Grant (12), 5. Zeb Wise (24), 6. Kyle Cummins (4), 7. J.J. Yeley (23), 8. Chase Briscoe (5), 9. Emerson Axsom (20), 10. Tyler Courtney (14), 11. Daison Pursley (10), 12. Cole Bodine (2), 13. Conor Daly (26), 14. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 15. Chase Randall (6), 16. Aiden Purdue (3), 17. Corey Day (7), 18. Spencer Bayston (8), 19. Ryan Timms (9), 20. Buddy Kofoid (11), 21. Logan Seavey (13), 22. Thomas Meseraull (15), 23. Chris Windom (17), 24. Chase Elliott (19), 25. Kaylee Bryson (21), 26. Ryan Newman (25). NT

STOOPS PURSUIT LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Cole Bodine, Laps 6-23 Kyle Cummins, Laps 24-25 Kyle Larson.

**Riley Kreisel flipped during the eighth heat.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1511, 2-Chris Windom-1490, 3-Emerson Axsom-1476, 4-Tanner Thorson-1398, 5-Justin Grant-1395, 6-Daison Pursley-1344, 7-Logan Seavey-1257, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1231, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1215, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1132.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-118, 2-Justin Grant-116, 3-Chris Windom-115, 4-Brady Bacon-111, 5-Thomas Meseraull-103, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 8-Logan Seavey-86, 9-Buddy Kofoid-68, 10-Kyle Cummins-68.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 19, 2021 – The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink

 

 

GRANT SEEKS SECOND BETTENHAUSEN 100 SATURDAY AT SPRINGFIELD

By Jay Hardin – Track Enterprises Staff

Springfield Illinois (August 16, 2021)………Ione, California’s Justin Grant reached a milestone in 2017 by claiming his first 100-mile USAC Silver Crown National Championship win at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Grant reached a second milestone when he captured his first USAC Silver Crown title in 2020.

The USAC star is looking to repeat both milestones in 2021.

Winning the Saturday, August 21, Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield would make Grant a two time Springfield winner and go a long way to assisting him in his quest for a second national championship.

Long recognized as one of the stars of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, Grant’s natural progression was to the bigger cars, landing one part-time deal in 2012 with legendary championship owner/chief mechanic Bob Hampshire and DePalma Motorsports. The combination had limited success with Grant finishing 13th at the Hoosier Hundred and missing the Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield.

The next season, Grant secured a ride with Marc Longworth for the Hoosier Hundred and went from 18th to 6th. However, rides for the other two miles failed to materialize.

Grant’s big break appeared in 2015 when he teamed with owner Chris Carli. A fifth in the Hoosier Hundred was followed by a pole at Springfield and a fourth at Du Quoin. Grant appeared on the cusp of breaking through for that elusive one-mile dirt track win. The 2016 season saw the team make just 2 starts on the dirt miles, with mechanical issues forcing Grant out of the Hoosier Hundred and he ended up 19th at Du Quoin.

Grant got an even bigger break in 2017 as 1996 Indianapolis winning car owner Ron Hemelgarn joined forces with Carli. While the Hoosier Hundred was lost to rain, the combination worked at Springfield, starting on the outside of the front row and leading 79 of 100 miles to claim his first Silver Crown series win as well as his first Bettenhausen 100.

Grant then won at Terre Haute in 2018 for his second series win again with Hemelgarn.

In the pandemic plagued 2020 season, Grant had top finishes, but no victories, and joined legends such as Jimmy Caruthers and Billy Cassella as drivers who won the Silver Crown championship without the benefit of a win during the championship season.

Grant has been a consistent performer in 2021 and pulled off his first pavement win in the big cars by narrowly beating Kody Swanson to the line in the Rich Vogler Classic at Winchester. However, an 18th place finish and crash at Lucas Oil Raceway in the Hoosier Classic dropped him to third in the current standings.

Grant edged Kyle Larson for his second pole at Springfield last year and led the opening ten circuits. A win at Springfield would close the points gap to leader Kody Swanson with just three races remaining after the Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield.

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the first Silver Crown Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the series itself.

The 58th Bettenhausen 100 features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship & the 28th Annual Illinois Sportsman Nationals DIRTcar Racing Sportsman prelims.

Pits and registration open at 7am Central. The ticket office and grandstands open at 9am. The drivers meeting will take place at 9:30am. Silver Crown practice runs from 10-11:10am followed by Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying at 11:30am Sportsman hot laps at Noon, Silver Crown semi-feature at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the USAC Silver Crown Bettenhausen 100 race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. At the gate on race day, adults are $30 and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Infield parking is $5 for those park in infield with no infield or pit passes.

Every lap of Saturday’s Bettenhausen 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 


 

SCHRADER RETURNS TO USAC SILVER CROWN SATURDAY AT SPRINGFIELD

By Jay Hardin – Track Enterprises Staff

Springfield, IL (August 18, 2021)………The excitement of the return of the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the annual weekend of auto racing was enhanced when it was announced that 1982 USAC Silver Crown champion, NASCAR star and fan favorite Ken Schrader would return to pilot one of the big cars in the annual Bettenhausen 100 championship race this Saturday, August 21, on the Springfield Mile.

Schrader returns to Springfield on Saturday aboard the Mark Swanson Encore Team/Rosewood Machine & Tool – Jet Star/Maxim/Moyle Toyota No. 21. The car was most recently driven at Springfield last October by David Gravel, who charged from 26th to 2nd in his series debut. Kody Swanson drove the car to a 3rd place finish at Eldora Speedway this past June.

Jeff Swindell piloted the Swanson ride to a 3rd at Springfield in 2017 and also recorded a 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Du Quoin.

Schrader has won events on the Springfield Mile in virtually every type of race car imaginable, save one, the 96-inch wheelbase beasts whose lineage goes back to the very first days of auto racing.

One of the most well-known and versatile drivers in American auto racing, Schrader has raced for well over 40 years. He continues to travel to short tracks across the United States competing against local and national heroes while still taking time to sign autographs or pose for pictures with his legions of fans. Winning, versatility, and an engaging personality have made him one of the most popular racing drivers in the country.

His foray into big-time auto racing began with his USAC Stock Car debut in 1979. A year later, Ken secured a ride in the last event of the 1980 USAC Silver Crown Series as a teammate to Gary Bettenhausen on the powerful Delrose-Holt team. He immediately set the car on the pole for the 1980 MAB Paints 100 at Terre Haute, his first start in one of the big cars. Ken got a big break in 1981 when Southern Indiana car owner Damon G. “Blackie” Fortune hired Schrader to drive his Silver Crown machine.

Schrader’s Rose Brothers sponsored Beck chassis didn’t win a race in 1982 though he came close to winning the 100-mile dream event at Springfield in May of 1982. Top finishes made him a contender for the 1982 title, but the car had a problem at the season finale at Nazareth. Fellow driver Sheldon Kinser surrendered his Ben Leyba ride to Schrader, allowing Ken to make the race and win the crown. It was that gesture that caused Ken and his wife to name their son Sheldon.

Schrader has six starts in Silver Crown cars at Springfield with three top-10 finishes. His last start came for owner George Middleton in 1985. While he made an attempt for Dennis McQuinn in 2018, should Ken make the field Saturday it will be a record 36 years between championship starts at Springfield. What else has Ken Schrader done on the Springfield Mile? Well, he won the 1998 Allen Crowe 100 ARCA race, won the 1983 Rex Easton Memorial USAC Midget race and won the June 1998 Modified event.

August 21 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Silver Crown Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the 87th anniversary of the first national championship race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Practice for the big cars begins at 10 a.m. Central with Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 11:30. The Bettenhausen 100 is scheduled to push off at approximately 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at the Illinois State Fair Box Office.

 

40 USAC SILVER CROWN CARS EXPECTED
FOR SPRINGFIELD ON SATURDAY!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (August 18, 2021)………Three former Bettenhausen 100 winners are part of an expected field of 40 USAC Silver Crown drivers for the 58th running of the event on the one-mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield this Saturday, August 21.

Past Bettenhausen 100 winners in Saturday’s massive lineup include two-time winner in 2014-15, Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), who captured the most recent USAC Silver Crown race win and leads the points entering the 100-mile race at the Springfield Mile. Springfield’s 2017 winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and 2018 victor Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) are in the lineup as well. All three drivers are also past USAC Silver Crown champions.

In fact, the field features an outstanding number of USAC National champions throughout its lineup, including Silver Crown titlists Ken Schrader (Fenton, Mo.) and Jerry Coons Jr. (Patty Bateman), plus USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champs Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) and C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), in addition to 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the winner of the most recent dirt race on the USAC Silver Crown schedule.

The list of USAC Silver Crown winners on the trail who are seeking a first Springfield victory with the series consists of David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) and Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.).

USAC National Sprint Car and Midget winners vying for a breakthrough in the USAC Silver Crown series are Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) and Dave Peperak (Clinton, Ind.), whose last appearance with the series came in 1983!

They’ll be joined by an impressive array of drivers who’ll make up the largest field for a USAC Silver Crown event since the 2018 Springfield race.

The 58th Bettenhausen 100 features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship & the 28th Annual Illinois Sportsman Nationals DIRTcar Racing Sportsman Prelims.

Pits and registration open at 7am Central. The ticket office and grandstands open at 9am. The drivers meeting will take place at 9:30am. Silver Crown practice runs from 10-11:10am followed by Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying at 11:30am Sportsman hot laps at Noon, Silver Crown semi-feature at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the USAC Silver Crown Bettenhausen 100 race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. At the gate on race day, adults are $30 and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Infield parking is $5 for those park in infield with no infield or pit passes.

Every lap of Saturday’s Bettenhausen 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

BETTENHAUSEN 100 USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (40 CARS)

08 Kyle Steffens/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

2 Patrick Lawson/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

11 Cary Oliver/Buncombe, IL (Cary Oliver)

14 Steven Russell/Rochester, IL (McQuinn Motorsports)

6 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 Chris Phillips/Plainfield, IN (Nolen Racing)

21 Ken Schrader/Fenton, MO (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

22 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

30 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)

31 Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

44 Danny Long/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

47 Austin Mundie/Kaufman, TX (Les & Patty Butler)

48 Nathan Moore/Kaufman, TX (Nathan Moore)

52 Carmen Perigo/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

53 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Five Three Motorsports)

54 Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Racing)

55 Jerry Coons Jr./Tucson, AZ (Patty Bateman)

57 Dallas Hewitt/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

66 Robert Ballou/Rocklin, CA (Bill Rose Racing)

69 Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 Shane Cockrum/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 Casey Buckman/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Racing)

77 Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 Shane Cottle/Kansas, IL (BCR Group)

88 Chris Fetter/Troy, MO (Chris Fetter)

91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Hans Lein)

99 Korey Weyant/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

110 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (DMW Motorsports)

123 Jimmy Light/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

177 Dave Peperak/Clinton, IN (Dave Peperak)

188 Terry Babb/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

 

 

BC39 FORMAT EXPLAINED
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 17, 2021)………Following Tuesday night’s heat race draft at the Brickyard Crossing, the starting lineups have been set for all eight heat races that will take place on the opening night of the USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink Wednesday night, August 18, at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The format for Wednesday's program will feature all cars on the track. Each heat race will be 10 laps in length. Points for the heats will be accumulated based on finishing position and total number of positions gained. Cars will be positioned into qualifying races on Thursday night, August 19, for the second and final night of the BC39.

The Stoops Pursuit race on Wednesday night is a 25-lap race split into five-lap segments. The field will include 24 starters – heat race winners plus the highest point earner in each heat are eligible, along with promoter’s options. The starting lineup is inverted by fastest heat race time, with promoter’s options starting at the rear. Every five laps, USAC will throw a competition flag, and cars with a net loss in position will be called to exit the track.

A checkered flag ends the final segment, with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position gained.

On Thursday, all cars are eligible for the six qualifying races. Qualifying races will be 10 laps each with the top-six starting positions inverted and the top point earner from Wednesday's heat races starting sixth in each qualifier.

Total points from the heat races and qualifying races will be added to set the feature starting lineup, along with transfers from the B-Main, C-Main and front of the D-Main races. The top-16 overall in accumulated points will start straight-up in the first eight rows of the feature.

D-Mains: 12 laps. Includes cars 45-76 in points. The top three finishers in each D-Main transfer into the C-Main.

C-Main: 15 laps. Includes cars 31-44 in points, plus the top three finishers from each D-Main. The top six finishers transfer to the B-Main.

B-Main (Semi-Feature): 20 laps. Includes cars ranked 17-30 in points, plus the top-six finishers from the C-Main. The top six finishers transfer to the night's A-Main feature event.

The 39-lap A-Main feature will have 22 starters, plus two USAC provisional starters (if applicable) and two IMS options.

The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside Turn 3 at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

On track action for the BC39 begins Wednesday, August 18, starting with pits/registration opening at 10am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm and opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races will begin at 7:30pm and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action at 9pm.

The finale, on Thursday, August 19, will have pits/registration opening at 10am Eastern, public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple 12-lap D-Mains, the 15-lap C-Main, the 20-lap semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Every lap of the BC39 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

SIMPSON RACE PRODCUTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)

Kevin Woody Jr. (#10 Dave Mac) | Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson Marshall)

Blake Brannon (#40 Brannon) | Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central) | Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood)

Karter Sarff (#21K Sarff) | Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)

Chase Randall (#19A Reinbold-Underwood) | Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson)

Chase Elliott (#9 May) | Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett)

Tommy Kouns (#98 Kouns) | Jacob Denney (#35 Petry)

Hayden Williams (#1NZ BSL) | Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

Chris Windom (#89 CBI)

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)

Zac Taylor (#71T Henry) | Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall)

Ben Varner (#25v Gladish) | Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

Jeff Schindler (#11 Martin) | Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen)

Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe) | Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry)

Jason McDougal (#4 Klatt)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps)

Robert Bell (#71B Bell) | Aiden Purdue (#11m Martin)

Kameron Gladish (#4K Gladish) | Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus)

Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz) | Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built)

Brady Bacon (#21H TKH) | Logan Seavey (#25 Malloy)

J.J. Yeley (#51 Ware)

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps)

Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian) | Austin Barnhill (#17B Johnson)

Russ Gamester (#46 R & G) | Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

Tanner Thorson (#19T Reinbold-Underwood) | Justin Grant (#2J RMS)

Trevor Casey (#2c Casey) | Kyle Larson (#86x CBI)

Rylan Gray (#81G Gray)

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps)

Carson Kvapil (#2MD Dailey) | Tanner Berryhill (#17 Berryhill)

Shane Cottle (#86 Stamper) | Ryan Timms (#85T CBI)

Billy Lawless (#17L Lawless) | Daison Pursley (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer) | Ronnie Gardner (#43 Arnold)

Tyler Edwards (#36x Dragonfly)

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps)

Ryan Newman (#6BC Clauson Marshall) | Corey Day (#47BC Clauson Marshall)

Conor Daly (#47D DiaEdge) | Gary Taylor (#32 Dunlap)

Bryan Stanfill (#75AU Griffiths) | John Heydenreich (#22 Givens)

Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor) | Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS)

Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery)

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps)

Sam Johnson (#72J Johnson) | Jonathan Shafer (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres) | Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac)

Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland) | Zeb Wise (#37 Wood)

Riley Kreisel (#19 Cox) | Spencer Bayston (#84 CBI)

Ian Creager (#36 Creager)

 

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE PERRIS “CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 16, 2021... The battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship resumes this Saturday, August 21st, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" is one of the most anticipated and lucrative dates on the schedule. The open wheel showcase will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints and the Western Racing Association Vintage Cars (Display). Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information or advance tickets, visit perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a USAC/CRA driver/team meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK will be followed in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier RD20, 105/18 HTW, 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are also legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners.
- 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.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" continues the rich tradition of honoring those that have contributed to Southern California Sprint Car Racing. The popular event began in 1996 as the “Jack Kindoll Classic” and when the gates open at 5:00pm, there will be a special autograph session at the PAS Sports Bar. At press time, legends Jimmy Oskie, Brad Noffsinger, Eddie Wirth, John Redican, Stan Atherton, Tony “The Tiger” Simon, and “Super” Rickie Gaunt have confirmed that they will be in attendance. There are rumors of more surprise guests for fans to meet and greet at the autograph session.
At press time, thirteen drivers have won the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night / Jack Kindoll Classic” events. 2006 USAC/CRA Champion, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman leads all drivers with six victories and Jake Swanson joined the winner’s list in 2019 over Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams. The race was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Led by Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, additional prize money has been raised for Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” The “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” winner will earn $2,100 and an extra $1,000 if the track record is broken. For the fastest four qualifiers that accept the challenge, the “Junior Kurtz / Bill Simpson Trophy Dash” (four 3-lap rotating dashes) will pay $2,000 to the winner with a $4,000 purse. There is an additional $6,000 in lap money as well as extra cash bonuses up for grabs. A special thanks goes out to Chris Holt and everyone that contributed to the event.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 227 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 48 “home track” wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. In the last four “home track” events, Gardner won the “Sokola Shootout,” Brody Roa topped the “70th Running of the Salute to Indy,” Gardner scored the June 19th victory, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams topped the July 17th show. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to the tenth point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 36-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner scored thirteenth at Perris on July 17th. At press time, the eight-time champion has three feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 74 feature laps led on the year. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has eighty-86 series wins and will be looking for his fifth “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” triumph.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa finished second to Austin Williams at Perris on July 17th. To date, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, seven top-10 finishes and 55 feature laps led in the campaign. With nine career wins, Brody will have his sights on adding the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks third in the championship point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams charged from fifth to win the July 17th main event at Perris Auto Speedway. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led to his credit. “The Big Game Hunter” has ten career wins and will be looking for another “home track” victory.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen placed seventh at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, the veteran driver has posted one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the season. This Saturday night, Chris will have his sights on earning his first victory with USAC/CRA.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) is fifth in the championship point chase. Racing Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim, Malcolm scored fifteenth in the July 17th Perris feature. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. Tommy “Thunder” will be looking for the first USAC/CRA win of his career this Saturday night.

Heading to Perris, Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA), Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Ikaika O’Brien (Oahu, HI), and Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Matt Mitchell, Verne Sweeney, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Eddie Tafoya Jr., Logan Williams, “Speedy” Stevie Sussex, Joel Rayborne, Steve Hix, Jeff Dyer, Austin Liggett, “T Dub” Trent Williams, 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 and over) are $25, Kids tickets (6-12) are $5, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. Walk up tickets will be sold and advance tickets can be purchased online at perrisautospeedway.com or by calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT / JACK KINDOLL CLASSIC WINNERS: 1996-Lee Brewer Jr., 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Cory Kruseman, 1999-Richard Griffin, 2000-Cory Kruseman, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Steve Ostling, 2003-Lance Gremett, 2004-Rickie Gaunt, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Damion Gardner, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Austin Williams, 2019-Jake Swanson, 2020-CANCELLED.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Max Adams, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Austin Williams.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 48-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-638, 2. Brody Roa-602, 3. Austin Williams-579, 4. Chris Gansen-524, 5. Tommy Malcolm-441, 6. Cody Williams-434, 7. Matt Mitchell-374, 8. Verne Sweeney-368, 9. A.J. Bender-353, 10. Matt McCarthy-340, 11. Danny Faria Jr.-319, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-306, 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-297, 14. Logan Williams-277, 15. Austin Grabowski ®-271, 16. Jake Hodges ®-203, 17. Max Adams-195, 18. Ryan Timmons ®-192, 19. Stevie Sussex-189, 20. Joel Rayborne-185, 21. Steve Hix-183, 22. Brent Owens ®-182, 23. Jeff Dyer-155, 24. Austin Liggett-149, 25. Ikaika O'Brien ®-141, 26. Austin Ervine-128, 27. Troy Rutherford-126, 28. Rick Hendrix-119, 29. Shane Sexton ®-117, 30. Dan Taylor ®-106, 31. Davey Ray-105, 32. Kyle Edwards-87, 33. Trent Williams-80, 34. Chase Johnson-78, 35. James Herrera-77, 36. Tanner Boul ®-75, ---. Travis Buckley-75, 38. R.J. Johnson-74, 39. Jonas Reynolds-66, 40. Nate Schank-58, 41. Cal Smith-53, ---. Chris Bonneau-53, 43. Randy Nelson-45, 44. Tyler Hatzikian-42, 45. James Heling-41, 46. Frank Herman-35, 47. Kaleb Montgomery-32, 48. Christopher Muraokoa-31, 49. Tom Hendricks-28, 50. Danny Sheridan-26, 51. Daylin Perreira-10.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (CANCELLED)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TWO-TIME USAC BETTENHAUSEN 100 WINNER SWANSON RETURNS TO SPRINGFIELD SATURDAY

By: Jay Hardin - Track Enterprises Staff

Springfield, IL (August 17, 2021)………Five-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson had a plan to limit his USAC Silver Crown events to just the pavement events coming in to 2021. Limiting time in the big cars would allow Swanson to pursue other forms of the sport including stock cars and road racing.

However, Swanson won twice on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway Park and finished second at Winchester. Swanson’s pavement finishes, combined with the loss of two dirt events from the schedule, put him atop the 2021 standings.

A call from the Chris Dyson Racing team altered Swanson’s 2021 plans. A chance at top flight equipment on dirt was too much to pass up and Swanson ran the Dyson car to 6th at Selinsgrove and now owns a 48-point lead in the standings entering this Saturday’s August 21st’s 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Not only will the Californian be looking for a third Bettenhausen win he would be in the running for an unprecedented sixth Silver Crown Series title.

Dyson crew chief Sean Michael ran a second car for two races in 2020 with Michael listed as the entrant. Michael teamed with Kyle Larson and the two were unbeatable in the races they entered. Larson won the Hoosier Hundred and then dominated the Bettenhausen 100 leading 90 of the 100 miles. Swanson stands a good chance of becoming a three-time winner at Springfield with Michael preparing Dyson’s car.

The new Doran Enterprises team entered its first ever Silver Crown event at Lucas Oil Raceway in May with Swanson moving from his 2020 Nolen ride to Doran. The combination clicked immediately as Kody set second quick time and took the lead from Bobby Santos on lap 64 on the way to his 31st Silver Crown series win.

The Doran/Swanson combination set a new track record at Winchester in late July and the driver battled with defending Silver Crown national champion Justin Grant losing to Grant by just a few feet at the finish.

Only 14 drivers have more than one championship race win in the 86-year history of national championship racing at the Illinois State Fair. Kody Swanson is one of the 14 as are Tony Bettenhausen, Gary Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jack Hewitt and Chuck Gurney.

Swanson’s first race on the Springfield Mile came in 2008 when he finished 4th. He led all 100 miles in his 6th start for his first win in 2014 and led 43 after coming from the 16th spot for win number two in 2015. Swanson is 12th on the all-time money won list in Springfield Silver Crown races.

August 21 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Silver Crown Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the series itself. Practice for the big cars begins at 10 a.m. Central with Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 11:30. The Bettenhausen 100 is scheduled to push off at approximately 2 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at the Illinois State Fair Box Office.

The Bettenhausen 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 


 

BC39: THE PREVIEW By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 17, 2021)………Even though it’s only in its third edition, when one thinks of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink, the mind immediately thinks “big,” “major,” “prestige.”

The setting of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the heart-racing on-track activity and an electric atmosphere form the crux of the event that pushes it to “can’t miss” status. At the core of the event is its soul, with the driver talent being more than enough to make you salivate.

This year’s list includes 72 of the best of the best, the cream of the crop, all vying to add their names to an exclusive, longed-for list, to become a BC39 winner, an Indianapolis Motor Speedway winner, with just 39 laps around a quarter-mile dirt track separating themselves from racing immortality, one of the sport’s most coveted trophies and a $15,000 prize.

The Draft Party on Tuesday night, August 17, Brickyard Crossing located at 4400 W. 16th Street from 6-9pm ET will set the heat race lineups for Wednesday night’s opener on August 18. Eight heat races will be contested on Wednesday and conclude with the 25-lap Stoops Pursuit.

Qualifying races will kick off Thursday’s final night of BC39 activity on August 19 and works its way down from the D-Main to the C, to the B and to the 39-lap A-Main feature event.

PAST WINNERS:

The event boasts two past BC39 winners in Brady Bacon (2018) and Zeb Wise (2019). Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Bacon captured the inaugural BC39 victory three years ago, leading the last nine laps after making the winning move in traffic. The three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion is the only driver to lead laps in both features in the event’s history, leading four laps late before being involved in a tangle with seven laps remaining.

Wise, of Angola, Ind., was victorious in the main event in 2019, leading on two non-consecutive occasions between laps 19-28 as well as the last seven from 33-39. Wise has won main events in both years of the race, also taking a spectacular score in the 2018 Stoops Pursuit with a pass two laps from the checkered.

CLOSE CALL CONTENDERS:

Two handfuls of drivers in the field have gotten themselves close to the promised land of a BC39 victory in their careers, which resulted in a top-10 finish.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) leads all in laps led in the BC39’s two-year history. He ran at the front of the pack for 30 laps in 2018 before finishing 3rd. In 2019, he recorded an 8th place result.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) is one of two drivers (Chad Boat) to finish inside the top-five in both BC39 starts, finishing 4th in 2018 and 2nd in 2019 after starting 20th, marking the biggest ever charge through the field in the event’s history.

Meanwhile, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the series’ most recent winner on Aug. 7 at Pennsylvania’s Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, is one of four drivers to finish in the top-10 of both BC39 feature races, joining Boat, Thomas and Courtney.

Reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished 3rd in 2019. The 2020 champ is one of eight past USAC National Midget champions in this year’s BC39 field alongside Russ Gamester (1989), J.J. Yeley (2003), Jerry Coons Jr. (2006 & 2007), Tanner Thorson (2016), Spencer Bayston (2017), Logan Seavey (2018) and Courtney (2019). Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) finished 5th in the BC39 in 2019 while Coons was a best of 9th in 2018.

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) is the hottest race driver on planet earth right now, fresh off a Knoxville Nationals victory last Saturday night. Larson’s best result in a BC39 A-Main was 9th in 2019, but his most memorable result came in the Stoops Pursuit the night before in which he was the last car standing, literally, en route to the final lap victory while two of his fellow competitors flipped in front of and beside him.

FEATURE RETURNEES:

Without going into too much depth, let’s just say that a BC39 lineup from any year does not lack in depth. You have champions, feature winners, NASCAR stars, INDYCAR stars, and so on and so on, all throughout the field. And that just may be the semi-feature lineup we’re speaking of.

A smattering of drivers have made starts in the BC39 feature, but have seen misfortune fall their way and, most certainly, are eying even bigger and better things this coming week to move up the leaderboard, most of whom have won multiple USAC National Midget features in their career.

Among those are Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) who led the first 19 laps of the 2019 BC39 before being involved in an accident midway through the feature, which resulted in a non-indicative 19th place finish. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 16th in 2018 after running near the top-five late before getting embroiled in a tangle. Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) flipped late in 2019 to finish 18th. Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) took 20th in 2019.

Chase Briscoe and Maria Cofer are both seeking first career USAC National Midget feature wins. NASCAR Rookie of the Year contender and IMS Road Course winner with the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), took 24th in the 2019 BC39. Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), a multi-time winner on the USAC Western States Midget trail and a BCRA Midget champ to boot, was 17th in 2018.

LOOKING TO CRACK INTO THEIR FIRST FEATURE:

Even more have returned to The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after previous BC39 appearances, which saw them come up just short of cracking the main event lineup.

USAC Triple Crown champion J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) is the lone driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the BC39 in his career, but is still going after his feature start in the event. Same is the case with Conor Daly (Noblesville, Ind.) who led the most laps (40) at the 2021 Indianapolis 500 just less than three months ago.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) and John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) are highly-successful veterans of the sport gunning for a coveted spot in the BC39 feature lineup, as is two-time USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget titlist Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio).

Also shooting for a first BC39 A-Main start after previous tries are a number of drivers whose locales span the width of the United States and expand around the globe. Christchurch, New Zealand’s Glenn Waterland is one of two Kiwis in the field. Starting on the west coast, Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) will make her return as will Carson Garrett from the Rockies of Littleton, Colo. Entering from the Great Plains are Iowa’s Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa) along with Missouri’s Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) and Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Mo.).

Daniel Robinson (Ewing, Ill.) comes to us from the Illini state while Hoosiers Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), Justin Dickerson (Pittsboro, Ind.) and Jeff Wimmenauer (New Whiteland, Ind.) race in their homeland to tackle a first career BC39 feature start. Full-time USAC National Midget competitor Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) arrives from the east coast.

BC39 “ROOKIES”

The list of BC39 “Rookies” and first-timers is staggering. Not only do you have USAC National Midget feature winners, you have USAC champions, the current USAC National Midget point leader, a NASCAR champion, a Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 champion, all of whom have never contested a lap at The Dirt Track at IMS coming into this year.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) leads the USAC National Midget point standings entering the BC39, which will pay feature points only on Thursday night and appearance points to all others. It’s almost shocking that 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is a Rookie in the event, but this will, in fact, mark the first appearance of the six-time series winner in 2021.

Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.) is the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, and is taking the wheel for his first BC39 foray after three previous USAC National Midget starts this year.

Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.) is a 13-time USAC National Midget feature winner, a 1995 series Rookie of the Year and the 1999 USAC Silver Crown champ. He’s gone on to win 18 NASCAR Cup races, including the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400 at IMS.

New Zealand midget champion Hayden Williams (Auckland, N.Z.) is making his BC39 debut as will 2021 USAC National Midget feature winners Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), plus top series Rookie Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner (Corona, Calif.).

The talented seven-car Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports bunch has a combined zero laps at the BC39 with all being Rookies this year. Kofoid and Pursley join Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) and Jonathan Shafer (Ashland, Ohio) in their first BC39 experiences.

Versatile wheelman Gary Taylor (Snohomish, Wash.) will take his first shot at the BC39 along with 2020 USAC IMRA SpeeD2 Midget champion Bryan Stanfill (Bakersfield, Calif.), 2020 USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget champ Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), recent USAC National top-10 finisher Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) as well as Kevin Woody Jr. (Victor, N.Y.), the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger from each of the last two series events.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) has been a winner on the USAC Midwest Regional Midget circuit this year while Ian Creager (Covington, Ohio) has found victory lane with the USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets. Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) has been victorious with ASCS while Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, Okla.) has twice started NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2.5-mile paved oval at IMS, finishing 29th in 2013 and 30th in 2014.

Mooresville, North Carolina’s Carson Kvapil will make his USAC debut in the BC39 this week. Carson’s father Travis Kvapil is the 2003 NASCAR Truck Series champion and made seven Brickyard 400 starts at IMS between 2005 and 2014.

Kvapil is joined by a whole host of first-time BC39 entrants, a list which includes Trevor Casey (Altoona, Iowa), Kameron Gladish (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jeff Schindler (Evansville, Ind.), Aiden Purdue (Clinton, Ill.), Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.), Billy Lawless (Fresno, Calif.), Karter Sarff (Mason City, Ill.), Ben Varner (Harbor Springs, Mich.), Tyler Edwards (Salina, Okla.), Blake Brannon (Morgan Hill, Calif.), Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.), Zac Taylor (Green River, Wyo.), Rylan Gray (Greenfield, Ind.) and Tommy Kouns, who shares a hometown of Lebanon, Ind. with the USAC Midget’s all-time king, Mel Kenyon.

THE DETAILS

The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside Turn 3 at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

The USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, August 17, with the BC39 Draft Party where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night of the BC39. The Draft Party will be held at the Brickyard Crossing located at 4400 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis, Ind. from 6-9pm ET. FloRacing will have live coverage of the draft beginning at 7pm.

On track action for the BC39 begins Wednesday, August 18, starting with pits/registration opening at 10am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm and opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races will begin at 7:30pm and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action at 9pm.

The finale, on Thursday, August 19, will have pits/registration opening at 10am Eastern, public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple 12-lap D-Mains, the 15-lap C-Main, the 20-lap semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Every lap of the BC39 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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ENTRY LIST: 2021 DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 POWERED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK

(72 entries)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

1NZ HAYDEN WILLIAMS/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

2c TREVOR CASEY/Altoona, IA (Casey Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

2MD CARSON KVAPIL/Mooresville, NC (Marc Dailey Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

4 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

4K KAMERON GLADISH/Indianapolis, IN (Gladish Motorsports)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6BC RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Paul May Motorsports)

10 KEVIN WOODY JR./Victor, NY (Dave Mac Motorsports)

11 JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Brian & Deidre Martin)

11c GLENN WATERLAND/Christchurch, NZ (Glenn & Hayley Waterland)

11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)

11m AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Brian & Deidre Martin)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/New Whiteland, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)

15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17 TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Berryhill Family Racing)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Sam Johnson Racing)

17L BILLY LAWLESS/Fresno, CA (Lawless Racing)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Petry Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19M ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Karter Sarff Racing)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Gladish Motorsports)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 GARY TAYLOR/Snohomish, WA (Mike & Brian Dunlap)

35 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Petry Motorsports)

36 IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

36x TYLER EDWARDS/Salina, OK (Dragonfly Aviation)

37 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Brannon Corporation)

43 RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Kevin Arnold)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (R & G, Inc.)

47BC COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing)

47D CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN (DiaEdge Racing)

49 JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis)

51 J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Rick Ware Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (Daniel Robinson)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K JONATHAN SHAFER/Ashland, OH (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71K DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71T ZAC TAYLOR/Green River, WY (Todd Henry)

72J SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81G RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

84 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (CB Industries)

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motor Sports)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

86 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper)

86x KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (CB Industries)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Tommy Kouns)

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1511, 2-Chris Windom-1490, 3-Emerson Axsom-1476, 4-Tanner Thorson-1398, 5-Justin Grant-1395, 6-Daison Pursley-1344, 7-Logan Seavey-1257, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1231, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1215, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1132.

PAST BC39 FEATURE WINNER:

2018: Brady Bacon

2019: Zeb Wise

PAST STOOPS PURSUIT WINNERS:

2018: Zeb Wise

2019: Kyle Larson

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT THE DIRT TRACK AT IMS:

10 Laps - 9/6/2018 - Jake Neuman - 2:06.99

PAST BC39 RESULTS:

2018 FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (7), 2. Chad Boat (10), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Christopher Bell (17), 6. Alex Bright (8), 7. Justin Grant (6), 8. Holly Shelton (9), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (5), 10. Ryan Robinson (3), 11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (11), 12. Chris Windom (22), 13. Logan Seavey (23), 14. Zeb Wise (14), 15. Shane Cottle (13), 16. Jason McDougal (25), 17. Maria Cofer (24), 18. Terry Babb (20), 19. Brayton Lynch (4), 20. David Budres (19), 21. Brian Karraker (21), 22. Tyler Thomas (18), 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 24. Jake Neuman (16), 25. Dillon Welch (12), 26. Dave Darland (26). NT

2019 FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Zeb Wise (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (20), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Chad Boat (16), 5. Logan Seavey (14), 6. Jesse Colwell (24), 7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (15), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 9. Kyle Larson (12), 10. Justin Grant (11), 11. Dillon Welch (8), 12. Tanner Carrick (23), 13. Michael Pickens (4), 14. Gio Scelzi (9), 15. Christopher Bell (17), 16. Brady Bacon (10), 17. Jason McDougal (7), 18. Cannon McIntosh (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (1), 20. Spencer Bayston (2), 21. Tyler Thomas (13), 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 23. Jerry Coons Jr. (19), 24. Chase Briscoe (21), 25. Jake Neuman (26), 26. C.J. Leary (25). NT

 

 

BC39 FORMAT EXPLAINED
With 72 drivers entered, the competition to make the field for the USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink will be almost as intense as that in the feature event August 18-19 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Only about a third of the entries for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship race on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside Turn 3 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will qualify for the main event on Thursday night (Aug. 19).

The United States Auto Club (USAC) is using an action-packed format to trim the huge, star-studded field to the feature starting lineup paying $15,000-to-win.

The main event will award feature points only toward the season-long USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings for all licensed drivers and entrants.

The 39-lap feature race honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson. In addition, it increases awareness of the Indiana Donor Network and its Driven2SaveLives campaign.

Take a look at the format:

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18:

The format for Wednesday's program will feature all cars on the track. However, this will not be for qualifying as is usually done for the majority of USAC National events. Instead, all cars will draw randomly for heat race positions and do a hot lap with their heat. There will only one round of hot laps.

While the race for victory will be paramount, the battle for points will be just as essential and filled with pressure. Each car will gain points based on passes and their finishing position, which will determine starting position in the qualifying races on Thursday night.

Each of the eight (8) heat races will be 10 laps in length with the starting lineups determined by the heat race “draft” on Tuesday night at the Brickyard Crossing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Points for the heats will be accumulated by finishing position and total number of positions gained or lost. Cars will be positioned into qualifying races Thursday based on the “passing points” accumulated in Wednesday's heats.

The Stoops Pursuit race Wednesday night is a 25-lap race split into five-lap segments. The field will include 24 starters – heat race winners plus the highest point earner in each heat are eligible, along with promoter’s options. The starting lineup is inverted by fastest heat race time, with promoter’s options starting at the rear. Every five laps, USAC will throw a competition flag, and cars with a net loss in position will be called to exit the track.

A checkered flag ends the final segment, with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position gained.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19:

All cars are eligible for Thursday's six qualifying races. Qualifying races will be 10 laps each with top-six starting positions inverted and the top point earner from Wednesday's heat races starting sixth.

Total points from the heat races and qualifying races will be added to set the feature starting lineup, along with transfers from the B-Main, C-Main and front of the D-Main races. The top-16 overall in accumulated points will start straight-up in the first eight rows of the feature.

D-Mains: 12 laps. Includes cars 45-76 in points. The top three finishers in each D-Main transfer into the C-Main.

C-Main: 15 laps. Includes cars 31-44 in points, plus the top three finishers from each D-Main. The top six finishers transfer to the B-Main.

B-Main (Semi-Feature): 20 laps. Includes cars ranked 17-30 in points, plus the top-six finishers from the C-Main. The top six finishers transfer to the night's A-Main feature event.

The 39-lap A-Main feature will have 22 starters, plus two USAC provisional starters (if applicable) and two IMS options.

THE DETAILS

The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside Turn 3 at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

The USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, August 17, with the BC39 Draft Party where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night of the BC39. The Draft Party will be held at the Brickyard Crossing located at 4400 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis, Ind. from 6-9pm ET. FloRacing will have live coverage of the draft beginning at 7pm.

On track action for the BC39 begins Wednesday, August 18, starting with pits/registration opening at 10am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm and opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races will begin at 7:30pm and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action at 9pm.

The finale, on Thursday, August 19, will have pits/registration opening at 10am Eastern, public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple 12-lap D-Mains, the 15-lap C-Main, the 20-lap semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Every lap of the BC39 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 

STOOPS PURSUIT TO PUT EXCLAMATION POINT
ON WEDNESDAY’S BC39 OPENER!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 16, 2021)………We’ve seen the highlights. We’ve watched in awe. We’ve watched the highlights again and again and again.

The Stoops Pursuit race returns this Wednesday night, August 18, at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the unique 24-car, 25-lap race will conclude night one’s festivities for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink at the quarter-mile dirt oval.

Back in 2019, Kyle Larson literally became the last man standing on the final lap of the Stoops Pursuit during the opening night of the BC39, surviving and thriving during the final five-lap stint in which just three drivers remained in contention: Larson, Justin Grant and Michael Pickens.

The trio entered the back straightaway on the final lap off turn two under a proverbial blanket. Pickens dove underneath Larson entering turn three on the final lap. As both went for the same piece of real estate at the entrance of turn three, Pickens’ right rear tire climbed Larson’s left front, sending Pickens flipping wildly and Larson into a 360 spin at the edge of the infield.

Moments later, Grant seemed to have a clear path to victory on the top side, but instead, banged his right rear tire off the turn three wall, sending himself into a series of barrel rolls against the concrete.

With a cloud of dirt kicked up from the infield and his car’s camber askew, Larson pointed his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Curb Records/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota in the right direction, tip-toed around the bottom of the fourth turn and gassed his way back to the finish line as the winner.

Now two years removed from that race, some highlight viewers still comment, “Why were there only three cars,” and so forth and so on.

The basic reasoning is that this is an event unlike any other in midget racing. The details are that it is a 25-lap race split into five 5-lap segments. The field will include 24 starters consisting of Wednesday night’s heat race winners plus the highest point earner from each heat, with promoter’s options starting at the rear.

The starting lineup is inverted by fastest heat race time. Every five laps, a competition yellow will be displayed. When the yellow flag is flown, all cars with a net loss in position, or that were stopped on track after being involved in an accident, will be eliminated from the event and called upon to pull to the infield.

A checkered flag ends the final segment, with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position gained.

Zeb Wise won the inaugural Stoops Pursuit in 2018 while Kyle Larson was victorious in the most recent edition in 2019.

The USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, August 17, with the BC39 Draft Party where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night of the BC39. The Draft Party will be held at the Brickyard Crossing located at 4400 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis, Ind. from 6-9pm ET. FloRacing will have live coverage of the draft beginning at 7pm.

On track action for the BC39 begins Wednesday, August 18, starting with pits/registration opening at 10am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm and opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races will begin at 7:30pm and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action at 9pm.

The finale, on Thursday, August 19, will have pits/registration opening at 10am Eastern, public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple 12-lap D-Mains, the 15-lap C-Main, the 20-lap semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.


 

$77,100 NIGHT FOR SWANSON CAPPED OFF WITH HOOSIER CLASSIC SILVER CROWN WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 14, 2021)………On a night in which he pocketed a total of $77,100 in total prizes, Kody Swanson saved his best for his last in an encore performance during Saturday night’s inaugural Hoosier Classic USAC Silver Crown feature at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

After winning the Sprint Car feature and finishing third in the midget earlier in the evening, the Kingsburg, Calif. native wrapped up the evening with a dominant, picture-perfect Silver Crown performance at the .686-mile paved oval, leading all 100 laps in his Doran Enterprises/Glenn Farms – Lykins Energy Solutions/Beast/Lanci Ford.

By winning two of the three features throughout the program, Swanson netted the Fatheadz Challenge $50,000 bonus and, added in with his $12,000 Silver Crown victory, $1,100 pole award courtesy of Fatheadz Eyewear and PJ1, along with his winnings from the sprint car and midget events, it totaled the richest day for any driver walking out of a Lucas Oil Raceway USAC event, surpassing the $60,280 captured by Dave Steele following his sweep of the Mopar Twin 25 Midget races in 2002.

Swanson’s 2021 season includes five Lucas Oil Raceway victories (2 Silver Crown, 2 Midget & 1 Sprint), which has elevated him to second on the track’s all-time USAC win list with 13, just two behind Tracy Hines at the top. His seventh overall Silver Crown win at the track also made him LOR’s all-time winningest driver with the series, surpassing younger brother Tanner Swanson’s six.

Every race for Swanson seemingly brings another record, another milestone, another mind-boggling moment that is recorded in the record books. But with so much at play, with all the preceding noteworthy tidbits and the hefty paycheck awaiting, Swanson felt the heart pumping at a bit of a higher rate in anticipation for this particular night.

“Kevin Doran and everybody that’s a part of this 77 team have been working really hard and worked really hard today,” Swanson praised. “I was probably a little grumpy just because the pressure was getting to me, and I know what’s at stake. Everybody kept working and never quit and I’m really thankful for the opportunity to race for them and what we’ve been able to accomplish at Lucas Oil Raceway this year.”

With his LOR victory, Swanson has now opened up a 48-point lead in the USAC Silver Crown standings as he chases a record-extending, unparalleled sixth series championship. This all coming despite missing a race at Williams Grove Speedway in June at a time when his plans didn’t include a full run at another championship. But, now in the driver’s seat of the title race once again, Swanson is game for whatever it takes.

“I wasn’t planning on it,” Swanson admitted. “I wasn’t running for points and was trying to do different things to make some new opportunities in my career. But at this point, to be in a great situation with a chance, and a couple people willing to stick me in a couple of dirt cars down the stretch, maybe we’ll give it a shot.”

From the pole, Swanson was dominant early, often and throughout, immediately gapping the field to the tune of 1.253 seconds in the early stages.

After 15th running Shane Cottle stopped in turn four to prompt a caution on lap 38, eighth running Ryan Newman took a detour to the pit area with mechanical trouble, which cost him a lap and nine positions back to 17th, where he’d run until lap 58 when he was forced to bow out for good. The 1999 USAC Silver Crown champ, who was making his first series start in two years, finished with a 20th place result.

The driver on the move through the middle portion of the race was seventh starting Tyler Roahrig in his USAC Silver Crown debut. The 2021 Little 500 Sprint Car winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway powered under Tanner Swanson for the third spot between turns three and four on the 45th lap, then subsequently chased down David Byrne for second on the 50th lap and jetted past in turn one for the runner-up position.

Reigning USAC Silver Crown champ Justin Grant, running 14th, took a huge hit in more ways than one on the 81st lap when he spun sideways at the exit of turn four and slammed backwards against the infield front straightaway wall, knocking him out of the race and delivering a massive blow to his title chances. Grant was one point out of the lead and second in the standings coming in, but now resides in third, a distant 50 points behind.

Trouble also found fourth-running Derek Bischak with 13 laps remaining as he slowed to a stop at the entrance to the pits in turn three. It was a heartbreaker for the Angola, Ind. driver who was on pace to post his best career USAC Silver Crown finish.

The biggest melee of the night occurred on lap 94 as Tanner Swanson and Aaron Pierce touched wheels while battling for fifth in between turns one and two. The contact was made between Tanner’s right from tire and Pierce’s left rear, sending Pierce spinning to the bottom of turn two. Nathan Byrd, running 10th, attempted to take evasive action, but collided with Pierce, knocking both out of the race and heavily damaging both machines.

Meanwhile, ninth running Eric Gordon also stopped on the back straightaway. His car was loaded up and carried back to the pits.

The yellow flag period, and the ensuing cleanup during the caution laps, which counted up to lap 98, created a green-white-checkered finish scenario.

When the green flag was displayed, Roahrig was able to hang with K. Swanson for the first of the two laps, maintaining a distance of one to two car lengths. However, on the second lap of the GWC, and final lap of the race, K. Swanson ably stretched his lead out, ultimately prevailing by a 0.988 margin over Roahrig, Santos, Tanner Swanson and Byrne.

Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.) demonstrated one of the most impressive USAC Silver Crown debuts in recent memory in his Klatt Enterprises/Wilwood Disc Brakes – Lucas Oil – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Beast/J & D Ford.

Roahrig became just the second driver in the last 28 years to finish inside the top-two in his first USAC Silver Crown start. David Gravel was the most recent to do so, finishing second at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 2020. Prior to that occurrence, the most recent occasion of a top-two debut came on pavement and was turned in by P.J. Jones at Lucas Oil Raceway in 1994.

“I didn’t forecast a second place right at first, but this is a great team,” Roahrig acknowledged. “There’s a reason this car is always fast. Terry Klatt and Bob East put a good piece under me. I can’t say I’m totally surprised because I’m in good stuff, but I’ve still got work to do here. This place is really tough and I’m sure the car’s still probably better than the driver. That was a lot of fun. I think these cars fit me because of my background with late models.”

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) finished his Hoosier Classic with three consecutive podium finishes with a third in the sprint car, a second in the midget, and closed out with another third-place result in his DJ Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Simpson Race Products/Beast/Speedway Chevy Silver Crown car.

“Overall, I can’t complain,” Santos said. “We were just not as good as we wanted to be. But I can’t be upset. It was still a good night. We’ve always got to keep working on it, keep making changes and just keep getting better. It’s just never good enough.”

Ninth-place finisher Russ Gamester reached a milestone on Saturday night by making his 200th career USAC Silver Crown start, becoming the second driver to reach the 200 mark. He remains just one behind Dave Darland (201), who owns the all-time record in that category.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 14, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Hoosier Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/PJ1 QUALIFYING: (Two-Lap Average) 1. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran-20.803; 2. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-20.862; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-21.060; 4. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-21.087; 5. Ryan Newman, 2v, Vance-21.094; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.162; 7. Tyler Roahrig, 6, Klatt-21.244; 8. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.272; 9. Logan Seavey, 222, Rice-21.333; 10. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.360; 11. Kyle O'Gara, 1, SFHR-21.376; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.493; 13. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-21.570; 14. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-21.632; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, BCR-21.705; 16. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.725; 17. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-21.725; 18. Nathan Byrd, 11, Hamilton/Byrd-21.861; 19. Joe Liguori, 32, Williams-21.933; 20. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.965; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-22.203; 22. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-22.238; 23. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-22.652; 24. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-23.045; 25. Jake Day, 42, Day-23.416; 26. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-26.032.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tyler Roahrig (7), 3. Bobby Santos (3), 4. Tanner Swanson (2), 5. David Byrne (6), 6. Kyle O'Gara (11), 7. Austin Nemire (16), 8. Logan Seavey (9), 9. Russ Gamester (10), 10. Travis Welpott (13), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (23), 12. Annie Breidinger (22), 13. Aaron Pierce (12), 14. Eric Gordon (14), 15. Nathan Byrd (18), 16. Bryan Gossel (24), 17. Derek Bischak (4), 18. Justin Grant (8), 19. Jake Day (25), 20. Ryan Newman (5), 21. Kyle Robbins (20), 22. Shane Cottle (15), 23. Joe Liguori (19), 24. Taylor Ferns (17), 25. Patrick Lawson (21), 26. Dave Berkheimer (26). 57:28.825

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Kody Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-335, 2-Logan Seavey-287, 3-Justin Grant-285, 4-Shane Cottle-247, 5-David Byrne-244, 6-Kyle Robbins-227, 7-Austin Nemire-225, 8-Travis Welpott-216, 9-Mike Haggenbottom-212, 10-Bobby Santos-198.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-118, 2-Justin Grant-116, 3-Chris Windom-115, 4-Brady Bacon-111, 5-Thomas Meseraull-103, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 8-Logan Seavey-86, 9-Buddy Kofoid-68, 10-Kyle Cummins-68.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 21, 2021 – Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, Illinois – 1-Mile Dirt Oval – Bettenhausen 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance of the Night: Tyler Roahrig

Fatheadz Eyewear/PJ1 Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Mike Haggenbottom (23rd to 11th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Aaron Pierce


 


SWANSON FINDS MISSING PUZZLE PIECE
IN HOOSIER CLASSIC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 14, 2021)………Coming into Saturday night’s inaugural Hoosier Classic, the only absent piece Kody Swanson had on his Lucas Oil Raceway puzzle from the 2021 season was a sprint car victory.

He filled in that missing space just fine in the 50-lap main event, becoming just the second driver to win a USAC Silver Crown, Midget and Sprint Car feature at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway in the same season. Mike Bliss had been the only prior driver to accomplish the feat, doing so during back-to-back years in 1993 and 1994.

Swanson’s $10,000 victory was the third sprint car win of his career under the USAC banner at the .686-mile paved oval, leading the final 29 laps in his Doran Enterprises/Glenn Farms – Lykins Energy Solutions/Beast/Binks Chevy. The race was a USAC non-points special event for the sprint cars.

Saturday’s feature was just the fourth 50-lap Sprint Car race at the track and the first in half a century. Parnelli Jones won the first 50-lap USAC Sprint Car feature at Lucas Oil Raceway, then known as Indianapolis Raceway Park, in 1961. A.J. Foyt followed Parnelli with a 50-lap score in 1962 while Gary Bettenhausen won the most recent in 1970.

Though it originated under auspicious beginnings with not being able to discover the speed they thought they’d have in hot laps and qualifying, Swanson and team found what they needed in the feature and picked their way back to the place Swanson had been 11 previous times in his LOR career – victory lane.

“That sprint car race was tough because we weren’t where we needed to be,” Swanson stated. But once I got to the lead, there were no excuses left. I had to finish it.

I’m thankful for everyone at Doran Racing and for how hard they worked today,” Swanson continued. “It wasn’t pretty. We missed a lot of practice chasing some gremlins, but nobody ever gave up. We kept going until the buzzer sounded in qualifying. We took a gamble in the feature and, luckily, it paid off for us.”

Swanson started seventh in the 26-car field after qualifying fourth overall in a unique two-lap qualifying average format. With a 10-car inversion, that moved Swanson to the inside of row four on the grid and, from there, he quickly moved to fifth on lap one, then split between Caleb Armstrong and Billy Wease in turn four to stake third on lap two. By lap 12, Swanson had charged to second underneath Taylor Ferns in turn one and was well on his merry way toward the front.

Meanwhile, Aaron Pierce had blasted by everyone on the initial start, leading the opening lap after starting in the fourth spot, opening up a sizable lead through the first 20 laps. However, the yellow flag dropped on lap 20 as early challenger Ferns slowed to a stop in turn four, closing the gap for the frontrunners on the ensuing restart, thus setting up the game changing move by Swanson.

A lap after the restart, on lap 22, Swanson dove to the bottom of turn one underneath Pierce. When Swanson slid up, he found himself in a side-by-side silhouette with Pierce. The two were seemingly tethered together all the way from the entry of turn one to the exit of turn four before Swanson broke free, beating Pierce to the stripe by a half car length.

“I felt like the only place I was really gaining on Aaron, at that point in time, was on entry,” Swanson explained. “I had to just get in there and try to get beside him. He left me room and I tried to leave him room too. Once I got there, I had to finish it because if I didn’t clear him then, I may not ever get another chance. It was a hard race, and hard coming from seventh.”

Once Swanson slipped by Pierce on lap 22, it was a free-for-all behind his back bumper as Kyle O’Gara slotted into second underneath Pierce in between turns three and four, and ditto for Bobby Santos who corralled third from Pierce in the same locale on the 24th circuit.

Swanson went undenied and unchallenged for the remainder of the way, racking up his 12th Lucas Oil Raceway USAC feature victory and his first Kenny Irwin Jr. Memorial trophy. O’Gara finished second with Santos third, Tanner Swanson fourth and Pierce rounding out the top-five.

Tyler Roahrig earned a $500 bonus from PJ1 for his two-lap qualifying average time of 20.799. The 2021 Little 500 winner dropped out of the feature while running seventh with 18 laps remaining.

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USAC SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 14, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Track – Hoosier Classic

PJ1 QUALIFYING: (Two-Lap Average) 1. Tyler Roahrig, 5, Klatt-20.799; 2. Bobby Santos, 22A, DJ-20.893; 3. Kyle O'Gara, 67, SFHR-20.985; 4. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran-21.051; 5. Taylor Ferns, 55F, Ferns-21.121; 6. Tanner Swanson, 4, Nolen-21.128; 7. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.130; 8. Caleb Armstrong, 7c, Neal-21.144; 9. Billy Wease, 12w, Wease-21.185; 10. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.316; 11. Joe Liguori, 13, Liguori-21.435; 12. Nick Hamilton, 32, Hamilton-21.448; 13. Dakoda Armstrong, 1, Neal-21.501; 14. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.652; 15. Bryan Gossel, 6G, Gossel-21.662; 16. Jake McElfresh, 12, Powell-21.673; 17. Tony Main, 74, Main-21.698; 18. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-21.800; 19. Chris Neuenschwander, 10, Koehler-21.947; 20. Brian Vaughn, 71, Carmany-22.118; 21. Justin Harper, 53, TCJ-22.126; 22. Mark Hall, 45, Hallmark-22.600; 23. Chris Jagger, 27, Jagger-22.802; 24. Gary Dunkle, 34, Dunkle-23.591, 25. Nathan Byrd, 11, Hamilton/Byrd-NT; 26. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (7), 2. Kyle O'Gara (8), 3. Bobby Santos (9), 4. Tanner Swanson (5), 5. Aaron Pierce (4), 6. Caleb Armstrong (3), 7. Joe Liguori (11), 8. Nick Hamilton (12), 9. Kyle Robbins (14), 10. Dakoda Armstrong (13), 11. Bryan Gossel (15), 12. Tony Main (17), 13. Travis Welpott (18), 14. Brian Vaughn (20), 15. Jake McElfresh (16), 16. Mark Hall (22), 17. Billy Wease (2), 18. Tyler Roahrig (10), 19. Chris Neuenschwander (19), 20. Justin Harper (21), 21. Taylor Ferns (6), 22. Chris Jagger (23), 23. Gary Dunkle (24), 24. Russ Gamester (1), 25. Nathan Byrd (25), 26. Derek Bischak (26). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Aaron Pierce, Laps 22-50 Kody Swanson.

 

WISE THE LATE RACE HERO
IN MIDGET WIN AT HOOSIER CLASSIC
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 14, 2021)………Josh Wise had a one-track mind Saturday night during the final laps of the inaugural Hoosier Classic Browns Oil Champion Midget feature at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway.

When the opportunity presented itself four laps from the finish of the 50-lap feature, Wise went on the attack and swiped the victory with a daring pass of Bobby Santos between turns one and two to score his first career victory at the track in dramatic fashion.

The $10,000 win was the first for the Riverside, Calif. native in Midget competition under USAC’s banner since a score at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway all the way back in 2009. Saturday night’s event was a non-points special event for USAC.

To Wise, winning is something that’ll never go out of style. Similar things can be said about the tried and true setup on his Alex Bowman Racing/Valvoline - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Smith Titanium/Beast/Stanton SR-11x.

“What’s funny is I ran the same setup on this thing in 2009 the last time I ran here,” Wise revealed. “It’s about getting the details right and hard work. Alex gets this thing ready in the shop himself and It’s just a beautiful racecar. I’m super lucky to be here.”

While the 2005 USAC National Midget titlist and 2006 USAC National Sprint Car champion has won many a race in his career, he left little doubt that this one was special.

“I can’t even catch my breath right now, I’m so pumped,” Wise exclaimed. “I’ve got to thank Alex for letting me run this thing. I’ve had so much fun this year.”

Wise, a veteran of 158 NASCAR Cup starts, qualified second in time trials, which required a two-lap average to determine each driver’s time. With a 10-car invert, Wise started his journey from the ninth position, which saw him quickly knife his way into second in only eight laps.

Pole sitter Mario Clouser, piloting a tribute painted similarly to the famed Steve Lewis-owned “Nine” cars from yesteryear, controlled the field for the first four laps until June LOR Midget winner Bobby Santos stormed by for the first position with a dive bomb to the bottom of turn one, then cleared Clouser with ease.

The first altercation of the midget feature came on the 11th lap as Cole Carter dueled side-by-side with Kyle O’Gara for the fifth spot. Suddenly, Carter lost control at the exit of turn two, sending his car spinning and nosing head first into the inside back straightaway wall, promptly putting an unwelcome ending to his evening.

Throughout the majority of the event, it was a three-car procession up front with Santos leading a freight train that included Wise and Kody Swanson in lockstep formation. Wise took his shots at Santos on multiple occasions, pulling even midway through the turns before having to fall back into line.

Wise constantly was forced to navigate the precarious position of trying to surpass Santos with one hand while simultaneously attempting to fend off K. Swanson with the other.

Shortly thereafter, Thomas Meseraull, who had worked his way from 21st to 6th and was under Nick Hamilton in a tussle for fifth at the time, spun sideways and performed a long broad slide and skid to a stop at the exit of turn four on the 27th lap. Meseraull ultimately finished 13th.

Tenth running Nathan Byrd found major trouble on the 33rd lap when his car darted left, then right, as he entered turn one before slamming hard into the outside wall. He climbed away from the wreckage, out of the race, and with a 12th place result.

As Santos continued to hold serve up front, entering the final five laps of the event, the ninth running car of Justin Grant crawled to a stop in turn two to force out a yellow, which erased Santos' .681 second lead, bunched up the field and created one final restart, one that Wise most certainly needed for the sequence that played out next.

On the lap 47 restart, Wise showed a nose to the inside of Santos on the front straightaway before shooting below the apron in turn one. That gave Wise the space to get a run and pull even with Santos between turns one and two. The two were dead even into two when Wise surged ahead, and Santos dropped into line behind Wise getting off the corner.

“Bobby was running a really good line,” Wise explained. “It was really hard to set up a pass on him and he was holding me really tight. He was going to win it if that late caution hadn’t come out. I just made up my mind that if I was on his bumper, I was going to sail it in there and hope that I didn’t make contact with him, and it worked out. I could tell he was tight, so if I could get him up off his line, I knew he’d get tight and that was just enough.”

Santos took a run right back at Wise in turn three to no avail, then nearly got Wise back in turn one on the following try on lap 48 utilizing the same maneuver in the same spot that Wise had gotten him the lap before. However, Wise kept his foot on the throttle and motored away.

However, on lap 48, the 10th running car of Jake Trainor stopped on the front straightaway, setting up yet another redux between Wise, Santos and K. Swanson. A superb restart by Wise denied any motion or notion that Santos or K. Swanson might’ve had as the lap counter ticked down to zero.

Wise’s return to victory lane was capped by a 0.553 margin over Santos, K. Swanson, Chuck Gurney Jr. and Tanner Swanson.

For Gurney, a two-time USAC National Midget feature winner at LOR in 2008-09, it was his first time behind the wheel since 2011, a fine showing for the man who regularly serves as the assistant crew chief for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship team.

K. Swanson pocketed a $500 bonus for setting quick time with the midgets on Saturday night courtesy of PJ1. For Kody, it was his fifth consecutive midget fast qualifying time at LOR dating back to August of 2020.

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BROWNS OIL CHAMPION USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 14, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Track – Hoosier Classic

PJ1 QUALIFYING: (Two-Lap Average) 1. Kody Swanson, 25, Rodela-21.199; 2. Josh Wise, 55, Bowman-21.337; 3. Tanner Swanson, 7K, Petry/Irwin-21.380; 4. Kyle O'Gara, 1BR, SFHR-21.392; 5. Bobby Santos, 29, Seymour/West-21.459; 6. Nick Hamilton, 7KR, Petry/Irwin-21.470; 7. Cole Carter, 7, Bertrand-21.579; 8. Todd Bertrand, 47, Bertrand-21.685; 9. Justin Grant, 3, Bohanon-21.701; 10. Mario Clouser, 99, Guess-21.704; 11. Jake Trainor, 8, Trainor-21.829; 12. Dalton Armstrong, 7A, C & A-21.832; 13. Chuck Gurney Jr., 51, West-21.899; 14. Nathan Byrd, 47D, Bertrand-21.954; 15. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Western Speed-22.138; 16. Johnny Zych, 9, Zych-22.232; 17. Saban Bibent, 77, Doran-22.614; 18. Blake Brannon, 40, Western Speed-22.880; 19. Ryan Shilkuski, 75, Shilkuski-24.334; 20. Taylor Ferns, 55F, Ferns-NT; 21. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-NT; 22. Bret Sanderson, 66, Sanderson-NT; 23. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-NT; 24. Tyler Nelson, 33, Hamilton-NT; 25. Brian Karraker, 3BK, Bohanon-NT; 26. Logan Seavey, 25m, Malloy-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Josh Wise (9), 2. Bobby Santos (6), 3. Kody Swanson (10), 4. Chuck Gurney Jr. (13), 5. Tanner Swanson (8), 6. Mario Clouser (1), 7. Cody Gerhardt (15), 8. Johnny Zych (16), 9. Nick Hamilton (5), 10. Jake Trainor (11), 11. Justin Grant (2), 12. Nathan Byrd (14), 13. Thomas Meseraull (21), 14. Taylor Ferns (20), 15. Kyle O'Gara (7), 16. Saban Bibent (17), 17. Dalton Armstrong (12), 18. Todd Bertrand (3), 19. Cole Carter (4), 20. Ryan Shilkuski (19), 21. Annie Breidinger (23), 22. Tyler Nelson (24), 23. Brian Karraker (25), 24. Bret Sanderson (22), 25. Blake Brannon (18), 26. Logan Seavey (26). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Mario Clouser, Laps 5-46 Bobby Santos, Laps 47-50 Josh Wise.

 

 

BC39 FIELD IS SET AT 77 FOR AUG. 18-19 USAC MIDGET EVENT!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 13, 2021)………USAC stars. NASCAR stars. INDYCAR stars. International racing stars. The 77 driver entry list has it all for the August 18-19 USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink Midget event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final entries have been set following last night’s deadline expiring at midnight Eastern time with the largest car count of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season competing for a $15,000-to-win A-Main prize on the 1/4-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile paved oval, which will pay feature points only to all USAC National Midget licensed drivers and entrants.

Among the 77 BC39 entries are one NASCAR Cup Series title, and 42 NASCAR Cup Series wins among Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.), Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.); two Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR winners, Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) on the road course with the Xfinity Series and Newman on the oval with the Cup series.

Forty laps led and two Indianapolis 500 top-10 finishes are in the BC39 field between Conor Daly (Noblesville, Ind.) and J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.).

The BC39 field consists of a total of 23 total USAC National driving championships among Yeley, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), plus a New Zealand Midget champion in Hayden Williams (Auckland, N.Z.).

A staggering 205 combined USAC National Midget feature wins have been achieved by 25 members of the BC39 lineup: Larson, Newman, Yeley, Windom, Coons, Bacon, Courtney, Thorson, Gamester, Bayston and Seavey in addition to current series point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.).

Lastly, but not least of all, the field contains the only two previous BC39 feature winners in Brady Bacon (2018) and Zeb Wise (2019).

Three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion and 2018 inaugural BC39 winner Bacon will be on hand as will Wise, who’ll wheel the Matt Wood Racing No. 37 in this year’s event and was victorious in the most recent BC39 held in 2019, making the winning pass seven laps from the finish to win the $15,000 event. He also scored the first midget victory of any kind at The Dirt Track at IMS during the Stoops Pursuit in 2018.

Larson, the NASCAR Cup Series superstar and 23-time USAC National Midget feature winner, will be behind the wheel of the CB Industries No. 86, the team with which he dominated with en route to the 2020 Indiana Midget Week title.

As one of four entrants out of the CB Industries stable, Larson will be joined by past USAC National Midget champions Windom and Bayston as well as race Rookie Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.). Larson finished 9th in his lone BC39 feature start in 2019 but won the preceding night’s Stoops Pursuit in one of the most dramatic endings in motorsports history.

Windom the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National champion, aims to make his third start in the event following a 3rd place finish in 2019. Bayston, the series’ 2017 king, will go after his second start in the event following a 20th place result in 2019. Seavey captured the 2018 series crown and will also be eying a third BC39 start after finishing a personal best 5th in 2019.

Yeley is one of the most decorated drivers in USAC history, capturing a total of five National championships with the club, including becoming the second driver to win all three USAC National titles in the same season in 2003 (Tony Stewart, 1995). Yeley is also the only driver to compete in the BC39, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in his career.

Thorson and Kofoid lead two of the top teams with the series and both are making their BC39 debuts this year. Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, is one of three Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports entries along USAC Rookies Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Kofoid is one of seven entries from the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports bunch, all of whom are BC39 Rookies, with Kofoid being joined by two-time series winner Pursley, Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Jonathan Shafer (Ashland, Ohio).

New Zealand midget champion Williams brings an international flair to the event in a BSL Racing machine while versatile wheelman Gary Taylor has filed his entry to compete for car owners Mike and Brian Dunlap.

2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Elliott will make his BC39 debut this year. The driver with the most laps led in this year’s Indianapolis 500, Daly, will make his third consecutive appearance in the BC39. NASCAR Rookie of the Year contender Briscoe, the winner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard on the 2.439 mile road course in 2020, aims to make his second-straight BC39 feature start.

Newman (South Bend, Ind.), an 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, will compete in one of four Clauson Marshall Racing entries. Newman captured the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400 on the 2.5-mile paved oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was a USAC National champion earlier in his career with the Silver Crown series in 1999.

Two-time USAC National champion and recent Kings Royal winner, Courtney, returns for a third BC39 start after finishing 4th in 2018 and charged from 20th to 2nd in the 2019 event. CMR teammates joining Newman and Courtney include the series’ youngest ever winner, Day, along with series veteran Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.).

The RMS Racing team of reigning USAC Silver Crown champion Grant and Meseraull, a two-time winner in the USAC National Midget division this year, is entered for the BC39 while Terry Klatt and Bob East have entered a car for multi-time USAC National Midget feature winner McDougal.

USAC career Triple Crown champion and 2018 ninth-place BC39 finisher Coons Jr. is entered along with 1989 USAC National Midget champion Gamester who is making his third-straight appearance in the event.

Two-time 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner Axsom will get his first taste of BC39 experience this year. Cottle has won twice on the USAC Regional Midget trail in 2021 and seeks his first BC39 start since 2018 while 1987 Hut 100 and 1990 Chili Bowl winner Heydenreich will make his third appearance in the event.

McIntosh is one of the top young guns on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail, having won three times in his career. He made his BC39 debut in 2019, garnering the last transfer spot in the semi-feature and finishing 18th in the feature after flipping with nine laps remaining.

The BC39 will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

The USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, August 17, with the BC39 Draft Party where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night of the BC39. The Draft Party will be held at the Brickyard Crossing located at 4400 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis, Ind.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 17, with team parking at Noon Eastern. On track action begins Wednesday, August 18, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 19, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

This year’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink also will be the conclusion of nearly a week of exciting action on the road course and The Dirt Track at IMS. The NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader takes place Aug. 13-15, with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR Xfinity Series conducting separate races Saturday, Aug. 14 and the NASCAR Cup Series racing on the IMS road course for the first time Sunday, Aug. 15.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Visit www.IMS.com for more information on tickets to all IMS events in 2021.

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ENTRY LIST: 2021 DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 POWERED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK

(77 entries)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

1NZ HAYDEN WILLIAMS/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

2c TREVOR CASEY/Altoona, IA (Casey Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

2MD CARSON KVAPIL/Mooresville, NC (Marc Dailey Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

4 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

4K KAMERON GLADISH/Indianapolis, IN (Gladish Motorsports)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6BC RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Paul May Motorsports)

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports)

10 KEVIN WOODY JR./Victor, NY (Dave Mac Motorsports)

11 JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Brian & Deidre Martin)

11c GLENN WATERLAND/Christchurch, NZ (Glenn & Hayley Waterland)

11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)

11m AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Brian & Deidre Martin)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/New Whiteland, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)

15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17 TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Berryhill Family Racing)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Sam Johnson Racing)

17L BILLY LAWLESS/Fresno, CA (Lawless Racing)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Petry Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19M ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Karter Sarff Racing)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Gladish Motorsports)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 GARY TAYLOR/Snohomish, WA (Mike & Brian Dunlap)

35 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Petry Motorsports)

36 IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

37 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing)

38 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Craig Dori)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Brannon Corporation)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

43 RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Kevin Arnold)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (R & G, Inc.)

47BC COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing)

47D CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN (DiaEdge Racing)

49 JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis)

51 J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Rick Ware Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (Daniel Robinson)

63 FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA (F & F Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K JONATHAN SHAFER/Ashland, OH (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71K DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71T ZAC TAYLOR/Green River, WY (Todd Henry)

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81G RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

84 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (CB Industries)

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motor Sports)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

86 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper)

86x KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (CB Industries)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Tommy Kouns)

116 SCOTT EVANS/Rhome, TX (Scott Evans)

 

MIDGET RACING INVADES HOOSIER CLASSIC
TRIPLEHEADER THIS SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 13, 2021)………Midget racing has long had a home at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway over the past six decades. After an absence of several years in the middle part of the past decade, midget racing has become a monthly can’t-miss experience at the .686-mile paved oval.

In fact, this Saturday night’s 50-lap $10,000-to-win Browns Oil Service Champion Midget event will be the 142nd Midget event held at the track under the USAC banner since the venue’s opening in 1961, and the fourth alone this year, the most Midget races held at LOR since the 1997 season.

Saturday’s midget event is a non-points, special event for the series, instead, paying plenty in terms of money and pride.

The unequivocal pavement open wheel dominators of this generation – Bobby Santos, Kody Swanson and Tanner Swanson – have, unsurprisingly, been victorious in a midget at LOR in their careers.

In the last four rounds of midget competition at LOR over the past two seasons, both Santos and Kody Swanson have won two features each. Santos (Franklin, Mass.) has won three times overall dating back to 2006 and won at LOR in June of this year as well, one of his 11 total LOR USAC victories at the track. The 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was 3rd with the midgets at LOR in May of this year and 4th in July.

Kody (Kingsburg, Calif.) possesses similar stats as Santos in their tug-of-war of supremacy at LOR with 11 overall USAC wins and three in the midget. He won his first in 2010 and has added to his total with two more this year in May and July. Kody has also been the fastest qualifier in each of his last four Midget appearances at LOR in 2020-21 and finished as the runner-up to Santos in June.

Younger brother Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has won his fair share of USAC races at LOR with seven in his career, with his first coming back in the 2010 Night Before the 500 Midget and has added six more in the Silver Crown cars in the decade since. Tanner’s finished consistently within the top-five this year in LOR midget features with at 4th in May, a 3rd in June and a 5th in July.

Chuck Gurney Jr. (Livermore, Calif.) hasn’t been behind the wheel of a racecar in USAC competition since 2011. The current Assistant Crew Chief for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ USAC National Midget team knows his way to the front at Lucas Oil Raceway in a midget. The son of 1989 USAC Silver Crown champ Chuck Gurney won both of his races with the USAC National Midgets at LOR, bagging back-to-back scores in both 2008 and 2009.

Similarly away from the cockpit of a midget for a lengthy period of time, Josh Wise (Riverside, Calif.) has become a force this season at LOR, performing and finishing progressively better in each of his three starts. The 2005 USAC National Midget and 2006 USAC National Sprint Car champion was 7th at LOR in May, then followed it up by leading two laps and finishing 4th in June. In July, he turned in his best performance yet this year, finishing 2nd after leading the first 18 laps of the 30-lap feature.

Top-five midget finishers Thomas Meseraull, Justin Grant and Nick Hamilton return to action Saturday night at LOR. Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) was the runner-up in May and also finished 5th in June. Reigning USAC Silver Crown champ Grant (Ione, Calif.) was 5th in May. Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) garnered a 3rd in July and a 7th in June.

Returnees from the top-10 set of LOR Midget feature finishers this year include the likes of Cole Carter, Jake Trainor, Kyle O’Gara, Dalton Armstrong, Cody Gerhardt and Tyler Roahrig. Carter (Brownsburg, Ind.), son of the first career USAC Triple Crown champion, Pancho Carter, finished a best of 6th in both June and July. Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) standout Trainor (Medway, Mass.) has finished in the top-10 on all three occasions this season at LOR, topped by a 6th in May.

O’Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.), the 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champion, took 8th in May. Dalton Armstrong (New Castle, Ind.), the 2010 USAC Regional Midget and USAC Wolverine Midget titlist, was 8th this past July. Cody Gerhardt (Fresno, Calif.) is a three-time USAC national champ, in the Western Ford Focus Pavement Midget, California North Ford Focus Midget and California South Ford Focus Midget divisions in 2010 and was 9th at LOR in June and 10th in July. The 2021 Little 500 Sprint Car winner, Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.), finished 10th in his LOR Midget debut this past June.

Mario Clouser and Bret Sanderson have each finished within the top-10 in their careers with the USAC Midgets at LOR in year’s past. Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) was 5th in 2012 while Sanderson (Gary, Ind.) collected a 6th in 2014.

They’ll be joined a whole host of returnees to the driver lineup for Saturday’s race who’ve competed at LOR this season, including Goodyear, Arizona’s Nathan Byrd (11th in June). Morgan Hill, California’s Blake Brannon (12th in May) was the 2016 USAC Western Restricted HPD Midget champion. Shelby Township, Michigan’s Taylor Ferns (12th in July) scored the 2011 USAC D1 Midget title.

Mendon, Massachusetts’ Johnny Zych (13th in May) captured NEMA titles in 2013-15-16. Fellow NEMA standout, Suffield, Connecticut’s Todd Bertrand (18th in May) was the NEMA champion in 2020. Indianapolis, Indiana’s John Sluss (14th in June) earned the 1998 USAC Regional Midget championship at the Indianapolis Speedrome.

Hillsborough, California’s Annie Breidinger was 19th in May; Spring Valley, Illinois’ Ryan Shilkuski was 22nd in May; Sherman, Illinois’ Brandon Maurer has turned laps at LOR in practice, but has yet to start a feature event at the track entering Saturday.

The inaugural Hoosier Classic will feature all three open wheel divisions back-to-back-to-back under the Saturday night lights, concluding with a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Championship Sprint Car feature, followed by a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Browns Oil Champion Midget feature and the grand finale, a 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race paying $12,000-to-win.

Saturday’s schedule will have the gates opening at 11am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting at 2:50pm; stands opening at 3pm; sprint car practice at 3:30pm; midget practice at 4:20pm; USAC Silver Crown practice at 5:10pm; sprint car qualifying at 6pm; midget qualifying at 6:45pm; Silver Crown qualifying at 7:30pm; and opening ceremonies at 8:05pm.

Main events get underway at 8:30pm Eastern, leading off with the sprint car feature followed by the midget feature at 9:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown feature at 10pm.

The 2021 Hoosier Classic trifecta will also feature drivers competing on The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for their shot at taking home a staggering $100,000.

The Fatheadz $100K Challenge is up for grabs to anyone that can win all three of the Hoosier Classic races (Sprint, Midget and USAC Silver Crown). If a driver and team can win two of those three events, they will collect $50,000.

The addition of these prizes instantly elevates what was going to be the biggest payday in grassroots pavement open-wheel racing to now another stratosphere with a potential winner taking home a total of $132,000 for winning three big races over the course of one night.

Hoosier Classic tickets are now on sale at www.bit.ly/HoosierClassic. General admission tickets are $25, with children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

Friday’s Hoosier Classic tickets will be honored for Saturday admission, and original ticketholders will be contacted by the Lucas Oil Raceway ticketing team. Camping will still open on Thursday, August 12.

The Hoosier Classic will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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HOOSIER CLASSIC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:

1BR KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

3 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Bohanon)

4 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Klatt)

7 COLE CARTER/Brownsburg, IN (Bertrand)

7A DALTON ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Armstrong)

7K TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Irwin-Petry)

7KR NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Irwin-Petry)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS)

8 JAKE TRAINOR/Medway, MA (Trainor)

9 JOHNNY ZYCH/Mendon, MA (Zych)

14 BRANDON MAURER/Sherman, IL (Maurer)

14AJ JOHN SLUSS/Indianapolis, IN (RayPro)

17 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Bertrand)

25 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Rodela)

29 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (Seymour/West)

33 TBD (RayPro)

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Brannon)

47 TODD BERTRAND/Suffield, CT (Bertrand)

51 CHUCK GURNEY JR./Livermore, CA (West)

55 JOSH WISE/Riverside, CA (Bowman)

55F TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

60 CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Gerhardt)

66 BRET SANDERSON/Gary, IN (Sanderson)

75 RYAN SHILKUSKI/Spring Valley, IL (Shilkuski)

80 ANNIE BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

99 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Guess)

333 TBD (RayPro)

USAC MIDGET WINS AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY:

7-Johnny Parsons

6-Dan Drinan, Tracy Hines, Mel Kenyon & Kenneth Nichols

5-Ryan Newman, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart & Rich Vogler

4-Jeff Gordon, Doug Kalitta & Jason Leffler

3-Bob Cicconi, Stan Fox, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, Kody Swanson, Sleepy Tripp & Bob Wente

2-Mike Bliss, Billy Engelhart, Bryan Clauson, Jack Calabrase, Jimmy Caruthers, Aaron Fike, Nick Fornoro Jr., Brian Gerster, Chuck Gurney Jr., Darren Hagen, Jim Hettinger, Kenny Irwin Jr., Lee Kunzman, Mack McClellan & Andy Michner

1-Tommy Astone, Gary Bettenhausen, Merle Bettenhausen, Don Branson, Pancho Carter, Bobby East, Mike Fedorcak, Mike Gregg, Ron Gregory, Ted Hines, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Kyle Larson, Greg Leffler, Michael Lewis, Steve Lotshaw, Jan Opperman, Henry Pens, Stevie Reeves, Ken Schrader, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Randy Tolsma & Billy Vukovich


 


BC39 FIELD EXPLODES TO 77,
LARSON, YELEY & McINTOSH ENTER!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 12, 2021)………Kyle Larson, J.J. Yeley and Cannon McIntosh have officially filed their entries for the August 18-19 USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink as the entry list has exploded to a staggering 77 entries for the Midget racing event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/ until the deadline on Thursday, August 12, which has been EXTENDED to midnight Eastern. Also, there on the website, individuals may also purchase tickets, pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), the NASCAR Cup Series superstar and 23-time USAC National Midget feature winner, will be behind the wheel of the CB Industries No. 86, the team with which he dominated with en route to the 2020 Indiana Midget Week title.

As one of four entrants out of the CB Industries stable, Larson will be joined by past USAC National Midget champions Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) as well as race Rookie Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.). Larson finished 9th in his lone BC39 feature start in 2019 but won the preceding night’s Stoops Pursuit in one of the most dramatic endings in motorsports history.

Yeley (Tucson, Ariz.) is one of the most decorated drivers in USAC history, capturing a total of five National championships with the club, including becoming the second driver to win all three USAC National titles in the same season in 2003 (Tony Stewart, 1995). Yeley is also the only driver to compete in the BC39, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in his career.

McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) is one of the top young guns on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail, having won three times in his career. He made his BC39 debut in 2019, garnering the last transfer spot in the semi-feature and finishing 18th in the feature after flipping with nine laps remaining.

Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), who’ll wheel the Matt Wood Racing No. 37 in this year’s event, was victorious in the most recent BC39 held in 2019, making the winning pass seven laps from the finish to win the $15,000 event. He also scored the first midget victory of any kind at The Dirt Track at IMS during the Stoops Pursuit in 2018.

Three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion and 2018 inaugural BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will be on hand as will newly-crowned 2021 Indiana Sprint Week champion Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.).

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) lead two of the top teams with the series and both are making their BC39 debuts this year. Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, is one of three Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports entries along USAC Rookies Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Kofoid, the current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader, is one of seven entries from the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports bunch, all of whom are BC39 Rookies, with Kofoid being joined by two-time series winner Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Jonathan Shafer (Ashland, Ohio).

New Zealand midget champion Hayden Williams brings an international flair to the event in a BSL Racing machine while versatile wheelman Gary Taylor has filed his entry to compete for car owners Mike and Brian Dunlap.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National champion, aims to make his third start in the event following a 3rd place finish in 2019. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured the 2018 series crown and will also be eying a third BC39 start after finishing a personal best 5th in 2019. Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), the series’ 2017 king, will go after his second start in the event following a 20th place result in 2019.

2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.) will make his BC39 debut this year. The driver with the most laps led in this year’s Indianapolis 500, Conor Daly (Noblesville, Ind.), will make his third consecutive appearance in the BC39. NASCAR Rookie of the Year contender Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), the winner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard on the 2.439 mile road course in 2020, aims to make his second-straight BC39 feature start.

Ryan Newman will compete in one of four Clauson Marshall Racing entries. Newman (South Bend, Ind.), an 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, captured the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400 on the 2.5-mile paved oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was a USAC National champion earlier in his career with the Silver Crown series in 1999.

Two-time USAC National champion and recent Kings Royal winner, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), returns for a third BC39 start after finishing 4th in 2018 and charged from 20th to 2nd in the 2019 event. CMR teammates joining Newman and Courtney include the series’ youngest ever winner, Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), along with series veteran Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.).

The RMS Racing team of reigning USAC Silver Crown champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a two-time winner in the USAC National Midget division this year, is entered for the BC39 while Terry Klatt and Bob East have entered a car for multi-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

USAC career Triple Crown champion and 2018 ninth-place BC39 finisher Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) is officially entered along with 1989 USAC National Midget champion Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) who is making his third consecutive appearance in the event.

Two-time 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) will get his first taste of BC39 experience this year. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has won twice on the USAC Regional Midget trail in 2021 and seeks his first BC39 start since 2018 while 1987 Hut 100 and 1990 Chili Bowl winner John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) will make his third appearance in the event.

The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside Turn 3 at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Brady Bacon (2018) and Zeb Wise (2019) have captured victories in the first two editions of the BC39.

The USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, August 17, with the BC39 Draft Party where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night of the BC39. The Draft Party will be held at the Brickyard Crossing located at 4400 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis, Ind.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 17, with team parking at Noon Eastern. On track action begins Wednesday, August 18, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 19, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

This year’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink also will be the conclusion of nearly a week of exciting action on the road course and The Dirt Track at IMS. The NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader takes place Aug. 13-15, with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR Xfinity Series conducting separate races Saturday, Aug. 14 and the NASCAR Cup Series racing on the IMS road course for the first time Sunday, Aug. 15.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Visit www.IMS.com for more information on tickets to all IMS events in 2021.

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ENTRY LIST: 2021 DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 POWERED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK

(77 entries as of August 12, 2021)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

1NZ HAYDEN WILLIAMS/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

2c TREVOR CASEY/Altoona, IA (Casey Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

2MD CARSON KVAPIL/Mooresville, NC (Marc Dailey Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

4 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

4K KAMERON GLADISH/Indianapolis, IN (Gladish Motorsports)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6BC RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Paul May Motorsports)

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports)

11 JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Brian & Deidre Martin)

11c GLENN WATERLAND/Christchurch, NZ (Glenn & Hayley Waterland)

11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)

11m AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Brian & Deidre Martin)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/New Whiteland, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)

15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17 TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Berryhill Family Racing)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Sam Johnson Racing)

17L BILLY LAWLESS/Fresno, CA (Lawless Racing)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Petry Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19M ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Team Ripper)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Bryan Flook)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 GARY TAYLOR/Snohomish, WA (Mike & Brian Dunlap)

35 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Petry Motorsports)

36 IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

37 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing)

38 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Craig Dori)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Brannon Corporation)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

43 RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Kevin Arnold)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (R & G, Inc.)

47BC COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing)

47D CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN (DiaEdge Racing)

49 JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis)

51 J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Rick Ware Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (Daniel Robinson)

63 FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA (F & F Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K JONATHAN SHAFER/Ashland, OH (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

71K DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71T ZAC TAYLOR/Green River, WY (Todd Henry)

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81G RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

84 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (CB Industries)

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motor Sports)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (CB Industries)

86c SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Tommy Kouns)

116 SCOTT EVANS/Rhome, TX (Scott Evans)

TBA (Dave Mac Motorsports)

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN POUNDS THE PAVEMENT SATURDAY AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 12, 2021)………An offseason switch to a new team proved to be no issue whatsoever for Kody Swanson during this past May’s USAC Silver Crown season opener at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

The Kingsburg, Californian’s first run in the Doran Enterprises No. 77 gave him his sixth career USAC Silver Crown victory at Lucas Oil Raceway, tying him with his younger brother, Tanner Swanson, for the most all-time Silver Crown victories at the .686-mile paved oval.

The Brothers Swanson are deadlocked atop the pecking order entering this Saturday night’s 100-lap, $12,000-to-win Hoosier Classic event at Lucas Oil on August 14, part of a tripleheader of open wheel races that night along with the Browns Oil Champion Midgets and Champion Sprint Cars.

Kody and Tanner are part of the 27 car field lineup for the 52nd Silver Crown race to be held at Lucas Oil Raceway, which has hosted a series event each year since 1985. Kody enters as the series point leader by one single point as he seeks to grab an unprecedented sixth series crown.

Tanner, also of Kingsburg, Calif.), won the pole for the May race, but accrued mechanical issues at the start, then was involved in an accident early once he got rolling, which knocked him out of a repeat LOR victory.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) owns four Silver Crown wins at LOR in his career, part of his 11 overall at the track. He’s already won twice there this year, corralling both ends of a Sprint Car and Midget doubleheader on June 17. In May’s Silver Crown opener, Santos led the first 63 laps before finishing 2nd.

Eighteen-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.) makes his return to USAC Silver Crown competition after a two-year hiatus. Newman, the 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion, is a six-time USAC feature winner with five midget victories and one in the Silver Crown car between 1997 and 1999.

David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.) won his lone Silver Crown race in spectacular fashion at LOR in 2014 with a last lap, last corner pass of Tanner Swanson. Byrne earned his best finish of the season in May at LOR, starting 3rd and finishing 3rd.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), a Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown winner in 2000, is primed to make history on Saturday. With another feature start, he’d become just the second driver to reach 200 starts with the series. Dave Darland leads all drivers with 201. Saturday will be the 1989 USAC National Midget champion’s first Silver Crown appearance of the year.

Greenfield, Indiana’s Eric Gordon is a three-time winner at LOR, all in a Sprint Car, back in 1990-91-92. The 1990 Milwaukee Silver Crown winner and nine-time Little 500 winner finished 15th in May, dropping out with 22 laps remaining due to a handling issue.

Reigning USAC Silver Crown champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) comes into Saturday’s event after winning his first career pavement race with the series at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in late July. He finished 4th at Lucas Oil Raceway in the spring of this year.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), meanwhile, goes into the weekend as the most recent USAC Silver Crown winner, having been victorious last Sunday night on the dirt at Pennsylvania’s Selinsgrove Speedway. Seavey, the leading series Rookie and third overall in the standings, finished 7th in his pavement Silver Crown debut in May.

This past May’s Little 500 winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.), will make his first career USAC Silver Crown appearance on Saturday in the Klatt Enterprises No. 6, which won at LOR in the spring of 2019 with driver Kyle Hamilton.

Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) is a three-time USAC Silver Crown winner but is looking to race into victory lane for the first time at Lucas Oil Raceway in his career with the series on Saturday. He’s previously won the pole and finished as the runner-up at LOR with the Silver Crown series.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) finished 8th at LOR in the Spring and is a two-time USAC Silver Crown winner on dirt, and led the series point standings earlier this season.

Women racers Taylor Ferns and Toni Breidinger each possess USAC Silver Crown experience at LOR. Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) finished 5th in her only series start of the year thus far, finishing 5th at LOR. Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.) will make her season debut on Saturday.

Joe Liguori (Tampa, Fla.), grandson of four-decade USAC feature winner Ralph Liguori will make his first Silver Crown appearance of the season Saturday at LOR, joining the remainder of the group, who all competed in this past May’s season opener at the track.

Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) was the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger back in May, racing from 17th to 9th. Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) took a solid 10th in the same race, just ahead of New Castle, Indiana’s Kyle Robbins (11th), Beech Grove, Indiana’s Kyle O’Gara (12th), Fort Collins, Colorado’s Bryan Gossel (13th) and Levittown, Pennsylvania’s Mike Haggenbottom (14th).

A handful more experienced mechanical issues and/or incidents that knocked them out early back in May: Winchester, Indiana’s Matt Goodnight (16th) dropped out due to handling; Pendleton, Indiana’s Travis Welpott due to a broken driveshaft (20th) and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Dave Berkheimer, who endured a fuel pickup issue.

Jake Day (Abilene, Texas) and Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) were involved in separate incidents that knocked them out of the race early back in May. Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), the 2019 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, could not make the start in May after qualifying due to Little 500 commitments when the race was postponed to the next morning.

The inaugural Hoosier Classic will feature all three open wheel divisions back-to-back-to-back under the Saturday night lights, concluding with a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Championship Sprint Car feature, followed by a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Browns Oil Champion Midget feature and the grand finale, a 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race paying $12,000-to-win.

Saturday’s schedule will have the gates opening at 11am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting at 2:50pm; stands opening at 3pm; sprint car practice at 3:30pm; midget practice at 4:20pm; USAC Silver Crown practice at 5:10pm; sprint car qualifying at 6pm; midget qualifying at 6:45pm; Silver Crown qualifying at 7:30pm; and opening ceremonies at 8:05pm.

Main events get underway at 8:30pm Eastern, leading off with the sprint car feature followed by the midget feature at 9:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown feature at 10pm.

The 2021 Hoosier Classic trifecta will also feature drivers competing on The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for their shot at taking home a staggering $100,000.

The Fatheadz $100K Challenge is up for grabs to anyone that can win all three of the Hoosier Classic races (Sprint, Midget and USAC Silver Crown). If a driver and team can win two of those three events, they will collect $50,000.

The addition of these prizes instantly elevates what was going to be the biggest payday in grassroots pavement open-wheel racing to now another stratosphere with a potential winner taking home a total of $132,000 for winning three big races over the course of one night.

Hoosier Classic tickets are now on sale at www.bit.ly/HoosierClassic. General admission tickets are $25, with children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

Friday’s Hoosier Classic tickets will be honored for Saturday admission, and original ticketholders will be contacted by the Lucas Oil Raceway ticketing team. Camping will still open on Thursday, August 12.

The Hoosier Classic will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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HOOSIER CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST:

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Gossel)

1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Lawson)

2v RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Vance)

6 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Klatt)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR)

11 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Hamilton-Byrd)

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer)

32 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Williams & Wright Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne)

42 JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX (Day)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran)

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn)

99 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice)

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-259, 2-Justin Grant-258, 3-Logan Seavey-238, 4-Shane Cottle-226, 5-Kyle Robbins-205, 6-David Byrne-186, 7-Shane Cockrum-173, 8-Travis Welpott-173, 9-Austin Nemire-173, 10-Chris Windom-172.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY:

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

USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY:

6-Kody Swanson & Tanner Swanson

5-Mike Bliss

4-Bobby Santos

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

USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY:

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)

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN RETURNS TO USAC SILVER CROWN FOR SATURDAY’S HOOSIER CLASSIC

 By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 12, 2021)………After a two-year hiatus from USAC Silver Crown racing, Ryan Newman will return to the driver’s seat for this Saturday night’s inaugural Hoosier Classic on August 14 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Newman will drive in the 100-lap, $12,000-to-win event for Johnny Vance Racing in a car being constructed by 2005 Night Before the 500 winner Michael Lewis.

During his full-time USAC career in the late 1990s, Newman was a force at Lucas Oil Raceway, then known as Indianapolis Raceway Park. There, the South Bend, Indiana native won a total of six USAC features, five of which came behind the wheel of a midget and once in a USAC Silver Crown car during his championship season in 1999.

In fact, both of Newman’s first career USAC National Midget victory in 1997 as well as his initial Silver Crown triumph in 1999 came at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Following his USAC Silver Crown championship, Newman moved to the south where he’s been a regular in the NASCAR Cup Series for the past two decades. His NASCAR Cup resume consists of 51 poles and 18 victories and includes wins in the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.

Newman’s ride for Saturday night is in tribute to Vance, who passed away in 2017. Vance was a USAC official, promoter and one of the winningest car owners in USAC history, earning three National car owner titles and 52 National wins. Newman raced in the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series for Vance during the late 1990s-early 2000s.

Saturday’s inaugural Hoosier Classic will feature all three open wheel divisions back-to-back-to-back under the Saturday night lights, concluding with a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Championship Sprint Car feature, followed by a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Browns Oil Champion Midget feature and the grand finale, a 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race paying $12,000-to-win.

Saturday’s schedule will have the gates opening at 11am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting at 2:50pm; stands opening at 3pm; sprint car practice at 3:30pm; midget practice at 4:20pm; USAC Silver Crown practice at 5:10pm; sprint car qualifying at 6pm; midget qualifying at 6:45pm; Silver Crown qualifying at 7:30pm; and opening ceremonies at 8:05pm.

Main events get underway at 8:30pm Eastern, leading off with the sprint car feature followed by the midget feature at 9:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown feature at 10pm.

The 2021 Hoosier Classic trifecta will also feature drivers competing on The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for their shot at taking home a staggering $100,000.

The Fatheadz $100K Challenge is up for grabs to anyone that can win all three of the Hoosier Classic races (Sprint, Midget and USAC Silver Crown). If a driver and team can win two of those three events, they will collect $50,000.

The addition of these prizes instantly elevates what was going to be the biggest payday in grassroots pavement open-wheel racing to now another stratosphere with a potential winner taking home a total of $132,000 for winning three big races over the course of one night.

Hoosier Classic tickets are now on sale at www.bit.ly/HoosierClassic. General admission tickets are $25, with children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

Friday’s Hoosier Classic tickets will be honored for Saturday admission, and original ticketholders will be contacted by the Lucas Oil Raceway ticketing team. Camping will still open on Thursday, August 12.

The Hoosier Classic will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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HOOSIER CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST:

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Gossel)

1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Lawson)

2v RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Vance)

6 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Klatt)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR)

11 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Hamilton-Byrd)

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer)

32 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Williams & Wright Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne)

42 JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX (Day)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran)

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn)

99 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice)


SPRINT CARS ROAR FOR 50 LAPS,
$10,000-TO-WIN AT SATURDAY'S HOOSIER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 12, 2021)………The highest-paying Sprint Car race ever held at Lucas Oil Raceway is set to hit this Saturday night, August 14, as part of the inaugural Hoosier Classic tripleheader at the .686-mile paved oval in Brownsburg, Ind.

The Sprint Car portion of the show is a non-points paying evening for USAC. But what it doesn’t pay in points will certainly be made up in terms of money with $10,000 going to the winner of the 50-lap feature.

The 82nd Sprint Car event held at Lucas Oil Raceway under the USAC banner will be just the third such feature that is 50 laps in length, and the first in more than a half century.

Parnelli Jones won the first 50-lap USAC Sprint Car feature at Lucas Oil Raceway, then known as Indianapolis Raceway Park, in 1961. A.J. Foyt followed Parnelli with a 50-lap score in 1962 while Gary Bettenhausen won the most recent in 1970.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) owns four sprint car victories at LOR in 2006, 2007, 2011 and again in June of 2021. He led all 40 laps after earning fast qualifying time back in June and owns 11 all-time USAC victories at LOR with four each coming in the Sprint Car and Silver Crown cars, and three in the midget.

Kody, meanwhile, shares the same amount of victories as Santos at LOR with 11 in his career. Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) swept the night in 2020 with the sprint car at LOR, setting quick time and winning the feature, then finished 2nd to Santos in June of this year. Among Swanson’s 11 LOR wins are six in Silver Crown, three in midgets and twice in a sprint car, the first of which came in 2011.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has won at LOR seven times overall – six in Silver Crown and once in midgets – but never before in a sprint car. He’s finished 2nd and 3rd in USAC National Sprint Car competition at LOR in 2011 and was 5th there in 2020. His Nolen Racing ride was victorious with his older brother Kody at the controls in 2020.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) has been a winner at LOR in a USAC Silver Crown car on a sun-drenched afternoon back in August of 2000. In his latest sprint car appearance at LOR in 2020, he was 19th.

USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) has knocked on the door for quite awhile to break through for a first LOR victory, finishing as the runner-up on two occasions with the USAC Sprint Cars there in 2010. Likewise for Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) who took 2nd in the 2020 Sprint Car race.

The Little 500’s 2021 winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.), has made two sprint car starts at LOR, finishing 4th in 2020 and 10th in 2021. Billy Wease (Noblesville, Ind.) scored a podium with a 3rd in June of this year and also garnered a 7th in 2020.
Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) and Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, Ind.) were both top-five finishers back in June with Bischak earning a 4th and Armstrong 5th. Finishing just behind them in order of June’s feature finish who are also returning for Saturday’s race, are Shirley, Indiana’s Brian Vaughn (6th) and Beech Grove, Indiana’s Kyle O’Gara (7th). Meanwhile, Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) was 10th in 2020 while last year’s USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.) was 11th.

Returning to the lineup for a shot at another Sprint Car start Saturday at LOR are June starters, Shelby Township, Michigan’s Taylor Ferns (11th), Denver, Indiana’s Justin Harper (14th) and Elwood, Indiana’s Jake McElfresh (15th), plus 2020 starters, Tampa, Florida’s Joe Liguori (12th), Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Teddy Alberts (14th), Warsaw, Indiana’s Chris Jagger (17th), New Haven, Indiana’s Chris Neuenschwander (21st) and Danville, Indiana’s Nick Hamilton (22nd).

Aiming for first LOR Sprint Car starts are Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) and Caleb Armstrong (New Castle, Ind.), both of whom are past USAC Silver Crown Rookies of the Year, Robbins in 2018 and Armstrong in 2014. Tony Main (Farmland, Ind.) and Mark Hall (Frankton, Ind.) are both Little 500 veterans with extensive pavement experience and are both charging after their first start at LOR.

The inaugural Hoosier Classic will feature all three open wheel divisions back-to-back-to-back under the Saturday night lights, concluding with a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Championship Sprint Car feature, followed by a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Browns Oil Champion Midget feature and the grand finale, a 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race paying $12,000-to-win.

Saturday’s schedule will have the gates opening at 11am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting at 2:50pm; stands opening at 3pm; sprint car practice at 3:30pm; midget practice at 4:20pm; USAC Silver Crown practice at 5:10pm; sprint car qualifying at 6pm; midget qualifying at 6:45pm; Silver Crown qualifying at 7:30pm; and opening ceremonies at 8:05pm.

Main events get underway at 8:30pm Eastern, leading off with the sprint car feature followed by the midget feature at 9:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown feature at 10pm.

The 2021 Hoosier Classic trifecta will also feature drivers competing on The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for their shot at taking home a staggering $100,000.

The Fatheadz $100K Challenge is up for grabs to anyone that can win all three of the Hoosier Classic races (Sprint, Midget and USAC Silver Crown). If a driver and team can win two of those three events, they will collect $50,000.

The addition of these prizes instantly elevates what was going to be the biggest payday in grassroots pavement open-wheel racing to now another stratosphere with a potential winner taking home a total of $132,000 for winning three big races over the course of one night.

Hoosier Classic tickets are now on sale at www.bit.ly/HoosierClassic. General admission tickets are $25, with children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

Friday’s Hoosier Classic tickets will be honored for Saturday admission, and original ticketholders will be contacted by the Lucas Oil Raceway ticketing team. Camping will still open on Thursday, August 12.

The Hoosier Classic will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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HOOSIER CLASSIC SPRINT CAR ENTRY LIST:

1 DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Armstrong)

4 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen)

5 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Klatt)

6G BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Gossel)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR)

7c CALEB ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Neal)

10 CHRIS NEUENSCHWANDER/New Haven, IN (Neuenschwander)

12 JAKE McELFRESH/Elwood, IN (Powell)

12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Wease)

13 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Pierce)

27J CHRIS JAGGER/Warsaw, IN (Jagger)

31 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

32 NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Hamilton)

44 TEDDY ALBERTS/Grand Rapids, MI (Alberts)

45 MARK HALL/Frankton, IN (Hall)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester)

53 JUSTIN HARPER/Denver, IN (TCJ)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

64 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Brewer)

67 KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

71 BRIAN VAUGHN/Shirley, IN (Vaughn)

74 TONY MAIN/Farmland, IN (Main)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran)

ALL-TIME LUCAS OIL RACEWAY USAC SPRINT CAR WINS:

8-Tracy Hines

6-Dave Steele

5-Mike Bliss

4-Parnelli Jones & Bobby Santos

3-Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Eric Gordon, Tony Stewart & Rich Vogler

2-Steve Butler, A.J. Foyt, Shane Hmiel, Kenny Irwin Jr., Gene Lee Gibson, Jason McCord, Andy Michner & Kody Swanson

1-Rollie Beale, Gary Bettenhausen, Jeff Bloom, Don Branson, Dana Carter, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bobby East, Bob Frey, Jeff Gordon, Wayne Hammond, Bubby Jones, Jim Keeker, Sheldon Kinser, Lee Kunzman, Jim Mahoney, Roger McCluskey, Lee Osborne, Sammy Sessions, Greg Staab, Brian Tyler, Greg Weld & J.J. Yeley

JEFF GORDON TO SERVE AS BC39 HONORARY STARTER, TURN LAPS AUG. 18

By: IMS.com

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021) – NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon will serve as honorary starter for night one of the USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

As a part of his duties, Gordon will wave the green flag for the Stoops Pursuit race at 8 p.m. (ET) Wednesday on the quarter-mile dirt track located inside Turn 3 of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Additionally, before Gordon climbs into the flag stand, he will turn exhibition laps in a Clauson Marshall Racing United States Auto Club Midget car in front of the crowd, something he hasn’t done in nearly 30 years.

“Like so many others, racing on dirt played a huge role in my driving career, so it was very special to get the opportunity to make some laps recently at The Dirt Track at IMS,” Gordon said. “I had forgotten how much fun it was to slide a dirt midget around a quarter-mile dirt track. With the BC39 coming up, it creates a great opportunity to come back and do it again.

“I’m very thankful to everyone at IMS for making this possible, and I’m excited to be the honorary starter for night one. I’m also thankful to my longtime friend Tim Clauson and Clauson Marshall Racing for providing me a great car to drive. It’s going to be a fun night!”

Gordon will drive a white Clauson Marshall Racing USAC Midget car. It will feature Gordon’s name on the front of the car and logos from Driven2SaveLives, the namesake of the race, and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion’s pediatric cancer foundation benefitting families and kids with cancer.

“Jeff’s success on short tracks across the Midwest propelled him to a national stage, and with that he truly helped develop and bring popularity to grassroots racing across the country,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “I can’t wait for him to return to his roots here at IMS for all of us to appreciate what he’s done for our local short tracks and for our fans to see one of their favorite adopted Hoosiers back in a USAC Midget car.”

The appearance of Gordon, the 1989 USAC National Midget Series Rookie of the Year, 1990 USAC National Midget Series champion and 1991 USAC Silver Crown Series champion, will be just one part of a spectacular lineup of activities scheduled for night one of the two-night grassroots racing event.

“When Jeff said he wanted to run laps on a race-prepped IMS Dirt Track, my immediate thought was to get him here to do it for the BC39,” Clauson Marshall Racing co-owner Tim Clauson said. “Although it’s only exhibition laps in nature, I am really excited to get to share with the fans the enjoyment of watching Jeff back on the dirt.”

USAC champions and NASCAR and INDYCAR stars will hit the dirt Wednesday for hot lap sessions and heat races the same night Gordon serves in his honorary starter duties. After Gordon lights up the crowd, a selection of drivers from the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink field will take part in the Stoops Pursuit race.

On Thursday, Aug. 19, the field will run hot lap sessions before qualifying races set the lineups for the five main races that will dwindle the field down into the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink feature race. Tickets are still available for the USAC National Midget event at www.IMS.com.


 

 

HOOSIER CLASSIC TRIPLEHEADER SHIFTS TO
SATURDAY ONLY SCHEDULE, AUGUST 14

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 10, 2021)………A massive weekend of Sprint Car, Midget and USAC Silver Crown at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., has now all been condensed to one day.

The Hoosier Classic, originally scheduled over two nights, will now entirely take place within a single day, this Saturday, August 14, at the .686-mile paved oval.

The shift to a Saturday-only schedule of events has been put into place due to a less-than-ideal weather forecast for the originally scheduled Hoosier Classic opener on Friday.

The inaugural Hoosier Classic will feature all three open wheel divisions back-to-back-to-back on under the Saturday night lights, concluding with a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Championship Sprint Car feature, followed by a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Browns Oil Champion Midget feature and the grand finale, a 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race paying $12,000-to-win.

Saturday’s schedule will now have the gates opening at 11am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting at 2:50pm; stands opening at 3pm; sprint car practice at 3:30pm; midget practice at 4:20pm; USAC Silver Crown practice at 5:10pm; sprint car qualifying at 6pm; midget qualifying at 6:45pm; Silver Crown qualifying at 7:30pm; and opening ceremonies at 8:05pm.

Main events get underway at 8:30pm Eastern, leading off with the sprint car feature followed by the midget feature at 9:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown feature at 10pm.

The 2021 Hoosier Classic trifecta will also feature drivers competing on The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for their shot at taking home a staggering $100,000.

The Fatheadz $100K Challenge is up for grabs to anyone that can win all three of the Hoosier Classic races (Sprint, Midget and USAC Silver Crown). If a driver and team can win two of those three events, they will collect $50,000.

The addition of these prizes instantly elevates what was going to be the biggest payday in grassroots pavement open-wheel racing to now another stratosphere with a potential winner taking home a total of $132,000 for winning three big races over the course of one night.

Due to the schedule change, the previously announced 25-lap USAC Silver Crown Shootout non-points special event has been removed from the schedule.

The racing at LOR coincides with a massive weekend of racing scheduled in central Indiana. Just down the road at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, a new NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, the Big Machine Spiked Coolers GP, will also be held on Saturday before the NASCAR Cup Series’ Verizon 200 at the Brickyard 400 takes the road course for the first time on Sunday, August 15.

Hoosier Classic tickets are now on sale at www.bit.ly/HoosierClassic. General admission tickets are $25, with children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

Friday’s Hoosier Classic tickets will be honored for Saturday admission, and original ticketholders will be contacted by the Lucas Oil Raceway ticketing team. Camping will still open on Thursday, August 12.

For competitors, the test session scheduled for Thursday will still run as previously planned. Individuals with questions may contact the track at LucasOilRaceway@NHRA.com.

The Hoosier Classic will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

NEW HOOSIER CLASSIC SCHEDULE | SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2021:

11:00am: Gate 2 & Pit Gates Open

2:50pm: Drivers Meeting

3:00pm: Stands Open

3:30pm: Sprint Car Practice (45 minutes)

4:20pm: Midget Practice (45 minutes)

5:10pm: USAC Silver Crown Practice (45 minutes)

6:00pm: Sprint Car Qualifying

6:45pm: Midget Qualifying

7:30pm: USAC Silver Crown Qualifying

8:05pm: Opening Ceremonies

8:30pm: Sprint Car Feature (50 Laps)

9:15pm: Midget Feature (50 Laps)

10:00pm: Silver Crown Feature (100 Laps)

(All times Eastern)

 

 

80 RACECARS ENTERED TO COMPETE AT SATURDAY’S HOOSIER CLASSIC!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 10, 2021)………A total of 80 racecars have been pre-entered for the Inaugural Hoosier Classic this Saturday, August 14, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

26 Sprint Cars, 27 Midgets and 27 USAC Silver Crown cars are expected to compete Saturday with a wide array of talent throughout the field gunning for the richest purse in the .686-mile paved oval’s 60-year history with a grand total of $132,000 up for grabs if one driver is able to win all three features on the same night.

Lucas Oil Raceway USAC dominators Kody and Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) and Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) are among those competing in all three events. Reigning USAC Silver Crown champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) will contest two of the three events along with USAC National Midget champion and LOR Silver Crown winner, Russ Gamester and USAC Silver Crown winner Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.).

USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) is among those entered for at least one of the divisions along with two-time USAC National champion Jose Wise (Riverside, Calif.) as well as 2018 USAC National Midget titlist and most recent USAC Silver Crown winner, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), and USAC Silver Crown winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.).

Lucas Oil Raceway winners run up-and-down the list with Chuck Gurney Jr. (Livermore, Calif.) returning to the cockpit of a midget for the first time in a decade along with LOR Silver Crown winner David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.) and LOR Sprint Car victor Eric Gordon (Greenfield, Ind.).

The inaugural Hoosier Classic will feature all three open wheel divisions back-to-back-to-back under the Saturday night lights, concluding with a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Championship Sprint Car feature, followed by a $10,000-to-win 50-lap Browns Oil Champion Midget feature and the grand finale, a 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race paying $12,000-to-win.

Saturday’s schedule will have the gates opening at 11am Eastern, followed by the drivers meeting at 2:50pm; stands opening at 3pm; sprint car practice at 3:30pm; midget practice at 4:20pm; USAC Silver Crown practice at 5:10pm; sprint car qualifying at 6pm; midget qualifying at 6:45pm; Silver Crown qualifying at 7:30pm; and opening ceremonies at 8:05pm.

Main events get underway at 8:30pm Eastern, leading off with the sprint car feature followed by the midget feature at 9:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown feature at 10pm.

The 2021 Hoosier Classic trifecta will also feature drivers competing on The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for their shot at taking home a staggering $100,000.

The Fatheadz $100K Challenge is up for grabs to anyone that can win all three of the Hoosier Classic races (Sprint, Midget and USAC Silver Crown). If a driver and team can win two of those three events, they will collect $50,000.

The addition of these prizes instantly elevates what was going to be the biggest payday in grassroots pavement open-wheel racing to now another stratosphere with a potential winner taking home a total of $132,000 for winning three big races over the course of one night.

Hoosier Classic tickets are now on sale at www.bit.ly/HoosierClassic. General admission tickets are $25, with children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

Friday’s Hoosier Classic tickets will be honored for Saturday admission, and original ticketholders will be contacted by the Lucas Oil Raceway ticketing team. Camping will still open on Thursday, August 12.

For competitors, the test session scheduled for Thursday, August 13, will still run as previously planned. Individuals with questions may contact the track at LucasOilRaceway@NHRA.com.

The Hoosier Classic will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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SPRINT CAR ENTRY LIST

1 DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Armstrong)

4 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen)

5 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Klatt)

6G BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Gossel)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR)

7c CALEB ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Neal)

10 CHRIS NEUENSCHWANDER/New Haven, IN (Neuenschwander)

12 JAKE McELFRESH/Elwood, IN (Powell)

12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Wease)

13 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Pierce)

27J CHRIS JAGGER/Warsaw, IN (Jagger)

31 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

32 NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Hamilton)

44 TEDDY ALBERTS/Grand Rapids, MI (Alberts)

45 MARK HALL/Frankton, IN (Hall)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester)

53 JUSTIN HARPER/Denver, IN (TCJ)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

64 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Brewer)

67 KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

71 BRIAN VAUGHN/Shirley, IN (Vaughn)

74 TONY MAIN/Farmland, IN (Main)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran)

MIDGET ENTRY LIST

1BR KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

3 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Bohanon)

4 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Klatt)

7 COLE CARTER/Brownsburg, IN (Bertrand)

7A DALTON ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Armstrong)

7K TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Irwin-Petry)

7KR NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Irwin-Petry)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS)

8 JAKE TRAINOR/Medway, MA (Trainor)

9 JOHNNY ZYCH/Mendon, MA (Zych)

14 BRANDON MAURER/Sherman, IL (Maurer)

14AJ JOHN SLUSS/Indianapolis, IN (RayPro)

17 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Bertrand)

25 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Rodela)

29 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (Seymour/West)

33 TBD (RayPro)

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Brannon)

47 TODD BERTRAND/Suffield, CT (Bertrand)

51 CHUCK GURNEY JR./Livermore, CA (West)

55 JOSH WISE/Riverside, CA (Bowman)

55F TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

60 CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Gerhardt)

66 BRET SANDERSON/Gary, IN (Sanderson)

75 RYAN SHILKUSKI/Spring Valley, IL (Shilkuski)

80 ANNIE BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

99 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Guess)

333 TBD (RayPro)

SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST:

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Gossel)

1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Lawson)

6 TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Klatt)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR)

11 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Hamilton-Byrd)

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne)

42 JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX (Day)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran)

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn)

92 TBD (Kazmark)

99 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice)

TBA (TBA)

 

 

BC39 ENTRY LIST HITS 50! USAC CHAMPS WINDOM, SEAVEY & BAYSTON JOIN IN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 10, 2021)………The entry list for the August 18-19 USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink has surpassed 50 cars with the additions of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champions Chris Windom, Logan Seavey and Spencer Bayston to the absolutely stacked field for the highly-anticipated third running of the event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

To be precise, 52 teams have filed their entries thus far for the BC39, with more expected to file in the coming days as the deadline for entries looms this Thursday, August 12, at Noon Eastern.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where individuals may also purchase tickets, pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

Windom (Canton, Ill.), the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National champion, aims to make his third start in the event following a 3rd place finish in 2019. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured the 2018 series crown and will also be eying a third BC39 start after finishing a personal best 5th in 2019. Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), the series’ 2017 king, will go after his second start in the event following a 20th place result in 2019.

Bayston and Windom are two pieces of the three-driver lineup for CB Industries along with series Rookie and first-time BC39 entrant Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.). They’ll be joined in the field by fellow new entries and USAC National Midget feature winners Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), two veteran drivers who are both seeking their first BC39 feature starts.

Already previously entered for the BC39 are USAC’s three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion and 2018 inaugural BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who will be on hand as will newly-crowned 2021 Indiana Sprint Week champion Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.).

2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.) will make his BC39 debut this year. The driver with the most laps led in this year’s Indianapolis 500, Conor Daly (Noblesville, Ind.), will make his third consecutive appearance in the BC39. NASCAR Rookie of the Year contender Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), the winner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard on the 2.439 mile road course in 2020, aims to make his second-straight BC39 feature start.

Ryan Newman will compete in one of four Clauson Marshall Racing entries. Newman (South Bend, Ind.), an 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, captured the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400 on the 2.5-mile paved oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was a USAC National champion earlier in his career with the Silver Crown series in 1999.

Two-time USAC National champion and recent Kings Royal winner, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), returns for a third BC39 start after finishing 4th in 2018 and charged from 20th to 2nd in the 2019 event. CMR teammates joining Newman and Courtney include the series’ youngest ever winner, Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), along with series veteran Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.).

Also new to the 2021 BC39 entry list is the RMS Racing team of reigning USAC Silver Crown champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a two-time winner in the USAC National Midget division this year. Terry Klatt and Bob East have entered a car for multi-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.). USAC career Triple Crown champion and 2018 ninth-place BC39 finisher Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) is officially entered along with 1989 USAC National Midget champion Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) who is making his third consecutive appearance in the event.

Two-time 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) will get his first taste of BC39 experience this year. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has won twice on the USAC Regional Midget trail in 2021 and seeks his first BC39 start since 2018 in August.

The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside Turn 3 at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Brady Bacon (2018) and Zeb Wise (2019) have captured victories in the first two editions of the BC39.

The USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, August 17, with the BC39 Draft Party where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night of the BC39. The Draft Party will be held at the Brickyard Crossing located at 4400 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis, Ind.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 17, with team parking at Noon Eastern. On track action begins Wednesday, August 18, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 19, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

This year’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink also will be the conclusion of nearly a week of exciting action on the road course and The Dirt Track at IMS. The NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader takes place Aug. 13-15, with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR Xfinity Series conducting separate races Saturday, Aug. 14 and the NASCAR Cup Series racing on the IMS road course for the first time Sunday, Aug. 15.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Visit www.IMS.com for more information on tickets to all IMS events in 2021.

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ENTRY LIST: 2021 DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 POWERED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK

(52 entries as of August 10, 2021)

1K TBA (Rusty Kunz/RMS Racing)

2c TREVOR CASEY/Altoona, IA

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

2MD CARSON KVAPIL/Mooresville, NC

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN

4B JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK

4K KAMERON GLADISH/Indianapolis, IN

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL

5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN

6BC RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA

9 CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL

11 JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN

11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH

11m AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO

17 TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO

19M ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

25v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA

36 IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH

38 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL

43 RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN

47BC COREY DAY/Clovis, CA

47D CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN

49 JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA

63 FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA

81G RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN

84 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK

86 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

99 COLTON HEATH/Marysville, WA

116 SCOTT EVANS/Rhome, TX

 

 

SANTA MARIA RACEWAY HAS SUSPENDED OPERATIONS; RACES CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 9, 2021... Earlier today, officials with Santa Maria Raceway have announced that they are suspending operations. From their social media post “It is with deep regret that we are forced to announce the indefinite suspension of operations at Stadium805 and the Santa Maria Raceway. The ongoing efforts of the County of San Luis Obispo and the Costa Pacifica Estates Homeowners Association to shut down our facility, and the legal fees defending the actions, has made it financially impossible to continue operating this facility in the way it has operated for decades. This is extremely frustrating as from the beginning we have made every effort to operate under the direct guidance from the County of San Luis Obispo.”

The announcement also states that there are two contracted events that will be run at the facility in August. Those events are non-racing related. All upcoming races at Santa Maria Raceway have been cancelled.

USAC officials are looking into other options for the dates that were scheduled at Santa Maria. As of this writing, the following races are cancelled:

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES:
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES:
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES:
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA) on Saturday, August 21st, for the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will clash at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA) on Saturday, September 18th. The following night, the series will make their first appearance at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA).

The USAC Western States Midgets will battle at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA) on Saturday, September 11th.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, or the USAC Western States Midgets, 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 Sprint, USAC West Coast, Sprint, and USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the United States Auto Club (USAC). You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.


SEAVEY SEIZES SELINSGROVE
FOR FIRST USAC SILVER CROWN WIN
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (August 8, 2021)………If Logan Seavey felt he had a score to settle with Pennsylvania half-mile dirt tracks, nobody would blame him, entering Sunday night’s Bill Holland Classic USAC Silver Crown event at Selinsgrove Speedway.

It was at Selinsgrove in which the Sutter, California driver made his first career Silver Crown start on this same weekend one year ago, an experience which went swimmingly until the final corner of the final lap when a flat right rear tire sealed his fate, dropping him from 4th all the way back to 10th in the final tally.

This past June at fellow PA battleground Williams Grove Speedway, Seavey was in control of the race nearing midway, leading for 22 laps until a stripped Pitman Arm ended the bid for a first career USAC Silver Crown score.

On Sunday at Selinsgrove, once Seavey catapulted to the lead on the ninth lap, there wasn’t am obstruction that was going to trip him up on his quest, although a caution with two laps to go tossed a monkey wrench into those plans for a moment.

Seavey thwarted a last ditch effort by second-running C.J. Leary on the first lap of a green-white-checkered shootout, then pulled away once more for good measure to win his first career USAC Silver Crown race worth $8,075 in celebration of the track’s 75th anniversary, and whose first race was won by Holland, the 1949 Indianapolis 500 victor and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer from the Keystone state.

Aboard his Rice Motorsports/Fatheadz Eyewear – STIDA.com – Lucas Oil/DRC/Pink Foxco Chevy, Seavey became the first “first-time” Silver Crown race winner since Jacob Wilson at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2019.

A succession of race winners have proceeded to victory lane thus far during the first half of the season with five different drivers capturing victories during the first five events to start the season. That’s the first time that’s happened since 2013.

After a number of close calls coming into what was his eighth career series start, Seavey made Sunday’s Selinsgrove stop his turn on the merry-go-round of race winners.

“I feel like we had a great chance to win Williams Grove, but it got taken from us with a part failure,” Seavey recalled. “We have speed right now, which is awesome, and it’s cool to get my first Silver Crown win. I love this series. I know I’m new at it but I’m just having so much fun.”

After bursting onto the USAC scene as the champion in his Rookie National Midget season of 2018, Seavey has since branched out to USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car division, recently winning three-in-a-row during Indiana Sprint Week, and has now translated that success to Silver Crown racing.

In fact, Seavey has now won feature events in all three of USAC’s National series in 2021, joining Justin Grant in the exclusive club, which Grant put himself in one night before.

But with Silver Crown being his newest foray, and with talented individual crewman Robbie Rice, Ronnie Gardner and Joe Devin at the helm of the team, Seavey feels right at home.

“Growing up, I always just wanted to race midgets,” Seavey revealed. “As soon as I got to the National series, I realized I was doing okay in midgets, but I feel like this fits me so well. It’s a perfect mixture of running hard and saving your tires, trying to find speed and the balance of both, and it’s going so well. I’ve got a really good racecar and it drives like a dream.”

The dream became a reality for Seavey on the initial start, charging on the bottom to within a car length of the high-riding Leary at the line on the opening lap after starting third.

Multiple stoppages lulled the beginning stages of the race with defending race winner and sixth-starting Shane Cottle being knocked out on the second lap as he rolled to a stop on the back straightaway. He’d return but ultimately dropped by the wayside for good 32 laps into the race, finishing 18th.

Leary continued his role as a rim rider as he led following the restart while Jake Swanson slipped into second past Seavey, who remained a car length behind, on laps six and seven. Seavey carved his way around the bottom to regain second from J. Swanson by a half-car length at the line.

Moments later, the second of the two early race casualties came on the eighth lap when three-time Selinsgrove 360 c.i. Sprint Car champ Mark Smith, who had just passed Matt Westfall for 10th, slid up and tagged the outer guardrail in turns three and four with his right rear tire, sending him flipping multiple times before coming to a rest on his wheels, putting an early end to his first series start in four seasons.

One lap after the restart, on lap 10, Seavey surged to the lead underneath Leary, beating the pole sitter and Selinsgrove one-lap USAC Silver Crown track record holder to the stripe by a couple feet before completing the pass in turn one.

For most intents and purposes, that proved to be the winning move for the next 53 laps as Seavey began to stretch the lead out to a full second as he worked a unique line, crawling the bottom of turns three and four, while entering on the topside of one and two with Leary and J. Swanson following in pursuit.

At the halfway mark, Seavey’s interval had grown to a full straightaway over Leary, who gapped J. Swanson behind the lapped cars of Austin Nemire and Matt Goodnight.

With 22 to go, Seavey caught yet another cluster of traffic, which did somewhat stifle him momentarily. Leary, in response, shaved off two full seconds from Seavey's lead to 3.2 seconds as Seavey continued to try to find his way past Goodnight, Nemire & Windom.

Seavey's lead shrunk further to 2.8 seconds with 17 laps to go with Leary gradually reeling him in, but Seavey found clean air after driving around the outside of Windom to put him a lap down. Leary subsequently turned his best lap of the race with 11 to go, turning up the wick as much as he could to try to run down the dominant Seavey.

All doubt for Seavey was removed with four laps to go when he drove around the lapped car of Mike Haggenbottom, which provided him with a free and clear path ahead just as Leary had cut the lead to under 3 seconds.

Yet, the drama unfolded with two laps to go when 15th running Matt Goodnight stopped on the back straightaway to bring out the yellow flag, thus setting up a two-lap dash to the finish and repositioning the lapped cars to the tail, by rule, and placing Leary right on Seavey’s rear bumper for the green-white-checkered conclusion.

Leary posed an immediate challenge to Seavey by swinging to the bottom between turns one and two, edging ahead momentarily at the exit of two but was unable get enough of a push to remain ahead as Seavey stretched the lead out once again, and for the final time, by turning the fastest lap of the entire race on the final laps to earn a 1.089 second triumph over Leary, J. Swanson, Shane Cockrum and Justin Grant.

After remaining in control without much in the way of challenge for 65 or so laps, the yellow flag was the absolute last thing Seavey wanted to see. He knew he had the best stuff, as he had proved throughout, but what were the driver’s behind saving in the proverbial tank? It’s a difficult dichotomy to untangle, and Seavey had a moment to run through it all in his mind before the green reemerged.

“I was just trying to stay calm,” Seavey recalled. “I knew we were fast and, obviously, we had a good car and had speed all day. We had a pretty decent gap all day, but it’s a little bit nerve wracking knowing maybe they know something we don’t. I felt like I was going so slow to take care of my tire and I know they were doing the same thing and were probably banking on mine being a little worse. You kind of expect a late caution because you feel like somebody’s going to blow a tire or something. With two to go, it’s about the worst time it can happen.”

A heartbreaking second-place finish for C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) last year at Selinsgrove was replaced by a bit more satisfying of a runner-up finish on Sunday, which began with him lowering his own personal USAC Silver Crown track record at Selinsgrove with a time of 21.185 in Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying in his Leary Racing/Leary Construction – Gray Auto – Valvoline/DRC/1-Way Toyota.

“We’re a lot happier than we were last year after such a good run,” Leary admitted. “It was another good run tonight; the car was really good. We gambled with the softer tire, and I waited too long. I let Logan get too big of a lead. I felt like I was running him down a little bit there in traffic, but it was just too much to overcome and on that restart, I saw Chris (Windom), and right before the yellow, he was yarding me off the bottom of two. I was like, ‘man, I might be able to make that work.’ I just tried to run hard enough to keep Jake (Swanson) behind me. I was going to do that to Logan, but he was so good there early and I let him get too far away. These races are so hard to win, and a lot of strategy goes into it. Ours just didn’t play out tonight.”

Similarly to Seavey, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) made his USAC Silver Crown debut at Selinsgrove in 2020, then returned to stand on the podium, finishing a career-best third in his DMW Motorsports/Advanced Materials Technologies – US Auto Cure – Phoenix Pavers/DRC/Wilcox Chevy.

“We were really good,” Swanson said. "I just feel like there’s a few things I could’ve done better there to get by C.J. I think I squeezed a little bit too hard too early and used up my stuff to where I could just maintain with them. At the end of it, I was just hoping I could keep up with them and maybe in a position to capitalize on something. These guys are really good and it’s rare when they make mistakes, but when they do, it’s still hard to capitalize on. I’m really happy, really pumped with our result, our best finish.”

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 8, 2021 – Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – Bill Holland Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-21.185 (New Track Record); 2. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-21.398; 3. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-21.590; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.682; 5. Kody Swanson, 9, Dyson-21.702; 6. Shane Cottle, 81, BCR-21.975; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, BLS-22.034; 8. Mark Smith, 01, L & M-22.105; 9. Brady Bacon, 53, Five-Three-22.224; 10. Chris Windom, 97, Lein-22.283; 11. Jason McDougal, 6, Klatt-22.428; 12. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-22.474; 13. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-22.867; 14. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-23.301; 15. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-23.804; 16. Nick Bilbee, 3, Simmons-24.092; 17. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-24.192; 18. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-24.251; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-24.348; 20. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-24.379; 21. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT (Time of 23.936 disallowed).

FEATURE: (75 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (3), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Jake Swanson (2), 4. Shane Cockrum (7), 5. Justin Grant (4), 6. Kody Swanson (5), 7. Matt Westfall (12), 8. Brady Bacon (9), 9. Carmen Perigo (13), 10. Kyle Robbins (15), 11. Chris Windom (10), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 13. Travis Welpott (20), 14. Austin Nemire (18), 15. Nick Bilbee (16), 16. Matt Goodnight (19), 17. Dave Berkheimer (21), 18. Shane Cottle (6), 19. Mark Smith (8), 20. David Byrne (14), 21. Jason McDougal (11). NT

**Mark Smith flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 C.J. Leary, Laps 10-75 Logan Seavey.

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-259, 2-Justin Grant-258, 3-Logan Seavey-238, 4-Shane Cottle-226, 5-Kyle Robbins-205, 6-David Byrne-186, 7-Shane Cockrum-173, 8-Travis Welpott-173, 9-Austin Nemire-173, 10-Chris Windom-172.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-118, 2-Justin Grant-116, 3-Chris Windom-115, 4-Brady Bacon-111, 5-Thomas Meseraull-103, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 8-Logan Seavey-85, 9-Buddy Kofoid-68, 10-Kyle Cummins-68.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 13-14, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Hoosier Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance of the Night: Travis Welpott

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Travis Welpott (20th to 13th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Travis Welpott

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST:
GRANT GETS FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN OF THE YEAR AT LANCO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Newmanstown, Pennsylvania (August 7, 2021)………Finishing second on any given night can be considered a solid result in the high majority of circumstances.

Finishing second four times without a win when the season is more than halfway complete. Now, that can start to get on your nerves a little bit.

Justin Grant entered Saturday night’s Eastern Midget Week finale at Newmanstown, Pennsylvania’s Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in that exact scenario. With a large number of quality runs throughout this year’s campaign, it’s been a matter of being good, but not good enough for their liking.

With four second place finishes throughout the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season, Grant and RMS Racing found the perfect formula to put them on top at Lanco with the Ione, Calif. driver banging the rails around the high-banked, 1/8-mile dirt oval, leading the final 18 circuits and fending off point leader Buddy Kofoid down the stretch to win the 40-lap feature.

Grant’s breakthrough also made him the first driver of the season to win in all three USAC National series – Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget – all cars in which he’s won in during the last 17 days.

Four second-place finishes is enough to test the patience of any team that expects to win. Grant and RMS had been in contention all year long, posting runner-up results in four different months: April at Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway, June at Kokomo Speedway, July at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway and August at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, the latter of which came just 24 hours prior to his Lanco triumph.

A victory a long time coming, perhaps, with an occasion that was cause for both a celebration and a sigh of relief for all involved with the RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota number 2J.

“It feels great to get this car into victory lane, finally,” Grant exhaled. “Everybody really works really hard on this car, and they’ve given me a great car all year long. We’ve run second a ton and I was just getting frustrated and getting tired of not getting these guys a win. It feels really good to do it for them.”

Grant began his race from the pole position but didn’t stay there too long as outside front row starter, and winner of the two most recent Eastern Midget Week races, Tanner Thorson, motored away to the lead for the opening two trips.

Outside second row starter Emerson Axsom, meanwhile, burst to the head of the field by dipping under Thorson between turns one and two on the third lap. Axsom then countered Thorson’s slide job attempt moments later in turn three to secure the position for the time being.

The first stoppage of the feature came on lap six when 10th running Cannon McIntosh launched like a missile into the turn one catchfence. He walked away without injury after the vicious flip, but his night was ended prematurely, relegating him to a finish of 22nd in the final rundown.

While Axsom remained in control on the 19th lap, Grant and Daison Pursley were in the midst of a manic duel for second. Grant made an attempt for the position underneath while Pursley attempted to eke around the outside of Grant. Pursley ran out of room at the exit and ramped up the guardrail with his right side wheels before coming back down on all fours.

Pursley crunched the outside wall once more mere seconds later in turn three, then again in turn one. Slowing in the middle of the groove on the back straightaway, Pursley was nailed in the tail tank by Brett Wanner who stopped following the contact and was subsequently tagged by Chase Randall. Wanner exited the race, credited with finishing 20th, while Randall resumed to finish 8th.

The third try proved to be the charm for Grant following the restart. Between turns three and four on the 20th lap, Grant fired his first shot by slide jobbing Axsom, but Axsom quickly cut down and reemerged at the front of the field. Grant proceeded with another try in turn one on lap 21 with the same result. Grant tucked in behind Axsom and followed in three and four, setting up the clincher with a slider in turn one that stuck, and also stuck him into the lead on the 22nd lap.

Axsom took one more grasp at the lead, briefly getting by Grant in turn one on lap 24, but Grant buckled down, passed him back underneath and took off in a race that was plagued by a bevy of cautions early on.

The yellow flag struck again on the 25th lap when Thomas Meseraull backed into the turn three wall, collecting Taylor Reimer, Hayden Reinbold and Kevin Woody Jr. in the process. Meseraull and Reimer bowed out with extensive damage while Reinbold and Woody continued onward with Woody ultimately earning KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for a second consecutive race, advancing from 20th to a career best 11th place finish at Lanco.

Just three laps after Grant spurted away with a fantastic lap 25 restart in which he exploded out to a 1.265 sec. lead, trouble found fifth running Kevin Thomas Jr. who slowed with a puff of smoke emanating from the headers and a trail of fluid showering the track behind him. That necessitated a red flag in order for the track crew to bring out the tiller to help clean up the oiled down surface between turns one and two.

With nine laps remaining, Kofoid had tracked down Axsom and raced by for second in turn one, while Grant held a near insurmountable advantage ahead of Kofoid, 2.5 seconds in front, an interval which was soon erased when the night’s third red flag was displayed for Hayden Reinbold (11th) and Kenney Johnson (12th) who both flipped down the front straightaway. Johnson exited the battle with a 15th place result while Reinbold resumed to finish out the race and collect a career-best series finish of 10th.

The plethora of yellows threw a monkey wrench into Grant’s visions of triumph at Lanco, making him have to withstand restart after restart from a precarious position, in the lead, where anything can, may and will happen at any time.

“You never know how good you’re going to get away on the restart,” Grant explained. “These little places are so susceptible to receiving a big bomb into one. Then, it all goes out the window. It doesn’t matter how good your car is. Then, it becomes a matter of playing the sliders and the crossover. Fortunately, we didn’t have to do any of that. This car was awesome, it would just drive away on the restarts.”

Now with Kofoid on his rear bumper for the restart with eight laps to go, Grant dug deep and laid down a perfect restart once again, distancing himself from Kofoid almost instantaneously while carrying a five car length lead ahead of Kofoid as he crossed the stripe to complete the 33rd lap.

Any visions Kofoid had of tracking down Grant were for naught as Grant kept Kofoid in check, an arm’s length away, during the final restart run. The only hiccup came as Grant clobbered the turn three guardrail coming to the white flag, but it ultimately became a prime case for “no harm, no foul.”

Grant closed out his sixth career USAC National Midget feature win by a 0.670 second margin with Buddy Kofoid second, Emerson Axsom third, Chris Windom fourth and Daison Pursley fifth.

For Grant, enduring the season-long wait for the win and the near hour it took to complete Saturday night’s feature, were met with much the same response from Grant – not a moment too soon.

“By the end of that thing, I had the brakes burned off it and I think the motor was blowing up,” Grant revealed. “I’m pretty sure I packed the right rear wheel. We were limping her home there at the end.”

A test of will and patience was on full display this evening with Grant conquering a venue in which he previously possessed a best finish of 7th in both 2018 and 2020. With a fondness for Lanco’s elbows up style, the desired result didn’t come to Grant until this night, on a track and surface that was right within his wheelhouse.

“I’ve always really liked this place; it’s always a ton of fun,” Grant stated. “It’s a lot of work around here. I was hustling for all 40 laps there. The track was cool. I love a curb on the wall where you get to put on a show and go as fast as you can go for all the fans.”

One year ago this weekend, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) served as the spotter for Grant in a USAC Silver Crown race at Selinsgrove Speedway. One year later, Kofoid repeated his runner-up finish from Lanco in 2020 by finishing second again in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, his best result since breaking his wrist and foot in a stock car crash on July 24 at Elko Speedway in Minnesota, as he continues the healing process and trying to get as comfortable as humanly possible with a cast on his right arm.

“You just had to be perfect on the top, but even the best make mistakes,” Kofoid said. “I saw Justin make a mistake, and right when he’d make one, I would follow him and make the same mistake. I’d stay with him, make a mistake, and he’d pull away, then I’d get back to him, but I couldn’t quite get close enough to get a shot at him.”

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) finished all five of his Eastern Midget Week starts within the top-five with two second-place results at Grandview and Action Track USA, followed by two fifths at Bridgeport and Bloomsburg, and rounding out the mini-series with a 3rd at Lanco in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Iron Born Studio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“For my second year in a midget, I still consider myself a rookie,” Axsom said. “It’s super tough to do well on these types of tracks and it sucks to be so fast all week and not get a win, but we’ll get there. This car is so good.

I wanted to get to the lead early and set the pace,” Axsom continued. “I felt like every time I got a good lead, a caution would come out or a red would come out. It made it really tough on me to get back in a rhythm. Justin’s a veteran and is used to this kind of stuff and is used to putting it up against the wall. But I think, overall, we did really well tonight.”

In Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Daison Pursley became the first driver ever to reach the 9-second bracket at Lanco with a new track record time of 9.972 seconds. His personal first career quick time with the series continued a trend which saw a new one-lap track record at all five events and venues consecutively throughout Eastern Midget Week.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 7, 2021 – Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Newmanstown, Pennsylvania – 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval – Eastern Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.972 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-10.025; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-10.084; 4. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-10.121; 5. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.184; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-10.298; 7. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-10.372; 8. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-10.414; 9. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-10.429; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-10.445; 11. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-10.484; 12. Alex Bright, 25m, Malloy-10.491; 13. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.525; 14. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-10.579; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-10.592; 16. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-10.621; 17. Brett Wanner, 00, Speers-10.874; 18. Jimmy Glenn, 7G, Glenn-11.188; 19. Mark Sokol, 50, Sokol-11.605; 20. Kenney Johnson, 46, Johnson-11.634; 21. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-11.999; 22. Kevin Woody Jr., 25B, Buckwalter-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Kevin Woody Jr., 7. Mark Sokol, 8. Taylor Reimer. 1:50.172

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Randall, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Brett Wanner, 7. Kenney Johnson. 1:46.508 (New Track Record)

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Hayden Williams, 5. Jimmy Glenn, 6. Glenn Waterland, 7. Cannon McIntosh. 1:47.477

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Buddy Kofoid (3), 3. Emerson Axsom (4), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Daison Pursley (6), 6. Tanner Thorson (2), 7. Logan Seavey (5), 8. Chase Randall (7), 9. Hayden Williams (11), 10. Hayden Reinbold (15), 11. Kevin Woody Jr. (20), 12. Jimmy Glenn (21), 13. Ethan Mitchell (13), 14. Glenn Waterland (19), 15. Kenney Johnson (18), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 17. Thomas Meseraull (8), 18. Taylor Reimer (22), 19. Mark Sokol (17), 20. Brett Wanner (16), 21. Alex Bright (14), 22. Cannon McIntosh (9). NT

**Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Hayden Reinbold & Kenney Johnson flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Tanner Thorson, Laps 3-22 Emerson Axsom, Laps 23-40 Justin Grant.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1511, 2-Chris Windom-1490, 3-Emerson Axsom-1476, 4-Tanner Thorson-1398, 5-Justin Grant-1395, 6-Daison Pursley-1344, 7-Logan Seavey-1257, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1231, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1215, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1132.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-118, 2-Justin Grant-116, 3-Chris Windom-115, 4-Brady Bacon-110, 5-Thomas Meseraull-103, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 8-Logan Seavey-83, 9-Buddy Kofoid-68, 10-Kyle Cummins-68.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 18-19, 2021 – The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered By NOS Energy Drink

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Daison Pursley

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Daison Pursley

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Randall

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Kevin Woody Jr. (20th to 11th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ethan Mitchell


 


TWICE IS NICE:
THORSON GOES BACK-TO-BACK AT BLOOMSBURG

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (August 6, 2021)………For the second consecutive night, a first-time venue on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail produced a familiar result for Tanner Thorson.

Twenty-four hours after trouncing the field by half a lap in the series’ debut at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway, the Minden, Nevada native found a slightly different route to victory on Friday night in the first-ever series event at the newly-renovated Bloomsburg Fair Raceway in Pennsylvania.

With 10 laps remaining, Thorson found himself a distant second while Thomas Meseraull ruled the roost up front. However, a tangle that ensued as Meseraull was attempting to lap Glenn Waterland signaled the end of Meseraull’s victory ambitions.

As the new leader, Thorson never relented down the stretch to earn his series-leading sixth USAC National Midget feature win of the season in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – The Healing Tree – Eddie Gilstrap Motors/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

Thorson’s win was the 26th of his USAC National Midget career, elevating him past Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones and Dave Strickland for sole possession of 16th on the all-time list, and just one win behind Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Stewart for 14th.

Friday night at Bloomsburg marked Thorson’s fourth career Eastern Midget Week feature score, tying him with Chad Boat for the most all-time in the seven-year history of the series. The win was also the fourth time in Thorson’s USAC National Midget career that he’s won consecutive feature events, and the second time this year alone.

Thorson has won feature races in a variety of different ways throughout his career. In that period of time, he’s learned to not be picky about how a win comes along. You take them any way you can get them. The main ingredient to it all is putting yourself into position in the chance that things do go awry, and you’re right there to capitalize on the situation at hand.

How it played out wasn’t quite exactly how Thorson drew it up, but it was he who wrapped it up once again for his ninth overall USAC National feature win of the season between Midgets and Sprint Cars, which has already made 2021 Thorson’s most successful USAC season of his career.

“It’s definitely better to be lucky than good sometimes,” Thorson admitted. “I feel bad for Thomas and his crew. They were really, really fast. I don’t know if we would’ve had anything for him. My car was getting better and better there on that long green flag run, but I don’t know. Thomas was good; there’s no doubt about that. I’m really happy for my team. This Reinbold-underwood team is awesome. I switched over to them, and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in my racing career.”

Thorson started the 30-lap feature from the sixth position after earlier notching his 21st career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time with the USAC National Midgets, tying him for 19th all-time with Tony Stewart, Don Branson and Shorty Templeman.

Pennsylvanian Alex Bright broke out to the early lead from his pole starting position, but fourth-starting Thomas Meseraull was initially the show, bulleting by Kevin Thomas Jr. and Daison Pursley amid a three-car tussle for the runner-up position, gaining the second spot in a harrowing manner when Pursley got loose on the high side exit of turn four. Meseraull ramped his own right rear tire over Pursley’s left front and continued onward as Pursley faltered back to fifth in the order.

Meseraull ultimately tracked down Bright on the eighth lap off the bottom exit of turn four to occupy the lead where he’d remain a sole proprietor of throughout the middle stages of the event, checking out to a commanding 1.6 second lead until 12th running Chase Randall slowed to a stop with a rear-end issue on lap 13.

With his lead erased, Bright found his second wind on the lap 13 restart, sliding deep past Meseraull into turn three. Yet, Meseraull countered back under to retake the lead at the line by a car length before withstanding another Bright punch to the body on lap 14 in the same spot that Meseraull thwarted.

All along, lurking on the bottom just behind Meseraull and Bright was Thorson, performing similarly to the manner in which he did the previous night at Bridgeport, circling the bottom to lunge forward, underneath and past Bright on lap 17. By that point, though, Meseraull had reestablished his 1.5 second lead and was in total command as he began to work through traffic.

Within Meseraull’s sight as he worked turns one and two on the 21st lap was 19th running Glenn Waterland. As Waterland occupied the middle lane, Meseraull swept up from the bottom of turn one on entry toward the top, contact was made between Meseraull’s front bumper and Waterland’s rear bumper, sending both into a 180-degree spin before stopping.

It was a bitterly disappointing conclusion for Meseraull who returned to the fold and climbed back to 11th at the checkered flag while Waterland was 18th.

On the ensuing restart, and for the final nine lap run, Thorson maintained control of the race. Although second-running Justin Grant was able to keep Thorson right within his crosshairs, he was unable to draw any closer to the 2016 USAC National Midget driving champion who closed out with a 0.223 second victory over Grant, Cannon McIntosh, Bright and Emerson Axsom.

“It’s always great when you can win at least one of the races on a swing like this. To be able to win two is pretty special,” Thorson said. “The competition is really stout. It used to be where you’re competing with about only five, six or seven guys that could win the race, but now I feel like the top-12 to 15 on almost any given night are in contention to win.”

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished as the runner-up in USAC National Midget competition for the fourth time this season in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Sill looking for his first USAC National Midget feature win for RMS, Grant is joyous to “not be wadded up in a big ball” after a trying week which saw him endure a wild opening lap flip at Action Track USA and was in the thick of contact during Bloomsburg’s accompanying USAC East Coast Sprint Car feature that sent him into a spin while leading. Grant hoped for one more opportunity to get at Thorson late, but a win was not in the cards for the reigning USAC Silver Crown champ.

“That last restart was a great opportunity for us to try to close the gap and win the race, but I got goobered up on the berm off four and spun my tires down the front stretch,” Grant recalled. “This series is tough, and these guys are really tough. When you spin the tires like that, you can’t leave the entry open, so I had to protect on the first lap to not get mugged into one. That kind of killed my chance to really get ringing around the top and make some momentum to throw a slider on Tanner into three. From there, we were just trying to run him down. We were good, but he was good as well and it was just hard to close that gap.”

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) flashed from 5th to 3rd during a late-race stretch that provided him his first podium finish with the series since a second-place result at Paragon Speedway during Indiana Midget Week on June 3 in his Dave Mac Motorsports/DriveWFX.com – SBS Shocks – D.A. McIntosh/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“We had a really good car, so I was able to put it wherever I needed to there at the end,” McIntosh remembered. “I knew the car deserved to be up a couple more spots, so I just drove it as hard as I could at the end to try and get us on the podium, and it’s good to be back here. This team deserves it; everybody works pretty hard and, hopefully, that gets us closer to where we want to be, which is a win.

Every time we’ve had speed lately, things just haven’t gone our way to show how much speed we’ve really built up,” McIntosh continued. “It’s been there recently. We just haven’t been able to make it happen. It’s good to show it tonight. We obviously wanted to be a couple spots higher, but we can’t complain about being on the podium.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 6, 2021 – Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania – 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval – Eastern Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-15.600 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-15.653; 3. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-15.711; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.748; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-15.808; 6. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.858; 7. Alex Bright, 25m, Malloy-15.872; 8. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.883; 9. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-15.899; 10. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-15.986; 11. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.026; 12. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-16.041; 13. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-16.058; 14. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.145; 15. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-16.197; 16. Kenney Johnson, 46, Johnson-16.470; 17. Eric Heydenreich, 11, Heydenreich-16.859; 18. Michael Markey, 7, Markey-16.875; 19. Kevin Woody Jr., 25B, Buckwalter-17.163; 20. Jimmy Glenn, 7G, Glenn-17.211; 21. J.R. Booth, 5A, Mausteller-17.518; 22. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-17.526; 23. Dan Bennett, 5J, Bennett-17.609; 24. Shannon Mausteller, 21m, Mausteller-18.375; 25. Randy Mausteller, 21, Mausteller-18.819; 26. John Heydenreich, 22, Givens-NT; 27. Bobby Butler, 12, Glenn-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Kenney Johnson, 7. Kevin Woody Jr., 8. Glenn Waterland, 9. Randy Mausteller. 2:42.345

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Taylor Reimer, 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Eric Heydenreich, 5. Jimmy Glenn, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Dan Bennett, 8. Buddy Kofoid, 9. Bobby Butler. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Chase Randall, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Michael Markey, 7. J.R. Booth, 8. Shannon Mausteller. 2:45.484

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Kenney Johnson, 4. Kevin Woody Jr., 5. Michael Markey, 6. Glenn Waterland, 7. Shannon Mausteller, 8. J.R. Booth, 9. John Heydenreich (#21), 10. Dan Bennett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (6), 2. Justin Grant (5), 3. Cannon McIntosh (7), 4. Alex Bright (1), 5. Emerson Axsom (10), 6. Daison Pursley (2), 7. Logan Seavey (8), 8. Chris Windom (12), 9. Buddy Kofoid (9), 10. Taylor Reimer (11), 11. Thomas Meseraull (4), 12. Hayden Reinbold (14), 13. Ethan Mitchell (15), 14. Kenney Johnson (16), 15. Kevin Woody Jr. (21), 16. Michael Markey (18), 17. Eric Heydenreich (17), 18. Glenn Waterland (20), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 20. Jimmy Glenn (19), 21. Shannon Mausteller (22), 22. Chase Randall (13). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Alex Bright, Laps 8-20 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 21-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1435, 2-Chris Windom-1424, 3-Emerson Axsom-1404, 4-Tanner Thorson-1336, 5-Justin Grant-1317, 6-Daison Pursley-1273, 7-Logan Seavey-1196, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1194, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1180, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1103.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-118, 2-Justin Grant-116, 3-Brady Bacon-110, 4-Chris Windom-109, 5-Thomas Meseraull-103, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 8-Logan Seavey-83, 9-Kyle Cummins-68, 10-Buddy Kofoid-67.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 7, 2021 – Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Newmanstown, Pennsylvania – 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval – Eastern Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

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

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Kevin Woody Jr. (21st to 15th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ethan Mitchell

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: J.R. Booth

 

 

THORSON THUMPS FIELD IN BRIDGEPORT’S USAC MIDGET DEBUT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Swedesboro, New Jersey (August 5, 2021)………It had been 32 years since USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets last turned a wheel in the state of New Jersey.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s Eastern Midget Week round three at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Thorson found himself ahead of the field by 32 light years, or so it seemed, as he scored the most dominating victory of the season in the series’ first ever visit to the 4/10-mile high banked dirt oval.

Thorson flexed his way into the lead on the fifth lap past pole sitter Emerson Axsom, then steadily increased the gap between he and the rest of the field throughout the 30-lap duration to win by a staggering 8.429 seconds, putting all but the top-eight finishers a lap down in the 21-car field aboard his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – The Healing Tree/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

It marked the series-leading fifth USAC National Midget feature triumph of the season for the Minden, Nevada native, and the eighth overall combined between the USAC National Midget and Sprint Car series.

Thorson found his groove nearly instantaneously, making a beeline to the inside from his outside second row starting spot in turn one on the opening lap to slot into second behind Axsom. After sliding away from the bottom between turns three and four at the end of the first lap, Cannon McIntosh slid under to take away second from him on the bottom of turns one and two.

Lesson learned for Thorson.

Thorson went straight back to the inside line in three and four on the second lap and whipped past McIntosh for the runner-up spot where he quickly began to shrink the gap between himself and race leader Axsom.

The feature’s lone caution came on lap five when 10th running Zach Daum’s engine expired in a dramatic manner with a big ball of flame emanating from the car before quickly dissipating. Daum steered his coasting car right to the extinguisher, then hopped out in a jiff with his steering wheel in hand, officially out of the race.

The bottom wasn’t only the shortest way around, but also the fastest way around for Thorson on the lap five restart. There, Thorson was hooked up, wheels up, right around the infield tires in turns three and four as he scooted to the lead and never lost any speed on his fastball for the remainder of the distance.

“As soon as I rolled out there, I saw there was a bunch of grip and I figured the modifieds had made the bottom hooked up for us,” Thorson recalled. “As soon as I fired off, I went down there and was able to feel it out and knew that was going to be the place to be.”

Thomas Meseraull found the same path to his liking as he raced past Axsom on lap eight for the second position. However, by then, Thorson was in the midst of a tear, up by a straightaway on lap 10 and by a half lap on at the midway point on lap 15.

As Buddy Kofoid muscled his way into the third spot with nine laps remaining, Thorson remained ahead by 7.5 seconds and ever-growing as he split between and breezed by everybody in his path, putting the likes of series winners Daison Pursley and Justin Grant a lap down on his torrid pace as he entered the top-10…to lap them.

With an average feature finish of 11th over his last three series starts, Thorson put himself back on top for the 25th time in his USAC National Midget career, surpassing Billy Engelhart in terms of wins and tying himself with Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones and Dave Strickland for 16th on the all-time list.

“We’ve struggled the last couple nights, I feel like,” Thorson said. “Just the fact that our team has worked so hard together, it has definitely paid off and shows.”

Thorson’s midget victory comes after a 12th place finish in a USAC National Sprint Car feature in his only previous Bridgeport experience during Eastern Storm in June. He admitted feeling the struggle linger on into tonight following a fifth-place finish in his heat race. Thorson finally found the perfect recipe on Thursday night during the feature.

“Midgets and sprint cars are obviously a little different,” Thorson stated. “With the sprint car, it was kind of hard to run the bottom here. I think the midget has so much side load that you can load it off on the bottom and be stuck way, way better than a sprint car.”

Thomas Meseraull had endured a tumultuous first two nights of Eastern Midget Week, first at Grandview Speedway where his right rear was toppled by a push truck at the start of the feature. The following night at Action Track USA, his race ended with a first lap feature incident while battling for the lead. Thursday night saw the San Jose, California native score his best result since winning the Indiana Midget Week opener at Paragon Speedway more than two months earlier, earning a runner-up finish in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“When it got slick, it went slick, slick,” Meseraull explained of the track conditions on his path to the front. “Modifieds weren’t running the bottom, but the midgets, they’ll run the bottom pretty good compared to a lot of bigger cars with a lot of weight. I saw Tanner (Thorson) down there starting to roll the bottom. We really weren’t set up to run down there. I might’ve had something if we had geared for the bottom, but Tanner drove away. I feel like the team deserves this. We’ve been on the road for the last 40 days, I feel like. It’s been a grind, but it’s nice to be up on the podium with this car.”

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), casted up with a broken right wrist and broken left foot, toughed it out to earn a second consecutive podium finish in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, finishing third at Bridgeport and extending his series point lead to 19 markers over fourth-place feature finisher Chris Windom.

“Toward the bottom was the fastest line, but my car was pretty good all over and I don’t think we were quite set up to run the bottom with us not expecting the track to do that,” Kofoid said. “I could make up a lot of ground early on by sliding myself and splitting guys. The bottom came in and it got dirty where I couldn’t really run my line through the middle or run the fence. It was another pretty good points night and I’m glad to be on the podium again. I just need to be two spots better.”

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) earned his first career USAC National Midget fast time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying. The decade-plus veteran of the series set the top time and established a track record on the same night he made his 68th career series feature start. Bright knows these banks of Bridgeport Motorsports Park well. He played a major role in the reconstruction of the track by operating the bulldozer that carved out the high banks in 2020.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 5, 2021 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey – 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval – Eastern Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Alex Bright, 25m, Malloy-16.275 (New Track Record); 2. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-16.311; 3. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-16.327; 4. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-16.342; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-16.378; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-16.383; 7. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-16.413; 8. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-16.443; 9. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-16.468; 10. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-16.521; 11. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.521; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-16.524; 13. Jonathan Shafer, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.566; 14. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.569; 15. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.588; 16. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.730; 17. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-16.770; 18. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-16.799; 19. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-17.121; 20. Kevin Woody Jr., 25B, Buckwalter-17.382; 21. Jimmy Glenn, 7G, Glenn-17.675; 22. Shawn Jackson, 7J, Jackson-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Jonathan Shafer, 6. Travis Buckley, 7. Chase Randall. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Hayden Williams, 7. Kevin Woody Jr. 2:14.20 (New Track Record)

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Jimmy Glenn. 2:15.84

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Thomas Meseraull (3), 3. Buddy Kofoid (7), 4. Chris Windom (5), 5. Emerson Axsom (1), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (14), 7. Cannon McIntosh (2), 8. Alex Bright (6), 9. Chase Randall (9), 10. Justin Grant (11), 11. Daison Pursley (8), 12. Hayden Williams (17), 13. Logan Seavey (10), 14. Taylor Reimer (13), 15. Jonathan Shafer (15), 16. Ethan Mitchell (18), 17. Hayden Reinbold (16), 18. Kevin Woody Jr. (20), 19. Travis Buckley (19), 20. Jimmy Glenn (21), 21. Zach Daum (12). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Emerson Axsom, Laps 5-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1386, 2-Chris Windom-1367, 3-Emerson Axsom-1339, 4-Tanner Thorson-1255, 5-Justin Grant-1240, 6-Daison Pursley-1212, 7-Thomas Meseraull-1146, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1145, 9-Logan Seavey-1135, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1031.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-113, 2-Justin Grant-113, 3-Brady Bacon-110, 4-Chris Windom-105, 5-Thomas Meseraull-103, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-94, 8-Logan Seavey-82, 9-Kyle Cummins-68, 10-Buddy Kofoid-67.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 6, 2021 – Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania – 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval – Eastern Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Cannon McIntosh

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Alex Bright

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 6th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

 

SMALL IN STATURE, BIG IN THRILLS:
USAC MIDGETS VISIT LANCO SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Newmanstown, Pennsylvania (August 5, 2021)………Sometimes, the biggest dynamite comes in the smallest of packages.

That’s what Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway provides with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, which arrive at the 1/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval for the sixth consecutive year on Saturday night, August 7, for the fifth and final installment of 2021 USAC Eastern Midget Week.

Two drivers in this Saturday night’s field have tamed the wickedly fast beast that gives you little time to think, blink or even wink. An annual slider-fest, a three-and-four-wide delight, both Tanner Thorson and Logan Seavey have each claimed their throne here at the Newmanstown, Pennsylvania super-bullring.

Thorson needed all the heroics he could muster to pull off a last-lap, last corner pass to take the victory in the inaugural Lanco race during his championship season of 2016. In 2017, the Minden, Nev. native repeated the feat as a Lanco victor once again in relative comfort this time, leading all 40 laps. A four-time 40-lap USAC National Midget winner, Thorson also took fifth at Lanco in 2020.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), meanwhile, has finished inside the top-three in both of his Lanco starts. He went viral with a four-wheel, fence-riding measure to avoid a stopped car between turns three and four before going on to finish 3rd during his championship season of 2018. The next year, in 2019, he one-upped himself by winning the main event.

A pair of champions and current USAC point leaders in Buddy Kofoid and Alex Bright have finished in the runner-up spot at Lanco. Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), the current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader, was 2nd in 2020 while Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), the 2016 ARDC champ, 2018 USAC Eastern Midget titlist and current USAC East Coast Sprint Car point leader, was 2nd in 2018.

Previous top-ten Lanco runners include Bixby, Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh (3rd in 2020); Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. (4th in 2019); Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom (6th in 2019); Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley (6th in 2020) and Ione, California’s Justin Grant (7th in both 2018 & 2020). Windom is the defending USAC National Midget champion while Grant is the reigning USAC Silver Crown titlist. Pursley, meanwhile, recently won Wednesday’s Eastern Midget Week round at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa.

Lanco USAC Midget veterans returning to the lineup include Franklin, Indiana’s Emerson Axsom (14th in 2020), who is the only driver to win a 40-lap USAC National Midget feature thus far in 2021 at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway in July. Furthermore, joining the event are Mooresville, North Carolina’s Ethan Mitchell (13th in 2020); Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania’s Eric Heydenreich (14th in 2017); Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s Tommy Kunsman (15th in 2018); Bear, Delaware’s Shawn Jackson (16th in 2018); Bethany, Connecticut’s Kenney Johnson (17th in 2016); and Victor, New York’s Kevin Woody Jr. (20th in 2018).

Two-time 2021 USAC National Midget feature winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) will be among those making his Lanco debut as will New Zealanders Hayden Williams (Auckland), Travis Buckley (Auckland) and Glenn Waterland (Christchurch).

First-time Lanco USAC Midget visitor Max McLaughlin (Mooresville, N.C.), a K & N East & Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified winner, will drive a second Bundy Built Motorsports Midget alongside teammate Ethan Mitchell. Max is the son of past NASCAR Busch Series standout Mike McLaughlin.

USAC Rookies Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), Michael Markey (Hanover, Pa.) and Dan Bennett (Akron, N.Y.) will be on hand at Lanco for the first time in USAC National Midget competition.

Saturday’s $4,000-to-win Eastern Midget Week round number five at Lanco will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and Wingless 600 Mini Sprints.

On Saturday race day, pits open for trailer parking at 1pm ET. Pit admission sales begin at 4pm. Gates open for general admission ticket holders at 5pm. The USAC drivers meeting takes place at 6pm. USAC hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Advanced tickets are $25 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $7.00 for youth (ages 6 - 12). Adult general admission tickets will cost $20 with youth tickets (ages 6 - 12) priced at $5. Children under the age of six will be admitted free Pit admission will be $35. USAC and Lanco members will get pit admission for $30.

Every lap of all five Eastern Midget Week event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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2021 EASTERN MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA

Aug 4: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, PA

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT LANCO’S CLYDE MARTIN MEMORIAL SPEEDWAY:

1 Laps - 8/4/2018 - Spencer Bayston - 10.129

10 Laps - 8/4/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:46.75

12 Laps - 8/16/2016 - Holly Shelton - 2:15.80

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT LANCO’S CLYDE MARTIN MEMORIAL SPEEDWAY:

2016: Tanner Thorson

2017: Tanner Thorson

2018: Zeb Wise

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: Tyler Courtney


PAST RESULTS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT LANCO’S CLYDE MARTIN MEMORIAL SPEEDWAY:

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Jim Radney, 5. Ryan Robinson, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Brenden Bright, 8. Tommy Kunsman, 9. Holly Shelton, 10. Carson Macedo, 11. Steve Buckwalter, 12. Tony DiMattia, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Brett Arndt, 15. Alex Bright, 16. Josh Heckman, 17. Kenney Johnson, 18. Gage Walker, 19. Justin Grosz, 20. Eric Heydenreich, 21. Nick Wean, 22. Brett Wanner, 23. Trevor Kobylarz. NT

2017 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Tim Buckwalter, 8. Tanner Carrick, 9. Tony DiMattia, 10. Landon Simon, 11. Kenny Miller, III, 12. Ryan Greth, 13. Andrew Layser, 14. Eric Heydenreich, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Adam Pierson, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Alex Bright, 19. Tommy Kunsman, Jr., 20. Shawn Jackson, 21. Kenney Johnson, 22. Justin Grant. NT

2018 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Zeb Wise (3), 2. Alex Bright (11), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Adam Pierson (9), 5. Brady Bacon (4), 6. Tanner Carrick (8), 7. Justin Grant (7), 8. Andrew Layser (19), 9. Spencer Bayston (6), 10. Tyler Courtney (5), 11. Chad Boat (13), 12. Kenny Miller (14), 13. Brayton Lynch (12), 14. Ethan Mitchell (18), 15. Tommy Kunsman (15), 16. Shawn Jackson (21), 17. Jason Rice (20), 18. Brenden Bright (22), 19. Timmy Buckwalter (10), 20. Kevin Woody, Jr. (17), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 22. Kenney Johnson (16). NT

2019 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (3), 2. Tyler Courtney (4), 3. Jason McDougal (12), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. Andrew Layser (1), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 9. Tanner Carrick (7), 10. Chad Boat (2), 11. Karsyn Elledge (8), 12. Steve Craig (14), 13. Zeb Wise (6), 14. Steven Drevicki (11), 15. Jamie Speers (15). NT

2020 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Buddy Kofoid (5), 3. Cannon McIntosh (15), 4. Tanner Carrick (1), 5. Tanner Thorson (19), 6. Daison Pursley (9), 7. Justin Grant (3), 8. Chase Johnson (4), 9. Cole Bodine (11), 10. Robert Dalby (10), 11. Dillon Welch (8), 12. Kyle Cummins (17), 13. Ethan Mitchell (20), 14. Emerson Axsom (16), 15. Jeff Champagne (13), 16. Chris Windom (2), 17. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 18. Steve Buckwalter (18), 19. Andrew Layser (12), 20. Jimmy Glenn (22), 21. Kenney Johnson (21), 22. Alex Bright (14). NT

 

 

BC39 DRAFT PARTY SET TO KICK OFF FESTIVITIES AUG. 17 The Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, August 17, the night before the dirt flies at The Dirt Track at IMS with the BC39 Draft Party.

Make your way to the Brickyard Crossing located at 4400 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis, Ind. where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night (August 18) of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.

All cars entered will be randomized into picking order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the Brickyard Crossing.

Teams without representation at the Draft Party will move to the bottom of the draft selection order.

The kickoff event is a fan-friendly celebration with IMS, the Indiana Donor Network, NOS Energy Drink, USAC drivers and officials to host a fan friendly party for the BC39 featuring drivers, displays, food and beverages. The party runs from 6pm Eastern to 9pm with the draft set to begin at 6:30pm.

Nearly 50 drivers have already entered the two-night racing spectacular including NASCAR’s Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and Chase Briscoe, plus INDYCAR’s Conor Daly and USAC National champions Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, Jerry Coons Jr., Russ Gamester and inaugural BC39 winner Brady Bacon, along with many more.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 17, with team parking at Noon Eastern. On track action begins Wednesday, August 18, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 19, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

This year’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink also will be the conclusion of nearly a week of exciting action on the road course and The Dirt Track at IMS. The NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader takes place Aug. 13-15, with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR Xfinity Series conducting separate races Saturday, Aug. 14 and the NASCAR Cup Series racing on the IMS road course for the first time Sunday, Aug. 15.

Spectator tickets can be purchased directly at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.

Competitors can file their entry for the BC39 at www.TheBC39.com.

Visit www.IMS.com for more information on tickets to all IMS events in 2021.


 

PURSLEY SLICES THROUGH FOR USAC WIN #2 AT ACTION TRACK USA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kutztown, Pennsylvania (August 4, 2021)………If you keep on racing, the levee’s goin’ to break. And, eventually, the wins are going to flood in.

With his first win coming in the 47th start of his career in mid-July, it took Daison Pursley just five more to capture his second career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory on Wednesday night during the second round of Eastern Midget Week at Kutztown, Pennsylvania’s Action Track USA.

“That’s what a lot of people have been telling me,” Pursley said. “The first one is always hard to get, then you start clicking them off. This kind of shows that that’s true.”

The box score reads that the Locust Grove, Okla. driver led all 30 laps of the feature in succession after starting from the pole position, but it took a roundabout venture en route from point A to point B in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/IWX – TRD – Curb/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota at the 1/5-mile, newly re-banked dirt oval.

A tumultuous first lap resulted in devastating consequences for a couple of frontrunners, both from the RMS Racing stable. As Pursley led the field midway down the back straightway, he received a tap on the rear bumper from Meseraull that sent him up the racetrack. Emerson Axsom shot by both drivers from third to first while Meseraull ducked under to second through turns three and four.

Side-by-side exiting turn four, outside-riding Axsom pulled the front wheels off the ground. Simultaneously, he and Meseraull banged wheels, sending Meseraull into a 180-degree spin as the field whizzed past near the flag stand. The oncoming car of Justin Grant collided with his RMS teammate, Meseraull, and flipped over in a series of twists and turns before landing at the entry to turn one. Grant immediately tossed out the steering wheel and crawled his way out from the wreckage.

Under the red, Meseraull went on a full sprint around the perimeter of the infield to vigorously confront the still strapped-in Axsom on the back straightaway. After a stern meeting of words and hand gestures, Meseraull parted with a 21st place finish while Grant was scored 22nd.

With a complete restart on tap, Pursley reassumed his place on the pole position where he spurted away with the race lead. However, all efforts proved to be short-lived when a six-car tangle ensued in turn one at the conclusion of lap one when third-running Tanner Thorson spun in turn one, which collected Logan Seavey (5th), Cannon McIntosh (8th) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (9th).

A separate tangle in the back at the same moment also forced the stoppage of both Eric Heydenreich and Michael Markey, both of whom were making their first series starts of the year. Those two returned to the field as did Thorson and Seavey, who finished 9th and 12th, respectively. Damage to the front ends of McIntosh and Thomas knocked both out of the race prematurely.

With 10 laps remaining, Axsom had tracked down and tightened the leash on Pursley, beginning a succession of three consecutive Axsom slide jobs over the next two laps entering turns one and three. However, each time, Pursley managed to cross over successfully and regain the lead.

Pursley gained an ounce of freedom with a slide job on the lapped car of his teammate, Jonathan Shafer, with eight laps remaining that, conversely, pinned his nemesis, Axsom, with Shafer now separating the two in the meantime.

Bottled up with two laps remaining and, seemingly, appearing to have his roadway blocked, Axsom began to dig back into contention, Pursley bounced off the turn one cushion just inches from the outer wall on his right side and mere inches from the rear bumper of Zach Daum just ahead of him. Pursley jet-streamed right through the barely-existent gap that remained between the tail-end lead lap cars of Daum and Chase Randall halfway down the back straightaway.

That proved to be the winning move for Pursley as he shot through the gap and subsequently, created his own gap between he and second place finisher Axsom at the checkered flag, 0.967 second ahead at the checkered with a wounded Buddy Kofoid third, Hayden Williams finishing a career-best fourth and Chris Windom rounding out the top-five a night after winning at Grandview Speedway.

“Going through lapped traffic there, I feel like it’s usually better to be in second,” Pursley explained. “When I first hit traffic, I started biding my own time and knew that I had a little bit of a gap with what (car owner) Keith (Kunz) was telling me. I knew it was going to be a number of laps before sliders started getting thrown. When I got to traffic, and as soon as (Emerson) threw that one, I got up on the wheel and started really not making any friends with the lapped cars out there, but I feel that’s what you’ve got to do to win these races.”

For the second consecutive night, Franklin, Indiana’s Emerson Axsom briefly took over the lead late before dropping back to second shortly thereafter, instead having to settle for a runner-up finish in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Iron Born Studio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Yet, it was the opening lap accident between he and Meseraull that had the crowd in a frenzy. “I haven’t seen the replay, so I’m not sure,” Axsom stated. “But, either way, if I did wreck him, I’m sorry.

We’ve been super consistent since the second half of Indiana Midget Week. I saw a tweet that said we had made up the most points since that time. Our cars are good; KTJ’s is good. Everyone on the crew is working together. It all helps. Hopefully, we can just keep riding the wave and keep having these good runs.”

Buddy Kofoid was cast in body armor at Action Track USA after suffering both a broken right wrist and a broken left foot in a late model accident at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway on July 24. With a cast grooved to fit the curvature of his steering wheel, ala Jim Hurtubise, Kofoid steered his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota to a solid third-place result.

“Towards the end, it’s hard to speculate, but I think we were just as fast if not a little faster (than Axsom and Pursley),” Kofoid said. “At the end, when the track got slicker and dirtier, I was able to chip away just a little bit. It’s so narrow around the top, you can’t afford to get off the top. With a broken wrist and a broken foot, I guess a third isn’t too bad.”

Tanner Thorson’s 20th career Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time with the USAC National Midgets at Action Track USA tied him for 22nd on the all-time list alongside Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East and Bobby Grim.

Thorson’s time of 10.881 in resulted in a new one-lap track record for the series at Action Track USA while Thomas Meseraull’s time of 1:54.72 in heat race three set a new 10-lap track record.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 4, 2021 – Action Track USA – Kutztown, Pennsylvania – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – Eastern Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-10.881 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-10.885; 3. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-10.984; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-11.006; 5. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.006; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.023; 7. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.043; 8. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-11.102; 9. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.127; 10. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-11.128; 11. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-11.129; 12. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.143; 13. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-11.198; 14. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.217; 15. Alex Bright, 25m, Malloy-11.290; 16. Jonathan Shafer, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.306; 17. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.394; 18. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-11.406; 19. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-11.489; 20. Michael Markey, 7m, Markey-11.542; 21. Kevin Woody Jr., 0, Buckwalter-11.632; 22. Eric Heydenreich, 11, Heydenreich-11.777; 23. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-12.274; 24. Dan Bennett, 5J, Bennett-12.288; 25. Mark Sokol, 50, Sokol-12.472.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Hayden Williams, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Jonathan Shafer, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Eric Heydenreich, 8. Mark Sokol, 9. Travis Buckley. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Michael Markey, 8. Glenn Waterland. 1:55.89

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Dan Bennett. 1:54.72 (New Track Record)

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Taylor Reimer, 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Travis Buckley, 5. Eric Heydenreich, 6. Michael Markey, 7. Glenn Waterland, 8. Dan Bennett, 9. Mark Sokol. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Daison Pursley (1), 2. Emerson Axsom (4), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Hayden Williams (7), 5. Chris Windom (13), 6. Alex Bright (16), 7. Ethan Mitchell (8), 8. Taylor Reimer (11), 9. Tanner Thorson (6), 10. Chase Randall (18), 11. Zach Daum (12), 12. Logan Seavey (10), 13. Hayden Reinbold (15), 14. Jonathan Shafer (17), 15. Travis Buckley (19), 16. Michael Markey (20), 17. Glenn Waterland (22), 18. Eric Heydenreich (21), 19. Cannon McIntosh (14), 20. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 21. Thomas Meseraull (2), 22. Justin Grant (5). NT

**Justin Grant flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Daison Pursley.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1314, 2-Chris Windom-1296, 3-Emerson Axsom-1273, 4-Justin Grant-1192, 5-Tanner Thorson-1177, 6-Daison Pursley-1163, 7-Logan Seavey-1091, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1084, 9-Thomas Meseraull-1071, 10-Cannon McIntosh-971.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-112, 2-Tanner Thorson-110, 3-Brady Bacon-110, 4-Chris Windom-104, 5-Thomas Meseraull-102, 6-Robert Ballou-97, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-86, 8-Logan Seavey-82, 9-Kyle Cummins-68, 10-Buddy Kofoid-63.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 5, 2021 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey – 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval – Eastern Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Thomas Meseraull

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Hayden Williams

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

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

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Alex Bright (16th to 6th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Hayden Reinbold

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Dan Bennett


 

 

BLOOMSBURG BLOSSOMS
WITH USAC MIDGET DEBUT FRIDAY!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (August 4, 2021)………Over the past three-quarters of a century, Bloomsburg Fair Raceway has served as the hosts of a vast array of motorsports series with the likes of NASCAR’s Grand National series, AAA Sprint Cars, ARDC Midgets and, most recently, USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car division, paying a visit to the fairgrounds oval.

Never before, however, has the venue seen USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, which debuts at the newly-refurbished 3/8-mile dirt oval on Friday, August 6, for round four of Eastern Midget Week.

After its closure for three-plus decades, the new track was constructed over the winter and spring months of 2021, and the ghosts of racing’s past at Bloomsburg still reign, a list that includes the like of 1949 Indianapolis 500 winner Bill Holland; NASCAR’s first multi-time champion Herb Thomas; 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car champ Eddie Sachs and the great Jiggs Peters, just to name a few.

Among this Friday’s USAC Midget participants at Bloomsburg, only seven have previous experience, which all came during the Eastern Storm stop by the USAC National Sprint Cars back in June of 2021.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) led all 30 laps en route to victory at Bloomsburg. The recently-crowned Indiana Sprint Week champ has been superb in a midget over the last couple of months only finishing outside the top-ten once in that span.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) finished 2nd to Thomas in the Sprint run at Bloomsburg a couple months back. The 2016 USAC National Midget driving champion has won twice during Eastern Midget Week in his career.

Pennsylvanian standout Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) raced to a 5th place finish at Bloomsburg with the USAC National Sprint Cars in June. The 2016 ARDC and 2018 USAC Eastern Midget titlist leads the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car standings and will be one of a handful of drivers pulling double-duty on Friday night.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the 2021 Eastern Midget Week opening night winner at Grandview Speedway, endured a trying night at Bloomsburg in June. The reigning USAC National Midget champion and USAC Triple Crown king flipped during qualifying but returned to run 13th in the feature.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, finished 14th at Bloomsburg in June while defending USAC Silver Crown champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was 21st and Michael Markey (Hanover, Pa.) was 23rd. For Markey, the night marked his USAC National Sprint Car debut while this week, during Eastern Midget Week, finds him making his first appearances in the USAC National Midget series.

John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.), the 1990 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals winner, will compete at his hometown track where he raced and won in a midget back in 1980s.

Max McLaughlin (Mooresville, N.C.), a K&N East & Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified winner will drive a second Bundy Built Motorsports Midget alongside teammate Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.). Max is the son of past NASCAR Busch standout Mike McLaughlin.

With it being the series’ first ever visit to Bloomsburg, the high majority of the field will be taking in their first Bloomsburg experience on Friday night. Among them are championship point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) as well as USAC National Midget feature winners Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) trying to tally a win for the first time at Bloomsburg.

Series veterans from the east, Kevin Woody Jr. (Victor, N.Y.), Tommy Kunsman (Bethlehem, Pa.) and Shawn Jackson (Bear, Dela.), will be on hand along with New Zealanders Hayden Williams (Auckland), Travis Buckley (Auckland) and Glenn Waterland (Christchurch).

USAC Rookies on board for Bloomsburg this Friday include Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Dan Bennett (Akron, N.Y.).

Friday’s Eastern Midget Week round four at Bloomsburg features the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars.

Pits open at 4pm Eastern, stands 4pm and racing at 7pm. Adult admission tickets are $20, students 13-18 are $10 with kids 12 and under free.

Every lap of all five Eastern Midget will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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2021 EASTERN MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, Aug 3: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA

Wednesday, Aug 4: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA

Thursday, Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Friday, Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Saturday, Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, PA


 

DÉJÀ GRANDVIEW FOR WINDOM IN EASTERN MIDGET WEEK OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (August 3, 2021)………This scene looked all too familiar for Chris Windom.

Two years ago, in the most recent edition of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway, Windom experienced a roller coaster final lap in which he saw his race lead slip away in the first turn only to race back past Tyler Courtney for the narrow win.

Fast forward to Tuesday night’s Ken Brenn Midget Masters at Grandview, the landscape Windom found himself in was eerily similar, but this time, the situation involved Emerson Axsom along with a rich tapestry of lapped traffic.

Nose-to-tail as Windom and Axsom crossed under the white flag, Windom became boxed in behind the lapped cars of Bundy Built Motorsports teammates Ethan Mitchell and Zach Daum, who were racing side-by-side down the front straightaway.

With Windom choosing the high line path entering turn one, the door inherently opened for Axsom to slide past both Windom and Mitchell. Windom rotated his car, cut to the bottom of turn two and raced back past Axsom midway down the back straightaway, dove under Daum a tick of the Timex later in turn three and finished off a hectic final lap with a 0.788 second winning margin over Axsom.

“I didn’t really want it to be that exciting,” Windom said with a smile. “I got to the Bundy cars, and they were running side by side. I know they didn’t know I was there, and they were running their own race. I literally had nowhere to go. I just had to wait for one of them t make a mistake to get by them. Emerson was able to put a move on me there, but luckily we were able to get back by him.”

Windom started the 30-lap feature event from the pole position in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota. However, it was outside front row starter, series Rookie Chase Randall, who controlled the race right from the green and throughout the early stages.

At the conclusion of lap seven, Windom had “the diamond” working as he went topside in turn three, then cut to the bottom off turn four carrying an enormous amount of momentum. Windom roared past Randall on the bottom of turn one before sliding to the top in turn two. Randall cut back under Windom and the pair silhouetted each other for the entirety of the back straightaway.

However, Randall carried just a tad bit too much speed into turn three, causing him to drift up over the cushion exiting turn four, which allowed Axsom to scoot by Randall and into the runner spot with a slide job in turn one mere moments later.

The high majority of the second half of the race saw Windom in an unrelenting tug-of-war with the tail end of the field as he sought to break free from Axsom. When Windom caught Rookie Jonathan Shafer at the back end of the field, Axsom capitalized on the hand that was dealt and managed to close right on the rear bumper of Windom. As soon as Windom found his way past Shafer in turn three on lap 19, the comforting feeling didn’t last long as Axsom mimicked Windom a half lap later past Shafer and was right back on Windom’s trail.

With five to go, Windom carved a path past the now lapped car of New Zealand’s Hayden Williams on the bottom of turn three to gain roughly 10 lengths on Axsom and, shortly thereafter, encountered Mitchell and Daum running side-by-side competing in their own tussle for the 14th position.

Once Axsom slid Williams in turn one, the gap that existed between he and Windom rapidly dissipated to less than a single car length entering the turns. With the white flag in full view coming off turn four, Windom veered down to the bottom off turn four, making it three-wide with Mitchell and Daum to his outside.

Windom made the split-second decision to dart right to the top of turn one on the final lap, which got him caught behind Mitchell. Using Mitchell as a sort of pick, when Axsom drifted by both to momentarily take away the race lead, Windom’s instincts drove him to the bottom of two, straight past Axsom, straight past Daum too going into three.

Finally, Windom had room to breathe as he rocketed off turn four to win his third USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature of the 2021 season and the seventh of his career ahead of Axsom, Randall and Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier Kevin Thomas Jr. with Tanner Thorson rounding out the top-five.

Although coming close to his third career series victory in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Iron Born Studio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, Axsom feels he and the team are starting to put together a full night race-after-race, which has seen the Franklin, Indiana driver earn, far and away, the most points since that span nine races ago with him earning 631 points, Kevin Thomas Jr. with 569, series point leader Buddy Kofoid at 538, Chris Windom at 532 and Daison Pursley at 528.

“Chris doesn’t make mistakes,” Axsom said after observing this firsthand. “It’s hard to run him down and it’s even harder to pass him. Lapped traffic hurt us there at the end, but that’s how we ran him down. It’s part of racing. I thought we had him there for a second, but I knew he’d be able to diamond it off turn two because, in lapped traffic, he was really good doing that and sometimes pulled away from me doing that. I knew it was going to be tough to slide him, but when I saw the white, I saw an opening and I went for it. We came up short, but we had a really good car.”

In a week where he’s poised to make a big run toward the head of the Rookie class in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) earned his best career result with a third-place finish in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/Bush’s Chicken – AME Electrical – CSI/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Randall said. “We’ve made a huge improvement throughout the year, and we can only go up from here. I’m just glad to finally get a podium with these guys and to do it with this team.”

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) salvaged what could’ve very well been a demoralizing end to the night for the driver of the RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota. After a misfortunate interaction with a truck while being pushed off for the feature, Meseraull’s ride suffered a bent shock and a flattened tire. After a brief period of time in the work area, Meseraull was provided his spot back in the 15th position where he proceeded to drive up to an 8th place finish to earn KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger honors for the evening.

“We can’t actually start without a push truck, so we appreciate all the push trucks for coming out,” Meseraull stated. “Luckily, my guys had stuff prepared and we were able to get a new right rear shock on it. We didn’t quite have it set up the way I had hoped with a single adjustment right rear shock, but we were really good. The RMS Racing number 7x hasn’t had much luck in the last, let’s say 10 races, so we’re looking to turn that around, take this hard charger and move on to tomorrow.”

Interestingly, every time USAC National Midgets were on track on Tuesday night, somebody was setting a new track record. Kevin Thomas Jr. broke Kyle Larson’s one-lap record for the series at the 1/3-mile dirt oval. All three heat races lowered the former eight-lap mark at the track by multiple seconds with Alex Bright’s run being the fastest of them all. Jonathan Shafer laid down a new 10-lap record while the green-to-checker feature finish established a brand-new 30-lap all-time record for Chris Windom.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 3, 2021 – Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – Ken Brenn Midget Masters / Eastern Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / CLEVER GIRL WINERY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.970 (New Track Record); 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.105; 3. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-14.126; 4. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-14.133; 5. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-14.143; 6. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-14.165; 7. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-14.186; 8. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.213; 9. Jonathan Shafer, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.239; 10. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.242; 11. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.253; 12. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-14.263; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.264; 14. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-14.270; 15. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.295; 16. Alex Bright, 25m, Malloy-14.309; 17. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.325; 18. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-14.669; 19. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-14.745; 20. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-14.752; 21. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.822; 22. Kevin Woody Jr., 0, Buckwalter-14.939; 23. Michael Markey, 7m, Markey-15.024; 24. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BLS-15.158; 25. Dan Bennett, 5J, Bennett-16.031; 26. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-NT; 27. John Heydenreich, 22, Givens-NT (Time of 15.092 disallowed due to missing the scales).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Hayden Williams, 8. Kevin Woody Jr., 9. Dan Bennett. 1:53.83 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Michael Markey, 8. John Heydenreich, 9. Shawn Jackson. 1:54.62

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tommy Kunsman, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Jonathan Shafer, 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Travis Buckley, 9. Oliver Akard. 1:56.92

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Jonathan Shafer, 2. Taylor Reimer, 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Steve Buckwalter, 5. Hayden Williams, 6. Travis Buckley, 7. Kevin Woody Jr., 8. Michael Markey, 9. Dan Bennett, 10. Oliver Akard, 11. Shawn Jackson. 2:35.22 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Emerson Axsom (4), 3. Chase Randall (2), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 5. Tanner Thorson (3), 6. Daison Pursley (6), 7. Justin Grant (8), 8. Thomas Meseraull (15), 9. Cannon McIntosh (10), 10. Buddy Kofoid (9), 11. Logan Seavey (17), 12. Alex Bright (7), 13. Taylor Reimer (12), 14. Zach Daum (14), 15. Ethan Mitchell (11), 16. Hayden Williams (19), 17. Steve Buckwalter (20), 18. Jonathan Shafer (16), 19. Hayden Reinbold (13), 20. Tommy Kunsman (18), 21. Kevin Woody Jr. (21), 22. Travis Buckley (22). 7:45.45 (New Track Record)

**Oliver Akard flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Chase Randall, Laps 7-30 Chris Windom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1244, 2-Chris Windom-1231, 3-Emerson Axsom-1198, 4-Justin Grant-1158, 5-Tanner Thorson-1120, 6-Daison Pursley-1086, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1054, 8-Logan Seavey-1047, 9-Thomas Meseraull-1039, 10-Cannon McIntosh-939.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-112, 2-Tanner Thorson-110, 3-Brady Bacon-110, 4-Thomas Meseraull-102, 5-Robert Ballou-97, 6-Chris Windom-96, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-86, 8-Logan Seavey-82, 9-Kyle Cummins-68, 10-Buddy Kofoid-63.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 4, 2021 – Action Track USA – Kutztown, Pennsylvania – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – Eastern Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Emerson Axsom

Fatheadz Eyewear / Clever Girl Winery Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jonathan Shafer

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (15th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Taylor Reimer

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Michael Markey

 

BC39 ENTRY LIST SURPASSES 40!
RYAN NEWMAN, SUNSHINE & GRANT OFFICIALLY ENTER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 3, 2021)………Ryan Newman, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant and Thomas Meseraull are among the latest drivers to file their entries for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink, which now has 43 cars confirmed for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event on August 18-19 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Driver registration officially open until Noon Eastern on Thursday, August 12, for the third running of the event. Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where they may also purchase tickets, pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

Newman will compete in one of four Clauson Marshall Racing entries alongside Tyler Courtney, Corey Day and Cole Bodine. Newman (South Bend, Ind.), an 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, captured the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400 on the 2.5-mile paved oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was a USAC National champion earlier in his career with the Silver Crown series in 1999.

Two-time USAC National champion and recent Kings Royal winner, Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), returns for a third BC39 start after finishing 4th in 2018 and charged from 20th to 2nd in the 2019 event. CMR teammates joining Newman and Courtney include the series’ youngest ever winner, Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), along with series veteran Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.).

Also new to the 2021 BC39 entry list is the RMS Racing team of reigning USAC Silver Crown champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a two-time winner in the USAC National Midget division this year. Terry Klatt and Bob East have entered a car for multi-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

Previously entered for the event are 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.) who will make his BC39 debut this year. The driver with the most laps led in this year’s Indianapolis 500, Conor Daly (Noblesville, Ind.), will make his third consecutive appearance in the BC39. NASCAR Rookie of the