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LARSON WINS BETTENHAUSEN 100;

GRANT IS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Springfield, Illinois (October 18, 2020).........Kyle Larson became the 15th driver to win Champ Car races on the three Midwest dirt miles of Du Quoin, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the latter of which he added to his continuously growing checklist on Sunday afternoon in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series' season finale, the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear.

 

Meanwhile, Justin Grant reached the mountaintop of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series for 2020, winning the series title aboard his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Super Fitness - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford, the first USAC National driving championship for Ione, Calif. native as well as the first series owner title for Ron Hemelgarn.

 

Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) joined an exclusive list of winners at all three iconic tracks alongside Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen, George Snider, Chuck Gurney, Jack Hewitt, Jimmy Sills, J.J. Yeley and Kody Swanson.

 

"I've been able to win at all three (of the miles) I've been able to race at," Larson exclaimed.  "They're all really historic races with a long history.  In USAC, there's already so much history, so to add your name to any sort of list and put it in the record books is really cool."

 

For Larson, his Silver Crown season consisted of an undefeated record of two starts and two wins, which came following an eight-year hiatus from the series.  His series record now includes four total series triumphs, including his win on the Du Quoin Mile in 2011, followed by the Indy Mile this past August and the Springfield Mile on Sunday.

 

Larson's most recent, and only, Springfield Mile appearance came nine years ago in 2011, a 4th place result.  Larson has visited a plethora of racetracks everywhere from coast-to-coast in the near decade since and has won at many of them.  For him, Springfield was akin to a new experience all over again.

 

"Outside of the shape, the banking and the length of the straightaways, I couldn't remember anything about it," Larson recalled.  "It was fun to be able to run the top early in the race before it took rubber, and once it did, it kind of turned into a pavement race with more strategy."

 

Larson started the 100-miler from the outside of the front row as pole sitter Justin Grant raced away to the lead.  Fourth-starting Brady Bacon followed suit as he rode the highline around Larson for the 2nd spot.  Larson raced back by Bacon around the outside in turn two on the eighth lap, and on lap 11, Larson utilized the same line in the second turn to pull even with Grant, then closed the door by scooting to the inner guardrail to secure the race lead.

 

Larson was dominant throughout the first 50 laps, holding a 10-car length lead with Grant 1.3 sec. back in second, and Bacon, Jacob Wilson and Shane Cottle running inside the top-five.  A 32-lap green flag run allowed Larson to find his rhythm in relative comfort without extensive pressure, helping set up his blueprint for the final sprint to the checkered.

 

"I like the longer runs just because I feel like you don't go through a transition with your tires heating up and cooling down, so I feel like it's easier on the tires and it helps you get into a rhythm too," Larson explained.  "I was happy for the long runs, but happy to get the cautions when we did as well.  It was nice to get to the lead early and get there before it took rubber on the bottom.  Then, I could kind of ride, save fuel and save my tires and try to get after it there at the end."

 

The lengthy green flag run ended when championship contender Kyle Robbins wedged his left front wheel in the turn three inside guardrail on lap 64, ending his day and bid for a title after entering the event third in the standings.

 

When racing resumed, Larson checked out once again to the tune of a nice two-second advantage following the lap 69 restart ahead of Grant, Bacon, Wilson and Shane Cottle.  Although, Cottle, another title contender, fell by the wayside with mechanical trouble on the 80th lap, putting him out of contention and elevating David Gravel, making his Silver Crown debut, into the top-five after starting last on the grid, 26th, after a penalty was levied to him for requiring a push start to begin his race.

 

Gravel was now the man on the move, as he picked his way to fourth on the 83rd lap past Wilson, then to 3rd after ducking under Bacon in turn two.  Meanwhile, Grant, in the midst of chasing a title, wasn't content to ride around in the waning stages, and instead, closed the gap on Larson to three car lengths with 10 to go as Gravel began tracking both him and Larson down.

 

On the 95th lap, Larson was untangle himself from the web of traffic, discarding with the first couple before encountering leading series Rookie Bryan Gossel.  Larson shot to the bottom in turn one underneath Gossel, passing him to give himself some breathing room.  Grant attempted to get by as well, and nearly got hung up on the rear bumper of Gossel as both cars drifted up the racetrack.  Gravel jumped through the open door to get to second while Grant shook loose and resumed his race now in the third position, still plenty good enough for a championship run.

 

Time ran out on Gravel to make a charge, but the time was just right for Larson who raced to his fourth career Silver Crown victory in just his 11th start.  Gravel advanced 24 positions to finish an impressive second to Larson.  Grant finished third to capture the 2020 USAC Silver Crown driving championship by 44 points.  Bacon took fourth while Jacob Wilson, making his season debut, finished in the fifth position.



 

 

 

While Larson's celebration commenced on the front straightaway as the race winner, Grant reveled in the reward of totality, one of a season championship, one that was finally his own after finishing 3rd, 4th, 2nd and 2nd in the final standings over the last four Silver Crown seasons, the most recent two of which he finished second to Kody Swanson.  In 2020, the roles were reversed with Grant first and Swanson as the runner-up.

 

"We've finished second to Kody a handful of times, so it feels good to win one, finally, for Ron Hemelgarn and Dennis LaCava and Jason, who helps on the car, and everybody involved.  We had a really good car today, and I think we had something for Larson before we got caught up with a lapped car.  I'm a little disappointed we didn't win the race, but really happy we won the championship and really happy for my guys; they deserve it.  They brought me a great racecar, which was one of the best mile cars I've had in long time.  It was a lot of fun today and I'm glad we got it done."

balance

 

"(Brady) was dogging me for a good portion of the race there, and I was trying to run just hard enough to keep him behind us and not burn our tire up, and save something to have a charge at Kyle there at the end," Grant recalled.  "I was starting to work the entry out a little bit into one and into three trying to give myself a lane there with about 35 to go to try and get by him.  It just didn't work out in the end.  I timed a lapped car wrong, but that's how it goes.  Kyle was really, really good, but I feel like we had a really good car too."

 

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 18, 2020 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Illinois - 1-Mile Dirt Oval - 57th Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear

 

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-30.457; 2. Kyle Larson, 19, Michael-30.609; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9, Dyson-30.621; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-30.750; 5. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-30.847; 6. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-30.887; 7. David Gravel, 21, Swanson-30.904; 8. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.001; 9. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-31.021; 10. Logan Seavey, 22, Prestige Worldwide-31.080; 11. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-31.104; 12. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-31.303; 13. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-31.352; 14. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-31.534; 15. Shane Cockrum, 53, Five Three-31.670; 16. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-31.879; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-32.292; 18. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-32.817; 19. Terry Babb, 88, Babb-32.933; 20. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-33.221; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.087; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-34.536; 23. Danny Long, 44, Long-35.354; 24. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-35.959; 25. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight-NT; 26. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-NT; 27. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-NT; 28. Steven Russell, 14, McQuinn-NT; 29. Kyle Cummins, 69, Pink 69-NT; 30. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-NT; 31. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-NT.

 

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (2), 2. David Gravel (26), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Jacob Wilson (6), 6. Casey Shuman (12), 7. Shane Cockrum (14), 8. Logan Seavey (9), 9. Chris Windom (24), 10. Kody Swanson (13), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 12. Chad Kemenah (8), 13. Jake Swanson (15), 14. Kyle Steffens (11), 15. Jimmy Light (10), 16. Terry Babb (18), 17. Travis Welpott (17), 18. Patrick Lawson (20), 19. Bryan Gossel (19), 20. Danny Long (22), 21. Matt Goodnight (16), 22. Shane Cottle (5), 23. Dave Berkheimer (21), 24. Kyle Robbins (25), 25. Terry James (23), 26. Aaron Pierce (7). 1:03:50.977

 

**Steven Russell flipped during practice.

 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Justin Grant, Laps 11-100 Kyle Larson.

 

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-266, 2-Kody Swanson-220, 3-Chris Windom-212, 4-Matt Goodnight-189, 5-Kyle Robbins-186, 6-Shane Cottle-184, 7-Aaron Pierce-168, 8-Shane Cockrum-162, 9-Bryan Gossel-161, 10-Mike Haggenbottom-159.

 

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-191, 2-Kyle Cummins-108, 3-Tanner Thorson-106, 4-Robert Ballou-101, 5-Shane Cottle-96, 6-Logan Seavey-93, 7-Justin Grant-86, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

FINALLY! MESERAULL MAKES IT TO

USAC MIDGET VICTORY LANE AT HARVEST CUP

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 10, 2020).........In his two-plus decades of racing with USAC, one piece of the puzzle had been surprisingly absent from Thomas Meseraull's resume - a NOS Energy Drink National Midget points-paying feature victory.

 

After many a close call throughout his career, Meseraull finally sealed the deal Saturday night during Harvest Cup at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway, but once again for him, it didn't come easy.

 

With an overheating engine and smoke pouring from the headers during the final laps, Meseraull became bottled up in traffic, then withstood a last lap, last corner surge from Tanner Thorson to win by a single car length at the line, with a margin of 0.119 sec. to spare, in his Response Management Services/EnviroFab - Guess Performance Parts/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

 

While the San Jose, Calif. driver had previously won at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2004 and at the Southern Illinois Center in 2018, both victories were non-championship, special events for USAC Midgets, making this a long-awaited night for Meseraull to mark his initial tally in the series' win column after making 89 feature starts since his 1999 debut.  Furthermore, he provided RMS Racing with its first ever USAC National Midget feature win in one fell swoop.

 

"To officially get my first USAC National Midget win here is crazy," Meseraull admitted.  "The RMS Racing No. 7x has been really good all year.  We just haven't had the finishes to show for it.  I feel like in the last four USAC shows, we've had the fastest car on the track but just got caught up in wrecks."

 

In each of his past two series starts at Gas City and Kokomo, Meseraull was running inside the top-five when trouble ensued, collecting him in a pair of incidents not of his own doing.  Last year's Harvest Cup saw Meseraull lead three laps late, and while battling for the lead, he and Jason McDougal tangled, sending Meseraull backwards into the outside turn four wall.

 

But that was last year, and Meseraull was determined to change course and find redemption on this night.  Starting 7th, Meseraull was on the move early despite a flurry of stoppages that halted competition early and often during the 30-lapper.  Cannon McIntosh was first to find chaos, banging the outside boiler plate on the opening lap that sent him flipping between turns one and two.  He emerged from the wreckage uninjured.

 

Cole Bodine led the opening three laps from his outside front row starting position and was operating in the top spot on lap four when he spun on his own accord in turn two.  Fourth-running Chris Windom was unable to avoid the mishap and T-boned the stopped Bodine.

 

While Bodine restarted from the tail and finished 11th, Windom's car suffered front end damage that required a little more TLC in the work area before rejoining the field a lap down, ultimately finishing 16th and falling behind by 15 points to Tyler Courtney in the series' championship race.

 

McDougal, the 2019 Harvest Cup Midget winner, inherited the race lead for the lap five restart.  Meseraull, riding third behind Justin Grant at the drop of the green, used the opportunity to slide by Grant for the 2nd spot in turn one.  Grant then reclaimed the runner-up position with a slider of his own in turn three before Meseraull clamped down to repeat his tactic from a lap earlier in turn one to stick the position on the fifth circuit.

 

When Chase Randall stopped atop turn three on lap eight, that created another restart opportunity for Meseraull who made the most of the chance by immediately sliding underneath McDougal entering the first turn.  Another restart on the 11th lap didn't faze Meseraull as he opened his lead up to two seconds in the ensuing laps while McDougal and the surging Kyle Cummins, who had won the night's MSCS Sprint Car event just prior to the Midget feature.

 

"I feel like I was just better on starts," Meseraull explained.  "My car takes off better, and once I got rolling, it was pretty beautiful the way the car was working.  It was actually carrying the right front down the straightaways and I could run right on the curb wide open, no lift.  It was beautiful."

 

McDougal and Cummins proceeded to entertain the onlookers with copious amounts of slide jobs back-and-forth for three straight laps before Cummins prevailed with the position on the 14th lap, then moments later, 7th running Daison Pursley found the wall in turn four, flipping him over.  Pursley was uninjured.

 

Throughout the second half of the race, Meseraull continued to stretch his lead out to more than a second over Cummins, then Friday night's Wayne City, Ill. winner Tanner Thorson, who took over 2nd from Cummins with just three laps remaining.

 

Meanwhile, Meseraull was as fluid as water up front.  However, like water, he began to get bottled up in traffic with two and three-wide battles clogging up the main artery he'd been utilizing topside around the 1/4-mile dirt oval.  Meseraull hunted and searched but chose to remain loyal to the top on the final set of corners for the last lap.

 

"We got to lapped traffic with just a few to go, and really, I wasn't that good on the bottom," Meseraull said.  "I was only good on the top and traffic held me up."

On top of it all, Meseraull was a bit worried about the engine.  However, at that point, despite all the smoke signals being sent skyward, for Meseraull, there was only one possible avenue to take.

 

"It was 230 (degrees) by lap 10," Meseraull revealed.  "This was the last race on this motor before it got rebuilt, and when you're leading a national midget race, you just go racing."

 

Thorson dove it low into turn three on the 30th and final lap to surge ahead of Meseraull by two car lengths with just a half-straightaway remaining.  With a plume of smoke surrounding his machine, Meseraull used the momentum from the top to squeeze his way through the one lane gap between Thorson's right side wheels and the outside wall to defeat Thorson by a mere one solitary car length.

 

"I saw (Thorson) and knew if he would've moved up, we would've both crashed going down the front stretch because I wasn't going to lift.  I'm not going to lift if I can see the checkered flags.  Period."

 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 10, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Harvest Cup

 

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.705; 2. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.756; 3. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-13.783; 4. Jason McDougal, 4B, Klatt-13.835; 5. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.851; 6. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.924; 7. Stephen Schnapf, 11m, Martin-14.006; 8. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-14.010; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.026; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.070; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-14.142; 12. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.148; 13. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-14.169; 14. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-14.206; 15. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-14.235; 16. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-14.245; 17. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.309; 18. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-14.376; 19. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-14.391; 20. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-14.424; 21. Chase McDermand, 40, RMS-14.449; 22. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.504; 23. Brady Bacon, 19, Hayward-14.542; 24. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.575; 25. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.610; 26. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.657; 27. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-14.681; 28. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-14.696; 29. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-14.718; 30. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.774; 31. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.813; 32. Aiden Purdue, 57D, McCreery-14.832; 33. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-14.833; 34. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.927; 35. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.111; 36. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-15.604; 37. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-15.664; 38. Tres Mehler, 17, Stellhorn-15.718; 39. Casey Hicks, 9H, Hicks-15.747; 40. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-NT.

 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Bryant Weideman, 7. Chase McDermand, 8. Gage Rucker, 9. Glenn Waterland, 10. Chad Frewaldt. NT

 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Tyler Nelson, 9. Tres Mehler, 10. Cody Brewer. 2:20.892

 

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Sam Johnson, 6. Stephen Schnapf, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Casey Hicks. 2:23.056

 

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. 15x Carson Garrett, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Aiden Purdue, 9. Oliver Akard. NT

 

C-MAIN (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Aiden Purdue, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Gage Rucker, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Oliver Akard, 6. Glenn Waterland, 7. Tres Mehler, 8. Casey Hicks, 9. Cody Brewer. NT

 

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Stephen Schnapf, 3. Chase Randall, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Bryant Wiedeman, 8. Noah Gass, 9. Carson Garrett, 10. Brenham Crouch, 11. Aiden Purdue, 12. Chase McDermand, 13. Gage Rucker, 14. Chad Frewaldt, 15. Robert Dalby, 16. Emerson Axsom, 17. Tyler Nelson, 18. Hayden Reinbold. NT

 

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

 

* represents a provisional starter

 

**Tyler Nelson flipped over the third turn wall during the semi. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cole Bodine, Laps 4-7 Jason McDougal, Laps 8-30 Thomas Meseraull.

 

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,508, 2-Chris Windom-1,493, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,430, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,386, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,290, 6-Daison Pursley-1,084, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 8-Cole Bodine-945, 9-Andrew Layser-924, 10-Justin Grant-904.

 

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-185, 2-Kyle Cummins-108, 3-Tanner Thorson-106, 4-Robert Ballou-100, 5-Shane Cottle-95, 6-Logan Seavey-92, 7-Justin Grant-85, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-78, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 13-14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Western World Championships

 


 

GRAVEL TURNS IN ONE OF USAC SILVER CROWN'S 

BEST EVER DEBUTS

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media


Springfield, Illinois (October 18, 2020).........In the week leading up to his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series debut on Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, David Gravel stated that his goals were to "finish the race first" while claiming that, realistically, a top-ten would be ideal.

 

While he also said he hoped to be in the mix for the win at the end of 100 miles, even he couldn't have drawn up exactly how it ultimately played out. Having to utilize a push start due to mechanical issues left him, by rule, to start at the tail of the 26-car field.

 

In the end, Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) finished second to winner Kyle Larson in the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the one-mile dirt oval with a pair of racing veterans in crew chief Kent Wolters and spotter Mike Hess helping to aid him on the path to the best finish by a first-time Silver Crown race starter in more than a quarter century, since P.J. Jones finished as the runner-up at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1994.

 

"I'm not really sure what happened, but I kind of went where they weren't," Gravel explained.  "I got past (Kody) Swanson and (Chris) Windom in the beginning and I thought I was doing really good.  Then, I slowed down too much, and they passed me back.  I think we got to about 10th or 11th and then I got more aggressive and started to pass guys around their right rear.  This Mark Swanson Encore Team car felt really good; I felt comfortable by about lap five or six.  I got here at 10:30am, sat in the car for the first time, got the belts changed up, but the pedals were uncomfortable for me.  My knees are killing me; I'm getting old."

 

The 28-year-old, who won the Knoxville Nationals in 2019, was in the midst of a busy weekend that included a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car start on Friday, a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series start on Saturday and a Silver Crown start on Sunday.  Gravel credits his impressive run on Sunday to not only his versatile experiences over the weekend, but everything observed and experienced firsthand leading up to this point.

 

"I honestly haven't watched that many Silver Crown races," Gravel acknowledged.  "I know you have to be patient around the bottom.  We race in the rubber sometimes in a winged sprint car, so I just used what I've learned there and translated it to today.  I hope I'll be back.  I don't know what my schedule is for next year, but I know I'll be in a winged sprint car a lot.  Hopefully, I get to do a lot of fun things like this again."

 

Gravel's Springfield performance ranks as one of the best debuts in Silver Crown history.  He's now one of just 12 drivers to finish inside the top-two in his first career series start.  Seven drivers won their first Silver Crown start: Jim McElreath (Nazareth 1971), A.J. Foyt (Illinois State Fairgrounds 1971), Danny Smith (Eldora 1982), Rick Hood (Indiana State Fairgrounds 1982), Jimmy Horton (Nazareth 1983), Herb Copeland (Oklahoma City 1983) and Marv Carman (Minnesota State Fairgrounds 1984).

 

Only four drivers had previously finished 2nd in their first Silver Crown start: Arnie Knepper (Nazareth 1971), Barry Camp (Williams Grove 1981), Jac Haudenschild (Indiana State Fairgrounds 1985) and P.J. Jones (Indianapolis Raceway Park 1994).

 

Additionally, Gravel's starting spot of 26th at Springfield is the furthest back any top-five finishing debut driver has started, besting Jimmy Caruthers' charge from 20th to 5th in the 1971 race, incidentally, also at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

 

Meanwhile, the previous worst starting spot for a driver finishing 2nd or better in his first Silver Crown start was Arnie Knepper, who began his race from the 14th position in the inaugural series event in 1971 at Nazareth, Pa.

 

Gravel's run marks the third occasion that a debuting Silver Crown driver has finished inside the top-five this season with both occurring in the opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway.  Bryan Gossel finished 4th there while Carmen Perigo took 5th.

 

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USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT PERFORMANCES (1971-2020)

 

 

1ST PLACE

 

Jim McElreath (June 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 9th)

 

A.J. Foyt (Aug 22, 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 10th)

 

Danny Smith (Apr 25, 1982 at Eldora Speedway - started 8th)

 

Rick Hood (May 8, 1982 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - started 4th)

 

Jimmy Horton (July 3, 1983 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 5th)

 

Herb Copeland (Jul 24, 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 6th)

 

Marv Carman (Aug 24, 1984 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds - started 4th)

 

 

2ND PLACE

 

Arnie Knepper (June 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 14th)

 

Barry Camp (July 5, 1981 at Williams Grove Speedway - started 5th)

 

Jac Haudenschild (May 24, 1985 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - started 6th)

 

P.J. Jones (Aug 4, 1994 at Indianapolis Raceway Park - started 1st)

 

David Gravel (Oct 18, 2020 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 26th)

 

 

3RD PLACE

 

Don Hawley (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 16th)

 

Jigger Sirois (Sept 4, 1972 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 2nd)

 

Ken Schrader (Nov 2, 1980 at the Terre Haute Action Track - started 1st)

 

Bruce Jennings (Jul 24, 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 18th)

 

Terry Shepherd (Sep 22, 1991 at Eldora Speedway - started 7th)

 

Steve Kent (Oct 8, 1994 at the Cal Expo State Fairgrounds - started 3rd)

 

Aaron Fike (Nov 14, 2000 at Irwindale Speedway - started 8th)

 

Cameron Dodson (Mar 23, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - started 3rd)

 

Brady Bacon (Aug 31, 2014 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 12th)

 

 

4TH PLACE

 

Billy Vukovich (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 8th)

 

Pancho Carter (May 28, 1972 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 15th)

 

Wally Dallenbach (Aug 17, 1974 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds - started 16th)

 

Randy Tolsma (Aug 1, 1993 at the Milwaukee Mile - started 5th)

 

Ryan Moore (Mar 23, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - started 15th)

 

Robert Stout (May 27, 2016 at Lucas Oil Raceway - started 5th)

 

Jason McDougal (Sep 22, 2018 at Eldora Speedway - started 7th)

 

Bryan Gossel (Aug 9, 2020 at Selinsgrove Speedway - started 19th)

 

 

5TH PLACE

 

Gary Bettenhausen (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 6th)

 

Jimmy Caruthers (Aug 22, 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 20th)

 

Mel Cornett (Aug 19, 1973 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 7th)

 

Rich Leavell (Aug 24, 1980 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 9th)

 

Jeff Forshee (July 22, 1984 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 2nd)

 

Jeff Gordon (Feb 4, 1990 at Phoenix International Raceway - started 4th)

 

Stewart Friesen (Oct 11, 2014 at the New York State Fairgrounds - started 7th)

 

Joey Schmidt (Mar 23, 2019 at Memphis International Raceway - started 14th)

 

Carmen Perigo (Aug 9, 2020 at Selinsgrove Speedway - started 5th)

 

 

2020 YEAR IN REVIEW:

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

The Illinois State Fairgrounds has been a home away from home of sorts for Justin Grant throughout his USAC Silver Crown career.

 

After all, it's where the 29-year-old Ione, Calif. driver earned his first pole with the series in 2015, where he won his first series race in 2017 and where he captured his first USAC National championship in 2020.

 

The one-mile patch of dirt in Springfield, Ill. has been the host of championship racing since 1934, but never before had it been the stage for a championship celebration, albeit one of the subdued variety on a frigid Sunday afternoon in mid-October where race time temperatures dipped into the 40s.

 

Grant entered the Silver Crown season finale in somewhat familiar territory.  He stood atop the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings for much of 2017 and 2020 with Sam McGhee Motorsports and TOPP Motorsports, respectively, then finished as the runner-up in each of the last two Silver Crown seasons before, ultimately, coming up just shy of reaching the pinnacle on each occasion.

 

Although he hadn't yet been on the other side of the championship equation, Grant had a unique introspective outlook on how he approached the rigorous mental exercise that involved a title hanging in the balance at Springfield.

 

"I really wasn't nervous today at all," Grant admitted.  "I've been here, and I've lost them before, and I survived.  I thought if I lost another one, I'll be alright.  If we win one, we'll be alright, but just a little happier."

 

However, what was a most unusual twist in this most uncommon of all seasons throughout the sports landscape was the two-month long break in the schedule that preceded the final race at Springfield due to rain outs and COVID-19.  Among the twists were the addition and rescheduling of Springfield to the schedule in mid-September that added another date to the calendar in what wound up as the shortest Silver Crown season since 1979.

 

During the eight-week break, Grant's 22-point lead over five-time champion Kody Swanson remained intact, unwavering, as it awaited one last showdown.  Grant laid down the fastest time in qualifying to win the pole for Springfield's Bettenhausen 100, displaying his commitment to not making this merely a leisurely Sunday drive.  Grant was dead-set on making this day fully climatic by delivering both a victory and a championship in his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Super Fitness - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford.

 

Grant led the first 10 laps until surpassed by eventual winner Kyle Larson, but remained in the hunt, and ran 2nd with five laps remaining in the 100-mile event.  Grant began to close on Larson to pressure him for the race win on the 95th lap when Grant became entangled with a lapped car in turn two.  As Grant got sideways and fought to retain control, for everyone else on the premises, they believed they had witnessed Grant's championship season flash before their eyes.

 

For Grant, though, the championship wasn't top of mind at the point.  He was there to win, and as he dropped to 3rd in the order, his hopes of a race victory were dashed, which was first and foremost on his mind at that juncture.

 

"I was caught up in trying to win the race and I think I was more frustrated about losing the race there than the championship at the moment."

 

Once the kerfuffle was had run its course, Grant gathered it up and that was where championship mode finally set in as he made sure to protect the tires, ride it out and keep everything intact for the final five miles of his championship run.

 

Grant's most recent series title prior to 2020 came with the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets in 2007.  He made the move to Indiana in 2009 with just a little bit of money in his pocket but possessed an insurmountable amount of hunger, will and drive to succeed in the sport.  Initially serving as a crew member for Jeff Walker Racing's sprint car team, Grant literally worked his way into the driving seat for Baldwin Brothers Racing to become the USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year a year later in 2010.

 

A stint with car owner Mark Hery that saw Grant win his first career USAC Sprint race in 2012 was nearly derailed later that year by a serious rollover in an Ohio highway accident.  After recovery, Grant fought back to reach victory lane once again but shortly thereafter, found himself on the sidelines contemplating his future in the sport throughout the summer of 2016.

 

That same year, however, Grant forged a foundation in Silver Crown racing with owner Chris Carli, then Ron Hemelgarn, that has seen Grant steadily progress into the championship caliber driver he is today.  It's something that Grant couldn't even comprehend just a handful of years ago when he started his racing journey.

 

"It means a lot to me," Grant said.  "I've been wanting to be a USAC racer since I was six years old.  Being a USAC champion, I never really thought I would be in this position.  At one time, I never thought I'd even get to race a USAC car growing up.  It was never really anything I looked at, like "I'm going to be a USAC champion one day.'  I just kept getting to the next race and the next race and then, here we are."

 

Grant had finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd in the Silver Crown standings over the past four years between 2016-19, but in 2020, he was the only driver with three top-five and four top-ten finishes in his five starts.

 

He also became the ninth driver to win the Silver Crown driving title without the aid of a single victory, joining Jimmy Caruthers (1975), Billy Cassella (1976), Ken Schrader (1982), Dave Blaney (1984), Steve Butler (1988), Tony Stewart (1995), Bud Kaeding (2007) and Levi Jones (2011).

 

Nonetheless, Grant regularly had a car to win throughout the 2020 season.  A flat right rear tire while running second in the opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway relegated the team to a 16th place finish and a 16th place standing in the points.  A solid 4th place finish in the follow-up race on the pavement of Salem (Ind.) Speedway moved Grant into 3rd in the driver standings, then into 2nd overall in the points with a 5th place result at Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

Grant overcame a 10-point deficit at the Indiana State Fairgrounds by finishing 8th after starting 20th on the grid, while an early race back straightaway flip cost Swanson dearly.  Grant led by 22 entering Springfield, and ultimately finished out with a 46-point advantage to conclude the season, the closest final margin of victory for the championship since 2016.

 

Meanwhile, team owner Hemelgarn's car entrant title also presented a rarity as one of just a few select teams to win both a USAC Silver Crown and an IndyCar championship.  Hemelgarn, with driver Buddy Lazier, won the 2000 Indy Racing League crown.

 

Leader Card Racers snagged the inaugural Silver Crown champion with driver George Snider in 1971 and again in 1979 with Bobby Olivero as the pilot, while also garnering USAC National (IndyCar) Championships with Rodger Ward in 1959 & 1962, and Bobby Unser in 1968.

 

Likewise, A.J. Foyt won the "IndyCar" championship as a driver/owner in 1975, then once again, this time solely as an owner, at the advent of the IRL with drivers Scott Sharp in 1996 and Kenny Brack in 1998.  Foyt, aboard his own A.J. Foyt Enterprises machine, collected the 1972 Silver Crown title as both a driver/owner.  In 1999, Foyt, now teamed up with George Snider as co-owners, were the Silver Crown entrant champions with a combination of drivers, including Mike Bliss, Jimmy Sills and Dave Steele.

 

 

 

 

 

Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing burst onto the scene, winning three consecutive IndyCar titles with Al Unser in 1970, and Joe Leonard in 1971-72.  Success continued in the following two years for the team on the USAC Dirt Track Championship trail with Unser claiming the Silver Crown title in 1973 and Mario Andretti doing so in 1974, both for Vel's Parnelli.

 

The man who was instrumental in Hemelgarn and Lazier's 2000 IRL championship as chief mechanic was Dennis LaCava, the same man who served in the same role for Grant's 2020 Silver Crown title.  Grant finds most of his gratification in winning the title for the team, doing his part on the track to win the title for the team he's worked with for the past four successful seasons.

 

"I'm thrilled to win this championship, but especially for Dennis (LaCava), who has worked very hard to get to this point, and for Ron (Hemelgarn) who gives us what we need to do it.  It just feels good to get it done for those guys."

 

Additionally, Kyle Larson returned to the Silver Crown Champ Cars after an eight-year hiatus and went two-for-two in both of his series appearances, first winning the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (after starting 22nd) and the season closer at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  In doing so, he became the 15th driver to win at all three of the Midwest dirt miles of Indy, Illinois, and Du Quoin, which he won in 2011.

 

Shane Cottle earned a new record as the driver with the longest gap between Silver Crown race wins, following up his 2007 Du Quoin triumph with a score just shy of 13 years later in the 2020 season opener at Selinsgrove, Pa.  After starting in the 23rd position, Cottle was plagued with engine problems in qualifying, then was involved in an accident just before halfway that required replacement of both the right and left rear tires, then stormed back through the pack, leading just the final two laps to win the inaugural Bill Holland Classic.

 

Kody Swanson extended his Silver Crown victory streak to seven years with an unprecedented fifth consecutive win in the Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial on the paved high banks of Salem (Ind.) Speedway, breaking Pancho Carter's long held record in the event between 1974-77.

 

Kody's younger brother, Tanner Swanson, became the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver in Lucas Oil Raceway history with his sixth career victory at the .686-mile paved oval during the Carb Night Classic, a record he held alongside both Mike Bliss and his big brother.

 

Bryan Gossel earned Rookie of the Year honors with the series after finishing 9th in the final standings.   He became the first Silver Crown Rookie of the Year to hail from the state of Colorado, and the first in any USAC National division since Mike Gregg with the Midgets in 1973.

 

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN STAT LEADERS:

 

Most Wins: 2-Kyle Larson

 

Driver Champion: Justin Grant

 

Owner Champion: Hemelgarn Racing #91

 

Top Rookie in Points: Bryan Gossel

 

Most Laps Led: 127-Kyle Larson

 

Most Top-Fives: 3-Justin Grant

 

Most Top-Tens: 4-Justin Grant

 

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 2-Kody Swanson

 

Most Feature Starts: 5-Matt Goodnight, Bryan Gossel, Justin Grant, Kyle Robbins, Kody Swanson & Chris Windom

 

Biggest Charger of the Year: David Gravel (26th to 2nd) on Oct 18 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

 

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

 

Aug 9: (D) Selinsgrove, PA - Selinsgrove Speedway

WINNER: Shane Cottle (Curtis Williams #81)

 

Aug 15: (P) Salem, IN - Salem Speedway

WINNER: Kody Swanson (Nolen Racing #20)

 

Aug 21: (P) Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

WINNER: Tanner Swanson (Bowman Racing #02)

 

Aug 23: (D) Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Sean Michael Motorsports #19)

 

Oct 18: (D#) Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fairgrounds

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Sean Michael Motorsports #19)

 

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

 

(D) represents a dirt event

 

(P) represents a pavement event

 

# represents a daytime event

 

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

 

POS.      PTS.       DRIVER

 

1             266         Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

 

2             220         Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

 

3             212         Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

 

4             189         Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.

 

5             186         Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind.

 

6             184         Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

 

7             168         Aaron Pierce, Muncie, Ind.

 

8             162         Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill.

 

9             161         Bryan Gossel (R), Fort Collins, Colo.

 

10           159         Mike Haggenbottom, Levittown, Pa.

 

11           156         Logan Seavey (R), Sutter, Calif.

 

12           151         Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill.

 

13           148         Travis Welpott, Pendleton, Ind.

 

14           146         Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif.

 

15           143         C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

 

16           131         Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass.

 

17           131         Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

 

18           121         Jake Swanson (R), Anaheim, Calif.

 

19           111         Kyle Cummins (R), Princeton, Ind.

 

20           107         Austin Nemire, Sylvania, Ohio

 

21           101         Kyle Hamilton, Danville, Ind.

 

22           101         Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.)

 

23           95           Chad Kemenah (R), Alvada, Ohio

 

24           85           Derek Bischak, Angola, Ind.

 

25           85           Dave Berkheimer, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

 

26           84           Ronnie Wuerdeman (R), Cincinnati, Ohio

 

27           77           Kyle O'Gara (R), Beech Grove, Ind.

 

28           73           Tanner Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

 

29           71           Carmen Perigo (R), Stoystown, Pa.

 

30           68           Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind.

 

31           67           David Gravel (R), Watertown, Conn.

 

32           63           John Heydenreich, Bloomsburg, Pa.

 

33           61           David Byrne, Shullsburg, Wisc.

 

34           60           Casey Buckman (R), Chandler, Ariz.

 

35           58           Jacob Wilson, Crawfordsville, Ind.

 

36           55           Eric Gordon, Indianapolis, Ind.

 

36           55           Casey Shuman, Tempe, Ariz.

 

38           48           Jimmy Light (R), West Springfield, Pa.

 

39           46           Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

 

40           45           Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill.

 

41           43           Joe Liguori, Tampa, Fla.

 

42           35           Brian Gerster, Fishers, Ind.

 

43           35           Kyle Steffens, St. Charles, Mo.

 

44           33           Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind.

 

45           33           Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo.

 

46           31           Toni Breidinger, Hillsborough, Calif.

 

47           31           Chris Urish, Elkhart, Ill.

 

48           27           Austin Mundie, Kaufman, Texas

 

49           21           Jim Anderson, Joliet, Ill.

 

50           21           Jake Simmons (R), New Palestine, Ind.

 

51           19           Brent Yarnal (R), Phoenix, Ariz.

 

52           18           Terry James, St. Louis, Mo.

 

53           10           Dallas Hewitt (R), Troy, Ohio

 

54           10           Justin Peck (R), Monrovia, Ind.

 

55           10           Steven Russell, Rochester, Ill.

 

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN OWNER POINT STANDINGS:

 

POS.      PTS.       ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

 

1             266         Hemelgarn Racing, LaSalle, Mich. (#91)

 

2             232         Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#6)

 

3             220         Nolen Racing, Greenwood, Ind. (#20)

 

4             212         Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#17)

 

5             189         Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#39)

 

6             186         KR Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#7)

 

7             184         Curtis Williams, Springfield, Ohio (#81)

 

8             168         Sam Pierce, Daleville, Ind. (#26)

 

9             162         Five Three Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#53)

 

10           161         Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo. (#06)

 

11           159         John Haggenbottom, Bristol, Pa. (#24)

 

12           156         Prestige Worldwide Motorsports, Indianapolis, Ind. (#122)

 

13           151         Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill. (#2)

 

14           148         Welpott Racing, Pendleton, Ind. (#18)

 

15           146         Sean Michael Motorsports, York Springs, Pa. (#19)

 

16           143         Leary Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#30)

 

17           131         DJ Racing, Boca Raton, Fla. (#22)

 

18           121         DMW Motorsports, Phoenix, Ariz. (#10)

 

19           111         Pink 69 Racing, Evansville, Ind. (#69)

 

20           107         Nemire-Lesko Racing, Toledo, Ohio (#16)

 

21           101         Chris Dyson Racing, Pleasant Valley, N.Y. (#9)

 

22           95           Hampshire-Kemenah Racing, Alvada, Ohio (#15)

 

23           85           Derek Bischak, Indianapolis, Ind. (#131)

 

24           85           Berkheimer Racing, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (#31)

 

25           84           Ronnie Wuerdeman, Cincinnati, Ohio (#33)

 

26           77           SFHR Development, Indianapolis, Ind. (#1)

 

27           73           Bowman Racing, Brownsburg, Ind. (#02)

 

28           71           John Stehman, Halifax, Pa. (#52)

 

29           68           Gamester Racing, Peru, Ind. (#51)

 

30           67           Mark Swanson Encore Team, Des Moines, Iowa (#21)

 

31           63           Nick Bohanon-A.J. Felker Racing, Jeffersonville, Ind. (#37)

 

32           61           Byrne Racing, Shullsburg, Wisc. (#40)

 

33           60           Chuck Buckman Jr., Chandler, Ariz. (#74)

 

34           58           Wilson Brothers Racing, Crawfordsville, Ind. (#07)

 

35           55           Brad & Tara Armstrong, New Palestine, Ind. (#78)

 

36           55           Patty Bateman, Murphysboro, Ill. (#55)

 

37           48           Two-Three Motorsports, Lizton, Ind. (#123)

 

38           46           Westfall Motorsports, Pleasant Hill, Ohio (#54)

 

39           45           Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill. (#88)

 

40           43           Williams & Wright Racing, St. Paul, Ind. (#32)

 

41           35           Dick & Deborah Myers, Waterford, Mich. (#94)

 

42           35           Gordon Steffens, St. Charles, Mo. (#08)

 

43           33           Hans Lein, Edgerton, Wisc. (#97)

 

44           33           Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo. (#44)

 

45           31           Breidinger Motorsports, Hillsborough, Calif. (#80)

 

46           31           Chris Urish, Lincoln, Ill. (#77)

 

47           27           Les & Patty Butler, Kaufman, Texas (#47)

 

48           21           Kazmark Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#92)

 

49           21           Tim Simmons, Cabot, Ark. (#3)

 

50           19           Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz. (#29)

 

51           18           Todd Satterthwaite, St. Louis, Mo. (#23)

 

52           10           Dallas Hewitt, Fletcher, Ohio (#57)

 

53           10           DMW Motorsports, Phoenix, Ariz. (#110)

 

54           10           McQuinn Motorsports, Springfield, Ill. (#14)

 

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

 

POS.      PTS.       DRIVER

 

1              161         Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo.

 

2              156         Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

 

3              121         Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

 

4              111         Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

 

5              95           Chad Kemenah, Alvada, Ohio

 

6              84           Ronnie Wuerdeman, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

7              77           Kyle O'Gara, Beech Grove, Ind.

 

8              71           Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.

 

9              67           David Gravel, Watertown, Conn.

 

10           60           Casey Buckman, Chandler, Ariz.

 

11           48           Jimmy Light, West Springfield, Pa.

 

12           21           Jake Simmons, New Palestine, Ind.

 

13           19           Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz.

 

14           10           Dallas Hewitt, Troy, Ohio

 

15           10           Justin Peck, Monrovia, Ind.

 

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RACE WINS:

 

2-Kyle Larson (Aug 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Oct 18 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds)

 

1-Shane Cottle (Aug 9 at Selinsgrove Speedway)

 

1-Kody Swanson (Aug 15 at Salem Speedway)

 

1-Tanner Swanson (Aug 23 at Lucas Oil Raceway)

 

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LAPS LED:

 

127-Kyle Larson

 

120-C.J. Leary

 

66-Kody Swanson

 

60-Tanner Swanson

 

49-Bobby Santos

 

15-Tyler Courtney

 

10-Justin Grant

 

2-Shane Cottle

 

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TOP-FIVE FINISHES:

 

3-Justin Grant

 

2-Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Aaron Pierce & Bobby Santos

 

1-Brady Bacon, Derek Bischak, Shane Cockrum Shane Cottle, Bryan Gossel, David Gravel, Kyle Hamilton, Carmen Perigo, Kyle Robbins, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Jacob Wilson & Chris Windom

 

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TOP-TEN FINISHES:

 

4-Justin Grant

 

3-Shane Cockrum, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson & Chris Windom

 

2-Brady Bacon, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Matt Goodnight, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Aaron Pierce, Kyle Robbins & Bobby Santos

 

1-Derek Bischak, Russ Gamester, Eric Gordon, Bryan Gossel, David Gravel, Mike Haggenbottom, Kyle Hamilton, Patrick Lawson, Joe Liguori, Austin Nemire, Kyle O'Gara, Carmen Perigo, Casey Shuman, Jake Swanson, Tanner Swanson & Jacob Wilson

 

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FEATURE STARTS:

 

5-Matt Goodnight, Bryan Gossel, Justin Grant, Kyle Robbins, Kody Swanson & Chris Windom

 

4-Dave Berkheimer, Shane Cottle, Mike Haggenbottom, Patrick Lawson, Aaron Pierce & Travis Welpott

 

3-Brady Bacon, David Byrne, Shane Cockrum, John Heydenreich, Chad Kemenah, Austin Nemire, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

2-Terry Babb, Derek Bischak, Casey Buckman, Kyle Cummins, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Jimmy Light, Kyle O'Gara, Carmen Perigo, Bobby Santos, Matt Westfall & Ronnie Wuerdeman

 

1-Jim Anderson, Toni Breidinger, Tyler Courtney, Brian Gerster, Eric Gordon, David Gravel, Terry James, Joe Liguori, Danny Long, Austin Mundie, Casey Shuman, Jake Simmons, Kyle Steffens, Tanner Swanson, Chris Urish, Jacob Wilson & Brent Yarnal

 

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

 

2-Kody Swanson

 

1-Justin Grant, Kyle Larson & C.J. Leary

 

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TOP "ROOKIE" FINISHER OF THE RACE:

 

Aug 9: Selinsgrove Speedway - Bryan Gossel (4th)

 

Aug 15: Salem Speedway - Kyle O'Gara (7th)

 

Aug 21: Lucas Oil Raceway - Kyle O'Gara (19th)

 

Aug 23: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Logan Seavey (3rd)

 

Oct 18: Illinois State Fairgrounds - David Gravel (2nd)

 

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS "HARD CHARGER" OF THE RACE:

 

Aug 9: Shane Cottle - Selinsgrove Speedway (23rd to 1st)

 

Aug 15: Austin Nemire - Salem Speedway (15th to 6th)

 

Aug 21: Lucas Oil Raceway - Patrick Lawson (21st to 7th)

 

Aug 23: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Kyle Larson (22nd to 1st)

 

Oct 18: Illinois State Fairgrounds - David Gravel (26th to 2nd)

 

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER:

 

Aug 9: Ronnie Wuerdeman - Selinsgrove Speedway

 

Aug 15: Kyle Hamilton - Salem Speedway

 

Aug 21: Lucas Oil Raceway - Matt Goodnight

 

Aug 23: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Ronnie Wuerdeman

 

Oct 18: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Jake Swanson

 

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

 

1-Aaron Pierce

 

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STATS

 

 

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINS:

 

1. [30 wins] Kody Swanson

 

2. [23 wins] Jack Hewitt

 

3. [17 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] Kyle Larson, Jeff Swindell & Rich Vogler

 

36. [3 wins] Steve Butler, Shane Cockrum, Cameron Dodson, A.J. Fike, Levi Jones, Kasey Kahne, Jim Keeker, Steve Kinser, Bobby Olivero, Johnny Parsons, Aaron Pierce, Ron Shuman, Tony Stewart, Tyler Walker & Paul White

 

51. [2 wins] Pat Abold, Brady Bacon, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Billy Engelhart, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Justin Grant, 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., 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, 1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises, 1973: Vel's Parnelli Jones, 1974: Vel's Parnelli Jones, 1975: George Middleton, 1976: Louis Seymour & Sons, 1977: David LeFevre, 1978: Johnny Capels, 1979: Leader Card, 1980: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1981: Johnny Vance, 1982: Steve Enslow, 1983: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1984: Ralph 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:

 

1. (31) Kody Swanson

 

2. (21) Jimmy Sills

 

3. (19) Dave Steele

 

4. (17) Tracy Hines

 

5. (14) Jerry Coons Jr.

 

6. (13) J.J. Yeley

 

7. (10) Bobby East

 

8. (9) Chuck Gurney, Jason Leffler & Rich Vogler

 

11. (8) Dave Darland, Russ Gamester, Levi Jones & Johnny Parsons

 

15. (7) Jack Hewitt, Tanner Swanson & Josh Wise

 

18. (6) Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Steve Chassey & Justin Grant

 

22. (5) Larry Dickson, Kenny Irwin Jr., Aaron Pierce, Larry Rice, Jeff Swindell & Al Unser

 

28. (4) Donnie Beechler, Steve Butler, Bryan Clauson, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Rick Hood, Jim Keeker, Kyle Larson, Brad Noffsinger, Joe Saldana, Ron Shuman, George Snider, Brian Tyler & Greg Weld

 

42. (3) Mario Andretti, Mike Bliss, Pancho Carter, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Robby Flock, Shane Hmiel, Sheldon Kinser, Ryan Newman, Bobby Santos & Ken Schrader

 

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

 

68. (1) Mark Alderson, Brady, Bacon, Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Bob Cicconi, Derek Davidson, Cameron Dodson, Pablo Donoso, Thad Dosher, Paul Durant, Billy Engelhart, 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, Steve Kinser, Arnie Knepper, Michael Lewis, Lealand McSpadden, Warren Mockler, Mat Neely, Paul Pitzer, 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

 

199-Russ Gamester

 

198-Brian Tyler

 

176-Jerry Coons Jr.

 

172-Tracy Hines

 

163-Jack Hewitt

 

151-Johnny Parsons

 

147-Tony Elliott

 

141-Eric Gordon

 

128-George Snider

 

125-Gary Hieber

 

114-Chuck Gurney

 

113-Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills

 

111-Dave Steele

 

110-John Heydenreich

 

108-Kody Swanson

 

103-A.J. Fike

 

100-Aaron Pierce & 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

 

76-Larry Dickson

 

74-Steve Chassey & Chris Windom

 

73-Ryan Newman & Rich Tobias Jr.

 

72-Bobby East

 

71-Robby Flock & Sheldon Kinser

 

70-Steve Butler

 

68-Billy Engelhart

 

67-Joe Saldana

 

66-Brad Noffsinger

 

65-Jerry Nemire

 

62-David Byrne & Ron Shuman

 

60-Randy Bateman & Wally Pankratz

 

59-Bill Rose

 

58-Rick Hood

 

57-Shane Cottle & Bobby Santos

 

55-Gary Irvin

 

54-Tom Capie, Shane Hollingsworth & Jacob Wilson

 

53-Chet Fillip, Justin Grant & Jason Leffler

 

52-Wayne Reutimann Jr.

 

49-Tony Stewart

 

48-Mike Bliss

 

47-Bob Cicconi & Ken Schrader

 

46-Jim Keeker & Bentley Warren

 

45-Derek Davidson, Austin Nemire, Jeff Swindell & Billy Vukovich

 

43-Kenny Irwin Jr. & Tyler Walker

 

42-Patrick Lawson & Jon Stanbrough

 

41-Dane Carter, Shane Cockrum, Danny Milburn & Tanner Swanson

 

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

 

39-Tray House & Jim McElreath

 

38-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 & C.J. Leary

 

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

 

33-Cary Faas, Jimmy Kite & Josh Wise

 

32-Matt Goodnight & Brent Kaeding

 

31-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 & Matt Westfall

 

29-Rocky Hodges & Michael Lewis

 

28-Brady Bacon, Dave Blaney & Bill Puterbaugh

 

27-Brad Armstrong & Bryan Clauson

 

26-Terry Babb, Steve Buckwalter & Dan Drinan

 

25- Kasey Kahne, Joe Liguori, Nick Lundgreen & Kyle Robbins

 

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

 

23-Cameron Dodson

 

22-Billy Cassella, Kevin Doty, Bob Frey & Mike Haggenbottom

 

21-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, A.J. Foyt, Sammy Sessions, Travis Welpott & Kramer Williamson

 

16-Tyler Courtney, Pablo Donoso & Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

11-Mario Andretti, J.C. Bland, Justin Carver, Hud Cone, Craig Dori, Taylor Ferns, 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, Greg Weld & Greg Wilson

 

10-Derek Bischak, Ronnie Day, Gary Gray, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, Bob Harkey, Page Jones, Terry Kawell, 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, Wayne Hammond, Jim Hurtubise, Rebel Jackson Jr., Chappy Knaack, Eddie Leavitt, Danny Long, Larry Martin, Joss Moffatt, Johnny Petrozelle, Paul Pitzer, Johnny Rutherford & Kyle Steffens

 

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

 

7-John Andretti, 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, Michael Roselli Jr., Hunter Schuerenberg, Alex Shanks, Pete Shepherd III, Mark Smith, Mike Thomas, Billy Whitaker & Mitch Wissmiller

 

6-Justin Allgaier, Jim Anderson, 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, Brian Seidel, Jimmy Stinson, Jerry Stone & Mike Winblad

 

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

 

4-Tony Armstrong, Steve Arpin, John Batts Jr., Mike Brecht, Jimmy Brewer, David Bridges, Ray Bull, Keith Burch, Keith Butler, Shane Carson, Herb Copeland, 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, Kyle O'Gara, Rodney Ritter Jr., Billy Shuman, Dean Shirley, Donny Schatz, Tim Siner, 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, Annie Breidinger, Lee Brewer Jr., Rick Brown, Casey Buckman, Dave Burns, 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, Jason McDougal, 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, Logan Seavey, Terry Shepherd, Ron Smoker, Chase Stockon, Kevin Studley, Jake Swanson, Brad Sweet, Buz Tapply, Cale Thomas, Dick Tobias, Rick Ungar, Korey Weyant, Tony Weyant, George White, Jim Whiteside & Greg Wooley

 

2-Michael Adkins, Mike Andreeta, Tommy Astone, Todd Bammer, Randy Bauer, Dave Baumgartner, Dean Billings, Austin Blair, Dan Boorse, Ken Brewer, Shane Butler, Steve Carithers, Tim Clark, Jason Conn, Stan Constant, Johnny Coogan, Kyle Cummins, Frank D'Alonso, Daryl Daugherty, Tom Davies, James Davison, 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, Dustin Morgan, Mike Mosley Jr., Larry Neighbors, John Nervo, Lynn Paxton, Carmen Perigo, Chris Phillips, 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, & 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, Charles Davis Jr., 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, 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., Dave Peperak, Stan Ploski, Art Pollard, Jerry Potter, Richard Powell, Patrick Quinn, Ron Rae, Fred Rahmer, Robbie Ray, Byron Reed, David Reutimann, Jim Reynard, 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 & Brent Yarnal

 

 

Bettenhausen 100 Start Time Moved to 2pm CT on Sunday

Springfield, Illinois (October 17, 2020).........The much anticipated return of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series to the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds is set for a championship Sunday, October 18.  A large field will feature 30-plus drivers taking the green flag.

 

Tickets are still available to attend the event, which will now begin feature action at 2pm Central Time.

 

USAC and Track Enterprises officials are working diligently to make sure the championship race goes off as planned. With a chance of rain entering the forecast late in the afternoon, race organizers have decided to move the green flag on the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear to 2pm Central Time to beat any possible weather that may arrive.

 

"With no chance of rain during the early hours of the day, we want to do everything possible to race this important event at the mile. There was a little flexibility in the schedule, and we will utilize that to get this race in," stated Bob Sargent, longtime promoter of the race.

 

The event marks the return of USAC to the Springfield Mile for the first time since 2018. Events in 2019 were canceled due to wet weather. Drivers, teams, and fans are hungry to get back on track in Central Illinois.

 

Grandstand tickets for the event are still available online and will also be available at the gate on raceday. Those who purchased tickets online will save a few bucks as well as a couple minutes at the gate on raceday.

 

Despite the earlier feature time, most other detailed schedule times remain the same. Pits will open at 8am with grandstands at 10am, and hot laps at noon. Qualifying will follow hot laps with the feature scheduled to take the green at 2pm instead of the originally schedule time of 3pm.

 

To order advance sale tickets or for more information, visit www.trackenterprises.com and www.usacracing.com.

 

 

ENTRY LIST RELEASED FOR BETTENHAUSEN 100

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media


Springfield, Illinois (October 14, 2020).........The 32-car entry list has been revealed for this Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season finale - the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

 

On the driver list for the 100-mile race on the one-mile dirt oval are each of three past Bettenhausen 100 winners: Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson (2014-15), Ione, California's Justin Grant (2017) and Chris Windom (2018) of Canton, Ill.

 

Grant leads a tight point race entering the event, the first time in series history that the top-10 have been separated by less than 100 points coming into the final race of the season.  This year's top-10 has an interval of just 63 points between first and 10th.  Grant leads by just 22 points over K Swanson, the five-time Silver Crown driving titlist.

 

Also on the entry list are August's Hoosier Hundred winner, Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus six-time All Star Circuit of Champions driving champion, Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) and the series debut by 2019 Knoxville National winner, David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.).

 

An eclectic mix of racing stars will also see the three-time, and newly-crowned, USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), along with 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

 

Ten USAC Silver Crown race winners are signed up for Sunday, with K. Swanson, Grant, Windom, Larson and Bacon as well as Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) and 2020 season-opening Silver Crown winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.).

 

Seven Illini-bred pilots are geared up for Sunday's race with Windom, Cockrum, Urish and Cottle are joined by Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Steven Russell (Springfield, Ill.) and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.).

 

Kevin Thomas Jr., a 27-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner, finished 2nd in his first Bettenhausen 100 start in 2018, and he remains on the hunt for his first Silver Crown win this Sunday.

 

On Sunday, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple handwashing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

 

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 57th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

 

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm.  All times listed are central.

 

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

 

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

2020 BETTENHAUSEN 100 ENTRY LIST:

 

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

 

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)

 

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)

 

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

 

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

 

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

 

9 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Chris Dyson Racing)

 

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

 

14 STEVEN RUSSELL/Springfield, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)

 

15 CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire-Kemenah Racing)

 

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

 

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

 

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

 

19 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Sean Michael Motorsports)

 

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

 

21 DAVID GRAVEL/Watertown, CT (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

 

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Prestige Worldwide Motorsports)

 

23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)

 

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

 

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

 

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

 

33 RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)

 

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

 

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

 

53 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Five Three Motorsports)

 

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Patty Bateman)

 

69 KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

 

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

 

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

 

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

 

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

 

123 JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

 

CHAMPIONSHIP COMEBACKS:

A USAC SILVER CROWN LOOK BACK

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Speedway, Indiana (October 14, 2020).........Throughout the 50-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the championship race has been good to the last drop, with a driver taking over the point lead during the final race.

 

It's happened on 13 occasions entering this Sunday afternoon's Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on October 18, where a total of 12 drivers remain mathematically eligible to capture the season's title.

 

In those 13 previous occurrences, trouble might've befallen the point leader to knock him out of the point lead in the finale, or a close point race that could've swung one way or another wound up going to a driver who saved their best performance for last.  And on two different occasions, a driver has come from all the way back in third in the standings to win the championship during the final race of the year - Mike Bliss (1993) and Tony Stewart (1995).

 

A spread of just 63 points lies between championship leader Justin Grant and 10th place Bryan Gossel.  Grant's 22-point margin leads Kody Swanson by 22 points, followed by Kyle Robbins and Matt Goodnight (-32), Chris Windom (-33.), Shane Cottle (-36), Aaron Pierce (-48), Mike Haggenbottom (-50) and Gossel (-63).

 

With a point race this close, anything is within the realm of possibility.  However, it should be noted that the point leader entering the final Silver Crown race has won the championship in 36 of the past 49 seasons.  With that said, let's explore those past instances when a come-from-behind championship run has occurred in the Silver Crown season finale.

 

In 2016, Chris Windom overcame a 10-point deficit by dominating all 50 laps of the season-ender at Ohio's Eldora Speedway.  A third-place or better finish would've resulted in a championship season for Kody Swanson, but while running 2nd early on, was caught up in an accident while negotiating lapped traffic.  Swanson returned with a damaged racecar, and remarkably, came back to finish 5th in the feature, 10 points behind Windom.

 

The 2010 finale at Ohio's Toledo Speedway saw the championship battle turn on lap 124 of 150 when Bud Kaeding, running ahead of Levi Jones and headed for the title, was involved in a three-car tangle on the backstretch. He was able to continue but needed to pass Jones to claim the championship.  Jones finished one position ahead of Bud Kaeding in 7th to win the title by a mere two points, equaling the closest margin between first and second in the history of the Silver Crown series (1993 & 1995).

 

Tracy Hines overhauled Dave Darland for the series championship in 2000 at Tennessee's Memphis Motorsports Park season finale, finishing second in the race and ending with a 29-point margin in the standings.  Darland ran outside of the top-10 for most of the race and spun out on the white flag lap, finishing 15th.  Darland had led Hines by five entering the last race.

 

Trailing Brian Tyler in the points coming into the final event of the 1998 season at Gateway International Raceway in Illinois was Jason Leffler, down by 14 entering the finale.  Leffler knew he would need a solid finish and some help.  He got both.  Leffler finished the Gateway race a solid fourth while Tyler suffered from brake problems all day and came home 16th, losing the championship to Leffler by only 16 points.

 

After the final race of the 1996 season, Jimmy Sills didn't know he'd won the championship until after he pulled into victory lane.  Sills' unexpected Silver Crown championship came after trailing Irwin by 138 entering the Del Mar (Calif.) Fairgrounds.  Needing only a sixth-place finish to clinch the championship, Irwin had the title in the bag, running fourth on the last lap when a tire blew, and he slid into the outside wall in the fourth and final turn.  Sills won the race while Irwin was relegated back to 11th at the checkered, and 42 points behind Sills.

 

Entering the 1995 finale at Sacramento, California's Cal Expo State Fairgrounds, Dave Darland led by Jack Hewitt by eight points, and each needed only a top-seven finish to eliminate Tony Stewart, 155 points behind, from contention.  Stewart needed a second-place finish or better and DNFs by Darland and Hewitt for any chance at the crown.  Darland was the first out of the race, an oil fire putting him on the sidelines only 11 laps into the contest.  Hewitt slid wide and hit the outside wall on lap 33, ending his night, leaving Stewart to chase winner Donnie Beechler to the checkered flag.  The finish gave Stewart a two-point victory over Darland, with Hewitt third in the final ranking.

 

Trailing the championship points by 58, Mike Bliss finished fourth in the 100-mile Silver Crown finale of 1993 at Cal Expo, while pole sitter Ron Shuman, who made a pit stop for a tire on lap 79 of 100, ended up seventh.  Shuman had run ahead of Bliss, and second to Jimmy Sills, for the first 68 laps of the race before the pit stop in which the wing nut jammed.  Bliss won the title by just two points over Shuman.

 

In 1992, Steve Butler finished the season with a seven-point margin of victory, the closest in the history of the series to that point.  Butler entered Eldora down by seven to Swindell and promptly won the pole for the 50-lap race.  After a post-qualifying rain out that delayed the program, Butler proceeded to lead the first seven laps when racing resumed the following week.  Swindell passed Butler for the lead on lap 8 and led the next 20.  Butler went back to the lead after Johnny Parsons' wall contact with 10 laps to go.  Swindell was running third with four laps remaining, which would have been good enough for the championship, but in the final four laps, Tray House and Tony Stewart got by and sealed his doom.

 

In the last race of 1982, Ken Schrader's own mount suffered engine problems, forcing him to borrow Sheldon Kinser's regular ride for the night, then came from the last row to finish fourth and sew up his first ever USAC championship.  Ron Shuman led the drivers' points by 19 over Schrader going into the Nazareth, Pa. show, but a broken shock ended Shuman's title hopes.  Shuman ended up third in the final standings after finishing 12th in the race.  Mark Alderson finished in the runner-up spot in the final standings, 74 behind Schrader.

 

Entering Eldora in 1981, an accident in the Hut Hundred Midget race at Terre Haute took Rich Vogler out for the balance of the year.  Vogler had led the points by 17 markers entering the final round at Eldora, but with him on the sidelines, the title race was down to Larry Rice and Jack Hewitt.  Hewitt finished fourth, but Rice was two better, finishing second, and the 40 points he scored were more than enough to vault him past the injured Vogler.

 

Bobby Olivero captured the 1979 championship in grand style, coming from 27 points behind to win the title and the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds all in one-fell swoop after starting all the way back in 17th, then ducking beneath Billy Engelhart going down the backstretch with only three-and-a-half laps remaining to win the race.  Only 43 points shy of Olivero's 403 total was Engelhart with Pancho Carter third and Vukovich fourth, who failed to finish at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and slipped from second to fourth in the final standings.

 

Consistency did the job for Billy Cassella in 1976 after trailing by 30 points to Johnny Parsons going into the final event at Syracuse, N.Y.  No less than 12 other drivers had a mathematical chance of tying Parsons' total.  Cassella emerged as the champion after finishing fourth in the season finale at Syracuse to clinch the title, coming from behind to overtake point leader Parsons, whose 10th place finish was just 60 points short of Cassella's final total.

 

In 1973, Al Unser, dominated the season-ending Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, winning the race for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time.  However, Al's victory also enabled him to snare the 1973 USAC Dirt Track Championship away from Viceroy teammate Mario Andretti by 60 points.  Mario came into the final race with a 140-point lead and an unblemished record, having won at both Springfield and Du Quoin.  But he burned a piston during early morning practice and was forced to start the race on only seven cylinders.  He dropped back drastically at the start from his seventh starting spot and retired from the race on lap 33.  Two laps earlier, Al had lapped him.

 

On Sunday, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple handwashing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

 

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 57th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

 

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm.  All times listed are central.

 

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

 

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

CHAMPIONS WHO TOOK OVER THE POINT LEAD IN THE FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN RACE OF THE SEASON: (1971-2019)

 

2016:

Entering Finale: Chris Windom trailed by 10 to Kody Swanson.

Result: Chris Windom won championship by 5 over Kody Swanson.

 

2010:

Entering Finale: Levi Jones trailed by 1 to Bud Kaeding.

Result: Levi Jones won by 2 over Bud Kaeding.

 

2000:

Entering Finale: Tracy Hines trailed by 5 to Dave Darland.

Result: Tracy Hines won by 29 over Dave Darland.

 

1998:

Entering Finale: Jason Leffler trailed by 14 to Brian Tyler.

Result: Jason Leffler won by 16 over Brian Tyler.

 

1996:

Entering Finale: Jimmy Sills trailed by 138 to Kenny Irwin Jr.

Result: Jimmy Sills won by 42 over Kenny Irwin Jr.

 

1995:

Entering Finale: Tony Stewart trailed by 155 to Dave Darland.

Result: Tony Stewart won by 2 over Dave Darland.

 

1993:

Entering Finale: Mike Bliss trailed by 58 to Ron Shuman.

Result: Mike Bliss won by 2 over Ron Shuman.

 

1992:

Entering Finale: Steve Butler trailed by 18 to Jeff Swindell.

Result: Steve Butler won by 7 over Jeff Swindell.

 

1982:

Entering Finale: Ken Schrader trailed by 19 to Ron Shuman.

Result: Ken Schrader won by 74 over Mark Alderson & by 91 over Ron Shuman.

 

1981:

Entering Finale: Larry Rice trailed by 17 to Rich Vogler.

Result: Larry Rice won by 23 over Rich Vogler.

 

1979:

Entering Finale: Bobby Olivero trailed by 27 to Billy Vukovich.

Result: Bobby Olivero won by 43 over Billy Engelhart. Billy Vukovich finished 4th by 169.

 

1976:

Entering Finale: Billy Cassella trailed by 30 to Johnny Parsons.

Result: Billy Cassella won by 60 over Johnny Parsons.

 

1973:

Entering Finale: Al Unser trailed by 140 to Mario Andretti.

Result: Al Unser wins by 60 over Mario Andretti.

 

BETTENHAUSEN 100 FIRES OFF

SUNDAY AT SPRINGFIELD

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Springfield, Illinois (October 15, 2020).........The Illinois State Fairgrounds will stake its claim to a pair of firsts this Sunday afternoon, October 18 - the venerable one-mile dirt oval's first time as the host of a USAC Silver Crown event in the month of October, and its first time hosting the championship deciding race, the 2020 season finale.

 

Sunday's 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear honors the memory of the famed racing family from Tinley Park, Ill., and features an all-star cast of competitors set for 100 laps on a track that has hosted automobile racing for more than a century.

 

The cast includes the likes of past Bettenhausen 100 winners and Silver Crown champions Kody Swanson and Chris Windom, plus a 41-time race winner in 2020 named Kyle Larson, Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel, six-time All Star champion Chad Kemenah, and even a tight championship race coming down to the wire, led by 2017 Bettenhausen winner Justin Grant, just to name a few.

 

Grant (Ione, Calif.) is in the driver's seat with a 22-point lead entering Sunday as he pursues his first career USAC national championship.  A veteran of three starts at Springfield, Grant won the Bettenhausen 100 in 2017 and is the lone driver to finish inside the top-three in each of the last two Bettenhausen 100 races, also recording a 3rd place result in 2018.

 

Another California-bred driver who's a veteran of victory lane at Springfield is Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), second in the series standings behind Grant.  Swanson won the Bettenhausen 100 in 2014-15, and in nine starts, has also finished 2nd in 2017, 7th in 2013, 8th in 2011 and 9th in 2008.  His 162 laps led at Springfield leads all active drivers and is 16th all-time.  His Nolen Racing team captured the Bettenhausen 100 win with driver Chris Windom in 2018.

 

Kyle Robbins and Matt Goodnight each reside 32 points out of the lead, tied for 3rd in the standings.  Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) finished a solid 6th in his Rookie appearance at Springfield in 2018.  Meanwhile, Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) made his Springfield Silver Crown debut in 2017, finishing 14th.

 

Teammate to Goodnight is Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the most recent Bettenhausen 100 winner in 2018.  Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown driving champion, is 5th in the standings, 33 points out of the lead.  Windom has also finished in the runner-up at Springfield in 2013, 5th in 2014 and 10th in both 2011 and 2015.

 

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) remains in championship contention, sixth in the points, 36 behind Grant, despite missing a race in this shortened, COVID-riddled 2020 campaign.  The Selinsgrove, Pa. season opening winning driver has an impressive Springfield resume, tallying a 3rd in 2015, 5th in 2007, 6th in 2017 and 7th in 2018.

 

Seventh in the standings, 48 back, is Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), who enters Springfield with 99 career Silver Crown starts.  Another start would put him in rarified air with only 18 others who've reached the century mark in series starts.  Just four of those 99 starts have come at Springfield since 2004, but he's had a pair of top-ten finishes, a 7th in both 2006 and 2017.

 

Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) is eight in the standings, 50 away from the number one spot.  Haggenbottom finished 12th in his only previous Springfield experience in 2018.  Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), meanwhile, is one of eight Bettenhausen 100 Rookies entered for Sunday.  Gossel, a 4th place finisher in his series debut at Selinsgrove in August, is the only Rookie driver involved in the title fight, 63 points behind, in 10th.

 

Speaking of Bettenhausen 100 Rookies, this Sunday brings with it one of the most talented freshman classes to debut at Springfield.  Along with Gossel is David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.), a top-three finisher in World of Outlaws Sprint Car points between 2016-2019 and his 57 career wins ranks 16th on WoO's all-time list.

 

Race Rookie Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) finished 3rd in his first Silver Crown run on a dirt mile in August at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion's mile dirt track experience has been exceptional at Springfield as well, albeit in ARCA Stock Car competition.  In 2018, he started 3rd and finished 4th, and in 2019, he won the pole and finished 4th again at Springfield.

 

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), a three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner in 2020, will make his first go of it on the Springfield Mile.  Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ, likewise.  Swanson finished 6th at the Indy Mile in August while Cummins took 9th.

 

Six-time Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) will make his Springfield debut this Sunday.  On his side is crew chief and father-in-law Bob Hampshire, a four-time Bettenhausen 100 winning crew chief for Jack Hewitt in 1986-87 and Kody Swanson in 2014-15.

 

Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.) will also make their first ventures to Springfield on Sunday while Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) aims to make his first start after wall contact in practice in 2017 and missing the transfer in 2018 prevented him from cracking the starting field.

 

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), who's been sensational on the dirt tracks this summer with 41 victories across various platforms, won the Hoosier Hundred in August after starting 22nd.  Sunday marks Larson's first Springfield Silver Crown appearance since a 4th place finish in 2011.

 

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) led 42 laps at the 2018 Bettenhausen 100 before finishing 2nd.  Recently crowned three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), finished 10th at Springfield in his debut run at the track in 2014.

 

Shane Cockrum, Chris Urish and Jacob Wilson have all won Silver Crown events on the Du Quoin Mile in southern Illinois but are still hunting for their first on the central Illinois dirt mile of Springfield.  Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) won back-to-back at Du Quoin in 2014-15.  His Springfield record includes a 5th in 2013 and an 8th in 2015.

 

Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) won at Du Quoin in 2013, and is the most experienced driver in the field with 11 previous Bettenhausen 100 starts dating back to 2005, earning a best finish of 10th at Springfield in 2012.

 

Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) captured his Du Quoin score in 2019, the first win of his Silver Crown career.  Wilson, a two-time Little 500 Sprint Car winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2013-14, grabbed a best finish of 4th at Springfield in 2018.

 

Casey Shuman (Tempe, Ariz.) returns for his first Springfield Silver Crown appearance since 2017.  He finished 7th in 2015 and will drive Sunday for car owner Patty Bateman, widow of driver Randy Bateman, a nine-time Bettenhausen 100 starter.  Casey is the son of Ron Shuman, a three-time top-five Silver Crown finisher at Springfield between 1982-83.

 

Shuman, along with Steven Russell (Springfield, Ill.), are among the two second-generation Bettenhausen 100 starters in Sunday's lineup.  Russell's last Silver Crown start came in 2015, while his best Springfield finish came in 2014 with a 14th.  Steven's father Jerry Russell made seven Springfield starts, finishing a best of 6th in his 1984 debut.

 

Terry Babb of Decatur, Ill. has a Springfield Silver Crown resume that stretches further back than any other driver in Sunday's field.  Babb made his first Bettenhausen 100 start in 1998, but his first appearance came in 1989.  His best finish among seven Springfield starts is a 13th in 2002.  Meanwhile, 70-year-old Danny Long is the oldest driver in Sunday's field.  He finished 28th at Springfield back in 2015.

 

Among the Bettenhausen 100 veterans in the field are Du Quoin Modified winner Kyle Steffens of St. Louis, Mo. (13th in 2005); NASCAR Truck Series vet Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville, Ill., (12th in 2017); 1993 UMRA TQ Midget champion Travis Welpott of Pendleton, Ind. (17th in 2018); and 10-time series starter Terry James of St. Louis, Mo. (18th in 2015).

 

The event has been graced with the name of Bettenhausen since 1961, shortly after patriarch Tony Bettenhausen lost his life in a practice crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway three months prior.  Tony was the 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion and won thrice in a champ car at Springfield between 1947-51.

 

Tony's son, Gary Bettenhausen, twice a USAC Silver Crown champ in 1980 and 1983, won the event initially named in his father's memory 1978 and 1983.  Tony's son, Merle Bettenhausen, twice finished inside the top-ten at Springfield in 1970-71 while Tony Bettenhausen Jr. made 103 IndyCar starts and 33 NASCAR Winston Cup starts in his career, including the Indianapolis 500 11 times.

 

Tickets are still available for fans wanting the opportunity to watch history in the making at an iconic venue.  Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm.  All times listed are central.

 

To ensure a ticket, fans are encouraged to order online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the office at 217-764-3200.  Advance sale grandstand tickets are $25.  Grandstand tickets bought on raceday are $30.  Grandstand tickets for kids age 11 and under are $10.  Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members.  Pit passes can be purchased on raceday or in advance at www.TracPass.com.

 

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

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

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS BATTLE ONE OF THE CLOSEST OF ALL-TIME

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Springfield, Illinois (October 15, 2020)........In the realm of closest point battles in the 50-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the 2020 season is well on its way to achieving its status near the upper echelon of all-time great battles.

 

As it stands now, Justin Grant's 22-point lead over Kody Swanson entering this Sunday afternoon's Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds ranks as the 13th closest point differential of all-time.  The 63-point spread between the top-10 ranks as the closest in series' history with all 10 remaining mathematically eligible to win the Silver Crown title come Sunday.

 

Eight Silver Crown championship races have been decided by single-digits, but none closer than two points which has occurred three different times: Mike Bliss by 2 over Ron Shuman in 1993; Tony Stewart by 2 over Dave Darland in 1995; and Levi Jones by 2 over Bud Kaeding in 2010.  Each of the three cases entailed the champion driver trailing coming in, then overtaking the points lead in the final race.

 

Jones' two Silver Crown championships came by a total of five points in back-to-back seasons in 2010-11, the second of which came by three over Jerry Coons Jr.  Coons was on the winning end of the points in 2008 by five over Darland.  Chris Windom has been the only driver to deny Kody Swanson a Silver Crown championship over the past six seasons, winning by five over Swanson in 2016.

 

Windom came up six points short of champion Bobby East's total in 2013 while Steve Butler racked up a second career Silver Crown title in 1992 by a mere seven points over Jeff Swindell.

 

For comparison, the closest USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car championship came in 2018 when Tyler Courtney and Kevin Thomas Jr. literally tied with the most points.  The championship went to Courtney via a tiebreaker based on most feature wins throughout the season.

 

The narrowest margin between first and second in the final USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship occurred in 2008.  Cole Whitt edged Tracy Hines by one, single point, denying Hines the opportunity at becoming one of just six drivers to win all three USAC National titles in his career.  However, Hines got redemption in 2015 when he finally secured the National Midget title.

 

Due to COVID-19 and rain, the 2020 Silver Crown season's schedule has been constricted and truncated to just four races run thus far with number five arriving this Sunday at Springfield.  The last occasion the schedule was as short as it is this year was 1979's three-race calendar which saw Bobby Olivero triumph over Billy Engelhart by a mere 43 points, which ranks as the closest championship battle of the entire decade of the 1970s. 

 

Five of the 10 closest Silver Crown championship margins have occurred in the last 10 seasons.  Conversely, the fifth most lopsided championship came in 2015 when Swanson won by 142 over Jerry Coons Jr. at season's end.

 

In fact, the two most lopsided Silver Crown championships both involved Jack Hewitt.  In 1986, Hewitt triumphed by 489 and in 1987, Hewitt's final tally was 314 ahead of the runner-up.  In both instances, Steve Butler was the second-place finishing driver.

 

Tickets are still available for fans wanting the opportunity to watch history in the making at an iconic venue.  Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm.  All times listed are central.

 

To ensure a ticket, fans are encouraged to order online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the office at 217-764-3200.  Advance sale grandstand tickets are $25.  Grandstand tickets bought on raceday are $30.  Grandstand tickets for kids age 11 and under are $10.  Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members.  Pit passes can be purchased on raceday or in advance at www.TracPass.com.

 

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

CLOSEST USAC SILVER CROWN FINAL POINT MARGINS (BY RANK):

 

1993: (2) Mike Bliss over Ron Shuman

 

1995: (2) Tony Stewart over Dave Darland

 

2010: (2) Levi Jones over Bud Kaeding

 

2011: (3) Levi Jones over Jerry Coons Jr.

 

2008: (5) Jerry Coons Jr. over Dave Darland

 

2016: (5) Chris Windom over Kody Swanson

 

2013: (6) Bobby East over Chris Windom

 

1992: (7) Steve Butler over Jeff Swindell

 

1990: (11) Jimmy Sills over Eric Gordon

 

2012: (12) Bobby East over Jerry Coons Jr.

 

1998: (16) Jason Leffler over Brian Tyler

 

2005: (19) Dave Steele over Josh Wise

 

1981: (23) Larry Rice over Rich Vogler

 

2014: (27) Kody Swanson over Tracy Hines

 

2000: (29) Tracy Hines over Dave Darland

 

1989: (38) Chuck Gurney over Johnny Parsons

 

2002: (38) J.J. Yeley over Dave Steele

 

2007: (38) Bud Kaeding over Wayne Reutimann Jr.

 

1996: (42) Jimmy Sills over Kenny Irwin Jr.

 

1979: (43) Bobby Olivero over Billy Engelhart

 

2006: (44) Bud Kaeding over Brian Tyler

 

1999: (47) Ryan Newman over Russ Gamester

 

2004: (47) Dave Steele over Bud Kaeding

 

1988: (49) Steve Butler over Jack Hewitt

 

1997: (49) Dave Darland over Donnie Beechler

 

1991: (55) Jeff Gordon over Jimmy Sills

 

1978: (56) Pancho Carter over Gary Bettenhausen

 

2009: (59) Bud Kaeding over A.J. Fike

 

1973: (60) Al Unser over Mario Andretti

 

1975: (60) Jimmy Caruthers over Tom Bigelow

 

1976: (60) Billy Cassella over Johnny Parsons

 

2019: (60) Kody Swanson over Justin Grant

 

1983: (63) Gary Bettenhausen over Ken Schrader

 

1980: (65) Gary Bettenhausen over Pancho Carter

 

1982: (74) Ken Schrader over Mark Alderson

 

2001: (78) Paul White over Russ Gamester

 

2003: (81) J.J. Yeley over Dave Darland

 

1994: (82) Jimmy Sills over Chuck Gurney

 

2018: (82) Kody Swanson over Justin Grant

 

2017: (88) Kody Swanson over Jerry Coons Jr.

 

1977: (90) Larry Rice over Billy Vukovich

 

1971: (100) George Snider over Jim McElreath

 

1972: (100) A.J. Foyt over Al Unser

 

1984: (121) Dave Blaney over Gary Bettenhausen

 

2015: (142) Kody Swanson over Jerry Coons Jr.

 

1985: (159) Rick Hood over Sheldon Kinser

 

1974: (180) Mario Andretti over Tom Bigelow

 

1987: (314) Jack Hewitt over Steve Butler

 

1986: (489) Jack Hewitt over Steve Butler

 

FATHERS & SONS PART OF THE FABRIC OF BETTENHAUSEN 100 HISTORY

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Springfield, Illinois (October 13, 2020).........The lineage of father/son duos who've competed in AAA/USAC Championship Dirt Car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the past eight decades begins right there with the title of this Sunday afternoon's race on October 18: the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear.

 

The family patriarch, 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion Tony Bettenhausen, won the pole twice at the Springfield Mile, both in 1950, and won three times in 10 starts in the years of 1947-50-51. Tony's son Gary followed in a similar path, winning the race named for his father twice, in 1978 and 1983, in 19 starts at the one-mile dirt oval. Gary's brother Merle made two starts as well, including his Champ Car debut in 1970, finishing 8th, followed by a 7th in 1971.

 

Racing is an endeavor with names and venues that connect the past to the current; not many places still in existence have as much overflowing history as does the Springfield Mile.

 

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is the lone son of a father who competed in a USAC Silver Crown car at Springfield. His father Chuck, the 1995 series Rookie of the Year, made three starts, finishing a best of 7th in 1999. C.J., a 2015 series Rookie of the Year himself, has a best finish of 6th in the first of his three career Springfield starts in 2015. They remain the only father/son to date to both win at least one Silver Crown main event.

After a glance at the history of AAA/USAC Champ Car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, which dates back to 1934, we've found no less than 21 sons who've joined their fathers as Champ Car starters at Springfield.

 

Johnnie Parsons, the 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner, was impressive at Springfield where he finished in the top-five on four occasions, winning the 1949 100-miler en route to the AAA title. Son Johnny made 27 starts at Springfield in a Champ Car, second only to George Snider. While Johnny never won, he was a three-time pole starter in 1975-94-95 and finished in the runner-up position behind Tom Bigelow in 1976.

 

The Carter family is the only three consecutive generation family of racers at Springfield in a Champ Car. Duane Carter started six, finishing a best of 7th in 1949. Duane's son Pancho made nine starts at Springfield, winning in his final appearance in 1980. Pancho's brother Dana was 12th in 1982, tops among his three starts.

 

Pancho's two sons, Dane and Cole Carter, each notched starts at Springfield. Dane made four with a 14th place result in 2003 while Cole started 3rd and finished 30th in his only appearance in 2005, his day ending following a hard crash early on.

 

Two-time Indianapolis winner Bill Vukovich started 6th and finished 15th in his one Springfield start in 1951. Son Billy Jr. was a more frequent visitor, carving out 14 starts and a 3rd place finish in 1969.

 

Chuck Weyant was an 11th place finisher in both of his Springfield starts in 1954-59. Chuck's son Tony Weyant made a pair of starts, topping out with a 13th in 1980. Chuck is the great uncle of Springfield native Korey Weyant who finished 22nd in his lone Bettenhausen 100 start in 2017.

 

Eddie Sachs, a two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner and the 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car champion, finished as the runner-up at Springfield in 1960, was 3rd in 1956 and 7th in 1959. Son Eddie Sachs, Jr., made a single appearance in 1991, finishing 35th in the Bettenhausen 100.

 

Parnelli Jones, the 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner, won the pole at Springfield in 1961 and finished in the runner-up spot in 1962. Son Page's career was tragically cut short due to injury, but he did make one start at Springfield in 1994, starting 19th and finishing 28th, bowing out with an oil tank issue just 16 laps into the 100-lap race.

 

Texan Jim McElreath made 18 Springfield starts between 1962 and 1992. He won the pole for the race in 1965 and finished inside the top-five on six occasions with a best of 2nd in 1978. Son James made just three starts, starting 6th and finishing 4th during his best performance less than two months before his death in a sprint car crash at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Jim and James remain the only father/son to compete in the same Champ Car race at Springfield, something they did twice in 1976-77.

 

In 11 Springfield starts, 1975 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Bill Puterbaugh finished in the top-five twice, 5th in 1972 followed up by a best of 3rd in 1973. Son Billy Puterbaugh Jr. was a top-five runner himself in 1998, finishing 5th, the best performance in his three starts.

 

Mike Mosely, a three-time Milwaukee Indy Car winner, started in the top-ten in both of his Springfield appearances with a best finish of 10th in 1970. His son, Mike Mosley Jr. took home a 27th place result in his first and only Bettenhausen 100 run in 1998.

 

Eastern superstar Dick "Toby" Tobias came west to Springfield twice in the early 1970s, finishing 12th in 1972. His son, Rich Tobias Jr., started the 100-miler seven times, finishing in the runner-up spot in 2004.

 

Arizonian Ron Shuman had three top-fives in his Springfield career, including a second-place result in 1983. Son Casey Shuman, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, has made two starts with a best result of 7th in 2015.

 

Shorty Templeman, who won the first three National Midget driving titles under the USAC banner in 1956-57-58, appeared twice at Springfield in a Champ Car, taking a 5th in 1961. Shorty's son Clark Templeman crossed the stripe in 8th in 1978 for his best run at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

 

USAC Hall of Famer Bob East made a pair of starts during his driving career with a 15th in 1978 as his top result. Son Bobby East went on to become a USAC National Midget champ in 2004 and twice a Silver Crown titlist in 2012-13. In four Springfield Champ Car starts, Bobby was at his best in his final start there, a 3rd, in 2014.

 

An 8th was Illinoisan Jerry Russell's best in eight Springfield starts, which came in his first try in 1984. Son Steven Russell took his shot at the Springfield Mile twice, earning a best result of 14th in 2014.

 

Indy Car, NASCAR and drag racing veteran John Andretti had a solid debut in his lone Springfield start in 1985, scoring a 7th place finish. Jarett Andretti joined his father as a Springfield starter in 2013, racing home to a 12th place result.

 

West Coast Sprint Car racing legend Brent Kaeding came to the Midwest to tackle the Springfield Mile on three different occasions, taking 7th in 1986. His son, Bud Kaeding, was excellent in the Crown cars during his career, winning the series title in 2007. The Californian's best afternoon at Springfield came in the first of his nine starts, starting 4th and finishing 2nd in 2000.

 

Blake Hollingsworth made a pair of starts at Springfield, his 12th place start and 22nd place finish in 1993 was the better of the two. Son Shane Hollingsworth, the 2009 Hoosier Hundred victor, entered his name into the Bettenhausen 100 record book, winning the pole for the 2008 race and finishing 3rd.

 

Not often does the son make his debut at a racetrack before his father, but that's just the case with three-time NASCAR champ and four-time USAC National titlist Tony Stewart. Tony made four Springfield Silver Crown starts with a finish of 10th serving as his best, which came during his 1995 Triple Crown season. Tony's father Nelson Stewart dabbled in Silver Crown racing beginning in 2004, failing to qualify for the big show after missing the transfer in the qualifying race.

 

On Sunday, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple handwashing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

 

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 57th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

 

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

 

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

 

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

FATHER AND SONS TO COMPETE IN A AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR EVENT AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS:

 

John & Jarett Andretti

 

Tony & Gary/Merle Bettenhausen

 

Duane & Pancho/Dana Carter

 

Pancho Carter & Dane/Cole Carter

 

Bob & Bobby East

 

Blake & Shane Hollingsworth

 

Parnelli & Page Jones

 

Brent & Bud Kaeding

 

Chuck & C.J. Leary

 

Jim & James McElreath

 

Mike Sr. & Mike Mosley Jr.

 

Johnnie & Johnny Parsons

 

Bill Sr. & Billy Puterbaugh Jr.

 

Jerry & Steven Russell

 

Eddie & Eddie Sachs Jr.

 

Ron & Casey Shuman

 

Nelson & Tony Stewart

 

Shorty & Clark Templeman

 

Dick & Rich Tobias Jr.

 

Bill & Billy Vukovich

 

Chuck & Tony Weyant

 

 

 

TOP-10 REMAIN IN USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE FIGHT ENTERING SPRINGFIELD

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Springfield, Illinois (October 13, 2020).........To put into perspective how close the 2020 USAC Silver Crown championship race is, consider this. The last time the entire top-10 of the Silver Crown standings were within 100 points going into the season finale was never.

 

Never.

 

This Sunday afternoon's Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield has a spread of just 63 points between championship leader Justin Grant and 10th place Bryan Gossel. With a maximum 76 points up for grabs on Sunday - 3 for the fastest qualifier, 3 for the most laps led and 70 for the feature winner with a minimum of 13 points available for all feature starters, that means the entire top-10 remains mathematically eligible to win the championship.

 

The previous closest interval between first and 10th in the standings coming into the final race was 108 points in 1979.

 

Of course, this season, which has been ravaged by the effects of COVID-19, has seen the shortest Silver Crown schedule since, oddly enough, that same 1979 season, which held three events. Sunday marks the fifth series race of 2020, which has certainly provided less of an opportunity for separation between drivers in the standings.

 

And, for full disclosure, the point system utilized by the Silver Crown series has varied over the years but has remained practically unchanged for more than two decades, outside of a minor tweak here and there.

 

Nonetheless, that has created an unprecedented logjam at the top led by Grant (Ione, Calif.), who has a relatively wide 22-point margin for as close as the rest of the field is. Grant, the 2017 Bettenhausen 100 winner, is battling for his first career USAC National championship.

 

Twenty-two points behind Grant is the all-time Silver Crown king, Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), a two-time Bettenhausen 100 winner in 2014-15, who is vying for his sixth series title in the past seven seasons.

 

Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), the 2018 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year is 32 points out of the lead in third as is Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.).

 

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the most recent Bettenhausen 100 winner in 2018, is 33 points out of the lead in fifth. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), the season opening Silver Crown winner at Selinsgrove, Pa., is sixth, 36 points back.

 

Seventh in points, Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) is not expected to compete at Springfield, but Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) is, and is just 50 tallies behind the leader. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is just 56 markers back and has finished 2nd twice this season on the dirt at Selinsgrove, Pa. and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), the top series Rookie in 2020, is 63 points behind the top spot.

 

Technically speaking, the top-12 are all within the realm of a championship. Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), though he has competed at Springfield once before with an 11th place finish in 2012, will not participate in this Sunday's race. Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) is 75 points out. However, once a driver is officially signed in at pill draw, regardless of what occurs thereafter, each driver will collect a minimum of 10 "show up" points, thus eliminating Santos and Lawson from championship contention.

 

For those scoring at home, the feature points system looks like this: 1st-70 points, 2nd-67, 3rd-64, 4th-61, 5th-58, 6th-55, 7th-52, 8th-49, 9th-46, 10th-43, 11th-41, 12th-39, 13th-37, 14th-35, 15th-33, 16th-31, 17th-29, 18th-27, 19th-25, 20th-23, 21st-22, 22nd-21, 23rd-20, 24th-19, 25th-18, 26th-17, 27th-16, 28th-15, 29th-14, 30th on back-13.

 

In Silver Crown racing on a dirt mile, anything can happen. With the points as tight as they are entering Sunday, every point is valuable in earning the immortal badge of USAC Silver Crown champion for 2020.

 

Grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity on Sunday in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple hand washing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

 

Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

 

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

 

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

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

 

 

POINTS DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN 1ST & 10TH ENTERING FINAL RACE OF THE USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON: (1971-2019)

 

2020: 63 points

 

2019: 262 points

 

2018: 297 points

 

2017: 376 points

 

2016: 284 points

 

2015: 295 points

 

2014: 288 points

 

2013: 212 points

 

2012: 128 points

 

2011: 281 points

 

2010: 129 points

 

2009: 142 points

 

2008: 193 points

 

2007: 147 points

 

2006: 332 points

 

2005: 197 points

 

2004: 253 points

 

2003: 311 points

 

2002: 189 points

 

2001: 224 points

 

2000: 187 points

 

1999: 290 points

 

1998: 238 points

 

1997: 226 points

 

1996: 703 points

 

1995: 486 points

 

1994: 564 points

 

1993: 338 points

 

1992: 316 points

 

1991: 294 points

 

1990: 389 points

 

1989: 340 points

 

1988: 389 points

 

1987: 667 points

 

1986: 696 points

 

1985: 478 points

 

1984: 345 points

 

1983: 474 points

 

1982: 249 points

 

1981: 343 points

 

1980: 577 points

 

1979: 108 points

 

1978: 396 points

 

1977: 350 points

 

1976: 180 points

 

1975: 390 points

 

1974: 640 points

 

1973: 350 points

 

1972: 270 points

 

1971: 260 points

 

KYLE LARSON RETURNS FOR SUNDAY'S BETTENHAUSEN 100 AT SPRINGFIELD

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Springfield, Illinois (October 12, 2020).........Kyle Larson will return to USAC Silver Crown competition this Sunday afternoon, October 18, aboard the Sean Michael Motorsports No. 19 for the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

 

Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has been the toast of the dirt track world in 2020, posting 41 feature event wins across several platforms this season in midgets, sprint cars, late models and in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series where he was victorious in the Hoosier Hundred on August 23 on the one-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

 

In that race, which marked Larson's first USAC Silver Crown appearance in eight seasons, it's not often that a driver can win the pole and also start from the back, charge to the front and win all in the same race.  Yet, Larson was able to pull off the remarkable feat after he and his team opted to change the right rear tire following qualifying on his JVI Group - Heffner Racing Enterprises - Blazer's Body Shop/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, accepting the penalty that came along with it, which sent him all the way back to the 22nd starting spot for the 100-lap main event.

 

Larson led a total of 37 laps in the Hoosier Hundred, including the final 32, to win the event in his only Silver Crown start of the 2020 season thus far.  In total, Larson's seven USAC starts in 2020 have produced five wins and two 2nd place finishes, with four of those victories coming with the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets during Indiana Midget Week, of which he was also the champion of this year.

 

Larson's lone previous Bettenhausen 100 start came during the 2011 season at Springfield where he started 6th and finished 4th, piloting the Keith Kunz Motorsports #71.  In 10 career Silver Crown starts, Larson has won three and been the fastest qualifier on four occasions.

 

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 59th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

 

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm.

 

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

 

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

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THORSON THROTTLES TO LEFFLER MEMORIAL VICTORY

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Wayne City, Illinois (October 9, 2020).........The third race of Tanner Thorson's tenure with Tom Malloy's midget team turned out to be the charm as the Minden, Nev. native hunted down race-long leader Chris Windom with 11 laps remaining to capture the victory in Friday night's Jason Leffler Memorial USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

 

The win was Thorson's fifth with the series in 2020, and the 18th of his career, tying him with Tyler Courtney and Dave Steele for 37th all-time.  In doing so, the 2016 series champion became the seventh different Leffler Memorial winner in the seven runnings of the event.

 

"This is one of the races I've wanted to win for a long time.  I've never really been in the right situation, but now we did it.," Thorson, a 2nd place Leffler Memorial finisher in 2016, said.  "I never knew Jason (Leffler) on a personal level, but I know a bunch of people who were really good friends with him and always talked about how good of a guy he was and that he was definitely a badass in the racecar.  There's no two ways about that. I wish he was here to throw some sliders and race with us.  This is an awesome event to win."

 

Car owner Tom Malloy and crew members Jerome Rodela, Chris Tramel and Brinton Marvel each experienced their first USAC win on the National level on this night.  Their success together began when Thorson and Hayward Motorsports, with whom he scored four victories this year, parted ways in mid-September.  Team Malloy and Thorson's first two races together resulted is finishes of 4th at Gas City, Ind. and 3rd at Kokomo, Ind. on Sept. 25-26, respectively.

 

It's been an opportunity that Thorson has relished with support from Factory Kahne, Reliable, K1 RaceGear and Arai Helmets.

 

"It's all around a good fit for me," Thorson explained.  "I trust all the guys around me and we're all buddies too, so it makes it pretty easy.  When one of us messes up, we all mess up.  There's no pointing fingers.  Tom Malloy has had a dream to come back here from California and compete against the national guys and win.  That's been his goal with having this team out here; it's to go out and win races.  I'm really ecstatic and really happy to say the least, but we've got more to win.  We've still got to get better.  We're never good enough."

 

Thorson carries the "Malloy Special" name on the side of his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota.  Tom's father, Emmett Malloy, a 2018 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, fielded cars with the same "Malloy Special" lettering adorned on his rides nearly three-quarters of a century earlier, a winning heritage that has taken shape all these years later.

 

Emmett built, owned and operated California's famed Carrell Speedway during the 1940s and 50s, where the 1949 racing film "The Big Wheel" starring Mickey Rooney was filmed, and also hosted the inaugural CRA event.  A dominant run with, most notably, Troy Ruttman on the AAA Sprint Car trail in the mid-20th century as well as winning performances with Rex Mays and Andy Linden, was followed by a pole run in the champ cars with Bobby Ball at Phoenix in 1950 and a pair of Indianapolis 500 starts with Jimmy Reece, the first of which came in 1954 with a car sporting No. 25 on the tail.

 

Sixty-six years later, a No. 25 Malloy Special was back at the forefront once again with Thorson behind the wheel.  Starting sixth at Wayne City, Thorson made a somewhat methodical drive to the head of the pack, getting to 4th on the opening lap where he settled into a groove for the first quarter of the event.

 

Up front, however, the battle for the lead pit pole sitter Cannon McIntosh and outside front row starter Chris Windom against one another for the lead.  An exchange of sliders between the two on both ends of the 1/8-mile dirt oval on the first lap gave way to Windom as he withstood the challenge to step away from McIntosh exiting turn two on the second lap.

 

After a pair of restarts for separate minor incidents involving Brady Bacon, then Chase Johnson and Buddy Kofoid, McIntosh rose to the surface once again, sliding past Windom entering turn one on the 11th lap, with Windom responding by driving back under McIntosh to reclaim the lead.  Rinse and repeat on lap 13, and Windom was able to thwart McIntosh's bid once again.

 

When McIntosh skidded and clanged the outside guardrail in turn three on lap 16, he subsequently lost substantial ground to Windom.  By then, Thorson was in 3rd following a tug of war with Kevin Thomas Jr. for the position and was now collapsing on McIntosh for the runner-up spot, which he'd gain by algae-eating the bottom of turn four to surpass him on the 25th lap.

 

Opposite approaches took Windom topside and Thorson to the bottom to run one-two entering the final quarter of the 40-lapper.  With 12 laps remaining, Windom's lead stood at 1.3 seconds.  One lap later, Thorson had shaved off a full second of Windom's lead, which put Thorson in prime position to drive right past Windom off the bottom of turn two on lap 30 to snare the race lead by beating Windom to the rubber first.

 

"I've always been good finding the rubber first," Thorson revealed.  "I watched the lapped cars start to pull away from Windom and was thinking that he's going to jump down there, but he never did.  I just got down there and got my rhythm going and made sure I didn't come too far off the bottom.  I got to him and my nose was there, and I thought he's probably going to chop me in the next corner.  He tried but he didn't have enough momentum with how slick it was.  Seeing how he could never get a run on them, or pass them, I knew I had to stay low and hope they'd move up so I could get by one of them.  Just a chain reaction sort of deal as it all played out."

A lap 37 caution for a turn one tangle involving Logan Seavey (7th), Jason McDougal (8th) and Tyler Thomas (12th) restacked the deck once more for a four-lap trophy dash.  However, the entire pack followed Thorson's lead by not leaving the bottom.  Thorson led the field around for the final four to reign victorious by a 0.544 sec. margin over Windom, Kevin Thomas Jr., McIntosh and Daison Pursley.

 

With Friday night's event awarding 50 appearance points across the board to all participating USAC licensed drivers and owners regardless of finishing position, Chris Windom (Canton, Ohio) maintained his eight-point lead in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings over Tyler Courtney with now only six points races remaining in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

 

"Tanner found (the rubber) first and got by us there," Windom recalled after leading a race-high 29 laps.  "I was trying to clear a couple more lapped cars because I knew the bottom was getting better.  I just made a mistake and waited a couple too many laps to get down there."

 

Kevin Thomas Jr.'s first race back in the Petry Motorsports/Robertson Trucking - FK Rod Ends - Keizer Wheels/Bullet/Speedway Toyota since June resulted in a 3rd place finish, the best result for the Cullman, Ala. native with the series this season.

 

"It's fun to be able to run on the podium and run good; it's been awhile," Thomas exclaimed.  Obviously, everybody knows it's been a hellacious year.  It's good to bounce back like that.  They gave me a great racecar.  We were one of the first to hop to the bottom and we were making a little bit of ground on them, but not enough.  I saw Tanner go by a few lapped cars on the bottom and he found (the rubber) right in front of us and ended up winning the race, so it was a good job on his part."

 

Furthermore, Kyle Cummins' time of 1:51.378 set a new 10-lap track record for USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets at Wayne County Speedway during the first heat race.

 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 9, 2020 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Jason Leffler Memorial

 

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 2. Daison Pursley (#9 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chase Randall (#25 Petry), 4. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Andy Bishop (#91 Harris), 6. Cody Brewer (#96 Central), 7. Chad Frewaldt (#4F Frewaldt), 8. Casey Hicks (#5H Hicks). 1:51.378 (New Track Record)

 

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chris Windom (#89 Tucker-Boat), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Andrew Layser (#82 Tucker-Boat), 5. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Aiden Purdue (#57D McCreery), 7. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester). NT

 

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chase Johnson (#25c Malloy), 2. Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson-Marshall), 3. Tanner Thorson (#25m Malloy), 4. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson-Marshall), 5. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 6. Logan Seavey (#19A Reinbold-Underwood), 7. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). 1:52.505

 

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Brady Bacon (#19 Hayward), 2. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 4. Jason McDougal (#4B Klatt), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 6. Robert Dalby (#4 Dalby), 7. Travis Berryhill (#11Y Young). 1:53.915

 

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 3. Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett), 4. Tres Mehler (#17x Stellhorn), 5. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 6. Gage Rucker (#19G Hayward), 7. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard). 1:53.501

 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Sam Johnson, 9. Gage Rucker. NT

 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Andy Bishop, 7. Aiden Purdue, 8. Carson Garrett, 9. Chad Frewaldt. 2:20.721

 

AUTOMETER THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Tres Mehler, 8. Casey Hicks, 9. Russ Gamester. NT

 

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Cody Brewer, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Buddy Kofoid, 8. Oliver Akard, 9. Travis Berryhill. NT

 

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Cody Brewer, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Sam Johnson, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Aiden Purdue, 10. Tres Mehler, 11. Andy Bishop, 12. Brenham Crouch, 13. Gage Rucker, 14. Casey Hicks, 15. Carson Garrett, 16. Hayden Reinbold, 17. Chad Frewaldt, 18. Russ Gamester. NT

 

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 4. Cannon McIntosh (1), 5. Daison Pursley (3), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Kyle Cummins (11), 8. Chase Randall (5), 9. Emerson Axsom (7), 10. Justin Grant (9), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 12. Cole Bodine (20), 13. Cody Brewer (18), 14. Robert Dalby (19), 15. Tyler Thomas (14), 16. Chase Johnson (12), 17. Buddy Kofoid (17), 18. Kaylee Bryson (22), 19. Sam Johnson (21), 20. Hayden Reinbold (23*), 21. Brady Bacon (13), 22. Logan Seavey (8), 23. Jason McDougal (16). NT

 

* represents a provisional starter

 

**Gage Rucker flipped during hot laps. Andrew Layser flipped during the fourth qualifier.

 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Chris Windom, Laps 30-40 Tanner Thorson.

 

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,448, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,440, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,351, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,342, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,261, 6-Daison Pursley-1,055, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 8-Cole Bodine-898, 9-Andrew Layser-894, 10-Justin Grant-843.

 

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-185, 2-Tanner Thorson-104, 3-Robert Ballou-100, 4-Kyle Cummins-99, 5-Shane Cottle-95, 6-Logan Seavey-89, 7-Justin Grant-85, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-78, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 10, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Harvest Cup

 

 

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

 

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Tyler Courtney

 

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Justin Grant

 

AutoMeter Third Qualifier Winner: Logan Seavey

 

Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner: Cannon McIntosh

 

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Buddy Kofoid

 

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Cole Bodine (20th to 12th)

 

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Cody Brewer

 

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Andrew Layser

 

 

United Rebel Sprint Series is Geared Up for Final Race of 2020 Season at Salina Speedway

 

SALINA, Kansas (October 6, 2020) – The Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing is set to take on the final race of the season this Friday, October 9th. Drivers will head to the 3/8-mile high banks of Salina Motor Speedway in Salina , Kansas to complete the season and wrap up the points championship.

 

Three-time and defending champion, Zach Blurton, has edged ahead with the points lead by 154 points over JD Johnson. A 104-point gap separates Johnson, Taylor Velasquez, and Kyler Johnson in the top four in standings. Jeremy Huish rounds out the top-five.

 

Friday’s action is slated to begin at 7:30PM. General admission is $10, military personnel and first responders are free with a photo ID. Fans can get into the pit area for $15, having a chance to meet their favorite drivers and up-close action throughout the night.

 

The final night is sure to be action-packed as drivers conclude their seasons with the United Rebel Sprint Series. Live audio will be presented by RacinBoys, www.racinboys.com.

 

For more information on rules, results, schedules, and more please visit the URSS official website www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com. To stay up-to-date, visit their FB page: United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS).

 

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE


 

May 3: TBA (TBA)


 

May 21: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)


 

May 22: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)


 

Jun 12: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)


 

Jun 19: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)


 

Aug 2: (P#) World Wide Technology Raceway (Madison, IL)


 

Aug 9: (D) Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, PA)


 

Aug 15: (P) Salem Speedway (Salem, IN)


 

Aug 22: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)


 

Sep 6: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)


 

Sep 25-26: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)


 

Oct 4: (P#) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)


 

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(P) = Pavement Race


 

(D) = Dirt Race


 

# = Daytime Race

 

 

2020 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE


 

Feb 13: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)


 

Feb 14: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)


 

Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)


 

Apr 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)


 

Apr 17: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)


 

Apr 18: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)


 

May 1: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)


 

May 2: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)


 

May 8: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)


 

May 9: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)


 

May 20: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)


 

May 29: Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)


 

May 30: Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)


 

Jun 9: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)


 

Jun 10: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)


 

Jun 11: BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)


 

Jun 13: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)


 

Jun 14: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)


 

Jun 26: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)


 

Jun 27: I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI)


 

Jul 4: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)


 

Jul 9: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)


 

Jul 10: (A) (W) Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)


 

Jul 11: (A) (W) Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)


 

Jul 15: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)


 

Jul 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)


 

Jul 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)


 

Jul 26: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)


 

Jul 29: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)


 

Jul 30: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)


 

Jul 31: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)


 

Aug 1: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)


 

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) (SE)


 

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)


 

Aug 28: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)


 

Aug 29: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)


 

Sep 18: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)


 

Sep 19: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)


 

Sep 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)


 

Sep 26: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)


 

Oct 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)


 

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


 

Nov 6: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)


 

Nov 7: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)


 

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


 

Nov 14: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)


 

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(M) = Co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series


 

(A) = Event awards appearance points only


 

(W) = Co-sanctioned by WAR


 

(C) = Co-sanctioned by USAC/CRA


 

(S) = Co-sanctioned by the USAC Southwest

 

2020 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE


 

Feb 7: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)


 

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)


 

Mar 7: (A) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)


 

Apr 10: Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, AR)


 

Apr 11: Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, AR)


 

Apr 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)


 

Apr 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)


 

May 15: Port City Raceway (Tulsa, OK)


 

May 16: Port City Raceway (Tulsa, OK)


 

Jun 2: Paragon Speedway (Paragon, IN)


 

Jun 3: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)


 

Jun 4: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)


 

Jun 5: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)


 

Jun 6: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)


 

Jun 7: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)


 

Jun 20: Dirt Oval 66 (Joliet, IL)


 

Jul 1-2: (A) The Dirt Track at IMS (Speedway, IN)


 

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)


 

Jul 18: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)


 

Jul 19: TBA


 

Jul 21: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK)


 

Aug 4: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)


 

Aug 5: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)


 

Aug 6: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)


 

Aug 7: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)


 

Aug 8: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)


 

Sep 4: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)


 

Sep 5: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)


 

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)


 

Sep 26: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)


 

Oct 9: (A) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)


 

Oct 10: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)


 

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


 

Nov 14: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)


 

Nov 17: Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA)


 

Nov 19: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)


 

Nov 20: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)


 

Nov 21: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)


 

Nov 25-26: Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)


 

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(A) = Appearance Points Only

 

 

 

2020 USAC .25 NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE


 

Feb 5-9: Daytona International Speedway (Daytona, FL) (P)


 

Apr 30-May 3: Road Runner QMA (Albuquerque, NM) (P)


 

Jun 11-14: Hagerstown QMA (Hagerstown, MD) (D)


 

Jun 25-28: Richmond Raceway (Richmond, VA) (P)


 

Jul 9-12: Northwest Ohio QMRA (Toledo, OH) (P)


 

Jul 30-Aug 2: Terre Haute QMA (Terre Haute, IN) (D)


 

Aug 13-16: Montgomery County QMRC (Phoenixville, PA) (D)


 

Sep 3-6: Portland International Raceway (Portland, OR) (P)


 

Sep 17-20: Christian County QMA (Taylorville, IL) (D)


 

Oct 22-25: Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, TX) (P)


 

**TBA Dirt National Race - Location & Date TBA


 

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(P) = Pavement Race


 

(D) = Dirt Race

 

URSS 2020 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 MARCH

THUR 26 RPM SPEEDWAY    HAYS, KS  (PRACTICE)

FRI 27   RPM SPEEDWAY    HAYS, KS

SAT 28    RPM SPEEDWAY    HAYS, KS

APRIL

 SAT 4   DCRP  DODGE CITY, KS

FRI 24   WEST TEXAS RACEWAY  LUBBOCK , TX

SAT 25  ROUTE 66 MOTOR SPEEDWAY   AMARILLO ,TX

 MAY  

 SAT  2   DRIVING SEMINAR  WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY WAKEENEY , KS

FRI  29  WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY , WAKEENEY , KS

SAT 30  THOMAS COUNTY SPEEDWAY   COLBY, KS

 JUNE

 THURS  18  DCRP  DODGE CITY , KS

FRI  19  DCRP  DODGE CITY , KS

SAT  20   DCRP  DODGE CITY, KS

SAT 27  EL PASO COUNTY SPEEDWAY    CALHAN, CO

 JULY

 FRI 3    BELLEVILLE HIGH BANKS  BELLEVILLE , KS

SAT 4  JEFFERSON COUNTY RACEWAY  FAIRBURY, NE

SAT 11  RPM SPEEDWAY    HAYS, KS

SUN 12  RPM SPEEDWAY    HAYS, KS

 FRI 17   PHILLIPS CO. RACEWAY,   HOLYOKE, CO

SAT 25  RUSH COUNTY SPEEDWAY   LACROSSE, KS

SUN 26  RUSH COUNTY SPEEDWAY   LACROSSE, KS

 THURS 30  BELLEVILLE HIGH BANKS  BELLEVILLE , KS (PRACTICE)

FRI  31  BELLEVILLE HIGH BANKS  BELLEVILLE , KS

 AUGUST

 SAT 1  BELLEVILLE HIGH BANKS  BELLEVILLE , KS

FRI 14  OBERLIN SPEEDWAY   OBERLIN , KS

SAT 15  OBERLIN SPEEDWAY   OBERLIN, KS

 SEPTEMBER

 FRI 4  RACESAVER NATS

SAT 5  RACESAVER NATS

SUN 6  RACESAVER NATS

FRI 11    SALINA SPEEDWAY    SALINA , KS

SAT 12  81 SPEEDWAY    WICHITA , KS

SAT 19   DCRP  DODGE CITY, KS

SAT 26   WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY ,  WAKEENEY , KS

SUN 27  WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY ,  WAKEENEY , KS

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2020 BOSS NON WING SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 28 - Waynesfield Raceway Park ; Waynesfield, OH - ($3,000 to win)

 

Saturday, April 25 - Atomic Speedway ; Alma, OH

 

Friday, May 1 - Moler Raceway Park ; Williamsburg, OH

 

Saturday, May 2 - Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH Friday,

 

May 15 - Limaland Motorsports Park; Lima, OH

 

Saturday, May 16 - Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg, IN

 

Friday, May 29 - Gas City Speedway ; Gas City, IN

 

Saturday, May 30 - Twin Cities Raceway Park ; North Vernon, IN

 

Friday, June 12 - I-96 Speedway ; Lake Odessa, MI

 

Saturday, June 13 - Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH

 

Friday, June 19 - Moler Raceway Park ; Williamsburg, OH

 

Saturday, June 20 - Richmond Raceway ; Richmond, KY

 

Thursday, July 2 - Waynesfield Raceway Park ; Williamsburg, OH (Hewitt Classic)

 

Saturday, July 4 - Atomic Speedway ; Alma, OH

 

Saturday, July 18 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway ; Imperial, PA

 

Saturday, August 8 - Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH

 

Saturday, August 15 - Oakshade Raceway ; Wauseon, OH

 

Saturday, August 22 - Waynesfield Raceway Park ; Williamsburg, OH

 

Saturday, August 29 - Kokomo Speedway (Smackdown)

 

Friday, October 9 - Moler Raceway Park ; Williamsburg, OH

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    Sunday, Apr 26 Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, IN
    Saturday, May 16 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
    Friday, May 22 Bloomington Speedway Bloomington, IN
    Saturday, May 23 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville, IN
    Sunday, May 24 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
    Friday, May 29 Paragon Speedway Paragon, IN
    Saturday, Jun 13 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
    Friday, Jun 19 Paragon Speedway Paragon, IN
    Saturday, Jun 20 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN
    Saturday, Jun 27 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
    Friday, Jul 3 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville, IN
    Saturday, Jul 11 Twin Cities Raceway North Vernon
    Saturday, Jul 18 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
    Saturday, Aug 15 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
    Sunday, Aug 16 Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, IN
    Saturday, Aug 22 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville, IN
    Friday, Sep 4 Bloomington Speedway Bloomington, IN
    Sunday, Sep 6 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
    Saturday, Sep 19 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
    Saturday, Oct 10 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
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