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SMACKDOWN UPS WINNER'S PRIZE TO $15,000 FOR 2021;

TICKETS GO ON SALE FEB. 8

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Kokomo, Indiana (January 12, 2021).........Entering its 10th year, Sprint Car Smackdown will be bigger and better than ever with an increased share of $15,000 for the winner of the finale along with increased payouts throughout the field for the three-night event on August 26-27-28, 2021 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.

 

"Smackdown" has been a premier event on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship calendar since its inception in 2012. Going into its 10th running, Kokomo Speedway promoter Reece O'Connor felt the time was right to elevate the event to an even higher level.

 

"This, being the 10th year, we felt we needed to step it up a bit and try to make it an even more special event," O'Connor said. "Not only is it 15,000 to win, but we're bumping second place up as well and also making it $1,500 to start on the final night."

 

"Smackdown" preliminary events on Thursday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 27 will feature complete programs for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, culminating in 30-lap feature races each night. Both nights will feature sprint cars only without a support class.

 

On the third and final night, Saturday, Aug. 28, the $15,000 to win 40-lap feature will close out the spectacular weekend in grand fashion, which will be preceded by heat races, the popular "King of the Hill" two-car races, and the final chance for drivers to lock themselves into a coveted spot for the A-Main.

 

In a change from recent years, USAC Regional Midgets will now serve as the support class to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to form an enticing USAC doubleheader.

 

Ticket renewals for "Smackdown" will take place between February 8-12 from 9am-5pm EST. On February 15, tickets will open up to all fans. The three-day pass is $85 and will include a pit pass if purchased by March 31, saving you $10 at the gate. To purchase tickets, call (815) 468-8690. Single-day tickets will be sold at the main ticket window on race days. Reserved camping will be sold at a later, to-be-announced date.

 

Chock full of highly competitive and unpredictable racing action, the annual late-summer weekend at the quarter-mile dirt oval, which is located about an hour north of Indianapolis, has been a fan favorite since its debut a decade ago.

 

The event is one of the hottest tickets in all of racing and is one of the most highly anticipated racing weekends of the year. O'Connor loves treating the fans to great racing, great fun and a great time in his role that has allowed him to witness the event firsthand from its creation and its evolution from day one.

 

"Even year one was kind of crazy," O'Connor remembered. "The fans were really fired up and behind it, and they still are to this day. We get the fans thanking us and appreciating us and it's really about them more than anything. Without them, there is no Smackdown."

 

Former winners of the final night of Sprint Car Smackdown include Bryan Clauson (2012), Dave Darland (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2016), Tyler Courtney (2017-19-20) and Justin Grant (2018).

 

$200,000 HUSET'S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS

SET FOR SEPT. 10-11-12, 2021

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Brandon, South Dakota (January 13, 2021).........The inaugural Huset's Speedway USAC Nationals, featuring three consecutive nights of USAC AMSOIL National 410 Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheaders paying a purse totaling $200,000, will be held September 10-11-12, 2021 at Brandon, South Dakota's Huset's Speedway.

 

The major event instantly becomes the highest paying event of the 2021 USAC National season, an event which culminates with $20,000-to-win feature races on the final night for both the 410 Sprint Cars and Midgets. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase on February 1 at www.husetsspeedway.com.

 

The event will utilize a modified Trophy Cup format similar to the one seen at the 2019 Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, which used inversions for preliminary events with the fastest qualifying cars in the back having to work their way through the pack. Each time cars are on track, drivers will be earning points via passing and finishing order, and event promoter Matt Wood believes Huset's 3/8-mile layout is the perfect fit for a show of this caliber.

 

"Huset's is tailor-made for non-wing 410 sprint cars and midgets," Wood said. "It's going to be crazy, crazy good racing. We want to try to make this the premier event on USAC's schedule every year. To do that, we have to have a wonderful facility, we need seating for a bunch of people and a bunch of racers, then throw a bunch of money at them, and I think that makes for a pretty good mix for what I think is going to be one of the best races of the year, quite honestly."

 

Only twice in USAC's history have series events been held at Huset's. Kenny Irwin Jr. won the midget debut there in 1996 while Chad Boespflug swept both nights of a 410 sprint car meet at the track in 2016. USAC Executive Vice President Levi Jones is thrilled for the return of USAC racing to Huset's and of the venue itself, which had seen an uncertain future in recent years.

 

"It is truly exciting to witness the reemergence of Huset's Speedway and to add a new event of this magnitude to the USAC schedule alongside our already established events," Jones said. "The Huset's Speedway USAC Nationals adds to what is a sensational schedule of events for us in 2021, and we are enthusiastic to have USAC's brand of Sprint Car and Midget racing showcased for the great racefans of South Dakota."

 

Wood, who also promoted and staged the Hangtown 100 midget event at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway in 2019, an event which was canceled in 2020 due to the restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, found much success with his first large scale promotion and is eager to create another "major" in the dirt track racing world at Huset's.

 

"I really enjoyed the promoter's side of it, and I said, let's find another venue and do something else," Wood stated. "We used to race at Huset's, and it's always been one of my favorite racetracks in the United States. Then, when I heard rumors that Tod (Quiring) was going to buy it - we actually reached out to him before he had it bought. Once he got it bought, he and I got together, and I told him what I'd like to do, and he thought it was a pretty neat idea. They were very excited about it."

 

It's not often that USAC AMSOIL National 410 Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets race together on the same event card at the same track, with just four other races sharing that distinction in 2021. However, three straight nights of doubleheader main events at one venue is unprecedented in USAC's 65-year history.

 

Couple that with a famed racetrack that had been closed for more than three years before reopening last summer, Wood feels that the anticipation will be tantamount amongst drivers and fans for the event.

 

"I think there's a big, pent-up demand for it," Wood stated. "We'll have a vendor midway and we'll have meet and greets with the drivers. We're going to do everything we can do to make it as fan friendly and as driver/racer friendly as we can. I look at what a promoter can do just to make life easier. That's really what we've done at the Hangtown 100 and what we're going to do at Huset's. You've got three nights of racing; you don't have to move your rigs and your travel expenses are minimal. The more nights you can run at one place, the more efficient it becomes. I think there's going to be a tremendous amount of interest. Non-wing 410 sprint car and midget racing at Huset's with a $200,000 purse will be amazing."

 

Additionally, Wood also hinted that he's not yet finished with the creation of another monumental event on its way soon at a track yet to be determined.

 

"The genesis of this deal is eventually I want to do three events a year," Wood said. "We've got the Hangtown 100 and the Huset's Speedway USAC Nationals, which will both be yearly deals, and we're going to add a third one next year to complete the three. I'm pretty excited about having three big events for people to come and enjoy."

 

 

MATTOX TAKES 2020

USAC NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER HONORS

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Speedway, Indiana (January 12, 2021).........For the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Brandon Mattox made the conscious decision to step his game up and pay his full attention toward improvement as he chased the full series tour for the first time in his decade-plus career.

 

The leap has paid off not only in his racecraft and in his accumulation of career-best results, but also in the accolades department, as the Terre Haute, Ind. driver was rewarded for his efforts with the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver award.

 

"It's super special for me," Mattox exclaimed. "I started out as a local kid who just loved sprint cars. We tried to run the USAC deal whenever they came close and when it was in the budget. Last year, we went out on a limb and decided that we were going to do (the full tour) and it was the best decision of my life. I made a lot of friends and we got a lot better."

 

The proof is in the pudding for the 34-year-old Mattox who entered the 2020 season with 41 career series starts with one career top-five finish, three career top-ten results and a best points finish of 25th in 2018 in a USAC career that debuted in 2010.

 

Mattox upped his statistical output to career bests in all categories, starting 24 of the 27 features, while scoring one top-five and four top-ten finishes, and concluding the season with a 12th place standing in the final points.

 

While the results were decidedly improved across the board, so was the eye-test which showed him to be highly competitive against the series' established stars. It was a challenge that Mattox was keen on pursuing, and the dividends have certainly paid off in making him a contender at each event he travels to, and making his name known across the USAC landscape.

 

"Being from Indiana, a lot of those guys run locally also, so you get the taste of their talents already." Mattox pointed out. "I want to be the best I can be in this deal. I don't see me going anywhere else. I love sprint cars and that's where my heart's at. "When I pull into the track, my goal from day one was to just have people know who I am and know they're going to have to beat us that night. Once we got to a certain level on the local deal, I felt like it was time to take that next big leap."

 

"(As far as) racing experience, these guys are the best," Mattox continued. "I say that every time I get to talk to somebody about USAC. Those (guys) are the best, so if you want to get better, you've got to learn how to run with those guys. It definitely helped our program out, and I feel it got us to another level. Hopefully, we can build on that and get even higher up the ladder."

 

Mattox has made steady improvement on the local Indiana sprint car scene in recent years as well with victories in 2020 at Brownstown Speedway's Fun Fest, in 2019 at Bloomington Speedway's Bob Kinser Memorial and a triumph at Chandler Motor Speedway in 2017. But, taking that leap to USAC at this particular point in his career hinged on one pursuit, to become one of those top players in the sport. But, along the way, he's risen to a new level that has translated to more success in his preparation and on the track.

 

Despite the long nights, the workload, the travel and the other aspects that are involved in competing on a national tour, Mattox finds appreciation in the process, and that you can't really put it into a true perspective of what it's like until you've done it firsthand as he did throughout the 2020 season.

 

"It's a different level of racing, and until you go out on the road and really do that, you think you understand it until you do it," Mattox explained. "Once you do it, you get more respect for those guys and what their abilities are, and it helps you. At this point in my career, I'm just trying to up my own game, and that was our biggest reason to go. The money's better, but it takes money to make this all happen. We do it out of our own pocket. We've got a few people who help us here and there, but we've got to do well every night to get to the next race. That's important to us."

 

"You've got to learn how to qualify with those guys, which is something that has been an Achilles heel for us for a while," Mattox continued. "But we picked it up, learned how to free the car up, and we learned how to get that speed early. That helped us out a bunch and, honestly, just the wheel-to-wheel racing with those guys every night. Those guys race just as hard for 12th place. I can tell story after story of when I thought I had a guy passed 10 times at Putnamville by the flag stand, and he still ends up back in front of me in turn one."

One area where Mattox saw exceptional improvement was at a venue not all that physically far from home, but one that had always felt far away from his comfort zone - Kokomo Speedway. Never being his strongest point, Mattox dug in, and figured it out during late September's visit to the quarter-mile dirt oval where he qualified fourth in his group, transferred through his heat, started second in the feature and led the first six laps of his USAC career before notching a career-best fourth-place finish in what was truly a night to remember, but a night he also hopes is just the tip of the iceberg and a preview of more similar performances in 2021.

 

"At Kokomo, we've definitely left with our tails between our legs there more times than not," Mattox recalled. "That was one of those places where I had to learn to get the car right and learn how to race the racetrack. That's actually one of the big tracks I'm excited to go back to because I think we take a pretty good package there and, once again, those guys are good there, even at the local level on a Sunday night show there. To kind of get on top of that mountain was big for us; it was big for our season, even being late in the season, because it gives us a lot of momentum going into next year too."

 

Going on the road involves taking on a new proposition of seeing a variety of new racetracks that haven't been frequented by oneself. However, Mattox thrives on it, both as an opportunity and as a chance to encounter new experiences, racing or otherwise.

 

"I'm excited to go back east. That was one of the trips that I always said that, before I retired, we'd load up and go out there and do that deal, and we get to go twice this year. Hopefully I like the first trip, so the second trip will be fun," Mattox said with a laugh.

 

"We bought a motor this past summer from some guys out there and instantly made some friends, and they're all like 'come to our shop, hang out,'" Mattox explained. "So, I think it'll be a fun trip just to get out there. I like being on the road; I've got a family, so I miss being at home after that first night or two, but I like seeing new tracks. I think it rounds you as a driver. You don't fall into the lull of running the same ol' places. You've really got to learn your car and I think it helps sharpen you as a driver."

 

Another reason to go on the road is to right the wrongs of his racing past and avenge prior encounters at certain racetracks that he'd like to alter his lasting memories of.

 

"I'll tell you someplace else I'm excited to go is Eldora," Mattox stated. "Last year, we kind of got robbed from going there (due to COVID-19 cancellations). As a matter of fact, I ran USAC there before in years past for the 4-Crown and stuff like that. I like Eldora. It's a neat place and I owe Eldora one. It got me the last time I was there (in 2015). It was one of those nights where we had to load it up and left with our tail between our legs and said we'd be back, but we just never really have had the chance to get back, so I'm excited to get back there and turn some laps."

 

Mattox begins his 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour with three consecutive nights of racing on Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XII, the first three of 50 events scheduled for the year.

 

 

 

BACON LOOKS TO 2021:

CHASING A 4TH TITLE & DOUBLING HIS PROMOTION GAME

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Speedway, Indiana (January 10, 2021).........Compared to his first two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driving championships in 2014 and 2016, the crown Brady Bacon achieved during the 2020 season hit differently.

 

Apart from those first two titles, where the Broken Arrow, Okla. native was solidified first and foremost as a wheelman by trade, in 2020, Bacon took a more hands-on approach to the proceedings from the ground-up, from the construction of the cars, to the fine-tuning throughout the season to extend the Dynamics, Inc. team's record of series entrant championships to 12 alongside crewman D.J. Lebow and 2020 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year, Matt Hummel.

 

"This one was a little different," Bacon acknowledges. "We have a little more responsibility with the team now, so it's a little more gratifying than the first two. We house the cars and everything at my shop in Union City, Ohio. D.J. and I work throughout the week whereas, on the other two that I won, I just showed up with my helmet bag and talked to the team about setups and stuff, but now we do it all in-house."

 

"We took a lot of pride in the cars we built this year," Bacon continued. "We made some changes for the tracks we struggled at, and we performed well at those tracks, which was the difference in winning the championship. I'm really proud to get Hoffman their 12th and my third. It was an up-and-down year, so to end it on high note was very exciting."

 

Bacon's 2020 highlight reel included a repeat victory of the $20,000 Brandt Corn Belt Nationals at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway, a pair of wins at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. and a season-ending Fall Nationals score at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the final of their season-leading six feature triumphs.

 

But it was winning the opening two nights of the season in February at Bubba Raceway Park, a two-night sweep of Winter Dirt Games, that set the tone and served as a harbinger of things to come. The signal was clear after performances in recent years at Ocala that were described by Bacon as "terrible." Bacon and team had seemingly strengthened their weaknesses and were a top-five threat, at worst, on any given night.

 

Shortly thereafter, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, shutting operations down worldwide for much of everybody in all walks of life, including USAC racing. However, while three-plus months passed by, the next task on Bacon's itinerary wasn't getting back behind the wheel, it was his debut as a race promoter - a pair of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events in late May in his home state of Oklahoma, which signaled a return to racing for the first time in a relative eternity.

 

The inaugural two-night event proved to be a rousing success, and from there, once it was time to get back in the driver's seat, the success naturally translated to the cockpit, sending Bacon on his path toward the championship and subsequently rose him up the ranks of the USAC National Sprint Car division's all-time leaderboards.

 

His 358 series starts rank 10th all-time while his 35 feature wins also place him 10th, equaled with Rich Vogler and Jon Stanbrough. Bacon has never been a so-called "stat watcher," but once his name began appearing amid the top echelon of drivers from throughout the past six-and-a-half decades of the series, he admitted that it has started to hit him as he's taken a peek of the lists of late, although there is still much work to do and many goals left to achieve and accomplish in his career.

 

"I never really did until we started creeping up the win list," Bacon said. "To see the names you're beside or surpassed and the ones you're catching up to, it's pretty cool. I'm about to turn 31 and by no means do I feel like I'm close to the end of my career, so I feel like I can win a lot more races. Obviously, we'd like to be at the top of the list and win the most championships, but I don't really look that far ahead. I'm just trying to prepare for each season as best as we can and make any improvements we think we need to make.

 

Now a man of multiple hats on both sides of the racing equation, Bacon looks forward to promoting events that are meaningful to him, not only in his racing life, but also in his personal life, such as Port City, where he honed his racing craft as a young man and a venue which returns to the Midget schedule in 2021 on April 9-10. But what made the highly successful driver in the prime of his career decide to put "race promoter" on his resume?

 

"I'd been thinking about it and talking with (wife) Xia Xianna for a while," Bacon said. "I didn't want to do something just normal. I wanted it to be a special event. With Mike & Meghan (Eubanks) buying the track, and running it, it just kind of all fell into place. We worked really hard to make that first one work, and we're working really hard to make the second one even bigger. Everyone had a good time, and the racing was phenomenal. We thought we could do it if we just worked as hard as we do at everything else. The first one seemed to prove that, and we're hoping to replicate that success in 2021."

 

In addition to Port City, Bacon's promotional efforts have extended to the USAC Silver Crown Series and to another location and place that has been the setting of some of the most major occurrences in his life, including his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win in 2008, the same day in which he also met his future significant other.

 

"We've also added a Silver Crown race at Winchester," Bacon noted of the Sunday, May 9, 2021 series debut on the paved high banks of the eastern Indiana paved track. "Winchester is also a special track to us. Winchester changed my life; I met my wife there and we now live in Winchester, so I think that makes it more gratifying that the places we have these races at also have a special place in my life."

 

With Winchester sporting a paved surface, that removes one item of stress away from the equation for Bacon, who has sought out other avenues to bring value and entertainment to drivers and teams at the event.

 

"It'll be interesting to see how things at Winchester go," Bacon pondered. "My number one priority at Port City was to stay on top of track prep to make sure the racing was good. Winchester is what it is. It's exciting to watch cars go around there, period. I'm just trying to find ways to use my time that I'm not spending on the track to make the race more enjoyable for the fans and competitors. We've got some cool ideas and I'm looking forward to it."

 

Although he's not ready to hang up the helmet and firesuit any time soon, Bacon compared the feeling of reward and accomplishment between promoting a successful race and winning a race as a driver.

 

"It's a little different," Bacon said when comparing promoting to driving. "(Promoting) is a lot more stretched out, obviously. You're working the whole night. I don't think I really underestimated it, but it confirmed how much work it is if you really want to do it right and staying up with the racetrack. It's a different feeling, but during the night at Port City, I was never thinking I should be in a car. I'm glad I didn't try to race and promote at the same time. I think both would suffer. That'll pretty much limit our promotional endeavors for the next few years, hopefully, because I don't want to promote and compete at the same time."

 

Only seven drivers reside in USAC National Sprint Car division's three championship club: Parnelli Jones (1960-61-62), Larry Dickson (1968-70-75), Sheldon Kinser (1977-81-82) and Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), while just two others - Steve Butler (1986-87-88-90) & Levi Jones (2005-07-09-10-11) have won four or more. Bacon has an opportunity to reach four in 2021, and is confident in his pursuit, which has been years in the making and is now paying its dividends.

 

"I don't see a reason why we couldn't," Bacon said point blank. "We've kept our program the same over the last few years, which I think has helped us to fine-tune everything since I first got back in my own car, when it was the No. 99. You think you have everything the same, of what you think is going to work, and it took a long time to find those little details that might've been different or needed to be changed. We've just nicked away at those things and tried to perfect everything. I feel like we've gotten better and faster every year, and hopefully we'll better and faster again in 2021."

 

The 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season begins with three consecutive nights of racing on Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XII, the first three of 50 events scheduled for the year.

 

 

 

MATT HUMMEL NAMED

2020 USAC CHIEF MECHANIC OF THE YEAR

 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Speedway, Indiana (January 9, 2021).........If there's one particular moment that fully encapsulated the sense of pride and preparedness 2020 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year Matt Hummel, Brady Bacon and Dynamics, Inc. undertake before, after and during a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event, it was an early-summer night in June 2020 where the team's fortunes were put to the ultimate test.

 

At that juncture, Bacon had yet to finish outside the top-ten and was just within earshot of the series point lead.  A nasty flip by Bacon on the fourth lap of the feature that night seemingly spelled disaster at first glance with the car being returned to the team's pit with heavy damage on the hook.

 

The evening was salvaged when the crew, led by Hummel, thrashed during the red flag period to repair the car, refusing to toss in the towel, and miraculously returned Bacon to the track in mere minutes, just in time for the resumption.  With a caved-in tail tank and all, Bacon blitzed back through the field to finish 9th.

 

Although it was still relatively early in the campaign, it was one of those moments you made sure to make a mental note of.  If the championship race were to come down to the wire with Bacon involved in the thick of it, this very well could tell the tale of whether they'd become champions or not.

 

Even more than just the points aspect of the ordeal, it was the mentality.  Racing seasons are chock full of obstacles, but none more than 2020 with COVID-19 wreaking havoc on everyone's initial plans from March onward.  With the normal offseason, the team did its usual prep and arrived at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park with both guns blazing, sweeping both nights of Winter Dirt Games with a pair of feature victories after charging from ninth each night.

 

Then, the worldwide pandemic hit, forcing teams back into hibernation mode for the time being and allowing them a chance at practically a second offseason to prepare for the coming busy stretch with race-after-race stacked upon each other throughout the racing summer.

 

Preparedness and being ready for anything, to expect the unexpected, formulated the root of Hummel and the team's mantra for the campaign, "just make it happen," resulting in Bacon ultimately capturing his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driving title while Dynamics, Inc. extended its record to 12 series entrant championships.  And, Matt Hummel, an 11-time USAC National Midget feature starter as a driver himself behind the wheel during the decade of the 2000s, was rewarded as USAC's Chief Mechanic of the Year.

 

"The year started off great in Florida, then we had such a down period of time," Hummel recalled.  "I think between D.J. (Lebow) and Brady at the shop, they did a lot of stuff to get us fully prepared for the season.  Once we got rolling again, it seemed like it got really busy with everything packed together.  It's just a testament to the team.  Yeah, we had some obstacles, but I think I learned from Brady to just get it taken care of; it's going to work out, and that's how it happened."

 

Hummel and Bacon have raced against each other on-track and have formed a bond over the years that dates back more than a decade.  After working together and finding success, separately, Bacon's driving career was on the rise as was Hummel's FK Indy shock business on Gasoline Alley in Indianapolis, Ind.

 

When the opportunity arose a few years back, Hummel and Bacon rejoined to form a formidable pairing, one that managed to withstand a slew of engine-related issues midsummer in 2020 to win a season-high six events, twice each at Ocala, Fla. and Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., plus once each in the financially lucrative Brandt Corn Belt Nationals at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway ($20,000) and the season-ending Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway worth $10,000.

 

A large part of the equation of the success is Hummel and Bacon's communication, with Bacon's feedback allowing Hummel to make the necessary adjustments and also provide him the best shock possible to meet any desired task.  And, although Hummel never really thought he would be in this position as a USAC championship winning crew chief, the reward is more than satisfying.

 

"I never really looked at being a chief mechanic on a USAC team and winning a championship as a goal of mine," Hummel admitted.  "It's gratifying that I can be an integral part to the success of the team.  We've had our struggles in year's past.   I'd get down a little bit, he'd get down a little bit.  Then, we'd have discussions, and he'd be like, 'we're going to work this out.  We're going to figure it out.'  I think, this year, we truly did figure it out because we can only count maybe one or two occasions where we showed up at the racetrack and, come feature time, we just missed it.  Other than that, we felt like we were a top-five car, at worst, even on tracks that maybe weren't our forte.  It just goes to show, yeah, I'm the crew chief, but it's the team that makes it work."

 

With a strong foundation built, built on preparedness that has brought about a high amount of success, Hummel is looking highly forward to what the 2021 season brings.  But, more than anything, the 40-year-old crew chief is most looking forward to normality.

 

"I'm excited.  I'm glad to see the schedule.  It's a great schedule with a lot of diversity in it.  That'll be cool for us to go to some different places and get back to normal and know that we're going here and it's not Sunday, 'hey we might race here, Friday or Saturday, we'll let you know,'" Hummel said with a laugh.

 

 

 

Aggressive Schedule On-Deck for United Rebel Sprint Series Season

 

BERLIN, Kansas (January 6, 2020) The Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing is preparing to head into their sixteenth consecutive season of Sprint Car racing throughout Kansas and surrounding areas. The heat will be turned up come April, as the United Rebel Sprint Series releases a thrilling and aggressive tentative schedule. Many new tracks have been put into the upcoming events, such as US 36 Raceway in Osborn , Missouri , Bethany Speedway in Bethany , Missouri , and I-70 Motorsports Complex in Odessa , Missouri .

The green flag is set to fly over the 2021 season on April 17, as United Rebel Sprint Series drivers take on the season opener at 81 Speedway . The month of May will kick-off with a two-day swing in Colorado before returning to the stomping grounds of Kansas to hit tracks in Dodge City , LaCrosse, and Wichita .

June will tentatively see the first United Rebel Sprint Series sanctioned race at US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway in Missouri before hitting Dodge City Raceway Park and 81 Speedway .

July is slated open with the annual Belleville High Banks Independence Day event before heading toward the Wheatshocker Nationals at RPM Speedway on July 10th and 11th. The month will then close with the Bull Ring Nationals at Rush County Speedway on July 30th and 31st.

A sweltering August will kick off with the 3rd Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Nationals taking place atop the famed Belleville High Banks half-mile. United Rebel Sprint Series drivers then head to the coveted Bob Salem Memorial at Oberlin Speedway on August 13th and 14th.

The Lubbock Wrecker Service 305 Nationals is slated to take place September 23rd through 25th at I-70 Motorsports Complex in Odessa , Missouri . The United Rebel Sprint Series exhilarating season will conclude with the Dodge City Raceway Park 305 Nationals on October 7th, 8th, and 9th.

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

2021 URSS SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

APRIL 17_____81 SPEEDWAY , WICHITA , KS

APRIL 24_____DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

MAY 8 _______EL PASO CO. RACEWAY, CALHAN, CO

MAY 9 _______PHILLIPS CO. RACEWAY, HOLYOKE, CO

MAY 15 ______DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

MAY 21 ______RUSH CO. SPEEDWAY , LACROSSE, KS

MAY 22 ______81 SPEEDWAY , WICHITA , KS

JUNE 4  ______US 36 RACEWAY, CAMERON , MO   (T)

JUNE 5  ______BETHANY SPEEDWAY , BETHANY , MO   (T)

JUNE 12  _____DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

JUNE 19  _____81 SPEEDWAY , WICHITA , KS

JULY 4  ______BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE , KS

JULY 10  _____RPM SPEEDWAY , HAYS KS

JULY 11______RPM SPEEDWAY , HAYS KS

JULY 16  _____DCRP, DODGE CITY KS

JULY 17  _____DCRP, DODGE CITY KS

JULY 23  _____US 36 RACEWAY, CAMERON , MO   (T)

JUNE 24 _____BETHANY SPEEDWAY , BETHANY , MO   (T)

JULY 30  _____RUSH CO. SPEEDWAY , LACROSSE, KS

JULY 31  _____RUSH CO. SPEEDWAY , LACROSSE, KS

AUG 5 _______BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS   (PRACTICE)

AUG 6  ______ BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS 

AUG 7  ______ BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS 

AUG 13  _____OBERLIN SPEEDWAY , OBERLIN , KS

AUG 14  _____OBERLIN SPEEDWAY , OBERLIN , KS

AUG 21 _____ DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

SEPT 11 _____DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

SEPT 18 _____81 SPEEDWAY , WICHITA , KS

SEPT 23 _____I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK , ODESSA , MO

SEPT 24 _____I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK , ODESSA , MO

SEPT 25 _____I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK , ODESSA , MO

OCT 7 _______DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

OCT 8 _______DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

OCT 9 _______DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

 

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2021 URSS SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

APRIL 17_____81 SPEEDWAY , WICHITA , KS

APRIL 24_____DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

MAY 8 _______EL PASO CO. RACEWAY, CALHAN, CO

MAY 9 _______PHILLIPS CO. RACEWAY, HOLYOKE, CO

MAY 15 ______DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

MAY 21 ______RUSH CO. SPEEDWAY , LACROSSE, KS

MAY 22 ______81 SPEEDWAY , WICHITA , KS

JUNE 4  ______US 36 RACEWAY, CAMERON , MO   (T)

JUNE 5  ______BETHANY SPEEDWAY , BETHANY , MO   (T)

JUNE 12  _____DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

JUNE 19  _____81 SPEEDWAY , WICHITA , KS

JULY 4  ______BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE , KS

JULY 10  _____RPM SPEEDWAY , HAYS KS

JULY 11______RPM SPEEDWAY , HAYS KS

JULY 16  _____DCRP, DODGE CITY KS

JULY 17  _____DCRP, DODGE CITY KS

JULY 23  _____US 36 RACEWAY, CAMERON , MO   (T)

JUNE 24 _____BETHANY SPEEDWAY , BETHANY , MO   (T)

JULY 30  _____RUSH CO. SPEEDWAY , LACROSSE, KS

JULY 31  _____RUSH CO. SPEEDWAY , LACROSSE, KS

AUG 5 _______BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS   (PRACTICE)

AUG 6  ______ BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS 

AUG 7  ______ BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS 

AUG 13  _____OBERLIN SPEEDWAY , OBERLIN , KS

AUG 14  _____OBERLIN SPEEDWAY , OBERLIN , KS

AUG 21 _____ DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

SEPT 11 _____DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

SEPT 18 _____81 SPEEDWAY , WICHITA , KS

SEPT 23 _____I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK , ODESSA , MO

SEPT 24 _____I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK , ODESSA , MO

SEPT 25 _____I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK , ODESSA , MO

OCT 7 _______DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

OCT 8 _______DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

OCT 9 _______DCRP, DODGE CITY , KS

 

   
  

  
   

 
 
 
 
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