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SUNSHINE SLAYS #LETSRACETWO FIELD;
EQUALS USAC RECORD WITH 5TH STRAIGHT AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Rossburg, Ohio (May 8, 2021)………Amid Tyler Courtney’s amazing string of success at Eldora Speedway, perhaps none were more impressive than the performance he put on at the high-banked half-mile oval on Saturday afternoon to score his fifth consecutive triumph with the series at The Big E dating to 2018, this one worth $10,000.

 
Courtney led all 30 circuits from start to finish after starting from the pole in his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo – ZMax/Spike/Chevy, living up to his sponsor’s name by putting all but the top-six finishers a lap down at the finish line, thrashing the 22-car field in a caution-free race in which the Indianapolis, Ind. racer made USAC history.

 
By winning his fifth consecutive feature event at Eldora, Courtney became just the third driver in USAC National Sprint Car history to win five-in-a-row at one track. Jim Hurtubise won five-straight at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track between 1960-62 and Steve Chassey did the same with five successive at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1979.

 
“It’s very special,” Courtney said.  “I never could’ve imagined winning one race at Eldora, let alone five in a row.  We’ve got something figured out at this place.  I love coming back here.  Thanks to (promoter) Roger (Slack) and (track owner) Tony Stewart and everybody here at Eldora for putting up the extra money for the USAC guys.”

 
Additionally, Courtney became just the 14 th driver to win at least 30 career USAC National Sprint Car features. His 30 th moved him ahead of Robert Ballou and Kevin Thomas Jr. for 14 th on the all-time list.

 
Saturday’s event represented the first leg of Eldora’s first USAC National Sprint Car single day double feature since 1980. Extensive rainfall on Friday night created an extremely moistrous track surface, forcing postponement following qualifying, and shifting the remainder of the event to Saturday afternoon.

 
A rare daytime dirt show – a more common occurrence in decades past – presented a challenging racetrack to navigate. However, the conditions proved to be no barrier for Courtney.

 
By lap six of the 30-lap feature, Courtney had ramped up his lead to a full straightaway and was thrust into lapped traffic only eight laps in as he slipped through a four-wide, turn one sandwich alongside Carmen Perigo, Tanner Thorson and Stevie Sussex to extend his advantage.

 
High-riding on the paper-thin cushion located just inches from the outside concrete, Courtney whipped around traffic with mere inches to spare at moments, many times opting to go a lane higher than the car in front of him rather than throwing a slide job. However, he performed all of the above with perfect precision before reengaging his highwire act up against the concrete.

 
On the 28 th lap, Courtney remained adamant to put an exclamation point on this one, rather than chocking up down the stretch, he split between the already lapped car of Brandon Mattox and the newly lapped car of 7 th running Kevin Thomas Jr. and was beginning to bear down on 6 th running Brady Bacon when the checkered flag flew.

 
Courtney wound up a whopping 5.477 seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Robert Ballou with Jadon Rogers, Justin Grant and Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

 
“You always want to beat everybody,” Courtney admitted.  “It’s really a combination of everything.  We qualified really well and had great track position.  Everything had to go perfect last night to catch the invert and sit on the front row. That makes the night go a lot smoother when you can start up front and run your own race from the drop of the green and have a really good car at the same time.”

 
Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) earned his best series finish of the season, finishing as the runner-up to Courtney aboard his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy. For the 2015 series champ, it was his ninth consecutive top-ten finish in his last nine feature starts, tops in the series.

 
Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) had an impressive Eldora Speedway debut, finishing 3 rd in his Randy Edwards/Edwards Concrete Construction – Auto Wheel & Rim – Engler/DRC/SPEC Chevy. It was second consecutive “podium” finish after earning a career best 2 nd place result on April 17 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

 
In Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, held on Friday night before the rain, Brady Bacon earned his 39 th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car fast qualifying time, tying him with Levi Jones for fourth all-time in series history.

 
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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 7-8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – #LetsRaceTwo

 
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Held on May 7) 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.006; 2. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-15.029; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.240; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.330; 5. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-15.420; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.481; 7. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.497; 8. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.544; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.650; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.660; 11. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.667; 12. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-15.711; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.761; 14. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.766; 15. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-15.947; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.955; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.004; 18. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-16.072; 19. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-16.158; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.167; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.197; 22. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.365; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-16.380; 24. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-16.475; 25. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.511; 26. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-16.609; 27. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-16.955; 28. Jack James, 99, James-17.034.

 
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Evan Mosley, 9. Dallas Hewitt, 10. Jack James. NT

 
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Korbyn Hayslett, 9. Ryan Barr. 2:21.620

 
INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Paul Nienhiser, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Ryan Thomas, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Paul Dues, 9. Max Adams. 2:22.526

 
ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Isaac Chapple, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Korbyn Hayslett, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Carmen Perigo, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Ryan Barr, 8. Paul Dues, 9. Evan Mosley, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Jack James, 12. Max Adams, 13. Ryan Thomas. NT

 
FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Robert Ballou (4), 3. Jadon Rogers (2), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Brady Bacon (6), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Matt Westfall (10), 10. Logan Seavey (5), 11. C.J. Leary (7), 12. Isaac Chapple (16), 13. Jake Swanson (14), 14. Paul Nienhiser (12), 15. Dallas Hewitt (21), 16. Steven Drevicki (18), 17. Brandon Mattox (13), 18. Tanner Thorson (17), 19. Stevie Sussex (15), 20. Carmen Perigo (19), 21. Korbyn Hayslett (20), 22. Ryan Barr (22).

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tyler Courtney.

 
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-692, 2-Justin Grant-673, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-646, 4-Robert Ballou-581, 5-Tanner Thorson-571, 6-C.J. Leary-571, 7-Chris Windom-562, 8-Jake Swanson-535, 9-Chase Stockon-425, 10-Paul Nienhiser-383.

 
OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-52, 2-Thomas Meseraull-47, 3-Tanner Thorson-43, 4-Brady Bacon-36, 5-Chris Windom-34, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-24, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-22, 10-C.J. Leary-21.

 
NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track - #LetsRaceTwo

 

 
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

 
GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Isaac Chapple

 
Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

 
Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

 
Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

 
Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

 
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Isaac Chapple

 
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Dallas Hewitt (21 st to 15 th)

 
Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jake Swanson

 
Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Paul Dues
BALLOU IS BACK,
WINS ELDORA’S #LETSRACE TWO BY A CAR LENGTH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Rossburg, Ohio (May 8, 2021)………One-thousand, fifty-six days. That’s how long it had been since Robert Ballou last experienced the thrill of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory entering Saturday’s #LetsRaceTwo night cap at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

 
Thirty laps. That’s how long it took the Rocklin, Calif. native to return to the USAC win column for the first time since June 17, 2018 at Pennsylvania’s BAPS Motor Speedway.

 
To be more succinct, Eldora’s second #LetsRaceTwo A-Main of the day came down to the final five laps with Ballou fending off a furious charge courtesy of the seemingly unstoppable Tyler Courtney, who won the matinee earlier in the day, and had won every series race at the track dating back to 2018, a span of five races.

 
With a USAC record sixth-straight at The Big E in sight and the lap count dwindling, Courtney tracked down Ballou in short order, throwing everything in his arsenal to get by Ballou. At the line, the two past USAC National Sprint Car driving champions were separated by a single car length with Ballou prevailing over Courtney in what was the closest finish of the series’ season – 0.085 sec. – a win worth $10,000 for Ballou.

 
In reality, Ballou’s road back to the top is immeasurable. Shortly after the BAPS win, Ballou suffered a compound fracture of his right arm in a sprint car crash at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. Sidelined for a substantial stretch of time in which he endured both the pain and the rehab, the climb back has been leading to this crescendo at a venue in which he’s earned six of his 30 career wins with the series.

 
“It’s been a few years,” Ballou noted.  “I broke my arm after my last win, and it’s been a humbling experience.  You’re either on top or you’re on the bottom.  There’s nobody that has more dedication in this sport than my team and my guys and everyone that’s behind me.  We have a never-give-up attitude and we never back down.”

 
However, to get back on top, there are countless hurdles to overcome, and Ballou encountered one more just prior to the feature following a dominant heat race win earlier in the night, one that attempted to derail them and decide their fate prematurely.

 
“After that heat race, apparently, we blew up that brand new engine,” Ballou stated.  “So, we thrashed until the (USAC officials) blew the (eight-minute horn).  We got the motor changed, and with everybody here back at the trailer, it was a full-out team effort, and it was down to the wire.  We got the thing started and still had a bunch of changes to make to try and keep up with this race track.”

 
Ballou’s entire crew and family on hand became involved in the process of the engine swap and had the Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy ready to roll off from the pole position while Courtney pushed off from the seventh position.

 
The afternoon feature saw Ballou finishing second to a dominant Courtney. The tables were turned in the night session with Ballou blasting away to his own early race superiority while Courtney took on the role of chaser.

 
By midway, Ballou was already making his way through lapped traffic, high, low and anywhere in between to build as much of a cushion as he could. Meanwhile, Courtney had carved his way to second by Chris Windom on the 15 th lap, but still found himself a full straightaway behind and combing through the same traffic that Ballou, himself, had recently cleared.

 
By lap 23, Ballou’s full straightaway lead over Courtney had been sheared to a half-straight. Two laps later, the lead was a mere two car lengths, setting up a frenzied run to the finish. With both running the fence, the classic, patented Eldora slide job was at the forefront of Courtney’s repertoire as he tried to deliver the knell to Ballou twice between turns one and two with four laps remaining, then again with three to go. Yet, Ballou kept his foot on the throttle and escaped Courtney’s jabs utilizing the momentum up top.

 
On the 28 th lap, the two encountered the lapped car of Isaac Chapple running the middle line entering turn three. Ballou dove low underneath Chapple while Courtney stayed up top. Ballou attempted to slide past Chapple and reclaim the high line up to the wall. Ballou first cleared Chapple by inches, then he and Courtney banged wheels, with Ballou’s right rear meeting face-to-face with Courtney’s left front. Courtney ricocheted off the wall, straightened it out, ducked low, then followed Ballou nose-to-tail into one.

 
Courtney shadowed Ballou all the way around the half-mile high banked dirt oval as the pair made their way to the white flag. Seemingly awaiting Courtney’s final slider attempt in turn one, instead, Courtney bounced his right rear off the fourth corner concrete coming to the white, stifling his plans, and putting him back into line on the high side just behind in his endless pursuit of Ballou.

 
On the final lap, Courtney remained behind Ballou by two car lengths, opting to tail Ballou to the top in turn three, then cut under off four. Ballou was smooth, steady and steadfast, and powered off the fourth corner to defeat Courtney by a car length to notch the win with Courtney second, Chris Windom third, series point leader Brady Bacon fourth and Paul Nienhiser scoring a best career USAC finish to round out the top-five.

 
Just hours after Courtney reached USAC Sprint Car victory number 30, Ballou reached the same number for 14 th on the all-time list. Similarly, earlier in the day, Courtney became the first three-time #LetsRaceTwo feature winner, which Ballou matched later in the night. Both also swapped finishing position with Ballou the runner-up to Courtney in the afternoon and vice versa at night.

 
Ballou knew he still had what it takes to be at the level of winning consistently and being the thick of the championship race, but he also knew he needed the equipment to match. Safe to say, he’s found his match.

 
“Everyone’s questioning my ability to do this, but I just said, ‘if we can get a car that I can get comfortable with, we’ll be on top,’” Ballou said. “We switched to a Triple X chassis and got a couple new Don Ott engines and we’re just trying to plug away.”

 
Courtney was aiming to make USAC history on this night aboard his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo – ZMax/Spike/Chevy. A 6 th consecutive USAC National Sprint Car win at Eldora would’ve made him the first driver ever to win that many in a row at a single track in series’ history. His five-straight USAC Sprint winning streak at one track gives him the shared distinction with Jim Hurtubise (1960-62 at Terre Haute) and Steve Chassey (1979 at Winchester).

 
Furthermore, Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) came a car length short of becoming the 21 st driver to win multiple USAC National Sprint Car feature races on a single calendar day, and the first since to do so since Bud Kaeding at Terre Haute in 2001. Only twice had a driver won two USAC Sprint Car races in one day at Eldora: Pancho Carter in 1976 and Billy Cassella in 1979.

 
Besides Ballou and Courtney, Windom (Canton, Ill.) was the lone other driver to record two top-five finishes on Saturday. Windom earned a 5 th in the afternoon and a 3 rd at night in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

 
Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) moved ahead of Pancho Carter by earning his 31st career Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Saturday night. That moved Thomas into a tie with Sheldon Kinser for 9th on the all-time series list in that category.

 
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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – #LetsRaceTwo

 
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.441; 2. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.486; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.494; 4. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.516; 5. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.547; 6. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.574; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.596; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.601; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.615; 10. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.633; 11. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-15.635; 12. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.636; 13. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-15.772; 14. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-15.867; 15. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-15.867; 16. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-15.914; 17. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.000; 18. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.056; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-16.151; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.185; 21. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-16.186; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.375; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-16.473; 24. Chris Phillips, 6, Phillips-16.637; 25. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.698; 26. Jack James, 99, James-16.728; 27. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-16.853; 28. Tyler Kendall, 20, Kendall-16.883.

 
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Max Adams, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Dallas Hewitt, 10. Tyler Kendall. 2:12.797

 
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Korbyn Hayslett, 6. Jack James, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Evan Mosley, 9. Chase Stockon. NT

 
INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Paul Nienhiser, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Chris Phillips, 9. Paul Dues. 2:18.958

 
ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Matt Goodnight, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Max Adams, 5. Paul Dues, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Chris Phillips, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Evan Mosley, 10. Tyler Kendall, 11. Jack James, 12. Logan Seavey. 3:39.912

 
FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (7), 3. Chris Windom (3), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. Paul Nienhiser (8), 6. Justin Grant (2), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Jake Swanson (11), 9. Isaac Chapple (16), 10. Steven Drevicki (17), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 12. Max Adams (14), 13. Paul Dues (22), 14. Matt Westfall (10), 15. Dallas Hewitt (21), 16. Stevie Sussex (12), 17. Matt Goodnight (18), 18. Chris Phillips (20), 19. Carmen Perigo (15), 20. Korbyn Hayslett (19), 21. Jadon Rogers (13), 22. Tanner Thorson (4). 9:30.305

 
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-763, 2-Justin Grant-734, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-697, 4-Robert Ballou-659, 5-Chris Windom-635, 6-C.J. Leary-628, 7-Tanner Thorson-602, 8-Jake Swanson-591, 9-Paul Nienhiser-449, 10-Chase Stockon-440.

 
OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-52, 2-Thomas Meseraull-47, 3-Tanner Thorson-43, 4-Brady Bacon-37, 5-Chris Windom-34, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-24, 9-C.J. Leary-23, 10-Bryant Wiedeman-22.

 
NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 21-22, 2021 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas – 4/10-Mile Dirt Track

 

 
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

 
GSP Driving Performance of the Night: C.J. Leary

 
Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

 
Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

 
Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

 
Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Paul Nienhiser

 
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

 
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Paul Dues (22 nd to 13 th)

 
Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Paul Dues

 
Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brandon Mattox

 
Top Gun Fastest Heat Race Winner: Robert Ballou

 

ELDORA’S #LETSRACETWO POSTPONED;
DOUBLE USAC FEATURES TO RUN SATURDAY
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Rossburg, Ohio (May 7, 2021)………Extensive rainfall during Friday night’s #LetsRaceTwo program at Eldora Speedway resulted in the track surface on the half-mile dirt oval being unable to be worked into a safe racing condition, necessitating postponement of the conclusion of the event to Saturday, May 8, which will feature double A-Mains for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

 
On Saturday, pits open at noon ET, with spectator gates opening at 1pm and hot laps at 2:30pm, followed by heat races, prelims and the 30-lap feature from night one. After a track rework, the night two program will begin approximately an hour following the first feature, then proceed with an entirely new, complete program consisting of hot laps, qualifying, heat races, semi-feature and the second 30-lap feature of the evening.

 
Cold temperatures in the low 40s dramatically slowed the drying process on Friday night/Saturday morning, which made the bottom half of the racetrack unusable as the event entered the hours of 1 and 2am ET despite extensive effort by the Eldora Speedway track crew.

 
Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars was completed on Friday night with Brady Bacon earning his 39 th career fast qualifying time with the series, tying him with Levi Jones for fourth all-time in series history. Qualifying results will seed the lineups for the heat races beginning at 2:30pm ET on Saturday.

 
All wristbands from Friday night’s event are valid for Saturday’s resumption of the night one program. At the conclusion of the first feature, the pits and grandstands will be swept and new tickets and new pit passes will be needed for re-entry.

 
On Saturday, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 
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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 7, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – #LetsRaceTwo

 
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.006; 2. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-15.029; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.240; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.330; 5. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-15.420; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.481; 7. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.497; 8. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.544; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.650; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.660; 11. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.667; 12. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-15.711; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.761; 14. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.766; 15. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-15.947; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.955; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.004; 18. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-16.072; 19. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-16.158; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.167; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.197; 22. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.365; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-16.380; 24. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-16.475; 25. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.511; 26. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-16.609; 27. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-16.955; 28. Jack James, 99, James-17.034.

 
REMAINDER OF EVENT POSTPONED TO SATURDAY

 
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-631, 2-Justin Grant-605, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-586, 4-Tanner Thorson-543, 5-C.J. Leary-522, 6-Robert Ballou-506, 7-Chris Windom-499, 8-Jake Swanson-491, 9-Chase Stockon-370, 10-Paul Nienhiser-341.

 
NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track - #LetsRaceTwo

GRANT HITS 120 MPH AVG. TO TOP WINCHESTER USAC SILVER CROWN PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 

Winchester, Indiana (May 2, 2021)………Justin Grant blistered Winchester (Ind.) Speedway with a 120 mph lap average, setting the quickest time in Sunday afternoon’s open practice for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship in preparation for the debut of the big cars on the half-mile paved oval next Sunday afternoon, May 9.


 

Grant (Ione, Calif.) was one of 12 cars that took an official time during Sunday’s practice. A field of 22 cars and drivers are expected to compete in the Rich Vogler Classic the following week, and Grant, the defending series champion has already turned heads with his time of 14.997 seconds, translating to an average speed of 120.024 mph.


 

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) was second overall in practice at 15.257 with David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.) third at 15.493, Kyle O’Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.) fourth at 15.607 and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) rounding out the top-five at 15.629.  O’Gara turned the most laps during the afternoon session with 95.


 

Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ind.) and Hank Lower (Angola, Ind.) also took practice runs as well on Sunday.


 

Shane Cottle did not participate in practice but will be the pilot of the Curtis Williams-owned No. 81 for race day after Lower, the four-time Sprints on Dirt champ and former track record holder at Winchester, was in the seat for practice.


 

Those dozen, plus five-time series champion Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), series race winners Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) and Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), plus 2020 Rookie of the Year Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), along with Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Rookie Jake Day (Abilene, Texas), Toni Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.) and Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.) are among those ready to compete in next Sunday’s race.


 

On race day, the pits open at 9am ET with the drivers meeting set for 10am, practice at 11am, Fatheadz Qualifying at 1pm, a driver’s autograph session at 2pm, opening ceremonies at 3pm and the 100-lap main event at 3:30pm.


 

Reserved seats are $30 apiece, while general admission tickets are $20, and just $10 for children aged 6 to 12.


 

The race will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.


 

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: May 2, 2021 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Indiana – Fatheadz Eyewear Rich Vogler Classic Presented by The Pallet Builder – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval


 

PRACTICE: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-14.997; 2. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-15.257; 3. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-15.493; 4. Kyle O’Gara, 1, SFHR-15.607; 5. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-15.629; 6. Brian Gerster, 94, Myers-15.691; 7. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-15.732; 8. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-15.903; 9. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-16.119; 10. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-16.338; 11. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-16.604; 12. Hank Lower, 81, Williams-18.477.

WINDOM CHIMES IN FOR FIRST WIN OF
THE USAC MIDGET SEASON AT KOKOMO GP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 
Kokomo, Indiana (May 1, 2021)………Through his first five USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts in 2021, Chris Windom had finished 2 nd once, 3 rd twice and 4 th on one other occasion.

 
Standing in front of the gates of victory, but unable to pick the lock, as fate would have it, the reigning series champ just needed to head back to the site of his most recent victory 14 races prior, to where he’s a past track champ and a frequent winner of sprint car and midget races for the past decade-and-a-half – home sweet home, AKA Kokomo Speedway.

 
One such feather that the Canton, Ill. native had, thus far, been unable to put in his cap, prior to Saturday night, was a triumph in the Kokomo Grand Prix where he held prior bests of 3 rd in 2019 and 4 th in 2014.

 
Nevermore, said the reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, as he overtook Daison Pursley for the lead for good on the fifth lap, changed his plan of attack mid-stream when the likes of Tanner Thorson began to bear down on him, then kept a hard-charging Buddy Kofoid at bay down the stretch, to tally a mark in the win column for the first time in this calendar year in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

 
Windom’s 7 th career series win moved him into 92 nd on the all-time win list alongside Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton and Johnnie Tolan.

 
“(Car owner) Chad Boat had this thing so good to run the bottom,” Windom said.  “I could run the top too when I needed to; it was a lot of fun.  It’s been a frustrating year, but we’ve been wanting to win a race, and we finally got one the third weekend in.”

 
For the second consecutive night at Kokomo, Windom started his race from the pole position. However, he was keen on not allowing the opening laps play out in a similar fashion to the night before as it did with first-time series winner Emerson Axsom. This time, Windom outpaced outside front row starter Chase Randall into turn one, nestling his right rear tire on the sweet spot of the curb as he led the pace on the opening lap.

 
Soon after, third-starting Pursley emerged, occupying the bottom while Windom hung topside. The classic high/low duel quickly became an exchange of barbs on lap five when Pursley slid Windom into turn three, forcing Windom to crossover and divert low at the exit of turn four and sling back to the top past Pursley by the time the pair hit turn two.

 
Windom made his first commitment around the infield tires on lap seven as he panned downward in turn one. However, Pursley went even lower, and took the shorter route ahead of Windom, albeit very briefly.

 
By the time the duo made their way into turn three, Windom, standing three car lengths in arrears by the middle of the back straightaway, made a beeline straight from the bottom of turn three to the top of turn four, sliding just in front of Pursley, forcing Pursley to hiccup ever so slightly on the cushion, getting sideways, and lifting the front wheels off the surface, allowing Windom to slip away.

 
The moment was short-lived, however, when the yellow flag flew shortly thereafter for a flat left rear tire on 13 th place running Ethan Mitchell. After replacing the tire in the work area during the caution period, Mitchell returned to finish 16 th.

 
A gnarly curb saw several drivers bucking their way through turns one and two on the top side, yet Windom remained smooth as silk.  Just when it appeared as if the top was the surefire bet for Windom, he hedged his bet when a charge on the bottom led by Tanner Thorson began to make the case for a different path to victory. With the pearly white nose of Thorson’s No. 19T rapidly closing and fully visible in the corner of Windom’s left eye, Windom said “sayonara” to the top and began a re-dedication to the bottom.

 
The move paid immediate dividends, upping Windom’s advantage from mere tenths to over a second with half of the 30 laps scored and half more remaining.

 
“I wanted to make the top work there early and make it interesting, but I saw those guys coming on the bottom and I had to jump down there and take the line away,” Windom explained.  “This car is so good, that even though it’s so slow around the bottom, it’s just so much faster to do it. It was Just a technical track, and with how big that curb was, a midget doesn’t really run on it super well. You have to hit it perfect to be fast up there and it’s hard to hit it perfect for 30 laps.  So, I got down in a safe spot.”

 
Pursley’s impressive run came to a shrieking halt on the 17 th lap when the 4 th place driver was bit by the cushion between turns one and two, which forced him onto the bike, two-wheeling his car before the right side wheels snagged and sent him barrel-rolling twice, then flipping him over once more nose-to-tail before coming to a rest, ending a relatively tough evening for the Oklahoman who also found himself upside-down in true Tommy Tipover style in practically the same spot in the third heat race.

 
On the lap 17 restart, Windom and Thorson stayed low while third-running Kevin Thomas Jr. and fourth-running Buddy Kofoid were the only takers of the high line who were running inside the top-ten at the moment. Thomas briefly strayed but found his way back to the bottom soon after while Kofoid was unwavering in his loyalty to the top and went about passing by means of going where everybody else simply wasn’t.

 
Kofoid rode the fence in turns one and two and implanted four in the fluff entering turn three to jet from 4 th to 2 nd in one big move on lap 21 around the outside of both Thomas and Thorson, the very same lap in which Kofoid turned the fastest single lap of the race.

 
Now the race was on between Kofoid, the current series point leader, and his pursuit of the defending champion, Windom. Kofoid carved down the margin to a single second with five laps remaining, but Windom was on rails and, with Kofoid’s subsequent bobble on the turn four cushion, that sealed the deal for Windom to secure the victory by a 1.736 second margin over Kofoid, Thomas, Thorson and Friday night winner Emerson Axsom, who also earned his first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time with the series earlier in the night.

 
Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) finished as the runner-up in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota for his fourth top-three feature finish in six starts with the series this season.

 
Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) was the biggest mover in the event aboard his Petry Motorsports/Gray Auto – FK Rod Ends – Greber Racing Components/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, wheeling it from his 13 th starting position to a 3 rd place finish, which was his best result with the series this year.

 
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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 1, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Grand Prix – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

 
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.371; 2. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.382; 3. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.391; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.405; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.417; 6. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.424; 7. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.434; 8. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.479; 9. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.494; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.497; 11. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.503; 12. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.520; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.529; 14. Jason McDougal, 4A, RAMS-13.540; 15. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.568; 16. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.582; 17. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.67; 18. Clinton Boyles, 14s, RAMS-13.726; 19. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffith-13.782; 20. Brandon Waelti, 3w, Martin-14.181.

 
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Bryan Stanfill, 7. Thomas Meseraull. NT

 
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Brandon Waelti. 2:20.144

 
INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Clinton Boyles. NT

 
FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Buddy Kofoid (8), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 4. Tanner Thorson (7), 5. Emerson Axsom (6), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. Logan Seavey (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (11), 9. Brenham Crouch (16), 10. Kyle Cummins (4), 11. Cannon McIntosh (12), 12. Chase Randall (2), 13. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 14. Clinton Boyles (18), 15. Jason McDougal (15), 16. Ethan Mitchell (10), 17. Hayden Reinbold (17), 18. Brandon Waelti (20), 19. Daison Pursley (3), 20. Bryan Stanfill (19). NT

 
**Daison Pursley flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chris Windom, Laps 3-4 Daison Pursley, Laps 5-30 Chris Windom.

 
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-436, 2-Chris Windom-416, 3-Justin Grant-410, 4-Tanner Thorson-409, 5-Thomas Meseraull-392, 6-Emerson Axsom-378, 7-Daison Pursley-315, 8-Cannon McIntosh-312, 9-Jason McDougal-304, 10-Logan Seavey-296.

 
OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-50, 2-Thomas Meseraull-47, 3-Tanner Thorson-43, 4-Brady Bacon-36, 5-Chris Windom-30, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-23, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-22, 10-C.J. Leary-21.

 
NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 14-15, 2021 – Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Sweet Springs, Missouri – John Hinck Championship – 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

 

 
Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Emerson Axsom

 
Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

 
Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

 
Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

 
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (13 th to 3 rd)

 
Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Bryant Wiedeman
 
AXSOM GRINDS OUT FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN AT KOKOMO GP OPENER

 

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 
Kokomo, Indiana (April 30, 2021)………Kokomo Speedway has been a special place and the Kokomo Grand Prix has been a special race for Petry Motorsports in recent times.

 
In the last Kokomo Grand Prix held prior to Friday, in 2019, the team’s namesake, Scott Petry, captured his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory as a car owner.

 
Less than two years later, in Friday night’s Kokomo Grand Prix opener, Petry was a firsthand witness to one of his pilots, Emerson Axsom, experiencing his very own first career triumph with the series in the seat of one of his cars.

 
The 16-year-old Axsom, from Franklin, Ind., was dominant from start to finish, leading all 30 laps around the quarter-mile dirt oval in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Keizer Aluminum Wheels – Mobil 1/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, a win which came in just his 23 rd career USAC start.

 
However, it was the 11 th career start, back in September of 2020, which stuck in Axsom’s craw.

 
Despite growing up less than an hour and a half from the pit gate at Kokomo Speedway, Axsom never once turned a wheel at Kokomo Speedway prior to that race last Fall where he charged up to 4 th midway through the feature before falling off the pace and out of the race when his kill switch broke.

 
While that particular race was one he’d rather forget, Friday will forever be engrained in the category of which he’ll always remember.

 
“I’ve always wanted to do what I’m doing right now; it’s a blast,” Axsom exclaimed.  “I couldn’t be happier with the team I’m on and the way we’re doing it.  And to do this with my dad by my side, there’s nothing better. I just can’t thank Scott (Petry) enough for this opportunity to run such a great racecar. After this, I’m even more pumped for the rest of the season.”

 
Young Emerson grew up racing with his father and mentor, Joe, a successful shoe in stock car racing on paved high banked racetracks such as Salem Speedway in Southern Indiana, and also an eight-time starter with the USAC Silver Crown series.  Yet Emerson couldn’t resist the pull of open wheel dirt racing, attending Midget races at places like Kokomo and Eldora by the time he was 10 years old.

 
Axsom, himself, cut his racing teeth in quarter midgets and the amount of success was immense, winning the 2016 USAC .25 Midget Light 160 Paved and USAC .25 Midget Formula Mod Paved championships before, ultimately, making the transition to micro sprints where he scored a hefty payout in The Big Dance at U.S. 24 Speedway in Logansport, Ind. and garnered a memorable winged outlaw main event at the Tulsa Shootout.

 
Just six days prior to Friday’s Kokomo Grand Prix opener, Axsom notched his first career POWRi Midget win at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

 
And, as it turned out, just as it always has before, even more success was never too far away, such as it was on Friday night.

 
Axsom started from the outside of the front row alongside pole sitter Chris Windom, the defending USAC National Midget titlist, 2018 Kokomo Sprint Car track champ and winner of the most USAC National Midget race at Kokomo in September 2020.

 
No evidence of sweaty palms or any sort of intimidation was evident in Axsom who crossed over from the outside to the inside, swiping past Windom to grab the early lead into turn one. When Windom slid back by in turn three, Axsom responded in kind by driving back under Windom at the exit of turn four to recapture the lead.

 
However, fourth-starting Daison Pursley doubled-up by sliding past both Windom and Axsom in one fell swoop in turn one on the second lap. Pursley’s maneuver proved short-lived, however, as Axsom raced back by Pursley at the bottom of turn three and quickly built up a 1.5 second advantage.

 
“I knew that if I got out front and could run my own race, we’d be good,” Axsom explained. “To pass Chris, he’s raced here a ton and he’s really good here, and I figured he’d slide me into one, so I was ready for that. Once I was able to cross him over, I just hit my marks and it worked out well from there.”

 
On the fifth lap, early mover and shaker Brenham Crouch, who had ridden the high line from 6 th to 4 th, brought out the lone red flag of the night. Crouch biked on the cushion at the entry to turn one, landed on all fours and appeared to have it saved. Nonetheless, the car continued to drift up the racetrack, smacking the right side wheels against the outside wall between turns one and two, causing him to barrel roll twice. Crouch walked away uninjured but was finished for the evening.

 
On the ensuing restart, several front running contenders had their shots at winning eliminated. Third running Pursley surrendered with a flat left rear tire in an incident that resulted in Buddy Kofoid (5th) spinning in turn two and collecting Kyle Cummins (6th).  Pursley and Cummins spent time in the work area for repairs during the yellow period. All three restarted from the tail with Kofoid racing back to 5 th, Pursley to 6 th and Cummins to 12 th at the checkered.

 
Axsom withstood a Windom slider attempt on the second lap five restart, and instantly opened up another sizable lead of nearly two seconds, with new second place runner Cannon McIntosh whittling away at Axsom’s lead. McIntosh chopped the Axsom gap to a mere second with five laps remaining, but was unable to get any closer than that, as the two frontrunners broke free from traffic and entered the clear.

 
Securing the victory when all was said and done was Axsom, who became the first “first-time” USAC National Midget feature winner since Thomas Meseraull in October of 2020. Axsom was followed to the line by McIntosh, Windom, Justin Grant and Kofoid.

 
McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) earned, by far, his best finish of the year, taking 2 nd in his Dave Mac Motorsports/DriveWFX.com – SBS Shocks – D.A. McIntosh/Spike/Speedway Toyota. His previous best finish with the series in 2021 had been 8 th at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. after starting the year with three finishes outside the top-ten.

 
Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished inside the top-four for the fourth time in five starts with the series this season, scoring a 3 rd place result in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

 
Logan Seavey's Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time was the eighth of his USAC National Midget career, tying him for 72nd all-time alongside Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sam Sessions, George Snider and Jack Turner.

 
Meanwhile, Kevin Thomas Jr.’s 9 th place finish on Friday came in his 100 th career USAC National Midget feature start.

 
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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 30, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Grand Prix – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

 
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING RESULTS: 1. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.022; 2. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.110; 3. Jason McDougal, 4A, RAMS-13.165; 4. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.179; 5. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.190; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.243; 7. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.275; 8. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.282; 9. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.297; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.298; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.332; 12. Clinton Boyles, 14s, RAMS-13.339; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.345; 14. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.377; 15. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.414; 16. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.423; 17. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.479; 18. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.556; 19. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffith-13.893; 20. Brandon Waelti, 3w, Martin-14.670.

 
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Bryan Stanfill. 2:18.613

 
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Brandon Waelti, 7. Hayden Reinbold. 2:21.385

 
INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Clinton Boyles, 6. Jason McDougal.

 
FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (3), 3. Chris Windom (1), 4. Justin Grant (9), 5. Buddy Kofoid (8), 6. Daison Pursley (4), 7. Tanner Thorson (17), 8. Ethan Mitchell (12), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 10. Thomas Meseraull (16), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (7), 12. Kyle Cummins (14), 13. Logan Seavey (10), 14. Clinton Boyles (15), 15. Hayden Reinbold (18), 16. Brandon Waelti (20), 17. Bryan Stanfill (19), 18. Chase Randall (5), 19. Brenham Crouch (6), 20. Jason McDougal (11). NT

 
**Brenham Crouch flipped on lap five of the feature.

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Emerson Axsom.

 
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-361, 2-Justin Grant-345, 3-Tanner Thorson-340, 4-Chris Windom-340, 5-Thomas Meseraull-338, 6-Emerson Axsom-309, 7-Daison Pursley-285, 8-Cannon McIntosh-266, 9-Jason McDougal-264, 10-Logan Seavey-236.

 
OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-50, 2-Thomas Meseraull-44, 3-Tanner Thorson-40, 4-Brady Bacon-36, 5-Chris Windom-30, 6-Justin Grant-29, 7-Buddy Kofoid-23, 8-C.J. Leary-21, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 10-Paul Nienhiser-18.

 
NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 1, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Grand Prix – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

 

 
Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

 
Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

 
Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

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

 
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (17 th to 7 th)

 
Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey
 
 
FORMAT REVEALED FOR HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS SEPT. 10-11-12

Ryan Sellers

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Brandon, South Dakota (May 10, 2021).........The format for all three nights of the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals has been revealed for the event at the Brandon, South Dakota 3/8-mile dirt oval on September 10-11-12, 2021, which features a purse in excess of $200,000.

 
The three-night spectacular begins with preliminary nights on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and USAC AMSOIL National 410 c.i. Sprint Car doubleheaders.

 
On “Championship Night,” Sunday, September 12, a full slate of racing awaits. All lineups will be based off the accumulation of points earned throughout the first two nights and two new champions will be crowned with each being rewarded a $20,000 payday for their efforts. Both A-mains on Championship Night will also reward starters with a minimum of $1,000 to start.

 
Nights one and two will showcase a unique format that begins with each driver drawing and placing themselves into a group to qualify, and then race, followed by heat race inversions, last chance qualifiers and large field inversions for both the Midget and Sprint Car divisions.

 
During the final night, Championship Night, there will be no qualifying held, as heat race lineups will be determined by points from nights one and two, placing extra competition into the heats in order to gain valuable points, then concludes with a 40-lap feature for the Sprint Cars and a 100-lap main event for the Midgets.

 
“Our format will be similar to the one we ran for the inaugural Hangtown 100 and has been used for years at the Trophy Cup,” event promoter Matt Wood stated. “I have always wanted to bring midgets to Huset’s. Joining forces with USAC and getting a chance to host the USAC Nationals with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and USAC AMSOIL National Non-Wing 410 Sprint Cars at such a premier facility is every promoters dream.”

 
Wood thanks track owner Tod Quiring and General Manager Doug Johnson for the opportunity to bring such an exciting event to one of the best and nicest facilities in America and, with everything added up, Wood chalks this event up as one of the majors on the USAC tour at a premier racetrack with a star-studded cast of drivers and teams all with their eyes fixed on capturing the biggest prize of the year, one that simply cannot be missed out on.

 
“There’s nothing about this event that isn’t perfect.” Wood exclaimed. “The checklist includes Huset’s Speedway, one of the country’s top dirt track facilities; the Huset’s Speedway fan base; one of the premier sanctioning bodies in racing today, USAC, with USAC Midgets and USAC Non-Wing 410 Sprint Cars all racing for over $200,000 in cash. This is a must-attend event!”

 
The event is the highest paying event of the 2021 USAC National season. Tickets for all three nights of the event are on sale now at www.USACnationals.com.

 
Only twice in USAC’s history have series events been held at 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.

 
Seeing an uncertain future in recent years, Huset’s Speedway was rescued and purchased by longtime sprint car owner and, more recently, track owner Tod Quiring, and is under the management of Doug Johnson, who also manages Quiring’s other track acquisition, the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota.

 
Wood, a long time sprint car and midget team owner, who recently joined forces with USAC and entered the promotion side of things with the inaugural running of the Hangtown 100 in Placerville, Calif. in 2019, is also the promoter of the USAC Nationals.

 
Additional details about the more than $200,000 total purse and contingency awards will be released in the future.

 

 
2021 HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS FORMAT:

 
(NIGHTS ONE & TWO)

 
Pill draw draft to determine order of heat race selection.

 
Heat race placement selection (driver picks which heat to participate in and the order to qualify.
Qualifying: All cars qualify – 6 groups determined by heat race. Cars will qualify in the order picked by drivers. 36 points will be given for fast time in each group, and minus three points per position thereafter.

 
Six 10 lap Heat Races: Top 8 cars inverted in heats by qualifying points/time. 36 points will be given for first place, and minus 3 points per position thereafter. Three cars - first place (regardless of point total), and the two highest in total points (total points include qualifying and heat points) in each heat - transfer to Night One & Two A-Main. All others to Night One & Two Last Chance Qualifiers.

 
Three 12 lap Last Chance Qualifiers: Total points from qualifying and heat race finishes will be used to line up LCQ’s. Lineups will be straight up based on points. The top 3 in total points will start on the pole in each respective LCQ. The next 3 in total points will start outside pole in each respective LCQ, and so on. The top 2 from each LCQ will transfer to the Night One & Two A-Main but will not earn LCQ points. 50 points awarded for 3rd place minus 2 points for each position thereafter.

 
A-Main: 30 Laps, 24 Cars - 1st place and 2 highest in points from heat races plus 2 transfers from each LCQ. LCQ cars will line up by points behind direct transfers out of heats. Top 12 in total points will line up inverted. The next 6 in total points transferring directly out of the heats will line up 13 – 18 straight up. LCQ transfers will line up behind heat race transfers straight up based on points. 100 points awarded to the A-Main first place and minus 2 per position thereafter.

 

 
(CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT)

 
No Qualifying. Lineups based on total points from night one and night two (CUMULATIVE).

 
Six 10 lap Heat Races: Top 8 cars inverted in heats by total points from night one. 36 points will be given for first place, and minus 3 points per position thereafter.

 
Total points will then be tallied to line up D, C, B, and A-Mains. Top 20 in points go to A-Main, positions 21-36 in points go to B-Main, positions 37-52 in points go to C-Main, and all others to D-Main.

 
D-Main: 10 Laps. Top 4 transfer to tail of C-Main. No points awarded.

 
C-Main: 15 Laps, 20 Cars. Top 4 transfer to tail of B-Main. No points awarded.

 
B-Main: 20 Laps, 20 Cars. Top 4 transfer to tail of A-Main. No points awarded.

 
A-Main: 100 Laps, 24 Cars. Top 12 inverted by points, followed by next 8 in points lined straight up, followed by B-Main transfers 1-4. 150 points awarded for first place and minus 3 points per position thereafter. Yellow laps counted for first 50 laps. 

 
**Ties in overall points will revert to qualifying times.

 
**Promoter reserves the right to add provisionals to the Championship Night A-Main.

 
**Possible mandatory fuel stop between laps 40-50 of Championship Night A-Main.

 

 

 

THE STORYLINES:
SWEET SPRINGS’ JOHN HINCK CHAMPIONSHIP
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Sweet Springs, Missouri (May 11, 2021)………There are many adjectives you can toss out to describe the type of racing USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets produce at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex entering this Friday and Saturday’s, May 14-15, John Hinck Championship.

 
However, just a look at the lap leader summary and the margin of victory for each year from 2018-2020 will provide you with nearly all the information you’ll need to gather your conclusion for the anticipated excitement of Friday’s $4,000-to-win and Saturday’s $6,000 winner’s share feature events.

 
Sweet Springs is wild. It’s unpredictable. It’s good to the last drop.

 
Those are the adjectives, but now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

 
In the series’ inaugural run at Sweet Springs in 2018, Logan Seavey made the winning pass on Cole Bodine with just four laps remaining. In 2019’s return, Tanner Carrick made it to the front with just three laps remaining in a topsy-turvy finish. On night one of 2020, Cannon McIntosh tracked down Chris Windom on the final lap to win the race by a nose, the closest finish of the entire 2020 USAC season at 0.056 seconds.

 
On night two at Sweet Springs in 2020, Buddy Kofoid endured a ferocious charge from McIntosh three-quarters of the race in, then had to hold off the then-reigning champ Tyler Courtney to score the win, which as it turned out, was the 6 th closest finish of the year 0.180 seconds.

 
In fact, Sweet Springs was the only track to have multiple races within the top-six closest USAC finishes of 2020.

 
Three past Sweet Springs USAC Midget winners are on board for this weekend’s events: the first, Logan Seavey and the two most recent, Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid.

 
All three of those drivers, along with Tanner Carrick in 2019, have one thing in common – they all drove and won at Sweet Springs for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, giving the venerable team an undefeated 4-0 record at the 1/6-mile dirt oval entering the weekend.

 
Current series point leader, Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), found redemption in his Sweet Springs debut in 2020. In the night one opener, Kofoid’s race was over just a half-lap in after he and Justin Grant went for mighty flip down the back straightaway, ending both driver’s evenings. Kofoid returned the following night to lead the final 12 laps en route to scoring his long-awaited first career series win.

 
Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) made headlines in 2020 with her first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time with the series at Sweet Springs for KKM/Curb-Agajanian. By doing so, she became just the fifth female to accomplish the feat in the 66-year history of the USAC National Midget division. Her best Sweet Springs result came with a 10 th in 2020.

 
Eying first career Sweet Springs USAC National Midget starts are leading series Rookie of the Year contenders Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) as well as Jonathan Shafer (Ashland, Ohio), all of whom make up half of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ six-car lineup for the weekend.

 
Shafer, aiming to make his first-ever USAC National Midget feature start, finished 3 rd with the USAC Midwest Regional Midgets at Circus City Speedway in Peru, Ind. during August of 2020.
Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, now driving Tom Malloy’s No. 25, was the fastest qualifier and feature winner in the inaugural Sweet Springs race back during his championship season.

 
Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) was the lone driver to lead both nights at Sweet Springs in 2020. He led just one, the final one, on night one, then led 14 and was in a position to win before being involved in a late incident while battling for the lead with Kofoid, ultimately dropping McIntosh back to 12 th at the checkered. He’ll pilot the family owned Dave Mac Motorsports No. 08 throughout the weekend.

 
Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will drive for Terry and Kelly Hinck’s TKH Motorsports team this weekend at Sweet Springs. Terry and Kelly are the sons of the race’s namesake, John Hinck. Bacon last competed in the event in 2019, also for Hinck. That same night, Bacon picked up the accompanying micro sprint feature at Sweet Springs for TKH. Bacon finished a best of 4 th in the midget at Sweet Springs in 2018.

 
Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) holds the 10-lap USAC National Midget track record at Sweet Springs with a 2:03.358, set on night one in 2020. His best feature results came in a 9 th place performance in 2018.

 
Reigning series champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters as the most recent feature winner on the tour, at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on May 1. Windom was the fastest qualifier at Sweet Springs in 2019 and has been on the “podium” in all three of his starts there, finishing 3 rd in 2019 and again on night two in 2020. His runner-up result on night one of 2020 came in bitter fashion after being passed on the outside by Cannon McIntosh on the final corner.

 
Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has finished inside the top-ten in both of his Sweet Springs starts, finishing 5 th and 9 th on back-to-back nights in 2020. Meseraull, an early season winner in Ocala, Fla., recently won a USAC Midwest Regional Midget feature last Friday at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway, on his birthday, in fact.

 
Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) did likewise at Sweet Springs. His two top-ten results at Sweet Springs in 2020 came in consecutive 6 th place finishes. Edging closer to his first career USAC National win, Pursley hopes to join Carrick and Kofoid as the third driver to earn his first career USAC National Midget win at Sweet Springs.

 
Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), a series winner at Port City in April, has made three starts at Sweet Springs. The 2016 USAC National Midget champ’s two most recent runs have been his two best, a 4 th on night one and a 10 th on night two in 2020.

 
Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) has made three Sweet Springs starts with a 17 th as his best on night two of 2020. His last two starts in April resulted in back-to-back top-tens, a career-best 3 rd at Port City and an 8 th in the opener at the Kokomo Grand Prix.

 
Clinton Boyles and Joe Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) are the only father-son duo who will compete in this weekend’s events. Clinton, a 2016 POWRi WAR Sprint Car champ and 2018 Gas City Sprint Car track champ, led the opening lap on night one at Sweet Springs in 2020, but a mechanical problem dropped him out early. His best Sweet Springs result came a night later with an 8 th.

 
Joe Boyles, meanwhile, is a three-time Southern Midget Racing Series champion in his own right, and finished 13 th during his sole Sweet Springs USAC start in 2019.

 
Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is back in the Robert Dalby Motorsports No. 4, this weekend. McDougal finished a best of 4 th in 2019 while Dalby finished 8 th behind the wheel on night one in 2020.

 
Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) returns to Sweet Springs after two previous starts, which resulted in a best finish of 6 th in 2019.

 
Missouri’s Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) won his heat race in 2019 and earned a best feature result of 12 th in 2018.

 
Kokomo Grand Prix’s 2020 opening night winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) made two starts at Sweet Springs in 2020, finishing 13 th and 15 th on night one and two, respectively.

 
Chad Winfrey (Gladstone, Mo.) returns to Sweet Springs after collecting an 18 th in 2019 while Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) made single start, on night two of 2020, taking 20 th.

 
Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports Rookies Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) are each planning on making their first Sweet Springs USAC feature starts as are Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.), twice a top-ten finisher with the series in April at Port City, as well as Trevor Howard (Overland Park, Kans.), Branigan Roark (Columbia, Mo.) and Kameron Key (Warrensburg, Mo.).

 
General admission tickets for both nights at Sweet Springs are $20 with children age 12 and under free. On Friday, USAC member pit passes are $25 with non-members $30. On Saturday, USAC member pit passes are $30 with non-members $35. Advance event tickets are on sale now at www.TracPass.com and will also be available at the gate on both race days.

 
The event will also feature the Non-Wing Outlaw Micro Sprints, paying $450 to win on Friday and $1,000 to win on Saturday.

 
On Friday, the pits will be swept at 3:30pm CDT with front gates opening at 5pm and hot laps at 7pm.

 
On Saturday, the pits will be swept at 3pm CDT with front gates opening at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm.

 
Both nights of the John Hinck Championship at Sweet Springs will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

 

 
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-436, 2-Chris Windom-416, 3-Justin Grant-410, 4-Tanner Thorson-409, 5-Thomas Meseraull-392, 6-Emerson Axsom-378, 7-Daison Pursley-315, 8-Cannon McIntosh-312, 9-Jason McDougal-304, 10-Logan Seavey-296.

 
TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT SWEET SPRINGS:

 
1 Lap - 9/4/2020 - Tyler Courtney - 11.863 - 50.577 mph

 
10 Laps - 9/4/2020 - Justin Grant - 2:03.358 - 48.639 mph

 

 
USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT SWEET SPRINGS MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX:

 
1-Tanner Carrick, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh & Logan Seavey

 

 
USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT SWEET SPRINGS MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX:

 
2018: Logan Seavey (7/15)

 
2019: Tanner Carrick (7/14)

 
2020: Cannon McIntosh (9/4) & Buddy Kofoid (9/5)

 

 
USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN MISSOURI:

 
3-Mike McGreevy, Henry Pens & Bob Wente

 
2-Danny Frye, Arnie Knepper, Steve Knepper, Bob Tattersall & Rich Vogler

 
1-Steve Cannon, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Jerry Coons Jr., Tommy Copp, Jimmy Davies, Jay Drake, Rex Easton, A.J. Foyt, Steve Gennetten, Buddy Kofoid, Jason Leffler, Jerry McClung, Cannon McIntosh, Andy Michner, J.R. Miller, Richard Powell, Stevie Reeves, Logan Seavey, Dave Strickland, Joe Walter & Terry Wente

 

 
PAST FEATURE RESULTS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT SWEET SPRINGS:

 
2018 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (7), 2. Cole Bodine (1), 3. Ryan Robinson (5), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Tyler Courtney (3), 6. Christopher Bell (14), 7. Spencer Bayston (21), 8. Tanner Carrick (2), 9. Justin Grant (12), 10. Chad Boat (11), 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 12. Sam Johnson (13), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 15. Brayton Lynch (24), 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 17. Holly Shelton (23), 18. Riley Kreisel (9), 19. Tyler Thomas (20), 20. Zane Hendricks (15), 21. Kyle Craker (18), 22. Jake Neuman (17), 23. Karter Sarff (16), 24. Jason McDougal (6). NT

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bodine, Laps 5-12 Carrick, Laps 13-36 Bodine, Laps 37-40 Seavey.

 

 
2019 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tanner Carrick (5), 2. Zeb Wise (9), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Chad Boat (15), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 7. Jerry Coons, Jr. (16), 8. Daniel Robinson (23), 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 10. Andrew Layser (2), 11. Cole Bodine (17), 12. Tyler Courtney (3), 13. Joe Boyles (20), 14. Chad Frewaldt (21), 15. Casey Hicks (22), 16. Logan Seavey (1), 17. Brady Bacon (12), 18. Chad Winfrey (18), 19. Clinton Boyles (14), 20. Ethan Mitchell (13), 21. Sam Johnson (10), 22. Curtis Spicer (19), 23. Tanner Thorson (6). NT

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Andrew Layser, Laps 3-37 Tyler Courtney, Laps 38-40 Tanner Carrick.

 

 
2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (13), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Tyler Courtney (10), 4. Tanner Thorson (11), 5. Thomas Meseraull (5), 6. Daison Pursley (12), 7. Andrew Felker (17), 8. Robert Dalby (8), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Kaylee Bryson (14), 11. Spencer Bayston (4), 12. Andrew Layser (21), 13. Emerson Axsom (1), 14. Ace McCarthy (20), 15. Trey Marcham (22), 16. Noah Gass (19), 17. Jesse Love (15), 18. Cole Bodine (18), 19. Ethan Mitchell (23), 20. Chase Johnson (16), 21. Clinton Boyles (2), 22. Buddy Kofoid (6), 23. Justin Grant (9). NT

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Clinton Boyles, Laps 2-16 Tanner Carrick, Laps 17-29 Chris Windom, Lap 30 Cannon McIntosh.

 

 
2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (7), 2. Tyler Courtney (2), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Tanner Carrick (11), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Daison Pursley (4), 7. Andrew Layser (19), 8. Clinton Boyles (3), 9. Thomas Meseraull (16), 10. Tanner Thorson (23), 11. Jesse Love (13), 12. Cannon McIntosh (5), 13. Trey Marcham (14), 14. Chase Johnson (9), 15. Emerson Axsom (15), 16. Kaylee Bryson (10), 17. Ethan Mitchell (24), 18. Noah Gass (18), 19. Justin Grant (1), 20. Trey Gropp (22), 21. Cole Bodine (17), 22. Ace McCarthy (21), 23. Andrew Felker (20), 24. Robert Dalby (12). NT

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Tyler Courtney, Laps 15-28 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 29-40 Buddy Kofoid.

 

THE ULTIMATE WEEKEND:
BORDER WARS AT ELDORA & WINCHESTER
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Throughout the latter half of the 1990s and into the decade of the 2000s, the USAC National Sprint Car schedule was filled to the gills with numerous trips to both Eldora Speedway and Winchester Speedway, making up about a third of the schedule between the two in several years.

 
Both blazingly fast half-mile, high-banked racetracks – one dirt and pavement – are where the bravest toiled, and where legends were made out of mere mortals in the pursuit of becoming the greatest of their generation.

 
The separation by those unfazed by the task at hand at these two storied venues and those who have a slight hesitance are more cavernous than the separation of just 30 miles between the two tracks which are divided right down the middle by the Ohio/Indiana state line.

 
However, for one weekend a year, Eldora and Winchester were paired together on the same weekend, an event succinctly christened as “Border Wars.” Race the sprint car at Eldora on Saturday night, grab a couple hours rest, rub the sleep out of the eyes when the sun rose and immediately get back to it on Sunday morning at Winchester.

 
What once seemed like a forlorn tale of yesteryear’s events gone by the wayside, will return this weekend, in a slightly different manner with a pair of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races at Eldora on Friday and Saturday night, May 7-8, followed by a Sunday morning, May 9, visit to Winchester for the USAC Silver Crown season opener.

 
The first official Border Wars weekend with the USAC National Sprint Cars came in 1995 with the most recent taking place in 2008. The path to a championship in those days was to be a consistent frontrunner on both dirt and pavement surfaces. Border Wars was a mini championship in itself, spread across a less than 24-hour period that was conducive to producing a foreshadow of the eventual USAC National series champion.

 
In fact, four of the nine Eldora/Winchester Border Wars weekend champions eventually did go on to capture that year’s USAC National Sprint Car driving title, including the first three: Tony Stewart (1995) and Brian Tyler (1996-1997). In fact, Tyler was the ultimate Border Wars king, winning its championship on four occasions during a five year span in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000.

 
Oddly enough, just like his 1996 season in which he became a USAC champion without a single victory during the 27-race campaign, Tyler came up empty handed without a Border Wars feature triumph. Tracy Hines tagged himself in Border Wars championship runs in 1999, 2002 and 2003. Cole Whitt owned the final one in 2008.

 
Only one driver has ever doubled-up with a dirt and pavement win at Eldora and Winchester during Border Wars – Tracy Hines, a Winchester winner in 2000 and an Eldora victor in 2008. Dave Steele (3 wins at Winchester) and Kevin Doty (2 at Eldora) also won multiple times, albeit at a single track.

 
Eldora Border Wars single time winners include while Frankie Kerr (1996), Kevin Huntley (1997), Derek Davidson (1999), Dave Darland (2000), J.J. Yeley (2002) and Boston Reid (2003). The list of Winchester one-timers during Border Wars consists of Kenny Irwin Jr. (1995), Chet Fillip (1997), Brad Armstrong (1998), Michael Lewis (2003) and Darren Hagen (2008).

 
Of note, half of the 1997 and 2002 Border Wars events were rained out with the other leg rescheduled for later in the year. Plus, there were a few years of Border Wars in which Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park was involved (2001) as well as Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway from 2004-2007 and in 2012.

 
However, the true heart and soul of Border Wars weekend began with Eldora and Winchester over a quarter-century ago. And, although there’s no point standings involved and includes different series, there are still a handful of drivers planning to double-dip in both, including Justin Grant, Logan Seavey and Matt Goodnight.

 
That brings a smile to my face and a warmth of nostalgia to my mind, back to when I was a kid traveling the two-lane state roads from track-to-track with my dad at the wheel.

 
Sleep be damned; rest can take a break. We were there to catch our favorite drivers in our favorite type of racecars tackle our dearest and most treasured racetracks during a short time span with such a short drive/ride between the two.

 
It was a home away from home for one glorious weekend each year all those moons ago and remains so today. Nothing could’ve been finer then and nothing could be finer now.

 
This Friday and Saturday at Eldora, ticket sales begin at the main gate and turn 4 at 1:30pm ET; the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm; the spectator gates open at 2pm; and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following. Tickets for the dream doubleheader, featuring USAC and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars together on consecutive nights, are on sale now at https://eldoraspeedway.com/tickets. All seats are reserved. If the capacity level isn’t met during pre-sales prior to the race, tickets will be available at the gate.

 
Sunday at Winchester, the pits open at 9am ET with the drivers meeting set for 10am, practice at 11am, Fatheadz Qualifying at 1pm, a driver’s autograph session at 2pm, opening ceremonies at 3pm and the 100-lap main event at 3:30pm. Reserved seats are $30 apiece, while general admission tickets are $20, and just $10 for children aged 6 to 12. Tickets are available in advance at www.winchesterspeedway.com/tickets.

 
All of this weekend’s races will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 
ELDORA/WINCHESTER BORDER WAR WINNERS & CHAMPIONS:

 
1995 Champion: Tony Stewart
4/1/1995: Eldora Speedway / Kevin Doty
4/2/1995: Winchester Speedway / Kenny Irwin Jr.

 
1996 Champion: Brian Tyler
8/7/1996: Eldora Speedway / Frankie Kerr
8/8/1996: Winchester Speedway / Dave Steele

 
1997 Champion: Brian Tyler
5/4/1997: Winchester Speedway / Chet Fillip
6/22/1997: Eldora Speedway / Kevin Huntley

 
1998 Champion: Brian Tyler
5/2/1998: Eldora Speedway / Kevin Doty
5/3/1998: Winchester Speedway / Brad Armstrong

 
1999 Champion: Tracy Hines
5/1/1999: Eldora Speedway / Derek Davidson
5/2/1999: Winchester Speedway / Dave Steele

 
2000 Champion: Brian Tyler
4/29/2000: Eldora Speedway / Dave Darland
4/30/2000: Winchester Speedway / Tracy Hines

 
2002 Champion: Tracy Hines
4/28/2002: Winchester Speedway / Dave Steele
5/26/2002: Eldora Speedway / J.J. Yeley

 
2003 Champion: Tracy Hines
5/3/2003: Eldora Speedway / Boston Reid
5/4/2003: Winchester Speedway / Michael Lewis

 
2008 Champion: Cole Whitt
6/12/2008: Winchester Speedway / Darren Hagen
6/14/2008: Eldora Speedway / Tracy Hines
TOP USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE
GOSSEL ENTERS SOPHOMORE SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Winchester, Indiana (May 5, 2021)………Bryan Gossel jumped into the USAC Silver Crown cars with both feet in 2020. Donning zero previous Silver Crown experience and just as few laps without a wing atop his car after chasing ASCS and Winged Sprint Cars on dirt and pavement throughout the majority of his career.

 
At the end of the first Silver Crown season, Gossel stood ahead of all other first year drivers in the point standings and was the lone Rookie to start all five events.

 
Right from the get-go, in the season opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, Gossel’s intention in the early stages of practice and qualifying was to take care of the equipment and be there at the end. Despite qualifying 19 th in the 24 car field, Gossel remained true to his plan, preserving his tires, keeping his nose clean and avoiding the setbacks that were so prevalent for others throughout the 74-lap race during the night.

 
At the checkered flag, Gossel had advanced 15 positions to finish 4 th, creating a historical statistical significance as one of just 36 drivers to finish inside the top-five in his first career start. It’s something that had been done previously by the likes of USAC National champions A.J. Foyt, Rick Hood, Ken Schrader, Brady Bacon, Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen, Jimmy Caruthers and Jeff Gordon.

 
With the first practice session, the first qualifying run and the first full race completed, Gossel reflected on the process of knocking each element out of the way on his path to learning and getting increasingly comfortable in his new digs.

 
“It was all about getting those firsts out of the way and finding out what I could actually do with the car and how hard I could drive it without being stupid, as a blunt way of putting it,” Gossel explained. “Getting all those firsts out the way definitely sets us up to do better this year. Just learning how to run 100 laps too; I think the most I’d ever run before was 40, maybe 50. I hit the gym hard and prepared myself to be physically ready.”

 
Freshman year lessons were challenging at times with clutch troubles dogging the Fort Collins, Colo. driver in the ensuing pavement races at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

 
“All the extra work that goes into having a Silver Crown car – the starters, the clutches and stuff like that. Getting all that ready was the biggest hurdle,” Gossel noted. “Especially with the pavement car because I don’t think we finished one of the pavement races and had a mechanical failure every time out there. That definitely hurt our performance and just struggling to finish races isn’t fun.”

 
A turn four crash during the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the penultimate race of the year put Gossel’s shot at Rookie of the Year in the balance with just one final race looming at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile in mid-October. On a cold and blustery day, Gossel recalls it vividly for the challenge and the ultimate perseverance to reach their season’s goal.

 
“That was a lot of work just to get there,” Gossel recalled. “After crashing the car, we put it together. Then, we had a transmission issue from the crash the race before which it bent something internally in the transmission. That put us behind, then the brakes were not good in that car, which made it not so fun to drive or as competitive as I wanted it to be.”

 
Gossel managed the hand he was dealt, and much as he learned in Selinsgrove, he had found how hard to push, when to push, and, ultimately, finished the finale. After checking with USAC officials on the final point tally in the post-race, Gossel discovered his name to be five points ahead of Logan Seavey’s in the Rookie standings, clinching himself a place in the record books.

 
“That was the cherry on top,” Gossel exclaimed. “It was a dream come true to get Rookie of the Year and getting going with the series.  It was just so much fun and made it all worthwhile.”

 
Gossel, the cousin of past Huset’s Speedway (S.D.) and Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex sprint car champion Marlon Jones, took on the Silver Crown series as a way to step up in competition while also creating himself a more manageable schedule to balance between his on-track activities and his role as the president of BG Automotive. So far, so good, and he likes what he sees with his personal enthusiasm for the sport matched by those in the Silver Crown series.

 
“The amount of fans and press that were there was pretty cool to have, and that solidified why I came to the series,” Gossel explained. “Having 12 Silver Crown races to run instead of running 60 to 100 nights a year, and where I’m at in life, it’s just fun going out to have fun and run against a higher level of competition to make myself better.  I knew the level of competition was going to be tough no matter what, and to have some of the finishes I did made me feel pretty good.”

 
For many of his racing years, Gossel has been a combined owner, driver and crew chief. Prior to the 2020 season, the 44-year-old driver added the fountain of knowledge of Scot Hersh as his crew chief. Hersh, a Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee in his own right, helped guide a bevy of USAC National Midget winners in his time and found great success with driver Mike Gregg in Rocky Mountain Midget competition as well as with USAC.

 
As it turned out, Gossel’s Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honor positioned him as the first Colorado driver to win USAC National Rookie of the Year since Mike Gregg, who did so in the midget division in 1973.

 
Gossel constructed a new dirt car for the 2021 season, and basically rebuilt the pavement car in addition to swapping out transmissions with a little bit of fab work thrown in, completely going through his cars via a fine tooth comb with the crew around him, a group of people he’s prideful of having in his corner.

 
“I feel so blessed to be around these people and have help that I have,” Gossel beamed. “That has been so phenomenal.  I’ve been after Scot to help me for like 20 years, and to have his help and his connections, and to have (car builder and USAC Hall of Famer) Bob East allowing me to keep my stuff in his shop, to have all those connections, it’s like ‘holy cow,’ this is pretty cool.”

 
Gossel will compete on the full USAC Silver Crown National Championship tour again in 2021, beginning with this Sunday afternoon’s Rich Vogler Classic at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway.

 
On race day at Winchester, the pits open at 9am ET with the drivers meeting set for 10am, practice at 11am, Fatheadz Qualifying at 1pm, a driver’s autograph session at 2pm, opening ceremonies at 3pm and the 100-lap main event at 3:30pm.

 
Reserved seats are $30 apiece, while general admission tickets are $20, and just $10 for children aged 6 to 12. Tickets are available in advance at www.winchesterspeedway.com/tickets.

 
The race will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.
HEAVY RAIN FORECAST
PUSHES RICH VOGLER CLASSIC TO JULY 22
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Winchester, Indiana (May 6, 2021)………The hype for the return of USAC and the Rich Vogler Classic to the high banks of Winchester Speedway is intense. Due to heavy rain forecasted for Sunday, that return will have to wait. 

 
The Rich Vogler Classic, for the USAC Silver Crown Series, is now scheduled for Thursday, July 22. 

 
Due to not only the rain, but also frigid temperatures, Winchester Speedway, Elite Racing Promotions and USAC felt it was important to give families as much of an opportunity as possible to make other plans to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday.

 
The 100 lap mid-week race on July 22 will now be under the lights of the World’s Fastest Half Mile to give it a feel of the ol’ Thursday Night Thunder for USAC.

 
“I think it is great that we have a chance to harken back to a Golden Era of USAC racing by having a Thursday night event,” said Brady Bacon of Elite Racing Promotions. “Logistically, the date fits in nicely as the only USAC Silver Crown race in the month of July and leads into an exciting two week stretch of open wheel racing in Indiana.”

 
“We had so much momentum coming into the weekend, but for the benefit of the racers and the fans, some of whom were coming a long distance for the race, we didn’t want to wait any longer with a forecast that kept getting worse,” said Bob Dillner, Promoter of Winchester Speedway. “We are excited, however, for this race to be held the night before Indiana Sprint Week. It’ll give fans a unique chance to see Silver Crown cars at Winchester before watching a week’s worth of great USAC Sprint Car racing.”

 
Fans who purchased advance tickets online will still be able to use those tickets on Thursday, July 22. Fans wanting to purchase tickets for the Rich Vogler Classic at Winchester Speedway can do so by visiting winchesterspeedway.com/tickets. For more information, please email tiffany@winchesterspeedway.com.

 
The USAC Silver Crown season resumes on the dirt with the Sumar Classic on Thursday night, May 27, at the half-mile Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.

 
For more information regarding the event, please visit the track’s website at www.winchesterspeedway.com. You can follow @FastestHalfMile on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to like the Winchester Speedway Facebook page. For additional info on the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, go to www.usacracing.com.

THE BREAKDOWN: #LETSRACETWO AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Rossburg, Ohio (May 4, 2021)………No track has hosted more USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events than Eldora Speedway with 201.

 
No track will punch as much high-profile sprint car racing action into two nights than the famed half-mile dirt oval this coming weekend for a pair of consecutive evenings of USAC and NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8.

 
The two USAC events will pay $10,000-to-win each night, and four past #LetsRaceTwo winners will be vying for the big checks, including two-time winners Robert Ballou and Justin Grant, and one-time victors Brady Bacon and Chris Windom.

 
Both Ballou and Grant have shared #LetsRaceTwo wins in the same years of 2015 and 2017 with Ballou winning the opener in the inaugural edition, and Grant taking the second night. In 2017, the two Californians flip-flopped by winning the opposite nights.

 
Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) boasts a total of five USAC Sprint wins at Eldora dating back to 2007, tied for 9 th all-time with Dave Darland and Jac Haudenschild. The latter of the two victories in 2017 came in a heroic effort in his second race back from devastating injuries suffered in a racing crash the year before. Coupled with his pair of #LetsRaceTwo victories, the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ was a runner-up finisher in 2018 and holds a pair of 5 th place results in 2015 and 2018. Ballou also holds the 8-lap track record for USAC Sprint Cars at Eldora with a time of 2:05.51, set on 4/21/2012.

 
Grant (Ione, Calif.), likewise, is a USAC Sprint Car track record holder at Eldora, turning 30 laps in 8:26.25 to best the field during his first #LetsRaceTwo victory in 2015, which came on a last lap pass of C.J. Leary in traffic. Grant, a three-time USAC Sprint winner at Eldora, also captured a 4-Crown score in 2016 sandwiched between his two #LetsRaceTwo triumphs in 2015 and 2017. The reigning USAC Silver Crown champion took 4 th in both 2017 and 2018’s #LetsRaceTwo and was the fastest qualifier in the most recent event held in 2019.

 
Current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Brady Bacon won the #LetsRaceTwo opener in 2018. He’s won twice at Eldora in USAC Sprint Car competition, also taking a 4-Crown matinee in 2014, and a Silver Crown score in 2019. The three-time USAC Sprint champ from Broken Arrow, Okla. has finished inside the top-five in each of his past five #LetsRaceTwo starts, including 3 rd in 2017, a 4 th in 2018 as well as a pair of 3rds in both 2019 runs. In the event, he’s also finished as the runner-up in 2016 and 5 th in 2016 and was the fastest qualifier on both nights in 2017.

 
Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) possesses his own #LetsRaceTwo victory lane story at Eldora back in 2018. The USAC career Triple Crown champion’s Eldora USAC stats have been sublime with another Sprint victory in 2013 as well as a couple of Silver Crown wins in 2013 and 2016.  At #LetsRaceTwo, Windom’s stats display top-five finishes in each of his last five starts, notching a finish in each position across the board: 1 st in 2018, 2 nd in 2017, 3 rd in 2018, 4 th in 2019 and 5 th in 2019. Add onto that a fast qualifying time for Windom during the 2016 race.

 
C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has won both a USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown feature at Eldora, in 2017 and 2018, respectively, but, as of yet, hasn’t cracked victory lane at #LetsRaceTwo. He’s been oh-so-close over the years in the event, finishing 2 nd four times, including 2015, 2016 and on both nights in 2019. The 2019 series champ has been the fastest qualifier on three occasions, in 2018 and twice in 2019, and also owns a 3 rd place result in 2015 and a 4 th in 2016.

 
Matt Westfall’s success at Eldora runs the gamut from open wheel cars to fendered machines. The Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver won his lone USAC National Sprint Car feature at “The Big E” in 2006. He backed that up with a pair of Eldora track championships in a modified in 2014 and in a late model in 2015. His latest #LetsRaceTwo run resulted in his best finish in the event, a 6 th in 2019. He was also 8 th in 2018. The 1998 NAMARS Midget titlist is also the holder of USAC’s 6-lap Sprint Car track record at Eldora, a 1:37.56 set on 6/19/2004.

 
Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has only finished outside the top-ten once in 10 career #LetsRaceTwo starts, anchored by a personal-best 3 rd place result in 2018 and 4 th place runs in 2017 and 2019, plus a 6 th in 2017, a 7 th in both 2018 and 2019, a 9 th in 2015 and 2016, and a 10 th in 2015. Twice, Stockon was the fastest qualifier at #LetsRaceTwo, both occurring on back-to-back nights in 2015.

 
Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is another driver highly eager to experience that breakthrough moment to win his first USAC race at Eldora, finishing 2 nd in the Silver Crown car in both 2018 and 2019. His 3 rd place result in 2017 is the best of his #LetsRaceTwo finishes. KTJ was also 5 th in 2018, 6 th in both 2018 and 2019, 8 th in 2019, and 10 th in 2015. He garnered fast time honors once at #LetsRaceTwo in 2018.

 
Past USAC National Sprint Car Rookies of the Year, Scotty Weir (2006) and Stevie Sussex (2017), will also make returns to #LetsRaceTwo. Weir (Marion, Ind.) finished a best of 9 th in 2017 and 10 th in 2016 while Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.) took 7 th in his only previous event start in 2017.

 
A pair of past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champions, Tanner Thorson and Logan Seavey, will make their first USAC National Sprint Car appearances on the famed half-mile this weekend.

 
Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the leading Rookie of the Year candidate with the series, has won two of his last three USAC Sprint Car starts, the first two of his career, during Keystone Invasion in Pennsylvania in April. The 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion took 2 nd in a midget at Eldora in 2016, and was 4 th in 2015, 5 th in 2017, 6 th in 2013 and 10 th in 2019, and also made his first career USAC Silver Crown start at the track in 2015.

 
Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will compete for Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian this weekend at Eldora. The instantly recognizable orange No. 5 has competed on the USAC trail won at #LetsRaceTwo in 2018 with Windom driving, and this year, has made four USAC Sprint Car starts with Dave Darland behind the wheel. Darland is on the mend after suffering a stroke on April 23. Seavey, however, does have Eldora experience in both a midget and in a NASCAR Truck. In the truck, he led a race-high 53 laps before finishing 8 th and, in the midget, he finished 3rd in both 2018 and 2019, leading three laps late in the latter of the two events.

 
Making USAC National Sprint Car debuts at Eldora this weekend are 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), 2019 MOWA Sprint Car titlist Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.). Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, is eying his first USAC Sprint Car feature start at Eldora. He’s returning to Eldora for the first time since enduring a hard crash during qualifying for the first ever #LetsRaceTwo event in 2015.

 
This Friday and Saturday at Eldora, ticket sales begin at the main gate and turn 4 at 1:30pm ET; the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm; the spectator gates open at 2pm; and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following.

 
Tickets for the dream doubleheader, featuring USAC and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars together on consecutive nights, are on sale now at https://eldoraspeedway.com/tickets. All seats are reserved. If the capacity level isn’t met during pre-sales prior to the race, tickets will be available at the gate.

 
The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing both nights at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-625, 2-Justin Grant-602, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-586, 4-Tanner Thorson-543, 5-C.J. Leary-522, 6-Robert Ballou-502, 7-Chris Windom-499, 8-Jake Swanson-491, 9-Chase Stockon-370, 10-Paul Nienhiser-341.

 
TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY:
1 Lap - 9/22/2006 - Jerry Coons Jr. - 14.712 - 122.349
4 Laps - 7/29/1962 - Don Davis - 1:22.39 - 87.389
6 Laps - 6/19/2004 - Matt Westfall - 1:37.56 - 110.701
8 Laps - 4/21/2012 - Robert Ballou - 2:05.51 - 114.732
10 Laps - 8/6/2005 - Bill Rose - 2:40.19 - 112.367
12 Laps - 4/1/2006 - Jay Drake - 3:10.23 - 113.547
15 Laps - 8/7/2004 - Josh Wise - 4:42.31 - 95.640
30 Laps - 5/9/2015 - Justin Grant - 8:26.25 - 106.667
40 Laps - 6/10/1972 - Sam Sessions - 12:27.59 - 96.309
50 Laps - 10/6/1974 - Pancho Carter - 16:57.72 - 88.433

 
ALL-TIME #LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT WINS:
2-Robert Ballou, Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant
1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson & Chris Windom

 
ALL-TIME #LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT WINNERS:
2015: Robert Ballou (5/8) & Justin Grant (5/9)
2016: Bryan Clauson (5/6) & Chad Boespflug (5/7)
2017: Justin Grant (5/12) & Robert Ballou (5/13)
2018: Brady Bacon (5/11) & Chris Windom (5/12)
2019: Tyler Courtney (5/10) & Tyler Courtney (7/17)

 
ALL-TIME ELDORA USAC SPRINT CAR WINS

 
1. (13) Jack Hewitt

 
2. (9) Larry Dickson & Tracy Hines

 
4. (7) Pancho Carter & Rich Vogler

 
6. (6) Bubby Jones, Rollie Beale & Tom Bigelow

 
9. (5) Dave Darland, Jac Haudenschild & Robert Ballou

 
12. (4) Jay Drake, Kevin Doty, Kevin Huntley, Sam Sessions, Steve Butler, Tony Elliott & Tyler Courtney

 
19. (3) Billy Cassella, Frankie Kerr, Greg Weld, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jud Larson, Justin Grant, Lee Kunzman, Rick Hood, Rob Chaney, Sheldon Kinser

 
30. (2) Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Bud Kaeding, Chris Windom, Derek Davidson, Don Branson, Gary Bettenhausen, George Snider, Jan Opperman, Larry Cannon, Larry Rice, Levi Jones, Mickey Shaw, Steve Kinser

 
44. (1) Allen Crowe, Arnie Knepper, Bill Puterbaugh, Boston Reid, Brad Sweet, Brian Tyler, Bryan Clauson, Byron Reed, C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Clark Templeman, Danny Smith, Dave Peperak, Dickie Gaines, Don Nordhorn, Eddie Leavitt, Jackie Howerton, Jerry Poland, Jimmy Sills, Joe Saldana, Johnny Rutherford, Jon Stanbrough, Kyle Larson, Mario Andretti, Matt Westfall, Red Riegel, Rick Ungar, Robbie Stanley, Roger McCluskey, Stan Bowman, Terry Shepherd, Thomas Meseraull, Tony Stewart & Tray House

 
ALL-TIME ELDORA USAC SPRINT WINNERS:

 
1962: Stan Bowman (4/22) & Roger McCluskey (7/29)

 
1963: Allen Crowe (5/12)

 
1964: Johnny Rutherford (4/5) & Jud Larson (7/5)

 
1965: Jud Larson (4/18), Jud Larson (5/9), Red Riegel (7/3) & Don Branson (10/17)

 
1966: Arnie Knepper (4/3), Larry Dickson (4/17), Don Branson (7/3) & Mario Andretti (9/4)

 
1967: Rollie Beale (4/16), Mickey Shaw (7/2) & Rollie Beale (7/22)

 
1968: Rollie Beale (4/7), Larry Dickson (7/20) & Mickey Shaw (9/29)

 
1969: Tom Bigelow (4/6), Larry Cannon (6/8) & Greg Weld (7/26)

 
1970: Gary Bettenhausen (4/5), Greg Weld (5/2), Larry Dickson (7/25), Greg Weld (8/15) & Larry Dickson (9/11)

 
1971: Gary Bettenhausen (4/4), Sammy Sessions (6/12), Larry Dickson (7/24) & Bill Puterbaugh (9/19)

 
1972: Rollie Beale (4/2), Sammy Sessions (6/10), Lee Kunzman (7/22), Jerry Poland (9/17), Sammy Sessions (10/22) & Don Nordhorn (10/22)

 
1973: George Snider (4/1), Sammy Sessions (4/29), Lee Kunzman (8/11), Pancho Carter (9/16), Lee Kunzman (10/21) & Pancho Carter (10/21)

 
1974: Jan Opperman (3/31), Bruce Walkup (7/13), Pancho Carter (10/6) & Larry Cannon (10/6)

 
1975: Tom Bigelow (4/13), Rollie Beale (6/21), Billy Cassella (7/12), Rollie Beale (10/5) & Larry Dickson (10/5)

 
1976: Sheldon Kinser (3/28), Larry Dickson (4/11), Jackie Howerton (6/19), Clark Templeman (6/20), Jan Opperman (7/10), Tom Bigelow (8/7), Pancho Carter (9/19), Tom Bigelow (10/9), Pancho Carter (10/10) & Pancho Carter (10/10)

 
1977: Tom Bigelow (4/10), Bubby Jones (4/17), George Snider (4/17), Tom Bigelow (6/18), Bruce Walkup (6/19), Pancho Carter (7/9), Bubby Jones (9/18), Eddie Leavitt (10/9) & Bubby Jones (10/9)

 
1978: Joe Saldana (6/17) & Bubby Jones (9/17)

 
1979: Bubby Jones (4/29), Bubby Jones (6/2), Larry Rice (8/25), Billy Cassella (10/14) & Billy Cassella (10/14)

 
1980: Rich Vogler (4/6), Larry Dickson (7/26), Sheldon Kinser (10/12) & Larry Dickson (7/12)

 
1981: Dave Peperak (4/25), Sheldon Kinser (6/20), Rich Vogler (7/3) & Steve Kinser (10/11)

 
1982: Jack Hewitt (4/24), Jac Haudenschild (7/17) & Steve Kinser (10/3)

 
1983: Rich Vogler (6/4) Jack Hewitt (8/2) & Jack Hewitt (9/25)

 
1984: Jac Haudenschild (4/1), Steve Butler (4/28), Rick Hood (7/14) & Jack Hewitt (8/16)

 
1985: Jac Haudenschild (4/27), Rick Hood (4/28) & Larry Rice (10/6)

 
1986: Rich Vogler (4/5), Rick Hood (4/26) & Rich Vogler (9/28)

 
1987: Rich Vogler (3/28), Rick Ungar (4/25), Rich Vogler (6/13) & Tony Elliott (9/27)

 
1988: Jac Haudenschild (3/27), Jack Hewitt (4/23), Jack Hewitt (5/14), Jack Hewitt (6/18), Steve Butler (7/16) & Steve Butler (9/25)

 
1989: Steve Butler (9/24)

 
1990: Jack Hewitt (4/7) & Jack Hewitt (9/30)

 
1991: Jack Hewitt (9/22)

 
1992: Terry Shepherd (3/28) & Danny Smith (10/4)

 
1993: Robbie Stanley (3/27), Jack Hewitt (8/11) & Tony Elliott (10/3)

 
1994: Frankie Kerr (4/2), Tray House (6/25), Frankie Kerr (8/10) & Kevin Doty (9/25)

 
1995: Kevin Doty (4/1), Byron Reed (8/9) & Tony Stewart (9/23)

 
1996: Frankie Kerr (8/7) & Jimmy Sills (9/28)

 
1997: Kevin Huntley (3/29), Kevin Huntley (6/22), Brian Tyler (8/6) & Jack Hewitt (9/20)

 
1998: Kevin Doty (5/2), Dave Darland (5/24), Kevin Doty (6/20) & Jack Hewitt (9/26)

 
1999: Derek Davidson (3/27), Derek Davidson (5/1), Tracy Hines (5/30), Tracy Hines (7/28) & Dave Darland (9/25)

 
2000: Jay Drake (4/1), Dave Darland (4/29), Tony Elliott (5/28) & Tracy Hines (9/30)

 
2001: Tracy Hines (4/28), Jay Drake (6/22), J.J. Yeley (6/23) & Bud Kaeding (9/22)

 
2002: J.J. Yeley (5/26), Tony Elliott (6/22) & Bud Kaeding (9/21)

 
2003: Boston Reid (5/3), J.J. Yeley (5/25), Jon Stanbrough (6/21) & Jac Haudenschild (9/20 – SE)

 
2004: Jay Drake (6/19), Kevin Huntley (8/7) & Dickie Gaines (9/25)

 
2005: Jay Drake (4/30), Rob Chaney (5/29), Kevin Huntley (6/18), Rob Chaney (8/6) & Levi Jones (9/24)

 
2006: Jerry Coons, Jr. (4/1), Rob Chaney (4/29), Matt Westfall (6/17) & Tracy Hines (9/23)

 
2007: Robert Ballou (4/28) & Robert Ballou (9/22)

 
2008: Tracy Hines (5/10), Tracy Hines (6/14) & Brad Sweet (9/20)

 
2009: Jerry Coons, Jr. (4/11) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (9/26)

 
2010: Robert Ballou (5/12) & Levi Jones (9/25)

 
2011: Kyle Larson (9/24)

 
2012: Tracy Hines (4/21), Dave Darland (7/28) & Tracy Hines (9/22)

 
2013: Chris Windom (9/21)

 
2014: Dave Darland (4/19) & Brady Bacon (9/21)

 
2015: Robert Ballou (5/8), Justin Grant (5/9) & Thomas Meseraull (9/26)

 
2016: Bryan Clauson (5/6), Chad Boespflug (5/7) & Justin Grant (9/24)

 
2017: Justin Grant (5/12), Robert Ballou (5/13) & C.J. Leary (9/23)

 
2018: Brady Bacon (5/11), Chris Windom (5/12) & Tyler Courtney (9/22)

 
2019: Tyler Courtney (5/10), Tyler Courtney (7/17) & Tyler Courtney (9/28)

 
#LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT RESULTS (2015-PRESENT):

 
2015 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Landon Simon, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Matt Goodnight, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Dallas Hewitt, 19. Jake Simmons, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Dustin Smith. NT

 
2015 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Aaron Farney, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chris Windom, 12. Dallas Hewitt, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kody Swanson, 15. Adam Cruea, 16. Brandon Whited, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Jerry Coons Jr. 8:26.25

 
2016 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kody Swanson, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Scotty Weir, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Carson Short, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Cody Gardner, 22. Robert Ballou, 23. Jarett Andretti, 24. Tony DiMattia. NT

 
2016 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Carson Short, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Brandon Whited, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Tony DiMattia, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Max McGhee, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Matt Westfall, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Chris Windom, 23. Robert Ballou. NT

 
2017 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dallas Hewitt, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Chad Wilson, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Dustin Smith, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Corey Smith, 23. Nick Bilbee. NT

 
2017 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Corey Smith, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Mario Clouser, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Kyle Simon, 22. Toby Alfrey. NT

 
2018 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (8), 2. Robert Ballou (1), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Justin Grant (10), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 6. Tyler Courtney (3), 7. Chase Stockon (5), 8. Dave Darland (12), 9. C.J. Leary (4), 10. Kyle Cummins (11), 11. Joe Stornetta (9), 12. Nick Bilbee (14), 13. Dallas Hewitt (16), 14. Matt Westfall (15), 15. Chad Wilson (18), 16. Paul Dues (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (13), 18. Chad Boespflug (7), 19. Carmen Perigo (19), 20. Matt Goodnight (20). 9:24.44

 
2018 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Brady Bacon (10), 5. Robert Ballou (8), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Matt Westfall (12), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Dallas Hewitt (14), 11. Dave Darland (11), 12. Paul Dues (20), 13. Chad Boespflug (9), 14. Carmen Perigo (18), 15. Chad Wilson (17), 16. Isaac Chapple (13), 17. Riley VanHise (21), 18. Bill Rose (16), 19. Matt Goodnight (19), 20. Joe Stornetta (1), 21. Justin Grant (7). NT

 
2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (7), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Carson Short (3), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 7. Chase Stockon (4), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Isaac Chapple (18), 11. Ty Tilton (17), 12. Nick Bilbee (20), 13. Matt Westfall (16), 14. Dustin Smith (21), 15. Carmen Perigo (15), 16. Brian VanMeveren (23), 17. Matt Goodnight (22), 18. Dustin Ingle (19), 19. Josh Hodges (14), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 21. Chad Boespflug (13), 22. Robert Ballou (8). 23. Dave Darland (11). NT

 
2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Matt Westfall (10), 7. Tom Harris (18), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 9. Zane Hendricks (8), 10. Isaac Chapple (13), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Scotty Weir (17), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Jason McDougal (11), 15. Dustin Christie (14), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Brody Roa (12), 18. Matt Goodnight (21), 19. Michael Fischesser (22), 20. Corey Smith (20), 21. Justin Grant (6), 22. Brian VanMeveren (23), 23. Kody Swanson (16). NT
THE BREAKDOWN:
WINCHESTER’S USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Winchester, Indiana (May 4, 2021)………Sunday afternoon’s 30 th anniversary of the inaugural Rich Vogler Classic is special in a myriad of ways.

 
First, Sunday again brings to the forefront our remembrance of the winningest driver in USAC’s history at 171 victories. 

 
Furthermore, Sunday brings about the long-awaited return of USAC racing to the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway high banks for the first time in a decade.

 
Additionally, Sunday brings about something that our eyes have never seen before – USAC Silver Crown cars roaring around Winchester Speedway.

 
Constructed in 1914, these 37 degree banks have hosted the most courageous and lionhearted drivers throughout the past century. This Sunday, May 9, the bravest of the brave put their mental and physical focus to the test for 100 laps, a distance a USAC event at Winchester hasn’t traveled in a half-century.

 
The lone four USAC main events with a 100-lap duration were sprint car races held between 1965 and 1968 and won by some of the all-time greatest names in the sport in any area: Johnny Rutherford (1965), Al Smith (1966), Sammy Sessions (1967) and Larry Dickson (1968).

 
While none of the drivers of today have 100 straight laps of experience at Winchester under their belts, many do have on-track exposure in racing conditions. While the bulk of the first two decades of the Vogler Classic were held at Winchester, with recent stops at the Indianapolis Speedrome, and throughout the past decade, has been an annual USAC Silver Crown event hosted by Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. Among the winners of the Vogler race expected to be part of Sunday’s field are Bobby Santos (2012 & 2017), David Byrne (2014) and Kody Swanson (2016 & 2019).

 
In fact, a total of 22 different drivers have acknowledged their intentions to compete on Sunday. Some of them will be seeing Winchester Speedway in person for the first time ever. Others have some experience. Some have massive amounts of experience.

 
One of those drivers who nearly laps the field in terms of USAC experience at Winchester is Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.). Gordon’s Winchester USAC career dates back to 1989. Since then, he’s made 49 career USAC Sprint starts and 3 career USAC Midget starts at the track. Two of those 49 USAC Sprint races have resulted in winning performances, in 1991 and 1995, which are among his 35 top-tens and 23 top-fives there and includes 4 runner-up finishes, 6 thirds, 5 fourths and 6 fifths. His car owner, Brad Armstrong, also has winning experience at Winchester, scoring a USAC Sprint victory there as a driver in 1998.

 
Speaking of winning experience at Winchester, Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) has that too. He won the King of the Wing Sprint Car round there in 2013 and was victorious in a photo finish during an ESPN televised USAC National Midget race in 1995. His stat line reads 22 USAC Sprint Car starts and 17 USAC Midget starts at Winchester dating back to 1992. Nine of his midget starts resulted in top-tens along with three top-fives. His best performances in the midget realm, outside of his win, were a 4 th in 1994 and 1996. Gerster put 17 USAC Sprint Car top-tens and 9 top-fives on the board at Winchester with a best of 2 nd in 1999 while earning three quick times with the series between 1999-2000, the first of which came during the Rich Vogler Classic.

 
Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) has made seven USAC Sprint starts and two USAC Midget starts at Winchester dating back to 2000. Pierce earned three USAC Sprint top-tens with the best being an 8 th in 2011. In winged sprint car competition at Winchester, he finished 2 nd with the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series in 2012 to go along with a 4 th in 2013 and a 5 th in 2014. His most recent Winchester outing resulted in a 4 th without the wing with the Auto Value Super Sprints in 2019.

 
Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) finished in the 3 rd position, just ahead of Pierce in the 2019 Winchester race. The first of Santos’ three USAC Sprint starts at Winchester came in 2011 with his best result being a 6 th in 2011.

 
Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) finished just behind Santos and Pierce in 2019 at Winchester, taking 5 th. His three most recent appearances prior to 2019 at Winchester came in the seat of a USAC Sprint Car in 2008 where he collected results of 14 th, 10 th and 13 th.

 
Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), the all-time USAC Silver Crown king with 30 wins, 31 fast qualifying times and five driving championships, has won on the similarly high banked track in southern Indiana, Salem Speedway, in five consecutive years between 2016-2020. At Winchester, the experience level is less plentiful with a pair of USAC Sprint Car starts to his name, a 10 th in 2010 and a 4 th in 2011.

 
The Winchester experience of Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) goes back to the late 1990s with the USAC National Midgets. The 1993 UMRA TQ Midget champion finished 11 th & 20 th in 1998 as well as 17 th, 13 th and 11 th in 1999.

 
Winchester, Indiana’s own Matt Goodnight finished 5 th with the King of the Wing Sprint Car Series at Winchester in 2016. Meanwhile, Kyle O’Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.) won his heat race, led the opening 7 laps and finished 6 th with the Auto Value Super Sprints, without the wing, at Winchester in 2019.

 
Several drivers will be making their first career visits to Winchester on Sunday. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took to the track just as well as one possibly could in last Sunday’s open practice, recording the only lap in the 14 second bracket, a 14.997 second run, which translates to a 120.024 mph average.

 
David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.) is a past Rich Vogler Classic winner in his own right back in 2014 at Lucas Oil Raceway, which remains his lone victory with the series. Fellow one-time series winner Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) is prepared for his first run at Winchester on Sunday, after mastering pavement tracks such as Lucas Oil Raceway to score his only Silver Crown win in 2019 as well as the tight quarters of Anderson (Ind.) Speedway as the winner of the Little 500 in 2017.

 
Joining them will be a slew of first-time Winchester visitors, including 2020 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) and Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), whose grandfather, Jerry Nemire, competed at Winchester regularly between the 1960s through the 1990s, plus Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Toni Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.), USAC D1 and STARS Midget champion Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.), Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) and first-time Silver Crown competitor Jake Day (Abilene, Texas).

 
On race day, the pits open at 9am ET with the drivers meeting set for 10am, practice at 11am, Fatheadz Qualifying at 1pm, a driver’s autograph session at 2pm, opening ceremonies at 3pm and the 100-lap main event at 3:30pm.

 
Reserved seats are $30 apiece, while general admission tickets are $20, and just $10 for children aged 6 to 12.

 
The race will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 
ENTRY LIST FOR THE RICH VOGLER CLASSIC: (22 DRIVERS)

 
06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO

 
1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN

 
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL

 
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN

 
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN

 
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH

 
18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN

 
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA

 
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA

 
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN

 
31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA

 
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN

 
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI

 
42 JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX

 
77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA

 
80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA

 
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL

 
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

 
92 JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL

 
94 BRIAN GERSTER/Fishers, IN

 
99 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN

 
131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN

 

 
RICH VOGLER CLASSIC WINNERS:

 
(Winchester Speedway)

 
1991: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Don Schilling (Midget)

 
1992: Jim Mahoney (Sprint) & Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Midget)

 
1993: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Stevie Reeves (Midget)

 
1994: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)

 
1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)

 
1996: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)

 
1997: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)

 
1998: Chet Fillip (Sprint) & Ricky Shelton (Midget)

 
1999: Dave Steele (Sprint)

 
2000: Ryan Newman (Sprint) & Ryan Newman (Midget)

 
2001: Dane Carter (Midget)

 
2002: Dave Steele (Sprint)

 
2003: Michael Lewis (Sprint)

 
(Indianapolis Speedrome)

 
2004: Teddy Beach (Midget) & Bryan Clauson (Kenyon Midget)

 
(Winchester Speedway)

 
2005: Dave Darland (Sprint)

 
2006: Bryan Clauson (Sprint)

 
2007: Marc Jessup (Sprint)

 
2008: Darren Hagen (Sprint)

 
2009: Tracy Hines (Sprint)

 
2010: Shane Hmiel (Sprint)

 
2011: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
 
(Indianapolis Raceway Park)

 
2012: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)

 
2013: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)

 
2014: David Byrne (Silver Crown)

 
2015: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown)

 
2016: Kody Swanson (Silver Crown)

 
2017: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown)

 
2019: Kody Swanson (Silver Crown)
 
INCREASED PAYOUT UP FOR GRABS IN LAKESIDE’S USAC SPRINT RETURN MAY 21-22
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Kansas City, Kansas (April 29, 2021)………”We’re going to Kansas City. Kansas City, here we come.”

 
That’s the tune the competitors of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will soon be singing when the series makes its seventh and eighth ever appearances at Lakeside Speedway's 4/10-mile under its dirt iteration on Wolcott Drive in Kansas City, Kan. for two-straight nights of action on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22.

 
An increased payout will be at the forefront both nights with $6,000-to-win and $600 to start Friday’s feature, while Saturday’s A-Main event posts a $7,500 top prize with $600 to start.

 
The event is co-sanctioned by three different USAC series sharing the bill: the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, the Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association and Wingless Sprints Oklahoma.

 
The weekend on dirt will feature a pair of full-points shows for the National series. However, for MWRA, the race will pay feature points only while, for WSO, the event will be considered a non-points, special event. E-Mods and Mod Lites will also be on the event card for both race days.

 
Previous USAC National Sprint Car feature winners on the dirt at Lakeside include Tony Elliott (2001), J.J. Yeley (2001), Robert Ballou (2015 & 2016), Thomas Meseraull (2016) and Brady Bacon (2017).

 
Tickets will be available at the gate on each race day. However, tickets can also be purchased in advance at www.TracPass.com. One-day general admission tickets are on sale now for $25. Two-day general admission tickets are $45. Tickets for children aged 12-15 are $10 per day while kids aged 11 and under are admitted for free.

 
Pit passes are available at the track as well as on www.TracPass.com. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Two-day pit passes can be purchased for $60. One-day pit passes for children aged 6 and under are $15.

 
Both nights, registration and pit gates open at 3pm CDT with the grandstands/ticket office opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing. Friday’s action will also include E-Mods and Mod Lites, while Saturday’s event card will have the E-Mods.

 
For more information on the event, visit USAC’s official website at www.USACracing.com. You can also visit the race promoter’s website at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling their office at (217) 764-3200. You may check out the track’s website directly by clicking www.lakesidespeedway.net or by calling at (913) 299-9206.
SEAVEY TO DRIVE BALDWIN’S 5
AT ELDORA’S #LETSRACETWO
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

 
Rossburg, Ohio (May 3, 2021)………Logan Seavey will compete for Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars take on Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and #LetsRaceTwo for consecutive nights of $10,000-to-win events this Friday and Saturday, May 7-8.

 
The instantly recognizable orange No. 5 has competed on the USAC trail this year with Dave Darland at the wheel, making four starts with the series between February and April. Darland is on the mend after suffering a stroke on April 23. Over the past weekend, Jadon Rogers had wheeled the car in local Indiana competition.

 
Seavey has yet to pilot a sprint car before at Eldora. However, he does have experience of the slightly different variety in a midget, as well as in a NASCAR Truck Series event. The Sutter, Calif. native led a race-high 53 laps before finishing 8 th with the truck. In the midget, he finished 3 rd in both 2018 and 2019, leading three laps late in the latter of the two events.

 
The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion and two-time career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner eyes this weekend’s Sprint Car double, just one of the several Big E experiences he’s highly anticipating competing in throughout the year.

 
“It’s going to be exciting,” Seavey said.  “I plan on racing at Eldora quite a bit this year between the three USAC Sprint Car races, two Midget races and two Silver Crown races. Just the more races I can get there, the better. I really enjoy it.  The first time I went there in a truck, I didn’t think I was going to have fun and didn’t think I’d really figure it out or be good there, but it was pretty natural.”

 
Seavey has made six USAC National Midget starts this year as a full-time competitor with the series. He’s made 42 career USAC Sprint Car starts and was the 2018 co-Rookie of the Year with the series. Seavey relishes the opportunity and hopes there’s more on the horizon with the same team that captured the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car entrant championship with driver Chris Windom.

 
“For now, it’s kind of race whenever we can deal, and just feel everybody out and see what we all want to do and go from there,” Seavey explained of his pairing with the Baldwin team.  “We’re just going to go with the flow, race and see how it goes, and then put some more races on the schedule from there. I didn’t have much on the sprint car schedule to start the year. Opportunities come about and you have to jump on them. Baldwin has really nice stuff, and (crew chief) Derek (Claxton) has had a lot of success there at Eldora also.  I think it’s going to be a good race, and I think I’ve got a pretty good piece.”

 
#LetsRaceTwo debuted in 2015 at Eldora. Among the past winners are Robert Ballou (2015 & 2017), Justin Grant (2015 & 2017), Bryan Clauson (2016), Chad Boespflug (2016), Brady Bacon (2018), Chris Windom (2018) and Tyler Courtney (2019). Windom’s 2018 #LetsRaceTwo triumph came behind the wheel of the Baldwin ride.

 
This Friday and Saturday at Eldora, ticket sales begin at the main gate and turn 4 at 1:30pm ET; the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm; the spectator gates open at 2pm; and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following.

 
Tickets for the dream doubleheader, featuring USAC and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars together on consecutive nights, are on sale now at https://eldoraspeedway.com/tickets. All seats are reserved.  If the capacity level isn’t met during pre-sales prior to the race, tickets will be available at the gate

 
The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing both nights at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 


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ON THE BOARD: Brad Sweet Finally Tames Lincoln for World of Outlaws Triumph vs. PA Posse

Sweet, Schatz, Marks & Macri Highlight Four-Car War at Drydene Gettysburg Clash

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA - May 12, 2021 - The Pennsylvania Posse hasn't had too many opportunities to let Brad Sweet know how they feel about him. So rightfully, when he finally scored his first-career Lincoln Speedway win on Wednesday night by beating two of their proud Posse pilots, they let the jeers and sneers rain down on The Big Cat.

Sweet loved it. He soaked up every jab as he stood in victory lane for the ninth time this season.

You see, this two-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion is a west-coaster; he grew up on the bullrings of California near his Grass Valley home. And for years since he joined The Greatest Show on Dirt, Central Pennsylvania was his ultimate kryptonite. Not on this night, though.

Leading the final seven laps at Lincoln, Sweet capitalized on the lap traffic madness when Danny Dietrich spooked race leader Brent Marks and slowed him up, allowing the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 to sneak by. He survived the closing laps and held on to narrowly secure the title at the 2021 Gettysburg Clash pres. by Drydene Performance Products.

"This is a fun little rivalry, I'm glad I could get the Outlaws another win," Sweet said on the battle with the PA Posse. "I'm hearing quite a bit of booing up there, which I think is cool. That's what this is all about, really. It's about these huge crowds we get and putting on a show for the fans. We appreciate it whether they're cheering or booing."

Before Sweet celebrated in the infield, a wild 35-lapper ensued at the Abbottstown, PA 3/8-mile.

Donny Schatz, the 10-time Series champion, led the field to green after winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash over PA Posse legend, Lance Dewease. Schatz paced the opening 11 circuits aboard his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 before Sweet entered the picture and ripped the top to lead Lap 12.

That didn't last long as Schatz came back with a slide job into turn one and resumed command on Lap 13. While the Fargo, ND native controlled the top spot, Sweet brought 12th-starting Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA along with him as they mounted a challenge for the lead past the halfway point.

On Lap 24, Marks perfected the bottom off turns one and two to drive by Sweet down the backstretch, and soon after stole the lead from Schatz on Lap 25. The duo of Marks and Schatz continued to race side-by-side down the stretch until the polarizing Lap 28 half-spin by lapper Danny Dietrich changed the outlook of the race.

In an effort to avoid Dietrich, Marks and Schatz were both forced to take evasive action. The end result? It allowed Sweet and Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, PA to drive by them on Lap 29 of 35. The move shuffled Marks back fourth, but he came roaring back with a vengeance as he passed Schatz, then Macri, and set his sights on Sweet.

The #19M closed on the #49 lap-after-lap, but eventually ran out of time as Sweet took the checkered flag over Marks by 0.251-seconds.

"I think Brent had the car to beat," Sweet admitted. "We had the car to run second, but was better than us at moving around and going through traffic. It's still one of the best cars I've ever had here, but we need to recognize there's room to grow. A win is win, though, especially in Central Pennsylvania. We had a bad weekend at Eldora, so to rebound with a win gives us some confidence going to Williams Grove."

Brent Marks settled for second-place honors as the highest-finishing PA Posse driver at Lincoln.

"He [Dietrich] just got all crossed up in front of me, and I had to check up and get over the cushion to get around him," Marks said on the lap traffic incident. "It's disappointing, but still a really great run for us. It's a lot of fun to be up here battling guys like Brad and Donny like that. This car has been awesome lately. These World of Outlaws raced are never over until they're over."

Following Sweet and Marks at the Gettysburg Clash was Anthony Macri with his second-career World of Outlaws podium aboard the #39M.

"I just took advantage on that situation the best I could," Macri mentioned on bolting to second late in the going. "We'll take this and look forward to Williams Grove."

David Gravel ended up fourth aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 and Donny Schatz faded to finish fifth in the mid-week show.

Rounding out the top-1o was Carson Macedo, Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel & TJ Stutts.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will take one day off before resuming the rivalry with the PA Posse on Friday and Saturday night with the Morgan Cup taking place at Williams Grove Speedway.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 19M-Brent Marks [12][$6,000]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [4][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [9][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$2,200]; 8. 9-James McFadden [5][$2,100]; 9. 83-Aaron Reutzel [7][$2,050]; 10. 11-TJ Stutts [15][$2,000]; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [13][$1,600]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,400]; 13. 87-Alan Krimes [25][$200]; 14. 5-Paul McMahan [6][$1,100]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$1,050]; 16. 51-Freddie Rahmer [14][$1,000]; 17. 55K-Robbie Kendall [21][$1,000]; 18. 99M-Kyle Moody [19][$1,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$1,000]; 20. 5E-Tim Wagaman [26][$]; 21. 8-Devon Borden [10][$1,000]; 22. 48-Danny Dietrich [20][$1,000]; 23. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,000]; 25. 69K-Lance Dewease [3][$1,000]; 26. 1X-Chad Trout [16][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-11; 13-24; Brad Sweet 12, 29-35; Brent Marks 25-28. KSE Hard Charger Award:87-Alan Krimes[+12]

NEW Championship Standings (21/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,992); 2. David Gravel (-70); 3. Carson Macedo (-122); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-154); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-168); 6. Donny Schatz (-170); 7. Logan Schuchart (-208); 8. Kraig Kinser (-376); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-444); 10. James McFadden (-546).

Photo - Trent Gower

 

 

PASSING OF THE TORCH: Haudenschild Beats Schatz for Elusive Eldora Win

Sheldon Following Father Jac Haudenschild's Footsteps as an Eldora Icon

ROSSBURG, OH - May 8, 2021 - Saturday's #LetsRaceTwo finale felt like the symbolical beginning of a new era in more ways than one.

For starters, Sheldon Haudenschild finally achieved one of his biggest personal goals: winning at Eldora Speedway. The 27-year-old gasser grew up only two hours away from the 1/2-mile in Wooster, OH sitting in the shadows behind his legendary father, Jac Haudenschild.

Jac's legacy at The Big E is undeniably amongst the all-time greats. He won three Kings Royal's, the Mopar Million, and countless other features in his heyday. Now, Sheldon is getting his chance to shine at The House That Earl Built. On Saturday, he did it while racing against his father in his farewell season aboard the Pennzoil #22, too.

On another level, Sheldon's momentous breakthrough was special because it came against Donny Schatz. The 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion is easily the greatest Eldora icon of his era, winning almost 20 times at the Rossburg, OH facility. Simply put, he's the man to beat there.

Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing crew were poised for a milestone victory until Sheldon spoiled their moment. Stalking Schatz over the final ten laps, Haudenschild slowly reeled in the Ford Performance, Carquest #15 before pouncing at the white flag and sending his NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 to the lead.

He survived an extra 1/2-mile to score his 17th career World of Outlaws victory and the third of his 2021 season.

"Donny is the best in the business," Haudenschild acknowledged on a man he grew up watching. "He schooled me early in the race, so I just fell into second and watched him for a bit. Sometimes it's better to not be out front. I just kept telling myself to hit my marks and stay smooth. You have to be perfect at this place, and we finally did it tonight."

From the outset, Haudenschild and Schatz were the two to watch in the #LetsRaceTwo finale.

Schatz somehow picked his way from seventh-to-second in the first two laps of the 30-lapper, but then Haudenschild blasted by he and leader Ian Madsen thanks to a monster slide job into turn one. The #17 paced the following four laps before Schatz perfected the low line and cruised into command on Lap 8.

A gnarly crash collecting top-five runners Giovanni Scelzi and Carson Macedo - all were okay - set the stage for the final restart on Lap 16. Electing to restart on the bottom, Schatz (Fargo, ND) quickly pulled away and seemed as if he was finally due to collect his first win of the 2021 season.

However, with 10 laps to go, you could feel the tide change. The momentum was swiftly changing, and it was changing away from Schatz's #15.

With every passing lap, Haudenschild cut into the lead and withered it away until he was hounding Schatz with three to go. But the next time around, he was all over his back bumper. The next time? He was leading as the white flag waved and the #17 drove around the #15.

Haudenschild drove away to officially claim his first Eldora triumph by 0.930-seconds over Logan Schuchart, who stole second from Schatz on the final lap.

"As long as we can keep this team, these group of guys together for a long time, we could do something special," Haudenschild said while realizing the magnitude of this moment. "If you look at the #15 [Schatz] or #49 [Sweet] over all these years, the crew is a huge part of their legacy. This win is at the top of my list, and it wouldn't come without my guys [Kyle] Ripper, Nickolas [Goodfliesch] and Drew [Brenner]. I can't wait for our big July shows here."

Coming home with a second-place finish at Eldora was Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA. He earned KSE Hard Charger honors with a jaw-dropping 21st-to-2nd (+19) bid aboard his Drydene Performance Products #1S.

"Man, we needed this run," Schuchart said following his recent run of bad luck. "We've had a fast car all year, but those little problem have hurt us. Confidence is huge in this sport, and we just got a lot back tonight. I knew we had a good car, especially as the track came in. I'm so happy to be back here at Eldora. I love this place."

Finishing a heartbreaking third was Schatz, who led 21 laps until Haudenschild went by at the white flag.

"He just had everything to gain by moving around the race track," Schatz said on Haudenschild catching him. "We were solid out front, but kept fading there at the end. We were better in the middle and lower early on, but sometimes you get to see what's going on if you're bak there. I couldn't move around, it's just the way it goes. Would've been nice to win, but we didn't. We'll get another chance on Wednesday."

Behind Haudenschild, Schuchart and Schatz was Ian Madsen in fourth after leading the first three laps aboard the McGhee #11, and Jacob Allen with his first top-five finish of the season aboard his Shark Racing, Drydene #1A.

Rounding out the top ten at Eldora was Brian Brown, David GravelAaron Reutzel, Tyler Courtney and Parker Price-Miller.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series prepare themselves for the first invasion of 2021 against the PA Posse. A three-race swing through Pennsylvania will bring The Greatest Show on Dirt to Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, May 12 followed a doubleheader at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday-Saturday, May 14-15.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$3,500]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [1][$2,800]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [9][$2,300]; 7. 2-David Gravel [5][$2,200]; 8. 83-Aaron Reutzel [11][$2,100]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [14][$2,050]; 10. 19-Parker Price-Miller [23][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [25][$400]; 13. 14-Kerry Madsen [17][$1,200]; 14. 9-James McFadden [10][$1,100]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [24][$1,050]; 16. 5-Spencer Bayston [15][$1,000]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [19][$1,000]; 18. 19M-Brent Marks [20][$1,000]; 19. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [2][$1,000]; 20. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$1,000]; 21. 10-Zeb Wise [22][$1,000]; 22. 26-Cory Eliason [18][$1,000]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$1,000]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,000]; 25. 22-Jac Haudenschild [13][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-3; Sheldon Haudenschild 4-7, 28-30; Donny Schatz 8-27. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+19]

NEW Championship Standings (20/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,842); 2. David Gravel (-62); 3. Carson Macedo (-110); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-140); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-150); 6. Donny Schatz (-160); 7. Logan Schuchart (-178); 8. Kraig Kinser (-352); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-406); 10. Jacob Allen (-512).

 

 

CLEAR SKIES/CLEAR MIND: Brent Marks wins first round of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora


After coming up light at the scales, Sheldon Haudenschild loses second-place; Reutzel and Schatz earn podium finishes

ROSSBURG, OH – May 8, 2021 – May the 8th represented hope, triumph and pride for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the entire dirt racing community last year. It was the day the Series overcame one of its greatest adversities and returned to racing during a pandemic.

This year, May 8 is a day of hope, triumph and pride for Brent Marks.

Back behind the wheel of his family-owned #19m Sprint Car with the World of Outlaws for the first this year, the Myerstown, PA driver overcame a poor qualifying effort to claim his fifth Series victory Saturday afternoon during the first round of the #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway. It was also the Series’ first time back at the “Big E” since 2019.

“This is awesome,” Marks said. “A very surreal moment. We’ve been running good here the past couple of weeks. The car has been awesome.”

The first of two #LetsRaceTwo events was scheduled to run Friday night, but after heavy rain showers pushed the start of the event past midnight and cold temperatures didn’t allow for suitable track conditions for racing, the cars only practiced and qualified – with David Gravel setting Quick Time – and the rest of the event ran Saturday afternoon.

In the early morning qualifying, Marks knew he’d been too cautious after qualifying 27th. But with a good night’s rest and waking up to clear skies and a clear mind, Marks was ready to hold nothing back.

He lived up to his nickname, the “Myerstown Missile,” by seemingly breaking the sound barrier with his run from seventh to second in the opening two laps of his Drydene Heat Race. From there, the fuse was lit, and target was acquired. A direct hit on his first World of Outlaws win since the National Open in 2019 was in his crosshairs.

However, in his way were two fierce fighter pilots fueled by human horsepower. NOS Energy Drink sponsored drivers Sheldon Haudenschild and Tyler Courtney held a comfortable one-two finish in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to start on the front row of the 30-lap Feature. Haudenschild, an Ohio native, was on the hunt for his first home-state win at Eldora, and Courtney was looking to sweep round one, having won the USAC Sprint Car event before the World of Outlaws Feature.

When the green flag unraveled into the crisp air, Haudenschild launched ahead of the field to claim the early lead while Courtney faded, giving second to Marks and third to Gravel.

Two cautions plagued the momentum of the first four laps, but not Haudenschild’s command of the lead. He pulled away from Marks on each restart, finding the dangerous combination of speed around the top and bottom of the track. Marks maintained about a second gap behind Haudenschild but initially couldn’t find the grip to catch the NOS Energy Drink #17 machine, even while Haudenschild struggled to navigate the slower traffic.

As the green flag run continued, new threats began to emerge behind them. Aaron Reutzel was on the move, making his way from 16th to third in the first five laps and Logan Schuchart – the last World of Outlaws driver to win at Eldora – was also hunting his way forward from fifth.

However, Schuchart’s streak of bad luck continued when he was the caution with 14 laps to go. While trying to pass Reutzel for third, the two made contact and Schuchart slammed the wall off Turn 4 with his right rear tire and blew it. A red flag on the restart gave his team more time to fix the damage and he ended up savaging a ninth-place finish by the end of the race.

“I have to apologize to Logan there, I definitely didn’t mean to get into the back of him,” Reutzel said. “I was trying to just let him slide by and try to get going in the rubber… I must have just caught him when he went by. That was definitely my fault.”

Before the caution for Schuchart, Marks had cut the gap between him and Haudenschild in half. He made sure to not let the yellow defuse his run when the race resumed. He stayed locked on Haudenschild’s bumper, finding grip through the middle of Turns 1 and 2 and setting up a run into Turn 3. By the time they saw the flag stand again, Marks was out front.

His red and white #19m pulled away with 13 laps to go. Reutzel was stuck in third with a hard charger Donny Schatz on the move behind him from the 17th starting position.

Haudenschild pushed his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing machine to its limits in the closing laps, bouncing off the wall a couple of times but never losing speed. That began to pay off in the final three laps as Marks took ease with his throttle around the slick track.

Three car lengths. Two car lengths. Haudenschild was at Marks’s bumper in Turn 4 with the white flag in the air. Marks’s name couldn’t grace the $10,000 check just yet.

Perfecting his line one more time, Marks was able to hold off Haudenschild and earn his third overall win at Eldora and third win in three weeks behind the wheel of his own car.

“This thing was just really, really good,” Marks said. “It started taking rubber with about 15 or 16 to go. I was gaining on Sheldon a little bit and he found it. I knew I had to get him on the restart and do everything I could. This is awesome to get my first Outlaw win in a little while.”

Haudenschild’s car was found to be light at the scales after the race, taking him off the podium and giving him a 24th-place finish. That gave second place to Reutzel (the KSE Hard Charger) and third to Schatz.

“We just went back and changed everything,” Reutzel said. “We’ve been struggling the last few weeks. We went back to some stuff we did two years ago, and it helped a lot. We still have some work to do. Just have to start farther up in these races.”

While he may not have earned the podium on track, Schatz was happy to walk away with a decent finish before having to climb back into his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 machine later tonight for #LetsRaceTwo round two.

“Hats off to our CARQUEST guys, they’ve got all the dig in the world,” Schatz said. They keep trying to make things better. Thanks to all the fans for sticking with us today. It’s challenging to get it in, but we’ve got our full USAC show and Outlaw show and we can start again. Just glad to have a decent day and get a good finish.”

UP NEXT
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will run the second part of the #LetsRaceTwo event at Eldora Speedway tonight at 8pm (ET).

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps)

  1. 19M-Brent Marks [3][$10,000]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [16][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [17][$3,200]; 4. 2-David Gravel [4][$2,600]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [11][$2,350]; 6. 11-Ian Madsen [12][$2,150]; 7. 14-Kerry Madsen [13][$2,100]; 8. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [2][$1,950]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$1,900]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [5][$1,850]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,400]; 12. 9-James McFadden [7][$1,200]; 13. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [21][$1,000]; 14. 49-Brad Sweet [15][$950]; 15. 13-Justin Peck [10][$900]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$900]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$900]; 18. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$900]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8][$900]; 20. 22-Jac Haudenschild [18][$900]; 21. 10-Zeb Wise [22][$900]; 22. 39-Daryn Pittman [19][$900]; 23. 5-Spencer Bayston [6][$900]; 24. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$900]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-17, Brent Marks 18-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Aaron Reutzel[+14]

 

LET'S RACE FOUR: Gravel Gets QuickTime, Eldora Set for Saturday Doubleheader

Qualifying Completed on Friday, Finishing Both Shows on Saturday at The Big E

ROSSBURG, OH - May 8, 2021 - #LetsRaceTwo has turned into #LetsRaceFour as Saturday's slate at Eldora Speedway will now include four features, two for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

After a five-hour rain delay pushed the beginning of Friday's show into the wee morning hours on Saturday, The Greatest Show on Dirt was able to complete Hot Laps and Slick Woody's Qualifying before postponing the remainder of the program to Saturday afternoon.

David Gravel of Watertown, CT earned his Series-best fifth Slick Woody's QuickTime of the season with a lap of 12.608 seconds, only 0.009 seconds shy of his very own track record at The Big E. Already a two-time winner on 1/2-mile ovals this year, Gravel and the Big Game Motorsports #2 will look to back up their Bristol Throwdown sweep with another potential double at Eldora tomorrow.

Timing in behind Gravel was a trio of invaders all hoping to breakthrough for their first World of Outlaws win at Eldora. Brian Brown (Grain Valley, MO) was second at 12.721 in the FVP Parts #21, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN) was third at 12.745 in the NOS Energy Drink #7BC, and Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, IN) was fourth at 12.795 in the CJB Motorsports #5. Rookie of the Year contenders James McFadden was fifth-quick at 12.831 in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9.

Entering on a three-race winning streak, two-time Series champion Brad Sweet suffered his worst qualifying result of the season as the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 was buried in 23rd of 30 cars that timed in.

Other storylines ahead of Eldora's doubleheader include Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz chasing his 1,900th career Feature start, among other accomplishments, and 2013 Series champion Daryn Pittman returning to action with the Swindell SpeedLab #39 camp.

On Saturday, pit gates will open at 12:00pm with spectator gates opening at 1:00pm and Hot Laps scheduled for 2:30pm with Friday's Heat Races to follow. Once the first program is done, the facility will be swept and track will be re-worked with the second program slated to begin at 6:00pm.

All tickets and pit passes from Friday will be honored for the afternoon show, and all tickets for Saturday's originally scheduled show will be honored for the 6:00pm event. A limited number of tickets remain available to purchase for both shows.

Friday Night - Qualifying Times:

  1. #2 David Gravel (12.608)
  2. #21 Brian Brown (12.721)
  3. #7BC Tyler Courtney (12.745)
  4. #5 Spencer Bayston (12.795)
  5. #9 James McFadden (12.831)
  6. #13 Justin Peck (12.837)
  7. #41 Carson Macedo (12.838)
  8. #11 Ian Madsen (12.858)
  9. #14 Kerry Madsen (12.861)
  10. #3Z Brock Zearfoss (12.872)
  11. #39 Daryn Pittman (12.884)
  12. #17 Sheldon Haudenschild (12.888)
  13. #15 Donny Schatz (12.894)
  14. #10 Zeb Wise (12.904)
  15. #2C Wayne Johnson (12.919)
  16. #83 Aaron Reutzel (12.922)
  17. #1S Logan Schuchart (12.930)
  18. #1A Jacob Allen (12.930)
  19. #26 Cory Eliason (12.932)
  20. #7S Jason Sides (12.940)
  21. #19 Parker Price-Miller (12.946)
  22. #11K Kraig Kinser (13.007)
  23. #49 Brad Sweet (13.058)
  24. #24 Rico Abreu (13.067)
  25. #W20 Greg Wilson (13.067)
  26. #22 Jac Haudenschild (13.083)
  27. #19M Brent Marks (13.104)
  28. #18X Cole Macedo (13.154)
  29. #97 Cole Duncan (13.183)
  30. #18S Bryce Schmitt (14.406)

 

HIT THE TRIFECTA: The Big Cat Stuns Lil Haud in Final Mile at I-70

Sweet Completes Weekend Sweep with Third Straight Win

ODESSA, MO - May 1, 2021 - In Kentucky, iconic trainer Bob Baffert rode the coattails of Medina Spirit to his record seventh Kentucky Derby crown. In Missouri, Kasey Kahne witnessed hired gun Brad Sweet deliver his eighth win of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season.

On Churchill Downs' hollowed grounds, jockey John Velazquez circled 10 furlongs in exactly two minutes and one second. At the revamped I-70 Motorsports Park, Crew Chief Eric Prutzman watched his NAPA Auto Parts #49 rip off 13.5 miles in just 11 minutes and 31 seconds.

There were odds on Sweet of course, but front row starters Brock Zearfoss and Sheldon Haudenschild shouldered most of the load when the exacta bets came in. When the 30-lap feature went live, all props were on Lil Haud, who amassed a six-second lead in Saturday's sprint. However, a sudden stoppage allowed The Big Cat to close down the homestretch and sneak away with a stunning victory.

It wasn't a crown jewel on the level of the Kentucky Derby, but Saturday's sweep was still meaningful for Sweet, who continues building his championship lead and building momentum with the summer of money approaching.

"Sheldon was way better than us throughout most of that race, but you have to finish these off," Sweet said. "He left a little opening and got the tires spinning down the front stretch and I saw a gap to shoot. Sometimes it doesn't matter how you get there, just as long as you get there first."

After losing Thursday's trip to Jacksonville Speedway in heartbreaking fashion due to a cut tire with eight laps to go, it was given that Sheldon Haudenschild was owed redemption. For 27 laps on Saturday night, he could taste that sweet, sweet redemption; until Sweet himself stole it away.

The Wooster, OH pilot of the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 was in a league of his own from the start. He beat pole sitter Brock Zearfoss into turn one with a big slider and then threw the deuces out and built a massive six-second lead. He mastered traffic and was poised to celebrate a third win of the year until a spinning Tim Kaeding halted his torrid pace with three to go.

As untimely as it was, it didn't help anymore that two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet had just taken second away from Zearfoss. That put the feared #49 hot on the heels of the #17 with a three-lap sprint to the checkered flag upcoming.

All it took was a stellar restart to offer Sweet the launch he needed into turn one to clear Haudenschild with a slider for the lead. From there, he survived an additional two laps and crossed the stripe with an advantage of 1.508-seconds over Carson Macedo, who snookered Haudenschild as well.

The win marked Sweet's third in three nights, his fifth in five Missouri races, his eighth in 18 season events, and the 66th of his World of Outlaws career, which ties him with Craig Dollansky and Bobby Davis Jr. for 12th all-time.

"We've still got a long summer ahead of us with a lot of big races left," Sweet said on their early success. "We've got to keep our heads down, keep capitalizing, keep executing, and keep winning. We're the best team out here and I feel like I'm at the highest level I've ever been at as a driver. I want to win as many as possible this year."

Following Sweet by Haudenschild to take second on the final restart was Carson Macedo, who drove the Jason Johnson Racing #41 to his tenth consecutive top-10 finish.

"Our car was really good, but I just felt like there were parts where we fell in in line and I couldn't make something happen," Macedo noted on his race. "I found the rubber before Brock [Zearfoss] because of a lapper, and then Sheldon [Haudenschild] got so tight on the bottom I got by him. Looking forward to a weekend at Eldora next!"

The story of the race ultimately ended up third as Haudenschild faded to the show position on the final restart.

"We just got beat," Haudenschild admitted. "I let my guys down. We had the winning car, but the driver didn't get it done. It doesn't matter how many you lead, we have to hang on for that last lap. I got too snug on that restart and let Brad get by. He's the guy to beat right now and that's really motivating us to get better."

Closing out the top ten on night two of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown was Kyle Larson in fourth, Donny Schatz in fifth, Brian Brown in sixth, Brock Zearfoss in seventh, Giovanni Scelzi in eighth, David Gravel in ninth, and Logan Schuchart in tenth.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make their first appearance of the season at Ohio's Eldora Speedway next Friday and Saturday, May 7-8. Let's Race Two features the USAC National Sprint Cars on both nights at the 1/2-mile.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$6,000]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$3,500]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [8][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [3][$2,300]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1][$2,200]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [5][$2,100]; 9. 2-David Gravel [19][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$1,600]; 12. 14-Tim Kaeding [10][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [7][$1,200]; 14. 83-Aaron Reutzel [15][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$1,050]; 16. 19-Parker Price-Miller [17][$1,000]; 17. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [24][$1,000]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [18][$1,000]; 19. 24-Rico Abreu [11][$1,000]; 20. 20G-Noah Gass [23][$1,000]; 21. 35-Zach Hampton [22][$1,000]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$1,000]; 23. 31-Joe B-Miller [16][$1,000]; 24. 24W-Garet Williamson [21][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-27, Brad Sweet 28-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-David Gravel[+10]

Photo - Trent Gower

 

SWEET RE-OPENING: I-70 Motorsports Park Comes Back to Life as Brad Sweet Soars to Seventh Win of Season

Hometown Hero Brian Brown Nearly Steals Victory in FVP Parts #21

ODESSA, MO - April 30, 2021 - I-70 Motorsports Park was rundown, overgrown, and left for dead. The once blossoming facility was a lost cause, only until it wasn't. After years of extensive hard work, the iconic Missouri track officially returned on Friday night with the grand re-opening welcoming the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars to town for the first time since 1986.

The first of two nights at the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, fans came out in full force to support the return of the revamped I-70. They were rewarded with a racey 30-lap feature that included three different leaders and a familiar face in victory lane.

At the end of it all, an extra-excited Brad Sweet climbed from his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 as the winner of the spectacular return to racing at the 4/10-mile oval. The Big Cat's path to victory lane came from the fifth row as he soared by early leaders Brock Zearfoss and David Gravel to pounce on the $10,000 W.

The Grass Valley, CA native picked up his 64th career victory and his seventh win through the first 17 races of the season by virtue of his triumph in Friday's Feature.

"This NAPA Auto Parts team never gives up," an elated Sweet said. "We know sometimes you'll have to come from mid-pack, and others you'll start on the front row. It's always a little more sweeter doing it from farther back. We've struggled on the half-miles this year, so that's a nice bonus too. This was a pretty cool place for my first trip here. Awesome crowd, great race track, incredible facility. Excited for tomorrow."

Starting the 30-lapper from ninth, Sweet wasn't as heavily favored in Vegas odds as front row starters David Gravel and Brock Zearfoss. Both were feeling good after Gravel set his fourth Slick Woody's QuickTime (13.018 seconds) and  Zearfoss scored his third Team Drydene Heat Win of the season.

From the jump, Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA put his #3Z to the point and led his first laps of the 2021 season. His command lasted 10 laps in total, until a Lap 11 restart following Mason Daniel's flip allowed Gravel to line up alongside him and steal the lead away.

Gravel set the cruise control on his Big Game Motorsports #2, but behind him was a hard-charging Brad Sweet who rallied from ninth and was up to second by Lap 20. Once he disposed of Zearfoss, Sweet's markers were on Gravel and he was closing quickly. Using a lap car as a pick, Sweet went low down the backstretch and took them three-wide as he pinned the bottom of turn three to surprise Gravel and rip the led away on Lap 24.

The duo continued to wage war over the final laps until a shocking caution flew on Lap 27 for third-running Zearfoss hard into the turn four wall. That set the stage for the final restart with only three laps remaining.

Going back to green, Brian Brown of Grain Valley, MO made a surprise entrance and slid by Gravel as his hometown crowd cheered him. Brownie wasn't done there as he threw a Hail Mary effort at Sweet for the victory on the final lap, but feel short by only 0.440-seconds as Sweet's #49 collected the checkered flag.

It wasn't the win he wanted, but this season-best second-place finish for Brian Brown was extra special. Not only did it come at his home track in their grand re-opening, but it also came on the first night of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, sponsored by one of his greatest supporters in FVP Parts.

"I grew up 15 minutes that way in Higginsville and now I live 15 minutes this way in Grain Valley, so I see a lot of familiar faces tonight," Brown said to a hyped-up crowd. "I'm so proud to represent mid-Missouri, I'm one of you guys. This FVP Parts #21 is great right now and we'll be back going for the win tomorrow."

After leading 13 laps through the midway point, Gravel slipped back to finish third with his fourth consecutive podium finish aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2.

"We had a car to win, but our tires kept going away under those cautions," Gravel noted. "I thought we would've had something in lap traffic. I really didn't want to see that caution, but hey that's racing. Brad is on his game, but we're gonna make it interesting all year."

Rounding out the top ten at I-70 Motorsports Park on Friday night was Carson Macedo in fourth, Kyle Larson in fifth, James McFadden in sixth, Sheldon Haudenschild in seventh, Giovanni Scelzi in eighth, Rico Abreu in ninth, and Logan Schuchart in tenth.

UP NEXT - The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown concludes at I-70 Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 1 as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series cap a triple-header weekend before visiting Eldora Speedway next weekend.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$10,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [4][$5,500]; 3. 2-David Gravel [1][$3,200]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$2,600]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5][$2,350]; 6. 9-James McFadden [14][$2,150]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,100]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [6][$1,950]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [8][$1,900]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$1,850]; 11. 14-Tim Kaeding [19][$1,400]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$1,200]; 13. 83-Aaron Reutzel [17][$1,000]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$950]; 15. 1X-Jake Bubak [16][$900]; 16. 19-Parker Price-Miller [12][$900]; 17. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [24][$900]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$900]; 19. 35-Zach Hampton [21][$900]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$900]; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2][$900]; 22. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [20][$900]; 23. 33M-Mason Daniel [22][$900]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$900]. Lap Leaders: Brock Zearfoss 1-10, David Gravel 11-23, Brad Sweet 24-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+8]

NEW Championship Standings (17/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,442); 2. David Gravel (-72); 3. Carson Macedo (-106); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-136); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-152); 6. Logan Schuchart (-186); 7. Donny Schatz (-188); 8. Kraig Kinser (-310); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-380); 10. Jason Sides (-482).

Photo - Trent Gower

THURSDAY THRILLER: Sweet Survives Bullring Brawl at Jacksonville for Sixth Win of Season

Haudenschild's Flat, Larson's Spin & Schatz's Slider Highlight Chaotic 40-Lapper

JACKSONVILLE, IL - April 29, 2021 - They sold full seats at Jacksonville Speedway on Thursday night, but the massive crowd only needed the edges of them.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rolled into town for one night only and continued to offer The Greatest Show on Dirt. It was breathtaking, extraordinary, astounding, chaotic, and dramatic more than anything else.

The box score will only show two different official leaders, but in all reality the battle for the win was decided between six, count 'em SIX DRIVERS: Sheldon HaudenschildBrad SweetKyle LarsonCarson MacedoDavid Gravel, and Donny Schatz.

In the end, it wasn't the fittest, but actually the Sweetest who survived the mayhem to topple the $10,000 Feature at the 1/4-mile. Taking advantage of Haudenschild's cut tire, Sweet inherited the lead then fended off a three-wide attack and a slide job on the final restart to secure his sixth win of the season aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

The Grass Valley, CA native knows he wasn't the best, but hey that's short track racing as The Big Cat put it.

"That right there was short track racing as its finest, wow," Sweet proclaimed. "I hope you fans know we can feel all of this energy. It's so fun to be a World of Outlaws driver right now. That was action packed and I don't think I was anywhere close to being the best car, but we survived with luck on our side. It's such a tough 40 laps around this place."

Questions mounted with heavy rains dousing the facility on Wednesday evening, but the staff at Jacksonville Speedway was more determined than ever to not let Mother Nature spoil the party.

The action got off to a hot start with Sheldon Haudenschild clocking the first-ever nine-second lap at the 1/4-mile with a time of 9.990 seconds in Slick Woody's Qualifying to set the New Track Record. His lightning-quick run put Jacksonville alongside River Cities (9.260), Bloomington (9.300), US-36 (9.840), Cottage Grove (9.991), and I-55 (9.995) as only the sixth track in World of Outlaws history with a nine-second lap.

Haudenschild's momentum carried the NOS Energy Drink #17 to the outside pole of the 40-lap feature with Sweet starting inside of him after taking the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. The Wooster, OH native used the outside to his advantage and threaded the needle to lead the opening circuit. Haudenschild paced the opening eight laps before a restart allowed Sweet to slide in front of him and take command.

Sweet proceeded to lead the next 19 laps before Haudenschild roared back to the point with a daring move in heavy lap traffic. Just as the #17 pulled a diamond off turn two and slid the #49 for the top spot in turn three, the caution flew and set up the final double-file restart with 11 to go.

Lil Haud elected to take the top side and quickly drove away as he looked poised to score his third World of Outlaws win this season. However, a cut tire with only eight laps left soured his shot at the lead and sent him to the work area to change a right rear tire.

The ensuing restart gave Sweet the lead, but a mistake in turn one created a three-wide frenzy as he fought Carson Macedo and Kyle Larson for the top spot. The battle was short-lived as contact from Macedo and Larson sent the #57 spinning to a stop and removed him from contention.

From there, David Gravel entered the picture, but couldn't make much of his run at Sweet. However, a caution on Lap 39 for Zach Hampton set fans up with a thrilling green-white-checkered as Donny Schatz lined up behind Sweet with the win on the line.

Schatz aced the middle of turns one and two then launched a turn three slide job as the duo raced back to the white flag. Sweet was quick to react and crossed under Schatz out of turn four to withhold the lead with one to go. Schatz had one last ditch effort coming to the checkered flag, but ultimately Sweet survived to win the thriller by 0.190-seconds.

"Hey, a win is a win it doesn't matter how you get there," Sweet said. "I about flipped, biked up, all but wrecked there at the end. A lot of things played out in my favor to get this win. You never want to see the yellow coming to the checkered I can tell you that. Luckily, I kept my tires underneath to me cross Donny back and held on to put one more lap together."

For 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, it was his second consecutive runner-up finish aboard the Tony Stewar/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. After a tough three-week stretch, he admitted the team has recalibrated and their hard work is showing.

"You gotta crawl before you can walk, and you gotta walk before you can run," Schatz noted. "My Carquest, Ford Performance guys are doing great. We've been getting better and that's all you can ask for. We reset and went back to square one, so now we're building ourselves back up again. Times change, people change, and we're changing with it. I'm gonna keep doing what I've been doing for the past 25 years here."

Rounding out the top five at Jacksonville was David Gravel (Big Game #2) with his career-best finish of third at the 1/4-mile, Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson #41) with a strong fourth-place finish, and Rico Abreu of St. Helena, CA with his best finish of the season in World of Outlaws competition.

Closing out the top ten on Thursday night was Jacob Allen with his first top-ten since February, Tim Kaeding with his best run yet aboard the Tony Stewart #14, Logan Schuchart after going tailback on Lap 29, Sheldon Haudenschild following his heartbreak on Lap 32, and Aaron Reutzel, who also recovered from the work area.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series travels to Odessa, MO for its first appearance at the revamped I-70 Motorsports Park since 1986. The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown is a two-day affair at the 3/8-mile oval with complete programs scheduled for Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$6,000]; 3. 2-David Gravel [3][$3,500]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,800]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [5][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$2,300]; 7. 14-Tim Kaeding [15][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,100]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [9][$1,200]; 14. 33M-Mason Daniel [24][$1,100]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$1,050]; 16. 5D-Zach Daum [20][$1,000]; 17. 19-Parker Price-Miller [11][$1,000]; 18. 22-Riley Goodno [21][$1,000]; 19. 35-Zach Hampton [18][$1,000]; 20. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$1,000]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$1,000]; 22. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [23][$1,000]; 23. 24W-Garet Williamson [22][$1,000]; 24. 96-Robert Ballou [16][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Sheldon Haudenschild 1-8, 28-32; Brad Sweet 9-27, 32-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 33M-Mason Daniel[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (16/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,292); 2. David Gravel (-66); 3. Carson Macedo (-98); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-122); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-126); 6. Donny Schatz (-164); 7. Logan Schuchart (-166); 8. Kraig Kinser (-282); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-338); 10. Jason Sides (-446).

Photo - Trent Gower

KNOXVILLE'S CALLING: Brownells Big Guns Bash is Next Month on June 11-12

Outlaws Get Two Nights in Iowa in Preparation for 60th Knoxville Nationals in August

KNOXVILLE, IA - May 11, 2021 - When the Sprint Car Capital of the World calls, you always answer.

Next month, on Friday & Saturday, June 11-12, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will answer that call with their first visit of the 2021 season to the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA.

The fifth annual Brownells Big Guns Bash brings The Greatest Show on Dirt to the 1/2-mile oval for back-to-back summer nights to take on the stout weekly crowd of racers. For the Outlaws, it'll be their only chance to get laps before returning on August 11-14 for the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores.

BUY TICKETS (6/11-12)

Created in 2017, the Brownells Big Guns Bash flipped the script from a single-night showdown to a two-day affair at Knoxville. Over those eight events since then, five different winners have found victory lane and carried that momentum to success when the $150,000 paydays arises at the Nationals in August.

Of all active drivers, it's the last three Knoxville Nationals champions that stick out the most even in June at the 1/2-mile.

Donny Schatz, a 10-time Knoxville Nationals champion, owns a pair of Brownells Big Guns Bash wins in 2017 and 2018. Brad Sweet, who broke through for his first Nationals crown in 2018, also has a pair of June triumphs in 2017 and 2019. Also on that list is David Gravel, the reigning champion of the 59th Knoxville Nationals, who claimed a June win back in 2018.

All told, Schatz, Sweet & Gravel each have five podium finishes over the last eight events.

"It's hard to even put a track like Knoxville into words," Sweet said on how special the track is to him. "It's the Mecca of our sport, the Knoxville Nationals is our most iconic race of every season. Going there in June has become a big deal for translating results to August. In order to perform well when the money is on the line, you really have to dial yourself in during those two nights in June. It's a really important weekend to build momentum ahead of all the big races in summer."

Knoxville's group of weekly racers will get their biggest test of the season when the Outlaws come to town. Through three events thus far, Davey Heskin of St. Michael, MN, Lynton Jeffrey of Sydney, NSW, AUS, Terry McCarl of Altoona, IA, and Sawyer Phillips of Pleasantville, IA are the only drivers with a top-10 finish in each outing.

Victories this season have gone to Jeffrey, Austin McCarl, and Sheldon Haudenschild, who made a last-minute decision in April to haul from Tulsa, OK to Knoxville, IA when the Outlaws rained out at Lawton and Devil's Bowl. Haudenschild's win came with an incredible last-lap pass over Giovanni Scelzi to score his first-career victory at Knoxville.

It was an accomplishment that gives the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 tons of momentum heading into the Brownells Big Guns Bash next month.

"It's pretty crazy all within the last month I've won at Knoxville and now Eldora for the first time," Haudenschild noted on his progression. "This team we've got is really special. We've been improving time and time again at Knoxville, last time we finally put all the pieces together. Just having the experience of winning there makes me feel a lot more comfortable and excited to go back in June, and then of course for the Nationals."

Other notable Outlaws to watch at Knoxville include Carson MacedoLogan SchuchartKraig Kinser, and James McFadden.

Macedo, currently third in the points aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41, is a former ASCS winner at the track and finished top-five in both June races last year. Schuchart, who's been on a strong rebound in the Shark Racing #1S, has collected seven podium finishes in his last nine starts at Knoxville. Kinser is the 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion and McFadden is a multi-time 360 winner at the track.

With one month and seven events still ahead before the Outlaws reach Knoxville, Brad Sweet continues to lead the standings in pursuit of his third consecutive Series championship aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

David Gravel, driver of the Big Game Motorsports #2, has risen into contention as Sweet's closest challenger thanks to three wins - including a Bristol sweep - and 19 top-10 finishes through the first 20 events. He's only 60 points back entering the first PA Posse swing of the season.

Trailing Sweet and Gravel in the points is Macedo (-110), Haudenschild (-140), Reutzel (-150), Schatz (-160) and Schuchart (-178).

Fans who can’t make it to the track can catch all of the action on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Next Chapter of PA Posse vs. Outlaws is This Weekend

The Battle Begins at Lincoln (Wednesday) and Williams Grove (Friday-Saturday)

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA - May 10, 2021 - The PA Posse vs. The World of Outlaws. Simply put, it's the single greatest rivalry in Sprint Car Racing.

These two factions have been at each others throats since the inception of Ted Johnson's traveling tour in 1978, and here we are four decades later with the battle still as epic as ever. When the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series visits central Pennsylvania, you won't find a more passionate crowd.

It's a rivalry that pits arguably the best local hot bed of racing against the best touring drivers in the nation.

This weekend, we kickstart the 2021 edition at Lincoln Speedway in Wednesday's Gettysburg Clash, followed by a Friday & Saturday double at Williams Grove Speedway for the Morgan Cup.

LINCOLN TICKETS (5/12)
WILLIAMS GROVE TICKETS (5/14)
WILLIAMS GROVE TICKETS (5/15)

There's a plethora of storylines to follow. Here's some of the most noteworthy to watch:

THE TRACKS: Wednesday's midweek stop marks the first of a scheduled 11 meets in Pennsylvania this year for the World of Outlaws. The Greatest Show on Dirt will tackle the 3/8-mile, semi-banked oval in Abbottstown, PA before heading to Mechanicsburg, PA on Friday and Saturday. Capping the weekend will be two nights at Williams Grove, an iconic 1/2-mile notorious for long straightaways and tight corners.

POSSE WANTS REVENGE: The 2020 season was one to forget for the PA Posse. For the first time since 2008, they went winless in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition. They lost at Lincoln, they lost four shows at Williams Grove, and another two at Port Royal. It's a memory that only fuels their desire to stop the Outlaws this week.

In fact, it's been almost two complete years since a central Pennsylvania Posse member beat the Outlaws. The last occurrence being Lance Dewease's May 20189 triumph at Williams Grove.

THE POSSE'S FINEST: Among the strongest possibilities to beat the Outlaws for the PA Posse this weekend are Lance Dewease of Fayetteville, PA, Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg, PA, Freddie Rahmer of Salfordville, PA, Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, PA, Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA. All five are winners at both Lincoln and Williams Grove, and four of the five are Outlaw winners minus Macri.

Their win totals at each track are... Dewease (99 WG / 42 LS); Dietrich (55 LS / 25 WG); Rahmer (15 LS / 14 WG); Marks (10 WG / 8 LS); and Macri (3 LS / 1 WG).

Additional names to watch include Tim Shaffer, Alan Krimes, Chase Dietz, TJ Stutts, Tim Wagaman, Kyle Moody, Chad Trout, Billy Dietrich, Jim Siegel, Dylan Cisney, Tyler Ross, Matt Campbell, and a whole host of others.

GRAVEL'S CLIMB: We've made it through 20 events this season and David Gravel has 19 top-10 finishes. He also has six Slick Woody's QuickTimes, nine Team Drydene Heat Wins, and 13 DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash appearances - he's the leader in all of those categories. Entering this week, he's second in the championship standings and cutting away at Sweet's 60-point advantage.

The Watertown, CT driver brings his Big Game Motorsports #2 crew to two tracks he's comfortable at. He's an eight-time winner at Williams Grove with two National Open titles and he's got two Lincoln Speedway triumphs. They've been hot on the half-miles lately, sweeping Bristol Motor Speedway and running well at Eldora Speedway.

ICON VS. ICON: Depending on how Wednesday's show at Lincoln goes, we could enter the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove with a pair of historic accomplishments on the line for two different legends: Donny Schatz and Lance Dewease.

For Schatz, he's chasing his 300th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win. The Fargo, ND native has been close a handful of times this season, leading 66 laps aboard his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, but falling short on notable occasions at Volusia, I-55, and last week at Eldora. Williams Grove is welcomed site for the 10-time Series champion, as he won his most recent 299th race at the track during last year's $75,000-to-win National Open in October.

For Dewease, the 55-year-old legend is pursuing his milestone 100th career victory at the Williams Grove Speedway. At 99 wins right now, he's already the winningest Sprint Car driver in track history, but boy would #100 be extra special coming against the Outlaws, who has beaten 17 times in his career.

SWEET'S STRUGGLES: After winning eight of the first 18 races with only one finish outside the top-10, Brad Sweet was due for something to go south. Unfortunately, that finally happened this weekend at Eldora as he recorded finished of 11th and 14th. It's only the second time in three seasons (since he started winning championships) that such an occasion of back-to-back runs outside the top-10 has occurred for the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

To overcome the bad weekend and get back on track, The Big Cat will have to thrive at two tracks he has never won at before. The Grass Valley, CA native has three top-five finishes in 11 starts at Lincon to go along with six top-five runs in 44 starts at Williams Grove.

BACK-TO-BACK: Sheldon Haudenschild just checked off one of the biggest "firsts" of his career, might as well follow with another, right? On Saturday, the Wooster, OH native scored his first-career victory at Eldora Speedway in spectacular fashion by stunning Donny Schatz at the white flag for his 17th career World of Outlaws win.

On Wednesday, the Series returns to Lincoln Speedway, where Lil Haud was the victor one year ago. Another triumph aboard the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 would give him the first back-to-back wins of his career. When it comes to the weekend, he'll be aiming for his first-career victory at Williams Grove Speedway, where his career-best is a second-place finish from 2019.

HOME TURF: Three full-time World of Outlaws drivers will be on home turf this week as the Series heads to The Keystone State for the first time in 2021. Hanover, PA's Logan Schuchart & Jacob Allen grew up just down the road from Lincoln Speedway, while Jonestown, PA's Brock Zearfoss hails from less than an hour away from Williams Grove Speedway.

Schuchart's Drydene #1S brings in momentum from an impressive 21st-to-2nd charge at Eldora Speedway last weekend. He's trying to add his second World of Outlaws win in his home state, first since Port Royal Speedway in 2016. For Allen, he snagged his first top-five finish of the year at Eldora in his Drydene #1A. The

DIETRICH'S PROMISE: Five-time World of Outlaws winner and successful PA Posse star Danny Dietrich delivered the first blow in this week's rivalry, promising a loss for the Outlaws in at least one of three events. It's a statement that DD himself can comfortably make, considering the fact that he's a multi-time Outlaw winner at both tracks.

His first two career wins against the Series came at Lincoln Speedway in 2012 and 2013, and he's stopped them twice at Williams Grove in 2015 and 2016, which was his first-ever National Open title. We'll find out this week whether Dietrich's promise comes true or not.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Wednesday, May 12 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA
Friday-Saturday, May 14-15 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will head back to Ohio for a weekend at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 21 and Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 22.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (8 Drivers):
8 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
3 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win - Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M

FEATURE LAPS LED (16 Drivers):
194 laps – Brad Sweet
90 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
76 laps – David Gravel
66 laps – Donny Schatz
51 laps – Aaron Reutzel
49 laps – Logan Schuchart
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
13 laps - Brent Marks
11 laps – Carson Macedo
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps - Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):
6 QuickTimes – David Gravel
3 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel, Logan Schuchart, Danny Dietrich

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (21 Drivers)
9 Heat Wins – David Gravel
7 Heat Wins - Carson Macedo
6 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel, Sheldon Haudenschild
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides
1 Heat Win –  Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Larson

PODIUM FINISHES (17 Drivers):
13 Podiums – Brad Sweet
6 Podiums - Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz
5 Podiums – David Gravel, Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Aaron Reutzel
3 Podiums – James McFadden
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)

MOMENTOUS RETURN: May 8 marks 1-year anniversary of World of Outlaws' ‘Return to Racing’
Not only did the World of Outlaws find a way to return to racing during a pandemic, it was able to strive through the uncertainties

By Nick Graziano

ROSSBURG, OH – May 7, 2021 – An extraordinary day in the midst of silence...

That’s how World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter described May 8, 2020 – the day the World of Outlaws became the first racing organization to emerge from the trap door COVID-19 laid under every racing series, and the entertainment industry as a whole, in 2020.

A year later, on May 8, 2021, the silence will be masked by the harmonizing of 900hp Sprint Cars and thousands of race fans yelling to the world dirt racing is well and thriving. The day will not only celebrate the World of Outlaws’ one-year anniversary of returning to racing, but it’ll also celebrate the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars’ return to Eldora Speedway (May 7-8) for the first time since 2019 – with fans.

“May the 8th really rings the fact that we were able to break through before anybody else and go racing,” Carter said. “We raced in the time frame up to May 8, virtually (with iRacing events), but putting those race cars back on the track (at Knoxville Raceway), sitting there watching... the quiet… it was surreal. Surreal that we not only pushed our way through that crisis but that we succeeded at the same time.”

Hours before the start of the Sprint Car's fourth race of the 2020 season at Cotton Bowl Speedway in late February, the event was hit by the wave of cancellations across all major sporting events caused by the pandemic. Initially, it was assumed racing would resume a week or two later. That turned into months.

The only thing certain was uncertainty.

“That was the biggest thing,” Carter said. “Never in our history have we not known when we’re going racing again. I heard someone else say this, ‘Humans loath uncertainty.’ That definitely rings true with me. I hated not knowing. We were throwing things at the wall trying to get them to stick at the time. We thought we were close to getting something done in April, but it didn’t pan out and we had to be a little more patient for a couple more weeks.”

When the world shut down and racing was put on hiatus, the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar team immediately looked into addressing the two major questions: When can we go back racing? And where can we go back racing?

While answers were sought after, a weekly iRacing series was organized, featuring several drivers from the World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar ranks. Along with giving fans and drivers some form of normalcy, it also became a tool to introduce the drivers and cars – albeit virtual – to a new audience with the races being broadcast nationally on Fox Sports and CBS Sports Network. The popularity of the events led to CBS broadcasting an hour-long World of Outlaws "Return to Racing" documentary and CBS Sports Network broadcasting a couple of live World of Outlaws races.

The virtual racing served as a solid placeholder while plans for a return to real racing found momentum.

Knoxville Raceway – famously known as the Sprint Car Capital of the World – was identified early on as a venue with the best infrastructure to accommodate what was needed for a safe return, according to World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Director of Business Development Melvyn Record. A variety of plans were developed to make that happen.

“We were working directly with Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Health, the racetrack and Marion County to see what they were comfortable with if we went back to racing,” Record said. “We came up with three different scenarios… Could we do a race with 50 people at the venue? Could we do a race with 250 people? Could we do a race with 500 people? Obviously, doing an event with 50 people at the facility would be a challenge. How many cars would that look like and logistically what would that look like?

“We ended up with a plan that was less than 400 people (in total, including drivers, crews, staff and safety, and no fans). We had an A and B team at the track, which was Carlton (Reimers, the Series Director), myself and others who were outside of the track in case anybody on the staff caught COVID so we could quickly jump in and replace that person and still have the event."

Before then, a Return to Racing Resource Center with a 10-Step Guide for a safe return was developed by World of Outlaws and DIRTcar personnel. It was created with the help of motorsports experts Agajanian & Anthony, P.C., Mr. Jeff Ladd at Sports Insurance Specialists, LLC and Dr. Jack Faircloth, MD. The purpose of it was to provide, not only the series but tracks around the country a helpful resource to safely return to racing. It's still available to everyone on the World of Outlaws website.

“A handful of racing organizations reached out to see if they could use it,” Record said. “The document was written with the specific intention that anybody could use it.”

The procedures were put to the test at Knoxville and proved beneficial as the event went on with no issues, giving hope during a dark time. Adding to that, everyone watching on DIRTVision was treated to a stellar race.

Even with the grandstands empty – a first in the history of the World of Outlaws – the adrenaline rush of excitement provided by David Gravel and Ian Madsen's late-race battle for the win created an electric atmosphere around the half-mile track that felt like 20,000 fans were there cheering at the finish.

As DIRTVision pit reporter Dave Rieff said after the race, “It was quiet… But it was cool.”

Its success became a launching point for the Series and dirt racing in general. It laid a path for motorsports to return to a world starving for entertainment.

“We were faced with a situation that we never dreamt of being faced with,” World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “We weren’t the only ones, obviously. I’m pretty proud of our company. We had a choice to make. We could either sit back and see what other people did or, I think we were in a unique situation where we were in a position to lead in some areas. That’s what we decided to do. We got out there and led. We got out front and dealt with things we never had to deal with before.”

COVID didn’t go away after Knoxville. Each series faced varying restrictions and guidelines from state to state and county to county. In the early stages of the pandemic, those restrictions tended to change week to week, as well. But with the Return to Racing safety guidelines already established, racing was able to occur every weekend – leading to full schedules being secured this year – fans were able to return and drivers were paid a full points fund at the end of the year.

However, questions still lingered about what fan attendance would look like once restrictions lifted. Would fans still want to come to races in large crowds? This year, the answer has emphatically been, “yes.” Stands have been full each week and record numbers of merchandise have been sold.

“It’s been actually really incredible to see how much has really changed,” Two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion Brad Sweet said. “Obviously, we had great momentum at the end of 2019 (ending the season with the closest points battle in Series history), and obviously with COVID in 2020 we weren’t sure how we were going to recover. The crowds have been unbelievable. The fans have been energetic. It’s so great to be racing in front of the big crowds again. I honestly feel like they’re bigger than they’ve ever been before. It’s really awesome to be a part of the World of Outlaws right now.”

There’s a pent-up demand to see racing, according to Carter. Those who could only watch World of Outlaws events on DIRTVision, either as a new or current fan last year, are now taking advantage of seeing them live.

“The crowds have been remarkable,” Carter said. “The reception has been remarkable. People want to wear the T-shirts and wear their favorite driver’s T-shirts and they want to let the world know they’re at a dirt track having fun.”

Eldora Speedway still has to adhere to local COVID restrictions with limited fans in attendance this weekend, but the World of Outlaws’ return to the “Big E” will mark the first time in about 20 months the famed track has been able to host an event with fans. It’s a sight everyone at Eldora will be celebrating.

“It’s huge,” Eldora Speedway Promoter and General Manager Roger Slack said. “It’s going to be emotional for everybody. Everybody that works here, from our concession workers to our ticket folks and safety team and everybody that is here full-time, we have a great passion for this place and great pride. To not be able to host events last year, that’s what we all live to do. It’s a lot of work to put it on the way we are.”

For years to come, May 8 will represent an important part of World of Outlaws, dirt racing and motorsports history.

“May the 8th, it was an extraordinary day in the midst of silence. It was crazy and something I’ve never experienced before," Carter said. "I’ll never forget that. But it was a good day for dirt track racing and in particular the World of Outlaws. It was going back to what we all wanted to so badly do.”

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NEXT CHAPTER: Daryn Pittman Relishing Role of Part-Time Ride, Full-Time Business

Former Champ Teams with Swindell, Takes Ownership of Ultra Shield Race Products

ROSSBURG, OH - May 4, 2021 - Daryn Pittman never wanted to stop racing, he just wanted to explore other avenues and prepare himself for life down the road.

That's exactly what the 2013 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion is doing in his first season away from the cockpit full-time. Announced this week, Daryn and his wife Mandy Pittman have acquired ownership of Texas based Ultra Shield Race Products, expanding upon his well-known passion for safety in Sprint Car Racing.

Daryn the businessman will be quite busy working on seats, belts, tear-offs, and other aspects of the industry from Monday through Friday, but Daryn the racer still has that burning fire to compete within inside of him on the weekends. He'll fulfill the desire by competing in a 20-25 race part-time schedule with Kevin Swindell's #39 team.

It's a part-time schedule centered around the Crown Jewel events, but it all gets started this weekend at Eldora Speedway's #LetsRaceTwo on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8; where Pittman hopes to deliver a first-career World of Outlaws victory to Swindell - the owner.

ELDORA TICKETS (5/7-8)

"A big goal of mine in this whole deal is to be the guy that gets Kevin his first win as an owner," Pittman told the Passing Points Podcast. "I think he'll end up with plenty down the road, but I already stole two of them from Christopher [Bell] and I don't feel bad about it whatsoever. Truthfully, there's no reason why we shouldn't be successful."

A project months in the making, on both ends, Pittman was finally ready to tease his schedule after the news became officially official.

"I'be been in contact with Kevin really since Chili Bowl back in January," Pittman elaborated. "We knew the Ultra Shield deal was coming, so that's why were vague for quite awhile, but Kevin was more than happy to work with us. It's not a lot, but it's the races that are important to us both."

The element that makes Pittman most comfortable with this new arrangement is his faith in knowing Swindell will bring a competitive car to the track.

"I need to focus on my job and this business from Monday to Friday," Pittman explained. "I need to be able to show up and just drive, and I know Kevin can bring that whenever we unload. His stuff is fast everywhere they go. Hopefully we're fast right out of the gate at Eldora."

Making their debut together at Eldora almost seems like the perfect match. Kevin's #39 recently sat on the pole position of the Kings Royal with his father Sammy Swindell at the wheel, and Pittman himself has quite the record at the Rossburg, OH 1/2-mile.

Across thousands and thousands of laps in 127 starts at The Big E, Pittman has collected four World of Outlaws win and two of the most special victories of his career: the 2003 Historical Big One and the 2008 Kings Royal.

On the flip side, the Owasso, OK native is taking care of business and getting to work before he has some fun this weekend.

"As we speak, I'm actually gluing up some window nets," Pittman joked. "It's a little overwhelming, but we're excited for the challenge. It's exciting because you know I've been a customer basically my entire career, I've been sitting in their seats I think since 1999. I know them very well and I'm passionate about the safety side."

It all goes back to 2002 when a crash at Hollywood Hills (NM) Speedway left Pittman sidelined with a broken back. In what he described as a "relatively easy, dumb crash," he broke his T-4 and T-5 vertebrae. Enter Dave Sharpley.

"Dave is actually one of my best friends and his whole business started around me breaking my back," Pittman mentioned. "He was actually working in IndyCar at the time with Andretti Autosport. In trying to find a way to prevent stuff like my injury, we tried stuff that winter and poured an insert into an aluminum seat using what the IndyCar guys do. Since that day in 2002, I haven't driven a race car without it."

While still planning his move and settling into the new operation, Pittman's spring racing schedule will be relatively simple with Eldora Speedway this weekend and maybe Knoxville Raceway's World of Outlaws doubleheader next month on June 11-12.

All four days of the Kings Royal (July 14-17) at Eldora, the prestigious 60th running of the Knoxville Nationals (August 11-14), and the elusive National Open (October 1-2) at Williams Grove are the main attractions on his limited schedule.

Other nuggets such as Pennsylvania Speedweek and potential the 360 Knoxville Nationals could come to fruition as well. It's an ever-moving project as Pittman prepares for his next chapter in looking ahead to the business at Ultra Shield.

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Excited for Return to Eldora Speedway This Weekend

#LetsRaceTwo is Crucial Practice for Outlaws Before TWO Kings Royal's in July

ROSSBURG, OH - May 3, 2021 - When you think of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Eldora Speedway is one of the first tracks you think of.

Last year, the Outlaws were locked out of Rossburg, Ohio for the first time in Series history. We didn't get to race two in May, we didn't get to crown a king in July, and no crowns were handed out in September. It was sad, quite frankly.

This year, we're bringing it all back. #LetsRaceTwo this weekend (May 7-8) will mark the first of seven World of Outlaws shows at the 1/2-mile. In July, we're going all-out with TWO $175,000-to-win Kings Royal's (July 14-17); and then we get to return for the 4-Crown Nationals on September 24.

ELDORA TICKETS (May 7-8)

Due to ongoing restrictions, this weekend's event at Eldora features a 30% capacity limit for fans in attendance. So, if you plan on seeing The Greatest Show on Dirt at The Big E, you'll have to buy those tickets fast.

Here are some of the most noteworthy storylines to follow this weekend:

IT'S BEEN TOO LONG: Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio's Eldora Speedway stood alongside Iowa's Knoxville Raceway and Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway as the only three tracks to host the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars during every single season since the Series was born in 1978.

Unfortunately, that all changed when restrictions locked the Outlaws out of Eldora in 2020. When The Greatest Show on Dirt rolls into Rossburg on Friday, it'll mark 589 days since the last appearance on September 27, 2019 won by Logan Schuchart. Rightfully so, drivers are thrilled to finally be heading back to The Big E.

MODERN STARS OF ELDORA: With 215 previous appearances at the 1/2-mile, the list of Outlaw legends at Eldora ranges wide and far. If you look at the all-time wins list, Steve Kinser (41 wins), Sammy Swindell (30 wins) and Doug Wolfgang (15 wins) lead the way, but who are some of the modern day stars to watch for?

Donny Schatz is the winningest active driver at the track, spanning 15 victories from his first in 2003 and most recent in 2019. Four other full-time Outlaws including Brad Sweet (4 wins), Jason Sides (2 wins), David Gravel (2 wins) and Logan Schuchart (2 wins) have won on multiple occasions.

Former full-timers such as Tim Shaffer (4 wins), Daryn Pittman (4 wins), Paul McMahan (2 wins) and Brent Marks (1 win) are expected to compete in this weekend's #LetsRaceTwo event as well.

MILESTONE MARKS: Along with his 300th career victory waiting in the wings, 1o-time Series champion Donny Schatz is on the verge of two other mega milestones this weekend at Eldora Speedway. Entering #LetsRaceTwo, the Fargo, ND native is only one start away from his 1,900th Feature with the World of Outlaws and only one top five away from 950 such occasions.

The Tony Stewart Racing, Carquest, Ford Performance #15 has been a factor for the win throughout all four 1/2-mile events this season. They'll feel good heading to Eldora where Schatz has more laps than any other circuit on the tour.

WELCOME BACK: For the first time since he retired from full-time competition at the end of 2020, Daryn Pittman is slated to make his World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series return this weekend at Eldora Speedway. The 2013 Series champion and 86-time winner (ninth all-time) will make his first-start aboard the Swindell SpeedLab #39 owned by former Outlaws winner, Kevin Swindell.

While managing his new full-time business adventure as owner of Ultra Shield Race Products alongside his wife Mandy, Pittman will still put together a part-time racing schedule. That part-time schedule begins this weekend at Eldora, where the Owasso, OK native picked up two of the biggest wins of his career at the 2003 Historical Big One and 2008 Kings Royal.

SWEET'S STREAKING: For the second this year, Brad Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 have gone streaking. They enter Eldora with three consecutive victories to their credit after sweeping the weekend at Jacksonville (IL) Speedway and then two nights at I-70 (MO) Motorsports Park.

The Grass Valley, CA native returns to Eldora this weekend with a chance to match his career-best streak of four-straight wins, and potentially set a new career-best of five-straight on Saturday. The Big Cat has four previous World of Outlaws wins at the 1/2-mile, and even a 2008 USAC National Sprint Car win at the track, who joins as support class this weekend at #LetsRaceTwo.

PICKING UP STEAM: It's hard to compete with a three-race win streak, but Sweet's closest championship contenders David Gravel and Carson Macedo are building their own pallet of momentum thanks to their recent runs.

Since his weekend sweep at Bristol, Gravel of Watertown, CT has chopped Sweet's points advantage to 90 PTS thanks to a five-race stretch highlighted by four podium finishes aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2. For Carson Macedo, the Jason Johnson Racing #41 driver has found a rhythm with 10 consecutive top-10 finishes that has catapulted him to third in the standings. Gravel has previous wins at Eldora, including the special one-off Governor's Reign last year, but Macedo is chasing his first-career triumph at The Big E.

ON THE VERGE: If it wasn't for bad luck, Sheldon Haudenschild might not have any luck at all. The Wooster, OH superstar was only 11 combined laps away from two different victories last weekend. He was cruising through lap traffic at Jacksonville on Thursday when a cut right rear tire spoiled his run on Lap 32 of 40, and then he was dominating at I-70 on Saturday before a caution on Lap 27 of 30 gave Sweet the opportunity to pass him on the final restart.

The Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 crew knows they're fast, it's just about piecing everything together. They'll enter Eldora chasing their third victory of the 2021 season. Lil Haud has yet to win at Eldora, but in his last two World of Outlaws shows at the track he finished third and fourth as he continues to figure out the Ohio 1/2-mile.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday-Saturday, May 7-8 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

On the Internet
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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will go face the Pennsylvania Posse in a trio of events at Lincoln Speedway (Wednesday, May 12) and Williams Grove Speedway (Friday-Saturday, May 14-15).

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):
8 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):
194 laps – Brad Sweet
76 laps – David Gravel
67 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
51 laps – Aaron Reutzel
49 laps – Logan Schuchart
45 laps – Donny Schatz
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
11 laps – Carson Macedo
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):
4 QuickTimes – David Gravel
3 QuickTimes - Sheldon Haudenschild
2 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel, Logan Schuchart, Danny Dietrich

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (20 Drivers):
7 Heat Wins - David Gravel
6 Heat Wins - Aaron Reutzel, Carson Macedo
5 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Donny Schatz, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown
1 Heat Win –  Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Larson

PODIUM FINISHES (17 Drivers):
13 Podiums – Brad Sweet
5 Podiums - David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, Carson Macedo
4 Podiums – Logan Schuchart, Aaron Reutzel, Donny Schatz
3 Podiums – James McFadden
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Brent Marks, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)

 

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United Rebel Sprint Series Takes on Dodge City Raceway Park This Saturday

DODGE CITY, Kansas (May 10, 2021) – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing is slated for competition to resume this Saturday, May 15 at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas. Last week’s events in Colorado were postponed due to capacity restrictions amongst the area.

The 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval saw United Rebel Sprint Series competition take place just two weeks ago on April 24, where Oklahoma-native Ty Williams captured the victory. With only one race completed for the season thus far, Ty Williams reigns in as the point-leader. Jeremy Huish, Taylor Velasquez, Zach Blurton, and Mike Woodruff complete the top-five in point standings.

The series looks forward to its return to Dodge City Raceway Park , where former World of Outlaw sprint car driver, Craig Dollansky has assumed the head position of facility operations. Dollansky and his team have put forth an incredible amount of work to make the facility top-notch for fans and drivers alike. A fantastic field of cars are expected for Saturday’s competition.

Hot laps are slated to begin at 6:15PM, with the green flag dropping at 7:00PM. Grandstand admission is $10, with kids 12 and under free of charge.

The United Rebel Sprint Series partnered with Kansas ’ Drive to Zero program to offer a $5,000 pay day to the 2021 Series Champion. The Drive to Zero program was designed with one goal in mind – to reduce fatalities and serious injuries that occur on Kansas highways – targeting child passenger safety, impaired driving, texting, and seat belt violations.

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).

 

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27 Hoosier Midwest Sprint Car Series entries


 

Hoosier Speed quick time: Pill draw


 

SPEC Racing Engine heat winners: Tye Mihocko, Robert Ballou, Chase Johnson


 

Brandies B-Main: Matt Goodnight


 

Rod End Supply Podium Feature event: Kyle Cummins, Carson Short, Jadon Rogers

Keizer Aluminum Wheel, top five of race, 5th place, Tye Mihocko


 

Wilwood Brakes, good break of the race 7th, Davey Ray


 

Saldana Racing Products, Lucky 13th, Sterling Cling


 

Takehuki, hard charger, Kyle Rodgers


 

Hinchman top running rookie, Paul Niehiser


 

Afco, shocking moment of the race: Robert Ballou Flip


 

Feature Results:

Kyle Cummins

Carson Short

Jadon Rogers

Chase Stockon

Tye Mihocko

Chase Johnson

Davey Ray

Paul Nienhiser

Nate McMillin

JJ Hughes

Brian VanMeveren

Matt Goodnight

Sterling Cling

Nick Harris

Cole Bodine

Max Guilford

Ricky Lewis

Shane Cottle

Nick Bilbee

Robert Ballou

 

 
Next event: 5/15/21
Midwest Sprint Car Series
Midwest Madness
Tri-State Speedway
25 laps $3000 to win!
Pits 3:00
Hot Laps 6:00
Racing 7:30
Will see you at the track!

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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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