"HUT HUNDRED," LITTLE BELLEVILLE NEXT FOR MIDGETS; ABREU "SWEEPS" KOKOMO MIDGET GRAND PRIX
The 2014 Honda USAC National Midget Series resumes May 9-10 with back-to-back events in Western Illinois. The prestigious "Hut Hundred" unfolds May 9 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., while Belle Clair Speedway in Belleville hosts the May 10 race, co-sanctioned by POWRi.
Rico Abreu of Rutherford, Calif. will lead the USAC contingent into the Illinois races after his "sweep" of last week's "Kokomo Midget Grand Prix" at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. He led all 30 laps of Friday night's race in his Keitn Kunz/Curb Agajanian Motorsports Toyota TRD Bullet. Dave Darland finished second ahead of Christopher Bell, Chris Windom and Tracy Hines.
Saturday, Abreu led a 1-2-3 "sweep" for the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team. He led the last 27 laps to win the 40-lapper, beating teammates Tanner Thorson and Bell to the checkered flag. Hines was fourth and Tyler Thomas fifth. Tyler Courtney led the first three laps, Kevin Thomas Jr. led the next five and Bell the next five before suffering a part failure which forced him to the pits for repairs.
The May 9 race at Granite City, Ill. continues a long-standing tradition for the "Hut Hundred," which dates back to 1952. Active former race winners include Brady Bacon, Zach Daum, Bryan Clauson, Darren Hagen, Bobby East, Dave Darland and Tracy Hines.
2014 Honda USAC National Midget Standings: 1-Rico Abreu-139; 2-Christopher Bell-125; 3-Tracy Hines-114; 4-Tanner Thorson & Kevin Thomas Jr.-102; 6-Dave Darland-94; 7-Chris Windom-89; 8-Zach Daum-84; 9-Bryan Clauson-80; 10-Tyler Thomas-75.
"BRANSON-LARSON" SPRINT SATURDAY AT ELDORA
This Saturday night's AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio salutes the memory of two members of the USAC Hall of Fame, the legendary Don Branson and Jud Larson, both of whom will be formally inducted May 17 during pre-race ceremonies at the USAC Hall of Fame Silver Crown event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Ind.
Branson, USAC's 1964 Sprint car champion, scored 13 USAC Sprint victories during his career, while Larson earned 15 USAC Sprint wins. Larson grabbed three Eldora trophies in 1964 and 1965 and Branson took one each in 1965 and 1966.
Dave Darland and Justin Grant enter the Eldora race separated by a single point in the latest AMSOIL standings. Darland's three 2014 starts have produced a second, a third and a fourth, while Grant has a win (at Lawrenceburg April 5), a second and a sixth.
Darland, trailing Tom Bigelow by just five wins for the all-time USAC National Sprint Car victory lead, has four Eldora trophies in his case, including one in 2012.
Tracy Hines, just two wins behind Darland in the all-time list, has nine Eldora Sprint wins, which include two in 2012. Chris Windom should also be a top contender Saturday after winning last year's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora.
Defending AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champion Bryan Clauson enters the race fourth in the 2014 standings. Amazingly, he is still seeking his initial Eldora USAC Sprint win.
Saturday's race continues a "Branson-Larson" tradition started in 1981 when Dave Peperak was the winner. Other race winners include Jack Hewitt (1982 & 1990), Rich Vogler (1983 & 1987), Steve Butler (1984), Jac Haudenschild (1985 & 1987), Rick Hood (1988), Terry Shepherd (1992), Robbie Stanley (1993), Frankie Kerr (1994 & 1996), Kevin Doty (1995 &1998), Kevin Huntley (1997), Derek Davidson (1999), Jay Drake (2000, 2004 & 2005), Tracy Hines (2001, 2008 & 2012), J.J. Yeley (2002), Boston Reid (2003), Jerry Coons Jr. (2006), Robert Ballou (2007), Jerry Coons Jr. (2009) and Robert Ballou (2010).
2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Dave Darland-183, 2-Justin Grant-182, 3-Chase Stockon-171, 4-Bryan Clauson-169, 5-Brady Bacon-167, 6-Jon Stanbrough-146, 7-Tracy Hines-138, 8-Chris Windom-118, 9-Robert Ballou-113, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-108.
AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 12, 2014 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "So-Cal Sprint Car Spectacular"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.307; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.350; 3. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.401; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-16.548; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.573; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.663; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.703; 8. Gary Taylor, 04G, Cook-16.712; 9. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.975; 10. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-16.803; 11. Cody Swanson, 36, Springstead-16.878; 12. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-16.898; 13. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-16.953; 14. Seth Wilson, 6w, Wilson-16.956; 15. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-16.975; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.996; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.053; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.075; 19. Gtreg Alexander, 72, Tyler-17.193; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0k, Perkins-17.329; 21. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.509; 22. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.735; 23. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.744; 24. Kyle Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.761; 25. Jeremy Ellertson, 98x, Ellertson-18.053; 26. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-18.162; 27. Gary Potter, 6x, Potter-19.197; 28. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Bezio, 3. Roa, 4. Spencer, 5. R.Gardner, 6. Alexander, 7. Ercse, 8.Everhart, 9. Ellertson. 2:52.54
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Wilson, 3. Taylor, 4. C.Williams, 5. A.Williams, 6. C.Swanson, 7. Perkins, 8. L.Williams, 9. Denome. 2:49.61
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kruseman, 2. Faas, 3. Gaunt, 4. Mitchell, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ballard, 7. Gansen, 8. Smith, 9. Potter. 2:52.03
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. R.Gardner, 2. A.Williams, 3. C.Swanson, 4. Alexander, 5. Ballard, 6. Ercse, 7. Sweeney, 8. Perkins, 9. L. Williams, 10. Smith,11. Denome, 12. Everhart, 13. Ellertson, 14. Gansen. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer,3. Matt Mitchell, 4. NIc Faas, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Gary Taylor, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Cody Swanson, 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12. Greg Alexander, 13. Logan Williams, 14. A.J. Bender, 15. Verne Sweeney, 16. J.J. Ercse, 17. Kenny Perkins, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Seth Wilson, 20. David Bezio, 21. Cory Ballard, 22. Cal Smith. NT
**Gansen flipped during the semi. A.Williams flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Mitchell, Laps 4-30 D.Gardner.
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-D.Gardner-215, 2-Faas-184, 3-Spencer-171, 4-Mitchell-159, 5-Taylor-143, 6-R.J. Johnson-108, 7-Roa-103, 8-Kruseman-97, 9-C.Williams-97, 10-Jake Swanson-92.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE:May 3, 2013 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 11, 2014 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix" - (Co-sanctioned by POWRi)
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dave Darland, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-13.299; 2. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.365; 3. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.416; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling-13.517; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.572; 6. Justin Grant, 35, Gardner-13.602; 7. Caleb Armstrong, 4, Klatt-13.631; 8. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.658; 9. Chris Windom, 3, RFMS-13.699; 10. Michael Pickens, 3F, RFMS-13.725; 11. Parker Price-Miller, 9P, Ronk-13.735; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 57K, Ecker-13.772; 13. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.778; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.780; 15. Shane Hollingsworth, 85, Hollingsworth-13.792; 16. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.806; 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17x, KBR-13.832; 18. Brady Bacon, 99, BBR-13.853; 19. Tyler Courtney, 11, Wilke-13.857; 20. Davey Ray, 33, RayPro-13.894; 21. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-13.986; 22. Shane Cottle, 57F, Ecker-14.010; 23. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-14.027; 24. Austin Brown, 7, KBR-14.052; 25. Spencer Bayston, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-14.073; 26. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-14.100; 27. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-14.117; 28. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-14.135; 29. Daniel Robinson, 57, McCreery-14.152; 30. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-14.256; 31. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.274; 32. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-14.361; 33. Seth Motsinger, 2, KBR-14.394; 34. Kyle Lick, 10, Moore-14.700; 35. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-14.722; 36. Derek Holmwood, 17H, Holmwood-14.737; 37. Justin Grosz, 99G, JGR-14.766; 38. Stratton Briggs, 2s, Briggs-14.795; 39. Jake Blackhurst, 25x, Blackhurst-14.805; 40. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-15.089; 41. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-15.236; 42. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-15.554; 43. Gary Bradley, 4x, Bradley-16.301; 44. Ryan Criswell, 11R, R&C-NT; 45. Darren Hagen, 56, Hmiel-NT; 46. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Darland, 4. Ferns, 5. Hagen, 6. T. Thomas, 7. Thorson, 8. Bayston, 9. Motsinger, 10. Grosz, 11. Gipson, 12. Robinson.
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Bell, 3. Bacon, 4. Peck, 5. Grant, 6. Felker, 7. Lick, 8. Briggs, 9. Bright, 10. Pickens, 11. Buckwalter, 12. Leer.
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C. Cottle, 2. Courtney, 3. Abreu, 4. Hollingsworth, 5. Armstrong, 6. Blackhurst, 7. Chapple, 8. Bailey, 9. Bradley, 10. Price-Miller, 11. Neuman.
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Clauson, 3. Hines, 4. Daum, 5. Brown, 6. Gehrke, 7. Wean, 8. Holmwood, 9. Dickerson, 10. Criswell, 11. Coons.
QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Felker, 3. Motsinger, 4. Lick, 5. Blackhurst, 6. Holmwood, 7. Briggs, 8. Dickerson, 9. Bradley, 10. Leer, 11. Gipson, 12. Grosz.
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Bright, 3. Coons, 4. Brown, 5. Hagen, 6. Robinson, 7. Motsinger, 8. T. Thomas, 9. Bayston, 10. Wean, 11. Lick, 12. Chapple, 13. Felker, 14. Armstrong, 15. Pickens, 16. Grant, 17. Neuman, 18. Gehrke, 19. Buckwalter, 20. Price-Miller.
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Zach Daum, 9. Shane Hollingsworth, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Andrew Felker, 13. Parker Price-Miller, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Davey Ray, 17. Daniel Robinson, 18. Austin Brown, 19. Darren Hagen, 20. Shane Cottle, 21. Justin Peck, 22. Taylor Ferns, 23. Spencer Bayston, 24. Seth Motsinger, 25. Alex Bright, 26. Colten Cottle.
**Buckwalter flipped in the Semi. Pickens flipped in the Semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Abreu.
NEW HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bell-70; 2-Darland-69; 3-Bell-66; 4-Windom-59; 5-Hines-54; 6-CLauson-52; 7-Daum-44; 8-Thorson-39; 9-Coons-33; 10-Felker-29.
NEXT HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: April 12 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix" (Co-sanctioned by POWRi)
SPRINTS EYE ELDORA'S "BRANSON/LARSON" APRIL 19; GRANT TAKES LAWRENCEBURG SPRINT
The "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" is next up for the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series, slated April 19 at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Dave Darland, the 2013 series runner-up, holds a one-point lead over Justin Grant in the latest standings after Grant and Darland finished 1-2 in Saturday night's midwestern opener at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
Grant, of Ione, Calif., who scored his initial USAC victory two years ago at Lawrenceburg, got past Jon Stanbrough on a 28th-lap restart and paced the final three laps in his Mark Hery Racing S & H Nerf Bars DRC/Claxton Chevy. Darland, who led the first nine laps of the race, took second ahead of Jerry Coons Jr., Brady Bacon and Stanbrough, who led 18 laps of the feature.
Stanbrough, who appeared headed for victory until the final restart, would have tied Darland as the winningest USAC Sprint drivers at Lawrenceburg had he won the race.
Tracy Hines, who failed to finish at Lawrenceburg, enters the April 19 Eldora race as the defending "Branson/Larson" winner, since he won in 2012 and last year's race was rained out.
2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Dave Darland-183, 2-Justin Grant-182, 3-Chase Stockon-171, 4-Bryan Clauson-169, 5-Brady Bacon-167, 6-Jon Stanbrough-146, 7-Tracy Hines-138, 8-Chris Windom-118, 9-Robert Ballou-113, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-108.
"SO-CAL SPRINT CAR SPECTACULAR" SATURDAY AT PERRIS
Defending AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champ Damion Gardner has a 20-point lead over Nic Faas in the 2014 standings and would like nothing better than to increase his lead over Mike Spencer in the all-time list of USAC/CRA race winners at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in this Saturday night's "So-Cal Sprint Car Spectacular" at the half-mile dirt oval.
Gardner has 27 career PAS victories, compared to 25 for Spencer, and won the March 15 Perris opener.
Spencer currently rests fourth in the standings, 39 behind Gardner as he aims for a record-setting sixth series championship.
Faas is the most recent USAC winner of the three, having won this past Saturday night's USAC Western Classic Sprint race at Calistoga, Calif.
Other former Perris USAC/CRA winners who may compete Saturday include Cory Kruseman (17), Faas (8), Rip Williams (7), Matt Mitchell (4) and R.J. Johnson (1).
2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-142. 2-Nic Faas-122, 3-R.J. Johnson-108, 4-Mike Spencer-103, 5-Matt Mitchell-99, 6-Gary Taylor-92, 7-Jake Swanson-91, 8-Josh Pelkey-79, 9-Cody Williams-75, 10-Brody Roa-61.
HPD MIDGETS AT LAS VEGAS, KOKOMO & ACE; BRECKENRIDGE GETS VICTORY #1 AT LVMS
USAC's Eastern, Midwestern and Western HPD Midgets all are in action this coming weekend.
The Eastern Series gets under way at Ace Speedway in Altamont, N.C. with back-to-back races on Friday and Saturday nights. Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, as part of its "Kokomo Midget Grand Prix," hosts the Midwestern HPD Midgets Friday and Saturday, also opening that series for the season. The Western series resumes at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway's Bullring, site of last Saturday's history-making race.
The history was made by female driver Christine Breckenridge of Irvine, Calif., who became the 26th female driver to win a USAC feature race by taking Saturday's 30-lap Western HPD Midget feature at Las Vegas. She passed fast qualifier Michael Fanelli on lap 11 and led the rest of the way to beat Jeff Kelley, Fanelli, Shawn Buckley and Marina Turner. She's the first female USAC feature winner in nearly a year.
2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Shawn Buckley-239, 2-Bryan Dawson-132, 3-Toni Breidinger-115, 4-Ashley Hazelton-106, 5-Joel Rayborne-92, 6-Jake Swanson-73, 7-Christine Breckenridge-73, 8-Dillon Noble-70, 9-Jeff Kelley-69, 10-Michael Fanelli-67.
SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY SATURDAY
Josh Pelkey leads the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars to Arizona Speedway Saturday night as the series resumes its 2014 campaign. Pelkey recorded his first USAC feature win last month at Peoria, Ariz. and has a three-point lead in the standings over Shon Deskins.
Winners of last year's first year of USAC racing at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek included R.J. Johnson (3), Charles Davis Jr. (2) and Mike Martin.
Johnson is the defending Southwest Sprint Car king and is tied with Bryan Clauson for the most USAC victories in the state at 12 each. Davis is right behind at 11.
Saturday's race is one of six USAC races scheduled this year at the one-third mile dirt oval.
2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-Josh Pelkey-71, 2-Shon Deskins-68, 3-R.J. Johnson-62, 4-Tom Ogle-57, 5-Andy Reinbold-54, 6-Tye Mihocko-49, 7-Mike Martin-48, 8-Michael Curtis-47, 9-Lonnie Oliver-46, 10-Nick Aiuto-37.
HANFORD APRIL 25 NEXT FOR WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINTS; FAAS, BERNAL SPLIT CALISTOGA "CLASSIC" SPOTLIGHT
Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. hosts the next round in the 2014 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series, slated April 25 at the 3/8-mile dirt track. The series continues the next night, April 26, at the one-third mile dirt Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.
Geoff Ensign emerged from last weekend's races with a five-point lead in the most recent series standings. Ensign finished second in Saturday's feature at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway, then backed it up with another second the following night at the same track.
AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car regular Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, Calif. grabbed Saturday's 20-lapper at Calistoga. He took the lead at the start and led all 20 laps in the Keith Ford Berry Pack/King Racing Products Spike/Nogrady to beat Ensign, Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd and Marty Hawkins. Driver Bradley Terrell was transported to a local hospital after suffering a broken leg during a heat race crash.
Defending USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. won Sunday's 20-lap feature at Calistoga, wheeling the Mike Phulps Core Power/DMI Race Products ART/S & S. He passed Trevor Schmid on lap three and led the rest of the way to beat Ensign, Richard Vander Weerd, Landon Hurst and Jace Vander Weerd.
2014 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Standings: 1-Geoff Ensign-130, 2-Ryan Bernal-125, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-115, 4-Nic Faas-113, 5-Trevor Schmid-102, 6-Matt Mitchell-92, 7-Marty Hawkins-92, 8-Landon Hurst-89, 9-Jace Vander Weerd-84, 10-Terry Schank Jr.-84.
"KOKOMO MIDGET GRAND PRIX" FRIDAY-SATURDAY
This weekend's "Kokomo Midget Grand Prix" at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway debuts a new motorsports tradition at the quarter-mile dirt oval and opens the 2014 USAC National Midget Dirt campaign. The event is co-sanctioned by Powri.
Defending series champion Christopher Bell, who captured last year's "Indiana Midget Week" title in a thrilling Kokomo finale, will open defense of his championship and will face a top-flight field of drivers in the two-night spectacular.
Bell, of Norman, Okla., scored prestigious Midget wins last year in the Belleville Midget Nationals, Gold Crown Midget Nationals and Indiana Midget Week on his way to the crown.
Other top drivers expected to compete at Kokomo include 2014 Powri Midget Champion Zach Daum, plus former USAC Kokomo Midget winners Bryan Clauson, winner of the this year's "Chili Bowl Nationals" in Tulsa, Okla., Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Michael Pickens and Brady Bacon.
Racing opens at Kokomo Friday, with complete racing programs slated Friday and Saturday nights.
Rico Abreu, winner of last year's "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio, is the track record holder for USAC Midgets at 13.009 seconds.
"HALL OF FAME CLASSIC" MAY 17 IN INDIANAPOLIS; SWANSON LEADS ALL BUT 2 LAPS TO WIN "SUMAR CLASSIC"
The May 17 USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. is round two of the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Series and will feature the 12 new inductions into USAC's Hall of Fame.
Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. will take a three-point lead over Tracy Hines into the May 17 race as a result of his victory in Sunday's "Sumar Classic" 100-lap race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
Swanson started second in the race next to pole-starter Hines and proceeded to lead the first 35 laps in his Radio Hospital Maxim/Hampshire. He relinquished the lead to Chris Windom on a restart for lap 36 and Hines led lap 37 before Swanson returned to the front to lead the final 63 laps for the victory.
Hines took second at the checkered flag ahead of Jerry Coons Jr., Bobby East and Zach Daum.
Rounding out the "top-10" were Shane Cockrum, Dave Darland, A.J. Fike, John Hunt and Joe Liguori.
The victory was Swanson's fourth in Silver Crown competition, meaning that the search for the series' 100th different race winner will continue on May 17 at Indianapolis.
2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Kody Swanson-63, 2-Tracy Hines-60, 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-54, 4-Bobby East-51, 5-Zach Daum-48, 6-Shane Cockrum-45, 7-Dave Darland-42, 8-A.J. Fike-39, 9-John Hunt-36, 10-Joe Liguori-33.
USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 6, 2014 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 3. Trevor Schmid (#2 Schmid), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 5. Terry Schank Jr (#1 Gleason), 6. Matt Mitchell (#42 Cheney). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 2. Nic Faas (#73X Ford), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Scott Hall (#77J Campanile), 5. Marty Hawkins (#3M Hawkins), 6. Landon Hurst (#179 Hurst). NT
FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Geoff Ensign, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Landon Hurst, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Trevor Schmid, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Nic Faas, 9. Marty Hawkins, 10. Terry Schank Jr., 11. Scott Hall, 12. D.J. Johnson. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Schmid, Laps 3-20 Bernal.
NEW WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ensign-130. 2-Bernal-125. 3-R.Vander Weerd-115, 4-Faas-113, 5-Schmid-102, 6-Mitchell-92, 7-Hawkins-92, 8-Hurst-89, 9-J,Vander Weerd-84, 10-Schank-84.
NEXT WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT RACE: April 25 - Hanford, CA - Kings Speedway - "Verne Brasel Classic"
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: April 6, 2014 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-21.112; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.159; 3. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.422; 4. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-21.455; 5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-21.467; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-21.534; 7. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.869; 8. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-22.045; 9. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-22.063; 10. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-22.144; 11. Christopher Bell, 21, Team Six-R-22.221; 12. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.245; 13. Joe Liguori, 99, RPM/Gormly-22.511; 14. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-22.520; 15. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-22.850; 16. Dakota Jackson, 33, Jackson-22.865; 17. John Hunt, 91, Hunt-23.082; 18. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-23.088; 19. Jarett Andretti, 14, McQuinn-23.231; 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.335; 21. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-NT.
FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bobby East, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Dave Darland, 8. A.J. Fike, 9. John Hunt, 10. Joe Liguori, 11. Jacob Wilson, 12. Patrick Lawson, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Aaron Pierce, 15. Caleb Armstrong, 16. Christopher Bell, 17. Davey Ray, 18. Dakota Jackson, 19. Taylor Ferns, 20. Jake Simmons, 21. Jarett Andretti. NT
**Simmons flipped during practice. Jackson flipped on lap 3 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Swanson, Lap 36 Windom, Lap 37 Hines, Laps 38-100 Swanson.
NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-63, 2-Hines-60, 3-Coons-54, 4-East-51, 5-Daum-48, 6-Cockrum-45, 7-Darland-42, 8-Fike-39, 9-Hunt-36, 10-Liguori-33.
NEXT SILVER CROWN RACE: May 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "USAC Hall of Fame Classic"
USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 5, 2014 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Terry Schank Jr (#1 Gleason), 2. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 3. Landon Hurst (#179 Hurst), 4. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 5. Marty Hawkins (#3M Hawkins), 6. Scott Hall (#77J Campanile), 7. Billy Aton (#26 Aton), 8. Bradley Terrell (#5X McMichael). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Nic Faas (#73X Ford), 3. Trevor Schmid (#2 Schmid), 4. Matt Mitchell (#42 Cheney), 5. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 7. Jim Richardson (#8 Richardson). NT
FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Nic Faas, 2. Geoff Ensign, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Marty Hawkins, 6. Trevor Schmid, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Terry Schank Jr., 9. Scott Hall, 10. Jim Richardson, 11. D.J. Johnson, 12. Landon Hurst, 13. Jace Vander Weerd. NT
**Aton and Terrell flipped during the first heat. Terrell taken to a local hospital after suffering a broken leg.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Faas.
NEW WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINTS: 1-Faas-67, 2-Ensign-65, 3-Bernal-59, 4-R.Vander Weerd-54, 5-Hawkins-52, 6-Schmid-51, 7-Mitchell-47, 8-Schank-47, 9-Hall-39, 10-Johnson-38.
NEXT WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT RACE: April 6 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 5, 2014 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star-13.727; 2. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-13.823; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.851; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.902; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 41, SST-13.924; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.955; 7. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips-13.955; 9. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-14.076; 9. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-14.107; 10. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-14.122; 11. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.158; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI Racing-14.203; 13. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-14.251; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star-14.269; 15. Brady Short, 11p,Pottorff-14.271; 16. Parker Price-Miller, 9p, Ronk-14.300; 17. Jeff Bland Jr., 04, Burton-14.323; 18. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-14.340; 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20N, Schuerenberg/Nolen-14.343; 20. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.401; 21. Shane Cockrum, 66, Amati-14.405; 22. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.413; 23. Wes McIntyre, 83, McIntyre-14.443; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.444; 25. Dalten Gabbard, 5, Baldwin-14.454; 26. Chad Boespflug, 98, Boespflug-14.478; 27. Logan Hupp, 94, Hupp-14.558; 28. Daron Clayton, 3R, Byram-14.570; 29. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-14.626; 30. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.631; 31. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.731; 32. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-14.810; 33. Bradley Sterrett, 90, Sterrett-14.833; 34. Mike Terry Jr., 85, Terry-14.940; 35. Dustin Webber, 9x, Webber-15.051; 36. Bobby East, 5E, Klatt-15.061; 37. Mitch Wissmiller, 1W, Wissmiller-15.364; 38. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-15.455; 39. Eric Semple, 25, Semple-15.926; 40. Adam Cruea, 83c, Cruea-16.489; 41. Matt Westfall, 54, Best Performance-NT; 42. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Meseraull, 3. Swanson, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Cockrum, 6. Gabbard, 7. Bland, 8. Ted Hines, 9. Sterrett. 10. Moore. 1:58.42
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Weir, 5. Bacon, 6. Thomas, 7. Jarrett, 8. Boespflug, 9. Terry, 10. Wilson. 1:55.15
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Coons, 4. Darland, 5. Hupp, 6. Short, 7. McIntyre, 8. Farney, 9. Webber, 10. Semple. 1:57.00
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Andretti, 3. Hery, 4. Leary, 5. Clayton, 6. Simon, 7. Gurley, 8. Price-Miller, 9. East, 10. Cruea. 1:57.95
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. Gurley, 4. Cockrum, 5. Price-Miller, 6. Jarrett, 7. Simon, 8. Bland, 9. Short, 10. Gabbard, 11. Farney, 12. Sterrett, 13. Terry, 14. Wilson, 15. Webber, 16. Cruea, 17. Semple, 18. Hupp, 19. McIntyre, 20. Ted Hines, 21. Clayton, 22. Boespflug, 23. Moore. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Logan Jarrett, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Travis Hery, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Shane Cockrum, 17. Parker Price-Miller, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Chris Gurley, 21. Kevin Thomas Jr., 22. Thomas Meseraull. NT
Ted Hines flipped during the semi. Thomas flipped on the 8th lap of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Darland, Laps 10-28 Stanbrough, Laps 29-30 Grant.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Darland-183, 2-Grant-182, 3-Stockon-171, 4-Clauson-169, 5-Bacon-167, 6-Stanbrough-146, 7-Tracy Hines-138, 8-Windom-118, 9-Ballou-113, 10-Schuerenberg-108.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: April 19 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"
USAC WEEKEND SWEEP AT LAWRENCEBURG & TERRE HAUTE?
It hasn't happened in 11 years but at least seven drivers will try to win USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint races at different tracks on the same weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's Sprint race is at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Sunday's "twilight" "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race is at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
J.J. Yeley was the last to accomplish the feat, winning Silver Crown races at Lucas Oil Raceway and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and a Sprint race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio all in the span of four days. That year Yeley became the second driver to sweep USAC's National "Triple Crown" joining Tony Stewart (1995) as the only drivers in history to accomplish the three-series "sweep" in a single year.
Drivers Jarett Andretti, Shane Cockrum, Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Bobby East, Tracy Hines, Kody Swanson and Chris Windom are all expected to compete in both weekend races.
Darland is the only driver of the eight to have won in the Sprints at Lawrenceburg and the Silver Crown at Terre Haute. Coons has Sprint wins at both tracks, while Hines has Midget wins at both and Sprint wins at Terre Haute.
Saturday's Lawrenceburg race is round three of the 2014 AMSOIL calendar. Brady Bacon and Bryan Clauson scored victories at Ocala, Fla. in February. Sunday's Terre Haute race opens the 11-race 2014 Silver Crown calendar.
Defending winners at each track are Clauson (2013) at Lawrenceburg and East (2012) at Terre Haute. They won their respective series championships each year.
Levi Jones holds the one-lap Lawrenceburg Sprint car track record of 12.926 seconds set in 2008. Josh Wise is the one-lap Terre Haute Silver Crown record holder at 20.139 seconds, set in 2005.
EAST & BELL FIGHT FOR SILVER CROWN CAR OWNER SUPREMACY
Defending USAC Silver Crown Champion Bobby East and defending Honda USAC National Midget Dirt Champion Christopher Bell will continue the fight for their car owner's supremacy in the Silver Crown series this Sunday when they compete in the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, who own East's car, has 29 career wins, while Team 6R, owners of Bell's entry, has 27. No other team has reached the 20-plus plateau in the 43 previous years of Silver Crown racing.
Sunday will be the series' 373rd event since 1971. East has two of the Stewart/Curb-Agajanian wins, while Bell hopes to add his name to the Team 6R winners list. East's last Silver Crown win came at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado last year.
Team 6R, headquartered in Zionsville, Ind., scored its first win with Jim Keeker at Phoenix, Ariz. in 1992. Subsequent winners for the team have included Jack Hewitt, Brian Tyler, Dave Steele, Tanner and Kody Swanson. Tyler posted Team 6R's last Silver Crown win at Springfield, Ill. in 2011. Stewart's winners started with Jason Leffler at Phoenix in 2000 and other winners include Kasey Kahne, J.J. Yeley, Dave Steele, Josh Wise, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Levi Jones, Bryan Clauson and East.
Sunday's 100-lap race will headline a full afternoon of racing, beginning with practice at 4 pm. The UMP Modifieds share Sunday's slate, with NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace competing in the Modified series. The first feature race is scheduled for 7 pm at the half-mile dirt oval.
4 MORE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED; LARSON, HOFFMAN, SACHS & BEALE GET NOD
Rollie Beale, Gus Hoffman, Jud Larson and Eddie Sachs emerged the winners in USAC's recent social media poll to complete the 2014 list of inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame.
The four inductees received the most votes from a select list of 16 candidates and will join eight previously-announced inductees in the ceremony which accompanies USAC's May 17 "Hall of Fame Classic" Silver Crown Championship race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind.
Previously-announced inductees include (alphabetically) George Bignotti, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Norm Nelson, Don Smith, Bob Stroud, Rodger Ward and Bob Wente.
Rollie Beale won USAC's prestigious National Sprint Car championship in 1973 and scored 32 race victories during his illustrious career. One of the most respected drivers in USAC history, Rollie retired in 1977 and joined the USAC officiating crew, eventually becoming chief steward for both the Silver Crown and National Sprint Car series for many years. In 1991 he was awarded USAC's Ross Hadley award for dedication to the sport. A competitor in USAC Championship cars as well, he posted a ninth-place at Trenton, N.J. in 1968. He is listed 10th in the all-time USAC Sprint Car winners list and was enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996. Arguably, one of his biggest career wins came in the prestigious "Little 500" at Anderson, Ind. in 1966. He passed away at the age of 84 this February.
Gus Hoffman was the patriarch of the famed Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. family from Ohio who have amassed an all-time USAC Sprint Car record 83 National wins, dating back to Jim Hemmings' victory at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway in 1961. They own nine USAC National Sprint titles, coming in 1989-1992-1993-1996-1997-1999-2002-2004 and 2008. Fondly referred to as "old timer," Gus' USAC victories actually started in 1957 when Don Branson won a Midwest race at New Bremen, Ohio. The list of race winners under the Hoffman banner attests to Gus' contribution: Hemmings, Larry Cannon, Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley, Cary Faas, Kenny Irwin Jr., Andy Michner, Dave Darland, Brian Tyler, Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough, Jerry Coons Jr., Daron Clayton, Kyle Larson, Brady Bacon and Darren Hagen.
Jud Larson excelled in both USAC's National Championship cars and Sprint Cars before meeting an untimely end in a 1966 Sprint car accident at Reading, Pa. He claimed 15 USAC Sprint Car victories and added seven wins in the Championship cars. He took the 1956 Sacramento 100 and added wins at DuQuoin, Ill. and the Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis, Ind. in 1957 and at Atlanta, Ga. and Phoenix, Ariz. in 1958 plus non-point wins at Williams Grove, Pa. in 1957 and 1958. In his Indianapolis 500 debut in 1958 he finished a creditable eighth. In 1964 he finished second to Don Branson in the 1964 USAC National Sprint Car standings.
Eddie Sachs was truly the "Crown Price of Racing" and was revered by participants and fans alike. Prior to perishing in a crash during the 1964 Indianapolis 500, Sachs excelled on the high-banked ovals in the sprint cars, winning 10 races in the 1950s, including the 100-lap 1957 "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" at Salem, Ind. In Championship cars he posted wins at Atlanta, Ga. in 1956, Langhorne, Pa. and the Hoosier Hundred at Indianapolis, Ind. in 1957, Syracuse, N.Y. in 1959 and four races at Trenton, N.J. in 1959, 1960 and 1961. Very versatile, he also won a couple of 200-mile USAC Stock Cars races at the famed Milwaukee MIle in 1961. He nearly won the 1961 Indianapolis 500, finishing second to A.J. Foyt, then returned to take third in 1962. He also won four USAC Midget races. He coined the phrase "If you can't win, be spectacular."
SOUTHWEST SPRINTS RESUME APRIL 12 AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY; PELKEY WINS AT PEORIA AND ASSUMES POINT LEAD
Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek hosts the next event in the 2014 USAC Southwest Sprint series. It's the first of six races this year at the one-third-mile dirt oval.
Defending series champion R.J. Johnson (3) and runner-up Charles Davis Jr. (2) each scored multiples wins at Queen Creek last year, while Mike Martin also tasted victory there.
Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Ariz. is the early leader in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car standings after winning Saturday night's 30-lap season opener at Canyon Speedway Park. He passed Mike Bonneau on lap three and never looked back, beating Johnson, Shon Deskins, Tom Ogle and Andy Reinbold to the checkered flag in his ABC Body Shop/NAPA Auto Parts DRC/Advanced.
2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-Josh Pelkey-71, 2-Shon Deskins-68, 3-R.J. Johnson-62, 4-Tom Ogle-57, 5-Andy Reinbold-54, 6-Tye Mihocko-49, 7-Mike Martin-48, 8-Michael Curtis-47, 8-Lonnie Oliver-46, 10-Nick Aiuto-37.
WEST COAST SPRINTS RETURN TO HANFORD APRIL 25; RUTHERFORD GRABS KINGS 30-LAPPER
Finnish driver Markus Niemela will lead the USAC West Coast sprint Cars back to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., where Saturday night he finished fourth in a 30-lap race. Niemela's point lead stands at 12 over Jace Vander Weerd, Saturday's feature winner.
Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., led the final nine laps in his Vander Weerd Construction/Stone Gate Development Maxim/Lawrence. He passed Michael Pickens on lap 22 and led the rest of the way to beat fast qualifier Nic Faas, Matt Mitchell, Markus Niemela and Pickens. Vander Weerd led the first 11 laps before Pickens led the next 10.
The win was Vander Weerd's first at Hanford and his third in series history.
2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Markus Niemela-227, 2-Jace Vander Weerd-215, 3-Troy Rutherford-212, 4-Nic Faas-193, 5-Matt Mitchell-190, 6-Danny Faria Jr.-185, 7-Richard Vander Weerd-168, 8-Landon Hurst-157, 9-Dennis Howell-148, 10-Austin Liggett-130.
CLASSIC SPRINTS DEBUT THIS WEEKEND AT CALISTOGA
USAC's Western Classic Sprint Cars open their 2014 season this weekend at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway. Races are scheduled Saturday and Sunday at the half-mile dirt northern California oval.
Bud Kaeding and Kyle Larson captured victories in last year's Calistoga Sprint races, which offered both CRA and Classic points. This weekend's races will be the first at Calistoga strictly for Classic points.
Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif, winner of one of two 2012 Calistoga races, is the defending Western Classic champion. He opened last year's series with back-to-back wins, then added a fourth later in the campaign at Calistoga.
DARLAND, HINES CHASE HISTORY AT LAWRENCEBURG
Dave Darland and Tracy Hines, second and fourth respectively in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car standings, continue their pursuit of all-time USAC records this Saturday when the series makes its 2014 Midwest debut at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
Darland has 47 victories and Hines 45 as they continue to challenge all-time series leader Tom Bigelow's record of 52. Hines also continues his pursuit of 1,000 USAC National feature starts, currently at 993, while Darland became the first to reach the 1,000 plateau in February.
Defending series champion Bryan Clauson has a four-point lead over Darland after winning the most recent series race, at Ocala, Fla. in February. Chase Stockon is three points behind Darland in third and just one point ahead of Hines in fourth.
Darland also leads the all-time list of USAC winners at Lawrenceburg with six, compared to Jon Stanbrough's five. Stanbrough is currently eighth in the 2014 standings.
Clauson is also the most recent USAC winner at Lawrenceburg. Kevin Thomas Jr. won twice at the "Burg" in 2103.
2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-125; 2-Dave Darland-121; 3-Chase Stockon-118; 4-Tracy Hines-117; 5-Justin Grant-114; 6-Brady Bacon-111; 7-Shane Cottle-106; 8-Jon Stanbrough-87; 9-Chris Windom-84; 10-Robert Ballou-74.
5 SEEK REPEAT TERRE HAUTE GLORY IN SUNDAY'S "SUMAR CLASSIC" SILVER CROWN OPENER
Three Indiana drivers and one each from Illinois and Arizona will try to rekindle past victory at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track when the "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown Championship opener unfolds Sunday at the half-mile dirt oval.
The five drivers have a combined 15 victories at the storied oval, dating from 1993-2013!
Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. and Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind., who are battling for numerous all-time USAC records, each have four wins at Terre Haute. Darland won the 1993 Tony Hulman Classic Sprint race, the 1999 and 2003 Hut Hundred Midget races and the 2008 Sumar Classic. Hines won the 1999 and 2003 Jan Opperman Sprint races plus the 2001 Tony Hulman Classic and Hut Hundreds.
Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. won a 1999 Sprint race, plus the 2010 and 2013 Tony Hulman Classics. Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. took the 2011 Tony Hulman Classic and Jim Hurtubise Sprints. Defending Silver Crown Champion Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. was the 2004 Hut Hundred winner and the 2012 Sumar Classic champ.
Darland just surpassed the 1,000 mark in total USAC National starts, while Hines is rapidly closing on that milestone. Darland has 90 total USAC National feature wins to his credit, while Hines is at 88.
Sunday's 100-lap "twilight" race should get the green at around 7 pm, following practice at 4 pm and qualifying.
A field of 24 cars is slated for the 100-lap race and drivers will be aiming at Josh Wise's 1-lap track qualifying record of 89.379 mph. Gary Bettenhausen established the 100-lap Terre Haute Silver Crown record of 50 minutes, 37.20 seconds in 1980.
Drivers A.J. Fike, Aaron Pierce and Kody Swanson also have previous USAC Silver Crown victories to their credit, while Sunday's field will include more than a dozen drivers seeking their initial series start.
As of April 5
1. Dave Darland 183
2. Justin Grant 182
3. Chase Stockon 171
4. Bryan Clauson 169
5. Brady Bacon 167
6. Jon Stanbrough 146
7. Tracy Hines 138
8. Chris Windom 118
9. Robert Ballou 113
10. Hunter Schuerenberg 108
National Dirt Midgets
1. Rico Abreu 139
2. Christopher Bell 125
3. Tracy Hines 114
4. Tanner Thorson 102
4. Kevin Thomas Jr. 102
6. Dave Darland 94
7. Chris Windom 89
8. Zach Daum 84
9. Bryan Clauson 80
10. Tyler Thomas 75
1. Kody Swanson 63
2. Tracy Hines 60
3. Jerry Coons 54
4. Bobby East 51
5. Zach Daum 48
6. Shane Cockrum 45
7. Dave Darland 42
8. A.J. Fike 39
9. John Hunt 36
10. Joe Liguori 33
1. Damion Gardner 215
2. Nic Faas 184
3. Mike Spencer 171
4. Matt Mitchell 159
5. Gary Taylor 143
6. R.J. Johnson 108
7. Brody Roa 103
8. Cory Kruseman 97
8. C.Williams 97
10. Jake Swanson 92