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  • IMS HISTORIAN DAVIDSON & INDY 500 VETERAN BEECHLER TO APPEAR IN SPRINGFIELD WEDNESDAY
    IMS HISTORIAN DAVIDSON & INDY 500 VETERAN BEECHLER TO APPEAR IN SPRINGFIELD WEDNESDAY

    IMS HISTORIAN DAVIDSON & INDY 500 VETERAN BEECHLER TO APPEAR IN SPRINGFIELD WEDNESDAY

    Track Enterprises is hosting a racing get together on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, at the VFW Northenders Post 10302 in Springfield, Illinois starting at 5:30pm.  The event will feature Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, Donald Davidson, and former Indy 500 and USAC racing veteran Donnie Beechler.  The event will be emceed by local radio personality Sam Madonia.

    Davidson, the only full-time historian employed at any race track in the world, has had a passionate interest in the Indy 500 since his early teens.  In 2010, Davidson was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame.  He has also been proclaimed by the Indianapolis Star as one of the 100 most influential people in the history of the Indianapolis 500.  Davidson knows anything and everything about IndyCar racing at the sports most popular speedway.

    Beechler, from Springfield, Ill., is a former driver with the IndyCar Series, who competed in four Indy 500's.  Beechler raced from 1998-2001 and had 36 starts with the series.  His best finish was a pair of third-place finishes, one at Phoenix and one at Kansas.  Beechler has also competed with the USAC Silver Crown series, where he earned five career victories including the 1998 “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  The series also holds annual racing events at the Springfield Mile during the Illinois State Fair as well as the mile at the Du Quoin State Fair in Southern Illinois.

    The March 29th event is open to the public, free of charge.  It's scheduled to start at 5:30pm and will include discussion on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, and the USAC Springfield Mile.  It will be a great opportunity to hang out with race fans and talk about the world of motorsports.  There will be tickets and prizes for giveaways.

    The VFW Northenders Post 10302 is located at 2349 Stockyards Rd. in Springfield, IL.

    For additional info, please call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.



  • DARLAND, GRANT AND COURTNEY FILE ENTRIES FOR SUNDAY’S SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE
    The Phillips Motorsports #27 for 1997 USAC Silver Crown champ Dave Darland.

    DARLAND, GRANT AND COURTNEY FILE ENTRIES FOR SUNDAY’S SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE

    A trio of USAC’s most popular stars are the latest to file their entries for this Sunday’s “Sumar Classic” USAC Silver Crown season opener at western Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

    The addition of Dave Darland, Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney to the April 2nd race brings the field to 35 entries in what is expected to be the largest field for the event in nearly two decades.

    Lincoln, Indiana’s Darland, a 2008 “Sumar Classic” winner, will join the field for his first ride in the Phillips Motorsports No. 27.  Darland has had substantial success with the Phillips’ sprint car in recent years, racking up 17 wins with the team between 2013 and 2015.  Darland is one of just six members of the USAC Triple Crown club in which a driver has won the title in each of the club’s three national divisions during their career: Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint and National Midget.  Darland is tied for sixth on the all-time Silver Crown win list with 14 victories.

    Justin Grant nearly won the “Sumar Classic” one year ago after leading the first 93 circuits of the 100-lap event, ultimately finishing second behind C.J. Leary.  The Ione, California native seeks redemption on Sunday as he aims to notch his first career series win.  Grant has gotten off to an incredible start thus far in the 2017 season after collecting season-opening wins in USAC’s National Sprint (Ocala, Fla.) and National Midget divisions (Du Quoin, Ill.), the first driver ever to accomplish the feat.  Grant’s Silver Crown team sports a new look, taking the No. 91 this season as car owners Chris Carli and Ron Hemelgarn have teamed up with Grant for a run at the series title.

    Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney takes the wheel of Hans Lein’s No. 97 for Sunday’s “Sumar.”  Courtney has made just a handful of starts in the Silver Crown division, but his most recent run in a champ car at last fall’s “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway resulted in a career-best third-place finish after qualifying for the pole position.  Courtney was also a winner in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car series in 2016 after storming to the front from the 24th spot to capture his first career USAC National win during “Indiana Sprint Week” at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

    Thirty-five drivers and cars are on the list of expected competitors for this year’s 100-lap showdown on the famed half-mile dirt oval.  The list includes some of the most decorated racers in USAC history as well as one of the strongest fields top-to-bottom seen in several seasons.

    USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. is entered for the event along with additional past Terre Haute Silver Crown victors Bud Kaeding (2006), Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner Leary, who continued a streak of different “Sumar” winners last April that dates back to 1999.

    Defending Silver Crown champion Chris Windom begins his title defense with the return of Kazmark Racing, who is fielding a car in the series for the first time since 2001.  Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon eyes the addition of one of the few missing pieces to his racing resume: a victory in the Silver Crown series.  Five-time and defending USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car titlist Damion Gardner plans to make his first Silver Crown feature start since 2008.

    Past Silver Crown series winners also make up the bulk of the “Sumar” driver lineup, including Aaron Pierce, David Byrne and Shane Cottle.

    The event, which debuted with Donnie Beechler’s 1995 score, could see some history made as the expected turnout will likely result in the first qualifying race for the series since the 2008 “4-Crown Nationals” at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.  The qualifying race will be 15 laps, with the top-8 finishers transferring to the final four rows of the 24-car main event.

    The first ever Silver Crown event held at Terre Haute was in 1980 when Gary Bettenhausen drove the Delrose-Holt Racing machine to the victory.  This will be the 17th edition of the “Sumar Classic.”

    Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 3pm.  Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm.  Racing begins at 5:15pm.

    Tickets for the “Sumar Classic” can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/.  Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 10 and under are FREE!  Adult grandstand tickets are $25.  Fans will receive a free pit pass upgrade with an advanced general admission ticket purchase, which is good for pit entry after 3pm only.  Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

    The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

    For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the “Sumar Classic” will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.  Race fans can watch on-demand one day after the event at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

     

    “SUMAR CLASSIC” ENTRY LIST (35 CARS)

    07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN

    08 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC

    2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL

    4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL

    5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL

    6 DAMION GARDNER/Corona, CA

    7 DAVID SHAIN/Sullivan, IL

    14 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL

    16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH

    18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY

    20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ

    26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN

    27 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN

    30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN

    31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA

    32 JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN

    40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI

    42 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL

    48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK

    53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA

    54 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA

    55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ

    63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA

    71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL

    75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN

    81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN

    89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO

    91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

    92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

    95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL

    97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN

    99 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL

    118 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN

    120 HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO

    201 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN

     

     

     



  • NEW LOOK TEAM HAS GRANT EYING REDEMPTION IN SUMAR CLASSIC SUNDAY AT TERRE HAUTE
    NEW LOOK TEAM HAS GRANT EYING REDEMPTION IN SUMAR CLASSIC SUNDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

    NEW LOOK TEAM HAS GRANT EYING REDEMPTION IN SUMAR CLASSIC SUNDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

    By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

    Justin Grant remembers the heartbreak from the 2016 “Sumar Classic” all too clearly. 

    After setting fast time in qualifying, Grant dominated the first 93 laps from the pole position and appeared to be on his way to his first career USAC Silver Crown victory.

    However, as he rode the rail on the bottom between turns three and four, one little mistake was all it took for a near-perfect afternoon to slip through his fingers as he missed the rubber, slid up the racetrack and allowed C.J. Leary to slip by underneath at the exit of turn four.  Leary would glide his way to victory that day at the Terre Haute Action Track while Grant held onto second and was left to wonder what could’ve been.

    Grant remains as hungry as ever as the Silver Crown series returns to the western Indiana half-mile dirt oval this Sunday, April 2 for the 17th running of the “Sumar Classic.”  Despite the memories that linger from twelve months prior, Grant feels he has unfinished business to complete and that the key resides in him putting together a complete, 100-lap performance.

    “I don’t think anywhere owes you anything,” Grant begins.  “We were fast there last year and I let the race get away.  I think we will be fast again this year; I just need to finish the deal this time.”

    A betting man would be wise to lay down some coin on Grant who’s been the hottest driver in the early stages of USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget seasons.  Grant kicked off the year with a win and a second-place finish in consecutive nights at “Winter Dirt Games VIII” in Ocala, Fla. for the USAC Sprint season openers back in February.  In March, the success continued as he followed that performance with his first career USAC National Midget feature triumph indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

    By doing so, he became the first driver in USAC history to win season-opening points races in both the National Sprint and National Midget series in the same year.  He leads both series’ point standings and, with the scalding-hot start and sky-high confidence, it would seem unwise to bet against the Ione, California native from pulling off the trifecta by capturing Sunday’s “Sumar Classic.”

    “The start to this year has been incredible,” Grant admits.  “I’m fortunate to be with some really good teams and the Silver Crown team is no different.  Being able to win both the sprint and midget openers was awesome.  Being able to win all three would be amazing, but I’m trying not to think about it too much.  I’m just trying to focus on showing up and doing my job.”

    Grant’s Silver Crown operation will have a slightly new look for the 2017 season after his team owner Chris Carli combined forces with the Hemelgarn Racing team to attack the season championship.  Among the changes for Grant is a switch from the No. 8 to Hemelgarn’s familiar No. 91, which was driven the past two seasons by Austin Nemire.  The Carli/Hemelgarn team will utilize Carli’s cars and Hemelgarn’s engines while veteran mechanic Dennis LaCava will oversee the operation at Hemelgarn’s shop.  Otherwise, it’s business as usual for Grant, which so far in 2017 has been better than even he could’ve imagined.

    Thirty-five drivers and cars have entered the “Sumar Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, April 2, including former race winners Dave Darland (2008), Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner C.J. Leary as well as Silver Crown champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (2008) and Chris Windom (2016).

    Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 3pm.  Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm.  Racing begins at 5:15pm.

    Tickets for the “Sumar Classic” can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/.  Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 10 and under are FREE!  Adult grandstand tickets are $25.  Fans will receive a free pit pass upgrade with an advanced general admission ticket purchase, which is good for passive pit entry after 3pm only.  Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

    The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

    For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the “Sumar Classic” will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.



  • DAVE STEELE, TWO-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP, PASSES AWAY AFTER FLORIDA SPRINT CRASH
    Dave Steele at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in 2001.

    DAVE STEELE, TWO-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP, PASSES AWAY AFTER FLORIDA SPRINT CRASH

    By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

    Dave Steele, a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion and one of the United States Auto Club’s most accomplished drivers during the 1990s and 2000s, died Saturday night, March 25 after a crash on the opening lap of a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series-sanctioned event at Bradenton, Florida’s Desoto Speedway.  He was 42 years old.

    Steele ranks 14th on USAC’s national win list with 60 victories between 1996 and 2007.  The Tampa, Florida native was dominant on the pavement tracks, which accounted for all 60 of his USAC National wins.  Despite only competing in half the races, or less, on the schedule throughout most of his career, Steele’s win totals rank in the top echelon of USAC’s record book.  His 16 Silver Crown wins are the third most all-time while his 26 Sprint Car victories rank 15th and his 18 Midget wins put him 35th on the list.

    “It’s hard to put the loss of Dave Steele into words,” USAC series director Levi Jones stated.  “He was a once-in-a-lifetime talent on the track, but even more impressive was the man, the dad and husband he was.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

    In both 2004 and 2005, Steele ran the full USAC Silver Crown schedule and would reach the pinnacle of the sport by capturing back-to-back series titles.  Steele was victorious in three consecutive Silver Crown races during the summer of 2005 at Virginia’s Richmond International Raceway, Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Raceway and the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin.  To this day, he is the last driver to accomplish that feat in a single season.

    Steele burst onto the national scene when he relocated to the Midwest prior to the start of the 1996 season where he became an instant success.  His first USAC National Sprint Car start that season at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas resulted in a complete sweep of the night’s program after posting the fastest qualifying time, winning his heat and leading the final 14 laps to take his first career USAC victory.

    From that point forward, Steele gained a reputation as the man to beat on the pavement.  He won a staggering 12 USAC features at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1 Silver Crown, 6 Sprint, 4 Midget and 1 Midget special event) during his career.  His first USAC National Midget win came during the “Night Before the 500” at the .686-mile oval in 1998.  In 2002, Steele put on one of the most memorable performances in USAC history when he won two National Midget features in one night at IRP.  After winning the first feature, Steele started the second event from the 22nd position.  Quickly cutting his way through the field, Steele took the lead by lap 12 and, by the end of the 25-lap feature, was $50,000 richer.  He remains the most recent driver to win two USAC National Midget points races in a single day.

    Steele stands behind only Jack Hewitt and Brian Tyler on the USAC Silver Crown career win list.  Yet, no driver has led more laps or owns more pavement wins (16) in the series than does Steele.  The first of which came in the grand opening at the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park in 1998, but it was the tricky one-mile Phoenix International Raceway that became Steele’s personal ATM.  Miraculously, he captured the Silver Crown portion of the “Copper World Classic” five consecutive years from 2002 to 2006!  In addition, Steele scored a “Copper World” Midget feature victory in 2002, 2006 and 2007.

    The accolades for Steele within USAC are nearly endless.  He was a two-time winner of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2001 and 2003.  He was a force on the Indiana high banks, winning eight Sprint features at Winchester Speedway and three times at Salem Speedway.  He captured three Silver Crown races at Richmond, Va. in a four-year span between 2002 and 2005.

    Steele won at least one race in all three of USAC’s national divisions in the same season on six occasions (1998, 2001-2005), the most in club history.  His last USAC-sanctioned victory came in the 2009 “Little 500” Sprint Car race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, a grueling 500-lap event that he also won in 1996.  Additionally, he was a five-time pole sitter for the race and finished in the runner-up spot in the two most recent editions in 2015 and 2016.  The 2014 “Little 500” Hall of Fame inductee finished in the top-five in 10 of his 16 starts and led a total of 1,589 laps (third all-time).

    Steele was a three-time Tampa Bay Area Racing Association Sprint Car champ in 2005, 2009 and 2013.  He also made his way into other racing avenues with the Indy Racing League, where he made three starts in 1998, as well as NASCAR’s Busch Grand National Series (now Xfinity Series) in which he made a pair of starts during the 2000 season.

    USAC extends its heartfelt condolences to Dave Steele’s family and friends.

    Information on funeral services and where you can make contributions to the Steele family will be announced soon.

    In lieu of flowers, to make a donation, people may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Foundation website at www.usacbf.org/give.  Checks should be made out to the USAC Benevolent Foundation in the name of David Steele and mailed to 124 E Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112.



  • DEFENDING WINNER C.J. LEARY AIMS FOR REPEAT SUCCESS IN APRIL 2ND SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE
    C.J. Leary battles Kody Swanson for position during the 2016

    DEFENDING WINNER C.J. LEARY AIMS FOR REPEAT SUCCESS IN APRIL 2ND SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE

    By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

    In May of 1997, back when C.J. Leary was just a year old, the Leary family reached USAC Silver Crown victory lane for the first time.

    Chuck Leary, C.J.’s father, scored a prestigious win in the “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for his first and only career USAC National triumph.  It may have just been a single victory, but oh, what a victory it was in the most-storied race on the series’ calendar. 

    Zip forward nearly two decades later and the setting is slightly different, just a tad less than an hour and a half drive to the west from the Indy Mile to the Terre Haute Action Track where the Leary Construction No. 30 once again raced its way into the record books, this time with C.J., as he joined his dad as the first father/son duo to capture USAC Silver Crown series wins in their careers.

    Not only was it meaningful to C.J. to become a USAC winner, he accomplished the feat with his dad as his spotter, making it an extra-special Sunday afternoon for the Leary family.

    “Winning the ‘Sumar Classic’ is a huge accomplishment, especially for me being only 20-years-old and how hard 100-lap races are to win,” Leary admitted.  “Guys race their whole careers and may never win a Silver Crown event.  It was definitely a special moment for my dad and I at Terre Haute last year.  He spotted for me the whole race and kept me informed on where the rubber was on the track and kept me focused.  We've come a long way as a father/son team.  Not only is he my father, he's my best friend and it's really cool to be the first father/son to win a Silver Crown event.”

    Chuck himself made 37 Silver Crown starts in his career, along with 1995 series Rookie of the Year honors.  C.J. took his father’s experienced advice to heart and conserved early on as he kept pace with Justin Grant after starting outside the front row.  The sunbaked surface provided a tricky set of circumstances for C.J., who was accustomed to running under the lights on the half-mile.

    “All day, my car was extremely fast and I knew we were going to be competing for the win,” Leary recalls.  “Once we took the green flag, I just kept pace with Grant and I tried to be as easy on my tires as I could without losing much time to him.  On the radio, my dad kept me from overdriving the car too early in the race.  We had the yellow (flag) with 11 laps to go and, prior to the yellow, (Brady) Bacon and I battled for second.  Bacon really helped me find the fastest line on the track.  Once we went back green, Grant went straight back to the top and I went for the rubber.  Once he missed the rubber, we were in the clear.  The rubber on the track was just so much faster and I had already run down there and made adjustments to my shocks for the rubber.  My dad kept telling me to hit my marks and stay in the rubber; Grant couldn't get past us.”

    It was quite a breakthrough performance for the Greenfield, Indiana driver who, one year earlier, had finished a close second to Shane Cockrum in the 2015 “Sumar Classic.”  Terre Haute has been one of those tracks that seems to be hit or miss for C.J., but in the Silver Crown car, it appears as if he and his crew have the place figured out.

    “I don't know what it is, but our DRC Chassis just works really well on the half miles,” Leary feels.  “I feel like I do a really good job at conserving the racecar until the timing is right, then we make our move to the front.  I’d say Terre Haute is one of my toughest tracks in the sprint car, but I make it look like my best track in the Silver Crown car.”

    There would be an encore performance in August of 2016 when C.J. captured his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway, surpassing the hurdle that had stood in his way during his first five seasons.  Now, C.J. has sights set on new heights and capturing those accomplishments that have eluded him thus far.  Now just 20 years of age, future victory lane scenes could see a lot of C.J. Leary in them, especially a certain victory lane that would mean the world to he and his father.

    “Last year had a lot of ups and downs for me,” Leary acknowledged.  “I drove for three different teams and had success with each of them, but I'm excited this season to be back in the family-owned No. 30 with new 1 Way Technologies power plants and Jeff Walker on the wrenches.  We're obviously looking for a championship in the sprint car series and wins. I'd love to win back-to-back ‘Sumar Classics,’ but there isn't a race I want to win more on the schedule than the ‘Hoosier Hundred.’  It would be the 20-year anniversary of my dad winning it back in 1997.”

    Thirty-four drivers and cars have already been entered for the 17th running of the “Sumar Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, April 2, including former race winners Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner C.J. Leary as well as Silver Crown champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (2008) and Chris Windom (2016).

    Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 3pm.  Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm.  Racing begins at 5:15pm.

    Tickets for the “Sumar Classic” can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/.  Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 10 and under are FREE!  Adult grandstand tickets are $25.  Fans will receive a free pit pass upgrade with an advanced general admission ticket purchase, which is good for passive pit entry after 3pm only.  Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

    The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

    For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the “Sumar Classic” will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

    Meanwhile, the 63rd “Hoosier Hundred” is just around the corner and will take place on Thursday, May 25 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.  The event is part of the “Week of Indy,” which features three-straight nights of USAC racing leading up to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500: the “Tony Hulman Classic” featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship on Wednesday, May 24, the “Hoosier Hundred” on Thursday, May 25 and the “Carb Night Classic” at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. for the USAC Silver Crown Championship on Friday, May 26.  An advanced, discount “Superticket” for these three events can be purchased now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy.



  • LARGEST SUMAR CLASSIC FIELD IN TWO DECADES EXPECTED AT TERRE HAUTE APRIL 2ND!
    Two-time USAC Silver Crown champ Kody Swanson at speed during the 2016

    LARGEST SUMAR CLASSIC FIELD IN TWO DECADES EXPECTED AT TERRE HAUTE APRIL 2ND!

    The largest car count for the “Sumar Classic” in nearly two decades is expected for the USAC Silver Crown season opener Sunday, April 2 at western Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

    Thirty-four drivers and cars are on the list of expected competitors for this year’s 100-lap showdown on the famed half-mile dirt oval.  The list includes some of the most decorated racers in USAC history as well as one of the strongest fields seen in several seasons.

    USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. is entered for the event along with additional past Terre Haute Silver Crown victors Bud Kaeding (2006), Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner C.J. Leary, who continued a streak of different “Sumar” winners last April that dates back to 1999.

    Defending Silver Crown champion Chris Windom begins his title defense with the return of Kazmark Racing, who is fielding a car in the series for the first time since 2001.  Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon eyes the addition of one of the few missing pieces to his racing resume: a victory in the Silver Crown series.  Five-time and defending USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car titlist Damion Gardner plans to make his first Silver Crown feature start since 2008.

    Past Silver Crown series winners also make up the bulk of the “Sumar” driver lineup, including Aaron Pierce, David Byrne and Shane Cottle.

    The event, which debuted with Donnie Beechler’s 1995 score, could see some history made as the expected turnout will likely result in the first qualifying race for the series since the 2008 “4-Crown Nationals” at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.  The qualifying race will be 15 laps, with the top-8 finishers transferring to the final four rows of the 24-car main event.

    The first ever Silver Crown event held at Terre Haute was in 1980 when Gary Bettenhausen drove the Delrose-Holt Racing machine to the victory.  This will be the 17th edition of the “Sumar Classic.”

    Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 2pm.  Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm.  Racing begins at 5:15pm.

    Tickets for the “Sumar Classic” can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/.  Adult infield tickets start at just $15!  Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while children age 11 and under are FREE!  Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

    The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

    For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the “Sumar Classic” will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

     

    “SUMAR CLASSIC” ENTRY LIST

    07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN

    08 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC

    2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL

    4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL

    5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL

    6 DAMION GARDNER/Corona, CA

    7 DAVID SHAIN/Sullivan, IL

    14 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL

    16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH

    18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY

    20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ

    26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN

    30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN

    31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA

    32 JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN

    40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI

    42 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL

    48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK

    53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA

    54 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA

    55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ

    63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA

    71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL

    75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN

    81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN

    89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO

    92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

    95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL

    97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN

    99 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL

    118 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN

    120 HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO

    201 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN

    TBA JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA



  • USAC WEEK OF INDY JUST OVER TWO MONTHS AWAY; HUGE DISCOUNT AVAILABLE VIA SUPERTICKET
    USAC WEEK OF INDY JUST OVER TWO MONTHS AWAY; HUGE DISCOUNT AVAILABLE VIA SUPERTICKET

    USAC'S "THE WEEK OF INDY" JUST OVER TWO MONTHS AWAY; HUGE DISCOUNT AVAILABLE VIA SUPERTICKET

    For the second straight year, USAC and Track Enterprises have combined forces for "The Week of Indy," featuring three big events leading up to the Indy 500.  This year's events will be Wednesday-Friday, May 24-26.  The three-straight nights feature open wheel cars from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars.  The events will be held at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Raceway.  Just announced, a superticket, which gives fans a 25% discount if they attend all three events.

    USAC's "The Week of Indy" begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 24.  The Tony Hulman Classic will feature the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Dirtcar Modifieds.  Last year's sprint car event was won by Robert Ballou, while Brian Shaw claimed the Modified win. 

    Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action is scheduled to begin at 7:30.  General admission tickets for the Tony Hulman Classic will be sold at the gate for $25 on raceday.  Infield tickets are also available for $15, while children 10 and under are free.

    On Thursday, May 25, fans will make the short trek to the east and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 63rd running of the Hoosier Hundred.  The 100-mile race features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and, new this year, the Mid-American Stock Car Series.  Not only does the Hoosier Hundred have a rich history, the Mid-American Stock Car competitors are looking forward to their first visit at the huge event. In Silver Crown, a strong pack of challengers will try to dethrone Kody Swanson, who has won the last three Hoosier Hundreds.

    Hoosier Hundred pit gates will open at 12:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps start at 5:00, racing begins for Mid-Am at 7:00, with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag.  Reserved seating is available for the Hoosier Hundred by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster.  Reserved seats for adults are being sold for $25 presale or $30 at the gate.  Infield tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

    The final event of the Track Enterprises promotion is on Friday, May 26 at Lucas Oil Raceway.  For the second time, the USAC Silver Crown Series will be running at the Brownsburg, IN complex on Friday in an event that will be known as the Carb Night Classic...The Race Before The 500.  For years, the event was held on Saturday, which created a split in fans and drivers with the Little 500 going on the same day.  Starting last year, the event was held on Friday and with great success.  The Carb Night Classic will also feature action from the Mid-American Stock Car Series, which will be doing the double with the Silver Crown cars. 

    Lucas Oil Raceway pits will open at 12:00, grandstands at 2:45, with on track activity beginning at 3:15.  Qualifying starts with Mid Am at 5:00 while their feature will be run at 6:30.  Green is scheduled to drop on the Carb Night Classic at 8:15.  General admission tickets will be available at the gate for $25 on raceday.

    A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy".  A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three day prices.  For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred.  To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy or call 217-764-3200.

    For more information on any of the events, visit www.trackenterprises.com, www.usacracing.com or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.



  • SWANSON AND GRANT SPECIAL GUESTS THIS SATURDAY AT INDY FUEL RACING NIGHT
    SWANSON AND GRANT SPECIAL GUESTS THIS SATURDAY AT INDY FUEL RACING NIGHT

    SWANSON AND GRANT SPECIAL GUESTS THIS SATURDAY AT INDY FUEL RACING NIGHT

    USAC stars Kody Swanson and Justin Grant will be among the special guests at Indy Fuel “Racing Night,” signing autographs and mingling with fans this Saturday night, March 11 from 5-7pm at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Grand Hall in Indianapolis.

    Swanson is a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion in both 2014 and 2015 and currently sits tied for fourth all-time on the series win list with J.J. Yeley at 15 career victories.  Last season, the Kingsburg, California native became just the third driver ever to win the “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in three consecutive years.

    Grant, of Ione, California, was victorious on opening night of February’s “Winter Dirt Games VIII” in Ocala, Florida.  One night later, he followed up that performance with a second-place run, which puts him at the top of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings heading into the bulk of the season, beginning April 1 at southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway, a place where he’s been a winner twice in USAC competition.

    In addition, the Nolen Racing Silver Crown car will be on display at the event.  The famed yellow No. 20 finished third in last year’s “Hoosier Hundred” with driver Jerry Coons, Jr.

    Additional guests from the racing world include 2017 Chili Bowl preliminary night feature winner Travis Berryhill as well as the Jimmy Wingo-owned No. 77 sprint car, veteran sprint car driver Randy Hannagan, plus NHRA drag racer Shawn Langdon and monster truck driver Colton Kiser.  Several cars from the world of racing will be on display as well.

    To attend the event, fans must have a ticket for Saturday night’s hockey game featuring the Indy Fuel and the Fort Wayne Komets, which begins at 7:35pm Saturday.

    Grand Hall is located directly across from the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, outside of the exit of turn four at the legendary one-mile oval that is home to the “Hoosier Hundred” each year, including this year’s edition on Thursday night, May 25 in which both Swanson and Grant will be competing.



  • HAMILTONS AIM TO BECOME 5TH FATHER AND SON TO COMPETE IN SAME SILVER CROWN EVENT
    Davey Hamilton, Sr. and Davey Hamilton, Jr. pose in front of their Silver Crown rides for the April 29th

    HAMILTONS AIM TO BECOME 5TH FATHER AND SON TO COMPETE IN SAME SILVER CROWN EVENT

    A legendary name in Phoenix International Raceway lore returns to the one-mile tri-oval aiming for a feat that has only been accomplished four times as Davey Hamilton, Sr. and Davey Hamilton, Jr. look to become just the fifth father-son duo to compete against each other in a USAC Silver Crown race on Saturday, April 29 in the “Phoenix Copper Cup.”

    At Phoenix, both Hamiltons will pilot potent team cars for the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise team, whose cars Chris Windom drove to the 2016 Silver Crown driving title.  Hamilton, Jr. will drive the No. 98 while Hamilton, Sr. will take the wheel of the No. 99.

    Only four fathers and sons have competed against each other in a Silver Crown event: Jim and James McElreath (7 races between 1975-1977), Mike and David McCreary (Sacramento 1994), Wayne Reutimann, Sr. and Wayne Reutimann, Jr. (Phoenix 2007).  The Hamiltons aren’t even the first father and son from their own family to race against each other in the series!  Davey Hamilton, Sr. and his father Ken raced together at Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Raceway in 1998.

    “We’ve been able to race together in the past, but not Silver Crown cars,” Hamilton, Sr. noted.  “(Davey Jr.) has been in a Silver Crown car before, and it’s been awhile for me, but Phoenix is my place.  I love it there.  It’s exciting to have an opportunity to run with your son.  It doesn’t happen very often.”

    Hamilton, Jr. also has tentative to plans to race a Silver Crown car for Gormly at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway on May 26 as well as Toledo (OH) Speedway on July 28 as he eyes his first series start since an 11th place run at Lucas Oil in 2014.

    “It’s great to be able to be a part of this and add racing at Phoenix to my resume,” Hamilton, Jr. said.  “Obviously, my grandpa and dad had great success there and I hope to follow in their footsteps.  It’s rare for my dad and I to even be together at a race.  Being able to race against each other is going to be incredible.  A lot of my family and friends are coming into town just to see it.”

    The success achieved by the Hamiltons at Phoenix and, particularly the “Copper World Classic,” is paramount.  Hamilton, Sr. is a six-time supermodified winner at the “Copper World” with victories in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995 and 2001.  Ken is a two-time winner of the sprint car portion of the “Copper World” in both 1980 and 1984, in which he drove the famed “Pink Lady” to victory.  The car was number 98, the very same numerals grandson Hamilton, Jr. will use this season on his Silver Crown ride.

    It’s been eight years since Hamilton, Sr. has been in a Silver Crown car, but the 11-time Indy 500 starter has made 30 career series starts, including his debut run in 1990 for Bob Consani and where he made six IndyCar starts between 1996 and 2001.  Despite the changes in the track since the last time he competed at Phoenix, the track still seems to fit his style.

    “I actually did some testing there in an IndyCar awhile back after they made the configuration change,” Hamilton, Sr. recalls.  “It’s definitely a little faster, but It really drives the same.  Visually, it has a bit of a different look to it without the grass infield on the back stretch.  You gain a little bit more speed since turn two opens up so good now.  I hope it gets to where everybody’s comfortable with it since we haven’t been there in a long time and I hope we get the set-ups right because we know the races there in the past have been outstanding and I feel it’s going to happen again.  Silver Crown cars belong at Phoenix.”

    Car owner Fred Gormly has been a fixture at Phoenix for a number of years, but after serving as a spectator and push-truck driver at the “Copper World,” he will now serve as one of the teams vying for the “Phoenix Copper Cup.”

    “Phoenix is a track I’ve always wanted to run,” Gormly admits.  “I’ve attended many ‘Copper Worlds’ over the years and I have family that lives in Phoenix, so I’m really thrilled to be going back there.  We’ve got two excellent drivers with Davey and Davey, Jr.  Davey, Sr. has a record that speaks for itself.  I know he loves the place and has a lot of laps there.  Junior is an up-and-comer.  I hope we can put on a good show.”

    Hamilton, Jr. exudes confidence coming into the round at PIR.

    “I believe I have one of the best teams and cars out there,” Hamilton, Jr. says without hesitation.  “I will definitely have a good shot in every race we’re at.  We have a good car and program, so I’ll have to do my part and make sure to give them the best results I possibly can.”



  • WINDOM SET TO DEFEND USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP WITH KAZMARK MOTORSPORTS
    Chris Windom

    WINDOM SET TO DEFEND USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP WITH KAZMARK MOTORSPORTS

    Defending USAC Silver Crown champion Chris Windom will sport a new look in the 2017 season as he takes the wheel of the Kazmark Motorsports No. 92, a team that makes its return to the series after a 16-year hiatus.

    Windom, of Canton, Illinois, was a consistent front-runner in each and every series race on both the dirt and pavement surfaces in 2016, becoming the first driver since Jimmy Caruthers in 1975 to finish in the top-five in all the Silver Crown races in a single season.

    Windom’s ride will be fielded by Kazmark Motorsports, a team that makes its first entry into the USAC Silver Crown division since the 2001 Hoosier Hundred with driver Ricky Shelton.  The team plans on competing for a series championship with Windom in 2017 and will utilize a Beast Chassis with Toyota power on pavement and a Maxim Chassis with Mopar power on the dirt.

    Windom finished the 2016 season at the top of his game.  His ongoing streak of top-six finishes in USAC National points-paying races dates back to the July 17, 2016 “Indiana Sprint Week” date at the Terre Haute Action Track.  He was also the only driver to earn three straight USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories last season, which included the “Jim Hurtubise Classic” at Terre Haute and a sweep of both nights at Arizona Speedway’s “Western World Championships.”

    In Silver Crown competition, Windom collected three victories, including a pair of classic duels on the dirt.  In June, Windom held off a hard-charging Bryan Clauson on the final lap to take the Horn/Schindler Memorial at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway.  On Labor Day weekend, Windom passed Jeff Swindell in the final laps to win the “Ted Horn 100” at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.  Windom concluded the season in winning fashion with a dominating victory at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway during the “4-Crown Nationals.”

    Team owner Gene Kazmark is no stranger to victory lane with the Silver Crown cars as he was a part of the 1997 “Copper World Classic” winning team with driver Jimmy Kite and team partners Bob Hoerner and Bill Stapleton.  Hoerner, himself a two-time winner as an owner with Kite as well as Dave Steele at Indianapolis Raceway Park (now Lucas Oil Raceway) in 1999, will serve as the crew chief.

    Windom and Kazmark will make their debut in the season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, April 2 for the “Sumar Classic.”



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