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The #24 Ken Brenn Special livery Kyle Larson will race for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian in the first three races of Pennsylvania Midget Week.
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LARSON TO RUN FIRST THREE OF PA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 23, 2019).........Kyle Larson, a 16-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner, will compete in the first three events of the 5th annual Pennsylvania Midget Week, beginning at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. on Tuesday, July 30.

Larson will also compete the two following nights in a midget on Wednesday, July 31, at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa. and on Thursday, August 1, at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa.

Elk Grove, California's Larson will compete for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian in the three events, the same team with whom he's won all but one of his USAC Midget races with, including this past June at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill.

However, the car will have a different look to it as the team honors Ken Brenn, a five-time winning USAC National Midget car owner, five-time ARDC Midget champion car owner (1963-64, 68-69 & 71), ARDC president, safety innovator, racing promoter and namesake of the Grandview opener, the "Ken Brenn Midget Masters."

Elk Grove's Larson, a five-time NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series winner, has made three USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts in 2019, including the June win at Joliet. The other two came during "Indiana Midget Week." He finished 3rd in his first outing at Gas City I-69 Speedway, then proceeded to set a new one-lap track record the following night at Lincoln Park Speedway. There, he was contending for the win on the final lap when he flipped over the turn two cushion.

"Pennsylvania Midget Week" kicks off Tuesday, July 30, at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. 358 Modifieds are also in action. Gates open at 5pm Eastern with racing at 7:30pm.

Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa. makes its debut on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule on Wednesday, July 31. 600 Micros and Slingshots are also on the card. Gates open at 4pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6:15pm.
Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa. is next up on Thursday, August 1. Wingless Super Sportsman and 600cc Micros join the Midges. Gates open at 5pm Eastern, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm.

Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. serves as the penultimate round for PA Midget Week on Friday, August 2 along with Wingless 600 Micros. Gates open at 5pm Eastern, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm.

The finale at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. arrives on Saturday, August 3. Wingless Micros will once also be on tap. Gates open at 4pm Eastern, grandstands open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

Watch all of Pennsylvania Midget Week live and on-demand on FloRacing. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on both the USAC and Race Monitor apps.

2019 PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:
Jul 30: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jul 31: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)
Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 2: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)

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Justin Grant won his first NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week race since 2012 on Sunday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
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GRANT GLIDES TO ISW GLORY AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (July 21, 2019).........For Justin Grant, Lawrenceburg Speedway is akin to a second home.

For it was the track where Grant earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory and his lone previous Indiana Sprint Week win seven years earlier. It's the place in which he won with USAC in 2014 and again in the fall of 2018. And it's where he earned his latest triumph, Sunday in round four of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

"I've had a lot of special wins here at Lawrenceburg," Grant said. "I really like it. I raced down here a ton back when I was driving the 40 car for Mark Hery. It was our Saturday night venue. We raced 10-15 Saturday nights a year here for a few years. It's just a place I've always loved coming to."

In fact, coming into Sunday's event, Grant had led just two laps in his entire ISW career, both of which came at the conclusion of that 2012 ISW race at the very same track. It's an ISW career for Grant which includes 12 top-five finishes in 45 starts.

Grant left no doubt on this night, leading all 30 laps from start to finish to win his 15th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, passing Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup to move to 34th on the all-time list.

In addition, he became the speedway's winningest sprint car driver on its reconfiguration into its current 3/8-mile, high banked state.

What had been a flurry of five victories in an eight-race span for Grant and TOPP Motorsports to close out the 2018 season, started off strong with a win in their second start of 2019 in Ocala, Fla. The wait for a return trip to victory lane took five months, but Grant feels the pieces to the puzzle were always there, the pieces just had to fit together.

"It's been awhile," Grant acknowledged. "I felt like we've had speed here and there early in the night, then we've had speed late in the night and just struggled to put a whole night together. We were finally good early and late and we're able to put all the pieces together. Lawrenceburg was pretty hammer down tonight and the car was screaming around there. It was a lot of fun to drive and I was just kind of hanging on to it trying to keep it out of the fence."

Although Grant began the 30-lapper from the outside of the front row, at the start, he made a beeline for the bottom, racing to the front of the line and shutting the door on Kokomo ISW winner Chris Windom to be the first to get to turn one. Grant then slid up to the top and broke out to a five-car-length lead.

Trouble ensued on the second lap as ninth-running Max Adams slipped sideways in turn four. Josh Hodges, the 2016 Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals winner, plowed sideways into Adams. Jarett Andretti clipped Hodges' left front wheel and flipped over. Meanwhile, leading series Rookie driver Brian VanMeveren ramped over the right rear tire of Adams, sending him into a set of barrel rolls toward the outside concrete which also entangled 2018 Lawrenceburg ISW winner Tyler Courtney.

VanMeveren and Andretti were both finished for the evening. Courtney, Adams and Hodges each restarted with Courtney actually racing back to a 10th place finish at the checkered.

Multiple times within the first ten laps, Windom was able to get a nose under Grant in between turns three and four as the pair ran two distinctive grooves, Grant up on top and Windom working the bottom.

But, as was the case, as such throughout the middle portion of the race, Windom was able to pull even with Grant as he slid to the exit of the corner. Each time, Grant had the momentum from the top to carry him back in front of Windom, no harm, no foul, no muss, no fuss, where Grant maintained an advantage of a tick under a second over Windom.

Justin Grant's 15th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win moved him past Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup to move to 34th on the all-time list.
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With five to go, Grant greeted lapped traffic, but all heeded the courtesy flag and ventured to the bottom, allowing Grant to graze freely by his lonesome without much in the terms of pressure and the lap count dwindling while possessing a healthy advantage over Windom as light sprinkles began to fall.

Beyond the two at the front, C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Carson Short all ran nose-to-tail for third, fourth and fifth. With six to go, Short made an impressive bid for third, sliding up the hill in turn four to grab the spot from Leary. Leary then turned his nose left at the exit of four, hustling into turn one to return the favor and reclaim third.

There wasn't as much drama the further up front you glanced as Grant had them covered from flag-to-flag, winning by a relatively comfortable 1.63 second margin over Windom, Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Carson Short. A victory shower not made up of champagne, but actual precipitation greeted Indiana Sprint Week's fourth different feature winner in as many races in victory lane.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dustin Christie (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brody Roa (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Josh Hodges (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Dickie Gaines (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Dave Darland (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Tom Harris (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.112; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.150; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.161; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.253; 5. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.258; 6. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-14.274; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.280; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.327; 9. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.344; 10. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-14.351; 11. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-14.356; 12. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.426; 13. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.467; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.514; 15. Scotty Weir, 23s, Simon-14.544; 16. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.570; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.597; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-14.604; 19. Joe Liguori, 43JR, Tibbits-14.610; 20. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.641; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.648; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.712; 23. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.720; 24. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.772; 25. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-14.854; 26. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-15.053; 27. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-15.088; 28. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-15.205; 29. Callie Wolsiffer, 43w, Tibbits-16.071; 30. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Carson Short, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Tom Harris. 2:28.33

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dustin Christie, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Max Adams, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Matt Moore, 7. Joe Liguori. 2:27.42

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Brian VanMeveren, 5. Dickie Gaines, 6. Garrett Abrams, 7. Brady Bacon. 2:28.50

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Callie Wolsiffer. 2:28.91

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Dickie Gaines, 7. Tom Harris, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Matt Moore, 10. Terry Richards, 11. Garrett Abrams, 12. Callie Wolsiffer, 13. Joe Liguori. 3:00.09

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Carson Short (4), 6. Brady Bacon (8), 7. Jason McDougal (10), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Tyler Courtney (16), 11. Dave Darland (22), 12. Max Adams (3), 13. Dickie Gaines (15), 14. Dustin Christie (20), 15. Isaac Chapple (19), 16. Dakota Jackson (21), 17. Scotty Weir (14), 18. Josh Hodges (12), 19. Brian VanMeveren (11), 20. Jarett Andretti (13), 21. Brody Roa (18), 22. Thomas Meseraull (17). NT
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**Jarett Andretti and Brian VanMeveren flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Justin Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (22nd to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dickie Gaines

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Tom Harris

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Josh Hodges

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Dave Darland

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,253, 2-Chris Windom-1,161, 3-Brady Bacon-1,122, 4-Tyler Courtney-1,112, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,097, 6-Chase Stockon-1,089, 7-Justin Grant-1,034, 8-Jason McDougal-951, 9-Carson Short-950, 10-Isaac Chapple-734.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-298, 2-Chris Windom-287, 3-Brady Bacon-277, 4-Justin Grant-257, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-244, 6-Jason McDougal-234, 7-Kyle Cummins-224, 8-Tyler Courtney-214, 9-Carson Short-214, 10-Chase Stockon-210.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-17, 2-Tyler Courtney, 3-Shane Cottle-17, 4-Dave Darland-16, 5-Kyle Cummins-12, 6-Jarett Andretti-12, 7-C.J. Leary-11, 8-Brent Beauchamp-11, 9-Max Adams-9, 10-Chris Windom-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 24, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

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Chris Windom (in black) battles Brady Bacon on the final lap of Saturday night's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week feature at Kokomo Speedway.
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WINDOM REIGNS AT KOKOMO FOR FIRST ISW WIN IN 8 YEARS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (July 20, 2019).........When compiling statistics prior to the start of this year's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week, one of the tidbits that stood out, and was hard to fathom, was the fact that it had been eight years since Chris Windom had won a feature event during ISW.

In that time span, Windom had become a two-time USAC National champion, added another Indiana Sprint Week title to his resume as well as multiple Eastern Storm championships all while developing into one of the top stars of his era. But, year-after-year, Windom's ISW win record had remained stagnant despite being in contention for the victory in a multitude of races throughout that span.

Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway, the Canton, Ill. native stuffed that stat in the garbage bin after leading the final 12 laps, which included a tight green-white-checkered tussle with Brady Bacon from which Windom prevailed, for his second career ISW victory and the 24th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time list.

"After winning Sprint Week last year, I honestly kind of forgot that I hadn't had won one since 2011," Windom admitted. "I heard that stat this week and it kind of pissed me off. So, I really wanted to get one this week. Like I told my guys, I wasn't going to lose that for them after busting balls above the cushion for 28 laps like that."

That he did, after starting third in the main event which, at first, began much as it started. Windom and pole sitter Bacon battled for the position on the opening lap while Scotty Weir crashed the party, splitting between the two with an impressive move entering turn three to take the lead.

After nipping both at the line as they remained nearly three-wide coming off turn four, Weir secured the position around Bacon off turn two and began to build a gap of nearly two seconds while the battle raged behind him. C.J. Leary entered the fray, slipping by Windom on the bottom momentarily off turn four on the second lap. A lap later, the two swapped positions on both ends of the racetrack, one diving in and the other countering underneath.

Windom used the diamond move off the top of turn three to run down Leary and drive past the ISW point leader into turn one the following lap. Bacon utilized the same diamond maneuver in turn three on lap five. Meanwhile, Windom threw a massive slider into three in front of Bacon. As Bacon was rolling downhill off the top of turn three, his momentum was stifled as Windom drove past to beat Bacon to the line by a car length.

Less than a lap later, Dakota Jackson flipped at the exit of turn four while running 19th. He walked away under his own power.

With 12 to go, Windom began to pressure Weir into turns one and two. Weir hopped on the curb in turn two, opening the door for Windom to drive underneath for the lead entering the back straightaway. Weir went back into attack mode, sliding across the nose of Windom for the lead entering turn three. Windom was quick on his feet as he put four wheels above the turn three cushion, drove under Weir once again off four to take the point by a mere car length as the two frontrunners passed under Tom Hansing's flags.

"I watched the B-Main and I actually watched Dave Darland come from the tail," Windom explained. "He was running that same line, so I knew it would probably end up working in the race. This place, after a few laps, it just seems like momentum always wins here. You've got to find out how you can generate the most speed around the track and that's what I figured out. Once I could get my momentum and run that diamond line the way I needed to, we ran Scotty down. Once he bobbled a little bit, we got by him.

With seven to go, 2016 ISW champ Bacon maneuvered around the outside of Weir in the second turn for the second spot. At that moment in time, Windom's advantage was roughly 10 car lengths, but Bacon chopped it up to narrow the distance little-by-little by the time Anthony D'Alessio, making his first career USAC start, spun in turn four to necessitate a yellow with just two laps to go.

Chris Windom's second career ISW victory was also the 24th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey for 22nd on the all-time list.
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After a 23-lap green flag run, Windom was in the zone and certainly didn't need a caution for any reason whatsoever at that point. The benefit was all to Bacon who now had a chance to take a run at Windom, starting directly from behind his rear bumper with two to go.

Windom had a pleasant restart, tearing away to a four-car-length margin midway down the back straight on the 29th lap. Windom had been using the patented diamond move in turn three lap-after-lap, but as soon as he saw Bacon to his left, Windom changed course mid-stream, aborting the line to move into defense mode, and shifted downward in front of Bacon on the bottom to secure the spot.

"It's tough to run that line on a restart because you have to slow down on entry," Windom explained. "It makes it easy for a guy to do what he did and sneak under you. I kind of cheated it some, and ran below it, and lost a little bit of speed on that restart. That's how he got next to us there. I knew I had to hit the bottom because he wasn't going to miss the bottom in three and four. I had to hit the bottom to get back by him."

Entering turns one and two on the final lap, Bacon surged ahead by a half-car length on the low line. Windom used the momentum from two lanes higher to pull dead-even midway down the back straight. Windom flatly denied Bacon the opportunity to take the bottom line into turn three. As the two nearly collided entering turn three, Windom ripped the bottom line from Bacon for his sole possession.

Rounding turns three and four on the bottom and headed for home, Windom closed out his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season just a tick under a half second over Bacon, Leary, Kyle Cummins and Weir, who led the first 19 laps.

The victory marked Windom's third career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Kokomo following wins in both 2012 and 2015.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Anthony D'Alessio (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Kyle Cummins (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Brandon Mattox (ProSource Hard Work Award), Max Adams (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Dakota Jackson (American Racing Ministries Redemption Hoosier Tire).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.001; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.008; 3. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.176; 4. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.177; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.191; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.196; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.233; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.256; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.316; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.342; 11. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.350; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.464; 13. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.489; 14. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.537; 15. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.596; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.634; 17. Brandon Long, 02, Long-13.736; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-13.749; 19. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.749; 20. Andrew Prather, 16K, Knight-13.806.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.041; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.145; 3. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-13.195; 4. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.241; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.282; 6. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-13.297; 7. Shane Cockrum, 24p, JP-13.309; 8. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.348; 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.399; 10. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.421; 11. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.463; 12. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-13.487; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.518; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.578; 15. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-13.661; 16. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.723; 17. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-13.844; 18. T.J. Artz, 57x, Artz-13.934; 19. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.373; 20. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brody Roa, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Dakota Jackson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Mitchell Davis, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Brandon Long. 2:11.40

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Andrew Prather, 9. Dickie Gaines, 10. Matt Westfall. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Anthony D'Alessio, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. Garrett Aitken, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Koby Barksdale, 9. Dustin Christie, 10. Matt Moore. 2:13.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Joe Stornetta, 6. Brian VanMeveren, 7. Corey Smith, 8. Terry Richards, 9. T.J. Artz, 10. Clinton Boyles. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Koby Barksdale, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Dakota Jackson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Joe Stornetta, 10. Mitchell Davis, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Garrett Aitken, 13. Brian VanMeveren, 14. Andrew Prather, 15. Dustin Christie, 16. Terry Richards, 17. Brandon Long, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. T.J. Artz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (3), 2. Brady Bacon (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Kyle Cummins (10), 5. Scotty Weir (2), 6. Carson Short (5), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 8. Justin Grant (18), 9. Tyler Courtney (15), 10. Chase Stockon (7), 11. Jason McDougal (4), 12. Jarett Andretti (20), 13. Shane Cottle (12), 14. Brody Roa (16), 15. Shane Cockrum (14), 16. Koby Barksdale (9), 17. Dave Darland (21), 18. Brandon Mattox (22), 19. Brian VanMeveren (24), 20. Anthony D'Alessio (17), 21. Thomas Meseraull (13), 22. Isaac Chapple (23), 23. Dakota Jackson (19), 24. Josh Hodges (8). NT

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**Matt Westfall flipped during heat 2. Clinton Boyles flipped during heat 4. Dakota Jackson flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Scotty Weir, Laps 20-30 Chris Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (18th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cottle

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Max Adams

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Cummins

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Brandon Mattox

AMERICAN RACING MINISTRIES REDEMPTION HOOSIER TIRE: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,178, 2-Chris Windom-1,087, 3-Tyler Courtney-1,061, 4-Brady Bacon-1,059, 5-Chase Stockon-1,032, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,027, 7-Justin Grant-957, 8-Jason McDougal-898, 9-Carson Short-883, 10-Isaac Chapple-695.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-223, 2-Brady Bacon-214, 3-Chris Windom-213, 4-Jason McDougal-181, 5-Justin Grant-180, 6-Kyle Cummins-176, 7-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-174, 8-Tyler Courtney-163, 9-Chase Stockon-153, 10-Carson Short-147.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Justin Grant-16, 3-Kyle Cummins-12, 4-Jarett Andretti-12, 5-Tyler Courtney-11, 6-Brent Beauchamp-11, 7-Max Adams-9, 8-C.J. Leary-8, 9-Chris Windom-8, 10-Matt Westfall-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 21, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

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Tyler Courtney captured round two of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week Friday night at Plymouth Speedway.
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COURTNEY GETS BACK ON TRACK AT PLYMOUTH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana (July 19, 2019).........The ups and downs of racing night-after-night can take a toll on driver and team alike. It can also afford driver and team an opportunity to get back on the horse, so to speak, to find redemption in the face of adversity.

Tyler Courtney has seen all ends of the spectrum in just the last three nights alone, from the peak of winning Wednesday at Eldora to the valley of being collected in an incident on Thursday at Gas City that resulted in a 23rd place result.

Courtney and his Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing team persevered in Friday's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week stop at Plymouth Speedway, riding the wave back to the top of the totem pole to become the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship's second four-time winner of the season alongside Brady Bacon.

The team's high success rate, now with Courtney and CMNR scoring 15 wins in 55 USAC Sprint Car races together since the beginning of their championship campaign in 2018, a winning rate of over 27% a clip, hasn't provided them much of an opportunity to be in a "bounce back" situation, all to their credit. But, when they've been put in that situation, they've prospered and did so again Friday night.

"That's what makes our team so good," Courtney explained. "We don't dwell on the night before. We just go back the next night and try to do our job. That's win races. We haven't won as much as we did at this point last year, but we're not going to give up. We have one heck of a team right now. (Crew Chief Tyler Ransbottom) is really working his tail off to make this thing perfect and make my job easy. I'm just getting back in the swing of running a sprint car again. I think I've been more of a midget guy here lately. If we're going to get into the swing, this is the week to do it."

Courtney started the 30-lap feature sixth after garnering quick time earlier in the evening during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying. Up front, however, front row occupiers Chris Windom and Chase Stockon raced side-by-side for the duration of the first lap with Stockon taking the advantage by a half car length at the stripe.

Windom immediately slid Stockon into turn one on the second lap to grab the position where he would stake claim for the first third of the race while Brady Bacon rolled the bottom in second behind the high-riding Windom.

Bacon continued to eat up ground, bottom-feeding to within a car length of Windom at the start/finish line at the conclusion of lap 12. Bacon tickled the infield tires and used a run off turn two to pull ahead of Windom just in time to greet lapped traffic in the third turn.

A red flag just one lap later brought the race to a halt when 18th running Brandon Mattox hopped in turn one, landed on the left side wheels and barrel-rolled. Mattox was uninjured.

On the ensuing restart, Bacon spurted away on the bottom while Windom and Courtney engaged in a side-by-side battle for the runner up spot. Courtney worked the top to race around Windom for second as the crossed flags were displayed for the halfway mark.

Courtney was charging, eating up the gap and appeared to have a run on Bacon around the outside for the lead at the exit of turn two on lap 18. Bacon drifted wide on exit, stifling Courtney's momentum, stealing his line momentarily, and forcing him to check up.

"I knew he was good on the bottom," Courtney recalled. "I could run down there, but I wasn't as good as him, so I needed to go do something else. That's the advantage of running second or third midway through the race. I got by Chris around the top, so I knew there was something there. I showed (Bacon) a little bit, but he did what he needed to do to maintain."

Courtney gathered himself and went back to work on Bacon. Moments later, 17th running series Rookie Zane Hendricks tagged the front straightaway wall with his right rear tire, then proceeded to go into turn one with a full head of steam, tagging the turn one wall and flipping wildly along the topside of the 3/8-mile dirt oval. He walked away under his own power.

During the red flag period, second-running Courtney and team made a couple of shock adjustments, but agreed they had a pretty good racecar and shouldn't have to do too much.

On the lap 19 restart, Courtney wasted no time putting himself back into contention, switching the game plan up when Bacon slid from the bottom of turn three to the top of turn four. Courtney anticipated the move and had his NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy locked and loaded to diamond off the top of three toward the bottom of turn four to win the race to the line by a car length.

Tyler Courtney knocked out the 21st USAC National Sprint Car win of his career, equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for 28th all-time. The victory also marked Courtney's fourth career ISW win, and first at Plymouth.
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"When we got that red there, I got a good restart," Courtney remembered. "He slid a little high in four, I got underneath him and cleared him at the line right before the yellow. That played in our favor. If I could just stick the bottom in one and two, I could get out and run my own race. These races are tough to win, especially when everybody's as close as they are right now."

Moments later, Thomas Meseraull, who was running 13th, spun around in turn four, forcing out the yellow. Courtney secured the lead with 12 to go, and there wasn't much that was going to alter that as a gaggle of cars led by Justin Grant, Windom, Bacon, Leary, Jason McDougal and a whole host of others battled for second as Courtney disappeared into the nighttime horizon, expanding his lead to more than a second in the dwindling laps.

Leary, who finished a heartbroken second the night prior at Gas City, was a rocket during the final laps, utilizing the topside to drive around the outside of Grant for the second spot at the finish line. But, crossing that same line three-quarters of a second earlier was Courtney, who knocked out the 21st USAC National Sprint Car win of his career, equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for 28th all-time. The victory also marked Courtney's fourth career ISW win, and first at Plymouth.

Behind Courtney, Leary and Grant at the checkered were fourth-place finisher Bacon and Jason McDougal who rounded out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Plymouth Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Matt Westfall (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Josh Hodges (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Max Adams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jarett Andretti (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Dave Darland (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 19, 2019 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-13.485; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.531; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.548; 4. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.643; 5. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.656; 6. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-13.702; 7. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.848; 8. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.868; 9. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.018; 10. Brandon Long, 02, Long-14.116; 11. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.133; 12. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-14.151; 13. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-14.158; 14. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-14.176; 15. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-14.208; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.274; 17. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-14.394; 18. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.450; 19. T.J. Artz, 57x, Artz-14.495.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.358; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.396; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.462; 4. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.507; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.599; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.746; 7. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.804; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.837; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-13.854; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-13.865; 11. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.871; 12. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.894; 13. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.969; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.032; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-14.122; 16. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.133; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.158; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.247; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-14.307.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dustin Ingle, 5. Max Adams, 6. Dustin Christie, 7. Koby Barksdale, 8. Matt Moore, 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 10. T.J. Artz. 2:19.84

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Zane Hendricks, 4. Terry Richards, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Brandon Long, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Mitchell Davis. 2:20.87

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Carson Short, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Cole Ketcham, 10. Matt McCarthy. 2:20.37

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brian VanMeveren, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Chad Boespflug. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Dakota Jackson, 3. Max Adams, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Mitchell Davis, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Brandon Long, 9. Dustin Christie, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. T.J. Artz, 12. Dickie Gaines, 13. Cole Ketcham, 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Matt Moore, 17. Koby Barksdale, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. C.J. Leary (7), 3. Justin Grant (9), 4. Brady Bacon (3), 5. Jason McDougal (4), 6. Chris Windom (1), 7. Dakota Jackson (13), 8. Chase Stockon (2), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Josh Hodges (8), 11. Matt Westfall (19), 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 13. Max Adams (10), 14. Carson Short (18), 15. Mitchell Davis (16), 16. Isaac Chapple (23), 17. Dustin Ingle (5), 18. Jarett Andretti (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (17), 20. Zane Hendricks (20), 21. Clinton Boyles (21), 22. Brandon Mattox (14), 23. Terry Richards (12), 24. Dustin Christie (24). NT

**Brody Roa and Chad Boespflug flipped during the fourth heat. Brandon Mattox flipped on lap 14 of the feature. Zane Hendricks flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-12 Chris Windom, Laps 13-18 Brady Bacon, Laps 19-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Matt Westfall

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dave Darland

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dakota Jackson

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Jarett Andretti

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,102, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,010, 3-Chris Windom-1,010, 4-Brady Bacon-987, 5-Chase Stockon-980, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-968, 7-Justin Grant-900, 8-Jason McDougal-848, 9-Carson Short-818, 10-Isaac Chapple-672.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-147, 2-Brady Bacon-142, 3-Chris Windom-136, 4-Jason McDougal-131, 5-Justin Grant-123, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-115, 7-Dakota Jackson-114, 8-Tyler Courtney-112, 9-Kyle Cummins-108, 10-Chase Stockon-101.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Brent Beauchamp-11, 3-Max Adams-9, 4-Matt Westfall-8, 5-Chris Windom-6, 6-Justin Grant-6, 7-Dakota Jackson-6, 8-Kyle Cummins-6, 9-Cole Ketcham-6, 10-Tyler Courtney-5.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 20, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

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Shane Cottle won his first career NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week race in his 72nd start Thursday at Gas City I-69 Speedway.
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COTTLE RACES TO FIRST ISW WIN IN GAS CITY PHOTO FINISH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (July 18, 2019).........No longer will Shane Cottle have to answer the question of when his day will come during NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

It took 72 ISW feature starts for the Kansas, Ill. native to get his long-awaited breakthrough, and the way it all unfolded in Thursday night's opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway will be one that won't be forgotten anytime soon.

Starting 18th, Cottle picked his way through the field and positioned himself second with five laps remaining. Cottle worked the bottom as Leary operated up top and, on the final corner of the lap, Cottle surged ahead to beat Leary to the stripe for the win in one of the closest finishes in USAC racing history.

A glance at the timing showed Leary on top of the leaderboard as Cottle celebrated his triumph in victory lane. However, the transponder on the rear bumper of Leary's car crossed the timing loop prior to the transponder on the tail of Cottle's car, positioning Leary in front of Cottle on timing.

However, per USAC rule Part VI 9.4.C, a car will be officially credited with a lap only when its front wheels cross the start/finish line after completing one entire circuit of the course. The USAC chief scorer and race director unanimously agreed that Cottle's front wheels crossed the start/finish line before Leary's.

According to Cottle, his feelings following the dramatic final lap heroics were only comparable to his 2008 victory at Anderson Speedway's Little 500. Cottle's third career USAC National Sprint Car victory is the first series win for him since 2008, which also came at Gas City. In fact, all three of his wins have come on the quarter mile at Gas City dating back to his first career USAC victory in 2006.

Mired on the outside of the ninth row for the start of the 30-lap feature, it didn't take long for Cottle to realize he had something special on this night with a car that could take him to the front. He moved up three positions on the opening lap to 15th, then hovered around the edge of the top-ten for the remainder of the first half.

"I knew pretty quickly," Cottle said when asked when he knew he had a winning car. "I just knew that if I got to the bottom, we were going to be good as long as we could just pick them off one at a time. We got the right yellows at the right time; a lapped car helped us out one time. I tried wrecking it a couple times on those infield tires. The car was really good, and it was fun to drive."

On the 17th lap, ninth-running Thomas Meseraull got sideways at the entrance of turn three. Eleventh place driver Tyler Courtney had nowhere to go and plowed into the side of Meseraull, sending both to the sidelines for the remainder of the night.

When racing resumed, a pair of lapped cars separated leader Leary from the second-place car of Kevin Thomas, Jr. Leary had a near-perfect restart to open up his lead to 1.5 sec. as Thomas tried to keep tabs. As the pair of 19s broke away from the field, a scramble for third ensued involving the balance of the top-ten all under a figurative blanket. Defending ISW champ Chris Windom was riding high, splitting his way through traffic from ninth to break into the top-three with seven laps remaining while Cottle quietly, but methodically, snuck around the infield tires to move to third by Windom just before the caution.

Twelfth-place Isaac Chapple spun in turn one on the 25th lap, setting up a six-lap race to the finish with race-long dominator Leary out front ahead of Thomas while Cottle raised curiosity if he could continue his upward trajectory through the field in the final laps.

On the restart, Cottle stuck to his guns on the low line and pulled even with Thomas off the bottom of turn two before finally clearing him with a drive off the bottom of four to secure second. Now, the test was administered to see whose strategy would prevail, if Leary could continue to rip the top or if Cottle could breeze the infield tires to the front. It takes a virtue of patience to stay the course, to stuck with what got you there, to go low and slow into the corner as the driver beside you gasses it up and pulls away, momentarily, entering the corner.

"I could see him up there," Cottle recalled. "When they're out there in front of you, you just want to push the gas harder and harder, but you can't. You just have to roll around there and keep the wheels under you. I messed up a couple times during the last six laps and I thought I gave it away."

All of Shane Cottle's three career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories have come at Gas City I-69 Speedway: 2006, 2008 and 2019.
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When Cottle initially slipped into second on the 25th lap, he was about five car lengths behind Leary. The same scenario played out lap-after-lap with Leary moving ahead in the corner, and Cottle seeming like his car was pulled by a chain off the corners, quickly erasing Leary's advantage.

Coming to the white flag, the interval seemingly never wavered between a car length in either direction between the two where they remained side-by-side for the entire duration of the 30th and final lap. Coming off four, with Cottle low and Leary high, the two hit the line nearly simultaneously with Cottle taking the victory over Leary, Windom, Brady Bacon and Thomas.

It was a monumental win for Cottle in many ways, but it was even more special coming with Epperson Racing, the team for which Cottle was associated with for several seasons in the decade of the 2010s and hadn't driven for in USAC competition since the beginning of the 2016 season in Ocala, Fla. It marked Tony Epperson's second USAC National Sprint Car victory as an owner following last August's win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway with driver Tyler Thomas.

"I wanted to be the first to get him his USAC win, but Tyler Thomas got it last year," Cottle remembered. "I was so happy for (Tony) because he's one of the greatest car owners ever. We got him one tonight and I appreciate everything he does for me."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway were Carson Short (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Scotty Weir (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher & ProSource Hard Work Award), Shane Cottle (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Kyle Cummins (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) & Brody Roa (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-12.046; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.050; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.058; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-12.111; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-12.113; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.126; 7. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.133; 8. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.191; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.289; 10. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-12.313; 11. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-12.345; 12. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.416; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.425; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.426; 15. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.430; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-12.562; 17. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-12.573; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-12.599; 19. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-12.679; 20. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-12.731; 21. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-12.732; 22. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.820.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.199; 2. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-12.269; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.300; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.310; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-12.338; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.367; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.671; 8. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-12.673; 9. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-12.694; 10. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J-12.715; 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-12.797; 12. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-12.813; 13. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.040; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.050; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-13.056; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.061; 17. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-13.167; 18. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.178; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-13.209; 20. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.275; 21. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-14.010.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Koby Barksdale, 9. Joe Stornetta, 10. Terry Richards, 11. Carson Short. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Dustin Ingle, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Max Adams, 10. Zane Hendricks, 11. Matt Moore. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Dave Darland, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Dallas Hewitt, 6. Cole Ketcham, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Dustin Christie, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Anthony D'Alessio, 11. Eric Perrott. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dakota Jackson, 3. Corey Smith, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. A.J. Hopkins, 6. Dickie Gaines, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Mitchell Davis, 10. Brian VanMeveren. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 to the semi) 1. Max Adams, 2. Terry Richards, 3. Matt Goodnight, 4. Mitchell Davis, 5. Dustin Christie, 6. Koby Barksdale, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Zane Hendricks, 9. Matt Moore, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. Eric Perrott. 2:18.56

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Carson Short, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. A.J. Hopkins, 5. Cole Ketcham, 6. Max Adams, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Dallas Hewitt, 10. Dustin Ingle, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Clinton Boyles, 13. Mitchell Davis, 14. Brandon Mattox, 15. Matt Goodnight, 16. Terry Richards, 17. Brian VanMeveren, 18. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (18), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Chris Windom (9), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 6. Jason McDougal (6), 7. Dakota Jackson (4), 8. Kyle Cummins (8), 9. Brent Beauchamp (20), 10. Justin Grant (3), 11. Cole Ketcham (17), 12. Chase Stockon (11), 13. Max Adams (22), 14. Josh Hodges (16), 15. Chad Boespflug (23), 16. Carson Short (7), 17. Isaac Chapple (14), 18. Brian VanMeveren (24), 19. Corey Smith (15), 20. Dave Darland (21), 21. A.J. Hopkins (19), 22. Thomas Meseraull (10), 23. Tyler Courtney (12), 24. Scotty Weir (13). NT

**Corey Smith flipped during qualifying. Carson Short flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 C.J. Leary, Lap 30 Shane Cottle.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Shane Cottle (18th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brody Roa

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Cummins

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Max Adams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,027, 2-Chris Windom-947, 3-Tyler Courtney-929, 4-Chase Stockon-925, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-922, 6-Brady Bacon-918, 7-Justin Grant-830, 8-Jason McDougal-780, 9-Carson Short-776, 10-Isaac Chapple-641.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-74, 2-Chris Windom-73, 3-Brady Bacon-73, 4-C.J. Leary-72, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-69, 6-Jason McDougal-63, 7-Dakota Jackson-59, 8-Kyle Cummins-54, 9-Justin Grant-53, 10-Brent Beauchamp-51.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Brent Beauchamp-11, 3-Max Adams-9, 4-Chris Windom-6, 5-Cole Ketcham-6, 6-Josh Hodges-2, 7-Brady Bacon-1, 8-Dave Darland-1.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 19, 2019 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

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Wednesday's #LetsRaceTwo Eldora Speedway winner Tyler Courtney.
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SUNSHINE SCOOPS $10 GRAND IN ELDORA'S 200TH USAC SPRINT RACE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (July 17, 2019).........Throughout the past 199 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held at Eldora Speedway, there are just a few who've displayed the kind of sustained dominance on the western Ohio half-mile that Tyler Courtney has shown over the past 10 months.

In the 200th series race Wednesday at the "Big E," Courtney put one in the record books as just the fourth driver to win three-straight USAC National Sprint Car features at Eldora. Jud Larson was the first to do it in 1964-65, followed by Bubby Jones in 1978-79 and Jack Hewitt, who put together two sets of back-to-back-to-back victories in 1988 and 1990-91, already putting Courtney in exclusive company in his young career.

Not to mention, the victory was worth $10,000, as the Indianapolis, Ind. native became the 29th driver to join the 20-win club with the series and now stands just one win behind equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for the next rung on the ladder.

"It seems like we win every race that doesn't pay any money," #LetsRaceTwo winner Courtney said with a laugh. "It's really cool to win $10,000. Thank you to Roger Slack, Tony Stewart and everybody here at Eldora for putting up the money. It's really cool to win the 200thUSAC (Sprint Car) race here. For people who appreciate history, like myself, that's pretty neat to put my name in the record book."

Courtney started third and, for all intents and purposes, on this particular night, it was over by the end of the first lap. Kevin Thomas, Jr. began the race from the pole and took a run for the lead, sliding side-by-side alongside outside front row starter Chase Stockon through turns one and two.

Courtney rode it high around the outside of Thomas exiting turn two, cut across and dove to the bottom to slide past Stockon entering turn three. Courtney glided up to the exit of turn four as Stockon mounted a charge underneath. Courtney, though, got the upper hand, and the momentum, to lead by a car length at the line.

That was as close as it ever got.

As C.J. Leary, Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon battled for second, going three-wide at times, Courtney was in another zip code, building up his lead to a half-straight by lap six and a full-straightaway by the 10th lap.

Just before midway, Courtney began to navigate lapped traffic. There, his lead wasn't exactly shrinking by any means, but it had stagnated at about a 4.8 second interval. When the caution fell with 14 laps remaining, on paper, it would initially appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the likes of Leary and Bacon who were trying to chase Courtney down in traffic.

In reality, with four lapped cars separating first and second, all it did was provide an open track for Courtney to run a qualifying simulation for much of the second half of the 30-lapper. All four lapped cars hopped on the bottom heading to turn one on the lap 17 restart, allowing Leary and Bacon to roam free unhindered up top. Courtney checked out once again, putting up a 2.5 second lead on the board within just three laps of the restart, never missing a beat.

With five to go, it was back to a full-straight lead for Courtney again. Back behind him, recent Knoxville $20K winner Bacon dug deep to find something to get around Leary for second. Instead, he found the concrete between turns three and four, subsequently bending the front axle. He drove it into one with quite different handling characteristics this time around, smacking the outside wall on the opposite end of the track where he rode wall for a ways before landing on all fours and soldiering on.

Leary snapped away from Bacon to close the door on that battle for position, putting the top-three from first to third a half-lap apart from each other with four to go.

Tyler Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., became the 29th driver to join the 20-win club with the series and now stands just one win behind equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for the next rung on the ladder at 21.
(Rich Forman Photo)

All Courtney had to wonder on the final lap was whether lapped traffic would become any type of hindrance to his blistering five-plus second margin. Courtney split the lapped cars of Jason McDougal and Matt Goodnight into turn one and put the right rear up on the rim to ride home to his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year, and third on a half-mile track, 5.336 seconds ahead of Leary, Bacon, Stockon and Chris Windom.

Right now, Courtney, his team and his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy are in unison. It's quite important heading into the portion of the season which comprises one-fourth of the entire year's schedule in a span of 11 days.

"When you put all the right things together, usually good things happen," Courtney said. "We've got a really good team right now. Rizzy (Crew Chief Tyler Ransbottom)'s on his game right now. We kind of messed up a little bit in Knoxville, but he was determined to make right on that, and I think we did tonight. It's nice to get a momentum boost going into Indiana Sprint Week here the next few nights. Hopefully we can keep going."

If you're wondering, yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The top-three of Courtney, Leary and Bacon is the same exact top-three from the series' first visit to the track in May.

Meanwhile, in qualifying, Justin Grant set Fatheadz Eyewear fast time for the 22nd time in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, tying him with Steve Butler with 18th all-time. He collected a total of $300 for his qualifying efforts courtesy of ProSource and Fatheadz Eyewear.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway were Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Scotty Weir (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tom Harris (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Gage Etgen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 17, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.957; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.988; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.040; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.210; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.241; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-16.265; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.391; 8. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-16.459; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-16.471; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.526; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-16.585; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.593; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.670; 14. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.726; 15. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-16.729; 16. Kody Swanson, 20N, Nolen-16.843; 17. Scotty Weir, 23s, Simon-16.849; 18. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-16.900; 19. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.926; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.931; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-17.042; 22. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-17.081; 23. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-17.159; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.190; 25. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-17.358; 26. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-17.484; 27. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-17.775; 28. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Isaac Chapple, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Brian VanMeveren, 9. Matt Cooley. 02:17.50

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Dustin Christie, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Zane Hendricks, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Dustin Ingle, 8. Michael Fischesser, 9. Paul Dues. 02:18.90

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tom Harris, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Carson Short, 7. Corey Smith, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Gage Etgen. 02:17.80

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Carson Short, 3. Dallas Hewitt, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Corey Smith, 7. Michael Fischesser, 8. Gage Etgen, 9. Matt Cooley, 10. Dustin Ingle, 11. Brian VanMeveren. 3:38.17

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

**Nick Bilbee flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tyler Courtney

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tom Harris (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Carson Short

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Gage Etgen

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-955, 2-Tyler Courtney-898, 3-Chase Stockon-879, 4-Chris Windom-874, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-853, 6-Brady Bacon-845, 7-Justin Grant-777, 8-Carson Short-736, 9-Jason McDougal-717, 10-Isaac Chapple-610.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 18, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 32ndNOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

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Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) celebrates his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory Sunday night at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.
(Rich Forman Photo)



IT'S SWEET, SWEET SPRINGS VICTORY FOR CARRICK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (July 14, 2019).........Most times, it seems the only thing predictable in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing is unpredictability. And sometimes when you think you know what's about to transpire, that's when everything turns on its head. At times, literally.

Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick found that out in Sunday's trip to Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex where he became the fourth first-time series winner this year, following Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom and Jason McDougal. It's the first time the series has produced four first-time winners in a single season since 2008, and it's still only mid-July.

Carrick ran fifth with five laps remaining as point leader and race leader Tyler Courtney and defending champ Logan Seavey waged their battle for the lead. Seavey mustered a big, bold slider for the lead entering turn three. Courtney quickly countered underneath to steal the spot back from Seavey off turn four.

Seavey remained just about three car-lengths back on the following lap until his car got a bit tight on the cushion in between turns three and four, allowing Courtney to open up a roughly eight car-length lead despite catching the lapped car of Brady Bacon in traffic as he worked turns one and two.

Traffic parted the seas for Courtney with a free path on the high side entering turn three. With seemingly everything in check, Courtney snagged the turn three cushion, flipping him over. On Courtney's rebound, second-running Logan Seavey clipped his own right front wheel against Courtney's tail tank, giving terminal damage to Seavey's car and eliminating him from a repeat Sweet Springs victory. Courtney restarted, albeit from the tail and out of contention for his seventh series win of the year.

That slotted Carrick into third on the final restart behind McDougal and Windom. Throughout much of the duration of the 40-lapper, Carrick had been waging in a see-saw slider session behind Courtney and Seavey, battling the likes of McDougal, Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr., just to name a few, for what, at the time, seemed to be for "best in class" for third as the front two checked out.

On the lap 38 restart, McDougal went topside as Windom headed to the bottom to toss a slider at McDougal. Windom appeared to not have enough mustard on the slide to get up in front of McDougal but was content to fall in line and chase him into the next corner. Before all that could even play out, McDougal's right rear snagged the turn two cushion, turning him to the right and pushing him into the outside wall.

Windom ducked under McDougal to take the lead momentarily heading down the back straightaway. Yet, even lower on the track was Carrick, who used the bottom to pull ahead of Windom at the entrance to turn three. Carrick slid up in front of Windom to the top, while Windom charged to the bottom as Carrick nipped Windom at the stripe by three-quarters of a car length.

"I just wanted to be there at the end," Seavey said. "I saved my stuff. I kind of figured (Windom) was going to try to slide McDougal (on the restart). My only odds were rolling the bottom on the last restart and getting to the lead. and it worked out."

Carrick was on a mission to take away Windom's line and prevent the slider into the first turn as he dove across the nose of Windom to secure the bottom before sliding up to the top in turn two as Windom had the front left wheel kicking up a little dust on the inner berm.

Carrick was meticulous in sliding himself into each corner from bottom to top, leaving Windom and hard-charging Zeb Wise a narrow window of opportunity that Carrick had no intentions of relinquishing.

Carrick, the 2017 series Rookie of the Year in his 54th career start, finished it out with authority for his first career series win. Wise, who returned from an opening lap flip, rode the rim around Windom on the final lap to take second by two car-lengths over Windom, while McDougal fell to fourth and Chad Boat rounded out the top-five after starting 15th.

Tanner Carrick became the fourth first-time series winner this year, following Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom and Jason McDougal. It's the first time the series has produced four first-time winners in a single season since 2008.
(Rich Forman Photo)

Carrick and his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Craftsman - CVC Concrete/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota had been fast of late, entering Sunday night's triumph. Just two weeks ago, Carrick drove to a career-best-equaling third-place result in Joliet, Ill. after establishing a new eight-lap track record during the heat race. He set a new 10-lap track record Friday's heat in Fairbury, Neb., followed by a 7th place feature finish Saturday at Fairbury. The speed has been there, but the results they've been striving for these past three years finally came to fruition.

"It means a lot to me getting a win for (crew members) Big Al (Scroggins), for Ronnie (Gardner), for Keith Kunz, everyone that helps out on the team. We've been really close. I've been really close lately. I could say there's numerous races I should've won but didn't play out my way, but this one did."

Despite the dramatic finish, the feature arrived with inauspicious beginnings initially. The first of two red flags came out on lap one as front row starters Seavey and Andrew Layser banged wheels on the back straightaway, creating a chain reaction of events entering the third turn.

As Layser fought to regain control, McDougal slowed to avoid Layser. In turn, sixth-starting Tanner Thorson ramped over McDougal's left side wheels and flipped. Wise, who started 9th, plowed in and hit Thorson, sending himself flipping as well. Ethan Mitchell was also collected in the mishap. Thorson did not restart and, ultimately, finished 23rd.

Curtis Spicer flipped in turn two on the second lap. Spicer's car went off on the hook and he was finished for the night, taking a 22nd place finish.

Meanwhile, with 25 cars passed throughout the four nights of "Mid-America Midget Week," Jerry Coons, Jr. collected the ProSource Passing Master Award. The two-time series champ started 16th and finished 7th Sunday at Sweet Springs.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex were Chris Windom (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Sam Johnson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Cole Bodine (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zeb Wise (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Daniel Robinson (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger), Joe Boyles (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (ProSource Passing Master Champion).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2019 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.951 (New Track Record); 2. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.959; 3. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.970; 4. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-11.979; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.004; 6. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.073; 7. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.080; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.081; 9. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.171; 10. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-12.233; 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.248; 12. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-12.251; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.257; 14. Clinton Boyles, 9, Mounce-12.262; 15. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.341; 16. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.380; 17. Cole Bodine, 35, Petry-12.658; 18. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-12.830; 19. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-13.120; 20. Joe Boyles, 98B, Boyles-13.212; 21. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.291; 22. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-14.034; 23. Daniel Robinson, 11, Harris-NT; 24. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-NT; 25. Gunner Ramey, 19s, Mounce-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Curtis Spicer, 8. Casey Hicks. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Daniel Robinson, 7. Joe Boyles, 8. Clinton Boyles. NT

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Chad Boat, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chad Winfrey, 7. Chad Frewaldt. 2:10.11

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

**Tanner Thorson and Zeb Wise flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Curtis Spicer flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Tyler Courtney flipped on lap 38 of the feature.

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

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Daniel Robinson (23rd to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Joe Boyles

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1086, 2-Chris Windom-999, 3-Logan Seavey-984, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-934, 5-Zeb Wise-917, 6-Chad Boat-879, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-813, 8-Tanner Carrick-804, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-750, 10-Jason McDougal-726.

FINAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Jerry Coons, Jr.-25, 2-Tyler Thomas-23, 3-Chad Boat-21, 4-Zeb Wise-18, 5-Daniel Robinson-15, 6-Chris Windom-12, 7-Jonathan Beason-12, 8-Logan Seavey-11, 9-Tyler Courtney-10, 10-Matt Sherrell-10.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 30, 2019 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

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