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David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) charged from 26th to 2nd in his USAC Silver Crown debut on Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. (Brendon Bauman Photos)



GRAVEL TURNS IN ONE OF USAC SILVER CROWN'S BEST EVER DEBUTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 18, 2020).........In the week leading up to his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series debut on Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, David Gravel stated that his goals were to "finish the race first" while claiming that, realistically, a top-ten would be ideal.

While he also said he hoped to be in the mix for the win at the end of 100 miles, even he couldn't have drawn up exactly how it ultimately played out. Having to utilize a push start due to mechanical issues left him, by rule, to start at the tail of the 26-car field.

In the end, Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) finished second to winner Kyle Larson in the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the one-mile dirt oval with a pair of racing veterans in crew chief Kent Wolters and spotter Mike Hess helping to aid him on the path to the best finish by a first-time Silver Crown race starter in more than a quarter century, since P.J. Jones finished as the runner-up at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1994.

"I'm not really sure what happened, but I kind of went where they weren't," Gravel explained. "I got past (Kody) Swanson and (Chris) Windom in the beginning and I thought I was doing really good. Then, I slowed down too much, and they passed me back. I think we got to about 10th or 11th and then I got more aggressive and started to pass guys around their right rear. This Mark Swanson Encore Team car felt really good; I felt comfortable by about lap five or six. I got here at 10:30am, sat in the car for the first time, got the belts changed up, but the pedals were uncomfortable for me. My knees are killing me; I'm getting old."

The 28-year-old, who won the Knoxville Nationals in 2019, was in the midst of a busy weekend that included a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car start on Friday, a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series start on Saturday and a Silver Crown start on Sunday. Gravel credits his impressive run on Sunday to not only his versatile experiences over the weekend, but everything observed and experienced firsthand leading up to this point.

"I honestly haven't watched that many Silver Crown races," Gravel acknowledged. "I know you have to be patient around the bottom. We race in the rubber sometimes in a winged sprint car, so I just used what I've learned there and translated it to today. I hope I'll be back. I don't know what my schedule is for next year, but I know I'll be in a winged sprint car a lot. Hopefully, I get to do a lot of fun things like this again."

Gravel's Springfield performance ranks as one of the best debuts in Silver Crown history. He's now one of just 12 drivers to finish inside the top-two in his first career series start. Seven drivers won their first Silver Crown start: Jim McElreath (Nazareth 1971), A.J. Foyt (Illinois State Fairgrounds 1971), Danny Smith (Eldora 1982), Rick Hood (Indiana State Fairgrounds 1982), Jimmy Horton (Nazareth 1983), Herb Copeland (Oklahoma City 1983) and Marv Carman (Minnesota State Fairgrounds 1984).

Only four drivers had previously finished 2nd in their first Silver Crown start: Arnie Knepper (Nazareth 1971), Barry Camp (Williams Grove 1981), Jac Haudenschild (Indiana State Fairgrounds 1985) and P.J. Jones (Indianapolis Raceway Park 1994).

Additionally, Gravel's starting spot of 26th at Springfield is the furthest back any top-five finishing debut driver has started, besting Jimmy Caruthers' charge from 20th to 5th in the 1971 race, incidentally, also at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Meanwhile, the previous worst starting spot for a driver finishing 2nd or better in his first Silver Crown start was Arnie Knepper, who began his race from the 14th position in the inaugural series event in 1971 at Nazareth, Pa.

Gravel's run marks the third occasion that a debuting Silver Crown driver has finished inside the top-five this season with both occurring in the opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Bryan Gossel finished 4th there while Carmen Perigo took 5th.

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USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT PERFORMANCES (1971-2020)

1ST PLACE

Jim McElreath (June 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 9th)

A.J. Foyt (Aug 22, 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 10th)

Danny Smith (Apr 25, 1982 at Eldora Speedway - started 8th)

Rick Hood (May 8, 1982 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - started 4th)

Jimmy Horton (July 3, 1983 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 5th)

Herb Copeland (Jul 24, 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 6th)

Marv Carman (Aug 24, 1984 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds - started 4th)

2ND PLACE

Arnie Knepper (June 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 14th)

Barry Camp (July 5, 1981 at Williams Grove Speedway - started 5th)

Jac Haudenschild (May 24, 1985 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - started 6th)

P.J. Jones (Aug 4, 1994 at Indianapolis Raceway Park - started 1st)

David Gravel (Oct 18, 2020 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 26th)

3RD PLACE

Don Hawley (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 16th)

Jigger Sirois (Sept 4, 1972 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 2nd)

Ken Schrader (Nov 2, 1980 at the Terre Haute Action Track - started 1st)

Bruce Jennings (Jul 24, 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 18th)

Terry Shepherd (Sep 22, 1991 at Eldora Speedway - started 7th)

Steve Kent (Oct 8, 1994 at the Cal Expo State Fairgrounds - started 3rd)

Aaron Fike (Nov 14, 2000 at Irwindale Speedway - started 8th)

Cameron Dodson (Mar 23, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - started 3rd)

Brady Bacon (Aug 31, 2014 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 12th)

4TH PLACE

Billy Vukovich (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 8th)

Pancho Carter (May 28, 1972 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 15th)

Wally Dallenbach (Aug 17, 1974 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds - started 16th)

Randy Tolsma (Aug 1, 1993 at the Milwaukee Mile - started 5th)

Ryan Moore (Mar 23, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - started 15th)

Robert Stout (May 27, 2016 at Lucas Oil Raceway - started 5th)

Jason McDougal (Sep 22, 2018 at Eldora Speedway - started 7th)

Bryan Gossel (Aug 9, 2020 at Selinsgrove Speedway - started 19th)

5TH PLACE

Gary Bettenhausen (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 6th)

Jimmy Caruthers (Aug 22, 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 20th)

Mel Cornett (Aug 19, 1973 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 7th)

Rich Leavell (Aug 24, 1980 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 9th)

Jeff Forshee (July 22, 1984 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 2nd)

Jeff Gordon (Feb 4, 1990 at Phoenix International Raceway - started 4th)

Stewart Friesen (Oct 11, 2014 at the New York State Fairgrounds - started 7th)

Joey Schmidt (Mar 23, 2019 at Memphis International Raceway - started 14th)

Carmen Perigo (Aug 9, 2020 at Selinsgrove Speedway - started 5th)

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Kyle Larson scored the victory in Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. (Lonnie Wheatley Photo)



LARSON WINS BETTENHAUSEN 100; GRANT IS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 18, 2020).........Kyle Larson became the 15th driver to win Champ Car races on the three Midwest dirt miles of Du Quoin, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the latter of which he added to his continuously growing checklist on Sunday afternoon in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series' season finale, the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear.

Meanwhile, Justin Grant reached the mountaintop of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series for 2020, winning the series title aboard his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Super Fitness - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford, the first USAC National driving championship for Ione, Calif. native as well as the first series owner title for Ron Hemelgarn.

Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) joined an exclusive list of winners at all three iconic tracks alongside Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen, George Snider, Chuck Gurney, Jack Hewitt, Jimmy Sills, J.J. Yeley and Kody Swanson.

"I've been able to win at all three (of the miles) I've been able to race at," Larson exclaimed. "They're all really historic races with a long history. In USAC, there's already so much history, so to add your name to any sort of list and put it in the record books is really cool."

For Larson, his Silver Crown season consisted of an undefeated record of two starts and two wins, which came following an eight-year hiatus from the series. His series record now includes four total series triumphs, including his win on the Du Quoin Mile in 2011, followed by the Indy Mile this past August and the Springfield Mile on Sunday.

Larson's most recent, and only, Springfield Mile appearance came nine years ago in 2011, a 4th place result. Larson has visited a plethora of racetracks everywhere from coast-to-coast in the near decade since and has won at many of them. For him, Springfield was akin to a new experience all over again.

"Outside of the shape, the banking and the length of the straightaways, I couldn't remember anything about it," Larson recalled. "It was fun to be able to run the top early in the race before it took rubber, and once it did, it kind of turned into a pavement race with more strategy."

Larson started the 100-miler from the outside of the front row as pole sitter Justin Grant raced away to the lead. Fourth-starting Brady Bacon followed suit as he rode the highline around Larson for the 2nd spot. Larson raced back by Bacon around the outside in turn two on the eighth lap, and on lap 11, Larson utilized the same line in the second turn to pull even with Grant, then closed the door by scooting to the inner guardrail to secure the race lead.

Larson was dominant throughout the first 50 laps, holding a 10-car length lead with Grant 1.3 sec. back in second, and Bacon, Jacob Wilson and Shane Cottle running inside the top-five. A 32-lap green flag run allowed Larson to find his rhythm in relative comfort without extensive pressure, helping set up his blueprint for the final sprint to the checkered.

"I like the longer runs just because I feel like you don't go through a transition with your tires heating up and cooling down, so I feel like it's easier on the tires and it helps you get into a rhythm too," Larson explained. "I was happy for the long runs, but happy to get the cautions when we did as well. It was nice to get to the lead early and get there before it took rubber on the bottom. Then, I could kind of ride, save fuel and save my tires and try to get after it there at the end."

The lengthy green flag run ended when championship contender Kyle Robbins wedged his left front wheel in the turn three inside guardrail on lap 64, ending his day and bid for a title after entering the event third in the standings.

When racing resumed, Larson checked out once again to the tune of a nice two-second advantage following the lap 69 restart ahead of Grant, Bacon, Wilson and Shane Cottle. Although, Cottle, another title contender, fell by the wayside with mechanical trouble on the 80th lap, putting him out of contention and elevating David Gravel, making his Silver Crown debut, into the top-five after starting last on the grid, 26th, after a penalty was levied to him for requiring a push start to begin his race.

Gravel was now the man on the move, as he picked his way to fourth on the 83rd lap past Wilson, then to 3rd after ducking under Bacon in turn two. Meanwhile, Grant, in the midst of chasing a title, wasn't content to ride around in the waning stages, and instead, closed the gap on Larson to three car lengths with 10 to go as Gravel began tracking both him and Larson down.

On the 95th lap, Larson was untangle himself from the web of traffic, discarding with the first couple before encountering leading series Rookie Bryan Gossel. Larson shot to the bottom in turn one underneath Gossel, passing him to give himself some breathing room. Grant attempted to get by as well, and nearly got hung up on the rear bumper of Gossel as both cars drifted up the racetrack. Gravel jumped through the open door to get to second while Grant shook loose and resumed his race now in the third position, still plenty good enough for a championship run.

Time ran out on Gravel to make a charge, but the time was just right for Larson who raced to his fourth career Silver Crown victory in just his 11th start. Gravel advanced 24 positions to finish an impressive second to Larson. Grant finished third to capture the 2020 USAC Silver Crown driving championship by 44 points. Bacon took fourth while Jacob Wilson, making his season debut, finished in the fifth position.

With his 3rd place finish Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Justin Grant captured the 2020 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series driving title while team owner Ron Hemelgarn earned the series entrant title. (Brendon Bauman Photo)

While Larson's celebration commenced on the front straightaway as the race winner, Grant reveled in the reward of totality, one of a season championship, one that was finally his own after finishing 3rd, 4th, 2nd and 2nd in the final standings over the last four Silver Crown seasons, the most recent two of which he finished second to Kody Swanson. In 2020, the roles were reversed with Grant first and Swanson as the runner-up.

"We've finished second to Kody a handful of times, so it feels good to win one, finally, for Ron Hemelgarn and Dennis LaCava and Jason, who helps on the car, and everybody involved. We had a really good car today, and I think we had something for Larson before we got caught up with a lapped car. I'm a little disappointed we didn't win the race, but really happy we won the championship and really happy for my guys; they deserve it. They brought me a great racecar, which was one of the best mile cars I've had in long time. It was a lot of fun today and I'm glad we got it done."
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"(Brady) was dogging me for a good portion of the race there, and I was trying to run just hard enough to keep him behind us and not burn our tire up, and save something to have a charge at Kyle there at the end," Grant recalled. "I was starting to work the entry out a little bit into one and into three trying to give myself a lane there with about 35 to go to try and get by him. It just didn't work out in the end. I timed a lapped car wrong, but that's how it goes. Kyle was really, really good, but I feel like we had a really good car too."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 18, 2020 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Illinois - 1-Mile Dirt Oval - 57th Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-30.457; 2. Kyle Larson, 19, Michael-30.609; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9, Dyson-30.621; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-30.750; 5. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-30.847; 6. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-30.887; 7. David Gravel, 21, Swanson-30.904; 8. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.001; 9. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-31.021; 10. Logan Seavey, 22, Prestige Worldwide-31.080; 11. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-31.104; 12. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-31.303; 13. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-31.352; 14. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-31.534; 15. Shane Cockrum, 53, Five Three-31.670; 16. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-31.879; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-32.292; 18. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-32.817; 19. Terry Babb, 88, Babb-32.933; 20. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-33.221; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.087; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-34.536; 23. Danny Long, 44, Long-35.354; 24. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-35.959; 25. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight-NT; 26. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-NT; 27. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-NT; 28. Steven Russell, 14, McQuinn-NT; 29. Kyle Cummins, 69, Pink 69-NT; 30. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-NT; 31. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (2), 2. David Gravel (26), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Jacob Wilson (6), 6. Casey Shuman (12), 7. Shane Cockrum (14), 8. Logan Seavey (9), 9. Chris Windom (24), 10. Kody Swanson (13), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 12. Chad Kemenah (8), 13. Jake Swanson (15), 14. Kyle Steffens (11), 15. Jimmy Light (10), 16. Terry Babb (18), 17. Travis Welpott (17), 18. Patrick Lawson (20), 19. Bryan Gossel (19), 20. Danny Long (22), 21. Matt Goodnight (16), 22. Shane Cottle (5), 23. Dave Berkheimer (21), 24. Kyle Robbins (25), 25. Terry James (23), 26. Aaron Pierce (7). 1:03:50.977

**Steven Russell flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Justin Grant, Laps 11-100 Kyle Larson.

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-266, 2-Kody Swanson-220, 3-Chris Windom-212, 4-Matt Goodnight-189, 5-Kyle Robbins-186, 6-Shane Cottle-184, 7-Aaron Pierce-168, 8-Shane Cockrum-162, 9-Bryan Gossel-161, 10-Mike Haggenbottom-159.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-191, 2-Kyle Cummins-108, 3-Tanner Thorson-106, 4-Robert Ballou-101, 5-Shane Cottle-96, 6-Logan Seavey-93, 7-Justin Grant-86, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: David Gravel (26th to 2nd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jake Swanson

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ENTRY LIST RELEASED FOR BETTENHAUSEN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 14, 2020).........The 32-car entry list has been revealed for this Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season finale - the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

On the driver list for the 100-mile race on the one-mile dirt oval are each of three past Bettenhausen 100 winners: Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson (2014-15), Ione, California's Justin Grant (2017) and Chris Windom (2018) of Canton, Ill.

Grant leads a tight point race entering the event, the first time in series history that the top-10 have been separated by less than 100 points coming into the final race of the season. This year's top-10 has an interval of just 63 points between first and 10th. Grant leads by just 22 points over K Swanson, the five-time Silver Crown driving titlist.

Also on the entry list are August's Hoosier Hundred winner, Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus six-time All Star Circuit of Champions driving champion, Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) and the series debut by 2019 Knoxville National winner, David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.).

An eclectic mix of racing stars will also see the three-time, and newly-crowned, USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), along with 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

Ten USAC Silver Crown race winners are signed up for Sunday, with K. Swanson, Grant, Windom, Larson and Bacon as well as Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) and 2020 season-opening Silver Crown winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.).

Seven Illini-bred pilots are geared up for Sunday's race with Windom, Cockrum, Urish and Cottle are joined by Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Steven Russell (Springfield, Ill.) and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.).

Kevin Thomas Jr., a 27-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner, finished 2nd in his first Bettenhausen 100 start in 2018, and he remains on the hunt for his first Silver Crown win this Sunday.

On Sunday, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple handwashing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 57th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

2020 BETTENHAUSEN 100 ENTRY LIST:

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

14 STEVEN RUSSELL/Springfield, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)

15 CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire-Kemenah Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Sean Michael Motorsports)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

21 DAVID GRAVEL/Watertown, CT (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Prestige Worldwide Motorsports)

23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

33 RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

53 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Five Three Motorsports)

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Patty Bateman)

69 KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

123 JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

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Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won his very first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points race Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. (DB3 Inc. Photo)



FINALLY! MESERAULL MAKES IT TO USAC MIDGET VICTORY LANE AT HARVEST CUP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 10, 2020).........In his two-plus decades of racing with USAC, one piece of the puzzle had been surprisingly absent from Thomas Meseraull's resume - a NOS Energy Drink National Midget points-paying feature victory.

After many a close call throughout his career, Meseraull finally sealed the deal Saturday night during Harvest Cup at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway, but once again for him, it didn't come easy.

With an overheating engine and smoke pouring from the headers during the final laps, Meseraull became bottled up in traffic, then withstood a last lap, last corner surge from Tanner Thorson to win by a single car length at the line, with a margin of 0.119 sec. to spare, in his Response Management Services/EnviroFab - Guess Performance Parts/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

While the San Jose, Calif. driver had previously won at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2004 and at the Southern Illinois Center in 2018, both victories were non-championship, special events for USAC Midgets, making this a long-awaited night for Meseraull to mark his initial tally in the series' win column after making 89 feature starts since his 1999 debut. Furthermore, he provided RMS Racing with its first ever USAC National Midget feature win in one fell swoop.

"To officially get my first USAC National Midget win here is crazy," Meseraull admitted. "The RMS Racing No. 7x has been really good all year. We just haven't had the finishes to show for it. I feel like in the last four USAC shows, we've had the fastest car on the track but just got caught up in wrecks."

In each of his past two series starts at Gas City and Kokomo, Meseraull was running inside the top-five when trouble ensued, collecting him in a pair of incidents not of his own doing. Last year's Harvest Cup saw Meseraull lead three laps late, and while battling for the lead, he and Jason McDougal tangled, sending Meseraull backwards into the outside turn four wall.

But that was last year, and Meseraull was determined to change course and find redemption on this night. Starting 7th, Meseraull was on the move early despite a flurry of stoppages that halted competition early and often during the 30-lapper. Cannon McIntosh was first to find chaos, banging the outside boiler plate on the opening lap that sent him flipping between turns one and two. He emerged from the wreckage uninjured.

Cole Bodine led the opening three laps from his outside front row starting position and was operating in the top spot on lap four when he spun on his own accord in turn two. Fourth-running Chris Windom was unable to avoid the mishap and T-boned the stopped Bodine.

While Bodine restarted from the tail and finished 11th, Windom's car suffered front end damage that required a little more TLC in the work area before rejoining the field a lap down, ultimately finishing 16th and falling behind by 15 points to Tyler Courtney in the series' championship race.

McDougal, the 2019 Harvest Cup Midget winner, inherited the race lead for the lap five restart. Meseraull, riding third behind Justin Grant at the drop of the green, used the opportunity to slide by Grant for the 2nd spot in turn one. Grant then reclaimed the runner-up position with a slider of his own in turn three before Meseraull clamped down to repeat his tactic from a lap earlier in turn one to stick the position on the fifth circuit.

When Chase Randall stopped atop turn three on lap eight, that created another restart opportunity for Meseraull who made the most of the chance by immediately sliding underneath McDougal entering the first turn. Another restart on the 11th lap didn't faze Meseraull as he opened his lead up to two seconds in the ensuing laps while McDougal and the surging Kyle Cummins, who had won the night's MSCS Sprint Car event just prior to the Midget feature.

"I feel like I was just better on starts," Meseraull explained. "My car takes off better, and once I got rolling, it was pretty beautiful the way the car was working. It was actually carrying the right front down the straightaways and I could run right on the curb wide open, no lift. It was beautiful."

McDougal and Cummins proceeded to entertain the onlookers with copious amounts of slide jobs back-and-forth for three straight laps before Cummins prevailed with the position on the 14th lap, then moments later, 7th running Daison Pursley found the wall in turn four, flipping him over. Pursley was uninjured.

Throughout the second half of the race, Meseraull continued to stretch his lead out to more than a second over Cummins, then Friday night's Wayne City, Ill. winner Tanner Thorson, who took over 2nd from Cummins with just three laps remaining.

Meanwhile, Meseraull was as fluid as water up front. However, like water, he began to get bottled up in traffic with two and three-wide battles clogging up the main artery he'd been utilizing topside around the 1/4-mile dirt oval. Meseraull hunted and searched but chose to remain loyal to the top on the final set of corners for the last lap.

"We got to lapped traffic with just a few to go, and really, I wasn't that good on the bottom," Meseraull said. "I was only good on the top and traffic held me up."

'I saw (Thorson) and knew if he would've moved up, we would've both crashed going down the front stretch because I wasn't going to lift. I'm not going to lift if I can see the checkered flags. Period.' - Thomas Meseraull (David Nearpass Photo)

On top of it all, Meseraull was a bit worried about the engine. However, at that point, despite all the smoke signals being sent skyward, for Meseraull, there was only one possible avenue to take.

"It was 230 (degrees) by lap 10," Meseraull revealed. "This was the last race on this motor before it got rebuilt, and when you're leading a national midget race, you just go racing."

Thorson dove it low into turn three on the 30th and final lap to surge ahead of Meseraull by two car lengths with just a half-straightaway remaining. With a plume of smoke surrounding his machine, Meseraull used the momentum from the top to squeeze his way through the one lane gap between Thorson's right side wheels and the outside wall to defeat Thorson by a mere one solitary car length.

"I saw (Thorson) and knew if he would've moved up, we would've both crashed going down the front stretch because I wasn't going to lift. I'm not going to lift if I can see the checkered flags. Period."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 10, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Harvest Cup

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.705; 2. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.756; 3. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-13.783; 4. Jason McDougal, 4B, Klatt-13.835; 5. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.851; 6. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.924; 7. Stephen Schnapf, 11m, Martin-14.006; 8. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-14.010; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.026; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.070; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-14.142; 12. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.148; 13. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-14.169; 14. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-14.206; 15. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-14.235; 16. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-14.245; 17. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.309; 18. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-14.376; 19. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-14.391; 20. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-14.424; 21. Chase McDermand, 40, RMS-14.449; 22. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.504; 23. Brady Bacon, 19, Hayward-14.542; 24. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.575; 25. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.610; 26. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.657; 27. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-14.681; 28. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-14.696; 29. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-14.718; 30. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.774; 31. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.813; 32. Aiden Purdue, 57D, McCreery-14.832; 33. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-14.833; 34. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.927; 35. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.111; 36. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-15.604; 37. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-15.664; 38. Tres Mehler, 17, Stellhorn-15.718; 39. Casey Hicks, 9H, Hicks-15.747; 40. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Bryant Weideman, 7. Chase McDermand, 8. Gage Rucker, 9. Glenn Waterland, 10. Chad Frewaldt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Tyler Nelson, 9. Tres Mehler, 10. Cody Brewer. 2:20.892

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Sam Johnson, 6. Stephen Schnapf, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Casey Hicks. 2:23.056

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. 15x Carson Garrett, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Aiden Purdue, 9. Oliver Akard. NT

C-MAIN (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Aiden Purdue, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Gage Rucker, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Oliver Akard, 6. Glenn Waterland, 7. Tres Mehler, 8. Casey Hicks, 9. Cody Brewer. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Stephen Schnapf, 3. Chase Randall, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Bryant Wiedeman, 8. Noah Gass, 9. Carson Garrett, 10. Brenham Crouch, 11. Aiden Purdue, 12. Chase McDermand, 13. Gage Rucker, 14. Chad Frewaldt, 15. Robert Dalby, 16. Emerson Axsom, 17. Tyler Nelson, 18. Hayden Reinbold. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (7), 2. Tanner Thorson (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (9), 5. Emerson Axsom (23*), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 7. Clinton Boyles (18), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Kaylee Bryson (22), 10. Chase Johnson (15), 11. Cole Bodine (2), 12. Buddy Kofoid (16), 13. Chase Randall (13), 14. Logan Seavey (17), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (21), 16. Chris Windom (6), 17. Jason McDougal (3), 18. Sam Johnson (14), 19. Daison Pursley (11), 20. Brady Bacon (19), 21. Andrew Layser (1), 22. Stephen Schnapf (8), 23. Cannon McIntosh (20). NT

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**Tyler Nelson flipped over the third turn wall during the semi. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cole Bodine, Laps 4-7 Jason McDougal, Laps 8-30 Thomas Meseraull.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,508, 2-Chris Windom-1,493, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,430, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,386, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,290, 6-Daison Pursley-1,084, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 8-Cole Bodine-945, 9-Andrew Layser-924, 10-Justin Grant-904.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-185, 2-Kyle Cummins-108, 3-Tanner Thorson-106, 4-Robert Ballou-100, 5-Shane Cottle-95, 6-Logan Seavey-92, 7-Justin Grant-85, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-78, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 13-14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Western World Championships

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Chris Windom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chase Randall

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Bryant Wiedeman

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Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) scored Friday's Jason Leffler Memorial USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory at Wayne Co. Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.
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THORSON THROTTLES TO LEFFLER MEMORIAL VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois (October 9, 2020).........The third race of Tanner Thorson's tenure with Tom Malloy's midget team turned out to be the charm as the Minden, Nev. native hunted down race-long leader Chris Windom with 11 laps remaining to capture the victory in Friday night's Jason Leffler Memorial USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

The win was Thorson's fifth with the series in 2020, and the 18th of his career, tying him with Tyler Courtney and Dave Steele for 37th all-time. In doing so, the 2016 series champion became the seventh different Leffler Memorial winner in the seven runnings of the event.

"This is one of the races I've wanted to win for a long time. I've never really been in the right situation, but now we did it.," Thorson, a 2nd place Leffler Memorial finisher in 2016, said. "I never knew Jason (Leffler) on a personal level, but I know a bunch of people who were really good friends with him and always talked about how good of a guy he was and that he was definitely a badass in the racecar. There's no two ways about that. I wish he was here to throw some sliders and race with us. This is an awesome event to win."

Car owner Tom Malloy and crew members Jerome Rodela, Chris Tramel and Brinton Marvel each experienced their first USAC win on the National level on this night. Their success together began when Thorson and Hayward Motorsports, with whom he scored four victories this year, parted ways in mid-September. Team Malloy and Thorson's first two races together resulted is finishes of 4th at Gas City, Ind. and 3rd at Kokomo, Ind. on Sept. 25-26, respectively.

It's been an opportunity that Thorson has relished with support from Factory Kahne, Reliable, K1 RaceGear and Arai Helmets.

"It's all around a good fit for me," Thorson explained. "I trust all the guys around me and we're all buddies too, so it makes it pretty easy. When one of us messes up, we all mess up. There's no pointing fingers. Tom Malloy has had a dream to come back here from California and compete against the national guys and win. That's been his goal with having this team out here; it's to go out and win races. I'm really ecstatic and really happy to say the least, but we've got more to win. We've still got to get better. We're never good enough."

Thorson carries the "Malloy Special" name on the side of his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. Tom's father, Emmett Malloy, a 2018 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, fielded cars with the same "Malloy Special" lettering adorned on his rides nearly three-quarters of a century earlier, a winning heritage that has taken shape all these years later.

Emmett built, owned and operated California's famed Carrell Speedway during the 1940s and 50s, where the 1949 racing film "The Big Wheel" starring Mickey Rooney was filmed, and also hosted the inaugural CRA event. A dominant run with, most notably, Troy Ruttman on the AAA Sprint Car trail in the mid-20th century as well as winning performances with Rex Mays and Andy Linden, was followed by a pole run in the champ cars with Bobby Ball at Phoenix in 1950 and a pair of Indianapolis 500 starts with Jimmy Reece, the first of which came in 1954 with a car sporting No. 25 on the tail.

Sixty-six years later, a No. 25 Malloy Special was back at the forefront once again with Thorson behind the wheel. Starting sixth at Wayne City, Thorson made a somewhat methodical drive to the head of the pack, getting to 4th on the opening lap where he settled into a groove for the first quarter of the event.

Up front, however, the battle for the lead pit pole sitter Cannon McIntosh and outside front row starter Chris Windom against one another for the lead. An exchange of sliders between the two on both ends of the 1/8-mile dirt oval on the first lap gave way to Windom as he withstood the challenge to step away from McIntosh exiting turn two on the second lap.

After a pair of restarts for separate minor incidents involving Brady Bacon, then Chase Johnson and Buddy Kofoid, McIntosh rose to the surface once again, sliding past Windom entering turn one on the 11th lap, with Windom responding by driving back under McIntosh to reclaim the lead. Rinse and repeat on lap 13, and Windom was able to thwart McIntosh's bid once again.

When McIntosh skidded and clanged the outside guardrail in turn three on lap 16, he subsequently lost substantial ground to Windom. By then, Thorson was in 3rd following a tug of war with Kevin Thomas Jr. for the position and was now collapsing on McIntosh for the runner-up spot, which he'd gain by algae-eating the bottom of turn four to surpass him on the 25th lap.

Opposite approaches took Windom topside and Thorson to the bottom to run one-two entering the final quarter of the 40-lapper. With 12 laps remaining, Windom's lead stood at 1.3 seconds. One lap later, Thorson had shaved off a full second of Windom's lead, which put Thorson in prime position to drive right past Windom off the bottom of turn two on lap 30 to snare the race lead by beating Windom to the rubber first.

"I've always been good finding the rubber first," Thorson revealed. "I watched the lapped cars start to pull away from Windom and was thinking that he's going to jump down there, but he never did. I just got down there and got my rhythm going and made sure I didn't come too far off the bottom. I got to him and my nose was there, and I thought he's probably going to chop me in the next corner. He tried but he didn't have enough momentum with how slick it was. Seeing how he could never get a run on them, or pass them, I knew I had to stay low and hope they'd move up so I could get by one of them. Just a chain reaction sort of deal as it all played out."

The win was Thorson's fifth with the series in 2020, and the 18th of his career, tying him with Tyler Courtney and Dave Steele for 37th all-time. In doing so, the 2016 series champion became the seventh different Leffler Memorial winner in the seven runnings of the event.
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A lap 37 caution for a turn one tangle involving Logan Seavey (7th), Jason McDougal (8th) and Tyler Thomas (12th) restacked the deck once more for a four-lap trophy dash. However, the entire pack followed Thorson's lead by not leaving the bottom. Thorson led the field around for the final four to reign victorious by a 0.544 sec. margin over Windom, Kevin Thomas Jr., McIntosh and Daison Pursley.

With Friday night's event awarding 50 appearance points across the board to all participating USAC licensed drivers and owners regardless of finishing position, Chris Windom (Canton, Ohio) maintained his eight-point lead in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings over Tyler Courtney with now only six points races remaining in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Tanner found (the rubber) first and got by us there," Windom recalled after leading a race-high 29 laps. "I was trying to clear a couple more lapped cars because I knew the bottom was getting better. I just made a mistake and waited a couple too many laps to get down there."

Kevin Thomas Jr.'s first race back in the Petry Motorsports/Robertson Trucking - FK Rod Ends - Keizer Wheels/Bullet/Speedway Toyota since June resulted in a 3rd place finish, the best result for the Cullman, Ala. native with the series this season.

"It's fun to be able to run on the podium and run good; it's been awhile," Thomas exclaimed. Obviously, everybody knows it's been a hellacious year. It's good to bounce back like that. They gave me a great racecar. We were one of the first to hop to the bottom and we were making a little bit of ground on them, but not enough. I saw Tanner go by a few lapped cars on the bottom and he found (the rubber) right in front of us and ended up winning the race, so it was a good job on his part."

Furthermore, Kyle Cummins' time of 1:51.378 set a new 10-lap track record for USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets at Wayne County Speedway during the first heat race.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 9, 2020 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Jason Leffler Memorial

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 2. Daison Pursley (#9 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chase Randall (#25 Petry), 4. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Andy Bishop (#91 Harris), 6. Cody Brewer (#96 Central), 7. Chad Frewaldt (#4F Frewaldt), 8. Casey Hicks (#5H Hicks). 1:51.378 (New Track Record)

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chris Windom (#89 Tucker-Boat), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Andrew Layser (#82 Tucker-Boat), 5. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Aiden Purdue (#57D McCreery), 7. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chase Johnson (#25c Malloy), 2. Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson-Marshall), 3. Tanner Thorson (#25m Malloy), 4. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson-Marshall), 5. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 6. Logan Seavey (#19A Reinbold-Underwood), 7. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). 1:52.505

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Brady Bacon (#19 Hayward), 2. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 4. Jason McDougal (#4B Klatt), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 6. Robert Dalby (#4 Dalby), 7. Travis Berryhill (#11Y Young). 1:53.915

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 3. Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett), 4. Tres Mehler (#17x Stellhorn), 5. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 6. Gage Rucker (#19G Hayward), 7. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard). 1:53.501

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Sam Johnson, 9. Gage Rucker. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Andy Bishop, 7. Aiden Purdue, 8. Carson Garrett, 9. Chad Frewaldt. 2:20.721

AUTOMETER THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Tres Mehler, 8. Casey Hicks, 9. Russ Gamester. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Cody Brewer, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Buddy Kofoid, 8. Oliver Akard, 9. Travis Berryhill. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Cody Brewer, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Sam Johnson, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Aiden Purdue, 10. Tres Mehler, 11. Andy Bishop, 12. Brenham Crouch, 13. Gage Rucker, 14. Casey Hicks, 15. Carson Garrett, 16. Hayden Reinbold, 17. Chad Frewaldt, 18. Russ Gamester. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 4. Cannon McIntosh (1), 5. Daison Pursley (3), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Kyle Cummins (11), 8. Chase Randall (5), 9. Emerson Axsom (7), 10. Justin Grant (9), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 12. Cole Bodine (20), 13. Cody Brewer (18), 14. Robert Dalby (19), 15. Tyler Thomas (14), 16. Chase Johnson (12), 17. Buddy Kofoid (17), 18. Kaylee Bryson (22), 19. Sam Johnson (21), 20. Hayden Reinbold (23*), 21. Brady Bacon (13), 22. Logan Seavey (8), 23. Jason McDougal (16). NT

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**Gage Rucker flipped during hot laps. Andrew Layser flipped during the fourth qualifier.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Chris Windom, Laps 30-40 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,448, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,440, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,351, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,342, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,261, 6-Daison Pursley-1,055, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 8-Cole Bodine-898, 9-Andrew Layser-894, 10-Justin Grant-843.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-185, 2-Tanner Thorson-104, 3-Robert Ballou-100, 4-Kyle Cummins-99, 5-Shane Cottle-95, 6-Logan Seavey-89, 7-Justin Grant-85, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-78, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 10, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Harvest Cup

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Tyler Courtney

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Justin Grant

AutoMeter Third Qualifier Winner: Logan Seavey

Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Buddy Kofoid

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Cole Bodine (20th to 12th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Cody Brewer

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Andrew Layser

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Brady Bacon (outside) and Tyler Courtney (inside) battle for the lead during Saturday night's Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
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USAC SPRINT CHAMP BACON WINS FALL NATIONALS; COURTNEY COMES UP LIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (October 3, 2020).........For Brady Bacon, it was an unconventional way to celebrate a victory, standing at his hauler with his crew, family and friends by his side as the winner's trophy was presented to him Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Bacon was already cognizant of being crowned the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship by virtue of, what appeared to be, a second-place finish. Yet, after initial winner Tyler Courtney was found to be 15 pounds underweight during post-race tech inspection, Bacon was elevated to first place while Courtney was repositioned to the 22nd and final position in the results.

Anyway the cookie crumbled for Bacon, he'd take it, especially when it pays $10,000, which he pocketed after emerging victorious in the Fall Nationals all while becoming the 10th driver ever, and the first since Levi Jones in 2011, to win the final race of the USAC National Sprint Car season and the series championship in a single night, which he did aboard the Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"I saw (Courtney) having some issues at the scales when we weighed, so I figured they were probably quite a ways off," Bacon recalled. "It takes away a little bit of it, but it pays the same, so we'll take it. Obviously, we're very happy to win the championship, first and foremost, but winning the race is icing on the cake. I've only won one other USAC race here and it's the home of the Hoffmans, kind of a local track for them. So, it makes it even more special."

Bacon, who previously won USAC Sprint titles with Hoffman Auto Racing / Dynamics, Inc. in 2014 and 2016, brought home the Ohio-based team's 12th USAC Sprint entrant title Saturday night.

But it was certainly not how Bacon could've drawn it up after a furious hard-fought battle down the stretch with Courtney which resulted in Bacon's second career USAC Sprint win at Lawrenceburg (2015) and becoming just the seventh driver to win the series title at least three times in his career, joining Parnelli Jones (1960-61-62), Larry Dickson (1968-70-75), Sheldon Kinser (1977-81-82), Steve Butler (1986-87-88-90), Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), Levi Jones (2005-07-09-10-11)

A 30-point lead was the margin Bacon began the night with over Chris Windom while Chase Stockon stood 40 points back in third. Those three were the only mathematically eligible championship contenders going in, and lo and behold, two of them - Bacon and Windom - occupied the front row for the start of the 30-lap feature, the first time since 2003 that the final race of the USAC Sprint season was not held out west.

Bacon had been in this position before as the winner of two previous titles, but he admitted the nerves were still in effect when it came down to crunch time. However, from the eye test, it appeared to be business as usual for the Broken Arrow, Okla. native as the night progressed.

"It's almost more nerve wracking coming into a race having to just not mess up than it is to have to meet a certain bar," Bacon explained. "Once we got through the heat races and stuff, the nerves kind of went away. Once we got the lead, it was just about trying to win the race. I felt like I kind of gave it away there. But obviously, we were able to get it back after the race, unfortunately for (Courtney)."

Bacon grabbed the early advantage on the start from his outside front row starting position, gliding around Windom to lead the opening 13 laps, and it quickly became evident that this wasn't going to be a cruise-around effort for Bacon who, with a finish of 13th or better, would clinch the title regardless of whatever else transpired.

"You don't want to do anything too stupid, but you're here to race and here to win," Bacon adamantly stated. "I might take a little bit less of a chance, but when you can smell the win, it's hard not to go for it."

By the 13th lap, Bacon had built his lead up to three-quarters of a straightaway around the 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval, and was working traffic 2.2 seconds ahead of Windom who was clinging to second and withstanding the challenges of Courtney for the runner-up spot.

A yellow on that 13th lap for the stopped car of 21st running Logan Seavey in turn four brought out the first caution period, which bunched up the lead pack, taking the lappers out of the equation for the time being. A one-lap sprint proceeded on the following circuit which Courtney utilized to slide by Windom for second on the bottom of turn four, before clearing him completely for the position in turn two.

With the 13th lap complete, 17th running Mario Clouser came to a halt atop turn three to force another yellow, which closed up Courtney on the tail of Bacon for the restart. Courtney didn't take long to get rolling and powered under Bacon at the exit of turn four on lap 14, pointing the wheels up to the sky at the flag stand in the process.

Shortly thereafter, Courtney's car began to billow smoke, draining water from the radiator lap-after-lap, but showing no ill effects as far as speed. Bacon managed to tighten up the gap on Courtney, however, and with eight to go, Courtney went full sail into turn one, getting out of shape and sideways on entry, a misstep which Bacon used to reclaim his role in the lead.

Bacon, now a 3-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, was the victor for the 35th time in his USAC Sprint Car career, moving him into the top-ten all-time alongside Rich Vogler and Jon Stanbrough (David Nearpass Photo)

Two laps later, Courtney had regathered it to track down and drape himself over Bacon's machine for the lead. Using the momentum up top, while Bacon rode the low line, Courtney ripped by Bacon around the outside of turn four to take over the lead for good, in what seemed like the winning pass at the time.

After the victory lane photos were taken and the celebration carried on into the pits, Courtney's car was brought to the scales for the standard post-race technical inspection. Courtney's car was found to weigh 1,360 pounds on the scales, which is 15 pounds under the minimum requirement of 1,375. By rule, Courtney was repositioned to 22nd place and the balance of the field was bumped up one position.

In the final order, Bacon was the victor for the 35th time in his USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him into the top-ten all-time alongside Rich Vogler and Jon Stanbrough. Kevin Thomas Jr. earned a season-best second-place result with Windom third, C.J. Leary fourth and Robert Ballou fifth after starting 19th, which earned him KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for the evening. Stockon, a championship contender coming into the night, finished 15th after starting 22nd.

In Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Jake Swanson earned his second career USAC National Sprint Car fast time award which was his first since 2016 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 3, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Fall Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.659; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.823; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.826; 4. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.849; 5. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.863; 6. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.864; 7. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-13.903; 8. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.922; 9. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-13.974; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.045; 11. Saban Bibent, 10, Bibent-14.111; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.199; 13. Anthony D'Alessio, O1, D'Alessio-14.216; 14. Anton Hernandez, 36, Darland-14.234; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.297; 16. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-14.479; 17. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-14.715; 18. Steve Thomas, 27, Thomas-15.169; 19. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.124.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.914; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.843; 3. Max Adams, 37, Felker-13.844; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.866; 5. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.911; 6. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.972; 7. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-13.989; 8. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.011; 9. Cole Bodine, 57, Bodine/Crow-14.037; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.069; 11. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-14.143; 12. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt/Wright-14.314; 13. Andy Baugh, 8D, Schlattweiler-14.356; 14. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.432; 15. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.477; 16. Justin Owen, 44, Fischesser-14.538; 17. Tony McVey, 7m, McVey-14.620; 18. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-14.666.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. J.J. Hughes, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Anthony D'Alessio, 7. Saban Bibent, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Steve Thomas. 1:58.635

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Ryan Barr, 7. Robert Bell, 8. Robert Ballou. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Carson Short, 3. Mario Clouser, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Max Adams, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Andy Baugh, 9. Tony McVey. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Joss Moffatt, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Nick Bilbee, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Justin Owen, 9. Korbyn Hayslett. 1:58.148

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Max Adams, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Nick Bilbee, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Saban Bibent, 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 12. Andy Baugh, 13. Korbyn Hayslett, 14. Justin Owen, 15. Ryan Barr, 16. Tony McVey, 17. Robert Bell, 18. Steve Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 3. Chris Windom (1), 4. C.J. Leary (5), 5. Robert Ballou (19), 6. Kyle Cummins (11), 7. Justin Grant (3), 8. Dave Darland (18), 9. Jake Swanson (6), 10. Cole Bodine (8), 11. Scotty Weir (14), 12. Max Adams (10), 13. Shane Cottle (12), 14. Tye Mihocko (16), 15. Chase Stockon (22), 16. Carson Short (17), 17. J.J. Hughes (7), 18. Logan Seavey (15), 19. Nick Bilbee (21), 20. Mario Clouser (13), 21. Joss Moffatt (20), 22. Tyler Courtney (4) (Courtney was initially declared the winner but was repositioned to 22nd for being 15 pounds underweight in post-race tech inspection.) NT

**Steve Thomas flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,739, 2-Chris Windom-1,700, 3-Chase Stockon-1,655, 4-C.J. Leary-1,616, 5-Justin Grant-1,614, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,382, 7-Dave Darland-1,271, 8-Carson Short-1,250, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,175, 10-Robert Ballou-1,128.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-185, 6-Robert Ballou-86, 2-Tanner Thorson-99, 4-Kyle Cummins-90, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 5-Logan Seavey-89, 7-Justin Grant-85, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-78, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: J.J. Hughes

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (19th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Shane Cottle

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brandon Mattox

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Dave Darland

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Chris Windom scored his first Kokomo USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory Saturday night at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.
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WINDOM A KOKOMO MIDGET WINNER FROM 14TH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 26, 2020).........Chris Windom had won pretty much everything Kokomo Speedway has had to offer throughout the past decade.

He'd won two Sprint Car track championships in 2010 and 2018, numerous sprint car races on the local level at the quarter-mile dirt oval, three victories the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, and was even victorious in a USAC Regional Midget feature in 2016.

Nonetheless, that one USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win at Kokomo had eluded him. He led nine laps late in the going during Indiana Midget Week this past June, ultimately finishing 3rd.

This time around, the Canton, Ill. native sealed the deal and stamped the envelope en route to victory Saturday night, carving his way through the field after starting 14th, during night two of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

In doing so, Windom maintained his point lead of the series by an eight-point margin as the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champ seeks to conquer the third and final prong of the coveted USAC Triple Crown, of which only six previous drivers have achieved.

Justin Grant led early from his pole starting position, outdueling outside front row starter Brady Bacon for the advantage at the drop of the green. Meanwhile, 2019 series Rookie of the Year, Andrew Layser, slotted into second past Bacon on the third lap and was on the prowl to track down Grant for the race lead.

That notion came to an abrupt halt for Layser on the fifth circuit as he pogo'd at the entry of turn one and collected a broadsliding Thomas Meseraull who was running fifth at the time. Daison Pursley (7th) was also caught up the altercation but was able to restart from the tail and race back to 11th in the end. Layser and Meseraull weren't as fortunate, though, retiring from the race with damage that didn't allow them to continue. Layser finished 20th and Meseraull 21st.

Series Rookie Emerson Axsom slowed to a stop while running fourth to bring out the yellow on the 15th lap, and on that ensuing restart, leader Courtney stuck to the bottom, all while being swarmed high and low behind each shoulder. Second running Bacon went topside and a suddenly surging Windom ventured even lower on the bottom, making his way toward the front after starting 14th.

Windom had gone fifth to third just prior to the yellow, then picked off another position in the pecking order on the 16th lap to roll to second with his vision affixed to Courtney just ahead. Windom had just run ninth in the preceding Sprint Car feature and was determined not to let Sprint feature winner Courtney sweep the night.

"The sprint car race didn't go too well for me, so I had to get something done in that midget race," Windom offered. "The track really wasn't anywhere but around the bottom, and I had to try something. I just got lower than everybody else and made it work."

On the 21st lap, Windom was on the brink of reaching his destination and was able to pull to the inside of Courtney entering the first turn. Courtney responded in kind by racing back by Windom on the outside of turn two, edging ahead midway down the back straightaway before closing the door to take away the bottom lane in turn three, and held the advantage over Windom at the start/finish line by a half-car-length on both laps 21 and 22.

The following lap, however, lap 23, Courtney performed a bounce routine as his right rear tagged the turn three cushion. That allowed Windom to sneak under and assume the lead to beat Courtney to the stripe by a single car length. Windom quickly put the battle to rest by extending his lead to 1.6 sec. down the stretch until a lap 28 yellow for the stopped car of Axsom necessitated a stoppage that ultimately erased Windom's lead, and provided Courtney another shot.

Courtney stepped to the outside of turn two on the final restart with three to go, and momentarily presented a serious threat to Windom's throne. However, that proved short-lived as Windom pasted himself to the bottom and launched away to 1.015 second interval at the checkered to win over Courtney in second and Fatheadz Fast Qualifier Tanner Thorson in third, placing the top-three in the series standings as also the top-three finishers for the night. Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid rounded out the top-five in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

For Windom, it took everything he had in proverbial tank to race from mid-pack to win and retain his point lead while also making it the sixth time this season that a winner has started 10th or worse with the series and went on to win. It was Windom's fourth victory of the year and one he certainly needed at this juncture of the season in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Chad Boat and all these guys at Tucker-Boat have brought me a great racecar all year," Windom expressed. "We've had one of the fastest cars night-in and night-out. The points battle is tight, but we had to come up there and win that race to keep us in the lead, so that's what we did."

For Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), it was an astounding ninth consecutive top-three finish with the series in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x, including his third-straight runner-up finish as he pursues a second-straight series title.

Chris Windom's fourth USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win of the season helped him maintain his point lead of the series by an eight-point margin as the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champ seeks to conquer the third and final prong of the coveted USAC Triple Crown, of which only six previous drivers have achieved.
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"After that restart, we just weren't as good as we were at the beginning of the race," Courtney said. "I don't know if something happened, but that's how it goes sometimes. It was still a good night; we qualified second, ran third in the heat and second in the feature, another second place in the midget. We've been running top-three a lot here lately with not a lot of wins, but it was a great night for our team. We'll keep putting the pressure on Chris here and see if we can get ourselves another championship."

Thorson (Minden, Nev.), a Kokomo USAC Midget winner this past June, displayed continual improvements throughout the weekend in his new ride, the Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. He finished fourth at Gas City, Ind. in his debut with the team on Friday night, then set fast time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying on Saturday at Kokomo, followed by a third-place feature run.

"I can't thank this team that's behind me enough," Thorson praised. "(Car owner) Tom Malloy and (crew chief) Jerome Rodela gave me a call to come run their stuff. I had a bunch of options and I just felt like these guys were the best ones to pick. I'm happy with (tonight). I wish we could've run a little better, but a single lane on the bottom makes it difficult to pass. Hats off to Chris (Windom) and Tyler (Courtney). They're two of the best out here in the midgets and it's pretty awesome to be able to race with them."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval -Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-13.175; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.240; 3. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.256; 4. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.303; 5. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.357; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.385; 7. Brady Bacon, 19, Hayward-13.417; 8. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-13.419; 9. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-13.425; 10. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.431; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.445; 12. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.452; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.461; 14. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.474; 15. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-13.478; 16. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.496; 17. Logan Seavey, 91L, RMS-13.502; 18. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.535; 19. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.535; 20. Karter Sarff, 55K, Sparks-13.553; 21. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.577; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.583; 23. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-13.591; 24. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-13.593; 25. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-13.703; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-13.714; 27. Chris Jagger Jr., 32, Jagger-14.746; 28. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-15.044; 29. Doug Hewitt, 82H, Cordonnier-15.100; 30. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-NT; 31. Ray Seach, 54, Manic-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Chase Randall, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Doug Hewitt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. David Budres. 2:17.848

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Gage Rucker, 7. Chris Jagger Jr. 2:20.557

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Karter Sarff, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Glenn Waterland, 7. Clinton Boyles. 2:18.992

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Gage Rucker, 8. Chris Jagger Jr., 9. Glenn Waterland, 10. David Budres. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (14), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Tanner Thorson (6), 4. Cannon McIntosh (16), 5. Buddy Kofoid (9), 6. Brady Bacon (2), 7. Logan Seavey (18), 8. Kyle Cummins (12), 9. Chase Johnson (13), 10. Justin Grant (1), 11. Daison Pursley (8), 12. Brenham Crouch (11), 13. Tanner Carrick (17), 14. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 15. Kaylee Bryson (7), 16. Cole Bodine (15), 17. Emerson Axsom (3), 18. Karter Sarff (21), 19. Chase Randall (22), 20. Andrew Layser (4), 21. Thomas Meseraull (10), 22. Hayden Reinbold (19). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Justin Grant, Laps 10-22 Tyler Courtney, Laps 23-30 Chris Windom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,398, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,390, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,301, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,292, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,211, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,039, 7-Daison Pursley-1,005, 8-Cole Bodine-847, 9-Andrew Layser-844, 10-Justin Grant-793.

FINAL INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-45, 2-Tanner Thorson-16, 3-Cannon McIntosh-15, 4-Brady Bacon-15, 5-Buddy Kofoid-15, 6-Clinton Boyles-14, 7-Logan Seavey-13, 8-Robert Ballou-12, 9-Kyle Cummins-12, 10-Tyler Courtney-11.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-184, 2-Tanner Thorson-99, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-90, 5-Logan Seavey-89, 6-Robert Ballou-85, 7-Justin Grant-84, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-76, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Double Double ProSource Passing Master: Chris Windom

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Brenham Crouch

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (14th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Carrick

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award: Gage Rucker

ProSource Hard Work Award: Chase Randall

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Buddy Kofoid

Smith Titanium "Don't Stop" Midget Weekend Hard Charger: Chris Windom (19)

MPI BCForever Up on the Wheel Highest Finishing Semi-Feature Transfer: Kyle Cummins

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