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Winner Kyle Larson (Trent Gower Photo)



PERSONAL VICTORY: Kyle Larson earns emotional World of Outlaws win at I-55
Drydene Double Down Invitational thrilled fans on DIRTVision with Larson’s big win

PEVELY, MO – May 23, 2020 – Kyle Larson climbed out of his #57 Sprint Car and immediately threw his arms around crew chief and car owner Paul Silva.

The two embraced each other for a moment that was both congratulatory and compassion.

One of the highest profile drivers in motorsports, Larson’s last month and a half has been “life changing,” he said. By his side for the whole journey has been Silva, his family and fans.

On Saturday night, in front of a limited crowd of fans at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Memorial Day Weekend, he was able to turn a page in his journey and reward those who stuck behind him with a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory. After a derogatory comment he made during an online racing event cost Larson much of what he built in NASCAR, he was visibly relieved after winning just three races into his return to his dirt racing roots.

“Can’t thank all of you fans enough for the support,” Larson said. “It really means a lot. My family. My friends. This win means so much personally. I can’t even describe it.”

He won big not only for his supporters, but for himself by winning the Drydene Double Down Invitational finale, which paid an incredible $20,000 top prize. The victory is his ninth career World of Outlaws win and first at I-55 — in only his second start there. He broke the track record at the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval and finished second in the Feature the night before, too.

While he made brother-in-law Brad Sweet fight for the win Friday night, Larson, again, had his work cut out for him to take the emotional victory on the second night of the doubleheader weekend.

Sweet and last year’s Ironman 55 winner Sheldon Haudenschild were shaping up to be the two top cars to beat. Both won Drydene Heat Races and Haudenschild set a blistering pace in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, beating Sweet to the finish line by more than two seconds.

At the start of the 40-lap Feature, Sweet bested Haudenschild on the initial start and stole the lead. However, it only took Haudenschild two laps to get into a rhythm around the top of the track — the same line he used to win the Ironman by 10.3 sec. — and rocketed by Sweet as if he had an issue to reclaim the lead.

From then on Haudenschild seemed poised to repeat his Ironman performance. He pulled away from Sweet and sliced through traffic with the precision of a fighter jet.

Larson was on the move behind him, already up to second by Lap 10. However, two laps later he touched the wall with his right rear and broke the Jacobs Ladder on the rear end of the car that helps with handling. His car turned tight and his nerves rose, unsure how he’d fair for the rest of the race.

For some, that’s the end of their night. For Larson, he adapted and learned how to drive his car without it.

“It took me a handful of laps to get used to it,” Larson said. “I finally just started running the crap out of it. And keeping it wide open was the only way I could keep it from bouncing.”

With a handle on his car, Larson said he felt like he could run down Haudenschild and duel with him for the win like he did with Sweet the night before.

That opportunity came to an end on Lap 23 when Haudenschild went over the cushion going into Turn 1 and flipped.

Haudenschild took to Twitter after the race and said, “Man, hate it for my team. Had a great car all weekend. My guys don’t quit.”

Larson then inherited the lead for the final 17 laps. For the final half of the race he had to fend off challenges from Sweet and Brent Marks. However, Marks and Sweet’s battle for the runner-up spot in the back half of the race helped Larson extend his lead over them.

A few cautions interrupted their rhythm in the time frame with the final caution of the night setting up a six-lap shootout with Larson out front, Marks second and Sweet third. Sweet became preoccupied trying to hold off current points lead Logan Schuchart behind him and while Marks made attempts to close on Larson, the Finley Farms #57 was too strong.

“This thing was awesome tonight,” said Marks about his second-place run. “Wish we could have stayed in lap traffic there at the end. The yellows kept falling on us. It just didn’t really work out there. We got lucky to finish there. We were running out of fuel with a couple of laps to go. We were hanging on.”

Sweet was third with current points leader Schuchart behind him in fourth — who now has a two-point lead over Sweet and continues to be the only driver with a top-five finish in every race this year.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz had an eventful night of his own, not transferring to the Feature from the Last Chance Showdown and having to use a rare provisional to start 25th. He was able to work his way to an eighth-place finish and earn the KSE Hard Charger award.

As Larson sped down the front stretch toward the checkered flag, the crowd of fans around the facility erupted into cheers. They continued when his car rolled into Victory Lane, as he hugged Silva and climbed to the top wing of his car to celebrate in an explosion of confetti.

“To win in front of a huge field, and crowd too, it feels great,” Larson said. “Just really proud of Paul (Silva) and everyone who helps out on his team. Everyone who has stuck behind us after my mistake there. It means a lot. I’m having a blast. Trying to have as much fun as I can anyways. Trying to keep my mind off things. It’s cool to come here. We’ve struggled the last two weeks. To turn it around here now, it gives us confidence for sure.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on May 29-30 will RETURN to RACING at Lake Ozark Speedway. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars/schedule/event-info/?event=124311

Race Results: 5/23/20 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$20,000]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [8][$7,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,000]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$2,700]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3][$2,500]; 6. 71-Shane Stewart [6][$2,200]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [12][$2,000]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [25][$800]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [20][$1,600]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [14][$1,450]; 11. 83-Daryn Pittman [7][$1,300]; 12. 14-Parker Price-Miller [10][$1,200]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [19][$1,100]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [18][$1,000]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$1,000]; 16. 51-Freddie Rahmer [11][$1,000]; 17. 41-David Gravel [23][$1,000]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [26][$]; 19. 13-Paul McMahan [21][$1,000]; 20. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [16][$1,000]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$1,000]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [24][$1,000]; 23. 4-Terry McCarl [13][$1,000]; 24. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$1,000]; 25. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$1,000]; 26. 21-Brian Brown [22][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-2, Sheldon Haudenschild 3-23, Kyle Larson 24-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.948; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 10.965; 3. 57-Kyle Larson, 11.007; 4. 71-Shane Stewart, 11.032; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.196; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.22; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.308; 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.428; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 11.436; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich, 11.667; 11. 4-Terry McCarl, 11.698; 12. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.718; 13. 35X-Stuart Brubaker, 11.724; 14. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.793; 15. 99M-Kyle Moody, 11.82; 16. 17W-Shane Golobic, 11.848; 17. 17A-Austin McCarl, 11.877; 18. 24W-Lucas Wolfe, 11.946; 19. 41-David Gravel, 11.963; 20. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 12.263; 21. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.274; 22. 35-Zach Hampton, 12.314; 23. 44S-Trey Starks, 12.361; 24. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 12.367; 25. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.456; 26. 9K-Kyle Schuett, 12.657; 27. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.679; 28. 55W-Logan Wagner, 12.774; 29. 6-Bill Rose, 12.791; 30. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg, NT; 31. 42-Cory Bruns, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.531; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 11.806; 3. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 11.856; 4. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 11.859; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.874; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.886; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.894; 8. 5-Brent Marks, 11.923; 9. 13-Paul McMahan, 11.927; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.986; 12. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.998; 13. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.015; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.037; 15. 9-Kasey Kahne, 12.038; 16. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.061; 17. 91-Cale Thomas, 12.074; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.083; 19. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.12; 20. 2KS-Chad Boespflug, 12.249; 21. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt, 12.279; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.281; 23. 51B-Joe Miller, 12.283; 24. 70-Justin Peck, 12.334; 25. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 12.473; 26. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.552; 27. 44-Jeff Swindell, 12.556; 28. 11T-T.J. Stutts, 12.61; 29. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 12.935; 30. 23B-Brian Bell, 13.127

Non-Qualifier #1 (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 2. 35-Zach Hampton [2]; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [4]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 5. 44S-Trey Starks [3]; 6. 9K-Kyle Schuett [6]; 7. 6-Bill Rose [9]; 8. 55W-Logan Wagner [8]; 9. 42-Cory Bruns [11]

Non-Qualifier #2 (8 Laps) – 1. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 3. 51B-Joe Miller [8]; 4. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [10]; 5. 70-Justin Peck [9]; 6. 44-Jeff Swindell [12]; 7. 11T-T.J. Stutts [13]; 8. 23B-Brian Bell [15]; 9. 21X-Brinton Marvel [14]

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [6]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 6. 41-David Gravel [10]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [11]; 8. 17A-Austin McCarl [9]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 10. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [7]; 11. 99M-Kyle Moody [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 71-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer [1]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [5]; 7. 17W-Shane Golobic [8]; 8. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [9]; 9. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [10]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]; 11. 35-Zach Hampton [11]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 14-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6]; 6. 13-Paul McMahan [5]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [7]; 8. 91-Cale Thomas [9]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne [8]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri [10]; 11. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [11]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 5-Brent Marks [4]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 4. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [2]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 11-Zeb Wise [8]; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson [9]; 10. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [10]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [11]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [6]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 6. 71-Shane Stewart [3]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [8]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [5]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 39M-Anthony Macri [2][-]; 2. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [1][-]; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [9][$150]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel [3][$150]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [11][$150]; 6. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [4][$125]; 7. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [6][$125]; 8. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [12][$125]; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody [5][$125]; 10. 44S-Trey Starks [13][$125]; 11. 70-Justin Peck [14][$125]; 12. 23B-Brian Bell [20][$125]; 13. 51B-Joe Miller [10][$125]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [8][$125]; 15. 6-Bill Rose [17][$125]; 16. 11T-T.J. Stutts [18][$125]; 17. 9K-Kyle Schuett [15][$125]; 18. 35-Zach Hampton [7][$125]; 19. 42-Cory Bruns [21][$125]; 20. 44-Jeff Swindell [16][$125]; 21. 55W-Logan Wagner [19][$125]; 22. 21X-Brinton Marvel [22][$125]; 23. 64-Scotty Thiel [23][$125]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [24][$125]; 25. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [25][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 13-Paul McMahan [2][-]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1][-]; 3. 41-David Gravel [3][-]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][-]; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich [5][$300]; 6. 91-Cale Thomas [10][$250]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$225]; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [6][$200]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [9][$200]; 10. 9-Kasey Kahne [14][$200]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [8][$200]; 12. 11-Zeb Wise [12][$200]; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri [17][$200]; 14. 17A-Austin McCarl [11][$200]; 15. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [13][$200]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$200]; 17. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [18][$200]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [15][$200]

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Justin Grant captured the victory in Saturday's night two of the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors at Port City Raceway, his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory of 2020. (Rich Forman Photo)



FAST TIMES AT PORT CITY;
GRANT RIDES WAVE TO T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 23, 2020).........In any instance, you take inspiration from anywhere you can gather it up.

For Justin Grant, it was he who channeled his inner Jeff Spicoli from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High to score Saturday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win in the inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Port City Raceway.

"This track was a ton of fun, just right on the fence, banging the curb," Grant colorfully explained. "We were watching Fast Times at Ridgemont High this morning and Spicoli said, 'It's a way of looking at that wave and saying, hey bud, let's party.' That's how I felt tonight. You always want it to end when you're leading, but I almost wish that thing was 80 laps, I was having such a good time."

To steal (paraphrase) another line from Spicoli while we're at it, "Racing's not merely a sport, it's a way of life, it's no hobby." Grant has made winning a way of life in USAC competition, but this was just the fifth career series win for the Ione, Calif. native and second for the RAMS Racing team with whom he joined at the beginning of the 2019 season.

"About time I got this (car) back in victory lane," Grant exclaimed after wheeling the RAMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Rockwell Security - Veterans Community Projects/Bullet/Stanton SR-11 to his first triumph of the season. These guys have been spending money like crazy and I haven't been getting them to victory lane. Glad I could, finally."

Grant began the 40-lap feature from the third spot as a flurry of activity surrounded him on the racy 1/8-mile dirt oval. Pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. led the opening lap on the bottom, but Chris Windom rode the rim up top, then split across and between both Thomas and Grant to scurry to the bottom of turn one, sliding up in front of Thomas to put his name on top of the leaderboard while Grant secured the low lane to move to second.

Following a restart due to sixth-running Daison Pursley getting sideways and stopping in turn one, the 11th lap saw Grant make his move to slip by Windom, leading at the stripe by a mere car length. Windom wasted no time trying to return the favor as he slid past Grant utilizing the bottom entering turn one. Nearing turn two, the pair made contact, with Grant's right front wheel hopping over Windom's left rear.

The duo kept the train a rollin' and Grant recovered a half-lap later when he took his chances on a turn three slider that successfully prevailed and instantly jettisoned Grant to an advantage he wasn't soon going to lose, that is if it went clean and green the rest of the way.

The story for Grant became as repetitive as the lyrics to "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen. Grant got a great start, steadily built up his lead while an incredible race for position occurred behind him between Windom, Thomas, Jason McDougal, Cole Bodine and Thomas Meseraull, among others, in a relentless boxing match where the combatants traded jab after jab. Then, a yellow flag would ultimately fly for a caution, erasing Grant's lead.

'This track was a ton of fun, just right on the fence, banging the curb,' Grant colorfully explained. 'We were watching Fast Times at Ridgemont High this morning and Spicoli said, 'It's a way of looking at that wave and saying, hey bud, let's party.' That's how I felt tonight. You always want it to end when you're leading, but I almost wish that thing was 80 laps, I was having such a good time.'
(Rich Forman Photo)

On the 26th lap, Kevin Thomas Jr. reloaded and went on the attack for second, trying to slide past Windom entering turn one. However, halfway up the banking, the car locked up and Thomas skidded to a stop, ending his fine run, and relegating him to a 14th place finish at race's end.

That dismantled Grant's two-second lead, and on the ensuing restart, he reconstructed a 1.6-second advantage before Presley Truedson, making her first career series start, stopped along the wall in turns three and four.

Grant got back on the horse again, and within two laps, had another gargantuan 1.879 lead. Gargantuan, considering Cannon McIntosh's track record run in qualifying stopped the watches at a ripping 9.398 second clip. Speaking of McIntosh, he was the subject of the next yellow on the 31st lap as he jumped the cushion and got into the turn four wall and stopped while contesting for the second position with Windom.

In just five more laps after the lap 31 restart, Grant's lead ballooned to over three seconds when series Rookie Jesse Love flipped in turn two on the 36th circuit. That reset and re-racked the lineup once more as Grant shot away on the restart and was primed and headed for the promised land, but as he approached the white flag, Clinton Boyles took a second tumble in as many nights in the fourth turn. He was uninjured.

In the final two-lap sprint, Windom took a run at Grant, but didn't have enough oomph to slide past Grant who ripped the lip to pull away for a 1.322 second victory over Windom who did his best Teflon impression to withstand every single challenge thrown at him throughout the feature. Tyler Courtney, Cole Bodine and Logan Seavey rounded out the top-five.

Priority Aviation added $1,000 to Grant's winner's share to make it a $4,000 night for the victor. Beaver Stripes also stepped up with an extra $1,000 added to the night's total prize money.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/MSW Motorsports Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Clinton Boyles

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Indy Metal Finishing / DDR / L & T's Bar & Grill Semi Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Saldana Racing Products / Gary Phillips First Non-Transfer: Blake Hahn

KSE Racing Products / Jerry Medlin Hard Charger in Memory of Donnie Ray Crawford: Andrew Layser (21st to 6th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jason McDougal

ProSource Hard Work: Trey Marcham

Jerry Medlin Last Car Running in Honor Of Leon Gentry: Ethan Mitchell

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 23, 2020 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors

FATHEADZ/MSW MOTORSPORTS QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.398 (New Track Record); 2. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.507; 3. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.534; 4. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-9.580; 5. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.585; 6. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-9.615; 7. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-9.622; 8. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.629; 9. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-9.660; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-9.688; 11. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-9.711; 12. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.712; 13. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-9.719; 14. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-9.722; 15. Presley Truedson, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.724; 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.733; 17. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.749; 18. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.752; 19. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-9.795; 20. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.796; 21. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.800; 22. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-9.826; 23. Jonathan Beason, 8K, Hard Eight-9.832; 24. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-9.842; 25. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.858; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-9.869; 27. Dave Darland, 2ND, Harris-9.874; 28. Blake Hahn, 52, Hahn-9.904; 29. Matt Sherrell, 10J, Hunt-9.914; 30. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Reynolds-10.084; 31. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-10.151; 32. J.D. Black, 7JR, SevenJR-10.221; 33. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-10.329; 34. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-10.376; 35. Matt Moore, 85, Central-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Noah Gass, 8. Matt Sherrell, 9. Curtis Spicer. 1:41.943

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. 3. Justin Grant, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. David Budres, 8. Emilio Hoover, 9. Gage Rucker. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Clinton Boyles, 2. Jonathan Beason, 3. Presley Truedson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Tyler Nelson, 8. Tyler Thomas. 1:43.246

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Blake Hahn, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Jesse Love, 8. J.D. Black. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Jesse Love, 7. Blake Hahn, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Matt Sherrell, 10. J.D. Black, 11. Tanner Carrick, 12. Tyler Nelson, 13. Emilio Hoover, 14. Curtis Spicer, 15. Gage Rucker, 16. Noah Gass, 17. Hayden Reinbold, 18. David Budres. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (8), 4. Cole Bodine (7), 5. Logan Seavey (16), 6. Andrew Layser (21), 7. Thomas Meseraull (6), 8. Buddy Kofoid (10), 9. Daison Pursley (4), 10. Tanner Thorson (15), 11. Tyler Thomas (12), 12. Tanner Carrick (23), 13. Jason McDougal (5), 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 15. Robert Dalby (14), 16. Trey Marcham (22), 17. Emilio Hoover (24), 18. Cannon McIntosh (11), 19. Clinton Boyles (9), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Presley Truedson (17), 22. Ethan Mitchell (18), 23. Jesse Love (13), 24. Jonathan Beason (20). NT

**Noah Gass flipped during the semi. Jesse Love flipped on lap 36 of the feature. Clinton Boyles flipped on lap 39 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 2-10 Chris Windom, Lap 11 Justin Grant, Lap 12 Chris Windom, Laps 13-40 Justin Grant.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-349, 2-Chris Windom-343, 3-Buddy Kofoid-295, 4-Tanner Thorson-294, 5-Andrew Layser-285, 6-Cannon McIntosh-281, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-277, 8-Cole Bodine-254, 9-Daison Pursley-244, 10-Tanner Carrick-240.

FINAL PROSOURCE T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-29, 2-Andrew Layser-22, 3-Matt Sherrell-16, 4-Blake Hahn-15, 5-Tanner Carrick-13, 6-Tyler Courtney-12, 7-Tanner Thorson-9, 8-Tyler Thomas-9, 9-Jonathan Beason-9, 10-Justin Grant-7.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Andrew Layser-31, 2-Logan Seavey-28, 3-Tanner Thorson-23, 4-Chris Windom-18, 5-Daison Pursley-18, 6-Brady Bacon-16, 7-Tyler Thomas-16, 8-Tanner Carrick-13, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-11, 10-Tyler Courtney-10.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 16, 2020 - Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana - Indiana Midget Week

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Winner Brad Sweet (Trent Gower Photo)



FAMILY FEUD: Brad Sweet holds off Kyle Larson for I-55 win
Reigning champion wins night 1 of the Drydene Double Down Invitational on DIRTVision

PEVELY, MO – May 22, 2020 – Brad Sweet’s win Friday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 was a return to form for the reigning champion after a disappointing return at Knoxville, but it came with a challenge.

A challenge from his own brother-in-law Kyle Larson.

There was no family love in their battle. Both wanted the win just as bad as the other, racing clean but hard. However, the reigning champion made the right move at the right time to hold off Larson to win the first night of the Drydene Double Down Invitational against a star-studded field and in front of a limited crowd of fans in the stands — the first return of fans at a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race since February.

“That was a lot of fun,” Sweet said. “Kyle is an unbelievable talent. He’s my brother-in-law, but he makes me earn these wins dammit… It’s a lot of fun to see fans back in the stands. It’s not a lot of fun to win in front of empty grandstands. Hopefully the crowds keep getting bigger and bigger.”

Larson, in his first World of Outlaws appearance at I-55, stunned everyone and gave Johnny Gibson a reason to hit his high octave of excitement by announcing Larson’s incredible track record setting 9.995 sec. qualifying lap around the 1/3-mile track. It’s the first lap under 10 seconds at the track for the World of Outlaws.

Shortly after, the attention turned to Jacob Allen — poised to potentially win his first World of Outlaws race. He took a dominating win in his Drydene Heat Race and then bolted by Sweet at the start of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to claim the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

Allen was impressive in the early laps for the Feature. He pulled ahead of second-place Shane Stewart by half a straightaway in the first three laps and when Sweet moved into the runner-up spot and caught the Drydene #1A Shark Racing car in lap traffic, Allen was still able to hold the hungry champion behind him.

However, a mistake on a restart after a caution nine laps into the Feature cost him the lead. He eventually fell to fifth but is not hanging his head. The Pennsylvania driver had a smile after the race and an attitude of confidence.

“All of these guys have a chip on their shoulder, we’re only getting to race so much,” Allen said. “Those guys that ran in front of me, the other four there, are aggressive racers and the track was aggressive. I’m not hanging my head about it at all. I was leading laps. I felt very strong. I wasn’t looking forward to the caution, but I wasn’t scared of it either. I just think I drove through too hard through the bottom and it took me a few laps to get going. Other than that, I felt like I was ripping just as good as anybody and had a car to win the race.”

Larson followed Sweet by Allen and began to slowly real him in every lap. He looked to steal the lead with 12 laps to go on a restart by diving under Sweet in Turn 1 but didn’t have the traction to pull it off. Sweet sped away and Larson’s slow exit off Turn 2 put third-place Logan Schuchart on his bumper.

A few laps later Sweet found himself caught in lap traffic, giving Larson another opportunity to go after the NAPA Auto Parts #49 car.

He stalked his brother-in-law for several laps before throwing another slide job at him in Turn 3. This time he made it stick, taking the lead with five laps to go. Sweet wasn’t done with Larson either, though.

The next corner, while Larson went high, Sweet dove to the bottom and found enough grip in the track for his Hoosier tires to dig into and charge ahead of Larson’s Finley Farms #57.

With the lead back in his hands, Sweet rode the high side hoping to block any on coming run by Larson and make him have to pass him down low. Larson built up a run to take another shot at Sweet but ran out of time before Sweet was the first to see the checkered flag.

“Early in the race I was tight and waited for the racetrack to come to us,” Larson said. “I could maintain with him (Sweet) and was able to slide by him once in traffic, but I couldn’t get the grip I needed to stay in front of him. It was a good race. Good run for our team. We’ve struggled a lot so far this year with the 57. Good run. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and win and click off some good finishes.”

For Sweet, he said he gave it everything he had in the physically demanding race.

“There were some developing lines on the racetrack,” Sweet said. With him (Larson) behind me, I thought the top would be the place to be. But he found the middle and I got stuck behind in lap traffic there. Just need to do a little better job on my end. They (Kasey Kahne Racing team) gave me a great race car. It was a lot of fun to be back.”

Schuchart rounded out the podium and maintains the points lead by four points over Sweet. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who finished seventh, has now moved up into third — 26 points behind Schuchart.

UP NEXT

Drivers will compete for an incredible $20,000-to-win prize on Saturday for night two of the Drydene Double Down Invitational at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. All of the action can be watched LIVE on DIRTVision, starting at 6 p.m. (CT).

Race Results: 5/22/20 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$6,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$3,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$2,300]; 4. 71-Shane Stewart [2][$2,000]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$1,850]; 6. 41-David Gravel [8][$1,750]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$1,550]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$1,350]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [7][$1,250]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [16][$1,100]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [12][$1,000]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [18][$950]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$900]; 14. 13-Paul McMahan [9][$850]; 15. 14-Parker Price-Miller [23][$800]; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich [17][$750]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$700]; 18. 9-Kasey Kahne [20][$700]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$700]; 20. 6-Bill Rose [25][$]; 21. 64-Scotty Thiel [6][$700]; 22. 51-Freddie Rahmer [15][$700]; 23. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [24][$700]; 24. 4-Terry McCarl [19][$700]; 25. 2-Carson Macedo [10][$700] Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-9; Brad Sweet 10-24, 26-30; Kyle Larson 25 KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 57-Kyle Larson, 9.995; 2. 71-Shane Stewart, 10.12; 3. 41-David Gravel, 10.176; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 10.185; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.212; 6. 4-Terry McCarl, 10.238; 7. 13-Paul McMahan, 10.241; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 10.247; 9. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 10.255; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.261; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich, 10.269; 12. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg, 10.288; 13. 17B-Bill Balog, 10.289; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.311; 15. 6-Bill Rose, 10.326; 16. 24W-Lucas Wolfe, 10.353; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri, 10.356; 18. 35-Zach Hampton, 10.361; 19. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.373; 20. 5-Brent Marks, 10.394; 21. 35X-Stuart Brubaker, 10.454; 22. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 10.457; 23. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 10.488; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.493; 25. 2KS-Chad Boespflug, 10.532; 26. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.537; 27. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 10.543; 28. 11-Zeb Wise, 10.558; 29. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 10.609; 30. 42-Cory Bruns, 10.788; 31. 9K-Kyle Schuett, 10.848

Qualifying Flight-B – 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.113; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.148; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.241; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel, 10.251; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.256; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 10.277; 7. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.278; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne, 10.302; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.312; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 10.323; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 10.336; 12. 26-Cory Eliason, 10.346; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.353; 14. 11T-T.J. Stutts, 10.384; 15. 91-Cale Thomas, 10.397; 16. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 10.416; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.456; 18. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 10.464; 19. 55W-Logan Wagner, 10.51; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 10.516; 21. 17A-Austin McCarl, 10.517; 22. 44-Jeff Swindell, 10.531; 23. 70-Justin Peck, 10.532; 24. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt, 10.574; 25. 17W-Shane Golobic, 10.58; 26. 23B-Brian Bell, 10.594; 27. 33M-Mason Daniel, 10.646; 28. 99M-Kyle Moody, 10.656; 29. 51B-Joe B. Miller, 10.688; 30. 44S-Trey Starks, 10.694

Non-Qualifier #1(8 Laps) – 35X-Stuart Brubaker [1]; 2. 21X-Brinton Marvel [2]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 6. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [3]; 7. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [5]; 8. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [9]; 9. 9K-Kyle Schuett [11]; 10. 42-Cory Bruns [10]; 11. 11-Zeb Wise [8]

Non-Qualifier #2 (8 Laps) – 17A-Austin McCarl [6]; 2. 44-Jeff Swindell [7]; 3. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [9]; 4. 70-Justin Peck [8]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic [10]; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody [13]; 7. 23B-Brian Bell [11]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [12]; 9. 44S-Trey Starks [15]; 10. 51B-Joe B.Miller [14]

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]; 6. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 7. 17B-Bill Balog [7]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [10]; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri [9]; 10. 6-Bill Rose [8]; 11. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [11]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 71-Shane Stewart [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer [4]; 5. 4-Terry McCarl [3]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [6]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [10]; 9. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 10. 21X-Brinton Marvel [11]; 11. 35-Zach Hampton [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 8. 55W-Logan Wagner [10]; 9. 17A-Austin McCarl [11]; 10. 91-Cale Thomas [8]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel [2]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [6]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 5. 9-Kasey Kahne [4]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5]; 7. 14-Parker Price-Miller [9]; 8. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [8]; 9. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [10]; 10. 44-Jeff Swindell [11]; 11. 11T-T.J. Stutts [7]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 2. 71-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [3]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel [6]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 8. 41-David Gravel [8]

D-main (8 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 99M-Kyle Moody [2][-]; 2. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [1][-]; 3. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [3][$125]; 4. 44S-Trey Starks [8][$125]; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$125]; 6. 11-Zeb Wise [11][$125]; 7. 51B-Joe B. [10][$125]; 8. 9K-Kyle Schuett [7][$125]; 9. 42-Cory Bruns [9][$125]; 10. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [5][$125]; 11. 23B-Brian Bell [4][$125]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 91-Cale Thomas [2][-]; 2. 6-Bill Rose [1][-]; 3. 44-Jeff Swindell [4][$150]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$150]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [6][$150]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [11][$125]; 7. 21X-Brinton Marvel [3][$125]; 8. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [10][$125]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [14][$125]; 10. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [5][$125]; 11. 11T-T.J. Stutts [8][$125]; 12. 99M-Kyle Moody [15][$125]; 13. 35-Zach Hampton [7][$125]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$125]; 15. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [16][$125]; 16. 70-Justin Peck [12][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][-]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][-]; 3. 14-Parker Price-Miller [8][-]; 4. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [1][-]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [4][$300]; 6. 5-Brent Marks [11][$250]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [9][$225]; 8. 17A-Austin McCarl [14][$200]; 9. 55W-Logan Wagner [10][$200]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri [13][$200]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog [5][$200]; 12. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [16][$200]; 13. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [15][$200]; 14. 91-Cale Thomas [17][$200]; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [12][$200]; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2][$200]; 17. 6-Bill Rose [18][$200]; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [3][$200]

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Friday's Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner, Tyler Courtney.
(Rich Forman Photo)



COURTNEY CORRALS PORT CITY'S
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 22, 2020).........It's been quite awhile since Tyler Courtney and the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship were last in competition - 76 nights to be exact.

A little rust here and a few cobwebs to knock out there, the quarantine period during the COVID-19 pandemic around the world has knocked anybody and everybody off their normal routines.

But what has become routine over the last several years is a Courtney feature victory and the defending champ once again nestled into that routine Friday night for his first series victory of the year in the inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

While it wasn't exactly a rough start to the season by any stretch for the Indianapolis, Ind. driver with a 4th, a 2nd and a 20th in his first three series starts, Courtney and the Clauson-Marshall Racing team dug deep during the time off to find that little bit of "extra" to propel them back to victory lane where they had resided eight times a year ago, including three of the first four, with the series.

"We made a few changes during quarantine and I think we found some stuff," Courtney admitted after capturing the victory in is NOS Energy Drink Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. "I was a little rusty on the cushion there at the end of the race, and I need to get a little better at that. I saw those guys coming on the bottom, but I was kind of committed to the top by that point."

Courtney was referring to his late-race execution there, but first, he had to charge from the sixth starting position after establishing a track record earlier in the night during Fatheadz Eyewear/MSW Motorsports time trials, a lap of 9.444 seconds around the 1/8-mile dirt bullring, the first sub 10-second qualifying quick time lap in a USAC National Midget points race since John Andretti at the Toronto Skydome in 1993.

It was Courtney's CMR teammate Cole Bodine who established the early lead from the pole after an early side-by-side scuttle with outside front starter Chris Windom. Windom remained up top and eventually drove by on lap five for the race lead.

Courtney moved into the top-five on lap 10, passing second quickest qualifier Thomas Meseraull for the position. Moments later, Meseraull's bid for a frontrunning result came to an abrupt halt when he contacted Courtney's rear bumper and slid to a stop. Meseraull restarted and finished 13th.

Nearing midway, Courtney had closed in on a three-car tussle for second, which also involved Tanner Thorson and Buddy Kofoid. On the 21st lap, Courtney emerged from the herd with the runner-up spot, although Windom still held a hefty lead of nearly two seconds ahead of him.

That advantage was erased on the following lap when 15th running Daison Pursley stopped at the top of turn four, thus bringing out the yellow flag and bunching up the field for the restart. Courtney gripped low while Windom ran the top, but on the 25th lap, Windom's slight stumble on the turn one curb gave Courtney the crack in the door he needed to get through as he jolted to the race lead.

Windom remained in touch with his former CMR teammate Courtney just prior to a yellow for first-time USAC starter Emerson Axsom who spun between turns three and four.

Following a restart with 10 to go, Windom ultimately recharged the figurative batteries and made his bid to overtake Courtney, successfully sliding past in turn two with eight laps remaining. Courtney instantly ducked to the inside of Windom exiting turn two, and to Courtney's left, both Logan Seavey and Thorson created two more lanes of space on the bottom to briefly make it four-wide for the lead.

Courtney escaped the jam and entered turn three on the bottom with the lead with Windom going topside back to second and Thorson and Seavey getting momentarily shuffled out. Windom took one more run at Courtney in turn three to no avail just as the red flag flew on lap 34 when Hank Davis and Clinton Boyles made contact in turn one, sending Boyles flipping near the outside wall. He was uninjured.

In addition to scoring the night's feature victory, during Fatheadz Eyewear/MSW Motorsports time trials, Tyler Courtney turned a lap of 9.444 seconds around the 1/8-mile dirt bullring, the first sub 10-second qualifying quick time lap in a USAC National Midget points race since John Andretti at the Toronto Skydome in 1993. (Richard Bales Photo)

On the ensuing restart, Courtney utilized a quality start on the opening lap to carve out some distance between he and Windom. A hard-charging Seavey, who started all the way back in 19th, picked his way to second past Windom on the bottom with four to go and tried to hunt down Courtney, but time was short his hourglass was out of sand.

The checkered flag was Courtney's for the 14th time in his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, tying him with Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner for 49th all-time.

"It feels really good, especially being the first time back," Courtney said. "It's cool to come to these races when your friends Xia Xianna and Brady (Bacon) are promoting it, and stepping up, especially in a hard time like this. Thanks to them and Mike and Megan Eubanks who've done a hell of a job with this place."

Courtney competed in a micro sprint in his only previous Port City racing experiences, but this marked his first visit in a midget at the track, and after Friday's triumph, he's looking for even more on Saturday night.

"Tomorrow's going to be a tough one," Courtney continued when speaking of Saturday's night two of the T-Town Midget Showdown. "All these guys are going to keep getting better, so you can't slouch off. Hats off to my whole team who've worked their tails off with nothing really to do; they haven't backed down."

Sutter, California's Seavey made his debut in the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports Midget a memorable one, driving from 19th to 2nd to earn Hard Charger honors courtesy of KSE Racing Products and Jerry Medlin in his AME Electrical Contracting - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"We just had a heck of a racecar there," Seavey exclaimed. "I feel like we've struggled the past couple of days, but finally got the car gripped up to where I could drive through the slick and keep the car straight. That's really what you need on a track like this."

"I feel so good," the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ stated. "I really wish we could've gotten by Sunshine (Courtney) there. He's passed me a lot driving through the slick while I'm up there pounding the curb, and I was hoping we could reverse the roles tonight but didn't quite get it done. I needed to make a few better moves once I got into the top-five; I just wasn't quite pouncing on the opportunities like I needed to. That's kind of what ended it for me once Sunshine got out to a little bit of a lead, I could close a little bit, but I knew there wasn't enough to get all the way there."

Windom (Canton, Ill.) led a race-high 20 laps, and after losing the lead with 16 laps remaining, came back with a strong second effort, although he fell to third at the conclusion after admitting to needing to "make a few less mistakes" in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"We got the lead and I started hitting the curb a little bit and getting tight on entry and Tyler got by us," Windom recalled. "We had a hell of a race back to the lead, but (Courtney) was just a little better at the end than I was. Obviously, we've got a really fast racecar and these guys are at the top of their game."

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/MSW Motorsports Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Clinton Boyles

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

KSE Racing Products / Jerry Medlin Hard Charger in Memory of Donnie Ray Crawford: Logan Seavey

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Thomas Meseraull

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Trey Marcham

ProSource Hard Work: Tanner Carrick

Jerry Medlin Last Car Running in Honor Of Leon Gentry: Ethan Mitchell

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2020 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors

FATHEADZ/MSW MOTORSPORTS QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.444 (New Track Record); 2. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.448; 3. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.481; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.486; 5. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.502; 6. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-9.508; 7. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-9.520; 8. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-9.558; 9. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-9.615; 10. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-9.619; 11. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-9.629; 12. Dave Darland, 2ND, Harris-9.635; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.652; 14. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-9.686; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.687; 16. Hank Davis, 42, Franklin-9.700; 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-9.703; 18. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.706; 19. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.707; 20. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.727; 21. Jonathan Beason, 8K, Hard Eight-9.742; 22. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-9.743; 23. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-9.745; 24. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-9.759; 25. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Reynolds-9.773; 26. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-9.788; 27. Matt Moore, 85, Central-9.810; 28. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-9.815; 29. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.870; 30. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-9.872; 31. Matt Sherrell, 10J, Hunt-9.880; 32. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-9.882; 33. Blake Hahn, 52, Hahn-9.887; 34. Jake Neuman, 21KS, Reynolds-9.892; 35. David Budres, 31, Manic-9.912; 36. Presley Truedson, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.953; 37. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-10.166; 38. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-10.240; 39. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-10.348; 40. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-10.488.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Cole Bodine, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Blake Hahn, 8. Emilio Hoover, 9. Gage Rucker. 1:38.966 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Clinton Boyles. 2. Ace McCarthy, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Robert Dalby, 8. Cody Brewer, 9. Jake Neuman, 10. Noah Gass. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. Jesse Love, 7. Matt Moore, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. David Budres, 10. Matt Sherrell. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Hank Davis, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Presley Truedson, 8. Trey Gropp, 9. Curtis Spicer, 10. Tyler Nelson. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Blake Hahn, 2. Jake Neuman, 3. Matt Sherrell, 4. Tyler Nelson, 5. Presley Truedson, 6. Cody Brewer, 7. Gage Rucker, 8. Curtis Spicer, 9. Hayden Reinbold. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Hank Davis, 3. Jesse Love, 4. Jonathan Beason, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Blake Hahn, 10. Trey Gropp, 11. Matt Sherrell, 12. Jake Neuman, 13. Kaylee Bryson, 14. Noah Gass, 15. Tyler Nelson, 16. Emilio Hoover, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Matt Moore. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Logan Seavey (19), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Tanner Thorson (3), 5. Cannon McIntosh (9), 6. Andrew Layser (13), 7. Justin Grant (10), 8. Cole Bodine (1), 9. Tanner Carrick (22), 10. Tyler Thomas (17), 11. Buddy Kofoid (4), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 13. Thomas Meseraull (5), 14. Dave Darland (15), 15. Jonathan Beason (20), 16. Kaylee Bryson (23), 17. Hank Davis (18), 18. Jake Neuman (24), 19. Daison Pursley (12), 20. Emerson Axsom (14), 21. Jesse Love (11), 22. Ethan Mitchell (16), 23. Clinton Boyles (7), 24. Ace McCarthy (21). NT

**Matt Sherrell flipped during the third heat. Clinton Boyles flipped on lap 34 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Cole Bodine, Laps 5-24 Chris Windom, Laps 25-40 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/JERRY MEDLIN IN HONOR OF DONNIE RAY CRAWFORD HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (19th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Trey Marcham

PROSOURCE HARD WORK: Tanner Carrick

JERRY MEDLIN LAST CAR RUNNING IN HONOR OF LEON GENTRY: Ethan Mitchell

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-277, 2-Chris Windom-271, 3-Tanner Thorson-249, 4-Cannon McIntosh-244, 5-Buddy Kofoid-238, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-235, 7-Andrew Layser-223, 8-Tanner Carrick-201, 9-Daison Pursley-189, 10-Cole Bodine-185.

NEW PROSOURCE T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-17, 2-Tanner Carrick-13, 3-Matt Sherrell-12, 4-Jonathan Beason-12, 5-Tyler Thomas-8, 6-Blake Hahn-8, 7-Andrew Layser-7, 8-Tyler Courtney-6, 9-Cannon McIntosh-5, 10-Hank Davis-5.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-18, 2-Daison Pursley-18, 3-Chris Windom-18, 4-Logan Seavey-17, 5-Brady Bacon-16, 6-Andrew Layser-16, 7-Tyler Thomas-15, 8-Tanner Carrick-13, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-11, 10-Cannon McIntosh-9.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 22-23, 2020 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B & H Contractors

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May
14

EASTERN STORM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE---THANK YOU

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

MAY 13, 2020

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

USAC EASTERN STORM POSTPONED

Speedway, Indiana (May 13, 2020)………Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 regulations with the three states involved in Eastern Storm, originally scheduled for June 9-14, USAC and the track promoters have made the decision to postpone the popular weeklong event featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series.

In accordance with the planning involved for traveling teams and fans from all across the nation for the 14th annual swing in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, USAC and Eastern Storm’s host tracks have been forced to seek out possible future dates for the event later this year.

Eastern Storm’s host tracks include Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway, BAPS Motor Speedway, Port Royal Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway, New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway and New York’s Weedsport Speedway.

Stay tuned for future announcements regarding Eastern Storm’s postponement dates for 2020 on USAC’s website at www.usacracing.com and social media channels at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/usacnation and on Instagram @usacnation.

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