Yet, with five to go, before Courtney was close enough to make a move, the 2017 USAC Most Improved Driver and 2016 "Knepper 55" winner looped his ride in turn one on the cushion, erasing one of the hardest charges witnessed all season. Two additions to the schedule over the past couple seasons, Montpelier Motor Speedway and Plymouth Speedway, serve up an enticing dose of USAC Sprint Car action on April 21 and May 5, respectively.
On the lap 51 restart, Boat went back to the top lane as Bell tucked in on the low line. The famed half-mile Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio will host three USAC Sprint Car appearances in 2018 with two consecutive nights at #Lets Race Two with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars on May 11-12 and the 37th "4-Crown Nationals" on September 22.
The high line eventually paid off for Boat as he rode the rim to the lead around Marcham off the fourth turn on lap 18. Meanwhile, the date and venue for the "Jason Leffler Memorial" is still to be determined. He was uninjured and returned to practice where he timed in 18th fastest. 23, the event card includes a full program for the midgets, concluding with a 98-lap feature, plus USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Car semi-features and A-Main.
Bell taste-tested the high side as well to make his way around Marcham between turns three and four a lap later. 2018 USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE Mar 10: Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL) Apr 13: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) Apr 14: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) May 29: (i) Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN) May 30: (i) Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN) May 31: (i) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN) Jun 1: (i) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN) Jun 2: (i) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN) Jun 3: (i) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) Jul 10: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK) Jul 11: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS) Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE) Jul 14: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE) Jul 15: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO) Aug 1: (P) Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA) Aug 2: (P) Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA) Aug 3: (P) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA) Aug 4: (P) BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA) Sep 22: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH) Nov 17: (W) Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA) Nov 22: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA) Dec 14: (SE) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL) TBA: "Jason Leffler Memorial" ------------------------------------- (i) represents an Indiana Midget Week event. (W) represents an event with the USAC Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midgets. USAC SPRINTS SLATED FOR 45 EVENTS FROM COAST-TO-COAST IN 2018 By: Richie Murray - USAC Media Indianapolis, Indiana......... Pits open at 11am with the drivers meeting taking place at pm.
As lappers Justin Peck and Tyler Nelson swapped sliders, Boat took matters into his own hands and dove under Nelson in turn three on lap 41 to gain the slightest bit of a separation. Furthermore, for the initial time, three different states will be represented in Eastern Storm with the 12th edition entering first-time USAC venues in New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on June 18 and New York's Weedsport Speedway on June 19.
Moments later, disaster nearly struck Boat as Shane Cottle spun right in front him between turns three and four. On the restart with 13 laps to go, Boat and Grant lined up nose-to-tail with the lapped car of Nelson as a buffer between third-running Bell. The 31st running of Indiana Sprint Week begins July 20 at a yet-to-be-announced venue, followed by six more events throughout the Hoosier state as the trail hits midsummer: Kokomo (July 21), Lawrenceburg (July 22), Terre Haute (July 25), Lincoln Park (July 26), Bloomington (July 27) and Tri-State (July 28).
It's a success he attributes to the miles he's trekked in stock cars and trucks that he's been able to translate to his time in the driver's seat of a midget. Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual "Junior Knepper 55" at
"Going to NASCAR has made me a better racecar driver just because it's taught me things I didn't learn here on the dirt," Bell said. That's something I've really tried to apply in midget racing and it seems to have worked." --------------------------------------- USAC MIDGET "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: December 16, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Junior Knepper 55" FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. The race will serve as the final event of the 2017 USAC racing season.
The door is wide open and it's so easy to throw a slider here. Making its return for the first time in 12 years is Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri on October 5, which kicks off a double-header weekend in the Heartland that concludes with a trip to the half-mile Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on October 6. (C) represents an event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. Once he did, Zeb Wise snookered both on the bottom to go from fourth to second. Following a year of renaissance with a new breed of drivers ascending to the top of the standings, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship reloads for a 2018 schedule that includes 45 events between the months of February and November. Meanwhile, Boat opened up a two-plus second lead before a Shane Golobic spin put things at ease momentarily. I was just trying to figure out what I could do to make something happen. Leading off the schedule once again for the ninth-straight season is "Winter Dirt Games" at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park on February 15-16-17. "I was able to use that and learn from it to know how to be better for the next restarts. Whenever I saw Briscoe was behind me, I knew that he was going to run the bottom. 11 at the "Knepper 55." Beauchamp was a 5th place finisher at Du Quoin in March and has been strong on the tough, local Indiana bullring scene in a sprint car where he is a two-time Lincoln Park Speedway champion (2012 & 2017) and captured an Indiana Sprint Week feature win at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway in 2016. At that point in time, I knew I just had to protect." On the ensuing green, Briscoe was ruled to be out of line, the penalty of which is being docked one spot. Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana is set to wheel Kenny and Reva Irwin's No. Back in June, Peck topped the competition in an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.