By Richie Murray – USAC Media
ROSSBURG, OH-Eldora Speedway is special, and it’s always a special occasion when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship pays a visit to the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile dirt oval, a place the series has visited more often than any other track with 204 trips since 1962.
This Friday and Saturday presents the challenge once again as a fierce USAC Sprint Car field sets up to tame Eldora’s banks twice in a 24-hour span on May 5-6 for the seventh edition of #LetsRaceTwo in a unique, once-a-year two-night twin bill alongside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.
It’s finally back to business for USAC National Sprint Car drivers and teams after four consecutive wash outs due to Mother Nature. In fact, it will have been three weeks since we last saw action on April 15 at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.
It’s time to get back to work, so here’s six storylines you should look for this weekend at The Big E.
THE BALLOU & GRANT & BACON SHOW
Between Robert Ballou, Justin Grant and Brady Bacon, the trio owns half of all #LetsRaceTwo wins in the event’s history which began in 2015. In fact, Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) and Grant (Ione, Calif.) won the first two #LetsRaceTwo events that same year with Ballou corralling the opener and Grant breaking through on the second night.
When 2017 came around, Grant and Ballou traded barbs again with Grant taking the opener and Ballou the closer. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was the show on the first night in 2018 while Ballou came back to score the most recent #LetsRaceTwo feature held in 2021.
To top it off, Grant is the most recent winner with the series at Eldora in September of 2022, and is the most recent victor on this year’s USAC Sprint Car trail with an April 15 triumph at Tri-State Speedway. Bacon, who won in Ocala, Fla., and Grant have already reached victory lane with the series in 2023, but Ballou remains on the hunt for his first of the year, which would move him into the top-five all-time in Eldora USAC Sprint wins. He currently stands at six wins, which trails only Jack Hewitt (13), Larry Dickson & Tracy Hines (9) and Pancho Carter & Rich Vogler (7).
While Ballou, Grant and Bacon have practically owned #LetRaceTwo over the years, a number of others would be adamantly elated to pick one up at a place that’s among the most difficult to win at.
C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Matt Westfall and Mitchel Moles have all had their taste of USAC success at Eldora but have, so far, been absent from #LetsRaceTwo victory lane. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has won each of the past two seasons at Eldora in a USAC Silver Crown car. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has captured Eldora victories in both a Silver Crown car and a Sprint Car.
Westfall is in that category too, having earned a home state USAC Sprint score in 2006 and nearly picked off a Crown triumph in 2021. Meanwhile, Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) won his first ever visit to Eldora in a midget last Fall.
Furthermore, there’s a laundry list of individuals who’d give anything to add a first career USAC Eldora to their enormously successful resumes, namely Kevin Thomas Jr., who ranks inside the top-ten all-time in USAC National Sprint Car feature wins with 39, plus Chase Stockon, Kyle Cummins, Emerson Axsom, Jake Swanson, Jadon Rogers and Scotty Weir, all of whom have their fair share of USAC National Sprint Car feature wins elsewhere.
A NEW EXPERIENCE AT ELDORA
On the flipside, two drivers making their Eldora Speedway sprint car debuts have been mightily impressive with the series in their relatively short careers thus far.
Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) isn’t exactly a stranger to Eldora as he’s twice finished inside the top-ten at the controls of a USAC National Midget there. However, this weekend marks his USAC Sprint debut at the track, and he’s already been up to speed on the big, high speed tracks. In his second race out of the box this year, he scored a win on the half-mile dirt oval at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.
Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.), meanwhile, has been a superstar on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car scene over the past two seasons, winning the 2022 series championship with an astounding 13 victories going his way. On the USAC National Sprint Car circuit, he was superb, leading several laps and scoring a runner-up finish at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway during Eastern Storm. This time around, he takes on Eldora where a Pennsylvanian last won a USAC Sprint race at in 1996 (Frankie Kerr).
Both Pursley and Danner and more will be among those trying to make a run at becoming the first driver to win a USAC Sprint Car feature in his first visit to Eldora since Kyle Larson in 2011.
KODY’S RETURN TO A DIRT SPRINT CAR
Renowned for his USAC Silver Crown accolades as a seven-time champion in the big cars, Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) plans to make his return to USAC National Sprint Car racing for the first time since 2019, incidentally, also at Eldora.
Swanson’s ride for the two Eldora events will be the Wedgewood Motorsports No. 98, which has been driven by the likes of Brady Bacon down in Florida to kick off the year, which were driven to finishes of 4th and 7th at Volusia. Saban Bibent has also competed regularly in the car at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
Eldora is also home to Swanson’s best USAC Sprint Car performance on dirt where he finished 2nd in September of 2015. That same night, he also collected a runner-up finish in the Silver Crown race, but the aim is to go one better this weekend for the initial time at Eldora.
BACON, THE MASTER & THE KING
Brady Bacon is keen on getting back to Eldora Speedway victory lane where he owns a pair of victories with the USAC Sprints (2014 & 2018), winged sprints (2017) and Silver Crown (2019).
Bacon also enters the domain after winning last Saturday’s World of Outlaws feature at Tri-State. In fact, if Bacon wins either Friday or Saturday at Eldora, he’d become the first driver since Steve Kinser (1981-82-83) to win both a WoO and USAC Sprint Car feature within the same week.
He also enters the weekend as the reigning champion of the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment, which begins with the first of nine events on the USAC Sprint calendar this Saturday at Eldora with the end-of-year prize consisting of a $10,000 bonus to the champion driver and $2,500 to the champion crew chief.
FOUR X FOURS
Thus far, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season has seen four different feature winners and four different fast qualifiers. That’s the first time that’s occurred in the same season since 2012 – 11 years ago.
The four fastest qualifiers of the season to this point have been Jason McDougal (Feb. 16 at Bubba Raceway Park), Chase Stockon (Feb 18. at Bubba Raceway Park), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Apr. 14 at Bloomington Speedway) and Justin Grant (Apr 15 at Tri-State Speedway).
The four feature winners so far have been Brady Bacon (Feb. 16 at Bubba Raceway Park), Kyle Cummins (Feb. 18 at Bubba Raceway Park), C.J. Leary (Apr. 14 at Bloomington Speedway) and Justin Grant (Apr. 15 at Tri-State Speedway).
The four different winners would actually be six if you take into account the non-points events that took place in February at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park: Jake Swanson (Feb. 13) and Daison Pursley (Feb. 14 at Volusia Speedway Park).
#LetsRaceTwo features two-straight nights of full racing programs featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6.
On both days, ticket sales begin at the main gate, turn 4 and pit gate at 1:30pm Eastern. The grandstands open at 2pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 5:15pm. Cars will be on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following.
Advance tickets are on sale now at https://eldoraspeedway.
The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of the event from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing both nights at https://flosports.link/3ZjeooQ
2023 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS
Driver Point Leader: Justin Grant
Entrant Point Leader: TOPP Motorsports #4
Most Wins: 1-Brady Bacon, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant & C.J. Leary
Top Rookie in Points: 14th-Daison Pursley
Most Laps Led: 39-Brady Bacon & C.J. Leary
Most Top-Fives: 4-Justin Grant
Most Top-Tens: 4-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant & Chase Stockon
Most Fast Qualifying Times: 1-Justin Grant, Jason McDougal, Chase Stockon & Kevin Thomas Jr.
Most Heat Race Wins: 2-Robert Ballou & Justin Grant
Most Feature Starts: 4-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Carson Garrett, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Mitchel Moles, Daison Pursley, Jadon Rogers, Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Matt Westfall
Biggest Charge of the Year: Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Robert Ballou (22nd to 10th)
2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)
POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN
1 303 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.
2 278 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.
3 270 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.
4 266 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.
5 250 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.
6 243 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.
7 234 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.
8 223 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.
9 216 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.
10 204 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio
(R) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie
2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)
POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION
1 303 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)
2 278 BGE Dougherty Motorsports, Evansville, Ind. (#15x)
3 269 Clauson Marshall Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#47BC)
5 250 Rock Steady Racing, Dupont, Ind. (#3R)
6 242 Michael Dutcher Motorsports, Cicero, Ind. (#17GP)
7 234 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)
8 223 2B Racing, Marion, Ind. (#2B)
9 216 Team AZ Racing, Brownsburg, Ind. (#21AZ)
10 204 Ray Marshall Motorsports, Forest, Ohio (#33m)
2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)
POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN
1 182 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.
2 58 Joey Amantea, Mount Pocono, Pa.
3 53 Tom Harris, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK
5 30 Kevin Newton, Farmersburg, Ind.
6 10 Ryan Barr, Piqua, Ohio
7 10 Kayla Roell, Dillsboro, Ind.
2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Feb 13: (SE) Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL
WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)
Feb 14: (SE) Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL
WINNER: Daison Pursley (KO Motorsports #5p)
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)
Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)
Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)
Apr 15: (MS) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)
May 5: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
May 6: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
May 23: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN
May 24: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
May 25: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
Jun 2: (MW) Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA
Jun 3: (MW) Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA
Jun 13: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA
Jun 14: (E) Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ
Jun 15: (E) Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, PA
Jun 16: (E) Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA
Jun 17: (E) Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA
Jun 18: (E) (A) Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA
Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI
Jun 25: Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI
Jun 30: (A) (MS) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
Jul 1: (MS) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
Jul 07: (A) Macon Speedway – Macon, IL
Jul 08: (A) Macon Speedway – Macon, IL
Jul 21: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN
Jul 22: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
Jul 23: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
Jul 24: (I) Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
Jul 26: (I) Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN
Jul 27: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
Jul 28: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
Jul 29: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
Sep 16: (MS) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
Oct 27: (AE) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK
Oct 28: (AE) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK
—————— KEY DEFINITIONS ——————
(SE) represents a non-points, special event
(P) represents a program featuring practice only
(F) represents an event awarding feature points only
(MS) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series
(AE) represents an event co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing
(MW) represents an event with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Association Sprint Cars
(E) represents an Eastern Storm event
(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only
(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event
2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS
1-Brady Bacon (Feb 16 at Bubba Raceway Park)
1-Kyle Cummins (Feb 18 at Bubba Raceway Park)
1-Justin Grant (Apr 15 at Tri-State Speedway)
1-C.J. Leary (Apr 14 at Bloomington Speedway)
NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT WINS:
1-Daison Pursley (Feb 14 at Volusia Speedway Park)
1-Jake Swanson (Feb 13 at Volusia Speedway Park)
FEATURE LAPS LED
TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES
3-Brady Bacon, Kyle Cummins & C.J. Leary
1-Jason McDougal, Jadon Rogers, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.
TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES
4-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant & Chase Stockon
3-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Matt Westfall
1-Carson Garrett, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Mitchel Moles, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short & Jake Swanson
FAST QUALIFYING TIMES
1-Justin Grant, Jason McDougal, Chase Stockon & Kevin Thomas Jr.
HEAT RACE / QUALIFYING RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Rod End Supply, T.J. Forged & CarIQ)
2-Robert Ballou & Justin Grant
1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Kyle Cummins, Geoff Ensign, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Mitchel Moles, Jadon Rogers Brady Short & Matt Westfall
2-Kevin Thomas Jr.
1-Carson Garrett & Jadon Rogers
4-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Carson Garrett, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Mitchel Moles, Daison Pursley, Jadon Rogers, Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Matt Westfall
2-Joey Amantea, Tom Harris & Thomas Meseraull
1-Brent Beauchamp, Dustin Beck, Donny Brackett, Harley Burns, Sterling Cling, Tim Creech, Geoff Ensign, Aric Gentry, Kurt Gross, J.J. Hughes, Steve Irwin, Jordan Kinser, Hunter Maddox, Jason McDougal, Kendall Ruble, Sam Scott, Cameron Smith, Dalton Stevens & Eddie Tafoya Jr.
2023 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFIERS
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Jason McDougal
Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Chase Stockon
Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.
Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant
HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Robert Ballou (22nd to 10th)
Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (16th to 9th)
Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Jordan Kinser (20th to 12th)
Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Carson Garrett (16th to 7th)
DIRT DRAFT FASTEST HOT LAPS DRIVER
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Kyle Cummins
Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Chase Stockon
Apr 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Mitchel Moles
Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Jake Swanson
Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Jadon Rogers
ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS
ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS
1. [62 wins] Dave Darland
2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow
3. [47 wins] Brady Bacon & Tracy Hines
5. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt
6. [45 wins] Larry Dickson
7. [42 wins] Pancho Carter
8. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson
9. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen
10. [39 wins] Kevin Thomas Jr.
11. [37 wins] Robert Ballou & Sheldon Kinser
13. [35 wins] Justin Grant, Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler
16. [32 wins] Rollie Beale
17. [31 wins] Tyler Courtney
18. [30 wins] Chris Windom
19. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley
23. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele
25. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Parnelli Jones
28. [23 wins] Roger McCluskey
29. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sammy Sessions
32. [21 wins] Greg Weld
33. [20 wins] C.J. Leary
34. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding
37. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Jud Larson
39. [15 wins] Kyle Cummins, Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler
43. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup
47. [13 wins] Steve Chassey
48. [12 wins] Eric Gordon
49. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler
53. [10 wins] Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson
57. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Pat O’Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley
61. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford, Joe Saldana & Logan Seavey
66. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise
76. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Shane Cottle, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias
85. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh, Tanner Thorson & Cole Whitt
102. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Van Johnson, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Ralph Liguori, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith
115. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang
137. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Ed Elisian, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, Jason McDougal, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Jim McWithey, Danny Milburn, Mitchel Moles, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Jake Swanson, Brad Sweet, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams
173. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Ryan Bernal, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Pat Flaherty, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Charlie Musselman, Bobby Olivero, Jim Packard, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth
ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (1956-PRESENT)
1. (65) Tom Bigelow
2. (62) Dave Darland
3. (60) Tracy Hines
4. (44) Brady Bacon
5. (41) C.J. Leary
6. (39) Levi Jones
7. (37) Larry Dickson
8. (36) Bryan Clauson & Kevin Thomas Jr.
10. (35) Rich Vogler
11. (32) Chase Stockon
12. (31) Justin Grant & Sheldon Kinser
14. (30) Pancho Carter
15. (29) Don Branson
16. (27) Dave Steele
17. (26) Jay Drake
18. (24) Gary Bettenhausen & J.J. Yeley
20. (23) Jon Stanbrough
21. (22) Steve Butler
22. (21) A.J. Foyt
23. (20) Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey
26. (19) Greg Weld
27. (18) Parnelli Jones
28. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta
31. (15) Kenny Irwin Jr., Sammy Sessions & Brian Tyler
34. (14) Billy Cassella, Tyler Courtney & Damion Gardner
37. (13) Bobby East & Bruce Walkup
39. (12) Steve Chassey, Elmer George, Rick Hood, Jud Larson, Bill Puterbaugh, Joe Saldana & Chris Windom
46. (11) Jim McWithey & George Snider
48. (10) Sonny Ates, Kyle Cummins & Jim Hurtubise
51. (9) Robert Ballou, Eddie Leavitt, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise
56. (8) Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser, Mitchel Moles, Pat O’Connor & Hunter Schuerenberg
61. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Johnny Parsons, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Jake Swanson, Johnny Thomson, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser
79. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath, Ken Schrader & Logan Seavey
89. (5) Chad Boespflug, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Tommy Hinnershitz, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley & Kevin Thomas
100. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Timmy Buckwalter, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Van Johnson, Ralph Liguori, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith, Brad Sweet & Bob Wente
120. (3) Tommy Astone, Emerson Axsom, Brent Beauchamp, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Andy Linden, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & John Wolfe
154. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Chad Boat, Keith Bloom Jr., Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Bobby Grim, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Jason McDougal, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Charlie Musselman, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Bob Veith, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson
197. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Joe Barzda, Ryan Bernal, Nick Bilbee, Lee Brewer Jr., Bill Brown, Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Bob Cleberg, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Briggs Danner, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Steven Drevicki, Rex Easton, Al “Cotton” Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Brayden Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens Jr., Joey Kerr, Russ Klar, Buddy Kofoid, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Nick McCormick, Wes McIntyre, Bob McLean, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Rex Records, Jerry Richert Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Hank Rogers, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Bob Sweikert, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Ryan Thomas, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Buster Warke, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Chuck Weyant, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller
ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:
1956: Pat O’Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sammy Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon, 2021: Brady Bacon, 2022: Justin Grant
ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:
1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance-Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker-Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker-Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwin Brothers Racing, 2018: Clauson Marshall Newman Racing, 2019: Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, 2020: Dynamics, Inc., 2021: Dynamics, Inc., 2022: TOPP Motorsports
ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
1971: Darl Harrison, 1972: Billy Cassella, 1973: Rich Leavell, 1974: Lee Osborne, 1975: Marvin Carman, 1976: Roger Rager, 1977: Eddie Leavitt, 1978: Tim Richmond, 1979: Jerry Carman, 1980: Frank Riddle, 1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan, 1982: Danny Milburn, 1983: Dean Shirley, 1984: Jerry Russell, 1985: Terry Shepherd, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Rick Ungar, 1988: Dean Jacobs, 1989: Eric Gordon, 1990: Rick Howerton, 1991: Tony Stewart, 1992: Gary Cameron II, 1993: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1994: Bobby Smith, 1995: Mark Cassella, 1996: Gus Wasson, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tracy Hines, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Bud Kaeding, 2001: Ed Carpenter, 2002: Boston Reid, 2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely, 2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Scotty Weir, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Henry Clarke, 2010: Justin Grant, 2011: Coleman Gulick, 2012: C.J. Leary, 2013: Tyler Courtney, 2014: Jarett Andretti, 2015: Aaron Farney, 2016: Isaac Chapple, 2017: Stevie Sussex, 2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey, 2019: Dustin Clark, 2020: Jadon Rogers, 2021: Tanner Thorson, 2022: Emerson Axsom