SPEEDWAY, IN – USAC’s Indiana Sprint Week 2021 is officially in the books. As we officially let the ink dry on the paper and close the books on its 34th annual edition, we look back another memorable year for one of the most anticipated and embraced events each year.
We felt the heat. We sheltered from the rain. We witnessed Justin Grant bookend with victories to start and end the week. We experienced Logan Seavey lay down the first three-race win streak for the series in eight years. We saw tempers flare between C.J. Leary and Tanner Thorson, who became a first-time Indiana Sprint Week winner. We marveled at the Brady Bacon and the Dynamics, Inc. team’s comeback to win after engine trouble the night before.
And, in the end, we crowned a new multi-time champion in Kevin Thomas Jr. aboard his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy who earned the $10,000 reward as the titlist.
And through it all, we were reassured how special of an event this truly is with seven eight nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing at seven tracks during a nine-night span with massive amounts of diehard race fans, campers and a large throng of drivers putting it on the line for your entertainment and for their shot at glory.
Eighty-five different drivers competed during Indiana Sprint Week. That was the most since 2005! Plus, the 54 drivers that signed in at Kokomo Speedway were the most for an Indiana Sprint Week event since 2008 at Kamp Motor Speedway in Boswell, Ind.
Ten drivers made feature starts in all seven events: Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson and Chris Windom. Nine started all seven without the aid of a provisional, which Chris Windom utilized after having to go to a backup car at Lawrenceburg.
Seavey’s three-straight Indiana Sprint Week victories were the most since Kevin Thomas Jr. won three consecutively in 2013. Jay Drake also captured three-straight Indiana Sprint Week wins in 2000 as did Cory Kruseman during the 2002 series. The longest winning streak in Indiana Sprint Week history belongs to Jon Stanbrough with four-in-a-row between 2006-07.
Grant’s wins in the opener at Kokomo Speedway and in the finale at Tri-State Speedway marked just the sixth time a driver has won both the first and last Indiana Sprint Week race in a single year, and the first such occasion in 17 years. Danny Smith was the first to accomplish the feat in 1989, followed by Kelly Kinser in 1994, Dave Darland in 1998, Cory Kruseman in 2002 and J.J. Yeley in 2004.
At 18 laps, the race at Kokomo was the shortest Indiana Sprint Week feature in the history of the series and the first rain-shortened, completed event in ISW’s 34-year run.
Four drivers led the Indiana Sprint Week standings at one point in time. Brayden Fox headed the standings after the rain-abbreviated Gas City race. Bacon led the longest for four races following Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Gas City (Part 2) and Terre Haute.
Seavey took over the reins of the standings after the rounds at Lincoln Park and Bloomington and led the standings entering the feature on the final night at Tri-State by nine over Bacon and by 10 over Thomas Jr.
With Seavey finishing 14th, Bacon 8th and Thomas Jr. 2nd, Thomas Jr. leap frogged both to earn his second career Indiana Sprint Week champion and becoming the 10th multi-time champion of the event. The unrelated Kevin Thomas won four in 1992-93-95-96 as did Levi Jones in 2004-08-09-12. Dave Darland won three in 1998-2001-2007. Two-time ISW champs include Chuck Amati (1989-90), J.J. Yeley (1997 & 2003), Cory Kruseman (2002 & 2005), Jon Stanbrough (2006 & 2010), Chris Windom (2011 & 2018), Bryan Clauson (2013 & 2014) and now Kevin Thomas Jr. (2017 & 2021).
With a whopping 52 positions advanced throughout 2021 NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week by AMSOIL, Stevie Sussex earned himself the moniker of ProSource Passing Master for the seven-race series. Sussex also sported one of the most popular liveries throughout Indiana Sprint Week, paying homage to The Mystery Machine featured of Scooby Doo fame.
Please enjoy this presentation of race recaps, complete statistics, tidbits, historical notes and more as we look back on NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week by AMSOIL 2021.
FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2021: GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY – GAS CITY, INDIANA – 1/4-MILE DIRT OVAL
The anticipation and the electric atmosphere of the long-awaited Indiana Sprint Week opener was dampened after heavy showers doused Gas City I-69 Speedway following Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying.
The Qualifying session was completed before the rain arrived with Brayden Fox (Avon, Ind.) earning quick time honors for the first time in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career with a time of 11.916 seconds, besting the field of 50 cars and drivers in time trials.
Because the qualifying session was completed prior to the rain, the points earned counted toward both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Indiana Sprint Week standings with all drivers and entrants earning qualifying points, plus 10 appearance points.
Because of that, Fox actually held the Indiana Sprint Week point lead following the abbreviated Gas City opener with 16 points.
The event was rescheduled for Monday night, July 26, with a completely new program, beginning with hot laps, qualifying and followed by racing.
FAST QUALIFIER: Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-11.916
SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2021: KOKOMO SPEEDWAY – KOKOMO, INDIANA – 1/4-MILE DIRT OVAL
Justin Grant had never experienced a victory quite like he did Saturday night at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.
Just two nights after scoring a 100-lap, long distance USAC Silver Crown race, the Ione, California native reigned triumphant in one of the shortest feature events in the 66-year history of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing.
Under threatening skies that hovered over the top of Kokomo’s quarter-mile dirt oval, Grant raced to the lead on the ninth lap past Kevin Thomas Jr., then remained at the head of the field when the skies let loose, halting the race with 18 of 30 laps complete.
A feature event is considered complete when more than half of the scheduled laps are completed. When it became apparent that the rain was going to make the resumption of the event an impossibility, Grant was declared the winner in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.
With the falling precipitation causing the mass exodus from both the capacity-filled grandstands and pit area, the traditional victory lane celebration and the resulting jubilation was a little more muted than usual.
Instead, the hoopla was traded in for a quick exit from the pit area followed by a post-race meal at a nearby Rally’s. Grant has no qualms with that. A win is a win no matter how you slice it, and Grant certainly earned this one before the proverbial buzzer sounded.
“I’ll take them anyway I can get them,” Grant declared. “This one paid more per lap than anyone I’ve ever won!”
The 18-lap, rain-shortened feature has much historical significance within the USAC record books with it being the first-ever rain-shortened Indiana Sprint Week main event in the series’ 34-year history.
Saturday’s truncated race placed it tied for the third-shortest completed feature race in USAC Sprint Car history. Doug Wolfgang won both ends of twin 15-lappers at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. during the 1991 season. Jim McWithey won an 18-lap USAC Midwest Sprint Car race, rain-shortened from 30 circuits, at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1959.
The last completed, rain-shortened USAC National Sprint Car feature of any kind prior to Saturday came at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2006, a race won by Darren Hagen with 35 of 40 laps in the books when it was called.
FAST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.594
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Kyle Cummins, Kevin Thomas Jr., Robert Ballou & Tanner Thorson
D-MAIN WINNER: Jack James
C-MAIN WINNER: Stevie Sussex
SEMI WINNER: Logan Seavey
FEATURE RESULTS: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Brady Bacon (6), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Tanner Thorson (9), 6. Kyle Cummins (7), 7. Chris Windom (4), 8. Jadon Rogers (5), 9. Robert Ballou (8), 10. Logan Seavey (10), 11. Shane Cottle (18), 12. Brent Beauchamp (11), 13. Jake Swanson (12), 14. Chase Johnson (13), 15. Cannon McIntosh (17), 16. Braydon Cromwell (14), 17. Cole Bodine (23-P), 18. Thomas Meseraull (15), 19. Stevie Sussex (22), 20. Max Guilford (20), 21. Brady Short (21), 22. Jason McDougal (19), 23. Brandon Mattox (16). NT
(P) represents a provisional starter
SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021: LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY – LAWRENCEBURG, INDIANA – 3/8-MILE DIRT OVAL
USAC’s most recent event at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway came to be known as “Logan Seavey Night” during early June of this year when he swept both the USAC Indiana Midget Week feature and the accompanying local sprint car A-Main on the very same night.
As it just so happened, that marvelous showing in the Spring was just a prelude to an unforgettable midsummer encore performance.
Seavey delivered a Sunday night spectacular in round two of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week by AMSOIL feature at the southeastern Indiana 3/8-mile dirt oval that he’d been the dominant force at just seven weeks prior.
Seven weeks later, Seavey was the winner once again on the high banks of “The Burg” in his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Chevy to become just the third driver to earn victories in both an Indiana Midget Week and Indiana Sprint Week feature at the same track in the same season.
Jerry Coons Jr. won both an IMW and ISW feature at Kamp Motor Speedway in 2007 while Bryan Clauson equaled the feat at Bloomington Speedway in 2013.
Seavey’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car score on this night was the third of his career and was also the second triumph added to his Indiana Sprint Week resume, coming exactly a year and a day following his first one in the 2020 opener at Gas City.
Meanwhile, Seavey, who joined the Baldwin-Fox team in early May, provided the distinctive orange No. 5 its first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win since an Eastern Storm victory at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway more than three years ago in 2018 with driver Chris Windom.
“It feels so good,” Seavey exclaimed. “I feel like every time I’ve been here, I’ve been good. This year, everything’s coming together.”
FAST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.707
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Chase Johnson, C.J. Leary, Robert Ballou & Cole Bodine
C-MAIN WINNER: Eddie Tafoya Jr.
SEMI WINNER: Nick Bilbee
FEATURE RESULTS: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Jake Swanson (2), 3. Tanner Thorson (1), 4. Brady Bacon (6), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 6. C.J. Leary (10), 7. Robert Ballou (8), 8. Justin Grant (19), 9. Kyle Cummins (13), 10. Shane Cottle (16), 11. Cole Bodine (9), 12. Chase Johnson (7), 13. Scotty Weir (3), 14. Nick Bilbee (21), 15. Chris Windom (22-P), 16. Stevie Sussex (11), 17. Chase Stockon (20), 18. Jadon Rogers (17), 19. Jason McDougal (14), 20. Cannon McIntosh (18), 21. Tye Mihocko (15), 22. Paul Nienhiser (23-P), 23. Thomas Meseraull (24), 24. Tyler Kendall (12).
(P) represents a provisional starter
MONDAY, JULY 26, 2021: GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY – GAS CITY, INDIANA – 1/4-MILE DIRT OVAL
On a rare Monday night appearance for USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing, Logan Seavey grabbing the headlines has become the most common of occurrences.
The Sutter, California racer went back-to-back on multiple levels during Monday’s NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week by AMSOIL event at Gas City I-69 Speedway, which had been postponed by rain from the previous Friday night.
Seavey not only repeated his Gas City ISW feature win from a year ago, but also captured his second victory in the series within a 24-hour span after topping the field at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Sunday night in his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Chevy.
Seavey raced from the fourth starting position to the lead on the second lap of Monday’s 30-lap main event after rocketing past race leader Jake Swanson. Seavey persevered on a “giddy-up” quarter-mile surface which had been hammered by a substantial amount of rainfall over the weekend, leading the final 29 laps and requiring a set of proverbial spurs to get the job done.
“What a different Gas City then I had ever seen,” Seavey exclaimed. “I’ve only been here a handful of times and I honestly had no idea where I needed to be on the racetrack. I didn’t know if anybody was close; it felt like there was someone on me the whole time. I felt like I couldn’t put together two laps the same. I think that’s just how the racetrack was. It was a ‘cowboy up’ place.”
Monday’s Gas City race was the fourth of its kind in the 34-year history of Indiana Sprint Week. Just three previous Monday ISW installments had been held coming into the night with J.J. Yeley winning at Twin Cities Raceway Park in 2002; Dave Darland at Kokomo Speedway in 2012; and C.J. Leary at Gas City in 2017.
FAST QUALIFIER: Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.809
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Jason McDougal, Robert Ballou, Jake Swanson & Brady Bacon
C-MAIN WINNERS: Brent Beauchamp
SEMI WINNER: Tanner Thorson
FEATURE RESULTS: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Brady Bacon (8), 3. Kyle Cummins (12), 4. Jake Swanson (2), 5. Jason McDougal (1), 6. Tanner Thorson (9), 7. Chris Windom (5), 8. Justin Grant (14), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 10. Tye Mihocko (3), 11. Robert Ballou (7), 12. Jadon Rogers (13), 13. Chase Stockon (21), 14. Stevie Sussex (19), 15. C.J. Leary (15), 16. Cannon McIntosh (22), 17. Chase Johnson (17), 18. Brandon Mattox (20), 19. Chase Jones (6), 20. Cole Bodine (18), 21. Zack Pretorius (11), 22. Thomas Meseraull (16). NT
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021: TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK – TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA – 1/2-MILE DIRT OVAL
Logan Seavey entered the start of this past week with just two career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature wins in a span of 50 starts.
In a span of three series starts, the Sutter, California native has surpassed his entire win output throughout his first three seasons by scoring his third consecutive victory on Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track, round four of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week by AMSOIL.
Seavey’s trifecta of victories began Sunday at Lawrenceburg Speedway, continued Monday at Gas City I-69 Speedway and now has reached official “streak” status with his third win in his last three tries, leading all 30 laps at Terre Haute aboard the Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Chevy.
The third win of Seavey’s personal hat trick was special in a myriad of manners, but most of all, it came at Terre Haute, a place in which so few have tamed throughout its 60-plus year history. A win at this place is something special, something memorable, something remarkable. Seavey was all of those things and more on Wednesday night at the Don Smith Classic.
“To win at Terre Haute is unlike anything I’ve ever done in my career; this is awesome,” Seavey exclaimed. “To beat (Justin) Grant too just makes it that much sweeter. He’s one of the best here and I had to run 110 percent every lap to keep him behind us.”
Seavey’s three-straight Indiana Sprint Week victories put him in rarified air and are the most since Kevin Thomas Jr. won three consecutively in 2013. Jay Drake also captured three-straight Indiana Sprint Week wins in 2000 as did Cory Kruseman during the 2002 series.
The longest winning streak in Indiana Sprint Week history belongs to Jon Stanbrough with four-in-a-row between 2006-07.
FAST QUALIFIER: Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-20.039
HEAT RACE WINNER: Tanner Thorson, Chris Windom, Tye Mihocko & Logan Seavey
SEMI WINNER: Jake Swanson
FEATURE RESULTS: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Justin Grant (4), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. Brady Bacon (12), 5. Jason McDougal (15), 6. Chase Stockon (3), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 8. Tanner Thorson (8), 9. Shane Cottle (13), 10. C.J. Leary (5), 11. Kyle Cummins (21), 12. Jake Swanson (10), 13. Nick Bilbee (2), 14. Shane Cockrum (16), 15. Tye Mihocko (9), 16. Brandon Mattox (20), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 18. Matt Westfall (19), 19. Mario Clouser (11), 20. Max Guilford (22), 21. Robert Ballou (14), 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (17). NT
THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2021: LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY – PUTNAMVILLE, INDIANA – 5/16-MILE DIRT OVAL
High heat, high emotion and high intensity were the main ingredients of a dramatic ending between drivers Tanner Thorson and C.J. Leary during Thursday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week By AMSOIL feature event at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.
A last lap caution set up a green-white-checkered finish that Tanner Thorson utilized for one last shot. On the lap 30 restart, Thorson slid from the bottom of turn one up toward the top of turn two while Leary occupied the high side, nestled snugly against the cushion.
While the two were dead even, wheel-to-wheel near the top of turn two, Leary’s car biked on the curb, getting both left side wheels airborne before landing on all fours and skidding at the exit atop the second turn. No contact was made between the two cars as Thorson raced by underneath to take over the lead while Windom followed suit to second, although Leary briefly returned to the runner-up spot on the 31st and final lap before Windom retook the spot off turn two.
Thorson, who had earlier posted his second Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifying time of Indiana Sprint Week, led just the final two laps in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – CSI – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy, crossing under the double checkers 0.707 seconds ahead of Windom, Leary, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Logan Seavey.
Seavey possessed a three-race Indiana Sprint Week winning streak coming into Lincoln Park as he attempted to equal Jon Stanbrough’s record of four consecutive ISW victories over the course of 2006 and 2007.
But on this night, it was Thorson’s turn in just about the most dramatic of ways imaginable as Leary unbelted, hopped out of his car and made a beeline to “greet” Thorson in victory lane while Leary’s racecar continued to roll across the infield driverless until petering out halfway across the 5/16-mile dirt oval.
As Thorson came to a stop to celebrate, Leary put his foot down, quite literally, on the nose of Thorson’s car. Immediately, Thorson rose from his seat and the two exchanged blunt words, muffled only by the protection of their head sock and helmet, while also gesturing their displeasure quite animatedly.
FAST QUALIFIER: Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.553
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Kyle Cummins, Brady Bacon, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Brandon Mattox
C-MAIN WINNER: Braydon Cromwell
SEMI WINNER: Chris Windom
FEATURE RESULTS: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (6), 2. Chris Windom (11), 3. C.J. Leary (3), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 5. Logan Seavey (4), 6. Jason McDougal (2), 7. Jake Swanson (10), 8. Justin Grant (12), 9. Stevie Sussex (22), 10. Jadon Rogers (13), 11. Cole Bodine (1), 12. Chase Stockon (15), 13. Kyle Cummins (8), 14. Brent Beauchamp (17), 15. Robert Ballou (14), 16. Brandon Spencer (21), 17. Matt Westfall (19), 18. Brandon Mattox (9), 19. Carson Short (16), 20. Chris Gansen (20), 21. Shane Cottle (18), 22. Brady Bacon (7). NT
FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021: BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY – BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 1/4-MILE DIRT OVAL
Twenty-four hours earlier, Brady Bacon and the Dynamics, Inc. crew experienced the lowest of lows when a magneto issue knocked the team out of the feature at Lincoln Park Speedway before the green flag had even been waved.
Twenty-four hours later, the team was standing in victory lane, celebrating its first series victory in more than three months on Friday night following the Sheldon Kinser Memorial, the sixth and penultimate round of the 34th annual USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week by AMSOIL at Bloomington Speedway.
Once again, resiliency from the Bacon/Hoffman/Dynamics camp was on full display, as for the second year in a row, the team endured a similar magneto fate at Lincoln Park one night, then bounced back the following evening with a feature victory for the Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy.
“It’s just a testament to the whole Hoffman team,” Bacon praised. “When something goes wrong, we put our noses down and keep working. We know we’re doing the right thing, it’s just that sometimes things get out of your control. You just can’t get down about it. You just plug away and keep trying.”
Bacon’s 38th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory was a special one indeed. The triumph broke a tie the Broken Arrow, Okla. native held with the race’s namesake, Sheldon Kinser, for ninth all-time.
FAST QUALIFIER: Brent Beauchamp, 29, LB-11.273
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Chase Stockon, Thomas Meseraull, Robert Ballou & Jake Swanson
SEMI WINNER: Logan Seavey
FEATURE RESULTS: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (5), 2. Kyle Cummins (4), 3. C.J. Leary (1), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 5. Robert Ballou (7), 6. Shane Cottle (15), 7. Logan Seavey (12), 8. Jake Swanson (10), 9. Jadon Rogers (13), 10. A.J. Hopkins (21), 11. Chase Stockon (8), 12. Chris Windom (2), 13. Justin Grant (22), 14. Tye Mihocko (14), 15. Tanner Thorson (6), 16. Braydon Cromwell (19), 17. Brent Beauchamp (11), 18. Stevie Sussex (16), 19. Cole Bodine (17), 20. Brady Short (18), 21. Chase Johnson (20), 22. Thomas Meseraull (9). NT
SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2021: TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY – HAUBSTADT, INDIANA – 1/4-MILE DIRT OVAL
It’s a rare instance when both the first and second-place finishers of a race can celebrate in unison for their own, separate personal accomplishments.
For Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas Jr., that was the scene on Saturday night following the finale for USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week By AMSOIL at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
Both veteran racers cut their own slice of triumph, one as a race winner at a track that has been a longtime nemesis, and another who reached the zenith of his racing summer.
Grant bookended the beginning and end of the seven-race ISW slate with a feature win at Kokomo to start and a Tri-State feature win to conclude the 34th annual edition of the series while Thomas capped the points race with a crown as the ISW champion for the second time in his career, and for the first time since 2017.
“We had some issues through the middle of sprint week,” Grant acknowledged after leading the final 29 laps of the 30-lap race aboard his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. “We started it with a win and ended it with a win. It was good, and we won a race at Haubstadt. I can’t believe it!”
Only five other drivers had won both the first and the last feature race during a single Indiana Sprint Week, and the first to do it in 17 years. Danny Smith was the first to accomplish the feat in 1989, followed by Kelly Kinser in 1994, Dave Darland in 1998, Cory Kruseman in 2002 and J.J. Yeley in 2004.
FAST QUALIFIER: Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-13.590
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Kyle Cummins, Jason McDougal, Tanner Thorson & Brady Short
SEMI WINNER: Jadon Rogers
FEATURE RESULTS: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 3. Chase Stockon (5), 4. Kyle Cummins (9), 5. Tanner Thorson (7), 6. C.J. Leary (3), 7. Jadon Rogers (10), 8. Brady Bacon (22), 9. Brady Short (8), 10. Kendall Ruble (6), 11. Robert Ballou (18), 12. Jake Swanson (17), 13. Jason McDougal (1), 14. Logan Seavey (13), 15. Chris Windom (12), 16. Chris Gansen (21), 17. Cole Bodine (19), 18. Stephen Schnapf (11), 19. Kent Schmidt (15), 20. Aric Gentry (14), 21. Shane Cottle (16), 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (20). NT
Thomas’ second place finish in the finale at Tri-State Speedway was more than good enough to clinch the title by 17 points over Bacon, with Seavey, Thorson and Grant rounding out the top-five. Thomas’ $10,000 prize for winning the Indiana Sprint Week championship was accompanied by the traditional rocker going to the ISW championship team, which is a hand-built creation constructed out of cherry wood, series #036, by John Youngs and is serial #036.
As it panned out, Thomas was the lone driver who finished inside the top-five of the final 2021 ISW point standings not to win a race during the series. Once again, for the fourth consecutive year, the Indiana Sprint Week champion driver went winless throughout their run following Chris Windom (2018), C.J. Leary (2019) and Chase Stockon (2020).
Funny enough, Thomas remains the only ISW champion to also win a feature during the same week since doing so in 2017. It’s a monumental task to put up seven straight nights of successful runs without a major mechanical failure, accident or any other occurrence that can take the whole operation off the rails, especially with the competition level being what it is. Thomas and team were sublime in getting the job done in the KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy.
“You’ve just got to be consistent with these guys,” Thomas explained. “They’re just so balls out every time they get around you. They’re all wanting to win the race. (My crew) stayed consistent and kept their composure. We all know that I don’t do that very well, so I’m glad I have those guys behind my back as well as my wife to talk me back down from certain circumstances on the way home.
“You have bad nights and people that are really fast have bad nights,” Thomas continued. “Brady had an engine issue that set him back for the night. You’ve just got to be at the right place at the right time and we had a good solid week. That was good enough to win and I’m so proud of everybody, our team, our sponsors, it’s just so much fun. I love doing this, and to win another Sprint Week is really special.”
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK STAT LEADERS
Driver Champion: Kevin Thomas Jr.
Most Wins: 3-Logan Seavey
Most Laps Led: 66-Logan Seavey
Most Top-Fives: 5-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.
Most Top-Tens: 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.
Most Fast Qualifying Times: 2-Brady Bacon & Tanner Thorson
Most Heat Race Wins: 4-Robert Ballou
Most Feature Starts: 7-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom
Biggest Charge of the Week: 7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINT STANDINGS
POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN
1 486 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.
2 469 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.
3 464 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.
4 461 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.
5 452 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.
6 438 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.
7 424 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.
8 408 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.
9 371 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.
10 353 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.
11 321 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.
12 310 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.
13 302 Jadon Rogers, Worthington, Ind.
14 272 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.
15 209 Stevie Sussex, Mesa, Ariz.
16 204 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.
17 189 Tye Mihocko, Phoenix, Ariz.
18 184 Chase Johnson, Penngrove, Calif.
19 154 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.
20 147 Brandon Mattox, Terre Haute, Ind.
21 132 Brent Beauchamp, Fairland, Ind.
22 124 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.
23 120 Chris Gansen, Verdemont Heights, Calif.
24 118 Brady Short, Bedford, Ind.
25 117 Eddie Tafoya Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.
26 110 Braydon Cromwell, Lone Jack, Mo.
27 105 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.
28 99 Max Guilford, Auckland, N.Z.
29 82 Nick Bilbee, Indianapolis, Ind.
30 75 Chase Jones, Greenwood, Ind.
31 72 Scotty Weir, Marion, Ind.
32 70 Alex Banales, Lafayette, Ind.
33 69 A.J. Hopkins, Brownsburg, Ind.
34 63 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio
35 61 Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill.
36 60 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.
37 50 Anthony D’Alessio, Apollo Beach, Fla.
50 Kyle Edwards, Fountain Valley, Calif.
39 49 Kendall Ruble, Vincennes, Ind.
40 46 Brayden Fox, Avon, Ind.
41 45 Carson Short, Marion, Ill.
42 45 Zack Pretorius, Yorktown, Ind.
43 41 Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill.
44 40 Dustin Clark, Washington, Ind.
40 Evan Mosley, Lapel, Ind.
40 Gabriel Gilbert, Greenwood, Ind.
40 Harley Burns, Brazil, Ind.
40 Ryan Barr, Piqua, Ohio
40 Ryan Bond, Haubstadt, Ind.
50 37 Tyler Kendall, Connersville, Ind.
51 32 Stephen Schnapf, Newburgh, Ind.
52 31 Brandon Spencer, Nashville, Ind.
53 30 Jack James, Harlan, Ind.
30 Jordan Kinser, Bloomington, Ind.
30 Korbyn Hayslett, Troy, Ohio
30 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.
30 Matt McDonald, Pittsboro, Ind.
58 27 Kent Schmidt, Owensville, Ind.
59 26 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.
60 26 Aric Gentry, Robards, Ky.
61 20 Alec Sipes, Bloomington, Ind.
20 Brayden Clark, Tipton, Ind.
20 Critter Malone, Pittsboro, Ind.
20 Dan Clodfelter, Rockville, Ind.
20 Dickie Gaines, Mitchell, Ind.
20 Garrett Aitken, Paris, Ill.
20 Ricky Lewis, Ventura, Calif.
20 Tayte Williamson, Rushsylvania, Ohio
20 Tyler Hewitt, Marion, Ind.
70 10 Chet Williams, Newburgh, Ind.
10 Clinton Boyles, Greenwood, Mo.
10 Colten Cottle, Kansas, Ill.
10 Cooper Welch, Sheridan, Ind.
10 David Hair, Indianapolis, Ind.
10 Dylan Moan, Sumner, Ill.
10 J.J. Hughes, Columbus, Ind.
10 Jake Scott, Morgantown, Ind.
10 Jessica Swanson, Westlake Village, Calif.
10 Joss Moffatt, Columbus, Ind.
10 Mitchell Davis, Auburn, Ill.
10 Riley Kreisel, Warsaw, Mo.
10 Saban Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio
10 Sam Scott, Patoka, Ind.
10 Shey Owens, Indianapolis, Ind.
10 Stan Beadles, Owensville, Ind.
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE & RESULTS
July 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN
WINNER: Rained Out After Qualifying (Rescheduled for July 26)
July 24: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)
July 25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)
July 26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)
July 28: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)
July 29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)
July 30: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)
July 31: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK STATISTICS
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FEATURE WINS
3-Logan Seavey (July 25 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, July 26 at Gas City I-69 Speedway & July 28 at the Terre Haute Action Track)
2-Justin Grant (July 24 at Kokomo Speedway & July 31 at Tri-State Speedway)
1-Brady Bacon (July 30 at Bloomington Speedway)
1-Tanner Thorson (July 29 at Lincoln Park Speedway)
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FEATURE LAPS LED
9-Kevin Thomas Jr.
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES
5-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.
4-Logan Seavey & Tanner Thorson
3-Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant & C.J. Leary
2-Jason McDougal, Jake Swanson & Chris Windom
1-Robert Ballou & Chase Stockon
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES
7-Kevin Thomas Jr.
6-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey & Tanner Thorson
4-Jadon Rogers, Jake Swanson & Chris Windom
3-Robert Ballou, Shane Cottle & Jason McDougal
1-A.J. Hopkins, Tye Mihocko, Kendall Ruble, Brady Short & Stevie Sussex
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear)
7/23: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Brayden Fox
7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Brady Bacon
7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon
7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Tanner Thorson
7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Kevin Thomas Jr.
7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Tanner Thorson
7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Brent Beauchamp
7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Jadon Rogers
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)
3-Kyle Cummins & Tanner Thorson
2-Brady Bacon, Jason McDougal, Jake Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.
1-Cole Bodine, Chase Johnson, C.J. Leary, Brandon Mattox, Thomas Meseraull, Tye Mihocko, Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SEMI WINS
1-Nick Bilbee, Jadon Rogers, Jake Swanson, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK C-MAIN WINS
1-Brent Beauchamp, Braydon Cromwell, Stevie Sussex & Eddie Tafoya Jr.
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK D-MAIN WINS
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FEATURE STARTS
7-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom
6-Cole Bodine, Shane Cottle, Jason McDougal, Jadon Rogers & Chase Stockon
4-Chase Johnson, Brandon Mattox, Thomas Meseraull & Tye Mihocko
3-Brent Beauchamp, Cannon McIntosh & Brady Short
2-Nick Bilbee, Braydon Cromwell, Chris Gansen, Max Guilford, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Matt Westfall
1-Mario Clouser, Shane Cockrum, Charles Davis Jr., Aric Gentry, A.J. Hopkins, Chase Jones, Tyler Kendall, Paul Nienhiser, Zack Pretorius, Kendall Ruble, Kent Schmidt, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Brandon Spencer & Scotty Weir
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT
7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Cannon McIntosh
7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Nick Bilbee
7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Zack Pretorius
7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Brandon Mattox
7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cole Bodine & Jason McDougal
7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Braydon Cromwell
7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Chase Stockon
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE
7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (18th to 11th)
7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)
7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kyle Cummins (12th to 3rd)
7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Jason McDougal (15th to 5th)
7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Stevie Sussex (22nd to 9th)
7/30: Bloomington Speedway – A.J. Hopkins (21st to 10th)
7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PROSOURCE “HARD WORK” OF THE RACE
7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Stevie Sussex
7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Nick Bilbee
7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cannon McIntosh
7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Max Guilford
7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Stevie Sussex
7/30: Bloomington Speedway – A.J. Hopkins
7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER
7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Jake Swanson
7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Scotty Weir
7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Stockon
7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Nick Bilbee
7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kyle Cummins
7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Justin Grant
7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Jason McDougal
2021 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS
7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Tye Mihocko
7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Jordan Kinser
7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Scotty Weir
7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Chase Johnson
7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Johnson
7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Sterling Cling
7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone
ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK STATS: (1988-2021)
ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK WINS:
6-Jay Drake, Danny Smith & Kevin Thomas Jr.
5-Kevin Briscoe, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Tony Elliott, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Brady Short & Kevin Thomas
4-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones, Kelly Kinser & Logan Seavey
3-Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines, & Hunter Schuerenberg
2-Chuck Amati, Kevin Doty, Tim Gee, Rick Hood, Bud Kaeding, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom
1-A.J. Anderson, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Chad Boat, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Cary Faas, Aaron Farney, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Tray House, Bob Kinser, Mike Mann, Brad Marvel, Mat Neely, Terry Pletch, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Carson Short, Mickey Smith, Brad Sweet, Tanner Thorson, Brian Tyler & Cole Whitt
ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS:
1988: Randy Kinser, 1989: Chuck Amati, 1990: Chuck Amati & Gary Trammell, 1991: Bob Kinser, 1992: Kevin Thomas, 1993: Kevin Thomas, 1994: Kelly Kinser, 1995: Kevin Thomas, 1996: Kevin Thomas,