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Flyin’ Ryan! Timms’ Time Finally Comes with Victory at Jefferson County

Rich Forman

Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) celebrates his $10,000 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship victory following Saturday night's Mid-America Midget Week finale at Fairbury, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 13, 2024)………Ryan Timms had found himself teetering on the brink of a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory at Jefferson County Speedway just about every time he’s suited up for competition at the Fairbury, Nebraska 1/5-mile dirt oval in his career.


 

In his five most recent Jefferson County appearances entering Saturday night’s USAC Mid-America Midget Week finale, Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), had led a total of 45 laps and ran off a succession of starts that resulted in finishes of 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, and that doesn’t even include one race where he was leading on the final lap when a late yellow and an incident in turn two coming to the checkered flag erased his victory opportunity.


 

“A couple years ago, we were coming to the checkered and then a yellow came out,” Timms simultaneously recalled and foreshadowed. “I ended up losing, but then I told (team owner/CEO) Pete (Willoughby) that I was going to win him a $10 grand race here one of these days.”


 

The third-starting Timms stayed true to his promise by pouncing to the lead 15 circuits into the 40-lap main event as he seized an opportunity in lapped traffic to surpass his teammate Jade Avedisian, then was never headed throughout the remaining 26 trips en route to a $10,000 payday in the Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship Presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation.


 

Timms’ second USAC National Midget victory of the year in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio – IWX – Mobil 1/LynK/Speedway Toyota was also the seventh of his career, moving him into 98th place all-time alongside Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Cannon McIntosh, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Daison Pursley, Les Scott, Len Sutton and Johnnie Tolan.


 

Gavin Miller, who won the accompanying micro sprint feature prior to the midget main event, led the field to the green from his pole starting position. However, it was Avedisian who gained the upper hand initially from the outside of the front row, and subsequently, led the opening lap. However, the first yellow flag flew shortly thereafter on the second lap as Nebraskan Brian Schwabauer (23rd) stopped on the wrong side of the cushion in turns three and four.


 

On the ensuing restart, Timms used the reset to his advantage as he took to the topside to wheel his way around the outside of Miller for second at the stripe on lap three. Miller fought back to briefly retake the runner-up spot from Timms as he slid by in turn two on the fifth lap. Timms, however, kept his foot in it and replied by re-overtaking Miller for second in turn two a lap later.


 

By then, Avedisian carried a full second advantage over Timms, but by the time she reached the tail end of the field, that interval instantly shrunk. On the 14th lap, Avedisian found herself hung up on the high side of turn four behind the car of 19th running Knoxville Raceway Hall of Famer Don Droud Jr. Timms took advantage of the situation and dove to the low side of turn one to slot in between Droud and Avedisian.


 

Avedisian attempted to swipe the lead back for herself moments later in turn three, nestling in between Droud and Timms. With Avedisian sliding up to the top, thus scrubbing off momentum, Timms dipped low and drove past both at the exit of turn four to secure a spot at the front of the field. A half lap later in turn one, Droud’s car took one quick little bunny hop, and a blink of an eye later, Avedisian connected her front bumper to the rear chrome of Droud, sending Droud spinning into the path of Miller (3rd) and Friday night’s Jefferson County winner Justin Grant (5th). Droud, Miller and Grant all stopped to bring out the caution, yet all restarted their race from the tail with Grant taking 10th, Miller 11th and Droud 18th.


 

Thereafter, Avedisian kept Timms just within here reach. Nonetheless, slowly but surely, Timms steadily increased his lead to more than 1.5 seconds as he placed his car low, middle and high, all with the same rate of success.


 

“Being able to move around here is really important,” Timms explained. “The line changed quite a bit. There at the beginning, it was top-dominant, and once we got to lapped traffic and my car was good enough, I was able to move around and we moved past Jade. From there on, it was just about racing my own race and getting through lapped traffic as perfectly as possible.”


 

As it turned out, it was the lessons that Timms learned in his past experiences at the track that aided him in not following the path of others, but rather, forging his own path ahead based on his instincts.


 

“(Logan) Seavey showed me his nose down there once, and a couple years ago, he did the same thing. I moved down there, and it ended up not being faster to do that, so I moved down there for a lap, then thought better of that, then went back to what I was doing. I changed my line up in three and four to slide myself and it felt really good coming off the corner and getting into the corner, but the time between the center and the exit, it felt like I was sliding and wasting a lot of time. You can get the car so sideways here that you can actually look to your left and see the entrance of the corner to see how close guys are to you. I saw that I wasn’t having to worry too much.”


 

However, the field was bunched up once more following a spin by 20th running Kenney Johnson over the top of turn four banking with 14 laps remaining. With 12 laps left, the top-three were all in contention with Timms leading Avedisian by a car length on the high side while Seavey was nearly even on the bottom. However, Seavey clipped an infield tire off turn four which sent him sideways, and as he fought to wrestle back control, he dropped like a rock through the field, winding up a disappointing 16th in the final running order.


 

Meanwhile, Zach Daum worked along the bottom to gain second with four laps remaining after Avedisian tagged the front straightaway wall, which cost Avedisian a few spots down the stretch. Conversely, Timms had broken away from the competition up front as he cruised to a commanding 2.109 second victory over Daum, Cannon McIntosh and Jacob Denney while Avedisian wound up fifth in the final order.


 

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) opened Mid-America Midget Week on Tuesday night at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway with a second-place finish and Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night honors. He finished Mid-America Midget Week in the very same manner on Saturday at Jefferson County. In yet another example of Zach Daum just doing Zach Daum things, he made his charge to the runner-up spot after starting 13th in his RAMCO Speed Group-Daum Motorsports/Kiwi Landscaping – 5d Speed Shop/King/Stanton SR-11x. After tumultuous times leading into the week, Daum unexpectedly wound up bringing his own car out to the Great Plains with basically a crew of one – himself.


 

“It wears on you,” Daum said of the challenge of being his own crew. “I didn’t practice Thursday because I just needed a day to recoup. It’s a lot of work. Some of these guys know what it takes, and some don’t, but it’s a lot of hours and a lot of work, especially when it’s as hot as it is here. It’s been fun though. I haven’t done this in a long time. I haven’t been out on the road racing by myself. It used to be my dad and I racing, but it’s basically just me right now. I had some good guys who came and helped me tonight and had some good help at a couple of the other races.”


 

In 10 career USAC National Midget starts at Jefferson County, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) has never once finished worse than 10th. This weekend, he never once finished worse than third, which is where he placed on Saturday night and was the only driver to finish on the podium in each of the last two nights aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Gear Wrench – TRD – Mobil 1/LynK/Speedway Toyota.


 

“I knew there was a lot of grip on the bottom, so I tried to make that work early but guys could just carry momentum around me,” McIntosh explained. “By the time I got up there, I had fallen back a little bit. Then on that last restart, I could see Daison (Pursley) searching under yellow, and I knew he was going to go to the bottom, so I tried to circle the top there and go around him and lost like three or four spots, then Zach (Daum) went under me, so I just followed him to the front at the end.  I just got the bottom going and drove by all the guys who were still trying to make the top work. I wish we could’ve gotten a yellow there to see what we could’ve done. I think him and I had something for Ryan.”


 

The event also marked the USAC debut of late model racing superstar Ricky Thornton Jr. After the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway was rained out midday Saturday, Thornton hustled west for the five-hour trek to Fairbury, Nebraska to initially compete in just the micro sprint race. Soon after, though, Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports made an extra midget from their stable available for Thornton, a 19-time late model winner this year, to drive. Thornton, whose lone previous midget experience was exclusive to the Chili Bowl, started 20th and finished 17th in the feature, and was running as high as 13th just before the halfway point when he was involved in a tangle with Daniel Whitley.


 


 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2024 – Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, Nebraska – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship Presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation / USAC Mid-America Midget Week


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 2. Justin Grant (#2 RMS), 3. Zach Daum (#5d RAMCO-Daum), 4. Ryan Timms (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Ricky Lewis (#54 4 Kings), 6. Kale Drake (#97K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Zack Merritt (#43 Oerter), 8. Don Droud Jr. (#22T Burch). NT


 

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley (#86 CBI), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x Engler), 3. Jake Andreotti (#14 4 Kings), 4. Jacob Denney (#25 Malloy), 5. Jade Avedisian (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Cannon McIntosh (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Lance Bennett (#91 Mason), 8. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 9. Curtis Spicer (#4s Spicer). 1:56.751


 

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Jones (#27x Joyner), 2. Zach Wigal (#89 CBI), 3. Gavin Miller (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Logan Seavey (#57 Abacus), 5. Mitchell Davis (#56 O’Dell), 6. Daniel Whitley (#60x LeVecque), 7. Trey Zorn (#00 Chandler), 8. Brian Schwabauer (#9B Schwabauer), 9. Ricky Thornton Jr. (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). 1:59.546


 

ALSO AT THE TRACK: John Klabunde (#77 Klabunde)


 

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Trey Zorn, 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., 3. Don Droud Jr., 4. Brian Schwabauer, 5. Kenney Johnson, 6. Curtis Spicer, 7. Zack Merritt, 8. Lance Bennett. 2:07.268


 

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Timms (3), 2. Zach Daum (13), 3. Cannon McIntosh (5), 4. Jacob Denney (14), 5. Jade Avedisian (2), 6. Daison Pursley (9), 7. Kale Drake (10), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 9. Kyle Jones (8), 10. Justin Grant (6), 11. Gavin Miller (1), 12. Mitchell Davis (12), 13. Zach Wigal (15), 14. Jake Andreotti (11), 15. Trey Zorn (19), 16. Logan Seavey (4), 17. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20), 18. Don Droud Jr. (21), 19. Brian Schwabauer (22), 20. Curtis Spicer (24), 21. Daniel Whitley (18), 22. Kenney Johnson (23), 23. Thomas Meseraull (16), 24. Ricky Lewis (17). NT


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Jade Avedisian, Laps 15-40 Ryan Timms.


 

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-839, 2-Cannon McIntosh-780, 3-Ryan Timms-744, 4-Zach Daum-709, 5-Logan Seavey-678, 6-Jacob Denney-662, 7-Justin Grant-661, 8-Gavin Miller-638, 9-Kale Drake-595, 10-Zach Wigal-538.


 

USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-126, 2-Logan Seavey-112, 3-Robert Ballou-111, 4-C.J. Leary-96, 5-Justin Grant-93, 6-Joey Amantea-89, 7-Kyle Cummins-86, 8-Chase Stockon-70, 9-Carson Garrett-63, 10-Brady Bacon-62.


 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 1-2, 2024 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, Wisconsin – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 39th Firemen’s Nationals


 


 

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:


 

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Ryan Timms (11.290)


 

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jerry Coons Jr.


 

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Daison Pursley


 

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Kyle Jones


 

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Trey Zorn


 

Bennett Racing 4th Place Bonus: Jacob Denney


 

Hard Charger: Zach Daum (13th to 2nd)


 

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Zach Daum


 

 

Victory Spells Relief: Grant Grabs First USAC Midget Win of ’24 at Jeff. Co.

 

Team Green

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned his first USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship victory of the year on Friday night at Fairbury, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway.

 

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 12, 2024)………By the time Justin Grant reached the top of the leaderboard during Friday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature event at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway, it had already been an oft-visited place for him in recent days.


 

The Ione, Calif. native had led each of the first two Mid-America Midget Week feature events – seven at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway on Tuesday and 11 more at Kansas’ Mitchell County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, to be precise. However, at the end of those two particular runs, Grant had to watch from afar as others were showered with the celebratory laurels.


 

Grant’s third race led of the week proved the be the charm as he capitalized on series Rookie Zach Wigal’s brief slip up, then led the final 12 laps en route to victory on the opening night of the Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship Presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation.


 

For Grant, it was his first USAC National Midget triumph since the September 2023 Driven2SaveLives BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Additionally, it’s Grant’s second career victory at the 1/5-mile dirt oval of Jefferson County after previously scoring in 2018.


 

Overall, it was the 17th career USAC National Midget feature victory for Grant, moving him into a tie for 42nd all-time alongside Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley. Furthermore, it extended Grant’s active streak of consecutive seasons with a USAC National Midget victory to eight as he became just the ninth driver to have collected a series win that many years in a row, joining Mel Kenyon (21), Rich Vogler (15), Bob Wente (14), Bryan Clauson (12), Bob Tattersall (11), Darren Hagen (10), Jay Drake (8) and Sleepy Tripp (8).


 

As Grant pulled into victory lane, it also notched his 80th overall USAC feature win, one of just 12 drivers to reach the mark along with Rich Vogler (171), A.J. Foyt (162), Sleepy Tripp (161), Mel Kenyon (131), Dave Darland (115), Bryan Clauson (112), Damion Gardner (106), Tracy Hines (98), Tom Bigelow (89), Gary Bettenhausen (82) and Brady Bacon (80).


 

Previously, Grant’s pursuit of a first USAC National Midget victory in 2024 came up short when he was passed for the lead with 12 laps remaining in Tuesday’s event at Red Dirt before crossing the line in third. The disappointment on Wednesday at Mitchell County was tenfold as Grant uncharacteristically over rotated his car with 10 laps to go while leading and glided to a stop, resulting in a distant 16th place result.


 

All of the aforementioned accolades suit Grant just fine, but more than anything, finally breaking through for a victory on Friday night brought a huge sense of relief for the driver of the RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – MPV Express/Spike/Speedway Toyota.


 

“I feel like we’ve had a really good car all week after we really struggled to start the year,” Grant summed up. “On the first night (of Mid-America Midget Week), I feel like we had a really good car. I just didn’t get it tight enough for the feature. So, I knew what we needed to do going forward. Then, we went to Beloit, and I did all that, but I went ahead and stepped on it and killed the motor while leading. I finally have a lot of confidence in this car, and it feels great to be back in victory lane. I’d like to say I’m really excited, but honestly, I’m just relieved. It just feels good to be back up here.”


 

When all summed up, Grant’s winless streak in USAC national competition amounted to 21 races since his most recent triumph, a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship triumph on May 31 at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway. But with car chief Lacey Doyle on the wrenches and additional assistance from 2019 Jefferson County winning driver Jason McDougal, Grant’s time had finally come.


 

“Lacey Doyle, it’s been just her and I out here for most of the trip and she’s been working her tail off,” Grant praised. “It’s hot, it’s rough and we’ve been fighting generator issues and everything else, and she’s been digging. She was the first one to tell me, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll go win another one’ after I stepped on it the other night.”


 

While Grant lined up from the pole position, it was outside front row starter Wigal who gained the initial edge as he shot around the outside of Grant to cement the early race lead while first-time Honest Abe Roofing fast qualifier Kyle Jones had used the high side to slot into third after starting sixth.


 

While Wigal established a full second lead throughout the first half of the 30-lap main event, third-running Jones’ heartwarming story ended abruptly on lap 12 when he wound up over the cushion in turns one and two, necessitating a yellow flag, kicking up dust as he performed a 360-degree spin. Jones was utilizing a borrowed engine from RMS Racing, which had been installed into a newly rebuilt Joyner Motorsports car during a midnight oil burning session held the night before following mechanical issues in their most recent start. Jones finished 15th but it was certainly not indicative of the speed they had shown before their misfortune.


 

Wigal’s first 18 circuits of the feature turned out to be the first 18 laps led of his USAC National Midget career. He remained in control with a six-car length lead entering lap 19 when a sudden glance of his right rear tire against the turn one cushion came to be highly detrimental. Wigal slipped over the edge, resulting in the entirety of the top-10 blowing by Wigal within the snap of a finger as he fought to climb his way back onto the track’s surface.


 

Among those drivers taking advantage of Wigal’s mishap was Grant who charged by to take over up front for the third consecutive race, but this time, he was determined to find a different result on a track surface that fit him to a T.


 

“I feel like, in the midgets, when the cushion slows down, I can kind of compete,” Grant explained. “These kids are really, really talented and they’re really, really good racecar drivers. They race micros so young and they’re on such big stages real young. They’re awesome racecar drivers, and when that cushion is fast, man, they can just hammer that thing. I don’t quite have that gear anymore. But when it slows down and gets a little technical, you’ve got to start picking and choosing and not just smash it. I can go make some money then.”


 

With that said, on a bullring such as Jefferson County, it’s often difficult to find room to work at times. Grant attempted to negotiate his way through traffic on the 24th lap but became hung up behind the car of Nebraskan Brian Schwabauer. That allowed Logan Seavey to close to within a car length of challenging Grant for the race lead.


 

However, just in the nick of time, sixth running Daison Pursley spun off course in turns one and two to bring out the caution, thus ending the equation of lapped traffic becoming a factor during the final stretch. With the incident, Pursley, utilizing a brand-new chassis for the evening, saw his bid for a fourth-straight series victory come to a close while winding up with his worst result of the season.


 

Upon the restart, Grant found himself in decent shape. However, Cannon McIntosh made a late surge to drive under Seavey for second with four laps to go, then quickly tracked down Grant to nearly pull even for the lead in turn two on the final lap. Yet, Grant’s momentum was just enough to shake off McIntosh as Grant crossed 0.427 seconds ahead at the finish line over McIntosh, Seavey, Ryan Timms and Jade Avedisian who advanced 15 spots to finish fifth after starting 20th, thus earning herself both hard charger honors and the Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night.


 

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) now owns nine top-10 finishes in each of his nine career USAC  National Midget feature starts at Jefferson County Speedway. He made a late-race charge to work his way up to a runner-up finish in the end, which also happened to be his best career result at the track in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Gear Wrench – TRD – Mobil 1/LynK/Speedway Toyota.


 

“I think our car just came in good at the end there,” McIntosh said. “I just kind of struggled midway through the race trying to find my marks. I’d see guys peek to my inside, so for most of the race, I was kind of playing defense. On that last restart, I finally played some offense and figured out where to run. Then I just started figuring my marks out and I was able to run the same line two laps in a row.”


 

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) had endured two-straight frustrating nights with a drivetrain issue and an accident that supplied him with finishes of 19th and 22nd.  On Friday, he returned to the podium with a third-place result and his third-straight top-three finish at Jefferson County aboard his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – MPV Express/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.


 

“We’ve been super-fast but just can’t seem to finish the night,” Seavey explained. “My guys have been doing a good job and we’re running up front every night and racing for wins. Things weren’t going our way but that’s part of it sometimes. You’ve got to ride the highs when you’ve got them and keep digging when you’re struggling. I just made a few mistakes there on that last restart with my adjustments inside the car. I was really thinking I could’ve gotten up higher on the racetrack, but the bottom was really gripped up there at the end.  I think I was a little too patient with Justin there in the beginning when we were in second and third. I needed to get by him before he got to the lead, but he got to the lead and changed his line and that’s part of it. He’s a great racer and when guys like that get in front of you, they’re hard to pass.”


 

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) also set a brand new eight-lap USAC National Midget track record at Jefferson County with a winning time of 1:30.403, which set the pace during the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature.


 


 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 12, 2024 – Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, Nebraska – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship Presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation / USAC Mid-America Midget Week


 

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Jones, 27x, Joyner-10.899; 2. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-10.939; 3. Kale Drake, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.956; 4. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.956; 5. Zach Wigal, 89, CBI-10.956; 6. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-10.968; 7. Daison Pursley, 86, CBI-10.984; 8. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-11.027; 9. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.052; 10. Ricky Lewis, 54, 4 Kings-11.057; 11. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.059; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, Engler-11.100; 13. Trey Zorn, 00, Chandler-11.126; 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-11.129; 15. Jake Andreotti, 14, 4 Kings-11.161; 16. Mitchell Davis, 56, O'Dell-11.163; 17. Zach Daum, 5d, RAMCO/Daum-11.165; 18. Daniel Whitley, 60x, LeVecque-11.200; 19. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-11.207; 20. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.212; 21. Don Droud Jr., 22T, Burch-11.225; 22. Brian Schwabauer, 9B, Murphy-11.560; 23. John Klabunde, 77, Klabunde-11.681; 24. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-11.795; 25. Zack Merritt, 43, Oerter-12.131; 26. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-13.884.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Trey Zorn, 3. Kyle Jones, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Ricky Lewis, 6. Mitchell Davis, 7. Brian Schwabauer, 8. Lance Bennett, 9. Zack Merritt. 1:54.684


 

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Zach Wigal, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. John Klabunde, 9. Shaun Shapel. NT


 

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Andreotti, 2. Daniel Whitley, 3. Gavin Miller, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Kale Drake, 7. Don Droud Jr., 8. Curtis Spicer. 1:55.134


 

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Don Droud Jr., 3. Lance Bennett, 4. Brian Schwabauer, 5. Zack Merritt, 6. Curtis Spicer, 7. John Klabunde, 8. Shaun Shapel. 1:30.403 (New Track Record)


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Cannon McIntosh (3), 3. Logan Seavey (5), 4. Ryan Timms (8), 5. Jade Avedisian (20), 6. Gavin Miller (11), 7. Kale Drake (4), 8. Jake Andreotti (9), 9. Mitchell Davis (16), 10. Zach Daum (17), 11. Jacob Denney (10), 12. Zach Wigal (2), 13. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Kyle Jones (6), 16. Don Droud Jr. (21), 17. Daison Pursley (7), 18. Brian Schwabauer (22), 19. Ricky Lewis (12), 20. Lance Bennett (19), 21. Trey Zorn (14), 22. Zack Merritt (24), 23. Curtis Spicer (23), 24. Daniel Whitley (18). NT


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Zach Wigal, Laps 19-30 Justin Grant.


 

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-784, 2-Cannon McIntosh-716, 3-Ryan Timms-674, 4-Logan Seavey-647, 5-Zach Daum-642, 6-Justin Grant-618, 7-Jacob Denney-601, 8-Gavin Miller-597, 9-Kale Drake-543, 10-Zach Wigal-501.


 

USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-123, 2-Logan Seavey-112, 3-Robert Ballou-111, 4-C.J. Leary-96, 5-Justin Grant-93, 6-Joey Amantea-89, 7-Kyle Cummins-86, 8-Chase Stockon-70, 9-Carson Garrett-63, 10-Brady Bacon-62.


 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 13, 2024 – Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, Nebraska – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship Presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation / USAC Mid-America Midget Week


 


 

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:


 

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jerry Coons Jr. (11.113)


 

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kyle Jones (10.899)


 

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Daison Pursley


 

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Ryan Timms


 

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Jake Andreotti


 

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jerry Coons Jr.


 

Hard Charger: Jade Avedisian (20th to 5th)


 

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Jade Avedisian


 

Back 2 Back 2 Back: Pursley Surges to 3rd Straight USAC Midget Win in Beloit

Team Green

A jubilant Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) celebrates his third consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory following Wednesday night's 13th Chad McDaniel Memorial at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Beloit, Kansas. Team Green

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 

Beloit, Kansas (July 10, 2024)………Mid-America Midget Week. Indiana Midget Week. Shark Week on Discovery Channel. Seemingly every week that Daison Pursley has faced this year in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition, he has prevailed.


 

Well, maybe not Shark Week as of yet, but at this point, you probably couldn’t count him out of contention!


 

During Wednesday night’s 13th running of the Chad McDaniel Memorial at Beloit, Kansas’ Mitchell County Fairgrounds, the Locust Grove, Okla. native showcased his prowess of the 2024 season once again as he became the final leader in a 30-lap affair that featured five lead changes among four different drivers on the 1/4-mile dirt oval.


 

Leading the final 10 laps behind the wheel of his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – NOS Energy Drink – TRD/Spike/Speedway Toyota, Pursley won his second series main event within a 24-hour span after scoring the night before at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway.


 

Dating back to the USAC Indiana Midget Week finale at Kokomo Speedway in June, Pursley has now reeled off three consecutive series victories to become the first driver to achieve that feat since Buddy Kofoid scored four-in-a-row during the 2022 season.


 

Additionally, with the win in Beloit, Pursley’s latest triumph tied an all-time series record for the quickest any driver has earned his fifth win of the USAC National Midget season. Victory number five for Pursley came in his 10th start of the 2024 campaign, equaling the mark that J.J. Yeley (2003) and Tyler Courtney (2019) established during both of their respective championship seasons.


 

Furthermore, Pursley provided team owner Chad Boat his 38th career win as an entrant with the USAC National Midget series, thus moving Boat into the top-10 all-time in that category alongside Corey Tucker, one of Boat’s former partners who he achieved a series title with in 2020 under the Tucker-Boat Motorsports banner.


 

Pursley also delivered Boat’s CB Industries outfit its second consecutive Chad McDaniel Memorial score after the team captured last year’s event with driver Bryant Wiedeman. In doing so, CBI became the first team to repeat in the event, which debuted back in 2010.


 

Although Pursley had won each of his past three USAC National Midget features after starting in the seventh position, he didn’t mind starting one row closer to the front at Mitchell County as he rolled off for the feature from the fifth slot. Early on, however, he had dropped back a spot to sixth while the likes of Justin Grant just drove by him, giving Pursley a bit of a Maalox Moment for the time being.


 

“I think the first handful of laps is really what kind of told the tale of how the race was going to end up,” Pursley explained. “When Justin got by me by cruising around the bottom, I thought it was going to be very hard to get by him and Logan (Seavey). Then the track kind of just threw everybody for a curveball. The cushion got over the edge during the heat races and it allowed the bottom and the middle to come back into play. I think that’s what you were able to see here tonight. It was another great racetrack for us to race on and move around on, and it kept us guessing.”


 

At the front, it was pole sitter Kyle Jones muscling his way into the lead on the opening circuit as he led his first career lap in USAC National Midget competition. That proved to be short lived, nonetheless, as Meseraull fought back from his outside front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap two.


 

As Meseraull jetted out to a half-second lead by lap 10, behind him, Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier Zach Wigal got sideways through the middle of turns one and two while tussling for third with Justin Grant and promptly spun to a stop. Without suffering any contact, Wigal restarted his race at the tail of the field but managed to drive himself back to eighth at the finish line.


 

More trouble hit one of the premier frontrunners on the 11th lap restart as defending USAC National Midget champion and second running Logan Seavey clipped the turn three infield berm with his left front tire, briefly upsetting the car. As he bounced sideways, third running Justin Grant tapped Seavey’s back bumper, sending Seavey completely askew before sliding to a stop right in the path of eighth running Kale Drake whose right rear tire caught Seavey's left rear, resulting in a flat tire and damaged wheel for Seavey. Seavey restarted, but ultimately came home 19th in the final rundown.


 

On the ensuing restart, Grant advanced into the lead as he charged under Meseraull in turns one and two. Pursley came along in short order as he dipped underneath Meseraull in turn four to overtake second. Pursley then went to work on tracking down Grant, sliding him for the top spot in turn one on lap 15. It was only for a brief moment though as Grant cut back under and beat Pursley back to turn three to reassume the position at the top of the leaderboard.


 

Pursley refused to go astray as he slid his way back past Grant in turn three on the 18th lap, beating Grant back to the stripe by a wheel. Grant carried the edge back into turn one moments later and swiped the lead right back from Pursley and proceeded to stretch his lead out as Pursley now had to contend with the resurgent Meseraull for the runner-up spot.


 

A yellow flag on lap 20 halted the fight after fifth running Jones slowed suddenly in turn while running fifth, the victim of an engine issue. However, one lap following the restart, more misfortune befell a driver at the front. That happened to be race leader Grant whose car over rotated and glided to a stop in turn two on the 21st circuit, ending his bid for a first USAC Midget win in 2024. He managed to restart but finished a distant 16th.


 

“I think it was going to be one heck of a race between Justin and I with how the track was developing,” Pursley noted. “Then T-Mez looked like he was just hammering the top in T-Mez fashion.”


 

But without Grant in the picture, Pursley went away scot-free for the final 10 laps, although Meseraull made it tight on the final two laps as he zipped around the outside of Jerry Coons Jr. in turn four with the white flag in sight, then advanced to within five car lengths of Pursley at the finish line with Pursley officially winning by a 0.408 second margin over Meseraull, Coons and Jacob Denney as Zach Daum rounded out the top-five.


 

Pursley’s seventh career victory moved him into the top-100 all-time in terms of USAC National Midget feature wins, coming in at number 97 alongside Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Cannon McIntosh, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton and Johnnie Tolan.


 

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), in just his second USAC start after breaking his collarbone three-and-a-half months earlier in a racing accident, led nine laps and finished second in his Tim Engler/Engler Machine & Tool – T-Mez TV – Indy Performance Composites/MF1/EA Stealth, earning the Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night for his performance.


 

“I just want to thank Tim back home,” Meseraull praised. “Tim has given me everything I need to be up here on the podium. Daison has been the guy to beat so I feel like what we have is pretty close. I was reeling him in at the end there, but we couldn’t get it done so I’ll be more than happy with a second-place finish. I felt like we did a really good job. My boss built this midget motor to compete against the Toyotas and here we are.”


 

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) earned his best USAC National Midget finish since his Mid-America Midget Week trip to Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway in 2022. On this night, he scored a third in his Central Motorsports/Schmidt’s Inc. – Gateway Paintball – Paintball Dave/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.


 

“We started a little further forward tonight and being able to win that heat race probably saved the night,” Coons stated, referencing his 21st to 8th run in the feature one night earlier at Red Dirt Raceway. “We were good early, but it definitely slicked off. I was good there for a while, but I kept making adjustments under the yellows trying to keep up with it. I felt like I was pretty good in three and four for a long time, then the exit of four just blew off. I was having to get in lower and lower and finally I was running my left front through the drainage or something over there. It was upsetting the car, and I just really lost a lot of forward drive off four because you had to keep it down so low. It was just a matter of keeping up with the car a little bit with the shocks and some adjustments in there.”


 

Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.) earned hard charger honors after picking his way through the field from his 16th starting position to a fifth-place finish in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Sound Gear – TRD – Mobil 1/LynK/Speedway Toyota. It's the Keystone State native’s third seventh place finish in his past four USAC National Midget starts.


 


 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2024 – Mitchell County Fairgrounds – Beloit, Kansas – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – 13th Chad McDaniel Memorial / USAC Mid-America Midget Week


 

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Zach Wigal, 89, CBI-12.311; 2. Daison Pursley, 86, CBI-12.339; 3. Zach Daum, 5d, RAMCO/Daum-12.373; 4. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-12.385; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, Engler-12.419; 6. Kyle Jones, 27x, Joyner-12.437; 7. Kale Drake, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.446; 8. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.461; 9. Daniel Whitley, 60x, LeVecque-12.471; 10. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-12.519; 11. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.525; 12. Jake Andreotti, 14, 4 Kings-12.552; 13. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.555; 14. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.558; 15. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.635; 16. Ricky Lewis, 54, 4 Kings-12.687; 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-12.799; 18. Jeff Stasa, 91, SBR-12.830; 19. Trey Zorn, 00, Chandler-12.877; 20. Zack Merritt, 43, Oerter-13.416; 21. Ashley Oerter, 44, Oerter-14.179; 22. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-NT.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Ricky Lewis, 4. Zach Wigal, 5. Kale Drake, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Trey Zorn, 8. Curtis Spicer. NT


 

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Gavin Miller, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Jade Avedisian, 7. Zack Merritt. 2:11.11


 

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jacob Denney, 2. Kyle Jones, 3. Jake Andreotti, 4. Daniel Whitley, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Jeff Stasa, 7. Ashley Oerter. 2:10.88


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Daison Pursley (5), 2. Thomas Meseraull (2), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 4. Jacob Denney (8), 5. Zach Daum (4), 6. Cannon McIntosh (13), 7. Gavin Miller (16), 8. Zach Wigal (6), 9. Ryan Timms (15), 10. Jade Avedisian (11), 11. Ricky Lewis (17), 12. Jake Andreotti (14), 13. Daniel Whitley (12), 14. Jeff Stasa (18), 15. Trey Zorn (19), 16. Justin Grant (7), 17. Curtis Spicer (22), 18. Kyle Jones (1), 19. Logan Seavey (3), 20. Kale Drake (10), 21. Zack Merritt (20), 22. Ashley Oerter (21). NT


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kyle Jones, Laps 2-10 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 11-17 Justin Grant, Lap 18 Daison Pursley, Laps 19-20 Justin Grant, Laps 21-30 Daison Pursley.


 

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-747, 2-Cannon McIntosh-641, 3-Ryan Timms-605, 4-Zach Daum-595, 5-Logan Seavey-572, 6-Jacob Denney-553, 7-Justin Grant-543, 8-Gavin Miller-536, 9-Kale Drake-483, 10-Zach Wigal-456.


 

USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-123, 2-Robert Ballou-111, 3-Logan Seavey-110, 4-C.J. Leary-96, 5-Justin Grant-93, 6-Joey Amantea-89, 7-Kyle Cummins-86, 8-Chase Stockon-70, 9-Carson Garrett-63, 10-Brady Bacon-62.


 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 12-13, 2024 – Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, Nebraska – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – Midwest Midget Championship / USAC Mid-America Midget Week


 


 

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:


 

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Daison Pursley (12.253)


 

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Zach Wigal (12.311)


 

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant


 

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Jerry Coons Jr.


 

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Jacob Denney


 

Hard Charger: Gavin Miller (16th to 7th)


 

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Thomas Meseraull

 


Undefeated at Red Dirt: Pursley Powers to Mid-America Midget Week Opener Win

Jeramiah Green  Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) pumps his fist after winning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Tuesday Night Thunder at Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway, the opening night of Mid-America Midget Week. Jeramiah Green

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 

Meeker, Oklahoma (July 9, 2024)………Daison Pursley’s most recent visit to Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway came three years earlier when he was an upstart, fresh-faced youngster just looking to break in and make his name in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition.


 

That 2021 night marked his first career series victory. Now, three years later, the Locust Grove, Okla. racer is a bonafide USAC national championship contender, reiterating that fact once more at the latest edition of Tuesday Night Thunder on the 1/4-mile dirt oval during the Mid-America Midget Week opener.


 

Staring seventh, Pursley raced his way into the lead past Justin Grant on a restart with 12 laps remaining, then fended off all other contenders down the stretch to earn his fourth USAC National Midget victory of the year in his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – NOS Energy Drink – TRD/Spike/Speedway Toyota.


 

The number seven has been good fortune for Pursley who has won each of his past three USAC National Midget main events this season after starting seventh: June 7 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, June 9 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and on July 9 at Red Dirt Raceway in front of his home state fans in the Sooner State.


 

“This thing is absolutely phenomenal right now,” Pursley exclaimed after capturing his second USAC win in as many tries at Red Dirt. “But for some reason, every time we start seventh, we end up here in victory lane. Maybe if we always start seventh, we’ll be all right.”


 

In doing so, Pursley increased his point lead in the USAC National Midget championship race to 87 markers as he became the first repeat USAC winner at Red Dirt after Christopher Bell (2018), Logan Seavey (2019), Tanner Thorson (2020), himself (2021), Ryan Timms (2022) and Mother Nature (2023) had all taken their turn at the front during the first five editions.


 

Red Dirt is just a tick under two hours from Pursley’s homeland of Locust Grove, and the place served as a home away from home for Pursley in his formative racing years in more ways than one. A former weekly competitor at Red Dirt, Pursley captured five NOW600 National Micro Sprint feature wins at the place between 2017-2021.


 

“It was another great racetrack by Red Dirt Raceway,” Pursley praised. “I really love coming back here; it’s such a fun racetrack. I grew up racing here on Friday nights in the micro. To come back here and race in front of all these fans, and especially to win at this place, it’s really cool.”


 

Defending USAC National Midget champion Logan Seavey began the 30-lap main event by working the topside from his outside front row starting spot, gaining the lead from pole starter Jade Avedisian by the time the two reached turn three. But Seavey’s pursuit of another Red Dirt victory was short-lived as he suddenly slowed on the eighth lap with a mechanical issue that knocked him out of the race, forcing them to settle for a 22nd place result.


 

Grant, who had surged from fourth to second with one big move in turn one on lap three, was suddenly thrust into the spotlight as the race leader on lap eight. However, fourth running Pursley instantly became the one to watch one lap after the restart. On lap nine, Pursley first charged around the outside of Zach Daum in turn two, then pointed himself to the bottom of turn three where he glided past Avedisian to snare the runner-up spot but remained a full second behind Grant.


 

Grant worked lapped traffic through the middle stages and managed to grow his lead to a full second. Nonetheless, Pursley decidedly chipped away little by little to close himself to within four tenths of a second of Grant by lap 19 when misfortune befell one of the frontrunners.


 

As Zach Wigal tussled to-and-fro with Daum for the fourth position, Wigal spun sideways to a stop at the exit of turn and was hit squarely on the left side of his car by 10th place driver Jacob Denney. Kyle Jones (12th) also tried to avoid the melee but came up snake eyes as he slid over the cushion to a stop. All drivers managed to return to the lineup with Jones (9th) and Wigal (10th) each managing to race their way back into the top-10 by race’s end.


 

On the ensuing lap 19 restart, at first, it appeared that Avedisian was the one making a surge to the front as she dug in on the bottom to move past Pursley momentarily in turns one and two. However, Pursley, who had just fallen back to third, was simply busy gathering momentum as he shot around Avedisian at the exit of turn two, then subsequently powered underneath Grant in turn three to overtake the top spot once and for all.


 

On the 21st lap, Daum took hold of the bottom line to advance from fourth to second in one fell swoop while Grant and Avedisian banged wheels in a fierce tussle for position. While that was occurring, Pursley precisely ran his lead up to more than four seconds with three laps to go when Kale Drake (6th) spun to a stop on the back straight, then was nailed by Andrew Deal (13th) who collided with the stopped Drake, resulting in Deal flipping over on his side.


 

Once more, Pursley went unheeded from the lap 28 restart onward and seemed destined to cruise to victory as he rounded turns three and four on the 30th lap. However, the rug was pulled out from Pursley after Gavin Miller (6th) got hung up on the turn two cushion, resulting in Denney (7th) colliding with Miller before spinning backwards.  Thomas Meseraull (10th), making his first USAC start of the year after returning from a late-March broken collarbone, also plowed in and stopped.


 

With the yellow forcing the field to finish the deal once more, the green-white-checkered restart went as smooth as butter for Pursley who escaped away from the pack to close out his victory by a 0.586 second margin at the finish line over Daum, Grant, Timms and Miller.


 

“I really wish Logan didn’t have the malfunction he had,” Pursley stated of Seavey’s early race misfortune. “I felt like it was shaping up to be a really good race with Logan, Justin and me. But this has been a dream come true kind of year. Now I’m just looking forward to hopefully continuing that success and it seems like this 86 car doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. I’m just very fortunate to race with three very good teams and hopefully we can keep it going.”


 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Zach Daum’s regular ride in the RAMCO Speed Group No. 7p did not make the trip to compete at Mid-America Midget Week. In its stead, Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) pulled out the No. 5d from his shop after his prospects to compete in the event remained up in the air. He sought an engine and found one after Illinois car owner Wayne Durbin stepped up to help by providing Daum a powerplant to install under the hood in the 11th hour. Once he arrived at the track, Daum did his part by earning his best finish of the USAC season with a second in his RAMCO Speed Group-Daum Motorsports/Kiwi Landscaping – 5d Speed Shop/King/Stanton SR-11x.


 

“Just being here a couple different times, normally, it gets a little blacker than that and the cushion gets a little bit bigger, so the bottom becomes really a lot more relevant,” Daum explained of Red Dirt’s characteristics. “We just weren’t as good as we needed to be on the bottom there late. For putting this deal together in about 72 hours, I’m not going to complain too much about it.”


 

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led a total of 11 laps throughout the middle portion of the race before dropping back to third in the final tally aboard his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – MPV Express/Spike/Speedway Toyota. When all was said and done, he’d earned his third consecutive podium result at Red Dirt following a pair of runner-up finishes in 2021 and 2022.


 

“We were fading pretty hard right as that caution came out and I figured we were probably in trouble there,” Grant noted. “We were a little too good too early. We were fast all night and really, really good for the first half of the feature there. We were just a little free coming in. At least we’re back on the right track, it seems like. We’ve done a lot of work since USAC Indiana Midget Week. We’ve been trying to find speed and I think we found it tonight. We just needed some minor adjustments and we would’ve been in the hunt at the end.”


 

Jerry Coons Jr.’s crew tightened up his Central Motorsports/Schmidt’s Inc. – Gateway Paintball – Paintball Dave/Spike/Stanton SR-11x up after the prelims and it made all the difference. Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) responded by making his way from his 21st starting position to finish eighth and earn hard charger honors for the night. In six career Red Dirt USAC National Midget starts, Coons has now notched finishes of 4th-4th-3rd-7th-7th-8th.


 

Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) experienced quite the adventure on his Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying run. On the first go-around, he set a new one-lap USAC National Midget track record at Red Dirt of 13.032 seconds, surpassing the former mark of 13.108 set by Tyler Courtney in 2020. However, on lap two, Timms went for an absolute ride in turn two, flipping over six times. The 2022 Red Dirt USAC National Midget winner recovered nicely thereafter, utilizing the same car to finish fourth in the night’s feature.


 


 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 9, 2024 – Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, Oklahoma – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Tuesday Night Thunder / USAC Mid-America Midget Week


 

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.032 (New Track Record); 2. Kale Drake, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.081; 3. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-13.172; 4. Zach Daum, 5d, RAMCO/Daum-13.176; 5. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.183; 6. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.184; 7. Jake Andreotti, 14, 4 Kings-13.190; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.239; 9. Daison Pursley, 86, CBI-13.269; 10. Zach Wigal, 89, CBI-13.378; 11. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.379; 12. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-13.398; 13. Kyle Jones, 27x, Joyner-13.422; 14. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-13.457; 15. Ricky Lewis, 54, 4 Kings-13.497; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, Engler-13.543; 17. Bradley Fezard, 938, V & H-13.548; 18. Hank Davis, 00, Chandler-13.555; 19. Andrew Deal, 15D, Deal-13.766; 20. Trey Zorn, 00z, Chandler-13.831; 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-13.881; 22. Zack Merritt, 43, Oerter-14.504; 23. Curtis Spicer, 4s, Spicer-14.591; 24. Ashley Oerter, 44, Oerter-15.398; 25. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-NT.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Zach Wigal, 3. Kyle Jones, 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Jake Andreotti, 7. Andrew Deal, 8. Zack Merritt.


 

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Gavin Miller, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Kale Drake, 5. Bradley Fezard, 6. Trey Zorn, 7. Curtis Spicer, 8. Andrew Felker.


 

T.J. FORGED / CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Ricky Lewis, 3. Jacob Denney, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Hank Davis, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Ashley Oerter.


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Daison Pursley (7), 2. Zach Daum (3), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Ryan Timms (6), 5. Gavin Miller (8), 6. Jade Avedisian (1), 7. Cannon McIntosh (10), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (21), 9. Kyle Jones (13), 10. Zach Wigal (11), 11. Kale Drake (5), 12. Jacob Denney (12), 13. Jake Andreotti (9), 14. Trey Zorn (18), 15. Curtis Spicer (23), 16. Thomas Meseraull (14), 17. Andrew Deal (19), 18. Zack Merritt (20), 19. Bradley Fezard (17), 20. Ricky Lewis (15), 21. Hank Davis (16), 22. Logan Seavey (2), 23. Ashley Oerter (22), 24. Shaun Shapel (24). NT


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Logan Seavey, Laps 8-18 Justin Grant, Laps 19-30 Daison Pursley.


 

**Ryan Timms flipped during qualifying. Andrew Deal flipped on lap 28 of the feature.


 

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-667, 2-Cannon McIntosh-580, 3-Ryan Timms-552, 4-Logan Seavey-541, 5-Zach Daum-529, 6-Justin Grant-504, 7-Jacob Denney-484, 8-Gavin Miller-477, 9-Kale Drake-456, 10-Kyle Jones-404.


 

USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-119, 2-Robert Ballou-111, 3-Logan Seavey-110, 4-C.J. Leary-96, 5-Justin Grant-93, 6-Joey Amantea-89, 7-Kyle Cummins-86, 8-Chase Stockon-70, 9-Carson Garrett-63, 10-Brady Bacon-62.


 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 10, 2024 – Mitchell County Fairgrounds – Beloit, Kansas – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – 13th Chad McDaniel Memorial / USAC Mid-America Midget Week


 


 

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:


 

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Ryan Timms (12.775)


 

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Ryan Timms (13.032)


 

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Zach Daum


 

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Gavin Miller


 

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Daison Pursley


 

Hard Charger: Jerry Coons (21st to 8th)


 

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Zach Daum

 


 

Sprintacular Sweep! Seavey Hits USAC Sprint Win #10 at Lincoln Park

.Rich Forman

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) celebrates his victory following Saturday night's 10th Annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 

Putnamville, Indiana (July 6, 2024)………Logan Seavey has made quite an impression pretty much everywhere he’s gone on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour in 2024.


 

You can now add the 10th Annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway to his ever-growing accomplishment season checklist.


 

One night after the Sutter, California racer captured his initial Lincoln Park USAC win, on Saturday, he became the first driver to sweep to feature victories on both nights in the decade long history of the Sprintacular event, pocketing $10,000 for his efforts in the 40-lap finale at the 5/16-mile dirt oval.


 

With the triumph, the USAC National Sprint Car point leader earned his 10th victory of the series season, all of which have come in a span of 24 starts. In that same timeframe, he doubled his career output to 20 wins after tallying 10 across his first 146 starts between his 2018 debut and the opening two events of the 2024 campaign.


 

“I feel like I’ve been doing it a long time but really it’s only been a handful of years,” Seavey said. “Twenty is kind of crazy to believe since we just had 10 a few months ago. It took a big effort to build this race team and to come out of the gate like this is amazing.”


 

Seavey began his quest from the fourth spot aboard his Abacus Racing/MPV Express – CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone/DRC/Stanton Chevy. Yet it was defending Sprintacular victor Brady Bacon who stepped out to the opening lap lead from his outside front row position.


 

On lap four, trouble ensued for a pair of Keystone State racers. Briggs Danner (11th) and Joey Amantea (15th) collided in turn two, resulting in Amantea flipping over. Both drivers’ nights were abruptly ended in the incident. Danner endured an interesting past 24 hours after his primary ride in the Hogue Racing Enterprises No. 39 experienced an engine issue on the opening lap of Friday night’s feature. Out of commission, Danner found work in a backup car for KO Motorsports on Saturday night with both team’s crews pitching in on the effort.


 

When action resumed, the battle at the front became three-pronged as the trio of Bacon, C.J. Leary and Seavey engaged in a three-wide battle for position. On lap seven, Seavey, the third driver in the triumvirate took his game to the topside where he flashed around Leary for second off turn four, then came up a wheel short of Bacon at the line for the race lead. Seavey kept digging, and by the time the pair reached turn three on the eighth circuit, Seavey dove low under Bacon to swipe the top spot.


 

The high line had worked for Seavey all weekend long and he seemingly remained committed to it. Nonetheless, Bacon quickly made up ground on the bottom groove and managed to pull even with Seavey. Thus, Seavey adjusted his tactics and stepped down from the top shelf to defy Bacon’s pursuit.


 

By lap 15, lapped traffic had forced the hand of the leaders to make a choice based on the line the car in front of them was operating with cars at the tail end of the field scattered both high and low. But all that was put to the wayside for the moment as fifth running Robert Ballou slowed with a flat right rear tire on lap 17, forcing him to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area for fresh rubber. He’d ultimately return to finish 15th.


 

The second red flag of the feature was displayed on lap 19 when the third-place car driven Leary bounced atop the turn four cushion. With seemingly no place to go, fourth running Moles was unable to avoid the melee and collided with Leary, sending Moles toppling over. Subsequently, Jake Swanson (5th) collided with the flipping Moles, but was able to continue on. Moles returned to the field at the tail, driving back to 14th, ending a run of eight consecutive top-six finishes.


 

Daison Pursley, who had worked his way from 25th to 12th before the incident, also collided with Swanson and stopped. It had already been a turbulent evening for Pursley who set fast time in Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying, then was involved in a nasty crash during a last lap battle for a heat race win with Ballou. After stepping into a Team AZ Racing backup car, Pursley made his way into the feature via a provisional. Starting from the 13th and final row, he made two separate charges through the field. When all was said and done, he’d come back to finish 13th.


 

With eight laps to go, Bacon had closed up the interval on Seavey’s lead to just a couple car lengths. Drawing nearer, Seavey made his escape in turn three as he split between the high/low duo of Ivan Glotzbach and Nate Schank. As Schank shook loose on the cushion, just behind him was Bacon, who momentarily became stifled as he avoided contact with the 2022 USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year who was making his first USAC national start, which allowed Seavey to double his lead from six tenths to 1.2 seconds, though he still remained mired in the thick of gridlock.


 

“I was just trying to change stuff up and try to see where I felt better,” Seavey explained. “Then we get to traffic, and it seemed like every time I got to a car, they’d come from the bottom and go to the top. I don’t know if they were trying to get out of the way and they were putting themselves in the way but that’s part of racing and you’ve got to figure out how to get through it and I almost gave one up there.”


 

As Seavey maneuvered to the bottom to put Zack Pretorius a lap down, Bacon quickly made up ground, and with four laps remaining, drag raced past Seavey for the lead entering turn three. As Bacon slid up, Seavey slid under and was able to gain back a half car length advantage over Bacon at the stripe on lap 37. Bacon set up for another opportunity in turn one on lap 38, but snagged the cushion, then was hit in the rear bumper by Pretorius, once again allowing Seavey to break free, this time for good.


 

“This place was changing a lot there and I knew that being the leader early isn’t the best,” Seavey remarked. “It really makes you use everything you’ve got in your toolbox to figure out what to do. You go into one so slow and I’m just listening, thinking I can hear him running the top. I kept seeing his nose getting into three, so I knew I was losing a lot getting into one. I knew I was struggling to go by them guys. I couldn’t run the bottom as good as I needed to since they were all lined up on the cushion. So, I really didn’t have much place to go and Brady made a big move.”


 

Seavey held off one more furious charge from Bacon on the final go around to score a 0.665 second margin of victory. Leary brought it home third with Kevin Thomas Jr. fourth and Justin Grant fifth as the entire top-five consisted of past Sprintacular winners.


 

Overall, it’s Seavey’s third consecutive USAC National Sprint Car victory after notching one last Saturday at Macon (Ill.) Speedway before doubling up at Lincoln Park this weekend, thus making him the first driver to win three-in-a-row with the series since Justin Grant swept all three nights of Sprint Car Smackdown weekend at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August of 2023.


 

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) led the opening seven laps of the feature en route to his seventh runner-up finish of the USAC Sprint season in his Dynamics, Inc./Next Level Metal – Davis Brothers Trucking – Hutson John Deere/Triple X/Rider Chevy.


 

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) posted a third-place result to capture his ninth straight top-10 finish Sprintacular feature events dating back to 2020 at the wheel of his BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Valvoline – Hornbeck Concrete/DRC/1-Way Chevy.


 

Meanwhile, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) went +12 in the main event, starting 23rd and advancing his way up to an 11th place finish. Ricky Lewis (Camarillo, Calif.) became the first driver to earn a second Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night award in 2024 after executing a late-race pass to snag the final transfer spot in his heat race before collecting his second straight sixth place finish in as many nights. Sixteenth place finisher Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Aria.) was the recipient of a $550 bonus as the top weekly Lincoln Park Speedway racer in the feature.


 


 

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 6, 2024 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval – 10th Annual IndianaOpenWheel.com Bill Gardner Sprintacular


 

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.050; 2. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.131; 3. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-12.399; 4. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-12.446; 5. Jake Swanson, 24, Simon-12.472; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.478; 7. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-12.547; 8. Rylan Gray, 06, Gray-12.603; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-12.624; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-12.656; 11. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-12.665; 12. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.675; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.703; 14. Briggs Danner, 5D, KO-12.706; 15. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.833; 16. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-12.844; 17. Geoff Ensign, 17, On The Gass-12.852; 18. Chance Crum, 26, Crum-12.875; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.930; 20. Ivan Glotzbach, 2H, Hayden-12.930; 21. Nate Schank, 1, Schank-12.931; 22. Wesley Smith, 2B, 2B Racing-12.943; 23. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-12.959; 24. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-12.967; 25. Tye Mihocko, 24p, Paul-12.986; 26. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.997; 27. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin/Fox-13.030; 28. Todd Hobson, 04, Burton-13.089; 29. Travis Thompson, 7, Thompson-13.093; 30. Kyle Johnson, 99J, Johnson-13.106; 31. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-13.166; 32. Trey Osborne, 6T, Osborne-13.203; 33. Kayla Roell, 5K, KO-13.248; 34. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.262; 35. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-13.347; 36. Troy Carey, 45N, Carey-13.348; 37. Hunter Maddox, 36, Maddox-13.424; 38. Nate Ervin, 11E, Algieo-13.567; 39. James Boyd, 16B, Boyd-13.703; 40. Sam Hinds, 71H, Hinds-13.893; 41. Tom Eller, 29OG, Eller-13.986; 42. Mike Larrison, 06L, American Dream-13.996; 43. Will Barnett, 88, Barnett-14.695; 44. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-NT; 45. Harley Burns, 16, Britt Aero-NT.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Nate Schank, 7. Kayla Roell, 8. Travis Thompson, 9. Tom Eller, 10. Hunter Maddox, 11. Daison Pursley. NT


 

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Wesley Smith, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Kyle Johnson, 10. Mike Larrison, 11. Nate Ervin. 2:12.55


 

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Ricky Lewis, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. James Boyd, 10. Will Barnett, 11. Daylan Chambers. 2:12.30


 

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. Rylan Gray, 4. Ivan Glotzbach, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Zack Pretorius, 7. Todd Hobson, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Troy Carey, 10. Sam Hinds. 2:15.00


 

TRAILER ALARMS C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Hunter Maddox, 2. Kyle Johnson, 3. Sam Hinds, 4. Troy Carey, 5. Mike Larrison, 6. James Boyd, 7. Tom Eller, 8. Will Barnett, 9. Nate Ervin. NT


 

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Nate Schank, 2. Zack Pretorius, 3. Anton Hernandez, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Wesley Smith, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Daison Pursley, 8. Todd Hobson, 9. Logan Calderwood, 10. Brandon Mattox, 11. Kayla Roell, 12. Kyle Johnson, 13. Sam Hinds, 14. Trey Osborne, 15. Hunter Maddox, 16. Travis Thompson, 17. Troy Carey. 2:50.47


 

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Brady Bacon (2), 3. C.J. Leary (1), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 5. Justin Grant (9), 6. Ricky Lewis (5), 7. Shane Cottle (12), 8. Jake Swanson (3), 9. Kyle Cummins (11), 10. Carson Garrett (21), 11. Chase Stockon (23), 12. Anton Hernandez (24), 13. Daison Pursley (25-P), 14. Mitchel Moles (6), 15. Robert Ballou (8), 16. Tye Mihocko (22), 17. Chance Crum (17), 18. Brent Beauchamp (15), 19. Ivan Glotzbach (18), 20. Nate Schank (19), 21. Zack Pretorius (13), 22. Matt Westfall (26-P), 23. Rylan Gray (10), 24. Geoff Ensign (16), 25. Briggs Danner (14), 26. Joey Amantea (20). NT


 

(P) represents a provisional starter


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Brady Bacon, Laps 8-40 Logan Seavey.


 

**Daison Pursley flipped during the first heat. Joey Amantea flipped on lap 4 of the feature. Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 19 of the feature.


 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1713, 2-Brady Bacon-1651, 3-C.J. Leary-1628, 4-Daison Pursley-1580, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1548, 6-Mitchel Moles-1479, 7-Robert Ballou-1452, 8-Justin Grant-1438, 9-Kyle Cummins-1361, 10-Jake Swanson-1271.


 

USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-113, 2-Robert Ballou-111, 3-Logan Seavey-110, 4-C.J. Leary-96, 5-Justin Grant-92, 6-Joey Amantea-89, 7-Kyle Cummins-86, 8-Chase Stockon-70, 9-Carson Garrett-63, 10-Brady Bacon-62.


 

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 26, 2024 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval – 37th Annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week Presented By Honest Abe Roofing


 


 

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:


 

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant (12.319)


 

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Daison Pursley (12.050)


 

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou


 

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.


 

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant


 

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Logan Seavey


 

Trailer Alarms C-Main Winner: Hunter Maddox


 

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Nate Schank


 

Hard Charger: Chase Stockon (23rd to 11th)


 

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Ricky Lewis


 

Indiana Open Wheel Highest Finishing Weekly Driver: Tye Mihocko (16th)


 

The Frolic Bar & Grill Second Highest Finishing Weekly Driver: Ivan Glotzbach (19th)

 


Seavey Avoids Catastrophe to Win Sprintacular Opener at Lincoln Park

David Nearpass

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) avoided catastrophe to win Friday night's 10th Annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway.

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media


 

Putnamville, Indiana (July 5, 2024)………There was a point in time in which Logan Seavey thought his race was over during Friday night’s 10th Annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular opener at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway.


 

While leading 13 laps into the 30-lap main event, Seavey attempted to avoid a pair of spinning cars just in front of him. Despite fairly significant contact with one of the two machines, Seavey pushed through quite literally and figuratively to claim his ninth victory of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season.


 

Just as he did in his most recent series outing at Macon (Ill.) Speedway six nights earlier, Seavey set the tone for the night by setting fast qualifying time in his Abacus Racing/MPV Express – CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone/DRC/Stanton Chevy, then proceeded to march his way to victory lane during the feature event.


 

In doing so, Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) became the first driver to simultaneously score back-to-back fast qualifying times and feature wins with the series in nearly a decade. Bryan Clauson was the most recent driver to achieve the feat late during the 2013 season at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park.


 

Overall, Seavey’s victory was the 19th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him past Kyle Cummins and into sole possession of 34th place on the all-time list. This time, he won one at the 5/16-mile dirt oval that he has long considered one of his ultimate favorites.


 

“When I first started coming out here, this became one of my favorite tracks in Indiana,” Seavey exclaimed. “It’s beaten me up for a lot of years, so it’s cool to get one here at Putnamville and get these guys back in victory lane.”


 

Not only did Seavey kick off the night by besting the 47-car field on his time trial run, he did so by obliterating the previous USAC track record at Lincoln Park. His time of 11.959 seconds in Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying was the first ever official 11-second bracket lap turned at LPS, erasing the former record of 12.276 seconds set by Brady Bacon in 2018.


 

Slated to start sixth on the grid for the feature event, Seavey and Abacus first had to perform a bit of preventative maintenance beforehand. It was a certain facet that stole victory away from the team during a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Midget event at Circle City Raceway in 2023, making it of utmost importance to correct before the main event got underway.


 

“We had a wire break, actually a kill switch, which is something that has cost us a race in the past,” Seavey explained. “So, we were being extra careful just to make sure this thing was hitting on all eight cylinders and just firing in general. It’s these things that our guys are getting really good at.  Avoiding issues like that is what allows you to contend for championships.”


 

Seavey, who has led the USAC National Sprint Car standings since mid-February, quickly hustled his way up to third on the opening lap, slotting in behind the duo of front row occupants Mitchel Moles and Robert Ballou who diced things up for the first trio of laps with Moles leading the way each time.


 

However, Seavey was superb in ringing the cushion as he zipped by Ballou for second off the exit of turn four on lap three. Mere moments later, Seavey blasted around Moles on the high side of turns one and two to escape with the lead. By the time the frontrunners reached turn four on lap four, Ballou had slipped under Moles for the runner-up spot.


 

At this juncture, seemingly the only thing that could stifle Seavey is getting tripped up in traffic, and that nearly came to fruition. As Seavey reached the tail end of the field on the 13th lap, the car of Harley Burns sat idly in the middle of turn three. By this point, Seavey had committed to the high side for his escape plan. However, the car directly in front of Seavey, driven by Rylan Gray, smashed into the side of Burns, sending Gray spinning backwards straight into the path of Seavey. Seavey’s left front wheel wound up clipping the back end of Gray’s machine, but Seavey managed to continue onward.


 

“I thought I broke my front end, and I thought my race might be over,” Seavey revealed. “My steering wheel was all crooked and I had to readjust some things in the car. It kept feeling like it was getting worse and worse. I thought I was folding up a draglink. I could feel something going away in my front end. Luckily, this thing held together and (crewmen) Ronnie (Gardner) and Kirk (Simpson) gave me a great racecar like they always do.”


 

Meanwhile, second running Ballou also executed a narrow escape much similar to Seavey as he attempted to dodge catastrophe, hitting the tail tank of Burns who was rolling down toward the inside of the track right into the path of Ballou. Despite the contact, Ballou also managed to keep himself going by escaping and racing on.


 

On the ensuing restart, sixth running Justin Grant saw his bid for a solid finish go by the wayside when the car of Carson Garrett (4th) slid sideways in turn one. As a result, Grant got into the left side of Garrett’s car, then Bacon (7th) subsequently plowed into Grant, flattening Grant's left rear tire. Grant restarted after being escorted to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area but ended up 17th at the finish.


 

Ballou made a run at Seavey for the lead just before the halfway mark and was able to pull even briefly before Seavey swapped over to the low line, stealing away Ballou’s groove, and from there, was able to break away and put a lock down on the race for the lead.


 

“My car was really good on the cushion early, so it was hard to give that up,” Seavey said. “You know it always goes away here, especially when the bottom is that good. It was getting slick on the exit out of two, so I knew it was time to get down. Lapped traffic was on the bottom, so I knew that would give me a little bit more time to figure it out.”


 

Once Seavey did figure it out, he was able to secure his position up front just as he’s done already eight times before with the series in 2024.


 

“It’s so hard to change lines when you’re leading,” Seavey stated. “You see it all the time where second has a little bit of an advantage. It’s tricky and I’m not really known for running the bottom. I was doing big ol’ wheelies down the back stretch because you’re going so slow, and there’s so much grip, you just drag the tail tank all the way down the back stretch, which makes it hard to get into turn three. There were lots of adjustments I was doing to make myself better once I did move down, I didn’t really know whether to blow through the middle or really get down by the tires, but it seemed like whenever I did, my car went through there very nicely and I could just cruise around there.”


 

When all was said and done, Seavey took his first Lincoln Park Speedway USAC victory, crossing the stripe 0.806 seconds ahead of Ballou with Moles third, Bacon fourth and Garrett fifth.


 

For the second straight race, Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) earned a podium finish, taking second on this night in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Deaton’s Waterfront Services/DRC/Ott Chevy.


 

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) led the opening three laps and finished inside the top-six for the eighth straight event in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy.


 

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) worked his way into the top-10 after being mired all the way back on the outside of row nine. In the end, KTJ advanced from 18th to 10th to collect hard charger honors for the night's feature.


 

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) made a valiant comeback late in the going during the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature. Starting ninth, he worked his way up to the fourth and final transfer spot to earn his way into the night's feature. He was rewarded as the recipient of the Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night.


 

In the third heat race of the night, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) established a new 10-lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Lincoln Park Speedway. His time of 2:08.53 surpassed the former record of 2:09.325 held by Kyle Cummins since July of 2021.


 


 

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 5, 2024 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval – 10th Annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular


 

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-11.959 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.026; 3. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-12.068; 4. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-12.086; 5. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland-12.114; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.138; 7. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.140; 8. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-12.184; 9. Kyle Shipley, 4u, AJR-12.190; 10. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.230; 11. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-12.239; 12. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-12.244; 13. Chance Crum, 26, Crum-12.245; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-12.252; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-12.272; 16. Jake Swanson, 24, Simon-12.278; 17. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-12.298; 18. Logan Calderwood, 73, Ford-12.343; 19. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.395; 20. Ivan Glotzbach, 2H, Hayden-12.402; 21. Wesley Smith, 2B, 2B Racing-12.418; 22. Nate Schank, 1, Schank-12.471; 23. Trey Osborne, 6T, Osborne-12.502; 24. Tye Mihocko, 24p, Paul-12.520; 25. Harley Burns, 16, Britt Aero-12.528; 26. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-12.536; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.546; 28. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.550; 29. Todd Hobson, 04, Burton-12.604; 30. Geoff Ensign, 17, On The Gass-12.613; 31. Kayla Roell, 5K, KO-12.637; 32. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.648; 33. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-12.735; 34. Rylan Gray, 06, Gray-12.735; 35. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.743; 36. Seth Parker, 38p, Parker-12.770; 37. Hunter Maddox, 36, Maddox-12.958; 38. Sam Hinds, 71H, Hinds-13.064; 39. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, GGR-13.073; 40. James Boyd, 16B, Boyd-13.247; 41. Troy Carey, 45N, Carey-13.284; 42. Nathan Seale, 1s, Seale-13.522; 43. Cody Williams, 26w, Williams-13.704; 44. Tom Eller, 29OG, Eller-13.908; 45. Nate Ervin, 11E, Algieo-14.685; 46. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin/Fox-NT; 47. Kyle Johnson, 99J, Johnson-NT (Time of 12.374 disallowed due to illegal left rear tire).


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Wesley Smith, 2. Ricky Lewis, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Brent Beauchamp, 7. Harley Burns, 8. Kyle Shipley, 9. Hunter Maddox, 10. Nate Ervin, 11. Troy Carey, 12. Todd Hobson. NT


 

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Rylan Gray, 6. Nate Schank, 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. Nathan Seale, 10. Brayden Fox, 11. Kyle Johnson, 12. Sam Hinds. NT


 

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Kayla Roell, 10. Gabriel Gilbert, 11. Cody Williams. 2:08.53 (New Track Record)


 

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Briggs Danner, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Seth Parker, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Ivan Glotzbach, 9. James Boyd, 10. Tom Eller, 11. Jadon Rogers. 2:11.52


 

TRAILER ALARMS C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Hunter Maddox, 2. Kayla Roell, 3. Kyle Johnson, 4. Todd Hobson, 5. Sam Hinds, 6. Nathan Seale, 7. Nate Ervin, 8. James Boyd, 9. Tom Eller, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Troy Carey. 2:20.10


 

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Shipley, 2. Harley Burns, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Nate Schank, 7. Logan Calderwood, 8. Seth Parker, 9. Geoff Ensign, 10. Kayla Roell, 11. Hunter Maddox, 12. Ivan Glotzbach, 13. Todd Hobson, 14. Kyle Johnson, 15. Zack Pretorius, 16. Brent Beauchamp, 17. Trey Osborne. NT


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (6), 2. Robert Ballou (2), 3. Mitchel Moles (1), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. Carson Garrett (4), 6. Ricky Lewis (3), 7. Daison Pursley (7), 8. Shane Cottle (15), 9. C.J. Leary (14), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (18), 11. Tye Mihocko (10), 12. Jake Swanson (19), 13. Wesley Smith (9), 14. Kyle Cummins (17), 15. Kyle Shipley (13), 16. Chase Stockon (23), 17. Justin Grant (8), 18. Matt Westfall (22), 19. Rylan Gray (24), 20. Chance Crum (16), 21. Jadon Rogers (11), 22. Joey Amantea (20), 23. Harley Burns (21), 24. Briggs Danner (12). NT


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Mitchel Moles, Laps 4-30 Logan Seavey.


 

**Kayla Roell & Gabriel Gilbert flipped during the third heat.


 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1632, 2-Brady Bacon-1577, 3-C.J. Leary-1557, 4-Daison Pursley-1537, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1479, 6-Mitchel Moles-1432, 7-Robert Ballou-1411, 8-Justin Grant-1372, 9-Kyle Cummins-1308, 10-Jake Swanson-1216.


 

USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-113, 2-Robert Ballou-111, 3-Logan Seavey-107, 4-C.J. Leary-96, 5-Joey Amantea-89, 6-Justin Grant-88, 7-Kyle Cummins-84, 8-Brady Bacon-62, 9-Matt Westfall-61, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-58.


 

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 6, 2024 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval – 10th Annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular


 


 

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:


 

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Robert Ballou (11.942)


 

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey (11.959)


 

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Wesley Smith


 

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Daison Pursley


 

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant


 

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Tye Mihocko


 

Trailer Alarms C-Main Winner: Hunter Maddox


 

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kyle Shipley


 

Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (18th to 10th)


 

Inferno Armor Fire Move of the Night: Chase Stockon

 


Silver Crown Sumar Classic at Terre Haute Rained Out, Rescheduled for October 6

Terre Haute, Indiana (July 4, 2024)………Heavy morning showers and a forecast of thunderstorms to continue through midday have forced postponement of the Thursday night, July 4, Sumar Classic featuring the USAC Silver Crown National Championship at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.


 

The 20th running of the 100-lap Sumar Classic will now take place at Terre Haute’s 1/2-mile dirt oval on Sunday, October 6.


 

General admission tickets for the October 6 reschedule date at Terre Haute are $31 for ages 11 & up and free for kids age 10 & under. Infield tickets are $26 for ages 11 & up and free for kids age 10 & under. Pit Passes are $40. Ages 10 & under are $15.


 

The Sumar Classic on Sunday, October 6 will now serve as the final dirt race of the 2024 USAC Silver Crown season and the penultimate round of the championship. The USAC Silver Crown campaign now resumes on July 19-20 with the inaugural running of the Salt City 100 at Salt City Speedway’s 1/2-mile dirt oval in Hutchinson, Kansas.


 

The USAC national season continues this weekend with a pair of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events on Friday-Saturday night, July 5-6, during the IndianaOpenWheel.com Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway.

 


 

Red Hill’s Salute to Levi Jones USAC Sprint Race Rained Out, Rescheduled for August 15

Sumner, Illinois (July 3, 2024)………Morning showers and a forecast calling for incoming heavy thunderstorms has forced postponement of the Wednesday, July 3, Salute to Levi Jones program featur