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$20,000 ON THE LINE AT SUNDAY’S “LEFFLER MEMORIAL” IN WAYNE CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Wayne City, Illinois………In the late 1990s, Jason Leffler made tracks big and small his personal playground as he raced to three consecutive USAC National Midget titles. Though Leffler may have been small in stature, his legacy in the sport of midget racing remains that of a giant. One look at the one-eighth-mile dirt oval ...

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THOMAS TAMES TERRE HAUTE IN “HULMAN/SMITH CLASSIC”

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Terre Haute, Indiana………It was just a month ago when Kevin Thomas, Jr. saw hopes of a Terre Haute Action Track victory dashed in the final laps as he ran out of fuel while leading on a late race restart. On the final restart of Saturday night’s “Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic,” Thomas was fueled by ...

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3RD ANNUAL USAC MIDGET “JUNIOR KNEPPER 55” SET FOR DEC. 16 IN Du QUOIN

Du Quoin, Illinois………The third running of the “Junior Knepper 55” returns to the USAC Midget calendar on Saturday, December 16 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, ...

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THOMAS GETS TRI-STATE REVENGE; DEFEATS CUMMINS BY 0.053 SECONDS TO WIN “HAUBSTADT HUSTLER”

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Haubstadt, Indiana………Kevin Thomas, Jr. was bound and determined not to let history repeat itself in Saturday night’s USAC AMSOIL National/MSCS Sprint Car “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway. For the second time in a row at the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile paperclip, a green-white-checker duel for the victory came down to he and July Tri-State winner ...

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WINDOM STRIKES AGAIN FOR 2ND STRAIGHT “JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC” VICTORY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media   Terre Haute, Indiana………Since its inception more than six decades ago, the Terre Haute Action Track has had distinct eras that seem to resonate with a particular driver.   Lately, this era at the famed half-mile dirt oval has belonged to Chris Windom who ran fourth with just four laps remaining and used a ...

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SWANSON A SHOE-IN WITH “TED HORN 100” WIN AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media   Du Quoin, Illinois………Over the past eight seasons, Kody Swanson has steadily climbed the ranks to become the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car presented by TRAXXAS division’s second winningest driver. The foundation for the Kingsburg, California native’s remarkable run of success in the decade of the 2010s was laid at the Du Quoin State ...

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BLASTS FROM PAST BRING ADDED ELEMENT TO SUNDAY’S “TED HORN 100” AT Du QUOIN

By: Jay Hardin – Track Enterprises Staff The movie Field of Dreams may have had “build it and they will come” as its signature line, but the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds may be able to modify that to “build it and they will keep coming back” as its signature line, at least when it comes to the “Ted Horn 100” ...

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ILLINI NATIVES HAVE WINNING HISTORY IN “TED HORN 100” AT Du QUOIN

By: Jay Hardin – Track Enterprises Staff No less than 14 participants in this Sunday, September 3rd’s “Ted Horn 100” at Du Quoin have ties to the home soil of Illinois whether they are a car owner or driver. Little wonder that some on the USAC Silver Crown entry list might feel they have a ‘home field’ advantage as the ...

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LARGEST Du QUOIN CAR COUNT IN OVER A DECADE EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY’S TED HORN 100!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media The largest “Ted Horn 100” car count in over a decade is expected this Sunday, September 3, for the return of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS racing to the “Magic Mile” at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. Thirty-eight cars have entered, making it the most expected entrants for the ...

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SUNNY SIDE UP; COURTNEY CAPTURES NIGHT 2 OF “SMACKDOWN” AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Kokomo, Indiana………Sprint Car racing is chock full of ups and downs. Sometimes you’re in victory lane and sometimes you end up on your head. Tyler Courtney experienced both of these extremes Friday at Kokomo Speedway, recovering from a hard flip during qualifying before returning to action after several other teams pitched in to make ...

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LEARY LOGS SMACKDOWN NIGHT 1 VICTORY AT KOKOMO!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Kokomo, Indiana………Nearly one year to the day since his breakthrough USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory in late August of last year, C.J. Leary once again found “Sprint Car Smackdown” gold on the very same spot after capturing Thursday’s “Sprint Car Smackdown VI” opener at Kokomo Speedway. In 2016, “Smackdown” weekend was owned by ...

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SCHRADER BACK IN THE SILVER CROWN SADDLE FOR Du QUOIN’S “TED HORN 100” SEPT. 3

USAC Hall of Famer and versatile dirt track racing legend Ken Schrader returns to the seat of a USAC Silver Crown car on dirt for the first time in 32 years when he hits the track for the September 3rd “Ted Horn 100” at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois. Schrader, the 1982 Silver Crown champ and 1983 USAC ...

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THOMAS STEAMROLLS KOKOMO FIELD ON #GYATK NIGHT!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Kokomo, Indiana………Kokomo Speedway has been the stage and Kevin Thomas, Jr. has been the show during late August USAC appearances over the past two seasons. After winning three of four features during last year’s “Sprint Car Smackdown” week, Thomas continued the roll Wednesday night to capture yet another victory at USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint ...

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GRANT GETS IT; WINS BETTENHAUSEN 100 FOR FIRST SILVER CROWN WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Springfield, Illinois………Justin Grant was fully aware of the situation at hand on the final restart of Saturday’s “Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Ione, California native had the nose of the white No. 63 driven by the two-time USAC Silver Crown champ and winner of the last two “Bettenhausen 100” races right ...

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SILVER CROWN START KINGS MAKE WAY TO SPRINGFIELD FOR SATURDAY’S BETTENHAUSEN 100

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media In the long, storied history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars, three drivers have made more starts than any other: Brian Tyler, Russ Gamester and Dave Darland. All three intend to extend their record at this Saturday’s “Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Tyler, Gamester and Darland stand above all ...

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Illini Windom Seeks History and Title in Bettenhausen

By Jay Hardin Track Enterprises Staff Springfield, IL August 6, 2017 –Chris Windom grew up near the Illinois River in Canton, about 70 miles from the state capitol home to the Illinois State Fair, the World’s Fastest One Mile Dirt Track and the famous Bettenhausen 100 championship race. The mile dirt track is the one closest to Windom’s hometown and ...

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BAYSTON BLAZES THE HIGH BANKS FOR FIRST BELLEVILLE VICTORY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media Belleville, Kansas………All year long, the focus for Spencer Bayston and the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team has been to win Belleville. After running second to Chad Boat in the 2016 Saturday night finale, then again to Boat in this weekend’s Friday prelim, the target was clear. It included pulling out all the stops, including a ...

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