By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
Speedway, Indiana (June 24, 2022)………Wisconsin’s two-step brings the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship northbound to a pair of venues that have combined to host nine of the series’ 23 past forays in the state.
Wilmot Raceway’s 3/8-mile dirt oval hosts the series for the first time since a decade ago in 2012 on Saturday night, June 25. Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie welcomes the 900 horsepower heavy artillery to the 1/3-mile on Sunday night, June 26, following a seven-year absence, which also marked the series’ most recent trip to the Badger State in 2015.
Seven years later, it’s an irresistible two-race Wisconsin Sprint Car slate that brings with it a number of surgent drivers, mixed with those with experience on the dirt tracks of Wisconsin and those looking to “say cheese” for the initial time.
Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) enters as the hottest driver in the series right now with four consecutive podium finishes after winning the USAC Eastern Storm title, which has risen him to within 47 points of the championship lead, third in the standings. He’s been victorious at Angell Park with the midgets during the Firemen’s Nationals of 2019 and was 5th in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event in September of 2021.
At the top rung of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship points race is Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) who maintains a 14-point lead over four-time champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.). Both drivers won during last week’s Eastern Storm series, Bacon scoring twice at Grandview and Bloomsburg while Grant tamed Williams Grove.
Both Grant and Bacon share previous USAC National Sprint Car experience in Wisconsin. Grant has run exclusively at Angell Park, taking 14th in 2014 and 6th in 2015. Bacon, meanwhile, has had two successful USAC National Sprint Car excursions in the state, notching two top-fives with a 2nd in 2015 and a 4th in 2014 on the same night in which he was the fastest qualifier.
USAC National Sprint Car champions Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) and C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) are the lone drivers in this weekend’s field who’ve encountered USAC National Sprint Car competition at both Wilmot and Angell Park.
Ballou took 13th at Wilmot in 2012 before going on to Angell Park where he earned 8th in 2012 and then followed it up with a spectacular victory in 2015. His 10-lap time of 2:28.06 in 2015 represents the USAC National Sprint Car track record for the distance at Angell Park.
The duel for the 2015 Angell Park victory was a splendid battle between Ballou and Leary, where Leary led the first the 17 laps of the 30-lap main event. Leary wound up 3rd in that one for his best Wisconsin performance. He also raced to a 7th at Angell Park in 2014 and 14th in 2012. During his Rookie season of 2012, Leary placed 9th in the finishing order at Wilmot.
While Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) does possess Angell Park experience, this weekend marks his first sprint car appearance there. Axsom finished 7th in a September 2021 USAC National Midget feature at the track.
HOME SWEET WISCONSIN
For Davey Ray (Davenport, Iowa) and FattFro Motorsports, Wisconsin is basically a home race. Though he hails from Iowa and currently resides in Indiana, Ray has experienced many of his greatest moments in the state. Ray captured midget success at Angell Park as the winner of the 2003 Firemen’s Nationals, then later that year, captured a Badger Midget championship with Angell Park serving as its home base on Sunday nights.
At Wilmot, Ray won multiple Wisconsin wingLESS Sprint features in 2020 while Derek Crane (Racine, Wis.) who won with the series that same season at Wilmot and has been running on a semi-frequent basis on the local sprint car level in Indiana this Spring.
Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) is Wisconsin bound for the first time this weekend. The 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has scored four top-ten finishes with the series this year, including a season best 6th last week at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in New Jersey.
Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, has made 10 series starts in 2022. Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) is a 2022 series Rookie, making six starts, and is returning to action after a feature flip that forced him to miss the last half of Eastern Storm.
Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) comes back to USAC Sprint Car action after making a single start in May of this year at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.) has been a USAC West Coast Sprint Car winner this year at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and captured a heat race victory on the USAC national trail in April at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway.
Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, Mich.) made his first series start last week at Port Royal, where he pulled double-duty with the USAC Silver Crown series and finished as the top-Rookie in the field. Veteran Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) has recorded a top-ten USAC Silver Crown finish this year. Meanwhile, Braydon Cromwell (Lone Jack, Mo.), Jack Hoyer (Frankfort, Ind.), Jackson Slone (Noblesville, Ind.) and two-time Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series champion Cam Schafer from Wisconsin’s neighboring state (Little Canada, Minn.) are all planning to make their first USAC starts this weekend.
Saturday at Wilmot, it’s the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship along with the Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints, IRA Lightning Sprints and A Modifieds. Pits open at 2pm Central with the grandstands opening at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30. Kids age 7-11 are $5. Kids 6 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.
Sunday at Angell Park, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship is joined by the Badger Midgets. Pit gates open at 1:30pm Central with front gates opening at 4pm and opening ceremonies starting at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25. Military/seniors $20. Students age 12-17 are $12. Kids age 6-11 are $5. Children age 5 & under are free. Pit passes are $30.
The event will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-872, 2-Brady Bacon-858, 3-Logan Seavey-825, 4-Robert Ballou-817, 5-C.J. Leary-795, 6-Chase Stockon-787, 7-Emerson Axsom-771, 8-Matt Westfall-634, 9-Jake Swanson-593, 10-Jadon Rogers-510.
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS IN WISCONSIN:
2-Dave Darland & Jon Stanbrough
1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Tom Bigelow, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Tony Elliott, Kevin Huntley, Parnelli Jones, Danny Lasoski, Mat Neely, Ken Schrader, Dave Steele, Kevin Thomas & J.J. Yeley
WILMOT RACEWAY MEDIA GUIDE:
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT WILMOT RACEWAY:
1-Danny Lasoski & Jon Stanbrough
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT WILMOT RACEWAY:
1990: Danny Lasoski (6/19) & Jack Hewitt (8/29)
1995: Jack Hewitt (7/30)
2012: Jon Stanbrough (6/23)
TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT WILMOT RACEWAY:
1 Lap – 6/23/2012 – Kevin Thomas Jr. – 14.665
8 Laps – 7/30/1995 – Eric Gordon – 2:11.40
10 Laps – 6/23/2012 – Jerry Coons Jr. – 2:36.96
30 Laps – 7/30/1995 – Jack Hewitt – 8:31.56
PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT WILMOT RACEWAY:
JUN 19, 1990 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Kim Mock, 4. Dave Moulis, 5. Carmen Manzardo, 6. Dave Hanna, 7. Dick Colburn, 8. Joe Roe, 9. Mike Frost, 10. Allen Winker, 11. Al Behling, 12. Gary Zobel, 13. Frank Filskov, 14. Bob Peterson, 15. Darrell Dodd, 16. Joe Kristan, 17. Larry Hillerud, 18. John Hajduk, 19. Jim Uttech, 20. Gib Wiser. NT
AUG 29, 1990 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Gib Wiser, 3. Kevin Thomas, 4. Greg Staab, 5. Mike Frost, 6. Dick Colburn, 7. Jim Moulis, 8. Dave Moulis, 9. Rick Howerton, 10. Randy Sippel, 11. Pete Ostrowski, 12. Jim Uttech, 13. Joe Symoens, 14. Joe Roe (#10), 15. Dave Hanna, 16. Steve Butler, 17. Tony Elliott, 18. Bob Robel, 19. Rick Keller. (Darrell Dodd, who originally finished 5th, was disqualified from the feature). NT
JUL 30, 1995 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Rusty McClure, 3. Allen Winker, 4. Kevin Doty, 5. Dave Moulis, 6. Todd Daun, 7. Tony Elliott, 8. Kevin Thomas, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Mark Cassella, 11. Greg Staab, 12. Doug Kalitta, 13. Tony Stewart, 14. Kurt Winker, 15. Eric Gordon, 16. Larry Vandevere, 17. Tim Cox, 18. Jim Uttech, 19. Dean Billings, 20. Tray House. 8:31.56
JUNE 23, 2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Chris Gurley, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Steve Irwin, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Ryan Irwin, 15. Bret Mellenberndt, 16. Craig Lager, 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Matt Vandervere, 20. Mike Hess, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Wayne Modjeski. NT
ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY MEDIA GUIDE:
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:
1-Robert Ballou, 2-Dave Darland, Jack Hewitt, Jon Stanbrough & J.J. Yeley
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:
2001: Jack Hewitt (6/10)
2002: J.J. Yeley (7/7)
2012: Dave Darland (6/24)
2014: Jon Stanbrough (6/22)
2015: Robert Ballou (8/9)
TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:
1 Lap – 8/9/2015 – Kevin Thomas Jr. – 13.796
10 Laps – 8/9/2015 – Robert Ballou – 2:28.06
12 Laps – 6/10/2001 – Jack Hewitt – 3:18.57
30 Laps – 6/24/2012 – Dave Darland – 7:42.47
PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:
2001 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Tony Elliott, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Robbie Rice, 7. Jay Drake, 8. Derek Davidson, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Brian Tyler, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Ed Carpenter, 14. Bill Rose, 15. Kevin Doty, 16. Tim Cox, 17. Al Thomas, 18. Critter Malone, 19. Randy Sippel, 20. Gregg Dillion, 21. Corey Smith, 22. Kurt Winker. 8:39.19
2002 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. J.J. Yeley, 2. Tony Stewart, 3. Cory Kruseman, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Brian Tyler, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Boston Reid, 11. Derek Davidson, 12. Jay Drake, 13. Dean Erfurth, 14. Marc Jessup, 15. Levi Jones, 16. A.J. Fike, 17. Jimmy Laser, 18. Al Thomas, 19. Jack Hewitt, 20. Scott Uttech, 21. Rick Kelsey, 22. Craig Lager, 23. Craig Dori, 24. Kurt Davis. NT
2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Damion Gardner, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mike Hess, 16. Bret Mellenberndt, 17. Wayne Modjeski, 18. John Fahl, 19. Steve Irwin. 7:42.47
2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Hunter Schuerenberg, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Bill Balog, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Joe Bares, 13. Bryon Walters, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Jarett Andretti, 17. Steve Thomas. NT
2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Joe Bares, 13. Steve Thomas, 14. Tony Rost, 15. Brian Kristan, 16. Rick Kelsey, 17. Jim Scanlon, 18. Steve Irwin, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Ray Seach, 21. Bill Balog, 22. Ryan Irwin. NT