Midgets to the Dirt at IMS

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink already has made United States Auto Club (USAC) history before on-track action starts, with an all-time record entry of 118 Midget cars for the inaugural event Sept. 5-6 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

The previous record for Midget entries in the 63-year history of USAC was 109 cars for the 1990 Turkey Night Grand Prix, which was the final race conducted at the famed Ascot Park in Gardena, California.

“We’re very grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response about the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink from the short-track racing community and the fans,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “USAC racing is an important part of the heritage of IMS, and we can’t wait to start five straight days of exciting action at the Speedway with the BC39 leading into the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line.”

Tickets for both nights of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink are available now at IMS.com.

The race on the new, quarter-mile clay oval inside Turn 3 of the famed IMS asphalt oval honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of the Indiana Donor Network and its Driven2SaveLives campaign. The 39-lap feature event will be the richest in Midget racing, with more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner’s purse.

An outstanding BC39 field contains 24 USAC National Midget feature winners and eight past series champs, including Dave Darland (2001-02), Tracy Hines (2015), Christopher Bell (2013), Tanner Thorson (2016), Jerry Coons Jr. (2006-07), Russ Gamester (1989), Spencer Bayston (2017) and J.J. Yeley (2013), also all feature winners.

Other USAC Midget feature winners entered include Steve Buckwalter, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Tyler Courtney, Critter Malone, Billy Wease, Justin Grant, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Shane Golobic, John Heydenreich, Davey Ray, Zeb Wise, Kevin Thomas Jr., current USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Championship series point leader Logan Seavey, Brady Bacon and Chad Boat.

Other successful drivers in the field still seeking their first USAC National Midget victory include C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Matt Westfall, Shane Cockrum, Tyler Thomas and Alex Bright.

Yeley is the lone driver in the field to have competed in the Indianapolis 500 and Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line. Brickyard veterans Stenhouse and Landon Cassil are among the entrants, with Cassil making his USAC debut.

Chase Briscoe also will race in the BC39 after showing his skill on dirt by winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in July at Eldora Speedway.

The BC39 starts five consecutive days of racing at IMS, leading into the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line weekend Sept. 7-9 on the 2.5-mile IMS oval. Stenhouse also will race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event Sunday, Sept. 9, while Bell also will compete in the Lilly Diabetes 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race will be featured Wednesday, Sept. 5. Hot laps, practice, qualifying races, alphabet mains, including the A-Main feature, will take place Thursday, Sept. 6.

All tickets for Wednesday’s action are general admission, with children 15 and under admitted free with an adult.

Reserved and general admission seats are available for Thursday’s action. All seats in the Shaw Grandstand around The Dirt Track are reserved. All fans 15 and under will be admitted free to the general admission area, located in the Northeast Vista grandstands outside Turn 3 of the IMS oval, on Thursday when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

Visit IMS.com and thebc39.com for more information about the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink.


0 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)

1BR DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)

1c BRANDON STEVENSON/Holstein, IA (Jody Rosenboom)

1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)

1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Daryl Saucier)

1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)

2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)

2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)

3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)


4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)

5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)

5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

5T PRESLEY TRUEDSON/Kennedy, MN (Daum Motorsports)

5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)

7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)

7B AUSTIN BROWN/Belleville, IL (Factory BOSS Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)


7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)

7K MATT LUX/Manilla, IN (K & R Racing)

7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8c JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Curt Cornell)

10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)

11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)

11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)

11c GLENN WATERLAND/Broomfield, CO (Hayley Waterland)

11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)

11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)

11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)

12 J.B. GILBERT/Charleston, IL (J.B. Gilbert)

12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)

14J HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Factory BOSS Racing)

14s McKENNA HAASE/Des Moines, IA (RAMS Racing)

14x JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)

15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)

15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing – Matt Wood)

17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)

17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)

17s RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)

19m ®ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)

21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)

21T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson)

21x LANDON CASSILL/Cedar Rapids, IA (Brooke Shuman)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)

23 DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (David Budres)

24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)

24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)

25 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)

25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)

25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)

25x GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tom Malloy)

27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)

29J BRIAN KARRAKER/Dongola, IL (Tony Jarrett)

31 RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (David Budres)

32 NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Mike Hamilton)

33 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Team RayPro)

33c CHASE JONES/Indianapolis, IN (Team RayPro)

35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)

35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)

35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)

37 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (A.J. Felker Racing)

37x PAYTON PIERCE/Bridgeport, TX (A.J. Felker Racing)

39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)

39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

43 LOGAN ARNOLD/Franklin, IN (Kevin Arnold)

46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)

46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)

49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (G & R Racing)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)

55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)

56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)

57 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

57A ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Bill Ecker)

57B CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Bill Ecker)

57BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)

57F NATE FOSTER/Greenwood, IN (Nate Foster)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)

63 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)

63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)

67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

67F KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)

67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

67R RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)

71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)

71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

76E TBA (FMR Racing)

76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)

77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)

77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)

77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)

83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)

84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)

85 ®KYLE CRAKER/Lewisberry, PA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)

89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)

91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)

91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)

93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)

97 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

97A AUSTIN O’DELL/Springfield, IL (Pat O’Dell)

99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)

99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)

® — USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Rookie of the Year contender

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