Two concurrent streaks by two current drivers take us into this weekend’s back-to-back USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship rounds Friday night, September 17th, at Indianapolis, Indiana’s Circle City Raceway and Saturday night, September 18th, at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.
For one, C.J. Leary arrives at Circle City riding two consecutive feature victories last weekend at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway. Over the past six seasons alone since 2016, Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has won back-to-back series races on five different occasions and is the only driver to accomplish the feat twice this year.
Only six drivers have put together a string of consecutive feature victories more often than Leary throughout the 66-year history of the series. Pancho Carter and Tom Bigelow won consecutive series races on eight different occasions in their careers. Jack Hewitt, Rich Vogler and Tracy Hines did the deed seven times while A.J. Foyt achieved it six times.
Tied with Leary as a five-time consecutive USAC Sprint Car winner are Bryan Clauson, Bubby Jones, Don Branson, Gary Bettenhausen, J.J. Yeley and Roger McCluskey. All but one of these drivers are USAC National champions; Leary won it in 2019. The only who didn’t get one – Bubby Jones – is a National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and one of the bonafide, all-time greats of the sport.
Just two drivers have put together consecutive wins this USAC National Sprint Car season. Along with Leary, the honor goes to Logan Seavey who won three-in-a-row during Indiana Sprint Week in July at Lawrenceburg, Gas City and Terre Haute.
Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) also has another ongoing run as the Fatheadz fast qualifier on each of the last three occasions. With at least three-straight feature wins and three-straight fast qualifying times, Seavey joins a list of very few drivers who’ve been able to do both in a single season: Parnelli Jones 1961, Tom Sneva 1973, Steve Chassey 1979 and Levi Jones 2010.
In addition, Seavey, who was absent from the series for the first nine races of the year, didn’t have a ride until May with the Baldwin-Fox team. He has finally moved into the top-10 of the standings for the first time this season while Kyle Cummins fell out of the top-10 after not appearing at Huset’s.
Also, of note, Robert Ballou is on pace to have a historic season in terms of heat race wins. His heat race victory total now stands at 15 after 33 races have been completed. In comparison, in the shortened 27-race season of 2020, no driver had more than Ballou with eight. Eleven races remain with Ballou aiming to surpass the record for heat race wins in the recent era, when Tyler Courtney got 19 in 40 appearances during his championship season of 2018.
Friday night’s event at Circle City will present racing action for both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids aged 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Pits open at 3pm ET with grandstands opening at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying & racing immediately following.
On Saturday at Tri-State Speedway, the Midwest Mini Sprint Association will also be in action on Saturday night at Tri-State. The pits open at 3pm Central, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $30, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.
Both events this weekend can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.
Article by: Richie Murray
Photo by: Ty Garl