By the time the two hit the start/finish line at the completion of the lap, the two were in a dead-heat, Polaroid moment with Boat credited as the leader by the narrowest of margins. Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois returns to the USAC Sprint Car fold for the first time since 2006 on May 18. But Boat's lead wasn't long for this world as Bell roped him in and lassoed the spot for good exiting turn two as Briscoe ducked underneath for second after starting 19th! Just across the Mississippi River one night later on May 19, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri is back as a first-time USAC venue after last year's wash out. It's a success he attributes to the miles he's trekked in stock cars and trucks that he's been able to translate to his time in the driver's seat of a midget. Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual "Junior Knepper 55" at "Going to NASCAR has made me a better racecar driver just because it's taught me things I didn't learn here on the dirt," Bell said. That's something I've really tried to apply in midget racing and it seems to have worked." --------------------------------------- USAC MIDGET "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: December 16, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Junior Knepper 55" FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. The race will serve as the final event of the 2017 USAC racing season. BELL BLOWS OUT THE CANDLES ON 2017 WITH "KNEPPER 55" TRIUMPH By: Richie Murray - USAC Media Du Quoin, Illinois......... The remainder of the schedule holds steady with familiar and popular stops along the tour. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.169; 11. Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style Saturday night at the Southern Illinois Center after taking the lead with four laps remaining to win the third annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special event at the indoor, one-sixth-mile dirt oval in Du Quoin. The season opens indoors under the roof of the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the "Shamrock Classic" on March 10. NT ----------------------- **Rutherford flipped on lap 23 of the feature.
As Marcham rode near the mountainous berm on the bottom, Boat and Bell swarmed high and low a car length behind. The conclusion of the 2018 points season takes place at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway on Thanksgiving night, November 22, for one of the most legendary races in dirt track racing, the 78th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." The now traditional late-season 55-lap romp at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, named in honor of the late USAC car owner Junior Knepper, is slated for December 14. The fastest past winner of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" was 2015 winner Tanner Thorson (5th). Tucker Klaasmeyer clipped Beilman's car with his right rear tire, sending him flipping over. As always, you can watch every USAC race on demand, a day following the event, at Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-12.038; 2.
"I was able to use that and learn from it to know how to be better for the next restarts. Whenever I saw Briscoe was behind me, I knew that he was going to run the bottom. 11 at the "Knepper 55." Beauchamp was a 5th place finisher at Du Quoin in March and has been strong on the tough, local Indiana bullring scene in a sprint car where he is a two-time Lincoln Park Speedway champion (2012 & 2017) and captured an Indiana Sprint Week feature win at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway in 2016.
At that point in time, I knew I just had to protect." On the ensuing green, Briscoe was ruled to be out of line, the penalty of which is being docked one spot. Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana is set to wheel Kenny and Reva Irwin's No. Back in June, Peck topped the competition in an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.
Bell instantly went to work with a turn three slider on Grant for second on lap 44. A slew of benchmark Indiana tracks dot the landscape throughout the season in addition to its July "Indiana Sprint Week" slots.
Grant vetoed that notion and slid past Bell in turn one to retake second. Kokomo Speedway's non-points, special event #GYATK Night on August 22 leads into three nights of "Sprint Car Smackdown" on August 23-24-25.