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WINDOM WINS THE SUMAR, COMPLETES WEEKEND SWEEP

Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana………Chris Windom picked up right where he left off in a number of ways Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track.

One night after celebrating a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car score at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Windom was back in the familiar setting of victory lane at the 17th running of the “Sumar Classic.”

“It’s pretty special getting the win last night and then to come out here with a brand-new team, I really don’t know what to say.  I met a lot of these guys for the first time today.  Gene Kazmark gave me the opportunity and gave me a great racecar to come out here and win tonight.”

Incredibly, this was Kazmark’s first entry into a Silver Crown event as an owner since the “Hoosier Hundred” in September of 2001 with driver Ricky Shelton.  However, the car itself was a familiar commodity to Windom as it was the same car he drove to victory in his most recent series’ win at Eldora Speedway’s “4-Crown Nationals” for the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise team in September 2016.  But, a new team means new surroundings, and Windom and the crew quickly adapted to their new environment.

“I’m pretty familiar with the car,” Windom admits.  “It’s pretty much the same exact car we won Eldora with last year.  That definitely gave us a head start coming in.  The guys working on it busted their tails all winter long to maintain and rebuild it and keep it as good as it was last year.  It’s pretty special to be able to come out here and do this.  I didn’t know exactly what my expectations were coming here since I didn’t know the guys very well, but we jelled right from the first practice session.”

Windom became just the fifth driver in the history of the USAC Silver Crown series to follow up a win in the previous season’s final race with a victory in the season opener the next year.  The only other drivers to accomplish that feat are Al Unser (1974), Tom Bigelow (1976), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2011) and Kody Swanson (2015).

In fact, dating to the 2016 “Ted Horn 100” at Illinois’ Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Windom has been victorious in three-straight Silver Crown events, the 10th driver in the history of the series to do so.

The Canton, Illinois native also became the fourth defending Silver Crown champ to capture the following season’s opening race, joining Al Unser (1974), Dave Steele (2006) and Kody Swanson (2015).

The three most recent “Sumar Classic” winners coming into Sunday, Shane Cockrum (2015), C.J. Leary (2016) and Kody Swanson (2014) owned the lead in the first half of the 100-lap event, but by the midway point, Windom had steadily worked his way to the front from his ninth starting position, utilizing the bottom of the racing surface to make his way through the pack.

By the 50th lap, Windom chomped into Swanson’s lead.  The two series champs worked the bottom after Swanson moved his line between turns three and four from the top to the bottom.  Windom stuck a nose under Swanson entering turn three, inching along the inside guardrail until the exit of turn four where he was able to clear Swanson to take the top spot by a car-length at the start/finish line as flagman Tom Hansing displayed the crossed flags.

Windom had opened up a near full-straightaway lead over new second-place runner Leary with two-thirds of the race in the bag, while Swanson occupied third.  With 18 to go, though, Windom’s lead had grown to seven seconds and the insurmountable advantage seemed unattainable for second on back until eighth-running Bill Rose slowed with an apparent driveline issue to bring out the caution.

With the field bunched up, Windom’s lead was now gone and he would have to contend with defending race winner Leary in the closing laps.  However, Windom was able to get a solid jump with the lapped cars of Johnny Petrozelle and Joe Liguori standing between the front two on the lap 83 restart, thus allowing Windom to break away as Leary fought his way around the two to give chase.

Windom and Leary worked the bottom lap-after-lap as Leary slowly, but surely chipped away at the gap.  By lap 92, Leary had sliced Windom’s advantage to under a half-second and was still closing.

It was at this juncture one year ago when Leary made the race-winning move for the win, but this year’s lap 93 did not work in his favor as he began to lose valuable ground and Windom started to distance himself from Leary once-and-for-all.

Windom had withstood the challenge, taking the victory by just a tad under two seconds over Leary, Swanson, top-rookie finisher Hunter Schuerenberg and Jerry Coons, Jr.

It was Windom’s sixth career Silver Crown victory, which moves him into the top-20 on the series’ career win list.  Meanwhile, he also continued a streak of different “Sumar Classic” winners each year going back to 1999.

“I knew I found something on the bottom,” Windom recalls.  “I couldn’t hit it twice in a row for a while, but I finally hit my marks on entry to where I could hit it on the exit.  That’s where I’d gain on him off the corner.  I didn’t want to show him a nose.  I wanted to be able to pass him cleanly so he couldn’t take my line away.  We got to traffic and it kind of played in my favor.  A low and slow race takes a lot out of you trying to hit your marks like that every single lap.”

“I don’t think our momentum could be much better right,” Windom acknowledges.  “It’s awesome to be able start the year like this.  I’ve never had a year quite this good this early.”

Greenfield, Indiana’s C.J. Leary continued his impressive runs at Terre Haute over the past three seasons by scoring his third-straight top-two result with a second-place finish in his Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction – Gray Auto/DRC/1-Way Toyota.

“I think it’s this DRC Silver Crown Car,” Leary humbly attributes for his recent run of success at Terre Haute.  “Joe (Devin) and I have been working really well together on this deal.  Terre Haute is really not one of my better tracks, but in the Silver Crown car here, two seconds and a win is pretty awesome.  I think we picked the wrong tire tonight, though.  We went with a 25 instead of a 20 thinking it was going to rubber up early, but it never did.”

“Chris (Windom) and I were about the same speed,” Leary explains during the final run to the checkered.  “Every time he’d make a mistake, I seemed to make the same mistake.  I figured I could catch him, but I didn’t know if we could pass him.  It felt kind of like déjà vu from last year.  I thought we might able to pull off the upset, but that’s racing.  We’ll load up, go back to the shop and try to make it a little bit faster.”

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, California grabbed third in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital – Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy.

“You really don’t want to get too far back at Terre Haute behind guys like Shane (Cockrum) and C.J. (Leary), both former Sumar winners,” Swanson said.  “I knew I had to figure out how to get around them early on and the top of (turns) three and four seemed to be holding.  If you’re going to get to the lead doing it, you got to be the first one to try it.  You have to stick your neck out and make something happen.  This crew works hard for me and I was going to work hard for them to make sure I got us back to the lead.  I did everything I could do to put us in a position to win.  I chased it higher and higher; there were so many cars on the bottom throwing the marbles out and, when the moisture went away, you just couldn’t keep doing it anymore and I had to come to the bottom.”

“This team’s a pleasure to race for,” Swanson continued.  “We went in with what we thought was going to happen and it just didn’t tonight.  We never quit.  We gave it everything we had and we’re disappointed because these guys are good and we want to win, but tonight we just missed a little bit. We’ll come back and try again.  There’s no one else I’d rather come back to the races with.”

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track included Kody Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Patrick Bruns (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 2, 2017 – Terre Haute, Indiana – Terre Haute Action Track – “Sumar Classic”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-23.599; 2. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-23.794; 3. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-23.881; 4. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-23.925; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-23.990; 6. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-24.063; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-24.119; 8. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-24.382; 9. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-24.809; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-24.857; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-24.953; 12. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-25.021; 13. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-25.066; 14. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-25.127; 15. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-25.148; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-25.195; 17. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-25.382; 18. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-25.509; 19. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-25.551; 20. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-25.565; 21. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-25.596; 22. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams/Wright-25.886; 23. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-25.981; 24. Dave Darland, 27, Phillips-26.032; 25. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-26.064; 26. Terry Babb, 42, Babb-26.323; 27. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-26.486; 28. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-26.707; 29. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-27.284; 30. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-NT; 31. David Shain, 7, Hardy-NT.

LAST CHANCE RACE: (15 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Cottle, 3. Gardner, 4. Darland, 5. Rose, 6. Moffatt, 7. Nemire, 8. Bland, 9. Babb, 10. Wilson, 11. Weyant, 12. Berkheimer, 13. Fetter, 14. Gentry. 5:51.67

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Dakota Jackson, 10. Joss Moffatt, 11. Johnny Petrozelle, 12. Joe Liguori, 13. Patrick Bruns, 14. David Byrne, 15. Austin Nemire, 16. Bill Rose, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Mark Smith, 20. Aaron Pierce, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Justin Grant, 23. J.C. Bland, 24. Casey Shuman. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Cockrum, Laps 19-25 Leary, Laps 26-49 Swanson, Laps 50-100 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (20th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Patrick Bruns

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-70, 2-Swanson-70, 3-Leary-69, 4-Schuerenberg-61, 5-Coons-58, 6-Bacon-56, 7-Darland-52, 8-Gardner-49, 9-Jackson-46, 10-Moffatt-43,

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 29 – Phoenix (AZ) International Raceway – “Phoenix Copper Cup”

Krup Wins Terre Haute Modified Opener Over Strong Field

(Terre Haute, IN) The season opening event for the Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds was a good one, as 20 top notch Modified stars were on hand.  It was the first of seven events for the division at the track this season and in the end, it was the Mt. Carmel, Illinois driver, Will Krup cruising to victory in the support show for the Sumar Classic.

Krup was fast as soon as he unloaded.  Setting fast time in his group of cars for the practice/qualifying session.  The K9 backed that up with a heat win over Richie Lex, who won the season ender last year, and Brian Shaw, who is always strong at the track.

Shaping up to be his biggest challenger was AJ Fike, who finished second in the Modifieds at last year’s Sumar.  Fike was fastest in his group for qualifying and backed it up with a heat win.  That slated Krup and Fike alongside one another for the feature event.

When the green dropped on the A-main event, Krup raced out front to immediately pace the field as Fike dropped into second.  Lex, the third place starter, started hounding Fike for second and took the spot just two laps into the race.

As the laps wore down, it was clear to see that Krup had the field covered, while Lex, Fike, Shaw, and Josh Harris battled in the top five.  After their shuffling settled, Fike claimed second for the second year in a row, while Harris, Lex, and Shaw completed the top five.  Rounding out the top ten were Jay Humphrey, Curt Rhodes, Matthew Tiller, Lee Hobbs, and Gabriel Kirtley.

The next Modified race at the Action Track is on Sunday, April 30 as part of the 2017 Spring Fling.  Running in addition to the Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds are the MSCS Sprint Cars.  Full info will be posted at www.terrehauteactiontrack.net.

Scott’s Custom Colors Modified Feature

1) K9 Will Krup
2) 69 AJ Fike
3) 22 Josh Harris
4) 7LEX Richie Lex
5) 1S Brian Shaw
6) 6J Jay Humphrey
7) 10 Curt Rhodes
8) 18T Matthew Tiller
9) H0 Lee Hobbs
10) K7 Gabriel Kirtley
11) 4X Michael Fish
12) 89W Rick Weitekamp
13) 96 Cole Parker
14) 12K Daren Krockenberger
15) 40A Alex Reed
16) 11M Josh McDaniel
17) 40 RJ Pruitt
18) 92 Kenny Carmichael
19) 29 Aaron Zellers
20) 34 James Walters

UMP Modifieds Getting Ready For First Of Seven Terre Haute Events

March 24, 2017

The 1/2-mile at Wabash Valley Fairgrounds in Terre Haute, IN is about to come alive with the roar of racing engines.  The season opening Sumar Classic is coming up on Sunday, April 2nd.  In addition to an outstanding field of USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars, the Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds will also be in action.  For the Mods, it will be the first of seven events, which is the most for the division in a number of years.

Modified racing at the Action Track typically bring some of best wheelmen from the midwest, as they try to garner important UMP national points.  Last year, NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace won the season opening race in the Modified class with A.J. Fike putting on a spirited challenge late in the event.  Richie Lex, Ken Schrader, and Josh Harris rounded out the top five.  Schrader has already announced his plans to be at this year’s Sumar Classic.

In addition to the opener, the Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds will also be in action on April 30, May 24, June 30, July 12, August 6, and September 15.

Pits will open on Sunday, April 2nd at 1:00, grandstands at 2:00, hotlaps will begin at 3:30, qualifying at 4:30, and racing will take the green at 5:15.  Grandstand admission is $25 for adults, $15 for the infield, and kids 11 & under are free.  Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members.  For pre-sale tickets, visit www.usactickets.com.  Tickets will also be available on raceday.

About Terre Haute Action Track:
                For more information, follow the Action Track online at www.terrehauteactiontrack.net and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/terrehauteactiontrack).  Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at the Wabash County Fairgrounds, in Terre Haute, IN.  The physical address is 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807.

About Scott’s Custom Colors (Division Sponsor):
                Scott’s Custom Colors is located at 3140 N 25th Street in Terre Haute, IN.  They can be contacted by calling 812-466-1416 or by checking out their website at scottscustomcolors.com.  Don’t forget to like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/scottscustomcolorsandautobody.

2017 Schedule

Terre Haute Action Track 2017 Schedule Released
World Of Outlaw & Summer National Late Models Added

Officials from Track Enterprises, the promotion company for the Terre Haute Action Track, has announced the 2017-season schedule for the 1/2-mile racetrack.  The speedway holds several special events during the summer that feature divisions from the United States Auto Club (USAC) and United Midwestern Promoters (UMP).  This year’s schedule features many of the same fan favorites plus the addition of the World Of Outlaw vs. Summer National Late Models show at the end of June.

The campaign will begin on Sunday, April 2 for an exciting season opener that will feature the Sumar Classic for the USAC Silver Crown cars.  Not only will this be the season opener for the track, it will be the first look at the champ cars for the new year.  Last year, Greenfield, IN driver, C.J. Leary, won his first career Silver Crown race in the Sumar Classic.  This year’s opener will also feature the Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds.

The second event on this year’s schedule is set for Sunday, April 30.  On the card will be the MSCS Sprint cars and Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds.  Two season ago, 23 drivers took the green with Brady Short taking the victory over Jerry Coons, Jr. and Carson Short.  Unfortunately, two tries to run last year’s MSCS event were rained out.  Great weather has already been ordered for this year’s event.

The historic Tony Hulman Classic, a mainstay at Terre Haute, is set for Wednesday, May 24, as the first event for USAC’s “The Week Of Indy”.   The event, held the week of the Indy 500 and the night before the Hoosier 100, features the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Modifieds.  Last season, Robert Ballou passed A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time wins list with his 24th career victory.  Ballou has won the last two “Tony Hulman Classics”.

Event number four this season is a new one on this year’s schedule and it’s a can’t miss.  The event will feature the best of the best, when it comes to Dirt Late Model Racing.  On tap will be the World of Outlaw vs. Summer National Late Models.  It will be the first time the two series have run head-to-head, as two events scheduled last year were rained out.  Bobby Pierce was the Summer Nationals champion last season, while Josh Richards was the World of Outlaw champ.  The Summit National Modifieds will also be in town at the Friday, June 30 event.

Historically, the biggest event of the year, at Terre Haute, is the Don Smith Classic, held during USAC Indiana Sprint week.  This year, the event is set for Wednesday, July 12, which is also part of fair week in Vigo County.  Last season, rainfall set in before the gates opened and forced the postponement until Sunday of the same week.  Chase Stockon came away with the Don Smith Classic victory, while Brady Bacon clinched the week’s championship with a top five finish.  The Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds have been added to the show, a change from years’ past, where the Sprints were the only division on the card.

On Sunday, August 6, the Indiana Late Model Series will headline a show for the second year in a row.  Last season, a full field of 22 Pro Late Models took the green with young hotshoe, Hudson O’Neal, claiming the victory over his uncle, Marty O’Neal.  The Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds will also be in action.

Rounding out this year’s slate of events is the Jim Hurtubise Classic for the USAC Sprint Cars on Friday, September 15.  Last year, the September date was washed out and rescheduled for mid-October.  Unbelievably, the fans came out in droves to fill the stands and witness a great show between Chris Windom and Chad Boespflug.  Windom eventually took the victory in the back-and-forth battle.  The Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds will also race, giving them a total of seven events this year, two more than last.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 Schedule Announced
Terre Haute Action Track Set For June 30 WoO vs Summer Nationals Event

CONCORD, N.C.— December 13, 2016 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is set to embark on its 14th season since 2004. The national tour – loaded with some of dirt late model racing’s heaviest hitters – will travel 21 states and one Canadian province in 2017.

Race fans in the Midwest will see a new stop in 2017, as the tour will pay a visit to the Terre Haute IN Action Track on Friday, June 30.  Not only will the stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Models be on track, the Summer Nationals Hell Tour Late Models will be there as well racing head-to-head.  It will mark the first time the two tours have gone against one another in a combined event.  Two like events were scheduled last year at Lincoln and Pevely but both were rained out.  With both tours on hand, the field should be strong with the top point contenders from each side racing at the historic facility.

The 2017 series schedule features 58 nights of fender-to-fender racing, and the Outlaws will revisit 20 tracks from last season’s tour. Notably, the Outlaws will resume their international stretch through Canada; they have made a total of six stops at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway and Brighton (Ont.) Speedway since 2012.

The series will kick-off the season at Screven (Ga.) Motorsports Park as usual. The Winter Freeze VII on February 17-18 in has been the first stop in four of the last five seasons. Thereon, the late model series will join the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the prestigious 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park. Each series will battle for the coveted “Big Gator” trophy from February 23-25.

Within the schedule lies some of dirt late model’s most prestigious events. Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway appears on the schedule four times, and three of those nights make up the fiery Firecracker 100 weekend from June 22-24. Last year during the preliminary races, 2015 Rookie of the Year Brandon Overton was able to land his first career series win. An emotional Overton climbed out of the car in victory lane, paying tribute to his father’s efforts in helping him get to this point in his career.

Also on tap is the Prairie Dirt Classic from July 28-29 at Fairbury American Legion (Ill.) Speedway. The 1/4-mile, semi-banked clay oval has been a landing spot for the World of Outlaws since 2013. There, the Outlaws will join late model’s best drivers to build on the 28-year history of the Illinois classic.

Another key component to a wide variety of events is the 30th annual USA Nationals from August 3-5 in New Richmond, Wis. The 3/8-mile oval has been a mainstay since the series’ conception in 1988, and offered a season-defining $50,000 payout to the winner last season.

Seven tracks will debut in the series, including: The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Ill.) Raceway, Salina Highbanks (Okla.) Speedway, Cherokee (S.C.) Speedway, Senoia (Ga.) Raceway, Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Oshkosh SpeedZone (Wisc.) Raceway, and Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

With close ties to The Dirt Oval at Route 66, series regular Frank Heckenast Jr. will make his homecoming to a track that has not seen the presence of a late model in nearly 15 years. The track President, Sherri Heckenast, is the sister of Frankfort, Ill. driver.

The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Championship will be sealed at the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on November 2-4.

“We are really excited to have the opportunity to visit so many new places with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series,” said Late Model Series Director Tim Christman. “Every week we challenge drivers on their own turf to prove that we run with the best drivers out there, so visiting new tracks this season will help bring more local drivers and different competition to our stage.”

The complete 2017 schedule is listed below and can be found at www.WoOLMS.com. Tickets for select events are on-sale now at dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).  The full 2017 schedule for the Terre Haute Action Track should be released within the coming weeks.