The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series finally got rolling in the Hoosier State on Saturday night at the Lawrenceburg Speedway despite the heavy rains that hit the state earlier in the week.
When the dust settled on the 30-lap feature, Justin Grant continued his torrid early season as well as his success at the track by notching the win with a late-race pass of Jon Stanbrough. Grant finished second in Florida in February as the series kicked off its 2014 campaign. In addition, he captured the Dick Gaines Memorial at Lawrenceburg last summer.
Piloting Mark Hery’s Claxton Engine No. 40 that he was so successful in during the 2012 campaign, the California native saw Dave Darland lead the opening nine laps before Stanbrough powered by to assume the point. On the 29th lap Grant slid past the Avon veteran then held off Darland in posting the win.
Darland finished second aboard his Phillips Motorsports No. 71P while Jerry Coons Jr. put the Edison Motorsports No. 10E on the podium with his third-place showing. Brady Bacon was fourth while Stanbrough slipped to fifth at the finish.
Chase Stockon headed the second five followed by two-time Kokomo track champion Scotty Weir, Hunter Schuerenberg, two-time defending series champion Bryan Clauson and Logan Jarrett in his J&J Trucking/LJM No. 29J.
Jarrett had to fight his way from the seventh row in the B-main just to make the main event. In the feature, the Taylor High School graduate started at the back of the pack and hauled his way to one of, if not the, best USAC outings of his young career.
Other Kokomo regulars in the feature included Robert Ballou (11th), Chris Windom (13th), Parker Price-Miller (17th), Chris Gurley (20th) and current qualifying track record holder Thomas Meseraull (22nd).
When the series gets back into action April 19 at the Eldora Speedway, Darland will sit atop the points ladder with 183 markers while Grant is second with 182. Stockon (171), Clauson (169) and Bacon (167) round out the top five.
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