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July 18, 2014

Brett Bowman: Getting up to speed with Indiana Sprint Week

Darland in the hunt as Indiana Sprint Week concludes this weekend

Two-time defending USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series champion Bryan Clauson scored his first career win at the Terre Haute Action Track Wednesday to kick off the second half of the 2014 version of Indiana Sprint Week.

Clauson, the defending ISW champion, duked it out with Robert Ballou for the top spot before taking the lead for good on the 17th lap aboard his Tony Stewart Racing/Chevy Performance/Kistler No. 20. He then paced the field the remainder of the 30-lap event with Ballou finishing second and Brady Bacon third. Chris Windom and Brady Short rounded out the top five.

Justin Grant claimed sixth, Dave Darland seventh, Tracy Hines eighth, Shane Cottle ninth and Chase Stockon 10th. Kokomo’s Logan Jarrett took 17th.

Sunday’s third round event at the Lawrenceburg Speedway fell victim to rain following the heat races while Saturday’s second round at Kokomo was claimed by Darland in an epic race with Grant. Early in the night Bacon set the crowd abuzz with a new USAC track record pass of :12.589. Darland went out 35th, 13 cars from the end of qualifying and set both a USAC and non-sanctioned track record time of :12.405 in the Steve and Carla Phillips-owned No. 71P.

In the feature Darland got around Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the sixth lap then had to hold off Grant down the stretch. Windom was third behind the pair with Hunter Schuerenberg and Clauson rounding out the top five. Jerry Coons, Jr. was 12th in the Edison Motorsports/Crume-Evans Insurance No. 10E and Cottle 25th.

The grueling slate of seven races in nine days kicked off Friday at the Gas City I-69 Speedway with an overflow crowd on hand and 53 sprint cars in the pit area.

By the time the checkered flag fell late Friday night Avon’s Jon Stanbrough had parked his Dutcher Racing/RW Racing/Indiana Underground No.37RW in Victory Lane. Grant charged hard to second and Windom third. Tracy Hines and Stockon were fourth and fifth, respectively. Darland was eighth, Coons 11th, Cottle 15th and Josh Spencer 20th after qualifying sixth-quick among the huge field of cars.

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