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July 24, 2013

BOWMAN: ISW is a treat for drivers, fans alike

Kokomo's Evans played a role in creating annual event.

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However, one topic that came up that a friend told me to check out was the one regarding whether or not ISW could work without USAC as the sanctioning body.

Page after page went on about the topic, some pro, more con. However, unless there were some track owners who opted to completely unify, I can’t imagine it working.

There was a time when drivers were, for all intents and purposes, forbidden to compete outside the sanctioning body in their equipment. Let’s face it, if the World of Outlaws competed each and every week at your local track, the event would lose its appeal in a hurry.

Some might argue that Kokomo is essentially a non-sanctioned USAC show each week, but I would have to disagree, at least this year. And the key element in my saying that is money.

Right now there are around 10 teams that pretty much chase the full USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car circuit full-time. Among those teams are the likes of Dave Darland, Hunter Schuerenberg, Bryan Clauson, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tracy Hines to mention a few. Of those, only Clauson’s Tony Stewart Racing/Chevy Performance No. 20 team is a unit that cost isn’t an issue, at least from the outside looking in.

The rest of the teams gunning for the title are pretty much smaller teams with a very tight budget.

Before electing to chase national points, Schuerenberg and his Hank Byram-owned No. 35 was pretty much a regular each and every Sunday night. Same thing with Steve and Carla Phillips’ No. 71P that Darland is now wheeling. Hines didn’t miss a single event to my recollection last year when he was driving nationally for another team. This year though, with his own equipment, his only visits have come on nights when either USAC’s sprints or Honda National Midget Series are in town.

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