It’s now officially here.
That being the 2014 sprint car season in the Hoosier State and if the season to this point is any barometer, it’s going to be hard to stop two-time USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series champion Bryan Clauson.
In an event originally scheduled for Saturday night but postponed until Sunday evening, Clauson stood alone at the head of the podium in Victory Lane in the sixth running of the No Way Out 40 at Brownstown Speedway, besting a stellar field of cars that saw 51 roll into the pit area.
Already since the turn of the calendar, Clauson has found himself victorious in the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals and at Bubba Raceway Park during USAC’s season-opening weekend and also has turned in some strong runs with a winged World of Outlaw car. Sunday, however, he was back aboard his familiar Tony Stewart Racing/Chevy Performance/Kistler Engine No. 20 which turned out to be bad news for the rest of the field.
Chasing him to the line was another driver to keep an eye on throughout the upcoming campaign, Avon’s Jon Stanbrough. Brady Short made the top of the track work, carving his way through the field for a third-place showing. Tyler Courtney and Jordan Kinser both turned in solid runs to the front to round out the top five.
Daron Clayton was sixth, Kevin Thomas Jr. seventh, Aaron Farney eighth, Bradley Sterrett ninth and Brady Bacon 10th. Justin Grant, the feature in this column a couple weeks ago, was 11th while Kokomo’s Shane Cottle took 12th. Dave Darland was on hand, piloting the No. 41 he drove to a pair of wins at Gas City last year, but failed to make the feature as did Logan Jarrett in his LJR/J & J Trucking No. 29.