INDIANAPOLIS – Tyler Courtney’s USAC season has been a memorable one on numerous fronts, including the number of wins he’s collected as the tour moves into November and the final month of the year.
Entering this week’s Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California’s Perris Auto Speedway, Nov. 7-9, Courtney has already garnered 16 total USAC national feature victories this season.
He’s won once in Silver Crown, seven times in the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and eight instances in the seat of a NOS Energy Drink National Midget.
Courtney’s total so far has placed him in the upper echelon of USAC’s greatest individual seasons, and with 11 national events – six midget and five sprint car races – still to come over the next handful of weeks, he has an opportunity to chase down J.J. Yeley’s record of 23 national wins in 2003 if he catches figurative fire and blitzes through the month.
The Indianapolis, Ind. native’s 16 wins ranks as the eighth most prolific season, in terms of victories, the series has ever seen. That total ties the defending AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion with Rich Vogler’s 11 midget and five sprint car win campaign of 1978.
Additionally, Courtney became just the fifth driver to win at least 15 USAC national races and win in at least three national divisions in a single season, joining A.J. Foyt (1961-64), Parnelli Jones (1964), Jay Drake (2000) and Yeley (2003).
Courtney remains the lone driver to pick up wins in all three USAC national divisions in 2019, with an historic victory during May’s Hoosier Hundred in Silver Crown competition, plus midget wins and sprint scores on numerous occasions throughout the season.
Up next for Courtney to tackle are the Nov. 7-9 Oval Nationals at Perris with the sprint car, then doubling in both the midget and sprint for two nights at Arizona Speedway for the 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford, Nov. 15-16.
The Western World Championships will conclude the sprint season, where he enters November trailing point leader C.J. Leary by 47 markers.
Following that, it’s all about California sunshine and midget racing as the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 commences on Nov. 19-20 at California’s Placerville Speedway, followed by a stop at Bakersfield Speedway for the November Classic on Nov. 23.
The midget season closer is on Nov. 28, with the 79th edition of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway.