LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Saturday’s 63rd appearance by the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series at Lawrenceburg Speedway will be the 10th running of the Fall Nationals under USAC sanction.
Justin Grant enters as the reigning Fall Nationals winner, leading the first lap and the final 18 laps in a spirited duel with Brady Bacon. He’s riding a hot streak at Lawrenceburg as the winner of the two most recent series appearances, also capturing the win during July’s Indiana Sprint Week round.
In fact, four of Grant’s 16 career USAC National Sprint wins have come at Lawrenceburg. He was also the fastest qualifier at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Midget Week in June.
Grant has five top-five finishes at the Fall Nationals, including a fifth in 2013, a fourth in 2014, a fifth in 2016 and a third in 2017.
The very first of Chase Stockon’s 12 career USAC National Sprint Car victories came at the Fall Nationals in 2012. He’s started all nine Fall Nationals under USAC sanction since 2009.
The Fort Branch, Ind. native, who holds the ultimate Ironman streak of 288 consecutive USAC National Sprint Car starts entering the weekend, also finished as the runner-up at the Fall Nationals in 2013.
Kevin Thomas Jr. has three career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Lawrenceburg, twice in 2013 and again during the 2017 Fall Nationals. He also scored a fourth at the Fall Nationals in 2013, a runner-up finish in 2015 and a fifth place run in last year’s event.
Thomas took a fourth in July at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Sprint Week.
Josh Hodges picked up his first and, thus far, only career USAC National Sprint Car feature win during the Fall Nationals in 2016. In fact, he’s finished in the top-10 in all three of his Fall Nationals starts: first in 2016, eighth in 2017 and 10th in 2018.
Hodges’ 2016 run was the fastest 30-lap USAC Sprint Car race in Lawrenceburg history at 7:21.09.
Dave Darland is the winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time with 62 wins. He also holds the record for most USAC Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg, with seven dating back to 1998.
In Fall Nationals’ past, he’s been third in both 2013 and 2016, and was sixth a year ago. Additionally, he set quick time during qualifying in both in 2014 and 2017.
The USAC Triple Crown champion’s most recent victory at the track came on Sept. 14 in a Lawrenceburg local sprint car program.
Brady Bacon’s lone USAC National Sprint Car win at Lawrenceburg came during the summer of 2015. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion was the fastest qualifier at the 2011 Fall Nationals.
Bacon has finished in the top three in the event over the years, including second in 2014, fourth in 2015 and a runner-up finish in 2018 after leading 11 laps.
Tyler Courtney was the most recent USAC National Sprint Car feature winner last Saturday at Eldora Speedway, where he became the first driver in the series this season to record a complete sweep of the night, earning fast qualifying time, a heat race win and a victory.
The defending USAC sprint champion has one career Lawrenceburg win with the series in 2018. He finished fifth in the Fall Nationals in 2017 and was third in 2018.
USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader and 2013 Lawrenceburg Speedway track champion C.J. Leary has finished in the top-three twice at the Fall Nationals in his career. Leary was third in 2015 and second in 2017.
In both 2015 and 2018, Leary was the fastest qualifier at the Fall Nationals and was so again this past July at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Sprint Week where he raced to a 3rd place finish in the main event.
He carries a 58-point lead in the series standings entering the event.
Chris Windom is the only driver to finish in the top 10 of all nine previous Fall Nationals run under the sanctioning of USAC, but the 2017 spring Lawrenceburg winner remains on the hunt for his first Fall Nationals triumph.
Windom was third in 2009, second in 2011, second in 2012, 10th in 2013, ninth in 2014, fifth in 2015, second in 2016, seventh in 2017 and fourth in 2018. He was second in July at Lawrenceburg and was victorious there during Indiana Midget Week in June.
Jason McDougal was 17th during his first Fall Nationals run one year ago in 2018. The Bridgeport, N.J., Eastern Storm winner and Fairbury, Neb., Mid-America Midget week victor was seventh during his Lawrenceburg USAC sprint car return in July of this year.
His Daigh/Phillips Motorsports team has been the fastest qualifier twice at the Fall Nationals, in 2014 with Darland and in 2016 with Stevie Sussex.
Isaac Chapple enters the Fall Nationals after reeling off a pair of top-tens last weekend at Gas City and Eldora, where he finished ninth in both races.
The 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has made three past Fall Nationals starts, finishing a best of ninth one year ago.
Dustin Clark has taken command of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year battle. He plans to make his first career Fall Nationals appearance this Saturday at Lawrenceburg, where he’s made one previous series start, a 14th-place finish in July.
Nick Bilbee has won three times at Lawrenceburg this season in weekly sprint car competition and finished fourth in the track’s standings for 2019. He was the fastest qualifier in USAC Sprint Car competition at Lawrenceburg during the summer of 2018.
A 14th-place finisher last year at the Fall Nationals, Bilbee’s best result in the event was an 11th in 2017.