TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The final stretch of the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series season is about to commence, but first there’s one more round at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track on deck.
The Wabash Clash hits the track Friday night, Oct. 11, before the series bids adieu to the Midwest and heads west for the season closers in November.
The last time out at Terre Haute, Justin Grant led all 30 laps to win September’s Jim Hurtubise Classic for his first career sprint car score on the half-mile.
In fact, Grant has won twice at Terre Haute under the USAC banner, capturing his first main event victory there in 2018’s Sumar Classic Silver Crown 100-lapper. He’s been a force at Terre Haute this year in USAC sprint car competition, finishing fifth in May, then leading a race-high 21 laps en route to a second-place finish in July.
Like Grant, series point leader C.J. Leary has won once at Terre Haute before in a Silver Crown car, doing so in the 2016 Sumar Classic. He’s still seeking his first USAC sprint win at Terre Haute, however, after setting quick time in May but finishing ninth due to late-race trouble.
Leary won his heat and took sixth in July, followed by a fifth place run in September.
Three-time Terre Haute USAC sprint winner Tyler Courtney stands a mere 47 points behind Leary in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series championship race with six events remaining.
Courtney swept the night in July at Terre Haute by recording fast time, winning his heat race, then scoring the feature win by leading the final eight laps en route to the checkered.
He also collected third-place results at Terre Haute in both May and September of this year, the latter of which he won his heat and was the night’s hard charger after starting ninth.
Kevin Thomas, Jr. is the series’ most recent winner, connecting on his second AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series victory of the season Saturday at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
Thomas is a two-time USAC sprint winner at Terre Haute, first finding victory lane in 2013 and again in 2017 during the most recent October race at the track.
He won his heats in both May and July and took home a third place finish during July’s feature and a second in September.
Of Friday’s expected entrants for the Wabash Clash, no driver owns more USAC sprint victories at Terre Haute than Chris Windom, who boasts four. He won twice in 2011, once again in October of 2016 and for the fourth time in the Fall of 2017.
Windom was also victorious in a Silver Crown car at Terre Haute in 2017. He was second in May at Terre Haute and fifth in July, where he led the opening lap of the main.
In September, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 Sprint champion was the Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier and finished fourth.
Chase Stockon had his first career AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series triumph occur right at Terre Haute in October of 2012. He’s won twice since then at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds track, with the second coming in the summer of 2016.
Most recently, Stockon won this past May by leading all 30 laps on his way to victory. In fact, he’s led all 30 laps in all three of his Terre Haute USAC victories.
Windom has already won the other three Terre Haute USAC sprint car races on the schedule – the Tony Hulman Classic, Jim Hurtubise Classic and Don Smith Classic – and a first Wabash Clash win would make him the first driver to win all four.
Twice a winner at the Action Track with the USAC sprint cars is Brady Bacon, who won the final USAC sprint races held at Terre Haute in both 2014 and 2018.
The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion finished sixth in May and fourth in July, where he collected hard-charger honors after starting from the 14th position.
Jason McDougal was seventh in May and sixth in September at Terre Haute. Isaac Chapple was the hard charger in May’s Hulman Classic, finishing 10th after starting 16th.
Max Adams collected an eighth in July in an impressive series debut at the track. Likewise, Nick Bilbee was eighth in September at Terre Haute, beginning a stretch of three-straight top-10 finishes with the series that remains active coming into Friday’s race.
Josh Hodges notched a ninth in September with the series, while leading series rookie Dustin Clark was 19th in July and 15th in September during his first two appearances at Terre Haute.
Of note, it’s been 20 years since at least four different drivers have claimed AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series victories at Terre Haute in a single season. Stockon, Courtney and Grant have already won this year entering Friday’s race.
In 1999, there were five different Terre Haute winners: Tracy Hines, Tony Jones, Jerry Coons Jr., Frankie Kerr and Terry Pletch.