INDIANAPOLIS – All three of USAC’s national divisions saw increases in their average car counts per race from last season to this season.
The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series saw the largest growth, with 8.3 more cars per race in 2020 compared to 2019.
The average count of 41.59 was the largest per race average in 16 years. The 2004 average car count for the series was a smidge ahead of 2020 at 42.57.
The car count of 57 for the Independence Night Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., was the high-water mark for the series in 2020, marking the largest for a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series event since the Western World Championships at Arizona’s Manzanita Speedway in November of 2008.
Over the past 17 seasons, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division has averaged more than 40 cars per race five times, and 2020 marked the first time that had occurred in 12 years, a bar last reached during the 2008 campaign.
The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series also saw an increase in cars per event, with 35.79 during the 2020 season compared to 34.61 in 2019.
A season-high 54 cars and drivers signed in for the first night of November’s Merced Midget Madness at Merced (Calif.) Speedway.
In the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the story remained the same. The average car count bumped up from 25.3 to 27 between 2019 and 2020.
A season-high 36 signed in for August’s renewal of the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.