INDIANAPOLIS — National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland has joined Hartford City, Indiana-based Goodnight Racing for a full schedule in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series next season.
Darland, USAC’s winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver with 59 victories, will sport the No. 36D, a number that has ridden with him to numerous titles and victories, including his very first USAC win at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1993.
The Lincoln, Indiana driver is one of just six drivers who owns titles in all three USAC National divisions, including Silver Crown (1997), National Sprint Cars (1999) and National Midgets (2001 & 2002).
Darland will pilot a second Goodnight entry as he reunites with former crew chief Scott Benic, who will turn the wrenches for Darland next season at the Matt and Gene Goodnight-owned team. The pairing teamed up for six USAC National Sprint Car victories between 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, Darland drove for the Goodnight family for much of the USAC Sprint schedule, picking up a win in the Indiana Sprint Week opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway. In three starts with Goodnight in 2017, Darland was ProSource Fast Qualifier in all three, and had finishes of fourth at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway and fifth at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
At the “Fall Nationals” in Lawrenceburg, Ind., Darland was in contention for the lead when mechanical trouble sidelined him.
In addition to the full USAC schedule, Darland will be competing in select local events around the Midwest in Goodnight’s Maxim chassis, wich will be powered by a Claxton engine.
Darland will make his season debut in the Goodnight car during USAC’s season-opening Winter Dirt Games, Feb. 15-17 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.
CREDIT: USAC Media