DUQUOIN, Ill. — Thomas Meseraull will return to the seat of Amati Racing’s No. 66 midget for this Saturday’s USAC-sanctioned Junior Knepper 55 inside DuQuoin’s Southern Illinois Center.
Meseraull and Amati have paired up in the past, scoring four USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories between 2015 and 2016. In the 2016 running of the Knepper 55, the San Jose, California native posted an eighth-place finish for the Amati team.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with T-Mez once again,” Amati Racing said in a statement to their Facebook page. “We hope that we can carry over the success we had on the USAC sprint car tour in 2015 and 2016 into the opener of the indoor midget racing season.”
While Meseraull’s prowess in recent years has been in the seat of a sprint car, with seven career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins, he has a collection of midget racing successes in the past as well, including a second-place finish at DuQuoin’s indoor midget race in 2011.
In addition, Meseraull won a USAC Midget non-points special event at California’s Irwindale Speedway in 2004, as well as added three-career USAC Western States Midget victories and a Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) midget title in 2004.
Meseraull has joined a Knepper 55 field of at least 58 entries on Saturday, including past DuQuoin midget winners Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant and Shane Golobic.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champions Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton are set to drive for renowned car owner Keith Kunz on the sixth-mile bullring, while reigning Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle, 2016 Belleville Midget Nationals champion Chad Boat and 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix winner Billy Wease are all entered as well.
Past feature midget race winners at DuQuoin in the month of December include Casey Shuman (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011), Tony Stewart (2012), Joey Saldana (2014), Stenhouse (2015) and Courtney (2016).
CREDIT: USAC Media