USAC Set For Winter Dirt Games Opener At Ocala

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Tyler Courtney is among those who will be driving a different car this year on the USAC sprint car trail. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

Five additional winners on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2017 aim to make their debut visit to Bubba Raceway Park victory lane this time around.

The aforementioned Cummins, from Princeton, Ind., has four top-five finishes in Ocala, including a runner-up finish at the 2016 opener. This year marks a new chapter for the three-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner, as he heads back to his own No. 3c along with Eberhardt/Zirzow Racing.

Tyler Courtney had a breakout 2017 season with five series wins, but the Indianapolis, Ind., driver had made the jump to Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing’s new sprint car outfit for the full season this year. Courtney racked up a second-place finish at Ocala in his rookie season back in 2013.

Chad Boespflug, a Bloomington winner in April of last year, has made the change back to his own No. 98, which he drove to a total of six USAC-sanctioned sprint car victories in his unforgettable 2016 season.

Boespflug, who hails from Hanford, California, snagged a second and a fourth at Ocala a year ago.

C.J. Leary (Leary Racing No. 30) and Chase Stockon (32 TBI Racing No. 32) have each been at the game for a while, but haven’t yet taken the checkered flag first at Ocala. Leary finished in the top-five in last year’s Ocala opener, while Stockon has tallied 15-straight top-10s in Winter Dirt Games competition since 2013.

Carson Short has routinely been fast in his family-owned No. 21 in Florida. A third-place finish in last season’s Ocala opener was negated after missing the scales following the checkered flag. The Marion, Ill., driver followed it up a night later by setting fast time in qualifying. S

hort has shown the speed and is more than capable of conquering the competition once again, just as he did during his lone series victory in Indiana Sprint Week at Haubstadt, Indiana in 2016.

Winter Dirt Games entries across the board include past USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookies of the Year Coleman Gulick (2011), Jarett Andretti (2014) and Isaac Chapple (2016).

A solid crop of 2018 USAC Sprint Car rookies going to Ocala include Logan Seavey (Chase Briscoe Motorsports No. 5B), Kent Schmidt (Kent Schmidt No. 5K), Mario Clouser (Mario Clouser Motorsports No. 6), Tim Buckwalter (LNB Motorsports No. 7), Tyler Clem (Bubba Clem No. 14c), Garrett Aitken (Garrett Aitken No. 32A) and Johnny Petrozelle (Petrozelle Autosport No. 59).

Veterans looking to break through in the series’ lone visit to Sunshine State include Nick Bilbee (Epperson Racing No. 2E), Landon Simon (Landon Simon Racing No. 24), Brandon Mattox (Mattox Racing No. 28), Matt Goodnight (Gene Goodnight No. 39) and Robert Bell (Robert Bell Motorsports No. 71).

CREDIT: USAC Media

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