USAC: Junior Knepper 55 Entries Surpass 60

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Colten Cottle at speed in March of 2016 at the Southern Illinois Center. (Rich Forman Photo)

Entries continue to pour in for the 2nd Annual “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, December 17.

Among the entries so far are two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon from Oklahoma; versatile California racer and two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman; plus, USAC Sprint Car standout Thomas Meseraull from California; Indiana Sprint Week feature winner Brent Beauchamp and “Ted Horn 100” Silver Crown winner Chris Urish out of Elkhart, Illinois.
A couple of drivers have already filed their intentions to take the wing off and compete on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval including World of Outlaws regular Joey Saldana from Indiana and 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr. from Kansas.
Drivers who’ve made their names known to a nationwide audience outside of the dirt discipline are entered as well including 2016 ARCA champ Chase Briscoe and two-time American Le Mans Series titlist Chris Dyson.
West coast star Ryan Bernal is entered in a team car to Saldana while midget racing standouts Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illinois – a winner indoors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis a year ago – and Tyler Thomas are set to hit the stage in their self-owned rides.
Even more entries are expected to join the large field at the racey indoor track located adjacent to the “Magic Mile” at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds where the annual “Ted Horn 100” USAC Silver Crown race is held each Labor Day weekend.

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