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CMR Delivers 1-2 Punch at The Shamrock – Turnpike Challenge Up Next

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (March 22, 2017) – The Clauson-Marshall Racing team launched the USAC National Midget championship effort in grand style by racing to a one-two finish in Saturday’s season-opening Shamrock Classic at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center with Justin Grant holding off teammate Shane Golobic for the win.

The team continues action with this weekend’s POWRi “Turnpike Challenge” at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway.

After picking up a Chili Bowl preliminary feature win and then posting a podium finish in the championship finale, Ione, California native Justin Grant grabbed the early USAC Midget points lead by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s 50-lap feature aboard the CMR No. 39bc.

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Grant Gets USAC National Midget Win #1 at Shamrock Classic

Du Quoin, Illinois………Thus far, USAC’s 2017 season has already become the year of Justin Grant.

The record books were rewritten in Saturday night’s “Shamrock Classic” USAC Midget National Championship season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center as Grant became the first driver in the 62-year history of the organization to record season-opening feature victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in a single year.

Now, the Ione, California driver finds himself in an envious early-season position: sitting atop the standings in both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget series. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for Grant, a driver who readily admits that his racing career was floundering less than a year ago.

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Thorson Eyes Repeat of USAC Midget Title Season in 2017

In the 61-year history of the United States Auto Club, repeating as a national series champion has proven to be one of the ultimate litmus tests of determining the greats in the sport. Though, certainly not unprecedented in the history of the series, the list of drivers who have repeated as a USAC National Midget is chock full of drivers who defined their eras.

In 2017, Tanner Thorson has an opportunity to take a big step toward joining that list that includes a variety of established hall of famers and future hall of famers, among them are Shorty Templeman, Jimmy Davies, Mike McGreevy, Mel Kenyon, Sleepy Tripp, Stevie Reeves, Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and the most recent back-to-back series champ Bryan Clauson in 2010 and 2011.

Thorson will begin his fifth season with the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team in 2017 this Saturday, March 18 at the second running of the “Shamrock Classic,” held indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. As the most experienced member of the team, Thorson has seen much of what the series calendar has to offer, which lends an advantage to the Minden, Nevada driver. Yet, with a stacked field of competitors returning for a title run this season, the competition will be stiff and the challenge grand in becoming the 12th driver to accomplish the feat.

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Bacon, Grant, Courtney and Golobic Among First to File Entries for Shamrock Classic

Du Quoin, Illinois………Some of the biggest names in midget racing have begun to file their entries for the second running of the “Shamrock Classic” Saturday, March 18 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. The $3900-to-win USAC Midget National Championship season opener brings the series indoors to showcase the intense open wheel action on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt track that has routinely provided some of the most memorable races each season.

The two most recent USAC Midget winners at the Southern Illinois Center have signed on to compete for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team at Du Quoin. Fremont, California’s Shane Golobic will attempt to defend his “Shamrock Classic” victory in the CMR/Matt Wood Racing No. 17w. Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney, a Southern Illinois Center winner in last December’s “Junior Knepper 55,” will pilot the CMR No. 7BC. Filling out the CMR stable is current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant who won last Friday’s Sprint season opener in Ocala, Florida. The Ione, California native won his first ever start in the CMR No. 39BC in a Chili Bowl preliminary night feature in January.

In addition, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon is back in the saddle of the FMR No. 76m for the 2017 USAC season. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, won last season’s “Jason Leffler Memorial” in Wayne City, Ill. and finished third in series points.

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Free Entry and Tickets Now Available for Du Quoin’s “Shamrock Classic” on March 18

Free entry is available for all “Shamrock Classic” competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing. ticketspice.com/shamrock- classic-at-du-quoin-entry. Use the code regriesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13. Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

The kickoff to the start of the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship season brings the series indoors to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the second running of the “Shamrock Classic.” Numerous companies have pledged their generous support for the Bryan Clauson, Inc. promotion, adding to the “pot of gold” that each competitor will seek on the one-sixth-mile bullring on Saturday, March 18.

Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event that saw 54 of the best midget drivers in the country in competition. Adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

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Open Wheel Extravaganza Comes to Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center on Feb. 18

The first ever indoor event in the history of USAC’s IMRA and Midwest Thunder Midget series comes to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The racing extravaganza at the Mini Magic Mile features a full-slate of racing with two separate events in one single day. The morning’s racing program includes complete shows for the Winged Outlaw Karts, Pro Clone 350+ Go-Karts, and Junior 2 Go-Karts. Morning practice for the three classes begins at 8:30 am (CT) with the day’s first of two programs scheduled to conclude around 2:30 pm.

After an intermission and a rework of the track surface, the afternoon session begins with hot laps at 5:30 pm and includes two classes from USAC’s Speed2 Midget division: IMRA and the Midwest Thunder Midget Championship as well as 600cc Winged Micro Sprints.

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Courtney Closes 2016 USAC Season with Indoor Domination at the Junior Knepper 55

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016 — Du Quoin, Illinois — Six years ago, Tyler Courtney was a newcomer to the midget racing scene when he made his debut at the first full midget race ever held at the Southern Illinois Center.

Saturday, on the very same ground, Courtney became a winner at the place where it all began, on the one-sixth-mile dirt bullring indoors at the “Junior Knepper 55” as the Indianapolis, Indiana native raced to victory in the second annual USAC Midget Special Event honoring the late, successful USAC car owner.

Courtney led the opening lap before giving way to Justin Allgaier, then clawed his way back to the front on the eighth lap to reclaim a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish to take his first career Midget win under the USAC banner.

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Entries Surpass 60 for Dec. 17 Junior Knepper 55 in DuQuoin

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.

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Stenhouse Steals “Junior Knepper 55” Glory from Car Owner Clauson

Du Quoin, Illinois — Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. conjured memories of his breakout 2007 USAC season, as the Olive Branch, Mississippi driver returned to midget racing on Saturday night and passed Bryan Clauson with three laps to go for the win in the inaugural “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center. Stenhouse was caught up in a lap-one logjam but recovered after restarting the event in the 20th and last position before making his way forward to the $3,000 payday.

After heat races and qualifying races accumulated finish and passing points to set feature lineups, Bryan Clauson earned the pole, but fellow front-row starter Tyler Thomas looped his mount in turn-one to set off the six-car stack-up. All six cars were able to restart.

Clauson led early and encountered the tail of the field on lap six, but that was no deterrent. Behind him, Joey Saldana worked to the inside of Chase Briscoe on lap nine to take the second spot. The pace was fast at the front, with the first half of the race clicking off with just one caution.
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Bell Ready for Battle after Strong Snowflake

NORMAN, Okla. (December 17, 2014) – After finishing off his asphalt season in strong form in the recent Snowflake 100, Christopher Bell is set to finish off a fast-paced 2014 with Saturday night’s POWRi Midget “Battle at the Center” in Du Quoin, IL.

Saturday’s fifth annual event at the Southern Illinois Center will mark Bell’s 108th event of a year in which he has already racked up 27 feature wins.

Bell comes off a rare idle weekend after racing to finish of sixth in the asphalt late model ranks at Five Flags Speedway’s Snowflake 100 in Pensacola on December 6.

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