Windom and Andretti Secure Freedom 100 Rides

A pair of USAC regulars have earned their shot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, each securing Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires rides for the 17th running of the “Freedom 100” on May 24 during Carb Day festivities at the famed 2.5-mile track.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Silver Crown champion Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. announced today that he will compete in the 40-lap, 100-mile race in a partnership between Belardi Auto Racing and Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.  Earlier this week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car, NOS Energy Drink National Midget and Silver Crown veteran Jarett Andretti announced a deal with Andretti Autosport.

Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 Sprint champ, actually debuted at IMS a year ago, but was unable to make an appearance on raceday following damage suffered to the car in a practice accident.  This time around, Windom will pilot the NOS Energy Drink-sponsored No. 17 Dallara.  Windom, also a veteran of the NASCAR Truck Series, has won 22 times in USAC National Sprint Car competition, ranking 24thall-time.  His eight career Silver Crown victories rank 14th.

“After a disappointing ending to last year’s run for the Freedom 100, I’m very thankful to be given another opportunity to go back to Indy with the Belardi/Byrd team,” Windom said.  “I really enjoy working with everyone on the team and I feel like we can be strong contenders for this year’s race.”

Jarett, the son of Indianapolis 500/Daytona 500 veteran and USAC National Midget winner John Andretti, was tabbed to drive for the team owned by Michael Andretti, his godfather and first cousin once removed.  Jarett has made 119 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts in his career, earning a best-career finish of second at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Speedway in 2017.

The versatile Jarett owns a USAC title in 2011 with the Eastern Ford Focus Dirt Midgets and was a 2013 Oswego Speedway Supermodified Rookie of the Year, has been competing on the Pirelli GT4 America Series trail over the past couple of seasons.  Now he’s ready to take his shot at IMS, where, 50 years earlier, the Andretti name first reached Indy victory lane with Mario, the twin brother of Jarett’s grandfather, Aldo.

It will be extra special for Jarett to join his father John, the 12-time Indianapolis 500 starter who’s been a staple in USAC’s pit area with Jarett’s No. 18 Sprint Car.

“I get to go to the speedway, drive by there all the time, live in Indianapolis, grew up in Indianapolis,” Jarett said.  “It means a lot.  (It will be) good to get Dad out to the speedway again.  He always gets a little pep in his step when he gets to go out there, see everybody, be a part of something.  That's going to be exciting.”

Windom and Andretti will both set foot in an Indy Lights open test to prepare for the “Freedom 100” at Kentucky Speedway on April 18.

It will already be a busy week for both Windom and Andretti with several nights of USAC racing in the Hoosier state surrounding the activity at IMS.  The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars head to the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 22, for the 49th “Tony Hulman Classic,” followed by back-to-back nights for Silver Crown racing, first on the dirt at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 64th“Hoosier Hundred” on Thursday, May 23, and the “Carb Night Classic” on Friday, May 24 on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

A discounted Superticket, good for admission to all three of the USAC events can be purchased at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

Reutzel Opens All Star Points Season With Win

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Although it has been over three months since the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 last hosted competition, two-time and defending Series champion, Aaron Reutzel, left zero doubt to those in attendance at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota, that the extended gap in the All Star schedule affected his focus and ability, ultimately ending his evening $6,600 richer, as well as the Series point leader. Including action that did not accumulate championship points in early February, the victory was Reutzel’s third of the 2020 season against the All Stars and the 28th of his career.

Jameson Rejoins Rattliff for Eldora Stream

Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., quickly landed a ride for the June 4-6 Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational at Eldora Speedway, reuniting with former car owner James Rattliff just hours after learning he was one of the 44 drivers invited to participate in the Rossburg, Ohio, track’s spectator-free weekend that is topped by a 67-lap, $50,000-to-win feature.

Stream Invitee Has One Big Problem: No Race Car

Jason Jameson was pleased when he learned Friday afternoon that his name appeared on the list of 44 drivers invited to compete in the spectator-free Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational June 4-6 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

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We have 44 of the 48 Late Model drivers set to make history at the 2020 Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational, but we need you, the fans, the pick the final four drivers!

Eldora Dirt Late Model Stream Statistical Roster

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Eldora Schedules Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational June 4-6

Live dirt track racing returns to the legendary Eldora Speedway next weekend with the Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational – the first live racing event at Eldora since the lockdown resulting from the coronavirus. Set for exclusive live broadcast on FloRacing, the leading destination for grassroots racing, the highly-anticipated race is scheduled for Thursday, June 4 through Saturday, June 6 and will feature the nomadic stars of DIRTcar, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and Eldora’s local and regional stars. For the first time in Eldora’s history, the race will take place without fans present, adhering to guidelines set forth by local and state officials in Ohio. This special event will replace the 26th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream, one of the legendary half-mile dirt oval’s marquee events which has been rescheduled and will now take place in 2021.

All Stars Add Devil's Bowl June 10

Bumping the overall tally from eight to nine, the 2020 edition of Cometic Gasket Thunder Through The Plains presented by Hercules Tires featuring the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will now consist of nine events over an 11-day span, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, will host the winged warriors on Wednesday evening, June 10. Although not new to All Star Circuit of Champions competition like many of the facilities on the Thunder Through The Plains schedule, it has been over 30 years since the Series last left tracks at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, hosting a doubleheader on March 9-10, 1990.

Meet Your 2020 Full-Time All Stars

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With the 2020 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 championship point season commencing this weekend, a stout contingent of some of the nation’s finest open wheel competitors are expected to assemble and tour full-time with America’s Series, kicking things off, officially, with a two-day stay at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota, on Friday and Saturday, May 29-30.

Hedgecock Dominates Sexton Memorial for $10,052

Anybody aiming to win a Late Model feature at 411 Motor Speedway has to outrun home-track standout Cory Hedgecock. No one could do it at Monday night’s Scott Sexton Memorial.

I-55 Hosts USAC Sprints on June 7

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. has been added to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule for Sunday night, June 7, making it a doubleheader weekend for the series with a visit to 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa the night before on Saturday night, June 6.