1997 Winner Leary Returns to Hoosier 100

Chuck Leary, winner of the 1997 “Hoosier Hundred,” will return to the cockpit of a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car for the first time in nearly two decades when the series rolls into the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 23, for the 64th running of the “Hoosier Hundred.”

Leary, of Greenfield, Ind. will drive the Chuck & Tammi Leary-owned No. 30, sponsored by Leary Construction – GreenTech Lubricants/DRC/1-Way Toyota in the 100-miler, the very same car that his son, C.J. Leary, used to win last Fall’s “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway.

Chuck, the recipient of the 1993 USAC National Midget and 1995 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year awards, has made four Hoosier Hundred starts in his career: a 6th place finish in 1995, a 1st in 1997, a 23rd in 1998 and a 5th in 1999.  His most recent start with the Silver Crown series came at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2000, where he finished 23rd.

Son C.J. is a burgeoning star on the USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint and NOS Energy Drink National Midget trails.  He leads the sprint points, is third in the midget standings and resides 18th in the Silver Crown points.  He will be competing in his fourth “Hoosier Hundred” aboard the DMW Motorsports No. 10.

The Hoosier Hundred will provide a rare opportunity for father and son to compete in the Hoosier Hundred.  Chuck and C.J. have previously raced against each other in karts and TQ Midgets, where they once started a feature event alongside each other, but this will mark their first instance against one another in a USAC event.

While a number of second-generation drivers have followed in their father, or grandfather’s, footsteps to become a Hoosier Hundred starter, this will mark just the second time in “Hoosier Hundred” history that father and son will attempt to compete in the same race.  Jim and James McElreath were the first in 1976 with son James getting the best of his father that day, earning a 10th with Jim grabbing a 19th.

Among the other multiple generation starters include three generations of Carters: Duane, his sons Pancho and Dana, and Duane’s grandson Cole.  Tony Bettenhausen and sons Gary and Merle competed as did Bill and Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Ron and Casey Shuman, Brent and Bud Kaeding, Bob and Bobby East, Mike and Mike Mosley, Jr., Parnelli and Page Jones, John and Jarett Andretti, Blake and Shane Hollingsworth, Jerry and Steven Russell, Billy Vukovich, Jr. and Billy Vukovich III as well as Jim Moughan, Jr. and Joey Moughan.

Hoosier Hundred activities get underway with pits opening at noon eastern, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4pm and practice from 4:45-6pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow.  Tickets are $25 for advance adult general admission and $30 the day of the event.  Infield tickets are $20, while general admission for children 11 and under is $10.  Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy.”  A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 “Tony Hulman Classic” for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 “Hoosier Hundred” for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele “Carb Night Classic” Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred.  To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Leary Captures 2019 Eastern Storm Title

More often than not, Eastern Storm has proven to be a harbinger of even more success.

Eastern Storm Finale at Weedsport Rained Out

Persistent rain has washed out and forced cancellation of Sunday’s “Eastern Storm” finale for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at New York’s Weedsport Speedway.

Gronholm Heads The Pack in Hell After Day One

Finland’s Niclas Gronholm set his second career quickest time in Q2 at the Team Verksted World RX of Norway, round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship to take the overnight TQ (top qualifier) position.

Gronholm Makes Rapid Return

Finland’s Gronholm missed the Belgian and UK rounds of World RX with illness but bounced back at Hell RX with a race win in Q1 Race 3 and the quickest time with the GRX Hyundai i20 Supercar.

Guardino Continues to Roll at Santa Maria

Regaining the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 21, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) claimed the “Ron Otto Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway.

Courtney Rules Port Royal Eastern Storm Round

For Tyler Courtney, the date of June 15th and the location of Port Royal Speedway means more than just another stop on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour.

Johnny Kent Reads the Red Dirt to Victory

Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.) caught reigning series champion Brett Wilson (Sapulpa, Okla.) in lapped traffic with five laps remaining, took over the lead and carried onto victory in Friday night’s USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Red Dirt Raceway.

Gehrke Gets MTM Win at Gas City

Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) captured the victory in Friday’s USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget feature at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Trammell Strikes Again at Thunder Valley

Midwest Mini Sprint Association point leader Cody Trammell took Thunder Valley Raceway by storm Friday night.  Trammell had a near-perfect night, first winning his heat and then rolling on to win the night’s feature.

Home Hopes Rest with Bakkerud in Hell

The fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy visits Hell for the Team Verksted World RX of Norway this weekend with home hopes resting heavily on the broad shoulders of Andreas Bakkerud.