Following a strong run on the dirt miles, 2017 Bettenhausen 100 winner Justin Grant appears poised for another win this Sunday in Springfield, Illinois.
Grant gained six spots in four laps during the final ten miles at Du Quoin to finish second behind winner Jacob Wilson. The 28-year-old star now looks to advance one more position in the final order at Springfield.
He bas been a terror on the USAC and Indiana sprint car scene with top runs in midget cars as well. His championship car breakthrough came at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in August of 2017. After qualifying on the outside of the front row, Grant got the jump on pole-sitter Jerry Coons, Jr. and led the first 36 miles before being passed by veteran Brian Tyler.
Get a firsthand look at what it's like on the track with Grant:
Tyler appeared to have the advantage until Grant caught up and eventually passed him on a lap 57 restart after a red flag due to a Zach Daum flip on the main chute. Grant was able to lead the final miles and gain his first, and only, 100-mile dirt track victory to date.
A win at Terre Haute in the Sumar Classic followed in 2018. He also had a third place finish at Springfield and a fourth at Du Quoin where he chased Kody Swanson for the 2018 title.
This season, Grant is just 39 points behind Swanson in second place entering this weekend's race with only the finale at Eldora to follow. He's made all nine Silver Crown races to date with a 17th place finish at Madison which is the only time he has finished lower than eighth. He also has two third place finishes and three fourth place finishes in the eight races so far.
Watch Grant claim victory at Terre Haute: