USAC's All-Time Best From Oklahoma

Oklahoma has produced some of the top talent with USAC’s National series, especially throughout the decade of the 2010s, bringing championships, race wins in all three series, Rookie of the Year awards and a plethora of hardware.  Presenting in no particular order, here are some of the most successful USAC drivers of all-time from the Sooner State.

 Watch the USAC National Midgets return to the Sooner State for the T-Town Midget Showdown this Friday and Saturday LIVE on Floracing!

Jackie Howerton

Jackie Howerton, a Sprint regular from Tulsa, stunned the Indiana State Fairgrounds patrons with his smooth driving style as he outdueled Viceroy teammates Al Unser and Mario Andretti in one of the all-time great finishes in Hoosier Hundred history back in 1974.  Howerton was also a victor once with the USAC National Sprint Cars as well in June of 1976 at Eldora Speedway.

Watch clips from Jackie Howerton's surprise Hoosier Hundred victory in 1974:

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Christopher Bell

USAC’s first Oklahoma-born National Midget champion was a top-line talent seemingly right out of the box when he joined the series full-time for the 2013 season, winning seven races while becoming the first Rookie to win the series driving title in over four decades.  Since then, the Norman native has racked up 23 total series wins along with a Silver Crown score en route to becoming a full-time driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series.

Highlights of Christopher Bell's win at Red Dirt in 2018:

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Brady Bacon

The first USAC National Sprint Car champion representative from Oklahoma came along the year after Bell’s Midget championship, winning the first of his two series titles in 2014 then again in 2016.  The Broken Arrow talent is USAC’s winningest Oklahoma National driver with 31 career Sprint victories, 8 Midget scores and 2 Silver Crown wins.  His 333 USAC Sprint starts currently rank within the top-ten all-time.

See highlights from Brady's most recent USAC National Sprint Car win at Ocala:

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Jason McDougal

McDougal, out of Broken Arrow, burst onto the USAC scene in 2018 and was immediately one of the most exciting drivers on the circuit where he scored a pair of National Sprint wins at I-55 Raceway in Missouri and Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey, along with two Midget triumphs at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway and Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

Watch Jason McDougal's win at I-55 in 2018:

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Troy Ruttman

Mooreland, Oklahoma’s Troy Ruttman’s career spanned through the latter years of AAA and into the early years of USAC.  AAA, the precursor to USAC, was where Ruttman won three AAA Sprint Car titles in the forthcoming years and captured the 1952 Indianapolis 500 victory and still stands as the youngest driver to win the race at 22 years old.  In the initial season of USAC, his versatility also earned him the 1956 Short Track Stock Car driving championship.


Cannon McIntosh

Cannon McIntosh demonstrated grace under fire quite literally in the 2019 Shamrock Classic USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.  A fuel leak during hot laps ignited the Bixby, Oklahoma driver’s ride, giving the 16-year-old driver a scare.  Using a borrowed firesuit from Grady Chandler, McIntosh raced to his first career series victory in just his second series start, re-passing defending series champion Logan Seavey late in the going to claim the win.

Watch highlights of Cannon's first USAC National Midget triumph at the 2019 Shamrock Classic:

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Tyler Thomas

For much of the decade of the 2010s, Tyler Thomas waited patiently for his turn at USAC glory.  There were the heartaches and the struggles, but the fire never waned inside the Collinsville, Oklahoma driver.  His turn finally arrived in October 2018 as he captured his first career USAC National Midget feature win at the Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.  The triumph came just shy of two months following his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August.  By doing so, he became the first driver to win both his first career USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget features in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011.

Watch Tyler's first career USAC National Midget Win at Wayne City in 2018:

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The T-Town Showdown festivities kick off the day before the racing starts, on Thursday, May 21, at Port City with a practice session for all Midget and Micro Sprint entries from 6-9pm Central.  Pit gates open at 4pm.  The cost is $20 admission.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.

Both nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing at Port City on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 will include full series points-paying events with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event.  Cars hit the track each night for practice at 6:30pm central.

Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be shown live on FloRacing.

McCarl Outduels Reutzel in Park Jefferson Finale

Unarguably one of the the most exciting main event outcomes in Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 and Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Series history, Altoona, Iowa’s Austin McCarl accomplished the near-impossible on Saturday night at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota, and held off two-time and defending All Star champion, Aaron Reutzel, for a first-ever Series victory and a $6,900 top prize. Originally slated to award $6,600, Kevin Rudeen of Rudeen Racing bumped the winner’s share an extra $300 to award $6,900.

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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Dirt Late Model Stream Fan Vote

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

How have Eldora Speedway's 44 Dirt Late Model Stream invitees fared in the legendary track's crown jewel events?  Andy Savary offers career statistical breakdowns of the numerical 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.