Clauson Takes Control In Indiana

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Bryan Clauson (20) charges under Hunter Schuerenburg Friday night at Bloomington Speedway. (Ginny Heithaus photo)
Bryan Clauson (20) charges under Hunter Schuerenburg Friday night at Bloomington Speedway. (Ginny Heithaus photo)
Bryan Clauson (20) charges under Hunter Schuerenburg Friday night at Bloomington Speedway. (Ginny Heithaus photo)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bryan Clauson will take the point lead into the final night of Indiana Sprintweek after his second victory of the week Friday night at Bloomington Speedway.

Clauson used a late-race restart to pass Hunter Schuerenberg en route to his fourth win of the year in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance No. 20 Beast/Kistler.

Clauson started on the pole but Dave Darland grabbed the early lead from outside the front row, running the top around the quarter-mile. Clauson fell into second as ProSource “Fast Qualifier” and track record holder Hunter Schuerenberg was on the move from the third row. Clauson poked under Darland for the lead on lap four, but a caution negated the move.

Schuerenberg was working the top as Darland slid back to the bottom, and Schuerenberg got by Clauson for second just before a red flag on lap ten for Tracy Hines in turn-two. He was unhurt.

After the restart, Schuerenberg got wound up on the top and flew by Darland for the lead on the turn-four cushion, narrowly beating him to the line on lap 11 and then shutting the door into turn-one on lap 12.

After another yellow, Schuerenberg found himself up front as Clauson applied pressure to Darland for second. Clauson finally worked the middle through turns three and four to grab the runner-up spot back and begin to chew into Schuerenberg’s lead. With just six laps left, Tyler Courtney flipped in turn-two. He climbed out uninjured.