BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bryan Clauson turned things around on Friday night at Bloomington Speedway, winning the third leg of Indiana Midget Week for the Honda National Dirt Midgets.
It was the 26th national midget victory of Clauson’s young career, moving him to 15th all-time.
Rico Abreu jumped from the pole and paced the early rounds on the bottom while Clauson was working his way from the tenth starting spot. He did most of his work early, jumping to the high side to roar into the top-five. Just before a caution at lap 10, Clauson moved by Tracy Hines for third.
After the restart, Clauson sailed around the high side and quickly moved in on Abreu for the lead. The youngster from Rutherford, California did not go down easily, though. After Clauson rolled by him, Abreu pointed the other direction and slid Clauson in the next corner. Clauson was up to the task, though, and took the lead right back.
Again on a restart with nine to go, Abreu threw a big move at Clauson but to no avail. Abreu’s teammate Christopher Bell then moved in to take second just before the final caution flew with three to go. On the restart, Bell got a run to the inside but Clauson slammed the door and held on to win by .242 seconds in the Honeybaked Ham Company of Bloomington – Curb Records No. 39 Spike/Esslinger.
“It’s great to get this win tonight in Honeybaked Ham’s hometown, with them here with us tonight. We laid down as good a lap as we could and gave ourselves something to work with. We had (teammate) Dillon Welch running the B and he got going good through the middle, which really helped. I’ve been in Rico and Bell’s position before and had somebody buzz right by me up high here. I was happy we were on the good end tonight,” Clauson said.