PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. – Jerry Coons Jr. celebrated his independence in style Friday night at Lincoln Park Speedway as veteran captured his first AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
It was the 15th career National Sprint win for Coons, tying him for 27th all-time.
Coons found himself on the pole after qualifying eighth, but it was Dave Darland driving around the outside to take the initial lead during the 30-lapper. Coons darted under him on lap two as they exited turn four, getting the official lead before point-leader Brady Bacon got caught up in a chain reaction and spun in turn four on lap three.
Coons kept his lead as Darland tried to work the high side just behind him. They moved into lapped traffic within just a few laps as Darland made a major mistake, getting sideways in turns one and two on lap 10 and nearly stopping before another car hit him and re-fired the Phillips Motorsports No. 71P. The caution came out, but since no cars had stopped, it was deemed an inadvertent yellow and Darland was placed in fifth, which is where he blended in as the caution appeared.
From there the race went green as Coons tried to slice through traffic with Bryan Clauson keeping pace with him. Clauson tried to apply pressure to his inside, but Coons was too strong as Clauson started to blow some smoke from underneath the hood. With just five laps to go, Coons encountered two cars racing side-by-side and was held up enough for Clauson to try the bottom through turns three and four, grabbing the lead as they crossed the stripe on lap 26.