BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Dave Darland battled past Chase Stockon and went on to score his 60th AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series victory Friday night at Bloomington Speedway.
Darland, who took the top spot for the first time on the second circuit of the 30-lap feature, passed Stockon for good on lap 13 and never trailed again en route to the win.
Friday marked Darland’s first triumph in a USAC National Sprint Car race since the second night of the Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in November of 2016, breaking a 17-month winless drought.
“It’s just taken me forever,” Darland said with a laugh. “Seven-hundred starts and 60 wins. I don’t know what happened the other 640 times, but it’s been a great career for me. I still love driving race cars and, on nights like this, it’s such a great feeling.”
The all-time series wins leader started on the outside of the front row and led a combined 23 of the 30 laps in the main event.
Chris Windom crossed second after gridding up on the outside of the second row, with 15th-starting Logan Seavey charging through the field to complete the podium.
Seavey, driving for Chase Briscoe, was the night’s hard charger, advancing 12 positions.
Chad Boespflug and C.J. Leary finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Stockon faded to seventh at the checkered flag after starting on the pole and leading seven laps.
Tyler Thomas set fast time over the 28-car field in Michael Dutcher’s No. 17GP, turning a lap of 10.954 seconds around the Indiana quarter-mile.
Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Darland and Tyler Courtney each won heat races. Thomas stormed back to take the semi victory after finishing sixth and failing to transfer out of his heat.
Dave Darland, Chris Windom, Logan Seavey, Chad Boespflug, C.J. Leary, Jeff Bland Jr., Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon, Joe Stornetta, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Tyler Thomas, Jordan Kinser, Kyle Cummins, Nick Bilbee, Kevin Thomas Jr., Robert Ballou, Isaac Chapple, Jerry Coons Jr., Lee Underwood, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Dakota Jackson.