MONTPELIER, Ind. — USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland will jump into the seat of Gene Goodnight’s No. 39g sprint car for this weekend’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car doubleheader Friday, Sept. 29 at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 30 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
The car regularly driven by Matt Goodnight is a familiar ride to Darland. For it was the Goodnight Racing team he competed with for the bulk of the 2010 USAC Sprint Car season that included an Indiana Sprint Week feature victory at Lawrenceburg during July of that season seven years ago.
The Goodnight ride marks the fourth team Darland will compete with during the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, following stints in the Phillips Motorsports No. 71p, Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17gp and Mark Hery No. 40 as he seeks to extend his record to a 60th career USAC Sprint Car win.
Darland has seen success at both of this weekend’s venues.
In the series’ lone visit to Montpelier in April of 2016, Darland led the first 11 laps before finishing third. He is the winningest driver in the history of USAC Sprint Car racing at Lawrenceburg with seven victories between 1998 and 2016 — the sixth and 58th USAC Sprint victories of his illustrious career.