PERRIS, Calif. – Bryan Clauson earned his first USAC AMOSIL National Sprint Car Series championship during the 17th running of the Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway last weekend.
Clauson, of Noblesville, became the youngest USAC National Sprint Car Champion in history at age 23, winning Friday’s 30-lap Perris prelim and finishing sixth in Saturday night’s 40-lap finale. He edged Dave Darland by just five points for the crown after Darland finished third and fifth in the two Perris features.
Clauson led all 30 laps of Friday’s race in his Curb Records/R & B Truckers Maxim/Fisher to beat Stanbrough, Darland, Hines and Faas to the checkered flag.
The championship is the third USAC National crown for the Indiana native. He also won the 2010 and 2011 USAC Mopar National Midget Series championships.
Clauson is also expected to claim the USAC National Drivers Championship for the third-straight year, which would give him a scholarship to compete in the Indianapolis 500 in 2013.
He entered the Indianapolis 500 this year driving for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, finishing 30th of 33 cars.