Stoops Backing USAC’s Kokomo Smackdown


KOKOMO, Ind. – In just two years, Kokomo Speedway’s Sprint Car Smackdown has become one of the most anticipated stops on the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series schedule, along with a favorite destination of die-hard sprint car fans.

For 2014, Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer will serve as title sponsor of the event.

Jeff Stoops has long been a supporter of the United States Auto Club and sprint car racing, in general. In addition to being a car owner and series sponsor in the past, Stoops supported the first two editions of the event by posting bonus money and sponsoring laps. This year, he teams up with the O’Connor family who owns and promotes the quarter-mile oval to back Sprint Car Smackdown III.

“Having been a small part of the event over the first two years, it’s been great to see it grow and become a cornerstone event on the USAC and Kokomo calendars. We want to support the O’Connor family and the Sprint Car circuit with what is now one of the premier events in the country,” Jeff Stoops said.

The event will again feature three full nights of USAC sprint-car racing, with action taking place Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 21-23. Both former event champions, Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland, are expected to return for another shot at the crown while pursuing the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series championship.

Kokomo Speedway and the O’Connor family continue their support of USAC racing, which also includes the inaugural Kokomo Grand Prix for Honda USAC National Dirt Midgets on April 11-12. They will also host Indiana Midget Week on Sunday, June 15 and Indiana Sprint Week on Saturday, July 12.

“We are really happy to have Stoops on board and try to keep growing the “Smackdown” in August. The two we’ve had featured some great racing and a lot of fun, too. Our goal is to keep making it bigger and better every year,” said race organizer Reece O’Connor.