INDIANAPOLIS – Only 26 points separate the top three drivers in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series standings going into this weekend’s final Midwest outings before the series ventures West for four races to settle the championship.
Friday night’s Jim Hurtubise Classic begins two nights of USAC racing at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, with the Sumar Classic 100 USAC Traxxas Silver Crown finale on Saturday.
Sunday’s race at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., signaled the final Midwestern appearance for the series.
Dave Darland sits atop the standings, 24 ahead of Bryan Clauson and 26 ahead of Jon Stanbrough entering Friday’s Terre Haute race. The title combatants fared eighth (Darland), 13th (Stanbrough) and 21st (Clauson) in last year’s “Hurtubise,” won by Chris Windom,
In two Terre Haute appearances this year, Darland has failed to score a top-10, while Clauson has a ninth and Stanbrough has two seconds.
Darland won USAC’s only 2012 Michigan sprint-car appearance, at Hartford, but it’s been 16 years since the last I-96 USAC sprint-car race, won by Mark Cassella.