OCALA, Fla. – Four days after his latest victory at Bubba Raceway Park, Chris Windom turned the fastest lap in Wednesday night’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series practice with a lap of 13.564 seconds around the three-eighths-mile D-shaped track.
Windom, who captured the victory in last Saturday’s USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Bubba Raceway Park, set the fastest time in Wednesday’s sprint practice during the second of five sessions. The 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion also topped session three in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink/OILFIRE/B & H Contractors/DRC/Claxton Mopar.
Hayward Motorsports has gotten off to a hot start in USAC competition thus far in 2020. The Hayward team won last Friday night’s USAC Midget feature with driver Tanner Thorson, then established a new one-lap track record on Saturday, again with Thorson.
Windom was followed in Wednesday’s practice by two-time series champ and two-time Bubba Raceway Park USAC Sprint winner Brady Bacon at 13.683 seconds. Kevin Thomas Jr., who is seeking his first Bubba Raceway Park win after being the only driver to finish in the top-five in all three series starts last year at the track, was third at 13.731 seconds. Chase Stockon, a 2018 Bubba Raceway Park winner, was fourth at 13.737 seconds, while Kyle Cummins, who finished on the podium at Bubba Raceway Park all three nights in 2016, rounded out the top-five at 13.804.
Bacon tested two different cars in Wednesday’s practice, the No. 69 and the backup No. 69OT, which he took to eighth fastest overall. USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland also competed in two different cars for the EZR/Curb-Agajanian team, timing in 21st out of the 29 drivers that hit the track.
No major incidents occurred during the night. Connor Leoffler spun in turn two but continued on without contact. Evan Mosley had flames erupt from the engine compartment of his car, forcing him to stop on the track. Reigning series champion C.J. Leary’s new team, Gene Gile Racing, changed engines on their ride, but the Greenfield, Ind., driver returned to compete in the final session of the night, taking the 18th overall best time.