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Darland Gets No. 50 In Historic Fashion

Jon Stanbrough (37) battles eventual winner Dave Darland Wednesday night at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. (David E. Heithaus photo)

It was another night of historical importance on the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour at the Terre Haute Action Track as 47-year-old Dave Darland won his 50th career race with the series at the same place where he won his first

Grant Gambles And Wins At Lawrenceburg

Josh Grant (center) shares the podium with Dave Darland (left) and Jerry Coons Jr. at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway. (Doug Vandeventer photo)

Racing as if he had nothing to lose, Justin Grant captured Saturday’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series feature at Lawrenceburg Speedway

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It is that time of year when the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame distributes ballots to voters for their annual year-end awards.

Stockon Wins, Stanbrough Is Champ

Chase Stockon in victory lane Saturday night at Tri-State Spedway. (Doug Vandeventer photo)

Chase Stockon celebrated the final Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series event of 2013 with a convincing victory in Tri-State Speedway’s Harvest Cup

Darland Smacks ‘Em Down At Kokomo

Dave Darland won the USAC sprint car feature at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. He's winning streak continued last night at Iowa's 34 Raceway. (David E. Heithaus photo)

It was a wire-to-wire masterpiece, the kind of performance on which legends are made

Darland Runs Down Thomas At Kokomo

Dave Darland (71p) races around Kevin Thomas Jr. en route to victory Friday night at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. (Gene Crucean photo)

When Dave Darland rolled the black No. 71p Phillips/Racers Advantage DRC into the pits behind their hauler after winning Friday’s second night of the Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo Speedway, crew members broke into spontaneous applause

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It seems like every year, racing promoters try new events and new ideas. With each attempt, they are hoping to strike gold, like Marion Robinson, Emmett Hahn, Lanny Edwards and Earl Baltes did with the Knoxville Nationals, the Chili Bowl and the King’s Royal

Two Straight For Bryan Clauson

Bryan Clauson (20) races under Jon Stanbrough Friday night at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway (Ginny Heithaus photo)

“You can classify it as huge,” Bryan Clauson allowed Friday, after his second straight Indiana Sprint Week USAC AMSOIL national sprint car series victory

Clauson Breaks Through At Lincoln Park

Bryan Clauson (20) charges under Christopher Bell en route to winning the Indiana Sprint Week round at Lincoln Park Speedway Thursday night. (David E. Heithaus photo)

It has been a long Indiana Sprint Week for Bryan Clauson. The defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series champion began the 26th annual edition of Indiana Sprint Week locked and loaded for a big result

It’s Thomas Again In Sprint Week

Kevin Thomas Jr. (17rw) races under Brady Bacon Wednesday night at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. (David E. Heithaus photo)

On Wednesday, at the Terre Haute Action Track, Kevin Thomas Jr. scored his third consecutive USAC AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series victory, tallying three wins in four Sprint Week races


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