It’s Clauson In New Egypt Thriller
NEW EGYPT, N.J. — Bryan Clauson took the lead with only two laps remaining to win Thursday night’s AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series feature at New Egypt Speedway.
Looking for his first USAC victory, C.J. Leary led the first 28 laps of the three-eighths-mile dirt track, but Clauson ran him down late in the event.
Clauson and Leary swapped the lead twice on lap 28 and on the final lap, Leary and Clauson were side-by-side down the backstretch. Clauson brought the crowd to its feet with his run off of turn four on his way to the checkered flag. Clauson won the thriller over Leary to earn the $6,000 top prize.
“It was a big night for us,” Clauson said. “My guys have worked hard the last few nights to figure some things out and we’ve definitely made gains. He (Leary) did a fantastic job all race, and I really thought we could get him on the last restart, but he got away from us. I started moving around and tried to just make a run at him, and the diamond off turn-two worked enough for us. Cutting the corner down the back is something I’ve learned here that is key here. I just wanted to break his momentum, and we’d have a shot.”
Brady Bacon, Dave Darland and Chase Stockon rounded out the top five.
Bacon set a track record in qualifying with a 15.655-second lap.