USAC

It’s Stanbrough In Indiana Sprint Week Opener

Eventual winner Jon Stanbrough (66) races under Brady Short at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway. (David E. Heithaus photo)

GAS CITY, Ind. — Indiana Sprint Week is known for bringing out the best of the best.

Jon Stanbrough captured the opening night of at Gas City I-69 Speedway, scoring his first victory of the year. Stanbrough took the lead of the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series event at the halfway mark and wasn’t challenged during the closing laps.

Shane Cottle finished second, followed by Hunter Schuerenberg, Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland.

The victory was important to Stanbrough because it came after struggling with another team early in the season, and changing rides to a start-up team put together by crew chief Daryl Tate in mid-May.

“I don’t know if I would say that I’ve been looking forward to Sprint Week, I’ve just been looking forward to putting the car in the winner’s circle,” Stanbrough said. “And now that we’ve done it during Sprint Week, maybe we can capitalize on it, win some more races and maybe get another Sprint Week championship.”

Starting from outside the front row, Stanbrough and Tate had decided that to be best later in the race, he would need to be tight in the early laps. While pole starter Chad Boespflug raced into the lead in the first turn, Stanbrough settled in behind him, but fell back to fourth. Clauson caught Bloespflug and challenged for the lead, but he hit a marker tire on the edge of the infield and got up on two wheels, losing two spots before saving the car.

Racing with Cottle, Stanbrough found a quick line higher up the track and quickly reclaimed the second spot. He ran around the outside of Boespflug in turn four, putting the No. 66 Tate/Wade Marion Underground Utilities DRC into the lead on the frontstretch. The caution flew a lap later, when Casey Shuman stopped on the track.

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