AMSOIL Sprints
Monday, 22 May 2017


Robert Ballou on his way to his first "Tony Hulman Classic" win in 2015. Robert Ballou on his way to his first "Tony Hulman Classic" win in 2015. David Nearpass Photo


By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Two weeks ago, in his return to the cockpit of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car for the first time in eight months, Robert Ballou made the contingent on hand stand up and take notice that he hadn’t missed a beat.

His second race back in Eldora Speedway’s #LetsRaceTwo resulted in a commanding victory and placed him right at the top of the totem pole of favorites heading into this Wednesday night’s “Tony Hulman Classic” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

It was a moment that recalled some of the greatest USAC comebacks seen in recent history such as Lee Kunzman’s National Midget win at Tri-County Speedway in Cincinnati in 1971, where he returned to victory in his first race after suffering a broken neck, arm and severe burns in a sprint crash at Missouri’s I-70 Speedway in 1970.  Or Pancho Carter’s return after severe lower extremity injuries in a testing crash at Phoenix, in which he won his first two USAC Sprint Car appearances at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Winchester (Ind.) Speedway after a five-month layoff.

The “Hulman Classic” is an event in which Ballou has won twice in a row.  Only two other drivers have accomplished that feat: Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2008-09).

Rocklin, California’s Ballou has unprecedented territory to claim this time around as he aims to become the first driver to win three consecutive “Hulmans.”  Only Jones (2005-08-09) and Cary Faas (1992-94-98) have even won three total in the 46-year history of the event.

In last year’s “Hulman Classic,” Ballou and Thomas Meseraull waged war in a back-and-forth slider-fest before Ballou pulled ahead with less than 10 laps remaining to prevail at the Action Track.

Ballou is among five past winners expected to compete in Wednesday night’s race, including Dave Darland (1993 & 2014), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010 & 2013), Jon Stanbrough (2002 & 2007) and Chris Windom (2011).  Windom has won the last two appearances by USAC at Terre Haute, a National Sprint Car triumph in October of 2016 and the “Sumar Classic” Silver Crown season opener in April of this year.

The “Hulman Classic” began with George Snider’s victory in 1971 and continues today as the longest, annually-contested event on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar.  Except for a brief period between 1988 and 1991 when the event moved to the pavement at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the Hulman Classic has always been held at the half-mile Terre Haute Action Track.

Former winners of the race include ten Indianapolis 500 veterans, 14 past USAC National Sprint Car championships and even an NHRA Top Fuel Drag Racing star, Doug Kalitta.

Pit gates open for the Hulman Classic at 3pm with the grandstands set to open at 4.  Cars hit the track at 6:30.

Fans will receive a savings of $20 by purchasing their own “Week of Indy” Superticket now at  The Superticket is your golden ticket for admission to all three of this week’s USAC races at a steal of a price!

Wednesday’s “Tony Hulman Classic” will be streamed LIVE on  As always, you can watch each and every USAC event one-day after the race, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV.



DATE: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship & Scott’s Custom Colors UMP Modifieds

TRACK: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, Indiana) – 1/2-mile dirt oval

EVENT: 47th Annual “Tony Hulman Classic”

STARTING TIMES: Pit Gate Opens at 3pm. Front Gates Open at 4pm. Cars on Track at 6:30pm.

TICKETS: General Admission is $25 in the grandstands, $15 in the infield.  Children 11 and Under are Free when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.  A three-day special Superticket for the full week of Indy including the “Tony Hulman Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track, the “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the “Carb Night Classic” at Lucas Oil Raceway is also available at

TRACK ADDRESS: 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807

TRACK PHONE: Track Enterprises: (217) 764-3200.  Race Day: (812) 232-4040


MEDIA COVERAGE: Watch the race LIVE on  Watch the race one day later on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.  Live updates on and, plus available on the Race Monitor app on your phone.



1971: George Snider, 1972: Bruce Walkup, 1973: Joe Saldana, 1974: Gary Bettenhausen, 1975: Pancho Carter, 1976: Jan Opperman, 1977: James McElreath, 1978: Dick Tobias, 1979: Pancho Carter, 1980: Eddie Leavitt, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Chet Johnson, 1983: Jack Hewitt, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Ron Shuman, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Jeff Bloom, 1991: Eric Gordon, 1992: Cary Faas, 1993: Dave Darland, 1994: Cary Faas, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Doug Kalitta, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Cary Faas, 1999: Terry Pletch, 2000: Jay Drake, 2001: Tracy Hines, 2002: Jon Stanbrough, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Cory Kruseman, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Daron Clayton, 2007: Jon Stanbrough, 2008: Levi Jones, 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Jerry Coons Jr., 2011: Chris Windom, 2012: Bud Kaeding, 2013: Jerry Coons Jr., 2014: Dave Darland, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Robert Ballou



1.   (594) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

2.   (528) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)

3.   (508) Chris Windom (Canton, IL)

4.   (497) Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN)

5.   (399) Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)

6.   (338) Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, NC)

7.   (332) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL)

8.   (331) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)

9.   (317) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)

10. (292) Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN)



1.   (594) Sam McGhee Motorsports #11

2.   (528) Dynamics, Inc. #69

3.   (508) Baldwin Brothers Racing #5

4.   (497) 32 TBI Racing #32

5.   (415) Pace Racing #44

6.   (399) TOPP Motorsports #23c

7.   (338) Andretti Autosport Short Track #18

8.   (331) Leary Racing #30

9.   (317) Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71p

10. (289) Hodges Racing #74x



Feb 23: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

WINNER: Rained Out

Feb 24: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

WINNER: Justin Grant (McGhee #11)

Feb 25: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

WINNER: Hunter Schuerenberg (Motsinger #2)

Apr 1: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

WINNER: Chris Windom (Baldwin #5)

Apr 14: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

WINNER: Chad Boespflug (Dynamics #69)

Apr 15: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

WINNER: Chris Windom (Baldwin #5)

Apr 21: Plymouth, IN – Plymouth Speedway

WINNER: Justin Grant (McGhee #11)

Apr 22: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

WINNER: Rained Out

May 12: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

WINNER: Justin Grant (McGhee #11)

May 13: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou #12)

May 19: Granite City, IL – Tri-City Speedway

WINNER: Rained Out

May 20: Pevely, MO – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

WINNER: Rained Out

May 24: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

Jun 2: Greenwood, NE – I-80 Speedway

Jun 3: Knoxville, IA – Knoxville Raceway

Jun 13: %%% Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway

Jun 14: %%% Abbottstown, PA - Lincoln Speedway

Jun 15: %%% Mechanicsburg, PA – Williams Grove Speedway

Jun 17: %%% Port Royal, PA – Port Royal Speedway

Jun 18: %%% York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway

Jun 30: Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

Jul 7: *** Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway

Jul 8: *** Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Jul 9: *** Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

Jul 12: *** Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

Jul 13: *** Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

Jul 14: *** Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

Jul 15: *** Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

Jul 28: TBA - TBA

Jul 29: Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway

Jul 30: Moberly, MO – Randolph County Raceway

Aug 23: (SE) Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Aug 24: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Aug 25: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Aug 26: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Sep 15: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

Sep 16: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

Sep 23: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

Sep 29: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

Sep 30: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

Oct 6: TBA – TBA

Oct 7: TBA – TBA

Nov 3: ### Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

Nov 4: ### Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

Nov 9: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway

Nov 10: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway

Nov 11: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway


Races noted with (SE) represent a non-points-paying "Special Event"

Races noted with %%% represent Eastern Storm

Races noted with @@@ represent California Sprint Week.

Races noted with *** represent Indiana Sprint Week

Races noted with ### represent a race with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.



1.   (189) Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ)

2.   (59) Shawn Westerfeld (Guilford, IN)

3.   (53) Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, MO)

4.   (42) Joe Liguori (Tampa, FL)

5.   (40) Mario Clouser (Auburn, IL) & Aric Gentry (Robards, KY)

7.   (34) Rob Caho, Jr. (Wyoming, MN)

8.   (20) Robert Bell (Colfax, IA) & Cooper Clouse (Ohio City, OH)

10. (10) Kent Schmidt (Owensville, IN)




1.   (3) Justin Grant (Feb. 24 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr. 21 at Plymouth Speedway & May 12 at Eldora Speedway)

2.   (2) Chris Windom (Apr. 1 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Apr. 15 at Tri-State Speedway)

3.   (1) Robert Ballou (May 13 at Eldora Speedway)

      (1) Chad Boespflug (Apr. 14 at Bloomington Speedway)

      (1) Hunter Schuerenberg (Feb. 25 at Bubba Raceway Park)



1.   (102) Chris Windom

2.   (72) Justin Grant

3.   (26) Chad Boespflug

4.   (13) Robert Ballou

5.   (9) Dave Darland & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

7.   (7) Hunter Schuerenberg

8.   (2) Thomas Meseraull



1.   (8) Justin Grant

2.   (6) Chad Boespflug

3.   (4) Chris Windom

4.   (3) Brady Bacon, Thomas Meseraull & Chase Stockon

7.   (2) Tyler Courtney & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

9.   (1) Robert Ballou, Dallas Hewitt, C.J. Leary, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Carson Short, Landon Simon, Jon Stanbrough & Stevie Sussex



1.   (8) Justin Grant

2.   (7) Chris Windom

3.   (6) Chad Boespflug & Chase Stockon

5.   (5) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

6.   (4) Brady Bacon & Thomas Meseraull

8.   (3) Jarett Andretti, Shane Cottle & Tyler Courtney

11. (2) Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, Aaron Farney, Josh Hodges, C.J. Leary, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Carson Short, Jon Stanbrough & Stevie Sussex

22. (1) Brent Beauchamp, Nick Bilbee, Jeff Bland, Jr., Jerry Coons, Jr., Dallas Hewitt, Max McGhee, Landon Simon, Scotty Weir & Shawn Westerfeld



1.   (2) Brady Bacon & Justin Grant

2.   (1) Jarett Andretti, C.J. Leary, Carson Short & Chase Stockon


HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension (CSI), Chalk Stix & Indy Race Parts):

1. (6) Chase Stockon

2. (2) Chad Boespflug, Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Scotty Weir & Chris Windom

7. (1) Brent Beauchamp, Nick Bilbee, Jeff Bland, Jr., Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Aaron Farney, Josh Hodges, C.J. Leary, Max McGhee, Landon Simon, Carson Short & Tyler Thomas



1. (1) Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, C.J. Leary, Max McGhee, Chase Stockon & Stevie Sussex



1.   (8) Chad Boespflug, Isaac Chapple, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Landon Simon, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

9.   (7) Jarett Andretti, Josh Hodges & C.J. Leary

12.   (6) Shane Cottle, Aaron Farney & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

15.   (5) Max McGhee & Hunter Schuerenberg

17.   (4) Brady Bacon, Jeff Bland, Jr., Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull & Carson Short

22.   (3) Nick Bilbee, Jerry Coons, Jr., Dallas Hewitt, Brady Short, Corey Smith, Jon Stanbrough & Stevie Sussex

29. (2) Robert Ballou, Clinton Boyles, Tyler Hewitt, Tyler Thomas & Scotty Weir

34. (1) Toby Alfrey, Brent Beauchamp, Donny Brackett, Rob Caho, Jr., Mario Clouser, Colten Cottle, Aric Gentry, Matt Goodnight, Dakota Jackson, Joe Liguori, Brandon Morin, Aaron Pierce, Kyle Robbins, Kyle Simon, Dustin Smith, Josh Spencer, Kody Swanson, Shawn Westerfeld, Chet Williams & Chad Wilson



2/24: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (16th to 4th)

2/25: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

4/1: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Shane Cottle (21st to 10th)

4/14: Bloomington Speedway – Kevin Thomas, Jr. (20th to 5th)

4/15: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Short (20th to 4th)

4/21: Plymouth Speedway – Tyler Courtney (18th to 2nd)

5/12: Eldora Speedway – Chase Stockon (21st to 4th)

5/13: Eldora Speedway – Justin Grant (11th to 4th)



2/24: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

2/25: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

4/1: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tyler Thomas

4/14: Bloomington Speedway – C.J. Leary

4/15: Tri-State Speedway – Tyler Courtney

4/21: Plymouth Speedway – Landon Simon

5/12: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary

5/13: Eldora Speedway – Kevin Thomas, Jr.



1. [59 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

9. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

10. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

12. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

13. [28 wins] Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

15. [27 wins] Robert Ballou

16. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

18. [25 wins] Steve Butler & Jay Drake

20. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt & Roger McCluskey

22. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

25. [21 wins] Greg Weld

26. [17 wins] Brady Bacon, Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding

30. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Chris Windom

32. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler

36. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman & Bruce Walkup

40. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey

42. [12 wins] Eric Gordon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

44. [11 wins] Daron Clayton & Greg Leffler

46. [10 wins] Tony Stewart

47. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

50. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford, Joe Saldana, & Chase Stockon

55. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Justin Grant, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

66. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

74. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh & Cole Whitt

90. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Thomas Meseraull, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

102. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Ralph Liguori, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

123. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Kyle Cummins, Brad Doty, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

153. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Tyler Courtney, Allen Crowe, Bill Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, C.J. Leary, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Bobby Olivero, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Jiggs Peters, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter, Jr., David Roahrig, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth



1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern); 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern); 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern); 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern); 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern); 1961: Parnelli Jones; 1962: Parnelli Jones; 1963: Roger McCluskey; 1964: Don Branson; 1965: Johnny Rutherford; 1966: Roger McCluskey; 1967: Greg Weld; 1968: Larry Dickson; 1969: Gary Bettenhausen; 1970: Larry Dickson; 1971: Gary Bettenhausen; 1972: Sam Sessions; 1973: Rollie Beale; 1974: Pancho Carter; 1975: Larry Dickson; 1976: Pancho Carter; 1977: Sheldon Kinser; 1978: Tom Bigelow; 1979: Greg Leffler; 1980: Rich Vogler; 1981: Sheldon Kinser; 1982: Sheldon Kinser; 1983: Ken Schrader; 1984: Rick Hood; 1985: Rick Hood; 1986: Steve Butler; 1987: Steve Butler; 1988: Steve Butler; 1989: Rich Vogler; 1990: Steve Butler; 1991: Robbie Stanley; 1992: Robbie Stanley; 1993: Robbie Stanley; 1994: Doug Kalitta; 1995: Tony Stewart; 1996: Brian Tyler; 1997: Brian Tyler; 1998: Tony Elliott; 1999: Dave Darland; 2000: Tony Elliott; 2001: J.J. Yeley; 2002: Tracy Hines; 2003: J.J. Yeley; 2004: Jay Drake; 2005: Levi Jones; 2006: Josh Wise; 2007: Levi Jones; 2008: Jerry Coons, Jr.; 2009: Levi Jones; 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement); 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement); 2012: Bryan Clauson; 2013: Bryan Clauson; 2014: Brady Bacon; 2015: Robert Ballou; 2016: Brady Bacon