USAC, ARCA, & CRA Among Those Entertaining Fans
Another big racing weekend in Indianapolis is set to go, featuring some of the best in the country preparing to entertain fans. From open wheel cars to stock cars, national series will be making their mark next weekend at the historic Lucas Oil Raceway. It all leads right up to the NASCAR weekend in the Circle City.
Action will begin on Thursday, July 21 with the USAC Silver Crown Champ cars and ends on Friday, July 22 with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Throw in a USAC Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Thursday night and a big Super Late Model race for the CRA Super Series Powered By JEGS on Friday, and you have a can’t miss start to a racing weekend in Indy.
The Thursday, July 21 show will be action packed with the Rich Vogler/Hall Of Fame Classic 100 for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars. While that is the headline event for the evening, the INEX Thunder Roadsters and Vintage Cars will also be on hand. Finishing out the on track action will be the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered By JEGS as they have two extra practice sessions to dial in their cars for Friday’s event.
If that isn’t enough of a draw, USAC will be holding their 2016 Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on track, right before the Rich Vogler Classic 100. The twelve-member class of inductees announced includes eight drivers, two officials, a car owner-chief mechanic, and a chief mechanic. They are Tony Stewart, Rick Mears, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Pat O’Connor, Bob Tattersall, Steve Butler, Kevin Olson, and Willie Davis.
Then on Friday, July 22, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be in town for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by JIVE. 30+ ARCA drivers, from veterans to up and coming youngsters are on the entry list and expected to compete for the top prize. Among them, Mitchell, IN driver Chase Briscoe who will be one of the favorites to find victory lane, continue his hot streak, and extend his point lead. Josh Williams, Kyle Weatherman, Matt Kurzejewski, and Tom Hessert complete the top five in points and should be challengers for the win.
Race fans will be getting their early Friday, so they can catch the CSX Play It Safe 100 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS, which will take the green at 7:00. The entry list is filling up with some of the best Late Model competitors in the country. Delaware, OH driver, Cody Coughlin, is leading the points in both the Super Series and All-Stars Tour of CRA. In addition to that, he competes on a part-time basis for the Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck Team.
Coughlin, though, will not have it easy at LOR. Last year’s winner and full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, John Hunter Nemechek will be back to defend his ’15 win. William Byron, Travis Braden, Stephen Wallace, Johnny VanDoorn, Todd Gilliland, and Brian Campbell are just some of the other big names on the entry list.
Thursday’s schedule of events has pits opening at 2:00, grandstands at 4:00, CRA testing at 4:15, Thunder Roadster practice/qualifying at 5:15, USAC Silver Crown practice at 5:30, Thunder Roadster heats at 6:05, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30, and a final CRA test at 6:45. Feature racing will begin for the Thunder Roadsters at 7:30, followed by Vintage car laps at 7:45 and the Hall Of Fame Induction at 8:00. The green flag should wave for the USAC Silver Crown Rich Vogler Classic 100 around 9:00.
Friday’s schedule will see pits opening at 8:30 AM, grandstands at 12:30, practice at 12:45, and qualifying at 5:30. The green will wave on the ARCA/CRA Super Series CSX Play It Safe 100 at 7:00 with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by JIVE to go green at 9:00.
There are a number of ways to purchase tickets for the event. In addition to purchasing them at the gate each day, discounted general admission tickets are available online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/track-enterprises. General admission tickets are also available at Central Indiana area Menards stores for Friday’s event. Tickets for either day can also be ordered by phone at 217-764-3200. And again, tickets will also be available at the gate each day.
The two events are promotions of Track Enterprises, based out of Macon, IL. Track Enterprises is the promotion company of Macon IL Speedway, Lincoln IL Speedway, Terre Haute IN Action Track, and numerous ARCA, USAC, CRA, UMP, and POWRi events. The website can be located at www.trackenterprises.com. Like the company’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/trackenterprises.