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by Scott Kelly on November 13th, 2012
The sprint car: once you see them, you’ll never forget what they look like. Popular in the United States as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, the sprint is an absolute monster, packing 820 horsepower in a 1475 pound car that essentially appears to be a roll cage with four tires. Sporting a power-to-weight ratio close to that of a modern F1 machine, the sprint car is far detached from a normal racing vehicle. By having no clutch, transmission, battery, or onboard starter, the driver is required to start the car using a direct-drive system and a tow truck to get it rolling. Once it’s going, however, it’s hard to stop. With a 410 cubic inch, push rod engine allowing the car to churn its fastest laps, driving the [...]
by Scott Kelly on September 24th, 2012
With a one-two punch of short-track action (and devastation for some), the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series left the likes of Lanier and Bristol to travel to the famous Milwaukee Mile; the oldest currently-operating motorsports track in the world. In the first 49 years of its operation, The Milwaukee Mile was a dirt track. but since it was paved in 1954, it has been an important staple of open-wheel racing, hosting countless IndyCar, Midgets, and USAC events. On the iRacing.com service, it holds a similar position in open-wheel drivers’ hearts, and with Week Seven of the iSCS, it was time for drivers to return to this track, which was absent from Season 2 of 2012. Drivers began their work for the week on Tuesday, and the stage was set for fast [...]
November 5th, 2011
Keith Melhiser knows what he likes. When it comes to racing, it’s open wheel racing, preferably USAC, and most certainly preferably on dirt. That’s a good thing for the resident of Petersburg, IN is within driving distance of scores of dirt tracks scattered thoughout his native state, not to mention Illinois, Ohio and other points north, south, east and west. Indeed, he’s raced on a few of them himself in ? and ? And when it comes to sim racing, Melhiser also knows what he likes. Not surprisingly, that would be the Silver Crown Cup and Sprint Car Cup. Since joining iRacing in 2010, Melhiser has run 227 races — all on ovals, the vast majority in Silver Crown and Sprint Cars. And to good effect. A two time division [...]
October 15th, 2011
iRacing.com was part of a remarkable evening of racing last Saturday at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL. That’s when and where Shane Hmiel returned to Victory Lane on the anniversary of an accident that left him paralyzed. A year after a crash in a USAC Silver Crown race at Terre Haute ended his career as a racing driver, Hmiel won USAC’s Gold Crown Midget Nationals as the owner of RW56 Motorsports’s 3 Wide Life midget driven to victory by five time USAC national midget champion Levi Jones. “What a remarkable night,” Jones said. “To be able to win in just my second start for Shane and on the anniversary weekend of his wreck is just absolutely amazing. The weekend couldn’t have worked out any better for us. It was [...]
January 9th, 2011
Ashley Force Hood does a burnout prior to a run during the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind. (NHRA Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — The historic Indianapolis Raceway Park has changed names again
December 19th, 2010
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES & USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES CHAMPION: Levi Jones Levi Jones drove to two USAC National championships during the 2010 racing season. (John DaDalt Photo) Driving the No
December 14th, 2010
FAST TALKER: Randy Bernard talks to the media during a press conference to announce the Mazda Road to Indy sponsorship program Thursday at the PRI Trade Show in Orlando, Fla.
December 10th, 2010
Darren Hagen (67) races Bobby East last summer at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. (Julia Johnson photo). INDIANAPOLIS — O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis and United States Auto Club officials have announced that USAC Thursday Night Thunder will return to the lightning fast oval during the course next summer
December 10th, 2010
Levi Jones fights off Bud Kaeding (29) during the USAC Silver Crown season finale at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. (Phil Rider photo). ORLANDO, Fla.
December 10th, 2010
USAC National Driver's Champion Bryan Clauson and IndyCar CEO after Clauson won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in November. (John Mahoney photo)
December 6th, 2010
Billy Wease (80) battles Bobby Santos III for position during the last USAC Mopar National Midget Series feature held at The Milwaukee Mile in 2006. (NSSN Archives Photo) WEST ALLIS, Wis. — The United States Auto Club will return to The Milwaukee Mile next year after a five-year absence, sharing the historic venue with the IZOD IndyCar Series June 18-19
November 26th, 2010
IRWINDALE, Calif. — Kody Swanson won Thursday night’s 40-lap AMSOIL USAC Western Sprint Car feature at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, but Tony Hunt emerged as the series champion for the fourth time after finishing second. Hunt’s title is his sixth in USAC competition.
November 17th, 2010
Bryan Clauson (left) and Levi Jones have two races to settle the battle over the USAC National Drivers Championship. (Adam Fenwick and John DaDalt Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — Five points is all that separates Levi Jones from the 2010 USAC National Drivers Championship and a chance to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
November 14th, 2010
Tracy Hines wired the USAC Mopar National Midget Series event at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., Saturday night. (Mark Sublett Photo) TULARE, Calif. — Tracy Hines led all 30 laps of Saturday night’s 31st Pacific Coast Nationals USAC Mopar National/Western Midget race at the Gropetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway in his Parker Machinery/Turbines, Inc.
November 11th, 2010
The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series parades down the frontstretch at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., in February. (Al Steinberg Photo) TUALRE, Calif. — Levi Jones hasn’t given up on earning a chance to race in the Firestone Indy Lights Series next year.
November 6th, 2010
Damion Gardner, shown at East Bay Raceway Park in February, won Friday's USAC feature at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (Max Dolder photo). PERRIS, Calif
November 5th, 2010
Levi Jones captured the 25-lap opener of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series Budweiser Oval Nationals Thursday night at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (Gordon Gill Photo) PERRIS, Calif
November 4th, 2010
Shane Hmiel at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind., earlier this year.
November 3rd, 2010
Damion Gardner (71) topped Mike Spencer to win the 2009 edition of the Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen Photo) PERRIS, Calif.
October 22nd, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. — USAC will sanction the Central Florida Wingless Sprint Car Ass’n next season, creating the USAC Southeast Sprint Car Series