BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Tyler Courtney clinched the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series championship Wednesday night at Placerville Speedway, and now he’s got his eyes on another prize.
Courtney is within a whisker of securing the Mike Curb Super License title, given annually to the USAC driver with the most combined points in all three national series – Silver Crown, Sprints and Midgets.
The Indianapolis native holds a 154-point advantage over Clauson/Marshall Racing teammate Chris Windom in the Super License standings with two races remaining on the National Midget calendar.
With only 160 points on the table for a driver who sweeps both the November Classic at Bakersfield Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway and earns maximum points, all Courtney has to do is unload his race car and suit up at Bakersfield to clinch the Super License championship.
Courtney is one of only two drivers this season to score wins in all three USAC national divisions, with one Silver Crown victory in the final Hoosier Hundred to go along with eight National Midget and nine National Sprint Car wins.
His 18 USAC national triumphs are most among all drivers for the season and the third-most combined victories in a single year in United States Auto Club history. Courtney ranked second in the final AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series standings and 16th after a part-time Silver Crown campaign on the dirt.
Moving into its third decade this year, the 21-year history of the Mike Curb Super License Award (at other times billed as the USAC National Driving Championship) has seen legends like Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Bryan Clauson and Tracy Hines all win the prestigious honor.
Hines is the all-time Super License leader, having won the award four times (2000, 2008, 2013-2014).
Courtney will receive a $5,000 cash award for winning this year’s Super License, his second in a row, as well as a USAC Super License valued at $900 during the season-ending USAC Night of Champions in Indianapolis in December.