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The format for the inaugural USAC Nationals at Huset's Speedway was revealed on Monday. (Ryan Sellers photo)

Format Set For Huset’s USAC Nationals

BRANDON, S.D. – The format for all three nights of the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals was revealed Monday by event and USAC officials.

The event at the recently-revitalized, three-eighths-mile dirt oval from Sept. 10-12 features a purse in excess of $200,000.

The three-night spectacular begins with preliminary nights on Friday and Saturday for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series and the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.

On championship night, Sept. 12, a full slate of racing awaits. All lineups will be based off the accumulation of points earned throughout the first two nights and two event winners will be crowned. The finale feature winners in both classes will be rewarded with a $20,000 payday for their efforts.

Both A-mains on championship night will pay a minimum of $1,000 to start the feature in the midget and sprint car divisions.

Nights one and two will showcase a unique format that begins with each driver drawing and placing themselves into a group to qualify, and then race, followed by heat race inversions, last chance qualifiers and large field inversions for both the midget and sprint car classes.

During the final night, there will be no qualifying held, as heat race lineups will be determined by points from nights one and two, placing extra emphasis on the heats in order to gain valuable points. Action concludes with a 40-lap feature for the sprint cars and a 100-lap main event for the midgets.

“Our format will be similar to the one we used for the inaugural Hangtown 100 and has been used for years at the Trophy Cup,” event promoter Matt Wood explained. “I have always wanted to bring midgets to Huset’s. Joining forces with USAC and getting a chance to host the USAC Nationals with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series at such a premier facility is every promoter’s dream.”

Wood thanked track owner Tod Quiring and general manager Doug Johnson for the opportunity to bring such an exciting event to one of the best and nicest facilities in America. With everything added up, Wood feels the USAC Nationals will be one of the majors on the USAC tour at a premier track with a star-studded cast of drivers and teams, who all hope to capture the biggest prize of the year in any USAC national division.

“There’s nothing about this event that isn’t perfect, I feel,” Wood noted. “The checklist includes Huset’s Speedway, one of the country’s top dirt track facilities; the Huset’s Speedway fan base; one of the premier sanctioning bodies in racing today, USAC, with USAC midgets and USAC non-winged 410 sprint cars all racing for over $200,000 in cash. It will be a must-attend event!”

Tickets for all three nights of the event are on sale now at www.USACnationals.com.

Only twice in USAC’s history have events been held at Huset’s. Kenny Irwin Jr. won the midget debut there in 1996, while Chad Boespflug swept both nights of a 410 sprint car meet at the track in 2016.

After an uncertain future recently, Huset’s Speedway was rescued and purchased by longtime sprint car team owner and track owner Tod Quiring, now under the management of Doug Johnson, who also manages Quiring’s other track acquisition – the Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex.

Wood, a long time sprint car and midget team owner, joined forces with USAC and first entered the promotion business by putting on the inaugural running of the Hangtown 100 in Placerville, Calif., in 2019.

Additional details about the more than $200,000 total purse and contingency awards for the USAC Nationals will be released in the future.

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