INDIANAPOLIS – In the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series, it’s a tough chore just to put 30 laps together and win a feature race.
When you consider doing that deed year-in and year-out, the drivers who have done so are among the greatest in the sport.
Entering this weekend’s pair of races in Indiana, Sept. 18 at the Terre Haute Action Track and Sept. 19 at Tri-State Speedway, two drivers have elevated themselves among those greats to reach the top 10 in terms of consecutive seasons with at least one AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series feature victory: Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon.
Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., has already won five times with the series this year, and in doing so, has now won in 10 consecutive seasons.
He’s one of only five drivers to accomplish the feat of a decade-straight of winning each year, joining the man who tops them all at 13 years, Sheldon Kinser, who did so from 1974-1986.
Kinser’s streak very well could have extended, had his 1987 season not been cut short with his cancer diagnosis and his death a year later in 1988.
Jack Hewitt (1988-99) and Dave Darland (2005-16) both earned streaks of 12 consecutive winning USAC sprint car seasons.
Bacon’s present and active run of 10 years is equal with Tom Bigelow (1972-81).
With his victory last Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., Chase Stockon extended his winning streak with the series to nine years, dating back to the 2012 season.
Stockon’s mark equals A.J. Foyt (1959-67), Steve Butler (1984-92) and Tracy Hines (1998-2006) on the all-time list.
Along with Bacon and Stockon, four more drivers have extended their winning streaks to new heights of five years or more: Justin Grant (2014-20), Chris Windom (2015-20), Tyler Courtney (2016-20) and C.J. Leary (2016-20).
Six different drivers have recorded two separate streaks of at least five years in length: Gary Bettenhausen (1968-72 and 1974-78), Rich Vogler (1978-83 and 1986-90), Tony Elliott (1991-96 and 1998-2002), Dave Darland (1997-2001 and 2005-16), Tracy Hines (1998-2006 and 2008-14) and Jack Hewitt (1982-86 and 1988-1999).
Remarkably, Hewitt won in 17 out of 18 seasons during that stretch.
Pit gates open for Friday’s Jim Hurtubise Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track at 3 p.m. ET, with grandstands opening at 4 p.m., the drivers meeting following at 6 p.m. and hot laps starting at 6:30 p.m.
Adult grandstand tickets are $25, while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent.
Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.