Indy 500 driver Bryan Clauson earns USAC win at Lincoln
Bryan Clauson competed in the most historic race on American soil just more than a week ago.
On Wednesday night, Clauson was racing, and winning, at Lincoln Speedway.
Clauson won the 30-lap USAC Eastern Storm sprint car feature at Lincoln, earning the $6,000 victory over second-place Chris Windom. Finishing third was Chase Stockton, who led much of the race, with Thomas Meseraull and Shane Golbic in the top five.
It was the second straight Eastern Storm triumph for Clauson in two days after earning a victory in a 40-lap race at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville on Tuesday. Kevin Thomas Jr. finished second at Grandview, followed by Windom, Meseraull and Jarett Andretti.
Clauson recently started his third Indianapolis 500, finishing 23rd.
Clauson has been on an absolute tear. Along with picking up the recent “Indiana Midget Week” championship, the Noblesville, Indiana, driver had won five of his last six non-wing sprint car starts before heading to Pennsylvania.
Clauson’s victory at Lincoln was the fifth of his career in Eastern Storm events. The 2011 and 2012 Eastern Storm champion is in sole possession of eighth on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list, surpassing Sheldon Kinser with his 38th and 39th career series wins this week in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors/Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar.
In the second USAC feature at Lincoln on Wednesday — a 25-lap event which saw a 19-car inversion from the finish of the first race — Landon Simon scored his first career USAC win over Aaron Farney. Simon earned $3,000. Brady Bacon slipped to third after a failed attempt for the lead on the final turn. C.J. Leary and Lewisberry's Kyle Moody completed the top five.
In the 20-lap feature for Lincoln's 358 sprint cars, Jeff Halligan edged out Chandler Leiby and Fawn Grove's Matt Campbell in a three-way battle for the lead. Lewisberry's Jordan Givler and Doug Hammaker completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Ashley Cappetta, Brent Shearer, York's Jeff Rohrbaugh, Todd Rittenhouse Jr. and Dillsburg's Chris Frank.
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