The first running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS energy drink, a USAC National Midget Series contest held on The Dirt Track inside Turn 3 of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was a roaring success. Held a few days before the annual Brickyard NASCAR race, the BC39 race attracted every Midget racer to this track, a true icon of speed.
It would be a lot to ask to expect the second race to be stronger than the 120-plus entries that packed the IMS infield. But still, the entry list is powering past 70 and the stars of both USAC and NASCAR are getting onboard for this once-a-year dirt-borne spectacle. When the “Draft Party” starts BC39 festivities on the evening of September 3rd, expect to see the best of the best on-hand to choose their heat race positions for the opening night on Sept. 4.
Already, stars like Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell have signed up to return to their short-track roots during the two-day Driven2SaveLives BC39 race. Larson makes his debut at this race, having missed it last year. He is a two-time winner of the Turkey Night Grand Prix and swept the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in 2011. Bell, who finished fifth in last year’s BC39 feature race at IMS, has three Turkey Night victories and three Chili Bowl wins to his credit.
Last year’s winner, Brady Bacon, returns to defend his victory, while standouts Jerry Coons and Dave Darland are part of a stacked field. Tim Clauson, father of the late Bryan Clauson, for whom this race is held and named, under the Clauson/Marshall Racing banner entered four full-time USAC competitors for this event: Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, Zeb Wise and Andrew Layser. Courtney is the reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion.
While the Tuesday evening draw party takes place at USAC headquarters across the street from the main Indianapolis Motor Speedway entryway, the on-track action begins on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with gates opening at 3PM and cars on track for 4PM’s practice. Opening ceremonies on Wednesday take place at 7PM, with heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race concluding the night’s racing activities.
On Thursday, Sept. 5 public gates again open at 3PM with cars practicing an hour later. Qualifying races start at 5PM, opening ceremonies take place at 7:30 and are followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Main and C-Main contests, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.