5th BC39 USAC Race at Indy Has More than 70 Entries

Buddy Kofoid and Cannon McIntosh battled to the end in 2022 before Kofoid took the spoils: Rich Forman photo
2018 Driven2SaveLives BC39 winner Brady Bacon returns to try for another victory in this fifth BC39 race: Roy Hague photo

The final week of September looms large for entrants in the fifth annual Driven2SaveLives BC39, with USAC’s NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship drivers clamoring to take part in this event, held on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s dirt oval inside its third turn.

There will be a new format for this race meeting, that runs with track action from Wednesday, September 27th through to Saturday, September 30th. The first day is dedicated to a driver’s meeting and practice starting at 7PM. At 9PM the Stoops Pursuit feature race, when 25 cars will start and compete in five segments of five laps each. If a driver gets passed in any segment, they are eliminated from the contest.

On Thursday and Friday, September 28 and 29, the field will be split into two, with one half of the entry competing on the first night and the other on the second night. On both occasions, public gates open at 4PM with hot laps at 6, followed by qualifying, opening ceremonies, heat races, the C Main, the Semi Feature and a Feature race each night.

For Saturday night’s finale, public gates open at 4PM and cars begin practice two hours later, followed by opening ceremonies at 7PM and the main events, beginning with the D Main, multiple C Mains, the semi feature and the 39 laps of the Feature event that pays $20,039 to win.

Buddy Kofoid and Cannon McIntosh battled to the end in 2022 before Kofoid took the spoils: Rich Forman photo

Keith Kunz and his team with Curb Agajanian Motorsports, winners of the 2022 running of the BC39 with Buddy Kofoid, have entered seven cars for this superb open wheel contest that salutes the memory of Bryan Clauson. Kofoid is joined by Ryan Timms, Jade Avedisian, Gavin Miller, Taylor Reimer, Mariah Eden, Kofoid and a player to be named later.

The 2018 winner of this race, Brady Bacon is on the entry list, along with current National Midget points leader and 2018 series champ Logan Seavey, two time USAC National champ Justin Grant.

Bacon, who won the initial race, Zeb Wise, the 2019 victor, Kyle Larson (2021) and Kofoid, the 2021 and 2022 USAC National Midget driving champion who won in a riveting duel with Cannon McIntosh last year are all entered. Wise and Larson are not yet on the entry list but could be part of the proceedings before entries close on Monday, September 25th.

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Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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