SATURDAY'S MONTPELIER USAC AMSOIL
NATIONAL SPRINT RACE POSTPONED
Montpelier, Indiana.........Saturated grounds have forced postponement of Saturday night, April 22nd's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway.
USAC officials and Montpelier Motor Speedway are discussing a reschedule date.
The series returns to action on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 for #LetsRaceTwo in a twin-bill with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
USAC Midget Week routinely draws the best Midget and moonlighting Sprint drivers from across the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.The stop will serve as the second USAC national sprint car appearance at the 114 year old racing facility.
The Montpelier Motor Speedway, which began racing in 1903 and hosted its first automobile race in 1915, is one of America's oldest remaining racing facilities. Sprint car racing first came to Montpelier in the late 1940's in the form of ''Big Cars''. While the east central Indiana 1/4 mile clay oval has a historic past, the facility has seen many major modern upgrades the past four seasons including new restrooms and bleachers along with the addition of many safety features such as a new catch fence system along with a new front stretch wall, lighting system, and runoff area. The Montpelier Motor Speedway commonly competes weekly on Saturday Nights with its popular Modified and Stock Car divisions, and is also the host to the popular Montpelier Motor Speedway Midget series.
USAC is one of the oldest running sprint car sanctioning bodies in the country. From 1956 to 1979, USAC sanctioned the United States National Championship, and from 1956 to 1997, the organization sanctioned the Indianapolis 500.
The who's-who of USAC is a list of some of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Former national sprint car champions include Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Gary Bettenhausen, Levi Jones, Rich Vogler, Kenny Shrader, Dave Darland, Jack Hewitt, and current NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Jeff Gordon, Cole Whitt, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Josh Wise, and Kyle Larson all competed as USAC regulars. 2015 Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson is also a two-time USAC sprint car champion.