Justin Grant, driving for TOPP Motorsports, lead the “Sprint Car Smackdown VII” finale at Kokomo Speedway from wire to wire on Thursday, September 17, 2018.
Despite leading all 40 laps, Grant was challenged by Tyler Courtney late in the race. Grant had taken advantage of winning the “King Of The Hill” 2-Car Shootouts, earning the pole position for the feature. Dave Darland managed to get a jump on Grant for the start of the feature, only to have Grant power back on the bottom and take the lead on lap one. Grant managed to take a commanding lead, putting distance between himself and the rest of the field.
Midway through the race, Tyler Courtney’s car came to life and began moving through the field, making up distance. Courtney took over second from Darland on lap 22 and set his sights on the leader. A flat tire on Chris Windom’s car brought out a yellow, which erased the huge lead that Grant had built. This also took away the lap traffic that was slowing the leader down. With the lapped car of Scotty Weir between Grant and Courtney on the restart, the leader was able to easily get back to the front with a cushion to work with. Grant would take the preferred line and cruise to victory and a $10,000 payday. Courtney finished second with C.J. Leary rounding out the podium.
Tyler Courtney retook the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead with 10 events remaining. Just seven points behind is Kevin Thomas Jr., with Chris Windom 58 points behind Courtney.
“Sprint Car Smackdown VII” Official Results:
USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Race. September 27, 2018 – Kokomo, Indiana. Kokomo Speedway
First Qualifying Race (10 laps, all transfer to the feature): 1. Logan Seavey (#5B Briscoe), 2. Kyle Cummins (#3c EZR/Cummins), 3. Scotty Weir (#22 Simon), 4. Dakota Jackson (#3 Jackson), 5. Carson Short (#5CB Briscoe), 6. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 7. Brian VanMeveren (#24x VanMeveren). NT
Second Qualifying Race (10 laps, all transfer to the feature): 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 4. Clinton Boyles (#57 Hazen), 5. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 6. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 7. Shane Cottle (#5G Goacher), 8. Corey Smith (#66s CS).
“King Of The Hill” 2-Car Shootouts (3 laps each): Round 1: Jason McDougal (#71p) defeats Tyler Courtney (#7BC).
- Round 1: Dave Darland (#36D) defeats Brady Bacon (#99). Tyler Thomas (#2E) defeats Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#69). Justin Grant (#4) defeats Chris Windom (#5).
- Round 2: Darland defeats McDougal. Grant defeats T. Thomas.
- Final Round: Grant defeats Darland.
Feature (40 laps): 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. C.J. Leary (10), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Brady Bacon (6), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Dave Darland (2), 8. Tyler Thomas (3), 9. Chase Stockon (12), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 11. Jarett Andretti (14), 12. Dakota Jackson (15), 13. Logan Seavey (9), 14. Kyle Cummins (11), 15. Scotty Weir (13), 16. Carson Short (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (18), 18. Clinton Boyles (16), 19. Tyler Hewitt (20), 20. Corey Smith (23), 21. Brian VanMeveren (21), 22. Shane Cottle (22), 23. Landon Simon (19).
Feature Lap Leaders: Laps 1-40 Grant
Hard Charger: C.J. Leary (10th to 3rd)