For traditional Sprint Car fans and drivers, there are fewer thrills than joining the Indiana Sprint Week (ISW). A large majority of the USAC National Sprint Car teams are based in Indiana, which makes the state’s week-long Sprint Car series on of the most popular in the country. The list of winners for the annual event reads like a modern who’s who of non-winged sprinters.
On Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – just a few days after the USAC National Sprint Car Series wrapped up at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California – the sanctioning body announced an expansion to the annual event.
According to USAC’s press release, “Indiana Sprint Week will expand to its largest schedule in over a decade when the 32nd annual edition of the wildly-popular event arrives in 2019 for eight races in ten nights between July 18-27.”
Indiana Sprint Week has held eight races during the mini-series within the series twice previously – in 2003 and 2007. Expanding the ISW series to include a wide variety of tracks, from relatively flat to high banks, from quarters to half-miles and from wide-sweeping turns to paperclip-shaped venues, is designed to challenge all the drivers. The hope is to clearly decide which driver and team is the most versatile and resilient over a grueling stretch of eight races in ten days.
Indiana Sprint Week will begin on Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway before heading northwest to Plymouth Speedway, which made its debut on the ISW schedule in 2018, the following night on Friday, July 19. From there, the series travels an hour south on U.S. 31 to Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 20. The first weekend concludes Sunday, July 21 in the southeastern part of the state at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
After a two-day hiatus, the series returns for a final four-day stretch that begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 24. Then, it’s off to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 25, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 26 and concludes with the ISW finale Saturday, July 27 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
Indiana Sprint Week debuted in 1988, but first became USAC-sanctioned in 1996. Since then, the event has grown from a single weekend to eight races over a week-and-a-half and has become the marquee event on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail that draws massive crowds and welcomes travelers from around the world, both driver and fan alike.
The USAC National Sprint Car division’s winningest driver, Dave Darland, owns the most Indiana Sprint Week victories with 20. Levi Jones and Kevin Thomas have the most ISW titles with four. Chris Windom captured the most recent Indiana Sprint Week title.
2019 Indiana Sprint Week Schedule:
- Thu., July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana
- Fri., July 19: Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, Indiana
- Sat., July 20: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana
- Sun., July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana
- Wed., July 24: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana
- Thu., July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana
- Fri., July 26: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana
- Sat., July 27: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana
Previous Indiana Sprint Week Champions:
- 2018 – Chris Windom
- 2017 – Kevin Thomas Jr.
- 2016 – Brady Bacon
- 2015 – Robert Ballou
- 2014 – Bryan Clauson
- 2013 – Bryan Clauson
- 2012 – Levi Jones
- 2011 – Chris Windom
- 2010 – Jon Stanbrough
- 2009 – Levi Jones
- 2008 – Levi Jones
- 2007 – Dave Darland
- 2006 – Jon Stanbrough
- 2005 – Cory Kruseman
- 2004 – Levi Jones
- 2003 – J.J. Yeley
- 2002 – Cory Kruseman
- 2001 – Dave Darland
- 2000 – Jay Drake
- 1999 – Tony Elliott
- 1998 – Dave Darland
- 1997 – J.J. Yeley
- 1996 – Kevin Thomas
- 1995 – Kevin Thomas
- 1994 – Kelly Kinser
- 1993 – Kevin Thomas
- 1992 – Kevin Thomas
- 1991 – Bob Kinser
- 1990 – Chuck Amati & Gary Trammell
- 1989 – Chuck Amati
- 1988 – Randy Kinser