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BrickyardMidgets

The upcoming “Battle at the Brickyard” is expected to establish a new record for the number of race cars to tour the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a single time when the USAC .25 Midgets converge on the historic oval July 7-10.

Last year a total of 178 cars toured the 2.5-mile oval in a ceremonial lap. This year, the “Battle at the Brickyard” has already received over 310 pre-registrations!  The event is round three of the 2016 United States Auto Club National .25 Midget calendar.

The visit to the Brickyard follows the USAC National .25 Midget events at Gilbert, Pennsylvania and Fountain, Colorado. The National Championship will continue August 19-21 at Pocono, Pennsylvania and September 23-25 at Rossburg, Ohio before concluding September 29-October 2 at Las Vegas, Nevada.

Series coordinator Jerry Coons Jr. anticipates a spectacular four days, with racing occurring on a special-constructed oval in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield. This year’s event marks the seventh running of the “Battle at the Brickyard.”

“We look forward to an even bigger “Battle at the Brickyard” than last year’s event,” says Coons. “We just completed a great event at Pikes Peak International Raceway and the kids loved taking a couple of laps there. There is a huge buzz going around about the impending lap at Indy.”

Parking of all vehicles, trailers and motorhomes will take place from noon-5 pm Thursday, July 7. Practice, opening ceremonies and heat races will commence Friday, with handlers/drivers meeting at the line-up chute at 8 am. Saturday includes remaining heat races and lower mains, with races expected to conclude at 6:30 pm. The ceremonial lap around the 2.5-mile oval will proceed at 7 pm. A-Mains will commence on Sunday at 8:30 am.

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Tony Elliott (Left) & Sheldon Kinser (Right) --Images by John Mahoney

Tony Elliott (Left) & Sheldon Kinser (Right) — Images by John Mahoney

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Two of USAC’s most celebrated champions will be honored during the upcoming Indiana Sprint Week, featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. The “Tony Elliott Classic” is scheduled this Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway while the “Sheldon Kinser Memorial” unfolds at Bloomington Speedway the following Friday, July 15.

Elliott earned 11 USAC feature victories at Kokomo (eight Sprint, one National Midget and two Regional Midget). USAC’s 1998 and 2000 National Sprint Car Champion scored 26 USAC Sprint Car feature victories during his career. His five USAC Silver Crown wins included the Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis in 2000 and 2001. The 1999 Indiana Sprint Week champion scored three of his five ISW victories at the Kokomo oval. Elliott perished October 2, 2015 in a plane crash in South Carolina.

Kinser is a three-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion (1977, 1981 and 1982). Among his five career USAC Silver Crown victories was the 1985 Hoosier Hundred. He also started a half-dozen Indianapolis 500s, finishing sixth in his final start in 1981. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1992. Last year, Kinser was also inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame. Sheldon’s lone USAC Sprint car victory at Bloomington came in 1984. Kinser, a native of Bloomington, died August 1, 1988 after a bout with cancer.

Though Bloomington’s “Sheldon Kinser Memorial” will be the 28th running of the event, this year’s edition will mark the first under USAC sanction.

The 29th annual Indiana Sprint Week opens this Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway and continues at Kokomo Saturday and at Lawrenceburg Speedway Sunday. The series concludes with races Wednesday (July 13) at the Terre Haute Action Track, Thursday (July 14) at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Friday (July 15) at Bloomington and Saturday (July 16) at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

Dave Darland is the winningest driver in Indiana Sprint Week history with 18 career wins. Jon Stanbrough is second with 16. Levi Jones and Kevin Thomas each earned four ISW championships and Darland is next at three.