May 28th 2020

NASCAR Cup Driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Enters BC39 Midget Race at IMS—Over 60 Cars Registered

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Ricky Stenhouse Jr. headlines the latest group of drivers assigned to entries for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4-5 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
Sixty-two cars have been entered for the second running of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series event, contested on the quarter-mile clay oval inside Turn 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
Two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Stenhouse has an extensive background in USAC National Midget racing, earning five wins and Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. He will attempt to make his second start in the BC39 feature, as he started 11th and finished 11th in last year’s BC39 for Clauson/Marshall Racing, for which he’ll also drive this year.
 
Mississippi native Stenhouse joins a powerful CMR full-time team of series point leader and six-time winner Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, two-time winners Chris Windom and 16-year-old Zeb Wise, along with leading series Rookie Andrew Layser.
 
Stenhouse is the third prominent NASCAR driver with USAC background to join the BC39 entry list this week, joining fellow Cup Series star Kyle Larson and Xfinity Series title contender Christopher Bell. Larson and Stenhouse also will race in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, Sept. 8 on the 2.5-mile oval at IMS, while Bell will be among the favorites to win the Indiana 250 on Saturday, Sept. 7 at IMS.
 
Also joining the list of BC39 entries is 2005 and 2006 Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle for car owner Bill Ecker. Cottle is a multi-time winner in all three of USAC’s National divisions in his career and owns three career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins.
 
Other new drivers include Critter Malone, a two-time USAC National Midget feature winner aiming to make his first BC39 main event start in his Seven LLC car. He’s joined by SFH Racing Development’s two-car lineup of Chase Jones, from Greenwood, Indiana, and Kyle O’Gara, from Beech Grove, Indiana, brother-in-law of nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher.
 
These drivers join a lineup boosted this week by the addition of five USAC National Midget champions: Bell, Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Logan Seavey and Tanner Thorson.
 
Another prominent recent entry is defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon, who will drive the No. 76E car fielded by FMR Racing. Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Bacon led the final nine laps to capture the inaugural event last September.
 
Other top drivers previously entered include 2017 USAC National Midget champion Spencer Bayston, Michael Pickens of New Zealand, Thomas Meseraull, David Prickett, Tyler Thomas, Brent Beauchamp, Matt Westfall, Shannon McQueen and many others.
 
Tickets for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink are on sale at www.ims.com, along with tickets for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, Sept. 8 and the Indiana 250 and FGL Fest on Saturday, Sept. 7. 
 
On-track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the quarter-mile Dirt Track at IMS. Public gates open at 3 p.m., with cars on track for practice at 4 p.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night’s racing action. 
 
Public gates will open at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 for the second and final night of action. Cars will be on track for practice at 4 p.m., with qualifying races at 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

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