Lonnie Wheatley, INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.
(February 14, 2018) – An ambitious slate of events for the 2018
season gets under way for Tyler Courtney this weekend.
And the Sunshine State is a fitting place for “Sunshine”
and the Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing Priority Aviation No. 7bc
Sprint Car team to kick off the chase for the USAC National
Sprint Car title at this weekend’s season opening event at Bubba
Raceway Park’s “Winter Dirt Games” in Ocala, FL.
Following Wednesday night’s practice
Courtney will be in action aboard the Rider-powered
Driven2SaveLives Spike-chassis over the next three nights on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday atop the 3/8-mile Bubba Raceway
Park clay oval.
After racing his way into a second
consecutive Chili Bowl Nationasl championship feature event in
Tulsa, OK, last month, this weekend’s set of races launches a
slate of approximately 80 events for the year that also includes
aspirations of a USAC National Midget title aboard the
Clauson-Marshall Racing Driven2SaveLives No. 7bc as well as the
dirt portion of the USAC Silver Crown schedule in the Hans Lein
Coming off of a strong 2017 campaign that
included 15 overall wins (eight Sprint Car triumphs, seven
Midget victories and one Silver Crown score), the expectations
for the 2018 season are high.
“Hopefully we can get more wins and get at
least one USAC National championship if not both,” Courtney
The Indianapolis native understands the
process after finishing fourth in USAC Sprint Car points and
sixth in USAC Midget points last year.
“We just have to take it one race at a
time,” Courtney explains. “We have to be able
to capitalize on the good nights and make the best of the bad
It all begins for the driver of the
Schoenfeld Headers/Wilwood Brakes entry in the form of a unique
Bubba Raceway Park this weekend.
“It’s different. Some
nights it can be really heavy and other nights it can really
slick off,” Courtney explains. “You have to
be prepared for whatever it turns out to be.”
The driver of the CSI Shocks/Walker
Filtration machine goes on to say that early laps can be an
indication of the weekend ahead at Bubba Raceway Park.
“If you’re good early, you stay that way.
But if you’re slow in practice, then you’re likely to
struggle all weekend.”
Courtney will be looking for a strong
start in this weekend’s USAC Sprint Car “Winter Dirt Games” at
Bubba Raceway Park before getting back into action at The Dirt
Track at Las Vegas aboard Mike Phulps’ No. 56 USAC West Coast
Sprint Car on February 28 and March 1.
2018 Quick Stats:
2 races, 1 top-five, 1 top-ten.
USAC National Sprint Cars at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL) on
February 15-17. For those unable to catch the
action in person, it is available via PPV on
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