Lonnie Wheatley, INDIANAPOLIS,
Ind. (February 27, 2018) – Already off to a strong start
in the 2018 season, Tyler Courtney hopes to keep Lady
Luck on his side in Las Vegas this week.
The Indianapolis native will join
forces with Mike Phulps’ Metal Works No. 56 team for the
USAC West Coast vs. Southwest Sprint Car portion of
Wednesday and Thursday’s “Sin City Showdown” at The Dirt
Track at Las Vegas.
It will mark Courtney’s first
competitive laps atop the Las Vegas dirt oval.
“I have seen races there but never
had a chance to race on it,” Courtney says.
“I have a pretty good track record at new tracks
so hopefully I can continue that.”
The pilot of the
Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing No. 7bc Sprint Car and
the Clauson-Marshall Racing No. 7bc Midget on the USAC
National Sprint Car and Midget trails has also enjoyed
past success in Phulps’ No. 56 Sprint Car.
“Sunshine” scored a USAC/CRA
Sprint car win during last year’s Petaluma leg of the
series’ California Speedweek.
“We should have a good shot at a
win or two, now we just have to do it,” Courtney says.
After piling up 15 wins over the
course of the 2017 season, Courtney has already picked
off two wins this season in the opening handful of
starts to the young campaign. After
racing into his second consecutive Chili Bowl Nationals
championship feature in January, he picked off two of
three “Winter Dirt Games” feature wins in the opening
set of USAC National Sprint Car events earlier this
month in Ocala, FL.
Riding that two-race winning
streak, Courtney looks to extend that success in this
week’s “Sin City Showdown” before shifting back to
Midget action at next Saturday’s (March 10) “Shamrock
Classic” in Du Quoin, Illinois.
2018 Quick Stats:
5 races, 2 wins, 3 top-fives, 3 top-tens.
USAC West Coast vs. Southwest Sprint Cars at The Dirt
Track at Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday, February
28 and March 1. For those unable to
catch the action in person, it is available via PPV on
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