Sunshine Steals the Show at Tri-City Speedway

After 30 circuits around the 3/8-mile oval of Tri-City Speedway, it was “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney who stole the show to score the USAC National Midget win Friday night.


“You got to take the win as you can get it,” Courtney said. “I didn’t know if I was quite going to get it done because (Logan) Seavey could get a good run there in turns three and four, but luckily it stuck and it was basically your own race after that.”


Courtney rolled off the trailer with speed as he set quick time for both the USAC National Midget Series and USAC National Sprint Car Series.


He had his work cut out for him in a heat race as he started in sixth. That proved to be no match for Courtney as he worked his way towards the front and finished third, earning significant passing points for the feature event.


Jake Neuman, Jesse Colwell and Jason McDougal went on to win their respective heat races.


Due to USAC’s passing points system, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Justin Grant made up the front row, while Courtney started in sixth.


Brady Bacon jumped to the early lead before a hard-charging Logan Seavey made the pass for the top spot. It looked like smooth sailing to victory lane for Seavey, but Courtney had his sights on a win. Courtney battled with Seavey for the lead for several laps before completing the pass on Lap 22 and taking the checkered flag.


“This NOS Energy, Spike SR11 has been on a rail all year,” Courtney said. “I think this is our fourth win this year. We just have to keep our nose clean here for tomorrow night and we’ve got midget week coming up and that’s a busy week; it can kind of make or break your year. So, we have to turn that around and turn something into a championship.”


With his victory Friday night, Courtney became the first driver to ever win both a USAC National Midget Series race and USAC National Sprint Car Series race at the Tri-City Speedway.


In USAC Sprint Car action, Chris Windom became the first repeat winner of the season after out-dueling Carson Short for the victory.


-Story by: Madison Mabry, Midwest Correspondent

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The Results:

  1. Tyler Courtney
  2. Logan Seavey
  3. Justin Grant
  4. Zeb Wise
  5. Chad Boat
  6. Jerry Coons, Jr.
  7. Cannon McIntosh
  8. J. Leary
  9. Zach Daum
  10. Kevin Thomas, Jr.
  11. Tucker Klaasmeyer
  12. Chris Windom
  13. Tanner Carrick
  14. Jesse Colwell
  15. Tyler Thomas
  16. Brady Bacon
  17. Jason McDougal
  18. Holley Hollan
  19. Presley Truesdon
  20. Andrew Layser
  21. Sterling Cling
  22. Cole Bodine
  23. Karsyn Elledge
  24. Jake Neuman

Sunshine Steals the Show at Tri-City Speedway