INDIANPOLIS (December 12, 2016) — The Clauson-Marshall Racing juggernaut with drivers Donny Schatz, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Jason Johnson and Tyler Courtney has entered the Saturday, Dec. 17th “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget Special Event indoors at the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
The latest of the now 73 cars who’ve entered for the second annual event is highlighted by the team spearheaded by Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall.
Stenhouse, a regular on the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour, is the defending winner of the “Knepper 55.” In last year’s event, his late-race heroics pushed him to the victory with just four laps remaining. The Olive Branch, Mississippi native is no stranger to success in USAC racing with five career USAC National Midget wins to his credit in addition to last year’s “Special Event” triumph. The 2007 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year has already made three series starts this season and will pilot the No. 17BC in honor of his friend and one-time roommate, Bryan Clauson.
Schatz, a Fargo, North Dakota native, is a nine-time Knoxville Nationals winner and an eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car champion. Schatz is set to make his midget racing debut on Saturday in Du Quoin aboard the Clauson/Marshall No. 15x. It will be his first appearance in a USAC-sanctioned event since an 11th place finish in a Silver Crown car at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in September of 2003.
Schatz was denied Knoxville victory number ten this past August by Louisiana’s Jason Johnson. Johnson, whose sprint car is sponsored by team co-owner Marshall’s Priority Aviation Services, has sights set on his USAC midget debut on the one-sixth-mile dirt bullring inside the building located adjacent to the “Magic Mile” in which the USAC Silver Crown cars compete each year.
Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney will take the wheel of the No. 7BC for CMR on Saturday night. Courtney, who recently announced his intentions to make his first run at a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title in 2017, has made a pair of midget starts with USAC in 2016, including a third-place run in the Indiana Midget series event at Boswell’s Daugherty Speedway in September.
Entries continue to pour in from coast-to-coast including two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon from Oklahoma; versatile California racer and two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman; plus, four-time USAC National Sprint Car winner Thomas Meseraull from California; Indiana Sprint Week feature winner Brent Beauchamp and “Ted Horn 100” Silver Crown winner Chris Urish out of Elkhart, Illinois.
Additional drivers shedding the wing to compete at the Southern Illinois Center on Saturday include World of Outlaws regular Joey Saldana from Indiana and 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr. from Kansas.
Drivers who’ve made their names known to a nationwide audience outside of the dirt discipline are entered, including ARCA champs Chase Briscoe (2016) and Justin Allgaier (2008) as well as two-time American Le Mans Series titlist Chris Dyson and K & N Pro Series West winner Nick Drake.
West coast star Ryan Bernal is entered in a team car to Saldana while midget racing standouts Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illnois – a winner indoors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis a year ago – and Tyler Thomas are set to hit the stage in their self-owned rides.
Tickets are now on sale for the “Junior Knepper 55.” Discounted advance general admission tickets can be purchased at http://www.usactickets.com/. No reserved seating will be available for the event; only general admission. Adult tickets are $20. Kids age 6-12 are $10. Children age 5 and under get in for FREE! Pit passes are $35.
Gates open at 1pm with hot laps scheduled for 4pm and racing set for 5pm.
Teams and drivers may now file their entries for the event for free online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2016-knepper-car-entry, but you must use the coupon code “KNEPPER” at checkout. If you do not pre-enter for the event by December 11, 2016, entries are $30 at the track on race day.
If you are unable to make it to the event in person, http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ will be streaming the race LIVE!
73 USAC MIDGETS ENTERED AS OF DECEMBER 11, 2016
0 Johnny Murdock/Conroe, TX (Zero Motorsports)
0B Steve Finn/Collinsville, IL (Zero Motorsports)
1 Travis Pence/Stronghurst, IL (Travis Pence)
1T Tony Roney/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
2 TBA (Zero Motorsports)
3J Jake Griffin/Quincy, IL (Jim Neuman)
3N Jake Neuman/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
3w Alex Watson/Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
4 Kyle Jones/Kennedale, TX (Kyle Jones)
5 Chase Briscoe/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe)
5c Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle)
6 Andy Baugh/Mason City, IL (Zero Motorsports)
7 Gage Walker/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7A Justin Allgaier/Riverton, IL (Motorsports Marketing)
7B Cody Beard/St. Anthony, IN (Cody Beard)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7JR J.D. Black/Grain Valley, MO (J.D. Black)
7K Justin Peck/Monrovia, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin)
9 Steve Aplin/St. Louis, MO (Bill Allen)
9K Kyle Schuett/Philo, IL (Schuett Racing)
9p Parker Price-Miller/Kokomo, IN (PPM Racing)
11 Brent Beauchamp/Fairland, IN (B & B Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Ryan Fleming/Xenia, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
12 J.B. Gilbert/Charleston, IL (Gilbert/Horn Racing)
13 Brian Reick/Troy, MO (Zero Motorsports)
14I Isaac Schreurs/Sioux Falls, SD (Jody Rosenboom)
14R Jody Rosenboom/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
14w Matt Westfall/Ludlow Falls, OH (Steve Bordner)
15 Tim Siner/Dupo, IL (Siner/Cyliax Racing)
15F Cole Fehr/Coatesville, IN (Live Loud Racing)
15m Shane Morgan/Creve Coeur, IL (Shane Morgan)
15x Donny Schatz/Fargo, ND (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
16K Chris Dyson/Poughkeepsie, NY (Kruseman Motorsports)
17 Joey Saldana/Brownsburg, IN (Shannon Saldana)
17BC Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr./Liberal, KS (Wheeler Racing)
19p Levi Curry/Lincoln, IL (PPM Racing)
21K Cory Kruseman/Ventura, CA (Kruseman Motorsports)
25P Dylan Peterson/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s Alex Schriever/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
29 David Hair/Indianapolis, IN (Ed Hair)
30T Tyler VanToll/Belleville, IL (Tyler VanToll)
35 Chris Baue/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
35T Tyler Robbins/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
41 Jason Johnson/Eunice, LA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
43T Josh Thomas Edinburg, IL (Josh Thomas)
44 Wesley Smith/Nixa, MO (WSR)
45x Bricen James/Albany, OR (Johnny Herrera Racing)
50 Daniel Adler/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
51J Ryan Jamison/Mediapolis, IA (Jamison Racing)
55 Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (Nick Drake)
56v Matt Veatch/McLeansboro, IL (Mark Chisholm)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
66 Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Amati Racing)
68 Kyle O’Gara/Beech Grove, IN (Sarah Fisher Racing)
73 Broc Hunnell/Eolia, MO (Broc Hunnell)
76m Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77u Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
86 Danny Meyer/Tuscola, IL (Ebby Bergfield)
87 Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Shannon Saldana)
88 Terry Babb/Harristown, IL (Terry Babb)
88w Chad Wheeler/Muskogee, OK (Wheeler Racing)
91 Tyler Nelson/Kansas City, MO (Harris Racing)
91A Chris Andrews/Sandusky, OH (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
91m Chris Majdik/Redding, CA (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
91T Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
93K Riley Kreisel/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
95 Chris Andrews/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
99p Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (PPM Racing)