INDIANAPOLIS – The inaugural Driven 2 Save Lives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink has set a USAC National Midget Series record as Landon Cassill becomes the 109th entrant for next weeks race. Cassill, has partnered with Bell Racing USA to drive the No. 21X entry for Brooke Shuman Motorsports.
“My longtime supporters at Bell are a really cool group of people who stood behind me with the #HireLandon movement on Twitter last fall,” said Cassill via a statement. “I’m honored they have taken the next step to literally hire me and have some fun out on the dirt.”
Cassill, will wheel a Chevy powered BOSS Chassis sponsored by Bell Racing USA. The event will run on Wednesday and Thursday, September 5th-6th ahead of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard which races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 9th. Following his action in the “BC39” with Brooke Shuman Motorsports, Cassill will return to his duties in the NASCAR Cup Series as he drives a StarCom Racing entry in Sunday’s race.
“We are proud to hire and work with Landon Cassill for the BC39,” stated Bell Director of Motorsports, Chris Wheeler. “Being able to participate with a Bell Athlete willing to step over from the asphalt side of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway onto the dirt is truly exciting for our brand.”
A longtime supporter of Bell Racing USA, Cassill has been trusting Bell Helmets to keep him safe for almost a decade now. The 29-year old native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa began racing on quads when he was three years old and has since built a successful career in the motorsports world that includes 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie of the year honors and a total of 276 races ran in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series over nine years. In the dirt world, Cassill has only competed in one IMCA Modified event, but he feels confident in taking on the task of a new challenge with the midgets.
Hitting the century mark on pre-entered drivers, this event hosted by Doug Boles and his staff at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is already one of the most-talked about events of the summer. Building a makeshift dirt track inside the turn three infield of the legendary 2.5-mile big track, the newly-created dirt track is complete with concrete walls and fencing all the way around.
Located less than one-mile away from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the Bell Racing USA Indy Pro Shop on Main Street in Speedway, Indiana. Established earlier this year, the company based out of Champaign, Illinois expanded their market with an Indianapolis motorsports division that has been thriving ever since.
Per USAC, the Midget record was originally set in 1990 when 109 drivers showed up for the Turkey Night Grand Prix. That race happened to be the final race held in Ascot Park in southern California. The all-time USAC national event record is 138 for the USAC Sprint Car “Mopar Million” at the Eldora Speedway in 2003.
This list is packed with star power. Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian have entered Christopher Bell and current points leader Logan Seavey. They’ve also entered females Holly Shelton and Maria Cofer as well as 2017 series Rookie of the Year Tanner Carrick. Ryan Robinson, Tucker Klaasmeyer and Sam Johnson round out their entries. Kyle Larson was originally entered but he’s since had to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict. Spencer Bayston, a rising star was on it too but he was injured in a race on Thursday night and had surgery on his legs on Friday. He will miss the show.
There are some other NASCAR drivers or former USAC drivers that moved up the NASCAR ranks. Last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe will race as will Ricky Stenhouse Jr. J.J. Yeley and Toyota developmental driver Tanner Thorson will be a part of the show. Former NASCAR driver and USAC legend Tracy Hines will try to make the prestigious field as will veterans Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, John Heydenreich and Billy Wease.
Sarah Fisher will field cars for Darland and Kyle O’Gara. Indiana Sprint Week Winner C.J. Leary will be on it so will Easter Midget points leader Alex Bright.
The 39-lap feature on Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner’s purse, the largest in Midget racing. For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.
On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.
Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives “BC39” presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.