That returned Boat to second and relegated Briscoe back to third. As entries continue to pour in daily, the field already features a talented field of champions and race winners across the board including 2016 ARCA champ and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe of Mitchell, Indiana, two-time Indiana Midget Week champ and four-time Kokomo Speedway titlist Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Indiana. When racing resumed, Briscoe quickly got back by Boat, yet Bell remained just out of reach. Third-place "Knepper 55" finisher Chris Andrews of Oklahoma is entered along with Tony Bruce, Jr. Jim Neuman has entered three cars for Jake Neuman, late model standout Brian Shirley and Austin Blair.
Things got interesting when one wondered what was in store with Bell and Courtney next to each other after multiple on-track excursions between the two in their qualifying race earlier in the night. USAC and MSCS collaborate once again at Tri-State on September 15th's "Haubstadt Hustler." Just prior to "Indiana Sprint Week," competitors tackle their last tune-up before the commencing of "Indiana Sprint Week" in the Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 6. "To be able to win the last race of the year like that is pretty cool," Bell said. Concurrent with the turning of the calendar to August is the start of Pennsylvania Midget Week which begins August 1 at Path Valley Speedway Park with subsequent stops at Linda's Speedway (August 2), Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (August 3) and BAPS Motor Speedway - formerly known as Susquehanna - on August 4. Shane Golobic led a field of 52 drivers by recording the fastest lap in Wednesday's open practice for the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway. "I've been pretty close and really fast here in the past, but I just haven't been able to win. The USAC Midgets' 37th annual run at the "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway finishes out the Midwest part of the schedule on September 22. Four different teams represented the top-four in practice, which all came in the second of the four sessions held with Fremont, California's Golobic taking the top time for Clauson-Marshall/Wood Racing. The fastest Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" contender was Zeb Wise, who timed in sixth quickest for Clauson/Marshall Racing. Bell instantly went to work with a turn three slider on Grant for second on lap 44. A slew of benchmark Indiana tracks dot the landscape throughout the season in addition to its July "Indiana Sprint Week" slots. Grant vetoed that notion and slid past Bell in turn one to retake second. Kokomo Speedway's non-points, special event #GYATK Night on August 22 leads into three nights of "Sprint Car Smackdown" on August 23-24-25. "At the beginning of the race, I was really good, but was kind of biding my time," Bell recalls. I remember Bryan (Clauson) was always really good at sliding himself here. The wintertime defroster begins a season that carries with it a number of tried and true tour staples including Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week.