Brownstown Speedway names track champions for 2023

Alan Magner of North Vernon is the 2023 Indiana Pro Late Model track champion at Brownstown Speedway.

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Brownstown Speedway has named its track champions for the 2023 racing season. Jared Bailey of Bedford (super late model), Alan Magner of North Vernon (Indiana pro late model), Brayden Watson of Bedford (modified), Tanner Chastain of Bedford (super stock), Josh Hayes of Seymour (pure stock), Jeremy Shemwell of Indianapolis hornet) and Phillip Boudreaux of Salem (crown vics) each captured their respective divisions during the season, which went from April to October.

Bailey captured his first career track championship at Brownstown in winning the super late model division points over David Webb of Nicholasville, Kentucky; Devin Gilpin of Columbus; Tyler Collins of North Vernon and Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh. Completing the top 10 in super late model points were James Rice of Verona, Kentucky; Skyller Lewis of Brownstown; Shelby Miles of Bloomington; Quentin White of Greenwood and Casey White, also from Greenwood.

Magner, who has two Brownstown super stock championships in his career (2008 and 2009), won his first Indiana Late Model Series championship over Marty O’Neal of Spencer, Patrick Shumaker of Sellersburg, Caleb Schryer of North Vernon and Zack Burton of Edinburgh. Nolan Wells of North Vernon was the division’s Rookie of the Year. Completing the top 10 in the Indiana pro late models were Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh, Tyler Cain of Seymour, Robert Rainey of Bedford, Rohn Moon of Greenwood and Brian Wilhite of Edinburgh.

Watson won his first track title at Brownstown, taking the modified title. Brent Lee of Crothersville was second in points, followed by Jacoby Hines of Trafalgar, Steve Haefke of Bloomington and David Winters Jr. of Richmond. Dustin Herron of Seymour was the division’s Rookie of the Year. Completing the top 10 in the modified class were Ben Harmon of Brooks, Kentucky; Zachary Stalker of Salem; Jarod Deckard of Springville; Logan Mounce of Mitchell and Ryan Thomas of Brownstown.

Tanner Chastain won his first track championship at Brownstown, taking the super stock division crown. Zach Sasser of Bedford was second, with J.T. Huffman of Salem, Isaiah Sasser of Bedford and Greg Amick of Spraytown rounding out the top five drivers. Chris Batchelor of Corydon was the division’s Rookie of the Year. Completing the top 10 in super stock points were Blake Hull of Nebraska, Colton Sullivan of Columbus, Tucker Chastain of Bedford Batchelor and Jenna Boknecht of Seymour.

Hayes won his first Brownstown track title, grabbing the pure stock championship. Tommy Fleenor of Scottsburg was second in points, followed by Buddy Stearns of Salem, Donnie Wilson of North Vernon and Mickey Hines of Scipio. A.J. Wilson of Butlerville was the division’s Rookie of the Year. Completing the top 10 in the final pure stock points were Hunter Perry of Columbus, Preston Carr of Underwood, Brent McMillan of Nort Vernon, Wilson and Kevin Bloom from Seymour.

Shemwell was another first-time champion at Brownstown, winning the hornet division title. Scott Smith of Medora was second in points, followed by Brian Pollitt of North Vernon, Michael Brewer of North Vernon and Jeremy Ogle of Columbus. Marshall Claycamp of Seymour was the division’s Rookie of the Year. Completing the top 10 in hornet points were Landon Hayes of Bedford, Claycamp, Matthew Christian of Medora, Brandon Crockett of Brownstown and Kameron Arthur of Bedford.

Boudreaux captured his first Brownstown track champion in winning crown vic points battle. Nathan Lewis of Corydon was second in points, with Staci Fitzgerald of Louisville, Ray Weston of Vallonia and Ryan Woods of Springville rounding out the top five in points. Peyton Walker of Fredericksburg was the division’s Rookie of the Year. Walker led the next five drivers in points by taking sixth in the final standings as Anthony Finley of Pekin, Brandon Lange of Crothersville, Kilie Reynolds of Auston and Michael Cranmer of Jeffersonville completed the top 10 in points.

The Brownstown Speedway annual awards banquet will be on Jan. 20 at Pewter Hall in Brownstown.

Silver Crown schedule set

An eclectic docket featuring 14 events with half on dirt and half on pavement tracks is the agenda in 2024 for the 54th season of the most diverse oval racing series on the planet — the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

Of those 14 dates, 12 events are confirmed at press time, with a balanced slate of six events set for dirt tracks and six more on the pavement at venues ranging from half-miles to one-miles and on tracks varying from semi-banked to high-banked across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

New for ‘24

The last time Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway hosted a USAC national event, the year was 1969. The track surface was still dirt, and a human had not yet even stepped foot on the moon. Bob Tattersall wound up as the winner of that day’s midget race more than a half century ago.

Now, it’s the big cars’ turn at Jennerstown. On Aug. 10, USAC competitors of the modern day will take their first shot at the now 0.522-mile paved oval for the inaugural Silver Crown showdown.

100 miles for payday

The highest-paying event of the 2024 USAC Silver Crown season will also be its longest distance race in terms of laps. On Friday night of Memorial Day weekend, May 24, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park will host the 67th running of the Hoosier Hundred on the .686-mile paved oval. Held for the second year in a row on pavement, the 146-lap, 100-mile event will pay $25,000-to-win.

The paved slate

The 2024 season opens and closes on the hardtop with dates at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway for the Rollie Beale Classic on April 20, followed by a trip to the hallowed banks of Indiana’s Winchester Speedway for the running of the Rich Vogler Classic.

The Hoosier Hundred brings the series once again to IRP on May 24, then kicks off the summer months with a swing through Oregon, Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway for the Bytec Dairyland 100 before setting off for a Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway debut on Aug. 10.

The championship decider and season closer is once again set during Championship Saturday on Oct. 19 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The dirt halves

One of the most fascinating USAC Silver Crown events throughout the 2023 campaign will once again open the dirt portion of the schedule in 2024 on the Belleville High Banks in Kansas during the weekend of May 17-18 with practice and qualifying set for night one followed by the main event on the following evening. The Huncovsky Classic will be held in conjunction with two-straight nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget racing on the Belleville Short Track, located inside the half-mile dirt oval.

Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway will be the place for a full smorgasbord of action on June 15 during Open Wheel Madness, a star-studded affair featuring both USAC’s Silver Crown and AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship divisions at one venue on one night during Eastern Storm weekend in the east.

Indiana’s lone half-mile dirt oval, Terre Haute Action Track, brings USAC’s champ cars out for the 20th edition of the Sumar Classic on Independence Day. It marks the first USAC Silver Crown event to be held on the Fourth of July in exactly 20 years, since Jay Drake’s score at Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2004.

Tradition rich

A trio of the most tradition rich USAC Silver Crown events of them all are pegged for the dirt in August and September. The 61st running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield provides the first of two $10,000-to-win dirt-mile adventures on the 2024 schedule on Aug. 17.

Fair season in the Land of Lincoln continues two weeks later with the 70th running of the Ted Horn 100 at the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

The final dirt run of the new year sees payout increases across the board. For the 42nd time, the champ cars will compete in the 4-Crown Nationals at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The event provides the only opportunity of the year to witness all three USAC national divisions in one night, with the winner’s share being increased from $10,000 to $15,000 from 2023 to 2024 for all three series, plus the High Limit Sprint Cars.

James Essex writes at motorsports notebook for The Republic. Send comments to [email protected]