The United States Auto Club (USAC) will make a pair of noteworthy stops during the 2017 season to the historic Montpelier Motor Speedway on April 22nd and June 6th The first USAC event will bring the always popular and ultra competitive Amsoil USAC National Sprint Cars series to the east central Indiana bull ring on Saturday, April 22nd. The stop will serve as the second USAC national sprint car appearance at the 114 year old racing facility. A second USAC appearance is slated for Tuesday, June 6th and will showcase the first night of Indiana Midget Week, an event featuring 6 consecutive nights of Midget racing spread throughout Indiana speed plants. USAC Midget Week routinely draws the best Midget and moonlighting Sprint drivers from across the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.
In 2016 Amsoil USAC Sprint Car competition, it Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon who picked up the Montpelier feature event win for the famed Hoffman Auto Racing team. Bacon bested a tough field beating Kyle Cummings, Dave Darland, Shane Cottle, and Chase Stockon to the finish line. The win propelled a strong 2016 for Bacon who later who the 2016 USAC National Champion for Sprint Cars.
The Montpelier Motor Speedway, which began racing in 1903 and hosted its first automobile race in 1915, is one of America’s oldest remaining racing facilities. Sprint car racing first came to Montpelier in the late 1940’s in the form of “Big Cars”. While the east central Indiana ¼ mile clay oval has a historic past, the facility has seen many major modern upgrades the past four seasons including new restrooms and bleachers along with the addition of many safety features such as a new catch fence system along with a new front stretch wall, lighting system, and runoff area. The Montpelier Motor Speedway commonly competes weekly on Saturday Nights with its popular Modified and Stock Car divisions, and is also the host to the popular Montpelier Motor Speedway Midget series.
USAC is one of the oldest running sprint car sanctioning bodies in the country. From 1956 to 1979, USAC sanctioned the United States National Championship, and from 1956 to 1997, the organization sanctioned the Indianapolis 500.
The who’s-who of USAC is a list of some of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Former national sprint car champions include Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Gary Bettenhausen, Levi Jones, Rich Vogler, Kenny Shrader, Dave Darland, Jack Hewitt, and current NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Jeff Gordon, Cole Whitt, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Josh Wise, and Kyle Larson all competed as USAC regulars. 2015 Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson is also a two-time USAC sprint car champion.
USAC National Sprint Cars – Brady Bacon – 14.199 (April 23, 2016)
USAC National Midgets – Christopher Bell – 14.141 (May 31, 2016)
Date Saturday, April 22nd
Classes USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars
Gates Open – 3:00PM Hot Laps – 5:00PM Racing – 6:30PM Racing Curfew – 11:ooPM
A Montpelier Motor Speedway Competitors License is required to race at the Montpelier Motor Speedway in a MMS Track Championship points paying division (excludes all sprints and TQ series). This is a one-time license that must be completed upon your first race at the Speedway each season. Once this license is purchased, it is good for all remaining racing events at the Montpelier Motor Speedway. The fee for the license is $20.00 per season and is required for payout following the event. A link to the form is available on our website (www.montpeliermotorspeedway.com/driver-forms) for your convenience
Location Montpelier Motor Speedway
East Central Indiana
700 South Jefferson
Montpelier, Indiana 47359
Conveniently located 15 miles from Interstate 69 Exit 264 (Indiana Highway 18)
Size and Configuration – 1/4 Mile Clay Oval With Sweeping Corners; 10+ degrees of banking in corners and backstretch.
Year Built – 1903 as 1/2 Mile Horse Track
First Automobile Race – May 5, 1915
Seating Capacity – 3,200
Parking – Free parking located near main grandstand entrance
Family Section Seating – A designated area for family seating is located in the grandstands directly behind the flag stand. The consumption of alcoholic beverage in the family section is prohibited.
Coolers – Insurance regulations prohibit the carry in of any cooler
Camping – Free overnight primitive camping is allowed. Self Contained Campfires Permitted. Please no wood with nails. Self Clean-Up Required
Alcohol – The Alcohol and Beverage Commission prohibits the carry in of any alcohol. Beer is sold at the track. ID is required.
Souvenir Stand – Fully stocked souvenir stand (includes MMS T-Shirts, Hoodies, Pictures, and MMS Programs)
Kids Stand – Fully stocked family/kid souvenir stand (includes kid’s toys and novelties, racing flags, safety glasses, hearing protection, etc… Items starting at .50/$1.00)
Restrooms – New clean Men and Women’s restroom located behind the main grandstands. Pit side restroom is men only.
Concession Stand – Wide range of food and sides and cold/hot drinks located behind the main grandstands. Dual lines to purchase food available from spectator area. Picnic tables spread throughout the facility.
Pets – Pets are not allowed in the grandstand area.