Sprint Car
Saturday, 7 August 2021


Winner Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) Winner Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.)


By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (August 6, 2021)………Allentown, Pa. driver Briggs Danner added another winning performance to his resume with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series by passing veteran driver Carmen Perigo late in the feature event to collect his seventh feature event victory of the 2021 season.

The front row of the thirty lap feature event featured invader driver Justin Grant, and crafty veteran Carmen Perigo Jr side by side leading us to the green flag. On the initial start, Grant had a superb start taking the lead over a hungry Perigo who stayed right on the rear of the Cicconi Racing 75 entry. Grant held a small lead over grant as the laps began to be added into the record book for series competition. Briggs Danner was already on the move early in the stages of the feature moving into the top three by the completion of lap four.

The first yellow flag of the feature flew in turns three and four as race leader Justin Grant began to set himself up for turn four and began to over-rotate the car on lap six. Second place Carmen Perigo Jr tagged the rear of the 75 car and sent Grant for a 360 spin in turn four. Grant per all USAC Series rules would start at the rear of the field for the feature. Unfortunately, Grant would not return to the rear of the field and would drop out of the feature event.

Perigo lead the field to green on the ensuing restart of the feature with Danner glued to the rear bumper of the 21 machine with Damon Paul, Tommy Kunsman, and Alex Bright rounding out the top five. As laps continued to get put into the record books Alex Bright had worked his way into fifth from his ninth place starting spot, with Damon Paul working his way into third. The first half of the field were all glued to the cushion of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds as the field began to encounter lapped traffic, who at the time were staying to the bottom side of the speedway. The second caution of the evening would fly on lap fourteen as Nash Ely would get together with Jason Cherry and both drivers would stop in turn three.

The restart around the halfway mark of the feature event had Perigo remaining the leader over: Danner, Paul, Kunsman, Bright and Steven Drevicki. On the restart, Danner stayed right with Perigo for the race lead drawing alongside in turn one, with Perigo standing on the gas and retaking the race lead off of turn two. While the top two began to battle for the lead, Alex Bright moved by Tommy Kunsman for fourth and started his quest for the final podium spot on last week’s winner Damon Paul.

By lap twenty-three of the feature, Perigo and Danner began to trade the top spot back and forth with Perigo coming out on top of the battle to start. The lead duo also began to encounter lapped traffic again as the laps dwindled in the thirty lap main. Damon Paul continued to be under pressure from Alex Bright for third, with the rest of the top six spots remaining relatively calm.

Perigo continued to lead the feature with Danner remaining right on the bumper of the veteran driver. Perigo made a dazzling move into turns one and two splitting lapped cars to hit the cushion and get at bit of breathing room over Danner for a lap or two. Ultimately, Danner would draw alongside leader Perigo on lap twenty-six, with Danner moving into the race lead on lap twenty-seven. From there on, it was smooth sailing as Briggs Danner picked up his seventh, Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Custom Trails feature event of the season. Carmen Perigo, Damon Paul, Alex Bright, and Tommy Kunsman rounded out the top five.

The win on Friday for Danner was a bit of redemption for the outstanding rookie driver, as last week at Winchester was a bit of a disappointing outing for the team following a mistake running inside the top three. Danner and the Gallagher Racing team lead by Curt Michael had a great set up in the 5G for Friday’s main event allowing Danner to utilize the high line, and the low line when needed in the feature event. Despite the feature win, the team still remains just two points behind Hummer Motorsports and Alex Bright for the series points lead heading into Sunday’s event at the Selinsgrove Speedway.

Carmen Perigo and finishing second after leading the majority of the feature event laps, is a tune that Perigo and team are beginning to get sick of. Perigo has lead multiple features over the existence of the USAC East Coast Series but has yet to seal the deal and end up in victory lane. As always, despite the success, and understandable disappointment of running second, the jovial Perigo simply laughed and stated “Were going to win one of these sometime” as the team loaded up to make the trip back to Stoystown, PA. Look for Perigo to be behind the wheel of the teams Silver Crown series entry on Sunday where they will look to repeat a top five effort from last season.

Damon Paul continued to prove that the speed he and the Cicconi Racing team have found over the last few weeks is no joke. Coming off of a big win at the Winchester Speedway on Saturday, the team again had a great outing with Paul holding off points leader Alex Bright for the final spot on the podium which is no easy feat with the immense speed that Bright has shown thus far. Look for Paul to continue to contend for more victories as the rest of the season continues on.

Fourth place ended up belonging to series points leader Alex Bright, after a hard fought battle with Damon Paul. Bright being one of two drivers to compete in both the midget and sprint car on Friday, had a busy night switching back and forth between the two cars all night. The Hummer Motorsports team with Crew Chief Brian Zyck, had yet another impressive run on Friday rebounding to fourth from their ninth place redraw spot earning them the hard charger honors for Friday night.

Rounding out the top five was Bethlehem, PA driver Tommy Kunsman Jr. Kunsman missed the last three events on the schedule due to prior racing commitments but looked like he didn’t miss a beat on Friday night competing with the series best inside the top five all night long. Kunsman has remained inside the top five in points throughout the season and has continually been knocking at the door of his first career win. Kunsman and team will keep up the hard work as they continue to look for their first career victory.

Up next for the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is the third and final trip of the year to the Selinsgrove Speedway on August 8th, alongside the USAC Silver Crown Series in a unique non-winged double.




USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE RACE RESULTS: August 6, 2021 – Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. 21-Carmen Perigo [1], 2. 20-Alex Bright [4], 3. 75-Justin Grant [7], 4. 64-Richy Carnathan [2], 5. 16cw-Eric Jennings [3], 6. 83s-Billy Ney [5], 7. 32-Colin White [6], 8. 12w-Troy Fraker [8]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. 5G-Briggs Danner [3], 2. 21K-Tommy Kunsman [8], 3. 19-Steven Drevicki [5], 4. 23m-Kenny Miller III [6], 5. 7-Ed Aikin [4], 6. 11-Mike Thompson [7], 7. 67-Jason Cherry [1], 8. 117-David Swanson [2]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. 17-Christian Bruno [2], 2. 57-Damon Paul [7], 3. 3BC-Nash Ely [5], 4. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [6], 5. 17J-Jonathan Swanson [4], 6. 88J-Joey Amantea [3], 7. 22B-Jacob Balliet [1]. NT

SEMI: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. Colin White [4], 2. Joey Amantea [3], 3. Billy Ney [1], 4. Mike Thompson [2], 5. Jacob Balliet [6], 6. Jason Cherry [5], 7. Troy Fraker [7], 8. David Swanson [8]. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Briggs Danner [5], 2. Carmen Perigo [2], 3. Damon Paul [6], 4. Alex Bright [9], 5. Tommy Kunsman [4], 6. Steven Drevicki [8], 7. Christian Bruno [7], 8. Kenny Miller III [11], 9. Eric Jennings [13], 10. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [12], 11. Nash Ely [3], 12. Colin White [16], 13. Richy Carnathan [10], 14. Ed Aikin [14], 15. Joey Amantea [17], 16. Jonathan Swanson [15], 17. Mike Thompson [19], 18. Billy Ney [18], 19. Jacob Balliet [20], 20. Jason Cherry [21], 21. Troy Fraker [22], 22. Justin Grant [1], 23. David Swanson [23]. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Justin Grant, Laps 6-26 Carmen Perigo, Laps 27-30 Briggs Danner.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-1005, 2-Briggs Danner-1003, 3-Damon Paul-740, 4-Nash Ely-732, 5-Tommy Kunsman-660, 6-Steven Drevicki-640, 7-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-629, 8-Joey Amantea-621, 9-Mike Thompson-593, 10-Chris Allen Jr.-543.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE RACE: August 8, 2021 – Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania



Penske Shocks $100: Briggs Danner

Penske Shocks $50: Carmen Perigo

Penske Shocks $25: Damon Paul

Ultra Shield 3rd Place: Damon Paul

Ultra Shield 6th Place: Steven Drevicki

Vahlco Wheels Hard Charger $50: Alex Bright (9th to 4th)