National Dirt
Thursday, 8 July 2021


#85 Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) and #19AZ Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) battle for position during USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition. #85 Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) and #19AZ Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) battle for position during USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition. Jack Reitz Photo


By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (July 7, 2021)………Multiple lead changes, down to the wire, photo finishes.  That’s pretty much the norm for USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, home of the series’ return this Sunday night, July 11.

To sweeten the pot, competitors will be chasing an elevated purse, which will pay $6,000 to the feature winner and $400 to start, an increase in payout from top-to-bottom for the 40-lap John Hinck Championship feature at the 1/6-mile dirt oval.

Four previous appearances by the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship to Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex have featured multiple lead changes each year with no less than three drivers taking part in the top spot swaps.

In the series’ inaugural run at Sweet Springs in 2018, Logan Seavey made the winning pass on Cole Bodine with just four laps remaining.  In 2019’s return, Tanner Carrick made it to the front with just three laps remaining in a topsy-turvy finish.  On night one of 2020, Cannon McIntosh tracked down Chris Windom on the final lap to win the race by a nose, the closest finish of the entire 2020 USAC season at 0.056 seconds.

On night two at Sweet Springs in 2020, Buddy Kofoid endured a ferocious charge from McIntosh three-quarters of the race in, then had to hold off the then-reigning champ Tyler Courtney to score the win, which as it turned out, was the 6th closest finish of the year 0.180 seconds.

In fact, Sweet Springs was the only track to have multiple races within the top-six closest USAC finishes of 2020.

Three past Sweet Springs USAC Midget winners are on board for this weekend’s events: the first, Logan Seavey and the two most recent, Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid.

All three of those drivers, along with Tanner Carrick in 2019, have one thing in common – they all drove and won at Sweet Springs for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, giving the venerable team an undefeated 4-0 record at the 1/6-mile dirt oval entering the weekend.

Current series point leader and recent Indiana Midget Week champion, Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), found redemption in his Sweet Springs debut in 2020.  In the night one opener, Kofoid’s race was over just a half-lap in after he and Justin Grant went for mighty flip down the back straightaway, ending both driver’s evenings.  Kofoid returned the following night to lead the final 12 laps en route to scoring his long-awaited first career series win.

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) made headlines in 2020 with her first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time with the series at Sweet Springs for KKM/Curb-Agajanian.  By doing so, she became just the fifth female to accomplish the feat in the 66-year history of the USAC National Midget division.  Her best Sweet Springs result came with a 10th in 2020.

Eying first career Sweet Springs USAC National Midget starts are leading series Rookie of the Year contenders Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), part of the KKM stable.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, now driving Tom Malloy’s No. 25, was the fastest qualifier and feature winner in the inaugural Sweet Springs race back during his championship season.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) was the lone driver to lead both nights at Sweet Springs in 2020.  He led just one, the final one, on night one, then led 14 and was in a position to win before being involved in a late incident while battling for the lead with Kofoid, ultimately dropping McIntosh back to 12th at the checkered.  He’ll pilot the family owned Dave Mac Motorsports No. 08 throughout the weekend.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will drive for Terry and Kelly Hinck’s TKH Motorsports team this weekend at Sweet Springs.  Terry and Kelly are the sons of the race’s namesake, John Hinck.  Bacon last competed in the event in 2019, also for Hinck.  That same night, Bacon picked up the accompanying micro sprint feature at Sweet Springs for TKH.  Bacon finished a best of 4th in the midget at Sweet Springs in 2018.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) holds the 10-lap USAC National Midget track record at Sweet Springs with a 2:03.358, set on night one in 2020.  His best feature results came in a 9th place performance in 2018.

Reigning series champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters as the most recent feature winner on the tour, at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on June 12.  Windom was the fastest qualifier at Sweet Springs in 2019 and has been on the “podium” in all three of his starts there, finishing 3rd in 2019 and again on night two in 2020.  His runner-up result on night one of 2020 came in bitter fashion after being passed on the outside by Cannon McIntosh on the final corner.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has finished inside the top-ten in both of his Sweet Springs starts, finishing 5th and 9th on back-to-back nights in 2020.  Meseraull, an early season winner in Ocala, Fla., recently won a USAC Midwest Regional Midget feature last Friday at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway, on his birthday, in fact.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) did likewise at Sweet Springs.  His two top-ten results at Sweet Springs in 2020 came in consecutive 6th place finishes.  Edging closer to his first career USAC National win, Pursley hopes to join Carrick and Kofoid as the third driver to earn his first career USAC National Midget win at Sweet Springs.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), a two-time series winner this season, has made three starts at Sweet Springs.  The 2016 USAC National Midget champ’s two most recent runs have been his two best, a 4th on night one and a 10th on night two in 2020.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is back in the Robert Dalby Motorsports No. 4, this weekend.  McDougal finished a best of 4th in 2019 while Dalby finished 8th behind the wheel on night one in 2020.

Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) has made three Sweet Springs starts with a 17th as his best on night two of 2020.  His last two starts in April resulted in back-to-back top-tens, a career-best 3rd at Port City and an 8th in the opener at the Kokomo Grand Prix.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) returns to Sweet Springs after two previous starts, which resulted in a best finish of 6th in 2019.  Missouri’s Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) won his heat race in 2019 and earned a best feature result of 12th in 2018.

Kokomo Grand Prix’s 2020 opening night winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) made two starts at Sweet Springs in 2020, finishing 13th and 15th on night one and two, respectively.

Two-time USAC National Midget champion Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) will be back in the seat of the Central Motorsports No. 85.  Coons recently earned his 400th career series start in June and finished 7th at Sweet Springs in 2019.  Coons has won a USAC National Midget feature in the state of Missouri before, taking the victory in 2006 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.

Chad Winfrey (Gladstone, Mo.) returns to Sweet Springs after collecting an 18th in 2019 while Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) made single start, on night two of 2020, taking 20th.

Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports Rookies Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) are each planning on making their first Sweet Springs USAC feature starts as will Hayward Motorsports’ USAC Midget Rookie, Brian Carber (Pipersville, Pa.).

Sunday’s event will also feature the Non-Wing Outlaw Micro Sprints.

On Sunday, pits open at 2:30pm CDT with the pit sweep occurring at 3pm.  Front gates open at 4pm while cars hit the track at 6pm CDT with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

General admission tickets for Sunday at Sweet Springs are $20 with children age 12 and under free.  USAC member pit passes are $30 with non-members $35.  Tickets will be available at the gate on both race days.

The John Hinck Championship at Sweet Springs will be streamed live on FloRacing at

The Sweet Springs event kicks of Mid-America Midget Week, which features five USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship races in four different Great Plains states during a seven night span July 11-17.

Mid-America Midget Week begins on July 11 at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, followed by a July 13 date at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway; July 14 at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas; then concludes with two nights at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 16 and on July 17, with the finale paying $10,000 to the winner.




USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-941, 2-Chris Windom-894, 3-Emerson Axsom-852, 4-Justin Grant-820, 5-Tanner Thorson-814, 6-Thomas Meseraull-802, 7-Daison Pursley-798, 8-Logan Seavey-781, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-732, 10-Jason McDougal-693.



1 Lap - 9/4/2020 - Tyler Courtney - 11.863 - 50.577 mph

10 Laps - 9/4/2020 - Justin Grant - 2:03.358 - 48.639 mph



1-Tanner Carrick, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh & Logan Seavey



2018: Logan Seavey (7/15)

2019: Tanner Carrick (7/14)

2020: Cannon McIntosh (9/4) & Buddy Kofoid (9/5)



3-Mike McGreevy, Henry Pens & Bob Wente

2-Danny Frye, Arnie Knepper, Steve Knepper, Bob Tattersall & Rich Vogler

1-Steve Cannon, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Jerry Coons Jr., Tommy Copp, Jimmy Davies, Jay Drake, Rex Easton, A.J. Foyt, Steve Gennetten, Buddy Kofoid, Jason Leffler, Jerry McClung, Cannon McIntosh, Andy Michner, J.R. Miller, Richard Powell, Stevie Reeves, Logan Seavey, Dave Strickland, Joe Walter & Terry Wente



2018 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (7), 2. Cole Bodine (1), 3. Ryan Robinson (5), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Tyler Courtney (3), 6. Christopher Bell (14), 7. Spencer Bayston (21), 8. Tanner Carrick (2), 9. Justin Grant (12), 10. Chad Boat (11), 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 12. Sam Johnson (13), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 15. Brayton Lynch (24), 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 17. Holly Shelton (23), 18. Riley Kreisel (9), 19. Tyler Thomas (20), 20. Zane Hendricks (15), 21. Kyle Craker (18), 22. Jake Neuman (17), 23. Karter Sarff (16), 24. Jason McDougal (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bodine, Laps 5-12 Carrick, Laps 13-36 Bodine, Laps 37-40 Seavey.


2019 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tanner Carrick (5), 2. Zeb Wise (9), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Chad Boat (15), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 7. Jerry Coons, Jr. (16), 8. Daniel Robinson (23), 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 10. Andrew Layser (2), 11. Cole Bodine (17), 12. Tyler Courtney (3), 13. Joe Boyles (20), 14. Chad Frewaldt (21), 15. Casey Hicks (22), 16. Logan Seavey (1), 17. Brady Bacon (12), 18. Chad Winfrey (18), 19. Clinton Boyles (14), 20. Ethan Mitchell (13), 21. Sam Johnson (10), 22. Curtis Spicer (19), 23. Tanner Thorson (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Andrew Layser, Laps 3-37 Tyler Courtney, Laps 38-40 Tanner Carrick.


2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (13), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Tyler Courtney (10), 4. Tanner Thorson (11), 5. Thomas Meseraull (5), 6. Daison Pursley (12), 7. Andrew Felker (17), 8. Robert Dalby (8), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Kaylee Bryson (14), 11. Spencer Bayston (4), 12. Andrew Layser (21), 13. Emerson Axsom (1), 14. Ace McCarthy (20), 15. Trey Marcham (22), 16. Noah Gass (19), 17. Jesse Love (15), 18. Cole Bodine (18), 19. Ethan Mitchell (23), 20. Chase Johnson (16), 21. Clinton Boyles (2), 22. Buddy Kofoid (6), 23. Justin Grant (9). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Clinton Boyles, Laps 2-16 Tanner Carrick, Laps 17-29 Chris Windom, Lap 30 Cannon McIntosh.


2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (7), 2. Tyler Courtney (2), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Tanner Carrick (11), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Daison Pursley (4), 7. Andrew Layser (19), 8. Clinton Boyles (3), 9. Thomas Meseraull (16), 10. Tanner Thorson (23), 11. Jesse Love (13), 12. Cannon McIntosh (5), 13. Trey Marcham (14), 14. Chase Johnson (9), 15. Emerson Axsom (15), 16. Kaylee Bryson (10), 17. Ethan Mitchell (24), 18. Noah Gass (18), 19. Justin Grant (1), 20. Trey Gropp (22), 21. Cole Bodine (17), 22. Ace McCarthy (21), 23. Andrew Felker (20), 24. Robert Dalby (12). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Tyler Courtney, Laps 15-28 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 29-40 Buddy Kofoid.