When Bryan Clauson headed out this morning for his refresher program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No. 88 Cancer Centers of America Honda in the Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing entry, he did more than just turn his first laps in a year in an IndyCar.
He headed out in his fourth different car of machinery in as many days, what we think is a record-setting occasion. He’s driven a winged sprint, midget, non-winged sprint and IndyCar. Holy moly!
He added four more races to his “Chasing 200” tour – Clauson, the 26-year-old out of Noblesville, Ind. is embarking on a cross-country tour to hit 200 races this year.
Starting on Friday night, Clauson pulled double duty between the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and the USAC Indiana Midgets at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Ind.
He finished ninth in the WoO race A Main, driving the Matt Wood Racing Elk Grove Ford/Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group/Americas Best Value Inn/University Loft Co 17w.
Then he won in the midget race, driving the Dooling Machine/Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd’s/B&H Contractors Spike/Stanton No. 63 midget.
On Saturday he was back in the WoO car at Haubstadt and the Tri-State Speedway and finished 18th in a race where he got caught up in a melee.
Sunday night, after making his seat fit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he did his thing in a non-wing sprint car at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo.
In the annual “King of Kokomo” event, aboard the Dooling/Hayward Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd’s/Dooling Machine/B&H Contractors Spike/Stanton No. 63 car, Clauson finished third in the A-main. He got stuck on the bottom most of the race in a race won by Kevin Thomas Jr., who led the A-main 30-lapper flag-to-flag.
So now it is on to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!