NASCAR champion Chase Elliott makes his USAC debut via the Winter Dirt Games!
Today, it’s the first of two days for the USAC Midget National Championship series at Bubba Raceway Park. The track is a 3/8-mile d-shaped oval in Ocala, Florida.
View full Bubba Raceway Park results below.
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Feb 5 | Feb 6
Chase Elliott has advanced through the LCQ. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion will officially make his USAC National Series debut.
Daison Pursley and Buddy Kofoid line up on the front row. 30 laps of dirt midget action are up next…
Green flag, Pursley gets the jump on the inside lane as Kofoid spins the tires in the outside lane. The field slides through turn one, the surface is slick early.
Lap 1, caution, rain has hit the track once again.
Green, Kofoid gets a much better start on the outside lane and he leads into turn one! Meseraull beats on the real bumper of Pursley as they run the bottom into turn one.
Lap 2, Meseraull slides Pursley back into turn one. He clears him and takes 2nd away.
Lap 4, Cannon McIntosh is slow and the caution is out.
Officials have told the drivers to run in the track under yellow. They are trying to keep the water from washing out the track as rain continues to fall.
Green, Kofoid leads as Meseraull pushes up the banking into turn one. Pursley looks inside of Meseraull as they bang wheels off turn two! Meseraull holds the spot as Pursley falls to 4th.
Yellow, car around back in turn one.
Green, Kofoid leads.
Lap 6, the caution is back out as a car is stalled in turn one.
Green, Kofoid leads. Meseraull pushes and runs wide into turn one! Pursley holds the bottom and drives right by on the inside to take 2nd.
Meseraull gets sideways in turn three. Thorson takes over 3rd and Meseraull drops from 2nd to 4th in two corners.
Lap 14, multiple cars spin into turn one! The rain is falling even harder. The red flag is out.
Running order at red flag: 1. Buddy Kofoid; 2. Daison Pursley; 3. Tanner Thorson; 4. Chris Windom; 5. Thomas Meseraull; 6. Justin Grant; 7. Emerson Axsom; 8. Jake Neuman; 9. Logan Seavey; 10. Jason McDougal; 11. Tanner Carrick; 12. Kaylee Bryson; 13. Steve Buckwalter; 14. Brenham Crouch; 15. Cannon McIntosh; 16. Bryant Wiedeman; 17. Ethan Mitchell; 18. Chase Elliott; 19. Kade Morton; 20. Chase Randall; 21. Max McLaughlin; 22. Sam Johnson;
13 laps are completed. The race is now scheduled to resume on Saturday Feb 6. They’ll run hot laps and qualifying for Saturday’s program then the’ll run the remaining laps in Friday’s feature. Action resumes at 2pm.
A day later…
A day later, the remainder of Friday night’s main event is set to resume…
Green flag, Kofoid leads the field into turn one. Pursley and Thorson hang onto his rear bumper.
Caution as Cannon McIntosh is in the fence in turn four.
Green, Kofoid leads as they run three wide for 2nd behind him. Thorson takes away the 2nd spot.
Lap 17, Thorson has caught the bumper of race leader, Kofoid. Thorson slides him for the lead into turn one! Kofoid crosses under him off turn two and retakes the lead.
Lap 18, McIntosh is slow and the caution is out.
Green, Kofoid and Thorson hit the cushion in turn one.
Lap 20, Thorson hits the cushion in turn three to build momentum. But, it bits him as Chris Windom fills the inside lane as takes the 2nd spot away.
Lap 22, Thorson rolls the bottom in turn one. He returns to 2nd.
5 to go, Kofoid leads Thorson by a few car lengths. Thorson slides him into turn one. He clears him but can’t hold the lead off turn two, Kofoid leads and he opens the gap.
Final lap, Kofoid leads by 4 car lengths into turn three. Thorson closes that gap completely in turn four! Thorson looks to his outside as they drag race to the line.
Buddy Kofoid wins the makeup feature at Bubba Raceway Park!
Bubba Raceway Park
February 5, 2021
Winter Dirt Games XII
View race results from the Ocala, FL dirt track below.
Practice (Combined) : 1. Jason McDougal (14.353); 2. Thomas Meseraull (14.622); 3. Tanner Carrick (14.629); 4. Chase Elliott (14.672); 5. Trey Gropp (14.911); 6. Jake Neuman; 7. Max McLaughlin; 8. Justin Grant; 9. Sam Johnson; 10. Daison Pursley;
11. Kevin Thomas Jr; 12. Kade Morton; 13. Steve Buckwalter; 14. Brenham Crouch; 15. Daniel Robinson; 16. Cannon McIntosh; 17. Tanner Thorson; 18. Ethan Mitchell; 19. Andrew Felker; 20. Logan Seavey;
21. Taylor Reimer; 22. Oliver Akard; 23. Chris Windom; 24. Emilio Hoover; 25. Michael Magic; 26. Hayden Reinbold; 27. Chase Randall; 28. Kaylee Bryson; 29. Austin Barhill; 30. Buddy Kofoid; 31. Emerson Axsom; 32. Bryant Wiedeman; 33. Noah Gass;
QUALIFYING : 1. Kevin Thomas Jr (14.037); 2. Jason McDougal (14.089); 3. Tanner Thorson (14.133); 4. Chris Windom (14.157); 5. Thomas Meseraull (14.234); 6. Justin Grant (14.250); 7. Emerson Axsom (14.259); 8. Logan Seavey (14.263); 9. Buddy Kofoid (14.271); 10. Daison Pursley (14.321);
11. Brenham Crouch; 12. Kaylee Bryson; 13. Tanner Carrick; 14. Jake Neuman; 15. Steve Buckwalter; 16. Chase Elliott; 17. Bryant Wideman; 18. Chase Randall; 19. Cannon McIntosh; 20. Ethan Mitchell;
21. Sam Johnson; 22. Noah Gass; 23. Max McLaughlin; 24. Kade Morton; 25. Andrew Felker; 26. Hayden Reinbold; 27. Taylor Reimer; 28. Emilio Hoover; 29. Daniel Robinson; 30. Michael Magic; 31. Oliver Akard; 32. Austin Barnhill; 33. Trey Gropp (No Time);
FIRST HEAT (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) : 1. Sam Johnson; 2. Bryant Wiedeman; 3. Buddy Kofoid; 4. Thomas Meseraull; 5. Kevin Thomas; 6. Tanner Carrick; 7. Andrew Felker; 8. Daniel Robinson;
SECOND HEAT (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) : 1. Daison Pursley; 2. Chase Randall; 3. Jake Neuman; 4. Justin Grant; 5. Jason McDougal; 6. Noah Gass; 7. Michael Magic; 8. Hayden Reinbold;
THIRD HEAT (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) : 1. Max McLaughlin; 2. Tanner Thorson; 3. Cannon McIntosh; 4. Steve Buckwalter; 5. Emerson Axsom; 6. Brenham Crouch; 7. Taylor Reimer; 8. Oliver Akard;
FOURTH HEAT (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) : 1. Chris Windom; 2. Kade Morton; 3. Ethan Mitchell; 4. Kaylee Bryson; 5. Logan Seavey; 6. Chase Elliott; 7. Austin Barnhill; 8. Emilio Hoover;
SEMI (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) : 1. Jason McDougal; 2. Emerson Axsom; 3. Logan Seavey; 4. Tanner Carrick; 5. Chase Elliott; 6. Brenham Crouch; 7. Andrew Felker; 8. Hayden Reinbold; 9. Trey Gropp; 10. Taylor Reimer; 11. Emilio Hoover; 12. Austin Barnhill; 13. Daniel Robinson; 14. Oliver Akard; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr; 16. Michael Magic; 17. Noah Gass;
FEATURE (30 Laps) :
1. Buddy Kofoid
2. Tanner Thorson
3. Chris Windom
4. Daison Pursley
5. Emerson Axsom
6. Thomas Meseraull
7. Justin Grant
8. Tanner Carrick
9. Jake Neuman
10. Jason McDougal
11. Steve Buckwalter
12. Logan Seavey
13. Bryant Wiedeman
14. Brenham Crouch
15. Kaylee Bryson
16. Max McLaughlin
17. Chase Elliott
18. Cannon McIntosh
19. Ethan Mitchell
20. Sam Johnson
21. Kade Morton
22. Chase Randall
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: Pending
INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: Pending
OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: Pending
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS: