A strong team of drivers with ties to the NASCAR National Series will compete in this week’s BC39 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The annual USAC Midget event honoring the late Brian Clausen takes place on the Turn 3 quarter-mile dirt road of the historic IMS Oval.
This year, the BC39 will once again represent champions from the motorsports world, including NASCAR, USAC, World of Outlaws, Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions and more.
The entry list includes the names of champions and race winners from the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Check out the list of NASCAR-related drivers who will compete in the races below.
The defending NASCAR Cup Series champion is also the youngest BC39 champion. A year ago, Larson won $15,000 in a thrilling battle with Open Wheel stars Justin Grant and Thomas Messerul. In addition to winning the 2021 BC39 championship, Larson also won the final two heats of the Stoops Pursuit competition on Wednesday night.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Stenhouse returns to BC39 after missing last year’s edition of the event. JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 full-time driver on the NASCAR Cup Series track finished 11th in the inaugural BC39 before finishing 7th for the best finish of 2019. This time Stenhouse will be driving the #08 race car Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports.
Briscoe, the No. 14-ranked Stewart-Haas driver in the NASCAR Cup Series, never missed out in his three years at the BC39. After failing to qualify in 2018, he finished 24th in 2019 and a career-best 11th a year earlier. After winning his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Phoenix Speedway earlier this year, Briscoe has been busy all year with his Chase ‘n Dirt Tour racing MIdgets, Sprint Cars and Dirt Late Models.
The 2020 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion will make his USAC Midget debut at BC39. Creed currently races full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity series with Richard Childress Racing, and he has started some dirty racing over the past few years. He has raced Dirt Late Models, UMP Modifieds and Micro Sprints, most notably at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina.
Yeley had success on the dirt before starting his NASCAR career, returning to BC39 after trying all three previous editions of the race. He failed to qualify on three previous attempts. In 2003, Yeley won the USAC Triple Crown after winning the USAC National Midget, USAC National Sprint Car and USAC Silver Crown in the same year. On the NASCAR Tour, he competed in 342 NASCAR Cup Series races and 369 NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
Although Newman no longer competes in the NASCAR Cup Series full-time, he is a household name to NASCAR fans. He is also a familiar face of BC39, having attended the event last year. That year, Newman raced full-time at the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) and won at Stafford Speedway. In addition to driving the SRX, he has also raced Midgets, Road Sprints, Tour-Type Modifieds and USAC Silver Crowns this season. Now, for the first time since January’s Chili Bowl Nationals, he’s back as a dirty midget.
While primarily known for driving race cars, Welch is a well-known figure in the NASCAR world. After missing last year’s event, he returned to BC39. The son of FOX Sports NASCAR broadcaster Vince Welch, Welch forged his own path in the broadcast industry as a reporter for NBC Sports and MRN Radio. He is also the co-host of the Loudpedal Podcast on FloRacing. Behind the wheel, Welch succeeded with a limited schedule. In January, he qualified for the A-Main for the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals.