INDIANAPOLIS – Keith Kunz Motorsports has been on top of the USAC Midget world for a while. They recently though gained some company from Clauson-Marshall Racing. Between the two organizations, they’ve had Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, Zeb Wise, Andrew Layser and Logan Seavey vie for the last few championships. In terms of All-Star events like the Chili Bowl and the BC 39, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell have joined them.
Now, Tucker-Boat Motorsports looks to steal the thunder in 2020.
KKM lost Bell to TBM, Larson to his own team and Seavey to Swindell. CMR lost Wise to Sprint Cars and Windom and Layser to TBM too.
Yes, TBM added Bell — the three-time defending Chili Bowl winner, Layser — the defending Rookie of the Year from this past season and Windom — a champion in both Sprint Cars and Silver Crown during his career.
It should be a year that puts TBM on the big map.
Windom, leaves Clauson-Marshall with no ill feelings, just that he thinks that his new team gives him the best opportunity for a championship.
“They run a top-notch operation,” Windom said via USACRacing.com. “They pay close attention to detail, as does everyone at the top of the midget standings, but I just felt like I’ve always gotten along great with Chad, and at this point I’m at in my career, this is the right move for me.”
Windom arrives at Tucker-Boat Motorsports following a successful 2019 campaign with Clauson/Marshall Racing with whom he collected his first two career series wins at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway. Following the season, Windom and CMR parted ways. The free agent driver then scoped out the possible landing spots and a deal was made with Tucker-Boat to step into a full-time ride.
“I have nothing bad to say about anybody at CMR,” Windom stated. “We had a great year, and without Tyler having a record setting season, I think we would’ve been battling for a championship. I have nothing but good things to say about all those guys there. They definitely worked their butts off to give me a great car all year, but once I left there, I felt this was the best opportunity out there to go to.”
With primary sponsorship from NOS Energy Drink, Windom takes on the role for a team which won two events in 2019 with two different drivers, team owner Chad Boat at Pennsylvania’s Path Valley Speedway Park and with Gio Scelzi at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway.
“I’ve had the opportunity to race with Chris for a long time,” Boat recalled. “We’ve both been around USAC and done other types of racing and I think we’ll complement each other very well. I think, as a driver, I have an understanding of what he’ll need in the car. We definitely have high expectations for the team that we can go out and compete for wins every night.”
Layer, 18, feels like his best shot of advancing into the top 10 of the final standings is with TBM too.