INDIANAPOLIS – Bryan Clauson had a dream. He was smiling down on that dream on Thursday night. That dream was to race on dirt inside of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A few years ago, Clauson was one of a few current and former USAC drivers to test Midgets around a makeshift dirt track inside of the famed race track.
Fast forward a couple of years. Clauson, was tragically killed in a Midget race in Nebraska. Despite the loss of one of the greatest USAC drivers ever, his family didn’t stop honoring his name.
They and IMS had a plan. In 2018, it came to fruition. The inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 was adopted and run in honor of Clauson. A year later, the driver that Clauson and his dad Tim handpicked would celebrate in victory lane in the No. 39BC Midget.
Yes, the car number and car that Clauson drove won the second annual race inside of Turn 3 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Zeb Wise was first noticed by the Clauson’s inside of this very track a quarter midget race of all race. This would be the same place that he’s now noticed by thousands of others. A packed house with an estimate crowd of over 10k saw something special in him. Well, the 16 year old, yes 16 years old, paid back the ultimate gift – he won the dirt race honoring the late Clauson.
Wise, started fifth and took the lead on Lap 19 of the 39 lap event. He’d battle some heavy hitters for the victory as his young age didn’t hinder him in a race that he had to beat the likes of Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The 16 year old Indiana native didn’t flinch.
He won a late race shootout for his fourth career Midget win already. To make matters better, he beat two other Clauson-Marshall cars as the entire podium was Clauson drivers.
Second place was Tyler Courtney as the current USAC National Midget Series points leader would bring his No. 7BC home runner-up. He came from 20th to earn his 15th top five finish of the season. Sunshine, was fourth in last year’s race.
Chris Windom finished third in his No. 17BC for his 14th top five finish of the year. Windom, started sixth on the night.
Also fitting was that all three drivers entered the night in the top four of the points standings too.
Chad Boat improved 12 positions to finish fourth in his No. 84 entry. He was runner-up in last year’s race.
Logan Seavey rounded out the top five in his No. 67 entry.
The race saw some heavy hitters seen problems. Larson, Bell, Chase Briscoe, pole sitter Thomas Meseraull and last year’s winner Brady Bacon all had incidents.