Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sprint cars (and midgets) at the 2016 PRI show
Part two

The 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show held in Indianapolis featured all forms of racing, but the author was particularly interested in the midget and sprint cars on display. 
The author photographed sprint car driver Chad Boespflug as he was being interviewed at the bell Helmets stage.  Chad created a lot of buzz a few days before the PRI show opened when he announced his plans to join forces with Hoffman Auto Racing / Dynamics, Inc. for the 2017 AMSOIL USAC Racing National Season and carry the famed #69 and sponsorship from Mean Green Cleaner.

This is Chad’s #98E non-winged Eberhardt Zirzow Racing sprint car which he will race in non-USAC events on display at the PAC Racing Springs booth

The United States Auto Club (USAC) booth featured this USAC .25 National Championship midget driven by Cale Coons, son of the USAC Series Director Jerry Coons Jr. The USAC .25 midgets will race in eight national events during 2017. For more information visit

USAC also had the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota midget of 2016 USAC national champion Tanner Thorsen on display. Tanner led the most laps during the season (180) and was the winningest USAC national midget driver as he scored six feature and eight het races wins during the 2016 season. The 2017 USAC National midget scheduled can be found at

The SCE Gaskets booth featured veteran Justin Henderson’s BDS Motorsports 410 cubic inch winged Sprint Car in their booth.  Justin has spent time with the World of Outlaws tour and in central Pennsylvania. Highlights of Justin’s career include a preliminary feature win at the Knoxville Nationals in 2012 and a third place finish behind Donny Schatz and Brian Brown in the 2013 Knoxville Nationals. During 2016 Justin raced extensively with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series and scored a feature win at Badlands Motor Speedway on July 10th. For over 25 years, SCE Gaskets is become a recognized leader in the manufacture of engine gaskets for automotive racing and high performance applications for everything from a Model “A” Ford to the latest aftermarket engine block and cylinder head combinations. . Check them out at

Briggs & Stratton featured Grayson Springer’s .25 Midwest Thunder Series midget. Briggs & Stratton builds the M-series racing engine engineered to meet the needs of the Quarter Midget market.  Each M-Series engine is hand-built and tested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with digital ignition, high-silicon valve springs and nitrated dished exhaust valve. The company also offers its famed Animal kart racing engine, get details at

Performance Plus Global Logistics displayed eight-time champion Donny Schatz’ Bad Boys Buggies/Chevrolet performance  World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman sprint car.  Performance Plus handles the shipping for all the Tony Stewart Racing engines, as well as services for Kasey Kahne Racing, QRC Karts, Impact Racing, John Force Racing, Esslinger Engineering and Boninfante Friction, Inc. Check out their website at

Weld Wheels featured the Gaerte Engines/XYZ/All Star Performance winged sprint car that Carson Macedo will drive in 2017.


The Engine Pro booth offered PRI visitors the chance to examine the car of 2015 and 2016 Must See Racing (MSR) asphalt sprint car series champion Jimmy McCune. McCune notched three wins in 2015 and five wins in 2016. Engine Pro manufactures and distributes high performance engine parts designed to offer the highest quality in high performance parts along with a moderate price to give racers and performance engine builders a more affordable way to do what they do best—win races. Learn more at
All photos by the author

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