The 46th annual Tony Hulman Classic
at Terre Haute was a classic
Through the years, some famous names have won the coveted rifle emblematic of capturing a win at the Terre Haute Action Track’s “Tony Hulman Classic” United States Auto Club (USAC) AMSOIL sprint car races through the years- names like Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen, Sheldon Kinser, and Rich Vogler.
None of those great names ever won the “Tony Hulman Classic” back-to back until Steve Butler did it in 1987 and 1988 and then Levi Jones won consecutive races in 2009 and in 2010.
Wednesday night, defending USAC national sprint car champion Robert Ballou became the second ever “Tony Hulman Classic” winner. By notching his 24th career series win, Ballou has moved ahead of legends A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win list.
It was a hard-fought feature win, as Ballou battled Thomas Meseraull up until lap 22 of the 30-lap feature, and then pulled away for a 4-second margin of victory. Third place went to Jon Stanbrough, followed by Brady Bacon and Chris Windom, who started twentieth