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Corey Day becomes USAC's Youngest Winner in Fifth Career Start at Circle City

Indianapolis, Indiana (6/9/2021)... Corey Day doesn't have very much seat time in a Midget, before Indiana Midget Week, he had only been in one twice. Heading into Circle City Raceway, the Clovis, California native had already snatched two Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying Fast Time awards and a Top 10 during IMW. Corey's talent was obvious, luck just needed to be on his side for a win.

On Wednesday, night luck was on his side, all the way down to the final corner.

Day started on the second in the feature, to the outside of veteran Kevin Thomas Jr. Day took the Clauson-Marshall Racing, ZMax Racing Products No. 47BC to the cushion and the top spot right from the get-go.

Corey began to pull away as Brenham Crouch and Emerson Axsom closed in on KTJ, who was hugging the bottom. Crouch would take the second position away using the top before a cation Brian Carber, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Justin Grant.

On the restart, Emerson Axsom dove to the bottom and overtook second. Another caution came out, this time for Thomas Meseraull.

The battle then began between the two teenagers. Axsom put a slider on Day on the restart, but Day held on. Just two laps later Axsom slid the Petry Motorsports #15 once again up in front of Day, but the pilot of the No. 47BC turned back underneath to lead at halfway.

Another Emerson Axsom slider later, the third caution of the race came out for points leader Buddy Kofoid who got upside down. Kaylee Bryson was also involved, she was running 8th and looking for her first top ten of the year.

Corey Day set sail on the top and was well on his way to victory when a caution with two to go let the field bunch back up and have another shot at Day.

As fast as the No. 47BC was, nobody had a chance. Except for a rut that caused Day to get airborne in turn four while getting ready to take the checkered flag. Nearly everyone's heart stopped for a second while Day was in the air. But when all four tires hit the ground, Day was on the loud pedal to become the youngest winner in USAC National Midget history.

Corey beats out Zeb Wise's record of the youngest winner by 2 months and 9 days. Day was born November 25, 2005, making him 15 years, 6 months, and 12 days old.

Kevin Thomas Jr came back to finish second, Brady Bacon rounds out the podium, Emerson Axsom falls to fourth, while Brenham Crouch fills up the top 5. Logan Seavey was the Hard Charger of the feature after starting 22nd and finishing 7th.

-Lucas Halbert

Feature Results:

  1. (47BC) Corey Day

  2. (5) Kevin Thomas Jr.

  3. (21H) Brady Bacon

  4. (15) Emerson Axsom'

  5. (97) Brenham Crouch

  6. (3G) Kyle Cummins

  7. (25) Logan Seavey

  8. (19T) Tanner Thorson

  9. (71K) Daison Pursley

  10. (85) Jerry Coons Jr.

  11. (1NZ) Hayden Williams

  12. (89) Chris Windom

  13. (19A) Chase Randall

  14. (17s) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

  15. (01) Bryant Wiedeman

  16. (19) Brian Carber

  17. (71) Kaylee Bryson

  18. (25K) Taylor Reimer

  19. (67) Buddy Kofoid

  20. (7x) Thomas Meseraull

  21. (2J) Justin Grant

  22. (72J) Sam Johnson

  23. (08) Cannon McIntosh

  24. (4) Jason McDougal


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