Bryant takes first Lucas Oil Speedway track championship with Out-Pace USRA B-Mod crown in 2017
Print this page
November 16, 2017  |  by Lyndal Scranton

Andy Bryant earned the Lucas Oil Speedway Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod championship in 2017.

Most successful race car drivers always strive for more and Andy Bryant is no different.

Bryant, the 18-year-old up-and-comer from Fort Scott, Kan., is proud of a championship season in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod division at Lucas Oil Speedway. Bryant won four times en route to his first track title at Lucas, where he finished 148 points in front of runner-up Kris Jackson.

But a couple of features that got away stick out in Bryant's memory. He was leading in both when mechanical failures left him with DNFs—and damaging hits in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national championship chase.

"The (track) championship was obviously good," Bryant said. "But we were striving for a bit more. Those two wins at Lucas when we were leading probably cost us the (national) championship."

Bryant wound up 29 points behind Ryan Gillmore in his bid for another national title to go with the one he captured in 2015. Still, Bryant wound up with an impressive 21 wins and 45 top-five finishes in 62 USRA starts in 2017.

"Whenever you get 21 wins, it's hard not to call it a successful year in the racing business," Bryant said. "Most people call 10 wins a pretty successful year. So yeah, it was a good year for us."

Winning the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod title at Lucas Oil Speedway is no small feat. It's the class with the largest average car count and some of the most-competitive racing, with the likes of Jackson, Shawn Strong, Mike Striegel and many others capable of winning.

"When you're racing with people like those guys ... they race you clean but they race you hard," Bryant said. "A week or two before the season championship Kris, Strong and myself were trading spots for the lead about every lap. I don't think we got into each other very much, except for one incident and that was because we were three-wide.

"It's incredibly fun to race like that. Last year whenever Kris and I would race, we would be on each other's doors and we would always get out after the race and tell each other 'good job' and then do it again the next week. You can really push each other."

For Bryant, a senior at Fort Scott High School, it was a successful debut year in a new Moyer Victory Circle Modified. Crew members included Matt Bingham and Brandon Pitts.

Bryant said it was a season of maturity for him behind the wheel as he aimed for consistency.

"I tried to be a smarter driver," Bryant said. "Instead of going full-out blazing every lap like some people do, I worked on consistency. Maybe I wasn't the quickest every lap, but being where I'm not making as many mistakes as before."


Andy Bryant, a senior at Fort Scott High School in southeast Kansas, won four features at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2017.

Looking ahead to 2018, Bryant said there's a possibility the team could upgrade engines and test the USRA Modified waters, but it's more likely he will return for another year in the B-Mod.

"Winter plans are to get all my school work lined up so I can start racing in March, and work on making the car a little better," Bryant said.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.



Latest News from the USRA

December 15, 2017
Father-son bonding a big part of equation for Pursley
One of the most consistent drivers at Lucas Oil Speedway over the years has been Jason Pursley, who enjoyed another stellar season with a second-place finish in Pitts Homread more
December 9, 2017
Jackson looks to regain Lucas Oil Speedway Out-Pace B-Mod championship in 2018
Three months have passed, but Kris Jackson vividly recalls the magical September week that was a highlight not only of his season but of a two-decade racing career. &qread more
December 6, 2017
Central Missouri Speedway announces additional details for 2018 special events
Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) is pleased to announce additional details for the 2018 race season special-event weekends. As previously announced, the track is set to horead more
December 6, 2017
Schrader headed to Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame
Ken Schrader has been driving race cars for nearly 50 years and he has no plans on slowing down soon. The St. Louis native entered 65 dirt track events in 2017, includingread more
December 4, 2017
USRA Awards Banquet tickets, hotel rooms on sale now
The United States Racing Association will host its annual awards banquet for drivers competing in this year’s Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series on Saturday, Jan. 27,read more
Contact Us
Connect

Copyright 2017 United States Racing Association, Inc.Privacy PolicyNitroquest Media Group