The Rush County Fairgrounds track will be the place to be the evening of Sept. 2 with the inaugural Brad Gray Memorial Race.
Grand Marshall for the event will be Indy 500 Historian Donald Davidson with many of the top TQ midget racers on hand seeking to win the 40-lap green flag feature. The purse will be the largest of the year with $1,000 going to the winner and $180 to each of the 20 cars that start the feature.
Multiple awards will be given as well: heat winners, fast time, and dash winner to name a few. The 40 lap feature winner will receive a trophy created special for the event by Cold Hard Art.
Aside from the extended feature race, heat races will consist of 10 laps and a 12-lap semi-feature will lead up to the night’s finale.
Some of USAC’s legacy driver’s and the next generation of drivers making a name will be in Rushville for the race. USAC Triple Crown winner Tony Stewart will be on hand and race for the third time locally this year, as will USCA Triple Crown winner Dave Darland, Jerry Coons Jr., reigning USAC champion Kevin Thomas Jr. and current USAC National sprint car points leader CJ Leary of Greenfield.
Organizers are anticipating a large crown on hand for the evening of racing and say this will be a tightly run racing program with all the purses doubled for the event.
“This will be the biggest race of the year with a number of very, very good racers on hand vying to reach the feature and seeking to win the trophy,” Larry Martz said.
The race is the first named for Brad Gray, the former owner of Gray Auto Sales in Greenfield. Gray died earlier this year and was an avid race fan and partner with Scott Petry of Petry Motorsports, a team considered to be one of the top midget racing teams in the nation.
Gate admission to the race is $10 per person, three to five year olds $5, children less than 3 free and $25 for a pit pass with the gates opening at 6:30 p.m.