Lynch Rejuvenates Season with IMS Debut in BC39
By Jessica Jenkins
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Inspired by an exhibition race two years ago, USAC's dream of racing midgets in turn three of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway finally came to fruition. Having been part of the BC39 announcement in June, Brayton Lynch was excited to try out America's newest dirt track.
As day one of the highly touted event fired off Wednesday, Lynch's IMS debut started off with a strong run in the tenth heat race. Starting eighth, the racer from Springfield, IL did not stay there long and was up to second while hunting down the leader when the checkered flag waved after ten laps. Settling himself firmly in the top five of passing points appointed him as one of the lucky few to run the Stoops Pursuit race. Using a unique format of eliminating any drivers who had been passed in each 4 lap segment, Lynch left his outside row two starting position and dove to the bottom, driving straight to the lead early. While other drivers experienced trouble behind him, the #1k Spike Chassis was focused only on holding the lead. Easily advancing through the first three stages by leading 11 laps, the competitors behind him began to gain the advantage in the final elimination round as Lynch's inside lane slicked off. Sliding out of the lead when the checkered on those four laps waved sent the personable youngster to the infield, per the rules, and ultimately to a seventh place finish at the end of BC39 night one.
Fired up to get on track Thursday, Lynch had to wait through a heavy downpour, persistent showers and significant track work before his chance to show what he could do in the fifth of eight Qualifiers. Set to start sixth but moving to fifth when one car withdrew, the 19 year old was up to third by the end of lap one while running his favorite line on the bottom and immediately took off for second place. One yellow just shy of halfway while battling for the runner-up spot reset him third in line. From that point on he wielded several fierce challenges and took the checkered with a net gain of two positions. Lynch's combined passing points placed him outside row two in the inaugural BC39 against a select field 26 from over 100 entries. Unfortunately a significant drop in right rear tire pressure at the green made the car a handful and created a spin thirteen laps in. Soldiering through, Rusty Kunz Racing's young star restarted at the tail and tried a variety of lines while avoiding further trouble before taking the first ever national midget feature checkered flag at IMS in nineteenth.
Afterwards Lynch recounted, "We were perfect pretty much every time until the feature. Then in the feature tonight, we just had some bad luck with a tire and it is what it is. But we made the show out of over 100 cars, so I'd say it was pretty good. No second chances, so we were good on passing cars this week. It was pretty cool being here, seeing fans in the grandstands that they built for the track and then looking across the big track and seeing fans outside turn 3." The #1k is a tight knit team and Lynch knows he couldn't do it without his parents, grandparents and his whole crew along with Adam Lopez of Snap Fitness and Country Financial, Stanton Engines, Bell Helmets, CSI Shocks, Walker Filters and more.
You can expect to find Lynch and crew back in action this Friday, September 14 at Jacksonville Speedway. POWRi action will begin with hot laps at 6:15pm and racing at 7pm.