Justin Grant (photo by Jack Reitz)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Four years after winning his first career Mike Curb Super License Championship, Justin Grant did it again this year, totaling the most points throughout the USAC national racing season to earn the bonus of $ 5,000 and a license to participate in all three series next year.

Grant finished the campaign with 5,527 combined points throughout the seasons USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget, 315 more than runner-up Chris Windom. He was also the only pilot to compete in USAC’s 93 national feature films during the year, surpassing the previous record of 77 for most USAC departures in a year.

The Californian’s first Super License award arrived in 2017 and now Grant is only the sixth rider to win the award on multiple occasions, joining four-time winner Tracy Hines, three-time winners Bryan Clauson and JJ Yeley, as well as two-time recipients. . Dave Darland, Josh Wise and Tyler Courtney.

Grant’s second Super License is just as special to him, but he feels his performance this year has been stronger than his performance in 2017.

“It’s really tough to run all the national races, and it’s great that Mike Curb and Curb Records gave out an award to recognize that and to support the guys who do it,” Grant said. “Mike is a great gentleman; I have met him a few times and he is an incredible fan of the race. It’s great to win one of her prizes and they’re both really special. I also feel like I ran better in all three series than in 2017. Both are neat and both are an honor to win.

Jumping between the Hemelgarn Racing Silver Crown car, TOPP Motorsports sprint car and midget RMS Racing from February to November can be tiring, but Grant credits his support system for helping him win 12 times between the three series.

He was also one of two drivers to win all three series this year.

“I’m really lucky to have great teams and great crews supporting me as I jump around and shove from race track to race track,” Grant said. “I drive great race cars and I couldn’t do it without my teams, the crews who work there and the partners who support us. I’m just in a privileged position to be wherever I want to be and to participate in all the national races.

After his USAC Silver Crown title in 2020, he missed out on another championship this year. He did manage to make history, however, becoming the first driver to finish third in the USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget Rankings in a single season.

Grant is also the sixth driver to finish in the top three of three series in a single year. He joins Rich Vogler (1980, ’81 and ’89), Ken Schrader (1983), Tony Stewart (1995), Yeley (2002 and ’03) and Windom (2020).

“We wanted to eventually win a few championships, but coming home third in each one was a pretty good effort,” Grant said. “It was my first year with the Midget team and my first year leading the Sprint Car Team out of my shop in Indianapolis. We had a tough year in the Silver Crown car, but for the other two I felt it was a really good effort for new situations and new environments.

“It’s great to win the Super License and have something to show, not only for all my hard work, but also for my teams, crews and partners.”

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