The kickoff to Memorial Day racing festivities starts with one of the most prestigious events on the USAC calendar. The AMSOIL National Sprint Cars look to next week with hopes of joining one of the most legendary winner’s lists in the sport.

On Thursday, May 24th, the Terre Haute Action Track roars with the 42nd running of the “Tony Hulman Classic.” With the guidance of new management over the half-mile, anticipation is high for a return of the “Thunder & Lightning” after two great races in 2011.

Race organizers Reece O’Connor and Bob Sargent already have one race under their belt, and the duo has a reputation for efficient shows and fantastic track conditions.

Defending race-winner Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois, aboard the Baldwin Brothers Racing #5, will try to stop three-time winner Levi Jones of Olney, Illinois from grabbing his fourth Winchester rifle, the prized trophy for winning the 30-lap Main Event. Jones is also the defending series champion aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #20.

Spectator gates open at 4:00, with cars hitting the track at 6:00. Infield tickets are $15, while grandstand tickets will cost $25. UMP Modifieds are also on the card. For more information, check out