Hunter-Reay keen to make up for Fontana disappointment in Milwaukee


Ryan Hunter-Reay has set his sights on joining an exclusive club of four-time winners at the Milwaukee Mile in this weekend’s ACB Supply Wisconsin 250 as he bids to revive his difficult 2015 season.

The 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion has struggled to find any kind of form so far this year, recording a best finish of fifth at the Grand Prix of Alabama in April.

At the MAVTV 500 in Fontana two weeks ago, Hunter-Reay had been battling towards the front of the field following the late red flag period.

However, following contact with Ryan Briscoe with one lap remaining, the Andretti driver crashed out and was eventually classified in 16th position.

Hunter-Reay is refusing to get too downbeat about missing out, though, and remains upbeat ahead of the race in Milwaukee this weekend.

“We were just one lap away from a breakthrough result in Fontana, so hopefully we can put it all together this weekend at one of my favorite tracks, The Milwaukee Mile,” Hunter-Reay said in preview of the race.

“We’ve had success at this track in the past and it would be a huge achievement to join the short list of four-time winners at the famed one-mile oval.”

Hunter-Reay claimed his first win in Milwaukee back in 2004 in Champ Car, leading all 250 laps in the process. He was also victorious in his championship year of 2012 and again in 2013.

As noted in our preview of this weekend’s race, if we are to go by the form book, Andretti’s hopes of success this weekend may lay within the family.

Marco Andretti heads to Milwaukee with four top-five finishes in the past five races, including two podiums, and has twice started from pole at the famous Mile.

“Milwaukee has a ton of history – both as the oldest track in the U.S. and for my family which has nine wins at the track,” Andretti said.

“It’s a challenging short oval, but we need to crack the top five in points for the Snapple car. I’m aiming for a third pole there and would love a win at The Mile.”

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Kyle Larson wins High Limit Sprint race at Tri-City Speedway ahead of Rico Abreu

Larson High Limit Tri-City
High Limit Sprint Car Series

A late race caution set up a 14-lap shootout at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois with Kyle Larson winning his second consecutive High Limit Sprint Car Series race over Rico Abreu.

Starting eight on the grid after a disappointing pole dash, Larson missed several major incidents as he worked his way to the front. On Lap 1 of 35, a five-car accident claimed Tyler Courtney and Michael “Buddy” Kofoid, who both took a tumble and before collecting three other cars. Once that red flag was lifted, it didn’t take long for drivers to get tangled again as the leader Danny Dietrich experienced engine trouble on Lap 8. When he slowed rapidly, second-place Brent Marks collided with his back tire, ending the day for both.

Larson moved up to fourth with this incident.

Another red flag on Lap 21 for a flip involving Parker Price-Miller set up the dash for the win.

“My car felt really good and then we got that red,” Larson said from victory lane. “I was kind of running through the crumbs before that in 3 and 4; I could tell the top was getting really sketchy. Parker was making mistakes up there.

“When the red came out, I could see there was a clean lane of grip – not just marbles. It’s hard to see when you’re at speed. I figured Rico was going to run the top and he did. I got to his inside a couple of times and I was like ‘please don’t go to the bottom,’ and I threw a slider on him. Then he went to the bottom and I thought I was screwed until he spun his tires really bad off the corner and I was able to hit the top okay and get another run and slide him. I got good grip off the cushion.”

The victory makes Larson the first repeat winner in the series’ five-race history. He beat Justin Sanders earlier this month at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.

With 10 laps remaining, Larson caught and pressured Abreu. The two threw a series of sliders at one another until Abreu bobbled on the cushion and lost momentum.

“Anytime you race Rico and he’s on the wall like that, you have to get aggressive,” Larson said. “He’s pushing so hard that just to stay in the striking zone if he makes a mistake, you have to push hard too.”

For Abreu, it was his second near-miss this season. He was leading at Lakeside in the 2023 opener until a tire went flat in the closing laps.

“I felt like I made a lot of mistakes at the end,” Abreu said. “It’s just hard to judge race pace. You’ve got Kyle behind you and [Anthony] Macri and these guys that have had speed all year long. I was racing as hard as I could and the mistake factor is more and more critical.”

Cory Eliason earned his career-best High Limit finish of third after starting deep in the field in 13th.

Macri lost one position during the race to finish fourth with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. rounding out the top five.

Visiting from the NASCAR Cup series, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 19th in the 25-car field after advancing from the B-Main.

2023 High Limit Sprint Car Series

Race 1: Giovanni Scelzi wins at Lakeside Speedway
Race2: Anthony Macri wins at 34 Raceway
Race 3: Kyle Larson wins at Wayne County Speedway