Chase Elliott and Conor Daly will race BC39 on dirt track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The third Driven2SaveLives BC39 will feature defending Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and NTT IndyCar Series veteran Conor Daly on the Indy dirt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The track announced Thursday that the popular drivers will be racing in the Aug. 18-19 event at The Dirt Track

Chase Elliott, 25, has been dabbling in dirt racing the past year prior to Indy. He will make his BC39 debut in the No. 9 of Paul May Motorsports. The three-time Most Popular Driver in NASCAR is fifth in the Cup Series points standings this season with two victories.

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He has two USAC National Midget starts, finishing 14th and 18th in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Elliott also made his Chili Bowl debut this year.

Daly, who is driving full time in IndyCar for the second consecutive season, will be making his third start in the USAC National Midget Championship event named for the late Bryan Clauson (and was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic). He will drive the No. 47D entry of Diaedge Racing on the quarter-mile track inside Turn 3 at IMS.

The BC39, which will increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives, will come after both Daly and Elliott have raced on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The NASCAR-IndyCar tripleheader will occur Aug. 13-15 with the Pennzoil 150 Xfinity Series race and Big Machine Spiked Coolers IndyCar event on Aug. 14, followed Aug. 15 by the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, marking the debut of the NASCAR Cup Series on the road course after a 27-year run on the IMS oval with the Brickyard 400.

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.