Indiana: Johnny Parsons returns for "Hoosier 100"

Parsons set for another "Hoosier 100" May 24. Johnny Parsons, who stunned the Indiana State Fairgrounds crowd with his rim-riding performance in last year's "Hoosier 100," is set to return to the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series for this ...

Parsons set for another "Hoosier 100" May 24.

Johnny Parsons, who stunned the Indiana State Fairgrounds crowd with his rim-riding performance in last year's "Hoosier 100," is set to return to the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series for this year's Golden "Hoosier Hundred," scheduled Friday night, May 24 at the 1-mile Indianapolis dirt oval.

Parsons, whose career Silver Crown starts total 132, second only to Jack Hewitt's 161, will be making his first series appearance since last year's race, when he started 21st after winning the "qualifying race," then put on a driving clinic to lead 31 laps before tire problems slowed his charge.

J.P., son of 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons, ended up fifth in last year's race, won for the second consecutive year by Tony Elliott. Ironically, J.P. still holds the 1-lap track qualifying record of 114.726 mph set in 1995!

The "Hoosier 100" dates back to 1953 when Bob Sweikert scored a narrow victory. Sweikert would go on to capture the Indianapolis 500 two years later and he would be one of seven drivers to win both events during their careers.

The younger Parsons has a dozen starts in the Indianapolis 500 to his credit, the last in 1996, and finished fifth in the 1977 and 1985 classics. He will drive the Rick's Goodyear Tire Service Chevy/Beast in the May 24 Golden "Hoosier Hundred."

The Golden "Hoosier Hundred," which pays tribute to the Hulman-George Family, is the first of six Weld Racing Silver Crown events on the dirt this season. Others are slated June 1 at Terre Haute, Ind., August 17 at Springfield, Ill, September 1 at DuQuoin, Ill., September 20-21 at Rossburg, Ohio and October 11-12 at Syracuse, N.Y.

Other stellar entrants in the May 24 Golden "Hoosier Hundred" are two-time race winner Tony Elliott, former race winners Dave Darland and Jack Hewitt, USAC Sprint Car Champion J.J. Yeley, former USAC Silver Crown Champs Tracy Hines and former race pole winner Ed Carpenter.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Jack Hewitt , Tony Elliott , Johnny Parsons , Ed Carpenter