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Grant Racks Up 2nd Straight Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Title in 2022

11/29/2022
Grant Racks Up 2nd Straight Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Title in 2022

By Richie Murray, USAC Media (Speedway, IN) -- Justin Grant had a special season on the USAC trail in 2022, and along with it comes the special awards.

For the second consecutive year, the Ione, Calif. native captured the Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship. For Grant, it’s his third such title, having earned the reward in 2017, 2021 and now 2022.

PHOTO CREDIT: Josh James Artwork

Grant becomes just the fourth driver to win the honor on three different occasions, joining J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003) and Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012). Tracy Hines has won the award more times than anybody else, on four occasions in 2000, 2008, 2013 and 2014.

No other driver started every USAC national event throughout the year and no other driver accumulated more total points throughout the three national divisions during the course of the 2022 campaign than Grant.

In 82 combined USAC national starts in 2022, the Ione, Calif. native totaled 4,991 points, more than a thousand markers over his nearest competition, earning a $10,000 bonus.

“It’s a neat reward,” Grant exclaimed. “It’s cool to be acknowledged for being at the front of all three series throughout the course of the year. Anything with Mike Curb’s name on it carries some weight. He’s been a staple in USAC racing for a long time and winning an award with his name on it is really neat and it’s even neater that it pays a few more bucks this year.”

Grant’s 2022 journey included a first USAC National Sprint Car driving championship and he was the lone driver to win feature in all three series during the year with one Silver Crown victory, six in the sprint cars and five more in midgets.

It’s something that Grant doesn’t take for granted, not the first time he corralled the overall USAC National Drivers Championship, nor the second or third time as well.

“Driving with USAC specifically is what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid,” Grant said. “To be in the position to run all these races and to do this is amazing and I want to do as much of it as I can. I’m really fortunate to have great car owners, great partners and great crews and the ability to go and run all these races is really on them with how much they provide for me and how hard they work to keep me going, beating up and down the road.”

As Grant alluded to, it’ takes more than a driver to make it all work. There are several facets that work to make it a success and three teams in which Grant competed for to achieve the feat: Hemelgarn Racing (Silver Crown), TOPP Motorsports (Sprint Car) and RMS Racing (Midget).

“I get to come in and be the hero at the end of the night,” Grant continued. “It’s really a lot about all about them and my wife at home taking care of the kids and holding the house down while I’m out on the road racing. I’ve just got a really good circle around me, great car owners, great partners, great crews, great wife and a great family. There’s a ton of people on the backend that you don’t see on FloRacing who make it possible for everybody to see me on FloRacing every night.”

Curb has offered the reward annually since the 1999 USAC season, and now in his 24th year of bestowing the honor upon USAC’s top overall points champion. The title was rechristened as the National Drivers Championship to more properly represent the accomplishment of achieving the feat, which so few have done.

The prize had previously been known as the USAC National Drivers Championship for a span of three years between 2010-2012 as well as the Super License in recent years.

The new Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Champion will be honored at USAC’s Night of Champions in December of 2022.

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MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONS:

1999: Dave Darland

2000: Tracy Hines

2001: J.J. Yeley

2002: J.J. Yeley

2003: J.J. Yeley

2004: Jay Drake

2005: Josh Wise

2006: Josh Wise

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Bryan Clauson

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Tracy Hines

2014: Tracy Hines

2015: Dave Darland

2016: Brady Bacon

2017: Justin Grant

2018: Tyler Courtney

2019: Tyler Courtney

2020: Chris Windom

2021: Justin Grant

2022: Justin Grant

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2022 MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

  1. 4,991 Justin Grant

  2. 3,968 Logan Seavey

  3. 3,164 C.J. Leary

  4. 3,117 Mitchel Moles

  5. 2,910 Brady Bacon

  6. 2,819 Emerson Axsom

  7. 2,670 Thomas Meseraull

  8. 2,388 Buddy Kofoid

  9. 2,369 Robert Ballou

  10. 2,148 Jason McDougal

  11. 2,079 Matt Westfall

  12. 1,910 Jake Swanson

  13. 1,864 Chase Stockon

  14. 1,829 Kyle Cummins

  15. 1,736 Jadon Rogers

  16. 1,726 Kaylee Bryson

  17. 1,669 Bryant Wiedeman

  18. 1,666 Cannon McIntosh

  19. 1,439 Kevin Thomas Jr

  20. 1,306 Jacob Denney

  21. 1,290 Brenham Crouch

  22. 1,279 Zach Daum

  23. 1,244 Taylor Reimer

  24. 1,130 Shane Cottle

  25. 1,039 Brandon Mattox

  26. 1,021 Ethan Mitchell

  27. 977 Hayden Reinbold

  28. 956 Chance Crum

  29. 930 Jade Avedisian

  30. 783 Dominic Gorden

  31. 760 Chase McDermand

  32. 697 Max Adams

  33. 675 Tanner Thorson

  34. 668 Kody Swanson

  35. 632 Briggs Danner

  36. 596 Ryan Timms

  37. 585 Jace Park

  38. 575 Cade Lewis

  39. 569 Alex Banales

  40. 525 Mario Clouser

  41. 518 Brian Tyler

  42. 504 Maria Cofer

  43. 488 Daison Pursley

  44. 455 Shane Cockrum

  45. 454 Charles Davis Jr

  46. 431 Alex Bright

  47. 428 Mariah Ede

  48. 420 Trey Gropp

  49. 404 Travis Welpott

  50. 379 Dallas Hewitt

  51. 332 Cole Bodine & Bobby Santos

  52. 327 Xavier Doney

  53. 325 Kyle Robbins

  54. 322 Brent Beauchamp

  55. 319 Gregg Cory

  56. 314 Sterling Cling

  57. 264 Blake Brannon

  58. 255 Taylor Ferns

  59. 244 Dave Berkheimer

  60. 242 Carson Short

  61. 236 Travis Buckley

  62. 230 Nathan Byrd

  63. 229 Davey Hamilton Jr

  64. 223 Eric Gordon

  65. 220 Kyle Shipley

  66. 218 Wyatt Burks

  67. 216 Ricky Lewis

  68. 210 Gavin Miller

  69. 208 Brady Short

  70. 202 Carmen Perigo

  71. 199 Derek Bischak

  72. 197 Mike McVetta

  73. 194 Sam Johnson

  74. 189 Steven Drevicki

  75. 178 Bryan Gossel

  76. 174 Brian Ruhlman

  77. 172 Harley Burns

  78. 157 Tom Paterson

  79. 156 Jack Hoyer

  80. 154 Casey Buckman

  81. 153 Brian Hayden

  82. 147 Russ Gamester

  83. 143 Brayden Fox

  84. 142 Austin Nemire

  85. 141 Davey Ray

  86. 129 Nick Bilbee & Kyle O'Gara

  87. 127 Dustin Clark

  88. 119 Nick Hamilton

  89. 118 Mike Haggenbottom

  90. 113 Jerry Coons Jr

  91. 101 Tanner Swanson

  92. 100 Patrick Bruns

  93. 98 Steve Buckwalter

  94. 95 Braxton Cummings

  95. 93 Jake Day

  96. 91 Kyle Steffens

  97. 89 Brandon Morin

  98. 88 Patrick Lawson & Landon Simon

  99. 87 Kaidon Brown

  100. 82 Jimmy Light

  101. 74 Kendall Ruble

  102. 64 Chad Boespflug & Tyler Roahrig

  103. 63 Adam Taylor

  104. 59 J.R. Ewing

  105. 56 Rylan Gray

  106. 55 Saban Bibent & Bill Rose

  107. 51 Danny Long

  108. 46 Terry Babb

  109. 43 Jake Simmons

  110. 42 Dave Peperak

  111. 41 A.J. Fike & Chris Windom

  112. 39 Matt Goodnight

  113. 38 Korey Weyant

  114. 37 Tye Mihocko

  115. 36 Cary Oliver

  116. 34 Oliver Akard

  117. 33 Nathan Moore, Steven Russell & Kent Schmidt

  118. 31 Mark Smith & Chris Urish

  119. 27 Ryan Newman

  120. 25 Mark Bitner

  121. 24 Chris Fetter

  122. 18 Tommy Nichols

  123. 10 David Byrne, Chelby Hinton, Anthony Macri, Nate McMillin & Ronnie Wuerdeman

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