Through no fault of his own, Greenfield native knocked out on 6th lap



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CLERMONT — CJ Leary’s promising career brought him to the bright lights of Lucas Oil Raceway Thursday night.

Oil happened to be a three-letter word as far as the 18-year-old Greenfield racer was concerned, and not a pleasant one.

Leary’s maiden voyage into the USAC Silver Crown series – the top rung of the Speedway-based sanctioning body – lasted about two minutes. He was caught up in what became a three-car pileup at the first-turn wall on the sixth lap of the J.D. Byrider 100 Rich Vogler Classic.

It was no fault of Leary’s, as another car leaked oil on the track, and as a result Leary became tangled up with A.J. Fike and Ryan Litt. All three cars were eliminated, and the cleanup of the wreckage and oil brought out a red flag resulting in about a 30-minute halt to the action.

“Someone blew a motor and USAC decided not to throw a yellow, and the end result was three race cars got torn up,” Leary said. “As I came through, (my) car picked up a drift and it smacked the wall. There was no indication that there was oil on the track and the spotter didn’t see it, so USAC didn’t throw the yellow.”

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