Pruett Driver Profile
has consistently performed as one of the top young teen drivers in
the rough and tumble world of National Sprint and Midget car racing.
In his first attempt to drive a midget Alex Pruett made the Friday
night “A” main at the prestigious “ Chili Bowl
Nationals” and was the 3rd highest finishing teenage driver
on the weekend. On Friday night 85 excellent midget drivers battled
for one of 22 Main event spots, he ranked 12th in total points on
the night. Alex made it to the Saturday night “C” main
which ranked him in the top 35 out of 250 of the best drivers in
the country and one of the top 3 teen drivers at the event . In
his heat race Alex had to race from his 8th starting spot in the
back to 2nd place against such top names as Tyler Walker , Matt
Neely and Bryan Clauson.
2004 : Indiana 410 Sprintcars , MSCS,
Non Wing World Championship, USAC
his first season Midwest 410 sprintcars Alex had five heat race
wins and made it to six* trophy dashes
against some of the toughest sprintcar drivers in the country. He
won heat races in USAC/CRA, MSCS, NWWC and the very tough Bloomington
and Gas City 410 series. In 29 entries Alex transferred to 27 main
events and ran only two B mains all year. With fields that averaged
more than 40 entrants he averaged qualifying 10th or better with
a best of 3rd at the NWWC race in Tulsa in a very competitive national
field. His best main event finish was 6th and he had several top
*top six qualifiers
that transfer through the heat go to the dash.
driver development philosophy is that he would rather be competitive
against great competition than win against easier competition .
To that end in 2004 he decided to run the very tough Indiana 410
circuit as well as NWWC , MSCS and select USAC shows. The level
of competition that Alex ran with is best illustrated by who he
had to beat to collect his heat race wins.
Heat race performances 2004
USAC/CRA 4-3: Alex Pruett , Greg Bragg , Cory Kruseman , Damien
NWWC 8-17: Alex Pruett, Bud Keading, Mike Spencer , Rickie Gaunt
MSCS 6-20 : Alex Pruett , Kenny Carmichael, A J Anderson
Blmngton 8-27 : Alex Pruett , Dick Gaines II, John Stanbrough, Kevin
Gas City 9-3: Alex Pruett , Shane Cottle , Shane Hollingsworth
drivers represent numerous Indiana track championships as well as
a few USAC titles.
Main events 2004
the end of the eight week stint in Indiana Alex was a top contender
at local and regional shows with his most solid performances coming
on the same weekend at Gas City and and Haubstadt.
Gas City on September 3rd he qualified 10th of 47 and finished 6th
final order was Dave Darland, Dereck Sheffel, Shane Cottle , AJ
Anderson, Casey Shuman , John Wolfe and Alex Pruett . The first
five a who’s who of both National and Indiana Sprintcar racing.
Haubstadt two nights later he finished sixth against Daron Clayton,
Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson, Kyle Wissmiller, Brandon Petty followed
by Alex Pruett, Jonathon Vennard and Will Newlin all feature winners
or former track champs in Indiana in recent years.
best National main event performance was at the Tulsa NWWC where
he qualified 3rd notably since the first 6 qualifiers were Levi
Jones, Zach Chappel, Alex Pruett , Tony Elliott, Bud Keading and
Dave Darland all six went to the dash. Alex finished a solid 11th
after having to go to the back with seven laps to go due to a spin
in front of him that forced him to stop, he then proceeded to pass
nine cars in 7 laps to snag his 11th place finish. His teammate
Dave Darland won the race.