Dave Darland and Aragon Racing teamed up to compete in the inaugural Steve Stroud Memorial, Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car event at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona.
The February 11, 2017 event was named in honor of Mr. Steve Stroud, the popular gentleman who was a key figure in multiple Phoenix businesses and a significant contributor to open wheel racing. Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., and Stroud, originally from southern California, shared an extremely special bond over the years and Darland was proud to participate in his friend’s inaugural legacy event.
Darland is the winningest driver in USAC National Sprint Car history with 59 victories. He also owns over 250 career feature wins and holds the record of 24 consecutive years winning a USAC national feature. Darland, a recent inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, is one of just six members of the USAC Triple Crown club, an exclusive list that also includes Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Tracy Hines as drivers who’ve won each of the three USAC National championships during his racing career. Darland is the 1997 Silver Crown, 1999 National Sprint and 2001-2002 National Midget titlist.
The Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum was founded by Stroud and encompasses his love of motorsports, appreciation of the history of open wheel racing in the Southwest and the desire to celebrate and share the history of Arizona open wheel racing with future generations. Mr. Stroud passed away in 2016. His widow Jan is dedicated to carrying on his legacy and was on hand along with other family members and friends to commemorate the event. Jan and all the Museum volunteers would like to thank Canyon Speedway Park and their management team for honoring Steve in this way.
We couldn’t be any more proud that with just a week’s notice, Mickey Meyer, a Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum, was able to team up with Aragon Racing to put together the car for Dave Darland to win The Inaugural Memorial Race for Steve Stroud. Aragon Racing provided the car; the engine came from the Museum’s two-seater sprint car. Meyer would act as crew chief and set up the car with support from the Aragon Racing crew.